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Request to Designate project - federal level

During the hearings of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), numerous errors and omissions contained in the file which was submitted to obtain an Environmental Authorization (EA) from the Ministry of the Environment, nature and Ontario Parks were unveiled.

 

You are aware that the provincial Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Parks (MEPNP) refused our requests to revoke the Environmental Authorization for the cement plant.

This is why, on August 30th, 2022 we submitted a request to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of the federal government.

This is a request to designate the L'Orignal Cement Project as a Designated Project under the Canadian Impact Assessment Act (IAA). Click HERE for more details.

We are confident that the documents sent clearly demonstrate that the proposed project has the potential to cause significant environmental impacts to components of the environment that are within federal legislative authority.

Residents of First Nations, Ontario and Quebec affected by this project deserve to have an accurate, thorough and complete impact assessment on this project.

 

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E-3695 Petition to the Government of Canada

This petition was presented to the House of Commons on May 17th, 2022 and the government will respond when sessions resume in September 2022.

Whereas:

  • The Government of Canada has made a commitment to carbon neutrality;
  • Highly polluting industries often have the opposite impact;
  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has guidelines for the use of explosives in or near Canadian fishing waters;
  • There is a need to establish guidelines on all impacts (air, water, sound, shockwave) caused by the use of explosives near residential areas; and
  • The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government has the right to overrule provincial decisions on climate change issues, and Canada recently adopted legislation to respect the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:

1. Stop construction of all new facilities used by highly polluting industries, such as cement plants, nuclear waste facilities, factories, and so on, until there has been in-depth consultation (accepting refusal, if that is the case) with the indigenous communities whose natural surroundings will be affected by the project;

2. Request that a comprehensive review be conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the impacts on wildlife if the construction project affects interprovincial or international waters; and

3. Request that a review be conducted by a neutral third party and not by firms hired by the companies attempting to build the projects, and that the costs of these reviews be paid for by those companies.

 

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Come protest against the cement plant August 17th 2021

 IMPORTANT! … PLEASE SHOW UP!

Next Tuesday, August 17th at 7 pm in front of the Colacem Quarry at 2410 County Rd 17, L’Orignal, come and participate in this protest organized by Konstantine Malakos to show our opposition to the cement plant project.

Let us show solidarity and determination towards this insane project for our beautiful region, a project imposed on our community of the Champlain Township by the CUPR.

This action and presence by our community is extremely important to draw attention towards the media, our elected officials and decision makers. 

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Send an email to the Ministry of Environment

Action Champlain’s motion to appeal was denied on June 30th 2021 by the Superior Court of Justice - Ontario Divisional Court and we are very disappointed.

Our appeal to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (TAAL) successfully uncovered many errors and omissions that Colacem made in their application for Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry of the Environment. We hope that the new Minister of the Environment, the Honourable David Piccini, appointed June 18, 2021 will revoke their Environmental Compliance Approval.

Now, we all need to put political pressure on every level: Municipal, Regional (United Counties), Provincial and Federal. We all pay taxes to these levels, we deserve good services, a healthy environment, and as promised, a healthy Canada with net 0% greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Our MPs Francis Drouin and Amanda Simard have asked for your help in putting pressure on the Ministry of the Environment to respond to the letter they sent it.

Send your email with your name and address to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., you can put Action Champlain in cc as well as our MPs Francis Drouin and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ask him to respond to the letter that was sent by Amanda Simard and Francis Drouin to Minister Yurek dated May 31, 2021. Note it was also published in the Review Newspaper

We ask each of you to add a few individual comments to personalize your email.

We thank the community which supported us in our efforts, and now must pass the torch to elected officials who know all too well - that climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of our time. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45% by 2030 we must stop this cement plant today. 

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Our cause elsewhere on the Web

So many articles are being published! Here are just a few, but please Google search to keep updated.

2021-11-29 The Review - Champlain council says Whats good for the goose is good for the gander

2021-5-10 Ottawa Citizen - Bergevin: Cement plant near L'Orignal would hurt the environment, and humans

2021-4-27 Le Droit : Projet de cimenterie à L’Orignal: la municipalité de Champlain n’ira pas en appel

2021-4-22 The Review; Action Champlain will request an appeal of LPAT decision on cement plant

2021-4-21 Le Droit:Projet de cimenterie de L’Orignal: Action Champlain veut aller en appel

2021-4-21 EAP; Action Champlain continues de se battre

2021-4-21 EAP: Action Champlain continues to fight

2021-4-21 EAP: Action Champlain se mobilise contre la décision

2021-4-21 The Review: Letter to the editor - Gary Campagne

2021-4-21 EAP- Jean Poirier atteré, sidéré

2021-04-20 The Review: Action Champlain legal team to decide if cement plant decision will be appealed

2021-04-20 Le Droit - Cimenterie de l'Orignal Action Champlain en campagne de financement pour faire appel

2021-04-19 Le Droit: Cimenterie de L’Orignal: Action Champlain en campagne de financement pour faire appel

2021-04-16 Le Droit: Une mauvaise nouvelle pour l’Est ontarien

2021-04-15 Le Carillon: Une décision du tribunal soutient le projet de cimenterie de Colacem

2021-04-15 EAP:Tribunal ruling supports Colacem cement plant proposal

2021-04-13 Le Droit: Un tribunal tranche en faveur de la cimenterie à l'Orignal

2021-04-13 Ici Radio Canada: Cimenterie à L’Orignal : Colacem Canada obtient gain de cause face Action Champlain

2021-04-12 The Review: Tribunal gives green light to L'Orignal cement plant

2020-12-09 Entrevue Unique FM

2020-11-26 Ici Radio-Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L’Orignal : le dossier sera bientôt pris en délibéré 

2020-11-26 EAP: Expert witness questions Colacem cement plant noise report

2020-11-25 EAP: Expert witness questions Colacem cement plant noise report

2020-11-24 The Review: Dust and sound discussed during past week at Colacem LPAT hearing

2020-11-19 EAP: Hearing begins on Colacem cement plant proposal

2020-11-17 TFO: Le Tribunal se penche sur l'Avenir du Projet de Cimenterie à l'Orignal

2020-11-16 La Presse: Un projet de cimenterie sème l’inquiétude en Ontario

2020-11-12 Le Droit: Le sort de la cimenterie de L’Orignal entre les mains du TAAL

2020-11-10 The Review: LPAT hearing into proposed L’Orignal cement plant begins

2020-11-04 EAP: Colacem cement plant project hearing November 9

2020-11-03 The Review: Letter to the Editor -Democracy on the rocks

2020-10-28 Vankleek Hill Nature Society

2020-10-23 EAP: Audience virtuelle prévue sur la proposition de cimenterie

2020-10-19 The Review: Cement plant hearing to begin November 9, and the public can watch and listen

2020-2-22 NCPR: Cement plant case closer to being heard in eastern Ontario

2018-10-11: Ici Radio-Canada: Élections municipales à Champlain : le projet de cimenterie de Colacem en toile de fond 

2018-8-30 Ici Radio Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal : le manque de personnel bilingue ralentit la tenue d'audiences

2018-3-17 The Review: The $50,000 answer: That’s what Action Champlain got from Champlain Township

2017-6-14 The Review:Mayors hold line on cement plant; Desjardins says

2017-6-14 Ici Radio Canada: Un autre vote en faveur du projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal

2017-5-19 Ici Radio-Canada: Des résidents questionnent huit maires sur le projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal

2017-5-18 CUPR Modifications en cours No.30

2017-2-25 Ici Radio-Canada: Le canton de Champlain dit non au projet de cimenterie

2017-2-17 Ici Radio-Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal : le débat se déplace devant la Commission des affaires municipales de l'Ontario

2017-1-25: The Review: Champlain Township council votes against cement company

2017-1-25 Ici Radio-Canada: Le canton de Champlain dit non au projet de cimenterie

2016-5-4 Ici Radio-Canada: Colacem en mode séduction à L'Orignal

2016 Commentaires reçus du Ministère de L'Enviornnement sur Colacem

Cliquez ici pour Faits et Etudes

 

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Outcome of 2021-04-18 Urgent Zoom Action Champlain

Dear Community,

The court's decision to authorize the construction of the cement plant has caused deep disappointment in the community, a feeling of great injustice.

There is an urgent need to act and we must all commit to financially support the efforts of Action Champlain for the next steps.

Following the Zoom meeting, a new fundraiser was started.

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News & meetings

Request to Designate project - federal level

During the hearings of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), numerous errors and omissions contained in the file which was submitted to obtain an Environmental Authorization (EA) from the Ministry of the Environment, nature and Ontario Parks were unveiled.

 

You are aware that the provincial Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Parks (MEPNP) refused our requests to revoke the Environmental Authorization for the cement plant.

This is why, on August 30th, 2022 we submitted a request to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of the federal government.

This is a request to designate the L'Orignal Cement Project as a Designated Project under the Canadian Impact Assessment Act (IAA). Click HERE for more details.

We are confident that the documents sent clearly demonstrate that the proposed project has the potential to cause significant environmental impacts to components of the environment that are within federal legislative authority.

Residents of First Nations, Ontario and Quebec affected by this project deserve to have an accurate, thorough and complete impact assessment on this project.

 

E-3695 Petition to the Government of Canada

This petition was presented to the House of Commons on May 17th, 2022 and the government will respond when sessions resume in September 2022.

Whereas:

  • The Government of Canada has made a commitment to carbon neutrality;
  • Highly polluting industries often have the opposite impact;
  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has guidelines for the use of explosives in or near Canadian fishing waters;
  • There is a need to establish guidelines on all impacts (air, water, sound, shockwave) caused by the use of explosives near residential areas; and
  • The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government has the right to overrule provincial decisions on climate change issues, and Canada recently adopted legislation to respect the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:

1. Stop construction of all new facilities used by highly polluting industries, such as cement plants, nuclear waste facilities, factories, and so on, until there has been in-depth consultation (accepting refusal, if that is the case) with the indigenous communities whose natural surroundings will be affected by the project;

2. Request that a comprehensive review be conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the impacts on wildlife if the construction project affects interprovincial or international waters; and

3. Request that a review be conducted by a neutral third party and not by firms hired by the companies attempting to build the projects, and that the costs of these reviews be paid for by those companies.

 

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