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Action Champlain needs financial contributions to pay professional fees to appeal of UCPR's decision - February 10th, 2017

 

Action Champlain has hired two experienced lawyers, Me Ronald F. Caza and his colleague Me Érik Labelle, as well as the services of an urban planner who likes to work with communities and an environmental expert. Action Champlain works very closely with these professionals to prepare the file. According to similar cases, it is estimated that the professional and administrative expenses for the appeal process could cost up to $ 250,000. Action Champlain needs financial contributions from all Champlain and surrounding residences to defray professional fees to appeal the decision of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) to the Ontario Municipal Board. If you have a property, we suggest making a contribution equivalent to 0.25% of the value of your property. 

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For those who have not yet made their financial commitment, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address and tel. # and the amount of your contribution. Make your checque payable to Caza Saikaley in Trust and indicate in the memo Cause of defense of Action Champlain.  Please send your checque by mail to Action Champlain P.O. BOX 71, L'Orignal, ON, K0B 1K0.

The funds raised will be deposited in a trust account managed by Caza Saikaley LLP.  Any money that has not been used will be returned to you on a pro rata basis.

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A Big Thank you!

As you probably know, the hearings concluded December 18th, 2020.

During the past year, Action Champlain and our team of lawyers and experts have worked to update and consolidate the defense elements. We cannot give any details, for obvious reasons, but we can say that our preparation is solid and, as you already know, we have very good lawyers and experts in rural planning and other fields of expertise.

It must be said that, if we are in such a good position today, it is thanks to the strong mobilization of our community, to our unwavering desire not to see this cement project ruin our quality of life and our health, our environment and the future of our children. This extraordinary citizen mobilization involves more than a thousand signatures, thousands of hours devoted by each and every one to find out about the facts, to discuss the issues together and to express our opinions. Just think of the milestone launch of the No Cement Plant in L’Orignal by Action Champlain campaign, with 500 people at the L’Orignal church.

Support for our cause has also come from neighboring communities, on both sides of this jewel that we share, the Ottawa River: citizens, but also environmental defenders and many elected officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. There is also the invaluable contribution in services by local resources, citizens and businesses. Finally, it is the financial contribution of this large community, to the tune of $ 400,000, which allows us to cover the legal and expert fees for the defense of our cause.

Clearly, there is no social acceptability with regard to this L’Orignal cement plant project of which, should be remembered, goes against a number of policies, laws, guidelines, regulations, official plans, etc.

But the UCPR decided to ignore not only the massive rejection of the project expressed by the population within the framework of the public consultation, but also the decision of the Township of Champlain to refuse the project on its territory because it is incompatible with the existing zoning and contrary to its zoning by-law.

The announcement of this project and then this arbitrary decision caused a still tangible shock in the community, of course, but we remained strong and more than ever determined to uphold the Township of Champlain's decision to reject the project.

We can be proud of all that we have accomplished collectively and individually to protect the character and assets of this beautiful region where we have chosen to live.

A big thank you to all for your commitment and solidarity.

Action Champlain

LPAT audiences ended Dec 18th,2020

Updated December 18th, 2020

The hearings in front of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT, formerly known as OMB) took place November 9th to November 25th, with the exception of November 11th, then December 10,11,16,18th.


Dec 18th hearing will be available on YouTube probably till Dec 19th or later.

           Select YouTube

This will give you the option to 2 new links - one to follow in English, one to follow in French. Suggest to look at French muted (it has full screen), and listen to English.

 

Chairperson Robinson can now take 3 months or more to render his decision, well informed. 

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