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Update on Action Champlain to combat UCPR's decision - April 27, 2017

Action Champlain wishes to inform all residents of the Township of Champlain and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (CUPR) of the steps taken to combat the decision to approve the Amendment No. 30 of CUPR’s Official Plan, an amendment requested by Colacem Canada Inc. to enable it to construct a cement plant on land adjacent to its quarry on the Country Road # 17.

On February 21st, 2017, Action Champlain filed a Notice of Appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  Action Champlain asked the OMB to invalidate the decision to approve the Amendment.  The arguments of Action Champlain can be summarized as follows:

1. The CUPR have not complied with the procedural requirements imposed by law.  In particular, prior to making a final decision, the UCPR was required to hold a public meeting to allow interested persons to express their views on the Amendment.  The meeting of October 17th, 2016, which was meant to be such a public meeting, was not a meeting of the municipal council (composed of eight mayors).  Only three of the eight members of the Counsel (CUPR's mayors) were present.  This meeting therefore does NOT meet the requirements of the law and the decision to approve the Amendment must therefore be cancelled.

2. In addition, the Amendment does not comply with the applicable land use planning principles. In particular, the proposed Colacem facility is too large for the subject land and will cause adverse effects or even damaging effect on the neighborhood that are not permitted under applicable laws and regulations.

Following the filing of the notice of appeal, and due to the procedural flaw raised by Action Champlain, CUPR announced a new public meeting will have to be held to discuss the proposed Amendment. THE DECISION OF JANUARY 25TH, 2017 IS THEREFORE NULL AND VOID AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF THE UCPR WILL HAVE TO VOTE AGAIN ON THE PROPOSAL OF COLACEM.

Action Champlain welcomes this first victory in its efforts to combat the proposal of Colacem.  It is also a victory for the failure to respect the will and interests of the residents of the Township of Champlain expressed by the CUPR by voting to adopt the Amendment.

A new public meeting will be held on Thursday May 18th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Vankleek Hill Arena in order to allow more population.  All citizen are welcome to attend.  This is very important that all be present at the meeting

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Come protest against the cement plant August 17th!

 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. 

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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