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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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E-3695 Petition to the Government of Canada open till March 2,2022

SIGN HERE the petition before March 2nd 2022, 11:33 am. We must attain 500 signatures in order for it to be presented to the House of Commons.

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.

 Sign this petition, open till March 2, 2022 11:33 a.m.

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. 

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