An­gry coun­cil­lors pass by­law pro­hibit­ing tank project

Seaway News - - NEWS - Todd Li­hou

CORN­WALL, On­tario – An­gry city coun­cil­lors are de­mand­ing that Trans­port Canada Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt meet with them to dis­cuss end­ing the con­struc­tion of chem­i­cal tanks on the city’s water­front.

And they took aim at the project by pass­ing a by­law pro­hibit­ing its work.

Coun­cil­lors voted Mon­day night to ex­press “deep dis­ap­point­ment” with the fact that Trans­port Canada has en­tered into a lease with Tril­lium Dis­tri­bu­tion to erect a pair of cal­cium chlo­ride tanks on Har­bour Road.

“This is a way of get­ting the at­ten­tion of Trans­port Canada and the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble to en­sure we have good di­a­logue,” said Coun. Glen Grant.

Coun. David Mur­phy said the city was left in the dark on the project.

“This is also an op­por­tu­nity so that this doesn’t hap­pen again. We have no con­trol, no say,” he said.

“We weren’t a part of the process – but just be­ing in the loop and en­gaged… would def­i­nitely be nice.”

The city used the Plan­ning Act and passed an in­terim by­law that pro­hibits any use of the prop­erty ex­cept for the use of so- called “open space” pur­poses as de­fined by the city’s of­fi­cial plan.

The by­law specif­i­cally pro­hibits the use of the prop­erty as a cal­cium chlo­ride stor­age or trans­fer sta­tion.

“Stuff has been started, but what we need is some­thing to stop it to make sure this kind of garbage doesn’t hap­pen again,” said Coun. De­nis Thibault.

CAO Norm Le­vac said it’s pos­si­ble the city could find it­self sad­dled with a le­gal chal­lenge.

“I think we may have to roll up our sleeves, we may be dig­ging in on this one,” said Mur­phy.

Mayor Bob Kil­ger ad­mit­ted the city could find it­self in the midst of a “le­gal dis­course.”

Tues­day all par­ties in­volved in the project will re­ceive no­tice that work on the prop­erty must stop within 30 days.

Many coun­cil­lors said the word­ing of its re­quest for a meet­ing with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment doesn’t go far enough.

“( The project is) in­sult­ing to the peo­ple of Corn­wall,” said Coun. Ber­nadette Cle­ment. “There is anger and dis­gust.” Coun. An­dre Rivette was of a sim­i­lar mind. “Is it strong enough? I would like to see it say­ing we re­scind the con­tract and re­turn it to the way it was be­fore,” he said. “We want an ac­tion. And ‘ deep dis­ap­point­ment’ is not go­ing to han­dle it.”

Both agreed to sup­port the lan­guage ap­proved Mon­day night be­cause it was bet­ter than do­ing noth­ing. “We’ve got to go fur­ther,” said Cle­ment. Grant un­der­stood the frus­tra­tion, but added a di­a­logue needs to take place in­stead of us­ing more rhetoric.

“This is a good step and there’s other words we could have used, but the in­ten­tion is there,” he said.

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