Volume 94, Issue 35

Wednesday, November 1, 2000


Concordia money vanishes

USC answers - where's the beef?

Buses keep rolling

USC Senator voting rights in question

Province throws the money into water

Tobacco companies get stubbed out

Campus Briefs

London miffed over Toronto garbage plan

Students protest York U. strike

Corroded Disorder

London miffed over Toronto garbage plan

By Adam Stewart
Gazette Staff

A cleaner Toronto may mean a dirtier London, if London City Council cannot stop plans by Toronto to ship its garbage to Michigan via London.

"[There was] no consultation with London and other affected communities," agreed London Mayor Dianne Haskett. According to Haskett, communities along highway 401 were not notified they were a part of the alternate plan, if Toronto's original plan to ship its garbage to Kirkland Lake was rejected.

"They should have at least notified communities," said Anne Marie DeCicco, London Deputy Mayor. She explained Sarnia, Windsor and Kitchener-Waterloo have expressed concerns about an increase in garbage trucks travelling through their communities each day.

DeCicco said City Council had safety and environmental concerns about the shipping of as many as 250 trucks per day along Highway 401, or shipping waste by train through the heart of downtown London.

"Road safety is the highest priority," said Bill Barish, assistant to Transportation Minister, David Turnbull. He said the province has hired 21 new inspectors to examine trucks travelling along Highway 401 at highway inspection stations.

"We will monitor [road conditions] regularly," Barish added, explaining the province will ensure road conditions are adequate and will make improvements when needed.

London Ward 7 councillor, Gord Hume, said too he was concerned Toronto was not following the Environmental Assessment Act, which sets guidelines for public discussion of environmental concerns. "I'm very hopeful the province will insist that Toronto follow the proper procedure," he said.

"Our role is to review the environmental impact of waste management proposals," said Lynne Hamilton, spokesperson for Environment Minister Dan Newman.

"Based on the information we've been given, we will conduct a technical analysis of Toronto's waste management plan to ensure the environment is protected."

Yet, DeCicco said if approved by council next week, London will host a meeting on Nov. 20 with officials from the affected communities, Toronto and the province to discuss the issue.

Lawson Oates, manager of strategic planning with the City of Toronto's solid waste program, said communities can rest assured the waste is being transported properly. "The material they are carrying is household waste. It is in sealed containers."

Oates said the trucks will carry a minimum of 285,000 metric tonnes per year in 2001 and 2002 and will carry at least 100,000 metric tonnes after 2003. The trucks will not be going through Windsor, but will cross at the Bluewater Bridge off Highway 402, he added.

"It's our preference that Toronto deals with its own problem in its own backyard," Haskett said. "Toronto should pay the price, buy its own [waste disposal] land and deal with its own problem."

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