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Climate-change and human-health related costs can no longer be externalised by business and industry if our quality of life and social equality are to be preserved or enhanced. Historic solutions to modern problems need to be questioned and quantified. An in-depth understanding of the issues related to the Walker Industriesproposed dumpproject in Beachville will enable factual dialogue and a search for better alternatives.

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Sept 14 2019

SWEABURG Reuse-A-Paloozaha

Thank you to all that that helped as volunteers, donated and came and took home some fantastic treasures.

 

Sept 9 2019

Hello OPAL friends and dump-fighters!

 1. The attached photos show you some of the people who have been appearing at our sign-waving events every Friday. This week, Friday, Sept. 13th, we will be at the intersection of Beachville and Embro Roads, right on Walker's proposed haul route. Join in making a statement: No Dump! Meet at 3:00, select a sign from the brilliant ones Bonnie has made, or use your own.

 If driving by, sound the horn, stop to chat, wave. Most of all, be very careful at this already very busy intersection. The truck traffic and ruts in the road are already a challenge.

 If you are looking for a copy of Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert's Fighting Dirty, the story of communities who won against a dump, there will be some available for sale.

2. On Saturday, Sept. 14th, at the Sweaburg Lions' Ball Park Pavilion, it's Reuseapaloozaha, starting at 8:00 am and running until close to 2:00 pm. Don't miss out on the fun. It would be great for you to come volunteer. It would be wonderful for you bring some things you wish to see reused. It would be fabulous for you to find treasures. Directions are attached too.

If you have a teen in tow, we can sign off for the mandatory high school volunteer hours too. As usual, all who come get a treasure too.

 Reuseapaloozaha will also have lots of letters for you to sign against the dump. Take action twice, by participating in the event and by telling Minister Yurek to say no to the dump.

 Cheers,  Bryan Smith, President OPAL Alliance

Aug 26 2019

Dear friends,

 OPAL continues to remind the government of its commitment to stop the dump made in the 2014 election. Here are a few ways that you can help:

* Join us for a sign-waving. This Friday Aug 30th, we are in Thamesford on Dundas Street near Tim Hortons.. Bonnie will bring lots of signs. You can borrow one.

* Drive by the sign-waving, sounding your horn or waving at us in a friendly manner. It helps other people get the message too.

* Stop by the Farmers' Market where we will have letters to the Minister of the Environment for you to sign. They remind him that "we ain't going away", as one loyal dump-fighter said seven years ago when the fight began. (By the way, he still opposes the dump actively). Pick up a copy of "Fighting Dirty" there too. We are selling them to support our fight.

* Ask family or friends in London to tell their City councillors and their MPP that they are worried about leachate from Walker's dump coming downstream to them. London needs to advocate on behalf of its citizens in this battle, too.

 Recently, Walker announced an indefinite delay on their submission of documents to the Minister for approval. Since five scientists have told us (and the Minister) that there is no safe way to build a dump, we think that's the reason: Walker is stumped. Additionally, Minister Yurek lives in the riding that contains the Green Lane dump in Southwold township. He knows it stinks and has said so in public. We'd like him to say that about Walker's plan too. We're encouraging him to do that, and with your help, it should happen soon.

 We continue to seek funds for our water expert, Wilf Ruland, to help us deny Walker's claims that drinking water can be safe in the presence of a dump. We know that all liners leak, and "Fighting Dirty" shows us the disastrous consequences when they do. If you wish to donate but don't frequent the markets, drop us a cheque made out to OPAL at the address below.

 OPAL Alliance, c/o S. Fleming, 205 George Street, Ingersoll, Ontario, N5C 1Z5

 

Thank you for all your support.  Sincerely, Bryan Smith, President, OPAL Alliance

 


Setting up for Flag Waving Beachville Ontario. Thank you to all those that came out or honked their horn. THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER


Thanks to Bryan AUGUST  Ministry Letters now available for download from our web page.

Summer 2019 Newsletter Now Available.

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 As always, thanks for all you do to protect our community.

 Bryan

 UPDATE JUNE 25 2019

Greetings!

 It is summer and a great time to be outdoors. Breathing fresh air and enjoying the sunshine are precious to us, after a long wait through ice-storms in winter and rains falling in spring. Naturally, we don’t want our opportunity to be in the garden or a nearby park to be spoiled by the stench of Walker’s rotting garbage. So, around the BBQ, there is still time in conversation to remind ourselves and each other of the need to fight Walker’s plan for a dump alongside the Thames River.

 One way to remember our resolve to stop the the dump  is to have a look at www.opalalliance.ca where our newest newsletter appears. Click the link and have a look. It’s on Facebook and at local vendors too!

 If you are wanting to take action to help stop the dump, you can! Here are a few simple ways.

 1. Visit the market on Saturday morning, in Ingersoll or Woodstock, to sign some letters to the Minister of the Environment. Despite the change of name in the job, all letters count and you can continue to send them in. Mr. Yurek inherits the duty from Rod Phillips to consider our community’s opposition to the dump. Remind him of that.

 2. Send off a quick email to Mr. Yurek at minister.mecp@ontario.ca telling him what you value in the community, like summer days with friends or the splendid Canterbury Folk Festival, and naturally opposing the dump that would prevent our community’s enjoyment of summer events.

 3. Join us for the last sign-waving of the month of June at King and Whiting, near the Independent, this Friday at 3:00. Bring a sign or borrow one to wave; stroll by and say “Hi” or cruise by in the car and wave through the window. That will help all others, neighbours or visitors, understand how much you oppose the dump. If you need to find the schedule for summer and early fall sign-waving events, go to the OPAL Facebook page or www.opalalliance.ca

 Thank you. Enjoy summer.

 Bryan Smith, president

OPAL Alliance

 PS: If you are looking to donate to help stop the dump, donation boxes are at both markets weekly, or you can drop a cheque in the mail to OPAL, c/o S. Fleming, 205 George Street, Ingersoll, N5C 1Z5.

ReuseapalooZaha in Embro

 It was a windy start to the day, April 27,  but did not deter the bargain hunters at ReuseapalooZaha in the Zorra-Embro Community Centre. For the opening time at 8:00 to close down at 2:00 people came to share and to hunt bargains. There was furniture: a pair of chairs lifted from a helper’s hands as he carried them in. There were dishes: a full set of mugs were put to immediate service by 4H for warming cuts of coffee (after a careful washing, of course). The cat cage came and went; the pet dish disappeared. BBQs, ovens, toasters and other metal was hauled off to help the Lions in Thameford. Three people split the piles of tiles. And clothing! What an attractive display of clothing hung on the racks.

 The OPAL Alliance was out in force: The OPAL board, members and volunteers appeared; Transition to Less Waste was first off the mark in the morning, and came to help pack down; the Ingersoll District Nature Club put on a great show of solidarity; Oxford Green Watch came and went as needed. The Oxford Coalition for Social Justice enlisted its members too. Earning hours for volunteering, five students helped, hauled and hefted start to finish. All understood that reusing is a great alternative to trash going to dumps!

Bryan

 

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What's wrong with a Mega-Landfill in Oxford?

Our Health & Environment 

The proposed landfill site threatens not only the health of the inhabitants in the three nearby communities of Ingersoll, Centreville and Beachville, but also environmentally significant areas such as the Centreville Conservation Area. The landfill would create millions of litres of toxic leachate and would be situated in fractured limestone near the aquifer. The risks to our drinking water and health are too great should something go wrong.

Economic Devastation 

A significant drop in the property values of nearby residents is expected. Lost revenue from a decrease of visitors to shopping, festivals and events is also predicted by area business owners. To add to this injury, the economic cost to repair roads roads, etc, due to traffic coming and going to  a landfill of this size is still unknown, but would be shouldered by area taxpayers. Legacy costs if it leaks would be immense.

Quality of Life 

The impact on our quality of life with the introduction of foul smelling air, particulate, and gasses, as well as an unsightly mountain of trash will be devastating. Instead of being a "Community in Bloom", our area would be an unwilling host to a rumbling motorcade of 340+ garbage trucks per day. Our reputation as a green, natural place to live would be forever be ruined if Oxford County, "The Dairy Capital" became "The Dump Capital".
Is this a done deal? How can we stop it?

Not even close to a done deal 

We've heard from some members of the public who think this landfill proposal is already done and there is nothing that can be done. Nothing is further from the truth! Walker industries has a long way to go before getting approval to dump 850,000 tonnes of trash a year in Oxford County. Our research has shown us that in every case where a proposed dump has been turned down it has been in large measure due to the activism of the local residents. We still can stop this!

Where this proposal is right now 

Right now Walker Industries, the company proposing to build the landfill within Carmeuse Lime's quarry site, is working through an official Ministry of Environment process. Currently, Walker is producing work plans for what they call their "preferred alternatives". The public has repeatedly rejected these. OPAL is fully engaged in this process with the support of, CELA (The Canadian Environmental Law Association) and Intends to refute Walker's submission to the MOECC (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change), so that the Minister will refuse their dump proposal. 

OPAL Alliance acts to protect our community and to ensure that Oxford County remains a great place to live and grow. As concerned citizens, we are engaged in the fight to stop locally unwarranted land uses. Our mission is to stop the dump Walker Industries would impose.

 

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