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Mega Dump Mayor Restricts Public Consultation on Controversial Project
August 14, 2006, Danford Lake, Quebec

The Mega Dump Mayor of the Township of Alleyn and Cawood has raised the ire of residents to the boiling point by refusing to institute a proper public consultation process, primarily a public referendum, for the huge landfill site proposed for this tiny cottage community an hour north of Ottawa.

The latest affront to the process came at the August 7th meeting of the township council where to the surprise of all, the agenda did not include the landfill project nor any public consultation concerning zoning changes, which are a requirement under Quebec Law.

The lack of a public consultation process contradicts all information obtained by opponents of the massive landfill from the Pontiac Regional County Municipality (MRC) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for the Province of Quebec.

Citizens in the area have desperately tried for the last nine months to obtain answers on the Mega Dump issue, the most important one that their municipality has ever had.

Commenting on this latest turn of events, André Carrière, President of the Coalition Against the Mega Dump, said that the secrecy and lack of public consultation around the project has frightened people and fed the rumour mill with misinformation.

For close to nine months, ratepayers of Alleyn &Cawood have been asking for a referendum. Enough stalling, they want it now. The process to date, if I can call it that, has insulted the democratic process”, he said.

In response to the situation, the Coalition has put their complaints in writing to the to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for the Province of Quebec, Mme Nathalie Normandeau. The Coalition has also written to the Premier of the Quebec and all elected officials at every level of government in West Quebec.

The proposed 545-acre dump is being promoted by LDC Management and Environmental Services, a private company majority owned by Ottawa demolition and recycling company Cohen and Cohen. Gatineau businessman Denis Rouleau is a minority owner.

The Mega Dump has deeply divided the tiny community of Danford Lake, Quebec and the surrounding municipalities and their citizens. The majority of residents remain staunchly opposed to the project the site for which is just a few kilometers west of this popular tourist and cottage area.

For more information:

Michèle Borchers
Vice President, Coalition Against the Danford MegaDump
819-467-2219 or 613-237-0794

André Carrière
President, Coalition Against the Danford MegaDump

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