Russell Township Elections
List of candidates.
Ălections municipalesâ Ă Russell
Liste des candidats.
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Source: Russell Township Elections page
Reply from the CandidatesReply from candidates to the open letter from Dump the Dump Now.
RĂ©ponses des candidatsRĂ©ponses des candidats Ă la lettre de Dump the Dump Now.
Pierre Leroux â Candidate for Councillor
As a current Russell Township Councillor I felt it was in the best interest of our municipality to eliminate the present and future risks associated with landfills. That is why I supported the closure of our municipal landfill site in favour of entering into a public/private partnership with an organization who are experts in the field, thus eliminating a significant amount of waste from our Township. Therefore I see absolutely no reason in supporting the TMES proposal that would reintroduce a landfill into our Township after we've worked hard to eliminate it."
Cindy Saucier, a candidate for Councillor.
"I am opposed to the proposed site" and worry about the expansion to the second preferred location on Eadie Rd. What does Taggart/Miller plan to do with the Eadie Rd. site? I believe we should be concerned about the ecological impact, impact on our general well-being, the impending increase in traffic, especially in winter months when roads are more dangerous for driving. There will certainly possibly be a bottle neck of traffic. We all know the congestion of the Orleans split. It was always a sigh of relief to get by that but we may see a similar sight of traffic trying to get off the 417 at Boundary. I am also concerned about traffic coming from other directions and possibly going through the villages when school buses are trying to transport children safely.
If this goes through, I believe it will affect the economics of this area and real estate. It is certainly make the area less attractive (and not just aesthetically). I think developers should be more involved in this issue and voicing their concerns loudly.â
Ron Barr - candidate for Councillor
âAs an active lobbyist fighting many issues on behalf of the group I represent, the Greater Ottawa Truckers Association, I know what it takes to battle the giants such as the Taggart Miller Group, the masters of the proposed dump(s) in our area and I applaud the good work of the citizens behind Dump the Dump Now and Dump this Dump 2. It always amazes me when budding politicians seek your vote, pre-election that they promise the world, yet when elected they subscribe to a culture that usually is not in the best interest of the stakeholders â you and me the taxpayers. As Councillor for the Township of Russell I will vehemently oppose a dump in Russell and Carlsbad Springs because with our internal growth we simply canât handle the additional traffic, smell and stigma of being a dumping ground. It will do nothing but shy businesses and families away from the area and that is not at all healthy for our future.â
Raymond St. Pierre - candidate for Councillor.
"I have been a member of "Dump the Dump" for the past three and a half years. In the beginning Taggart - Miller were showboating the proposed North Russell site project and showed up with, very erroneous and very ambiguous facts, much of which were fabricated and untrue.
Needless to say, the trumpet was sounded, we rolled up our sleeves and hit the streets, we wrote letters, went door to door, spoke to the public, businesses and everyone else who would listen.
If this committee's dedication and perseverance was ever defined however, it would have to be under the name of Walter Cholowski. I pay tribute to Walter for setting the tone, he was part of both the administration and the science group at the same time.
His ethics and persistence were paramount in letting Taggart and Co. know, we could not be pushed around.
More recently, Taggart - Miller, have moved their focus of the operation to the Boundary Rd. location. Keeping in mind that the North Russell site is still open, are we to ignore their intentions on boundary - NOT AT ALL - they must be stopped.
I make special note, that despite all the efforts and revelations that it still took (2) years for this present Council to realize that playing ball with Taggart-Miller was not an option.
Our environment must be paramount to any Industrialized Waste site, such as the one they have purposed. We cannot permit them to ruin our resources, our natural habitat, our roads, our economy and yes, the very health of our children.
These two locations are all negative and yet, over the last (4) years not one Council member has stepped forward denouncing either of the two sites.
Many issues in this Township need our immediate attention, but not as important as our environment and, in this case, the rejection of Taggart - Miller."
Jean Paul St. Pierre, Mayor on the TAGGART MILLER PROPOSAL (North Russell Road).
In December 2010, the Russell Township Council immediately took steps to form a sub-committee under the Environmental Committee to review the Taggart - Miller proposal. At the end of the review process , the sub- committee recommended to Council that the Municipality should REJECT the Taggart - Miller proposal.
As a result , Council UNANIMOUSLY "REJECTED " the Taggart - Millar proposal and informed the Provincial authorities accordingly.
The message was clear.
Furthermore, the Provincial Government needs to address a Strategic and Tactical plan to address waste management in the province of Ontario. Burying waste , using landfill technology is no longer acceptable. Why not 1) incineration or 2) gasification , which is implemented in many other Countries around the world?
Given the number of Landfill sites in Eastern Ontario it certainly begs the question - why another one ? In addition , the Environment Commissioner of Ontario has reported that the provincial ministry of the environment are not sufficiently staff to monitor and inspect the existing landfill sites, let alone add more landfill sites, especially in our region.
This current provincial approach can only lead to serious consequences.
On that note , that is one of the reasons that Russell Township Council opted to CLOSE our municipal landfill site, AND opted to accept a local transfer station .
We obviously need to monitor the Taggart - Miller situation closely as developments unfold.