Saturday, 29 September 2012

Pollution Alert - Part 1

On August 22, 2012 an email was sent to the Region of Niagara asking that the proper authorities be given the following eight questions regarding serous amounts of pollutants:

What tests were done on the soil?
Who conducted the tests?
What were the results of the tests?
Where was the contaminated soil removed to, which landfill site?
During the excavation large amounts of water filled the excavation pit, what was done with this water?
Were test samples taken of this water?
What were the results?
Where are the test results?

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After several emails to the Region staff and seven tries via emails to just the councilors, I received response from only the officials listed below and only from Councilor Volpatti, Councilor Petrowski and Councilor Caslin.

Matthew Trennum, Information and Privacy Analyst, advised: ‘The records you are seeking can be requested through the Freedom of Information process. The formal request form is available to you on our Niagara Region website: The webpage will describe the process and how it works. Please fill out the request form and send it, along with your $5.00 application fee’.

*Mr. Brothers, Commissioner of Public Works noted that ‘this matter is not under the purview of Regional Council; that storm water management is a local municipality responsibility and that the MOE has the monitoring and legislative responsibility.
*Perhaps Mr. Brothers should acquaint himself with the Region's own Sewer Use  By-Law No. 47-2008

*Dr. Valerie Jeager, Chief Medical Officer of Niagara responded to Councilor Petrowski, ‘I would encourage Mr. Haskell to contact the MOE.’
*Could we also encourage Dr. Jeager to read Niagara Sewer Use By-Law No. 47-2008

Mayor McMullan responded, ‘Councillors have received your email and are aware of your concerns, as is Regional staff. It is my understanding that Regional staff will be responding’.

Robinson, Matt, Executive Officer to Regional Chair, who was not emailed replied, ‘Your message was read on Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:42:44 PM UTC.’

Question:  After raising the alarm by bringing a serious matter of pollution to the Niagara Regional Government, the self acclaimed Green Capital of Canada, am I now expected to become an unpaid regional employee to spend money and effort to apply for Freedom of Information for information that the regional staff should already have at their disposal?
Am I now expected to run around to various other government ministries like Paul Revere screaming ‘The British are coming - The British are coming’ or Chicken Little crying, ‘The sky is falling’?

Soil Sample Analysis


Groundwater Analysis
Groundwater Test

 The email alarm was sent to the Region of Niagara asking that the proper authorities be given eight questions regarding serous amounts of pollutants.

What we received, loud and clear was that the problem was not in their purview.

Surely the pollution levels, shown in the test analysts, are of concern to everyone.

It would appear that raising the alarm is no longer enough for those we have elected and hired! Now they just want you to go away and annoy somebody else because your alarm is apparently of no concern to them!

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

The Brilliance of Bureaucrats

Imbalanced or Unbalanced – You Decide

Is someone in dire need of a map and compass or is this just another brilliant and imaginative case of NHS part two?

The new General Hospital in St. Catharines, just north of the railway tracks and just south of Lake Ontario, is about to be joined by another so-called centrally located hospital mostly east of the first so-called central location!

Worse, there is no direct highway to and from many of the south and west communities, which of course means longer transit time for ambulances.

But, I guess that doesn't matter as long as some get a new hospital in the northeast and to hell with the rest.

To put this scenario into perspective we would simply ask;What would the sentiments have been had the new ‘central’ hospital currently located north of the tracks just west of St. Catharines instead been built south of the tracks just west of Port Colborne?

What would the sentiments be if the proposed new ‘central’ hospital slated for the city of Niagara falls at the extreme eastern boundary of the Niagara region were instead propose for the town of Wellandport near the western boundary of the  Niagara Region?

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