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Public Talk: Protect the Headwaters - Stop the Sludge Plant!
2012-06-27 6:00 pm
2012-06-27 8:00 pm
June 27th, 6-8pm @ The Pyrus Café
How would you like to eat food that was fertilized with hazardous human, industrial, and medical waste? And what if that same waste leaks into our local rivers?
Read on to learn about the dangerous project to build a new waste processing ('sludge') plant at the headwaters of the Grand River and come out on Wed. June 27th to hear about the equally fierce resistance to this project from folks at the frontline of this environmental struggle.
THE STORY: WHAT'S UP WITH THIS SLUDGE PLANT?
In February 2012, residents of Southgate township and the town of Dundalk, Ontario drove their vehicles onto the access road leading to a construction site. The so-called "eco-park", located near a school at the edge of town, was to be developed into a sludge-to-fertilizer processing plant.
This land protection action, 100 km north of Kitchener, at the head waters of the Grand River (O:se Kenhionhata:tie), has stopped construction of the plant which would have processed the human sewage, industrial and medical waste that would be shipped in from Toronto. The out-sludge would then be sprayed on fields as fertilizer for our food stuffs!
With the support of Haudenosaunee land defenders, and a mobilized and highly knowledgeable local community, the blockade's energy and strength continues to grow. With the feel of Site 41, and the general awakening of social consciousness across the land, there is grounds for optimism about the impending court date in July which would see the zoning rules disallow further development.
THE EVENT: COME OUT JUNE 27 & JOIN THE RESISTANCE!
In the lead-up to a July 7th walk in Dundalk, Ontario, to show the growing and united opposition being mobilised against these dangerous developments at the headwaters of the Grand and Saugeen rivers, we will be joined by James Cooke of citizen groups Stop the Waste Park (http://www.stopthewastepark.com/) and the Southgate Public Interest Research Group (http://opirg.org/southgate/home.html) for a public info night where he will discuss the unfolding events, including new findings of abnormal procedures in the governing council who approved the waste park development. (June 16th press release: http://peaceculture.org/drupal/sites/default/files/SPIRG%20Press%20Relea...)
Check out the AW@L Radio interview with Ruby Montour (Haundenosaunee elder, land defender and Grandmother) and Dundalk resident James Cook (Southgate Public Interest Research Group), who have been blockading further development of the site, in a bold and brave land protection effort: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/awl/2012/05/stop-waste-park
For more information on the proposed sludge plant, and to hear plans of ongoing and upcoming actions on this water issue, visit:
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