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Green Arc revises numbers – Public have until Jan. 16 for comments

Green Arc tire have notified the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) of a change in their production and storage numbers to help them get an approval to start production. The MOE have set a 45–day public review period for individuals to make a comment. The end of this process ends on January 16, 2015. The following is listed on the MOE website. “This proposal is for a new Environmental Compliance Approval (Waste Disposal Site) for the use and operation of a waste disposal site (transfer site/processing facility) in the Town of St. Marys with a total site area of 17.8 hectares, to be used for processing up to 9 tonnes per day (900 tires per day) of solid non-hazardous waste (tires). The total amount of waste and processed materials stored at the site will not exceed 247 tonnes (24,700 tires) at any time. Site activities will include tire receiving and inspection, buffing, tire preparation (application of cement and new rubber), vulcanization and final inspection. Green Arc has also submitted an application for an Environmental Compliance Approval for Air and Noise, being processed under Ministry Reference No. 7664-9GBQL6. This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting December 02, 2014. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by January 16, 2015 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line. All comments received prior to January 16, 2015 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 012-1420. Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.” To make a comment go to http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External and type “Green Arc” into the search bar.

Kicking off federal election campaign, McCotter travels to Ottawa, meets Trudeau

Having recently completed trips to Hamilton and Ottawa for federal Liberal conventions, Perth-Wellington federal Liberal candidate Stephen McCotter is off and running in his campaign for the 2015 Federal Election. During his nomination acceptance speech in Stratford last month, McCotter thanked his “great and growing team of volunteers”. He and his volunteer team are now active again, reports McCotter: “We regrouped immediately after our nomination victory and the support from our Riding Association and the Liberal Party of Canada since the nomination has been terrific.” On Saturday, Nov. 29, McCotter traveled to Hamilton to attend a federal Liberal convention designed to support Ontario-based candidates and volunteers. More recently, he attended a follow-up candidates’ convention in Ottawa from Dec. 8-10 with Liberal MPs and candidates from across Canada. “We are very pleased to see how much attention and support Perth-Wellington is already receiving from the Liberals,” said McCotter. “As I have said before, the riding needs more attention and deserves more attention, and I know that as an MP, I would bring our local issues to the forefront.” During his visit to Ottawa, McCotter worked together with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, current MPs and over 100 new Liberal candidates. “I had a one-on-one meeting with Justin Trudeau. We discussed the history of Perth-Wellington, including his father’s jump off the St. Marys Quarry high-dive, and the riding’s federal representation over the past number of years. I emphasized the issues most important to Perth-Wellington and the lack of attention our riding has received from Ottawa over the past ten years,” said McCotter. “We discussed my concerns about the cuts to VIA Rail and Canada Post, the need to develop and protect markets for our farmers and agriculture industry, improving economic opportunity, and the lack of attention received by the riding from Ottawa over the last decade,” he said. “It is a certainty, that after ten years of little-to-no attention from Ottawa, Perth-Wellington needs a strong voice in Parliament.” McCotter says his focus for the rest of the month is to work hard to attract more volunteers to his campaign team. In conjunction with National Field Organizers from the Liberal Party of Canada, McCotter will be hosting a series of events in the riding to invite volunteers to join the team and learn more about the upcoming campaign. The first volunteer event will be on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Westover Inn in St. Marys from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.. This will be followed by an event in Listowel on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and in Stratford on Thursday, Dec. 18. According to McCotter, “These volunteer events are about inviting anyone who is interested in getting involved and working together to advance Perth-Wellington’s interests in the 2015 Federal Election. All are welcome. It will be a great opportunity to meet new people, become involved, and work together in the weeks and months ahead.”

New Council sworn in Coun. Pope Deputy Mayor

The new Mayor, Al Strathdee wore a kilt and his three children, Andrea, Rachel and Billy, performed two songs, and thus the new session of Town Council began. In his opening remarks Mayor Strathdee said “I stand before you very humbled at the opportunity to lead this community that I have such a passion for. I am very grateful for the trust and faith that the citizens have shown me. I am sure that I speak for the entire council when I say we all realize it is an enormous privilege and responsibility to serve the town, and we will be accountable for all our actions”. He mentioned that the first call he had from Town CAO, Kevin McLlwain, was to inform him that the Town will lose $134K in Province funding this year and with a meeting with a Town staff member who told him that there is a potential bill for $600K for roof repairs, adding “we will work hard to develop solutions to overcome these financial challenges”. Among his priorities the Mayor listed the Green Bridge as “our first priority.” Other priorities are to investigate ways to open the Quarry high dive and cliffs, “to take a pay freeze” and to improve relations with neighbouring municipalities. “Tough economic times require partnerships, and to work to catch up on infrastructure deficits”, the Mayor said. “We need to pay more attention to our streets, parks and sidewalks. We have fallen behind on maintenance”. He added that Council has to work toward maintaining Via Rail Service and they all need to show support for the citizen group trying to save it. One of the other issues Mayor Strathdee mentioned was to work toward maintaining our hospital service. “As a community we need to be aware of potential changes and work to support and enhance the services offered”, the Mayor said. In a 4-3 vote Coun. Carey Pope was chosen as Deputy Mayor. When Mayor Strathdee originally asked about filling this position, Coun. Lynn Hainer said that she would do it but Coun. Don Van Galen put forward a motion nominating Coun. Pope, who was chosen. In the only other business, Council passed By-laws assigning committee and board appointees. For a complete list please see page 21.