Petition update

Petition Update - Date extension granted - Please read

steve woods
Canada

May 22, 2020 — 

Hello again residents, concerned citizens, neighbours, supporters.

A quick update that our first request (for an extension to the government submission (ECA)) has been granted) and the deadline will be extended by another 30 days to the end of June.(A copy of the text of the confirmation from Vijay is at the bottom of this update). This is great for our community and I urge all of you to continue to write letters to Vijay, Jennifer, and the rest of the politicians that can help with our fight to stop this improperly located proposal. 

Our petition support shows over 2600 signatories to date, lets keep the pressure up and get it to 5000. The exciting things is over 80% are local residents - which is great for local support (and of course we thank everyone around the world who is supporting us in this fight)

We also have support from the Scarborough Mirror with an article in the current version. You can see an electronic version of that article below:

Scarborough Mirror Article

Finally a request of anyone with a contact that may be able to help on the following:

We have been assessing some of the documents that have been submitted to the Ministry and they seem to be a little inaccurate (But our assessment may be wrong). We need to find someone who is familiar with the submission of proposals to the ministry to help us assess the completeness and accuracy of the submissions.  If you know of anyone who can take a look at either the ESDM (Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling report) - using AERMOD, the Secondary Noise Screening Method, or the Odour Impact Assessment (again using AERMOD) - please have them reach out to WESTHILLHEALTH@gmail.com - the support will be greatly appreciated.

That's the update for now..Thanks all...Steve  (Text of Vijay's update below)

 

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:56 AM Thanigasalam, Vijay <vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org> wrote:

Dear Constituents,  

I want to acknowledge all the residents that have reached out to our office regarding 2683517 Ontario Inc.’s (applicant) proposed Coronation Organics Processing Centre and Anaerobic Digester (project) at 633 Coronation Drive in Scarborough.  I will continue to stand with, and fight for the residents of Scarborough-Rouge Park.

For projects such as this one, the applicant is required to notify adjacent properties and nearby residents of the project and inform them of how they can bring their comments and concerns to the attention of the ministry. Given the nature of this project, the ministry granted my request to expand the notification radius. This was expanded from 100 metres to 500 metres to ensure that more members of the surrounding residential community were made aware of the application and given an opportunity to provide comments to the ministry for consideration. 

The main way of consulting is through posting on the Environmental Registry. This particular project was posted to the registry on March 10, 2020. Projects are normally posted for 45 days, but after my office requested an extension to allow my constituents enough time to review the proposal, the ministry extended the public comment period an additional 30 days to May 24, 2020. However, after further conversations with neighbouring constituents, I requested another extension, and this request was approved for another 30 days. Please follow the link to submit comments: (https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-1446 This posting should ensure the public has had a suitable opportunity to bring their concerns and comments to the ministry’s attention. 

Many of you have requested a public consultation to take place to ensure the transparency of the project and give the community the ability to review the proposal in detail. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person public consultation by the proponent is unlikely. However, I am requesting the applicant to hold a formal public consultation with the community directly. A virtual public meeting with the community would be a good start during COVID-19 to maintain physical distancing.

I encourage residents to continue to make their comments on the registry especially with the extension being granted. All comments received by the ministry during the Environmental Registry comment period, and as a result of the applicant’s notification letter, will be considered during the technical review of the application. The technical review pertains to the protection of the environment only - issues such as odour, dust and noise from the facility. 

The approval of local regulatory requirements, primarily municipal zoning and by-laws, are made by the local municipality. In this case, any truck traffic or any nuisance impacts due to truck traffic fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto. Please see the table below for the division of responsibilities between the province and municipality. 
On behalf of the residents living in the neighbouring communities, I have requested more information on all the approvals that were sanctioned by the City of Toronto. 

I want to make it clear that I stand with the residents of Scarborough-Rouge Park and will fight to ensure the surrounding neighbourhood has the opportunity to be presented with the facts of this proposal in the most transparent way possible. The health and safety of my residents is my number one priority. 

 If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org.

 Sincerely,


Vijay


Vijay Thanigasalam
 MPP, Scarborough-Rouge Park

 

 

 


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