JUN2012: OPAL Alliance Holds First Town Hall

Written by Mary Cooper

The hall was filled with concerned citizens on Tuesday, June 19th as OPAL members took the stage to share information on the fight against Walker Industries’ proposed landfill. The Town Hall meeting, part of a traveling road show, was presented at the Colombo Club in Beachville.

Those who attended the meeting heard from several speakers, including guest speaker Heather Gingerich (Canadian Director of the International Medical Geology Association). OPAL members spoke on a variety of topics, including details surrounding Walker's proposal, the relevance of the Aggregate Resources Act and rehabilitating quarries, the Environmental Assessment process, potential risks to the environment, Oxford County’s water quality and how people can voice their concerns. 

Following the presentations a Q&A session engaged the crowd as attendees were given an opportunity to voice their concerns. Key issues raised included: water and air pollution, the health risks of a new landfill and the future reputation of Oxford County.

The crowd left knowing that the landfill is far from a done deal and eager to work as a united community to defeat this proposal.

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photos: R. Franklin, B Lampkin

Media Coverage

June 19/12 - OPAL Town Hall-Styled Meeting

http://1047.ca/local-news/4416

Nearly all the seats were filled Tuesday at the Columbo Club in Beachville.
The reason was a town hall-styled meeting hosted by OPAL (Oxford People Against the Landfill).
The meeting talked about the following: alleged broken promises by Carmeuse, what Walker Industries is planning, ground water, and what's in the water.

 June 20, 2012 - OPAL holds first public anti-dump meeting 

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/06/20/opal-holds-first-public-anti-dump-meeting

Ron Thomson, Sentinel-Review
BEACHVILLE - They’ve been making the rounds to the local municipal councils, but the Oxford People Against the Landfill Alliance (OPAL) spoke to the general public for the first time last night.

June 21, 2012 - OPAL hosts town hall meeting on landfill fight

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/06/21/opal-hosts-town-hall-meeting-on-landfill-fight

Ingersoll Times
An education session on the fight against a proposed landfill in Zorra was followed by a call to action when Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) held a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 19.

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