OPAL Alliance wishes to thank all who volunteered and all who attended the Town Hall Meeting to listen to the Zeliznaks share their experiences of living next to Walker's landfills in Thorold, Ontario.
photos by: M. Keenan & M. Cooper
By John Tapley
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Assured that a nearby quarrying operation owned by Walker Industries would cease in less than a decade and the site would be rehabilitated, Richard and Nijole Zeliznak built their dream home in Thorold in 1979.
photo John Tapley Ingersoll Times
Wondering what it would be like to have Walker Industries and its mega dump as our neighbours?
Nijole and Richard Zeliznak know. In 1979, before deciding to build their new family home on a three-acre lot near Walker’s quarrying operation in Thorold, the couple went to Thorold City Hall and asked what future plans and zoning were in place and what the Walker Corporation and the Cities of Thorold and Nigara Falls planned to do with these lands in the coming years. After being assured by Thorold City Hall that it was almost certain Walker would wrap up aggregation extraction in less than 10 years and then cease operations of any kind, the Zeliznaks decided they could live with that. They built their home with heavy duty construction techniques designed to withstand the quarry’s blasting for the remaining lifespan of the quarry and looked forward to the day when Walker would complete its work and return the lands to a natural condition.
To the Zeliznaks’ dismay, Walker did not end its operations. Instead, the corporation turned its quarry pit into a landfill. In the same area, Walker then began excavating in a new quarry and in 2010, turned that into another landfill.
The Zeliznaks are concerned that what happened to them and their community could happen to ours, if Walker gets its way. Come and meet this courageous couple and learn from their experiences at OPAL’s Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m., Tues., Nov. 13. Through the generosity of our supporters, CAW Local 88/2163, our event will be in the union hall at 364 Victoria Street, Ingersoll. Thanks to Coffee Culture, Ingersoll, for their generosity in donating coffee for this event.
Seating is limited, first come, first seated.