Timeline - Local Media Coverage 2012

March 2/12 - Quarry Eyed for New Landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/02/quarry-eyed-for-new-landfill-site-project

"The process to develop a new landfill site in a mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime’s Beachville location is under way.
Representatives from Walker Environmental Group have started knocking on doors to let neighbouring residents know what is being proposed and what the process is..."

March 6/12 - CTV London Coverage : Landfill Proposal

http://www.ctvlondon.ca/tag/walker-environmental-group/

"... the Ingersoll area has been targeted for one of the largest garbage dumps in the province. A private company has gone public with its desire to turn portions of a lime quarry into the landfill. The proposal has shocked residents and has politicians scrambling to react. CTV London’s Sean Irvine explains..."

March7/12  - Meeting for Potential Landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/07/meeting-for-potential-beachville-landfill-set-for-april-4

"Walker Environmental Group (WEG) is hosting an open house to discuss its proposal to develop a landfill in a mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime's Beachville site.
Scheduled for April 4 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m..."

March9/12  - Public Invited to Dig into Landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/09/public-invited-to-dig-into-landfill-debate

"Get involved, stay informed, ask questions and provide feedback.
Walker Environmental Group (WEG) is encouraging public participation in its proposal to develop a landfill at a mined quarry in Beachville, said Joe Lyng, the company's general manager of strategic growth..."

March 27/12Mayors issue joint statement about landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/27/mayors-issue-joint-statement-about-landfill

The mayors of Zorra Township, Ingersoll and South West Oxford Township issued a statement to residents Tuesday morning regarding the proposed landfill site in Zorra.

“We want you to know that all of your elected municipal officials have significant concerns about the potential impact of a large landfill site that Walker Environmental Group is proposing to locate in a mined-out portion of a quarry owned by Carmeuse Lime in Zorra Township on the boundary with Ingersoll,” the statement reads

To Read Actual Statement:

http://walkerea.com/admin/downloadnewsfile.html?article_num=78

March 28/12  - Zorra Township Landfill Protest Signs

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/03/27/zorra-township-landfill-protest-signs

"Residents in and around Centreville, Beachville and Ingersoll are showing their opposition to the proposed landfill site in Zorra Township by posting signs on their properties. While many of them are generic 'No Dump' signs, others are more personalized..."

March 28/12  - Landfill Open House Moved to Woodstock

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/03/28/landfill-open-house-moved-to-woodstock

"The Walker Environmental Group public open house regarding the proposed Zorra Township landfill site has been relocated to Woodstock.
The date for the event remains Wednesday, April 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. It will be held in the Vansittart Room at the Quality Inn in Woodstock..."

March /12     - Elm Hurst Trashes Walker Open House

http://1047.ca/local-news/3861

"An upcoming public meeting on a landfill proposal in Beachville is being shunned by the Elm Hurst.
Officials at the Inn have informed Walker Environmental it does not want to host the public meeting, given the opposition to the plan in the town..."

March 29/12  - Oxford Landfill Debate Delayed

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/29/oxford-countys-landfill-debate-delayed-until-april-11

"County councillor and Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey spoke passionately at county council Wednesday, opposing the proposed landfill site at Carmeuse Lime’s Beachville location.                                                                                                                                                                           Comiskey asked council to take a firm stance against the proposed landfill site through a resolution, but council decided to defer the motion to gather more information. The resolution will be revisited at the next county council meeting on April 11..."

March 30/12 - What do Oxford County Councillors Think

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/30/what-do-oxford-county-councillors-think-of-landfill

"No one on county council appeared to eager to welcome the proposed landfill site in a mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime's Beachville location during Wednesday’s meeting,
Councillors don’t like the idea of a dump located right next to Oxford County municipalities, but they differed on the opinion of what to do about it..."

March 31/12 - Hundreds Rally Against Beachville Landfill

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/03/31/hundreds-rally-against-beachville-landfill-proposal

"From young children to senior citizens, about 300 people showed their opposition to a proposed landfill in Beachville at a rally on Saturday.
Gathering around the gazebo in Yvonne Holmes-Mott Memorial Park, many in the crowd carried signs and wore T-shirts with messages objecting to the idea of a landfill in a mined quarry owned by Carmeuse Lime. Children were also able to express their feelings toward the proposal by Walker Environmental Group (WEG) at a craft table while adults signeda petition against the landfill that will be presented to county council..."

March 31/12  - Hundreds Rally Against Dump 

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/03/31/hundreds-rally-against-beachville-landfill-proposal

"Jeremy Richardson, one of the organizers of a rally against Walker Environmental Group's proposed landfill in a mined quarry in Beachville, Ont., speaks to the crowd in Yvonne Holmes -Mott Memorial Park in Ingersoll on March 31, 2012. Following speeches, the group walked through downtown to Walker Environmental Group's office on Carnegie Street..."

April 1/12   - Stop the Dump Rally (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MtD-HkyPoWo

"Hundreds from Ingersoll, Beachville and other concerned Oxford citzens
stage a rally and protest march against a proposed landfill in
Beachville. -Heart FM"

April 2/12  - Stop the Dump Rally (Video)2

http://1047.ca/local-news/3885

"Hundreds from Ingersoll, Beachville and other concerned Oxford citzens stage a rally and protest march against a proposed landfill in Beachville..."

April 2/12   - Rally Photos (Sentinel Review -facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.356629231045262.81360.199421336766053&type=1

Photos of rally by Hun-jong Ha    -posted on Sentinel Review facebook page

April 3/12  - Landfill Public Meeting

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/04/03/landfill-public-meeting-wednesday-in-woodstock

"With hundreds showing up for a weekend protest, Oxford County residents had their say on proposed landfill site in a mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime's Beachville location.
County Councillors had their say last week as they discussed the issue for nearly two hours at its regular meeting.
The Walker Environmental Group (WEG) will have the chance to have its voice heard regarding the proposed Zorra Township landfill site with a public open house Wednesday afternoon. The open house runs from 2 to 8 p.m. in Woodstock’s Quality Hotel and Suites’ Vansittart Room..."

April 5/12  - Town Budgets $100,000 for Legal Fees

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/04/04/town-budgets-100000-for-landfill-legal-fees

"The Town of Ingersoll has put $100,000 in its 2012 budget for legal fees to address a proposal for a landfill in Beachville.
Starting out with $25,000 in the draft budget for that purpose, councillors felt it wasn't a realistic amount and upped the figure by $75,000 during a budget meeting on Tuesday, April 3.
Deputy Mayor Fred Freeman pointed out that the landfill proposal process is expected to take three to five years and the town may have to spend that much on legal fees each year..."

April 5/12 - WEG Seeks Community Input on Landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/04/04/weg-seeks-community-input-on-proposed-landfill

"The proposed landfill site in the mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime's Beachville location hasn’t received much support from either county residents or councillors.
Walker Environmental Group (WEG) is looking to change that. Joe Lyng, general manager of strategic growth at WEG, hopes Wednesday’s open house at the Quality Hotel & Suites in Woodstock will be the first step in changing the public perception..."

April 10/12 -Oxford Landfill Debate Continues

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/04/10/oxford-county-councils-landfill-debate-continues

"Landfill controversy will fill Oxford County council chambers once again.
Coun. Ted Comiskey presented a motion at council two weeks ago asking council to draw a line in the sand in opposition to the proposed landfill site at Carmeuse Lime’s Beachville location. The motion was deferred until Wednesday’s meeting after county lawyers through CAO Michael Bragg expressed concern the motion would make clear an anti-landfill bias heading forward. Such a bias could hamper county’s effort to oppose the landfill later on Bragg explained..."

April 10/12 -Hardeman Lends Advice Landfill Battle

http://1047.ca/local-news/3932

"Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman knows what its like to battle a landfill.
Hardeman, a longtime Salford resident, says he remembers the proposal for the Salford landfill many years ago.
Hardeman is telling those battling the Walker Landfill proposal in 2012 to speak up and let the company know their concerns..."

April 11/12  - NO More Landfills in Oxford County

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/04/11/no-more-landfills-in-oxford-county-council-says

"Oxford County took a firm stance against the proposed landfill at the former Carmeuse Lime Beachville location.
Council Wednesday voted in favour of a revised motion tabled by Coun. Ted Comiskey. The motion calls for a moratorium on landfills in the county until a review of other options can be completed and council will advise the provincial government of its anti-landfill stance. While Comiskey is getting his wish of sending an early clear message that the county does not want a landfill, Warden Don McKay said the motion does nothing to actually prevent a proposal, such as the one made by Walker Environmental Group..."

April 12/12  - Council Call to Stop Landfills in Ontario

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LkVWtP5e3Q

"County Council's call for a stop to landfills in Ontario" (video Heart FM)

April 12/12  - Lupton Wants Waste Re-directed

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/04/11/margaret-lupton-wants-waste-redirected-from-landfills

"She was the sole county councillor to oppose a motion to start the fight against the proposed Beachville landfill, but Margaret Lupton isn’t pro landfill by any stretch...
Still eager to help divert county trash from landfills, Lupton and Zorra offered county council another suggestion. She said if the county can reduce the amount of waste it puts out to the curb the need for landfills will decrease..."

April 27/12 -Walker offers Tours of Niagara Campus

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/04/27/walker-offering-tours-of-its-niagara-campus

"Walker Environmental Group – the company that has proposed to develop a landfill in a mined quarry in Zorra - is offering tours of its Niagara campus to the public..."

May 7/12  - Looming Landfill Shortages Concern Norfolk

http://www.dunnvillechronicle.com/2012/05/07/looming-landfill-shortage-concerns-norfolk

“...The disposal of resources in landfills is unsustainable and creates potential environmental concerns which may take numerous generations to become apparent and could have significant human and financial costs before the problems are rectified,” the resolution says. “Oxford County council demands a moratorium on any future landfill construction or approval until such time as a full review of alternatives can be completed which would examine best practices in other jurisdictions around the world...”

May 15/12  -Town Digging into Landfill Proposal Process

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/05/15/town-digging-into-landfill-proposal-process?

"What happens next?
That's what the Town of Ingersoll wants to find out by digging into the process involved with a proposal by Walker Environmental Group (WEG) to open a landfill in Zorra.
Representatives from Ingersoll, Zorra, Southwest Oxford, WEG and lawyers for all the parties involved were among those who met recently to discuss how information will flow during the process..."

June 12, 2012 -  Beachville landfill meeting slated for June 19

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/06/11/beachville-landfill-meeting-slated-for-june-19

BEACHVILLE - They are hitting the road to share their impassioned plea with Oxford residents to help put a halt to a proposal they are calling “Ontario’s largest landfill.”
Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL Alliance) is hosting the first of what they say will be numerous town hall-style presentations across Oxford County.

June 12, 2012 - Beachville landfill meeting slated for June 19

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/06/11/beachville-landfill-meeting-slated-for-june-19

BEACHVILLE - They are hitting the road to share their impassioned plea with Oxford residents to help put a halt to a proposal they are calling “Ontario’s largest landfill.”
Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL Alliance) is hosting the first of what they say will be numerous town hall-style presentations across Oxford County.

June 13/12 - Local group targets Walker Environmental Group's proposed Beachville landfill

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/06/13/local-group-targets-walker-environmental-groups-proposed-beachville-landfill

Ron Thomson, Sentinel-Review

BEACHVILLE - A newly formed group of Oxford County residents in opposition to Walker Environmental Group’s proposed landfill introduced itself to county council Wednesday. 

The Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) gave county council an outline on why the group was formed and what they plan to do.

June 19/12 - OPAL Town Hall-Styled Meeting 

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

Heart FM :
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.

1339772669697 Originalphoto Ingersoll Times

Jun. 22, 2012 - Residents voicing concerns about proposed landfill 

http://kitchener.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120622/oxford-county-landfill-proposal-120622/20120622/?hub=SWOHome

CTV Kitchener 
Even though the proposal is years from going to council for final approval, the plans for a landfill in Oxford County are provoking anger among area residents. 

August 26, 2012 -Free concert supports waste reduction in Ingersoll

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/08/26/free-concert-supports-waste-reduction-in-ingersoll

INGERSOLL - It's not enough just to protest a landfill if people don't learn to reduce their waste output. 

   That was the message from the Oxford People Against the Landfill Alliance and Funnell Insurance Group Friday night, August 24 when Ingersoll residents were treated to a free concert by Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Craig Cardiff.
Steve McSwiggan, a member of OPAL and one of the organizers for Friday night's events, said the group was raising awareness for its fight against the proposed landfill in Beachville but was also trying to encourage residents to reduce their garbage.

August 28, 2012 -Pictures from Harvestfest

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/08/28/pictures-from-harvestfest

Craig Cardiff at Ingersoll Burger Fest 2012 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbiNBrt8GCs

Monday, September 24, 2012 -OPAL to host info drop-in Wednesday

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/09/24/opal-to-host-info-drop-in-wednesday

Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL Alliance) will be sharing its research with residents in a special OPAL meeting room at Quality Inn in Woodstock Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

September 26, 2012-The fight is ramping up to keep a mega-dump out of Oxford County.

http://www.ctvlondon.ca/2012/09/battle-over-possible-ingersoll-dump-heats-up/

Groups from both sides of the debate on the proposed landfill, held information sessions today in Ingersoll.
Bryan Bicknell reports.

September 26, 2012-Waste generation, water big topics at open house

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/09/26/waste-generation-water-big-topics-at-open-house

WOODSTOCK - Walker Environmental Group’s proposed landfill site in the mined quarry at Carmeuse Lime's Beachville location is still a hot topic in Oxford County.
County residents had a chance to hear both sides of the story Wednesday at Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Walker Environmental Group (WEG) held its second open house meeting Wednesday, while anti-dump group Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) held a drop-in information session just down the hall

September 26, 2012 - Landfill Meetings: OPAL vs. Walker Industries

http://1047.ca/local-news/39554

The latest meetings over the proposed Beachville landfill took place Wednesday. It wasn't just the company proposing to open the massive landfill however. Oxford People Against the Landfill also wanted to have their say.

September 26, 2012 - Walker, OPAL Both Hosting Open Houses Today

http://1047.ca/local-news/39492

Walker, OPAL Both Hosting Open Houses Today
The battle over a proposed mega-landfill in Oxford County continues today.
Walker Industries is set to host its second open house in Woodstock to provide residents with an update on their progress. Walker is proposing to open a landfill in the Beachville Quarry that would take in dozens of truckloads of trash every day.
The open house runs from 2-8PM at the Quality Inn in Woodstock.
Not to be outdone, Oxford People Against the Landfill have also rented a room at the Quality Inn today and will host its own information drop-in session.
OPAL says it will be sharing some research today, and also providing residents with a checklist of concerns to fill out to deliver to Walker Industries. In a press release, OPAL Chair Steve McSwiggan says, “The official government processes that Walker must follow stipulate that Walker must record every written comment or concern submitted by a resident. Our public input will direct Walker in the various testing it must do and considerations it must take into account. The Minister of the Environment, who makes the final decision on whether or not Walker gets its landfill, will be influenced by what we residents state now.”

Heart FM's Victoria Mattan will be at the Open Houses, and will be reporting later this afternoon on Heart FM News.

September 27, 2012 - County Joining Landfill Peer Review

http://1047.ca/local-news/39633

County Council will be getting involved with the proposed landfill at the Beachville quarry.
Walker Industries has asked the county to be part of the peer review.
The townships of Zorra, Ingersoll, and South-West Oxford have been asked to participate as well.
Warden Don McKay says this review will give council a chance to get all of the information they need on the proposal. "Step 1 is to participate in the peer review, so we have a place at the table to ensure that we can review as it's happening, rather than just being a commentor after the fact."
McKay says it's critical that the County use its resources to study the issue. "Certainly on an issue as important as a landfill, I want to make sure we have the qualified scientists reviewing and ensuring that the environment, the social, economic issues are being reviewed and don't have a negative impact on Oxford County."
Technical issues such as water supply, noise, odour, and traffic will be dealt with during the peer review, which is being paid for by Walker as part of its application.
 


October 17/12 - OPAL celebrating council decision on Carmeuse road closure application

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/10/17/opal-celebrating-council-decision-on-carmeuse-road-closure-application 

By John Tapley

In a unanimous recorded vote on Tuesday, October 16, Township of Zorra councillors turned down an application from Carmeuse Lime to close and purchase part of the 35th Line adjacent to a proposed landfill site.

The company made the request in order to create a haul road for the quarry, said Steve McSwiggan, chair of Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL).

“Let's be real, there's all kinds of room (on the property) to create a haul road.,” he said.

October 17/12 - Carmeuse Lime's Road Closure Request

http://1047.ca/local-news/41060

by Victoria Mattan
It's a small step in a very long road to stopping the proposed Beachville dump.
That's according to Oxford People Against the Landfill after an application to close the road west of the quarry was denied last night.
Carmeuse Lime came to Zorra Townships's Council meeting saying they wanted it closed off to the public since it's no longer big enough for their large trucks.

October 17/12 - OPAL celebrating council decision on Carmeuse road closure application

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/10/17/opal-celebrating-council-decision-on-carmeuse-road-closure-application

By John Tapley

McSwiggan said OPAL considers the denial of the application a victory for several reasons.

“It's a win for the community. A family farm and livelihood were saved and we drew a line in the sand for the proponents of this landfill,” he said. “It was a real message that the council put out to the community that (the landfill) is not a done deal.”

October 17/12 - VIDEO: Carmeuse Lime's Road Request Denied

  http://1047.ca/local-news/41127

Carmeuse Lime approached Zorra Township's Council requesting the closure of the 35th Line, a road west of their quarry. Members of the community came out to express their concerns.

October 24/12 - OPAL Hires Geo-Scientist to Review Landfill Proposal

http://1047.ca/local-news/41683

by Adam J. Nyp

Whether or not Oxford County joins a peer review of the landfill proposal, local citizens are commissioning their own independent review.

Oxford People Against the Landfill have hired their own Geo-Scientist to conduct a review of Walker Industries' proposal.

Walker is looking at opening a massive landfill in the Beachville Quarry.

OPAL Spokesperson Steve McSwiggan says they've hired Wilf Ruland through donated funds to the fight against the landfill. "He has a professional designation he has to uphold. It may work against OPAL's wishes, it may work with OPAL's wishes, but at least it's not being funded by the proponent. It's clear that it's being funded by the people in Oxford that care enough not to have a landfill located so close to their community."

County Council tonight will try to decide for a 3rd time whether or not they'll join the peer review being funded by Walker Industries. They have twice deferred a decision, after much discussion.

OPAL fears there are too many strings attached to that agreement. McSwiggan says, "Yeah, the taxpayer gets off the hook for not paying for an EA Peer Review Group, but at the same time, these strings are attached to that independent review group, so to speak."

October 24/12 - Oxford County OKs Walker memo on landfill peer review

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/10/24/oxford-county-oks-walker-memo-on-landfill-peer-review

By Bruce Urquhart, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

WOODSTOCK - After a couple of delays, a withdrawn amendment and an abandoned motion, Oxford finally endorsed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Wednesday that involves the county in the peer review of the proposed Zorra landfill.
 

November 14/12- Landfill neighbours share story in OPAL town hall meeting

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/11/14/landfill-neighbours-share-story-in-opal-town-hall-meeting

By John Tapley

Card2 1 photo by: Ingersoll Times

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.

Over the last three decades, they said their dream has turned into a nightmare of odours, noise, bird droppings, heavy truck traffic and other problems.

Walker didn't stop operating in the area, but turned its quarry into a landfill and then excavated a new quarry, which was also turned into a landfill in 2010. Composting and bio solid treatment facilities are also part of the operation.

The Zeliznaks shared their story during a town hall meeting hosted by Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) at the CAW Hall in Ingersoll on Tuesday.

November 14/12 - Ingersoll approves memorandum of understanding on landfill peer review

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/11/14/ingersoll-approves-memorandum-of-understanding-on-landfill-peer-review

By John Tapley

Ingersoll has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Walker Environmental Group for a landfill proposal peer review team that will work on behalf of South-West Oxford, Zorra, Ingersoll and the County of Oxford.

November 30/12 - OPAL bringing landfill questions to Liberal leadership candidates 

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/11/30/opal-bringing-landfill-questions-to-liberal-leadership-candidates

Across Ontario, people are standing up to protect their communities from unwanted industrial megaprojects like the Walker landfill, said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

“We helped stop Dumpsite 41, we helped stop the megaquarry and we will help stop this ridiculous proposal to put a dump in a quarry.”

She said the next Premier of Ontario must give communities the legal right to refuse unwanted megaprojects.

“That will protect what we have for future generations and prevent these battles from starting in the first place as industry will seek out willing communities before they enter the approvals process.”

Nov 30/12 - Gloves not off as contenders to replace Dalton McGuinty face first debate

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/30/gloves-not-off-as-contenders-to-replace-dalton-mcguinty-face-first-debate/ 

National Post

The candidates are expected to greeted in Ingersoll by protesters opposed to a landfill in the area.

“We welcome the opportunity to inform the Liberal party and the people who hope to lead it that our community is dealing with a grave, life-changing concern that is already adversely impacting us: Walker Industries’ mega landfill proposal,” said Steve McSwiggan, Ingersoll resident and chair of Oxford People Against the Landfill.

November 30/12 -Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates participate in first debate Saturday

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontarios-liberal-leadership-candidates-participate-in-first-debate-saturday/article5856540/

The Globe & Mail

Delegates will be selected at meetings across the province the weekend of Jan. 11-12, just two weeks before the convention.

The candidates are expected to be greeted in Ingersoll by protesters opposed to a landfill in the area.

“We welcome the opportunity to inform the Liberal party and the people who hope to lead it that our community is dealing with a grave, life-changing concern that is already adversely impacting us: Walker Industries’ mega landfill proposal,” said Steve McSwiggan, Ingersoll resident and chair of Oxford People Against the Landfill.

December 1/12 - Liberals Being Met by Double-Whammy of Protest

http://www.1047.ca/local-news/44787

HeartFM

Liberal Leadership contenders and delegates will be met by protests in Ingersoll today.

Oxford People Against the Landfill are set to hold a rally outside of the Fusion Centre.

OPAL says it will be asking the potential premiers questions, such as 'Why communities are not allowed to decide whether or not they will accept mega projects like landfills?'

The group is rallying against the Walker Industries proposal to open one of Canada's largest landfills in the Beachville Quarry.

Also protesting the Liberals today will be the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and likely a few teachers. They're protesting Bill 115 that imposes a contract on education workers, which CUPE says is legislation that attacks free collective bargaining rights.

December 1/12 -  Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls gather in Ingersoll for first of five debates

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/2012/12/01/ontario-liberal-leadership-hopefuls-gather-in-ingersol-for-first-of-five-debates

By Scott Taylor, The London Free Press

1297346771366 Original

photo by: The London Free Press

INGERSOLL - Amid a noisy crowd of protesters outside, seven Liberals debated in small-town Southwestern Ontario for the right to replace Dalton McGuinty as the leader of the provincial Grits and -- for a short time, at least -- as premier.

December 1/12 - Rally Against Landfill Greets Liberal Leader Hopefuls

http://blackburnnews.com/london/london-news/2012/12/01/rally-against-landfill-greets-liberal-leader-hopefuls/

Saying a proposed new landfill in their area stinks, residents in Oxford did their best to get the attention of Liberal Leadership candidates heading into a debate.

The 7 prospective new premiers arrived in Ingersoll Saturday afternoon for the first of 5 debates.

Outside the Fusion Youth Activity Centre, where the debate was held, members of Oxford People Against the Landfill alliance or OPAL carried signs trying to make their voices heard.

Member, Karen Paton-Evans says the biggest concern they have is the impact the landfill would have on their drinking water.

The group wants to know how each candidate would address their concerns as premier of Ontario.

The landfill in Zorra is being proposed by Walker Environmental Group.

December 1/12 - CTV Kitchener: First Ontario Liberal debate

video

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=817881&playlistId=1.1062249&binId=1.815923

December 2/12 - Hundreds Turn Out to Protest at Liberal Leadership Debate

http://1047.ca/local-news/44835

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There were also many locals on hand, in protest of the proposed Beachville landfill.

OPAL Alliance spokesperson Karen Paton-Evans didn't feel like their message was getting lost amongst all the other issues. "This is tremendous that so many concerned citizens of Ontario are here, letting their government know that there's a lot that needs to be looked at in this province. There's many things that are concerning all of us, and I'm really pleased to see democracy in action in this big way."

December 4/12  - NEWS: Council of Canadians opposes landfill in Oxford County

http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18269

"…The candidates are expected to be greeted in Ingersoll by protesters opposed to a landfill in the area. ‘We welcome the opportunity to inform the Liberal party and the people who hope to lead it that our community is dealing with a grave, life-changing concern that is already adversely impacting us: Walker Industries’ mega landfill proposal,’ said Steve McSwiggan, Ingersoll resident and chair of Oxford People Against the Landfill.”

An Oxford People Against the Landfill media release highlights, “‘A mega landfill in the heart of Oxford County would be disastrous.’ Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, says, ‘Across Ontario, people are standing up to protect their communities from unwanted industrial megaprojects like the Walker dump. We helped stop Dumpsite 41, we helped stop the Megaquarry and we will help stop this ridiculous proposal to put a dump in a quarry. The next Premier of Ontario must give communities the legal right to refuse unwanted megaprojects. That will protect what we have for future generations and prevent these battles from starting in the first place as industry will seek out willing communities before they enter the approvals process.’”