Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 26, 2009 14:46 ET

CUPE Ontario Hails One-Year Moratorium on Site 41

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2009) - Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario today hailed a decision by Simcoe County Council to impose a one-year moratorium on development of the proposed Site 41 landfill.

"We are thrilled and pleased that the people of Simcoe County, members and supporters of the Beausoleil First Nation, the Council of Canadians and other concerned citizens have helped Simcoe County councillors to find their moral compass and do the right thing," said CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.

"The moratorium will give everyone time to ensure that the Alliston Aquifer will continue to remain one of the purest sources of water in the world," he added.

CUPE Ontario also commended councillors for voting to withdraw civil lawsuits leveled against protestors who were simply attempting to make their voices heard and stop the foolhardy rush to potentially pollute a source of water scientists have long maintained is one of the world's most pristine.

"The Guardians of Pure Water, the brave retirees and farmers, everyone who had the courage to point their way using peaceful demonstration in the face of such intimidation are the real heroes of this story, and we are so proud of what they have accomplished. It is deeply humbling and such an honour for us to have been able to assist them in their struggle," said Ryan.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Ontario
    Sid Ryan
    CUPE Communications
    Kevin Wilson