Things have heated up at a protest against a landfill proposed for Tiny Township in Simcoe County, Ontario. An elderly, retired farm couple are among eight people being charged by police in relation to the protest at what the protesters call “Dump Site 41.” Ina Wood, 76, and her husband Keith, 82, are charged with mischief.
Opposition to the landfill includes First Nations people, the local agricultural community and certain Georgian Bay cottagers. A rally July 25 attracted 2,500 people and was addressed by former Toronto mayor David Crombie, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus and Georgian Baykeeper Mary Muter.
Construction at the site, which was to open this fall, has been halted since July 6, when the Anishinabe Kweag (women) from Beausoleil First Nation decided to block the gates. Simcoe County has obtained an interim injunction and is seeking $160,000 in damages from Vicki Monague of Beausoleil and dairy farmer Anne Ritchie Nahuis. Argument on a permanent injunction was to be heard August 13-14.