The Biosolid Coordinators that Guy Crittenden mentions in his editorial “He Who Pays the Piper” (August/September edition) regularly frustrate the Protect the Ridges citizens’ organization. Being forced to lodge complaints (such as paper sludge being dumped in a licensed aggregate pit) with a “government inspector” working on contract, paid by the very company they’re supposed to investigate, is not only improper, it is intimidating. This policy allows a “fox to watch the chicken coop!” It creates what seems to be a clear violation of public trust. Protect The Ridges has had to deal with five such individuals in the past three years.
The “inspector” Mr. Crittenden focused on in his article, a former city councilor, was truly astonishing. She was actually allowed to chair meetings between the Ministry of Environment, health department, and community and regional representatives, including Protect the Ridges. The Biosolid Coordinators’ minutes of meetings between the company and the public omitted some of the public concerns. Test samples taken by the coordinators for initial studies and later a crucial report was found to have “discrepancies.” They are allowed to attend every meeting and hear everything that is said. It is very difficult to believe anything that they say. It makes me wonder what qualifications are required to flash an official ministry card?
I believe the policy that allows these “third party officers” puts the public at an extreme disadvantage and forces us to feel very vulnerable. It is time to protect the environment and public health and not the companies in question.
Reading your article was one thing. Living it is quite another!
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