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Toronto landfill potential protest target

Toronto politicians were recently surprised to discover that there's an unhappy neighbor beside the landfill they'r...


Toronto politicians were recently surprised to discover that there’s an unhappy neighbor beside the landfill they’re purchasing for the city’s waste at a cost estimated at about $220 million. The city takes possession of the landfill on December 20. Indians from the Oneida of the Thames reserve, who live close to the GreenLane Landfill in Southwestern Ontario, have complained for years about noxious odors from the landfill and the potential of the facility to contaminate the environment, including local surface and ground waters. Band members withdrew from participation in a previous environmental assessment related to expansion of the facility because of their belief the process would not address their concerns. The band has a population of just over 2,000 people and has occupied the land singe 1840 when they purchased it from the Crown. The band has indicated it wants to talk to Toronto politicians and will consider aggressive protest tactics if its issues are not taken seriously by January. Toronto Mayor David Miller has indicated his willingness to try and address the band’s concerns and that Toronto will consider extra monitoring at the site.


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