I asked the question in June, after the provincial election, if anything would change under the new government concerning our water situation. Well, I can safely say the bureaucrats are firmly in charge and the new government isn’t going to push back.
First, let me catch you up on some things. I didn’t get a seat on council but I got a good chunk of votes…I came 4th out of 8 candidates. More importantly I kept the question of water firmly in the conversations leading up to the municipal elections.
Also, I’ve been writing my MPP, the Premier’s office, the ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health. The responses have been less than encouraging. Here is my letter back from the Premier’s office.
I have also been back in touch with the issues manager at the Ministry of Environment, Teri Gilbert. Hearing from her assured me that this whole situation is going to get swept away with red tape and bureaucracy. I keep hearing that the provincial chief medical officer, Dr. David William, will be reviewing the existing data. This is NOT the Health Hazard Investigation (HHI) that we’ve been asking for! He will not be reviewing any data collected by Water Wells First.
My MPP, Monty McNaughton, is now the minister of infrastructure. He has not answered any of my calls, letters or emails. He is also avoiding the local press on this issue. You can here the frustration in the writing of the article in the Chatham Daily News. Another bad sign.
And, our local chief medical officer is wading into this again…now seemingly a well technical expert. See his comments here.
The problem with all this is that no one has yet collected our sediments for testing. We are asking that a new water pollutant be identified with the HHI. To that end, we collected our own samples of sediment from the well. We had them delivered to the provincial chief medical officer’s office. You can read more about it in this article.
Here’s a picture of our sample outside that office.
I continue to think that this is all going to get whitewashed. This is another Walkerton situation but the effects are much slower. I am thinking that this will end up in court. Stay tuned.