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SITE 41: Council team arrives in Midland

Yesterday evening at about 10:00 pm, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, water campaiigner Meera Karunananthan, director of organizing Carleen Pickard, and I arrived in Midland, Ontario after a five hour car drive (in the rain) from Ottawa. Here we met with Ontario-Quebec organizer Mark Calzavara, who is based in Toronto.

We are all here for the next several days to put a stop to a garbage dump that is to be constructed on the Alliston aquifer at Site 41 in nearby Tiny Township.

As has been reported almost everyday for the last several days in area newspapers including the Barrie Examiner, “On Friday at 7 p.m., Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chairman and adviser to the United Nations on water issues, will be showing the documentary film, Flow for Love of Water, at the First Nations campsite opposite the site. On Saturday, Barlow will be leading a march from Elmvale to Site 41 at 10:30 a.m.”

For extensive background on the campaign to protect the water in this area from the garbage dump please go to www.canadians.org/water/issues/Site41/index.html.

For numerous blog posts on this campaign over the past months, please go to www.canadians.org/campaignblog.

Today, Carleen and Mark will be focusing on ensuring all the logistics are in place for this evening’s outdoor screening of FLOW and tomorrow’s 7-km march, rally and concert, while Maude, Meera and I will be meeting with various members of Simcoe County council in their home communities in an effort to build opposition to the dumpsite among elected officials.

I will be sending regular updates over the next few days as our work progresses.