• Letter to Environment Minister James Bradley – Sept. 6, 2013

    September 6, 2013

     

    The Honourable James Bradley
    Minister of the Environment
    Ferguson Block
    11th Floor
    77 Wellesley St W
    Toronto ON M7A2T5

     

    Dear Minister,

    I am sure that you would be aware of the importance of the West Carleton Landfill issue to residents of the City of Ottawa and to our City Council.

    This issue and the Environmental Assessment related to the proposal were under consideration by your Ministry and you for some time. In fact, as you know, the City of Ottawa had made a substantial submission to the Ministry regarding the EA, including a letter from me. You will recall that I also personally delivered to you a package containing the City of Ottawa questions, comments and requests regarding the Environmental Assessment for this project.

    Yesterday afternoon, via local Ottawa media, I first became aware that you had made your decision in this important matter. Please note that I learned of this through the local media. The same is true of other of my Council colleagues – Councillor Eli El-Chantiry and Councillor Shad Qadri – who are most directly affected by this decision.

    Similarly, no staff at the City of Ottawa received an advance, or at the very least simultaneous, notification that a decision had been made or was about to be released. Shortly after initial media reports, my office did receive a call from the proponent informing us that a decision had been made in their favour.

    Minister, I have since learned that the Order-in-Council confirming this decision was signed on August 28, 2013. This would indicate to me that there would have been sufficient time to properly notify all interested parties of the impending release of the decision and to do so in the same manner, at the same time, for all.

    I trust that the lack of respect displayed by the Ministry of the Environment in the handling of this decision will be addressed by your office on an urgent basis.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Watson
    Mayor
    City of Ottawa

     

    c.c.
    Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
    Ottawa City Council
    Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager, City of Ottawa