People driving on the 417 to Kanata or Stittsville can’t miss two distinctive landmarks. There is the Canadian Tire Centre and on the other side of the road, and just a little farther out, is a massive landfill site. Continue reading
CBC reports today that Waste Management is backing away from its plans to accept Quebec waste at the Carp Road landfill facility:
A proposal to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a processing facility in Carp has been trashed.
Waste Management Canada had sought and won approval from Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal on March 1 to transfer construction and demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd.
The city announced last week it planned to appeal the decision.
But on Monday Waste Management said after talking with city officials, the company is backing away from the plan.
“After discussing the matter with the city and the ministry, we have decided not to proceed with our proposal to include portions of Quebec within the service area for the West Carleton Environmental Centre and … we will as soon as practicable take such steps as are necessary to amend the [Environmental Compliance Approval] accordingly,” said spokesperson Wayne French in a letter to city councillors and community stakeholders.
During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the bridge into Ottawa, and worried Ottawa could become a dumping ground for other regions.
The City of Ottawa’s communications department sent this memo from City solicitor Rick O’Connor to media outlets today.
Today was the deadline to request an appeal to the Ministry of Environment’s decision to allow Waste Management to accept Quebec garbage at the Carp Road landfill facility. The City of Ottawa, along with seven residents and community groups, each submitted a request for leave to appeal the decision. Now it’s in the hands of the Environmental Review Tribunal to decide if an appeal can go forward.
O’Connor also shared a letter the City received from Waste Management, who runs the landfill facility, where they state that they are “taking steps to review its position”. A copy of the letter is included below. Continue reading
City of Ottawa solicitor Rick O’Connor recommended that city staff appeal a Ministry of Environment decision to allow the Carp landfill to accept waste from Western Quebec.
The memo was circulated to media outlets yesterday, and Councillor Shad Qadri confirmed on Facebook that the city would be moving forward with an appeal.
“…for leave to be obtained, it is only necessary that a preliminary review of the evidence shows that the decision is unreasonable and that significant harm to the environment could result. Therefore, in light of the City’s longstanding position on limiting the geographic area from which waste is brought to Ottawa landfills, it is my view that it would be appropriate to seek leave to appeal the MOECC’s decision in this instance,” he wrote.
As Lando said in the Empire Strikes Back…
You might remember hearing back in September that Waste Management applied to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for permission to bring construction and demolition waste from Quebec to the landfill facility on Carp Road. Continue reading
Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnyk teased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation. Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading
Your recent article reports on a new $105,000 gazebo for Village Square Park. Part of the funding for the gazebo ($30,000) is coming from Waste Management through a Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). At the same time Waste Management is negotiations with the City to develop a new Host Municipality Agreement for the new landfill at their Carp Road facility. Continue reading
“There is an exciting project coming to Village Square Park that I am pleased to share with everyone. A new gazebo will soon call the park its home.”
Councillor Shad Qadri’s newsletter, September 30
Councillor Shad Qadri recently revealed details about a gazebo being built at Village Square Park, at the corner of Stittsville Main and Abbott. The plan is to build a 16’x16′ raised stage at the east end of the park with electrical hook-ups, for use as a community performance space. The structure is already under construction and could be completed as early as November 1. Continue reading
A number of people have asked me this summer about the status of the Carp Road landfill expansion, or as Waste Management (WM) would prefer us to call it, the West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC).
The only development is that last month, Waste Management asked the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for permission to import construction and demolition waste (known as “C&D”) from Gatineau to the current Carp Road facility. You can read the application here…
The idea is to take the waste material and recover any recyclable materials before shipping the rest to a landfill. Ross Wallace, a spokesperson for Waste Management, tells me that they want to be on a level playing field with other waste and recycling businesses that are allowed to take C&D waste from Western Quebec.
This brings to mind two concerns:
1) Truck traffic. Every load of garbage coming from Gatineau to Carp Road will be crossing bridges over the Ottawa River and using downtown streets. The timing of this proposal is ironic given that City Councillors are currently reviewing a $2-billion tunnel plan to reduce the number of trucks that cut through the core and choke up King Edward Avenue.
2) Waste transfer and jurisdictions. When WM first applied to expand the current landfill, it committed to serve Ottawa and close western neighbours like Lanark County. Opening the door – even slightly – to garbage from Quebec is worrisome. It contradicts the business model proposed by WM in the approved Environmental Assessment and Environmental Compliance Approval, where only Ontario waste was considered.
Environmentalists and waste industry watchers have been saying for a while now that increasing capacity at Ontario landfills (like the one on Carp Road) would lead to importing waste from farther and farther away. Do we really want our City to be the destination for garbage from other provinces or even the United States?
As Lando said in the Empire Strikes Back, “This deal is getting worse all the time!” The expanded landfill is going to look way different from what WM first described when they started the approval process: we’re hearing there’s no recreational land until the landfill is closed, recycling capability will be drastically reduced, and now they’re asking to expand the collection boundaries.
Residents can comment on WM’s application until October 3, either online or by mail. Here’s how to get in touch.
The next update to watch for is what’s happening with the Host Municipal Responsibility Agreement (HMRA). That’s the legal agreement between WM and the City that sets terms and conditions for the landfill’s operation. The company has been negotiating with the City’s lawyers, and at some point the agreement will need council approval. It’s not clear how (or even if) the public will be able to give any input.
As one of the conditions for operating the expanded Carp Road Landfill, Waste Management had to establish a Public Liaison Committee (PLC) to “provide a forum for public concerns to be raised and for mitigation measures to be discussed where appropriate”.
We’re beginning to find out how inadequately the PLC is meeting those goals.
The PLC was established in 2014 and had its first meeting in June that year. It has 12 voting members, including two members from Waste Management, five City of Ottawa councillors from neighbouring wards, three residents and two members of the local business community.
Here are some of our concerns about the committee:
COLA (Coalition for Landfill Accountability) represents eleven local community associations, with a mandate to educate people on the landfill and encourage public engagement in the development process. As well, COLA wants to ensure that all commitments made during the approval process are carried out.
COLA believes that the PLC must:
Tanya Hein is president of the Stittsville Village Association, one of the members groups of COLA.)
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(EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks back we published an article about projects funded through a “Community Initiative Fund” for the Carp Road Landfill. As part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa, Waste Management has contributed over $600,000 to projects in West Carleton, Stittsville, and Kanata. In 2007, $60,000 of that amount went to a project called Buy the Village Green in Carp. We were curious about what the funds were used for, and sent reporter Victoria Klassen to look into it. Here’s what she found.) Continue reading
PHOTO: Construction equipment in front of the Bradley-Craig barn. Photo by Dan Pak.
The citizens of Ottawa spend considerable time and money defining the type of community we want to live in through things like the official plan, zoning by-laws, heritage designations and green space conservation strategies. Yet often developers spend just as much time and money to justify projects which contravene the City’s plan.
We often hear developers complain about how long it takes and how expensive it is to get anything done. But often this is because they are using expensive experts to prepare a rationale to be exempt from the controls set out by the City. Recently there have been several prime examples of this in the Stittsville area.
First is the Bradley-Craig barn. The City gave the farmstead (farmhouse and barn) heritage designation to protect it as prime example of the early agricultural history in the region. The developer who didn’t want it, asked to dismantle and move it. Although staff and the Built Heritage Sub-Committee voted against the request to move the barn, the Planning Committee and Council voted in favour of the developer.
Second is the clearing of 6279 Fernbank Road. The site is one of the last large nature area providing a home and refuge for wildlife. Through the “Protocol for Wildlife Protection during Construction” the City defines a number of best [ractices to minimize the impact on wildlife during construction. Regarding removal of trees and wetlands, it states that clearing should not take place in the winter (mid-October through March to protect overwintering wildlife). Yet contrary to the City’s own definition best practices they gave the developer a permit to remove trees this winter, starting February 1.
Third is the approval for the expansion of the landfill on Carp Road at the 417. Throughout the long approval process the City repeatedly prepared reports and passed motions listing environmental and community impacts. There were also concerns that more landfill capacity might impact long term waste reduction strategies. In this case the developer went above the authority of the City using the Provincial environmental assessment process. Since the province has little skin in the game it was easier for the developer to get approval and thus pressure the City to comply with rezoning and site plan approval.
So it seems that no matter what measures the City and the community put in place to direct development in a healthy way that leads to a city we want to live, work and play in, developers manage to get approval to develop a City that gives them the best bottom line.
Harold Moore, West Carleton
“Look, we all know that garbage happens… The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.”
Carp Dump II has the passed the Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) and the so called “West Carleton Environmental Centre” is now all but certain.
Frankly, I am more than just a little surprised how little I’ve read about this inevitability.
When the first dump was opened in Carp the early 1970s, it was essentially for local use and it was in the middle of nowhere. Now, some forty years later, the new dump (which will be beside the old one) happens to be in the middle of growing suburbia, and for the use of all of Ontario.
We all know that garbage happens. What is necessary is a well laid plan that is environmentally sound and economically viable. The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.
Plasco and Orgaworld were both whiffs of legendary proportion, and yet here we are continuing to move forward without a viable 30 year plan.
Operating without a plan continues to cost us money and will have a negative effect on some of our residents’ quality of life. It could also harm our environment, and it will devalue property.
I think we all know that landfills are not the answer. It’s the way of a bygone era. No one wants them except the companies that make a fortune operating them.
Yet, despite lingering complaints about the first dump, the City of Ottawa is on the verge of adding two more landfill sites. We already have four!
That’s not very green for a supposedly very green city.
Landfills are not the way of the future, but unfortunately, it seems to be the way of our city.
Moving forward, transparency is a must, and clearly our neighbours should all be entitled to live in an environment that is clean, safe and healthy.
(Jonathan Mark is a broadcaster, Chair for the Ward 5 Citizens’ Council (W5CC), and a candidate for West Carleton Ward in the last municipal election.)
I often jokingly refer to Stittsville as “one of Ottawa’s most exciting suburbs”, but there’s actually a lot of truth to that. (Just look at what happened here in 2015 alone.)
We live in one of the fastest-growing wards in the City of Ottawa, and the constant development is a constant source of conflict as well as new people and businesses arriving in our community.
Here are a few stories we’re watching in 2016… Continue reading
“…there is no obvious process in place to ensure the community has input into how the money is used…”
Community compensation is a thin silver lining to the cloud of having a large landfill in our collective back yard. Unfortunately, the existing compensation program has been largely shrouded in secrecy, with few residents realizing its existence, and even fewer having any information about how projects are considered or evaluated, or about how the funds are allocated between the westernmost wards. Continue reading
Only $25,000 of a $600,000 community compensation fund for the Carp Road Landfill has gone to Stittsville.
(Photo: A Waste Management truck at the Carp Road Landfill. Although the expanded landfill will be licensed to accept commercial and residential waste, it’s expected that the vast majority of landfill material will be industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) waste.)
On November 27, the Ontario government posted its “Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy” for public comment. The draft strategy admits that Ontario produces too much garbage and that diversion and recycling in the province has stalled. It also directly links waste and climate change.
The draft Strategy embraces a vision for “an Ontario where we have zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and where all resources, organic or non-organic, are used and reused productively, maximizing their recovery and reintegrating recovered materials back into the economy.”
The draft legislations puts an emphasis on producer responsibility and supports innovation to address packaging and waste production. The strategy outlines three key goals: 1. Increase Resource Productivity and Reduce Waste; 2. Enable an Efficient and Effective Recycling System; and 3. Create Conditions to Support Sustainable End-Markets. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that many of the proposed tools already exist but have never been enforced. Also the need to reduce our dependency on landfills by banning the disposal of recyclable materials has been a major plank of provincial policy for years. However, the bans were never applied to IC&I waste producers which makes up the majority of garbage in Ontario.
Previous versions of waste reduction policies all featured “carrots” and “sticks” but failed because the sticks were never applied. A lack of enforcement of existing regulations and the unwillingness of the Ontario government to restrict landfill capacity is a key reason the province is so far behind. This time the government has to put some real teeth and meaningful action behind the words to be at all effective in getting to zero waste.
Ontarians have until February 24, 2016 to comment on the draft strategy.
(Olivia Nixon lives in West Carleton and is one of the residents involved with COLA – Coalition for Landfill Accountability, where this article originally appeared.)
Waste Management has passed one of the last regulatory hurdles required to move ahead with the expansion of the Carp Road landfill.
Ross Wallace, a company official, sent an email to stakeholders today to inform that that the Ministry of the Environment and Climiate Change has granted an Environmental Compliance Approval for the site. Continue reading
(Press release from COLA.)
COLA (Coalition for Landfill Accountability) wants the City of Ottawa to engage in real and meaningful consultation with residents during the negotiations of the Host Municipal Responsibility Agreement (HMRA) for the Carp Road landfill expansion.
The HMRA is being negotiated between the City and Waste Management (WM) behind closed doors, with no community engagement. This lack of transparency is unacceptable.
BACKGROUND: The Site Plan Control for Waste Management’s Carp Road landfill expansion (or “West Carleton Environmental Centre”) was approved by the City on October 28, 2015. One of the conditions of approval is that Waste Management enter into a HMRA with the City. The HMRA is supposed to address a number of community concerns including:
This is similar to the process in 2001, when the City of Ottawa and WM negotiated in secret, and came up with an agreement that left much to be desired:
OUR REQUEST: COLA is asking the City of Ottawa and Waste Management to consult and include residents and community associations in the negotiation process now, instead of after a draft is completed. Community input and engagement in the HMRA is vital to the development of a fair and effective agreement that benefits citizens.
Coalition for Landfill Accountability (COLA) is a group of residents and community associations in West Carleton, Stittsville and Kanata who are concerned about the proposed expansion of the Carp Road Landfill and its future impact on the community. Member associations include:
• Stittsville Village Association
• Huntley Manor Community Association
• Richardson Corridor Community Association
• Crossing Bridge Community Association
• Fairwinds Community Association
• Jackson Trails Community Association
• Southwest Stittsville Community Association
• Ward 5 Citizens Council
• Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association
At the recent “We Day” in Ottawa, where 16,000 young people gathered to celebrate how youth are making a difference in their local and global communities, my daughter Maddy Moffatt received a “shout out” at the event. Continue reading