Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Energy East Pipeline

This issue is not only VERY important to the citizens of North Grenville, but to all citizens of eastern Canada. Everyone should be paying very close attention to this issue.

Why, you ask? Here are my thoughts:

– the pipeline that TransCanada Corp plans on using to transport the bitumen is 40 years old and was built to transport natural gas. Bitumen is thick and is required to be diluted with toxic chemicals in order to transport it through a pipeline. How can a pipeline that is 40 years old be safe to transport toxic liquids? Much newer pipelines have already had spills in North America (Keystone, for example) with devastating effects. This pipeline was also built for natural gas, not a highly toxic substance like bitumen. The segment of the pipeline that runs from Winnipeg to Ottawa has, on average, ruptured every ten years carrying natural gas. What will it do when it is carrying something much thicker and heavier? Seriously, how could anyone possibly think that Continue reading

Expansion and Revitalization Plan for County Road 43

On March 27th, I went to an open community meeting about the plan for the expansion and revitalization of County Road 43. There were people there from the firm that created the plan and some municipal councilors and staff. What struck me as odd, was how few members of the community came to have a look. It was a Thursday night and people have busy lives, but I thought there would have been more people show up. Then I realized something, if you weren’t looking closely on the North Grenville website or in the papers, it would have been very easily missed. I noticed the meeting because I’m very interested in the municipality and what’s happening. However, not everyone is as involved or as interested as I am. Also, not everyone has the time to go if they have other activities going on at the same time as these public meetings. So how could the municipality get the message out to more people without incurring Continue reading