SOS to council: give the public a say

By Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon News

Friday, May 24, 20133:58:38 EDT PM

Another large crowd packed the Town Hall in Southampton last Saturday to hear from Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) and its panel of invited guests who spoke about Step 3 and 4 of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) deep geological repository process and what it could mean for Saugeen Shores.

In a style similar to previous SOS meetings, the public was invited to the meeting to hear from the panel as well as pose their own questions and concerns.

Of those on the panel, Brannain Lloyd of Northwatch, a coalition of Northern Ontario environmental groups was the guest speaker. She sat alongside John Jackson, a program director for Great Lakes United who has presented for the Southampton Residents Association and SOS last summer, Patrick Gibbons and Cheryl Grace of SOS and Saugeen Shores councillor Taun Frosst.

It was no surprise that following the public meeting, when the microphone was turned over to the audience, Frosst would be in the hot seat as the only representative from council especially following council’s May 13 decision to sign a letter of understanding with the NWMO agreeing to the terms of Step 3. One of the questions posed to Frosst from the audience was why council has been so unanimous during the decision making process to date?

While he said he could not speak for everyone on council, Frosst said he does not believe council is at a stage where they have to be at a “no vote.”

“A ‘no vote’ will be done by the community,” he explained. “I have no way of knowing whether (the NWMO process to bury used fuel) is safe or unsafe at this point.”


Nipigon Makes Decision to Move to Step 3

A regular meeting of Council was held in the Nipigon Municipal Office Meeting Room on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Page 2 of the Council Meeting minutes include the following resolution:

Resolution No. 097-2013
Collins, Mackenzie and carried:
Be it resolved that the Corporation of the Town of Nipigon does hereby express interest and desire to continue to learn more about Adaptive Phased Management, and to proceed to the initial phase of the Feasbility Study step of the site selection process, known as step 3, including preliminary discussions with NWMO.
Recorded Vote: In Favour: Mayor Harvey, Councillors Collins, Foulds and Mackenzie
Opposed: Councillor Dupuis