Following their recent Superior Court victory against the central city, Meadowbrook Groupe Pacifique Inc. is now bringing Superior Court Justice Chantal Corriveau’s decision to the Appeals Court in order to make sure that the Québec Environment Department does not block Corriveau’s decision from being carried out to the full extent of her original order to clean up the open-air sewer that runs through the Meadowbrook Golf Course.
According to the Corriveau decision, the city must apply for a permit from the Québec Environment Department “...to undertake work to put an end to all contamination by the Meadowbrook creek...by covering it over, diverting it or other measures to stop the flow of contaminated water within four months of the present judgement,” and complete the work within 18 months.
Although it took six years for the Meadowbrook case to make its way through the courts , it’s been at least 20 years since anyone dared dip their hand into the Meadowbrook sewer in order to find a lost golf ball. As the Meadowbrook creek originally used to feed its stream into the St.Pierre River that was later transformed into a major sewage collector that ran under the Old City into the St. Lawrence River, the creek is now little more than 200 meter long open-air sewer that emerges from a local storm sewer on one side of the links and disappears into a old stone culvert on the other side of the golf course. Although the City acknowledged that the stream was contaminated, it tried to implicate both Côte St. Luc and the City of Montreal West because both cities were diverting household sewage into the storm sewer that led into the creek. While the city was aware of the problem for almost 20 years, the Tremblay administration decided that it would abdicate its responsibilities and let the newly formed city of Côte St. Luc take care of what was now ‘their’ sewage problem following the 2004 demerger referendums.
Fourteen years later, Judge Corriveau decided that sewage management was,
after all , one of the Agglomeration’s responsibilities, and ordered the city to clean up the Meadowbrook creek. However, as local green activists are now beginning to rally their efforts to have the city clean up the stream instead of simply putting in a new sewer and covering it up with a bit of fresh sod, Meadowbrook Groupe Pacifique is now seeking the Appeal Court’s approval in order to make sure the city gets the job done as soon as possible.
It’s the blue collars who have stepped up in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace, the city employees mandated to clean up a mess left behind a contract gone sour with a multinational recycling collection firm.
Montreal’s most populous borough has endured a recycling nightmare as collection has gone from inconsistent on some routes to non-existent on others, causing a growing pileup of materials left curbside for much of summer this far.
“Depending on the state of the situation encountered on the ground, additional collections could be carried out on Wednesdays for residents who are generally served on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Saturdays for scheduled collections on Thursdays and Fridays,” according to a borough statement.
Residents however, are asked to continue to respect the usual collection day in their area so that the city “can assess failing sectors and deploy the necessary resources to the right places and efficiently,”
And to contact 311 if there is no collection of recyclables on their street.
Regular fixed-day collections will resume as soon as a new contractor is hired in the coming weeks said
Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery, who pleaded with residents on social media to be patient. “We are in the midst of signing on a new company and all should be back to normal by July 30” she wrote.
South shore-based Ricova has reportedly been fined by the borough to the tune of $600,000 for what the city says is its failure to meet the terms of its contract, which it won last year with a bid substantially lower than its nearest competitor, but which did not prompt a review or retendering of the contract as the borough banked on Ricova’s size and presence in other boroughs to perform.
Residents are asked to leave their bins on the day and call 311 if they are not emptied the next day.
For its part, Ricova issued statement last week that the borough addended the tender without its knowledge, almost doubling the capacity of waste to be collected. The borough denies that the firm was ignorant of the modification and will cancel the contract only once the borough reconvenes its council late next month. A new firm will step in for the interim, backed by borough employees and trucks.
Meanwhile, the city’s collection services sees more growing mountains of recyclables, as market-dominating Chinese demand sinks over the poor quality of improperly triaged recycling. The irony of globalized garbage treatment is that Chinese market forces have caused even the city’s more progressive administrations to ask residents to pull back on their recycling efforts, even temporarily.