Cootes Paradise Water Accountability Act
I am happy to share that I have tabled the Cootes Paradise Water Accountability Act. This Bill marks a first step in better protecting our water. We have a right to know what’s in our water. Our community’s passionate response to 4 years of sewage seeping into Cootes Paradise has demonstrated that we are committed to protect our water. This bill would make it easier for citizen led environmental action to respond and organize around spills in our community. By ensuring Ontarians are immediately informed about what’s happening to our waterways, we are empowered to act. We all have a responsibility to our water because #WaterisLife.
You can read the full Bill at: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-198
Know Your Rights Workshop: Water Extraction and the Environmental Registry of Ontario (July, 2020)
Our water belongs to all of us. Join myself, Environment Hamilton, and the Wellington Water Watchers on July 28th to learn more about the Environmental Bill of Rights and proposed changes to how water is extracted in Ontario. We will be focusing on how to use the Environmental Registry of Ontario to have your voice heard on this important proposal: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-1340
To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org we will send out a link to participate closer to the event.
Water is For Life Not Profit
Did you know water bottling companies like Nestlé only pay Ontario $503.71 per million litres of our groundwater extracted? While they pocket massive profits, the surrounding communities deal with the environmental impact. Earlier this month at my Water is Life Town Hall we heard directly from Six Nations community members who don’t have regular access to clean drinking water. We all need to come together and demand the government protects our water from corporate profit.
From Cootes Paradise to the Beverly Swamp we need to be making decisions that put our protected environmental lands and our water first.
Along with MPP Peter Tabuns, I have sent a letter to the Minister of Energy asking him to direct the Ontario Energy Board to make the climate crisis, local environmental impacts and the economic impact on ratepayers part of the basis for assessing whether this pipeline should proceed.
Here is the letter:
Cootes Paradise Sewage Spill Cleanup
How is this acceptable? Study commissioned says there is no reason to clean up #CootesParadise because it will just happen again. We need to radically rethink our relationship with our natural environment. We need to protect our water!
Clean up of Cootes Paradise should not be optional. We all have a responsibility to our water and that includes our governments:
Water Is Life Town Hall (February, 2020)
Faced with a climate crisis, it is all the more important that Ontarians radically rethink our relationship with water. We are therefore inviting the community to join us discussing issues of water insecurity and protection at our Water is Life Town Hall. Join MPP Sandy Shaw and special guest MPP Sol Mamakwa at The Westdale for community discussion on the water crisis in many First Nations communities. MPP Sol Mamakwa has repeatedly called for action on the drinking water crisis in First Nations Communities. Join us to learn more about the crisis and what actions are needed to protect our water. We will also be joined by Kelsey Leonard, Indigenous water scientist. We are eager to hear your concerns and ideas, and we hope you will join us. Nibi Bimaadiziwin. Water is life.
"An unforgettable evening- Chief Arvol Looking Horse of Standing Rock shared his remarkable knowledge with us -Our responsibility to water connects and unites us. Water is Life"
"We need to transform the way with which we value water. We have to start to think about how we connect to water"
- Dr. Kelsey Leonard
In the Media - Hamilton Town Hall Event Focuses on Water:
Know Your Rights Workshop: Water Extraction and the Environmental Registry of Ontario (December, 2019)
Join MPP Sandy Shaw, Environment Hamilton, and Wellington Water Watchers this Saturday for an informative and action oriented workshop on the Environmental Bill of Rights and the current open proposal to extend the moratorium on water bottling permits: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0913. Without this extension the current moratorium would expire on January 1st of 2020. By attending you will learn more about the Environmental Bill of Rights and what power you have under this legislation as well as information about the nearby Nestle Water Bottling operation in Aberfoyle. The goal of this workshop is to provide information on how to comment on the proposal to extend the moratorium and demonstrate as a community we care about water protection.
"Huge thank you to everyone who came out to learn about their water rights and reflect on our responsibility to the Water. Special thanks to Rob from Wellington Water Watchers and Lynda from Environment Hamilton for their expertise. Our water belongs to all of us!"
Recognizing Water Protectors at Queen's Park
Thank you to Indigenous voices - our water protectors - leading the way on critical water issues facing all of us in Ontario.
Cootes Paradise Sewage Spill
Yesterday [November 20th 2019] Hamiltonians learned that 24 Billion Litres of untreated sewage has been seeping undetected over four years into Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise. Today, I asked this government why the Minister of Environment didn’t take action to ensure we the public were made aware.The people of Hamilton deserve full transparency on what happened to Cootes Paradise. Pursuant to Standing Orders I filed my dissatisfaction with the answer provided this morning. Ontarians have a right to know what’s in our water.
Cootes Contamination Update #1: I have written Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks requesting he publicly release all information regarding the contamination of Cootes Paradise.
Cootes Contamination Update #4: Today I asked the Premier again why did the Ministry not notify residents of Hamilton or the Royal Botanical Gardens directly with the details of this incredibly concerning contamination. People have a right to know what's in their water! The Province has a responsibility to protect the people of Ontario! The Ministry has the power to notify the public about health and environmental risks. Why were the people of Hamilton not notified by any level of government?
In the Media - MPP Sandy Shaw Slams Ministry over Hamilton Sewage Spill:
Cootes Contamination Update #6: To the people of Hamilton I share your rage, I share your heart break. Last night I rose in the house to discuss my dissatisfaction with the lack of answer provided when asked the Premier what steps the Ministry took to inform the public. Hamiltonians deserve to know what's in our water! Ontarians deserve to know what's in our water! It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment to protect our water.
Cootes Contamination Update #7: People deserve straight answers not comments from the Minister to the media. This government’s attempt to wash their hands of all of this is appalling.