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Walkerton Wants Out Of Bill 66 Discussion

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton Mayor doesn't like Walkerton’s name being linked to Bill 66.

It’s been nineteen years since the Walkerton Ecoli Tragedy, and despite a lot of hard work,
growth and progress, the Town cannot seem to escape the infamy of the Walkerton
water disaster.

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody is taking great exception to how Walkerton’s
name is being associated with Bill 66.

He objects to claims from opponents of Bill 66 that the proposed amendment to
the Clean Water Act could result in another ’Walkerton tragedy’.

Peabody says he has read the act and says there is no merit in the claim.

He says the proposed amendment is a small one that will allow development in
cases approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and only if the municipality
passes a bylaw to prove it will cause economic growth in a greenbelt

Peabody says Walkerton is not in a greenbelt community.

In fact he says development in the greenbelt is a totally separate issue from
the Walkerton’s Ecoli Tragedy, saying it has nothing to do with drinking water
standards, testing or protocol.

Peabody says if people are opposed to green belt development projects they
should focus on that, not the Walkerton Ecoli Tragedy.

Peabody says if he believed for one moment that the proposed amendment to the
Clean Water Act would jeopardize or weaken drinking water standards he would

Unfortunately, Peabody says opponents to Doug Ford are dragging Walkerton’s
name through the mud as a means of scoring political points against the

He says Brockton has gone to great lengths to move past the Ecoli Tragedy as
Walkerton has become a community of Water Excellence and the home of the
Walkerton Clean Water Centre.

He says Bill 66 will not change the strong water testing rules, licensing,
accreditation or standards that are in the Clean Water Act.

Bill 66 known as the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act covers all sorts
of legislature including: Child Care, Labour and the Planning Act as well as the
Clean Water Act.


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