Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Action Champlain asks L’Orignal residents for one last pledge of support
Action Champlain needs to raise $225,000 by the middle of May or else it may not be able to continue its legal fight to stop a proposed cement plant project near the Village of L’Orignal.
“If we do not take on the fight,” said André Chabot, Action Champlain spokesman, told a crowd of 200 last night, “if we do not raise the funds necessary, we are sure to lose.”
The local activist group has an appeal pending this fall with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) over a decision last year by counties council to approve a rezoning request from Colacem Canada Ltd. on a piece of land near L’Orignal for a cement plant project.
Action Champlain and its consultants presented L’Orignal residents with a summary of the strategy for the OMB appeal. But the group needs $225,000 to cover all of the legal and technical expenses otherwise it may not be able to continue with its appeal.
During last night’s meeting Action Champlain provided pledge sheets (see photo) to everyone who wanted one to fill out and send back before May 15. Chabot expressed optimism that the community will come through with the financial support.
“I thought we’d have maybe 100 people here tonight,” he said, “and we had 200. I think they’ve heard us. I think they understand what the fight is all about.”