The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 5, 1990 · 32
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 32

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Thursday, July 5, 1990
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ii"w.,i.,rTniHniiiw.i..Mi.ii,. m m mmi mum it "'' -''. wwwwwran.n i.n t i , rml , ( , .. i ... , n v ,M-, -,ITT i-vymyvy rjim,...T.r D2 THE OTTAWA CITIZEN CityRegion Alcan chemical plant fined $60,000 for acid emissions By John Kessel Cilizen stall writer An Ottawa factory that released hazardous sulphuric acid vapor into the atmosphere was fined $60,000 Wednesday and ordered to clean up its act. Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd. on Sheffield Road pleaded guilty in provincial court to two counts of discharging a hazardous substance, laid under Ontario's Environmental Protection Act. Four additional counts were withdrawn. Conviction carries a maximum $50,000 fine for each count. Ken Graham, an investigator with the Environment Ministry, said the company agreed to a court-ordered cleanup of its plant, including building a higher smoke stack to "change the point of emission." "Unfortunately, they'll still be emitting the same stuff," Graham said. But most days emissions will fall within ministry guidelines, he added, "unless there's an inversion like today (Wednesday)." An inversion usually occurs during hot, humid weather, forcing emissions toward the ground. Sulphuric acid vapor is corrosive and can damage lungs, leading to em Angry residents close ranks against proposals by ARMX By Dave Rogers Citizen stall writer Two ARMX spokesmen were shouted down Wednesday night by angry West Carleton residents who vowed to fight any move to put the weapons show in Carp. For the 60 people who crammed a steamy hall at St. James Anglican Church the show was a moral issue. Rev. Stewart Murray, the church priest, said the meeting was the beginning of West Carle-ton's opposition to ARMX and the export of Canadian military hardware to the Third World. The anti-ARMX group plans a letter-writing campaign and a petition to stop the Carp show, which is to start in 1991 in a hangar rented from Bradley Air Services. ARMX announced plans in June for a $5-million building at Carp Airport to house the military equipment show which is held every two years. The building, which is to house permanent aerospace and high-technology exhibits, is to be finished for the 1993 show. Disarmament activists convinced Ottawa Council to ban the show from city property after it was held at Lansdowne Park in 1989. West Carleton residents told the ARMX representatives repeatedly they weren't interested in what they had to say and voted 41-1 to oppose the show. "If you get together people who build arms with people who want to buy them, you are just facilitating the spread of arms," said Carp resident Jim Merritt. "The people representing ARMX are doing us a great disservice by trying to inject their point of view before the people have spoken." Richard Sanders, co-ordinator of the Ottawa-based peace group, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, said the show promotes the export of Canadian military equipment to countries that violate their citizens' human rights. "ARMX is the most blatant example of Canadian complicity in COURTS ASSAULT CHARGE MP to get psychiatric evaluation A Quebec Tory MP charged with assault was released from custody Wednesday on the condition he seek a psychiatric evaluation. Maurice Tremblay, who was arrested at his Coronation Street home Wednesday morning, is to return to court July 18. Ottawa police laid the charge after receiving a complaint from his wife. The 46-year-old lawyer, who has represented the riding of Lotbiniere in eastern Quebec since 1984, acted for himself at his bail hearing. On several occasions Justice of the Peace Lynn Coulter asked Tremblay, who stood gripping the edge of the prisoner's box through much of the proceedings, to calm down and stop interrupting . Coulter ordered a publication ban on evidence presented during the hearing. POUCE SEXUAL ASSAULT Woman charged for false claim An Ottawa woman has been charged for falsely reporting a sexual assault, Ottawa police say. Staff Insp. Golden Leeson said a woman told police on Saturday that she had been sexually assaulted. She then provided a description of her alleged attacker. During the investigation the woman admitted that she had made up the incident. Tara May Butler, 23, was charged Tuesday with public mischief. v THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1990 physema, bronchitis and fibrosis. Contact can cause severe burns, dermatitis and ulcers. It can also damage paint, masonry and vegetation. Pollution Probe executive director Janine Ferretti said the decision to increase the stack size "reflects an old-style approach to cleaning up the environment dilution is the solution to pollution." She said the chemical is still harmful to the atmosphere and a higher stack only allows the emissions to travel farther. But Ferretti said Pollution Probe "is always pleased when the Crown prosecutes and succeeds." Graham said the company intends to follow guidelines of an engineering report the company commissioned. The guidelines include the increased stack height, replacement of corroded ducting in the plant, and an agreement not to operate at top capacity, thereby reducing the emissions. The company produces aluminum sulphate, used in water treatment plants as a clarifying agent. The charges were laid against Alcan after neighboring firms complained to the ministry. There was no freedom of expression here. Several times we asked to speak, but they told us to sit down. These people are saying this is a moral issue without getting the facts. J J Susan Melnyk ARMX spokesman the international arms trade," Sanders said. "But there is no contract signed yet for the show in Carp. There is still a chance to stop it." West Carleton Coun. Sue Le-Brun said she voted for the show because of the economic benefits for the township. "I understood there would be a substantial injection of dollars into the local economy," LeBrun said. "I am opposed to war and I don't even allow my children to play with toy guns. But I ran for council to promote the local economy. That was the basis of my decision." LeBrun said she won't ask council to reconsider its support for the show because ARMX supporters haven't had a chance to explain it. ARMX spokesman Susan Melnyk said afterwards those who attended the meeting misunderstood the arms show. "There was no freedom of expression here," Melnyk said. "Several times we asked to speak, but they told us to sit down. These people are saying this is a moral issue without getting the facts. "This is a trade show to demonstrate equipment to the Canadian defence department. Are these people against the Canadian military? 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