The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 10, 1983 · 4
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Wednesday, August 10, 1983
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la Elf The Citizen, Ottawa, Wednesday, August 10,, 1983, Page 27 POOR QUALITYl ORIGINAL I BROCKVILLE Bottled water given to dump's neighbors By Jack Walker Citizen staff writer BROCKVILLE Six homeowners living next to a contaminated industrial waste dump north of here will be supplied with bottled drinking water by the Ontario ministry of environment. Ministry officials said Tuesday they decided on the move as a precaution after preliminary tests found chemical contaminants in test wells between the dump and the residents' wells. "We agreed from the beginning that if the results turned up any potential questions we would offer the residents bottled water for drinking purposes even if their own wells are still okay" said ministry official Don Currie. "It's just a precautionary measure and it's still too early to draw any firm conclusions." Officials have found no evidence that the residents' wells are contaminated or that their health is threatened. The recent test wells were drilled to determine if contaminants from the old dump site were moving closer to the homes. Three earlier test wells drilled last year closer to the dump showed concentrations of chlorides, phenols, ammonia, arsenic and heavy metals all beyond drinking-water standards. Officials believe the contaminants found in the new wells are the same as those from last year's research, but further analysis is needed. Albert Steenwyk, one of the residents north of the site, said the ministry's findings confirmed his worst fears. "I've been saying there's been a serious problem here for years but KILLALOE OPP 'copter search weeds out marijuana By Ish Theilheimer Citizen correspondent KILLALOE OPP officers weeded out two small patches of marijuana plants last week in their annual helicopter search of the area for the illegal plants. With just one day's flight time of the Brampton-based chopper available for local use, only the two small sightings were made, said OPP Sgt. Ben Burchat. "We do it as a deterrent," he said. "Either it's (working as) a deterrent or they're hiding it that much better." The two patches netted only eight and 39 plants respectively. The eight were just half a metre tall. Last year's helicopter search resulted in larger finds but this year's search was more restricted than previous ones. Burchat said the searchers are more cautious now because of citizen complaints in the past. "We flew a lot higher this year, and only landed in two places. We would never land on a proper- FORT COULONGE Workers finally get paid By Carol Doran Citizen staff writer FORT COULONGE Employees here of a federally-funded work project have finally been paid after waiting penniless for 10 weeks. Fred Ryan, manager of the Pontiac Reforestation Survey, and tnree project workers received a government cheque July 29 about $13,000 more than for two months after it was due. Officials at the Canada Em- ployment office in Hull said Ryan primarily was to blame for the delay because he was late in sending mandatory monthly reports. Other problems were a work overload at the Hull office, where Udfcy briefs Braeside motorcyclist killed in collision A 21 -year-old Renfrew County man was killed Monday when his motorcycle collided with a car pulling out of a private driveway near Arnprior. Mark Krieger, of RR 1, Braeside, was dead on arrival at Ottawa Civic Hospital, said Renfrew OPP Const. Murray Leberge. The accident happened at 5:45 p.m. on County Rd. 1, just west of Arnprior. Krieger was alone on the motorcycle. Correction A story on the Cat Creek municipal drain in Monday's Citizen left the impression that farm owner Patricia Clement would pay $17,000 in taxes if nobody would listen" he said. "Now they're begining to realize I was right all along." The dump, now closed, is owned by O.E. MacDougall Liquid Waste Service. It was used primarily for industrial and septic-tank waste as well as digested sludge from municipal sewage treatment plants. But some chemical dumping did occur as well up until the mid-1970s when the ministry ordered it stopped. Last month before an environmental appeal board hearing, the ministry and MacDougall agreed to share the cost of further studies to determine the extent and direction of the off-site contamination. That work is expected to begin later this month. The compromise was worked out after MacDougall appealed an earlier ministry order which would have forced the firm to pay the full cost of the tests and subsequent clean-up. Steenwyk said he has been hauling his own water since May because he didn't believe ministry's claims his well was safe. "Two weeks ago, we got a letter from the local health unit saying our water was safe to drink. "Now the ministry says its going to supply it to us. Why wouldn't people be suspicious." Instead of wasting more money on studies, Steenwyk said the province would be better off "bulldozing" down the homes and relocating the residents elsewhere. "Nothing can be done to correct the problem" he said. "The stuff is in the ground now and how are they going to stop it from moving. It may travel another 10 miles. Who knows for sure?" ty where people are living unless absolutely necessary or I knew the people personally." THe OPP has tried to be sensitive to the public, Burchat said. "We try to modify as best we can, but we're going to continue flying." Burchat added this area is not being singled out for the searches. The helicopter was used in the Perth area the day before for the same purpose and other areas of the province are searched regular- One reason for conducting the air searches here is that much of the area is not travelled regularly by anyone, said Burchat, who feels that places closer to cities have more people hunters, bird watchers, and farmers passing through. "The areas that we found it in couldn't be tramped by anybody," he said. "We're probably never going to eliminate it (marijuana growing)," Burchat admitted, but he isn't giving up. "They'll definitely be back." 10 project officers must administer about 400 work projects, and a filing mistake at the Montreal financial services office responsible for sending out the cheques. The official explanation did not appease Ryan or the three other workers, who were forced to borrow money and sell belongings to make ends meet. One employee quit the project in frustration, but has been given back pay. Bertrand said he met with Ryan Thursday and only $1,000 remains outstanding on the now completed six-month project. The remaining money will arrive soon, Bertrand said. the drain is built in East Haw-kesbury township. In fact, Clement would pay $1,700 if the drain is approved. The Citizen regrets the error. Thirsty camper pauses for refreshment during riding workout at Frontier Ranch WHITE LAKE Camo suDolies western fun, By Bob Bradley Citizen correspondent r ARNPRIOR It would be difficult to find an area that more closely resembles the foothills of the Rockies in which to transplant a western-style ranch. On 800 beautiful acres by Lake Lowney, a herd of horses carries its young charges around for two weeks of western-style fun. It's not Alberta, but Frontier Ranch in the White Lake area near Arnprior, a rolling wilderness just 64 kilometres from Ottawa. The high country beyond the ranch serves as pasture for both the horses and a herd of Hereford cattle kept by the owners, the Jeffreys. Since 1957, campers have come from all over Canada and beyond to enjoy the riding, a demanding outdoors program and a Christian orientation, all set in the beauty of the Lanark-Darling hills. "Between our own 800 acres and the surrounding Crown and Hydro land, it's possible to ride 100 miles without seeing another per Martha Webber Picking wild edibles Jitm' fiction Line Roger Appleton Action line solves problems, gets answers, cuts red tape and stands up for your rights. Call Action Line at 829-9100 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday or write to Action Line at The Citizen, 1101 Baxter Rd., Box 5020, Ottawa K2C 3M4. Please send photostatic copies, not original documents. Perry Mason would lose here Had they practised law in Canada, Clarence Darrow might have been unable to take a case to Appeals Court, Melvin Belli might be disbarred and Perry Mason, if alive, might be in jail more than out for contempt. The two fine real United States lawyers and the famous fictitious one would be incompetent in Canada, they wouldn't know the law. They would not expect to. Many Canadian consumers wrongly think they do. They have seen a lot of police and court shows on U.S. television. For all the good it does them, they son," says Lyle Jeffrey, who is affectionately known to two generations of campers as "Chief. Jeffrey, his wife, Florence, and daughter Jill talk enthusiastically of the "Indian Council Ring" which had taken place the night before. "I hope my pictures turned out," Jill says. "The floating campfire on the lake, Dad dressed in the full garb of an Indian chief standing on the wharf, and all the kids dressed up it was really a sight to see!" Counsellors and staff also were up to their usual tricks, adding a little more zest to the evening. As campers filed down to the waterfront campfire dressed as Indians, eight riders dressed as cowboys galloped, whooping and hollering, out of the distance. Declaring "a breech of justice," they demanded hostages and grabbed a counsellor and camper before riding "off into the sunset." Both were returned in time for the campfire, Jill explained. South March wild plants yield meal By Bob Bradley Citizen correspondent KANATA Morels stuffed with spicy hamburger and pizza topped with wild-growing plants welcomed home the group from a trek through the South March Highlands. Garnished by a salad of wild greens, the meal for participants in a Kanata recreation course on wild edibles wrapped up with wild-carrot cake and wild-mint tea. All the fresh ingredients had been picked from the roadside or fields, where the uninitiated automatically assume they're just weeds. "We have become so commercially-oriented today that our major food crops have dwindled to less than 20 from the hundreds of crops that once were farmed," says botanist Martha Webber, who started the course seven might as well have watched a dog fight in Hong Kong. No, it is worse. In a dog fight there are no rules. In U.S. shows, there are. Canadians are not left ignorant. They are unintentionally but devstatingly misled. That's why Action Line's seventh maxim for wise consumers is: "The law we see on U.S. television is not our law. The law of the United States can't be relied on in Canada." We don't elect judges and district attorneys. We don't have crimes called burglary and larceny. We don't have Section 1 1 bankruptcies and wide-open public plea bargaining. We don't have professional bail bondsmen stalking the corridors of the courthouse. We don't have crimes such as grand theft, auto. Our legal systems are a lot the same but the similarity can cause trouble. It is close enough to make us think U.S. law is identical. It is not. Writer Pierre Berton puts it this way: The U.S. citizen seeks life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Canadian seeks peace, order and good government. In the U.S., laws tend to give a citizen the right to take care of himself. Canada is more likely to create some government department to do it for him. In the U.S., anyone with a good case can afford a good lawyer. It may be through what The campfire concluded with Indian games and a story. Each cabin group, named after an Indian tribe, had prepared and contributed its own chant to the Indian evening. The fun at camp is balanced by work and challenge. Riding, for example, is a five-star program. "They start off brushing down the horse, but if they stick around long enough to earn their fifth star, they actually break in a horse," Jeffrey said. He added that it would actually be cheaper to buy fully-trained horses than to feed and nurture a pony until it's ready for training. The camp keeps the foals, however, so campers can actually learn to break them to saddle. The camp also reflects the Jeffreys' own deep Christian beliefs and is committed to fostering Christian values. "I once heard someone say that 25 times more kids were exposed to camp than to Christ," Jeffrey said. "That's when we decided camp would be a good way to years ago and has been conducting it ever since. Many of the favorites of past centuries are still with us, but as unwanted and unloved "garden weeds," Webber says. The dandelion, for example, or lamb's quarters have been carried by men around the world to serve as important foodstuffs. The snack the class enjoyed that warm afternoon at the home of student Hank Mattern in Crystal Beach was made to a considerable extent from foods that were prized by previous generations. The roots of Jerusalem artichoke were sliced and stir-fried alone for the delicious pizza. Pep-pergrass, lamb's quarters, amaranth and primrose leaves were some of the many salad ingredients. Webber's garden at her century-old farmhouse on the Dunrobin Road is an unconventional delight. 1 k4 i. -Bob Bradley photo challenge reach out and help kids." Food is a favorite source complaints at most camps but at Frontier Ranch. "We eat better here than i , C J He was assured anonymity tor nhvinns reasons. With roast beef twice a week, turkey once a week and homemade desserts every lunch and dinner, they have reason to rave about the food. Cook Ann Box has been keeping the campers' stomachs content for the past eleven years. - The camp is a dream come true not only for the campers but for the Jeffreys. The riding theme came about after the Jeffreys' toured the West and stayed at a ranch in Alberta. They had never been on horseback before, but became instant fans of horse riding, western-style. Campers and counsellors alike should long remember and benefit from the unique experience at White Lake's Frontier Ranch. The few tomato and other common cultivated plants take second place to her exotic favorites. Even the dandelion is cherished, with young leaves used in salads, while the roots are dried for coffee. She warns the beginner, however, to make sure a plant has been accurately identified before the snack begins. The course includes reading material to make plant pickers familiar with pitfalls as well as delicacies. As a botanist, Webber is concerned with environmental issues. She recently received an award for ecological awarness from Ottawa Pollution Probe for her efforts to make people more aware of the delicate environment around them. "I would like to think that I have earned this award, but changing public attitudes toward something as basic as dandelions shows little progress," she says. is called "fee contingency." The lawyer agrees to take the case and pay the client's expenses. If he wins, the lawyer gets a large part of the settlement. If he loses, he gets nothing. In Canada, that's not legal. Lawyers must charge, win or lose. They must not share directly in a court award. A U.S. citizen with a good case against a corporation can get the best of legal talent on contingency, maybe even half a dozen top flight lawyers who are a match for the corporation's high-priced legal flock. A Canadian with no money might have to rely on one lonely junior counsel from legal aid. Americans can band together in class action suits and fight together. In most of Canada we can't. We have to fight in one-on-one one citizen versus one huge business firm. Many of us know too much VS. law and not enough Canadian. This leads to bad decisions, frustrations and disappointments. It leads to expecting high damage settlements by citizens who can't even afford to get into court. It makes them unhappy with lawyers who don't use Perry Mason tactics to coerce a judge and flim-flam a jury. It makes them feel they have not received justice when what they have is justice, Canadian-style. Wise consumers may enjoy U.S. police and court shows as entertainment But they don't do business that way. They cither learn Canadian law or consult someone who does.

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