This is the developing story of our protest

Thanks to all the protesters for the great signs.

 It was a surprise.

On October 29, 2020, the whole town woke up to the news that the Ford Government had issued a Minister’s Zoning Order for Stratford. An MZO allows no citizen oversight, no consultation, and no appeal. We were apparently committed to allow a giant multinational to build a huge glass factory at the south of town, complete with a 330-foot emissions stack. The water consumption for this factory would be nearly one million cubic meters of water per year. A dormitory would be built on site for foreign workers.

In Stratford, population 30,000.

Within a week, we had a team, a website, and a mailing list. Our first mail went out to the list on November 13.

We spoke out.

In reaction to the pushback, City Hall held an online meeting, on November 17, where citizens had more than a few choice words for Council. You can watch the video of the meeting by clicking the photo on your left.

Our first rally was a huge success.

Our first rally was on Monday, November 23.  We followed the rules, we limited our numbers, we wore masks and self-distanced, and we still had a great rally. You can learn more about the rally by clicking on the photo on the left.

Our second rally was
even better

On the following Monday we had another rally, this one  in support of representatives of Get Concerned Stratford who were meeting with Mayor Mathieson later that day. Learn more about the rally by clicking the photo on the left.

Melissa Verspeeten and Mike Sullivan had a good, civil exchange with the Mayor, and we are hoping to continue a dialogue with City Hall.

We learned many
new things

We learned that the Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs has written a letter to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner alerting them that Xinyi may not have complied with the Lobbyist’s Registration Act.

We learned that Xinyi believes our labour unions are weaker than those in the U.S. (and they think that’s a good thing).

We learned that Xinyi believes our work culture is closer China’s, rather than to the U.S.

AND….our environmentalist lawyer, David Donnelly, sent a legal advisement to the Mayor and Council, telling them there can be no legal consequences for voting against the upcoming Cost-SharingPlan.

Click on the picture on the left to learn more.

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