Groups invited to help oversee toxic cleanup
TAR PONDS COMMITTEE
Fifteen groups were invited to be part of a community liaison committee that
will oversee the tar ponds cleanup:
Canadian Cancer Society
Cape Breton Black Employment Partnership
Local 1064 of the United Steelworkers union
ACAP Cape Breton
Northend and Area Community Association
Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry
University College of Cape Breton
Nova Scotia Community College
Joint Action Group
Cape Breton District Health Authority
Metro Cape Breton Junior Chamber of Commerce
Cape Breton Construction and Building Trades Council
Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cape Breton Partnership
St. Andrew's Church
Source: Sydney Tar Ponds Agency
By JENNIFER STEWART / Staff Reporter
The Cape Breton community is being asked to play an active role in the cleanup
of the Sydney tar ponds and coke ovens.
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced Tuesday that it will invite 15 well-known
community groups to each choose a representative to sit on a community liaison
committee that will oversee the cleanup.
Cape Breton regional council and the Membertou band council have also been asked
to provide representatives.
Sydney dentist and community activist Alastair MacLeod will chair the committee,
which will act as a sounding board for project managers.
"I'm delighted to be working with such a strong and forward-looking group of
Cape Breton organizations toward our shared goal of getting the tar ponds
cleaned up," Mr. MacLeod, president of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce,
said in a news release.
The local chamber is one of the groups that will take part in the liaison
Other groups invited to participate include the Canadian Cancer Society,
University College of Cape Breton and Local 1064 of the United Steelworkers
"The selected groups have all made distinguished contributions to community life
in such fields as public health, environmental protection, education, community
development, business, labour and spiritual affairs," Frank Potter, the tar
ponds agency's director of operations, said in a news release.
"Like everyone in Sydney, they share a stake in getting this problem solved."
The agency will provide the committee with up-to-date information about the
project's plans. In turn, the committee will provide a representative
cross-section of the community's views and concerns.
Mr. MacLeod said this is an opportunity few cities ever get.
"We are going to turn the ugliest parts of Sydney into useful, attractive