Statement from Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly on Hamilton Sewage Leak

Published on December 13, 2019

Like many of you, I was shocked to hear the recent details of the Chedoke Creek sewage spill. I was even more disappointed, however, to learn that our city council deliberately chose to withhold information from our community about the severity and extent of the situation.

I firmly believe the public has the right to be made aware of incidents like these, especially when it could affect our health and the local water quality. Our city council is elected to serve in the best interest of our community – to notify us on health and safety matters such as this – but they held multiple council votes to keep it from us. They let us down.

Our government takes this situation very seriously and will continue to ensure the City of Hamilton is taking all necessary steps to clean-up the sewage spill to protect the natural environment, repair and fix the combined sewage overflow tank equipment and prevent future discharges.

Last week, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a revised order to the City to provide regular meetings and progress updates on their clean-up activities. I have spoken to Minister Yurek about our community’s need for information and he has assured me that I will be receiving regular updates from the ministry. I want to ensure all members of our community are kept informed as this work continues so I will be providing regular updates on my website and through social media.

To ensure city councils are transparent, our government is keeping its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to bring forward measures mandating+ overflow incidents into Ontario’s lakes and rivers are reported on and made public by the municipality in a timely manner. I will continue to advocate on behalf of our community that these measures need to be put in place as soon as possible.

Our government’s top priority is protecting the health of Ontarians and the environment, and with these new measures, that is exactly what we are doing.