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Middle Sackville Landfill
Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax (SWCSMH)
August 12, 2015
Source: Archives of the Sackville Rivers
Advisory Board (SRAB), an adhoc committee advising the Halifax County
Municipality until around 1990-91 at which time it was absorbed into
the newly created and independant scientific group, the Soil & Water Conservation Society of Metro Halifax;
this happened as a result of the lack of support from the County; the
County had refused any logistic support inspite of desperate pleas to
Valerie Spencer MCIP, then Manager of the County Planning Department!
As a result, the activities of the `SRAB' were assumed by the
limnological society, `SWCSMH', as far as pragmatic monitoring was concerned as opposed to `simple advising'!
The press release was by myself, Shalom M. Mandaville; August 15, 1988
Judy Myrden of the Herald wrote a superb article; March 16, 1989
Andy Cameron changed his opinion quickly from the article of March 16, 1989 to the article of March 20, 1989
Subsequently, I was informed by Dr. John
Underwood, formerly of the Environment Department, that Andy Cameron
was severely reprimanded by his Director, and that was the reason for
the contradictory statements of Mr. Cameron!
Worthwhile analyses by Dr. Farmer of the Federal DFO
I wrote the following letter to the Metro Authority, but it was never responded to, alas!
Characterization of the Chemical Constituents and Toxicity to Aquatic Organisms (part of the paper)
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The grand finale
- The Deputy Minister of the Environment
Department at the time, Mr. Wayne Grady, requested Prof. Dandopadhyay
Thirumurthy PhD PEng of the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS)
to conduct an independant study on the landfill. The outcome was a
student graduate thesis, and it further proved what I stated to the
media all along (pers. comm. Thirumurthy).
- Hence, the Federal DFO was wrong
in (indirectly) stating that the landfill had no negative impacts on
the river; if anything they claimed that it helped to increase the pH of the Sackville River below the landfill. But from the pH aspects, yes, the DFO was correct.
- As a result of the conclusive
thesis conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dan Thirumurthy,
the Minister of the Environment Department, did indeed IMPOSE A
MINISTERIAL ORDER ON THE METROPOLITAN AUTHORITY which required a series
of aggressive improvements which I believe were made during the latter
part of 1990s.
write all this since some Sackville residents as well as a few present
and past politicians may have forgotten all the history based on
certain statements around the neighbourhood; further most of them were
not involved, especially, in the scientific aspects. It is important to
state facts for the future generations.
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