Zibi's open house policy at former industrial site raises questions about health hazards

Zibi's open house policy at former industrial site raises questions about health hazards
Posted on May 6, 2016 | Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands | Written on May 6, 2016
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

The Domtar industrial land on islands in the Ottawa River is known to be a contaminated site. Is Windmill Development Group taking seriously the health risks that may exist during public and private tours and events it is hosting there?

The Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala.

Ottawa's Arboretum Festival.

Private tours of the former industrial site for prospective condo buyers (last one was held April 23, 2016).

This weekend, more than 500 people are invited to Albert Island for a day-long event called Zibi: Urban Indigenous Information Session.

Numerous events have occurred on Albert and Chaudière Islands in 2015 and 2016, thanks to an "open house" policy by Windmill Development Group, which is proposing to build condos at a sacred site on unceded Algonquin territory, to which legitimate Algonquin First Nations have asserted Indigenous land rights.

Having hosted thousands of people at the site, the question for Windmill Development Group remains: Is the public being exposed to hazards at the Zibi site?