CHUCK WANTS IN: Requests attendance at Jan. 14 chemical tank meeting

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Chuck Charlebois, president of Groupe Renaissance Group, speaks with a supporter at a protest.

CORNWALL, Ontario - A vocal opponent of the construction of new storage tanks on the city's waterfront wants in on a meeting later this month between some of the major players involved in the project.

Chuck Charlebois, chair of Groupe Renaissance Group, told Seaway News he has requested a seat at the table when representatives from the city, federal government and Trillium Distribution sit down Jan. 14 to discuss the tank construction near the Cornwall Harbour.

"I've not heard back, but I have sent out the request," said Charlebois, adding correspondence has been sent to both the government and city hall.

The meeting is expected to take place at city hall, and comes one day after a city council meeting Jan. 13 where councillors are expected to plot strategy, likely during an in-camera meeting prior to the public portion of the agenda.

Construction of the calcium chloride tanks has slowed considerably recently. There was no work taking place earlier this week, and snow drifts have accumulated at the entrance to the site.

It's unclear if this is related to a concerted decision to stop work, or if the Christmas/New Year holidays played a factor, but Charlebois has an opinion.

"I would think they probably stopped because a lot of stuff has been going down there," he said, referring to a rally before the holidays and the glare of the public spotlight. "This is not about who's right or wrong, anymore. This is about doing the right thing by our citizens."

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  • W.R. Parisien
    January 03, 2014 - 22:32

    Their are two people in Cornwall, that must be at that meeting in my opinion. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Chuck must be present ! As Mr. Denis eloquently summed up, Chuck has the back-ground on the subject at hand & above all, is fiercely passionate regarding this most unfortunate turn of events. The other individual, that must be present, is Steven Alexander, I would imagine , he's already going, extremely knowledgeble , espeacially from a more technical point of view & in my opinion, is a friend of the Waterfront.

  • Louis Denis
    January 03, 2014 - 17:33

    Mr. Charlebois has a strong knowledge and history of the waterfront development efforts over the many years he's been involved with the City of Cornwall and the Renaissance Group. His insight and opinions would add much value to discussions and meetings by the major stakeholders. His views regarding the best use of the waterfront land are in keeping with what citizens of Cornwall and area are looking for. Some excellent work has already been done to revitalize the waterfront. The City of Cornwall should stay the course in protecting and developing its most precious asset.