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."