Protesters march against waterfront storage tanks in Cornwall

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Protesters marched from MP Guy Lauzon's office to city hall opposing controversial storage tanks on Cornwall's waterfront Saturday afternoon.

Chuck Charlebois, chair of Groupe Renaissance Group, led over 50 people down Pitt Street as several protesters from Akwesasne followed in a truck waving flags.

"It's a continuation of seeing what people don't want, and it's very clear in this case it's no tanks," said Charlebois. "We want that message to always be clear and on the table to federal and provincial negotiators. That's why I come to these events."

Chris Malone attended the peaceful protest with his two sons, Kial, 9, and Cameron, 12. It wasn't their typical outing, but all three we're glad to march as a family.

"It's important because it's about their future," said Malone. "They didn't let the taxpayers of Cornwall know."

Crowd members from Akwesasne described the addition of calcium chloride storage tanks located near the Cornwall Harbour as unwanted eyesores. "We're here to support our neighbours," said Don Tahontsison. "We feel their voice should be heard."

Not even a week before the protest Charlebois sat with members of the city, Akwesasne, Trillium Distribution (owners of the tanks) and the federal government to discuss the direction of Cornwall's waterfront.

"We've been meeting and that's been hard since discussions didn't exist. They're listening now," he said.

Charlebois still feels blindsided and can't fathom how the upper levels involved expected to win the approval of local residents.

"It doesn't make any sense at all since we just got rid of five storage tanks from the same ministry. How can that happen?" he said.

Organizations: Groupe Renaissance Group

Geographic location: Cornwall, Pitt Street

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  • Joseph Goebbels
    January 19, 2014 - 14:45

    Let's be serious not a word on cfn about his 1000 person march And he wants to be our mayor/Latex salesman

  • john rothwell
    January 19, 2014 - 08:02


  • Peter
    January 18, 2014 - 23:37

    I would also suggest that anybody looking at the new.."temp" CBSA system going up near the new bridge it will be there..and this silly report back to CBSA policy- will be there- until long after everybody reading this..has died

  • Peter
    January 18, 2014 - 23:33

    I would like to see a Poll about how many Cornwall Ontario people know that if they visit the United States..then stop for a game of cards on Cornwall Island..before going home that CBSA can confiscate your vehicle??? Their "logic"// after US trip you drive back thru Canadian customs..go around the traffic circle ..repay the bridge toll...go to Cornwall Island cards...then go back thru the paytoll..stop at CBSA..go home Meanwhile the Police Task Force stand behind the Civic complex listening for engine noises on the river..

  • William E Beattie
    January 18, 2014 - 18:37

    The WFC sole Rep was Todd Bennett a thumbs up to you Sir & a thumbs down to the rest of them . A thumbs up also to City Conc. Dupelle for having the guts to show up. Both can be assured of my vote ( 2014 )

    • Joseph Goebbels
      January 20, 2014 - 11:34

      A giant publicity stunt for free news people see thru this

  • W.R.Parisien
    January 18, 2014 - 18:05

    Thank-you Seaway News for covering this very worthwhile event. Also, very nice to see Conc. Dupelle in attendance, the rest of Council must have been busy ! Think of it, one out of eleven, of our elected representatives took the time to show up ! I guess the word pathetic comes to mind ! It would also appear, that the WATERFRONT COMMITTEE were attending the very same Gala, that our elected officials were attending. Todd Bennett, a member of the "WFC" was in attendance. It's refreshing to see one member attending from that group. Good for you Todd. I fully realize, that some members were out of the country, but the word pathetic, keeps creeping back. A big thanks to Jamie at CFN....

    • Stellabyestarlight Stellabyestarlight
      Stellabyestarlight Stellabyestarlight
      January 19, 2014 - 18:13

      Wille R the word pathetic thanks to Jamie at CFN although taken out of context as many of his stories are..doesn't hold true Not a word on this protest march..BUT..we do get a review of a hockey game Just like his big Town Hall meeting