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United front a good omen

It was nice to see the four Guelph candidates in the next provincial election lined up together Tuesday in support of concerns about a future threat to Guelph’s drinking water from a quarry. The Green Party’s Mike Schreiner was spot on when he lauded “the integrity of the political leadership of Guelph” for being part of such an all-party event. “I think it says a lot about Guelph,” he said to justified applause.
The former Dolime quarry, now owned by River Valley Development Inc., has operated since 1872. The end of its life is in sight, though, and that end will come sooner if the province allows River Valley to double the quarry’s output to a million tonnes of aggregate a year. River Valley applied to the province in July 2007 for permission to do this. City hall, deeply concerned about the potential for future contamination of city wells near the quarry, has been fighting with the company over the issue ever since.
Guelph will be seeing a lot of these four candidates in a provincial election, and daggers will be drawn then. But the future of Guelph’s water supply is an issue that should go beyond partisan politics. Good for all four of them for making “politics as usual” take a back seat to water safety.

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