is the public being exposed to hazards at the zibi site?
The Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala. Ottawa's Arboretum Festival. Private tours of the former industrial site for prospective condo buyers (last one held April 23, 2016, picture above). All these 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.
In April, a promotional video for Windmill Development Group's Memengweshii Advisory Council was filmed in preparation for a May 7, 2016 event to which more than 500 people are invited. They will spend an entire day inside a former industrial building on Albert Island.
As beautiful Anishinaabeg women from the Advisory Council were filmed dancing in one of these ancient buildings, were they aware that their lungs might be filling with fragments of lead dust (from paint), or with asbestos fibres (loosened by vibration and age), or with other known chemicals, oils, or substances that are designated health hazards?
Has Windmill Development Group asked anyone from the public--and its loyal supporters--to sign waivers acknowledging they will not hold the company responsible for negative health impacts that may arise from exposure to health hazards?
Is the company exposing unsuspecting people to possible health hazards just so it can market condos and offer up the pretense that it owns property it does not yet own due to an ongoing and unresolved court challenge.
Windmill's Zibi website says this about the industrial site it has vowed to clean up:
Highly toxic, with contaminants still washing away into the river.
Its identified solution:
$125 million investment in acquiring, cleaning and restoring the land and riverbanks.
Has Windmill Development Group taken the health risks posed by the formal industrial site seriously in opening old and abandoned buildings to public tours and private events?
If not, why not?