Category Archives: Protect the Greenspace! Community vs. Bioreactor, Summer 2012

The Applicability of Using Aerobic Technology for the Former Sabiston Landfill Site located in the North-West part of German Mills Settlers Park

Save our Green Space – Again!

Six years ago, and again two years ago, we had to fight to stop a major drilling program on the German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat. Markham’s excuse then was ‘methane emissions’, although a senior…

Media: Markham backs away from landfill pilot project

Published on June 27 by yourkregion.com Written by L.H. Tiffany Hsieh United front. Markham residents, decked out in green, turned out at last night’s council meeting in an attempt to stave off plans for an aerobic bioreactor…

Great community success: Markham Council unanimously supported our Greenspace and killed the aerobic project

Congratulations! On June 26, Markham Council voted Councillor Shore’s motion to stop bioreactor project. The outcome of the vote for the motion was UNBELIEVABLE – ALL 12 councillors in favour of Councillor Shore’s motion to kill the project  with…

Markham park preservation plan up for debate

yourkregion.com posted an article on June 25, 2012 “Residents and supporters of Thornhill greenspace, eyed by the town for an aerobic technology pilot test, organized a last-minute march through the meadowland and neighbouring streets yesterday…

COMMUNITY RALLY TO STOP THE AEROBIC BIOREACTOR gathered residents on Sunday, June 24 at the German Mills Settlers Park

Residents demand from the Town to show true environmental leadership   Residents from Cottonwood Crt, Pine Knoll Gate, Dawn Hill Trail and many other streets around German Mills Settlers Park as well as representatives of neigbouring communiteis including German Mills Residents…

David Slotnick- WNENA President’s Personal Commentary on Settler’s Park

From: David Slotnik Subject: Settler’s Park-Personal Commentary Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 08:49:23 -0400 Hi WNENA Network Please read this email,these are my comments following a PERSONAL visit I had to Settler’s Park (Don Mills & John…

Residents of Thornhill write to Markham Council in support of German Mills Meadow & Natural Habitat to be included into Markham Park System and to say final NO to aerobic bioreactor in the greenspace near residential houses

We encourage you to write your own personal letter to all Councillors to support our greenspace. Please send your emails to these addresses: hshore@markham.ca; clerks@markham.ca; fscarpitti@markham.ca; jheath@markham.ca; vburke@markham.ca; joeli@markham.ca; achiu@markham.ca; alan.ho@markham.ca; info@germanmills.org; jjones@markham.ca; glandon@markham.ca; dhamilton@markham.ca; cmoretti@markham.ca;…

Former Thornhill landfill eyed as habitat

published by yorkregion,com on June 13, 2012 Residents in the Settlers Park community are hopeful their cherished greenspace, slated for an aerobic bioreactor pilot project, will be preserved after a notice of motion was tabled…

Residents Cleaned the German Mills Settlers Park on June 10

We thank everybody who came and even brought your children to take part in the first community initiative of Settlers Park Residents Association to clean our precious green space German Mills Settlers Park! It was fun and…

Most of the German Mills Park meadow was mowed down on June 8. How are the threatened species of birds feeling about it?

The Town of Markham mowed the huge portion of the field south of the Cottonwood homes on June 8 as well as a large swath around the upper trail.  Along with the grass, even small saplings of young trees were…

Media sources and information on Markham Town Aerobic Bioreactor Proposal and community reaction to proposed environmental debacle

1. What People Say About Aerobic Proposal  2. What Media and other sources say about Aerobic Proposal Markham park preservation plan up for debate  – June 25, 2012 Support for Settlers’ Park Motion – June 24, 2012…

Letter from Kimberly Seymour to Mayor Scarpitti and Regional and Ward Councillors after the SPRA meeting on May 30

June 3, 2012 Dear Mayor Scarpitti and Honorable Regional and Ward Councillors, I am writing in response to a few emails I received this past Friday that were also copied to you, regarding the Settler’s…

Markham residents alarmed over proposed Sabiston landfill project

An article posted by NICHOLAS MIZERA at http://www.postcity.com A project being considered by the Town of Markham on the former Sabiston landfill site has local residents concerned for the future of the adjacent German Mills Settlers Park.…

Thornhill residents voice frustrations at green space meeting and expect Markham Council to demonstrate true environmental leadership

yorkregion.com has posted an artilcle about the fist public meeting of Settlers Park Residents Association (SPRA) on May 30, 2012 “Residents voice frustrations at green space meeting” by Kim Zarzour May 31, 2012 – 3:09 PM…

Settlers Park Residents Association (SPRA) held a meeting on Wednesday, May 30 at Thornhill Community Centre

Many community members were planning to attend May 30 meeting with City of Markham representatives to discuss our common concern about proposed plans of building aerobic bioreactor in German Mills Park. Less than 48 hours…

Wednesday Meeting planned on May 30 is CANCELLED by the Town of Markham! But the Community Meeting will still take place. Please come at 7 pm

Message from Town of Markham: Re-Schedule of Sabiston Landfill Public Information Meeting The public information meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 7pm-9pm is being rescheduled to a new date – to be announced. We will…

More red herring: Lack of grass in the winter is caused by evil methane work, green grass and blossoming daffodils in the spring are results of aerobic technology (Donlands landfill)

During the presentation at the public meeting “The Applicability of Using Aerobic Technology for the Former Sabiston Landfill Site” held by Town of Markham on March 19, 2012 Mr Beatty from private consulting firm SPL …

Markham project worries landfill’s neighbours – Thornhill Liberal

Kim Zarzour wrote in Thornhill Liberlal on May 24, 2012 A battle is brewing in the back yards of some Markham residents and both sides say they are on the side of the environment. The Town of…

Periodic Table of Chemical Elements Redefined

Attendees of the public meeting “The Applicability of Using Aerobic Technology for the Former Sabiston Landfill Site” held by Town of Markham on March 19, 2012 were quite puzzled to learn that methane was declared…

People concerned about the German Mills Settlers Park, its wildlife, health and safety of park visitors and residents around the Park

We keep publishing comments from the people who are concerned about the Park, wildlife, health and safety of park visitors and residents around the Park. Comments are taken from the petition “Stop Bioreactor Project Save German…

Commentary on Methane Production at Former Sabiston Landfill

Commentary on Methane Production The following is my summary of the methane readings provided to me by Councillor Howard Shore. Readings from March 18, 2010 to December 2, 2011 Western header (7 probes)               Average reading…

Comments from the Petition to Save German Mills Park made by the people who live around German Mills Park endangered by Aerobic Landfil Proposal

For just 4 days, the petition “Stop Bioreactor Project Save German Mills Park” was signed by 42 people! Here are some comments made by those who signed the petition: Comment on May 15, 2012: This experiment should be conducted…

Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) concerns regarding Aerobic Bioreactor Experiment Proposal by Town of Markham

Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) – http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org – has issued a letter to Markham authorities in regards to their Aerobic Initiative in German Mills Park. In particular, TFN stated that their current concerns and questions include: 1. Lack of consultation on…

German Mills Residents Association (GMRA) published information about Save German Mills Settlers Park! initiative

A group of concerned local residents has come together in opposition to the proposed aerobic test site within German Mills Settlers Park (the former Sabiston Landfill). The group has invited members of the German Mills…

Main issues of aerobic bioreactor technology

As reported by Environment Protection Agency (EPA), there are 5 main issues to consider for aerobic bioreactor technology: Fire Prevention Sideslope Stability Gas Collection Settlement Liner Head Maintenance   Read and download the report: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/landfill/bio-perf.pdf

Pictures of bioreactor landfills worldwide – can you spot any residential development around? A Thornhill aerobic bioreactor in 125 metres from residential homes does not seem to be right.

These are the photos of different landfills converted into aerobic or semi-aerobic or hybrid bioreactors around the world. as well as some stages of the process of such conversion. Please note that none of these…

The Applicability of Using Aerobic Technology for the Former Sabiston Landfill Site Public Information Meeting – FACILITATOR’S SUMMARY – March 19, 2012

The Applicability of Using Aerobic Technology for the Former Sabiston Landfill Site Public Information Meeting FACILITATOR’S SUMMARY March 19, 2012 7:30pm to 9:30pm Council Chamber, Markham Civic Centre   Contents 3 Welcoming Comments by Mayor Frank Scarpitti and…

Side effects of aerobic / bioreactor technologies

Special Considerations of Bioreactor Landfills Several considerations about bioreactor landfills must be examined and understood before the EPA can identify specific bioreactor standards or recommend operating parameters. Bioreactor landfills generally are engineered systems that have…