Land and Environment

Waste Management Study
Waskaganish First Nation (WFN) hired Stantec Inc. to conduct a potential incinerator site Study. The study consist a suitable location for an incinerator in our territory. Chief and Council recommended that an incinerator to be build somewhere along the access road. An incinerator would cost and estimate of $ 3.5 million. Next step is to conduction Environmental Impact Assessment Study, capital costs.

Environmental Assessment Site (ESA)
Before constructing a building whether it’s residential or commercial, an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has to be conducted to make sure that it is environmentally acceptable for construction. ESA was done on the new CMHC units on McLeod Street and chip stand on Pontax Street.

Spring Clean Up Program
Spring clean up usually starts on the month of May. The purpose of this program is to beautify the community of Waskaganish. WFN hired 30 temporary employees to remove any garbage laying around the community. WFN hires temporary employees to do extra clean ups whenever necessary throughout the summer.

Oil Spill
The old recreation hall was demolished, and strong odor of oil was detected. Waskaganish First Nation hired EEM inc. to conduct soil characterization study, according to the report 28m³ of soil was contaminated. Next step is to remediate the contaminated soils in summer of 2012.

Former Power Plant
Fall of 2011, a company was hired to remove all the scrap metal and foundation on the area. Next step is to remediate the area probably in the summer of 2012. The method of remediation work is under review.

Other Mandates and Activities
  • Attend l'Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue- UQAT– Certificate in Administration. We will complete the program in September 2012
  • Zoning By-Law
 
Conclusion
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the readers or listeners to take care of the land, beautify the community and don’t litter.

Dale Sherman Salt
LEA