|This is the barn in question, 5k east of the village of Strathclair. |
Photo by Larry Powell.
this week. She claimed the barn owner, Wim Verbruggen, misled
the local government when he applied for a building permit early
the fewer than 300 he claimed it would. The Planning Act which existed at the time, required that a barn such as the one now up
and running, have both a “conditional use” hearing and a technical review.
Neither of these actually took place.
The lack of a hearing meant there was no chance for anyone in the area to express concerns or perhaps of even finding out about it, beforehand! No technical review meant a group of experts had no chance of examining the project, in detail.
had given the RM verbal assurances that the expansion would not require an application for a conditional use permit. Ms. Gapka
(the RM’s CAO) said, because the Municipality operates on ‘the honour system and did not have the staffing resources and
expertise to verify the accuracy of the information supplied by the applicant, the applicant was taken at his word.”
barn should be shut down.”
the stroke of the Minister's pen, make it legal.
Liquid hog waste (slurry) spread on frozen fields has a greater chance of running off and polluting waterways than it does when spread on unfrozen soil.
The Mayor of the RM, Don Yanick, told Planet in Peril, he could find no mistakes in the Hogwatch submission. He said it had probably been an “oversight” that no hearing had been held. This was possibly due, he said, to the RM’s lack of experience when dealing with such large building projects. He promised the council would review the information and decide what to do.
"we like to work with them to solve the issues that they have. And, if they can’t be solved, then we have a decision to make.”
He is now in the process of building another barn in a nearby municipality.
Watch the video version of this story here.
The above story, all too often represents the reality of mega-hog production.
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