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From: Rhett Barber <rhttbarber@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM
Subject: Your Position please

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https://www.bradnerbarker.com/news/delfresh-caught-polluting-again

https://www.bradnerbarker.com/news/alr-exclusion-unlikely-says-mayor
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Hello,

In 2015 Avina/Delfresh constructed a mushroom composting factory as enabled by Abbotsford without any public hearing, and was issued permits to do so under some questionable circumstances. In 2016, the regulators forced Quach to cease operations at this commercial factory located on agricultural land at 28230 – 58 Ave because in addition to these questionable permit acquisition circumstances, Quach was operating in a manner overtly violating the virtually all the regulatory specifications applicable. In 2017, Quach took his stinky business to south Surrey, where after almost a year of poisoning south Surrey, White Rock and the Campbell River, he was again shut down by the regulators, and the pollution was PERMANENTLY stopped for those citizens. In 2018, Quach renewed operations poisoning Bradner’s air, and fresh water  resources,… AGAIN! The Bradner community is to date demonstrably unable to obtain the same permanent protections as were afforded the citizens of Douglas and White Rock in 2017.

Moreover, The City now informs the Bradner community that the senior government (Provincial) has imposed a prohibition on the City relating to enforcement of the City’s mushroom composting related Bylaws. Quach is now being permitted to self-monitor his own compliance with the applicable regulations, which he is also apparently being allowed to reinterpret. This explains why it stinks in Bradner, and why the fish kill in Bradner and Nathan Creeks has now again become regular common practice by Quach. Indeed, the fish kill is cited as common practice in reports submitted to the regulators by Quach is sufficiently frequent, such that the genetic memory of this salmon spawning area is now seriously diminished or even completely lost.

MOE and MAG also advise that despite repeated and continuing violations of the applicable regulations over many years, Quach is in compliance with an issued PPP, truly oxymoronic statements, and MOE has stated to the writer directly from the Minister’s office that it will not force Quach to stop polluting Bradner.

So, what we in Bradner want to know, is your position and intentions regarding this pollution problem if you are elected.

  • What do you intend to do to obtain the same pollution prevention and abuse relief as was obtained by the City of Surrey and White Rock for their similarly abused citizens?
  • What do you intend to do regarding the all too obvious conflict of interest represented by Quach’s defacto permit to self monitor?
  • What do you intend to do regarding going after MOE about it’s lack of effective regulation enforcement?
  • What do you intend to do regarding the need for Quach to repair and remediate the damages he has done to Bradner and Nathan Creek, AGAIN?
  • What do you intend to do to restore, including establishing and operating a hatchery, and thereafter to protect, the fisheries resources of Bradner and Nathan Creek from further abuse by Quach, and who exactly is going to pay for all of that?
  • What do you intend to do to protect the health of the citizens of Bradner relating to having to breath the aerial poisons Quach, with the enabling complicity of the City of Abbotsford, the Provincial Ministry of Environment, the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, and the Agricultural Land Commission, is forcing us to breath?

You all need to respond to these questions. If you do not, it will be assumed that you do not support Bradner, and you cannot expect Bradner to support you. If you respond without offering some relief from Quach to Bradner, you cannot expect Bradner to support you. If you make promises to Bradner which prove to be false, don’t give up your day job.

You may respond to me, and I will circulate your response among my neighbours, or, you can send your response(s) to the Bradner Barker. We will look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you

RB

MY ANSWER

From: Gerda Peachey <gerdapeachey@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: Your Position please
To: Rhett Barber <rhttbarber@gmail.com>

Hi Rhett:

I’ve had some conversations with one of the Bradner men who has been fighting this problem for the last few years.

I get that lots of candidates are “not fully conversant about this issue”, but why does Dave Loewen claim ignorance, and do the usual deferring to staff? The pollution caused by this mushroom grower is years old.  Councillor Loewen, like too many around that leadership table are there for photo-ops and ribbon-cutting more often than in the front lines fighting tough problems.

You’re absolutely right to demand adherence to existing laws.  You’re completely justified in your anger against flagrant breaking of the laws by this mushroom business.

Civil servants and elected officials cave in to scofflaws with plenty of money, and therefore power, and let them disregard rules, that exist to protect society.

Without having read all of the documents that you refer to, I can only offer platitudes.  But having fought many battles with local and provincial bodies, about many issues of concern to me, I understand only too well how difficult and tedious and discouraging these battles can be. Government that has no shortage of money and lawyers, take it generously from tax-payer pockets. Too often the private individual or group has to give up the fight, for lack of money, time, or strength.

Good for you for not buckling.

Given the limitations of the office of any mayor, against Provincial oversight,…… I, if I found myself the mayor on election day, would send people out to Bradner to take water and soil samples, take photographs, talk to locals and make all of that a very public report. Assign a staff member to study every document you refer to, and consult with city lawyers and other municipalities to push the senior government on obvious degradation like you see in Bradner.

Surely an NDP government that prides itself so much on it’s lofty environmental standards cannot ignore the facts as you people have presented them.

If you wish it, I will post your questions on my blog to give the issue a bit more exposure.  Sometimes governments get shamed into doing what is right.

Gerda Peachey

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