The online workshops

For those who were not present at one of our workshops, it is possible to do them online. Each workshop is designed in the same way. An information block is presented to you and you have the opportunity to answer questions. These are the same questions that were asked during the public meeting. Online responses will be added to those made on site and will be included in our final report. Here is the list of workshops available so far: Information and exchange meeting: Projet d’agrandissement Special Activity: Mission de Valoris et raison d’être du projet Workshop #01: Description du milieu Workshop #02: Infrastructure, traitement des eaux et intégration au paysage Workshop #03: Qualité de l’air, GES, odeur, circulation et programme de suivi environnemental 

The June 27th workshop is now available online

It was impossible for you to be with us on June 27th? It doesn’t matter, the workshop is available online. You can participate from the comfort of your living room.

A 4th constructive meeting for Valoris

Valoris held a workshop on Saturday, May 25, as part of its social acceptability initiative related to its Bury landfill site expansion project. Once again, more than thirty citizens gathered in East Angus to hear about infrastructures, leachate water treatment and landscape integration.

 

Experts from Tetra Tech and EXP have successively explained the regulatory framework in which Valoris operates and how the expansion will influence operations. Participants were treated to an interesting outreach session on the design of future landfill cells and leachate water treatment in a context of climate change. The morning concluded with the visual aspect of the project, which will have little impact within the regulatory radius of one kilometre. A 3D presentation had also been prepared to put into perspective the visual evolution of the enlargement project over time.

 

“We again gathered a lot of information from those present. The discourse evolves as the meetings progress. Participants are gaining a better understanding of Valoris’ mission and how the expansion project could improve our operations and meet the region’s future needs in the disposal of our waste. There are always concerns and that is normal. We will continue to demonstrate our seriousness and rigour in our efforts to win the trust of citizens,” said Denis Gélinas, Acting Director General of Valoris, at the end of the meeting.

 

Steve Lussier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valoris and Mayor of Sherbrooke, was on hand. He was accompanied by Robert Roy, Vice-President of Valoris and Prefect of the Haut-Saint-François MRC. Karine Godbout, a city councillor in Sherbrooke in the Ascot district and a member of the Valoris board of directors, also participated in the workshop.

 

Later this week, people who were not present and would like to speak about the workshop will be able to view the presentation blocks and complete an online document and return it via the web. People will find the procedure for this exercise on the Facebook page and the site dedicated to the expansion (www.letvaloris.com) in the “documents” and “news” sections from Friday May 31.

New Dates for Valoris Workshops

At the start of the social acceptability process Valoris had expressed its desire to establish a real partnership with the community. When we talk about partnership, it inevitably means sharing, listening and exchanging between partners. We explained that our social acceptability process was an evolving one and that the result of the exchanges during our meetings would guide the next events. 

We listened to your feedback and questions and we adapted our meetings to go into the direction desired by citizens. The last meeting gave rise to exchanges of unsuspected richness. We received several technical questions that will be answered in future workshops.  We then set to work with our experts to prepare workshops and our discussions led us to modify the dates and content.

To meet your expectations, it is imperative to take a step back to allow us to prepare adequate answers. Our desire for a respectful and sustainable partnership remains unchanged and that is why we believe that it is the responsible decision to modify the schedule of our workshops to provide the quality work citizens have a right to expect from us. 

NEW DATE FOR THE NEXT WORKSHOP

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 8:45 am to 12 pm
  • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons
  • Salle des commissaires, École du Parchemin
  • 162, avenue Saint-Jean, East Angus, J0B 1R0

On the agenda:

  • Infrastructures
  • Leaching water management and treatment
  • Landscape Integration

There are 3 ways to register for the workshop

There will be a site visit on June 8 in the morning. The date of the workshop on Greenhouse Gases, Air Quality, Traffic and Environmental Monitoring is Thursday, June 27. Thereafter, there will be 2 last meetings: one in August and the last one in September. The exact dates of these 2 meetings must be determined. It is important to confirm your attendance to help us plan our workshop. We also invite you to share this message with people who would be interested in participating. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Successful Meeting for Valoris

On April 6, Valoris held its third meeting with citizens as part of its social acceptability process in relation to its expansion request for the Bury engineered landfill site. Thirty participants listened to the experts of AECOM as they explained their findings which will be included in the impact study for the ELS expansion project.

AECOM’s experts mainly focused on the following themes.

  • Physical environment (geology, hydrogeology, surface and ground water, etc.)
  • Biological environment (forest stand, wetlands, wildlife, etc.)
  • Human environment (MRC, municipalities, land use, etc.)

The formula was different from the two previous meetings. Participants were placed in work groups. This disposition allowed them to exchange among themselves, to ask questions to the experts and to formulate proposals to improve the project. This formula gave rise to constructive exchanges. The subject of surface waters is certainly the one that has given rise to the most intense exchanges. Participants were working in teams which was a change from the two previous meetings. The structure of this workshop was intended to allow for more direct participant involvement and to ask questions to the experts. They were also encouraged to share their opinions and to formulate their proposals to improve the project. Surface and groundwater is undoubtedly the topic which has received the most comments.

The Mayor of Sherbrooke and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valoris, Steve Lussier, was also on hand to participate. He was accompanied by Robert Roy, Vice-President of Valoris and Prefect of the Haut-Saint-François MRC. Walter Dougherty, Mayor of Bury, was also present. The Mayor of Sherbrooke and president of the board of Directors of Valoris, Steve Lussier, also attended the workshop. He was accompanied by the vice-president of Valoris and prefect of the Haut-Saint-François RCM, Robert Roy. We could also note the presence of Walter Dougherty, Mayor of Bury

Despite the fact that the spotlight was on AECOM’s people, the Valoris team was there to provide additional information and gather the results of the discussions. “These are very informative meetings. The data presented here puts the expansion project in perspective for both residents and the operator. It was important for people to know that their concerns and suggestions are driving us to improve our project in the interest of everyone,” said Denis Gélinas, Acting Executive Director of Valoris, at the end of the meeting. Despite the fact that the spotlight was on AECOM’s experts, Valoris team was there in support to give additional information and collect the fruit of discussions. “These are very rich meetings The presented data allow putting the expansion project in perspective for both the citizens and the operator. It was important that people know that their concerns and suggestions help us to improve the project in the interest of everyone”, said Valoris Acting General Manager Denis Gelinas at the end of the workshop.

The online workshop will be available by the end of the week. Participants will be able to watch each of the 4 sections of the workshop and answer a series of questions. People will find the procedure on our Facebook page or on the web site dedicated to the project (www.letvaloris.com) in both “documents”  and “news” sections.

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Valoris Breaks New Ground in its Social Acceptability Approach

Valoris Breaks New Ground in its Social Acceptability Approach

Valoris created an online form based on its March 6 presentation. Videos are included for each section of the presentation. Each section also contains a place to answers questions or make comments.

“In 2019, people are being solicited from all sides and it is virtually impossible to participate in all of the proposed activities. Citizens asked us earlier in the process to be able to share their concerns and comments online. By clicking on a simple link, people will be directed to a form on which they will find the video extracts of the last activity and places to answer questions,” said Steve Lussier, Valoris President and Sherbrooke Mayor.