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City inks agreement with Indigenous group for creek cleanup job – Hamilton Spectator

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202336 Views

May 25, 2023

Dredging of Chedoke Creek will start in time to get the job done for province’s fall deadline, public works says

The city says it has settled a dispute with an Indigenous group over a disputed plan to clean up Chedoke Creek.

The agreement will allow the city to meet the province’s fall deadline to dredge the sewage-soaked Hamilton waterway, says Carlyle Khan, general manager of public works.

“We’re off to the races, we hope,” Khan said Wednesday after city council approved the settlement following an in camera huddle for a legal update.

Since last year, the dispute with the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) has stalled the $6-million dredging project, which was spurred by a provincial order.

The Ontario government ordered the cleanup after The Spectator reported in 2019 that the city had kept secret the extent of a four-year, 24-billion-litre sewage spill in the west-end creek that feeds Cootes Paradise.

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