The GM Lands: Renaissance or Ongoing Catastrophe?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2182 ... September 1, 2020

The GM Lands: Renaissance or Ongoing Catastrophe?

Since 2010, the site of the former GM components plant on Ontario Street in St. Catharines has sat idle. The facility that once employed thousands was sold in 2014 to Bayshore Groups, a private land remediation company that later announced a $250-million redevelopment plan. But after having scrapped the plant and sold its parts, Bayshore ditched the redevelopment. Now, nothing but an empty shell and a pile of rubble remains on the site.

Concerned about the site’s environmental and safety hazards, a Coalition for a Better St. Catharines formed to pressure the city of St. Catharines to clean up the former GM lands. In light of recent reports of high-levels of PCBs in the Twelve Mile Creek adjacent to the property, the Coalition is seeking to hire an environmental consultant to further review the potential that contaminants are leaking off the site. Donations can be made on the Coalition’s action network page.

The story of the Ontario Street site underscores Green Jobs Oshawa’s urgent calls for public... investment in green, socially beneficial manufacturing.

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