By Tracey Arial
Thanks to help from Robert Poëti, Joseph Pugliese has made contamination on the Cavalier School yard an election issue in the Marguerite Bourgeoys District 11 school board election in LaSalle.
Both current commissioner Joanne Bonnici, who is running for Équipe Lamarche-Venne, and Gladys Negret, who is running for Équipe Martel, have assured Pugliese that they’re watching the situation closely to make sure that students and staff at the school aren’t exposed to toxins.
Pugliese has been asking questions about why the school yard has appeared on Quebec’s list of contaminated lands since September 2013. Until his member of provincial parliament verified what’s going on, however, the school board refused to even confirm that there is contamination on their property.
According to an e-mail from Poëti’s office to Pugliese, a leak of petroleum products took place when an underground reservoir was moved on June 28, 1994. The Ministry of Environment asked for tests to confirm the extent of the contamination but no response was provided by the school.
The Environment Minister requested follow-up testing last June. A secondary drilling to discover the extent of the contamination took place in September.
Marguerite Bourgeoys should have received the results last Monday.
Pugliese has produced a movie describing his attempts to get answers at: youtu.be/goRCaeG25fs.
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