Today's date: Thursday October 18, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 42
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‘Raising red flags’

Dear Editor:

The May 31 edition of Wellington Advertiser included a full-page ad by Xinyi Glass as well as a letter to the editor.

Nowhere in either entry was there any mention of the 1.6 million litres of water they need daily to operate. Nowhere have they stated that this operation will lose 65% of that water to evaporation daily. Nowhere did they state that they set aside some land for “expansion,” which would use more water.

As well on their website, they state they will be here for 30 years. Given this type of water consumption enterprise they may be operating in a desert. Nowhere else have they stated that this business will provide 400 highly-skilled permanent Canadian jobs. It has always maintained that it will just provide 400 jobs with no further descriptors.  

They have consistently maintained that this is a highly technical operation and requires trained fire-fighting personnel and other highly skilled workers. To accommodate their needs, they want a corporate office that can house 50 individuals. Then they want to build permanent housing for “temporary workers.” If the workers are temporary and they are going to provide jobs for 400 Canadians, why would you need to build permanent housing? Most Canadians would not want to live right where they work.

I read long-term commitment to Wellington County in their advertisement as long-term “water use.” The bigger question is why has this company has not found an appropriate piece of land in the U.S. where most of their customers reside? Just another thing Canadians should think about.

This issue should be raising the red flags for the township, the county and the city of Guelph. If it isn’t, heaven help you.

Blair Spedaler, GUELPH-ERAMOSA



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