What made your hero take action?
Stephen Ogden has been involved in the Site 41 fight for over 25 years – the longest time anyone has been involved in this long standing fight to shut down Site 41 and preserve clean water in the Simcoe County area and beyond.
What were some of the challenges they faced?
Stephen has faced personal lawsuits and government harassment over an extended period of time. Stephen has been stonewalled by local and provincial governments – and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in receiving vital information to help determine the health and safety issues surrounding building a dump site at Site 41 and other existing dump sites in the Simcoe County area and beyond.
What did they achieve?
Site 41 has been successfully shut down, after a lot of community organizing and action.
What has happened since? How are they inspiring people today?
The issue now turns to existing dump sites in the Simcoe County area, and Stephen’s fight to see that they meet and exceed health and safety codes and that thy don’t leech contaminates into surrounding land areas, waterways, Georgian Bay, and Lake Simcoe. The ultimate goal is to shut down existing dump sites in the Simcoe County area and beyond, and find alternatives to dumping garbage in the ground.