In 1991, we created a Follow-up Committee, as required by government regulation. The committee meets five times a year to examine the company’s activities and includes representatives from the City of Blainville, the Blainville Fire Department, Quebec’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MDDELCC), the Laurentian Public Health Department, Stablex and community members.
The Follow-up Committee’s primary role is to ensure Stablex’s activities comply with requirements set forth by the MDDELCC and other competent authorities. It also verifies that organizations represented at the table follow through on their commitments and ensures that all issues are properly understood. When necessary, the committee makes recommendations to the right decision makers.
Here’s the official breakdown of the committee:
- City of Blainville: One city councillor and one representative from the Environment Division
- Blainville Fire Department: One representative
- MDDELCC: One representative (the Ministry has left this position vacant since 2012)
- Laurentian Public Health Department: One representative
- Stablex: Operations Manager; Health, Safety and Environment Manager; and a health, safety and environment specialist
- Community: At least three community members (currently there are four on the committee)
Good neighborly relations committee
Stablex voluntarily set up a Good Neighborly Relations Committee in 2009. Made up of local residents and company managers, the committee meets on a regular basis. Its mandate is to act as liaison between Stablex and the community where it operates.
The committee monitors the company’s activities and keeps track of our community involvement. At the meetings, we discuss how potential nuisances can be eliminated and how we can address any issues that come up.
The Good Neighborly Relations Committee includes eight residents of the Plan-Bouchard and the Boisés du parc équestre neighborhoods, which are adjacent to our plant and site.
Minutes are taken at each committee meeting to ensure transparency and make it easier to follow up from one meeting to the next. Starting in 2015, an annual report outlining the Good Neighbourly Relations Committee’s activities will be published online.
Communicating with stakeholders
Stablex is in regular contact with the City of Blainville and Quebec’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MDDELCC) to keep them informed of the company’s activities and our efforts to be good neighbours. Occasionally, Stablex invites representatives from the City or the Ministry to visit our offices and facilities.
Stablex also communicates with its industrial neighbours and the residents of Plan-Bouchard, Sentiers du maréchal et Boisés du parc équestre. We provide them with a first-hand account of our activities. Over the years, several communications have been issued.
- Newsletter - May 2016 - Vol. 2, No.1
- Newsletter - November 2015- Vol.1, No.1
- Information brochure distributed to Plan-Bouchard residents and our industrial neighbours: Pour une cohabitation harmonieuse (2015)
- Letter sent to Plan-Bouchard residents: Bonne cohabitation : le point sur notre plan d’action/odeurs perçues (December 2014)
- Letter sent to Plan-Bouchard residents: Bonne cohabitation : le point sur notre plan d’élimination des odeurs perçues (August 2014)
- Letter sent to Plan-Bouchard residents: Bonne cohabitation : le point sur notre plan d'action (July 2014)
- Letter sent to Plan-Bouchard residents: Bonne cohabitation : Stablex toujours en mode « solution » (June 2014)
- Letter sent to Plan-Bouchard residents: Période hivernale 2012-2013 : un bilan encourageant (June 2013)
- Information brochure: Pour une cohabitation harmonieuse (2013)
In addition to operating our Good Neighbourly Relations Committee, we organize public meetings. In 2009, we held an information and discussion session with Plan-Bouchard residents so that we could explain our community initiatives and showcase our results. That same year, our open house attracted 20 local residents who were curious about what we do on our site.