MEDIA RELEASE: Rural Residents Raise Funds for Hope Township LLRW Trust Fund Legal Challenge


Port Hope, ON (Feb. 9, 2016) – On Saturday, February 6, 2016, some of the Rural Redesign volunteers who had been busy raising monies to help fund the LLRW Trust Fund legal challenge, gathered to hand over a cheque in the amount of $8,837. to Bill Bickle and Rick Norman, representatives of Port Hopers for Fair Taxes (PHFFT) who are also raising funds for the legal case.

Rural Redesign volunteers had dropped flyers across Hope Township before Christmas and volunteered to accept donations to fund the legal challenge in the Ontario Superior Court against the Municipality of Port Hope.

Ian Angus and Dean Ross, two rural residents, represent Hope Township residents in a legal battle to have the Municipality of Port Hope use the Hope Township Low Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Trust fund only for the purposes it was originally intended for, i.e, the defrayment of taxes. The Municipality contends that they can use the funds as Council sees fit, and the courts will be asked to order refunds of withdrawals not in line with the original intent of the agreement, as well as an accounting of all uses of the Fund since Amalgamation in 2001 (of the then Town of Port Hope and then Township of Hope).

The case will be heard in the Superior Court in Newmarket at 50 Eagle St. West on Friday, February 12th. PHFFT encourages residents to attend and hear the proceedings. Many thanks to the Rural Re-design volunteers for collecting $8,837 towards the legal fund, expected to cost in excess of $35,000.


Photo by Ken Solilo Photography