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In January 2001, in Shannon, a well is mesured at 935 ppb or 935 µg/l of TCE. The US EPA norm is 5 ppb or 5 µg/l.

In Shannon, on the 19th of april, a well was tested at 1200 ppb or 1200 µg/l of TCE.

To this day, the 08-05-2001, there are 114 TCE contaminated wells in Shannon. One hundred and ten on the South shore and four on the North shore.  There is also a well contaminated with PCE on the North shore.

On this 22 Mai 2001, at 18:01 h, Mr Mayor received a fax from the honourable Arthur C. Eggleton, Minister of national Defence. In this letter we read that the Ministry of national Defence offers us a short term solution, that is to connect 80 houses to the Army water distribution system which is regularly tested, of high quality and clean.

On the 24-05-2001, in the SOLEIL, we discover that the army feared for the Shannon population. She, the army, feared a general panic in the Shannon population. We also lear that the army (national defence) was quite concerned of it's image.

On the 25-05-2001, in the SOLEIL, we discover that the army discharges chlorinated and TCE contaminated waters (from P-5 well) in the Jacques-Cartier river.

On the 11-06-2001, at the Shannon Citizens' Committee meeting, it is mentioned that the honourable Arthur C. Eggleton, Minister of national Defence, did not answer to the correspondence and demands of the Shannon Citizens' Committee.

To this date, the 15-06-2001, 35 TCE contaminated residences are equipped with filters in Shannon.

On the 18th of June 2001, at 12:15 PM, eastern daylight time.

Physicists of Canada, United Kingdom and the United States announced today that their first results resolves a thirty years old mystery: the missing solar neutrino (ne, a particle) puzzle. The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) discovered that the solution was not in the sun, but rather in the neutrinos that change with the travel from the kernel of the sun to the earth.

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) was built at a 2 km depth under the surface of the earth in INCO's Creighton mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

SNO was conceived to detect neutrinos (ne) produced by the fusion reactions in the sun. SNO is a "heavy water" detector, D2O instead of H2O. The "D", deuterium possessing a neutron (a particle), is a hydrogen isotope (cousin) that does not have a neutron. "D" is therefore heavier than "H". From that, the expression "heavy water". The detector uses 1 000 tons of heavy water in a 12 metre diameter acrylic tank. The neutrinos (tree types or flavours, ne, nu and nt, and their anti-particles) react with the heavy water and produce light flashes called Cherenkov radiation.

In comparison, there is a neutrino detector at a 1,5 km depth in the Homestake gold mine, South-Dakota, US. There, an American physicist, Ray Davis, captures Sun neutrinos since 1965. This neutrino detector consist of 400 000 litres (600 tons) of tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, PCE), see the "What is TCE" page of the Shannon Citizen's Committee site. (La physique, FRANCE LOISIRS, 1990, p.126)

At this date, the 28-06-2001, 126 wells (+ or - 1) are TCE contaminated in Shannon.

On the 29-06-2001, three Officers from the Shannon fire department and one Officer from the base tested the two hydrants close by at the output of the water reservoir of the Valcartier base.

On the 03-07-2001, the honourable Arthur C. Eggleton, Minister of national Defence, visits Shannon, the SNC Tech. site and Valcartier base. No announcement came from that visit.

On the 05-07-2001, for the meeting of the "Comité de Concertation", a visit of wells P2, P4, P5 and of the water reservoir of the Valcartier base is made by the participants.

On the 09-07-2001, at the Shannon Citizens' Committee meeting, it is mentioned that the honourable Arthur C. Eggleton, Minister of national Defence, responded to the correspondence of the Shannon Citizens' Committee. No announcement came from this correspondence.

On the 22-08-2001, a bird is found On the 22-08-2001, a bird is found in a chemical product mixing-tank at the drinking water installations of the Valcartier base.

On the 23-08-2001, discovery of a 600 litre diesel fuel spill, on and around of a base Valcartier well, the P2 well. On the 23-08-2001, discovery of a 600 litre diesel fuel spill, on and around of a base Valcartier well, the P2 well. It is the principal well that feeds the drinking water supply of the Valcartier base water network that will shortly bring water to 161 residences of the Shannon municipality.

On the 28-08-2001, at the "Comité de Suivi" (Follow up Committee) meeting, Michael Hodgson, officer for environment at the Valcartier military base was telling the members attending the meeting that he did not have the obligation to contact and advise the Shannon municipality of the 600 litre spill of diesel fuel at the P2 well. So, he did not do it. Good neighbour...

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On the 3-10-2001, 10 new cases of contaminated wells are discovered in Shannon, and 3 are outside the zone which will be supplied shortly with water from Valcartier base. There are now 136 contaminated wells in Shannon...

On the 17-10-2001, 6 new cases of contaminated wells are announced in Shannon. Four results are over 5 µg/l and two of those are outside the zone which will be supplied shortly with water from Valcartier base. There are now 142 contaminated wells in Shannon...

On the 13-11-2001, Shannon has 146 contaminated wells...

On the 22-11-2001, at the Valcartier military base heliport, a 14 100 liter spill of AFFF, 3%  firefighting foam was discovered.

In December, there was a spill of diesel fuel in the Nelson river near the Castor golf course on the Valcartier base...

End of December, work for hook-up of some 161 residences on the base Valcartier (Shannon) water supply is over.

In January 2002, 5 new cases of contaminated wells were discovered in Shannon, this brings the number of contaminated wells to 151 and the number of contaminated wells not hooked on the water system to 50.

On the 04-02-2002, was held the official opening of the P7 well at the Valcartier base. It is situated close to the two base arenas in between SNC Tec inc., the defence research establishment at Valcartier (DREV) and the P4 well. The official opening was made by colonel Daniel Benjamin by the cutting of a red ribbon and brigadier-general Marc-Caron, an old resident of Courcelette street, invited folks from Shannon present for the occasion to drink P7's water.

At the Follow-up Comity meeting on 05-02-2002, in Shannon, tree representatives from Valcartier base and the Valcartier defence research centre DREV announced that they are ending there participation for the Follow-up Comity meetings. The Valcartier base officer for environment, the DREV officer for environment and the Valcartier base officer for infrastructures will not be part of the comity that the Shannon Citizens' Comity privileged for information transfer and for the appearance of transparency in this dossier ! There will now be one officer, major Coulombe, who will do the whole of the representations !

On the 2/03/2002, we learn that SNC-Lavalin's revenues for the year 2001 reach 2,3 billion dollars. The profits reach 29,3 million dollars.

On the 19/03/2002, a good documentary film by Robert Monderie, on TV. "La Loi de l'eau", The Law of water, a film where we learn the value of the Québec Ministry of Environment. We learn that there is also a Law of silence... Robert Monderie puts forward that we should rebuild a Ministry of Environment in Québec.

On the 22/05/2002, we learn on the Valcartier base that if the water is orange or yellow or brown in the residential quarters, that again, the fault is on the Shannon municipality and it's firefighters !!! Water is coming from the Valcartier base pumping system but it's Shannon's fault, again !!!

On the 4/06/2002, meeting of the Valcartier military base "comité de concertation". Following this meeting, what do we learn ? ? ? That the spread of the contamination is worst than everybody expected ! That many local contamination sites are situated on DND land !

On the 5/06/2002, in the Valcartier military base paper "adsum", it is said that "the base underground water contains traces of the product". Some measures gave a maximum value of 1 200 ppb and values of 560 to 920 ppb in the centre of the TCE contamination plume. A value of 1 200 ppb is only 240 times the EPA norm. A value of 920 ppb is only 184 times the norm, while a measure of 560 ppb is only 112 times the EPA norm (5 ppb). These measures are really traces ?

In an Internal Advisory dated 6-06-2002, the Valcartier military base says that the TCE concentrations in the plume heading for Val-Bélair are all under 50 ug/L (federal standard). But the Valcartier military base does not say anything about the concentrations in the plume heading towards Shannon !!! Why ??? It is a question of confidence and transparency !!!

On the 6/06/2002, we learn in "le journal de Québec" that the rivers and lakes of the Chaudière-Appalaches region contain some phosphor in proportions of 65% to 100% exceeding the norm. In Shannon some drinking water wells exceeded by up to 23 900% the EPA norm for TCE (5ppb).

On the 14/06/2002, we learn in the "LE SOLEIL" paper that some sewage water flow open skies on territories of Shannon municipality ! This land is situated south of the provincial 369 road between Matapédia street of the Valcartier military base (garrison) and the base principal gate, lets call this pond the "369 lagoon" and it is at about 0,5 km in back of the new base "family centre". A dog that took a dip in it came out smelling of a "strong diesel sent". The land on which the sewer pours belongs to SNC Lavalin ! But the sewer content comes from the land on the North side of the 369 road and have you guessed who it belongs to ? To the Valcartier military base !

On the 14/06/2002, we learn that with the phase 7 of testing by the ministry of Environment of Québec, there is a new case of TCE contamination in Shannon. This brings the total number of TCE contaminated wells to 152 of which 51 are still not conected on a drinking water system.

On this Canadian birthday, the first of July 2002 (but this is true on any other date), if a general, a kernel (colonel) or one or two majors give you as information that the Valcartier military base water is of a high quality and that it meets all current federal standards (wow, 6-6-2002, Internal Advisory), that the Shannon residents connected to the base (USS, Garrison, Camp...) "enjoy" the same "high quality" water (how many Shannon residents drink bottled water, how many Valcartier base residential quarters residents drink bottled water and how about the people on the Valcartier military base ?), tell yourself that the Valcartier military base  respects the Canadian standard for TCE which is one of the worst in the world, and the world is mighty big ! (Quebec as adopted the same worst norm on the planet).

On the 5/07/2002, the Citizens' Committee learns that the 369 lagoon (lagoon X), in which is dumped some open skies sewers from the Valcartier military base, could be contaminated with hydrocarbons and certain heavy metals !

On the 11/11/2002 we learn in a communication signed by colonel Daniel Benjamin, that the waters of the Jacques-Cartier river, a salmon river, are contaminated with TCE at levels higher than the EPA norm. This magnificent salmon river cuts the Shannon municipality in two sections, North and South.

The site, TCE contaminated at 5,4 ppb, is situated just upstream from the "trestle" bridge of the multi-functional bike path.  The sample was taken on the 20/09/2002. The site is situated between 2,6 to 3 km downstream from the sewage-dumping site (not far from Cadieux bridge) of the Valcartier military base (garrison or camp or USS).

At 1 km lower, downstream from the "trestle" bridge of the multi-functional bike path, the water of this salmon river was still at 0,7 ppb of TCE. From there, we are around 4 km downstream from the Valcartier military base sewage-dumping site. We do not know if a sample was taken at the military base sewage-dump site, but some samples were taken not far from the Laurier lake, at several km upstream of the Cadieux bridge.

Where does the pumped waters from the base Valcartier P5 well go ?

On the 03/03/2003 the Québec prime minister was granted 8 million $ for a water treatment plant. In his county, his there TCE or DCE or PCE or VC contamination ? Are there elections in the air ? His there a provincial party that will... ... ... ?

In early March, Shannon municipality made a demand for a grant from the provincial government through the infrastructures program for the "Phase II" of our aqueduct system. This "Phase II" is estimated at 11,7 M$.

On the 04/03/2003 was held a breakfast-meeting in a restaurant to talk with the county federal deputy. What happened at this meeting ?

On the 8/03/2003 we learn that the SNC-Lavalin firm had annual revenues of 3,4 billion dollars in 2002. That was for a net profit of 202,5 million $. The president and chief director, Jacques Lamarre said that he had increased the concessions portfolio of the firm. That's good.

On the 17/04/2003, a meeting was supposed to be held between the federal deputy and the municipal authorities. The minister did not show up. This too is good.

On the 14/04/2003 where held the provincial elections. During the period of the electoral campaign, none of the principal parties (liberal, p.q. and a.d.q.) was heard by the population on the defence of their rights on the possible contamination of the water by the M.N.D. (Valcartier) and SNC-Lavalin. It's normal On the 14/04/2003 where held the provincial elections. During the period of the electoral campaign, none of the principal parties (liberal, p.q. and a.d.q.) was heard by the population on the defence of their rights on the possible contamination of the water by the M.N.D. (Valcartier) and SNC-Lavalin. It's normal ...

On the 14/11/2003 the Valcartier base invites us for a visit on the 21/11/2003. Confidence and transparency...

On the 17/11/2003 the Valcartier base cancels the visit of the 21/11/2003. Why ?

On the 08/12/2003 was published a notice for a meeting :

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SHANNON CITIZENS
The Shannon Citizens' Committee is preparing to deposit a class action law suit regarding the TCE contamination.
An information meeting will be held for all Shannon citizens :
Tuesday, December 16th 2003 at the Shannon Hall (recreation centre) at 19:00h.
Our lawyers will de present to answer your questions.
YOUR PRESENCE IS INDISPENSABLE
For more information, contact-us at 844-1TCE or 844-1379
Looking forward to seeing you,
The Shannon Citizen' Committee.

On the 11/12/2003, after many years of waiting and exasperation by the contaminated population, in a Health-Canada release, we can read that there will be a public consultation on the proposed guideline for TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE)  in drinking water. You can read the release at the address On the 11/12/2003, after many years of waiting and exasperation by the contaminated population, in a Health-Canada release, we can read that there will be a public consultation on the proposed guideline for TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE)  in drinking water. You can read the release at the address  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/media/releases/2003/2003_100.htm   .

On the 12/12/2003 was held a meeting of the Committee, our lawyer and some twenty citizens affected by the TCE contamination situation.

On Sunday the 14/12/2003, a Shannon Fire Dept vehicle with 2 representatives of the Committee and a citizen where touring the municipality streets to recall the Tuesday the 16/12/2003 meeting. They where twice summoned on a Shannon municipality street in the Courcelette "arrondissement" (district) by the base Valcartier military police. The first time, on Garceau street, to tell us that a (or more) person from the base was complaining of the fact that the vehicle announcers where saying that the water was not good to drink and that it was contaminated. The only text that was read was the meeting's notice, for transparency you have the announcers word. The military policeman said that a permission should have been asked for before doing what was being done. The second time, on Chapman street, the military policeman, probably so he would not miss the citizens meeting, asked the information about the Tuesday 16/12/2003 meeting.

On the 16/12/2003 was held a meeting with the Committee, 115 citizens, the law firm lawyer and city representatives for the preparation of the class suit.

On the 19/12/2003 the Shannon Citizen's Comittee through its petitioner, enters a class action law suit against "le GOUVERNEMENT DU Canada au nom de SA MAJESTÉ DU CHEF DU Canada représenté par le PROCUREUR GÉNÉRAL DU CANADA, GROUPE SNC LAVALIN INC., SNC LAVALIN INC., SNC TECHNOLOGIES INC.,GROUPE SNC LAVALIN INC., SNC LAVALIN INC., SNC TECHNOLOGIES INC., co-intimés conjoints et solidaires".

The 24/12/2003, 17:44h. Could we live in Peace and Harmony on this Xmas and this New Year, 2004, it is a wish of the soul and spirit of all men of the earth and the universe ? It is so hard... ?  In a house, on a street, in a town, in a province, in a country, on our planet ?

On the 4/02/2004, "The Fifth Estate" CBC TV show is dedicated to the Shannon TCE contamination story. Some people can really skate good ... In a near future, there will be a or a few video copies at the Shannon city hall (library).

On the 5/02/2004, was declared an interdiction at the Alexander-Wolff school on the Valcartier garrison, forbidding the students and employees from drinking water from the garrison water system.

On the 6/02/2004, was declared an interdiction at the "Dollard-des-Ormeaux" school on the Valcartier garrison, forbidding the students and employees from drinking water from the garrison water system.

*** There will be a public information meeting concerning the TCE contamination, on the 19/02/2004 at the Shannon Hall, at 19:00 h. Be there ... Our team of specialists will be there to answer your questions. ***

On the 19/02/2004, we had a meeting of the "Follow-up Committee" with colonel Rousseau of the Valcartier base to give us information and try to respond to our questions in place of major Coulombe who was supposed to respond to all our interrogations on all subjects since 5/02/2002... For more feelings, refer to the "The Fifth Estate" program of 4/02/2004.

On the 19/02/2004, 250 persons where at the Shannon Hall to get more and new information about the TCE situation and the law suits.

On the 12/03/2004, we are convoked for the 26/03/2004 at the Montréal court of justice by the "Fonds d'aide aux Recours Collectifs", for an audition concerning our help demand .

On Friday the 19/03/2004, was held a meeting of the Shannon municipality representatives with the defence minister, M. David Pratt, and others. Not in Shannon, but at the Québec Citadelle which is in renovation.

On this 23/04/2004, the Shannon municipality settled out of court it's law suit with the Valcartier military base (and SNC-Lavalin ?) Shannon settled for 19 million $ instead of the 56 M$ law suit. And on top of that, the garrison is not guilty... It's been 22,5 M$ and they are not guilty... And SNC-Lavalin in all that... And Les Industries SLM inc. in all that... And the Shannon Citizen's Committee... It continues.

On this 7/07/2004, it is announced by Géraldine Martin du Journal de Montréal under the title "Centrale au gaz naturel: SNC décroche le contrat". In this article we note that SNC gets another Québec government contract of 500 M$. And the Shannon contamination... Bizarre !

On this week of the 30/08/2004, construction of the new extension phase of the Shannon aqueduct system as started. But the water in the system is still from the Valcartier military base... Oh, oh...

 

On this 21st of February 2007, at last provincial elections. Make your opinion known. Congratulate or blast out but, make your opinion known. It as not moved much for Shannon citizens.

Around this mid-February, not wanting to only address the Quebequers and to limit us to the idea of the possibility of a Quebec provincial election, we also address the whole of Canada. A good news... A federal election is coming up in Canada ? Who helped us most since the year 2000 ? The C.P. or the L.P.C. ? Maybe the N.D.P. ? Difficult to answer ! An election is coming ! Your opinion counts, let it resonate !

Can you name Canadians in office or were in office since 2000 and who did something tangible and significant in defence of the Shannon population ?

Can you name a federal Prime Minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Quebec provincial Prime Minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Canadian defence minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Canadian general (4 ranks) who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Canadian colonel (2 ranks) who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a federal environment minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a federal health minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a federal minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Quebec provincial environment minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Quebec provincial health minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Quebec provincial minister who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a federal or Quebec provincial deputy representing Shannon who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a federal deputy who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a Quebec provincial deputy who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name an employee or ex-employee from national defence who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name a military from national defence of Canada who did something tangible and significant ?

Can you name an employee or ex-employee from SNC-Tech or SNC-Lavalin who did something tangible and significant ?

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On this 30-03-28007 a meeting for the population is preparing in Shannon. Stay tuned for more information, we will inform you
 as soon as possible on the next steps in the process of the class-action.

Today the 31-03-2007, we announce an Assembly for citizens, Wednesday the 25-04-2007 at 19:00h, at the hall
 of the Shannon community centre at 75 Gosford road.

Be there…

The latest information will be given and the following steps in the legal procedure will be explained.

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On this 18/09/2007 :

News
Do not miss...
Support Shannon citizens...

A TV show "Production Thalie", "Toxique"
on the Shannon contamination
will be aired on Monday the 1st of October at 20:00h,
 and re-aired on Friday the 5th of October at 02:00h and 17:00h
on "CANAL D".

Today the 11/10/07, we're still digesting. Good show... We'll talk about it soon !

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Benefit evening to SUPPORT Alexandre Mallette-Lafrenière

 We want to help him and support his family

who offer him palliative care at home

 The gathered money during that evening will be given

to Alexandre’s parents for his care

 Spaghetti supper, animation, dance and attendance prises

At the Shannon Hall, Saturday the 15 of March 2008 at 18:00h

 Alexandre is a resident of Shannon

Alexandre as a cancer

Alexandre as a brain cancer

Alexandre is beautiful, tall and proud

Alexandre is young

Alexandre is 17 years old

Alexandre’s time is limited

 Help was asked from many organisations

who are close and farther from us…

Several had positive answers…

 Organised by Nancy Nicol, owner of Coiffure-Extrême

Places are limited

Tickets are sold at 20$/adult, 5$/0-6 years and 10$/6-12 years

at the hairdressing salon, Coiffure-Extrême

428 Jacques-Cartier, Nancy at 844-0122

and with Hélène, after 16:30h at 844-1554

 Thank you very much

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Thursday April 24 2008 at 20:00h at the Espace Culturel de St-Raymond,

there will be a projection of the film

"Shannon - Quand l'eau vous empoisonne"

by Nicole Giguère

director of 4 episodes of the documentary series TOXIQUE.

There is also another good film, "Bombes à retardement",

by Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel.

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An invitation for Saturday November 13 2010 at the Shannon Hall for an Open House in Commemoration of the Victims deceased du to TCE exposition in Shannon.    

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If all is well, we will be and see our selves in Québec Superior Court on January 10 2010. At last, the truth will come out in broad daylight.

 

Somebody knew...

The Citizen's Committee wishes you some beautiful and merry Holidays. Lets be happy despite all.

Marie-Paule, Claude et Jean.

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The Société Pour Vaincre la Pollution and the deputy Amir Khadir, of Québec Solidaire, together with The Shannon Citizen's Committee,

 will hold a press conference at the Québec National Assembly, Tuesday, April 5 2011 at 11:00h. The members of the press, the elected members,

 as well as all the victims and the members of the class action are invited to attend. 

 For more info, call Miss Anne-Marie St‑Cény at 514‑910‑1653

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