Board Chair Resigns out of Frustration Regarding Anticipated Job Losses and Government’s Lack of Sup
For Immediate Release
EASTERN REGIONAL SERVICE BOARD RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S NEW WASTE MANAGEMENT DIRECTIVE
Board Chair Resigns out of Frustration Regarding Anticipated Job Losses and Government’s Lack of Support for Provincial Waste Management Strategy
March 19, 2019 – The Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB) released its response today to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent directive regarding waste collection services for cabins and seasonal properties throughout the Eastern Region. The Chair of the Board, Ed Grant, has also served his resignation out of frustration for Government’s lack of support for the Provincial Waste Management Strategy.
“As noted in my recent letter to Minister Graham Letto and Premier Dwight Ball, the Provincial Government’s most recent directive regarding waste management in the Eastern Region of Newfoundland will have a significant financial impact on property owners, it will negatively affect the environment, and most importantly will mean job losses in rural areas,” said Ed Grant, Outgoing Chair of the Eastern Regional Service Board. “Government’s recent actions are for political expediency only. They have shown contempt for their own waste strategy on the backs of communities and residents throughout Eastern Newfoundland. There are also indications that this is all about the transfer of wealth from one region of the province to another, with communities in the Eastern Region having to potentially pay for the transfer of waste in Western and Central Newfoundland. For these reasons I have served my resignation out of frustration to the Board of Directors of ERSB.”
A copy of the letter sent by Ed Grant to the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, as well as Minister Letto's recent directive is also available below.
The second directive received on March 8 from Government will potentially see 15-20 jobs eliminated in rural communities, and over $750,000 in annual revenue for the regional system eliminated by removing 7,500 properties from the current waste collection service. As a result, the Board could be responsible for liquidated damages for contract reductions, and there is the potential for an increase in illegal dumping in the areas affected.
“I want to thank the current Board of Directors and staff for their continued support and professionalism over the years,” said Grant. “I wish the Board well in choosing a new Chair of the ERSB to continue this important fight against Government’s appalling actions against municipalities and local service districts. The impact of their recent directive has been articulated to Minister Letto and Premier Dwight Ball, but unfortunately our concerns on behalf of the majority of property owners continues to be ignored. Minister Letto should allow the ongoing review of the Provincial Waste Management Strategy to be completed before making such significant changes to the current waste management system. If for no other reason than jobs are at stake in rural Newfoundland.”