Site 41 Symposium
September 13-16, 2010

12 Natural Sciences Centre
The University of Western Ontario

Site 41 was the site of a historic environmental battle that pitted a diverse and broad coalition of First Nations people, farmers, cottagers and local residents against Simcoe County. The plan to construct a landfill at this site was controversial since its inception, mainly because of its proximity to the shallow aquifers that are vital to the local population and its economy.

This September, The Centre for Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Earth Sciences will host a symposium on the topic of Site 41. The purpose of the Symposium is two-fold. First, to provide an objective and factual review of both sides of the dilemma which was Site 41. Second, since the landfill will never be completed, what will be done with the growing volumes of waste? This is a dilemma not unique to Simcoe County but rather being experienced by municipalities across the Province and indeed the world, where many landfills are approaching capacity.

By bringing together the experts, practitioners and decision makers under one roof, we have an opportunity to identify the lessons learned from Site 41 and use these as a best practice case of waste management as we move towards a "zero waste" future.

For graduate students from across the campus, the Symposium will include an introduction to geochemistry and environmental quality, for science and non-science students alike, by Prof. William Shotyk (University of Heidelberg) who is currently W.S. Fyfe Distinguished Scientist in Residence for Environment and Sustainability, in the Department of Earth Sciences at UWO. The symposium (Sept. 13-15), will be followed by a day excursion to Site 41, on September 16, 2010.

Registration (required)
The Site 41 Symposium is an open event. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Registration is limited to 50 persons. A nominal registration fee ($50.00) will be charged to attendees external to UWO. Registration for UWO students, staff and faculty is free (and also required).

Please Register here. Registrations accepted until Friday, September 10, 2010.
Include the following information:
1. Name
2. Affiliation (UWO student, faculty, member of the community, etc)
3. Dates attending
4. Please indicate if vegetarian

Fee Payment (where applicable)
A registration fee of $50.00 is due for non-UWO attendees. Fee payments can be made by cheque in advance of the event or at the door on the first morning of the Symposium, Monday September 13, 2010. Reciepts will be issued and mailed to the the address on the cheque.

Cheques are payable to The University of Western Ontario.
Mailing Address:
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
The University of Western Ontario
Western Science Centre
London, On, Canada N6A 5B7

We suggest the following hotels in the area for their proximity to the venue.

Station Park Inn
Windermere Manor
Delta Armouries Hotel
Guest House on the Mount /

Getting to Western

•Take Highway 401 to exit 186 (Wellington Road)
•Proceed north on Wellington Road for about 4 km
•Turn left on Commissioners Rd, travel about 2 km
•Turn right on Wharncliffe Road, travel about 6 km to the University gates, Wharncliffe becomes Western Road before the University.


London has both a VIA Rail Station and Bus station in the downtown core.  Western is a quick cab ride away from either, contact VIA or your favourite bus line for more information. Several city buses make stops on campus; some stop in front of the Natural Sciences Centre (Wonderland 10, Richmond 6, Dundas 2). Please refer to the LTC website for more information.

Campus Maps

Arrive early! Cash parking is available in either the Alumni/Thompson or the Weldon Lots.  Rate is $3 per hour up to $12 per day, $12 cash deposit. Allow extra time to walk to venue.

Coin parking is available at the Huron Flats Lot. Rate is $4, coins only, unlimited time. Allow extra time to walk venue.


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