Xinyi Canada encountering familiar opposition as it attempts to locate float glass plant in Stratford
By Patrick Flannery
Xinyi Canada Glass, the Chinese manufacturer that sought approval to build a float glass plant near Guelph, Ont., in 2018 and was denied by city council, has selected Stratford, Ont., as an alternative site and is holding public virtual meetings to inform the community and collect residents’ feedback. In these sessions, many of the objections that scuttled the Guelph proposal are cropping up again, despite assurances from the company and government officials that the plans meet or exceed all environmental regulations.
A musician and local lawyer are leading the charge against the project, raising questions about the process Stratford council used when deciding to request a zoning order.
Frank Fulton covered the controversy over the Guelph proposal in his Sept. 2018 You Bet Your Glass column.