Trichloroethylene (TCE)

For information about trichloroethylene, please check our Trichloroethylene (TCE) fact sheet, or read the Trichloroethylene Contamination in the Bishop Street Community, Cambridge, Ontario report by the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.

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Bishop Street Community Newsletters: What You Need to Know

November 2016 Newsletter
March 2016 Newsletter
June 2014 Newsletter
January 2012 Newsletter
June 2011 Newsletter

Some residents have asked to hear from government agencies more often, about the TCE remediation that is on-going in the Bishop Street Community. These newsletters have been developed to share updates about how the remediation is being monitored, reviewed and regulated by government agencies (Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Region of Waterloo Public Health, Region of Waterloo Water Services, City of Cambridge, and Grand River Conservation Authority).

Other resources mentioned in the newsletter:

Trichloroethylene Contamination in the Bishop Street Community, Cambridge, Ontario
May 2011 Report by the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion

Support Services and Resources for Residents of the Bishop Street Community
May 2011 Table

Public Meeting - November 1, 2010

The documents listed below are from the November 1st, 2010 Bishop Street Community Trichloroethylene (TCE) Public Meetings that were hosted by Region of Waterloo Public Health at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre.

This meeting was a follow-up to the June 1st, 2010 Bishop Street Community Trichloroethylene (TCE) Public Meeting.  Public Health had invited the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion (OAHPP), an expert provincial agency, to review the Bishop Street Community TCE situation and, as a part of that review, to hear residents' questions and concerns regarding community health impacts directly at the June 1st, 2010 public meeting.

The purpose of the November 1st, 2010 Public Meeting was to present the findings of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion from Dr. Ray Copes (Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion), to hear additional commentary from a 3rd party reviewer (Dr. John Eyles, McMaster University), and to provide an opportunity for community members to ask further questions to Dr. Copes, Dr. Eyles, as well as to the Region of Waterloo's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Liana Nolan, and Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang. 

The following are the PowerPoint presentation provided by Dr. Copes, and verbatim transcripts from the meeting that were recorded on digital audio recordings. One session was held in the afternoon (3:30pm) and one in the evening (6:30pm) on November 1st, 2010.  The Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion will be releasing a formal report of its findings in the near future; when this becomes available, it will also be posted here.

Dr. Copes' Presentation

Afternoon Transcript File

Evening Transcript File

Questions & Comments Submitted
(questions submitted in written form)


Public Meeting - June 1, 2010

The transcripts listed below are from the June 1st Bishop Street Community TCE (Trichloroethylene) Public Meeting that was hosted by Region of Waterloo Public Health to listen to residents' questions and concerns regarding community health impacts.

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) was invited to review all available information on the TCE contamination and to hear residents' concerns directly and gather questions with the intent to respond at a later date with recommendations.

The following are the verbatim transcripts from the meeting that were recorded on digital audio recordings. Two sessions were held in the afternoon (3:30pm - 5:30pm) and evening (6:30pm - 8:30pm) of June 1st, 2010.

Transcriptions of Public Meeting - Waterloo Public Health
Re: TCE contamination in the Bishop Street Community

Audio File: PHJun1330PM
(afternoon session)

Audio File: PHJun1630PM
(evening session)

Questions & Comments Submitted
(questions submitted in written form)


Dr. Ray Copes is the Director for Environmental and Occupational Health at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion. He leads the development and implementation of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion's strategies, policies and services in this area. Prior to joining Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion, Dr. Copes was Director of Environmental Health Services at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and a clinical professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Copes completed his medical training at McGill University in Quebec, he has specialty training in occupational medicine and conducts research in the areas of exposure and risk assessment methods.

Dr. John Eyles - Is a Distinguished Professor from McMaster University, School of Geography and Health Sciences and fellow, Royal Society of Canada. He is an Associate Member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics.  Dr. Eyles has reviewed the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion's findings. He has in the past worked on trichloroethlyene (TCE) with Beckwith Township in Eastern Ontario and has been called as an expert commentator by many Ontario health agencies and citizen groups.

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