The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has invited 15 well-known communitygroups to appoint delegates to a community liaison committee forthe cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council and the MembertouBand Council will also be invited to supply delegates to thecommittee. Alastair MacLeod, a Sydney dentist and community activist, willchair the committee, which will act as a sounding board forproject managers. “The selected groups have all made distinguished contributions tocommunity life in such fields as public health, environmentalprotection, education, community development, business, labour,and spiritual affairs,” said Frank Potter, director of operationsfor the agency. “Like everyone in Sydney, they share a stake ingetting this problem solved.” The organizations include the Canadian Cancer Society, the CapeBreton Black Employment Partnership, Local 1064 of the UnitedSteelworkers, ACAP Cape Breton, the Northend and Area CommunityAssociation, the Canadian Council for Human Resources in theEnvironment Industry, and the University College of Cape Breton. Other groups also asked to participate are: The Nova ScotiaCommunity College, the Joint Action Group, the Cape BretonDistrict Health Authority, the Metro Cape Breton Junior Chamberof Commerce, the Cape Breton Construction and Building TradesCouncil, the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, the GreaterCape Breton Partnership, and St. Andrew’s Church. “I’m delighted to be working with such a strong and forward-looking group of Cape Breton organizations toward our shared goalof getting the Tar Ponds cleaned up,” said Dr. MacLeod, who ispresident of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce and a formerpresident of the Centre Bras d’Or Association. Dr. MacLeod also holds a master of science degree from theHarvard School of Public Health. “We have an opportunity few cities ever get,” said Dr. MacLeod.”We are going to turn the ugliest parts of Sydney into useful,attractive spaces. Future site-use planning should be built intocleanup decisions at the earliest opportunity.” The community liaison committee’s terms of reference say thegroup “is to ensure the healthy, two-way flow of informationbetween the agency and the constituent organizations.” The Tar Ponds Agency will provide the committee with timelyinformation about project plans and activities. Committee memberswill provide a representative cross-section of community views,concerns, and ideas on project plans and activities. Mr. Potter said the committee is one of several ways of fosteringcommunity understanding and support for the cleanup. “The project will conduct an active communications and communityrelations program, including a project website, a publiclyaccessible project office and library, site tours, public opinionsurveys, newsletters, and open houses,” he said.