About Trichloroethylene (TCE)


August 9, 2018

Tracy Hipel a candidate in the upcoming municipal elections in Cambridge has just had a victory in his appeal of the assessment of his property for property tax purposes. All parties agreed that the initial assessment was reasonable under ordinary circumstances and that these however were not ordinary circumstances. The home in question is squarely […]

Significant Drinking Water Threat Policy Applicability Map

December 6, 2014

TCE and chlorides are contaminants that can spread through groundwater flow. It already resides within the boundaries of the Protected Drinking water source in West Galt.  The West Galt watershed is listed as being at a “high risk for contamination” by the GRCA. Groundwater contamination by TCE has become an important environmental concern for human exposure. […]

Cambridge, the City of Water Contamination, Region of WaterPollution

December 2, 2014

What is Trichloroethylene (TCE)? We have plenty of it in Cambridge. Pioneered by Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain, its development was hailed as an anesthetic revolution. Originally thought to possess less hepatotoxicity than chloroform, and without the unpleasant pungency and flammability of ether, TCE use was nonetheless soon found to have several pitfalls. These included promotion of cardiac arrhythmias, low volatility and […]


March 4, 2014

Five broad points regarding Cambridge’s 2013 Annual Drinking Water Report. 1) Numerous ubiquitous or less so chemical compounds are not being reported. 2) The Region of Waterloo have full knowledge of serious industrial/chemical contamination in multiple Cambridge drinking wells. 3) The Region are “managing” this contamination via a number of methods including dilution/blending, redrilling & […]

Trial on the TCE: there are too many cancers Shannon says oncologist

January 3, 2014

Publié le 09 mars 2011 à 05h00 | Mis à jour le 09 mars 2011 à 13h09 Pierre Asselin The Sun  (I thought I should scoop and publish this.. (in case no one is paying attention).. Lots of Data on TCE and other deadly chemicals are disappearing from the internet. Hence my coping posts and […]

My open letter to the Waterloo Health Department regarding TCE

September 30, 2011

—– Original Message —– From: Debbie Vitez To: Whsiuli@Region.Waterloo.On.Ca Cc: nliana@region.waterloo.on.ca Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:08 AM Subject: TCE and the Bishop Street Community ****** Dr. Noland and Dr. Wang, As you both have been so up front with us the residents of the Bishop Street Community for so many years. You have both […]

TCE’s effects on the human body

August 17, 2011


Government Conspiracy to Minimize perceived Health Damage in Cambridge

July 12, 2011

After twenty-two years involvement with contaminated sites, both with hands on experience and with the reading of hundreds of groundwater reports I consider myself extremely knowledgeable regarding the transport and fate of toxic compounds in the subsurface via groundwater.  I do not consider myself an expert in regards to air transport of contaminants.  This also […]

Human Suffering Caused by VAPOUR INTRUSION

July 11, 2011

Literally for decades people in the Bishop St.community in Cambridge suffered serious health consequences coming from inside their own homes. It affected parents and children including headaches, nausea, sleepiness, eye and respiratory irritation, impaired concentration and worse. From kidney, liver and reproductive damage to autoimmune diseases, developmental and neurologic effects all the way to fatal […]

Preston residents deserve answers

November 3, 2010

This ran in the Times……. comments invited below The first of two meetings held Monday night to give a Preston neighbourhood some answers on future health issues ended up creating more questions.   Residents in the Preston neighbourhood have faced fear and health problems after trichloroethylene(TCE) contamination was discovered in their Bishop Street community.   […]

Experts to probe Bishop Street health concerns

May 18, 2010

This ran on the KW Record… comments invited below May 17, 2010 By Jeff Outhit, Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Experts want to hear from residents concerned about their health, in a neighbourhood contaminated by industrial vapours. Almost 500 homes near Bishop Street North were affected when an industrial solvent called trichloroethylene seeped into groundwater and […]

Northstar contamination area too small for study into deaths and illness, residents told

April 8, 2010

This ran in the KW Record.. comments invited below April 07, 2010 By Kevin Swayze, Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Some residents again called for a health study into all the deaths and illness in the chemically contaminated Bishop Street neighbourhood at a public meeting Wednesday night. But environment and health officials said the study area […]

Bishop Street Open House April 7, 2010 ( included here, a link from the Nov.2007 open house)

April 6, 2010

Just a reminder of what we experienced 3 years ago when we allowed them to bamboozle us with their TCE Dance.. We have a new meeting on April 7th.. To those of you whom have lived and continue to live it.. Ask the tough questions this time.. No more being baffled by their  “hired hands […]

Ministry of Environment have finally set ” Lower levels for TCE Vapour Intrusion”

February 15, 2010

This is from the Ministry of Environment..Stating they have finally agreed to lower acceptable levels for Vapour Intrusion in homes in the Bishop Street Community.This comes in the wake of complaints, from the Public, for not having “Set Levels” anywhere in Ontario or Canada( and I’m guessing… an Application we brought to the ECO.. Environment Commissioner […]

Our personal experience with TCE

January 29, 2010

 The Bishop Street community Here is the short list of injustices we suffered at the hands of our Polluter They got to hire their own independent company who did all the testing on our contaminated homes.. (Their test results only showed the levels of TCE .. not the Chromium 6,  Arsenic or the other deadly cocktail […]

David Wellhauser , an interview about TCE

January 27, 2010

From David Wellhauser from the Waterlooians ( a video we did to bring attention to the TCE in Preston Cambridge Ontario Debbie Vitez, a member of the Grand River Environmental Network, and Waterlooians.ca  spokesperson, David Wellhauser, ask Canadian federal political party leaders what they will do to assist neighbourhoods … My interview with David Wellhauser ( […]

Cambridge Contamination by “Echo Weekly” (November 12-18th 2009)

November 15, 2009

By Scot Ferguson Cambridge is being built on a foundation of toxic sludge. We are paying the price for decades of manufacturing prosperity, and that prosperity could cost citizens the health of future generations. Earlier this year I had concerns about a vacant property in the area I’d recently moved to. The property in question […]

From Oct/2008…..Contaminated ground and water in Cambridge

September 10, 2009

Someone asked me recently to rerun my story and my findings at the Bishop Street Community.   Long story shortened…   We vacated our home when we found levels unheard of, anywhere in Canada or the United States… and to date we have not been reimbursed by our Polluter… We were informed  we did not have their permission […]

This is our Story Cambridge

March 15, 2009

Did chemical exposure cause cancers for McCullom Lake residents? The chemicals listed in the McCullom Lake brain cancer lawsuits sound more like tongue twisters or the stuff of science fiction than health hazards. However, the existence of vinyl chloride, vinylidene chloride, and trichloroethylene in groundwater flowing from two Ringwood manufacturers is not fiction, but fact. […]