Brooks Keeping Tabs on Provincial Promises


The new head of Water Wells First is taking a wait and see approach to action from the province on contaminated wells in Chatham-Kent.

Jessica Brooks with a bucket of tap water at her Brook Line home, January, 2018.

Jessica Brooks, who took over the reins from Kevin Jakubec this week, says she’s trying to have patience with the new Conservative government on its promise to launch a health hazard investigation.

“I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere,” Brooks says. “They are currently only reviewing (data) from last summer which only came from the wind farm, they haven’t got any information from us.”

Brooks says calls to MPP Monte McNaughton’s office haven’t been returned, and a form letter from the Premier’s office was almost identical to one she was sent by the previous Liberal government.

As far as the future of Water Wells First, Brooks says there needs to be a desire to continue to fight for their water.

“There’s been some fractions within the group,” she says. “What I’m hoping is that in the new year we can have another Water Well meeting with just us, who’s been impacted, who needs what, and just take the temperature, if you will, and see where we need to go from here.”

Brooks took over as head of the activist group this week as Kevin Jakubec steps back to spend more time with his family.