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City of Stratford admits to signing ‘Letter of Intent’ with Xinyi

Get Concerned Stratford’s lawyer sends Mayor Mathieson letter demanding disclosure

For Immediate Release - January 4, 2021

Get Concerned Stratford’s lawyer sends Mayor Mathieson letter demanding disclosure  before Council votes on matter  

A lawyer for residents is accusing the City of Stratford of misleading the public  by issuing contradictory statements regarding whether a contract has been signed  between Xinyi and the City. 

The City of Stratford posted the following statement to its website on December 31th, “The City  did enter into a binding letter of intent with Xinyi Glass Canada Limited as it relates to the float  glass manufacturing facility. Similar to all binding letters of intent entered into by the City, any  obligations set out in that letter are conditional upon agreement by Stratford City Council”. 

This is in contradiction to a post to the website on or about December 11, 2020 stating  “In  November 2018, the City entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Xinyi Canada Glass  Limited to build the company’s first manufacturing facility in North America.”   

A letter sent today to Mayor Mathieson by David Donnelly, environmental lawyer, on behalf of  Get Concerned Stratford asks “Did the City sign two letters of intent, one binding, and one not  binding?  The “binding” letter of intent presumably contains contractual obligations that bind  the City to certain obligations, being the definition of “binding”.  If so, what are the binding  obligations? “ 

Get Concerned Stratford through its lawyer asks that Stratford Council “disclose the non binding (or binding) agreement it signed with Xinyi”. 

“The Mayor’s end of year statement to the Beacon Herald continues to muddy the waters   about the status of the Xinyi deal added Donnelly

“The Mayor begins by saying council has  ‘been provided lots of feedback, both negative and positive, and they have to make a decision  on it’ and then later in the same interview says City will need to share information ‘so people  can understand how we got to where we are and how we reached our decision’ Has Council  reached a decision or not? Have they signed a binding letter of intent or not? I believe the only  way to clear up the confusion is for the Mayor to disclose the contents of any letters of Intent  that have been signed between Xinyi and the City” Donnelly concluded. 

Today’s letter to Council asks for answers to additional questions including the amount of  greenhouse gas the factory will emit. 

“The City’s response to the question about the amounts  of greenhouse gas that will be emitted doesn’t answer the question – instead it amounts to  cheerleading for the project and is being used as a promotional tool for Xinyi communications” stated Melissa Verspeeten, spokesperson for Get Concerned Stratford. “Either the City knows  what the GHG emissions from the Xinyi Facility will be and should disclose them, or it should  confess Xinyi has not disclosed the GHG emissions to itadded Verspeeten.  

The letter to Mayor Mathieson concludes asking for “answers to the above-noted questions, at  least fourteen days before Council puts the Xinyi Facility question to a vote. 


Get Concerned Stratford is a citizens group who oppose the Minister’s Zoning Order which has  been issued by the Ontario provincial government to convert prime agricultural land into  industrial land, and who oppose the installation of a 175 acre glass factory in ‘Festival City’. 

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