A local corporation is getting involved in the fight against high water levels in the St. Lawrence River.
Alex Joannides,owner of the Canadian Tireon Parkedale Avenue in Brockville,has started a petition toask the International Joint Commission (IJC)to lower the water in theriver“immediately without delay.”
Heput a petition at every cash register in the store and hasso far gathered close to 2,000 signatures.He hopes to get 10,000 by the end ofthe year.
He is the firstmajor corporate citizen to get involved in the fight,and he hopesby taking the first step he will convinceotherbig businesses in the area tojump on board.
“Idon’t feel there’s enough noise being made, whether it’s at the local political levelor in thebusinesscommunity,”hesaid on Friday.
“Everyone is hurt. Everyone is suffering from this.”
Joannides bought the local Canadian Tire franchise two years ago and was attracted to the area because of the lifestylethat comes with being on the river.