HAMILTON – As the long-awaited clean up of Chedoke Creek restarts, the court flips the city a $2.9M bill in fines and damages. Ontario’s Ministry of the nvironment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is holding the city accountable for letting 24 billion litres of sewage and stormwater leak into Chedoke Creek. More than two years of talks and negotiating has followed, but has the sewage-gate saga ended? Time will tell if this latest turn of events leads to a resolution that clears the waters. To date, Chedoke Creek and Cootes Paradise remains contaminated with bio-hazardous wastes from billions in litres of sewage and stormwater. On Thursday (July 20), the city issued a press release confirming they pleaded guilty to the charges, and will pay fines and damages totalling about $3 million.