Friends of Green Cove re­spond to crit­i­cism

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

I am writ­ing in re­spect­ful re­sponse to Ray Sta­ple­ton’s spir­ited ‘Guest Shot’ (In De­fense of the Never For­got­ten Na­tional Me­mo­rial, July 27). Mr. Sta­ple­ton claims that our group is op­posed to the ‘Mother Canada’ pro­ject in large part be­cause we er­ro­neously be­lieve Green Cove to lie within a ‘ Wilder­ness Zone’ in the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park. Not so. Our oft-re­peated view, shared by all 28 of the re­tired se­nior Parks Canada man­agers whose Open Let­ter he cites, is that all zones of all na­tional parks are pro­tected from all de­vel­op­ment dam­ag­ing to first their eco­log­i­cal, and then their com­mem­o­ra­tive, in­tegrity. As a wide range of in­de­pen­dent scien- tists and other ex­perts agree, the ‘eco­log­i­cal in­tegrity’ of Green Cove will be for­ever shat­tered by send­ing in, to cite p. 14 of the draft De­tailed Im­pact Anal­y­sis, the “ex­ca­va­tors”, “cranes”, “drilling trucks”, “graders”, “bull­doz­ers”, “com­paction rollers” and “paving and curb­ing ma­chin­ery” needed to “pre­pare” the site for its con­crete-and-steel trans­for­ma­tion. And in the process of con­struc­tion (de­struc­tion), the ca­pac­ity of both the nat­u­ral and hu­man worlds to tell their sto­ries (to pre­serve their ‘com­mem­o­ra­tive in­tegrity’) will like­wise be shat­tered. Mr. Sta­ple­ton men­tions, for in­stance, the im­por­tance of Green Cove to a Mi’kmaq sto­ry­teller like Tuma Young. I re­fer him to Tuma’s ex­tra­or­di­nary re­cent study L’nuwi’tey­tasik Ke’kanakweje’ka’tik: Think­ing About the Mi’kmaq Use of the Green Cove Area (avail­able at http://www.friend­sof­green­cove.ca) which con­cludes that the ‘Mother Canada’ de­vel­op­ment would be both eco­log­i­cally and cul­tur­ally dev­as­tat­ing.

Sin­cerely, Sean Howard Spokesper­son, Friends of Green Cove

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