Home­owner not happy tak­ing one for ‘Lib­eral team’

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

From com­ments made by Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity plan­ning di­rec­tor Mal­colm Gil­lis pub­lished on­line af­ter the Thanks­giv­ing Day Flood it ap­pears the peo­ple in Syd­ney’s south end who lost prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing they owned fol­low­ing the flood took one for the team.

Gil­lis states Syd­ney’s south end is no­to­ri­ous for flood­ing, but shock­ingly re­veals that it is by de­sign. He ex­plains south end park­lands some­times act as a re­ten­tion pond, slow­ing down wa­ter so it doesn’t over­flow the cul­verts and streets thereby caus­ing in­creased base­ment flood­ing in neigh­bour­hoods fur­ther down­stream.

I am glad that de­sign plan worked to pre­vent more base­ments flood­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, it didn’t do much to pro­tect ours – or our down­stairs.

Gil­lis [re­fer­ring to the park lands] states: “the wa­ter is pond­ing there be­cause the cul­verts aren’t large enough to chan­nel the wa­ter un­der­neath the streets that … go over the brook” adding, “in a lot of cases that’s a good thing.” Ob­vi­ously, this de­sign plan was not a good thing in all cases. I get it about the cost to gov­ern­ment of putting in proper in­fra­struc­ture. It is hard to spend money you don’t have. Ev­ery­thing is ex­pen­sive. The prob­lem is the peo­ple who have lost their homes, many or all of their be­long­ings and – in some cases – their ve­hi­cles face the same prob­lem.

My anger, how­ever, is not di­rected at Gil­lis (I am sure he did what he could with what he had to work with). No, it is to­wards an ar­ro­gant Lib­eral gov­ern­ment who refuse to con­sider the plight of peo­ple whose homes be­came a re­ten­tion pond – if not by de­sign, then by ex­ten­sion.

The more Lib­eral politi­cians duck us, cite tax­pay­ers’ money as an ex­cuse not to help ad­e­quately, dic­tate terms, pit us off against some­times be­lit­tling bu­reau­crats and who now ap­pear to be de­duct­ing char­i­ta­ble monies from what was a poorly de­signed dis­as­ter as­sis­tance for­mula to be­gin with one gets tired of tak­ing any­thing more for the team. Par­tic­u­larly the Lib­eral team. Tom McNeil South End Lost Homes Coali­tion Syd­ney

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