Two bridges

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Dear Ed­i­tor,

I know there’s been quite a lot of dis­cus­sion over the pro­posed new low-level bridge over to Corn­wall Is­land; I think there ought to be two.

One bridge should be merely an ex­ten­sion of Brook­dale Av­enue, pro­vid­ing has­sle-free, un­en­cum­bered travel be­tween th­ese two parts of Canada and con­trolled only by a traf­fic light.

The sec­ond should be au­ton­o­mous, se­cure and con­nect a new, state-of-the-art main­land port di­rectly to the USA by “ fly­ing” over the is­land, touch­ing down only on con­crete pil­lars, con­nect­ing to the but­tress of ex­ist­ing south span of the bridge.

In do­ing this, we would fi­nally break down, not only a lo­gis­ti­cal im­ped­i­ment, but a phys­i­o­log­i­cal bar­rier be­tween Ak­we­sasne and Corn­wall. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment could then re­turn the land, it was pre­vi­ously us­ing, to Ak­we­sasne and com­pletely elim­i­nate a long-stand­ing ir­ri­tant to that com­mu­nity.

Since the only way in and out of Canada would be through a to­tally se­cure chan­nel— and one con­trolled ex­clu­sively by law en­force­ment— their re­sources for se­cur­ing our bor­der could then be con­cen­trated on the ac­tual bor­der it­self and not on our coun­try’s in­dige­nous peo­ple.

Ed Burns, Corn­wall

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