Not here, please !

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

This­news­pa­per has done more than its share of de­fend­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, some­times at a fi­nan­cial cost when we ex­posed the sorry state of the water qual­ity of our beau­ti­ful lakes, but we have al­ways and will al­ways draw the line at the NIMBY, the Not In My Back Yard crowd. And two re­cent de­ci­sions by lo­cal coun­cils come to mind. First, in Stanstead, where the town’s gen­er­ous sur­plus (the only a new depart­ment to the town: Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs. With, we can only hope, Am­bas­sado­rial post­ings to be an­nounced soon, the pub­lisher ac­cept­ing im­me­di­ately the post of Con­sul in Florence. First will be the new Am­bas­sador to Mont­pel­lier in Ver­mont. He will have to dis­cuss with the Gov­er­nor of the Sov­er­eign Com­mon­wealth of Ver­mont the quixotic dilemma of whether or not a sov­er­eign state of the Repub­lic of the United States of Amer­ica can build le­gal in­fra­struc­tures on its ter­ri­tory. This Hi­dalgo, we can only guess who will be his San­cho Pacha, will fight the right of the State of Ver­mont to give or not a per­mit for the con­struc­tion of two wind­mills near the fron­tier of the sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent coun­tries of the Do­min­ion of Canada and the Repub­lic of the United States of Amer­ica. The con­sti­tu­tion of both coun­tries gives ex­clu­sive rights to for­eign af­fairs to their fed­eral gov­ern­ment who can, if they so choose, del­e­gate part of their power to their con­stituent states or or­gan­i­sa­tions. We have not heard from Ot­tawa that the Harper gov­ern­ment has del­e­gated any power to the town of Stanstead in this re­gard.

The facts are sim­ple. Stanstead has noth­ing to do in dis­cussing a mat­ter out­side its ter­ri­tory, more so in an­other coun­try. Legally, the pro­posed wind­mills are not lo­cated in­side the lim­its of the In­ter­na­tional Bor­der Com­mis­sion and they are not re­lated to wa­ter­sheds in any way shape or form. Sci­en­tif­i­cally, there is no ev­i­dence that wind­mills have any neg­a­tive health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with them. Fact of the mat­ter is that Ger­many, where the Green Party is part of the gov­ern­ment, has one of the largest num­bers of wind­mills, the only ob­jec­tion be­ing the aes­thetic as­pect of the thing.

That Stanstead takes pre­cious de­lib­er­a­tion time to dis­cuss such an is­sue is proof pos­i­tive that this coun­cil may have a lot more time at its dis­posal than it cares to ad­mit.

Same in North Hat­ley, this time about the so called in­tel­li­gent power me­ters of Hy­dro-que­bec. Our util­ity is ex­pert at public re­la­tion gaffes and its han­dling of this is­sue is an­other proof of it. But, the so called health risks are ridicu­lous. If those who op­pose the smart me­ters are to be con­se­quent with their think­ing, they need to out­law cell phones first. When im­ple­mented in a cou­ple of years, these coun­ters will fi­nally be able to bring some so­cial jus­tice in electricity pric­ing in Que­bec. Yes, prices will be higher for those who want to use power at their con­ve­nience and they will be lower for those who want to dis­ci­pline them­selves and use electricity wisely. Ob­vi­ously, this will not please the own­ers of mon­ster homes in the deluxe part of North Hat­ley; right now they are be­ing sub­si­dized by the av­er­age Joe who pays the same price per kilo­watt on his av­er­age sized home as one who owns a home five times his size.

Both de­ci­sions by these coun­cils are wrong: they are not en­vi­ron­men­tally sound but only respond to the lat­est fads and ru­mours. They should not be re­peated.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.