Walt Disney’s™ greatest joy was the small scale railroad that he had at his home, carrying his children and grandchildren in a make believe world of his own. His vision realized in Disneyworld™, he could pass away. Disneyworld™ is the perfect city, clean to the utmost, not a wire in sight. Unless you take a magic entrance to the real world underneath. Tunnel after tunnel, not a ray of sunshine in sight.
Paradise for the NIMBY crowd! Not a cell tower in sight, but as perfect as if a tower was just beside you! Not even a filthy garbage truck! No wonder that fairies, princesses, marvellous if not MARVEL™, roams the streets; there is even Mickey™ to have selfies taken with.
Well, Stanstead is not trademarked. What roams our streets maybe stuff for fiction but none of our local characters are trademarked yet, not even Bob Sheldon. Who could, depending on the twist, be either the villain or the hero, towering over whatever side is opposing him. Only to be defeated by democracy.
The recent events in town have taken a life of their own. Bob Sheldon’s™ (should as well do it now than never) plan of experimenting with a way to get rid of the residue of an industry that is dear to him, second only to toy trains (see first paragraph), is to be commended, less as a saving grace to the Granite Museum but as a huge step forward to clean up the town and, for once, be ahead of the industry in Quebec and elsewhere.
We believe that this is a worthwhile project, even if it doesn’t seem to pass scrutiny at first glance.
First things first. It would not take a legal genius to argue that article 2 of the Règlement sur les carrières et sablières of the Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement clearly states that the enterprise proposed is subject to the regulations and that obtaining the necessary certificate is subject to appeal by anyone. The second paragraph of article 2 is clear in its wording. So any two bit lawyer could ask for an injunction the moment one little piece of granite is processed there.
What we face today is, in fact, the extension of a quarry operation and it is clearly the intent of that regulation that it be regulated.
We have no doubt that highly paid lawyers would argue otherwise, but we think that our two bits™ lawyer would prevail in the short run. Said short run lasting a couple of years at best.
So we would humbly suggest a return to the drawing board and that an independent committee be formed under the leadership of Bob Sheldon™ to ascertain the best way of monetizing the wasted stone that this town produces. This is a brilliant idea, badly implemented now. As it has been presented, it will only make lawyers happy. A shame since recycling should be the norm in today’s economy.