Nice award, but...

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Bay Roberts has re­ceived a nice award for “en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity” for their “ex­em­plary ef­forts” on the Shearstown Es­tu­ary. The recog­ni­tion has left the Co­ley’s Point Con­cerned Cit­i­zens group scratch­ing their heads won­der­ing what’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween wildlife on one side of town and the other? See their let­ter to the ed­i­tor.

Dear ed­i­tor,

I’m writ­ing this let­ter in re­sponse to the story in last week’s Com­pass, re­gard­ing the Bay Roberts Town Coun­cil re­ceiv­ing an En­vi­ron­men­tal Award for its work in pro­tect­ing the es­tu­ary be­tween Bay Roberts and Spa­niard’s Bay.

I would first like to con­grat­u­late Pat Ge­orge and her group as well as the coun­cil for the work they have done.

How­ever, I re­ally can’t help but won­der what is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the black ducks and that par­tic­u­lar body of wa­ter and the black ducks and wildlife of salt ponds lo­cated in Co­ley’s Point?

As chair of the Co­ley’s Point Con­cerned Cit­i­zens group, along with other ded­i­cated group mem­bers, I can at­test to the fact that we have been fight­ing tooth and nail for 10 plus years to save our two salt ponds and the wildlife in and around the ponds - with no help from this very coun­cil.

They have ap­proved in prin­ci­ple ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by a lo­cal busi­ness to com­pletely in­fill th­ese two ponds. They have also done noth­ing to stop or

We have been fight­ing tooth and nail for 10 plus years to save our two salt ponds and the wildlife in and around the ponds - with no help from this very coun­cil.

fix/re­move any il­le­gal in­fill­ing that has been done by this com­pany to date.

There was ac­tu­ally a DFO li­censed eel fish­ery out of th­ese ponds that was de­stroyed by the im­proper in­fill­ing car­ried out without per­mis­sion or ap­proval.

Who stepped in to help us pro­tect this degra­da­tion? No one!

There has even been a fraud­u­lent pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted to the depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment to show false sup­port for this in­fill­ing that was in­ves­ti­gated by the RCMP.

Most re­cently, there was an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment that proved there was il­le­gal in­fill­ing done by this com­pany.

The re­sult of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion was - get ready for this now - the com­pany was asked to now ap­ply for the ti­tle to this crown land they had al­ready ac­quired. Where is the de­ter­rent for fu­ture il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity there?

I sug­gest that any­one looking for ti­tle to crown land to build a cabin to go ahead and build it, then ap­ply for ti­tle, be­cause, ap­par­ently, the prece­dent has al­ready been set that this is okay. Why not? It was okay for this com­pany to do so.

Again I ask, what is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and the wildlife of the Es­tu­ary and the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife in Co­ley’s Point? Can any­one an­swer that ques­tion? Frus­trated and looking for an­swers.

Char­lene Dawe-Roach Co­ley’s Point Con­cerned Ci­ti­zen’s

Group Co­ley’s Point

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