Give en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers the le­gal tools they need

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

COPY Char­lene John­son Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and

Con­ser­va­tion Dear Ms John­son:

Af­ter talk­ing with re­tired En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer Cyril Simms years ago and cur­rent En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer Tammy McDon­ald, one thing is very clear. These peo­ple, both past and present, needed the le­gal tools to do their jobs. It’s a shame that reck­less peo­ple can con­tinue to haul old trail­ers, buses, and ve­hi­cles to places like Cliffty Pond, with­out pros­e­cu­tion.

In many cases these nov­elty projects, mean­ing derelict old cabins, buses or trail­ers are left in our re­mote wilder­ness ar­eas for years, while the own­ers of this car­nage mock the le­gal sys­tem. Once these peo­ple have con­tam­i­nated our wild her­itage and com­mu­ni­ties, it’s ei­ther for­got­ten about, or thrown out of court.

What a hideous way to treat our sup­plies of potable fresh wa­ter and wildlife. What a great gift we have in this prov­ince!

On June 24 I showed Tammy around the area for the sec­ond time. She has gone above and be­yond due dili­gence and the pub­lic safety of our wa­ter­ways and com­mu­ni­ties. She expressed the same frus­tra­tion as Cyril Simms expressed years ago. If govern­ment is se­ri­ous about mit­i­gat­ing these haz­ards to our wildlife and com­mu­ni­ties, please give Tammy and other en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers the tools they need to do their jobs, or they too will be burned out be­fore their time.

It shouldn’t mat­ter if it’s in the woods or in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity, give these peo­ple the le­gal tools they need! I stated in pre­vi­ous letters that the is­sue here is be­ing due dili­gent and putting safety first, not leg­is­lat­ing moral­ity.

It’s ob­vi­ous the re­mote cabin devel­op­ment is­sue and 21st cen­tury in­dis­crim­i­nate dump­ing, is a man made dis­as­ter well on its way.

Right now there is junk in the Cliffty Pond area that has to be cleaned up along with the bo­gus cabin prob­lem.

Where is this go­ing to end and at what cost? As Tammy McDon­ald can at­test and most will agree, it’s easy to print cabin per­mits, and build roads in re­mote wilder­ness ar­eas. How­ever it’s a night­mare to clean up and monitor the ac­tions of reck­less peo­ple and slobs. Reck­less peo­ple and slobs will not go out of their way to dump if they are not given easy ac­cess. So what’s the prob­lem? For the sake of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions lets leave places like Cliffty Pond and it’s wildlife in op­ti­mal shape, for it only takes the ac­tions of a few to poi­son the whole.

As Tammy did also see for her self in our sec­ond meet­ing, and in my own re­search, en­vi­ron­men­tal safety has to be pushed con­tin­u­ously, for reck­less peo­ple just don’t know when to quit.

Give en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers the tools and man­power they need to do their jobs. This abuse has gone on long enough.

Also Char­lene, what part of hu­man na­ture don’t you un­der­stand? For ex­am­ple you wouldn’t give some­one the keys to your car, if they have been sent up a few times for grand theft auto. The same ap­plies to our wilder­ness ar­eas and re­mote cabin devel­op­ment.

For the record, Cliffty Pond, like many re­mote wilder­ness ar­eas on the Is­land is a prime calv­ing ground for moose. I am sure the moose don’t need the en­croach­ment and reck­less slobs or an old bus in the mid­dle of the bog. c.c. Premier Danny Wil­liams Shane Mahoney The Com­pass The Tele­gram New­found­land Sports­mane Yours in con­ser­va­tion, Tony O’Leary Western Bay

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