Do we ever learn from our mistakes?
Political choices take precedence over environmental safety
COPY Tammy McDonald Environmental Protection Officer Harbour Grace Dear Ms McDonald:
It is obvious to me that legislation has to be changed in regards to our remote wilderness areas and what is considered 21st century garbage. Car wrecks are a good example.
However historically and in our current political climate it seems some ministers, both past and present often made the political safe choice over the environmentally safe one. If we are going to pay our elected ministers the big bucks, they shouldn’t be afraid to get their hands dirty.
Environmental violations like that in Cliffty Pond and the dumpsite in front of my house in Western Bay classic examples of Passing the Buck. It is messy work that has to be done, or dumpsites like I showed you will be the norm.
It seems everyone wants to be popular these days. However environmental safety is about safety, not a popularity contest.
If legislation is the brick wall here, than let’s get our hands dirty and go ahead with the business of proposed legislation. Even if the voting public were oblivious or didn’t care about this carnage, we have to do what’s right for future generations.
By the way, doing what is politically safe is the reason our cod, and capelin fishery is in the mess it is in today.
Do we ever learn from our past mistakes?
Not one single solitary capelin rolled on the beaches of Western Bay in 2009 or 2010. Is this an example of changing ocean currents and man-made pollutants, or is it a combination of human greed and our elected ministers of the past making the politically safe choice? I
In the years my grandfather lived in Western Bay he never once said the capelin never rolled on our beaches.
Are the remote wilderness areas we have left going to be dealt the same fate? For the history books, the last capelin trap was pulled from the waters of Western Bay in late July or early August 2009. Not a capelin anywhere!
Is this a sign of the times? Will the capelin ever roll on our beaches again? Has mankind sealed the fate of this little fish by choosing to do what is politically safe over environmental safety? If this is the case, remote wilderness areas like Cliffty Pond are in serious trouble.
Let’s get with the program!
Yours in conservation Tony O’Leary Western Bay c.c. Premier Danny Williams Prime Minister Stephen Harper Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment Shane Mahoney The Compass Newfoundland Sportsman