Lessons to be learned from rat infestation
Editor: The way the rat situation has been handled in Swift Current is a classic example of the way governments have dealt with environmental issues not just in Swift Current but governments as a whole in this country.
First, there is a denial that the problem exists. Second, those bringing forth their concerns are accused of being paranoid and creating unnecessary hysteria. Third, people bringing forth their environmental concerns are accused of just playing politics. Fourth there is the use of pseudoscience by the politicians to rationalize their inaction..
From the rat infestation to climate change to acid rain pollution in Northwestern Saskatchewan the people that see the early signs of environmental issues have to deal with these kinds of ridiculous accusations and listen to false rationalizations. From the present City Hall’s response that the rats are just passing through, to Mr. Harper’s claims in 2002 that the Kyoto Accord is a socialist scheme designed to suck money out of rich countries, to members of the Saskatchewan Party saying many of the Northern lakes are naturally acidic -which is true but is all the more reason why acid rain coming from the tar sands is so alarming-all levels of government use these silly tactics.
The rat problem has resulted from the way this city handles and manages waste. You have to look no further than Medicine Hat for a solution. They have an excellent program of recycling waste and handling the waste that goes to the landfill. That is the long term solution. Traps and baits are the short term solution. Please no more political shenanigans. William Gibbs - Swift Current