Lessons to be learned from rat in­fes­ta­tion

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION OPINION -

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

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