The root of the problem
Re: Province-owned tree nursery to become private weed farm (Dec. 5)
I am beyond appalled that our Manitoba government is selling off the Pineland Forest Nursery to some Vancouver-based entity called the SwissReal Group — a commercial and residential real estate company with no known connection to agriculture or the cannabis industry. Talk about a fishy venture! But our government “gave its blessing... to convert the nursery into a cannabis operation,” which is expected to happen.
Pineland is a massive facility with 67 greenhouses and some 300 acres of crown land. It produced seedlings for Canada and the northern U.S. as fully described in Bill Redekop’s excellent article.
Reforestation is desperately needed — to replace elms and ash trees being decimated — and to combat climate change already aided by the conversion of thousands of acres of land to monocropping.
I predict a glut of cannabis — just too many greedy for new profits — and a sudden need for trees to restore the lands devastated by oilsands and strip mining. Pineland could have had a fine future. The bad management cited by the government could be fixed with better and more enlightened management. I sincerely hope that we are at least getting well over $4 million for the facility and equal or more for the Crown land it sits on.
MARY DIXON Winnipeg immense amount of plastic waste, such as disposable straws, to eventually find its way into our life-filled oceans, where there are few, if any, caring souls to see it. Indeed, it’s quite fortunate that the plastic waste doesn’t entirely sink out of sight to the bottom, like Albertan diluted bitumen crude oil spills, for then nothing would be done about it, regardless of divers’ reports of the awful existence of such plastic tangled messes.
Also, it must be quite convenient for the fossil fuel industry to have such a large portion of mainstream society simply too exhausted and preoccupied with just barely feeding and housing their families on a substandard income to criticize the former for the great damage it’s doing to our planet’s natural environment and therefore our health, particularly when that damage may not be immediately observable.
Undoubtedly, to have almost everyone addicted to driving their own fossil-fuel-powered, singleoccupant vehicles helps keep their collective mouths shut about the planet’s greatest and very profitable polluter, lest they feel like and/or be publicly deemed hypocrites.
FRANK STERLE JR. White Rock
Re: Building our own batteries (Letters,
Garland Laliberte appears to agree with other writers who support the all-out mining of lithium and tantalum to aid in developing an electrical vehicle industry. However, the large negative effects of large-scale mining are ignored.
The release of mercury and sulphur-based acids into the ground and water, as well as greenhouse gases into the atmosphere during the crushing and refining processes, are not mentioned. In addition, the negative influence on animal and fish populations in an area so large as the Winnipeg River basin would be severe.
RONALD RIEHL Winnipeg