The views expressed in my letter of Feb. 27 (Put Public
Health Ahead of Wallets) were mine alone and in no way
reflect the views of JAG or the Frederick Street
Committee. It seems that the Industrial Cape Breton
Board of Trade has taken exception to my remarks and
that Glenn Hanam has been selected to do damage
control (Active Participation in JAG Cleanup Work One
Part of Business Effort in Community, Letters, March 8).
We may have been dealt a wild card as Mr. Hanam says,
and certainly we do blame government and people like him
for the position we find ourselves in. This has become a
matter of life and death to my family. Imagine coming
from work one afternoon to see men in white
environmental suits 300 feet away, placing Human Health
Hazard signs on the coke ovens site fence.
We have every right to lash out, and thank God for
freedom of speech. The government seems to be
neglecting us in all other regards to our health and
Mr. Hanamís stance on the particular motion in question
was quite clear. Although the Phase 1 site assessment
was accepted by the government partners, if they see fit
not to act on the recommendations, why was the money
spent in the first place for the study?
The majority at EDGAR must have thought the motion was
strong enough or else they would not have brought it
forward to the roundtable. Mr. Hanamís views on this
motion are of little consequence to me. I have discovered
what he and the board of trade stand for: money.
Our Frederick Street Committee is small but strong and
vocal, a group formed out of necessity to guarantee the
lives of our children and ourselves. I do need permission
from anyone to speak my mind in an open forum.