Extracted from - Voice of the People (Letters)
It's been a priority for Cape Bretoners for almost a quarter-century and now,
finally, a plan has been unveiled to clean up the Sydney tar ponds and coke
ovens. May 12, 2004, will surely be recorded as a monumental day in the history
of Cape Breton. An enormous burden has been lifted from our collective
shoulders and a new chapter has opened in the life of our community. JCI: Cape
Breton believes that the cleanup of the tar ponds and coke ovens sites is a
significant and necessary process.
These projects will create much-needed employment opportunities, allowing our
young residents to stay in Cape Breton, thus stemming the out-migration
problem. Young Cape Bretoners are looking forward to contributing to the
community, building valuable skills and creating a place that we can all take
Clever and resourceful as we are, do we have what it takes to capitalize on this
juncture in our history? I would like to think that we do and, together, we can
successfully redirect our energies, live up to the opportunities ahead and make
the most of our resources.
To fulfil this goal, JCI: Cape Breton is eager to work with the community to
ensure that the maximum health, social and economic benefits will be realized
from the cleanup. We believe that this is Cape Breton's moment to demonstrate
our potential and that, together, we can and will make a better future for
generations to come.
Keith MacDonald, president, JCI: Cape Breton (formerly Metro Cape Breton Junior