'David Suzukis' frozen out of liason group
Letter by Connie McPherson
Cape Breton Post
Thurs., Jan. 27, 2005
While introducing David Suzuki to
last Saturday evening, Mayor
John Morgan mentioned that he
often wished he had a David Suzuki
to advise him on issues like the tar
As reported in the Jan. 24 edition
of the Cape Breton Post (Suzuki
Pledges Support for Sierra Club), Dr.
Suzuki endorsed the work of the
local chapter of the Sierra Club, in
particular that group's opposition to
incineration as part of tar ponds
and coke ovens site remediation.
The Sierra Club's recommendations
are consistent with methods
proposed for toxic site cleanup that
are outlined in Suzuki's book, Good
News for a Change.
The good news for Cape Bretoners:
We have a local group whose
ideas for remediation are endorsed
by Canada's leading environmentalist!
The bad news: That group has been
excluded from the community
liaison committee for the cleanup by
"senior levels of government"
(Sydney Dentist to Head Tar Ponds Liaison Committee, Jan. 26).
Like many Cape Bretoners, I suffer from
"tar ponds fatigue" because
the remediation debate has gone on
so long. However, trying to silence
debate by excluding opposition voices
is not a valid way to "get on" with
the cleanup. That would be just
another in a long history of environmental
mistakes foisted on Cape Breton.
I hope the "senior levels of government,"
whomever they might be,
recognize that they have David
Suzukis to advise them.