Score one for the people in Wakefield, Quebec

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by admin on February 24, 2010

The Editor,

La Peche, Quebec Mayor Robert Bussiere and key councillors (Madore & Rompré) did the right thing by listening to the people and fundamentally altering plans for the assessment of the proposed septic plant. The resolution put forth by the Mayor and ultimately adopted by the MRC this past Thursday, took steps to correct key flaws with the technology and site selection process. The resolution effectively puts the “cart” back behind the “horse” by ensuring that a thorough assessment of the best treatment technologies is completed before proceeding to site selection. The resolution also acknowledged that no site selection process can be fair and unbiased as long as the two previous unscientifically chosen La Peche sites remained on the table.

Residents who previously felt threatened by the seemingly random site selection can breathe a collective sight of relief, given that a structured and fair process like that just adopted is very unlikely to result in the same outcome. In fact some basic high school math shows the probability of an unbiased process settling on one of the same sites is over 1 in 10,000, a long shot by anyone’s measure.

Paul Brown

Wakefield