SOS calls for strategic voting to save our spring in Wakefield, Quebec

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by admin on April 20, 2011

The Editor,

 

With the Hwy 5 clear-cutting underway in Chelsea, Quebec but with no final OK yet for similar work in La Peche, the future of the Wakefield spring now lies in the hands of a few powerful people.

On April 7, SOS Wakefield organized a media tour to show people what’s at stake when the highway comes, taking people to certain key vulnerable areas. We not only invited the media, but all federal election candidates, along with the mayor.

The media showed up, but only one candidate attended to show her concern: Liberal hopeful Cindy Duncan McMillan. All other candidates, along with Mayor Bussiere, were no-shows.

The tour included the clear cut in North Chelsea, followed by Brown Lake Road and Brown Lake Mountain (which will be lopped off) to illustrate the clear-cutting to come our way this August. We also pointed out Styro Rail and its location directly over the catchment area of the Valley Verde aquifer, which might feed the Wakefield spring and many residents’ wells.

We continue to push for a comprehensive environmental assessment before highway construction could damage the spring, wetlands and wildlife. At least the media, and Cindy Duncan McMillan, took our concerns seriously. Strategic voting in this election – in other words, voting for McMillan – is the only way we have a chance to make our voices heard on these crucial issues.
Laurie Gough

Wakefield, Quebec

 

Ed. note: The letter writer handles communications for SOS Wakefield.