Turd polishing in La Peche, Quebec

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by admin on January 27, 2010

The Editor,

I hate to raise a stink … but … let’s be clear: the proposed new sewage plant in La Pêche, Quebec is really all about turd polishing. That is, a turd is always a turd, no matter how much you polish it.

We humans are especially good at flushing away our problems onto others. It happens every day when we all press that magic lever on our toilets. I think toilets should be equipped with the “Sound of Music”, to remind us that our waste is just beginning its long journey:

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night, I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. So long, farewell…

Ever wonder what really happens on that oh-so-undiscussable turd’s paddle to the sea? (Apologies to the late Bill Mason.) Well …. The sh** that comes out of your and my body today, and every day, will end up being dumped, essentially, at my neighbour’s entrance, the site of this proposed sewage plant. There these turds will be polished and the resulting brew will be pumped into the river. And then it leaves, going down the river (passing Chelsea’s future water intake?) out to the sea (i.e. someone else’s problem).

I am very concerned after reading at http://blueskyfolk.wordpress.com how this project is practically fait accompli. I think it is clear that we all should be involved in this decision. After all, it is my poop which is ending up on my neighbour’s front step. It is my poop which goes down the river.

As Meagan Throop recently wrote, there is an absence of transparency. There are so many unanswered questions that this new project is already starting to smell bad.

John Kingsley

Edelweiss, Québec