Editor: On August 11, I sent an email to the following members of the provincial government — Robert Ghiz, Premier; Janice Sherry, minister of Environment; and Sonny Gallant, my local MLA. Guess what? Not a word, nothing in response, just silence. I suppose it’s what I should have expected, after all what can any one of them offer as an excuse. There is no excuse for what is happening to this Island, to the land, the air, the water, the fish, the wildlife and of course us, the Islanders.
“How much longer can this go on for, there must be an end to fish kills in our rivers. Will this government finally act to prevent these poisons being used by big corporate potato growers from entering our earth, our air, our streams and rivers. Successive governments have continually turned a blind eye, have made weak excuses. Trotting out the same old excuses — no real proof found that it was toxic runoff etc. It cannot go on much longer, we are killing fish by the thousands plus untold numbers of other wildlife, birds, bees, butterflies, earthworms and God only knows what else. Please do the jobs you were elected for, do the right thing, have some courage for a change and face down these murderous greedy corporations and their all-important spud size. Islanders cannot continue to live like this, our children cannot live like this, and it must stop now. How much longer can this beautiful Island and we survive?”
F. Ben Rodgers,