Editor: Regarding the government cancellation of a cottage building permit in western P.E.I. This is the result of the government passing new environmental legislation that makes many cottage lots and thousands of acres of wooded land worthless. For hundreds of years this wooded land was harvested (mostly in the winter months) and little or no damage was caused. In recent years mechanical harvesters have been used and they are designed to cause minimal damage.
Our government members passed this legislation without it being read. It is a safe bet that none of the members have any idea of the problems this legislation is capable of causing. In my opinion it was taken from some other province.
I am told that New Brunswick had similar legislation and when they started to get complaints from property owners, made adjustments to eliminate the problems. Technicians are saying that horses can harvest the wood or snowmobiles — neither is feasible today.
At the very least the government will have to rebate all taxes paid on properties that this legislation made worthless.