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  • Cyril Rogers
    July 13, 2013 - 09:37

    Michael, your account is yet another painful reminder of the way we humans can inflict harm on each other, often unintentionally. This one is a classic case of the "Law of unintended consequences" kicking in! One can't help but wonder why we are continuing to force people to relocate, albeit more subtly by an assault on the economics of living in small, remote communities. We forget the human cost in making these decisions, yet both the federal and provincial governments, led by faceless bureaucrats......well-meaning and well intentioned....but utterly clueless about the strength, integrity, and resiliency of these communities.....continue to make "economic" decisions. They simply don't understand that people need to make their own decisions about something as fundamental as choosing to live in certain locales. While it is true that governments should not feel forced to simply throw money at these places, they often do so, with ill-conceived plans that don't work....... and only postpone what they believe to be in the best interests of the people living there. It just becomes another form of colonialism and paternalism.