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  • Winston Adams
    October 27, 2012 - 12:36

    Here in Bishop's Cove there are a hundred sewer lines going to the sea. Next door in Upper Island Cove , the sewers connect and discharge in 3 places, 50 feet off the beach. In the other direction, in Spaniard's Bay, they once had a treatment plant . It was too expensive to operate, so for the past decade , it too empties it's raw sewage into beach areas. They are the bubble sones , where the birds hang out. Not a nice tourist attraction. Not good for fish or kids. In Island Cove , noted for thier houmour, they tell how Geoff Stirling on a visit to the GaleCliff B&B, decided to take a swim in the sea. It is said he liked attention. No one else swam in the sea there,, for obvious reasons- the sewer outfall was only a hundred feet away. But Geoff didn't know that, and being Geoff, was out of reach before anyone knew. In Island Cove they tell, with a laugh " we had to shot rocks at 'en , to get ,en to come in" Imagine any Nflder going to the USA and having an experience like that. And yet we are indifferent to it here. In Alaska, was it, they built a road to nowhere. good politics up there then. With no demand for power here we plan to build a power system for unneeded power from Labrador. The federal government is mandating we stop raw sewage being dumped into the sea- but where will the money come from? Are priorities screwed up/

  • W McLean
    October 27, 2012 - 10:54

    Just wait until the repair bills start coming due on the low-density, low-population, single-use post-war suburban mess that North America has been building for the past 65 years, and continues to build without any regard for future costs.

  • Derrick
    October 27, 2012 - 10:08

    CBS just started a 23 million ice rink and they have the nerve to ask the fed's for money to repair roads and water. What do they expect from the taxpayer ?

    • PETER L
      October 29, 2012 - 06:37

      DERRICK, You have obviously no idea how all this gets funded. The ice rink is a joint venture by all levels of government, as is road repairs and other projects. All levels of government budget for various aspects of municipal assistance such as recreation, water and sewer, roads and other items. This money, as I said, is budgeted yearly, you should really study how these things work before making such uneducated comments.

  • Cyril Rogers
    October 27, 2012 - 09:08

    Mr. Wangersky, I can't help but compare the state of our highways to those of the U.S. Over the past few years I have driven on their Interstate Highways and their secondary roads and have been very impressed with the condition of their sysytems. I realize we face more obstacles, such as worse winters and rougher terrain but what I found there was that even their secondary roads are often twinned. In lots of cases, one can take a comfortable, relaxed drive over four-lane highways, where traffic volumes are very light, and posted speeds are 65-70 MPH. The condition of highways is a problem here, both provincially and nationally. Some of our national systems are good but many are crumbling and poorly designed. Highway 17 through much of northern Ontario comes to mind! When you combine highway and municipal infrastructure needs in this country, you find a huge need for investment and I fear governments are not up to the task. If we, in this province, are forced to have the Muskrat Falls project rammed down our throats, you will see an already weak infrastructure system get even worse and become more dangerous and ever more expensive to replace. Simply put, Muskrat Falls will drain us of the necessary funds to upgrade our infrastructure, or even maintain it at the current inadequate levels.