Government Inaction

Yesterday the 4th of May 2022, I noticed two tractor trailers loaded with freshly cut timber pass by my home on 11 hwy. Later the same day heading toward O’Leary another tractor trailer passed me loaded with lumber. My first thought was, where is all this wood coming from, who is clear cutting on such a scale? However, I’m more concerned that this cutting is unregulated, the clear cut sites are not being cleaned up or re-planted. I have to ask why this is allowed to continue with no government oversight? We have cabinet ministers,  MLAs, deputy ministers, civil servants, municipal officials, CICs and who knows how many other officials, all paid by our tax dollars. We probably have more government per capita than most of the larger provinces, yet they tell me they can do nothing. I have tried so many times by email, by phone all with no results. I have been told time and again by deputy ministers, civil servants and even by our elected members, they can do nothing. Apparently these wood lots are privately owned and do not require permits or permission. Does this make any sense? It certainly doesn’t to me. Where is the department of the environment, surely they have a responsibility to act? I look around the island roads and see spreading junk yards unsightly properties, old tires, mattresses and a variety of litter the woods and ditches. I know a lot of this is due to uncaring islanders. Nevertheless, is this not why we have a environmental department. Are they out and about looking for the very things I have mentioned or do they sit in their offices trying to look busy? Regardless of who is to blame, it’s our provincial government who have the final responsibility to act. Why did I plant 5000 saplings a year ago on my land. Sponsored by a provincial program to help fight climate change. In the meanwhile the government does nothing to curb the destruction of the forests. Hard questions to answer! Still I have long since learned not to hold my breathe waiting for an government official to call me.
 God Bless and keep planting.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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