Although I arrived here from BC in 2008, I spent my youth fishing the Spanish around Nairn. I purchased a small acreage to build my cabin aand retire to a life of fishing and hunting and enjoying the nature of my youth. The nature has changed and not for the better.
Many changes happened to this environment during my stay in BC and other provinces,
particularily the amounts of spraying by SEVERAL government and private agencies.
From MNR to Hydro and railroads to MTC, each of these agencies have their own spraying
policies and schedules.
Te MNR might only spray every 2-3 yrs, while MTC might spray in the middle years. Basically, the land is being sprayed almost continuously by one agency or the other and possibly, each with their own cocktail of poisons.
- Does each agency know which chemicals are sprayed by the other?
- Is anyone aware of interactions of one chemical against the other?
- And what of long term effects on humans, plants and animals?
Apparently a few studies have been done to evaluate the effects, but none for longer than 5 years that we are aware of. Suppose a longer study was done and it was determined that in yearr 6, the environment would be adversely affected? It would be financially prudent for the study to be only published as a 5 yr study, thereby, showing little or no adverse effects in that time frame, while knowing full well, that changes occurred shortly thereafter.
I remember DDT. It too was studied and deemed 'safe' by the same gov that touts the advantages of glysophate, today.
We all know that DDT had hidden long term effects against the eagles and other raptors.
We may never know what other calamities this chemical has done, and is continuing to do to this day.
Will glysophate have the same legacy?
We have unemployment problems in this country. There used to be jobs in the bush and along roadways/rail lines, that employed folks to do the work that the spraying is purported to accomplish.
Those jobs are gone, replaced by welfare and unemployment. Forcing the people to relocate to cities where no resemblance of nature or heritage is to be found, save for a small green space with so many regulations that enjoying it can be a challenge at the best of times.
Folks have become detached from the environment that sustained their ancestors for generations before.
Most laws and ordinances are dictated from cities far away from the areas that are being decided upon.
I understand consolidation, but why should someone who has never hunted, never fished, never foraged, be allowed to dictate policy to those who do?
And more and more, these areas are being 'protected' by disallowing access to those who depend on these areas for livelihood and sustenance.
Our grandchildren will be the recipients of this calamity we leave for them and for what? A few dollars more? Dollars that are barely a shadow of their former wealth?
When any government talks about 'management', they are merely speaking of dollars.
As the saying goes "we are from the government, and we are here to help". Ask any native American how that is working out.
Distrust? My lack of trust in any government or agency is built on facts and placating words at election time.
In closing, I applaud you and your group, and will attempt to be at your future meeting.
Please put me on your mailing list for this struggle.
Remember, when an elder passes on, they take a whole library with them, unless their knowledge is passed to willing hands.