I continue to be appalled by the unrelenting efforts of the majority on the Capital Regional District’s sewage committee to place a toxic sludge plant on Viewfield Road near schools, parks and playgrounds.
Their efforts amount to nothing less than a form of apartheid based not on colour, race or creed, but on socio-economic demographics. What they are, in effect, saying is, “We are better than you, the lives of our children are worth more than the lives of your children, so we are going to dump our sewage on you.”
I am reminded of the words of U.S. Sen. Joseph N. Welch, spoken to Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954 during the Army-McCarthy hearings: “Until this moment, Senator, I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness … You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”