Like many concerned citizens of Charlotte County I am wasting my valuable time, energy, and creativity on issues that should have simple answers. Some of my questions are:
Question 1: There is a Provincial law protecting watersheds that supply potable water for communities. Why are we sending letters and petitioning the minister to protect the Chamcook watershed from the proposed quarry expansion when it is his obligation to uphold the law and refuse any such application?
Question 2: If the Province of New Brunswick does not protect the obvious interests of its citizens, who does it represent?
Question 3: Since he is responsible for the eastern part of the St. Andrews peninsula, why has our local liberal MLA been noticeable by his absence in this issue?
Question 4: The Ocean's Act prohibits the destruction of fish habitat. Why has the Department of Fisheries and Oceans not examined the destroyed scallop and lobster bottom off the Quarry to determine impacts of sediments from the quarry on critical fish habitat?
Question 5: The Government of Canada is investing millions of dollars in infrastructure in Charlotte County, providing more sustainable jobs and income than the proposed quarry development ever will. Will the vital water supply of these facilities be affected?
Question 6: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires developers to undergo a hearing process when there is a development application in play that could harm our environment. Why has the CEAA not been evoked for the proposed Jamer Quarry expansion?
Question 7: My legal friends tell me that a verbal agreement is binding in Canada.. The promise made to the citizens of Charlotte County was removal of aggregate (at no cost to Jamer Materials) in exhange for expanded laydown for the “new” Bayside Port. Why has this agreement not been met and why has the Provincial judicial authority not pursued this obligation? Why is the federal judicial system not examining the Provincial legal performance in this regard?
Question 8: Quarries are not subject to the stringent laws governing mines in New Brunswick.When an amendment to the quarries act was placed before the legislature, why was it not even allowed to reach the house?
Question 9: If the issue is so important to St. Andrews, why is the town providing major financial support to an organization that purports to represent Town businesses, but which refuses to take a public stand on the Quarry issue in support of nearly 100% of its members?
Question 10: If it is such a good corporate citizen, why has the Bayside Port Corporation not been working with the community to integrate its activities into the needs and fabric of the community? Is it simply a "shill" for its major shareholder?
These are just a few of the questions that I think need answers. To me, the first two questions are the most important. Perhaps other concerned citizens have answers ... or other questions?