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Poisonous treatment of our water sources must stop

Re: “Switch From Tap To Bottled Water Relieves Woman’s Pain” (Brandon Sun, March 18).

Some of the symptoms of arsenic poisoning are abdominal pain, dehydration and nausea.

It is shameful how our waters are being mistreated, and poisoning our waters is reprehensible. Water deserves respect and gratitude, not abuse and intolerance.

I believe that the health and protection of people, environment and water sources is a commitment that thousands of people share in Manitoba.

However, the province presents a much different picture and model when it comes to dealing with poisons and this makes me wonder.

Is it the nature of government — or just plain hypocrisy?

When the mayor of Killarney-Turtle Mountain threatened to administer Killarney Lake waters with bluestone (copper sulphate) to treat an overwhelming, ongoing algae problem, provincial and federal officials were at his door in a matter of days, menacing him with fines and jail time.

Yet, our Manitoba government permits Virden to dispose of arsenic removed from the town’s water treatment plant into a nearby creek!

There are safe alternatives available for hazardous waste disposal.

Where are the enforcement officials now, I ask?

They are probably wondering, as I am, why the province considers this to be an acceptable method and safe risk to environmental and public health, when both substances are equally toxic and deadly poisons?

That is what we all should be wondering and concerned about. Our government and appointed protectors are not being mindful about arsenic, nor caring about our water.

The present out of sight, out of mind mythology and using dilution as the solution must be purged from the mindset of bureaucrats and government officials.

It's time to stop ignoring the consequences of arsenic as being trivial. It’s also time to stop putting this poison back into our water.

John Fefchak

Virden

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 19, 2014

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Bravo, Mr. Fefchak, bravo!

You are the voice of reason, on the environment, for Manitoba from Virden.

I have dreamt about winning the Lottery and running for the position of Premier of Manitoba and asking YOU to be my Minister of the Environment.

Boy, would YOU clean things up within our province and future generations of Manitobans would have YOU to thank for this!

You appear to be the voice of common sense in a very noisy, clamouring world that appears NOT to be listening.

Keep on being that voice, Mr. Fefchak, keep on!

One of these days, if we faint not, someone may actually LISTEN to your voice of common sense and pass laws to REFLECT that wise advice or else there is always that possibility that I could actually win that Lottery ticket to propel you towards what I see as your gift and your true calling to us within Manitoba!

You may not yet have the official title, but I do believe that you have the calling, the wisdom, the advise, the expertise that the Province of Manitoba SHOULD be seeking out and listening to.

Perhaps Mr. Pallister will be the one who will actually LISTEN to your sound advice on the environment within our province.

Have a GREAT day, Mr. Fefchak, unofficial Minister of the Environment for the Province of Manitoba.

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