Gerold Stengele, Ottawa
A local hero who cleans up the environment
While driving south on Merivale Road from Country Place to Fallowfield Road on Sunday, I noticed dozens of tied-off clear plastic garbage bags filled with refuse along the shoulder of both sides of the road at 50 metre intervals. Included were a few tires and rims, a jug of used motor oil and bits of furniture.
At Fallowfield Road I came across a man methodically scouring the ditch with a litter fork, accompanied by a wheeled dolly with a bag-lined bin on it. This man had single-handedly gathered up a staggering amount of garbage over a distance of one and a half kilometres. And here I’d blindly believed for years that Ottawa roadsides were green and tidy because Canadians are conscientious and didn’t callously toss pop bottles, coffee cups, food wrappers and garbage out of moving vehicles.
When I pulled over to compliment the man, he told me was far from being done and that he’d cleaned up Prince of Wales Drive from Fisher Avenue to the Jock River last year.
Unsung Ottawa heroes are thoroughly deserving of public recognition and sincere thanks. Thank you, Chris Harnett of Prince of Wales Drive.
Bert van Ingen, Nepean
Green can be cheaper and better
As Canada’s deadline for planting two billion trees slips away, our infrastructure plan brings us “shade sails” to shelter us and enhance our wellbeing. But why not plant shade trees?
Trees are much less expensive. They reduce rather than add to national carbon emissions. They nurture the joy of wildlife. They offer inherent healing properties as reflected in inner city school greening programs and emerging accreditation standards for health facilities.
Within five minutes in a natural setting, science shows that our heart rate and respiration slow; stress hormones in our blood fall; and our brain activity calms. Trees are a very hard act for machine-engineered sails to follow. Surely, we could do better by our infrastructure funds.
Stuart Swanson, Kanata
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