Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lessons in hypocrisy, courtesy of Woodstock Council

Lesson #1
March 2013:  Endorse a strategic plan with a vision of a "green" city, and an objective to "Protect the quality of our air and water".
May 2013:  Pass an Open Air Burning By-Law to ensure lots of toxic wood smoke pollution.

Lesson #2
2012:  Spend taxpayers' money on a survey of public opinion for strategic planning purposes; learn that 81% of the population feels strongly that tax dollars should be spent on "air quality".
2013:  Pass an Open Air Burning By-Law that will require hundreds of hours of Fire Department staff time (= thousands of tax dollars) to be spent on issuing free burning permits.

Lesson #3
2003:  Pass a "Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places By-Law"; issue a brochure proclaiming "The public has the right to breathe clean air".
2013:  Pass an Open Air Burning By-Law, demonstrating that residents of Woodstock don't have the right to breathe clean air on their own private property.

It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

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