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Foxes guarding hens
I watched a recent television interview with our Mayor Chris Burger with some dismay.
He postulates in that interview that servicing lots in our community is too expensive with the current density and indicates we would be better off having increased density in order to reduce such costs.
While that idea is true to some extent, it is not the entire truth. If we increased our density while maintaining the same population levels it would be a more factual situation, but increasing our density and our population has many more costs associated with it than the superficial infrastructure costs of providing lots with services.
Nowhere in our community plan do we actually determine our increasing population’s effect on the environment that provides us with potable water, air and habitat. Nor do we endeavour to determine what we can extract from that environment without adversely affecting the species that are members of each of the habitats that comprise our surroundings.
Without making such an endeavour, the sustainability section of our official community plan is an infantile response to a serious situation that affects our long term future.
We are continuing with a pro-growth model to our economy without ensuring the safety to the surrounding environment. Economists world wide recognize the fallacy contained in such a model – the planet simply cannot endure our increasing population levels without our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems being adversely affected – yet local and provincial governments continue to march resolutely to the old school mandate that growth equals goodness.
The extraordinary measure of pumping Englishman River water into an aquifer to supply a larger population with water is just one example of increasing our infrastructure costs without it being seen as a lot servicing cost.
Who pays for this infrastructure? Why, by and large, the people who have already paid for their water – now many times over. Current residents are financing the very growth that would be seen as unsustainable by any competent analyst.
We continue to live the old axiom of the foxes being in charge of the henhouse. It really is time for a change to an economic model that has a chance to endure long into the future rather than one that fills the pockets of a few for a short time.