HAMILTON INLET, N.L.
When asked what my favourite story of 2018 was I was conflicted about choosing this. It’s the most important story I’ve written this year, in my opinion, and one that should concern people more.
It’s deeply concerning that the province is waffling on whether to clearcut the Muskrat Falls reservoir based on what appears to be nothing more than the opposition of one of the groups involved in the Independent Expert Advisory Committee. Nowhere in the terms of reference for the IEAC does it say the recommendations have to be unanimous, but the government is using it as a reason to hold off on making this decision, which could have long lasting impacts on all the people of Labrador, not just one group.
Should the opinion (and it’s nothing but an opinion) of one stakeholder mean the rest of the people of Labrador should be subjected to the potential poisoning of the ecosystem? Of course, this hasn’t gotten much traction in the overall scope of the Muskrat Falls saga. With the inquiry going on, people are worried about the money trail and whose fault it is. People are concerned their power bills will rise. That’s the hot topic, not the poisoning of the Lake Melville ecosystem.