"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mess on the Mountain
Over the holidays, some alert citizens on Burke Mountain alerted City Hall to yet another instance of what is a continuing problem in the rapidly developing neighbourhoods of that area of Coquitlam -- messy, litter-strewn constructions sites and the overflow of that mess onto sidewalks, streets and environmentally sensitive areas.
Council was told that a particularly bad area was just to the east of the intersection of Harper Road and Coast Meridian, close to the top of Burke Mountain. I drove up there one afternoon; it didn't take me long to confirm the problem.
Thankfully, city staff are well aware of the problem and, in fact, the day Mayor Stewart took his own personal tour of the area, bylaw enforcement officers were on patrol too.
Let's hope the new year ushers in some more-responsible behaviour on the part of the mess-makers.
The above photos some of the mess that I witnessed in an area that is a sensitive fish habitat.