To the editor,
Re: MacKenzie acquitted of mischief charges (The News, April 23).
Judge Del Atwood preached a sermon in his courtroom on the subject of moving road signs and proper procedure for doing so. I agree with Judge Atwood 100 per cent, which begs the question: why was there no police investigation when the Pictou Landing road sign was removed from its proper position at the boundary with the neighbouring community of Chance Harbour and placed mischievously in the centre of the community of Pictou Landing like a candle on a birthday cake? Apparently no one in the community of Pictou Landing had anything to do with the moving of this sign, as Chief Andrea Paul stated under oath, the sign “just appeared” causing much confusion.
So who is behind the mischievous act of tampering with our Pictou Landing road sign and why is there no investigation? Why is the RCMP so quick to charge a community volunteer with mischief for putting the Pictou Landing road sign back at its proper place at the entrance to the community, and refuses to investigate and charge with mischief whoever is responsible for misplacing our sign by a full mile, causing all this confusion?
If you enter Pictou Landing from the Trenton end, you proceed through to the next community of Chance Harbour, as we always have on the other side of Boat Harbour. However, if you enter from the Little Harbour end, you proceed through Chance Harbour to the other side of the reserve. The reserve is now in the community of Chance Harbour and Boat Harbour, with all its pollution smack dab in the centre of the community of Chance Harbour. I don’t know what the citizens of Chance Harbour think about that.
But I can guarantee citizens of Chance Harbour that once the public gets the news that Boat Harbour with all its pollution is in the middle of the community of Chance Harbour their property values will take a serious drop, and it will be very difficult to sell property in Chance Harbour and receive a fair return on their investment.
On the bright side, perhaps property values in beautiful, pristine Pictou Landing will once again be comparable with Little Harbour properties.
All’s well that ends well.
Alexander J. MacKenzie