Take your trash, Harper

Take your trash, Harper I'd like to bring up two issues concerning northern life. Raven Recycling is in trouble. After a decade of independent sustainability, they finally had to ask for municipal aid last fall due to the recession. The cost of sendi

I’d like to bring up two issues concerning northern life.

Raven Recycling is in trouble.

After a decade of independent sustainability, they finally had to ask for municipal aid last fall due to the recession.

The cost of sending some materials outside is greater than the money made selling them.

Low-value goods such as nonwhite paper are an economic burden.

So here we are with our mailboxes full of Tory (attack ad) trash printed on poor quality paper.

What are we to do with this increase in litter?

Last week, Stephen Harper was at the Gold Rush Inn holding a meet-and-greet.

No doubt he reinforced comments he made regarding CanNor, an agency he states will “end an era of paternalism in the North.”

The mind reels.

Here is a prime minister whose own ministers don’t dare wipe their own noses, or bums, without his permission but all northern citizens will be given a carte blanche to run their own affairs.

It’s almost unbelievable!

But with paternalistic noses in the air, Stephen Harper’s handlers have refused to talk to Yukon media, failing to keep them and Yukoners informed of the prime minister’s itinerary.

Perhaps they didn’t listen to the prime minister’s speech.

Not wishing to overburden Raven Recycling, I mailed my Tory trash back to the prime minister complete with helpful comments and little alterations to his photograph.

If we had known about the meet-and-greet, my friends and I would have saved up Tory trash and returned it to him at the Gold Rush Inn.

Then he could have taken it Outside for us as he was leaving.

Linda Leon

Whitehorse