Brush cutting operations distress Campbell Horticultural Society

Eyesore mess left behind on roadsides a hazard to vehicles and pedestrian

EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter has been sent to the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha and has been reprinted here at the author’s request.

To the Expositor:

The Campbell Horticultural Society, and a good many other distressed citizens, have written to the Municipality of Central Manitoulin expressing our unhappiness at the damage to the trees and the mess left beside the roadsides, since last summer’s brush-cutting operation. Central Manitoulin has expressed its concern, and has promised to send the letters to the Ministry of Transportation, which has control over the highways.

Locals travelling to Spring Bay, Mindemoya, or Providence Bay, and even along some regional roads will have noticed this hazard to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as it being an eyesore along our scenic highways. For those of you who have not had the privilege of living here, and seeing this mess, I am enclosing a couple of photos. At the moment, the debris is seen poking up and sideways out of the snow, and the trees themselves are shorn and mutilated. When the snow melts, the clutter will be there in all its ugliness.

I wish to express my urgent concern about the mess that was left on the roadsides. Our tourist season is fast approaching, and it is essential that this rubble be cleaned up as soon as the snow conditions permit. I would appreciate being notified about what action will be taken, so that our horticultural society members can be assured that the cleanup will be completed prior to the arrival of the spring tourist season.


Carol Lang