I disagree with the position taken by your editorial of Aug. 13 regarding the proposed moving of the CPR tracks.
The writer concluded their reference to the proposal to relocate the CPR tracks from downtown Sudbury by saying, “... when you’re talking numbers that large, for an endeavour with little return for either the city or the companies involved, whether it’s $325 million or $1 billion, the point is moot — it is unfeasible, plain and simple.”
I can only conclude that “little return” really means little immediate return.
This is the unfortunate short-sighted facet of today’s economic thinking.
Did anyone foresee the recent Wahnapitae derailment, or the Lac Megantic disastrous destruction and carnage, or the recent rail disaster in Spain?
The CPR tracks run perilously close to many business and residential areas, including a very large percentage of the north shore of Lake Ramsey, so close that a bay has been named CPR Bay.
A derailment with spillage of toxic materials will almost certainly cause immense and long-lasting damage to property and the environment, as well as a large portion of our drinking water supply, and it will devastate our jewel in the heart of our city.
Is this a distinct possibility? Looking at the pattern of railroad accidents, I would say it is a very distinct possibility. Should we wait till such a time to calculate the return? It would sadly be too late.
When we send our children to school or when we teach them to eat healthy and be active, are we simply looking the the immediate returns or a secure and healthy lifetime? In many aspects of life and survival, short-term returns play a minor role.
KPMG has apparently made their assessment based on the questions they were asked. Because of the urgency of the matter all stakeholders should work co-operatively together to analyze all the pros and cons, not only the dollars and cents.
Governments and corporations spend, and sometimes waste, huge amounts of money.
There is money if we would only spend it well. Maybe we should be looking at the future and spend a little now rather than leave an insurmountable burden for our children.