Well, so much for crusading.
Seems I tried to be the white knight in getting a smelly garbage incinerator out of town, the town itself sued for "public nuisance", and the fiery and smelly dragon still won.
My lance is broken.
The dragon has incinerated me. And his belches and farts are still smelling up the town.
Now, he's going to go after my virgins.
The story, which should have run prominently opposite the editorial page, was instead bumped by a McDonald's ad, and what came out ws this drastically reduced bit:
Newmarket won't appeal a judge's ruling granting Halton Recycling Ltd. an indefinite stay.
Instead, the town will continue to work with the province's Environment Ministry to ensure Halton implements its action plan to eliminate odours emanating from the plant.
Councillors ratified the decision yesterday.
"We still strongly disagree with the judge's decision to extend the stay indefinitely," Mayor Tony Van Bynen said in a news release.
"However, council has weighted the options and realizes that an appeal will not accomplish anything for our residents if Halton completes the action plan in time.
Meanwhile, Halton has been ordered to pay the town's court fees incurred during the legal action against the firm.
Superior Court justice A. Bryant issued the ruling today, ordereing Halton to pay $227, 178 resulting from the towns application to have Halton declared a public nuisance in September, 2006.
The town, meanshile, must reimburse $34,604 of Halton's legal fees for Halton's successful March 2 decision to hve the stay period extended...
And so it goes.
You do your part to save the planet
You recycle everything you can, paper and cardboard in one blue box, plastic and glass in the other, food scraps in the green bin.
And the mammoth incinerator at the east end of town spews burnt plastic, arsenic and aerosol.
I once studied politics under David Crombie, a man known in Canada for not only his political acumen, but rising at one time to Mayor of Toronto.
Said Prof. Crombie:
"Well, it's really Plato's Myth of the Cave.
"We are in the cave, able to see only what's projected on the screen (Al Gore? David Suzuki?) while the reality out there is something else."