There are three reasons we have a clear-cutter from Quebec working so vigorously here in Ontario. 1: certain people of Ontario have decided to hire him because they want their trees to vanish. 2: The reason he’s working here is because he can’t do the same in his own province of Quebec, since that province has implemented measures to protect their trees and forests by realizing how vital they were not only to the air, water and wildlife, but also the crops. 3: our local and provincial politicians have a see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil attitude towards how they handle most situations that might arise. Their moto is stay popular, don’t rock the boat, don’t take a stand.

I never realized just how powerful the agricultural community is. Hell they’re right up there with Oil and Gas, Mining and Forestry. They have so many people politically positioned through our government, it’s not they are above the law, when it comes to crops and clear cutting they are the law and answer to no one.

With other provinces protecting trees, even other municipalities in our own province doing the same, our government wanting to plant 50 million trees. This all sounds so familiar, like I heard it 100 years ago.

Will the loss of forestry coverage in our area have an effect on local weather patterns, will it invoke drought conditions, will global warming play a part, will we have 17 months in a row of record breaking heat again?

What we do or don’t do in the near future could have profound implications for decades to come. If you like trees, if you’re a landowner, a farmer, or anyone actually, who’s worried, come take a stand for the trees, take one hour our of your life to meet with like-minded people on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m., Highway 34 south of Vankleek Hill across from the clear cut for a photo shoot. Please bring your children, your husband, your wife, your partner and friends and be a part of something truly special. We will stand in silence on the side of the road as trees¬†have done for us for hundreds of years. Local artists have painted trees on recycled pieces of wooden sheets so as to pay homage to those trees we have lost as well as those that will continue to fall.

I hope you can make it. I know the trees and wildlife appreciate it.

Andy Perreault