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Stink alert 

To the editor,

I just read your article "Harbour Solutions stinks" (by Tim Bousquet, March 8).

I live on Village Road in Herring Cove —it's a tiny, winding country road, not the subdivision that people might think of. The people in this area are not all white middle-class residents. There are lots of widows and working class families here. It's interesting that three paragraphs down you quote Dawn Sloane as saying "Typically, you put dumps, transient and low-income areas"

—interesting because we are getting a sewage treatment plant.

The plant that's being installed will not just handle local sewage; we are all on wells and septic tanks here. They will be building not one but two pumping stations on our short road. They will be blasting all this summer to put lines in to carry for all the sewage coming from Halifax. We have to pay in excess of $20,000 per household (and that doesn't cover the hook-up to our homes) for the privilege of cleaning up the city's excrement.

Take a drive out here and look at our homes. Take a look at a beautiful piece of land looking out to the entrance of the harbour that looks like a war zone. We don't even have sidewalks here. It is important not to trivialize this. Poorer neighbourhoods are being used.

Something stinks all right, and it isn't just sewage.

By Hilary Newton

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