Painting Corners

It used to be joke that homeowners without forethought would paint themselves into a corner while painting a floor. Governments do the same thing only it costs more time and money to fix the problems governments create.

The governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have spent years and $billions helping farmers on the prairie manage flood water. Recently we saw the result. The Assiniboine River was full. The Red River was full and Lake Manitoba was full. It rains, folks. When that happens right after winter with snow piled high, water flows downhill.

Draining all the farmers’ field is not the right thing to do in this instance. In order to handle exceptional precipitation we all have to delay drainage, not speed it up…

This happened where I live. In winter snow accumulates. In the spring it thaws and fills the ditches where it was doing no harm at all. The culverts were filled with ice so the municipality sent crews out to open the culverts so that the water in the ditches would flow into the swollen river where it would be a problem. Does this make sense to anyone? Spending tax dollars on a problem that does not exist in order to create a problem or to make an existing problem worse???!

Repeat that scenario every few miles all across southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and you have a critical problem, not logically different than a melt-down of a nuclear reactor. The sysem takes time to respond to changes. You have to think ahead to avoid catastrophe.

Instead, the province of Manitoba and the government of Canada issued a press release today saying how they were going to spend more money fighting flooding around Lake Manitoba where the surplus in the Assiniboine River was diverted. Where was Saskatchewan which province feeds the headwaters of the Assiniboine River? Where were the logical thinkers who could connect the dots of putting more water into the river in the same period of time and then fighting the resulting flood? Gone. Absent. Asleep. Instead of doing the right thing, they plan to spend more money diking a huge lake and moving whole communities to higher ground. Nature has been doing the right thing for millions of years here. What has changed is not Nature but government providing taxpayers services they don’t need but make them feel good about their tax dollars being spent locally.

Is there intelligent life on Earth?

Assiniboine River Basin

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Painting Corners

  1. Ray says:

    I wish we could predict that it’ll happen, but we can’t 🙁

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