September 6, 2009
(Halifax, NS) Dartmouth East Liberal MLA Andrew Younger is urging the provincial government to clean up the large amount of litter scattered along sections of Highway #111 and #118 before the World Canoe Championships get underway later this week.
“The sections of highways near the Prince Albert Road are in a deplorable state and residents of the area are concerned,” explained Younger. “It’s unsightly and unfair to the community that must deal with this. The negative environmental impacts are unacceptable.”
Younger believes the litter causes damage to the province’s reputation with tourists, as well.
“Lake Banook is about to play host to a major international event with the World Canoe Championships,” says the Liberal MLA. “It's unfortunate and embarrassing that sponsors, participants, spectators, and international media attending the canoe championships will see the mess along these provincial highways within our urban core. This litter must be removed before the event starts on Wednesday.”
Younger has written a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of Environment asking for swift government action to clean up the area.
“While tourism and special events are important to Nova Scotia, the maintenance of our roads and highways benefits those who live here most,” states Younger.
“In the short-term, this matter needs to be rectified prior to the World Championships. Long-term, residents of the area expect a plan to be put in place to address this issue on an ongoing basis.”