"Reason" makes the world go round
by Ralph Nelson
I went to New Brunswick. It snowed through the dawn. I arrived tired of
sitting on the bus. I wanted to walk in the Eastern forests. I wanted to
commune there with trees. I wanted a place to stay awhile. I could only
find saplings and tended plantations. I asked where the old growth forest
was-I asked many, and I was told by many. I saw all the miles of road across
the province before I really believed," There isn't any."
I live here on the Islands, but I've been to New Brunswick, and I'm worried.
I am Canadian-they are Canadians there too. They seem like friendly, reasonable
people, but they live in a province where they have cut all the trees down.
I am sure the reasons they cut the trees down were given in calm even tones
and spoken in reasonable words, and I am sure some were very rich after
that. There are a lot of poor people in the province of New Brunswick now.
Well, outside of parks and plantations, we don't have much forest left in
BC either-precious little.