Lessons from the ‘Close Enough’ school of environmental assessment

Mark Leeming

 New Glasgow News, Nova Scotia

It is a common and rueful observation among parents that children of a certain (broad) age range tend to look for things in a few convenient places and then quickly give up the search. The next step usually is to call for Mom, whose magical ability to find the unfindable is fairly easy to explain: she knows where to look. Her advice to the kids – “Open your eyes!” – is probably pretty universal too, which is comforting in a way: we all grow up and learn to look for things in the right places. The system works.

Except when it doesn’t. Some of us apparently didn’t learn Mom’s lesson well, and of those who didn’t, a surprising number are working to knock up wind turbines around Pictou County. Continue reading