Your report on the new garbage rules carried a warning in your headline that the city will “have its noses in our garbage”. That is an eye-catching phrase, but inaccurate and it feeds the popular feeling that “gov’ment” is too big and too intrusive in our lives (leading to Trump, Doug Ford, etc). Councillor Audrey Bureau told CBC-Ottawa that there will be no inspection of garbage bag contents.
The message is that we should have our own noses in our bags because we now have to pay attention to what we are discarding. To me, that’s a good message, not yucky! We actually have to pay attention to some of the most ordinary things of each day and not just charge ahead with our lives and adding our two cents of waste to the world. The Bulletin’s editorial said we cannot ignore the mounting mountains we are creating with waste.
May I be so outrageous just after Easter and Passover to suggest that this is actually a religious issue? What is religion if not our relationship with the Earth and all other living things?
Don’t put that idea in your waste can!