As heavy-garbage trucks continue to circulate on Cape Breton this week, collecting the annual crop of weighty waste and ejected junk, an urban municipal counsellor has called for heavier fines against those who persist in flinging garbage into the woods. Meanwhile, one of the island’s rural counties has quietly put teeth into its blue-bag bylaw. Let’s start with Victoria County, which passed new recycling rules Monday.
Here on good, green Cape Breton, driving is often a delight, especially away from the urban centres, where the winding roads open to views that revive the heart. That is during the day. At night, it can be frightening — not because of highway robbers or other villains in the dark — but because, at any moment, the road may drop out from under your tires. The pavement crumbles malevolently, it seems, with new craters collapsing into themselves hourly, like cake in a too-cool oven.