Tuesday, February 21, 2006

NIMBY IN TORONTO: fears impervious to facts and experience

The Toronto Sun reports (Jan 31) on the fears of residents and businesses in the Corktown communtiy over the "proposed move a few blocks east" of a methadone program that for 15 years has operated "inoccuously." That the long-standing facility indeed is "inoccuous" is supported by the reporter's own observation: "Reconnaissance missions to [the clinic's] current address have turned up nothing that would give Corktown residents cause for seirous concern." The reporter goes on to state, "In fact, if one didn't know for certain that a methadone clinic existed ... there would be nothing to give it away." When it comes to NIMBY, facts and experience are irrelevancies.


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