It must be a slow summer for news because the mud in Weston has made it to the majors. The Star ran an article last week about the stuff. It was, as you’d expect, sympathetic.
Then the National Post caught wind of the mess, and Chris Selley wrote an amazingly ill-informed opinion piece. (Ignorance is a wonderful for clarifying one’s opinions, and Selley has very clear opinions.)
He says that the dust in Weston is a sign of progress. In a bravura display of factlessness, he says that we are NIMBYs about noise “fences” (they are walls, and Westonians don’t care) and about diesel fumes emananting from the tracks “next to which [we] chose to live”. He says we shall be well compensated by an ARL that, by his own admission, will be slow, expensive, and serve only one terminal—it will, though, have “steel wheels” and by the all-day service to Kitchener—which isn’t happening.
There’s no point arguing with people like this. Like climate deniers, they get off on being contrarian. Saying he’s wrong only makes him more sure that he’s right. You can’t fight trolls. You have to starve them.