Tall Ships: shit's gone too far

Part of The Coast's mandate is to be an ambassador for our great city. That means using some tact now and then.

To the editor,

I have appreciated The Coast's perseverance in keeping city hall's feet to the fire around its recent sewage debacle. Keep up the good work.

However, last week The Coast included in your tall ships issue a map of the Halifax wharf (News, July 16), which pictured tall ship anchorages and their proximity to sewage outflows. Each sewage outflow was marked with a brown cartoon image of a stinking turd.

Given that this was tall ships week, I found this turd-laden map incredibly inhospitable and in poor taste. Halifax's sewage problems are real and a concern for all of us who live here, but I can't see how sharing these facts with tourists functions to move that agenda ahead.

I'd like to think that part of The Coast's mandate is to be an ambassador for our great city. That means using some tact now and then.

Running that map in The Coast was kind of like having guests to your home and then inviting them upstairs to check out the skid marks in the toilet bowl. Some things need to be dealt with by the household---spare the guests. —Roy Ellis, Dartmouth

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