Habitat maintenance and restoration should be recognized as a cost of doing business.
Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.
The ethical oil campaign often glosses over the price we're paying to develop the tar sands. But how ethical is an industry that destroys our boreal forests, pollutes our water and drives species to extinction? It's time we stop pointing fingers at other countries and take a long hard look at how we are acting in our own backyard.