Poem: ‘What’s In The Water?’


Federal and provincial governments

to help Ottawa clean its river.


Huge storage tanks

will prevent raw sewage

from spilling into the waterway.


They all came for the announcement:

the Mayor, the MP, the MPP,

and the Federal Minister in charge.


It was a great photo-op:

a million citizens

– most of them toilet-trained –

are asking others to help in the clean-up

after using the washroom.


Just the place to be

if you’re a politician

with a healthy sense of



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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