WALKERTON, WALKERTON, EVERYWHERE
by Estelle Taylor
EARLY last December, testimony at the Walkerton inquiry began to suggest a level of managerial incompetence worthy of a Coen brothers movie. Screwups at the town’s water utility compounded until seven people were dead, 2,000 more were sick, and public confidence in the safety of rural water was shattered. Which is unfortunate, because simple incompetence threatens to become the explanation for what happened.