Rants & Raves

We dis­cuss the Kutcher re­port and har­bour de­vel­op­ments

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -


For steps in the right di­rec­tion. Good to see the pro­vin­cial govern­ment ac­cept all seven of Dr. Stan Kutcher’s rec­om­men­da­tions de­signed pri­mar­ily to iden­tify and bridge gaps in men­tal health sup­port for young people in Cape Bre­ton. Health Min­is­ter Randy Delorey says the govern­ment will work to­wards im­ple­ment­ing them all, start­ing with $192,000 set aside to im­me­di­ately hire two more guid­ance coun­sel­lors and a so­cial worker for the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board. In the wake of three lo­cal mid­dle school stu­dents who have died by suicide in the past few months the help can’t come soon enough, but is it enough to ef­fec­tively deal with a com­plex and grow­ing prob­lem? Some par­ents who talked to the Post this week don’t think so and they could be right. But sta­tus quo was not an op­tion. We say this is a good start­ing point.


For poor judg­ment. With all due re­spect, we dis­agree strongly with Health Min­is­ter Randy Delorey when he de­fended the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to hold the news con­fer­ence re­gard­ing the Kutcher rec­om­men­da­tions in Halifax rather than Syd­ney. Delorey ar­gued that get­ting the in­for­ma­tion out and the ac­tions the govern­ment is tak­ing su­per­seded any ne­ces­sity of re­leas­ing the in­for­ma­tion in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which is where the teen sui­cides oc­curred. He also men­tioned some­thing about sched­ul­ing and tim­ing. Didn’t mat­ter, ap­par­ently, that many Cape Bre­ton­ers, par­ents and health pro­fes­sion­als among them, might have wanted to at­tend the news con­fer­ence. Didn’t mat­ter that the un­der­ly­ing mes­sage some heard, un­fairly or not, was govern­ment of­fi­cials were too busy to make the trip. After all, how well would it fly if the govern­ment held a Halifax-cen­tric news con­fer­ence in Cape Bre­ton? We like NDP Health critic Tammy Martin’s sug­ges­tion that Delorey and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Zach Churchill hold a pub­lic meet­ing in CBRM to an­swer any ques­tions the pub­lic may have about the re­port.


For har­bour op­por­tu­ni­ties. More good news on the Syd­ney har­bour front this week, both spin-offs from the much-needed go ahead of the sec­ond cruise ship berth. First off we had ex­pe­di­tion cruise ship com­pany One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tion an­nounc­ing that it had ac­quired a new ship that will use Syd­ney as its home port com­menc­ing in the fall of 2018, a de­vel­op­ment that will in­ject mil­lions of dol­lars into the lo­cal econ­omy and bring ad­di­tional vis­i­tors to Cape Bre­ton. This was fol­lowed by a story in the Post about a 300-seat out­door din­ing room-lounge cur­rently be­ing built on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front by lo­cal busi­ness­man Danny El­lis. And don’t for­get that At­lantic Am­bas­sa­tours Ltd., a Halifax-based com­pany, is plan­ning to bring a Har­bour Hop­per am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle to Syd­ney for the months of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. Yes, the Syd­ney wa­ter­front is be­com­ing more vi­brant all the time.

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