Joint may­ors sup­port CLCC

Not much hope for bet­ter cell phone ser­vice in Lower Trin­ity

The Compass - - OPINION - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

Ray John­son, Com­mu­nity Link­ages Con­cep­tion Com­mit­tee ( CLCC), im­pas­sioned may­ors from Lower Trin­ity South when he spoke at the Joint May­ors As­so­ci­a­tion of Trin­ity-Bay de Verde reg­u­lar meet­ing held April 15.

John­son is part of a group that was formed late in 2006 whose mes­sage is: The will of the peo­ple will be - must be - the force that drives ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties into fu­ture pros­per­ity. CLCC be­lieves ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador needs in­no­va­tive new in­dus­tries and ideas. To achieve that goal, a fun­da­men­tal shift in think­ing is nec­es­sary to drive the pos­i­tive force that is our youth and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, the com­mit­tee says.

Joint May­ors chair­woman Leann Bown said John­son spoke about what his com­mit­tee is do­ing.

“He would like the Joint May­ors to be­come ac­tively in­volved. He’s very pas­sion­ate about ru­ral New­found­land,” she said. “He spoke elo­quently - to our hearts as well as our in­tel­lect.”

Bown agreed com­mu­ni­ties need to get in­volved “for our chil­dren’s chil­dren’s sake.”

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­woman, Joint May­ors of­fered John­son some sug­ges­tions on di­rec­tion and told him they would do what­ever they can to sup­port the ef­fort.

“Ru­ral New­found­land needs to sur­vive, it can sur­vive and will sur­vive,” she said.

Pe­ti­tion

There was some dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing a pe­ti­tion from Joint May­ors for a 24/7 search and res­cue in St. John’s. The pe­ti­tion comes as a re­sult of the Cougar 911 crash March 12, in which 17 of the 18 on board were lost.

Cor­morant he­li­copter crews nor­mally sta­tioned in Gan­der were in Cape Bre­ton, Nova Sco­tia on a train­ing mis­sion when the crash occurred.

“We don’t want it for­got­ten,” Bown said. “It’s as im­por­tant to­day as it was when it hap­pened. For ev­ery­body we lost and for those who work out there and are now afraid to go - we’re ask­ing every­one to look for th­ese pe­ti­tions, sign them and help make a dif­fer­ence.”

The pe­ti­tions are avail­able at lo­cal stores along the Trin­ity South shore from Heart’s De­light to Bay de Verde.

Cell dis­ser­vice

The con­tin­u­ous lack of cell phone ser­vice was also raised at the Joint May­ors meet­ing.

“Right now there’s the pos­si­bil­ity that no more tow­ers will go up for the next two or three years,” Bown said.

Joint May­ors had met with Bell Mo­bil­ity last fall to dis­cuss lack of ser­vice. How­ever, there ap­pears to have been noth­ing sub­stan­tial come out of the meet­ing.

“If this is the way it’s go­ing to be, it’s very dis­ap­point­ing,” the chair­woman said. “It’s un­for­tu­nate. As far as I’m con­cerned we have just as much right to have the ser­vice as any­one else in the prov­ince. They’ll sell us the prod­uct but they will not do any­thing to en­able us to use it. In my opin­ion, it’s be­cause we live in ru­ral New­found­land.”

Joint meet­ing

Joint May­ors and Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cils are ten­ta­tively plan­ning an­other meet­ing to­gether at a date to be an­nounced.

Mean­while Joint May­ors has ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion for the town of Small Point-Broad CoveBlack­head-Adam’s Cove on the ad­ja­cent North Shore to join the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Joint May­ors, Joint Coun­cils can make a dif­fer­ence,” Bown said.“It’s im­por­tant may­ors and coun­cil­lors get to­gether. I be­lieve that when we get to­gether we are more em­pow­ered as one large body and we can and will make a dif­fer­ence.”

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