Joint mayors support CLCC
Not much hope for better cell phone service in Lower Trinity
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.
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.
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 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.”