Re­gional waste

Eco­nomic growth should lead At­lantic prov­inces: min­is­ter

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DENISE PIKE

Com­mu­ni­ties around the Bay de Verde Penin­sula are hav­ing their waste man­age­ment re­gion­al­ized as lo­cal land­fills and in­cin­er­a­tors shut down and garbage is shipped to Robin Hood Bay.

When it comes to grow­ing the econ­omy, Ross Wise­man, the prov­ince’s min­is­ter of Busi­ness be­lieves New­found­land and Labrador is not only well po­si­tioned, but is stronger than ever.

“ The last year and a half has been quite a tur­bu­lent time all over the world and while this prov­ince has felt the im­pacts. I think it’s fair to say we have weath­ered it bet­ter than most,” said Wise­man. “ Over­all New­found­land and Labrador’s econ­omy is set to re­sume growth in 2010, and ac­cord­ing to many fore­casts our eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment growth should lead the At­lantic Prov­inces.”

The promis­ing eco­nomic fore­cast was part of a key­note ad­dress the Busi­ness min­is­ter served up at an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment lun­cheon in Bay Roberts, April 14. Ap­prox­i­mately 75 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity at­tended the event, hosted by the Bay Roberts Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and the town coun­cil.

Last­ing at­trac­tion

Ac­cord­ing to Wise­man the prov­ince is see­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth in a num­ber of ar­eas in­clud­ing per­sonal and dis­pos­able in­comes, re­tail sales, con­sumer con­fi­dence, hous­ing starts and tourism.

Re­fer­ring to the Cuipds 400 cel­e­bra­tion he said, “ this area will ben­e­fit from this cel­e­bra­tion which will in­clude his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ments, an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence and var­i­ous fes­ti­vals and events. Along with that there’s the construction of an in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre with a fam­ily ge­neal­ogy re­source cen­tre, and ar­chae­ol­ogy lab and a hall. It’s a $5 mil­lion project with $3.5 mil­lion com­ing from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. This will have on­go­ing con- tri­b­u­tions to the area and also be a last­ing at­trac­tions for fu­ture tourists.”

Eco­nomic foun­da­tion

The Lower Churchill Hy­dro project, White Rose ex­pan­sion, Hiber­nia South­ern ex­ten­sion, nickel plant in Long Har­bour and po­ten­tial off­shore and on­shore ex­plo­ration work were just a few of the projects Wise­man men­tioned as con­tribut­ing to the prov­ince’s strong eco­nomic foun­da­tion.

“Our pop­u­la­tion is in­creas­ing too,” he added. “It went up by half a per cent from July 2008 to July 2009. That may not seem like much, but it was the largest an­nual in­crease since 1983. And it rose an­other 0.3 per cent from July to Oc­to­ber of last year. Th­ese in­creases are due mainly to pos­i­tive net mi­gra­tion, in other words in­mi­gra­tion and not the op­po­site.”

Nu­mer­ous in­vest­ments

The min­is­ter also listed off nu­mer­ous in­vest­ments an­nounced in the 2010 pro­vin­cial bud­get a few weeks ago.

“As my col­league the min­is­ter of fi­nance (Tom Mar­shall) said on bud­get day, now is not the time to slam our foot on the breaks, when the world is emerg­ing from the re­ces­sion,” said Wise­man. “ We need to strike a bal­ance that keeps us on an up­ward growth path; not re­trench and halt our mo­men­tum.”

Mean­while Philip Wood, Bay Roberts deputy mayor and chair­man of the coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee high­lighted the eco­nomic growth in the town and praised the busi­ness com­mu­nity and res­i­dents for their ef­forts.

Bay Roberts is very proud of its growth in the past num­ber of years in both res­i­den­tial and busi­ness terms,” said Wood. “Dur­ing the past three years the town has had a record num­ber of hous­ing starts, in­creased busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and with Vale Inco in Long Har­bour and our new busi­ness park we’re hop­ing to see even more in­ter­est in our town. When one looks at ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through­out our prov­ince, times have not nec­es­sar­ily been kind. For­tu­nately Bay Roberts be­cause of a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, notably our busi­ness leaders, res­i­dents, com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and the lead­er­ship pro­vided by the town coun­cil and our gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, has had many suc­cesses.”

Busi­ness awards

The April 14 event also pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for the deputy mayor and the min­is­ter to present a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion to Dave Pow­ell of At­lantic Gro­cery Dis­trib­u­tors and Jeff Sim­monds of Tims Hor­tons for their out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and re­cent busi­ness awards. In Fe­bru­ary Pow­ell, owner/op­er­a­tor of At­lantic Gro­ceries Dis­trib­u­tors won the 2010 Restau­rant Ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Year award from The Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land and Labrador, while Sim­monds, owner op­er­a­tor of the Bay Roberts Tim Hor­tons re­ceived the 2009 Al­ways Fresh Award.

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