Re­new­ing our faith

The Compass - - OPINION -

We used some pretty harsh words — knaves and mis­cre­ants — last week in this space to de­scribe those who car­ried out a break and en­ter at Western Bay Phar­macy.

The in­ci­dent was quite un­set­tling, and caused us to take a tough stance. We joined with po­lice in call­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the crime, which saw the cul­prits use a ver­i­ta­ble tool bag of items to gain en­try into the busi­ness.

As of Fri­day, po­lice had not re­ported any ma­jor breaks in the case, but two per­sons of in­ter­est who are "not from the im­me­di­ate area" have been iden­ti­fied.

But alas, our faith in hu­mankind has been re­newed, and it's be­cause of ex­pe­ri­ences we en­coun­tered in the re­gion last week.

First, we met five fab­u­lous ladies — all breast can­cer sur­vivors — in Car­bon­ear dur­ing a visit of the Cana­dian Can­cer Foun­da­tion's Tour for the Cure bus. Their at­ti­tudes and out­look on life were an in­spi­ra­tion. And with no apolo­gies to the Dis­ney char­ac­ters Mickey Mouse, Min­nie Mouse, Don­ald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, we took to call­ing these ladies the "Fab Five" around The Com­pass of­fice.

They are fea­tured promi­nently in to­day's edi­tion, and de­servedly so. They faced down can­cer with courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion, and can lit­er­ally jump for joy these days. They have plenty of ad­vice about the im­por­tance of mam­mo­grams, breast self-ex­ams and more, and both women and men should pay at­ten­tion.

Se­condly, we wit­nessed the home­com­ing of M/Cpl. Ed­die Ge­orge to his home­town of White­way. He came home on a three-week mid-de­ploy­ment leave from Afghanistan, where he is sta­tioned at an iso­lated base in the moun­tains, main­tain­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment for fel­low Cana­dian Forces sol­diers serv­ing in the war-torn coun­try.

Dozens of fam­ily and friends turned out to greet Ed­die dur­ing a spe­cial re­cep­tion at the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre, but not be­fore a cheer­ful mo­tor­cade through the town. It was small-town spirit at its best.

The most touch­ing moment came when Ed­die's seven-year-old son, Alex, ran to greet his fa­ther for the first time in many weeks.

There are many de­press­ing things hap­pen­ing in our so­ci­ety, but as these ex­am­ples prove, there's also plenty to be hope­ful about. Dear edi­tor,

Eigh­teen years since the cod mora­to­rium. Fish­er­men are tak­ing up their crab pots not be­cause they have their quota, but be­cause there is no crab to catch.

On July 8, I lis­tened to an in­ter­view on The Fish­eries Broad­cast. Host John Fur­long was speak­ing with fish­er­man Larry Pin­sent and a crab sci­en­tist, Earl Dawe, on the col­lapse of the crab stocks.

When asked the ques­tion what is caus­ing the col­lapse, no one had the an­swer.

Ever since the cod mora­to­rium, we have been fish­ing the crab species to the

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