Il­le­gal dump­ing caught on cam­era

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with the Town of Car­bon­ear con­firmed last week that sur­veil­lance cam­eras have cap­tured ev­i­dence of il­le­gal dump­ing, and that ev­ery ef­fort will be made to bring the al­leged cul­prit to jus­tice.

Mayor Sam Slade said cam­eras placed along Fox Farm Road helped iden­tify a pickup that was il­le­gally dump­ing items in the area.

Slade said the in­ci­dent has been re­ported to the RCMP, and the town will pur­sue the case to the fullest in an at­tempt to send a mes­sage to those who continue to dump il­le­gally.

Pho­tos from the cam­era shows a pickup en­ter­ing the road car­ry­ing what Slade de­scribed as “de­bris,” and ex­ited empty about eight min­utes later. Slade said min­utes later, the truck re­turned and re­trieved the de­bris, its driver likely hav­ing been made aware

“It was our best year to date,” Clarke stated last week.

One of the largest do­na­tions came from the Bac­calieu Lions Club in Old Per­li­can, which turned in a cheque worth $20,000.

Many other community groups also stepped up, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, who could be seen throughout the re­gion, col­lect­ing pledges from pass­ing mo­torists on the day of the telethon.

Or­ga­niz­ers say the num­ber of grand ($500 plus), mil­len­nium ($1,000-plus) and gold ($5,000) givers was also up sub­stan­tially from the roughly 120 recorded in 2011, though a fi­nal num­ber was not avail­able last week.

A surge in sup­port from the cor­po­rate sec­tor, and from fam­i­lies and groups, was also noted.

And the roughly 1,500 Eastern Health em­ploy­ees who take part in the reg­u­lar 50/50 staff lottery also did their part with a do­na­tion of $50,000-plus to the foun­da­tion. A sim­i­lar amount was do­nated by the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador.

‘ Touches your heart’

In all, more than $412,000 was pledged, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than last year. And the num­ber con­tin­ues to climb as ad­di­tional pledges roll in.

That’s well above the $340,000 tar­get­ted by the foun­da­tion in or­der to fi­nance the projects it had des­ig­nated as pri­or­i­ties for this year.

“We can’t say enough about the level of gen­eros­ity in this re­gion,” Clarke added, not­ing she was ex­tremely happy with the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion by young peo­ple who ob­vi­ously un­der­stand the im­por­tance of giv­ing some­thing back to the community.

“It re­ally touches your heart when you have peo­ple giv­ing do­na­tions in mem­ory of friends and fam­ily. It makes such a dif­fer­ence.”

The money will fi­nance the fol­low­ing projects:

• a sec­ond fully in­te­grated oper­at­ing room at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal, at a cost of some $250,000;

• a ther­a­peu­tic wan­der gar­den at the Lion’s Manor Nurs­ing Home, which is part of the Pla­cen­tia Health Cen­tre. This fa­cil­ity in­cludes a 28-bed pro­tec­tive care unit for res­i­dents with de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The es­ti­mated cost for the gar­den is $70,000;

• and a wait­ing area for the dial­y­sis unit at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal, where pa­tients cur­rently have to wait in the hall­way. This project in­cludes the es­tab­lished of a wait­ing room, fur­nished with com­fort­able chairs and other ameni­ties, at a cost of some $20,000.

Since it was es­tab­lished nearly a quar­ter-cen­tury ago, the foun­da­tion has raised some $5 mil­lion to help im­prove health care in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia re­gion.

The foun­da­tion holds var­i­ous fundrais­ers throughout the year.

On the web: http://www.tcphealth­foun­da­tion.ca/home.html

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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