All-male com­mit­tee angers let­ter writer

The Compass - - OPINION - — Michelle Cleary-Haire writes from Har­bour Grace

Is this re­ally the year 2013 or is it early twen­ti­eth cen­tury? Ac­cord­ing to The Com­pass ar­ti­cle “Arena com­mit­tee in place,” it must be the lat­ter.

How is it pos­si­ble the town coun­cil of Har­bour Grace (and yes it has a fe­male coun­cil­lor) could choose an all-male com­mit­tee to be re­spon­si­ble for the de­ci­sions con­cern­ing the new arena?

Now, don’t get me wrong — those mem­bers se­lected are all good, hard work­ing men who have vol­un­teered in the past and whom, I have no doubt, have the best in­ter­ests of the town in mind, but my God, you’re telling me coun­cil could not find one fe­male wor­thy of serv­ing on that com­mit­tee? Not one?

And no, I am not talk­ing about me. My in­ter­ests are cer­tainly in the Town of Har­bour Grace; my chil­dren spent a lot of time there when they were young and I pay my taxes.

Al­though I like hockey, I don’t go to watch much of it. How­ever, there are so many women who sup­port the town, the sta­dium and hockey. Are their voices not good enough to be heard around the ta­ble where de­ci­sions are made?

This is just sad and it shows the type of coun­cil we have in this town. Yes, all of them must have had a say in this de­ci­sion and there­fore should all be ashamed. They must not, any of them, have daugh­ters be­cause this is an in­sult to girls and women every­where.

This com­mit­tee should be com­prised of males and fe­males — 50/50 — and it should be done im­me­di­ately. I won’t even get started about the fact that there are no youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives or that the mayor has so clearly stated he is adamant on the lo­ca­tion of the sta­dium, as he is quoted in The Com­pass, “I have con­fi­dence the com­mit­tee will make the right de­ci­sion.” No bias there.

So, shame on you mem­bers of the Har­bour Grace town coun­cil, and shame on you govern­ment mem­ber (not stated in The Com­pass) who saw fit to ap­point only men, and also the chair of the com­mit­tee. Let the com­mit­tee ap­point the chair — enough of govern­ment in­ter­fer­ence.

I can only hope this was an over­sight be­cause my head and my heart are a lit­tle sick over it. I would think any fe­male would be. It is not too late to fix this ugly mis­take, I just hope it is done in a timely man­ner. Not do­ing so would be even worse.

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