All-male committee angers letter writer
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.