Close call for boaters

Kozy Kruiser smashes on the rocks near Bris­tol’s Hope


Wayne Wood­ford and Rhodie Smith of Spa­niard’s Bay stood on the shore­line in Bris­tol’s Hope this morn­ing, peer­ing through the mist and fog at the blue ob­ject across the har­bour, be­ing lashed against the rocks by a heavy swell.

Though hard to tell from that dis­tance, the two men were en­joy­ing a cruise aboard that “ob­ject” on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, steam­ing from Bay de Verde to their home­port in Bay Roberts.

But just off the coast from Western Bay, Wayne ex­plained that a hose let go from the trans­mis­sion of the 36-foot Kozy Kruiser and en­gine coolant spilled out. At­tempts to re­pair the mal­func­tion were un­suc­cess­ful, and they were, to use a nau­ti­cal term, dead in the wa­ter.

With dark­ness fast ap­proach­ing, the seas in­ten­si­fy­ing and the rocky shore­line not far in the dis­tance, they sent out a dis­tress call to the Cana­dian Coast Guard.

Close, but not quite

Finn is puz­zled by the dearth of fe­male coun­cil­lors.

“It is only or­di­nary ev­ery day stuff that hap­pens on coun­cil,” she said. “But some peo­ple don’t un­der­stand that women are just as ca­pa­ble as men.

“Women, of course, see things dif­fer­ently than men do. I don’t know why (at least one of th­ese three ladies) couldn’t get elected.”

Finn re­ferred to her two terms as “noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar,” em­pha­siz­ing that any­one with the in­ter­est and ded­i­ca­tion could suc­ceed on coun­cil.

“Women can do things as well as the men can, ex­cept we have a dress on.”

There were also all-male coun­cils in Car­bon­ear be­tween 1981 and 1989, and again be­tween 1993 and 1997.

Brenda Trick­ett came the clos­est to win­ning a seat, fin­ish­ing 21 votes be­hind in­cum­bent Ed Goff for the sixth at-large coun­cil seat.

She be­lieves a har­row­ing or­deal on on Sept. 19 — at the height of the cam­paign — im­pacted her chances.

Trick­ett was cross­ing a new pedes­trian cross­walk on High Road South, near the hos­pi­tal, when she was hit by a pickup truck. She broke her wrist in the in­ci­dent, and was un­able to cam­paign in the cru­cial push to the fin­ish.

“Af­ter my ac­ci­dent I had five days left to cam­paign,” she said in a phone in­ter­view with The Com­pass. “In my gut, I feel like I prob­a­bly would have got­ten those 20-odd votes. A lot of peo­ple said that I was the first one to knock on their door. Once I told them who I was, many said I would get their vote. If I was able to keep go­ing …”

Trick­ett does not be­lieve gen­der was an is­sue for vot­ers, and is not bit­ter about the re­sult.

“It’s sad that no women got in,” she ex­plained. “And peo­ple could have voted for the peo­ple they knew. There were some pretty well­known peo­ple (on the bal­lot).”

“I wish I had those five days. I think I would have done it and I

would have done right by ev­ery­one.”

No big sur­prise

It is not un­usual to see few fe­males on a coun­cil. In fact, Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties NL has pre­vi­ously re­ported that ap­prox­i­mately 27 per cent of mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers through­out the prov­ince were fe­male.

And Car­bon­ear is not alone in elect­ing an all-male coun­cil. There was plenty of buzz in St. John’s last week as well, where all the fe­male can­di­dates went down to de­feat.

But po­lit­i­cal ob­servers have been en­cour­aged by the re­sults in this re­gion, where fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion ap­pears rather strong.

In Whiteway, five of the seven elected mem­bers are fe­male, while three towns — Bishop’s Cove, Clarke’s Beach and Salmon Cove — elected four fe­males. More than a half-dozen towns have at least three elected lead­ers.

The surge in fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion fol­lows a sim­i­lar trend at the pro­vin­cial level. Not long ago, for ex­am­ple, all three pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal par­ties in this prov­ince were led by fe­males, with Pre­mier Kathy Dun­derale at the helm.

What’s more, there are cur­rently six fe­male premiers in Canada.

Finn be­lieves the times are chang­ing, but for some rea­son they have not changed within mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.

“Women are doc­tors and heads of ed­u­ca­tion,” she con­cluded. “We have brains and no one gives us any credit for it. This is sup­posed to be a mod­ern cen­tury, but it hasn’t changed the at­ti­tude to­wards women. It’s go­ing to be a long time be­fore we see change.”

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Wayne Wood­ford (cen­tre) and Rhodie Smith (left) of Spa­niard’s Bay peer across the har­bour in Brisol’s Hope Fri­day morn­ing at the Kozy Kruiser, wrecked on the op­po­site shore­line. The man tak­ing pho­tos on the right is Harold Hick­man of Labrador.

Com­pass file photo

Car­bon­ear’s first fe­male coun­cil­lor Nell Finn be­lieves women have a place on coun­cil and is not sure why none were elected in her home­town.

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