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.”
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.
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.