The need for more re­gional gov­ern­ment think­ing in Con­cep­tion Bay North

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

I live in Har­bour Grace and work­ing in Bay Roberts. I re­turned home to Har­bour Grace af­ter the com­ple­tion of my uni­ver­sity ed­u­ca­tion to work in a fam­ily busi­ness in 1971; a long time ago now.

The pur­pose of this let­ter is to ex­press my view that this area of Con­cep­tion Bay North needs more peo­ple to think “re­gion­ally.” One has to look no fur­ther than what was ac­com­plished by the peo­ple in the town of Con­cep­tion Bay South.

Each com­mu­nity that makes up that town i.e. Top­sail, Kel­li­grews, Manuels, Seal Cove, Cham­ber­lains, etc. have main­tained their own iden­tity yet there is only one gov­ern­ment the “Town of Con­cep­tion Bay South”. When one hears our fa­mous folk song – the “Kel­li­grews Soiree”; it is not the C.B.S. Soiree. It is the “Kel­li­grews Soiree.”

We have a lovely re­gional per­for­mance cen­ter now in Car­bon­ear. This lo­ca­tion is now used for many per­form­ing arts shows that come to this re­gion. Also, the swim­ming pool is Car­bon­ear has a clien­tele of many res­i­dents of this area. It is good to see peo­ple get­ting more wa­ter ex­er­cise es­pe­cially dur­ing the fall and win­ter months.

Har­bour Grace is about to start to build the new ice sta­dium. This com­plex is needed to re­place the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial rink that was built in the 1950’s. A long time for such a build­ing and it has pro­vided good ser­vice to this whole re­gion.

When one asks the ques­tion; Is there a build­ing in this area that could ac­com­mo­date ap­prox­i­mately 1100 peo­ple for an event? The an­swer is now no.

Our pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has agreed to help with the ini­tial fund­ing for this new com­plex. I think, it will not be fi­nan­cially suc­cess­ful un­less there can be com­plete “buy in” by the res­i­dence of the whole Bac­calieu Trail. I would like to sug­gest a pos­si­ble name for this new com­plex.

“He­roes and Lead­ers of the Bac­calieu Trail”

From our his­tory the names th­ese peo­ple come to my mind:

(1) Cap­tain Bob Bartlett, Bri­gus, C.B.;

(2) Mr. E.J. Pratt, West­ern Bay, C.B.;

(3) Mr. Si­las Moores, Fresh­wa­ter, Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace, C.B.;

(4) Mr. Mau­rice Quin­lan, Bay Verde, C.B.;

(5) Mrs. Doris Mur­cell, Har­bour Grace, C.B.;

(6) Ms. Amelia Earhart, U.S. cit­i­zen who flew from Har­bour Grace in 1932.;

(7) Mr. E. J. Green, Win­ter­ton, T.B.;

Then the name of Cpl. Jamie Mur­phy, Col­liers, comes to my mind. This young man gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our coun­try in Afghanistan. I would sug­gest that the first list of names should be from our his­tory. One never knows where they are go­ing, if they don’t know where they came from.

It would be my sug­ges­tion that there be a con­tin­u­ous an­nual se­lec­tion for this list of “He­roes and Lead­ers.” Th­ese names would be added to the list each year. I would like to see a Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee struck to re­view the var­i­ous names com­ing for­ward. This se­lec­tion com­mit­tee would be made up of res­i­dents from com­mu­ni­ties on the Bac­calieu Trail.

I would like to see th­ese ad­di­tional names added to the list of Bac­calieu Trail “He­roes and Lead­ers” as an an­nual event. Each town in the re­gion, lo­cal coun­cils, etc. to sug­gest names. I would sug­gest the min­i­mum of three (3) peo­ple be added to the list each year. The towns and var­i­ous groups in the re­gion could bring for­ward their names to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. Any per­son, in a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, in their area could be se­lected. I am think­ing their lo­cal, sports coaches, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions i.e. Guides, Cadets, lo­cal fire brigades, etc. could be added as long as the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee would see th­ese peo­ple as “He­roes and Lead­ers”. It would be an on­go­ing “living list” of var­i­ous names added.

This is an idea I would like to sug­gest.

The more that the whole re­gion feels this new com­plex is a real re­gional fa­cil­ity they will be more will­ing to be sup­port­ive. Thank you, I re­main. David Moores, Bay Roberts

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