GOULD, Eleanor Rose
Eleanor Rose Gould (nee MacLean), beloved wife of Eric Gould of Calgary passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Eleanor received her teachers training at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, P.E. She taught in a one room school in Bangor, P.E. for three years and then moved to Slave Lake, AB where she taught elementary grades for ten years. Eleanor then moved to Calgary where she attended the University of Calgary full time earning her Bachelor of Education degree. She worked at various schools in and around Calgary until retirement in 1995. Besides her loving husband, Eric, Eleanor is survived by her siblings, Lillian MacLean of Victoria, B.C., Joyce Cobb of Charlottetown, P.E., Jean Ahmed of Toronto, ON, and Herbert MacLean of Charlottetown, P.E.; nephews, Shane Cobb of Victoria, B.C., David MacLean of Toronto, ON, Shawn Hughes of Caledon, ON, Gordon Cobb of Charlottetown, P.E.; nieces, Sherry Rose Hughes of Toronto, ON Shawn Marie Hughes of Toronto, ON; special niece, Karen MacLean of Kensington, PE; and longtime friend Lyma Eldershaw along with numerous extended family. She was predeceased by her daughter Donna Darlene Gould in 2016. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Saturday from St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Belfast at 11 a.m. Interment in the church cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www. macleanfh.com.
Peacefully, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday, May 14, 2018 of M. Lavina “Viney” Simmonds of Charlottetown, age 97 years. Wife of the late John Simmonds. Loving mother of Jack, the late Bill
(Joan), Don (Darlene),
Jamie (Jennifer) and
Anne (Doug) Stone. Grammy of Christa, Andrew, Jessie, Katie, Alex, Jill, Laura, Tim and Kate and great-grandmother of Lincoln, Teagan, Isaac, Dahlia, Charlie, Paloma and Lucas. Predeceased by her parents Alfred and Ruby Watts and sister Lois (Ivan) Doherty. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel from where the service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment in Sherwood Cemetery. Family flowers only, however if so desired, memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Church or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Visiting hours Monday from 7-9 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com The family extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Beach Grove Home, for their exceptional care.
PRESBYTERIAN Zion Presbyterian Church 135 Prince Street 902-566-5363
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship service and Sunday School
Lead Minister, Rev. Douglas Rollwage
Associate Minister, Rev. Andrew Hutchinson Everyone welcome! www.zionpres.org
ORTHODOX St. Edward the Martyr Orthodox Parish
Saturdays 4 p.m. Holy Mass (Gregorian, English)
Our Lord Jesus Christ comes to us on the Altar of God at Every Holy Mass.
COME, SEE and TOUCH HIM, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!
(Celebrating at St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church,
26 Lower Malpeque Road, Charlottetown, by their charity.)
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Raymond Blake can still see his mother, a strong woman raising six kids alone after his father died, dissolve into tears as the schooner pulled away from their home in remote southern Newfoundland.
It was a Monday in July 1969. They were leaving all they’d ever known in Pushthrough, a tiny fishing settlement of 150 people, for a new start across the water in comparatively modern Hermitage.
“The next thing you know, I was crying and my brothers were crying. I didn’t quite know what was really going to happen,” Blake recalled.
“I’ll never forget my mother leaving her home.”
The same scene of wrenching loss played out countless times through the 1950s and ‘60s as communities agreed, as part of a government push to centralize workers and services, to abandon cherished villages for larger places.
Resettlement is a word that to this day conjures intense, very mixed emotions in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Still, sparsely populated outports, where many argue the heart of this province beats strongest, are emptying at a quickening pace — although not fast enough for those who question government costs.
Seven communities with names like Great Harbour Deep and Snook’s Arm have relocated since 2002, including three since 2016. Another three — North Boat Harbour, La Poile and Little Bay Islands — have asked the province to consider moving them.
The process is community driven — permanent residents must vote at least 90 per cent to relocate. Municipal Affairs calculates whether it’s cheaper to move them than provide services over 10 to 20 years.
If approved, the province offers homeowners $250,000 to $270,000 depending on the size of the household to help them set up elsewhere.
Relocating those seven communities has saved government about $30 million so far, said Municipal Affairs Minister Andrew Parsons.
And more are considering moving to be closer to health care as the province of just 528,000 people ages, he added.
“When you’ve got to get in that boat and go along the coast just to get access to medical appointments, and as you get older you need more and more of those, it just becomes more trying,” Parsons said.
“Given the fact that
“This is a decision that they make but that doesn’t make it a positive one, or one that they’ve relished or enjoyed. It’s one, in many cases, that’s driven by necessity.” Municipal Affairs Minister Andrew Parsons
we’ve had three in the last three years, there’s no doubt I think that you’re seeing a greater examination of the possibility (of moving) by these communities, and there are more that have expressed interest.”
Many residents hate to leave the places where they were born and raised but also want to be close to children and grandchildren who’ve long ago left.
“It’s tough. It’s an emotional process.”
Before politics, Parsons was the lawyer who acted for residents in Grand Bruit, meaning “big noise” for the waterfall that cascades down its cliffs, as they resettled eight years ago.
“This is a decision that they make but that doesn’t make it a positive one, or one that they’ve relished or enjoyed. It’s one, in many cases, that’s driven by necessity.”
Parsons represents the Burgeo-La Poile district in southwestern Newfoundland. He often travels by boat along the isolated coast between Burgeo and Grey River, past the lonely remnants of long deserted outports.
“It’s amazing seeing these graveyards that are still there and, in some cases, houses and huts,” he said in an interview.
Larry Short, a chartered accountant and investment advisor in St. John’s, says today’s resettlement incentives are a “Band-Aid solution.”
Provincial finances were hammered when the price of oil crashed in 2014. It now has a daunting overspending problem as net debt hits historic levels. Yet, Short says there’s a glaring lack of will to right-size government budgets.
Blake knows better than most the complexities of resettlement. Moving to Hermitage wasn’t all bad, he said. There was better schooling and running water.
“The flush toilet was something that I was fascinated with.”
But resettlement for his family and many others — even with some government financial help — was traumatizing, he said.
He and his brother have written to the premier and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for an apology.