Bon­av­ista may­oral can­di­date John Nor­man holds pub­lic Q & A

Mu­nic­i­pal hope­ful tips a new emer­gency room, culi­nary school and swim­ming pool

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET jonathan.par­sons@thep­ Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

BON­AV­ISTA, NL — Bon­av­ista may­oral can­di­date John Nor­man held a pub­lic ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion at the lo­cal Lions Club Sept. 6.

While the night started as a light-hearted way to dis­pel any ru­mours as­so­ci­ated with his cam­paign — Nor­man laughed off the idea of ban­ning clothes­lines and wood­piles — he soon hinted at some lofty plans for the town in the com­ing months and years.

The event was well at­tended with over 75 peo­ple turn­ing out to hear what Nor­man had to say. The crowd in­cluded res­i­dents, busi­ness own­ers and a fel­low coun­cil can­di­date for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

One of the first ques­tions ad­dressed was the fu­ture of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic’s (CNA) Bon­av­ista cam­pus.

In the last sev­eral months, the cook and baker pro­grams were elim­i­nated from the cam­pus.

Nor­man says he’s fought to en­sure the fu­ture of the cam­pus, as he be­lieves CNA is a vi­tal com­po­nent for the com­mu­nity, and while it was dis­cour­ag­ing to see the cook pro­gram go, he plans to work to en­sure a more es­tab­lished pro­gram will take its place.

Nor­man said he hopes to help bring a full culi­nary school to Bon­av­ista, as the kitchen and in­fra­struc­ture is still in the build­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Nor­man, there are no sec­ondary, ad­vanced-level culi­nary pro­grams in the prov­ince.

When it comes to health care, Nor­man cited his con­tri­bu­tions to the dial­y­sis com­mit­tee, which suc­cess­fully se­cured a dial­y­sis unit at the Bon­av­ista Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre.

Now, while work­ing with East­ern Health, he says there are plans to pro­vide the hos­pi­tal with a new multi-mil­lion dol­lar emer­gency depart­ment, which is al­ready in the works.

He also de­tailed how he would fur­ther de­velop the com­mu­nity’s in­fra­struc­ture and built her­itage — to “grow and en­hance the com­mu­nity for ev­ery­body.”

One of the fore­most ways to do this is to lobby govern­ment, he added. Nor­man says he al­ready has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence through his work on com­mit­tees with se­cur­ing funds for the com­mu­nity. He also ref­er­enced the idea of us­ing pi­lot projects to help with con­cerns like waste­water man­age­ment — a project that could be ex­tremely costly for Bon­av­ista.

“I’ve never been sat­is­fied with crumbs,” said Nor­man.

Fi­nally, one of the last things Nor­man men­tioned was the idea of a pub­lic swim­ming pool for Bon­av­ista.

When it was brought up by a res­i­dent, Nor­man said he be­lieves there is no rea­son why a town the size of Bon­av­ista shouldn’t have a swim­ming pool.

If you’d like to see the ma­jor­ity of the ses­sion, and to take in more of what Nor­man said, go to the Packet Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Face­book page for video of the Q & A.

The Packet will speak with Bev­erly Dyke, the other Bon­av­ista may­oral can­di­date, this week. Read­ers can see her plans for Bon­av­ista in the Sept. 21 edi­tion of The Packet.


John Nor­man


About 75 peo­ple at­tended the event at the Bon­av­ista Lions Club.

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