MHA: ‘It crossed over into be­com­ing a po­lit­i­cal is­sue’

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - Rab­bit Stew Jonathan.par­sons@thep­ Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

When kids are al­lowed to run as wild as their imag­i­na­tions, they tend to dis­cover and cre­ate amaz­ing things.

My nephew Gavin is def­i­nitely among the up­per ech­e­lon of awe­some­ness when it comes to the lat­ter.

I was fresh into my ‘20s and spend­ing the sum­mer in Gambo with my sis­ter and her two boys.

Gavin was al­ready the most cu­ri­ous toddler you could ever meet and we spent en­tire days com­ing up with silly games and epic sto­ries to act out with swords and shields made of kitchen uten­sils.

Easter was on its way and Gavin was ex­cited – so ex­cited, he got a lit­tle too en­er­getic and was get­ting into trou­ble via tipping over pot­ted plants and run­ning away.

Jen­nifer be­ing as busy as she was meant that I got in some good par­ent­ing train­ing with Gav, tak­ing it upon my­self to sit the kid down and find a way to use Easter to both fo­cus his en­ergy and curb his be­hav­ior.

So I came up with the Easter Beaster.

I ex­plained to Gavin that the Easter Bunny had a neme­sis named the Easter Beaster that had the body of a lion, sharp claws, big eyes and wings like an owl (but wore sun­glasses) and two big teeth like a sabre tooth tiger. It loved to hunt rab­bits and make them into stew. Ev­ery Easter it tracks the Easter Bunny from house to house try­ing to get him, and it was up to us to stop him this year.

“How?” Gavin asked, be­wil­dered.

“We get a choco­late bunny for bait and we set a trap.” I replied.

So that whole day and well into the evening we used a cou­ple of his choco­late bun­nies to bait some very elab­o­rate traps made from yarn and ran­dom ob­jects that ac­tu­ally did have trig­gers, giv­ing him a good les­son in in­ge­nu­ity and physics for a four year old.

As he slept that night I made a few flour foot­prints and sprung the traps with ev­i­dence of es­cape. When he woke that Easter morn­ing for his egg hunt, he was ec­static to know that both the Easter Bunny and Easter Beaster had been there and that the trap (and now halfeaten choco­late bunny) kept the Easter Beaster at bay long enough for the Easter Bunny to do his work with­out be­ing turned into…


1 pack­age ba­con, diced 1 large hare/rab­bit 1 onion, diced 2 tb­sps. savoury 2 cans light or whole beer 1 tbsp. bal­samic vine­gar 3 large pota­toes, cubed 3 large car­rots, cubed 1 medium turnip, cubed 1 litre beef stock 1 tsp each salt and pep­per ¼ cup brown sugar 1/3 cup flour (op­tional)


In a medium pan, fry diced ba­con on medium high un­til firm.

Cut rab­bit into 12 pieces, bone in.

Re­move ba­con from pan and brown rab­bit in ren­dered fat while cov­ered for five min­utes on each side.

Trans­fer all in­gre­di­ents into a large roaster and place in 375-de­gree oven for ap­prox­i­mately 1 hour and 45 min­utes.

If much liq­uid is re­tained, add a flour and wa­ter slurry to thicken with a dash of gravy brown­ing, although a thick base should re­duce on its own.

Hope you had a Happy Easter and April Fools!

with do­mes­tic cut­ting and land devel­op­ment, and no com­mer­cial clearcut­ting vis­i­ble from the town it­self (not ref­er­enc­ing the South­west River Valley). After this, he notes coun­cil ac­cepted the pro­posed plan last year.

How­ever, Mayor Hol­loway says — while they did ap­prove the plan in 2017 — they be­lieved the whole area would be pro­tected as a re­sult.

“In re­view­ing this in­for­ma­tion in early 2017, Coun­cil con­cluded that the pro­vin­cial govern­ment was tak­ing steps, like in the pre­vi­ous four plans, to protect the South­west River valley as all of the com­mer­cial ar­eas pro­posed in that area could be viewed from the Trans-Canada High­way. As a re­sult, Coun­cil ap­proved the plan based on this in­for­ma­tion,” said the town’s re­lease.

The MHA says he finds it hard to be­lieve any in­for­ma­tion, other than what has al­ways been made pub­lic, could have been re­viewed by coun­cil.

Mayor Hol­loway also de­nies the MHA’s con­tention in the Face­book post that the town has not been up­front about the pos­si­bly lengthy process of re­zon­ing the area within town bound­aries.

Re­gard­ing the pos­si­ble ap­proval of the re­zon­ing of the area by Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, Mayor Hol­loway de­tailed the re­zon­ing process and states this does not “su­per­sede pro­vin­cial law.”

“Re­gard­less of who owns the land or who con­ducts the devel­op­ment in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, no one, not even the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, is above the law and there­fore can be held ac­count­able through the le­gal sys­tem if they fail to com­ply to the mu­nic­i­pal plan and devel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions.”

MHA Hol­loway is also a par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for the de­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment.

“If MHA and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Colin Hol­loway is sug­gest­ing that the pro­vin­cial govern­ment can just over­rule the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s author­ity as it per­tains to per­mit­ting for the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s ben­e­fit, then this se­ri­ously un­der­mines the mu­nic­i­pal level of govern­ment,” reads the state­ment from the town.

In ad­di­tion to the posts on so­cial me­dia, MHA Hol­loway, in his in­ter­view with The Packet, also ref­er­enced his in­ter­ac­tion with Mayor Hol­loway at the last pub­lic clearcut­ting meet­ing held in Port Blandford.

The MHA took is­sue when the Mayor said the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs could pos­si­bly block the town from re­zon­ing within its bound­aries but it would be “bad pol­i­tics” and “it would be a hard thing to bring to the bal­lot box.”

MHA Hol­loway says, “It be­came po­lit­i­cal at that point.”

“That is very un­for­tu­nate be­cause up un­til now, this is not about pol­i­tics. This is about an im­por­tant is­sue af­fect­ing the peo­ple of Port Blandford and my role as an MHA is to ad­vance their con­cerns, which I have been do­ing.”

The MHA says his Face­book post stems from ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion and what he’s been hear­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“Work­ing to­gether you can find so­lu­tions that’s win-win,” says MHA Hol­loway. “Un­for­tu­nately, that’s not the ap­proach that’s been taken here.”

When con­tacted by The Packet, Mayor Hol­loway said the pur­pose of the news re­lease was to clar­ify any points of mis­in­for­ma­tion from the MHA.

He says his phone was “ring­ing off the hook” from res­i­dents after the Face­book post and, after re­fer­ring to coun­cil, de­cided to re­lease a state­ment to ad­dress the claims.

When asked if he is seek­ing an apol­ogy, the mayor said no, but coun­cil will be re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion at the next coun­cil meet­ing and de­cid­ing any fur­ther steps.

“We did find this kind of mis­in­for­ma­tion com­pletely ir­re­spon­si­ble and a lit­tle dis­turb­ing, to be hon­est,” said Mayor Hol­loway.

In the mean­time, the Port Blandford res­i­dents against clearcut­ting con­tin­ued their ef­forts over the week­end.

On Satur­day, the group staged a boil-up in the woods as a form of protest against the planned clearcut­ting in the area.

To see the MHA’s Face­book com­ment and the Mayor’s en­tire re­leased state­ment, go to www. thep­

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