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