It’s obvious there will have to be some adjustment made by the federal government in relation to communities which qualify under the Tax Assistance to Northern Residents program.
One can’t help but agree with the feelings of New World Island residents who have started a petition in an effort to have their area included under for a break in taxes. It is also likely that there will be other communities throughout the province which feel they have been unjustly left out.
With the large number of small pockets of population that dot the coastline of Newfoundland, there are likely to have been many which have not been recognized by the federal government’s initial list.
Given that some guideline must be established in order for an area to qualify, we wonder about instances occurring whereby there are two communities within a few miles of each other and one qualifies for assistance while the other does not. If the federal government goes by the book as far as distance for larger urban centres is concerned, for example, this situation could well come about.
Considering the weak economy of rural Newfoundland in general it might be wise for the rule-makers in the federal capital to consider a more general set of guidelines for this province.
If fact, when one considers the factors being used to determine which areas qualify and which do not, the geographical isolation of the entire province merits consideration for concessions in taxes. This holds true by virtue of current provincial government requirements in taxes alone.
Hopefully the exercise which New World Islanders are now going through will help to open a few eyes in Ottawa as to the realities of life in this part of the country.
The Ralph Laite Senior Girls Volleyball Team — Front left to right: Angela Pollard, Michelle Sheppard, Michelle Hillier, Tammy Hoddinott (captain), Lori Foss, Sheri Downton. Back: Tammy Twyne, Kelli Freake, Pam Dorey, Julie Russell and Mr. Dave Bishop (coach).
A memory of local Christmas shopping at Irving’s in the Lewisporte Shopping Centre from 1987.