Needs ad­just­ment

The Pilot - - Editorial -

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.

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