Con­tin­u­ing to ad­vo­cate for oth­ers

Tri-County Vanguard - - OP-ED - Kristy Her­ron her­ronkristyella@gmail.com

From 1940

A crash boat for the Royal Cana­dian Air Force had been built at a ship­yard in Clare. Con­structed in Meteghan, the ves­sel left the area en route for an Eastern Cana­dian port. Sim­i­lar ves­sels were ex­pected to be built in Meteghan in the near fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal news­pa­per ar­ti­cle.

*** Among the ways lo­cal res­i­dents were try­ing to sup­port the war ef­fort was with “old-fash­ioned” pie sales. A re­cent such ini­tia­tive in the Bear River area by the home and school as­so­ci­a­tion there had raised over $20. The money was to go to­wards ma­te­rial for Christ­mas boxes to be sent to those serv­ing over­seas.

***

A re­cent pe­riod of good weather had helped Digby- area farm­ers. Turnips in par­tic­u­lar re­port­edly had made a good come­back after an is­sue with plant lice dur­ing the sum­mer. Other crops – in­clud­ing beets, car­rots, parsnip – were said to have been av­er­age. More fall plow­ing than usual re­port­edly was be­ing done.

***

There were plans to have a Digby- area class on wire­less teleg­ra­phy. The tu­ition was from the Ra­dio Col­lege of Canada in Toronto and the idea was to form a lo­cal home study group.

***

A com­mu­nity vol­un­teer ef­fort had helped cre­ate what was de­scribed as a “splen­did” play­ground on the prop­erty of the Ross­way school. The work in­cluded haul­ing stones to the site and grad­ing.

From 1962

There was talk of an in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment sur­vey per­haps be­ing done for the Digby and Clare re­gion, an ini­tia­tive led by lo­cal boards of trade. The sur­vey would look at things like pop­u­la­tion, labour force, so­cial con­di­tions, cli­mate and trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Should the sur­vey pro­ceed, the plan was to make the re­sults avail­able to gov­ern­ment agen­cies and busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions. The ra­tio­nale was “that in unity there is strength” and that eco­nomic growth in one part of the area would be good for the area as a whole.

***

In what the cap­tain of the Princess He­lene said was a first for him, a Rus­sian fac­tory ship had been spot­ted in the Bay of Fundy, along with four trawlers. The sight­ing re­port­edly oc­curred dur­ing the ferry’s af­ter­noon run from Digby to Saint John.

***

It was a record- break­ing turnout at the Digby Fo­rum for the open­ing of the new sea­son, with hun­dreds of peo­ple com­ing out for the first skat­ing ses­sion of 1962- 63. Par­tic­u­larly no­table was the num­ber of young peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­port.

From 1970

Iron­work­ers went on strike at the site of the new ferry ter­mi­nal be­ing built in Digby. The strik­ers were await­ing word from their union rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Hal­i­fax. The strike in Digby was part of a larger job ac­tion in­volv­ing hun­dreds of work­ers ( mem­bers of the same iron­work­ers union) through­out Nova Sco­tia. A meet­ing was ex­pected to be held in Truro to see if union mem­bers would ac­cept an of­fer from their em­ploy­ers.

***

The Digby Mu­nic­i­pal School Board re­scinded all pre­vi­ous mo­tions re­gard­ing what stu­dents at­tend­ing class should wear. One of those mo­tions ap­par­ently had said fe­male stu­dents should wear dresses to class and not slacks. Some girls re­port­edly had re­quested this rule be changed. The board’s po­si­tion was that the is­sue of what stu­dents should wear would be up to su­per­vi­sors.

Lo­cal MP Louis R. Comeau was slated to travel to New York as part of a del­e­ga­tion of Cana­dian MPs ob­serv­ing ses­sions of the United Na­tions. He also was sched­uled to at­tend an an­nual sem­i­nar on Canada- U. S. re­la­tions.

We are quickly mov­ing to­wards the sea­son in which it is thought and hoped there will be peace and good will to­wards oth­ers.

Grandpa im­pressed on me that life in this world was fleet­ing. He said we are granted gifts that are not to be self­ishly kept, but shared. He said it is in the giv­ing that we grow, live and hope­fully make the world a place that is bet­ter be­cause we ex­isted.

I am not so sure of my gifts at times. I do know that I am a tena­cious ad­vo­cate. I have some knowl­edge and I fight with words.

When Rev­enue Canada re­cently ha­rassed less wealthy se­niors – who spent three-fifths of their in­come here in N. S. on the road seek­ing med­i­cal care – with au­dit re­quests I re­sponded. I helped the se­niors col­lect doc­u­men­ta­tion, sent the stuff off by Pri­or­ity Post with a sig­na­ture re­quired, and I wrote a col­umn.

When vi­tal ser­vices like power, phone, ca­ble etc. have ig­nored their re­spon­si­bil­ity with re­spect to safe or con­sis­tent ser­vice, I wrote a col­umn. That’s what I do, I write col­umns. I am just one voice. Sure, I lis­ten and I try to speak for oth­ers. How­ever, I fear profit trumps ethics. If th­ese en­ti­ties had to re­spond to stake­hold­ers in lo­cal ar­eas and not to come-from-away share­hold­ers, would they be more re­spon­sive? Profit, as I have said, is not a dirty word. How­ever, profit be­fore the needs of peo­ple is not ac­cept­able. But this is not just about big com- pa­nies. Our very own pub­lic ser­vices of­ten be­have in the same way.

Think about our ‘N.S. on the road, hurry up and wait’ N.S. health care. I have a per­son whose nurse prac­ti­tioner has left N.S. for an­other prov­ince. The Digby clinic in­sists he is still their pa­tient. Yet a WCB in an­other ju­ris­dic­tion wants a cur­rent pre­scrip­tion for his nec­es­sary ap­pli­ances. He is not sure of who he has as a prac­ti­tioner as he has seen three since he was told his nurse prac­ti­tioner was leav­ing.

Our elected of­fi­cials would not say too bad, so sad if they ac­tu­ally re­ally heard the peo­ple they are ob­li­gated rep­re­sent – the peo­ple, or­di­nary cit­i­zens, are the ones who en­sure their elected po­si­tions!

One could get cyn­i­cal and an­gry but a cou­ple days ago when I got my mail out of my box there was a Christ­mas present with a card. It says it is from a (per­son’s name) and they are part of a pri­vate Face­book group named “With Love and Light Learn­ings.”

The note also says that they started a Christ­mas tra­di­tion three years ago, where each mem­ber in the group passes out ran­dom gifts at this time of year. I can­not find them on Face­book.

With all the neg­a­tiv­ity that is go­ing on in our world to­day, they chose this act of kind­ness to show that there is love and light still in our world and to keep the love and faith go­ing in hu­man­ity.

The note said “From Their Fam­ily to Mine; Happy New Year,” which is my wish to them as well.

Thank you for the gift. I guess, with that mes­sage, I have no choice, I will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for oth­ers.

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