Out­port peo­ple

“They’re out­port peo­ple with out­port ways But there’s nowhere to use them and now it’s too late They curse on the ones who ut­tered the phrase Re­set­tle­ment now while re­set­tle­ment pays. “

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial -

Dur­ing a 20 year span, from 1954 – 1975, the very con­tro­ver­sial gov­ern­ment re­set­tle­ment pro­grams re­sulted in some 300 out­port com­mu­ni­ties be­ing aban­doned and nearly 30,000 peo­ple moved to so-called growth cen­tres.

The emo­tions and the chal­lenges a lot of these peo­ple faced, as they tried to ad­just to a new way of life, were daunt­ing to put it mildly. Some peo­ple were quite will­ing to leave their small iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties, in or­der to start anew and thereby give their chil­dren more op­por­tu­ni­ties; while oth­ers - of­ten the older folk - wanted to stay and hold on to what they were fa­mil­iar with.

As some of the peo­ple left, re­al­ity set in as gov­ern­ments with­drew or down­graded ser­vices. Soon, for the last of the re­main­ing res­i­dents; they could be left with­out a reg­u­lar visit from a cler­gy­man or a doc­tor or even with­out a school or a teacher.

The end re­sult for the fam­i­lies that were the last to leave was pro­found. Con­sider a young per­son, 10-12 years old, who hadn’t at­tended school the pre­vi­ous year or for two years; try­ing to ad­just

Satur­day, June 16, 11:30 a.m.

Flea mar­ket and soup and sand­wich lunch

St. Mary’s Angli­can Church, Swimming Pool Rd Marys­town ad­mis­sion to the flea mar­ket $1, soup and sand­wich lunch $5.

Tues­day, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Gospel Con­cert

St. Michael and All An­gels Angli­can Church, Cre­ston South,

All free will of­fer­ings will be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Sun­day Chase the Ace

Mortier Bay Chase the Ace (St. Gabriel’s Hall/ Sa­cred Heart Par­ish, Marys­town) ev­ery Sun­day, 2:30 - 4 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Hall. Ace tick­ets are three for $5/seven for $10 and 50/50 tick­ets are $1 each. Canteen ser­vice avail­able.

Mon­day

Men­tal health sup­port group

Open to ages 14-18; 7:30 p.m. at Keyin Col­lege. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Jimmy Bon­nell at 277-4973.

Gam­bling prob­lems

Meet­ings each Tues­day, 8-10 p.m. in the re­hab con­fer­ence room at the Burin Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre, for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies af­fected by gam­bling. For in­for­ma­tion leave a mes­sage at: 891-5030 or 832-3690.

Wed­nes­day

Cozy Cor­ner Crafters

Meets ev­ery sec­ond Wed­nes­day at the Sal­va­tion Army Faith and Hope, Marys­town, at 7 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Linda Stock­ley, 279-2863 (O) or 891-2555 (R) and Edith Dicks, 279-3124.

Re­set­tle­ment is an is­sue many peo­ple in ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador have con­fronted over the years.

and adapt to a new town, a new school and new class­mates.

Fast for­ward to 1992 and the cod mora­to­rium which re­sulted in over 35,000 fish­ers and plant work­ers from over 400 coastal com­mu­ni­ties be­com­ing un­em­ployed. Many of these plant work­ers and fish­ers were the same peo­ple who had moved to the “growth cen­tres” with their fam­i­lies, two to three decades be­fore. Once again they were thrust into a life-chang­ing event not of their own choos­ing.

To­day, many of the re­main­ing small iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties in this prov­ince are hav­ing to con­front the “re­set­tle­ment” is­sue once again. It is true that now the ini­tia­tive to re­lo­cate has to come from the res­i­dents them­selves and at least 90 per cent of them have to be in favour of the move, to take ad­van­tage of the gov­ern­ment of­fered com­pen­sa­tion pack­age.

Still, if you see a down­grade in your ferry ser­vice or other es­sen­tial pro­grams, then it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some peo­ple will want to leave. When that hap­pens a no-win sit­u­a­tion could oc­cur, whereby those who want to move could be the ma­jor­ity but they can’t get the re­quired ninety per­cent to make it hap­pen. It’s a tough cor­ner to be in; both for those who want to move as well as those who want to stay.

Some of the smaller iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties in this part of the prov­ince in­clud­ing Ren­con­tre East, Gaultois, McCallum, Grey River, Fran­cois and South East Card games

Burin: Texas Hold ‘Em Tues­days 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. Weekly card game Wed­nes­days at 8 p.m. French­man’s Cove: Weekly card game at 50+ Club Tues­days. Doors open at 7 p.m. Game starts 7:30.

Red Cross

The Marys­town branch of the Cana­dian Red Cross has new tele­phone num­bers – Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 279-2463 and nights and week­ends 279-1462. In­di­vid­u­als who have equip­ment on loan and not be­ing used should re­turn items to the de­pot in the Marys­town Mu­seum build­ing.

Al­co­holics Anony­mous

Meet­ings held in the Burin Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre Ed­u­ca­tion Room each Thurs­day and Satur­day, 8:30-9:30 p.m. A meet­ing is also held each Mon­day in St. Lawrence in the base­ment of the priest’s house. For more in­for­ma­tion call 277-4174, 873-6018 (Donna), 277-6666 (Shane), 873-3423 (Kevin) or 3572317 (Cathy).

Nar­cotics Anony­mous

TOPS meet­ings

Bight sur­vived the “cen­tral­iza­tion” pro­grams of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Now they are be­ing faced with this new re­al­ity as to­day’s pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment grap­ples with the huge cost of pro­vid­ing de­pend­able ferry ser­vice to fewer and fewer peo­ple. The big ques­tion is; how much longer can the sta­tus quo con­tinue?

Just two months ago, on April 17, a new book en­ti­tled “Bay Of Hope – Five Years in New­found­land” by au­thor David Ward hit the book-stores in this prov­ince. It fo­cuses on the iso­lated com­mu­nity of McCallum, pop­u­la­tion just 78 peo­ple, sit­u­ated near the mouth of Bay d’Espoir on the south­west coast.

It is ob­vi­ous right from the open­ing para­graph that the au­thor has deep feel­ings and re­spect for the peo­ple there as well as sin­cere em­pa­thy for them as they wres­tle with the life-chang­ing de­ci­sion they have to make re­gard­ing “re­set­tle­ment”.

The book is also a story of lone­li­ness, love and ad­ven­ture as it cap­tures life in out­port New­found­land so poignantly as did Michael Crum­mey’s novel “Sweet­land”,

a few years ago. To say that I en­joyed read­ing the book is an un­der­state­ment; I highly rec­om­mend it:

The Burin Penin­sula Health Care Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary is look­ing for new mem­bers. Meet­ings are held the last Thurs­day of each month at 8 p.m. in the cafe­te­ria at the Burin hospi­tal. The aux­il­iary is open to both men and women. For more in­for­ma­tion or for an ap­pli­ca­tion, con­tact Mar­i­lyn Martin at 891-3471 or call/drop by the gift shop (891-3494). Nar­cotics Anony­mous is a group of re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dicts. It costs noth­ing to be a mem­ber. Weekly meet­ings are held in the ed­u­ca­tion/ con­fer­ence room at the Burin Penin­sula Health Care Cen­tre, Thurs­day and Satur­day, 6:30-8 p.m. For more info, con­tact Tom at 2773058 (cell) or 891-1255 (home). Reg­u­lar weekly meet­ings of TOPS (Take off Pounds Sen­si­bly) held on the Burin Penin­sula. Con­tact Elv­ina at 832-3813/5573 for more in­for­ma­tion.

AL­LAN STOODLEY/SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

“Bay Of Hope – Five Years in New­found­land” is a new book by David Ward.

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