St. Anthony area residents protest air ambulance decision

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A number of St. Anthony-area residents gathered in St. Johns today to protest governments decision last month to move the air ambulance from their community to Happy Valley Goose Bay. Pictured are Roxanne Taylor (left) who is from St. Anthony but now livi

About 30 people from the St. Anthony area are holding a protest at Confederation Building in St. John's this morning demanding a meeting with Premier Danny Williams over the province's decision last month to relocate the air ambulance from St. Anthony to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The protesters, whose numbers reached to about 50 people at one point this morning as local supporters joined in, say they want Williams to admit it was a mistake to announced the move, and that the decision will cost lives.
They are challenging Williams to be "man enough" to meet with them and will not leave until they get a response. In the very least, the protesters say they want government to commission a new report on air ambulance service in the province because the one the decision was based upon is flawed.
Further updates later and full coverage in Tuesday's print edition.

Organizations: Confederation Building

Geographic location: St. Anthony, St. John's, Happy Valley Goose Bay

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  • A B C D
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    W#illiams admit to a mistake. Dream on my friends dream on. The man is perfect. If you dont believe me just listen to the cabinet ministers or better yet Danny will tell you every chance he gets that he si the perfect little man.

  • Ducky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Hope they came in RV's. Going to be a cold day in HeII before Ducky Danny shows his mug to provide an answer. Unless they will take his abusive rants as an answer then I feel they will hear it on NTV tonight.

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    ABCD must have been watching Three''s Company last week when Williams took full responsibilty for the mistake in the papermill expropritation .. Or was it just a case of hearng only what he wants to hear for Mr. ABCD?

  • Plane
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Not too sure if the people in Labrador will look at it in the same way as Polly. They never had access till this decession. The only access they had was if they could get the plane to fly up. Now at least they have something. Take from Peter to pay Paul I guess. Or how's about you send back your government cheque to be used to purchase a few more planes.

    That should be what happens. No more money for single mothers. No more child support. We have too many people as it is now on this planet. Danny should be paying people to not breed rather then paying them to breed little demon children that we all continue to pay for. What a foolish idea that was. If Danny was in China they would have strung him up long ago. Population pollution can not continue.

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    As usual, people are only thinking about what's best for their little town and not for the province on a whole.

    I just saw this story on NTV News and I laughed so hard at the hicks from St. Anthony that can barely speak actual English saying Danny won't hav one vote ere next lection! Will he? Notone!!

  • Pierre Neary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Another plane should have been secured for HV/GB. This is just another shining example of this administration playing politics with healthcare as they did during the by-election. Why no comment from Darryl Kelly or Wallace Young, can someone check and see if one of these guys still has a pulse?? This will affect their districts as well.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    yeah well its a done deal there now so ha! this decision is indeed a great decision and a fair TRUE, EQUAL, NON-EXCLUDING JUSTICE. Labrador needs its economy build up too and its about time we start giving something to them.

    anyway the air ambulance is moved now and danny is still in office so whatever.

  • Polly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Not only is this a VILE SITUATION , it is also a potentially DANGEROUS one . This not only strips the people of the Northern Peninsula of the absolute right to health care, but it is also pitting these folks against the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay . I have seen some dirty tricks in my day , but , this is a very low blow .

  • David W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    What the public doesn't know because it's not being said publicly is that the crew in St. Anthony routinely turn down calls using every excuse imaginable. They have made their bed and now they must lie in it.

  • A B C D
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Bill....WilliamsadmittedNOTHING all he said was that nobody would be fired over this mistake.Get your head out of Dannys arse Bill and you might actually see whats going on around you on a daily basis. Its DICTATORSHIP Bill.

  • A B C D
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    W#illiams admit to a mistake. Dream on my friends dream on. The man is perfect. If you dont believe me just listen to the cabinet ministers or better yet Danny will tell you every chance he gets that he si the perfect little man.

  • Ducky
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Hope they came in RV's. Going to be a cold day in HeII before Ducky Danny shows his mug to provide an answer. Unless they will take his abusive rants as an answer then I feel they will hear it on NTV tonight.

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    ABCD must have been watching Three''s Company last week when Williams took full responsibilty for the mistake in the papermill expropritation .. Or was it just a case of hearng only what he wants to hear for Mr. ABCD?

  • Plane
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Not too sure if the people in Labrador will look at it in the same way as Polly. They never had access till this decession. The only access they had was if they could get the plane to fly up. Now at least they have something. Take from Peter to pay Paul I guess. Or how's about you send back your government cheque to be used to purchase a few more planes.

    That should be what happens. No more money for single mothers. No more child support. We have too many people as it is now on this planet. Danny should be paying people to not breed rather then paying them to breed little demon children that we all continue to pay for. What a foolish idea that was. If Danny was in China they would have strung him up long ago. Population pollution can not continue.

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    As usual, people are only thinking about what's best for their little town and not for the province on a whole.

    I just saw this story on NTV News and I laughed so hard at the hicks from St. Anthony that can barely speak actual English saying Danny won't hav one vote ere next lection! Will he? Notone!!

  • Pierre Neary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Another plane should have been secured for HV/GB. This is just another shining example of this administration playing politics with healthcare as they did during the by-election. Why no comment from Darryl Kelly or Wallace Young, can someone check and see if one of these guys still has a pulse?? This will affect their districts as well.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    yeah well its a done deal there now so ha! this decision is indeed a great decision and a fair TRUE, EQUAL, NON-EXCLUDING JUSTICE. Labrador needs its economy build up too and its about time we start giving something to them.

    anyway the air ambulance is moved now and danny is still in office so whatever.

  • Polly
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Not only is this a VILE SITUATION , it is also a potentially DANGEROUS one . This not only strips the people of the Northern Peninsula of the absolute right to health care, but it is also pitting these folks against the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay . I have seen some dirty tricks in my day , but , this is a very low blow .

  • David W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    What the public doesn't know because it's not being said publicly is that the crew in St. Anthony routinely turn down calls using every excuse imaginable. They have made their bed and now they must lie in it.

  • A B C D
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Bill....WilliamsadmittedNOTHING all he said was that nobody would be fired over this mistake.Get your head out of Dannys arse Bill and you might actually see whats going on around you on a daily basis. Its DICTATORSHIP Bill.