Town of St. Anthony, area joint council calls for resignation of health board chairman and board CEO

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The Town of St. Anthony and the Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council are calling for the resignations of Labrador Grenfell Health Board Chairman Ray Norman and the board's CEO Boyd Rowe of the over their "inaction" on the issue of relocation of the air ambulance service.
"It has come to our attention in recent weeks that these individuals have been totally ineffective in serving the people of this region covered by the board and, in fact, have built walls by refusing to address the issue of the relocation of the Provincial Air Ambulance service from St. Anthony to Happy Valley-Goose Bay," St. Anthony Mayor Ernest Simms. "Their inaction is totally unacceptable."
Joint Council chairman Gerry Gros said the relocation of the air ambulance service will be detrimental to health care in the area and for the St. Anthony Regional Airport.
"We have no choice but to ask these individuals to resign," Gros said. "The effects of this inaction by government will be felt provincewide, undermining the very fabric and heritage of rural Newfoundland and Labrador."


Organizations: Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council, Labrador Grenfell Health Board, St. Anthony Regional Airport

Geographic location: St. Anthony, Happy Valley, Goose Bay Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Patton
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    The story as presented here is too shallow to see the detail required to comment. Removing the air ambulance is another example of the shift of services from many rural areas. This isn't the only province suffering from this malaise. Our entire region is facing significant cahlleneges trying to continue services as our populations quickly grow older and are not replaced. I have tried to follow this story when able, because I am so interested in NL and have spent a great deal of my life there. If there has not been a meeting of the two parties coomplaining and the two parties they seek to remove, there should be. If they believe there are hidden agendas involved, they should say so. Decisions such as the one you are facing are unfair and will have untold negative consequences. However, removing leaders who have amassed a great deal of knowledge and obviously care very much about the area is a poor next step. While you quibble, the real decision makers are moving ahead with other plans, some of which may be equally negative. i suggest the four people named in this article have a meeting to thrash out their views immediately, and then issue a statement. You must also remeber that Boyd rowe is an employee who speaks for his employer as directed by their wishes. In turn the rest of you are elected to represent the people who appointed or voted for you and should know better than to engage in this poorly considered communication. If you have done the things I suggested, then develop a sensible communications strategy and act. There are many capable media specialists in NL or elsewhere who can help. I wish all of you the best as you tackle the realities facing our region.

  • Patton
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    The story as presented here is too shallow to see the detail required to comment. Removing the air ambulance is another example of the shift of services from many rural areas. This isn't the only province suffering from this malaise. Our entire region is facing significant cahlleneges trying to continue services as our populations quickly grow older and are not replaced. I have tried to follow this story when able, because I am so interested in NL and have spent a great deal of my life there. If there has not been a meeting of the two parties coomplaining and the two parties they seek to remove, there should be. If they believe there are hidden agendas involved, they should say so. Decisions such as the one you are facing are unfair and will have untold negative consequences. However, removing leaders who have amassed a great deal of knowledge and obviously care very much about the area is a poor next step. While you quibble, the real decision makers are moving ahead with other plans, some of which may be equally negative. i suggest the four people named in this article have a meeting to thrash out their views immediately, and then issue a statement. You must also remeber that Boyd rowe is an employee who speaks for his employer as directed by their wishes. In turn the rest of you are elected to represent the people who appointed or voted for you and should know better than to engage in this poorly considered communication. If you have done the things I suggested, then develop a sensible communications strategy and act. There are many capable media specialists in NL or elsewhere who can help. I wish all of you the best as you tackle the realities facing our region.