Opposition raising false alarm: Johnson

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Environment Minister Charlene Johnson accused the Opposition of fear-mongering after a Liberal researcher sent an e-mail to the mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor warning of possible environmental risks.

Liberal researcher Lori-Ann Campbell wrote to the mayor of Grand-Falls Windsor May 4, saying "there is some very serious health and safety concerns for the people in your community."

Charlene Johnson (left) and Yvonne Jones

Environment Minister Charlene Johnson accused the Opposition of fear-mongering after a Liberal researcher sent an e-mail to the mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor warning of possible environmental risks.

Liberal researcher Lori-Ann Campbell wrote to the mayor of Grand-Falls Windsor May 4, saying "there is some very serious health and safety concerns for the people in your community."

"Nothing further from the truth," said Environment Minister Charlene Johnson when the issue was raised during question period Thursday.

"There are environmental issues there; they are not of immediate health and safety concern."

The province has done preliminary environmental tests on the AbitibiBowater mill site in Grand Falls-Windsor and four other former Abitibi properties.

Those environmental assessments of the former Abitibi paper mill reveal arsenic in the soil.

Johnson has ordered Abitibi to do detailed tests and take the necessary steps to clean up those sites.

Since Abitibi no longer owns those properties - they were expropriated in 2008 by the government - and because the company is in bankruptcy protection, it has refused.

A Quebec bankruptcy judge agreed with Abitibi that the province is on the hook for the cleanup, but the province will be appealing that decision on May 12.

Johnson said the cleanup can wait until the issue works its way through the courts.

"Nobody drinks the groundwater, the soil is on an industrial site, so it's exactly what you'd expect for an industrial site," she said.

"It still needs to be remediated, but it's not an immediate health and safety issue."

During question period, Jones also raised concerns about the arsenic seeping into the Exploits River, but Johnson dismissed that. She said Department of Environment officials have done tests, and the Exploits is not a concern.

When Mayor Al Hawkins heard about the situation, he was concerned, but hardly surprised the Abitibi site is polluted.

"We're dealing with an industrial site, OK?" he said.

"I don't think it shocks anyone that there's going to be contamination on an industrial site. I mean, that's what happens over the years."

Johnson said she talked with Hawkins, and he's now comfortable with what the province is doing. She said she wished the Liberals hadn't sent the e-mail, trying to cause alarm.

"It was totally irresponsible on her part, in my opinion," Johnson said to reporters.

But Jones was unapologetic for bringing the issue of arsenic in the soil to light.

"Just because you don't have children playing in an environmental cesspool, it doesn't mean there shouldn't be a public awareness raised around it," she said. "I think the government has an obligation to bring that information to the public."

The opposition has been asking questions about the pollution on the Abitibi site for several days. Jones complained Thursday that people from her office have not been given enough access to the environmental assessment rep-orts.

The 15,000 pages of documents have not been given to the Liberals; instead, a researcher has been invited to come to the Department of Environment offices to read the reports.

"We were not permitted to photocopy any of this information or take it out," Jones said. "I mean, we had to write everything by hand in terms of recording the information we needed."

jmcleod@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Department of Environment

Geographic location: Abitibi, Grand Falls-Windsor, Quebec Exploits River

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  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    What is the real story Minister? As an insider who has seen these reports I know that testing was done around the area of a drainage pipe that goes directly into the Exploits River and the results are not what she said. The consultants found more than 10 chemicals in the sediment of the river there at concentrations above applicable criteria for human health and safety. Further she is saying on one hand the testing is 'preliminary' and then on the other, that the testing 'proves' that nothing is going into the Exploits!!!!! Release the reports and let the public evaluate what it says.

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    How is this in anyway inappropriate? The Government has blundered its way through the entire Abitibi mess and failed in any way to tell the truth. Depending on the type and levels of contamination, this may well be a serious problem.

    And Ms. Johnson might explain why the industrial site pollution in Buchans (it was a mine remember?) causes risks for the residents but industrial site pollution in Grand Falls should be ignored.

  • Stanny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Oh, poor charlene you are in over your head; I mean 'bobble head'. SHe states Nobody drinks the groundwater . HELLO!!! Ground water is what runs into wells, streams, fish, etc, etc. If it wasn't for the few opposition MHA's and media we would know nothing. Accountable 'not on my watch' Danny is not going to tell anything. We need more opposition and more media investigative reporters to keep us up on this petit dictator.

  • no
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Who does this researcher think she is Erin Brockovich?? Maybe she was trying to do some good but she should have left it to the big wigs....

  • millstev
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Still don't understand how our NL government can steal a company's assets and then expect them to pay for clean-up. br I was ashamed when I saw William's on the news mocking the judges French name. br It is now very clear to me that Williams who is a wealthy man and not in it for the money(one of the things I USED to admire about him), is now in politics for POWER. br He is wasting tax payers money with the appeal. For many reasons to long to post here, he will lose again. br No wonder more and more people compare him to the leader of Venezuela

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I think residents have a right to know if there is a contaminated site nearby whether it affects them or not. I didn't know the site was contaminated before, and now I do upon reading this controversy. I think it was a good strategy, now we know at least what the condition of the Abitibi site is, and now we know what the government is doing to clean it up... passing the blame and cleanup to a company that has already passed the cleanup duties to the Province.

    To well owners in Grand Falls: please get your well water tested for arsenic and let us know the results.

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Guess what, Johnson? You can prevent anyone from raising any alarms at all...just stop making such bonehead mistakes. br br Until then, you better just sit there and listen to us for a change.

  • WILLIE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I agree with Frank. Why shoot the poor messanger, I mean reasearcher. If she acted on her own, surely she used bad judgement to do so. I would think a reasearcher would have consulted with her boss and would not be qualified to relay such delicate information. I think this should have come from Ms. Jones herself directly.

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Ms. Johnson needs to get a serious education in how water works in an underground environment. She figures Sandy Pond is the best option for Vale Inco, but it is elevated well above sea level and leaks into the ocean, and underground into the watertable, and spreads through streams, ponds and tributaries. The reason they chose Sandy pond is because it is conveniently hidden behind the hills. How much of our province are we willing to kill off, without anyone but the taxpayers being held accountable? Ms. Johnson is allowing the death of NL, one pond at a time.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    If there is nothing wrong in these reports, why wasnt the mayor notified about them in October 2009, when the Minister had them? If there was nothing alarming in the reports? According to the court documents in Government's case against Abitibi, these environment documents were done for government's lawyers in the NAFTA case Weirfoulds- that way noone could have even gotten them through Access to Information request even if they tried!!!!!

  • Angela
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Personally, I believe Mr. Williams should get more respect then he has been given for all his efforts to run this Province. As for the Liberal Oppossition and Yvonne Jones, the only way she gets recognition in her efforts to make herself look good and the government look bad is to stir up the dirt on issues that have not been fully researched. Tit for tat seems to be her strategy.

  • Brett
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    If Abatibi was already notified and NL is in the process of taking abatibi to court to clean up the mess, and there is no contamination in the nearest community, it sure does make Yvonne Jones look like she is trying to create an issue.

    Mountain out of a molehill. Nobody seems to be dropping the ball here (from the article), so what's the benefit of stirring up fear?

  • Norman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I'm glad that this information has been brought to light. The government answers about the issue are amazing only in the fact that they seem so disinterested. BTW, that includes the Mayor. When Mayor Al Hawkins heard about the situation, he was concerned, but hardly surprised the Abitibi site is polluted. br br We're dealing with an industrial site, OK? he said. br br I don't think it shocks anyone that there's going to be contamination on an industrial site. I mean, that's what happens over the years. br br It's like, sure when our kids get weird diseases and we start eating three eyed fish. Getting cancer just drinking the water. br We can smile weakly and say Sure that's what happens when the land is polluted. It's no big deal. God love ya!

  • Frank M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I do not support the actions of the government in all aspects of the abitibi closure, from the way government negotiated with the company to the expropriation debacle. br br But I am puzzled and must ask these questions: br br Why was a researcher, a junior position in the Opposition office, writing to a community Mayor raising the spectre of risk to public health??? br br Should that letter come from the Party Leader or Chief of Staff in the Opposition office? br br It reads like this researcher acted on her own.

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    And this is who people want to form the next governent in Newfoundland. The Liberal Party is a laughable joke to Newfoundland politics.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Anon from NL, didn't you hear? Danny Williams-Government repealed the law of gravity. He rammed the bill through in a single afternoon, first reading, second reading, committee of the whole, third reading, and His Honour gave it Royal Assent before the NTV news came on.

  • Harrison
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Danny Williams appears to get his support from a bunch of people who have their collective heads either in the sand or so far up his rear end they cant see whats really going on. The man is a liar a manipulator and a scam artist. Thank God for the handfull of opposition we do have. There in lies our biggest problem we gave Williams this massive majority and he has turned that into the dictatorship we see today. When confronted with any tough question he does what he knows bet he goes int attack mode and his famous blame game. Between Williams and his Clone Kennedy NL politics has become scum sucking gutter politics. Danny spends way too much time in his Condos in the United States. He has become just like the US politicians. Arrogant egotistical and totally out of touch with reality. Rather than deal with the Doctors in this Province Williams and Kennedy would rather attack the messanger and belittle him. Divert attention away from the real issues as usual. As far as Kennedy saying any doctor is over paid well Jerome look at your own pay next time and tell us what makes you worth the big bucks our tax dollars give you. You only got where you are because Danny wanted you there and did everything in his power to get you elected. You couldnt even beat Lorraine the first go at it Jerome. When in the name of God are the people of this Province going to wake up and send Danny Williams the little dictator a clear message that we are sick of his lies and corruption? Sooner rather than later I hope. Then again I wont hold my breath waiting for that to happen either.

  • why not?
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I don't understand why the Mayor of the community was not made aware of any of the reports. ? sounds to me like the liberals were just doing there job of researching the facts? now they are being ridiculed for doing there job? sounds like the bullies are out in full force again, tryign to silence the liberals. Danny might silence his own workers but he certainly can't silence Yvonne.

  • ruffroad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I don,t understand why the government is not trying to sell or restarte the mill, if it was any were else in the province , the people would cry out .The people in Grand Falls-Windsor are just like lambs. We need jobs

  • Bones
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Hoo boy, lol. Not permitted to photocopy the information or take it out and then admitting, in the same sentence, to reproducing parts of the report by hand? So let me understand, is Yvonne is complaining about rewriting things she was told not to copy? Why didn't ya just whip out the ol' Blackberry and start snapping pictures of the stuff, lol. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm pretty sure she's not done yet, heh.

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    If the mill hadn't shut down there wouldn't be an issue.

  • George Mercer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    The only desperation here seems to be coming from you and Danny Bones. Why is that? Then againwe know why you chime in here many times a day Bones. Your paid very well to do just that. Keep up the good work Bones. Danny loves ya. LOL

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    'We will keep the people of this Province fully informed; there will be no secret documents, there will be no hidden agenda.' br br The Word of Our Dan, House of Assembly Debates, December 3, 2001. Praise be to Dan.

  • member of the 20%
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    hey Charlene, how 'bout you give an obscene fee to another retired Tory judge to look into this for you? Say to the tune of $213K or so; would this be enough Tory payback dollars to support those who support Little Man Dan??

  • gerard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Don't anybody worry, the mill is located on the second lowest level in town, so the toxins will only flow to the lowest level, the EXPLOITS RIVER, but nobody should worry about that either, because the hydro plants should not be affected, lol...

  • Anon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Nobody drinks groundwater? Does this woman understand the concept of gravity? or better yet the simple fact that all ground water is interconnected in a series of elegant underwater streams and reservoirs which flow underground absorbing nutrients and toxins eventually depositing them in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers and the ocean. br br If the province is going to be nailed with the cleanup bill for every industrial company that takes what it wants and leaves when profits look grim then we should stop letting private industry reap our resources and do it ourselves, let the profits go directly to the people and not the bank accounts of a dozen men with mansions, limosines and private jets.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    From Danny Williams' 2003 election platform: 'A Progressive Conservative government will release to the public every government-commissioned report within 30 days of receiving it, indicate the action government will take on a report's recommendations within 60 days, and ensure prompt public access to all government reports in hard copy and on the Internet'. br br br Promise made. Promise broken. Par for the course for Mr. Crankypants.

  • Genu
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    The comments of the big bad opposition picking on the poor little government are laughable. br br If you don't want to know, cover your ears, close your eyes and repeat .... D.A.N.N.Y...D.A.N.N.Y.

  • Whats' the
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Release the reports and let people make up their own minds instead of the governemnt making up their minds for them.

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    The alams are not always false. The alarm on the cancer testing was not false. This will haunt the Williams adminstration for years to come. The real problem is there are many politicians who think government, votes, polls and personal wealth. You have others who are working their butts off for the people of our province. I am on the other side of the fence looking in and Danny Williams hates that. br The art of communication has never been good with the Conservative governments over the years. They never listen, so how can they be on top of what is happeningh around them. When you are not a good listerner, everything seems false, even the weather.

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    What is the real story Minister? As an insider who has seen these reports I know that testing was done around the area of a drainage pipe that goes directly into the Exploits River and the results are not what she said. The consultants found more than 10 chemicals in the sediment of the river there at concentrations above applicable criteria for human health and safety. Further she is saying on one hand the testing is 'preliminary' and then on the other, that the testing 'proves' that nothing is going into the Exploits!!!!! Release the reports and let the public evaluate what it says.

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    How is this in anyway inappropriate? The Government has blundered its way through the entire Abitibi mess and failed in any way to tell the truth. Depending on the type and levels of contamination, this may well be a serious problem.

    And Ms. Johnson might explain why the industrial site pollution in Buchans (it was a mine remember?) causes risks for the residents but industrial site pollution in Grand Falls should be ignored.

  • Stanny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Oh, poor charlene you are in over your head; I mean 'bobble head'. SHe states Nobody drinks the groundwater . HELLO!!! Ground water is what runs into wells, streams, fish, etc, etc. If it wasn't for the few opposition MHA's and media we would know nothing. Accountable 'not on my watch' Danny is not going to tell anything. We need more opposition and more media investigative reporters to keep us up on this petit dictator.

  • no
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Who does this researcher think she is Erin Brockovich?? Maybe she was trying to do some good but she should have left it to the big wigs....

  • millstev
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Still don't understand how our NL government can steal a company's assets and then expect them to pay for clean-up. br I was ashamed when I saw William's on the news mocking the judges French name. br It is now very clear to me that Williams who is a wealthy man and not in it for the money(one of the things I USED to admire about him), is now in politics for POWER. br He is wasting tax payers money with the appeal. For many reasons to long to post here, he will lose again. br No wonder more and more people compare him to the leader of Venezuela

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    I think residents have a right to know if there is a contaminated site nearby whether it affects them or not. I didn't know the site was contaminated before, and now I do upon reading this controversy. I think it was a good strategy, now we know at least what the condition of the Abitibi site is, and now we know what the government is doing to clean it up... passing the blame and cleanup to a company that has already passed the cleanup duties to the Province.

    To well owners in Grand Falls: please get your well water tested for arsenic and let us know the results.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Guess what, Johnson? You can prevent anyone from raising any alarms at all...just stop making such bonehead mistakes. br br Until then, you better just sit there and listen to us for a change.

  • WILLIE
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I agree with Frank. Why shoot the poor messanger, I mean reasearcher. If she acted on her own, surely she used bad judgement to do so. I would think a reasearcher would have consulted with her boss and would not be qualified to relay such delicate information. I think this should have come from Ms. Jones herself directly.

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Ms. Johnson needs to get a serious education in how water works in an underground environment. She figures Sandy Pond is the best option for Vale Inco, but it is elevated well above sea level and leaks into the ocean, and underground into the watertable, and spreads through streams, ponds and tributaries. The reason they chose Sandy pond is because it is conveniently hidden behind the hills. How much of our province are we willing to kill off, without anyone but the taxpayers being held accountable? Ms. Johnson is allowing the death of NL, one pond at a time.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    If there is nothing wrong in these reports, why wasnt the mayor notified about them in October 2009, when the Minister had them? If there was nothing alarming in the reports? According to the court documents in Government's case against Abitibi, these environment documents were done for government's lawyers in the NAFTA case Weirfoulds- that way noone could have even gotten them through Access to Information request even if they tried!!!!!

  • Angela
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Personally, I believe Mr. Williams should get more respect then he has been given for all his efforts to run this Province. As for the Liberal Oppossition and Yvonne Jones, the only way she gets recognition in her efforts to make herself look good and the government look bad is to stir up the dirt on issues that have not been fully researched. Tit for tat seems to be her strategy.

  • Brett
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    If Abatibi was already notified and NL is in the process of taking abatibi to court to clean up the mess, and there is no contamination in the nearest community, it sure does make Yvonne Jones look like she is trying to create an issue.

    Mountain out of a molehill. Nobody seems to be dropping the ball here (from the article), so what's the benefit of stirring up fear?

  • Norman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I'm glad that this information has been brought to light. The government answers about the issue are amazing only in the fact that they seem so disinterested. BTW, that includes the Mayor. When Mayor Al Hawkins heard about the situation, he was concerned, but hardly surprised the Abitibi site is polluted. br br We're dealing with an industrial site, OK? he said. br br I don't think it shocks anyone that there's going to be contamination on an industrial site. I mean, that's what happens over the years. br br It's like, sure when our kids get weird diseases and we start eating three eyed fish. Getting cancer just drinking the water. br We can smile weakly and say Sure that's what happens when the land is polluted. It's no big deal. God love ya!

  • Frank M
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I do not support the actions of the government in all aspects of the abitibi closure, from the way government negotiated with the company to the expropriation debacle. br br But I am puzzled and must ask these questions: br br Why was a researcher, a junior position in the Opposition office, writing to a community Mayor raising the spectre of risk to public health??? br br Should that letter come from the Party Leader or Chief of Staff in the Opposition office? br br It reads like this researcher acted on her own.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    And this is who people want to form the next governent in Newfoundland. The Liberal Party is a laughable joke to Newfoundland politics.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Anon from NL, didn't you hear? Danny Williams-Government repealed the law of gravity. He rammed the bill through in a single afternoon, first reading, second reading, committee of the whole, third reading, and His Honour gave it Royal Assent before the NTV news came on.

  • Harrison
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Danny Williams appears to get his support from a bunch of people who have their collective heads either in the sand or so far up his rear end they cant see whats really going on. The man is a liar a manipulator and a scam artist. Thank God for the handfull of opposition we do have. There in lies our biggest problem we gave Williams this massive majority and he has turned that into the dictatorship we see today. When confronted with any tough question he does what he knows bet he goes int attack mode and his famous blame game. Between Williams and his Clone Kennedy NL politics has become scum sucking gutter politics. Danny spends way too much time in his Condos in the United States. He has become just like the US politicians. Arrogant egotistical and totally out of touch with reality. Rather than deal with the Doctors in this Province Williams and Kennedy would rather attack the messanger and belittle him. Divert attention away from the real issues as usual. As far as Kennedy saying any doctor is over paid well Jerome look at your own pay next time and tell us what makes you worth the big bucks our tax dollars give you. You only got where you are because Danny wanted you there and did everything in his power to get you elected. You couldnt even beat Lorraine the first go at it Jerome. When in the name of God are the people of this Province going to wake up and send Danny Williams the little dictator a clear message that we are sick of his lies and corruption? Sooner rather than later I hope. Then again I wont hold my breath waiting for that to happen either.

  • why not?
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    I don't understand why the Mayor of the community was not made aware of any of the reports. ? sounds to me like the liberals were just doing there job of researching the facts? now they are being ridiculed for doing there job? sounds like the bullies are out in full force again, tryign to silence the liberals. Danny might silence his own workers but he certainly can't silence Yvonne.

  • ruffroad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    I don,t understand why the government is not trying to sell or restarte the mill, if it was any were else in the province , the people would cry out .The people in Grand Falls-Windsor are just like lambs. We need jobs

  • Bones
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Hoo boy, lol. Not permitted to photocopy the information or take it out and then admitting, in the same sentence, to reproducing parts of the report by hand? So let me understand, is Yvonne is complaining about rewriting things she was told not to copy? Why didn't ya just whip out the ol' Blackberry and start snapping pictures of the stuff, lol. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm pretty sure she's not done yet, heh.

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    If the mill hadn't shut down there wouldn't be an issue.

  • George Mercer
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    The only desperation here seems to be coming from you and Danny Bones. Why is that? Then againwe know why you chime in here many times a day Bones. Your paid very well to do just that. Keep up the good work Bones. Danny loves ya. LOL

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    'We will keep the people of this Province fully informed; there will be no secret documents, there will be no hidden agenda.' br br The Word of Our Dan, House of Assembly Debates, December 3, 2001. Praise be to Dan.

  • member of the 20%
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    hey Charlene, how 'bout you give an obscene fee to another retired Tory judge to look into this for you? Say to the tune of $213K or so; would this be enough Tory payback dollars to support those who support Little Man Dan??

  • gerard
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Don't anybody worry, the mill is located on the second lowest level in town, so the toxins will only flow to the lowest level, the EXPLOITS RIVER, but nobody should worry about that either, because the hydro plants should not be affected, lol...

  • Anon
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Nobody drinks groundwater? Does this woman understand the concept of gravity? or better yet the simple fact that all ground water is interconnected in a series of elegant underwater streams and reservoirs which flow underground absorbing nutrients and toxins eventually depositing them in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers and the ocean. br br If the province is going to be nailed with the cleanup bill for every industrial company that takes what it wants and leaves when profits look grim then we should stop letting private industry reap our resources and do it ourselves, let the profits go directly to the people and not the bank accounts of a dozen men with mansions, limosines and private jets.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    From Danny Williams' 2003 election platform: 'A Progressive Conservative government will release to the public every government-commissioned report within 30 days of receiving it, indicate the action government will take on a report's recommendations within 60 days, and ensure prompt public access to all government reports in hard copy and on the Internet'. br br br Promise made. Promise broken. Par for the course for Mr. Crankypants.

  • Genu
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    The comments of the big bad opposition picking on the poor little government are laughable. br br If you don't want to know, cover your ears, close your eyes and repeat .... D.A.N.N.Y...D.A.N.N.Y.

  • Whats' the
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Release the reports and let people make up their own minds instead of the governemnt making up their minds for them.

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    The alams are not always false. The alarm on the cancer testing was not false. This will haunt the Williams adminstration for years to come. The real problem is there are many politicians who think government, votes, polls and personal wealth. You have others who are working their butts off for the people of our province. I am on the other side of the fence looking in and Danny Williams hates that. br The art of communication has never been good with the Conservative governments over the years. They never listen, so how can they be on top of what is happeningh around them. When you are not a good listerner, everything seems false, even the weather.