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  • Bill
    February 13, 2012 - 16:43

    What? NL politicians & bureaucrats childish? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaa----

  • Paul
    February 13, 2012 - 09:48

    if established buffer zones have been maintained then his complaint is going no where. were any regulations violated? if not, its just too bad for him...I understand why he's upset but there isn't much to be done about it.

  • What a Load
    February 13, 2012 - 09:17

    Oh yeah, it's a great conspiracy. There's hundreds of remote cabins on the west coast going through the same thing so I guess the "Forestry officials" are getting back at them too, or did you think that they would treat you any differently than anyone else. Nothing like being at the center of the universe. I suppose you actually believe government staff are out there cutting the wood too, crawling out from behind their desks with chainsaw in hand.

  • Don II
    February 13, 2012 - 09:08

    I sympathize with Mr. Conway and suspect that he is probably right in his suspicions. It appears that the Government of Newfoundland is full of petty and petulant people who abuse their authority and power on a regular basis to punish the people in Newfoundland and Labrador who disagree with Government policy. It appears that in some cases, the bureaucrats dole out the punishment on their own initiative and other times they are instructed or ordered to punish somebody by politicians or their superior bureaucrats. I was recently informed about a old Government file from 1960 in which the Government of the day wanted to close down a business that was competing successfully with another company which was promoted and preferred by the Government of Newfoundland. The file showed that the Government sent the RCMP to measure the distance of the target business from the center of the highway. The target business premises was legally situated and nothing could be done to close the company down. Health and safety inspectors were sent to do a thorough "white glove" inspection on the target business. The target business passed the inspection so nothing could be done to close the company down. The next attack was when inspectors from the Finance department were sent to audit the target companies books. All was found to be in order and nothing could be done to close the company down. Next, the Justice department threatened to pursue protracted and expensive litigation against the target company on the basis of trumped up charges. Finally, the Government passed the protected highway regulations and attempted to make the application of the regulations retroactive to the target company. Eventually, the target company was closed. After 50 years, it is still business as usual inside the Government of Newfoundland. This is how the Government of Newfoundland operates on a daily basis. If the public really knew how their Government is run there would be serious consequences for politicians and bureaucrats. That is why the Government of Newfoundland will not allow real open, transparent and complete access to information. That is why the Government of Newfoundland will not allow the Auditor General complete access to the information regarding Government operations. It appears that there is a lot of unethical, improper and illegal activity going on perpetrated by the Government of Newfoundland. The time to clean up the House that Joey built is long overdue!

    • Grassy Knoll
      February 13, 2012 - 12:22

      You said you were "recently informed" about a file but did not actually see the file, so this is just a story. Given that it is about the Smallwood years it could be true but it's still just a story.

  • Kent
    February 13, 2012 - 09:00

    Small-minded people are attracted to bureaucracy like flies are attracted to dung. Way to go Department of Natural Resources, you must really be proud of yourselves today.