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  • jockoontherocko
    March 04, 2013 - 18:44

    It's about time the harbour apron was closed to the public. This is and have always been a working port and I for one cannot figure for the life of me how some of the public feel they have the right to walk out on the apron amongst the ships doing their daily business. There is a sidewalk provided on the other side of the current fence. It should be used by the public. Why do you need to be out touching the ships, hanging your head over the pier or getting in the way. Having worked down there on various ships over the years, it is almost impossible to get anything done at times. People driving along apron rubber necking and getting in the way. Busy bodies walking in and out of working areas getting in the way. Others asking if they can come aboard for a tour, getting in the way. The public has no business out there. It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Oh and that arguement by DWB as to be the most ignorant points I ever heard. No one as ever been hurt? Maybe so but tha doesn't mean it won't happen. I've seen a more than few close calls down there. I challenge anyone to find another port in Canada where you can walk up to the side of a working ship? There in not one in Canada. The arguement against this fence as been nothing but pure ignorance. It's time we closed this working port to nosy, budy bodies who feel they have the right to walk into a indutrial work place. Try that at the airport or any construction zone. There is no difference.

  • rhw
    March 04, 2013 - 17:03

    Is that why there was an armed personnel on the naval vessel by the waterfront on Sunday while they were doing some water or maybe waste removal ? I don't ever remember armed personnel while they are dock side .

    • Ross Craig
      March 05, 2013 - 16:57

      The Canadian Navy have armed security on the ship in every port they visit. The dock yard in Halifax is a secured area and not armed there. My question is how is the city of St. John's allowed to dump snow in the harbour as this is banned in other Canadian cities. During White Juan the city of Halifax had to get permission from the Federal Government.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 04, 2013 - 15:36

    I do not want my tax dollars spent on a fence. Hanrahan sounds desperate to try and save some face. Doc will get his cruiseship fence but not another term.

  • peter
    March 04, 2013 - 15:17

    $250 million industry and here we are the tax payers paying 450 thousand dollars for a fence to keep us out!

  • crista
    March 04, 2013 - 15:02

    ken; get to know the law, not allowed.IT IS WRITTEN!!!!

  • Steve
    March 04, 2013 - 13:46

    Give the real reason, real estate for the oil companies. This has nothing to do about compliance with Transport Canada regulations. This why St. John's Council moved the New Years fireworks and Canada Day fireworks away from the Harbour front a few years back. This has been in the works since this happened well before any mention or discussion of compliance with Transport Canada regulations. Don't kid yourself about any other statements they are 100% BS.

  • Jay
    March 04, 2013 - 11:52

    What debate? There was no debate. The Port Authority and Council snuck this decision through without letting anybody know about it. The safety issue is a red herring and had nothing at all to do with this move. Hanrahan didn't mention safety until almost a year after the original agreement to build this expensive monument to him and the idiot mayor.

  • girly girl
    March 04, 2013 - 11:26

    Does this mean that if I slip on an icy sidewalk that I can sue the City or the property owner? The City is doing nothing to protect pedestrians anywhere else but at the harbour.

  • Carrie
    March 04, 2013 - 10:28

    Wow DWB. What an insightful response to this article. You are right - we should just wait until someone is seriously injured or god forbid killed before we take action. Seriously? Think about how ridiculous your reaction is. Sure everyone may not like the fence, but I for one would much prefer a secure area to protect my children who like to walk down there. And they can still walk and play on more than 50 percent of the harbour. Please stop with the lame political bashing and step back and realize how important it is to protect workers and citizens. ENOUGH with some councillors trying to make political hay for their own benefit. Compromising safety is not worth a vote at the polls.

  • tkdboy
    March 04, 2013 - 09:40

    DWB , your comment is insensitive. My close friend lost a brother due to drowning in the harbor. "Death by drowning due to misadventure" was the summary cause of death. Perhaps a barrier could have prevented his untimely passing. It will be a monument indeed.

  • stephen woodruff
    March 04, 2013 - 09:25

    It could be called "The Mayor O'keefe Fence" in memory of the man who gave away part of the city's heritage, and one of the main tourist attractions, to make sure anyone manoeuvring a truck or crane didn't have to pay for their own man to watch for dangers to passersby.

  • BC
    March 04, 2013 - 09:17

    Happy to see an article framed with the facts of the matter. A fence was going up regardless. It could be ugly or it could be attractive. To think that people should be allowed to run around a busy industrial port, when more and more attention is being paid to worker safety, is insane. While public engagement could have been higher, I think that a mountain has been made out of a mole-hill. O'Keefe and Co. bought a seat at the table so we don't get stuck with a chain-link fence. That is a move I fully support.

  • Steve
    March 04, 2013 - 08:34

    Give the real reason, real estate for the oil companies. This has nothing to do about compliance with Transport Canada regulations. This why St. John's Council moved the New Years fireworks and Canada Day fireworks away from the Harbour front a few years back. This has been in the works since this happened well before any mention or discussion of compliance with Transport Canada regulations. Don't kid yourself about any other statements they are 100% BS.

  • FrogLips
    March 04, 2013 - 08:22

    Listen up people....Do you hear there? Just imagine if O"keefe and Hanrahan were faced with a major problem...and it makes me wonder....

  • Ken Collis
    March 04, 2013 - 07:32

    It's about time that the town of CBS build a facility that can allow a container pier, offshore supply base, bulk cargo area, warehouses, tank farm, etc... in a truely secure area. St. John's port doesn't have the room to allow growth. Mr. French should visit the Province and the Federal govt. with a plan. Start with an easy one, the supply base, and grow from there.

  • DWB
    March 04, 2013 - 07:25

    God love the Harbour Authority and the Mayor for saving us from ourselves. The number of injuries or accidental deaths that have happened on the waterfront for the past century are horrendously high! Thank you both for saving us poor ignorant souls from drowning in the harbour or from having heavy objects fall on our heads. Thank you Mayor O'keefe for approving the funds to erect forever, a monument, reminding us of how you didn't fight for the rights of the citizens of our city. That fence will serve as a permanent reminder of how you failed us. Well done sir.