Cheers: to making the point. A reader called The Telegram newsroom last week after watching a disabled Kilbride Tim Hortons patron make his way from the far end of the parking lot into the store. The patron couldn't use the disabled spot because a woman had parked partially in it in order to run in for a coffee. The reader was still on the line when the woman came out, and confronted her about the parking. Her chagrined response, audible over the phone? There's still room. Well, clearly there wasn't. Maybe if more people took the time to point out that people see you when you improperly use disabled parking spots, there'd be less abuse.
Jeers: to the spirit being willing, but the flesh being weak. Cheers, first, to the provincial government for finally announcing that it will move to put 911 service in place across the province. Basic 911 service will be in place by the end of 2014 enhanced 911 (e-911) service will follow, starting sometime in 2014. But that's far behind other jurisdictions. Stop and think about this: last week, Bell Canada send out text messages to phones in Newfoundland and Labrador, saying, Your wireless device is e-911 capable to help 911 operators find your location when a call is placed. Except, good luck depending on that in this province while recent studies may show 73 per cent of people believe 911 operators can pinpoint your location from your call, even if you can't speak, that actually isn't the case here. Bell Canada may be ready and your cellphone may be ready, but the provincial government isn't. All the lines are busy. Call back in 2014.
Jeers: to ferry tales. Marine Atlantic's Atlantic Vision went out of service with gearbox problems late last week and is expected to be off the Argentia run until July 3. Why is it that news about ferries, whether the provincial fleet or Marine Atlantic, always seems to be about mechanical breakdowns? Here's a smattering of facts about the Atlantic Vision that you might not know: it was built in Kiel, Germany and finished in 2002, when it was named the Superfast IX. It was later rebuilt in Norway and given new cabins in 2004. It has been registered in Greece, Estonia and Cyprus, and was renamed the Atlantic Vision when it was chartered to Marine Atlantic under a five-year contract in October 2008. According to ship trackers, in the past, the vessel has twice had boiler room fires in heating units, and it suffered bow damage on its first trip to this province. It also had minor damage to its hull after scraping bottom in North Sydney in 2009, and punctured its hull on a dock that same year.
Jeers: to ponderous efforts. The peer review of Her Majesty's Penitentiary psychiatrist Dr. David Craig still isn't complete after a year, and there are now prisoners actually requesting more time in prison at federal institutions on the mainland to avoid the doctor's treatment and to remain on their prescribed medications. Just how long is too long?