- ed power
- July 30, 2010 - 17:31
One wonders how we ever survived without bureaucrats and regulations. As strange as it may sound today,in the early 1960's, a hermit by the name of Billy Winter used to live in a cabin on the north side of Long Pond, not far from where the Fluvarium is today. As young boys we used to see him out fishing and hunting or on one of his occassional trips to Churchill Square. One cannot imagine that in these government regulated days. Anyone who went into the woods to "get away from it all" would awaken some morning to the sound of helicopters and open his door to be greeted by a battalion of briefcase toting bureaucats from a hundred different departments in three levels of government, demanding surveys, permits, land grants, land use certificates,soil tests, water quality tests, septic tank certificate, firearms license, fishing license and hunting license. Social Services would condemn his living conditions and send him for a Mental Health Exam, a complete medical and dental checkup and mandatory life skills training, Environment would issue an eviction notice and a stack of wildlife violations, DFO with violations of the Fisheries Act and, finally, Revenue Canada would charge him under the Income Tax Act for not having filed a tax return for the previous ten years. Good luck getting a wharf approved in The Battery. Perhaps the city will approve one on Kenmount Road.
- Terry MacDonald
- July 30, 2010 - 15:26
I have, in my possession, several photos of the area of the Battery, in question. One is Circa 1925 & the other is Circa 1976. The photos, detailing the construction design of the wharf, which have appeared in the Telegram, recently, when compared with those photos, in my possession, certainly suggest to me that this construction design has been in use at that location, for at least 90 years. In fact, having seen such local, privately built, fishing wharves & flakes all over the island, in my many travels during my 69 years living in Newfoundland. It's time for the officials at City Hall to eat a little crow, say their Mea Culpa's, and ask SCOTTY To" BEAM THEM UP OUT OF" the Battery
- A. Noseworthy
- July 30, 2010 - 08:40
My opinion is that this wharf should be saved. It should be reconstructed in a way that it does not lose its characteristics, but to a standard that will provide safety for public use. After all this wharf is a piece of the Battery Heritage. I would like to see in print what the issues of the City of St. John's Council are on not doing so?
- Eugene from Town
- July 30, 2010 - 08:14
Doc wouldn't want our esteemed cruise ship visitors to be given the impression that Newfoundlanders, not unlike Jack Wells' wharf, have clung to these rocky shores for multitudes of generations despite the 'risks' associated. Mayor "Cruise" O'Keefe is willing to widen the narrows to allow larger cruise ships, with their penny-pinching septogenarians, into North America's oldest city's harbour but any damage caused to pre-existing structures due to the change in flow, well that's Jack Wells' or the Pretty's problem. This is the same city hall that encourages us to use their 'free' bulk garbage removal service (paid for by our tax dollars) then tries to impose a fee because I didn't ensure that the garbage was taken by their contractor. Jack Well's wharf, The Star of the Sea Hall, is the Basilica next? Maybe we can get some exclusive condos built there, I hear the view from the bellfry is simply amazing.