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  • great book robert
    February 24, 2011 - 14:02

    also Bob; read your book...about your fight with cancer and abreviated life story...excellent wicked read; hope ur still in good health; for fellow your age; very moving story; told with humor; candor and raw honesty........ u should think about writing one about ur life in journalism; politics; nfld etc etc; still laughing about the story of joey smallwood and the missues after leadership convention in 1974....priceless.... excellent

  • whats thebigdeal
    February 21, 2011 - 10:30

    excellent article in the US of America; not exactly a bastion of freedom; all voice flight recorders are made public; whats the secrey in CANADA......people; family; friends; friends of relatives; and family members of those who were lost in this tragedy; want all the info and all the facts of this preventable tragedy why all the secrecy; uncover the black cloak of misinformation and let the truth see the light of day

  • Herb morrison
    February 19, 2011 - 12:02

    Having read and reflected on both the column written by Russell Wangersky and the one written by Bob Wakeham, I offer the following insight. The assumption made by Mr Wakeham that the majority of we mortals need to have gory details shoved down our throat, in the form of what amounts to nothing more than sensationalism, in order for us to feel something, is indeed disturbing. Disturbing not because he is totally mistaken mind you, but because, when it comes to those who wield the power within the oil industry, Bob Wakeham is, at least to some degree, spot on. The truth is that the majority of people I know would not have to hear the tape of the final moments of flight 491 in order to experience emotion or to see the need for improved safety for those who work offshore. Use of the tape by various media outlets amounts to nothing more than cheap sensationalism designed to attract viewers. However, what about those people who head up the oil companies whose only objective is to make as much money as possible from the sale of offshore oil? Their primary objective is to make as much money as possible, while spending as little money as possible. In other words, the oil companies, because they are in business to make money, are concerned about the “bottom line.” After all, “business is business.” The people who head up these companies need to hear the tape documenting the final moments of flight 491. Why, because maybe if oil company executives hear the tape often enough, it might just dawn on them that this tape also represents the final moments on earth for 17 living breathing human beings, who were aboard flight 491 on that day in March. 17 people whose lives might have been spared had appropriate measures to protect them been in place. Once this realization sinks in, those people with the authority to improve safety for offshore workers , just might be motivated to comply with both the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Wells in his report, and the recommendations made by the Transportation Board in its’ report, with regard to improving safety for those working offshore. Then and only then will the safety of those who work offshore be given the priority it deserves.