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Cheers: to all the athletes — and more. With the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games ending in the Carbonear area, it’s well worth congratulating the athletes, coaches, organizers and, yes, even the parents on a job well done. For some, it’s the beginning of even better things, but for everyone, it’s the memories of people met, friends made and lessons learned. For everyone who gave their best effort in the games, well done!

Cheers: to new tools. The federal government unveiled a new research vessel in St. John’s on Friday, and here’s what they had to say about it: “CCGS Vladykov is an $18-million investment into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and fishery science in Newfoundland and Labrador. … The CCGS Vladykov is a versatile fishery research vessel capable of deploying many types of equipment, including various types of trawls, scallop drags, remote operating vehicles, camera sleds, plankton nets, acoustic and geophysical survey equipment and water sampling arrays. The vessel has a secondary capacity for search and rescue, environmental response to pollution incidents and support to other federal, provincial and municipal government agencies in response to law enforcement and humanitarian requests.” Now the only questions left to be answered are whether the government still has the scientists left to do the research, and whether, once completed, anyone in government will actually pay attention to the results they are given. Truth is, this federal government only seems to agree with science when it agrees with what the administration already supports.

Jeers: to the vagaries of spellchecking

programs. Now, we’ve mentioned before about how spellcheckers sometimes offer up peculiar and different words: put “Brian Tobin” into The Telegram’s spellchecker, and it wants to change it to “Brain Toxin.” Kathy Dunderdale? The spellchecker would prefer Kathy “Dunderpate.” (And just in case you think it hates all politicians, Loyola Hearn becomes a somewhat hopeful “Loyally Heard.”) But there was a bit of poetic justice in a letter to the editor we received this week about the province’s roadside herbicide spraying program — the one the government at first showed so much reticence to talk about. The letter referred not to the Department of Environment and Conservation, but to the Department of Environment and Conversation. Now, a little bit of conversation early in the process might have been well worth the effort. Lord knows there’s enough talk about it now: the landscapers are angry they’re not being allowed to use the chemicals when the province is using them, and others are angry because the province says the chemicals shouldn’t be used for household use and is going ahead and using the chemicals for its own purposes. Damned if you spray, damned if you don’t.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Environment and Conversation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Carbonear

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  • jim
    August 28, 2012 - 23:17

    jeers to muns insurance for taking sooooooo long to process my claim 3 years still waiting