Cheers: to proactive disclosure.
OK, so it was only a typo, but it sure was funny. A 400-word news release last week from the acting minister responsible for the Office of Public Engagement, Steve Kent, trumpeted the Dunderdale government as being “Open, Accessible, Accountable, Responsible.” The problem? The news release went on and on about how good the province is about releasing information, noting that “Posted information can be viewed on department websites as well as the proactive disclosure webpage launched this year: www.ope.gov.nl.ca/openin
fo/proactive_disclosures.html/.” Well, last week, that link took you directly to a empty site with the error message: “The web page you requested could not be found on this server. The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.” (The culprit was a superfluous “/” at the end of the web address.)
Jeers: to patchwork solutions. So here’s a question: how long does anyone expect a patch to last on a ship that sank in 1985? The Liberian-registered paper carrier the Manolis L sank in Notre Dame Bay on Jan. 18, 1985, and the Canadian Coast Guard has been trying to deal with persistent leaks from the vessel for the last six months or so. Oiled birds are turning up in the area, but the coast guard says the amount of oil being released can dissipate through wave action. That won’t be the case when the vessel breaks down enough to release all of its remaining oil.
Cheers: to future planning. Users of Kenmount Road in St. John’s just before Christmas might be able to relate to this: if you’re going to be doing road work in the pre-Christmas rush on a busy thoroughfare in a commercial area, might there be a better time to do the work than right in the middle of the day, during some of the busiest shopping traffic of the year? It’s just a thought. But eventually, this city is going to have to look at the best and most efficient ways to get work done, rather than simply doing things a certain way because that’s how they have always been done.
Cheers: to unintended hilarity. Chances are, if you’re the right age, Lorraine Michael’s protestations in The Telegram Friday, that “we’re not dead as a party, we’re far from it” came across like that old “I’m not dead yet” Monty Python sketch, where an old man is being hauled away early because a cart hauling bodies won’t be back for several days. Face facts, Ms. Michael: it hasn’t just been a “strange year,” as you put it, it’s been a year where the NDP took over the title the Liberals had been trudging around under for so long — dead party walking. NDP MHAs have quit caucus, organizers have bailed out, and the rank and file are simply shaking their heads. Well done, all of you: from possible contenders to punchlines, in a few short fractious weeks.