Candidate going down the wrong road

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I believe that St. John’s mayoral candidate or mayor-wanna-be Geoff Chaulk is wrong by saying he’d implement a road toll which would penalize non-St. John’s residents from entering the city for medical reasons — those headed to the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s, the Janeway, the Waterford or the Miller Centre or to a number of outpatient clinics throughout St. John’s.

St. John’s residents and non-residents should be treated the same way. Especially since we all pay federal and provincial taxes that in part goes towards municipal infrastructure, transit, hospitals, schools, MUN,

College of the North Atlantic, and so on.

That doesn’t sound like advocacy

Geoff Chaulk tells people he is a mental health activist. Well if he is, then why does he want a road toll for non-St. John’s residents and mental health consumers who need inpatient or outpatient care at the Waterford, the Janeway, HSC or St. Clare’s START clinic or the day treatment program or LeMarchant House, or who would like to attend a CHANNAL or Better Days Society peer support group meeting?

Geoff, your road tolls idea is a bad idea!


Edward Sawdon

St. John’s

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Health Sciences Centre, Miller Centre LeMarchant House Better Days Society

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  • Eli
    July 04, 2013 - 15:38

    What bloody foolishness in these comments. Toll roads into and out of anywhere in NL won't happen, the candidate's idea should have been labelled "Highway Robbery".

  • Jorge B
    July 04, 2013 - 15:33

    We don't have a highway system like NS or NB, where you can drive around tolls. The prices will get out of hand if there is no option. Doesn't help tourism. Get off a 14 hr ferry run and hit an unavoidable toll with a string of Long Hr workers ahead of you.... Sorry Geoff, I respect what you are trying to do, but this is not the way. Look into how our roads are financed, why they crumble so fast, etc

  • Turry from town
    July 04, 2013 - 06:03

    John and Peter.That's a good idea.Toll your own people leaving St.John's and going home.And for your information Peter L. all towns get grants in leu of taxes but the formula is based on population.The more people you have the more taxes you pay the more money you get.Simple.The problem is citizens of St.John's are on the hook for all that extra traffic coming to hospitals mun conf bldg etc... and there is no money given to the city for infastructure required to support and accommodate all that demand.If a road gets worn out going to the hill or a downline a pipe breaks because it is at max demand then SJ residents have to pay for it.And brownbaggers should have to contribute in some way other than buying a coffee or lunch when your in town.If that is all that was required then I should not have to pay any municipal taxes at all because I spend all my money here.

    July 03, 2013 - 11:01

    First, he has to get provincial authority to put up a toll station, not at all likely to happen. Several roads leading into the city are owned by the province, such as the TCH. All roads leading into the city were cost shared by the province, the feds and the city, and in some cases Paradise, Mount Pearl and even CBS, meaning we all paid for those roads. As well, a toll booth would have to stop all traffic entering the city, and how would they know which are going in for medical care? As well many from St. John's travel outside, so on coming back they would also be stopped, now what a tangle there would be at every toll booth in an already congested roadway or highway. As well all medical services are paid for by everyone in the province, not just be St. John's. St. John's also get grants and subsidies for infrastructure work from the province and the feds, and operating grants, paid for by everyone, including those outside the city. Looks like Geoff Chaulk is grandstanding at best, making comments on something he will have no control over on the very remote chance thet he even get elected.

  • John
    July 03, 2013 - 09:05

    Perhaps the towns that surround St Johns should charge a toll to get out of st johns