This year, it’s Newfoundland and Labrador’s pile of dirt. But it’s coming to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick as well.
It’s because, when it comes to weather, the ground is moving. Oh, and the water’s rising.
In St. John’s, the provincial government is preparing to build a wall. Not, like Donald Trump, to keep immigrants out, but to hold the floodwaters back.
What’s being planned is a floodwater berm 480 metres long and covering some 2.6 acres, to stop what environmental reports suggest could be the “inundation” of the province’s only tertiary care hospital, the Health Sciences Centre. The project’s in the environmental planning stage right now — three years ago, when planning started, the construction cost was expected to be $283,400.