Cheers & Jeers

Published on March 20, 2017

Premier Dwight Ball didn’t have a firm answer about how much money the province will have to contribute to the new, smaller fisheries fund announced by the federal government March 10.

©James McLeod/The Telegram

Jeers: to empty words. Premier Dwight Ball stepped up to the microphone at Confederation Building last week to talk to reporters about the $100-million federal fisheries development fund that he and federal Minister Judy Foote announced March 10. It’s a far cry from the $400-million provincial/federal fund touted by Kathy Dunderdale’s Progressive Conservatives, which was promised but never materialized. What did Ball have to say about the fund? Precious little. He couldn’t say how much the province will have to contribute as part of the deal, what the money would be spent on or when it would be available — at first saying the process “could be years,” and then, “you’ll see money flowing this year.” Details, as they say, are scanty.

Cheers: to insight. Citizens’ representative Barry Fleming’s report on how the late Donald Dunphy was treated by WorkplaceNL found that Dunphy’s compensation claims were handled properly after he suffered multiple workplace injuries. However, Fleming’s report also notes: “the policies and programs offered by WorkplaceNL deal almost exclusively with the physical and vocational healing of injured workers.” He recommends WorkplaceNL “provide social work/psychological services to those injured workers who are experiencing difficulty in dealing with the altered life experiences…” Let’s hope WorkplaceNL complies.


Cheers: to let there be lights. Kudos to the City of St. John’s for quickly restoring traffic lights at the dozens of intersections where they had been ripped from their chains and dashed to smithereens by the wind storm of March 11. Despite there being days when motorists had to deal with multiple four-way stops as part of their commute in the week after the storm, traffic seemed to flow without too much of a hitch. It was certainly a lesson in “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” Who knew working traffic lights could feel like a luxury?


Cheers: to investigative news. Game maker Hasbro made headlines Friday with its announcement that the boot, wheelbarrow and thimble tokens in its 82-year-old Monopoly game have been tossed aside to make way for a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. Pressed for comment the on the massive upset, Hasbro’s senior vice-president of marketing, Jonathan Berkowitz, had this to say to the Associated Press: “Personally, I’ve always especially liked the boot token, but I’m excited to move onto the T. rex.” His innocuous comments aside, sources tell The Telegram that at one point the fate of the Scottish terrier token was anything but certain. An informant said the Scottie dog was seen as a bit of a disruptive influence, with his frequent calls for greater independence, but in the end Hasbro decided to keep him in the fold for fear his ouster would create a political firestorm. Smart move, Hasbro.