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EDITORIAL: Cheers & Jeers Oct. 26

The Holyrood Thermal Generating Station. JOE GIBBONS FILE PHOTO/THE TELEGRAM
The Holyrood Thermal Generating Station. — Telegram file photo

Jeers: to more delays, more oil burned, and a generating station was that supposed to already be closed. One of the reasons we supposedly needed Muskrat Falls was to get rid of the aging, polluting heavy-oil-burning Holyrood generating station, which we were told (during the Muskrat debate) was so decrepit that it couldn’t possibly last until 2017 and was literally on the verge of collapse. Now, the Public Utilities Board is asking Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to forecast the impacts of once again extending the operating life of the facility, saying it wants Hydro to “provide an assessment of the ability of the Holyrood Thermal Generation Station to be extended as a generating plant beyond the current planned closure date of March 2023 until 2024.” Oh, and that’s not the only thing the PUB wants; it also wants Hydro to “include an assessment of system reliability with no availability of the Labrador Island Link for 2024.” We’re sure the PUB is just evaluating worst-case scenarios here…

Cheers: to sensible decisions and oral hygiene. One thing that precautions to slow the COVID-19 pandemic did in spades is stop dental work. With dental offices closed from March 13 to June 30th, just about the only winners were the insurance companies that no longer had to pay money out for regular dental treatments. But during that time, almost 2,000 children in Newfoundland and Labrador “aged out” of provincial-funded dental programs; having reached the age of 13, they were no longer eligible. Now, though, the provincial government is giving those youngsters an extra chance to get dental care they might have missed. The government has decided to extend care to the aged-out group until March 2021. It’s a fair way to address an unprecedented problem.

Jeers: to the older and the wiser? The RCMP sent out a news release last Thursday listing three drunk driving arrests over four days — all men, all in Stephenville. One driver struck a power pole — another hit a building and a car. All were over the legal limit by a substantial amount — two were nearly twice the legal limit, while the third clocked in at two and a half times the legal limit. Their respective ages? Well, 52, 59 and 73. Truly old enough to know better, and poor role models all.

Jeers: to the truly vile. Days before the anniversary of the death of Nathan Cirillo, an honour guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa (and mere weeks before Remembrance Day), the site was vandalized by someone carving a hateful message into the monument. Just when you think that it’s not possible for people to be more insensitive, they prove they can be. Let’s hope the person responsible is quickly found and charged for their actions.

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