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Wednesday 16 July 2014

Early Summer News Blotter

First up is this silly little number out of Plate Cove East. 
Money was invested to help restore the river pool back to its pre-Igore state and ever since then Service NL has told them it's illegal to operate it. It's a river pool in a small community so any discussion is just stupid. The safety argument does make sense but use at own risk still applies. 

Next up is trails and tribulations. 
It looks like the Prov Gov has suggested a private company should be allowed to use bikes on the ECT without the approval of the actual East Coast Trail Association. What a surprise. I hike the ECT a fair amount and I've seen a few mountain bikers along the way. There are certainly sections where it could work but they then to be the areas that are former access roads or the more open areas. Some sections of trail are difficult on foot and bikers would be carrying their bikes for sure. 

And then its the City of St. John's looking for "regional cooperation"
This isn't the first time we've heard this tune from St. John's. Former Mayor Wells was know for his attitude for the "brow baggers" who worked in the City but resided outside of it's sacred limits. The skinny here is that as the Capital, St, John's benefits from a readily available work force, government offices everywhere, retail establishments in all corners, and they all choose the City as their location to better access the residents of the entire region. Bottom line is that St. John's benefits far more from those who travel to work there then it looses on road maintenance servicing the arterials in and out of the City. Suck it up.

Where is Batman? Or superman?
No links required here as you've all read the news stories of gunshots, bear spray, knife attacks and general havoc in and around the downtown area as of late. Does this indicate a rise in crime or more unsafe streets in our fair capital? Do we nee to flash the Bat symbol into the fog? Maybe not just yet, but we should keep an eye on it. I'm not convinced our streets are really less safe but it is hard to deny the increasing frequency of newsworthy incidents. We are becoming a more affluent region and that extra money brings nice cars, expensive restaurants and organized crime. We haven't been overrun just yet but we need to keep control of the situation before it gets out of hand. The police can only do so much and always deserve our support, but we also need a shift in our approach to justice that reflects our new reality. An approach that streamlines court proceedings for non-violent crimes and minor issues like small claims court, while creating special responsibilities for those tasked with keeping our streets safe from the real and growing threats. 

Drive through St. John's, go for a hike and a swim and don't do drugs!   

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