"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Optimists Club

In Corner Brook, where the major industry is facing layoffs and compression, the local leaders are already staunch co-religionists of the First Newfoundland Church of Optimism:

Mel Woodman, president of the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, is an optimist by nature and refuses to accept the significant workforce reduction at the mill is going to ruin Corner Brook and surrounding region.


Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender also said this is bad news, but not a death knell for the city since there is still hope of a return to a three-machine operation. The blow on Corner Brook directly, he figured, will be softened somewhat by the fact there will be some early retirements amongst the 130 people laid off and the fact the 60 forestry workers affected are spread out among many communities from Codroy Valley to Glenwood.
And over in Gander, Claude Elliott has accepted Optimism into his life:
Gander Mayor Claude Elliott says he is devastated with word of the layoffs at Heli-One Composites. However, Elliot says given the current global economic crisis, the layoff notices aren't surprising. Despite the news Elliott says he remains optimistic. Elliott says council will be working closely with the company to try and work through the crisis to see what they can accomplish together. He says the town is hoping the aerospace industry will recover soon.



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