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

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The St. Anthony Incident

St. Anthony folks are upset about the decision to move air ambulance services.

The government is said to engage in belligerant tactics, they mayor feels intimidated, he tells the media about the episode.

If you're thinking about the April 26th meeting, reported yesterday on Here and Now, and the letter of the same date which made its way to the floor of the legislature... you'd be wrong.

Fully a month before the April 26th incident, the CBC reported:

Speaking earlier with CBC News, Simms said members of the governing Progressive Conservatives have warned him that some promises are off.

"We've been told that, you know, because the Liberals were elected there, then things were going to slow down. You know, I talked to several ministers in other areas and they told us not to come back looking for more money."

Pressed to identify the ministers, Simms declined. He said, though, he may identify them if he does not get satisfaction from government in the coming weeks.



At 8:01 AM, May 06, 2010 , Blogger Jerry Bannister said...

From the Department of Education:
"Bullying is a pattern of aggressive behaviour meant to hurt or cause discomfort to another person. Bullies always have more power than victims. Their power comes from physical size, strength, status, and support within the peer group." Bullying comes in three forms: physical, verbal, and social.

From the CBC:
The mayor of a northern Newfoundland town says Health Minister Jerome Kennedy intimidated and threatened a delegation trying to stop the transfer of an air ambulance service.

Ernest Simms made the claim in a letter sent to Premier Danny Williams in late April, amid an ongoing protest against government's decision to relocate an air ambulance from St. Anthony to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

"Honestly I have never witnessed such an outburst of sarcasm, insinuation and accusations in my life. We felt threatened," Simms wrote to Williams.

"One of my councillors actually broke down and cried." [....]

Inside the legislature, Kennedy flatly denied he had intimidated anyone. But later, when he met with reporters, he admitted his years as a criminal defence attorney may have contributed to a charged atmosphere.

"So, there's no question that my style could have, of questioning, certainly — I mean, Mayor Simms said the next day [that] they felt they were being cross-examined
," Kennedy said. [....]

So let's get this straight: Mr. Kennedy's sole excuse for inexcusable behaviour is the fact that he is a lawyer.

Not much to add to this pathetic story.

At 1:20 PM, May 06, 2010 , Blogger WJM said...

Not much to add to this pathetic story.

Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth.

There will be lots to add to this pathetic story.


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