MP hears variety of concerns, ideas at meetings

Tana Adams
Published on February 17, 2016

Wastewater management guidelines, which have to be implemented by 2020 is a topic that continues to arise whenever local municipalities meet with government officials. This picture was taken of the Springale bay where the sea gulls regularly gather.

The Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame provided those attending consultation meetings at Baie Verte and Springdale with a “Growing our economy together”’ presentation.

Topics included the shortage of Service Canada workers, employment insurance changes and better apprenticeship opportunities, Canada Pension enhancements, increase in social transfer for seniors, loss of regional economic development boards, ACOA work, affordable housing, money for New Horizons projects partnered with seniors, streamlining of Canada Summer Jobs process, cost of secondary wastewater treatment to meet 2020 regulations and Springdale marina oversight.

Barry Saunders, constituency assistant, accompanied MP Scott Simms to his Baie Verte and Springdale meetings prior to the new federal budget.

Beachside Coun. Nancy Bowers spoke of problems that followed the cod moratorium and how term recreational fishery confuses visitors to the province, with the MP agreeing the correct name should be “food” fishery.
The problem with that according to the talk around the table is that term tends to conjure up a sense of entitlement and overfishing.
Simms said it’s reasonable that tour boat operators wish to become involved.

Attending Scott Simms’ pre-federal budget consultation meeting at Springdale were, from left, MHA Brian Warr, Springdale CAO Jason Sparkes, Lloyd Colbourne representing Robert’s Arm Seniors Interfaith Home, Little Bay Mayor Phyllis Simms and Beachside Coun. Nancy Bowers.

Bowers is a small boat commercial fisher who would like to see cod quota increased for operators.
At the Springdale session, former Robert’s Arm Mayor Lloyd Colbourne attending on behalf of the ambulance committee and Robert’s Arm Senior’s Interfaith Home, said his town had previously raised the potential amalgamation of the two ambulance services and medical centres in his community with nearby Triton.
Colbourne said it would save the province money and make sense.
Simms relayed to those attending sessions at the Kinsmen Center in Baie Verte and Manual Hall in Springdale that he would be bringing their ideas on behalf of the Baie Verte-Green Bay district back to Ottawa.

**Edited for clarity, Feb. 22.