At the end of the day, it seems as though this isn’t a story about an unsightly metal-and-plexiglass barrier. It appears to be a story about a group of people presuming to treat citizens like subjects.
With the St. John’s Port Authority under fire, its determination to fence the harbour has illuminated an otherwise opaque actor in city affairs. And its broader mandate may require greater flexibility than it’s been willing to show so far.
St. John’s City Councillor Bruce Tilley says the city is recording a surplus of $7-million up to June, and is projecting a continued surplus to the end of the year. Also on deck for St. John’s, tonight the Council will consider a number of proposals for approval including a new chiropractic clinic on Major’s Path and an indoor bicycle and skateboard facility, this time for Water Street west. Source: VOCM
City Hall needs to start supporting local small business, not fighting it
Do you live in downtown St. John’s and have nowhere to put your snow? Well, here’s a clarification to the snow removal by-law. The issue at hand was initially raised in city council two weeks ago, but it resurfaced yesterday after residents brought up concerns that they had nowhere to shovel or deposit the snow on their properties. Councillor Gerry Colbert says the rules regarding where homeowners can place snow have not changed — but the enforcement has. He says that people will only be fined if they fill in cleared streets or sidewalks. Otherwise, Colbert says, it’s OK to fill the sidewalks if they have not yet been cleared. And, note this: the city will clear the snow a second time around, but the bill for doing so will be sent to the snow pusher. Ouch.