Cabot Martin’s sudden passing, in September, has stirred his friends, colleagues, and others familiar with his work, to honor him and encourage continued work in applied research and public policy development.
$1 million is not bad farewell for a fellow whose work performance represents one of the principal reasons for a twenty million dollar Public Inquiry, and who failed so badly in his job so badly that NL Hydro is still trying to define the mess that he (and others) has left behind.
As much as anything else, it is also a simple love song to a people and to their place. It is deficient in the language of inclusion, yes, sexist by the standards of today, too, but only those who misunderstanding the language of respect ascribe to it offense whether to aboriginal, to gender, or to religious belief.
Based on the patronizing and insignificant concessions observed to date, the callous attitude toward the environmental review, and the not-so-hidden desire to exploit NL Hydro to their sole advantage, stakeholders including area locals and any honest politicians should be telling Risley, Paddick, and WEGH2 to take a hike.
Ms. Williams is long-winded on every issue except an explanation as to why the public has been handed a bucket of bolts for their $15 billion. Why would the public now give her Crown Corporation one more cent when she has failed to demonstrate either Hydro’s competence or the right to be trusted?
The relatively large size of the LIL to the small Island system means that if it trips out suddenly, the Island grid will experience a major disruption that risks a complete blackout. The only solution Hydro appears to have found to mitigate this risk is to build out additions to expand reserve capacity that can absorb the impact of such an event. That’s the simple and direct explanation that Hydro is failing to provide.
In the current geopolitical climate, Europe cut off from Russia’s Nord Stream Pipelines, an engaged Premier and Minister might have been expected to call together offshore operators with reserves of natural gas on a commercial scale.
With respect to the proposed World Energy GH2 west coast wind/hydrogen/ammonia project and the province’s role in it, will the province’s due diligence (as with the Muskrat Falls fiasco) again be ‘unique in its absence’?
Having survived in spite of themselves, in Opposition the Tories have been lazy and uninspiring. The fact that it is summer, and the House of Assembly is closed, admittedly makes their job tougher, except that the Party’s manifest weakness is not a seasonal problem.