There has been much debate regarding Ms. Dunderdale's assertion that the past week's events have not reached the status of a crisis.
Letter to the editor
And, I'm never one to beat a dead horse, but one point has been overlooked in the debate. It's not her use of the term crisis, or this case, lack of use, but rather her indifference to the suffering of "her people."
On a provincial level, we had accessible roads, which is a point that could be debated by many rural residents.
She also stated that medical and policing services were operational and available.
Once again, this point may be debated by some EMS workers who were unable to reach their ambulances due to road closures.
But, I get her point. On the provincial level, these services were available.
But, is this what constitutes a crisis?
Must we have a complete failure of the system before a crisis situation can be declared?
I don't know. Is it there any public policy regarding the issue, or is it a objectionable decision that must be made by those in power?
I'm leaning towards the latter.
Although Ms. Dunderdale is correct in her assertion that vital services were available, what we, the people, needed was her acknowledgement of the individual crisis situations that were faced by many during the storm and the aftermath.
In a press conference, she stated that this is not a crisis, it's a difficult time and many residents are uncomfortable and displeased. This is where she lost me.
To blanket the people by saying they are uncomfortable was inexcusable to me. Yes, I was uncomfortable during the power outage. I had two toddlers, a large home, and one wood stove.
It was uncomfortable sleeping in our garage around the fire. Eating food prepared on the stove was not ideal for my little ones. But this was not the case for many. Others had no alternative heat source, and were forced to brave the elements and the impassible roads in the area to reach safety and warmth.
A local couple has lost their home due to freezing pipes and the invading freezing water that has destroyed their home. Senior citizens, some who are bed ridden,had to be transferred to a hotel late Saturday night in the freezing temperatures due to their complex not having any back up power.
I'm sure there are many sad stories that I don't know, but I do know they exist.
Do these incidents constitute a provincial crisis situation?
Maybe not. But what we needed from our premier was acknowledgement of these situations.
Don't give a press conference and state you know the people of this province are uncomfortable.
They are not uncomfortable, they are in a personal crisis.
Acknowledge that personal crisis situations exist but then explain, in less defensive terms, why those individual situations do not constitute a provincial crisis.
The people deserve acknowledgement for their suffering, not a blanket statement that the province is merely in an uncomfortable situation.
— Kimberley Skinner writes from Bryant's Cove.