Government’s reaction to oil seepage points to larger problem

NDP Environment and Conservation Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says confirmation yesterday that the oil seepage at Shoal Point is coming from an abandoned and deteriorating well demonstrates the lack of an adequate emergency response system for spills.

 
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers

In 2013, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) called the $10 million budget cut to NL Housing “a shameful display of government’s complete lack of understanding of the housing crisis facing thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians .” The effects of these cuts can now be seen in NL Housing’s tender to sell off 223.8 acres in Southlands – an area larger than Bowring Park.

 
NDP Workplace Health & Safety critic George Murphy

Last week the provincial government made much ado about investing in firefighting equipment in central Newfoundland. NDP MHA George Murphy (St. John’s East) says while this funding is important, he wonders where the support is for the firefighters themselves.

 
NDP Justice critic, Gerry Rogers

NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) says the government is dragging its heels on the re-opening and expansion of the Domestic Violence Court, which they promised in the 2015 budget.

 
NDP Environment & Conservation Critic George Murphy

NDP Environment and Conservation critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) wants government to put the brakes on its decision to put provincial parklands up for sale, a decision Murphy describes as “a short-sighted cash grab that endangers dozens of unique ecological sites.”

 
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) says government’s decision to amend legislation as a result of a court challenge to the Vital Statistics Act is somewhat overdue, but welcome all the same.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

In the lead-up to St. John’s Pride Week, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) says that while great headway has been made for LGBTQ rights, there is still more work to be done.

 
NDP Environment & Conservation Critic George Murphy

NDP Environment and Conservation critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says a proposal by Crosbie Industrial Services to temporarily store Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, announced in a July 2 Environmental Assessment Bulletin, must be denied in order to protect the health of local residents.

 

NDP Workplace, Health, Safety & Compensation Commission Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) is calling on government to step up protection for workers from workplace accidents.

 

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says a delay in issuing a tender for a new school in her district is difficult to understand, especially since the project has been in the works for two years and construction has already begun. Virginia Park Elementary is just the latest in a string of delayed construction projects.

 

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