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One St. John’s councillor was waxing eloquent this week about how she thinks the provincial government should be paying taxes to the city on all the big building and other facilities located in the capital.

She thought they owed it because of the city services required to keep them going.

“Instead of paying taxes, maybe the provincial government should decrease the number of buildings they have there,” says one reader.

“Maybe it’s time to bring back the decentralization program that was undertaken by the Tobin administration.

“The capital’s economy is booming and much of the rest of the province is withering economically.

“St. John’s councillors should appreciate the billions of dollars the government jobs mean to their city instead of grousing about what they don’t get from the arrangement,” he said.

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One reader was alarmed, along with many others who attended last Saturday’s Santa Claus parade, at the speeds at which RNC vehicles were driving down West Street in the moments before the parade reached that part of its route.

The police, both marked and unmarked, cars kept buzzing through the crowded street every couple of minutes, almost as if they were responding to an emergency.

“All it would have taken was one excited child to dart out into the road at the wrong time and there would have been a tragedy,” said the reader.

On another note, parade participants were supposed to have been told not to throw candy into the crowd, but some parade watchers saw this happen several times.

This practice, which can lead to kids running out into the road to retrieve candy, can be dangerous in broad daylight, let alone during a nighttime parade.

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Corner Brook got a little mention in the hit Canadian crime show “Murdoch Mysteries.”

It wouldn’t bear noting if it was a local production but it would be interesting to know why the episode’s writer chose to include the community in the dialogue?

Geographic location: West Street, Corner Brook

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  • cant believe western star never investigated this and had story
    December 12, 2013 - 15:16

    “All it would have taken was one excited child to dart out into the road at the wrong time and there would have been a tragedy,” I COULD NOT AGREE MORE IT WAS WICKED; WHERE IN THE NAME GOD WERE THEY GOING; CANT BELIEVE NO REPORTERS EDITORIAL STAFF DID NOT FOLLOW THIS UP WITH WHOM EVER SUPPOSEDLY HEAD OF RNC IN CBROOK; THESE PEOPLE SEEM TO OUT OF CONTROL SPEEDING RECKLESS DRIVING FOR NO REASON; SO ALL PARENTS IN ON WEST ST; WONDERING WHERE THESE RNC SPEED DEMONS WERE GOING WOULD LIKE TO KNOW; WHY WAS THE RNC NOT CONTACTED BY WESTERN STAR; THERE REPORTERS WERE THERE TOO; SAW WHAT HAPPENED; I WAS STANDING BY ONE; ARE THEY GETTING PASS AGAIN FOR CONDUCT THAT IS QUESTIONABLE JUST LIKE RNC FELLOW IN COURT NOW FOR MAKING HARRASSING PHONE CALLS SURE SEEM LIKE IT;? YEARS AGO THEY WOUDNT HAVE GOT PASS ON THIS TYPE BEHAVIOURS; BACK WHEN MANGING EDITORS EXPECTED HIGHER STANDARD FROM RNC AND RCMP; AND SO DID RESIDENTS OF CBROOK; THIS WAS JUST TERRIBLE DURING NIGHT TIME PARADE WITH SMALL YOUNSTERS ROMPING AND PLAYING; RUNNING CARRY FREE ; WAS WORST I EVER SAW FROM RNC; AND I SAW QUIET A BIT IN 60 YEARS