Climate experts say the weather is going to continue to get more dangerous as time goes on because of global warming.
That means this province will have to get serious about planning for even worse conditions and disruptions than the people of this province have endured this year.
Take the Wreckhouse area of the southwest coast for example. This week the highway was closed for a couple of days because of heavy drifting that made driving in that area impossible.
But it’s not new. Trains were blowing off the tracks in that region since trains began running through there.
There are plenty of places in the world where tunnels are built or shelters constructed to keep traffic moving in severe weather — the Alps or the Rockies are only a couple.
This kind of problem being accepted as normal isn’t acceptable in the 21st Century.
Surely it isn’t vastly cost prohibitive to build some kind of protection for a few kilometres so that danger is eliminated and that critical highway link can remain open during severe conditions in all seasons.
There is only one trans-provincial highway ... we have no other options like most Canadian jurisdictions.
The same goes for the ferry link across the Strait of Belle Isle.
It’s long past time the system was made so it is not held hostage by ice nearly half the year.
The people of southern Labrador deserve better than having to sit on a dock or in a hotel room waiting days on end for the ferry to move because of ice conditions or lack of an icebreaker.
And if the scientists are correct, these conditions will be getting worse by the decade.
These kinds of massive projects would take some investment but they will pay off in the long run.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians need dependable transportation, and the sooner we start planning for that the better.