More activity at hospital site

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Dust was flying this week as heavy construction equipment began work again at the site of the proposed regional hospital in Corner Brook.

One person described the activity as “taking gravel from one hole and moving it to another.”

Actually, they are digging up for a water reservoir and further site preparation.

The last time there was any major work done at the massive site, it was on the eve of a provincial general election.

Let’s hope this activity is the start of something more than political theatre.

This project has been bandied about for years — so long that Danny Williams was premier when it all began.

It has gone through several studies and a series of promises about when the project would finally be complete.

So far millions of dollars have been committed to the project in the budget process and little else besides site preparation.

When announced, the health facility was intended to open its doors in 2016.

The people of this region can forget that.

But this start of work may actually be the start of something bigger than moving dirt around to impress voters.

The present facility had outlived its usefulness a decade or more ago and the need for a new, modern regional hospital is approaching the critical stage.

In the provincial cabinet now we have Humber East representative Tom Marshall as premier and Humber West MHA Vaughn Granter as a cabinet minister.

That amount of political clout alone should be enough to push this project toward a real start ... if not a conclusion.

Enough is enough.

Geographic location: Humber East

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