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(Sept. 19, 2002, Gazette)

"I didn’t worry about my guys because I knew they would react the right way. And there was really no time to think about the danger. You were just too busy getting prepared and visualizing how you were going to react when that chopper landed and your feet hit the ground."


— Lieutenant Kyle Strong (BA ’99) in an interview shortly after returning from a combat mission to Afghanistan with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry where he commanded a platoon of 30 soldiers. Telegram, Aug. 4.

"We’ve decided we will give it another try, and if there are any further incidents of that sort then we’ll take it out and it won’t go back. The driver is driving a very large vehicle and you don’t want that vehicle going out of control for any reason. I don’t know if kids often realize what the repercussions are."


— Janet Bradshaw (B.Sc. (Hons)’80, B.Eng.’81) general manager of Metrobus commenting on her decision to reinstate Metrobus service on Jensen Camp Road in St. John’s for a trial period. This ends the period of suspension that began last March 30 when a Metrobus driver was injured in a rock-throwing incident. Telegram, Sept. 6.

"If every deal that any government signed had a two per cent or three per cent risk factor, we’d sign them every time."


— Roger Grimes (B.Ed. B.Sc.’72, M.Ed.’88) premier for Newfoundland and Labrador, commenting on the reported 95 per cent probability that the hydromet nickel processing facility proposed for Placentia Bay, as part of the Voisey’s Bay deal, would be successful. Atlantic Business magazine, August/September, 2002.

"What are we going to get after (equalization) claw back? The number that has been touted is half a million dollars a year after claw back. That is one loonie for every person in Newfoundland and Labrador … on an annual basis."


— Danny Williams (BA ’69) leader of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Opposition commenting in the House of Assembly prior to the vote on the proposed Voisey’s Bay deal. Atlantic Business magazine, August/September, 2002.

"We have talked for years and I think we strove to increase our emphasis on healthy lifestyles, on disease prevention, illness prevention and the promotion of wellness. But for the first time I can recall, and I’ve worked in health care for almost 24 years, we actually see that the department (of health) has established targets for reduction in the incidence of disease and targets for increases in indicators for being healthy."


— Brenda Fitzgerald (B.Comm.’79) executive director for health and community services, St. John’s region, commenting on the government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s new strategic health plan. Telegram, Sept. 13.

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