"In 1998 a
select committee report by industry of claims cost in the
province showed that 35 per cent of claims made out are for
minor pain and suffering. If those could be eliminated then
35 per cent of the cost would be removed from liability insurance.
So in 2001, we proposed to remove the option for minor pain
and suffering. At that point, the public didn’t want
— Winston Morris, administrator of Commercial
and Corporate Affairs, Department of Government Services
and Lands, commenting on issues surrounding the surge in
insurance rates and potential solutions to control the increase.
St. John’s Board of Trade Business News,
Gervase White (B.Eng.’85),
senior manager, Building Engineering services with Aliant,
has been elected president of the Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"There are only 50 to
60 ovarian cancer researchers in Canada. I’m one of
them. And there are about 2,600 women diagnosed with ovarian
cancer in Canada each year, and my sister is one of them.
If you had asked me prior to this was I one who believed in
happenstance… I would have said ‘absolutely not,’
but that’s a different story now. This was no coincidence.
No doubt about it."
—Patti McCarthy (B.Sc.’01), a PhD student
at Memorial, commenting on her motivation for ovarian cancer
research and volunteer service. The Telegram, Nov.
"I’ve lived on my humour; that’s why I’m
—Otto Tucker (BA(Ed.)’55, LLD(Hon)) in
an interview for the release of his latest memoir, That
Nothing be Lost, Nov. 26
"At the very least public private partnerships are a
better more efficient way of doing business for the private
and public sectors both."
—Paul Thomey (BA’73), president, St. John’s
Board of Trade, in an address to business people in the
Clarenville area Nov. 26
"As minister of education I would certainly like to
see the day when [school fees] is an issue that will not have
to be addressed by parents and students each and every fall
… but that has been costed at between $4 and $5 million.
My sense is that this in all likelihood, is something we would
not be able to do as a government as early as September 2004.
As I see it, that is too early."
—Education Minister John Ottenheimer (BA(Ed.)’74,
M.Ed.’86) responding to a report commissioned by the
Community Services Council which concluded that school fees
have in effect created a two-tiered education system. The
Telegram, Nov. 27
Researched and compiled by Debbie Connors.