C. Hicks Letter to R.L. Andrews, 1957
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Department of Public Welfare
April 18, 1957.
Mr. R. L. Andrews,
Department of Public Welfare,
I have just recently returned from a visit to the
Musgrave Harbour-Ladle and Aspen Cove area.
While at Ladle Cove an attempt was made to ascertain
the feeling of the people in that community towards resettlement.
The feeling expressed was, if it was possible to move to some
Industerial [sic] area, the greater number would be willing, but to
move to some settlement and still have to leave to earn a living,
they are not too enthusastic [sic] over the matter.
Aspen Cove. The greater percentage of the working
class are fisherman [sic]. Some expressed their willingness to move,
but others could not see the point, especially if they would
have to travel a greater distance in boat to proscute [sic] the
fishery, particular [sic] lobster.
Since the Roads program has been announced, and it
has included the construction of a road from Musgrave Harbour
to Aspen Cove, it will be more difficult for the people to
make a decision. Obviously when those settlements are connected
by road, they will no longer regard themselves as being
isolated. In having these small settlements connected by road,
it is my personal opinion it will cost the Government far more
in the building and maintenance, than it would to move the
families to other worth while settlements which have better
church and school facilities. In these small settlements the
school problems are becoming serious and it is very difficult
in obtaining teachers, and if obtained, it is the one who is
out for the first year or with a low Grade, consequently, it
is the children and community [who] have to suffer.
Yours very truly,
C. Hicks, W.O.