As The Packet marks its 50th anniversary this year, we offer readers a look back at the local stories that made the news.
50 years ago
From the Nov. 28, 1968 edition
More CN bus fuss
The switch to buses from train passenger service has caused concern to more than train passengers. Private bus companies, perhaps, stand to lose the most on the new C.N. operation. The request of Bren Power Ltd. of Clarenville that the C.N. be denied permission to take on passengers between Whitbourne and Clarenville because it would be detrimental to their business was turned down by the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities on Nov. 18.
40 years ago
From the Nov. 30, 1978 edition
30 years ago
From the Nov. 30, 1988, edition
Membership opened to women
The Clarenville Rotary club was recently notified by Rotary International that all Rotary clubs in Canada may invite qualified women into membership, effective immediately. This was determined by the Rotary International Board of Directors at its meeting in Evanston, Illinois, from October 24-29.
As a result of a May 1987, decision of the United States Supreme Court, which found that the membership rules of Rotary International were in violation of California law, the International Board extended its decision to apply to all clubs within the U.S. It is the board’s position that it is not practical for Rotary International to operate with more than one set of membership rules.
The board’s decision regarding Canadian clubs resulted from a petition from the Rotary club of Montreal, Quebec. The club, following a procedure prescribed by the board, submitted a club resolution, copies of the application law and a legal opinion which concluded that Quebec law prohibits male-only membership restrictions in clubs such as Rotary.
20 years ago
From the Nov. 30, 1998 edition
Best reaches silver anniversary
Twenty-five years is a long time to be doing anything. Just ask Mayor Fred Best.
Best was recently honored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities (NLFM) for his 25 years of service in municipal government. For most of that time, 21 years, he has been with Clarenville. He has been mayor of the town since 1982. The other four years were spent in Wesleyville.
Best was philosophical when asked if he’s enjoyed the last 25 years.
“I’ve had a lot of good times, but a lot of difficult ones too as far as municipal government is concerned because there are problems to which there are no easy solutions,” Best said.87
10 years ago
From the Nov. 29, 2008 edition
Nurses demonstrate in support of disciplined colleagues
It was a show of solidarity.
Nurses across the province braved the cold one day in November, 2008, to demonstrate in support of their colleagues.
Six nurses with Central Health have been given suspensions or warnings for refusing non-nursing duties, in a campaign to put pressure on health authorities and the province to recruit more nurses to the province and negotiate a better contract.
The non-nursing duties campaign has been ongoing since October 1.
It’s made a difference, says Teena Noseworthy. “Nurses have more time at the bedside for patient care.”