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EDITORIAL: Cheers & Jeers Nov. 23

New Democratic Party Leader Alison Coffin
New Democratic Party Leader Alison Coffin. — Telegram file photo

Jeers: to finger-pointing. Cheers to NDP Leader Alison Coffin for calling for the all-party COVID-19 task force to resume its work. The committee was struck at the start of the pandemic to share up-to-date health information with the three major political parties in the House of Assembly. But jeers to the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals for blaming each other for the committee’s demise. The Tories say the Liberals quashed it. The Liberals say people stopped attending so there was no point in continuing. We are on the cusp of a second wave of COVID-19 that has already reached other provinces, and now there is a new cluster of cases in Grand Bank. Time to stop the blame game and get down to work. Restart the committee, and while you’re at it, include at least one independent member of the House. The more minds at work on this, the better. Politics and pandemics don’t mix.

Cheers and Jeers: to two very different animal stories. In New York, media-types are gushing over an adorable little saw-whet owl that hitched a ride in a Christmas tree transported from Oneonta, N.Y. to the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The little fellow — now named Rockefeller — was hungry and thirsty but has since enjoyed a feed of mice and is doing fine. He is recuperating at a wildlife refuge and will be released into the wild. In animal news closer to home? Resource enforcement officers in this province are trying to find out who shot and killed two caribou near St. Anthony Airport and left them there to rot, just 250 metres from the side of the road. In a place that just approved a program that lets hunters donate moose and caribou meat to food banks, this is a deplorable waste.

Cheers: to making merry. Hats off to businesses that pipe their Christmas music outside so that people standing in line are entertained while they wait. It’s a nice festive touch.

Jeers: to slouching. “Uneasy is the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote. One wonders what the Bard might think of Josh O’Connor’s performance as Prince Charles in “The Crown.” In an otherwise brilliantly cast and well-acted series, O’Connor’s “Charles” is a distraction because of his exaggerated posture. With each episode his head slumps further and further into his shoulders, and as the man who would be king but still isn’t, he can hardly blame the weight of the crown. O’Connor, who is a fine actor apart from the pronounced slouch, talked about his portrayal with The New York Times, saying “It has to do with the more weight on his shoulders, the more it brings him down, the more his neck comes out. By the end he’s pathetic, sort of like a crumpled man.” Yes, we get it, but you’re overdoing it. Straighten up next season.


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