Eddie Joyce, MHA for the District of Bay of Islands, says Sir Wilfred
Grenfell College in Corner Brook should be made into a national Centre of
Excellence for Environmental Science, Research and Advanced Technology.
"The west coast is strategically placed to deal with environmental issues
crossing a broad range of sectors," said Mr. Joyce. "Sir Wilfred Grenfell
College (SWGC) already boasts infrastructure and programming that has a
reputation for excellence in the forestry sector. I am calling upon
government to make the necessary investment to expand the educational role
of SWGC and make the campus nationally and internationally recognized as a
destination for environmental science, research and advanced technology.
"Corner Brook and SWGC are already well-known for its programming in
Natural Resource and Forestry research. This type of programming should also
be expanded to include environmental information and technology, outdoor
environmental tourism, environmental industry development and waste disposal
research and development. These are programs that could help solidify SWGC
as a destination for Environmental Excellence, both nationally and
internationally. The construction of a new industrial incubator facility to
help advance high tech environmental industries would also be an asset to
"I suggest government take this recommendation serious and work with
Memorial University and SWGC to develop new academic programming that would
establish new graduate and doctoral degrees in this environmental field.
However, it would also require an investment from government that would
ensure the appropriate facilities are available to students from across
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the world.
"Corner Brook and SWGC have the potential to grow significantly and
continue to play a major role in educating our young people. This type of
investment would strengthen the image of our region as a national and
international destination for environmental study and research. The Premier
has stated that he was interested in possibly expanding the role of SWGC.
Now is the time for the Premier to act and I suggest he make this type of
investment in the very near future."