Neguac — Residents of the small north-eastern town of Neguac have been circulating a petition against winter storm days that serve no purpose by taking place on weekends.
When Frank Veno, 47, heard about the storm predicted to hit the province today, he decided it was time to put his foot down. “I said to myself, ‘enough is enough.’ How the heck are we supposed to get any time off work when all the big storms happen between Friday and Sunday nights?” he said, aggressively scraping snow from his truck’s windshield.
“I’m a teacher, and unfortunately for me, if the kids have to go to school, so do I,” he whined.
Grade 11 student Lacey Trimble echoed her teacher’s sentiment, and thinks adding more storm days would be beneficial for everyone. “Personally, if I had more days away from school, I’d take the days I was there more seriously, and I’d probably even pay attention to whatever Mr. Veno’s talking about,” she said.
“And even if we had, say, a 2-day week every week, I could easily cram in the amount of work into those 2 days that I’d normally spread over 5.”
Veno drafted his appeal yesterday and walked through the stark coldness to knock on every door in Neguac, quickly gathering more than 500 signatures on the “No snow, no go” petition, as he’s calling it, a shortened version of his original title: “If there’s no snow, we still don’t go (to work).” Once he’s convinced 1,000 people to sign it, he’s planning to take it to the Legislature in Fredericton and demand a law be created to give workers a day off on Monday when a storm happens Sunday, or on Friday if a storm is predicted for Saturday.
Veno had at first planned to present the petition to the province’s meteorologists, until — much to his dismay — his wife informed him that meteorologists can’t in fact control the weather, but can only predict it with some accuracy.
If a law passes to let New Brunswickers stay at home Friday or Monday when a storm occurs on the weekend, it will also apply to holidays; for example, if there’s a storm that would be bad enough to close schools and workplaces on Easter Monday, Tuesday would be considered a storm day.
“We just don’t get enough holidays, especially during the winter,” Veno explained to The Manatee‘s reporter, who was angry at having to spend the weekend interviewing irate citizens dreading work on Monday. “It gets pretty depressing, really.”