My May 7th letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 32nd month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

My  April 7th letter reminded you of your campaign promise to make decisions on the basis of data and your commitment to improve/restructure/re-design the country’s Central Statistical Office.  I note that in February 2016, your good friend Dr. John Prince was appointed Chairman of the Cabinet-appointed task force for the establishment of the National Statistical Institute of T&T (NSITT).

I am requesting an update on the work of that Task Force.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My April 7th, 2018 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 31st month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  

I refer to the following statement in the PNM’s 2015 manifesto:

“Our approach to governance in our next term will be data based, scientific, holistic and evidence driven, paying due attention at all times to the need for compassion, sensitivity and the respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens in all matters of state.

I am writing to request an update on your plans for the re-structuring of the Central Statistical Office or the creation of a replacement entity.

Yours Respectfully
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications

My March 7th, 2018 letter to Dr. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 30th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

My sincere congratulations to you on facilitating the work of the Equality Opportunity Commission and the launch of the “Guidelines to Sexual Harassment in the WorkPlace”.

I take this opportunity to remind you that the next important milestones are the Legislation and the implementation of Sexual Harassment Policy at all State Enterprises and Ministries.  

Let’s do this!”

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My February 7th, 2018 letter to Dr. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Congratulations on your 29th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and may you enjoy a “controversy free” Carnival 2018.

I recently witnessed an attempt to intimidate a female driver by one of the armed persons on a vehicle at the tail end of your entourage.  This incident occurred in the vicinity of Queen’s Royal College and was witnessed and discussed by a few runners who commented that such a level of aggression was not necessary.

This conversation reminded me that general behaviour in Trinidad is now typified by aggression, ill manners and a general impoliteness.  May I suggest that your office stage a monthly “Common Courtesy” Day beginning on March 21st which is a designated day of the year.  (See: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/common-courtesy-day/).  I am suggesting a monthly day because it will encourage us to focus on little things like saying thanks or holding the door for the person ahead of us and a range of other impolite behaviours which are becoming the norm.  

The country and indeed your government is suffering from inertia and you are in an ideal position to fix this.  As your election tag line implored: Let’s do this!”

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My January 7th, 2018 letter to Dr. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Congratulations on your 28th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Here are 12 suggestions for your government for 2018:

  1. Rationalize our public holidays in order to positively impact productivity.
  2. Publicize the performance appraisal system for the public service so that citizens know how public servants are judged with regard to performance delivery.
  3. Appoint a Minister of Communication to ensure that your government’s performance is positively highlighted and brought to the attention of the citizenry.
  4. Have the Regional Corporations develop and implement a 6 month plan for creating “walkable cities” in their Boroughs starting simultaneously in April 2018.
  5. Appoint a “Social Innovation Think Tank” to report within 9 months on key social innovations projects which can be implemented across the country.
  6. Ensure electronic transactions become the norm at Government and State institutions.
  7. Begin the obesity reduction programme with our protective services especially those in leadership.
  8. Place a moratorium on the approval of new franchises.
  9. Mandate Rituals and Starbucks to use 10% local coffee and increase that usage to 60% within 5 years.
  10. Place a moratorium on the importation of cars. (Effective February 2018, Singapore banned the addition of cars on its roads to reduce the permitted vehicle growth rate to 0%.)
  11. Implement a programme to ban the use of disposable plastic cups and plates.  (In September 2016 France became the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. A new French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home by January of 2020.)
  12. Mandate that garbage be separated in homes for collection by specially assigned trucks on specific days.

The country and indeed your government is suffering from inertia and you are in an ideal position to fix this.  As your election tag line implored: Let’s do this!”

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My December 07, 2017 letter to PM Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 27th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Commendations to you and Caribbean Airlines Limited on the bold step of introducing the penalty for any change of flights on the air bridge.

The issue of sexual harassment has taken centre stage on the national human resource agenda. I am joining with other groups to ask you to take leadership on the implementation of Sexual Harassment policies throughout the entire public service and State Enterprises.  

AnsaMcal has an excellent policy which I am sure they would be willing to share with you.  Additionally gender sensitivity training would be needed in conjunction with the roll out of the policy.

I am suggesting the roll out of the gender sensitivity training and policy coincide with the celebration of “International Women’s Day” on Tuesday 8th March, 2018.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My November 07, 2017 letter to PM Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 26th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Recent activities have caused me to reflect deeply on the inappropriate use of the Priority Bus Route (PBR).  (My running group has been training on the PBR.) 

 Here are 4 situations which need urgent attention:

  1. Private citizens have encroached on the road reserve and built buildings, garages, walkways, businesses and in one case an attractive 5 ft hedge.  It means that they are using the PBR to access their homes and businesses. This simply adds to the congestion problem along the east/west corridor. 
  2. There is very little policing on the PBR so drivers use it as their private race track.  (I have witnessed this several times on either Saturday or Sunday mornings from 5:00 am.)
  3. Maxi drivers routinely wait at traffic lights for passengers causing obstruction at intersections.
  4. The arrival of a PTSC bus at any stop is like a suspense movie.  An easy fix would be the development of an “Ap” or installation of signs at the bus stops advising commuters of the arrival of the next bus even if it is in an hour.  This will be of tremendous value to our “over 60” citizens who choose public transportation.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My October 07, 2017 letter to PM Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

October 7th marked two celebrations: your 25th month in office and the seventh edition of TedxPortofSpain.

On our part TEDxPortofSpain has provided a non-partisan platform for ideas worth spreading and we can boast of having 60 talks on line by Trinidadians about Trinidad.  We have had more than one million views to date.  If we are unable to continue staging the annual conference, our legacy would be there in perpetuity.

On the other hand, your legacy after 25 months in office is illusive. I note that the report from the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) has been posted on the website of the Ministry of Planning and I know that Officers from the Ministry are on the media talking about vision 2030. Those are commendable efforts however they are no replacement for a clearly articulated vision by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.  They lack the power of office which only you can add.

In the absence of a clearly articulated vision by you, the population will continue to be uncertain.  I quote the biblical statement, 1st Corinthians, “If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for battle?”

My best wishes for your 26th month in office and I do hope that the tide will turn in your favour and that soon you will provide us with a vision which we could all follow.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)

MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My June 07, 2017 letter to PM Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  

May I commend your government on the aggressive role being played by the “Joint Select Committee” to investigate the details of the sea bridge fiasco and suggest that your office move as aggressively to demonstrate to citizens your courage to take appropriate action which will arise upon completion of this exercise.  

I am but one citizen but data tells you that I am NOT one voice.  The three things which citizens clamour are Accountability, Collaboration and Transparency.

Yours for our country!
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Comm
Citizen

My September 20th, 2017 letter to PM

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past
5 years.

Dear Hon. Prime Minister

I refer to your ‘Message on the Occasion of International Women’s Day 2017’ 

(http://www.opm.gov.tt/pms-message-on-the-occasion-of-international-womens-day-2017/ ) in which you said: ‘The Gender and Child Affairs Division of the Office of the Prime Minister remains focused on facilitating gender equity and equality by developing policies that promote the equal advancement of women and men.” 

In light of your statement, I am asking our Government to urgently develop a policy to provide free feminine hygiene products for low income women and girls. 

The City of Aberdeen in Scotland recently made these items free for low income women and girls, with very positive results. You can ask your wife and daughters about the cost of feminine products in our supermarkets and pharmacies .. they are not only expensive, but prohibitively so for many women and girls. Many of our girls miss days of school each month, as they cannot afford these essential products.  

Please live your words, and do something positive for the women and girls of our nation.

Thank you

Yours for our country!

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Comm
Citizen