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One For The Boys by Cathy Saint John

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How a Canadian Vietnam veteran from Newfoundland sacrificed all in order to win greater respect for his brothers in arms. Writing about my late brother and his historical story was not an easy task. It took a tremendous amount of time, sadness, tears, and courage to cross over into John W. Blake’s life struggles and triumphs then finally make the decision to share all with the reader. I could have missed the emotional pain but then I would have missed never knowing a man that no one should ever forget. The largest compliment I can give to my late brother was to have written his story and gotten it right. It has taken two decades of writing, research, interviews and…

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How to Get More Women Elected

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March on St. John’s asked me to write a short piece about how we can best support progressive women candidates in elections. When I won my seat on council in September 2017, I was fortunate enough to have a dedicated team around me. If you’re thinking about running, the biggest piece of advice I have is to surround yourself with people who care about you and who hope for your success. If you want to help a candidate get elected, be one of those people. The provincial and federal elections are coming up, and it’s never too early to start planning for a future election at any level. As they say, run early and run often! Here are 10 things…

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Top News of 2018

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Newfoundland in severe debt due to Muskrat Falls As Tint of Ink reported earlier, Muskrat Falls costs $28,000 per adult person in Newfoundland and Labrador. Picture from APT News  Since then, the Muskrat Project has increased costs and the CEO of Nalcor estimates higher power costs for Newfoundlanders than expected. In fact, it will likely be worse than the 1969 Quebec deal. The Muskrat Falls investigation interviewed former premier Kathy Dunderdale and she had expected the project to possibly increase $50M over budget under severe circumstances. The inquiry has brought forward new information and questions about the project. There is a vast number of documents involved in the inquiry and key witnesses have been brought forward for questioning. The hope…

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True NL Christmas traditions

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The holiday season is full of traditions, and Newfoundland and Labrador doesn’t run short of such festive celebrations. Aside from the common caroling and the drink of eggnog, Newfoundlanders have a whole other slue of ways to countdown to Christmas. Shed Party There are a few staples that are common to the everyday Newfoundlander that leaves a Mainlander gobsmacked. For example, the shed. Normally a shed is for wood cutting, skidoo storage, or a couple pieces of luggage. That’s not the case in Newfoundland- the shed is where the party happens. At Christmas all the people from one street gather in the super shed. There is at least one guy who has designed his shed to its maximum potential. We’re…

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Health and Well-being: How Muskrat Falls has affected Land Protectors

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When Nunatsiavut Inuk researcher Jessica Penney  was deciding where to conduct her field work for her Masters, she didn’t have to look far, she simply had to turn to her family. Though raised in Iqaluit, Penney’s family live in Newfoundland and Labrador and are directly impacted by the Muskrat Falls project. “For me it was going back to the community. I didn’t grow up in Labrador and I wanted to know how Muskrat Falls was affecting them,” said the student. Penney is currently completing her Masters of Science in Global Health at the University of Glasgow and conducted research on the ground in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer past. Penney focused on how the project impacts the health and well-being…

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