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All Good Intentions deals with familiar themes in Newfoundland History

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Johnson’s historical fiction trilogy begins in early 20th century Newfoundland incorporating features of pre-Confederation lifestyle, one well documented trend being the employment ofyoung outport girls as maids and cooks for rich families in St. John’s and the Boston States. Hannah Parsons, from fictional Falcon Cove on the Northeast Coast, is one such worker for wefirst met her on the eve of leaving the hamlet in From a Good Home. She had procured a position as a” serving girl” in the home of Virginia and Charles Sinclair, rich St John’s business people. Ironically, as the sequel, All Good Intentions, gets underway, the road leads back to Falcon Cove as Hannah’s daughter, Jeanne Sinclair drives there to reconnect with her birth mother. A…

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The Worst and Best of the Premiers and Some We Never Had

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A Political Report Card by Bill Rowe When it comes to Premiers, Newfoundlander and Labradorians are loud in their opinions whether it be proud or infuriated or otherwise, we all have something to say about those who sat in office. From out protests for Dwight Ball to step down to our “Clyde lied” slogan to our admiration and worship of Danny Williams- our views are passionate and obvious for every single premier to step foot in the Confederation Building. As much as we have to say, it’s not always backed with all the information. My favourite and most knowledgeable political “advisor” is the one and only, Bill Rowe. His opinion has the most validity and it’s easy to hang onto…

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