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Greg Hewlett: A Proper Response to Muskrat Falls

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When Greg Hewlett left Newfoundland and Labrador to move to Toronto he felt like he was leaving just as the province was about to slide into the ocean forever. “It felt terrible. Like most Newfoundlanders, it’s kind of like this dark cloud over everyone’s head. That’s the kind of thing I can’t really ignore and if I am ignoring it, it bubbles up. Especially now with the inquiry coming on. Muskrat Falls was the main obstacle for the province, or albatross,” said Hewlett in reference of the Muskrat Falls project and the aftermath that came with it. Hewlett’s anxiety is one that hangs heavy over the heads of many in the province. The Muskrat Falls inquiry final report is due…

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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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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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What’s up with Muskrat Falls ?

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When the Muskrat Falls operation started, it was a point of pride. A project on our own land, for the people by the people. It gave a big middle finger to the original Churchill Falls project, while also creating jobs and energy right here at home. At the time we were covered in oil money. Newfoundlanders were bursting at the seams with “nationalism” – there was oil to be found in them there oceans, and we we riding its tail to the bank. Whether or not, how we went about it was correct, we were pumped to be a “have” province. Bout time. We were due. Politicians took advantage of this confidence, they recognized our giddiness and decided to use…

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News Round Up: Muskrat Falls

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In response to the Muskrat Falls protest and the methylmercury levels, St. John’s East MP Nick Whalen tweeted “That is ridiculous. Just measure MeHg levels, eat less fish while MeHg levels are too high, and compensate.” Wait a second, did a white rich guy just tell a community of people how to face a problem? Did he suggest something that is not a solution and would be considered ridiculous if this was his home? Did a white guy just stand up in a position of power and completely dismiss a very serious situation that is affecting a great portion of his province? No WAY. Man, I don’t remember the last time a white guy ignored the problems of others while…

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