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Dear Robin Short

in Op Ed by
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I have to give you credit for having a set of balls because it’s a very sticky situation to crap on Newfoundland and Labrador. We come out with pitchforks and torches a blazing. I don’t have a tendency to generalize any group of people, but I gotta say we are the most defensive province in the country. Reasonably so, because since confederation there has been an arrogance that steamed over us from the mainland. A sense of superiority from the upper echelons who reminded us of our lack of money and were backed by a federal government who has a tendency to forget we even exist and a country that believes we lack intelligence and education. It’s been a tough…

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Develop or Perish: A Pictorial Record of J.R. Smallwood’s New Industries

in Features by
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After Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, the province was impacted on many levels. Fishing communities were being abandoned for larger areas. Joey Smallwood feared Newfoundlanders would migrate to the mainland and thought it vital to develop the island’s industry. Gerhard P. Bassler takes a look at the 17 new industries during the 1950s and 60s through pictures gathered from immigrants and Newfoundlanders involved in the process. The book comes from a research project involving 115 interviews conducted in the 1980s. “A related objective of the interviews was to capture the newcomer’s own impression and experiences as immigrants arriving and settling in Newfoundland shortly after Confederation. To demonstrate their roles and experiences at the time, many of the interviewees offered photographs…

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Bias what bias – A story of a complacent woke woman

in Op Ed by
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I consider myself a feminist, and I have for quite some time. I protested the Snelgrove verdict, I regularly have difficult conversations with people about gender inequality, and I take notice of the “minor,” yet impactful, injustices that I (and women everywhere) experience every single day. I’m proud to say that I stand for something, and I’m proud to make a contribution to the cause in my own small way. I think sometimes we let our strong moral compasses (and the fact that we’re already “woke”) cloud our judgement, and it’s important to reflect on our thoughts and actions and examine them for ingrained discriminatory beliefs/behaviour. This past week I was reminded of my own biases and internal misogyny and,…

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Clean up campaign finance

in Features by
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I’ve long felt that money plays too big a role in St. John’s politics. My experience running for a councillor-at-large seat has shown me that a lot of voters in St John’s agree. wh Most of us understand the dangers of political donations. Donations undermine democratic accountability. Elected representatives should be equally accountable to everyone, but if their political fortunes depend on a few wealthy and interested donors, those donors voices’ will be heard far louder than yours. Donations raise concerns about corruption—justified or not. When a major donor gets a contract or a zoning change, it’s hard to help wondering if something is crooked. Donations also make political campaigns more expensive: if successful candidates start putting signs on every…

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Private Council Meetings should be Tightly Restricted

in Features by
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Every week, before the regular council meeting, there’s another, secret meeting. There’s no press, no public agenda, and no public record of what decisions were made. At first that sounds suspicious. But, they say, City Council has deal with personnel issues or ongoing negotiations that need privacy. Fair enough!

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