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Shannon Reardon

Shannon Reardon

Shannon is a teacher, past political blogger and staffer, and St. John's native holding degrees in History and Education from Memorial University.

Published Articles

  • Please don’t take us for fools

    With election campaigns officially and unofficially in full swing, voters are bearing witness to a multitude of promises from politicians. We’re also seeing a rising number of disingenuous statements, some bordering on the laughable.

    Published on August 27, 2015
  • When the party’s over

    In an era of never before seen wealth, they mismanaged our coffers and squandered our nest egg of oil revenues. Now the PC Government is deferring needed social infrastructure because, they say, we have no money.

    Published on August 13, 2015
  • Hoping they mean it

    Given the federal and provincial elections upon us, politicians’ appearances at community events like the St. John’s Pride Parade are inevitable. But is it sincere, and not just for good public relations and votes?

    Published on July 31, 2015
  • When politicians cross the social media line

    Our elected politicians’ behaviour online demands scrutiny.

    Published on July 17, 2015
  • The orange wave swells again

    With mere months to go until the federal and provincial elections, the New Democratic Party is enjoying a resurgence at both levels. Can they maintain, and even strengthen, their momentum in the weeks and months until voters go to the polls?

    Published on July 3, 2015
  • A plague on both sides of the House

    A preoccupation with political point-scoring seems to rule our politicians’ better judgment when it comes to governing and to offering an effective opposition in this province, and it has impacted both our social needs and our very democracy.

    Published on June 19, 2015
  • Selling the budget or themselves?

    In claiming it is educating the public and reporting the “good news” provincial media are not, the Davis Government is looking mighty Harperesque in promoting its budget with public tax dollars in the lead-up to a provincial election.

    Published on June 5, 2015
  • The Liberals have failed us on Bill C-51

    Many Canadians, including Liberal Party supporters, are disgruntled over the Liberal Party of Canada’s support for the Harper Government’s controversial anti-terrorism legislation, which has them questioning whether the once presumptive future government is really any different from the Conservatives.

    Published on May 23, 2015
  • Our squandered pride and prosperity

    After reaping upward of $20 billion in offshore oil revenues in a decade, we have little to show for government’s reckless spending. After years of great promises wrapped in fierce pride, the PCs have placed us in worse fiscal straits than before they took office.

    Published on May 7, 2015
  • #DonDunphy: Cooler heads prevail

    Rationally approaching delicate matters in the public interest, especially those as sensitive as the Don Dunphy shooting, is the most effective way to gain the answers and the information we seek.

    Published on April 24, 2015
  • The politics and timing of the ATIPPA review

    Is a commitment to openness and transparency with access to information this government’s real motivation for accepting an effective quashing of its infamous Bill 29?

    Published on March 5, 2015


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