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Manage-ing Opportunity “Our manufacturing location is based on proximity to where each of us live; it just happens to be beautiful out here”. That’s Steve Wheeler, GM of Magine Snowboards, a company that manufactures snowboards from Port au Port East. Learn about their operation here. …And… Also on our site today, a new Photo of the Day and a Just for Fun instalment – Guitar Jam!
According to sources from The Telegram, a group of Newfoundland railway enthusiasts are hoping to revive the Trinity Loop. The Heritage Newfoundland website records that the loop was originally created because of the many hills around the Trinity/Bonavista Bay region; a direct route through would have been too steep for trains to climb, and so a loop was created a circular pond that would allow trains to descend gradually. It was the only railway loop of its kind in North America. Even after the railway in Newfoundland was dismantled, the loop operated and survived as a tourist attraction until 2004, when it was closed due to dwindling attendance and the deterioration of the tracks. The Telegram reports that the government is waiting for the applicant to provide a business plan or proposal for the amusement park’s revival, which must be submitted to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Read…
The Telegram is reporting that the citizens of the town of Round Harbour will soon be asked if they are willing to resettle. According to The Telegram, the Department of Municipal Affairs will “soon commence the process of a vote by permanent residents to determine if they wish to relocate.” The process should be fairly simple – given that the population of Round Harbour is 2. The catch? 90% of the residents must agree… which means both residents must choose to resettle. Read more via the link below. Round Harbour is located at the eastern tip of the Baie Verte Peninsula. Source: The Telegram
When news broke last week that the Marystown shipyard was unable to handle $100 million of work it was hoped to, the province was buzzing with questions like “why?” and “how?”. Now ExxonMobil is asking “where?” as it has launched a global search for a company that is able to take on the construction of one of the three Hebron modules. But the company is also confirming that a local company has come to the table with a new proposal, and that the new offer is being seriously considered. Read the article at CBC by clicking the link below. Source: CBC
Do you think the province should recognize someone you know who has “demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents?” Well, you have until Tuesday to get your nominations in. Click here for more information!
“As long as one Newfoundlander wants to harvest one seal, to make a flipper pie, or to use the pelt to make one of those splendid sealskin hats – on with the Hunt! Doing otherwise would be a surrender of our character as Newfoundlanders, and an apology for the rigorous and demanding way of life we have known, and which has earned us tenure here for half a millennium.” Read Rex Murphy’s full article in the National Post via the link below. Source: National Post
Local company in small town doing big things
Nobody knows for sure yet, but what does seem to be certain about news coming from the Corner Brook mill is that it’s not going to be good. “I don’t know any of the details,” Dave Coles, the national president of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union, told CBC News. “I was just given a message that there would be an announcement, apparently today, affecting out membership in the mill in Corner Brook.” It is expected that the mill will be announcing lay-offs, however there are conflicting reports if an announcement is imminent or if the mill will wait until meetings later in the Spring. The Corner Brook mill is the last operating mill in the province. Source: CBC
The fighting Newfoundlander seems to giving up on the seal hunt. “We know that the world appetite is not there for seal meat, but the world appetite for seal products — I don’t know if it’s there. And you know what? I may be shot for talking about this, and for saying this, but it’s a question we all have to ask,” Ryan Cleary told the CBC. Cleary, the NDP MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, says the hunt attracts a lot of negative attention for an industry that was only worth $1 million last year. “Part of our history is also whaling, for example, and the day came when the whaling industry stopped,” he said. “Now, is that day coming with the seal hunt? It just may be.” Cleary says the NDP still officially supports the hunt… but given his comments to the CBC it’s hard to believe that…
The Telegram reports that the Muskrat Falls project, the Atlantic Energy Gateway Initiative, and onshore natural gas and oil exploration issues were the key issues addressed at meetings today between energy ministers from all four of the Atlantic provinces. The meetings also gave Newfoundland’s Natural Resources minister to promote the Lower Churchill development: “Muskrat Falls will provide significant employment, economic and environmental benefit, and will strengthen the energy market in Atlantic Canada by providing a renewable, sustainable energy resource which will be a benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador and to all in the region,” he told The Telegram. Source: The Telegram
Two Whales Coffee Shop “The Two Whales Coffee Shop in Port Rexton is not your ordinary roadside restaurant. Standing in front of Robin Hood Bay, it could be any old home with a view, save the sign that hangs on one side, which hints that it is open, but only mentions coffee.” Click here to read Laura Nelson-Hamilton’s latest entry in her column Supply and Demand. Mekong jungle adventure “We eventually came to a little tributary that needed to be crossed, and when our ferry turned out to be a raft pulled along by a rope we figured we had found a little bit of adventure. We just had no idea how much of an adventure we had in store.” Read Sherrie McCarthy’s latest report from her trip around the world on a motorcycle here. Scrunchions We’ve also got a new photo of the day, a new poll to gawk…
The Telegram is reporting that Memorial University professor Wade Locke wants to make a point of clarification regarding his presentation on Tuesday night where he endorsed the Muskrat Falls project. At the tail end of the presentation – and in the next few days – many were left with the impression that Locke’s analysis did not include the cost of transmitting the power from Labrador to the island. This oversight could have changed the result of the analysis. However, Locke has since gone over his numbers with Nalcor and can now confirm that his analysis, in fact, did include these costs. Locke said he was confused as he had not made that clear on his slides, however after speaking to Nalcor Vice-President Glibert Bennett Thursday morning, Locke said he understood the transmission costs had, in fact, been included in his presentation. Source: The Telegram
Earlier this week, in his bid to ante up the pressure on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to change the way in which it provides municipalities with funds, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said that property taxes in his city could jump by as much as 300 percent. Finance Minister Tom Marshall doubts that. “I’ve taken a look at the city’s revenues and I really can’t see that happening,” said Marshall to the CBC. The city is arguing that the provincial government doesn’t currently pay its share of key municipal services, including water and other infrastructure. “I think it’s a bit extreme but [O’Keefe’s] got a point to make. He’s trying to make an argument and he’ll make his and we’ll make ours and you know, we’ll work together, but we have to look at the big picture. We have the whole province to look after.” Marshall told the…
The residents of Marystown, despite OCI filing an injunction against former workers preventing them from blocking the company from entering its own building, are continuing to find ways to obstruct the company. On Wednesday the husband of a former OCI worker who was laid off – who was not one of the parties named in the injunction – blocked access to the plant with his truck. CBC reported that about 80 plant workers and their supporters gathered outside the plant early Wednesday afternoon while the truck blocked the entrance. RCMP officers eventually were able to convince the man to move his vehicle. Source: CBC