“We can’t pretend that the municipal sector, with its property tax, is going to be able to afford a billion dollars over the next 10 years.”
If the financial situation in Newfoundland and Labrador is dire—and governments don’t have actual solutions—what is likely to happen?
Government’s only vision is to either increase corporate concentration (foreign ownership or otherwise) or see more plant closures, divestment, and decline.
Is corporate concentration a central part of the province’s long-term strategy for the fishery? How does that benefit Newfoundlanders and Labradorians?
While stakeholder attendance at the lock-up was smaller than in previous years, representation changed significantly when media shaped the invite list.
The truth is even simpler than it was last year. The province, despite seven years of austerity, is even closer to financial ruin that it was in 2019.
Dr. Furey does in fact have a principled vision for Newfoundland and Labrador’s future. It is a vision that is deeply technocratic—and troublingly elitist.
The relative cleanliness of NL’s offshore oil is the key selling-point for the industry’s future in a low-carbon world. But does this argument hold up?
Despite the fanfare for their service, food retail employees themselves are not convinced they’re ‘recognized’ in ways that actually improve their lives.
The events triggered by Covid-19 are diagnostic of fragile social arrangements that we have lacked the ability to discuss for decades.
It’s not too late for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to write a new, original story—our story, our future—from the ruins of the present moment.
The supply chain is not a series of equal links dependent on the ‘weakest link’ to operate. Rather, the middle is a choke point over the food supply.
Housing is more than a matter of shelter—housing is healthcare. It’s time for a northern housing strategy that recognizes this critical connection.
The fight over the 2020 fishing season has exposed many deeply rooted problems in a crucial but troubled industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Far from being a “great equalizer,” Covid-19 is exposing the deeper inequities in our healthcare systems and the populations they serve.
Hard though it is, we have to shift our economies away from fossil fuels. We are perilously near collapse.
If the pandemic has done anything, it has forced us to think about how societies face a crisis of collapse. We need to escape the Holocene delusion.
Even before the pandemic, we were living in a revolutionary age. Now, long-standing injustices and inequalities are amplified by COVID-19.
A mass die-off of salmon in fish pens on the south coast of Newfoundland made waves in news headlines last October. But yesterday, a report into public disclosure of information by the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources released by the province’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner clearing the Department of any wrong-doing, scarcely created a ripple. Gerry Byrne, the Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources summarized the report’s main finding yesterday in a series of tweets. “Appreciate having an Independent Officer of the Legislature confirm no basis for mandatory disclosure due to no evidence of health or environmental risk,” the Minister posted. He added: “In my own history as a parliamentarian, I have never experienced an oversight Office conclude an investigation by saying ‘no recommendations’ to offer or required as the situation was well handled.” Commissioner Michael Harvey’s report concludes “I do not have any recommendations to make…
The way digital information is mobilized during this pandemic highlights the politics of data—even if we often couldn’t see the data itself.