Rollmann’s recent column “Owning up to a Big problem” struck a chord with many in Labrador, and on the island as well.
For the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) reached a concentration of 400 parts per million in early May. But the mainstream media was occupied with other things.
On March 5 CBC reporter Peter Cowan asked former Labrador MP Peter Penashue how donation errors were made in his 2011 campaign. Penashue dodged the question, as he has in the past, and instead turned the conversation around, accusing Cowan and the CBC of treating him “unfairly”. Penashue also told Cowan he had learned one of Cowan’s colleagues was running the Liberal campaign, referring to former CBC radio host Cindy Wall, who retired two years ago and is now running the campaign for Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones. Penashue’s former Labrador adviser, Donna Paddon, also used to work for CBC. Read CBC’s full story here.
The Telegram has reported that a spokesperson for Democracy Watch is calling the Newfoundland and Labrador government’s apparent safeguarding of its orders in council “dangerously undemocratic”. Read the full article by James McLeod here.
The Scope has published a “Guide to Bill 29” that highlights some of the key particulars of the controversial legislation that was pushed through last June after a week-long filibuster in the House of Assembly. If you’ve been hearing about Bill 29 and Access to Information Laws a lot since last summer, it’s because the legislation marked an important moment in the province’s history, albeit a dark one. Among other things, Bill 29 prohibits journalists and the media from accessing certain information they previously had access to and would normally share with the public (i.e. through real “news”) once uncovered. The media’s ability to access such information is an integral part of any healthy democracy. If you’ve noticed an increase of protests and marches downtown or at the Colonial Building or Confederation Building, many of them make reference to Bill 29. Click here to read The Scope’s Guide to Bill…
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Youth are spending in average of almost 8 hours a day in front of tv’s, video games, cell phones and the internet. It’s leading to huge health issues, so much so that this generation of youth is predicted not to outlive their parent’s generation. Take Me Outside couldn’t agree more that people should get outside every day… so it’s kind of sad that we have to promote a day like this. But there are hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who care about the health of future generations. If you believe that getting out is good for you – good for your health, good for your soul, please join us! And invite as many others as you want! Last year, Colin Harris, founder and director of Take Me Outside, ran across Canada – 7600 km (the equivalent of 181 marathons) over 9 months. During the run, he went into…
To commemorate the year anniversary of Occupy Newfoundland’s occupation of Harbourside Park, a group of citizens are preparing to re-occupy the historic site for one night.
Six communities in Labrador and Newfoundland will celebrate the annual global day of action and awareness between Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.
The Telegram is reporting that Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield has stated the fleet separation and owner-operator policies under review will not be changed. Further, the Tory MP said, growing concerns in recent months that the policies would be eliminated were blown out of proportion. The policies at hand protect the local inshore fishery against corporate takeover. Read the story here.
In what could be the most exciting CBC Massey Lecture series yet, world renowned theoretical physicist Neil Turok will share his thoughts and beliefs about the coming paradigm shift, the quantum revolution, when he delivers his first lecture at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 10. His new CBC Massey Lectures book, “The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos”, was published by Anansi Press earlier this month. Turok is the Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and previously held positions as professor of physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge. He has developed fundamental theories of the cosmos and, with colleague Stephen Hawking, developed the Hawking-Turok Instanton Theory, which describes the birth of inflationary universes. Further, he developed a cyclic universe scenario with Paul Steinhardt which is outlined in their critically acclaimed book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang – Rewriting Cosmic History. Stay tuned…
The Occupy Wall Street movement began one year ago after Canadian magazine Adbusters put out the call for people to converge on New York City’s financial district and occupy Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to protest corporate greed and growing inequality in North America. On Monday protesters reconvened in Manhattan to mark the one-year anniversary of the movement. Watch Democracy Now‘s coverage here.
Local artist uses documentary filmmaking and dance to get to the heart of the matter for women living in St. John’s.
The province follows suit after gas prices nation-wide increased earlier this week.
From a song and an album title to a trip he won’t soon forget. Tim Baker finds himself in a world of Seeds.
Acclaimed visual artist, singer and respected volunteer Tina Dolter passed away last Tuesday after a brief battle with pneumonia, CBC has reported. In this three-minute NTV segment, friends of the Steady Brook native remember her as “talented, humble, dedicated, a visionary.” Dolter was born in Montreal in 1959 but made her home in Western Newfoundland since 1976. Click here for the story from NTV.
“Tropical storm Leslie is on track to make landfall in Newfoundland Tuesday, dousing central and western parts of the island with heavy rain and bringing hurricane-strength winds to eastern regions.” Click here for the full story from CBC.
“Tropical storm Leslie has stalled hundreds of kilometres offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, but experts say there is a chance the weather system could hit Newfoundland by mid-week.” Click here for the full story from the CBC.
What initially began as an act of solidarity with the Québec student protesters has turned into a weekly march through St. John’s downtown core to protest more than increased tuition fees. A post in the “Casseroles Night in St. John’s” Facebook group reads: Show disapproval for Québec’s Law 78, which restricts Canadians’ civil liberties. Let those in power know that Canadians are paying attention! We will stand in solidarity with the students of Québec, but this is about much more. This is a stand against Harper: cuts to DFO and the fisheries, the “in and out” scandal, lying about voter suppression, the F-35 debacle, muzzling scientists, opposition to environmental groups, union breaking, the tar sands, cuts to refugee healthcare, Bill C-10 (the Omnibus crime bill (http://ccla.org/omnibus-crime-bill-c-10/) currently being criticized by the Supreme Court of Canada), C38, social injustice, neoliberalism, … and Dunderdale’s Law 29. Citizens wishing to join the march in protest of…
The Inaugural Fishing for the Future Film Festival will run July 5 – 7, 2012 at Memorial University’s Innovation Hall Theatre in the Bruneau Centre for Research & Innovation. Marking the 20th year of the closure of Newfoundland and Labrador’s northern cod fishery, the Fishing for the Future Film Festival celebrates coastal communities, oceans, marine fisheries and aquaculture in Canada and around the world. With 7 screenings in 3 days, the Festival’s 23 selections include local gems like Nigel Markham’s Taking Stock, Barbara Doran’s A Harbour Symphony and Anne Troake’s My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers, playing along with international treasures like The Sea (Iceland), Cry Sea (Senegal), The End of the Line (USA) concluding with the powerful film on ocean acidification, A Sea Change (USA). A new film, sure to please audiences, comes from Nunavut director Zacharius Kunuk (The Fast Runner) and Ian Mauro, Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. There’s also a special Saturday Morning Children’s Matinee with selections…