“As long as sex work is criminalized then authorities have a mandate to treat sex workers as criminals. They’re oversurveilled and they’re underprotected.”
Two months after a mistrial was declared in the Snelgrove case, a panel convened in St. John’s to demand justice reform for sexual assault survivors.
The provincial snow crab fishery suffered a big hit in the marketplace this year thanks largely to Covid, and cod stocks in 3Ps remain critical.
Come for the roundup of Monday’s city council meeting; stay for the delightful interview with Gord Follett Jr., the “fastest man who never ran.”
Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, was a movie that garnered many awards and significant critical acclaim. The film became problematic because it reinforces the idea that the disabled life is not worth living. The disabled community in Newfoundland and Labrador attempted to seize the opportunity of a 2020 Bike Plan that was going run through the Grand Concourse of St. John’s. Hobbyist runners, hobbyist cyclists, and other political malcontents have decided the disabled life and access is not worth giving. Claims from charities that grades would be improper for wheelchair access and claims from commenters that if it “isn’t broke don’t fix it” all suggest surrender. Arguments over environmental aesthetics all come together to form a massive monolith that says “we don’t care about accessibility.” Perhaps more accurately, the statement is that “we care about accessibility but just not right now and not in this case.” Ultimately the…
Christmas in the Atlantic Bubble might be in jeopardy, but at least we’ve got this handy explainer about regional superstar Cortland Cronk.
The Holiday Market Sike This just in: to discourage the congregation of shoppers, the forthcoming Holiday Market weekends of December 5 – 6 and 12 – 13 have been cancelled. Your city Council wants you to know that businesses are open, and to please support the local shops downtown during this difficult time. However, rather than maximizing pedestrian space by closing Water Street to vehicular traffic, they ask that you practice your best physical distancing… while forced to congregate on sidewalks. In support of the motion to cancel, Mayor Breen said, “We feel that we need to make the decisions that are necessary for the safety of our residents as we move forward [during] this very challenging time for everyone.” He later stated, “This is not about not going shopping downtown; it’s about not encouraging congregation… events such as this encourage congregation.” Bolstering the Mayor’s support for this motion during…
Is corporate concentration a central part of the province’s long-term strategy for the fishery? How does that benefit Newfoundlanders and Labradorians?
We need to make it clear that the status quo isn’t enough. It is time for things in this province to change. It is time to put our victims first.
There was something weird spotted in the sky above Main Brook on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula in January 2020.
Everybody Deserves A Home We got things started with a proclamation for National Housing Day, taking place on Sunday, November 22nd. Mayor Breen reminds us that “having a safe, secure home is a basic human right and a key pathway out of poverty.” To mark the occasion, we will see online events (such as a housing-needs assessment workshop), funder pitch-sessions, the launch of a video highlighting partners in the housing sector, a CMHC-hosted “Let’s Talk Housing” meeting (which took place Monday morning), and “a NIMBY campaign,” adds Deputy Mayor O’Leary.. For the uninitiated, NIMBY means “not in my backyard.” It’s a thinly-veiled pejorative phrase, carrying the sentiment that Greg (think: property-owner from Hot Fuzz) doesn’t have a problem with multiplexes per se, but he just doesn’t want them next to his three-thousand square-foot house and award-winning azaleas. That’s all. Rather than a NIMBY campaign (that truly sounds dreadful), I’m betting…
Not only was Trimper not invited to join Premier Furey in his own district, but he wasn’t even informed that Furey would be visiting at all.
They’re big dogs, but there has to be a biggest. So we found him. But we met many a good dog along the way—all the biggest in someone’s heart.
While stakeholder attendance at the lock-up was smaller than in previous years, representation changed significantly when media shaped the invite list.
Capelin sold for higher prices in the marketplace this year—despite record low quotas hauled to shore by the province’s saltwater cowboys and girls.
The Downtown Pedestrian Mall is making a comeback for two weekends over the holiday season, complete with a musical soundtrack and roving bands of mummers.
With all original pieces, in-show “ads” and an on-stage Foley artist, Ladies Who Lunch showcase the passion that goes into producing a radio play.
St. John’s City Council never stops, so neither do we. Say hello to Jess Puddister, the Independent’s new municipalites correspondent.
My hands tremble as I write these words, this foul admission of my greatest professional shame—and yet, I am filled with an incredible lightness.
We had some laughs, we had some tears, and we had some detailed recaps of city council meetings in St. John’s. Now it’s time to ride off into the sunset.