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December 1, 2021
The Independent welcomes opinion pieces from readers on any topic. These pieces reflect the opinions of the writers. The Independent editorial staff reserves the right to edit the opinion pieces for clarity and length.
I’m a Newfoundlander Born and Bred and I’ll Owe Debt Til I Die
Let’s take Finance Minister Siobhan Coady at face value: what does it mean that “debt” is our birthright as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians?
November 29, 2021
LETTER: Renewable Energy Strategy Must Avoid Past Mistakes
NL needs to make the right decisions now to build a truly renewable future. Deadline for public feedback on the strategy is Thursday, Nov 4.
Nick Mercer and Conor Curtis
November 3, 2021
The NL Coat of Arms Remains a Relic of Colonialism
The Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms is a relic of colonialism, and removing the word “savages” won’t change that.
October 26, 2021
LETTER: We Need to Talk About Bike Lanes
Separated bike lanes are the safest and best way to encourage cycling in a city. We need leadership on this from the new city council.
October 14, 2021
On September 30, Be an Ally—Not an Actor
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation demands more than wearing orange—it demands real reparations.
September 29, 2021
LETTER: Prospects for a Progressive City Council
The long term success of progressive politics in St. John's hinges on challenging the established view of how the city itself should govern.
September 28, 2021
MuniPoli 101: Home, Sweet Affordable Home
St. John's will never thrive if people can't afford to live here. Real progress on affordable housing requires a city council with courage.
September 27, 2021
A Tale of Two Elections—Redux
One September 2021 election down, one to go. Some thoughts about where we are, where we're going, and the candidates who might take us there.
September 27, 2021
Liberals, NDP Debate Oil, Food, and Work in Long Range Mountains
Liberal Gudie Hutchings and NDP Kaila Mintz debated oil and gas, agriculture, and workers' rights in Long Range Mountains last week.
September 16, 2021
MuniPoli 101: A Well Developed City
Development planning is indispensable for good city governance—as is consistently following clear rules, and engaging the people affected.
September 15, 2021
MuniPoli 101: Whose Jurisdiction is it, Anyway?
There are limits to what the City can accomplish when the Province won't give it the power (or resources) it needs to properly govern itself.
September 1, 2021
A Tale of Two St. John’s Elections
You don't often have two levels of government up for grabs at the same time. So it's worth looking at issues where they overlap—like housing.
August 30, 2021