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Unpacking the Housing Crisis in St. John’s
Here’s a rundown on how St. John’s (and Canada) found itself in a growing housing crisis—and how we can get out.
June 13, 2022
Why We Do Not Need Bay du Nord, More than Ever
Long term projects, like Bay du Nord, represent a bad investment for the economy in a world shifting away from fossil fuels.
March 11, 2022
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
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
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
MuniPoli 101: Let’s Talk About Tax, Baby
St. John's is facing a budget shortfall and the City can't run deficits. If aspiring councillors don't want to raise taxes, they must specify which…
August 24, 2021
Green Transition or Greene Transition? Climate Policy in NL
For all the talk about a future transition to green energy and our ‘clean’ economy, Newfoundland and Labrador avoids tackling climate change.
June 25, 2021
Budget 2021: Good News, Bad News, & Confusion About NL’s Future
This budget got better because the economy got better, and Moya Greene was overly pessimistic about the province’s situation.
June 2, 2021
The Offshore Exploration Disincentive Program
This hastily designed—and expensive—provincial government program fails to deliver on its promises.
May 28, 2021
The Newfoundland Nine and the Labrador None
What it means to send healthcare help to other provinces—while ignoring the worsening state within our own.
May 3, 2021
Andrew Furey’s Liberals Have a Legitimacy Problem
It’s hard to imagine what sort of election investigation will be undertaken by a government that won’t question the legitimacy of its win.
April 30, 2021