Every history, so they say, is a history of the present. The past is brutally unchanging, but what flares up through its wreckage to the observer hinges on the moment they turn to look back. (“The way to see,” according to one French mystic, “is to not always be looking.”) This is especially true in the case of historical ruptures that never quite get stitched up, or those regularly reopened under political strain. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Confederation with Canada in 1949 certainly fits this bill. Confederation was legendary in its own time, thanks to both the propagandist in the Premier’s chair and the romantic reaction he generated. As it recedes from living memory its mythic stature will only grow. You need only see Joe Smallwood, ‘Last Father of Confederation’, decked out in a Newfie Republican tricolour bowtie to realize we regard our past through a thickening stained-glass windowpane. It’s been…
If FREE NFLD is a call to action, what is it asking us to do?
What the rushed passage of controversial Bill 42 reveals about our leading political parties, their understanding of legislative reform and their propensity for anti-democratic decision-making
Why nationalism isn’t a good reason for making serious decisions about important things
A new vision for a new era
What the Big Land’s flag means after 40 years
The Canada-European Union free trade agreement is coming. Labrador and Newfoundland are both part of Canada. Sadly, but ultimately, Canada controls our fisheries.
We have exploited our freshwater supply in the name of industrial and resource development for more than a century, but are we moving toward relinquishing control over *how* and *why* we use our most valuable resource? Part 1 of ‘Whose water is it, anyway?’
What power holds the written word?
Hans met up with Greg Malone to discuss his new book ‘Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders’. In Part 2 of this feature, they discuss the confederation struggle…and the future.
Hans met up with Greg Malone to discuss his new book ‘Don’t Tell The Newfoundlanders’, which does exactly the opposite of its title. And the implications of the telling could be far-reaching….
A Labradorian adds their perspective to the independence debate
On the anniversary of Con-federation, some advice to future Republicans…
Island’s First Nations movement strengthens with establishment of populated but landless Mi’kmaq band.