We break down how the provincial election has been unfolding, how other Canadian jurisdictions approached pandemic elections, and where we go from here.
In Labrador, the election fiasco adds another layer to the inequities imposed by a government founded on the denial of Indigenous peoples’ rights.
Newfoundland and Labrador may have just fumbled its way into an ultra vires election; game over on a technical foul.
“Emergency powers are still constrained by the constitution and the rule of law. It’s really hard to predict what happens next.”
“[There] would have to be an increase in the alert level before we would consider significantly delaying an election,” Chaulk tod the Independent.
From the circumstances prompting it to the candidates running, here is everything you need to know about Newfoundland & Labrador’s 2021 general election.
Our readers have spoken! Here’s what you picked as the best parts of the plague year. Best Pedestrian Mall Venue Winner: Cojones Honourable Mention: “whole damn thing” Best Restaurant During a Pandemic Winner: Bernard Stanley’s Honourable Mention: El Greco’s in Goose Bay Best Outdoor Place to Visit Winner: Bannerman Park Honourable Mention: Any of the abstract vagina statues Best Transition to Providing Services Remotely Winner: Piatto Honourable Mention: My kid’s teacher, bless her heart Best Employer During a Pandemic Winner: Verafin Honourable Mention: CERB Dishonourable Mention: “Not Dominion” Outstanding Community Organization Winner: The Gathering Place Honourable Mention: SHOP Best Pandemic Media Coverage (Individual Journalist or Overall Publication) Winner: Peter Cowan Honourable Mention: David Maher for updates, Indy for hot takes Best NL Arts & Entertainment Production During Pandemic Winner: Shanneyganock Drive-in Concert Honourable Mention: Stef Curran’s TikTok Best Pandemic-Themed Song Winner: The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me…
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.
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…
While stakeholder attendance at the lock-up was smaller than in previous years, representation changed significantly when media shaped the invite list.
“By supporting one another, we all do better. I think that’s part of the magic of Newfoundland and Labrador’s arts scene.”
Mutual aid work filled me with a hope I didn’t know I needed. I needed a way back to a sense of community I had lost in the months spent in isolation.
“We’ll be grateful to be back doing what we love. We hope that a good night of music will at least make everyone feel a little closer together.”
Newfoundland and Labrador has finally delivered its long-awaited 2020 budget. The key takeaway: watch this space for Budget 2021.
The truth is even simpler than it was last year. The province, despite seven years of austerity, is even closer to financial ruin that it was in 2019.
Hundreds of people urgently demanded “political support” for the offshore oil and gas industry. But Premier Andrew Furey did not offer anything specific.
Everything’s probably fine!
The letter calls for a one-time change to the provincial Income and Employment Support Act to waive all penalties associated with receiving the CERB.
Everything in my being both professionally and personally says this is premature. Opening up to the rest of Canada means we’ll soon end up back in lockdown.