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.
[serenely taking several deep breaths in between bouts of doomscrolling]
Newfoundland & Labrador will be clawing back income support from anyone who received CERB. Advocates fear this will increase poverty and homelessness.
Despite the fanfare for their service, food retail employees themselves are not convinced they’re ‘recognized’ in ways that actually improve their lives.
The events triggered by Covid-19 are diagnostic of fragile social arrangements that we have lacked the ability to discuss for decades.
It’s not too late for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to write a new, original story—our story, our future—from the ruins of the present moment.
The supply chain is not a series of equal links dependent on the ‘weakest link’ to operate. Rather, the middle is a choke point over the food supply.
Housing is more than a matter of shelter—housing is healthcare. It’s time for a northern housing strategy that recognizes this critical connection.
The fight over the 2020 fishing season has exposed many deeply rooted problems in a crucial but troubled industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Far from being a “great equalizer,” Covid-19 is exposing the deeper inequities in our healthcare systems and the populations they serve.
Hard though it is, we have to shift our economies away from fossil fuels. We are perilously near collapse.
If the pandemic has done anything, it has forced us to think about how societies face a crisis of collapse. We need to escape the Holocene delusion.
Even before the pandemic, we were living in a revolutionary age. Now, long-standing injustices and inequalities are amplified by COVID-19.
The way digital information is mobilized during this pandemic highlights the politics of data—even if we often couldn’t see the data itself.
We can *heart* oil and gas all we want—it doesn’t *heart* us back.
This column introduces a series of commentaries that create space for positive futures by thinking against the grain of the pandemic.
While we may never have encountered a health crisis like this in our lifetimes, our ancestors did.
The following letter was sent by Independent Editor Drew Brown to the CBC Ombudsman on Wednesday, 15 April 2020. Hello, I hope this message finds you well. My name is Drew Brown, and I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent. I am writing today to express my concerns about the way a story on food security in the province has been handled by the local CBC affiliate. On Monday, David Cochrane with the CBC published a story about Oceanex, a marine shipping company, seeking federal subsidies to keep it afloat through the pandemic. In the original story, it was reported: “If Oceanex shuts down, it would create an immediate food security and public health crisis in the province.” As it turns out, this was not true; Oceanex actually delivers far fewer food supplies than initially suggested in the article, and according to the company’s own website it…