In 2010, when Colliers International was listing the Battery Hotel and Suites for $15 million, they dared buyers to imagine alternate usages for the property—even those that went against provincial policy. “Newfoundland is one of only two Canadian provinces that does not have a provincially approved casino,” Colliers said in a brochure. “If this highly interesting situation changes, the site is sufficiently large to accommodate a Class A casino and hotel.” “Our policy doesn’t permit casinos in the province,” then-finance minister Tom Marshall told reporters at the time. “There’s been no change in that policy.” When asked if he’d reconsider the policy if a casino application was submitted, he was unequivocal: “No.” By 2014, Marshall was premier and Charlene Johnson, then-finance minister, suggested to reporters that they might be willing to consider a good offer. Saying the government would review proposals stopped far short of saying they would be approved,…
I’m beginning to think the patient is better off living in his fantasy. After I hear about New Year’s 2018 on the St. John’s waterfront, I want to join him.
It is October 2007. An emergency all-party government unleashes a political revolution in NL. But a sudden General Strike threatens to derail the province.
All Townie MHAs receive rural reeducation as the Baymen seize power in Newfoundland & Labrador. Meanwhile, a meal of Chow Mein nearly destroys the province.
Case study: Patient has moved from a depression over the loss of rural life to an hallucinatory state in which rural Newfoundland and Labrador is flourishing.
We hear a lot about Muskrat Falls as Danny Williams’ legacy, but it is hardly the only problem he left us to sort out. He rejigged provincial income tax rates between 2007 and 2010 so as to primarily benefit our wealthiest citizens. The result is that people earning in excess of $100,000 a year have since received – in the form of reduced taxes – more money than the province normally raises through income tax in an entire year. Income distribution changing Income figures for 2015, recently released by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), reveal our province to be profoundly divided. Our income distribution now exhibits a strangely inverted symmetry: more than half the people earn only a fifth of the income, while a fifth of the people earn more than half. This pattern is new and results from changes in provincial government policy that favour high-income earners. This policy…
Liz Solo’s “Everything is Leaking” uses images and video from Labrador to address mega projects, political oppression and colonialism.
Margaret Wente says a recent trip to Fogo Island changed her view of Newfoundland. No, it hasn’t.
“How in the name of God did it all go so unbelievably wrong? Were we all asleep at the switch?”
An anti-austerity manifesto for N.L.
Two words: Danny Williams.
Low oil prices and poor fiscal judgement have pushed Newfoundland and Labrador into a recession. With the looming threat of credit rating downgrades that could cripple the economy, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett doesn’t have much room — or time — to make some tough decisions.
See which articles and topics Independent readers cast an eye over most in 2015.
Former Great Big Sea member and small business owner Bob Hallett says homeowners and business owners in St. John’s feel “abused and neglected” in the wake of city council’s municipal budget. He is calling for the mayor and councillors’ resignation.
In an era of never before seen wealth, they mismanaged our coffers and squandered our nest egg of oil revenues. Now the PC Government is deferring needed social infrastructure because, they say, we have no money.
After reaping upward of $20 billion in offshore oil revenues in a decade, we have little to show for government’s reckless spending. After years of great promises wrapped in fierce pride, the PCs have placed us in worse fiscal straits than before they took office.
Newfoundland and Labrador has entered a new era. Some would like to drag us back to the old.
What happens at the Duke stays at the Duke… until now
Frank Coleman’s sudden departure is a hot mess for the Tories
It may have been a close race, but the Virgina Waters by-election win is momentous for the provincial Liberals