The name David Vardy has been linked with criticism of the Muskrat Falls project since its earliest days, when he had already retired from public service. Vardy, a former Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet and chairman of the Public Utilities Board, says the questions we really need to answer are about democracy and how we as a society are going to respond to Muskrat Falls. I sat down for an interview with him before he left for the Muskrat Falls symposium in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Q: What makes you happy about what’s going on with the Muskrat Falls issue right now? Anything? So what makes me happy is that we finally have a public inquiry. And this is not the public inquiry that I asked for: what I wanted was a panel of people that were very knowledgeable about construction projects. And what do we end up…
We need more democracy, not less
If we want to ever get a proportional representation referendum in this province we’re going to have to rethink our strategies.
With the vast resources of propaganda and surveillance now available to our rulers, there’s no need to imprison citizens’ bodies when it’s so much easier to “imprison” their minds, writes Ed Finn.
In Twitter essay, Justin Brake responds to Justin Trudeau’s World Press Freedom Day statement.
“The greatest boon parents can give their children is to inculcate in them a love of reading at the earliest age…”
Have our values and the way we approach activism changed in the past five years?
The Liberals’ book tax is part of a bigger, disturbing pattern.
What we need to know about neoliberalism. (Part 3 of 3)
Electoral reform might not sound very sexy. But it matters. A lot. Don’t let the footdragging wear you down.
Worry about what’s happening in N.L. and in Canada.
Independent MHA Paul Lane speaks out on the ways consensus is formed and decisions are made in N.L. politics, disrupting the illusion of representative democracy in the province.
We have all learned something important from the courage of Labradorians
“If 10 or more of you get together as a united group you have the power to demand change to this horrible budget. If cabinet is unwilling to act, cross the floor and form the Official Opposition.”
Other places have experimented with austerity, so we don’t have to. Here’s how Newfoundland and Labrador can avoid known mistakes and put itself on a path to a brighter, more equitable, future.
While they certainly aren’t trying to train me, my ducks have inspired me to be more cognizant of teamwork, flexibility and leadership.
There’s a lot to be cynical about in light of the way politics is done these days. But, just before voters head to the polls in Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2015 general election, a new party has emerged to offer some words of encouragement and let us know there may be a fourth option in 2019.
The next chapter of our story begins with the coordinated and well-executed effort to replace Stephen Harper with Justin Trudeau. But if we want to shape the narrative, we can’t let go of the pen.
If so, George Orwell would probably want it to be done idealistically, not strategically.
While people are literally dying for democracy here in the Middle East, it disheartens me to see so many back home in Newfoundland and Canada taking their freedoms for granted.