If you think they’re outdated and due for cutbacks, it’s a sign of your good fortune and privilege. Libraries remain vital for the poor.
The Nalcor scandal is just the tip of the iceberg.
While the much-anticipated N.L. Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel final report places huge barriers in front of private interests looking to frack for shale oil in Western Newfoundland, some say it doesn’t go far enough.
It might sound too simple or gauche, but is it possible the personal wealth of Dwight Ball and Cathy Bennett might actually lie at the very heart of the budget about to go before the N.L. legislature?
Many are hoping Liberal MHAs, with a long weekend to ponder their role in shaping the province’s future, will return to work on Tuesday with their minds made up to put their constituents before their party and land on the right side of history.
The Liberal government says multi-grade classrooms won’t work, announces new plan to eliminate grades altogether and finance K-12 system with child labour.
The courage of one MHA has brought the Liberals to a tipping point at precisely the moment the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have united and found their collective voice. So where’s the coverage?
There is still time to stop this budget.
The Liberals’ turn to austerity in Budget 2016 to address the province’s deficit will do more harm than good and could “kill” the economy, says Diana Gibson.
Saturday’s “NL Rising” protest in St. John’s was more than just a warning from the unions. It was a show of solidarity with an explicit message for the Liberal government.
The tax on books and cuts to libraries will seriously damage the thriving literary culture in Newfoundland. These cuts will destroy the cultural hubs of communities, and show a cynicism this government needs to redress.
The provincial government’s 2016 austerity budget has sparked province-wide outrage and politicized a “whole new generation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians [who are] not going away.”
“I’ve seen many blue and red governments come and go, taking turns at the reins, going around in the same cycles of boom and bust, hope and loss.”
“I expect that, as a citizen who chose to make N.L. my home, this government will revisit their budget and roll back the suffocating taxes.”
Budget 2016 was not about making tough choices. It was about taking from the poor to protect the rich.
“Will I still have a job within the next year or two? If I don’t, will employment insurance still be available? Could I afford to buy lunch for work? How could my fiancée and I be able to afford a wedding? How can I afford to go to college?”
“We, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, will not let that happen!”
If you can afford to look at this budget in the abstract, you’re well off enough that you can pay a bigger share.
We can no longer be outraged that the budget will hit the poor the hardest, while ignoring the fact that the majority of the poor are women.
Province-wide, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are concerned and angry about the devastating consequences the Dwight Ball Government’s austerity budget will have on the most vulnerable people in the province and even the working class.