Photo obtained by The Independent reveals what one hydroelectric engineering expert says is a “very serious” problem for Nalcor and subcontractors working on the site.
The province has a looming baby boomer retirement problem, crumbling municipal infrastructure, and a lack of capacity at the municipal level to deal with all this. Restructuring tax collection could help immensely.
Muskrat Falls does not give me wood.
One Labradorian pokes holes in the provincial government’s Northern Strategic Plan as falling short of providing adequate investments to promote growth in Labrador. Not only does the oil boom not contribute to Labrador development, the Labrador boom fails to as well.
One Labradorian’s view of the high cost politics being played out over Muskrat Falls and one towns economy
The CBC is reporting that the military has withdrawn an application to conduct supersonic flight training in Labrador. Just 3 years ago the Department of National Defence asked the province to conduct and environmental assessment for the base to fly more than a thousand supersonic training flights over the area – a plan that was signalled as important to the long-term viability of the base. This is worrisome for Goose Bay, who were assured by the Conservative government and Labrador MP Peter Penashue as recently as October that “There has been a lot of interest and people are looking at how to expand 5 Wing Goose Bay,” he said. “There’s going to be more stuff happening and so I think I’ll have to say: stay tuned,” he said. Source: CBC
…and so do a growing number of Canadians
Self-sufficiency used to be not only possible, but important. Maybe it still should be
The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that the size of the regular Canadian Forces will be frozen at 68,000 people for the next several years and the military and Defence Department will look at selling off property and shutting down facilities as part of its belt-tightening – a belt-tightening that each government department is expected to accomplish over the next years. Senator Colin Kenny said closing bases and selling off surplus property is essential since unwanted or underused facilities are costing the military hundreds of millions of dollars annually to maintain. Kenny indicated that up to 25 per cent of DND’s facilities, some of which date back to the Second World War, could be sold or shut down. Worrisome to Newfoundland are his comments regarding Goose Bay: he said Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador is a good example of a site that has become redundant to military needs. “It’s been…
A forest fire in Labrador broke out this morning about 15 miles north of Goose Bay, in the Caribou Lake area. VOCM.com reports that the fire is about 300 metres by 100 metres, but there appears to be no threat to infrastructure. A water bomber and six firefighters are on scene battling the blaze. Source: VOCM
The Public Service Alliance of Canada has confirmed there are job cuts at several Service Canada offices in this province and some layoff notices have already gone out. The union’s Atlantic Vice-President, Jeannie Baldwin, says twenty nine jobs in Employment Insurance processing are being eliminated in Gander, another ten in Corner Brook and a dozen in Goose Bay. A spokesperson for federal Minister Diane Finley’s office says it’s too early to say what the impact on staffing levels at Service Canada will be following word that changes are coming to the way Employment Insurance claims are processed. Source: VOCM