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The Patient’s Progress, Part 4

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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.

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The Patient’s Progress, Part 2

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All Townie MHAs receive rural reeducation as the Baymen seize power in Newfoundland & Labrador. Meanwhile, a meal of Chow Mein nearly destroys the province.

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The Patient’s Progress, Part 1

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Art by Gordon Little.

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.

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Who will #MakeMuskratRight?

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Nunatsiavut launches campaign in effort to prevent loss of traditional food supply and risk to Inuit health; NDP only party to back them.

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Students, faculty vow to fight MUN fee hikes

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In the wake of a vote to raise tuition and residence fees for certain students attending Memorial University, the Canadian Federation of Students, its member unions and allies say they will strengthen the fight for accessible education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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No reconciliation for N.L. residential school survivors, yet

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As mediation talks continue in a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada for its failure to recognize and take responsibility for N.L. residential school survivors, observers say the recently released Truth and Reconciliation report offers people in this province and across Canada an opportunity to pursue a meaningful course of action to repair the relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples.

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Newfoundland’s left needs new life

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The departure of Lorraine Michael marks the end of a difficult period for the New Democrats. It also offers an opportunity to invigorate the party with a truly left politics.

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Orange you glad change comes better late than never?

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It’s been deferred for months but a straggling NDP finally gets a chance for renewal. But will it be enough?

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Thank you, Lorraine Michael

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“When it comes to politics, we need more Lorraine Michaels, in the House of Assembly and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.”

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A night at the Duke…

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What happens at the Duke stays at the Duke… until now

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Should we raise the Minimum Wage?

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There are good reasons to raise the minimum wage, and good reasons to explore other options. What’s your take?

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NDP wants to spend surplus instead of reducing debt

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The Newfoundland and Labrador government is going to post an unexpected surplus this fiscal year $755.8 million, and NDP leader Lorraine Michael is criticizing Finance Minister Tom Marshall’s announcement that it will be used to service the province’s debt. “Everybody is supposed to be very pleased with it, yet they just see it as an opportunity to put more money down on the debt,” said Michael. The NDP say that the $755 million should be used to pay for seniors’ needs, municipal infrastructure, and secondary education. Newfoundland’s debt currently sits at $8.7 billion. If you had credit card debt of $8,700, and you unexpectedly came across $755.80, what would YOU do? Consider the interest payments you would probably save in the long term on almost a billion dollars. Source: CBC

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Everybody Wins!

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Some post-election thoughts from Kieran Hanley

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Election night at NDP Headquarters

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Photographer Susan Morrissey Wyse was at NDP headquarters as the election results rolled in.

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Election Round-up: This is it!

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On the cusp of Voting Day, a final analysis of the 2011 General Election…

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Noseworthy no-shows debate organized by community group

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John Noseworthy, former auditor general and challenger to NDP leader Lorraine Michael in the Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi riding, is taking some heat for deciding not to show up to a debate sponsored by the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association. Michael showed up to the event, as did Liberal candidate Drew Brown. “The fact that he has that same arrogant attitude, that he could ignore people in the district that he’s asking to vote for him, ignore that, shows he has the same arrogance as the party he’s running for,” Michael told the CBC. For his part, Noseworthy had concerns that members of the Georgestown association were also working on the NDP campaign. Check out the new poll on TheIndependent.ca to tell us how you feel about this apparent snuff by clicking here. Meanwhile Drew Brown took exception to negative comments made by his Liberal party colleague, Danny Dumaresque, to the city of…

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Election Round-up: One week to go

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TheIndependent.ca counts down the weeks to the provincial election with a quick’n’dirty roundup of what’s happening on the campaign trails…

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NL Election 2011: The Final Week

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Newfoundland and Labrador is entering its final full week of its provincial election campaign, and VOCM is giving an update on where the leaders will be today. PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale will begin this week’s campaign in St. John’s with a visit to the Independent Living Resource Centre on Escasoni Place. She’s then heading off to the west coast where she will campaign with Wally Young in Rocky Harbour and Darryl Kelly in Deer Lake. Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward is focusing his energies today in St. George’s-Stephenville East where he’s hoping to win back the district he held for 18 years away from incumbent, Joan Burke. NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is making an announcement this morning at 11 at her campaign office concerning the 2014 Health Accord. Michael will be joined by Megan Leslie, the NDP MP for Halifax. Stay tuned this week for TheIndependent.ca’s review of the three political…

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NDP’s oil surtax raising eyebrows nationally

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Lorraine Michael and her NDP are making national headlines this week not just for their historical chance at coming in second place for the first time – but for their idea of charging a new tax on oil companies. The NDP Leader plans to pay for about half of the $142 million needed for the party’s health and social spending platform by charging oil companies a three-per-cent surtax on offshore royalties. CTV reports that “she concedes that such a move could require rewriting offshore deals that were months or years in the making”. Michael said the party will seek a legal opinion on the matter. Asked why she did not do that before releasing her platform, she said the surtax is only an issue if she becomes premier. So the leaders only have to rationalize their platforms if they actually had a shot at becoming Premier? Source: CTV

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The debate over Health Care

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“I think the minister is denying the fact that we do have a mess and when I say that it’s not my word people inside the health care system are continually saying to me: our health care system is a mess,” said NDP Lorraine Michael during yesterday’s debate on the health care system. Michael, who believes there are major problems with our system, is calling for a full independent review of it. Health Minister Jerome Kennedy says an independent review would inevitably lead to recommendations that rural services should be cut. “There was an external review done in 2004 and if we had followed the recommendations at that time then there would be no rural health care left,” said Kennedy. “I really don’t know why Ms. Michael believes a review today would be any different … They’ll try to streamline and create efficiencies,” he said. “I can predict that that’s…

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