Though framed as anti-pipeline protests, Wet’suwet’en reveals deeper national conflicts—what Minister Carolyn Bennett called “150 years of broken promises.”
Several days after the premier’s “significant announcement,” neither the plan—or Dwight Ball’s political future—is clear.
Every history, so they say, is a history of the present. The past is brutally unchanging, but what flares up through its wreckage to the observer hinges on the moment they turn to look back. (“The way to see,” according to one French mystic, “is to not always be looking.”) This is especially true in the case of historical ruptures that never quite get stitched up, or those regularly reopened under political strain. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Confederation with Canada in 1949 certainly fits this bill. Confederation was legendary in its own time, thanks to both the propagandist in the Premier’s chair and the romantic reaction he generated. As it recedes from living memory its mythic stature will only grow. You need only see Joe Smallwood, ‘Last Father of Confederation’, decked out in a Newfie Republican tricolour bowtie to realize we regard our past through a thickening stained-glass windowpane. It’s been…
Newfoundland and Labrador has entered a new era. Some would like to drag us back to the old.
If you like Seamus O’Regan’s work on Canada A.M., you better turn on your television right now to catch him while you can. O’Regan announced yesterday that November 24th will be his swan song on the show after nine years as the popular co-host. O’Regan will be joining the CTV National News team with Lisa LaFlamme as a correspondent. The St. John’s-born and Goose Bay-raised O’Regan was the first journalist to be named to Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2007, and in 1999 was named by Maclean’s magazine as one of the “100 Young Canadians to Watch”. His replacement on Canada A.M. will be revealed on November 24th. “The timing feels right to make this transition, which will allow me to continue doing what I love most — getting the stories that are important to Canadians and sharing them with viewers across the country,” said O’Regan. Source: CTV