Grand Bruit shuts down, N.L. fishing outports struggle amid urban growth

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Grand Bruit, Newfoundland Transcontinental Medial file photo

The last of 31 residents in the tiny Newfoundland outport of Grand Bruit are preparing to move on.
Most people in the remote outport on the province's south coast have already left with help from the provincial government.
Single residents were offered $80,000 to relocate while households of two or more were offered $90,000.
Grand Bruit and other outports have declined since the collapse of the cod fishery 18 years ago.
Overall, the provincial population has increased over the last two years by about 5,000 people.
But newcomers tend to go to St. John's or other relatively large centres as the outports struggle.

Geographic location: Grand Bruit, Newfoundland, St. John's

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  • Keepin' It Real
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Welcome to the 21st Century, former residents of Grand Bruit!

    Of course, I could have said ''welcome to the 20th century'' and it would have applied equally.

  • John
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    It's a fact of life that people will go where the services they need or are easily obtained. Years back, Joey gave many fish plant licenses to just about any settlement that wanted one. The consequences are now comming back to bite us.

    Isolated outports, especially islands, should be relocated to mainland NL where the services they require, such as medical, financal, etc., are a lot more accessable and readily available in case of an emergency.

    While I appreciate the fact that the older people wish to stay where they are, everybody has to face the realities of accessing these services, especially in fall and winter. If one gets to a hospital during the Golded Hour immediatly following an incident, chances of making a recovery are much better than after that hour has elapsed. These delays could, then be, directly attribuatale to deaths, if only the service was readily availabe.