Software developers say government’s new tourism app could have been — and should have been — developed in the province.
One of the developers behind the popular Whaddya App says he’s disappointed the provincial government went outside the province for its new tourism app — disappointed because there are capable developers right here.
The Telegram website offers only a sample of the stories our reporters, editors and photographers work hard to get to the public every day.
Wednesday’s print edition of The Telegram, on the other hand, contains much, much more, from news to opinion to our expanded business section.
Inside Wednesday’s print edition:
• MP Jack Harris (NDP-St. John’s East) spoke at the Rotary Club, celebrating his 25 years in politics.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a political career,” he told the members of Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest on Tuesday.
• It was an obituary for a very accomplished man.
Among the achievements listed for James D. Watkins, a retired U.S. navy admiral: longtime nuclear vessel commander; chief of U.S. naval operations and the navy’s representative on the joint chiefs of staff; an architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative, the missile shield and planned response to a Soviet nuclear attack; leader of Ronald Reagan’s commission on the HIV epidemic; and secretary of the department of energy under U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
No connection to St. John’s or Newfoundland was noted in the death notice, leaving readers to wonder why it appeared in The Telegram. Read the print edition to find out.
• Opposition MHAs are taking issue with a policy requiring them to submit a consent form when bringing constituent matters to government departments.
In the past, Liberal MHA Eddie Joyce said he could call a government department and deal with the minister or a government employee to get to the bottom of a constituent’s concern.
“They know you’re an elected person, they know you represent these people, and these people give you permission to discuss it,” said Joyce.
• While Newfoundland government has shown regional leadership in its past commitment to measure, report and reduce the red tape burden for businesses, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says its reporting efforts have wavered over the past year, earning it a B- in the CFIB’s latest red tape report card.
• Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) is forecasting a moderate slowdown in new home construction starts, as well as sales of existing housing during the remainder of this year and into 2013.
The federal agency isn’t calling for a major decline, but its latest forecast suggests next year will be somewhat softer than estimates it issued in June, while 2012 may be somewhat stronger than previously expected.
The CFIB is urging the province to get back on track to ensure it meets its zero-net growth promise.
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