Since being told in May their core funding would be cut, the province’s 19 regional economic development boards have been scrambling to find new funding sources to continue operating, or racing to close out operations before their public funding runs out. Closing up shop means dealing with client contracts, partnership projects and finding new homes for regional research and case files.
At the same time, paid staff — typically two or three per board — have been jumping ship for new, stable positions elsewhere. The federal government notified the boards no money would be available from the federal level as of May 2013, pulling back roughly $3.6 million, or 75 per cent of the boards’ core funding, as part of budgetary belt tightening.
The Telegram website offers only a sample of the stories our reporters, editors and photographers work hard to get to the public every day.
Tuesday’s print edition of The Telegram, on the other hand, contains much, much more, from news to opinion to our expanded Family section.
Inside Tuesday’s print edition:
• The mayor of Paradise says a report into regional fire services has taken way too long to complete.
“It’s time to get on with it,” Ralph Wiseman said.
The study weighing the pros and cons of a single fire service to cover Paradise, Conception Bay South (C.B.S.) and Holyrood was announced in December by Kevin O’Brien, minister responsible for fire and emergency services.
The results were expected by spring.
• The RCMP has released the name of an American man lost at sea Saturday off the southwest coast of Newfoundland.
Dr. Ned Cabot, 69, who was reportedly swept from his yacht Cielita by a rogue wave, was a Boston, Mass., native.
His body was spotted by a Cormorant rescue helicopter just after 10 a.m. Sunday. The call of a person overboard went out from the 46-foot sailboat about 10 nautical miles offshore of Stephenville. Sea conditions were reportedly rough at the time. A statement released by Cabot’s family through the RCMP said he was returning from Iceland via Greenland and the Newfoundland-Labrador coast when the accident occurred.
• In Sports we take a look at 3Cheers, the St. John’s-based softball team that just clinched the provinces first ever national senior men’s fastpitch title.
• In her column, Susan Flanagan writes: “L’Anse aux Meadows — My friend Clayton looks like a Viking. You know, red beard and ruddy complexion. Clayton looks so Viking-like that it’s his gob that you see on the cover of the Viking brochure at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. L’Anse aux Meadows, which, by the way, is on the tippy top of the Northern Peninsula, takes its name from the French — L’Anse aux Meduses, or Jellyfish Cove.”
• In his weekly column Steve Bartlett revisits an old foe:
Me again, arsehole. You weren't satisfied with ruining my time in the Tely 10 and making me limp around for weeks during the best summer since double daylight savings time in 1988. No, no, no. You had to push it a lot further and TAKE MY SMALL TOENAIL as well as the skin off the top, bottom and sides of the same toe. It all peeled off in one freakin' piece, like I had cut the small finger off one of those rubber gloves used by better proctologists everywhere.”
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