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• When Irene Ploughman met federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley in June, the minister told her not to worry about changes to employment insurance “unless you know all the details.” Now, Ploughman says as far as she’s concerned, Finley didn’t know what she was talking about. “She didn’t have a clue what she was doing here,” Ploughman said. “She just came to get her picture taken in a Newfoundland fish plant. That day she could not answer any of my questions on EI because you know what? She didn’t know the answers.”
• Mount Pearl Mayor Randy Simms was shocked by a recent attack on a disabled man in the city, but stresses Mount Pearl is still a safe place to live. “It affects everybody and it’s shocking. From the point of view of the mayor, let me say when the name of your community comes up in the context of a story like that you’re always concerned people will say, ‘Mount Pearl is a dangerous place,’ and nothing could be further from the truth,” said Simms.
• The NunatuKavut Community Council has accused Nalcor Energy of hiding the true extent of the on-site preliminary work for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
The work includes creation of a new access road to the proposed dam site, addition of a power line and communications infrastructure. It is valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
• Memorial University economist Wade Locke painted a rosy picture of the Newfoundland and Labrador economy Tuesday, but warned of problems the province is facing. “The economy is strong, so people have confidence in the economy and it’s showing up in the housing market,” he told the Canadian Home Builders Association . “The economy is going to be booming, and is booming — that will continue. The problem is the fiscal situation we have ourselves in now, the revenue that is going to be generated from that boom is not adequate to cover off the expenditure needs of the province if we continue on the same growth that we’ve seen in the past. So we have to moderate that to some degree.”
• More than 30 different cuts of beef have been recalled from Dominion stores in Newfoundland and Labrador, as part of the ongoing XL Foods recall because of suspected E.coli contamination. An equally long list of beef cuts from Save Easy, Co-op, ValuFoods and Village Mart stores are also in the latest update from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The recall has been expanded from initially just ground beef to steaks, roasts, fast-fry strips and stewing beef cubes. The latest list refers to best before dates from Sept. 6 to Oct. 2 and packed on dates going back to Aug. 24.
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