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• An effort to control the dog population in the Labrador community of Natuashish by placing a limit on the number of dogs a resident can own and destroying those caught roaming in the streets is attracting negative attention.
Harry Burton of Clarenville started a petition last week after he learned of the move made by the Natuashish Fire Department, which posted a notice in the community on March 5 announcing the new measures.
“A dog found at large will be seized and destroyed immediately,” reads the document, which also has signatures representing the Mushuau Innu Band Council and community elders.
• A recently released report on the effect of demographic change on health-care spending suggests the provincial government should think about how it’s going to pay for that service in the decades ahead.
The C.D. Howe Institute, a public policy think-tank, recommends that the province consider implementing a system similar to the Canada Pension Plan where a portion of premiums collected today prefunds health-care benefits in the future.
“Like other provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador could selectively convert pay-as-you-go programs so that the baby boomers, rather than their inadequately numerous children and grandchildren, pay some of the higher costs that loom,” reads the report, which was released late last month.
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