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• The two sides at opposing ends of a dispute over the price paid for unprocessed crab in Newfoundland and Labrador came to an agreement over the weekend on how much fish harvesters will receive for their catch.
Saturday morning, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union gave word through a news release that an agreement had been finalized with the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP).
On top of the $1.83 per pound harvesters were set to receive based on the price set by the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, processors will pay an additional $0.17 per pound. That deal will apply to all sales made before May 5.
• It’s Earth Day and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN) has little reason, or money, to celebrate.
An umbrella organization for three dozen or so environmental groups in the province, the NLEN only has the resources to pay an executive director for five hours a week.
“Nothing much can get done,” says Katie Temple, who’s in the role on an acting basis. The previous executive director stepped down last fall, when Temple was on the organization’s board.
With funding so uncertain, Temple temporarily took on the job herself rather than look for a replacement — you can literally count her paid hours on one hand.
• A sense of humour may be one of the keys to longevity in politics. It’s certainly served former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien well.
Chrétien had a 40-year career in Canadian politics, the last 10 of which were spent as prime minister. He retired in 2003 and returned to practising law.
“I always found myself very comfortable in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Chrétien said in a speech that garnered frequent laughter and applause on Saturday night in St. John’s.
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