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  • Dave Kitchen
    June 26, 2013 - 19:52

    This article could very well have been written before the poll was taken. Regional economic development zones have just gone through 16 years of total failure. Yet this is what Don Mills is stating should be done. Sounds like another Rip Van Winkle . Polls are one thing ,reality is quite a different thing.

  • lonenewfwolf
    June 26, 2013 - 16:27

    two of the problems that stand out are lack of access to resources and corporatization of our public services. gov't must stop handing out public money to corps and put it back into communities to help diversify the economies. we have what city people want...clean fresh air, healthy soil to grow food in and safe communities to raise children. there is a shift back to our roots happening, we should not let these corporately minded cynics steer our societies evolution.

  • C Roberts
    June 26, 2013 - 13:44

    I left three months ago for the second or third time in 20+ years.. For the very same reasons articulated by Mr Smith. While there are a lot of mega projects ongoing or slated for Nl and while the jobs associated with these projects pay very well, and are probably chiefly responsible for the economic boom, for the most part they are temporary construction jobs and only a small fraction of these will remain afterward and you will once again see mass out migration to other parts of the country. In the meantime, jobs in the support, services and hospitality industries that underscore and even support these projects remain low paying marginal income jobs. I live and work in BC now where the cost of living is very high, but wages and salaries are higher too and there's the balance that doesn't exist back home...

  • Bill Smith
    Bill Smith
    June 26, 2013 - 11:11

    And there's a reason why many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians continue to move out West to find work, it's because NL based businesses do not tend to pay good wages that people can live comfortably on. With the "economic boom", the cost of everything increases while wages tend to stagnate for years. I myself am planning to leave for Alberta this fall, and I'm 30 years old, I should have left years ago.