As the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery moves through a series of changes — in leadership at the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union, in international trade deals, in changing stocks — The Telegram has pulled together a series of stories to place the present in context and provide thoughts on the future. The goal is to spark discussion on what we, as a province, want the fishery to look like, what we want it to be, what is possible.
Struck by an anonymous letter about VLT usage emailed in from a person writing under the name “John Doe,” The Telegram launched an investigation into his/her written observations of a lack of detailed reporting of VLT numbers by the Atlantic Lottery Corp. and, more importantly, claims the true impact of the machines was being hidden as a result.
The Telegram found evidence of single VLTs in the province taking in more than $600,000 in cash in less than a year and began to collect stories of continued abuse of VLTs, despite a provincial government push, beginning in 2005, to curb problem usage.
As the stories have been published, people have contact the paper to share their stories as “John Doe” did.
The Telegram encourages anyone who wants to share their story, offer a comment, or raise a concern over VLT use to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With so many subdivisions, hotels and commercial developments of all kinds proposed or in the works in St. John's, The Telegram decided to collect more information on the list of construction projects and ask how development impacts city residents and local business. Here is some of what we found.
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The Telegram’s coverage of the failure of the dam holding back waste from the former Gullbridge copper mine was contained in a number of articles. The dam at the mine site, found between South Brook and Badger, broke open on Dec. 17, 2012 and released mine waste into the surrounding environment, threatening the water supply of South Brook.
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