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  • JT
    July 03, 2012 - 08:10

    "Our economy depends on a tremendous amount of money from non-renewable resources, and we have a limited amount of time to find new and inventive sources of revenue to replace things like oil and iron ore." Unlike our sister province and Russell's point of origin, Nova Scotia, which get's the lion's share of federal jobs, and which is continuosly touted as the eastern most point in Canada.

  • Petertwo
    July 03, 2012 - 04:47

    "If we’re not welcoming to new people and new ideas, this province is going to both age and stagnate." Perhaps one needs to believe in oneself. People coming to the province do not check their minds into a depository in North Sidney. People coming to the province are already well versed in political machinations, very often that is why they choose to come. It may not be perfect here but it is a lot better than a lot of other places. And of course "pioneers get the arrows in the back". Maybe this is just the dawn? People cannot be held back forever.

  • Maggy Carter
    July 02, 2012 - 01:19

    'We Need an Attitude Adjustment'? ..... Get over yourself Russell. I've never heard anyone not from this province gripe so much about the way they're treated by those who are. So there are a few people out there who are insensitive to CFAs. You'll find people resentful and distrustful of outsiders wherever you go in this world. My experience is that we have far fewer of those in this province than anywhere else in Canada. How is it then that you seem to encounter so many? Surely you have read - if not written - about Lanier Phillips. Does his experience not tell you something of the ready acceptance by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of all nationalities, creeds and colours? When people make asinine comments - especially those elected to represent all of us - I have no problem with you calling them out. But given that this has become a recurrent theme, and given your propensity to tar us all with the same brush, I wonder if you're not simply mistaking philosophical differences for xenophobia? In point of fact Russell, I think it is you who are being offensive. It is very galling to hear a Canadian who's lived here a quarter century - and seemingly done well by it - complain about not being accepted. Has your stay not given you some appreciation for the far more legitimate, substantive and longstanding complaint Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have in the reticence of Canadians to recognize and accept them as full fledged citizens in their own country. Yes, there are the large grievances such as Term 29, CN rail/ferry, Upper Churchill, offshore petroleum, SAR, and - most egregious of all - the destruction of the cod fishery. But equally grating are the many little ways in which the national government has shown its disdain for Canada's newest province. Everything from its proclivity for leaving It off the map to its continual depiction of us as the lazy louts of confederation. These slights have aroused feelings in this province that are still palpable and which, incidentally, were quite eloquently described by Gerry Phalen in his letter to the Telegram published a couple of days ago. When you take Newfoundlanders to task for despoiling their own environment, I applaud. When you take the provincial government to task for secrecy, arrogance and hypocrisy, I applaud. But I have little reason to applaud as I watch you become an unappointed apologist for Ottawa and Quebec. You repeatedly refuse to hold these governments to the same standard of conduct as that of your adopted province. You are aware, or ought to be aware, of the systemic abuse of this province by institutions more powerful than itself. You are the principal editorialist in the province's only daily newspaper and yet cannot be relied upon to reflect back to Ottawa, to Canada and to the people of this province the frustration born of the political powerlessness that has so characterized our 60 odd years under the Canadian flag. Perhaps it is the reaction of your readers to that reality on which you are picking up - not any unwillingness to accept you as a bonafide Newfoundlander.

  • P F Murphy
    June 30, 2012 - 22:41

    We are not "getting older faster". Our reproductive generation has been removed by the Canadian UI system. That section of our population has gone to Ontario and Alberta and is still producing, just not here. Gutting us of the young part of our population increases the average age of the population that is left in Newfoundland faster than the Canadian population which keeps it youngsters increases in the rest of Canada. The new Harper UI changes will maintain and perhaps even increase this leaving rate with the result that you can see little but old people in the malls and hearing baby cry is a rarity. The retirees will age and perish leaving NL with a disappearing population and the provincial government with elder care as its main concern. Soon the federal government will have to list the province as an isolated posting and pay bonuses to have people relocate to here just as they have to do now for the NWT, Yukon, etc. It would not surprise me that finding the island is so underpopulated, the Russians, Chinese, Spanish, French or Americans might decide to occupy the empty island just as the Russians and Americans are attempting to push their claims for the islands in Canada's North as the ice recedes. So we're probably looking at NL being part of Canada for say the next 40 years given that most of our present retirees will not live into their 100s and defence from a Canadian army can be counted on just as much as our current support from the Canadian government. Canada goes from sea to sea (i.e. Vancouver to Halifax) and once they give Labrador to Quebec, they'll throw the island away as not worth the effort. Welcome to the "Disappeared"!

  • Jerome
    June 30, 2012 - 10:29

    "It is, he says, a huge waste of talents and skills — you have to be resourceful to make your way into Canada in the first place, he argues". That is, of course, you want to work in a menial job like a fishplant.