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  • Resettle
    June 26, 2013 - 22:44

    I agree with Jay. The young crowd don't want to live on an island. There are no jobs. They see what the rest of the world has to offer and they want it. The smaller communities are mostly older people and in the not too distant future, there will be nobody left. We are spending a fortune that benefits a small number. They should resettle. If govt ever disclosed the expenses, you will see it is not economical, not even close.

  • wavy
    June 26, 2013 - 20:30

    Jay, that's why I said assuming. That's a lot of words to say "nope" but, hey, it's your time.

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 26, 2013 - 11:06

    Maybe Brazil can get a new ferry for a few dozen beer?

  • Jay
    June 26, 2013 - 10:30

    Government should stop providing service to a number of these islands altogether. The costs far outweigh the benefits.

    • wavy
      June 26, 2013 - 13:19

      Uh, Jay...assuming you're writing from Newfoundland, you live on an island. A lot of stuff gets shipped to you too. Think about it.

    • WiFi
      June 26, 2013 - 14:18

      Now, now Jay. Perhaps we should all live in boarding houses on New Gower Street

    • Jay
      June 26, 2013 - 17:27

      Wavy, why would you assume I'm writing from an island. You can drive from Labrador West to Quebec, or you can pay for a ferry to Canada which was negotiated in the terms of Union when we joined Canada. . Notwithstanding, one of the biggest costs in this province is providing ferry service to a number of tiny islands where nobody under 50 years of age wants to live anymore. Many of the houses still there are nothing more than simmer retreats, for which we taxpayers are paying transportation. In a related article today, the author confirms that economic development is not taking place in rural areas. The only reason why this province has remained as rural as it has, is because government has been trying to develop false economies where they no longer exist. Even Joey Smallwood tried to battle this issue during his resettlement program. And that was when there was a much younger population.This type of thinking leads to major investments into black holes like Kruger, or into the well-intentioned but misguided hotel in Fogo Island. To WIFI, the boarding houses on New Gower Street are long gone, and there are lots of places to live outside the overpass if you wish.