Jeers: to personal attacks. The question is, where are they really coming from? Take a moment to read online comments on the story of former premier Brian Peckford’s plea to Premier Kathy Dunderdale last week for more information on Muskrat Falls. Why, you might ask, does Peckford deserve such shrill vitriol? Why should someone be branded a traitor for moving to another part of Canada? Does he not have even one iota of perspective to offer? Some of the online trolls may be longtime critics. But you can bet many are anonymous Tory insiders spamming websites to discredit the man. At least one even suggested the media put him up to it — the kind of paranoia we’ve heard many times before from the current administration. Why do they fear him so?
Cheers: to neighbourhood revival. As The Telegram's Bonnie Belec reported last week, residents of Tessier Place in St. John’s are reclaiming their street after living for a long time in the shadow of crime and bad publicity. The tiny cul-de-sac perched above Livingstone Street has been plagued by violence and illicit drug activities, culminating in the murder of a man in March. That case is still before the courts. Tessier Place has since risen out of the darkness and people are once again enjoying their community as a united group. During last week’s warm spell, Belec found people sitting outside in chairs, enjoying their peaceful, friendly surroundings. It’s a sliver of good news in a city where violent crime has been a growing concern.
Jeers: to Yvonne Jones. And Ryan Cleary. And anyone else who backed their dubious complaint about semantics in Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s comments last week on Hydro-Quebec. The two MPs went mad on Twitter and in the media over the fact the premier mentioned something about “owning” Labrador. Her remark, made in passing, was in the context of Quebec acting as if Labrador was a part of that province. They don’t own Labrador, Dunderdale said. “We do.” Jones even made a comparison to slavery — offensive hyperbole by any standard. The fact is, “we” in this case, means the province as a whole, on behalf of which Dunderdale — like it or not — was speaking. In her public outcry, pitting Labrador against the rest of the province, for spurious reasons, Jones may have made many wonder whether Peter Penashue ever left.
Cheers: to the madness of Prince George. Many may have shrugged and tsk-ed and rolled their eyes at the media frenzy last week over the birth of the Royal baby. Reporters and camera operators stood transfixed at a hospital door, waiting for what seemed liked eons for Kate and William to appear with their bundle of joy. Royal watchers were thrilled, others simply curious. But surely it’s a refreshing change from all the murder trials and disasters and misbehaving politicians that comprise our usual TV fare.