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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.

Organizations: Hydro-Quebec

Geographic location: Labrador, Tessier Place, Canada Livingstone Street Quebec Prince George

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  • Betty
    July 30, 2013 - 05:54

    Maggy you got to be joking concerning the false Liberal leadership race...They are no more honest then the rest...Your talking about the PCS taking away people rights...What do you think the Liberal did on July 5/2013...Concerning Mr Murphy of Corner Brook...The only reason they didn't wants him in the race...Is because of his article of june 24/2013 in the western star..As for Bill 29...The Liberal might cry about it...Only to get a elects...Then take advantage of it for thenself...Now you got Mr Ball going around telling people we should be taking on Federal responsible..Concerning prison...Maggy don't you think we got enough burden on our backs...With out this kind of leadership?

  • A Great Reminder Maggie.
    July 29, 2013 - 12:37

    Maggie this is a great reminder. I sure hope they are documenting the processes in the Muskrat Falls Contract properly or, if not, there will not be any excuse for them to be omitting the necessary paper work. We all know there has never been another project in the history of humankind anywhere in the World that has had as much dissent from the electorate who will be paying for this project through their tax and hydro bills . We also know that Bill 29 was enacted to cover up any matter that those involved want to be concealed.

  • Maggy Carter
    July 29, 2013 - 11:44

    Muckrakers are the lowest form of politician. Before too long, voters will have an opportunity to tell these people what they think of their brand of 'public service'. When you pay people that kind of money, you should be able to expect a little integrity in return. When I read about the big controversies elsewhere in the country regarding unethical or illegal political behaviour, I wonder about the paper trail - or in this case the Blackberry trail. In Ontario for example, thousands of emails relating to that province's gas plant debacle mysteriously disappeared. The excuse offered by political operatives was that they didn't know they were supposed to hang onto them. A few have since been recovered with some technical effort. My question is what is happening to the paper trail in this province. Will we be told the same thing in 2015 - that hundreds of thousands of documents, letters and emails have mysteriously vanished. If not the politicians, then surely there is some conscientious senior bureaucrat who understands the duty to properly preserve such records against the prospect they will be required in some future judicial proceeding. Since Bill 29, our government has been operating under their own virtual 'King-Dome'. Requests for information bounce off it and die like a bird smacked by an invisible hand in mid-flight. Now would be a good time for Liberal leadership candidates not only to commit as some have done to the repeal of Bill 29, but to demand that that the internal record of this government's conduct be kept intact.

  • Kev
    July 29, 2013 - 08:36

    The "we own Labrador" remark, and Yvonne Jones response, play very differently in. St. John's than Labrador. You defend Dunderdale and belittle Jones at your own risk.

  • Graham
    July 29, 2013 - 07:31

    TW#O NAMES STEVE KENT PAUL LANE That's most likely the source of the crap that's coming out of the Confederation Building on a daily basis telling us how wonderful Premier Dunderdale and her government really are. Oh well when you need to lower yourself to self praise it shows how really desperate you are and we all know this bunch is beyond desperate these days.

    • like ducks
      July 29, 2013 - 12:56

      Kent and Lane are toast come the election and they know it.