My Canada includes Newfoundland and Labrador

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Here we go again. According to CTV’s “Canada AM” program Thursday, we should all celebrate Canada Day with wine and cheese parties. In the process, the program suggests we all raise a glass or two of Nova Scotia, Ontario or British Columbia wines.

There are two inferences here, in my view. One is that, like so often, Canada begins in Nova Scotia (likely Cape Breton). The other is that we have no wines of any distinction here on this “quaint little rock” in the North Atlantic.

We Newfoundlanders should demand more respect and insist that more attention to these national references be made with a view to having them stopped once and for all.

How often do national weather forecasters, particularly on CBC and CTV, refer to weather outlooks from “right across the country” while meteorology graphics on their computer-generated weather maps end at Nova Scotia. We should fire off emails  and tweets in protest to these program producers and hosts.

Let’s remind Jeff Hutcheson and his “Canada AM” crew that despite the view of many mainlanders, we here in Newfoundland take pride in the production of some of the “finest wines” to be found anywhere in Canada, perhaps the world. Let’s remind our national broadcaster about famous Rodrigues wines, including blueberry and cranberry. Let’s introduce them to the specialties  from Auk Island Winery with the distinction of “made with iceberg water” now a world-famous, unique feature in wine-making.

And finally there are the Flynn’s Winery products with over 45 varieties tested, including blueberry, rhubarb, butterscotch and maple liqueur.

Why not Newman’s Port?

Perhaps to appease our national broadcaster, CTV, some of us could stand on our rocky shores, hold a generous glass of famous St. John’s-

produced Newman’s Port and sing the famous Nova Scotian ballad “Out on the Myra.”

 As for me, I’ll be reaching for our aged bottle of blueberry wine from Rodrigues Winery and toasting my Canada, our Canada, the greatest country in the world that stretches from the from the Arctic Circle to Vancouver Island, with Newfoundland and Labrador included.

 God guard thee Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia Ontario British Columbia Cape Breton North Atlantic.We Newfoundlanders Arctic Circle Vancouver Island

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  • No need for Vancouver to be mentioned when Victoria is always the city referred to as the Coast of British Columbia, Canada's extreme western front.
    July 02, 2013 - 12:43

    Carly why would Vancouver complain when the Capital of British Columbia, Victoria is always mentioned when the media refer to, from the West coast to the East coast of Canada, as from Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    • Carly
      July 06, 2013 - 08:35

      What people complain about is that the reference is always "Vancouver to Halifax." So you're right, the city of Vancouver has nothing to complain about. But what about the people of Victoria (the capital city of BC) which happens to be on Vancouver Island. But I don't hear them complaining. Maybe they've got more interesting things to think about.

  • Victoria is the Capital of British Columbia
    July 02, 2013 - 12:32

    When British Columbia is referred to, the Media always refer to from Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. So it is no mystery for Vancouver, British Columbia not to be mentioned. By the way Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and, of course, Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia. But nevertheless the phrase should be from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador if the Media wants to be all inclusive and correct. After all the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the most Easterly point in Canada, North America and it is 7 times the size of Nova Scotia. The News Media need to be checked on that grave error, since it is leaving out a great portion of Canada's land mass and its ocean territory.

  • Carly
    July 02, 2013 - 01:32

    I have never heard anyone from Vancouver Island complain about not being included in a cross country reference. Just sayin.

    • Carly
      July 02, 2013 - 09:31

      In otherwords, the people of Vancouver Island routinely get omitted from cross country references just like Newfoundlanders, but the Islanders on the other side of our Country don't seem to get their noses out of joint over it. And good on them! The rest of Canada DOES know where Newfoundland is. Honest.

    • PETER W
      July 02, 2013 - 10:25

      Carly, it's not about someone from a part of British Columbia getting left out, they are still part of that porvince that is included. It's about a whole province getting left out, all the time in the media. They seem to so often state from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, or Vancouver to Halifax, seemingly leaving out anything in Newfoundland. As you say it's a cronn country reference, with a part of the country entirely left out.

    • Carly
      July 06, 2013 - 08:29

      Newfoundland is not the "whole province." The whole province is Newfoundland AND Labrador. I see nothing wrong with cross country reference by the media as being "Vancouver to Halifax." So what if Vancouver Island as well as the island of Newfoundland don't specifically get mentioned. (And the capital of BC, Victoria, is located on Vancouver Island, same way the capital of Nfld and Labrador is located on island of Newfoundland, as opposed to mainland.) Anyone in Canada with a basic knowledge of geography knows that both islands are there. I don't see why people get upset over this.

  • Charles Kennedy
    June 30, 2013 - 21:29

    Never mind those CTV crowd thinking Canada ends at Nova Scotia , they think Canda ends at 11:59:59.9999999 AM.That's why their show is called Canada AM. Vanagen

  • Townie
    June 30, 2013 - 11:12

    My Canada does not include Newfoundland and Labrador. If these Canadian Wovles fail to keep acknowledging recoginzing us, lets get out. We give them more then we get back. FREE NFLD!

  • Your observant Eli.
    June 29, 2013 - 21:14

    Eli, Thank You for being so observant. There are far too many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who elect their politicians and immediately put them on auto pilot as stewards of their natural resources, they then watch their province go into wrack and ruin and wonder what the Hell is going on. They have yet to figure out the wrack and ruin was and still is caused by corrupt politicians spending their natural resources unwisely. They haven't figured out that the politicians are in business for themselves and they will do business with the devil to fill their own pockets. I was part of that complacency group myself for far too long, now that I have seen the light and discovered what transpired to have caused our economic demise in Newfoundland and Labrador, despite our great endowment of natural resources, I want an Anti-Corruption Commission set out to look into matters so that we can have light shone on the shady dealings that have gone on in our province and have them corrected through honesty and transparency.

  • fred
    June 28, 2013 - 18:30

    Grow up

    • Eli
      June 29, 2013 - 13:25

      And you and Buster Whatshisface are too stund to know when you're being purposely ignored and ridiculed.

  • Buster Garvick
    June 28, 2013 - 17:18

    For someone to get all bent out of shape over the national media lumping in NL in with the rest of Atlantic Canada instead of explicitly making mentioning of the province by name... is as silly, and as petty, and as spiteful... as someone from Labrador getting themselves into a snit if the St. John's media happened to say "Newfoundland" instead of "Newfoundland AND Labrador". Futhermore, in the unlikely event that those whom Mr. Westcott's complaint is directed ever became aware of it, their reaction... assuming it even provoked one at all... would most likely be that of mirth.

  • What is Fair About Canada? Nothing as it relates to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
    June 28, 2013 - 16:43

    How can you LOVE a place that treats Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and their province as if they were aliens. For instance, the province's people are given a Recreational Cod Fishery that spans just 33 days, while the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick get 193 days. In the meantime most of the Atlantic Ocean Waters that Canada/Ottawa claims were brought into Canada by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The province's land mass is 7 times the size of Nova Scotia and 3 times the size of the 3 Maritime provinces. Besides that all of Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources are percolating economies in one or the other provinces of Canada, since they are shipped out in the raw state, while the province has suffered greatly over the past 64 years from the divorce from its own natural resources.

  • elizabeth
    June 28, 2013 - 15:18

    and what about this contest recipes to riches,they ignore nl,i guess Canada ends in Halifax and sometimes I wish it did.

  • Anna
    June 28, 2013 - 07:45

    You should do what I did, in February I realized how much CTV and CBC were irriating me so I switched to BBC Canada. The announcers are so much more professional and none of this sitting on a couch together. It makes listening to the news so much more informative.