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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Prudent in the circumstances - News experts believe “imprudent” decisions at a provincial Crown corporation led to nearly $27 million in otherwise avoidable spending... well that’s enough to lead any reasonable taxpayer to start looking for their pitchfork. At the very least, asking these costs incurred by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, as now identified by Liberty Consulting — No. 1 — not be downloaded onto ratepayers and — No. 2 — lead Nalcor (parent) leadership to review Hydro’s decisions in these cases, is not unreasonable. It will be interesting to hear more responses all around. But in hearing the public reaction to date, I’m realizing there is at least one secondary story within Liberty’s report that deserves more attention. It was noted in my original story, but I’m using this blog to expand on it just a little. It relates to the $119 million spent by Hydro on a new 100-megawatt combustion turbine, now installed at the Holyrood power plant. That purchase has been scrutinized and hotly debated. We have run stories challenging the chosen contractor, the need for the unit, questions around the procurement, noting its up-sizing from a previously expected 50-megawatt turbine purchase and the advanced in-service date, following the #DarkNL blackout events in January 2014. Despite all of this, the Liberty Consulting team has generally come out in support of Hydro’s work. “The Company selected well-regarded vendors to manage field operations, thoroughly vetted the machine supplier and the equipment involved, and assembled a capable project management team, headed by trusted contractors,” the consultant’s report stated, adding the utility…

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Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick July 09, 2015
Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott July 24, 2015

Telegram Photographers - Worth a thousand words

Ironic Nominations by Keith Gosse - There's a slap of irony in a bit of good news that was announced in the Telegram offices this week. Myself and co-worker Joe Gibbons are nominated for awards in the Atlantic Journalism Awards program. I'm nominated in the news photo and feature photo categories while Joe is a co-nominee in the news photo category.
 It's gratifying and humbling to be recognized by journalistic peers for accomplishments in your chosen profession.

 So where's the irony? 

 Each of those categories contains at least one photojournalist who received a lay off notice in March from the Moncton Times-Transcript. You all know the work of at least one of those photographers. Victor Pivovarov is the guy who captured that now infamous image of armed Moncton shooter Justin Bourque who gunned down three RCMP officers. (To see Victor's photo of the Moncton Shooter on the Atlantic Journalism Awards website, click HERE) He is nominated for that same photo in the news photo category with myself and Joe. Another laid off photographer, Ron Ward, is nominated in the same feature photo category as I am. 

In a statement on the CBC's website, Jean-Claude D'Amours, Brunswick News Inc. regional general manager said they are trying to adjust to a new technological reality, helping to ensure that we remain competitive in a media world that is constantly changing. Our reporters now have the technology to quickly and easily take pictures allowing them to provide the essential elements to deliver quality content to our readers. In other words, untrained reporters armed with newer,…

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Photo : Telegram Photographers April 08, 2015

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Spreadsheets - Okey-dokey, there’s a little project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now, trying to keep track of party candidates for the upcoming election. With the House of Assembly shrinking from 48 down to 40, and a lot of boundaries changing, the whole thing is an ungodly mess right now. At the suggestion of Twitter poli-geek Devin Drover, I started a spreadsheet to make sense of it all. This has been bouncing around for a few weeks now, and every couple days somebody tweets at me asking for a link to it. So… Here’s the link. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R6WGnNp6wIYHzh7dRYi1x5-VMmWRu8zOo5C3L2pGv1A/edit?usp=sharing A couple things about this spreadsheet: 1.If you know of somebody who’s seeking a party nomination, but isn’t on the list, please let me know. You can email me at jmcleod (at) thetelegram (dot) com. You can send me a Twitter DM. Heck, if it tickles your fancy, you can write the information down on a piece of paper, stuff it in a brown envelope and drop if off at the Telegram front desk. (That sort of thing happens more often than you might think.) 2.I know this spreadsheet is a mess. It will remain a mess until the parties call nominations and I can tidy it up with sure things. If there’s an error in there, let me know. 3.As you’ll notice, some of the cells in the Liberal column are shaded in. Those are the districts when nominations have been called and there’s a confirmed candidate. On that point, here’s something interesting to note: Andrew…

Photo : James McLeod June 24, 2015

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

That's no Worm! - March 26, 2015 - The story is probably going viral already. Two days ago, a Facebook friend named Wanita Bates posted a rather disturbing photo on her timeline of what appeared to be a worm or slug in her kitchen sink. Whatever it was, the thing had come out of her 1-litire container of Blue Diamond Almond Milk. Wanita had contacted the manufacturer about the incident, but the response – an offer of coupons for discounted and free product – was not acceptable. A day later, after Bates said she would contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Blue Diamond got back to her again, taking her complaint more seriously and offering to pick up the offending item for lab analysis. The CFIA said it would do the same. I drink the same product, consuming one or two liters per week, so this caught my eye. I even offered supporting comments on Wanita’s wall. Today, I have an entirely different perspective. Wanita Bates was a guest today, Thursday, on CBC Radio Noon. Host Ramona Dearing interviewed Bates about her experience, first with the “worm” and then the manufacturer. During the interview, Wanita mentioned that the open container of almond milk had been in her fridge since January. That’s two months, and quite possible longer. Immediately, I knew what had happened. To confirm my theory, I checked an open container of almond milk in my refrigerator. On the top is the following advisory: “After opening, keep refrigerated and use within 7 – 10 days.” There is…

Photo : Geoff Meeker March 26, 2015