Halifax response to naming of Newfie Lane astounds expatriate

Barb Sweet
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The City of Halifax has a street named Newfie Lane, and when a Halifax woman who is from St. John’s learned of the Middle Sackville street name and complained, the city replied there’s no policy against offensive names.

A signpost marks the beginning of Newfie Lane in Middle Sackville, a community of the Halifax Regional Municipality.

“I appreciate this may not be the response you wished for, but for clarification the current Civic Addressing Policy criteria does not exclude potentially derogatory or offensive street names,” Jane Cooper, development operations manager for the Halifax Regional Municipality, replied to the ex-pat in an email.

The gravel lane is private, but the city mandated it be named. It’s unclear when that officially happened, but the process began in 2011. There are a few houses on the street and its name appears to have been suggested by residents at the time who were from Newfoundland.

“The name meets all the criteria set out in the guidelines of street naming and therefore was duly approved by staff,” the city official told the woman.

The woman, who does not want to be named, initially wrote to her city councillor expressing her dismay about Newfie Lane.

“I was looking in the paper today and noticed an advertisement for a house listing on ‘Newfie Lane.’  I was surprised as I was raised in Newfoundland and was brought up (as with virtually everyone I know) to view ‘Newfie’ as a extremely derogatory term relating to Newfoundlanders. My husband and I assumed that it was a typo in the advertisement, but apparently there is a street in Middle Sackville with this name,” the woman wrote to her councillor.

“I recognize that there are some people who find the term more comical than offensive, but frankly that is not how it is perceived by many Newfoundlanders.”

“It is viewed as particularly insulting and offensive when used by someone not from Newfoundland.”

Halifax Coun. Linda Mosher wrote back she was unaware of the street name, and sought an explanation for her constituent by passing on the concern to the manager of civic addressing, who passed it on to another official.

The St. John’s native told The Telegram she was astounded at the reply and said it’s soured her on Halifax, the city she’s lived in now for more than a decade.

“I was hurt by this,” she said. “I love Newfoundland. It bothers me that someone could get this through the system with very little resistance.”

The city response further stated that because she doesn’t live on the street, she can’t ask the city to rename it.

“There’s no provision to change the name if it does slip through the cracks and someone is offended by it,” the ex-pat said.

But she’s not leaving the issue alone, nor the city’s policy that appears not to guard against offence. In her email correspondence with the city, she even sent links explaining the issue surrounding use of the word “Newfie.”

“I felt shot down by the representative from planning,” she said of the official response. “In today’s day and age this is not acceptable. … It wasn’t resolved the way I thought it would be resolved.”

And she wants to see the policy change.

“I’m hoping that where there’s a will, there’s a way. I don’t know how that impacts Newfie Lane. Is that going to be there for the rest of my life? That’s going to be there and I’m going to be seeing ads in the paper and it’s going to eat away at me. … But I don’t see this as being over. I want this to be addressed.”

Real estate agent Melanie Leblanc told The Telegram that she’s gotten lots of response to the listing.

“People like the name. They think it’s funny,” said Leblanc, who added she wasn’t aware there was a negative implication. She said some of the interest in the split level home has come from Newfoundlanders.

Leblanc said as far as she knows, the lane was originally called Rosemary Drive, until the city wanted it changed.

While the St. John’s native acknowledged there are some people who like calling themselves Newfie, she said it’s the negative connotation — in the vein of Newfie jokes and poking fun — that’s hard to take for so many more.

“I’m quite bothered by it all. I’m more than a little frustrated,” she said.

“People are not flattered by it.”

Brendan Elliott, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional Municipality, said the four original  residents of the road wanted Newfie Lane because of their ties to the province.

"I guess that in itself is the difficulty," Elliott said, noting what's  objective or offensive can be in the eye of the beholder.

"It's a tough area to go to. What might be offensive to one person may not be to another."

Elliott said it would take a unanimous vote by the lane's residents to change the name.

Otherwise he said the offended St. John’s native can lobby council to have the rules of the street naming policy changed.

A typo in this article has been corrected

Organizations: Halifax Regional Municipality

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Middle Sackville

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  • paul
    February 29, 2016 - 07:46

    if you are not offended by "Newfie', that's fine, your call. but don't get in the way of others who are offended by it. its not for you to decide what others find offensive. that said, people who take pride in being called 'newfie', I don't get you.

  • Todd Thornhill
    February 28, 2016 - 14:49

    Speak for yourself...being a Newfie myself, I have NO PROBLEM with the term. Thanks for taking it upon yourself to speak on behalf of all Newfies, but I have no problem with it. Guess there's always something to complain about today.

  • Blair
    February 28, 2016 - 12:52

    If you believe Newfie is offensive you need to take a second to put that into perspective. I was born and raised in Newfoundland and have never found it to be offensive at all. It is a term of endearment. Everyone i know, both Newf and Mainlander, uses the term with a smile on their face. I only take offense when a non Newfie is telling a Newfie joke to another Non Newfie, but only a little because we all know a few good mainlander jokes, and we also know a few people who the newfie jokes remind us of. We were not enslaved as a culture, being called out by this name by our masters. We were not sold to the highest bidder at street auctions to perform forced labor after being ripped from our homeland. What we did was move to other parts of the country with an accent and pace of communication that leaves those around us baffled at how we can even understand one another. This, in part, is how we identify ourselves as a unique culture and breed, and using Newfie as a label is nothing more than an expeditied way of stating our kinship. There are a lot of things you can get offended by, and being called a Newfie should not be one of them. If the word Goofy, Stupid, F**kin, or any other such negative adjective is added to the term, then yes, by all means, scream and yell to your heards content! I would be right there with you if the street were called "stupid newfie st". However, since the road was named by Newfies, then the sting should be non existent and you should really take some perspective on how easily you get offended.

  • Tina
    February 27, 2016 - 20:07

    Are you kidding me? 'Newfie' offends you? You'd prefer the longer version with more vowels? NewFoundland has a town named Dildo and 'Newfie' offends you?

  • newfie
    February 27, 2016 - 14:01

    Hi, I'm from newfoundland and proud to be a Newfie! I don't take it one bit as offensive and actually thinks its pretty cool to have a street name Newfie lane in another province! IMO Anyone who thinks being called a newfie is derogatory must not be proud of our culture!

  • Rose
    February 27, 2016 - 08:50

    I have NEVER considered the term 'Newfie' as derogatory. If someone refers to you as a stupid Newfie, it's not the 'newfie' part you need to be concerned about. It's the fact that they are calling you stupid! It is just a shortened form of the word Newfoundlander, people. Get a grip! I am proud to be a Newfie!!

  • Cliff
    February 27, 2016 - 00:48

    so don't buy a house on the street. she don't have to live on it. I don't like the name sesame street, not sure if it would prevent me from living on it, but hey. The people at the time wanted it called that cause it likely made them feel a bit closer to home maybe? ps, there is a "newfie store" in Toronto, guess she would lobby to have that changed as well if she lived in Toronto.

  • ken
    February 26, 2016 - 15:24

    Jane Cooper and her staff need to become educated and to allow the street to be renamed from Rosemary to Newfie, an offensive term,and not see a problem with it, shows their level of education. Even the real estate agent Leblanc and councillors have no problem with the name, and to say the people who live on the street have to vote unamously to change the name is just unbelievable.

    • Claudine Prosper
      February 27, 2016 - 16:25

      I'm from Newfoundland and I love it! I think it's and endearing name. Why are people so sensitive this day and age? The is a campground in Ontario and in the park there is a place called, "Newfie Corners" and it was named buy all the Newfies in the park!

  • Erny Beckett
    February 26, 2016 - 15:02

    Wow people! The man in the moon was a Newfie.

  • Jean Anderson
    February 26, 2016 - 12:23

    I just want to say that I am with this lady from St. John's . I live in NL and is from a small fishing community. I have never liked to be referred to as a Newfie. Yes, its derrogitory. I don't care who likes it or who don't. Thats who I am, a Newfoundlander, not a goofy newfie.

    • Cliff
      February 27, 2016 - 01:43

      The street is called Newfie.... not Goofy Newfie. the street sign does not say any of the residents are goofy. If you read that into it, you are predigest. Newfie's are from Newfoundland, Canadians - Canada, Torontonians - Toronto, and in some eyes, Labradorians - Labrador, and so on. All of these are self proclaimed for most.

  • Jean Anderson
    February 26, 2016 - 12:19

    I just want to say that I am with this lady from St. John's . I live in NL and is from a small fishing community. I have never liked to be referred to as a Newfie. Yes, its derrogitory. I don't care who likes it or who don't. Thats who I am, a Newfoundlander, not a goofy newfie.

  • Voter
    February 26, 2016 - 12:09

    I am not offended by the street name.

  • Ann E
    February 26, 2016 - 11:56

    Is dis da Mrs from Dildo who is offended ??

  • Anita Dunn
    February 26, 2016 - 11:30

    I grew up in Newfoundland. I am proud to call myself a Newfie. My car's vanity plate is Newfie! I have met people from all over the world. When asked where I'm from I say, I'm a Newfie. I get smiles and anecdotal accounts of their knowledge of, or visit to our beautiful island. It is rare to find a person who doesn't recognize that name. It's never been negative. In my experience, people generally look at Newfies as humble, funny, hard working people who are good to others, who love a good time, and who do not take themselves so seriously. I love being a Newfie! Be proud of your heritage and embrace who you are and where you came from.

    • wfcoaker
      February 26, 2016 - 15:31

      I'm intensely proud of my culture and my heritage, I have spent my adult life fighting to,preserve it. That's part of the reason I take great offence a being called a Newfie. I am far too proud of my culture to let people treat me like a character from a bigoted joke book.

  • Happy & Living
    February 26, 2016 - 11:09

    I'm a pure born and raised Newfie, Newf, Newfoundlander... Now living in town.. perhaps I'm a townie, oh wait.. No, I live 10 minutes from actual "town", so I'm a Baywop? Geez, what am I? I literally don't care! Any name you'd like to stick on me works just fine! I just have to say, I woke up this morning, I stretched, yawned and went to get my 1 year old from his crib! What a beautiful day... No matter what street I live on... I'm living! Some people do not have that luxury and I can guarantee the least of their problems is a street name! There are so many more issues out there that could use this much input and awareness! I may be contradicting myself here now but it's actually sad how much time in the short lives we live, that is wasted on petty and useless things! If the street name stays the same, so be it, if it changes, oh well! Just stop for two minutes, breathe and let it go! Now that I've probably wasted a 2 minutes typing this, I'm going to go build a block tower with my son..in my house, on my street... Does it really matter what it's called? I'm pretty sure it won't affect our masterpiece!!

    • Bobbi
      February 27, 2016 - 22:26

      Very nicely put!!

  • Kelly E
    February 26, 2016 - 10:41

    I love the word Newfie. I have always loved the word. I was born a Newfie, I will die a Newfie. That does not mean that I am not a sensible Newfoundlander. It means that I grasp my heritage, I am proud of my heritage and that i will not let a word that I have grown up using change because a bunch of people on high horses decided that they were going to hate the word. I understand that the word Newfie has been used as a derogatory word. But guess what? It has also been used as a word of pride. If we, as Newfoundlanders take the word as prideful, take the word as something that we love, than no one can take it and use it to hurt us. I am proud to be a Newfie, I always will be.

  • Mark
    February 26, 2016 - 09:36

    Another thing, is this street name violating anybody's rights? No. People do not have a right not to be offended. People choose to be offended. If you don't like something that's said, while you can protest and kick and scream all you want (that is your right), others have a right to ignore you. Unfortunately, while I believe the term Newfie can be both offensive and not offensive depending how it is used, individuals should always have the right to use whatever way they wish even offensively.

  • paul
    February 26, 2016 - 09:34

    some are not offended by being called a "newfie'. have they ever been the only Newfoundlander in a group, where they say "Newfie' and look at each other and chuckle. Very often the offense is intended. many who are not offended, I wonder if they even realise they are being mocked sometimes? when they actually become aware of the intention to insult, they might catch on.

  • Mark
    February 26, 2016 - 09:32

    This woman needs to get over herself. It is irrelevant whether she or anyone else finds the word offensive. The people who live on the street have decided this is what they want to call the street. The lady has every right to be offended but everyone else has the right to ignore her. Basically, this woman is offended by this and she let everyone know. Now it's time for her and everyone else to move on as she's voiced her opinion and some chose to listen and some chose not to listen. End of. Move on.

  • Krista MacNeil
    February 26, 2016 - 09:20

    I am a Newfoundland born and raised. My nick name since I left newfoundland has been Newfie and I accept it with pride. So if some people are affected by this speak for yourself and not state all newfoundlanders feel the same... It is nice to know that we will always be remembered outside of our home as well.

  • Goofy Newfie
    February 26, 2016 - 07:37

    I am a proud proud NEWFIE and will never see the word NEWFIE as offensive. when i meet ppl from elsewhere if they don't call me a NEWFIE i'll be offended. And i doubt anyone under the age of 50 thinks it's offensive. It's all these old dinosaurs who just can't understand that times are changing .

    • paul
      February 26, 2016 - 08:57

      that's nice that you are not offended by Newfie, but many are and many have been given reason to be offended by the term. its all about context and how its used, and your experience with it. maybe you have a thick skin, or maybe you just don't realize it when you are being mocked by mainlanders who call you 'newfie'. Personally I can see both sides. If I am to take offense it will depend on how its used.

  • jen
    February 25, 2016 - 22:54

    I love the name.. my trailer park has a street name "Newfie Street".. I wanted that address sooo much.. I settled for McDonald Drive.. no one leaves "Newfie Street"..

  • Goldie Parsons
    February 25, 2016 - 16:18

    I was born and raised in Nfld and I have no problem being called a Newfie! I see nothing wrong with it!

  • Helen snook
    May 08, 2014 - 11:34

    I love the name ... Wish we had streets in newfoundland with that name... I am from nfld and i think its awesome

  • Jack
    December 23, 2013 - 18:25

    The one and only consistent thing that has lifted Newfoundlanders up from decades of people calling them ignorant and dumb was the fact that they had such a good sense of humor and were good people. Yet here you are (Newfoundlanders) insulted by such a small thing and having the nerve to say its like calling a lane Nixxxer lane. Like Newfoundlanders have been oppressed like the black communities have been. It is you, the Newfoundlander who is digging the grave for yourselves. It's up to you to look like decent people with a loving humor and it's up to you to look like you are ignorant. So far you are losing the battle in my opinion.

    • paul
      February 26, 2016 - 09:02

      geesh, talk about generalizing here. some people don't react to 'newfie' in a way that you approve so "newfoundlanders' look ignorant? get over yourself jack. its exactly this generalization that is at the root of people's resentment for the term Newfie...its often seen as a label, like Polock, or other derogatory epithets. and no, its not as bad as the 'other' N word but they are similar...like a stubbed toe is not a full body 3rd degree burn...but it is still unpleasant.

  • ted
    October 29, 2013 - 17:05

    why do some people think its affended to call this street newfie lane.*there is newfies living on the street*I think its great to call it newfie lane*I am newfie I don't care /why get up in arms about it*some people got nothing else to do only complain*/keep the name there*

    • Goldie Parsons
      February 25, 2016 - 16:24

      I have no problem being called a Newfie! I see nothing wrong with it!

    • Goldie Parsons
      February 25, 2016 - 16:25

      I have no problem being called a Newfie! I see nothing wrong with it!

  • Terry Huxter
    October 23, 2013 - 21:47

    WOW your telling the people who find the word newfie lane offensive, to basically suck it up. I don't think so. This is my culture you are offending and the fact that it is happening in Nova Scotia our next door neighbor is all the more saddening . I would think, if a community in NL did such a think, we would and should correct it immediately. This is one of those stories that should be able to fade into the night. it's almost like Halifax don't want to take the sign down. Personally, if I had a nieghbour with this attitude about my family, I would put up a ten foot fence...

  • Terry Huxter
    October 23, 2013 - 21:45

    WOW your telling the people who find the word newfie lane offensive, to basically suck it up. I don't think so. This is my culture you are offending and the fact that it is happening in Nova Scotia our next door neighbor is all the more saddening . I would think, if a community in NL did such a think, we would and should correct it immediately. This is one of those stories that should be able to fade into the night. it's almost like Halifax don't want to take the sign down. Personally, if I had a nieghbour with this attitude about my family, I would put up a ten foot fence...

  • Marie
    September 29, 2013 - 10:25

    I work at a ice cream shoppe for a couple of years.We have ice cream named newfie fog and newfie storm. Makes me wonder if your the lady that harassed the young staff. I am Newfoundlander and a Newfie ! I am sure there are important causes that you can get involved in!

  • Val
    September 26, 2013 - 17:12

    OK Nameless woman. I was born and raised in Newfoundland and not in the least am I offended at being called a Newfie. Our son who was born and raised in Alberta tells everyone he IS a Newfie . As for your comment " with virtually everyone I know" to view Newfie as extremely derogative - you are sooooo wrong. I am 57 and it's only in the past few years I've heard so much about Newfie being derogatory. Get serious. Get a life. You obviously don't have any "Newfie" blood in you.. Or it's very thin.

  • Christie
    September 22, 2013 - 17:37

    Newfie is a derogatory term? Since when? The only time it ever becomes derogatory is when someone puts an offensive adjective next to it such as "stupid", etc. Some people really need to get a life. I am a Newfie and proud of it.

  • Brian Johnson
    September 21, 2013 - 09:40

    I was raised in NFLD and I always prided myself as a Newfoundlander as having a good-hearted sense of humour. The best "Newfie" jokes I've ever heard always came from a fellow Newf. What derogatory sentiment is being communicated with a street sign named by Newfounlanders? Clearly this woman has spent too much time off the Rock and needs to reconnect with her roots.

  • Ken Haire
    September 20, 2013 - 23:26

    OH... FOR GOD'S SAKE! It's just a bloody word. I'm a proud Newfie, my partner was a proud Screeched- in Newfie, I come from a large family of Newfies... Get over it...

  • Nessie
    September 20, 2013 - 17:09

    Cool Beans, there would have been no complaint if Halifax had recognized our province with naming one of its streets after our province, without bastardizing the name of our province. And Yes there is a Halifax Street in St. John's. But St. John's didn't bastardize the Nova Scotia name it chose to honor that province with, it simply and correctly called the street Halifax Street. There was no offence there.

  • NL Taxpayer
    September 20, 2013 - 14:01

    If this is truly the "first I've heard of to refer to "newfie" as derogatory", you need to get out once in a while. I'm just astounded at your ignorance. The term started at Argentia by Americans as an insult to the locals who they regarded as uneducated idiots. And now you are proving them right 70 years later. Congratulations!

  • Cool Beans
    September 20, 2013 - 09:08

    Sounds like there are people who are willing to complain about anything. There's a Whineocerous in every province. Be a proud Newfoundlander and give Halifax praise for recognizing our province by naming a street after us. St. John's has Halifax St.

  • Nicole Anstey
    September 20, 2013 - 08:35

    Ok this is a little ridiculous.... I am born and bread on the rock and I am a newfie .. I dont know anyone back home that would find this offensive check out to a link on facebook and this is just what I think of this https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151731516287909&set=a.258016217908.138579.117609792908&type=1&theater

  • Jody
    September 20, 2013 - 07:37

    She should really try being more sensitive and easily offended. Geez... Newfie was always a term of endearment in my books, and I have never been told otherwise by any that I know...and I know quite a few! It would be like having a "Bluenoser Lane" or "Freddy Beach"... Lighten up...

  • JoAnne
    September 20, 2013 - 01:25

    I am from St. John's and this woman is off her rocker! In all of my 43 years, she is the first I've heard of to refer to "newfie" as derogatory. I'm proud of my heritage and refer to myself as a newfie every chance I get, as does every other Newfoundlander I know. I think this is a desperate attempt at publicity on her part, or maybe she’s just a drama queen and life is boring these day. In any case, if she has an issue with the term, I think that’s something she needs to discuss with her therapist, and not drag the Nova Scotia government into.

  • Sylvia J. Wilson
    September 19, 2013 - 23:09

    Can't breathe on this planet on anymore unless you say and do everything "politically correct" lest we "offend" someone. Eventually everything will be perfect, except the lack of humour in people. Merry Christmas btw.

  • jeannie hurley
    September 19, 2013 - 11:02

    I can sympathize with the lady in her thinking the term "Newfie" is derrogatory- but this is not an absolute. Obviously the intent behind naming the road was not meant to be derrogatory as it came from a group of Newfoundlanders living on the road...it seemed to signify their neighbourly bond and understand that they would be there for each other in time of need - a very understandable sentiment since Newfoundlanders are known and praised for their sense of belonging and outpouring of friendship and hospitality to all who enter their lives. I'd be proud to find a street named after us in another province - actually I'd even seek to have a house on said street - as it would immediately ring of a sense of "home" and we all have a deep need to belong and be accepted.

  • sure
    September 19, 2013 - 10:26

    People, there's no need to bicker, or put someone down just because their opinion differs from yours. Clearly, by the amount of people responding to this article, the term is a point of contention for many. If you think the word "Newfie" is not derogatory, fine. But the fact of the matter is, just because you haven't experienced something doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I lived off the island for many years, and was both embraced for being a Newfoundlander, and mocked at the same time. It happens. This woman is offended by the term, as are many others. Just because you are of a different opinion, doesn't automatically mean "the majority of Newfoundlanders aren't offended". Who gave you the right to speak for the majority? I am not particularly offended by the word. However, I do take offense to "stupid Newfie", etc. It's been said to my face, and I have told people point blank what I think of them for using that particular descriptor. I think what needs to be taken from this article is the fact that the city of Halifax does not have a policy in place for dealing with an issue such as this. This is where the focus should be.

  • To You dimwits who can't see what you are doing to yourselves and your province by being submissive.
    September 19, 2013 - 10:17

    To You dimwits who can't see what you are doing to yourselves and your province: I can tell you that you are keeping yourselves and your province in a submissive position in the economic Global Trade System that our province is operating within by those who have forever kept our province down economically. Can't you see thus far, in order to survive, we have traded off all of our natural resources (fish, hydro energy, minerals of all types, and Oil, etc., etc.) in the RAW STATE thus we lost all the manufacturing jobs, processing jobs, refining jobs, smelting jobs that could have been created from the raw natural resources and and every other job that would have been created directly and indirecly by the secondary and tertiary industries that would follow with the control of our resources that could have made us into a top economic power given our natural resource base and great location. Also it would have kept any of you who have yearned to have a job and live in our province, right here. At least if you can't get pass wanting to be patted on the heads and called a good little N*e*w*f*i*e by those who are shafting you, please tell the World of our wonderfully well endowed, by nature, resource and location-rich province. Maybe at least those who have shafted us over the years will understand the reason why we hate the "N" word so much.

  • Gail
    September 19, 2013 - 09:48

    I think it's interesting that the people who are in favor of the term"NEWFIE" are the ones who are putting down and insulting the people who do not like the term , while the people who do not like it are only giving their personal reason why..........interesting

  • Emily
    September 19, 2013 - 08:49

    As a Newfoundlander who lives outside the province, the word "Newfie" only fills me with pride! Geez by, if you can't find humour in something as insignificant as a small, cute little street name, then you aren't a true Newf, 'nuff said. There are many more serious and important issues to give time and attention to than this foolishness. Missus needs to lighten up and crack a Black Horse!

  • Dee
    September 19, 2013 - 07:40

    Newfie is NOT a derogatory name. It's like any other nick name....it's HOW IT'S USED. For me, it's a term of endearment and I've never heard it said to me as anything insulting. I've lived in every province. I've heard it a lot. People really need to get over this idea that it's an insult. There are more important things to worry about in this world.

    • on the mainland
      September 19, 2013 - 12:53

      Uh huh...sure they are. If you lived in every province Dee, you need to fess up and tell us about those about those moments that didn't make "Newfie" sound as beautiful to you as you would like it to sound. I've lived not only in many provinces, but in many countries. I once had a Canadian come up to me and make fun of me using the term while I was standing with an American and an Irish guy. Both thought the Canadian guy was insulting me, and I had to calm them down. It was a poignant moment. I have another one to share, but there's no need. I am sure you get the point - you have seen it, heard it, you just don't want to acknowledge it. Or maybe those rose-colored glasses are a little too effective.

  • It is time for the "N" word used on Newfoundlanders to be scrapped.
    September 19, 2013 - 07:15

    I think those who like the "N" word that is supposed to be the diminutive of Newfoundland are too dim to know that it is an offensive word and it hurts Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in many ways. We have had all of our natural resources lured away because we were seen as being as easy to control and we were. We now know the difference, so let us act with our intelligence instead of accepting condescending monikers.. Every other people of the World who, down through the centuries, were labelled with and subjected to derogatory name calling, such as the Polish, the Chinese, the Pakistanis and many other nationalities have risen to a level where they have banned the offensive names that were labelled on them by prejudiced people through their lobbying efforts for it to stop. It is time for Newfoundlanders to do the same.

  • MacKenzie
    September 18, 2013 - 19:10

    They tried to trap us on the island, but we infiltrated the mainland. This is the first honorary step in the segregated residence of Newfoundlanders and Newfies alike.

  • Vaughan
    September 18, 2013 - 17:24

    I too am offended by the N word. When I hear it I certainly do not consider it as a term of endearment and from my experiences travelling on the mainland it is generally condescending. I am a proud Newfoundland and Labradorian and I have also instilled this pride in my children. I will not acknowledge the word. For those living away for the vast majority of us living here please stop using the term. Newfoundland Lane has a much better ring to it and we can all be proud of it.

    • Dee
      September 19, 2013 - 07:42

      Then you're hanging around with the wrong people.

    • Vaughan
      October 11, 2013 - 05:09


  • Lisa
    September 18, 2013 - 16:54

    I'm a Newfoundlander living in Dartmouth, and I'm proud of the Newfie name. Why would you get offended by it. It's who we are. I'm a proud Newfie and I don't care if anyone calls me so. To have a street named Newfie lane makes me feel proud of who I am. Come on people, really theirs more to complain about then a term of who we are.

  • Bill the Newfie
    September 18, 2013 - 15:29

    Newfoundlander born and bread and proud to be a Newfie! Misses you need not worry as you dont live here anymore!

  • whatthefuss
    September 18, 2013 - 13:34

    seriously, the term "newfie" has been successfully re-appropriated to no longer mean a derogatory thing. you ask how that can possibly be? simple, most Newfoundlanders now don't even know it was ever considered derogatory. To those who are putting "goofy newfie" in the same category as the N-word, shame on you for your brutally obvious racism, and complete lack of understanding when it comes to the history of both Newfoundlanders and Black people. history. "newfie" as a term created by Newfoundlanders, that referred to the effects of our lackluster education program back in the day, and most "newfie jokes" with known origin were created by Newfoundlanders themselves. Stop trying to play a victim card that you do not hold.

    • Darlene Tremblett
      September 18, 2013 - 14:19

      Well said!!! I agree wholeheartedly!

    • Kelly
      September 18, 2013 - 14:51

      Very well said.....agree 100%

    • Wrong
      September 18, 2013 - 15:10

      Whatthefuss. You are completely incorrect of your knowledge where the term Newfie comes from. And NO, Newfoundlanders did not create the term. The Americans did when Fort Pepperrell was being built. Scroll down through the comments and you will find the one I am talking about, it came fro argentia.org. Pretty long story, but well worth the read.

  • Newfie101
    September 18, 2013 - 12:47

    Is this really a discussion? The people who are so bothered by something so silly as being called a "Newfie"---suck it up and find something worthy of complaining about! For pity sake...we are all guilty of it or something similar! We call Americans "Yanks", British "Brits" and I also call myself a "Canuck" from time to time. So what? Its all in fun----the thing I always take offense to (as a newfie) is the fact that I'm convinced that every news station sets out to interview someone from nfld and finds the most uneducated, ignorant ill-speaking fool known to man-kind and puts him/her on tv!!! As a Newfie, I DO NOT speak like these people, and our "Accent" is NOT redeeming or cute. Its terrible and trashy and if you all want to stop being made fun of then learn to speak like everyone else! Stop putting on that ridiculous accent. There is nothing Newfie about it----just pure uneducated ignorance.

    • Dianna K. Goneau Inkster
      September 21, 2015 - 21:06

      Have you ever read Dr Storey's (et al.) dictionary? It's wonderful. You want to talk like a politically correct Mainlander? Great! But you would be missing out on a real gem of a variant of the English language. Yes, it's dying out and that's a pity. .

  • paul Whitttle
    September 18, 2013 - 12:30

    Many Newfoundlanders living in "mainland" North America, cling to this word because it makes them feel different, since they are lost in a cultural-less sea of non identity. It might make them feel unique, but the connotations of this word prevent us from getting fair treatment in many many subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. I find the people who like this word are generally seeing Newfoundland at arms length and don't understand the serious economic and political consequences of being seen as goofy,foolish, easy to fool. it might be great for "social capital" reasons but what if you are in a job interview or are negotiating a fair deal? You cannot reclaim this word and more than you can frog or polack.

  • Stephen Parsons
    September 18, 2013 - 11:49

    I'm a newfie and I have to say that I'm happy there is a street named after us. No one was intending on offending us. We as Newfoundlanders need to stop being uptight. We are starting to get a reputation... We had the song "Money for Nothing" changed because we took offense, and also a commercial was criticized for stereotyping newfies. Newfie is short for Newfoundlander, I don't see how it is offensive at all???

  • L. Zaa
    September 18, 2013 - 11:26

    Soooo proud to be a Newfie!!!!

  • rose
    September 18, 2013 - 11:10

    What's the problem there is a Halifax street in St John's, and many more province names, be proud to be a newfie best place in the world. but a lot of newfie's go to Nova Scotia, What is the attraction when the most beautiful place to be is in good old newfie. You no longer live here, again what's the problem. Move home.

  • Tim
    September 18, 2013 - 10:37

    I have to say, I have driven past this Street, and haven’t thought twice about. Because I am a proud Newfie, I understand people saying "I am proud to be a Newfie, I don’t see what the problem is!". I am very proud to be from Newfoundland and would be the first to point out that I think it is the best place in the world. When I lived in Newfoundland I would have proudly said to anyone that I was and will always be "A Newfie". But, with that being said, since I have left Newfoundland, I have come to realize that people don't always use it the word "Newfie" in a positive way. It is, in many places, considered a slur that is meant to degrade and humiliate the person who it is being directed at. The same can be said about the word “Gay”. No one should be ashamed to say “I am gay” but when you hear it used in a negative context it is meant to be degrading and therefore, very insensitive to someone who is Gay. When you hear people call someone a “Newfie” meaning to say that they are stupid, incompetent or poor. That's not flattering. I am sure that is not what was meant by the people who named the street, nor of the people who live there now. However, it is very understandable to me, that people can be upset at the use of the word for naming a street.

  • The real origin of word Newfie
    September 18, 2013 - 09:58

    January 12 - July 31, 1942 - Four days after Pearl Harbor, Hitler declared war on the U.S., and in mid-January a large force of U-boats made their appearance off the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean. In these waters they took a staggering toll of merchant shipping, especially tankers, as no convoy system had been established for coastwise traffic ... Canadian mid-ocean escorts inaugurated the "Newfie-Derry run" at Iceland. An escort of one of the earliest convoys on the that run, HMCS Spikenard was torpedoed and sunk on the way across, on February 10. ----- This suggests that the real origin of the word 'Newfie' was that of a nickname for Newfoundland just as Derry was used as a nickname for Londonderry during the early 1940's.

    • NL Taxpayer
      September 20, 2013 - 14:08

      The term started at Argentia by Americans as an insult to the locals who they regarded as uneducated idiots. And now you are proving them right 70 years later. Congratulations!

  • janet
    September 18, 2013 - 09:39

    I love the fact that the people who live on that lane were confidant enough to name the lane 'Newfie Lane'. I love being a Newfie but if I heard someone say Newfie in a derogatory way I could get quite upset. What I would say to the woman who is putting so much energy into this is that there are real horrible things happening in this huge world of ours & maybe she could channel some of that wonderful energy into fighting some of those bad things!

  • Bob
    September 18, 2013 - 09:21

    All those people that are ok with "newfie", are you alright with "goofie newfie" Is that ok? Is that cute, too?

    • Richard (Dick) Bugden
      September 18, 2013 - 10:14

      Much in the same way you would be OK with ''Goofie Newfoundlander" Bob.

    • Adam
      September 20, 2013 - 13:12

      Yes. I consider myself and many Newfies to also be goofy. Also, I like rhymes.

  • bernie
    September 18, 2013 - 08:25

    If you were raised in nl proud of nl, you would be proud to be a newfie. There are even nl songs like"ruthy the newfie" and "going home to marry me a newfie girl tha many of us newfies love listening to and that made us a culture. So be proud to be a newfie and chill. There are a lot more issues you can raise than this foolishness.

  • Terrence
    September 18, 2013 - 08:24

    The term newfie is used in an offensive way by many people outside of Newfoundland. The fact many Newfoundlander's embrace the name doesn't change that fact that it's in fact an insult. How many of people who think she's over reacting would call a black person a ni**er? Some black people call themselves that, so it must be ok right? I'd wager a large sum of money that the City of Halifax wouldn't allow that for a street name, or require every resident that lives on that street give their approval to change it.

    • research
      September 18, 2013 - 13:06

      Actually, before the street was named "Newfie Lane", all residents of the street voted it unamiously.

  • Crystal Rideout
    September 18, 2013 - 06:55

    LOVE IT! I have lots of family in NS and one of my aunts lived on a lane that never had a name and that is what I told her it should of been called because there were a couple of newfies living there. I thought it was awesome and I am a PROUD NEWFIE!

  • Brian
    September 18, 2013 - 06:50

    "Middle Sackville". LOL Why not call it Scrotum Lane? Must be a town full of Sea-men!

  • Joann
    September 18, 2013 - 06:13

    I'm not sure why this woman has her panties in a twist. I'm a Newfie and I'm not sure i even know anyone from "home" that would be offended. I have family all over the island! If she don't like the street name, don't live there!

  • Jean Johnson
    September 17, 2013 - 22:59

    I was born & raised in Newfie. We call it Newfie very lovingly ! This lady is just creating drama where there is none. A true Newfoundlander would be honored to have a street named Newfie Lane where they currently live outside of Newfoundland. I know I would !!!

    • Anne1
      September 18, 2013 - 07:43

      You should read the post from "Newfie or Newfy? Are we proud? It is a long post but well worth the time to read it. I love Newfoundland with all my heart and soul but, I am not proud to be called a Newfie or Newfy.

  • Bernadette
    September 17, 2013 - 22:16

    I have a lot of Newfie friends who are very proud to be called Newfie just as I am proud to be called a Caper, when you live away there is a sense of pride when people refer to you by the nickname . This woman needs to get a life, I have to say she is not acting like any Newfoundlander " Newfie" I have ever met... Stop making a fool out of yourself and get a life lady.

  • Jackie Barrett - Nova Scotian Turned Newfoundlander
    September 17, 2013 - 21:44

    Over two years ago, I traveled to Athens, Greece, to represent Canada at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. During this event, some athletes and even coaches from other countries, particularly United States of America, called me a "Newfie". While I have to admit that I felt a little offended with this descriptive term to refer to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, it didn't bother me too much at all. What the other athletes and coaches didn't realize is that I'm originally from Nova Scotia, not Newfoundland. Even if someone calls me a "Mainlander", a common term used to describe Newfoundlanders originally from the mainland, I might feel offended but won't make a big deal out of it.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    September 17, 2013 - 21:33

    Unbelievable, this silliness has elicited nearly 200 comments so far! Obviously some of you "Newfies" have sliver thin skins, and possibly some self-esteem issues as well. Relax b'y, referring to someone from NL as a "Newf" or "Newfie" is no more derogatory than referring to someone from Australia as an "Aussie".

    • annieabrown
      September 18, 2013 - 07:24

      Being an Australian I don't mind being called an Aussie. But because it is okay for one culture and people it doesn't make it okay for others. I think should be up to the individual. I don't see anything wrong with Newfoundland Lane. But if it gets people talking then that is a good thing. ps I was in Newfoundland in May. It is a fabulous place.

    • Newfoundlander
      September 19, 2013 - 01:13

      Annie, what if I called you a Brit Slave or a convict? Probably not thrilled, huh.

  • Bob Young
    September 17, 2013 - 21:28

    It can only be a sensitive city girl that would be bothered with such a stupid issue. I am a former Newfie and I have a registered MV license plate from the province of Ontario with " RXNEWF" on it and I am proud of it. It's people like you that make us as Newfies look stupid. Chill out and have great day.

  • Dee
    September 17, 2013 - 21:20

    I went to high school in Sackville & one of the sweetest girls called me her "little Newf. I'm proud to be a Newfie. You can always tell when people are using the term in a derogatory sense, I just ignore them, they're ignorant in every sense of the word. Notice it's a TOWNIE that's getting her drawers in a knot?!? She needs to get off her high horse, take a chill pill and chill out!

  • Andrew
    September 17, 2013 - 21:07

    I live in Newfoundland, and I don't know of a single person who takes offense to the term "Newfie". Not a head will turn if it is said aloud. It is laughable that anyone believes the word to be "extremely derogatory". ... By the way, "ex-patriate", with a hyphen, is not a word.

  • Corienne Morrow
    September 17, 2013 - 21:05

    I was born in St. John's NL to a Newfie mom and a Canadian dad. I live in Corpus Christi TX But I'm a newfie or newf & super proud of it. My email address shows my Newf pride. Anyone ashamed of the words Newf or Newfie must be ashamed of being a Newfoundlander.

  • Cheryl
    September 17, 2013 - 21:04

    you have a town called Dildo and Conception Bay and your complaining about a road being called Newfie Lane? A road I might add that the residents themselves named. Don't go there if you are so offended and don't buy a house there..

    • Annie-Girl
      September 23, 2013 - 12:28

      Cheryl, the name Dildo does not mean what you may think. It is a bastardization of the words "d'Ile Dieu" which mean (loosely translated) God's Island. And Conception Bay refers to the Immaculate Conception, a Christian reference which is very common in Newfoundland. Cheryl, not everything has a sexual connotation.

    • Dianna K. Goneau Inkster
      September 21, 2015 - 21:15

      When correctly viewed everything is lewd. So "dildo" might be a Newfoundland English corruption of "Ile de Dieu". Should Francophones be offended by this linguistic oddity or not? Conne River hasn't been changed by the prudes, but Hibb's Hole has. I wonder what Joe Batt's Arm realy means. LOL!

  • sheldon piercey
    September 17, 2013 - 20:44

    To the lady who is offended,firstly,who elected you to speak on behalf of the ppl from Newfoundland & Labrador,and if you are that offended and proud,i do believe the ferry crosses back and forth 2 times a day,im a NEWFIE and proud of it,our newfie humor is world renoun and the ability to rool with the punches and been passed down for generations so don't be offended by itmgo with it,theres a lot more things in the world to be concerned with than a simple name,i think you need to do something else to occupy your time,you must have to much of it

  • Elvis Martin
    September 17, 2013 - 20:36

    First of all I'd like that express that I'm a proud Newfoundlander, born and raised in a small town on the rock, I left home when I was 18, not because I didn't love my home or my family but because I think its in my Irish blood to want to explore, see the world and experience life. I'm presently serving my 20th year in the Canadian Navy, so yes, I would consider myself a patriot, a Canadian and a Newfie....in that order. I believe this goes beyond what one person thinks is offensive and what other don't think is offensive. In my experience just because someone doesn't like a particular word or phrase they feel they can use that almighty buzz word "offensive" and get their way....seemingly when their way is just that, their way...not the way of the everyone else. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. The fact that this has generated so much debate and interest, in my opinion, is because as a society Canada as a whole has adopted this submissive bow down attitude to try and please and appease everyone. Getting me to stop using the term Newfie is going to be about as successful as get me to stop saying Merry Christmas and start saying Happy Holidays. Not going to happen. I find it interesting that if this lady is so passionate about the word Newfie she's keeping her identity hidden. I believe that its really because she knows she's not going to get much support from other expat Newfies that are living in the Maritimes. I have been away from home for almost 25 years and was floored a few years back when someone told me that Newfie is a derogatory and insulting term used against Newfoundlanders. I laughed it off, because in a sense, it was laughable. I still get back home at least every year or every other year, and I'd like to invite Mrs. St John's to open her eyes and have a look around the next time she's home so that she can see how many signs throughout the province and home many times in print she can find the word Newfie. It would be pretty time consuming. Normally I believe that people have the right to express when something is not right, but in this case I believe that this is nothing more than someone seeking attention, albeit anonymously. Thanks for taking the time to read my contribution to this debate that shouldn't really be a debate. EM

  • R. Young
    September 17, 2013 - 20:29

    I agree with the lady from St. John's and yes the word "Newfie" doe have negative connotation towards all Newfoundlanders. There are some names which are insulting towards various persons of colour or nationality which also have negative connotations, so my question is, would you change the name of a street to one of the words that would be insulting to those persons as well?

  • Larn
    September 17, 2013 - 20:12

    Misses needs to get over it.

  • Kate
    September 17, 2013 - 20:08

    I, for one, am a proud Newfie, and am not offended in the least by the term! Sure, there are "Newfie" jokes, but would she write a letter expressing her concern if there were street named "Blonde Street"? Who said the majority of Newfoundlanders are offended anyway? I love it!

  • penny
    September 17, 2013 - 19:59

    she says most find "newfie" a derogatory description of our people , I for one am very proud to be a newfie , for it is my newfie humor , the ability to laugh at ourselves that make us unique ....its because of living on the mainland and losing her sense of what to be called NEWFIE really means !!!!!

    • 1Newfie
      September 17, 2013 - 21:32

      I am a Newfie and am also quite proud of it also.. A lot of people ask me where im from when they hear me talk. I say yes im a Newfie and most people automatically change and become more relaxed and pleasant. Be proud of the term and enjoy what it is meant for. Man some people need to get a life.. Be proud that they think it is worth naming a street after it. And if i was one of the original people who lived there that was from Newfoundland I would be even prouder..

  • Nels
    September 17, 2013 - 19:57

    I'm sure that I could suggest many derogatory names that the HRM would not put on a street sign, but they say they have no policy regarding derogatory or offensive street names.

  • Joel
    September 17, 2013 - 19:50

    "Newfie" isn't derogatory. It is just a short version of newfoundlander. Everyone should chillllllllllllllllll out.

  • B Snow
    September 17, 2013 - 19:30

    Seriously........... She finds "Newfie Lane" Offensive..... Is she joking or has she hit her head. I are Newfie and I is proud of it! Take dat by'.

    • nels
      September 17, 2013 - 20:00

      Thank you for perpetuating the myth.

  • Ann
    September 17, 2013 - 19:14

    This is all hogwash.Newfie sounds just fine to me.I have lived in Alberta for years and was proud to be called Newfie.Don't like Goofy Newfie lol.

  • Vi
    September 17, 2013 - 19:04

    I just read over some of the comments, it is so disappointing to see all of the Newfoundlanders and Newfies etc. to get insulting and just mean spirited with each other. We all are different in our sense of humour and what we find offensive someone else may be very hurt about. Just because we don't share the same opinion is no reason to act that way towards each other. Regardless of what you refer to yourself as being, we are known for our kindness, friendlessness and the help we so willingly give. if I was not born and raised in Newfoundland I would be reading some of these comments and would be saying I will never visit that place. We should be concerned about more important things, like making sure our province stays true to itself in our ever changing environment...god knows we have enough things here that need help. If this woman wishes to take things further leave her to it...I don't mind the term newfie but that policy is not a good policy, I can think of a lot of words that this would allow for that should not be allowed.

  • Roger Lynde
    September 17, 2013 - 18:49

    Would Outport Bay Wop Hick Lane be acceptable?

  • guy roberts
    September 17, 2013 - 18:44

    well i am proud to say i am newfie .. beging called a newfie gives me a chuckle at it i do not consider it in any way..shape or form a derogatory or offensive s name, so in my opinion it is about time for this lady to her g string outta that knot and get of her high horses and live with it

  • Edie
    September 17, 2013 - 18:20

    I have travelled all over the world and when asked where I'm from and tell them Canada, people always proceed to tell me how much they love Canada. However, when I tell them I'm a Newfie, so much more is said about how much they love "Newfies" it's almost overwhelming! I can't tell you how many hugs I've received from total strangers because of where I'm from. I honestly believe that you can't please everyone, no matter how hard you try...she needs to stop complaining about something that she personally has a problem with and look at how it's affecting the majority of us...from the looks of the comments here, she's in the minority!

  • Carol Goneau
    September 17, 2013 - 18:12

    If a name may be perceived as offensive by some but not by others, then it should, for that very reason, be excluded from consideration. This is not rocket science. I

    • lori martin
      September 17, 2013 - 19:49

      if they exclude everything that has the potential to be offensive to someone what would there be to choose from? not a whole lot!

    • whatthefuss
      September 18, 2013 - 13:41

      I think censorship for fear of offending someone is offensive, so shall we get rid of that, then?

  • T-Man
    September 17, 2013 - 18:02

    It's funny how much "Newfie pride" is shown by people here who moved away from the province years ago. "Fairweather Newfie" is a term that I am more than okay with. Otherwise, call us Newfoundlanders, or Labradorians, as fits.

  • Turbo
    September 17, 2013 - 17:56

    I am a Newfie !!! I'm not the least bit offended on this whatsoever !! Just another person who has nothing better in life but complain !! Get a life !!

  • Doug Rowe
    September 17, 2013 - 17:25

    So... let me get this straight. The city[lower case deliberate] of halifax has no policy against offensive names. Really??? In that case I can think of a long list from which they can choose. There are 'N' words, 'P' words , 'K' words, 'C' words to name a few. halifax could find enough to fill a new sub-division. Go For It halifax

  • rf mercer
    September 17, 2013 - 17:24

    she is right, but with any one from city hall "it's stupid is as stupid does"

  • Verna
    September 17, 2013 - 16:34

    I disagree completely with this Newfoundlander without a sense of home and humor. Newfoundlanders have always had the ability (and in a lot of cases - the need) to view their often hard lifestyle with humor. I believe that this woman has a right to her opinion and to want to have Newfoundlanders called by their 'proper' title. Does she call herself a Newfoundlander or a Newfoundland and Labradorian. If she wants to be proper she should do it right. I also believe that the people who are from this province who are proud to call themselves "Newfies" should have the same consideration given to their opinin as she wants for hers. For her consideration, virtually everyone I know has no problem being called a Newfie or a Newfoundlander.

  • Anne Collins Brown
    September 17, 2013 - 16:30

    As a very proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, I too, find the term Newfie to be demeaning and belittling. As the woman who complained about the name has tried to explained it has a negative connotation and has been used for many years by non-Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to insult us and it usually preceded by stupid or folled up with joke. I doubt that you would condone a street or lane in Halifax being named the equally derogatory name of "Packie" if a few Pakistanians lived there. Quite frankly most of us a truely sick of this term and refuse to be silent on this issue. Wake up Canada and stop using this term, it is not funny, cute or affecionate...it is a racist term and equal to any other racist term. I can't beleive this has been done in a city I love and you think it is okay....

    • Tiffany
      September 27, 2013 - 10:29

      Newfoundland is not a race of people so this is not a “racist” term, the communities in NFLD are Innu (the ones that weren’t killed by your descendants) and Whiter then White Anglo Saxons. So if the Innu or Natives consider this racist term, then the term “Newfie” should be given some consideration. Did you ever see Newfoundlander on a formal government form? Can you be considered a minority or member of a visible community being a white Newfoundlander? The answer is No, so stop saying this is a race thing. You would actually have other races of people in Newfoundland if your ancestors had it not been the only province in Canada do ethnic cleansing. Start standing up for you Natives and Innu and the injustice that has been brought to them over the last few hundred years and stop belly aching about a stupid sign. Get off you computer and into the real world where there are real issues that are RACIST and harmful to ones very being

  • Wince
    September 17, 2013 - 16:27

    The people that agree with the word newfie, is the reason we use the term "stupid newfie"

  • John H
    September 17, 2013 - 16:23

    Missus, if you AND your husband were both raised to treat Newfie as a derogatory word, the both of you must have lived some sheltered life then. Cousins I suspect. Missus grow up. As a proud newfie myself I see no problem with myself or anyone else for that matter using the word. Personally I find the name "Middle Sackville" to be more offensive then "Newfie Lane" which was named by previous house owners who lived there, who were from Newfoundland. Grow up.

    • Robyn F
      September 17, 2013 - 20:36

      Awe John! I miss the Newfie dialect! I talk like that here in Ontario and people look at me like I'm from another planet. I think this lady is out of her mind! I used to live in Lr. Sackville and if I had a house on this lane I can assure everyone that I would fight to keep the name!

  • Maxine Roberts
    September 17, 2013 - 16:09

    True Newfie! I cannot believe how ignornant and stupid people actually are. I think it's excellent. "Newfie's' are everywhere. There are to many important thing's in society that we should focus on. "Stupid folk's with nothing better to do!!!!! For God sake Grow up!!!!!!!!

  • holly gunn
    September 17, 2013 - 16:06

    it's time for that lady to grow up i'am a newfie and proud of it

  • Newfie or Newfy? Are we proud?
    September 17, 2013 - 16:02

    Found on argentia.org Origin of the Derogatory Term Newfie The term ¡°Newfie¡± has always been a very controversial one, but never more so than it has been during the first six years of the twentieth-first century. Some people consider it to be a ¡°term of endearment¡± while the majority of Newfoundlanders regard it as a derogatory term. Over the past several decades, many people have offered suggestions as to how the term first came into being. A certain number of people have given credit to the British sailors who were stationed at St. John's during World War II. A few others were of the opinion that members of the Canadian military started it. Most people, however, were of the opinion that the Americans coined the term. People from Gander say it was started in their community while some residents from the Stephenville claim it began there. A few St. John's residents have maintained that it was started by the Americans at Fort Pepperrell U.S. Army-Air Force Base. Well, regardless of what they claim, they are all wrong. Contrary to what many Newfoundlanders, and some Labradorians, believe, ¡°Newfie¡± was never a term of endearment. In reality, they do not spell it in its original form, which is ¡°N-e-w-f-y!¡± The U.S. military is an acronym-rich organization. Even today, its members like to make words and phrases as short as possible. As an example, instead of saying two distinct words, they often run them together in a bastardized form for any number of reasons ¡­ convenience, laziness, satire, or derision. The term "Newfyjohn" was coined by a group of soldiers at Fort McAndrew U.S. Army Base in Argentia in reference to St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland, where the U.S. Army headquarters (Fort Pepperrell) were being constructed. They meant it as a derogatory term because a large number of them had contracted a sexually-transmitted disease ¡ª gonorrhea to be more specific ¡ª at the ¡°lady of the night¡± establishments that were so prevalent there. The U.S. Army Area Engineers construction division was the ¡°Project Coordinator¡± during the construction of Fort McAndrew U.S. Army Base. American civilian Gene Dougherty was truck foreman and his brother, ¡°Doc¡± Dougherty ¡ª first name not in records ¡ª was general labor foreman. Doc Dougherty was the man who coined the name "Newfy Bullet.¡± It was his derogatory reference to the notoriously slow trains operated by the Newfoundland Railway on narrow gauge rails between Argentia and St. John's. The Newfoundlanders readily adopted that particular term as an insult to the railway system because they were just as frustrated as the Americans by the slow service of the Newfoundland Express. A trip from Argentia to St. John's ¡ª which was only 83 miles by rail ¡ª took anywhere from four to six hours, depending on the number of stops to pick up or discharge passengers and freight along the way. The actual name of Newfoundland's train was Caribou, not the commonly used name ¡°Newfoundland Express.¡± However, after the American term caught on, most people forgot the proper name. The American servicemen also referred to the "Newfy Bullet" as their ¡°Liberty Train.¡± Although those two double-word derogatory terms were started at Fort McAndrew U.S. Army Base, the first word in each one was not unique. It was an adaptation of one they had heard many times. ¡°Newfy¡± was first uttered in anger by a U.S. Navy officer at U.S. Naval Operating Base, Argentia. The term ¡°Newfy¡± is a derogatory term that was coined by Lieutenant (jg) Jay Silliman, and he meant it to be exactly that. Initially, the American civilian construction foremen and military authorities were displeased with their verdant Newfoundland workforce. The Newfoundlanders were not used to working throughout the day at the sustained pace that the Americans wanted. Their priorities were quite different, and they did not share the Americans' sense of urgency. A week before Christmas 1941, almost 60 percent of the workers at the time ¡ª 3,021 men, to be exact ¡ª quit their jobs. They went back to their homes around the various bays ¡­ many with the intention of staying there for the entire winter. After working for almost 12 months, they had already earned more money then they had in the previous 10 years. The Americans found that practice difficult to deal with, and they were very critical of the workers. It was on Wednesday, December 17 ¡ª during a meeting to discuss the troublesome labor situation ¡ª that Lieutenant Silliman coined the derogatory term ¡°Newfys¡± in reference to residents of Newfoundland. In that meeting with Lieutenant F. B. Stephens, Lieutenant Edward Quinn, E. E. Davis, and several site supervisors, he was reported as having said: ¡®Newfys and Niggers are all alike, lazy and useless.' The following day ¡ª before he left for a meeting with members of the Commission of Government at St. John's ¡ª he confirmed in writing what he had been credited with saying at the meeting when he sent a memo to Lieutenant Edward Poole who was not present for the previous day's meeting. In that memo, he gave Lieutenant Poole an overview of what was discussed at the meeting. Near the end he wrote: ¡­ As I said before, Newfys and Niggers are all the same, lazy and useless. Their lack of purpose for and dedication to this project will cause major logistical problems if the situation is not rectified in the near future. After the term ¡°Newfy¡± was first uttered, the American servicemen used it in reference to all things pertaining to Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders. Everything was ¡°Newfy¡± something! Geographically, there was ¡°Newfyjohn¡± and ¡°Newfyland.¡± Local male workers were ¡°Newfymen,¡± but if there any who the Americans particularly disliked, they were called ¡°Newfy nuts¡± or ¡°Newfy dicks.¡± As for referencing women, it depended upon whether they were old, married, or eligible. Old women were ¡°Newfy prunes¡± and married women were ¡°Newfy tied.¡± The most desirable women of the eligible category were ¡°Newfy broads,¡± ¡°Newfy tits,¡± ¡°Newfy pussies,¡± or ¡°Newfy pieces of tail.¡± Some servicemen who were in Newfoundland longer than six months used to say that they were "Newfy Goofy." The term ¡°Newfy¡± caught on quickly and spread to wherever American servicemen traveled. It was also picked up and used by some of the thousands of Allied military men who visited U.S. Naval Operating Base, Argentia via aircraft, ships, and submarines. Members of the British and Canadian forces quickly picked it up and started using it as much as the Americans throughout World War II and beyond. Within a few months of Lieutenants Silliman's derogatory remark, the word ¡°Newfy¡± was being used by sailors, soldiers, and airmen around the world, many of whom were not aware of the meaning behind the term. While "Newfie" has become a term of endearment for many Newfoundlanders and Americans over the years, they are probably unaware as to how it originated. Contrary to the belief of a major portion of today's population, Newfy was never, absolutely never, a term of endearment. Using the word "Newfy," whether attached to other words or not, was the Americans' way of insulting or degrading others in a subtle manner ¡­ and it was very condescending. Whenever servicemen from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada used Newfy, even in a seemingly friendly way, it was for the surreptitious purpose of ridiculing, degrading, and belittling Newfoundlanders. How often have you heard a comment such as, ¡°Ahh, that's different; he's a nice Newfy,¡± especially from former U.S. military men who were stationed in Newfoundland. It is as if the ¡°nice Newfy¡± were a ¡°nice dog¡± or a ¡°nice cat.¡± Regardless of how they say it is meant, the term is condescending. Are you one of those who do not believe the condescending aspect of "Newfy?" The next time you hear an American ¡ª especially one from California, New York, or Texas ¡ª use the word "Newfy" pay close attention to the tone of voice and his/her body language. The same applies to mainland Canadians ¡ª especially some of those from Quebec or Ontario. If you ever have the opportunity to observe certain Torontonians making references to ¡°Newfies,¡± it will not take you very long to understand why the term can still be so condescending. Those Newfoundlanders who know how derogatory "Newfy" once was find it very difficult to understand why so many fellow Newfoundlanders take pride in referring to themselves as "Newfies." ¡°After all,¡± they say, ¡°you would never hear African-Americans take pride in publicly calling themselves 'Niggers,' Italians calling themselves 'Wops,' or Chinese people referring to themselves as 'Chinks.'¡± During the late 1940s and early 1950s, many Newfoundlanders ¡ª whether it was by accident or design ¡ª started doing what many people of marginalized groups have done for almost a century with slurs that were aimed at insulting or belittling them. They threw the insulting term right back in the faces of their ridiculers ¡­ by changing the spelling of American-style N-e-w-f-y to British-style N-e-w-f-i-e and adding a positive meaning. It was much the same way with African-Americans, women, poor white people, and children born out of wedlock who defiantly appropriated and re-valued terms like nigger, bitch, redneck, and bastard. In spite of that situation, ¡°Newfie¡± is still derogatory. Within two weeks of that mass exodus of Newfoundland workers ¡ª and several labor relations meetings later ¡ª George A. Fuller, Merritt-Chapman & Scott agreed to re-hire the majority of those who had quit. The few who had been classified as the ¡°ring leaders¡± were blacklisted and refused employment. The Americans branded them as trouble makers and wanted nothing more to do with them. They did not want a repeat of that major delay in their high-priority war project. Upon being re-instated in their jobs, the Newfoundlanders' work habits changed dramatically. The adjustment in their sense of purpose was brought about by the sudden realization that their impetuous actions could jeopardize any chance of a future livelihood with the U.S. Navy. With the Newfoundlanders' change in attitude and improved work habits, productivity was greatly increased. The Americans' attitudes also changed when they observed the Newfoundlanders' willingness to learn and cooperate. The military officers were quite pleased when they saw the high level of proficiency that the Newfoundlanders attained with the proper training and guidance. Quebec has a new professional basketball team in Quebec City. It has been officially named ¡°Kebekwa.¡± When suggestions for a new name were being entertained, the title ¡°Jumping Frogs¡± was put forward. While most people in the sports world viewed the name as a term of endearment, the general population of the province was outraged. People were quite familiar with ¡°frogs,¡± as it is a derogatory term often used to describe members of the French population in Quebec. Unlike some Newfoundlanders who like to call themselves "Newfies," they were not about to advertise themselves to the world as "Frogs." What a contrast between the two populations! In spite of many Newfoundlanders developing a positive attitude toward the term ¡ª and contrary to what younger generations believe ¡ª many people in Canada and the United States still view residents of Newfoundland as ¡°stupid Newfies.¡± The fact that Newfoundlanders living in other parts of the world insist on calling themselves "Newfies," and proceed to establish those inane ¡°Newfie Clubs,¡± only exacerbates the situation. Even well known individuals and organizations from Newfoundland and Labrador ¡ª especially Buddy Wassisname and the Other Fellers and Ron Young of the Downhome magazine ¡ª do the province a great disservice with their ¡°cute¡± and ¡°endearing¡± way of propagating the term "Newfie" through stupid jokes and insulting tourist memorabilia. Then there are people like Bob Tulk who published the booklet Newfie Jokes and Bill MacLeod who published Cape Breton and Newfie Joke Book. If those people were not reaping financial or some other kind of benefits, it is a certainty that there would be very little interest in all things "Newfie." We are well aware of the fact that the aforesaid individuals will vehemently deny that their intentions and actions are belittling to Newfoundland, or its residents, but ¡ª contrary to any claims they might choose to put forth, and in keeping with the opinions of many thousands of Newfoundlanders ¡ª that is exactly what they are doing. We have just one question for all you Newfoundlanders ¡ª especially all you expatriate men and women ¡ª who like to proudly refer to yourselves as ¡°Newfies.¡± How would you react to your mother being referred to as ¡°Newfy prune,¡± your wife or sister as ¡°Newfy tied,¡± or yourself or your sister as ¡°Newfy tits?¡± Point made! Some of your grandparents or great grandparents were referred to by the terms previously mentioned on a fairly regular basis for the better part of two decades. Now that you have this information about the derogatory aspects of the term Newfie, why not stop propagating the dishonor that was shown to them for no reason other than they followed a lifestyle that was different from some of the U.S. military men who were stationed in various parts of Newfoundland. Why not stop dishonoring your ancestors by referring to yourselves as ¡°Newfies!¡± Although the official name of Canada's tenth province is ¡°Newfoundland and Labrador,¡± the people of Labrador do not refer to themselves as Newfoundlanders ¡­ they never have and probably never will. They proudly proclaim themselves to be only ¡°Labradorians,¡± without any need for a nickname or ¡°term of endearment.¡± They fly their distinct ¡°Labrador Flag¡± to demonstrate that pride. The Labrador flag, by the way, was designed in 1973 by Michael S. Martin, the member of the House of Assembly for Labrador South, as a political statement aimed at Premier Joseph R. (Joey) Smallwood because he refused to recognize Labrador as any kind of separate entity. Only on the island portion part of the province ¡ª and in other parts of the world where expatriate Newfoundlanders live ¡ª do many Newfoundlanders choose to call themselves ¡°Newfies.¡± Those people may place any kind of connotation on the term as they see fit, but they cannot change history. They will never be able to erase the derogatory sense in which it was uttered, written, and conveyed by a U.S. Navy officer in 1941. For decades, Newfoundlanders have been complaining that they ¡°have not been taken seriously by the rest of Canada¡± and are often portrayed as inferior to other Canadians, and many Americans. Is it any wonder when Newfoundlanders constantly give them fodder for such opinions! Producing and sharing cultural humor among themselves is one thing, but those stupid ¡°Newfie¡± joke books and tourist memorabilia should become a thing of the past. Long overdue, it is about time that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador started setting the trend of portraying all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a more positive light. The premier should take the initiative in instituting a policy forbidding government members from boastfully referring to themselves as ¡°proud Newfies.¡± Their language should be more in line with the image they want to portray to the world through the province's new logo, and "Newfie" does not fit that image. Instead of broadcasting ¡°I am proud to be a Newfie¡± to the world, what is wrong with ¡°I am proud to be a Newfoundlander!¡± It is so much more appropriate! Newfoundlanders ¡ª long may your big jib draw!

    • Laughing Newfie
      September 17, 2013 - 16:48

      You are to stiff necked. Loosen the tie. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Newfoundland humor! I don't know where you get your statistics, it's time to speak for yourself and not all Newfoundlanders.

    • geeze
      September 17, 2013 - 17:38

      I was born and bred in Corner Brook Newfoundland and thank God that is so. I do NOT consider myself or my family to be NEWFIE... we are Newfoundlanders first Canadian second...Not to deminish how happy we are to be Canadian BUT WE LOVE Newfoundland more. Being a child of the 50's I had relatives who married servicemen from the United States and moved to Connecticut, Texas, New York. and had families who lived happily ever after...but ...the sad thing was that when they came home for vacations each summer we were CONSTANTLY referred to as GOOFY NEWFIE or STUPID NEWFIE by their children. Alas...my relatives became Americans and passed this slur on to their children who just loved to ridicule us. Most of the people who seem to embrace this term have NO concept of how it feels to be referred to in this way. I would bet that all these PROUD NEWFIES have never been referred to in this way and look upon it as their heritage to be referred to as a Newfie! I personally SPIT on that term everytime I hear it and have to supress the urge to vomit!

    • To: Laughing Newfie
      September 17, 2013 - 19:32

      Info came from: Argentia.org

    • nels
      September 17, 2013 - 20:13

      Thank you for this explanation. I have seen it before but could not recall where.

  • holly
    September 17, 2013 - 15:58

    it's time for that lady to grow up i'am a newfie and proud of it

  • yvette butt
    September 17, 2013 - 15:49

    I am a Newfie and would love to live on Newfie Lane in Nova Scotia.....

  • John C.
    September 17, 2013 - 15:29

    Listen here missus, I'm from Newfoundland myself, and I see nothing wrong with the term "newfie". I think it's a term of endearment, but as you said, It's in the eye of the beholder. You also say you love Newfoundland. If you love it so much, why don't you just move back here. Actually, no...don't.

  • Scott
    September 17, 2013 - 15:25

    The only newfies that have a problem with being called newfies is the too good for the rest of nl townies who don’t realize newfoundland extends past the overpass. Get over it, I can’t believe for one that you made a problem out of this, and for two, they actually published this story.

    • Newfie
      September 17, 2013 - 16:46

      Scott I am a proud NLer and even prouder TOWNIE. I take exception to your townie comment and ask that you don't include everyone in that statement as it indicates ignorance. That would be similar to me saying that "baymen" complain about "TOWN" until they need the hospital or shopping center not found in their community...... But of course I would never say that. That is ALL !!!!

    • penny
      September 17, 2013 - 20:10

      well i have to correct ya both ...theres no such thing as "baymen " or "townies" dont ya see we all live on an island , the city of st jo hns is the port of st john's, it has water !!!!! lmao ...we are all surrounded by water which makes us all BAYMEN!!!!

    • Barb
      September 18, 2013 - 14:35

      Ease up on the Townies there Scott....talk about being bitter. We are all Newfies whether we have the honor to grow up in the Capital City or one of the beautiful outports.....let's stick together.

  • Nikki Petipas
    September 17, 2013 - 15:18

    Terms of endearment equate the term "Newfie." It also is a short cut to the name of the Island's people. Danish people are called Danes, Norway's people are referred to as Norsemen. Now let her wrap herself around that one. Should they only be referred to as Norspeople so there's no gender bias? You can pick till sore, all the short cuts on names of Country's people or Province people. Never in my 64 years have I met or heard of any disrespect being hurdled towards anyone from Newfoundland while using the term "Newfie." This woman obvious has her own issues to resolve and should find another outlet to do so. I was born and raised in Newfoundland and I've lived and traveled to many places on the North American Continent and overseas and never has anyone used the term/word "Newfie" without expressing love, admiration, gratitude or awe of the place and people. Don't let her deface the situation. Small people with small minds can be dangerous.

  • Dougie the Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 15:09

    Hey Jerry you forgot one, remember Come By Chance. Dougie

  • jack
    September 17, 2013 - 15:09

    Get over it!! Newfie is not derogotory in the eys of the majority of NL'ians. I think it's a great street name.

  • Cathy
    September 17, 2013 - 15:01

    C,mon lady , lighten up! I guess referring to those big black huggable furry creatures to as newfs upset you as well.

  • Doug
    September 17, 2013 - 15:01

    If we rename the street then we have to rename the Newfie Bullet. Then you're going to tell me that "the man in the moon is not a Newfie"

    • Doug Rowe
      September 17, 2013 - 17:11

      The man in the moon was a ne##ie for one reason only. Stompin Tom needed to place 'goofy' and ne##ie within the same sentence.

  • Sheila M.
    September 17, 2013 - 14:41

    I agree...offensive in the eye of the beholder...I'm a Newfie and proud of it and if I was in or near the area, I would not be offended at all.

  • Steve G
    September 17, 2013 - 14:38

    I'm flabbergasted by the people on here defending the term Newfie. It's an unacceptable derogatory word depicting a slow lazy dimwitted Newfoundlander. I know for one that's not who I am. Shame on anyone that feels this is acceptable. We've come too far to let others set our identity. I'm utterly dismayed that so many of my fellow Newfoundlanders think this is okay.

    • Belinda
      February 26, 2016 - 10:47

      Totally agree.

  • Denise
    September 17, 2013 - 14:37

    I too was born and raised here and am not at all offended by the term Newfie. Lady take a pill and relax. Better still have a black horse...no wait a moosehead and relax...Oh, and feel free to stay in Nova Scotia.

  • John Smith
    September 17, 2013 - 14:36

    I bet there is no...Newfoundland Lane...or Newfoundland Drive...or Newfoundland Street...but Newfie Lane? Of course B'y...give me a break...what's more offensive are those posting here that actually have no problem with it..I guess they really are...newfies....

  • Len Green
    September 17, 2013 - 14:11

    We at the Nfld Club of California have had this conversation many times with our members. We have people with LANEWF on their plates. Plus it has been talked about on Facebook many times too. Most have said they love the name. Yes most. It has mostly come down to how it is used. You can always tell what a person is thinking when using the word Newfie. I would love to live on a road called Newfie lane. Plus if I were the Nflders that named the road I would fight to keep the name. Plus if she has no plans to buy a house there then just give it up will ya.

  • Jon
    September 17, 2013 - 14:03

    People really have to stop comparing Newfie to N**ger. They are not close at all. Newfies just deal with lame jokes from mainlanders, a far cry from over a century of ACTUAL persecution and discrimination. Who cares if Americans thought we were lazy in the 40s. Embrace the word as a representation of how unique we are TODAY.

    • Tom
      September 19, 2013 - 16:13

      Well said!

  • ruby
    September 17, 2013 - 14:00

    I am a newfie who lives on newfie lane and am very proud of it.

  • Barb
    September 17, 2013 - 13:59

    I am a Newfie through and through. I love being called a Newfie by anyone (from NL or not). I have never considered the term derogatory and think this is complete nonsense for anyone to be insulted. Get over it, so many other things in the world to worry about and you're worried about a street being called Newfie Ln...please, let's get real.

  • Jennifer
    September 17, 2013 - 13:51

    Foolishness, I am newfie and proud of it! When I moved to Alberta 17 years ago, I was proud and couldn't wait to tell everyone I was a newfie! Whoever this is - please get over yourself.

  • J
    September 17, 2013 - 13:46

    I have never in my life heard of the word newfie as derogatory. This is a ridiculous witch hunt. I feel like someone in her past used that term negatively towards her and now she is taking it out on everyone else. I'm sure the people living there who chose that name didn't use something they felt was derogatory to describe themselves. All the people I know from newfounland celebrate being a newfie and I've always thought of it as a celebration of who they are. I'm a proud maritimer and i know many proud newfies. I know many proud torontonians and haligonians and canucks.. I could go on. Just because someone makes a joke a bout a maritimer doesn't mean the word becomes derogatory and the same goes with the term newfie. I hope she figures out that most people love newfies and maybe she just needs a hug.

  • Queer Face
    September 17, 2013 - 13:44

    So, we're second-class citizens? I remember when we were third-class. We're getting there!

    • whatthefuss
      September 18, 2013 - 13:48

      you're a newfoundlander, so 99% chance you are a white north american of christian decent, and weren't alive in the 1800's. you have faced no real discrimination because of your heritage. lame jokes =/= discrimination.

  • Jerry
    September 17, 2013 - 13:42

    I guess we should start changing names here then, like "Dildo" "Amy's hole" "Spread Eagle" and "Conception Bay"? Silly people

  • wassisface
    September 17, 2013 - 13:39

    There are 340 sites on the internet with Newfie in the name. Everything from "Naughty Newfie Girls" to "Newfie Club of Australia." Want a challenge? Fix that!

  • donna
    September 17, 2013 - 13:38

    I am totally NOT offended by the name Newfie. Nowaays, it is never spoken derogatory.. Actually it gives us a distinct recognition and it usually is said as a term of endearment, and every Newfie should be quite proud of it. While on vacation, eveytime my daughter saw a NL licence plate, or a NL Map on a rear window, or a Bumper Sticker, she asked me "Are they a Newfie" and I said Yes, and she got so excited to see Newfies up along. Stop Whining about the name Missus, you're making a fuss over nothing, True Newfies will actually think this is just a great Tourism Promotion. I love it and will actually stop and take a pic the next time we drive by.

  • hangashore
    September 17, 2013 - 13:34

    I am not going to refer to the Newfie Bullet as The Former Newfoundland and Labrador Railway Passenger Sevice. Everybody! Let's do the Newfie Polka. One, two, three ...

  • Doris
    September 17, 2013 - 13:31

    I always refers to my self as a Newfie. I never thought there was anything offensive about it. I've been away from Newfoundland for a long time but I'm proud to say I'm a Newfie.

  • RObb
    September 17, 2013 - 13:29

    being a born and bred "newf", I always thought it was a term of endearment.....anyone who thinks different is only looking for something to complain about...and another that makes one mad is the townie-baymen-overpass thing....while I am a townie, I think we are all baymen here in NL and Lab....I mean is St. John's not smack dab in the middle of several bays...??...many of my good friends and co-workers come from or now live outside St. John's, and I would never think of them as "baymen"...were all on the same rock, so just enjoy things people, and be proud to be called a Newfie......

  • Stoopud Noofy
    September 17, 2013 - 13:26

    Some wise person once said:"No one can offend you without your permission." In other words, you want to be offended.

  • newfiechick
    September 17, 2013 - 13:25

    Proud to be called a NEWFIE! And love that there is a lane in Halifax named after us :)

  • Paula
    September 17, 2013 - 13:24

    "A Newfie's a Newfie where ever she goes".There are more things to worry about in this life then being called a Newfie!I'm a Newfie and Damn proud of it!Sad that some and I'm not sure there's many that find this offensive and comical.Some people are just to serious.One person wants God taken out of everything now they want the Newfie taken away from the Newfoundlanders.I see absolutely nothing wrong with it.Stop making it a bad word.One proud Newfie!!

  • Shirl Barker
    September 17, 2013 - 13:22

    OMG is she serious? I am a Newfie, haven't lived there in 45 years, however I am a proud NEWFIE ! Get the straw out of your nose, I pity people around a pompous thing like you.

  • Proud Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 13:11

    Must be the same lady that demanded the removal of the cross from St. Matthews. Too foolish to talk about.

  • Pauline
    September 17, 2013 - 13:09

    Holy Crap,this just blows my mind,I was born and raised in Newfoundland,lived 24 years away in Toronto and loved, and was proud to be called a NEWFIE...We are proud people..proud of who we are ,where we came from and where our wonderful beautiful province is becoming...What people should be concerned about and taking a fit over is people coming to our country,our province and shoving their way on us... Canada is a CHRISTIAN COUNTRY..founded on CHRISTIANITY ... how..??why should we be taking down our Crosses, taking Religion from the school..from the Courts,from our lives because people from ANOTHER COUNTRY ..who come here for better lives find our way offensive...BUT..IF WE WERE TO GO THEIR COUNTRY WOULD THEY STOP CELEBRATING and PRACTICING THEIR BELIEVES AND RELIGION IF IT WAS OFFENDING US?????? The answer would be NO..we would be asked to adapt .. that is what the CANADIAN GOVERNMENT..THE CANADIAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE SAYING to them...AS a country we all need to grow a BACK BONE..and Say Merry Christmas..Amen. Hallelujah , Praise Jesus and pass the Bible.... So My Fellow NEWFOUNDLANDERS..Take pride in being a NEWFIE..and Don't let anyone come and take that away from us..WE HAVE BACK BONE...LOVE WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND BE PROUD OF THE STRUGGLES OUR FAMILIES WENT THROUGH TO GET US TO PROPRIETIES WE HAVE HERE TODAY..Be a proud ..BE A NEWFIE

  • newfiegal
    September 17, 2013 - 13:05

    Why is it Newfies have to pick things apart. I am a newfie and darn proud of it. But, I have seen some postings and news articles from Newfoundlanders that puzzle me. I often wonder how it is that they have so much time on their hands. Not so long ago the radio stations had to stop playing a dire straights song on the radio cause of a word ( I agree the word is offensive, but really do we need to reak out the media). Then there was the whole nissan x-trail Bonavista commercial, that was complained about so much they had to take it off the air. And, now of course this. Please people, find a hobby. You are what is making us NEWFIES look bad. Stop reacting to such non-sense and take pride in the newfie in ya.

  • Kimberley
    September 17, 2013 - 13:04

    This lady has way too much time on her hands. Leave these people alone. The sign has been there for years...no one else has been bothered by it. REAL newfies like to be called NEWFIES

  • Deanna Bruce
    September 17, 2013 - 12:47

    I am proud to be called a Newfie, and if someone else has a different perspective, or feels offended by that, due to an inferiority complex; it isn't up to the City of Halifax to change her problem.

  • Stay in Halifax
    September 17, 2013 - 12:47

    I was born,here live here, was educated well here, own a home and work here and I want to get a tattoo : NEWFIE & Proud :) You no longer live here so what is your problem.

  • Jodie
    September 17, 2013 - 12:45

    Get over yourself missus! Hahahaha!

  • Edie from NL
    September 17, 2013 - 12:32

    This is too foolish to talk about.....Newfoundlanders are not offended by the word Newfie - it is only a street name.

  • w. howse
    September 17, 2013 - 12:27

    The reason why Newfoundlanders are offended by the term Newfie shows a lack of self-assurance. Did you ever hear of an American offended by the term Yank or Yankee? Or an Australian by Aussie? Lighten up.

    • Linda C
      September 17, 2013 - 14:38

      Try calling anyone in the southern US "Yank" or "Yankee" and see what happens.

  • Mel
    September 17, 2013 - 12:27

    I have lived in Newfoundland for sometime going to school and have a lot of wonderful friends who never took offense to the term "Newfie", whether they lived in town or out around the bay. In fact I was often addressed by many locals as a "mainlander" (being that I am originally from Nova Scotia). Perhaps to reconcile this issue, Newfoundland could name a road "Mainlander Crescent"? I am sure the Newfoundlander's who previously lived on what is now "Newfie Lane" just missed home, they wanted the feeling of familiarity and comfort. They wanted to call "Newfie Lane" home. What's so wrong with that?

  • Stig
    September 17, 2013 - 12:25

    "I've never been to Montego Bay, but Witless Bay is close at hand, 'cause a Newfie Rastaman is what I am!"

  • Justin Case
    September 17, 2013 - 12:23

    The name was suggested by the residents, obviously ex-pats. What happened to freedom of expression?

  • Anne
    September 17, 2013 - 12:13

    Before any more comments, please read the article attached to the comment posted by Kam. Especially the ones who are so proud to be called "newfies"...... http://www.argentia.org/newfie.htm

    • lori martin
      September 17, 2013 - 20:30

      that was how many years ago??? and why should others ignorant, uneducated perceptions of us be our problem?? why give the negative any power? instead of cowering away in the negativity why not show what the term can really mean?

  • Constance
    September 17, 2013 - 12:10

    This woman needs to get a life. I am a proud Newfoundlander who has lived in Ontario for 27 years and my coworkers and anyone else who calls me Newfie are using it as a term of endearment.

    • on the mainland
      September 19, 2013 - 12:40

      Uh huh...sure they are.

  • Chris Hiscock
    September 17, 2013 - 12:02

    It is sad to hear what a few people will get their skirt in knots over. In this world of ours we have people that are hungry, kids that are thirsty or have no home to be secure in, people that are at war and the list goes on. There are more important things to worry about than the difference between being called a Newfoundlander or a Newfie. Note: You can say either word and make it sound like a compliment or scornful. It is not the or any word that is insulting but the tone and manner in which it is delivered. People might benefit by loosening their belts and corsets and try smiling more often. If someone called me a Newfie I would smile. If they used a derogatory tone I would use a bigger smile while I thanked them for the compliment. As a Newfoundlander I am thankful that most if not all my friends do not have a problem with either word. Then again she would have a major problem with me because I have used the term myself.

    September 17, 2013 - 11:58

    Honestly, the only thing that upsets me about this is that she thinks being called a "Newfie" is offensive. People take Pride in being a Newfie. I personally would love to live on Newfie lane.. Ive only been out of the province for 5 months (living in Halifax) and when i meet fellow newfs or anyone who asks am i a Newfie because of my accent, i feel a since of pride and home. Yeah, not everyone enjoys being called a Newfie, they would rather the more longer term Newfoundlander, but you have to realize we live in a more technological world where everything is shortened to be said/typed/SMS. Newfie is much faster to wright and say then Newfoundlander... Another thing that ive noticed nearly everyone on the rock will call anyone who isnt from the island a "Mainlander" why is this ok to say? They might take offence? .. If you dont live on the road, if you dont have to see the sign everyday.. put your mind on something else that really matters in the world these days.. Roads need to be fixed in the city, people are actually homeless in this city.. Halifax is known for crime rates in the news these days.. why not lobby and cause public news about those things, not a 20$ piece of metal with a word on it?.. Ugh.

  • harry
    September 17, 2013 - 11:55

    tell the newfie who complain about street name to come back home where she will have to live with lots of newfies , im a newfie n proud of it I think its gret to have a newfie st in any province newfgie is a historical name since day 1 . geez some people no wonder she wouldn't say her name , scared of other newfies in ns I spose lol . take care NEWFIE

  • Newfie In Halifax
    September 17, 2013 - 11:54

    People need to stop being so uptight and calm down. I'm a proud Newfoundlander living in Halifax and being called a Newfie is nothing to be ashamed about! I would love to live on Newfie Lane!!

    • Regina
      September 17, 2013 - 12:56

      I'd love to live on Newfie lane :)

  • stephanie
    September 17, 2013 - 11:43

    I'm from St. John's & I don't see a big deal about it, I think its awesome, its not mocking, we are Newfies & should be proud of it, this is just something silly for people to complain about, because they have nothing better to do.

  • Robert
    September 17, 2013 - 11:36

    As a very proud Newfoundlander I have had occasion where the term Newfie gets used in a nasty tone. And I have no problem putting that person in is his/her place. The vast majority of people who have encountered us as a "race" wish they had what we usually take for granted.

  • A Very Proud Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 11:34

    I am not offended by the word Newfie as I wear the title proudly. I am Newfie Nanny to my grandchildren in Nova Scotia and Newfie Auntie Janet to extended family in Australia. As a matter of fact, when putting together my Grandchildren's Scrapbooks, I made sure to include a" Newfie Nanny" scrapbook page. Whenever I see a business outside Newfoundland, displaying the word "Newfie" in their title, I smile and say, "Now, that's a proud Newf ".

  • Tim Watson
    September 17, 2013 - 11:28

    "the offended St. John’s native can lobby council to have the rules of the street naming policy changed." Never going to happen, like most complainers, a coward that hides and complains and is all smiles and pleasant in public.

  • Ann Gillies
    September 17, 2013 - 11:25

    I have to disagree with that lady. I'm a "Newfie" and Proud of it.

  • On the mainland
    September 17, 2013 - 11:22

    Usually it is the Newfoundlanders who spend significant time out of the province that find the term offensive. That's because they get to hear the term used in a way that insults them in a social context, like at a party. It's not such a wonderful term then. If you spend your whole life living in Newfoundland, the chances are, you won't have had this hurtful experience. So often for this group, the term remains a sweet term of endearment or something.

  • Debbie
    September 17, 2013 - 11:11

    I wonder what else offends this individual? I'm sad for her. The only way a person can be offended is if they allow the offender to anger them.

  • Mary Conception
    September 17, 2013 - 11:11

    If 4 families who were black and they like the name niggerlane is it being said that Nova Scotia can do nothing about it. Come on both are n-words and pejorative.

  • Who did a survey?
    September 17, 2013 - 11:04

    So tired of hearing how the majority of Newfoundlanders hate being called Newfie. Who actually did this survey and why didn't I get a vote ? Before making a blanket statement on how Newfoundkanders feel about something, actually ask them. From the comments posted here it seems the majority don't mind it at all. The meaning of words change over time. Newfie may have been a derogatory word once but no more. It's like talking to teens. Sick used to mean not good but now it means something is cool. Times change and people need to change with it.

  • Ex-Pat Newf
    September 17, 2013 - 11:01

    Unbelievable. thsi poor woman needs to down to the Mall and buy herself a life.

  • Why do so many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have to leave the province for work when we are well endowed with natural resources and a great location?
    September 17, 2013 - 11:00

    Why are so many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living in Nova Scotia anyway? Our province is seven times the size of Nova Scotia, our natural resource base is hundreds of times that of Nova Scotias and our strategic geographic location situated on the extreme periphery of North America gives Canada the complete ownership of the top half of North America from the East to the West,from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, is second to none. Why are we sending off our natural and human resources so that the province of Nova Scotia can prosper while the province of Newfoundland and Labrador flounders economically? It leaves us to question how inept were our provincial and federal politicians to have allowed this to happen in the first place! If there ever was an Inquiry needed to find out the reasons why, it would be on how Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resource base was dispensed and why our Location was evaluated the way it was with regard to being able to ship out raw resources for other places to prosper economically , instead of manufacturing, processing and refining them here in this province. If raw resources can be shipped out to create economies in other placese surely God we should have been able to do the processing, manufacturing and refining from our own natural resources right here in Newfoundland and Labrador!!! Nature endowed our province with the best of everything and the Newfoundland and Labrador politicians blew it!

  • The New N-Word
    September 17, 2013 - 10:55

    We are second class canadians in the minds of many in Canada.

    • John
      September 17, 2013 - 13:32

      And mainlanders are considered second class citizens by Newfoundlanders a lot of the time, what goes around comes around

  • Marianne
    September 17, 2013 - 10:53

    I think this is cool. Love Newfie Lane...... I am a PROUD NEWFIE!!!

  • melanie
    September 17, 2013 - 10:53

    I do not find the term "Newfie" to be insulting or degoratory. I have never understood why people have. Do someone really have that much time on there hands that they can complain as simple as that. Don't live on that street then if you don't like it. What is funny is that the people living on the lane are the ones who probably decided on the name.

  • Karen Hatch
    September 17, 2013 - 10:52

    A Newfie's a Newfie where ever he's at! I am proud that Halifax would name one of their streets 'Newfie'; I am also proud to be a 'Newfie'. Newfoundlanders don't mind being called Newfie's as that's what we are as well as a 'bayman', a 'townie', or a 'Newf'. As long as there's some part of Newfoundland in there somewhere that's what I am...but don't call me late for supper...lol

  • Geri
    September 17, 2013 - 10:44

    I'm a born and bred Newfoundland and frankly I like the term 'Newfie'....I don't see anything derogratory about it. If we want to see it that way then that's the way it will be. Otherwise if someone calls me a Newfie, I will simply say, "Thank you, I consider that a compliment" Really....there are more important things to be concerned about, like world peace, keeping our children safe from sexual predators, and all the people on this earth, of abundance, that are going to bed hungry and dying every day....people who have mental health issues, medical issues for which we do not have enough health care providers and services...hours and hours sitting in a waiting room trying to see a doctor, months of waiting for CT/MRI scans only to find out we have cancer and it's grown significantly in those months that we were waiting for a simple test to be done .and so on...so many really 'important' issues in this world, that are relevant to our survival.

  • Jocko
    September 17, 2013 - 10:41

    Seems to me it's only expat Nler's who use the term "Newfie" and think it's ok. Meanwhile behind your back people snicker at you and use it as a derogatory term to insult you. I have overheard it used in such a way to many times to count. A proud Newfie? Proud that this term was used to infer you weren't as intelligent as others and you spoke differently. Using Newfie is no different than using any other derogatory term to describe a people. Imagine the other N word used to describe black people plastered on a street sign. In my mind it's no different. Anyone who calls themselves a " Proud Newfie" doesn't know the true meaning behind the word and is to naïve to know when it's used against you. I have had the word used way to many times against me with ill intent to be proud of it. Anyone who cannot see this is just promoting the ignorance behind the word. I cringe when I see those trucks on the mainland with "Newfie" plastered all over it. Just promoting a stereotype and don't even know it. Shame on you.

  • Missus
    September 17, 2013 - 10:41

    WHO CARES?!! I'm a Newfie and proud of it. I don't know who ever decided this term is derogatory, but I have to disagree. People seem to have too much time on their hands these days, anything to complain about and they will. My advice to her, from a fellow Newfie is get over it.

  • Newfie2013
    September 17, 2013 - 10:40

    You make a name whatever you want it to be. Like when the kids say "that's sick" they really mean cool. anyway I like being called a newfie and futhermore see today's news "The latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook released today propels Newfoundland and Labrador's economic growth to the top of expected provincial growth ratings in 2013" The newfie's may well have the last laugh!!

  • Doug Goodyear
    September 17, 2013 - 10:40

    Can you believe that some ding bat doesn't like the name Newfie? We are known all over the world for our success and stand out in the crowd when all the rest are only referred to as Canadians. We love to be different, and as I say to all complainers, if you don't like it go somewhere else. We love to be called NEWFIES . With your attitude I bet that you drove to Nova Scotia in a "car" and came back in a "core".

  • tom
    September 17, 2013 - 10:30

    Go on wit ya bye. Its a name. Dam proud to be a newfie and will always say it. It is only an offensive term if you let it be. Worry about the things you can control and don't worry about the things you can't.

  • Pepsi Girl
    September 17, 2013 - 10:27

    My god misses...get over it and put your thoughts and energy into something more worth while..."Newfie Lane"....I love it...its not an insult to me or alot like me...go help the needy or the sick or find something else to complain about.

  • Baygirl
    September 17, 2013 - 10:26

    I would bet that those who find the term "Newfie" offensive are people from St. John's. They think that anyone who does not live in St. John's are way below them, such as "Original Townie" 's comment saying that the issue is with those "west of the Overpass" I am proud to be a Newfie and proud to live "west of the Overpass" so really "Original Townie" it's people like you who need to get a life and accept the fact that you are a "Newfie". Be proud of it.

  • holy smoke
    September 17, 2013 - 10:25

    Hmmmm.....I wonder..can WE name some road or street ...Herring Choker Drive...??

    • Helen Hanratty
      September 17, 2013 - 13:42

      Herring Choker refers to New Brunswickers. Maybe you could go for Bluenoser Blvd.?

  • Shona
    September 17, 2013 - 10:19

    I just have to say that I am proud to be a "Newfie". Complaining about this is absolutely foolish...

  • Main Lander
    September 17, 2013 - 10:19

    I love calling you people newfie. Most of you aren't smart enough to know the difference. You just smile that gullible I don't know better smile and keep drinking your beer while we laugh at you.

    • Epenney
      September 17, 2013 - 13:56

      That is rich coming from someone who doesn't know proper grammar or English. To think you call us stupid...go back to school.

  • Roxanne
    September 17, 2013 - 10:17

    I am a proud NEWFIE! I do not find that term derogatory at all..only people with nothing else to complain about would! Grow up and get a life and find something in your own life to critique because it's awful childish to complain about a silly street name....some people ugh!

  • West of the Overpass
    September 17, 2013 - 10:15

    Way to go "original townie". That is what is feeding this story. " Townie's" who think that they are way above the rest of Newfoundland. What is the name the "Townies" gave to anyone living west of the overpass? "Baymen" is the name you gave us. Should we be offended?

    • Keith
      September 17, 2013 - 18:03

      "Baymen" or "Bayman" being used to refer to those living on the Island part of our dear province, West of the infamous "overpass". The last time I looked, a large portion of those residents do not reside in a bay. Ignorance or intelligence? You can refer to anyone in a tone or connotation to imply they're complete imbeciles or saints. It's all about how it's being said. Times change and so have the attitudes of most. It's only when we, whether we're living in Newfoundland or up along, being negative publicity upon ourselves as Newfoundlanders and Newfies that others really notice us and rightfully identify us for our actions.

  • Cynthia Faulkner
    September 17, 2013 - 10:14

    "Oh My" to the "NEWFIE" who is against the name of this street. You are a NEWFIE and should be proud of it!! I am a NEWFIE and was born and raised here, I lived in Ontario for many, many years. I wish my street there had been named NEWFIE STREET. I would have felt honored.. Lighten up. and if you have children, my goodness what are you teaching them about our beautiful NEWFIE Island ? There are many much more important things to stress yourself about !!

  • KAM
    September 17, 2013 - 10:07

    For those who don't know... http://www.argentia.org/newfie.htm

  • logy bay
    September 17, 2013 - 10:04

    The Newfoundlanders who live on that lane should be ashamed of themselves.Must like it when people Mock us, which is what this is.SHAME

  • Virginia Byrne
    September 17, 2013 - 10:00

    I hope this complainer does not include me in her list of Newfies who are offended....I am tired as being automatically included in the Manority,,why doesn't she take a vote on this...all my friends and many others are just fine by the word "Newfie"...We could be labelled with worst. I am from "Da Rock" or what ever else you may want to label it,,,and very proud of it. Lived in Dartmouth for 40 yrs. but "Newf" is my home....Other ethnics are labelled with names that are far more affensive than "Newfie",,,,Where is her good Newfie humor gone, that we are known for....

  • Nik
    September 17, 2013 - 09:57

    I think this is silly. This is 2013. We have a lot more to worry about in this day and age than somebody's opinion to "Newfie" being offensive. Maybe years ago it was perceived this way, but these days it's more of a nickname and most of us think it' s funny. If she doesn't like it, and doesn't even live on that street, then it should be sweat off her shoulder, let it go.

  • Bob
    September 17, 2013 - 09:56

    As long as I can remember, Newfie has always been used in a derogatory way. Newfie was always synonymous with Redneck or Hillbilly and used to make fun of Newfoundlanders. I am a Newfoundlander and a proud one. I fully support renaming the lane, Newfoundland Lane. That would be something to be proud of. I think for all Newfoundlanders, instead of ridiculing this lady for taking a stand, we should be doing the same right here at home. We are a wonderful blend of old school and technology, rural life and urban life, loving our grandparent’s traditions and supporting our kids interests. We have best of both worlds here.

  • Newfie Proud
    September 17, 2013 - 09:55

    Don't see why this lady is so offended. As for saying "it's going to eat away at me"...My God!!! I can think of more important things to eat away at me then being called a "Newfie."

  • Brian
    September 17, 2013 - 09:50

    Hmmmm.... I wonder what she would say if you asked her if she enjoys a bit of Stompin' Tom Connors? think about it.

  • Ed Power
    September 17, 2013 - 09:50

    A perfect example of the definition of cognitive dissonance? The many people on here who claim to be both "proud" and "Newfie". ....

  • Ann RIng
    September 17, 2013 - 09:43

    We have too many Newfoundlanders who see nothing wrong with this word, until we educate Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on these issues we can't expect others to understand it is an insult.

    • Nasty Nate
      September 17, 2013 - 10:36

      Labrador wants nothing to do with that sinking rock. Be relly nice to separate the two once and for all.

    • Tim
      September 17, 2013 - 11:55

      Until we "educate" Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on these issues???? Who in the hell are we??? I am a Newfoundlander/Newfie and proud of it!!! I am also educated enough about the kind of people you refer to as "we", thank you very much!

    • lori martin
      September 17, 2013 - 20:58

      who died and made you king?? you are offended obviously, and i'm sorry that you are, i'm not....that doesn't make your view on the word more right or wrong than mine ...who are you to tell me how i should feel or what i should be offended by? just like i shouldn't force my opinion on you don't force yours on us

  • Trudy Poulin "Newfie"
    September 17, 2013 - 09:42

    OMG really? I am a NEWFIE and proud of it....I have never come across anyone that is offended if called a Newfie. Being called a Newfie makes me proud, cause they know where I come from...if it makes someone smile when they hear the word Newfie, then be proud of that...derogatory? really? If you will place "a lot of Newfoundlanders" in the same basket as yourself, then woman up and state your name! Why hide behind the complaint? Why publish this because of ONE person!! There are a lot of Newfies that would be proud that there is a street in Hfx with that name...and to be honest, there are a lot that don't care either way but don't find it offensive! There are a handfull of people that find it offensive, no sense of humor maybe? Then get some and join the rest of it for crying out loud!!!!!

  • Cheryl
    September 17, 2013 - 09:40

    You need to get over yourself. With everything going on in this world today. You have the nerve to complain over a street name ! Maybe you should buy that house before you go trying to get the street name changed. A large percentage of Middle Sackville are Newfoundlands and we don't complain.

  • Just sayin
    September 17, 2013 - 09:39

    Of interest to some may be the story of the Newfie-Derry Bell. The Newfie-Derry Bell is on display at the Tower Museum in Derry, Ireland and is only removed for special occasions. This particular bell is the second of two bells consecrated to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic and the special relationship between Canada and Northern Ireland. The first, the Convoy Bell, was consecrated in Londonderry in 2005 and is on display in HMCS Sackville – Canada’s Naval Memorial, in Halifax. The second is the Newfie-Derry bell which was consecrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s Newfoundland in 2007. The Convoy and the Newfie-Derry bells commemorate the 4,234 Canadian naval and merchant sailors, and airmen who lost their lives between September, 1939 and May, 1945 while maintaining shipping links from North America to Europe during the Battle of the Atlantic.

  • Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 09:38

    I lived in Newfoundland all my life...I am proud to call myself a "Newfie".....let the Newfie jokes fly, I myself die laughing at those jokes. It's just jokes....laugh at yourself and what others think, you only live once.!!

  • Ashley
    September 17, 2013 - 09:33

    This is such a ridiculous story. I'm from Newfoundland and live in Ontario. I tell people I'm a Newfie all the time! I think it's awesome that there is a sign saying Newfie lane

  • Newfie 11
    September 17, 2013 - 09:31

    What a crock!!! I am a Newfie and proud of it...I love Newfie Lane...way to go fellow Newfs'! This woman does not want to be named; is she really a Newfie????? Rock On!

  • Glenn Stockley
    September 17, 2013 - 09:26

    This is offensive ??????

  • Peter Rowsell
    September 17, 2013 - 09:26

    Amazing but true! With all the wars, rumours of wars, terrorism, murders, political crime esp in Ottawa there is nothing to worry about except a sign on a pole? I'm a proud Newfie & this is the stuff that spawns Newfie jokes

  • Roger Lynde
    September 17, 2013 - 09:25

    Bay Wop or Outport Moron Lane would have been more appropriate I think.

    • Sean
      September 17, 2013 - 12:33

      A little pub at the end of Newfie Lane named The Goofy Newfie, should sit well with her. Lol.

  • Della Greeley
    September 17, 2013 - 09:23

    I'M a Newfie and to the lady who dislikes the Newfie Lane name, women you all there or what: get a life and use your smarts somewhere else, golly some women are so judgemental. Get over it silly women,

  • Stephen Melamed
    September 17, 2013 - 09:20

    "What's in a name" I am sure what I have to comment on won't change the argument for the pros and cons for the use of the name "Newfie." I am of the belief though, that most of the people(Newfoundlanders) who take offense to the use of the name, are presently not living in Newfoundland. From my extensive travel, over the years, whenever I heard the term used it was out of respect for Newfoundlanders. I do believe that the Americans when stationed on the island had a different view of it and that may be why a negative connotation remains with it today. I for one do not think it's offensive. The fact that a street is named "Newfie" should be looked at in a positive light. The following web page gives a history of the name "Newfie". http://www.argentia.org/newfie.htm

  • 709er
    September 17, 2013 - 09:12

    Some people just live to complain. I'm from newfoundland, and I can't imagine anything being less offensive. In fact, if I were driving through hali and came across this sign, I'd be elated. The very fact that it was named by not one but many newfoundlanders should be a strong indicator of how the vast majority of us feel about this term. I don't know a single other newfoundlander who would ever be anything but honoured by this. Thank-you to HRM for giving us a street!!

  • Srsly?
    September 17, 2013 - 09:11

    Really? REAALLLLY? Newfie? Come on, if it was named K*kes Nose or W*Ps landing, sure, but Newfie lane... pfft

  • Newfoundlander
    September 17, 2013 - 09:10

    I agree with this lady, I find it offensive and I would like to see the name changed.

  • Newfoundlander
    September 17, 2013 - 09:05

    I am also disgusted by this street name. I am a Newfoundlander and find the use of the "Newfie" quite offensive. I find it as offensive as the "N" word people call African Americans. If I were a person of color and there was a street with that name I would want that changed even if I did not live on that street.

    • Joking
      September 17, 2013 - 10:11

      Your not a person of color and we were never chained , beaten or freed from slavery, it's a name get a life.

  • Tommie Ozzyburnz
    September 17, 2013 - 08:59

    What a joke story. We all know NL'ers tell or hear racist jokes told at parties or wherever but heavens forbid anyone call them a Newfie when they step off the ferry or plane upalongs!

  • Paul
    September 17, 2013 - 08:58

    We could get our revenge by naming one of cow paths "Bluenoser Path".

  • Devil's Advocate
    September 17, 2013 - 08:57

    All the important articles get a handful of comments, and this silly tidbit gets a small armies worth of replies, priorities? I never found the word Newfie offensive...until I lived in Quebec. There they raise their children teaching them that "Newfie" is just another form of the word "retard". I met a man in his 30s a few years ago, that didn't even know Newfie was short for Newfoundlander.

    • LJB
      September 17, 2013 - 09:07

      I find what you have said concerning people in Quebec & their upbringing offensive. I was never raised to refer to anyone as being a "retard"! I was raised to love thy neighbor. I was born in Montreal, Quebec & my parents only ever taught me to have respect for others.

    • Devil's Advocate
      September 17, 2013 - 12:46

      @ LJB So you are offended at my experience of being offended...what? The latest headlines about Quebec's "Value charter" shows what kind of ideals run rampant in that province. I also met another man that was from Rome and spent 2 years in QC. I asked him if he liked Canada. He replied, "Not really, people are too racist here."

  • Bootch
    September 17, 2013 - 08:49

    What the story doesn't report is that it was the Newfoundlanders who live on the lane that had it named Newfie Lane!!!!!

  • Newfie Grl.
    September 17, 2013 - 08:47

    As for Newfie lane,I don't find it to be offensive at all..and if the lady that finds it a big deal.and app she is proud to say she is a NEWFIE why be anonymous ,,go have a good stiff drink of screech my dear and GET OVER IT,,,,,,,,

  • LJB
    September 17, 2013 - 08:43

    I am originally from Montreal Quebec & lived in Ottawa most of my life. I have been referred to as a Quebecker & this is the name most people in Ottawa & surrounding area call people from Quebec. It is just a NAME! I now live in Newfoundland & am proud to be here & am happy when people refer to me as a Newfie. I am very PROUD to live in such a beautiful province. A name is a name not a "status" of who you are! Get over it!! It is the same as being blonde; there are all kinds of blonde jokes & more people trying to dye their hair blonde than you can count.

  • teamplayer
    September 17, 2013 - 08:40

    I don't personally have a problem with the word, but to each their own. What I do have a problem with is people who are commenting here referring to the word Newfie as " the N word". The "N word" is reserved for a truly derogatory word and a race of people who have actually been oppressed. Newfoundlanders who think that they have suffered or have been oppressed by being called Newfie need to sit down and read a history book. I have lived all over Canada, and despite the occasional knuckle head, most people use Newfie in an affectionate way. Don't confuse a few newfie jokes or a few ignorant meatheads with true racism and oppression, it downplays the severity of it for those who have actually experienced it.

    • Kent
      September 17, 2013 - 09:33

      I agree entrirely....

    • Dot
      September 17, 2013 - 11:06

      Well said!!

  • Lii
    September 17, 2013 - 08:38


    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2013 - 09:59

      No, but we can see how childish you are.

    • Linda C.
      September 17, 2013 - 14:56

      Jennifer, I think that's called being facetious.

  • Jennifer
    September 17, 2013 - 08:38

    It's disturbing that Halifax lacks a policy that would prevent anything offensive from being used as a street name. I'm a Newfoundlander, and I don't like the mentioned term. I think once someone uses it as an insult towards you, you no longer think it's cute. The word signifies such a goofy, unintelligent, uneducated people, and I don't think that represents our province in the least. We are a lovely, polite, hospitable, hard working people. This deserves respect, not mockery. The stereotype that the word refers to is simply not the case. Hold yourself and your people to a higher standard. I'm a proud Newfoundlander. I'm not a Newfie.

    • JackieLogans
      September 17, 2013 - 13:20

      I agree with your comments 100%. To non-Newfoundlanders the word "Newfie" means "Idiot." So, Newfoundlanders who think the word is fine and dandy really are NEWFIE IDIOTS!

    • Lii
      September 17, 2013 - 13:22

      OH, MY!!! Talk about childish!!! NEWFIE!!! NEWFIE!!! NEWFIE!!! GET A LIFE!!!!

  • Proud Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 08:36

    Many Newfoundlanders and newfies are proud of Newfoundland. Those who have been on the mainland for many years are less confident in being Newfoundlanders. People who have been away for years sometime act ashamed of being a Newfie. You shouldn't be ashamed or embarrassed of being from Newfoundland. In the province we are proud of being from here and bent Newfies. Most people who are negative or who feel contention in being referred to as a Newfie are those that live or have lived on the mainland. I don't care what they think. Be confident. Don't let you heart be tarnished by some joker who is concerned about a Newfie Joke. Oh my!! In Newfoundland this year there are companies promoting Newfie. Newfie Sealers Newfie Painters Take a look. They are for real. www.newfiepainters.com

    • Newfie
      September 17, 2013 - 09:26

      Anyone that has lived outside of Newfoundland have had to put up with people calling us "STUPID NEWFIES", laughing in front of us, never mind about behind our backs, and that is why people act ashamed and embarrassed. This isn't a phrase that anyone can be proud of.

    • Annie-Girl
      September 17, 2013 - 13:05

      I've been away for more than 30 years. I am and always will be very proud to be a Newfoundlander. The term "Newfie" has been used for many years in Quebec by some ignorant people as a synonym for "stupid". When the opportunity arises, I point out that it can be a derogatory term when used in that manner. Some of my Québecois friends use it in an affectionate way and I have absolutely no problem with that. Because of the ambiguity, I would not use it for the name of a street.

  • Jason
    September 17, 2013 - 08:36

    Kinda like the other "N" word..

    • Big Lou
      September 17, 2013 - 09:01

      Hardly!!!! I don't recall anyone ever being killed for being a Newfie. The other "N' word targets, however, were not so fortunate. We should be careful when we compare.

    • Kent
      September 17, 2013 - 09:22

      You have to be kidding?? You equate what African American's went through for hundreds of years in America to that of being called a called a "Newfie"??

  • Fred
    September 17, 2013 - 08:31

    The problem here is the MISS UPPITYUP is from St Johns and got her prim nose out of joint. Come out around the bay bye and meet some real NLers who are proud to be called NEWFIES and honored that Halifax would name a street in their name. I see there are other townies on here ranting the same tune. Give yer head a shake me trout.

    • Kat
      September 17, 2013 - 09:13

      I think the woman is making a big deal about nothing. I'm proud to be a Newfie! I'm from St. John's and I'm a real Newfoundlander, Fred.... You are the one implying you're better than us 'prim' townies!

    • Bobby C
      September 17, 2013 - 10:04

      You need to _get out_ of the bay, b'y, and learn that the term "newfie" when used by non-Newfoundlanders is very, very often a derogatory term. It is a short form for a lot of actual discrimination that Newfoundlanders actually face.

    • Annie-Girl
      September 17, 2013 - 12:50

      Fred, townies are "real" Newfoundlanders too, buddy.

  • Donald
    September 17, 2013 - 08:28

    I am a Newfie who takes no offense to the name nor do I know many that would. Lets not become that cultural group that is offended by every little thing. The name had no offensive intentions and therefore it is not offensive. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and our sense of humour and fun, lets not lose that now.

  • Ron Tizzard
    September 17, 2013 - 08:27

    Kudos and thank you to the City of Halifax for standing its ground on naming a laneway 'Newfie Lane'...I am a very proud Newfie, and there are many, many thousands more. I appreciate the endearment. The naming of the Lane was such, such, such a horror to the 'protesting lady' she was not prepared to associate her persoal name to the story. I would suggest that, if you change the name at all, you name it 'Lady Lane' and let her live with that. This anonymous person's opinion does not reflect the 'strong pride', for most in our shrunken 'term of endearment'. To the Lady in question....PLEASE DO NOT SPEAK ON MY BEHALF, lighten up and have a great day. These simplistic types of protests, from any person, serve no purpose than to define oneself as insecure and bored.

  • Theresa M.
    September 17, 2013 - 08:27

    I live in Newfoundland or Newfie land. I do not find it offensive to be called a Newfie. I refer to myself as Newfie all the time. These days, that is the last thing that people should be complaining about. I am thinking of all the innocent people being killed around our globe. Then someone chooses to be offended by a name. It is not a derogatory name to me. We tell Newfie jokes all the time and make fun of ourselves. That's why we are who we are. Lighten up Newfies.

    • Linda C.
      September 17, 2013 - 15:00

      "Newfie land"? ugh, that's even worse.

  • IAMtheJIB
    September 17, 2013 - 08:26

    What a crock! I was born and raised in Newfoundland and have lived here my entire life. I have never thought of the term Newfie as being derogatory, and neither does anyone that I know. Most of us real Newfies look at it as the short version of the word Newfoundlander. Sometimes shortened again as Newf. It seems most of the people complaining about this word are Newfies that have left Newfoundland for so called greener pastures. I guess the term mainlanders would also be derogatory to them as well. Go see your doctor, seek help for your condition, and let us Newfies get on with our day. LongmayyourbigJIBdraw!

  • really
    September 17, 2013 - 08:25

    Yet it was "people from newfoundland" who named the street....my god

  • tracey
    September 17, 2013 - 08:24

    Regardless of what the term may have meant a long time ago...When I was living away from home I proudly wore the name "newfie" with nothing but pride, and when people couldn't tell when I was from (lol and that was not often do to our unmistakeable accent) I proudly stated "IM A NEWFIE"... get over it and don't be wasting people's time and energy on your hangups.

  • WTF
    September 17, 2013 - 08:11

    It's only newfies don't know that it's a derogatory term. They are the ones proving that newfies are stupid.

  • Brian Singleton
    September 17, 2013 - 08:09

    Anyone that knows the history of the "N " word as it relates to Newfoundland should be appaled at the city of Halifax and it's attitude regarding the use of this name. Shame on Halifax. It is offensive and it speaks a lot of Halifax city council's toward Newfoundland and Newfoundlander's.

  • Darlene Tremblett
    September 17, 2013 - 08:06

    I guess I am not one of the ones who finds the term Newfie derogatory. I am proud beyond measure to be a newfie. We are hospitable, fun-loving, hard-working people! If we as a people give this word a negative meaning, it gives those who mean us ill a lot more power, does it not? I choose to take the word and use it myself in every positive way I can find!

    • Lii
      September 17, 2013 - 08:30

      You said it right, sister! And the reason this lady didn't leave her name is because she knows damn well that if she did she would be the one who would be getting a whiplashing for even starting such a ridiculous action. Obviously, she is not a true Newfie. If she had left her name, her house would be egged in no time at all.

    • Joanne
      September 17, 2013 - 08:39

      Darlene, My guess is that you no longer live in Newfoundland as it has been my experience that, for the most part, those who use the expression "Newfie" are ex-pat Newfoundlanders. Those of us who still reside in Newfoundland, for the most part, are offended by the term.

    • Trudy Poulin "Newfie"
      September 17, 2013 - 11:05

      Really Joanne? All my family and a great deal of my friends live in NF as I grew up there 22 years of my life and I have never heard anyone say they are offended by being called a Newfie! Seriously people, get off your high horses and be proud to call yourself a Newfie.....ask anyone in Alberta who they would hire first and foremost and their reply is "a NEWFIE"!!! people need to grow up!!

    • Mark
      September 17, 2013 - 11:24

      Joanne, you have no idea what you are talking about. only ex-pats are ok with the word Newfie? you can't actually live in NL if you believe that. I've lived in St. John's my whole life & know very few people who find it offensive & they're all very well educated & even know the origins of the word. the thing with the word Newfie is that it depends on how its used, just like a lot of words in the English language.

    • Linda C.
      September 17, 2013 - 15:04

      "Her house would be egged"? If I was from away I'd laugh at the irony of how stupid that sounds. Actually, I'm laughing anyway. That's AT you, not WITH you.

    • Darlene Tremblett
      September 18, 2013 - 11:42

      Joanne, I live in Pouch Cove, 10 minutes north of St. John's if you take the new bypass road! :) I do not take myself, nor others who seek to make mountains out of molehills, seriously. I will repeat again, I AM A VERY PROUD NEWFIE! I have lived here my whole life, I will never leave. My love for this place extends beyond anything I could get anywhere else, my family being the only thing I love more. I feel sad for people who choose to see negativity in such small things. We have control over both how we use and how we interpret words, no matter what the origin. I will forever be a NEWFIE!!! :)

  • John
    September 17, 2013 - 08:04

    I have to wonder if the person has a life. This "Newfie Lane" name was even recommended by the original families, who all had connections with this province. Probably done as something being comical. How many tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Newfoundlanders working around the world are called "Newf" and are proud of it - far more than are upset by it I would suggest.

  • John Smith
    September 17, 2013 - 07:56

    Anyone who thinks that when they are referred to by that disgusting term..that it is a word of respect, or endearment...is a fool...

    • fogNL
      September 17, 2013 - 08:14

      Oh get over yourself, the only people that make this term "offensive" are people like you. Yes, maybe a long long time ago it was a derogatory term, but it isn't anymore, and its time for people like you to come into the 21st century, seriously.

    • Lii
      September 17, 2013 - 08:32

      Couldn't have said it better myself! Can you imagine! What some people will do to get attention these days. This woman is an embarrassment to Newfies everywhere!

  • Con power
    September 17, 2013 - 07:55

    I don,t think their,s any thing wrong with the word Newfie.If they had a street here in Oakville Ontario,I would be glad to wheel my wheel chair down it.After fifty years I am still a proud Newfie.

  • M Holden
    September 17, 2013 - 07:55

    I was born before NL joined Canada. I am PROUD to be called a NEWFIE. To me the name implies a hardworking, funloving and PROUD people.

    • Gladysmaloneymaschhoff
      September 17, 2013 - 10:30

      Me too[Feb 17th,1949.I moved to the US after getting married in 1968[have lived all over the states and 10 months back home before moving to Maine in 1987.Our license plate is NEWF-because I am so proud to be from NFLD.I do not have a problem with being called a Newfie-in fact,it gives me a feeling of pride in my homeland.God bless us all,I say.

  • Lisa
    September 17, 2013 - 07:49

    The term "Newfie" is not offensive to us as a collective, only to some. I am not offended by it in the slightest, though do not begrudge those who are. Everyone from a different place has some sort of nickname. I tend to call everyone not from here mainlanders, sure that probably annoys some people.

  • Bob
    September 17, 2013 - 07:49

    What is most disturbng about this story is the fact that the city official states that there is no policy to exclude offensive street names, when there should be. I can think of quite a few derogatory names far worse than 'Newfie' though, and I'm not at all offended by that. When travelling I quite often refer to myself as a Newf, usually in a proud manner!

    • Sportschick
      September 17, 2013 - 10:01

      I wholeheartedly agree. While there are a lot of people who find the word Newfie offensive, its not even so much about the word as the policy. What if they chose the other "N" word for naming the street? I think the city needs to review their policy. That's a bigger issue here. If this lady is offended - she has a right to say so and I don't think its anyones place to judge her for that.

  • Al
    September 17, 2013 - 07:48

    It is too bad that a very small minority of Nfld heritage find the term Newfie offensive. I am born a Newfie now in my 60's who has lived all over Canada.. I have never had a problem with the term Newfie. Those who do need to take a positive view. Are Nova Scotians upset with the term Bluenoser? I think not. Proud to be a Newfie !

  • Jeannette Kelly
    September 17, 2013 - 07:46

    I am from NL. And I AM FLATTERED to have a " Newfie Lane" in Halifax! People that have a problem with the term " Newfies" aren't really down to earth Newfs, but, stuffy upalongers! Jeannette R.N. Ottawa

    • Lii
      September 17, 2013 - 13:26

      Way to go, Ottawa!!!

  • Epenney
    September 17, 2013 - 07:46

    I am from Newfoundland and I have never thought of the term "Newfie" as degroatory. As she says, most of the people she knows feel the same as her. I have to say, most people I know are like me and do not consider it deroatory either. I am a Newfie and proud of it...when a name is shortented to make it easier to roll off the tongue, it is no different than someone having a nicname for a person like a "Richard" being called "Dick". Find something more important to complain about.

  • Aub
    September 17, 2013 - 07:45

    I would prefer "Newfie" to "Newfoundlander and Labradorian", which makes us look like two separate peoples.

  • mike
    September 17, 2013 - 07:44

    Get over it and get a life. Offended over such small things. Some people have way too much time on they're hands. I live in Halifax too and when i seen this sign I got out and got my picture taken under it!!!

  • Stephen D Redgrave
    September 17, 2013 - 07:42

    Considering the problems our planet deals with every day, this isn't so bad--no flood, no shooting, no one died...great news!

  • crystal
    September 17, 2013 - 07:41

    Seriously? Until today I didn't know of any Newfoundlanders being so offended by the word "Newfie". I use it all the time as a proud Newfie myself. Must be an older generation thing. There is so much more going on in the world to be upset about today than this.

    September 17, 2013 - 07:37

    When oh when are we going to get over this Newfie nonsense. Come on it is 2013 get a life.

  • "Newfie-Land" supporter
    September 17, 2013 - 07:32

    old tale of being pissed off about the word "Newfie"...we love it & use it all time...We still LIVE in NEWFIE-Land...& we don't take it as a put down..I find it funny that a person who does not live here anymore is the one who finds fault...life= strange people...it's A word..get over it

    • Trudi Noble
      September 17, 2013 - 08:03

      I am a Newfie from Newfie and damn proud of it & would LOVE to live on a street named Newfie! Get a life, woman!

  • Genny Sample
    September 17, 2013 - 07:31

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. I have no problem with the word NEWFIE. I never knew it was a slur to Newfoundlanders. I heard it all the time growing up and it was not seen as being a put down. I'm proud to be a Newfie.

  • Helen ford
    September 17, 2013 - 07:30

    Just another woman wanting her own way.it,s her way or her way. Let the people in the lane decide if they want to keep the name move on to more important things.or better still get a life......

  • Anne
    September 17, 2013 - 07:28

    I too, find the name insulting, offensive, degrading, and being from Newfoundland I don't find it funny. If we were to use derogatory names about other cultures throughout the world, we would be publicly hung. If anyone looked, there probably isn't any street anywhere named offensively from another country. And if there was, the whole country would be on the band wagon to get it changed. So, why is it OK for everyone to use the NEWFIE word?

    • Ron Tizzard
      September 17, 2013 - 08:54

      Why are there so many people so offended by the term? Personally, I don't think there are that many people, when all is said and done. It's like protests of any kind i.e. 'meaningful ones, and just plain silly ones'. In my opinion, this one is just meaningless...given life by a variable handful of people (in the broad scheme of things) pushing the issue...who largely have personal security issues. These types are very likely the same people who are insulted should somebody should say 'thanks', as opposed to the more formal 'thank you'. People, there are roses out there to be appreciated and 'smelled'. Now, isn't 'smelled' a more personal word than 'scented' .... I don't care one way or the other, really...sniff, sniff, sniff...hmmmm!

    • Dianna K. Goneau Inkster
      September 21, 2015 - 22:42

      I recall an American taking me to task once for using the term "Mick". I recall another American being shocked that the hockey team in Vancouver was the Vancouver Canucks. In the Northeast U.S., Canuck is a very derogatory term for a French-Canadian. Maybe, Yank Drive or Limey Lane or Oz Road would go over great in Halifax, but nowhere else.

  • Jeff
    September 17, 2013 - 07:26

    I must of just woke up or something because I never knew the word "Newfie" to be derogatory. I also don't recall anybody ever protest the "Satwater Cowboy" song (.."Newfie in a Calgary hat"), or any other of the 100's of songs with the word Newfie in it. This woman may not want to come to Alberta then because every small town in Alberta has a Newfie bar.. Like the one in Fort McMurray named simply "The Newfie Bar". I've been there many times and the place is full of "Newfies" havin' a time.. According to her they should be freaking out and writing letters to the town and media. My message to this woman is, if this is what your worries are in life, you're doing ok

  • wavy
    September 17, 2013 - 07:22

    Tale as old as time. In one form of another, this topic gets wheeled out by the media once or twice a year, gets everyone fired up and upset. No doubt this story will result in another 100 or so heated discussion posts that will add nothing new to the debate. Like the seal hunt, use of the "N" word is an opinion-based, volatile topic on which people have passionate and immovable views. It doesn't matter how thoroughly or eloquently one lays down an argument; it's an unwinnable debate. No different than those other two oh-so beloved sparring topics: politics and religion.

  • Kelly
    September 17, 2013 - 07:18

    Some people have nothing better to do....its only a name, get over it.....I am quite proud to be a Newfie or a Newfoundlander however you wish to say it

    • jeremiah
      September 17, 2013 - 07:30

      You obviousally do not know the history or the meaning of the "N" word. If you did you would not be so proud.

  • jeremiah
    September 17, 2013 - 07:17

    Would Halifax name a street useing the other "N" word. The Newfoundland "N" word is just as offensive to us as the other "N" word is. Shame on Halifax anyone who id crass enough to use this offensive term.

    • Marilyn
      September 17, 2013 - 07:46

      Speak for yourself. I do not find "Newfie" offensive. It is short for Newfoundlander. Get over it.

    • Kelly
      September 18, 2013 - 14:49

      Exactly.....speak for yourself....obviously you did not grow up in Newfoundland, either that or you are like the townies below who don't like to be called a Newfie.....get over it.

  • Wanda Greening
    September 17, 2013 - 07:15

    Born and raised in Newfoundland myself, everyone I know are proud to be called "Newfies" . I see nothing derogatory about the name. Most everyone I know dislikes being called "A Newf" A Newf is a big black dog! Not a person. A Newfie on the other hand is a person who is from Newfoundland and proud of it!!

  • Cheryl Westcott
    September 17, 2013 - 07:14

    As a very proud "Newfie", I am more upset with the fact that this lady finds this offensive. I have yet to find a Newfie that isn't proud to be called that. I have also encountered very few non-Newfies that use it in a derogatory way. But when and if I do, I very quickly set them straight....Being Newfie is something to be very proud of.

  • I agree
    September 17, 2013 - 07:12

    I agree that the name should be changed. They can call it Newfoundland Lane.

  • Newfie Girl
    September 17, 2013 - 07:10

    As a fellow "Newfie" I think this woman has nothing better to do than to look for something to complain about. I've had people from all over use that term for us in a fun and/or humorous way. And given the lane was named by Newfoundlanders what is the problem? Time for people to relax and pay more attention to other things going on in this world.

  • kenni
    September 17, 2013 - 07:08

    The lady is absolutely right to say the term is offensive and derogatory. What gives me the right to say that is the fact i'm a Newfoundlander and proud of it. Halifax should be ashamed to use the term for a street and then put up roadblocks to prevent the name change. It doesn't show professionalism on the part of the city staff to write this lady off as someone who is a complainer.

  • Proud Newfie
    September 17, 2013 - 07:02

    This lady certainly doesn't like where she came from, if she is from Newfoundland that is. Like they said the residents residing on that lane are from Newfoundland and chose the lane name. If I were to live in another province, it would be great to have an address like that. Just my thoughts and hope this lady gets over her foolish thought soon.

  • Lon Stewart
    September 17, 2013 - 06:55

    Since when did "Newfie" become derogatory? I'm living back on The Rock now, but for 30 years I lived away from this place, and self-identified as a "proud Newfie". Unlike this lady, I don't know anyone who finds "Newfie" derogatory. Can it be used in a derogatory fashion? Well of course....almost anything can be. I'd be shocked if it were not a proud displaced Newfie who suggested the name for the little laneway. Last week there was someone in Halifax feeling hurt because of an ad in a flyer.....this week we have this poor Haligonian with hurt feelings over a word that Newfies have been using forever to identify themselves. Is there something in the air in Halifax that is leading to all of this thin-skin thinking?

  • emerner
    September 17, 2013 - 06:53

    i don't see nothing wrong with it at least they are thinking about Newfoundland i am from Newfoundland but i live some were else

  • Kent
    September 17, 2013 - 06:51

    Why do people think the term "Newfie" is offensive?? To me, it is no different than the terms Brit, Aussie, or Yankee.

  • Kama
    September 17, 2013 - 06:47

    I'm a Newfie, and proud to be so. I'm not offended by the term and those who use it in a derogatory manner can only offend me if I allow it. Not that I plan to leave NL, but I'd live on Newfie Lane, and enjoy having that address! I'd tell people where I lived with my chest puffed right out.

  • Newfie 101
    September 17, 2013 - 06:36

    I have to completely disagree, I grew up proud to call myself a Newfie or even Newf. I don't know what the big deal is; I think that it is great to see that people from our hometown moved there, and cared enough to call that private road after their hometown. You should be proud to call yourself a Newfie.

  • Dannyville
    September 17, 2013 - 06:36

    Maybe we can name a street in Dannyville - Foolish Haligonian Way

  • Mike
    September 17, 2013 - 06:35

    Get over it!

  • Brian O'Dea
    September 17, 2013 - 06:33

    I am from Newfoundland, and I have never found the term Newfie derogatory regardless of how it is aimed. I'm happy to be one. Get over it.

  • Terri
    September 17, 2013 - 06:26

    Well she isn't much of a Newfie now is she. I have no problem with being referred to as a Newfie.... She hasn't looked at our map in years has she. A couple of Examples Dildo, Come By Chance. Some peoples CHILDREN. If that is all she has to worry about in her life she should get a new one.

  • brenda kirton
    September 17, 2013 - 06:11

    i am and always will be a proud "NEWFIE" and most of the people i know are also proud to be be a "NEWFIE".i think this lady is going a little overboard.

  • Newfie George
    September 17, 2013 - 06:09

    When will these whiners stop this foolishness!

  • Brady
    September 17, 2013 - 06:06

    I can't be the only Newfoundlander who takes zero offence to the slang "Newfie". I've grown to love who I am, whether that be silly, different or just like a normal Canadian. In my mind, the best way to get rid of a derogatory word is the no longer take offense to it. Follows suit with "don't feed the trolls". If you don't react to it, it wont be used as a hateful word. Is it because I've grown up in a different time? Was it more of a thing of the past then it is today? I don't quite understand her claims, although I guess it did offend her so it's still an argument huh.

  • Jackie
    September 17, 2013 - 05:42

    She loves Newfoundland so much that she lives in Halifax??

    • lii
      September 17, 2013 - 08:37

      ha ha ha that is funny.... I lived in Halifax for many years, they always make fun of Newfies, just like we make fun of those damn Bluenosers!

    • Linda C.
      September 17, 2013 - 15:12

      lii, doesn't that prove this lady's point? Who wants to be made fun of because of where they're from?

  • original townie
    September 17, 2013 - 05:40

    We find the term Newfie offensive but Newfoundlanders suggested the street name because of their ties to the province. We are our own worst enemies. We put it out there then we complain because it is. Let's clean up our own back yards first. We deserve what we get. You generally hear the word Newfie west of the overpass. Let's start there.

  • Bern
    September 17, 2013 - 04:13

    Get over yourself, we are Newfoundlanders, Canadians, Newfies, Canucks etc!! I think it is an honor to have a street named after us.

    • bob
      September 17, 2013 - 11:25

      Most Newfies don't even know the capital of Quebec let alone spell Newfoundland. Sadly we have the simplest slowest minds in the world.

    • Janice
      September 17, 2013 - 12:38

      Maybe it's time to educate Newfoundland people, living both home and away and those who have never been to the province about the past connotations of the term "Newfie" There certainly can be negative meaning even today; but more often it is used as a term of endearment and those using it may not realize that the term NEWFIE can be so controversial.

    • llew
      September 17, 2013 - 16:51

      to bob we are most newfies and we do do know what the capital of Quebec is and we do know how to spell Newfoundland and sadly you are the one with the slowest mind.....as for having a street named Newfie lane especially if its a private lane why the heck are you all complaining about especially the woman who is suppose to be from the province but then again shes a townie.....and dont know much better

    • Dianna K. Goneau Inkster
      September 22, 2015 - 00:36

      Have you ever seen a road named Blue Nose Way? Or Herring Choker Drive? Or Bud the Spud Crescent? I think Newfoundland Lane might convey the same message in a more acceptable format, but I can see why people who named places Heart's Delight, Cupids, Paradise, Blow Me Down, Tilting, Corner Brook, Mosquito Bight and Nipper Cove and many other delightful placenames would submit Newfie Lane as their choice.