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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Speaking of diversity... - Look up, look way up ... No, wait. Think back, think way back ... to budget day. Then-minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD) Terry French answered questions on not one, but two newly announced venture capital funds using money from the public coffers. One fund: Atlantic. The province chips in $10 million of $60 million total to participate and an independent fund manager selects the region’s best and brightest to assist to the next level. There is no guarantee businesses in this province receive a piece of that, although we are expected to be competitive. The second fund: entirely provincial. Called Venture Newfoundland and Labrador, French says he could not provide an overall dollar figure, but said it will help provincially based technology companies and start-ups and will be created in partnership with Growthworks Atlantic, the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network and other, unnamed investors. Further details to come. Today, the department has changed: IBRD has become BTCRD — Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. And the minister has changed. Twice. Terry French departed public life and Darin King is now the responsible one. However, since budget day, there has been no announcement of any further details on the new venture capital spending. On June 2, the province issued a statement on amendments to the Income Tax Act of 2000, allowing for a venture capital tax credit, to complement the Venture Newfoundland and Labrador fund. “The provincial government is currently in discussions with the proponents of the Venture Newfoundland and Labrador fund along with…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick October 30, 2014

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

The “Must Have” Gift for Every Child this Year - Headlines like this will be everywhere during the weeks leading up to Christmas. The marketing giants know exactly how to grab our attention and call us to action with their claims. The subliminal message in these headlines is, “Buy this item and your child will love you more, be popular with his or her peers and everyone’s Christmas will be merry and bright.” By now you probably realize this blog is not going to give you that “must have” item for your shopping list…or will it? November 16-22 is Education Savings Week in Canada, a time when the Federal Government and the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) do their best to educate consumers before holiday spending kicks into high gear.  With contests like the Financial Literacy Selfie (I’m not even kidding) and their online Financial Self-Assessment “app,” they try to similarly grab our attention and call us to act.  Admittedly, they are not quite as effective with their marketing tactics as the toy makers, but they have released some stats about RESPs that certainly made me take note. Even before I had my own kids, I was a big fan of RESPs. Perhaps it was because I never had one to help offset my own post-secondary expenses. Or perhaps it’s the idea of “free” tax sheltered money that I find so darn appealing. Whatever the reason, I was more than a little disheartened when I read how low this province ranked when it comes to participation in the RESP program (read the entire report at…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott November 17, 2014
Photo : Telegram Photographers June 26, 2014

James McLeod - Briefing Note

U of C says Manning didn’t graduate from grad school - Questions continue to swirl about newly minted Public Safety Minister Judy Manning, her qualifications, how she got the job, and why she refuses to run in one of the upcoming byelections. I reported on a bunch of that stuff for today’s paper (story here) but this morning, I started looking into another angle. Manning graduated from MUN in 2001, and then graduated from law school at Dalhousie in 2004 before being called to the bar in 2005. Then, according to Manning’s official bio published by the provincial government on Tuesday, “Ms. Manning left private practice in Toronto in 2011 to pursue graduate studies in natural resources, energy and environment Law at the University of Calgary. Having returned to legal practice in her home province in 2013, Ms. Manning now enjoys working as a sole practitioner in St. John’s.” Given the provincial government’s involvement in natural resources and energy issues, her studies at the University of Calgary seem interesting. It’s also interesting that the U of C law school lists a 2011 paper from Manning entitled, “Is it within the power of the federal government to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power from Labrador to markets in Canada and the United States using the existing infrastructure of Hydro-Québec for transmission? You can see that here: That website lists bibliographies only. You can’t actually read the article, because apparently the University of Calgary doesn’t have a copy of it. I emailed the media relations rep at the University of Calgary asking for a copy of it,…

Photo : James McLeod October 02, 2014

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

Herald in Hot Water - The Herald has landed itself in a cauldron of scalding hot water, over its publication of a rather detestable letter in its August 3-9 edition. The letter, written by Matt Barber, a far-right extremist in the United States, is as mean and intolerant as Christianity can be. It’s the kind of thing you see shared on Tea Party web sites in the United States. Indeed, it’s as if someone trolled a hook through the depths of the Internet, pulled up something ugly and slapped it on the pages of The Herald. If you want to read the text, here’s a link: Western Pride in Corner Brook has filed a human rights complaint with the police about the letter and LGBTQ activist Pamela Sheaves has indicated that she plans to do the same, while St. John’s Pride issued a letter saying they will not pursue legal remedies at this time, planning instead to “work closely with the Herald and the media at large to establish a forthcoming LBGTQ Style Guide for Journalists.” I am an atheist so the column offends me on a number of levels – especially Barber’s accusation that the “secular left” is at war Christianity. I don’t agree with this. I think secular society in the western world is quite tolerant of various religious beliefs. If anything, it’s Christianity that has a hard time with changing societal mores. And that’s the whole point of Barber’s letter: the suggestion that Christianity is under attack. This paragraph pretty much captures the gist of it:…

Photo : Geoff Meeker August 09, 2014