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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Fishing for the future - So I’ve put together a little series on the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador: Fishing for the Future. Of course “the fishery” is not a single fishery. And all of the challenges and complexities from readings and interviews can hardly be summed up in just a few stories. What has been presented, however, is a one-stop start for conversations, focused on the wild fisheries. It’s a hitting of the highlights, providing thoughts from industry players and those tied to their work on what they think about, when they consider their future today. Concerns include uncertainties associated with climate change; “regime shift” with a loss of shellfish and a rise in codfish; expected acute pains from impending cuts to shrimp quotas and what it means for communities; a need for capital investments to remain competitive, despite a stated limited ability to do so; all while juggling long-predicted labour troubles and ongoing rationalization. The stories began to germinate when I covered the official presentation of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement in Newfoundland and Labrador and had some interesting conversations. I began to set aside names, links, books, tidbits of information where there was any talk of the future of the provincial fishery. I connected with reporters who have a great depth of knowledge, by comparison, and hoarded documentation. I dug files from the Legislative Library at Confederation Building. I started on extended interviews on the high-level subject matter. Colleagues around the province were tapped to reach out to individuals within their area, to hear what they had to…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick December 23, 2014

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

How We Spent Our Snow Day - I am married to a teacher. Although this time of year he also moonlights as a meteorologist. I swear that man can track a storm better than Snodden. Not that I can blame him for wanting an occasional snow day. He teaches junior high. ‘Nuff said. So when he and the kids woke up to the white stuff last week, the joy in our home was palpable. Happily stirring his coffee with the spoon that had spent the night under his pillow and still wearing his PJs inside out (we are a superstitious lot and believe these rituals increase the likelihood of said snow days), I almost hated to break it to him. Almost. This little gift from the weather gods was the perfect opportunity to break out the family budget and survey the “post-holiday” landscape.  We were spending this snow day (or at least part of it) minding our money. According to consumer reports, the average Canadian spent approximately $1500 on gifts this Christmas. The bulk of which were purchased with plastic. The latest quarterly report from Equifax found these same, average Canadians were already carrying close to $21,000 on credit, over and above their mortgages. Clearly, spending some time minding our money would be a good idea for us all. Here are some tips to help you recover from your holiday spending and make 2015 your best yet. A Resolution is NOT a Plan. Wanting to be debt free is a resolution. Getting there takes a plan. As obvious as it sounds, the…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott January 12, 2015
Photo : Telegram Photographers June 26, 2014

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Half-baked petitions - A weird thing happened in the House of Assembly Tuesday.  Three government backbenchers stood after question period to present a petition. Well, strictly speaking, three government backbenchers stood to present the exact same petition three times. Tracey Perry, Glen Little and John Dinn each presented signatures on a petition calling for a reduction in the number of seats in the House of Assembly from 48 down to 38. I was out in the lobby, where the the premier was holding a media availability, so I didn’t see it first-hand, but I requested copies of each petition and all of the signatures. Little’s petition had five signatures on it. Perry’s petition also has five names. Dinn went the extra mile; he got 12 signatures on his copy, though it’s worth noting that one of the signatories is “John Dinn.” All of this is very strange. For starters, nobody I talked to can remember a government MHA presenting a petition in the House of Assembly before. Petitions are a normal part of House of Assembly proceedings. They happen every day after question period, but before the regular business of the day begins.  Reporters almost never stick around to listen, because the opposition parties use that time to bang away at issues time and time again. The rules allow that if you get a few more signatures on a petition, you can re-submit it. I haven’t gone back and counted, but it feels like Liberal MHA Eddie Joyce has submitted the same petition on the Corner Brook hospital…

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Photo : James McLeod January 21, 2015

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

Make It Stop - A shocking, stupid and offensive new trend is blighting the world of broadcast journalism. It affects mainly female reporters, who are doing their live “stand ups” when some jerk moves into the frame and yells a totally obscene phrase. It is always the same five words – “f*** her right in the p****y” – and has come to be known in the business as FHRITP. According to this story from CBC in Montreal, the stunt had its beginnings in January of 2014, when Internet prankster John Cain produced videos with the offensive phrase edited in as an overdub. But then, people – primarily men – began yelling the phrase at journalists – primarly female – during their reporting. In the above link, two Montreal journalists explain why they are angry about the phenomenon. Late in November, a local reporter was subjected to the same stupid stunt. Chris O’Neill-Yates was doing her stand-up on Hamilton Avenue when a car pulled up and a young man yelled the offending phrase out the window. O’Neill-Yates was upset by the incident and gave vent to her feelings in a commentary, which is posted at the CBC NL site and well worth your time, if you haven’t read it. “I was completely taken aback,” she writes. “Like many women, we automatically revert to the default position and ask ourselves: ‘What did I do wrong?’ But I knew I had done nothing wrong. The experience made me sick, and then it made me angry.” Just recently, I watched a YouTube video…

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Photo : Geoff Meeker December 05, 2014