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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
Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott December 22, 2014
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James McLeod - Briefing Note

The boss's pension - Premier Paul Davis doesn’t become eligible for an MHA pension until March or April of next year. I’m not saying this is necessarily a relevant consideration to anything, but somebody mentioned it to me on Twitter, and I wanted to put it out there for discussion. A lot of people (myself included) spend a lot of time lately talking about the next provincial election, and when it will happen. There are a lot of factors to consider, but one of them hasn’t gotten much attention at all: Pensions. Well, one pension in particular. According to this document buried in the bowels of the House of Assembly website (http://www.assembly.nl.ca/pdf/MembersAdministrationGuide-RevisedAugust2013.pdf) MHAs are pension eligible after five years of service and two general assemblies. This fact is relevant to precisely one MHA; it just so happens that MHA is also the premier of the province. Davis was elected in a by-election on March 26, 2010. He was sworn in on April 5th.  I’m guessing that pension eligibility is based on when the MHA is sworn in, instead of when the MHA is elected. It’s an important proviso that all of this stuff is insanely complicated. I’ve requested more information from the Department of Finance on this, and I haven’t been able to arrange an information briefing yet. When I get more detail, I’ll let you know.  In the meantime, if I was a betting man, I’d wager that Davis doesn’t call an election before March or April 2015. If he doesn’t win his seat, it could be a…

Photo : James McLeod December 03, 2014

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…

Photo : Geoff Meeker December 05, 2014