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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 January 26, 2015
Photo : Telegram Photographers June 26, 2014

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Bill 42: An academic argument - For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, here's the a letter that's being circulated regarding Bill 42. It's a formidable list of names — two more names than the Tories collected on their petitions last week! I'm told by MUN Prof. Kelly Blidook that the folks who drafted the letter are still collecting a few more signatures from academics before the letter gets sent to members of the House of Assembly later this week. That being said, I'm told that they're trying to keep this non-partisan and the voice of a group of academics, as opposed to a petition, so they'd just as soon not receive a flood of unsolicited emails. The authors would also like to note that the overwhelming majority of the signatories are MUN profs, and the ones who aren't have some sort of Newfoundland and Labrador connection.  Anyway, here's the letter:    January 25, 2015 Dear Members House of Assembly Newfoundland and Labrador PO Box 8700 St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6 We the undersigned would like to express our extreme disappointment at the manner in which Bill 42, An Act to Amend the Electoral Boundaries Act (2015), has been hurriedly pushed through the House of Assembly. While improvements to the democratic governance of the province are desirable, and Members’ attention to this issue is valuable, the changes contained in Bill 42 only further undermine the effectiveness of the House of Assembly.  As an institution, the House is intended to act as representative of the citizens of…

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Photo : James McLeod January 26, 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