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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

With a little help from my frenemy - When it comes to discussions around power, er, energy — Quebec is, politically speaking, persona non grata in these parts. Unfair share on Upper Churchill power plant profits, water rights on the Churchill River, transmission access for new power sales ... there’s a lot behind the simple message, but the message long sent by the government here is simply one of general upset with our neighbours. It’s why I became quite interested as the idea of a new offshore petroleum board for Quebec was raised, pressed and most recently promised by the federal government, as the way forward for offshore oil and gas development by that province. The announcement of the coming legislation for a Canada-Quebec Accord (think Atlantic Accord) came in mid-October with little fanfare here, but led me to go asking what kind of communication there has been between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec, given the opportunity for a sharing of lessons learned from our Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, including the consideration of environmental concerns around drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the potential for a new marketplace for supply and service companies here, etc. After all, while plenty of things reach Newfoundland and Labrador only after having permeated out from the innovation centres and mass manufacturing of Central Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador can claim a clear leadership in offshore oil and gas exploration and development. So I asked around, then filed an access to information request with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador — looking for…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick December 03, 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