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Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see. — CP file photo/VOCM handout/Ken Knowles
Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see. — CP file photo/VOCM handout/Ken Knowles

Jeers: to bad signs. OK, so we could all try to pretend we didn’t see it in the news last week. It could’ve been just an oversized, vulture-faced raven, right? Some kind of hybrid heron/herring gull cross? I mean, they might exist. We certainly don’t have vultures here — and certainly not in Burgeo. And no, it doesn’t necessary mean anything about the dim financial future of the province, or that we’re doomed or anything like that, just because a large black carrion-bird is circling above us. It’s just a coincidence, right? Shag off, bird! Shoo!


Cheers: to sharing our culture. So, the Broadway hit “Come From Away,” which tells the story of Gander’s hospitable response to stranded passengers during 9-11, is headed back to Toronto for a seven-month run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in February. The award-winning musical is sure to be a hot ticket. Created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the show will have an all-Canadian cast this time around, through with the same minimalist design as the U.S. production. “It’s this incredible magic act, what they do onstage with 12 chairs and a few tables,” Hein told The Canadian Press. “It’s created in that same style that we fell in love with, which is sort of a Newfoundland kitchen party, where we invite the audience in and we all tell stories.” A kitchen party in Toronto. What’s not to love? It’s so nice when we can export a taste of this province’s rich culture to the masses upalong.


Cheers: to exporting our expertise. A Newfoundland and Labrador company, Wetland Treatment Solutions, is executing a pilot project in the Caribbean that could lead to lucrative contracts in the future. Wetland Treatment Solutions is employing a biological and chemical process in Trinidad and Tobago that cleans leachate — liquid pollution — at landfill sites and converts it into clean waste. The company hopes it can develop a Canadian presence in the Caribbean and attract interest in Canada as well.


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