Category Archives: Canada

Respect for Richard Gillett

With all of the celebrations and hype leading to the 150th anniversary of the founding of that thing we call Canada pride in our fair country is at something of a high. Evidence of it is everywhere and if you … Continue reading

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After 78 Days it’s Finally Over

Back in the day my father had a hand cranked phonograph and in my boyish youth I enjoyed putting on it my 33s. At 78 the chipmunked sounds would make me laugh and best of all boring talk would slip … Continue reading

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Can we Come Up with a Better Name for it?

In Canada this is the Victoria Day weekend. Although often referred to as “The 24th of May” or “May two-four” (the double entendre being a tip of the hat to the copious quantiles of two-dozen cases of beer that somehow … Continue reading

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Cuts, Forks in the Road and Forgiveness

“He’s not happy until he’s not happy.” Some people fit that description, it seems. Glass half-empty, miserable creature or maybe just plain a misanthrope—there are numerous terms that can be used. Whatever the case, it seems that there will always … Continue reading

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Lives that Matter: Fighting For, not Against

I keep seeing visions of a young man, cut off—his choice—from the Canadian mainstream. Maybe he’d been bullied as a child but it was just as likely he had not. After all, this tendency to avoid contact with others was … Continue reading

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Cycles, Change & Continuity; Coming Home

Standing here amid nature’s embrace in what was such a busy place things become more a part of what nature has reclaimed. Tools, boats, gear, everything; the time way back when cod was king, a reminder of the fact that … Continue reading

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Remembering the Blue Puttees on Canada Day

Goods were scarce we got not even full uniforms so the CLB gave us leggings that reached up to our knees but still we marched proudly through the streets of old St. Johns figuring the world would marvel at the … Continue reading

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A Big Fuss About NL’s Population: Is it Justified?

The Issue On Friday, June 20, a news item prepared by a local outlet had the headline “New Report Confirms Rapidly Declining Population.” The story indicated that in the first quarter of 2014, “1500 people left the province,” and referred … Continue reading

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Lowering the Voting Age in NL: a Proxy for a Deeper Issue

Judging by the reaction in the press to (acting) NL Liberal Party Treasurer Jeff Marshall’s suggestion that the voting age be lowered from 18 to 16 you’d almost be led to believe that people around here actually had a meaningful … Continue reading

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Two Bays; A Few Bergs

The coast of Labrador and the northeast coast of Newfoundland is right along the part often known as Iceberg Alley. Each year in April and May it plays host to thousands of the icebergs as they make their way south, driven … Continue reading

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