Wednesday, August 31, 2005

 

5 Wing Goose bay, has no weather?

It’s no surprise 5 Wing Goose Bay is having trouble keeping foreign nations there for training. They don’t even have a Doppler radar for accurate forecasting? Not even one for the whole entire region of Labrador?
Not to mention there isn’t a Canadian fighter squadron posted in Goose Bay. Why should foreigners stay when our own government won’t station a squadron there? Where’s the camaraderie? Canada has missed a great opportunity to foster international relations in NL 5 Wing Goose Bay.

Click on image to enlarge.

RADAR station is represented by a black dot.




























Also of note when looking at the Canadian map (taken from enviroment canada's web site) is that it isn't pointing north. This explains why NL looks like it's above the Yukon when in reality over half the island portion is below the 49'th parallel?

I fail to see why this is like this?

Is there a shortage of paper?
Has the north pole moved?
Did magnetic north move?
Is there a policy to try and hide NL on the maps?
Are maps represented by population as well?
Are enviorment Canada's compasses broken or in need or calibration?
Is Ontario the center of the universe?

Every map I've ever used always had North at the top! Why doesn't enviroment canada's map have north at the top?
 

Littering and cell phones

Littering should be policed by the public with cell phones. Signs should be updated with toll free number (crime stoppers could be used) for reporting litter bugs licence plate numbers.

The fine should be 10,000$ or 100 hours of community service 100 bags of litter (clean up litter along highways).

If someone contests a charge and is found guilty the DNA testing expenses, would also have to be covered by the guilty party. Lots of DNA on those chicken bones and napkins!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 
JUSTICE MINISTER INVITES PUBLIC INPUT CONCERNING SUPREME COURT OF CANADA VACANCY

BC, NL, ON, NS, PEI, NB and YK need not apply as they arent equal canadians?

http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2005/doc_31614.html

OTTAWA, August 30, 2005 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Irwin Cotler, today invited public input to help fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honourable Mr. Justice John C. Major from the Supreme Court of Canada, which will be effective December 25, 2005. To solicit public input, notices are being placed starting this week in national and regional newspapers, inviting the public to make submissions concerning potential candidates.

"For the first time ever, submissions from the public will formally be part of the Supreme Court of Canada appointments process," said Minister Cotler. "This initiative is an important component of a comprehensive reform that seeks to ensure greater transparency, respects the government's constitutional authority in relation to these appointments and provides for an enhanced and significant degree of Parliamentary and provincial involvement and input."

As part of the revised appointments process announced earlier this month, Minister Cotler is inviting written representations, in either official language and from any person or group, to propose candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Minister will also consult with Provincial and Territorial Attorneys General, Chief Justices and leading members of the legal community before providing a list of five to eight proposed candidates to an advisory committee. This committee will assess the candidates and generate a short list of three persons from which the successful candidate will be chosen.

In view of the long-standing practice of identifying candidates from the region where the vacancy originated, only candidates from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be considered.

Submissions are to be sent by September 20, 2005 to:

Judicial Affairs Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8

E-mail: scc-csc-nominations@justice.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 943-0139 or 1-866-512-6956

Further information on candidate eligibility criteria and the new appointments process is available at: http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2005/doc_31586.html

An online version of the Proposal to Reform the Supreme Court of Canada is available at: http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/scc/index.html.

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Ref.:

Denise Rudnicki
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Justice
(613) 992-4621

Media Relations Office
Department of Justice Canada
(613) 957-4207

Oh Canada?

I'm not singing in praise either! Shaking head!

Here is a link to the former Premier, Judge Mr Clyde Wells, biography if anyone is interested in submitting his name. Even though NL isn't being looked at as a member of the confederation of Canada by the highest court in the land?

http://clyde-wells.biography.ms/

Here is an excerpt from http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/scc/2.html

"The identification of candidates from the region where the vacancy originated - be it the Atlantic, Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies and the North, and British Columbia regions. This is a matter of practice, except for Quebec where the Supreme Court Act establishes a requirement that three of the justices must come from Quebec."

"Diversity

* the extent to which the composition of the Court appropriately reflects the diversity of Canadian society."

"Merit
Within this framework and to the extent possible, the Supreme Court of Canada bench should reflect the diversity of Canadian society. A diverse bench ensures that different and plural perspectives are brought to bear on the resolution of disputes."

Saturday, August 27, 2005

 
Enough is enough?

When is enough, enough?

When will we get so fed up with the raping, pillaging, mismanagement, and bartering of our resources, for the benefit of others, by the feds that we are no longer content to trust in our politicians and democratic system to do us justice and represent our interests and rights?

I think that point in time is starting to appear on the horizon!

What will happen?

Will we try and change the country in which we are now so grudgingly held apart of?

Will there be another FLQ (FLNL)

Will we challenge these injustices in the courts who are themselves unjustly stacked against us? It's already been tried!

Will we ask that the original terms of union (written when men kept their word) be lived up to?

Will people strike, stop paying taxes?
Put a fence around her and call it NewfoundAustralia and Labrador!

Will people become militant?
Blow up all of the railroads, roads, foreign ships, and power lines, implicated in this gross injustice?
Cut our selves off from the rest Canada and in doing so stop the injustices being perpetrated against us?

Will we block the ferry system which so tenuously ties us to Canada?

Will we mine the Saint Lawrence sea way?

Will we start a letter writing campaign (petition)to the 301 (of 308)cabinet ministers outside of NL who don't give a dam about our interests?

Will we separate by way of calls for a referendum and be no worst of guaranteed!

Will we ask to become apart of the EU and start negotiations?

Will we ask to go back with Britain?

Will we become our own country AGAIN?

Will we move elsewhere and give up on our children, fathers, forefathers, and the land we love Newfoundland and Labrador.

Yes we have the worse climate, funniest speaking people according to mother land Canada, poorest people and longest and richest history in North America.

But do we have the gonads to admit it and stand up for each other and fight for justice?

Will we just accept the status quo like we've done for 50 years, and hope for a miracle, or the second coming to lead us across the red sea to the Promised Land?

Will the feds try and barter their way out of this rising sentiment by make work projects?

Will Canadians ask us to leave?

Will there be an overhaul of the un-democratic system to give us justice?

Will the USA invite us to become another state? and if so will we accept?

What does the future hold? Only the people know how far they are willing to be pushed?

This isn't meant to be a call to arms, more like an opening of eyes for NL'rs and Canadians alike, as to the sentiments brewing in NL!

Friday, August 26, 2005

 
Our Beef with Canada
Our beef with Canada
By John Crosbie
Sun, January 9, 2005
Excerpt only

Today, I will try to explain what causes the intensity of the feeling in Newfoundland and Labrador over its offshore oil and gas resource dispute with the government of Canada.

Last June 5, Prime Minister Paul Martin, in a phone conversation with Premier Danny Williams that was confirmed later on Signal Hill before the press, committed to make sure that the province was "the primary beneficiary of its resources." Martin stated: "I have made it very clear that the proposal that (Williams) has put forth is a proposal that we accept."

The failure of Martin since June 5 to carry out his electoral commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador comprises the third major betrayal of the province's vital interests by Canada, with respect to the major assets Newfoundland brought to Confederation when it joined on April 1, 1949.

In addition to our strategic geographical position essential to the defence of Canada, we Newfoundlanders brought with us a claim to most of the Atlantic Continental Shelf, comprising millions of square miles later recognized by the UN as part of the Canadian 200-mile economic zone.

If Newfoundland had not joined Canada, Newfoundland would have controlled the fish resources and the oil and gas and mineral resources in that huge area, as well as the iron ore and hydro power resources of Labrador.

The 56 years since 1949 have seen the vital interests of Newfoundland and Labrador ignored by Canada, with the resources either poorly administered and depleted -- as in the case of the cod and other fish species -- or with the province's economic and revenue needs ignored, as in the development of the offshore and hydro power resources.

Shamefully ignored
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Fierce battles
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Last chance
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Go here to read entire article.
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/John_Crosbie/2005/01/08/pf-850381.html
 
VOCM

Voice

Of the

Common

Man!

Make yourself heard! Speak up Common Man!

http://www.vocm.com/

Times to speak 8am, 2pm and 8pm NL time.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

 

Kyoto and protectionism

Here's my take on the high gas prices.

I think the US wants to see the gas prices go higher and higher. Because their economy, is hurting so bad. It is just another form of the buy American campaigns of the past. Only this time because of the global market, and China's unfair monetary policies the US has decided to go the route of protectionism and use a form of forced buy American campaign in higher gas prices.

You’ve got to admit it is working like a charm. They lower their income taxes and raise the oil prices and commodities due to transportation costs. Recoup their losses plus some.

All the while reaping big bucks from oil revenues.

The car industry is going to have a boom because all of those gas guzzling SUV's and Cadillac’s will be too expensive to operate. Everybody will either buy a new small car or one of the new hybrid vehicles (which the Americans have the patents on). Or if they can afford it people will own two vehicles a small one for in town and a larger one for highway use. The way it's been in Europe for centuries. The British are paying around $4.37 a gallon, among the highest in Europe, about 80 percent of which is tax. Some stations, however, were charging more Tuesday, with prices as high as $5 a gallon. Keep in mind their gas has 100% octane regular.

Forced protectionism buy local, buy American.

Canada and the other Kyoto signee countries are going along with it because of Kyoto commitments. Not to mention now our oil is competitive in a global market.

What does this all mean and what should we do?

Nothing!

It's good for the environment.

Maybe with the exception of lowering income taxes and recoup our losses in the form of GST taxes. At the same time attracting outside investment because of lower income taxes similar to what the Americans have done. It works out better for the poor man because he doesn't have as much money to spend anyway so won't be taxed as much, assuming the income taxes are lowered to compensate for the higher prices. Where as the rich who have money will continue to spend it and be taxed on their spending.

I do believe though that since were going along with this global oil pricing strategy we should at least make it an even playing field across the country by setting a national pricing strategy. Same price for gas no matter where you are in the country, to go along with the global oil pricing strategy.

Maybe then the injustices being perpetrated against the people of Labrador at charging them 143.9$ a litre, while the rest of us complain and grip about 116.9$ a litre.
 

History is written by the victors

Newfoundland and Labradors history books

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Rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer!

Percentage pay raises creates an ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

I can remember my father getting 10$ 50$ and 100$ pay raises. Those were the days when the poor were getting richer and the rich were getting poorer.

Rough math

Person making

1000$ month gets 10% pay raise 1100$
1100$ 10% pay raise 1210$

Person making 100,000$ gets 10% pay raise 110,000$
110,000$ 10% pay raise 121,000$

Now take those pay raises and add to them each and every pay raise the gap gets wider and wider exponentially!

That’s not even factoring the fact that the management and higher income makers usually get higher percentage pay raises.

Then throw in inflation at a minimum of 3%. Make no wonder we have so many working poor.

IE: the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer!

Old Robin Hood is out there RRSP hood is taking from the rich and giving back to the rich later?

Update:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061213/statscan_wealth_061213/20061213?hub=Canada
http://www.growinggap.ca/
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/National_Office_Pubs/2007/Timing_is_Everything.pdf
http://www.makeworkpay.ca/
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/Reports/2007/01/CEOpay/index.cfm?pa=BB736455
 

Legalize marijuana stop the prohibition!

Put the drug companies in charge of legalizing it, and developing a plan to control and tax it. They are the ones stopping its legalization anyway!

When will we learn that Prohibition doesn’t work? Sure you can make it difficult but you won’t stop it.

Why doesn’t the US ask for extradition of Holland? Drugs are legal there? Stay in our back yard US and out of our political affairs.

Don’t let Paul Martin extradite Mark Emery to appease Bush. We can deal with our own politics we don’t need the US to tell us what to do.

This to could and would be sold only in licensed establishments the same as cigarettes should be! No exceptions here.

Here is Bayers news release on a new product Sativex.
http://www.bayerhealth.ca/BayerHC/display.cfm?Object_ID=276&article_id=123
 

Condoms

Every bar should have condom machines in their bathroom both male and female. Users of bars are of consenting age.

If no bar exits in a town or village find alternative locations.
The alternative is!

STD
Aids
Gonoria?
Syphilis
Pregnancy
Loss of power and life pregnancy
Abortion
 

Childhood obesity

While we sit around and study this phenomenon, there sits empty and unused many many school gymnasiums. These gymnasiums are public property and as such should be used to their fullest potential. How hard is it to provide a calendar to the communities with any open slots after all the school activities and curriculum have been scheduled?

Make no wonder we have obesity children. We aren’t providing them with the facilities gymnasiums to exercise in. Not only is this exercise but it also builds character social skills and makes for better more community minded citizens.
 

NL becomes bilingual

Why not, were supposed to be a bilingual country? Besides we already have a French francophone community out around Stephenville. Portauport french roots A French native heritage in the Labrador Métis. http://www.labmetis.org/.

Our biggest and closest trading markets are Quebec, France, Saint Pierre Miqulon and Spain. All of which are French speaking. Ok Spain is Spanish it’s not far of French no different that Quebecois and French probably closer and would be better understood.
It’s about time NL got real and looked at the economic side of things. And the economics are obvious geographically speaking.

Not to mention getting back our taxes from Ottawa in the form of funding to support bilingual business practices. How hard is it to put Ch in front of Water Street and St Behind it? Ch Water St See that wasn’t so hard.

Talk about your make work projects. Look at the benefits of promoting NL as a bilingual destination. Trilingual if you want to recognize Newfanese as another distinct language bare minimum dialect. I bet there are lots of mainlanders who can’t understand a word said by some NL'eans who would agree ?
 

Urban Sprawl

No longer should we allow sprawling communities that pop up haphazardly.
Every community should have a plan in place where by all of the infrastructure has to be installed and included in the price of the lots being sold. You say this infrastructure plan is already in place. Yes for the cities and some small towns, but is there really an infrastructure in place where by you plan for the future? Even if a town doesn’t have a lagoon or sewage treatment plant shouldn’t the funds be collected for future public works? Bare minimum all towns should have the water main pipes run from communal wells wherever feasible. Think of the cost savings by using the combined monetary resources of all of the inhabitants of an existing or planned community subdivision?

Insurance breaks from having Fire hydrants connected to a communal well.
Hell of a lot easier to chlorinate communal wells and monitor their safety than it is individual household wells should a problem arise.

No just because you live 100 miles from your nearest neighbour you shouldn’t have to pay into the future public works fund as apart of buying land.

I find it very disturbing the lack of planning or enforced planning by Municipalities, Provincial and Federal governments. Seeing new subdivisions being built with each and every house hold putting in separate wells. Not to mention the health risks and the abuse of the water table by these individual owners by filling swimming pools from private wells. Sure it may be a private well but we are all siphoning from the same water table or artesian vein under the ground. Just the cost benefits of a central well hooked to a water main would have to be substantial. Bare minimum one or two wells would pay for the water main and as long as you have the hole you should plan for the future and install the piping for sewer to be hooked up at a future date. Surely a lagoon has to be more cost effective than individual septic tanks. IMHO it’s just a lack of foresight and community minded ness brought on by the lax laws surrounding development by our municipal, provincial and federal governments. Unwillingness to give back tax money collected on our behalf to better our country on a community basis. Better to spend the money on keeping the country together in the ad campaign scandal.

I sympathize with our politicians I wouldn’t want to be the one to let the country fall to pieces either. But at what cost are you willing to abuse the people’s tax dollars to save your personal legacy?

Funding for these planned communities should be a cost shared affair from our combined collected taxes. Yes that’s right our taxes.

I remember when I was in Alberta they had this LIT Land Improvement Tax. I had to pay it wasn’t forever just until the sidewalks water sewer or what ever were paid for. Now this was planning/collection in hind sight, all of the new subdivisions had these public works costs included in the land/lot prices.

Then there are the cabins surrounding our beautiful lakes and rivers with each and every cabin having a septic tank dumping into the ground not more than 100 feet from the water. I say make it a law that anybody living within ? feet of water have a sewage septic system rather they should be forced to have composting toilets and only grey water into their septic systems if not a central lagoon. It is well within fiscal limits and the technology is there so enforce the protection of our water for future generations.

Alternative sewage disposal wetland sewage treatment.

Side walks an extension of paved roads with sunken speed bump type of buffer. Easier to snow clear, smother surface for wheel chairs better road crossing access for wheel chairs. Better bike paths.

Here are some links to the new composting toilets.

http://store.yahoo.com/envirolet-ca/index.html
www.sun-mar.com/
www.compostingtoilet.org
www.envirolet.com/

These toilets are available today at most hardware stores in the range of 1000$ very economically feasible IMHO to protect our water for present and future generations. Did we learn nothing from Walkerton? If they were to legislated for use in dwellings in and around water I’m sure the price would come down as long as the demand isn’t to sudden.

If you agree contact your government representative demanding an end to poor planning and protection of OUR environment.
List of Government members

Wasn’t the reason for confederation “Together we stand divided we fall”?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

 
Cigarettes a controlled substance

Cigarettes are a controlled substance. That is to say you need an ID to prove your age in order to buy them.

Why then are cigarretes being sold by underage teenagers in corner stores?

Why not compensate the bar industry by making them the only place to buy cigarettes? These are the people who's business it is to check ID"s. Who better to sell cigarettes?

Exceptions for towns and villages where no licenced establishment exists.
 
Newfoundland Labrador relevant petitions

Fair deal for Harbour Breton. Return Hr Bretons fish quota taken away by FPI.
http://www.fairdealforharbourbreton.com/petitionlist.asp

Gander NL distinct (Weather office)
http://www.gandercanada.com/petition.htm

Support Danny's Flag Gate Funny
http://www.petitiononline.com/nfldflag/petition.html

Improve NL recycling
http://www.petitiononline.com/nfld001/petition.html

Sign a Petition Requesting Ottawa to Return/loan all Pre-Confederation Military Artifacts back to the Province
http://www.petitiononline.com/MILNL/petition.html


Petition the Federal Gov. to Enact Custodial Management on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks. All you green peacer’s should sign this!
http://www.petitiononline.com/itfc2/petition.html

Petition to stop the removal of the Public Service Commission from NL
http://www.petitiononline.com/NLPSC/petition.html

Petition to stop the closure of the NL Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre!
http://www.petitiononline.com/NLACCCRC/petition.html

Petition to stop the removal of the DFO Toxic Chemical Research Center!
http://www.petitiononline.com/NLDFOTCP/petition.html

Triple E senate Equal representation
http://www.petitiononline.com/1257/petition.html

Full disclosure gun registry funding
http://www.petitiononline.com/FGRC0001/petition.html

Here's a good spot to start your own petition. It is very simple and straight forward to complete.

http://www.petitiononline.com/
 
Toxic chemicals on the Grand banks

If our air space is so critical and strategic to the American space program why don't they move their launch pad to NL?

Security would be less of an issue assuming they set up on the island. They already have bases here Argentia, and Stephenville. I'm sure the toxic garbage would be less of an issue with the trajectory being over less trafficed ocean space. We have a suitable runway for landing the shuttle at Stephenville.

I realize that just saying or proposing something is just that a proposal. But if they wish to continue using our surrounding oceans as dumping grounds they should seriously consider this proposal. Every bit of protection we can afford the few remaining fish and more importantly fish breeding and food sources will go along way in the recovery of the cod stocks and our way of life.

"If the foreign draggers destroy the ocean bottom does anyone care?"

Green Peace does. They are at present booby traping the bottom of the nose and tail of the grand banks. With hedge hogs and knifes to destroy the foreign trawlers weapons of mass destruction.

"If a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?"
 
Fishing communities Lower NL flag?

I say to you would it be irresponsible for NL'ers to lower the NL flag in protest to the mute representation of our Provincial government on behalf of the people of NL?

Would this further divide the people of NL therefore serving only to make us weaker as a political force accomplishing nothing. Pitting Bayman vs Townie, Newfoundland Vs Labrador.

Should we trust blindly in the silence of our provincial leaders, in the hope that they are working in the back rooms fighting for NL rights to have a fishery, despite Canada's continued abuse of the stocks by allowing foreigners to continue to work on the extinction of our fishery stocks.
While we ineffectively talk on talk shows, blog and grip in coffee shops.

Or are we giving our Premier ammo by fighting the good fight in public and allowing him to use our outrage as a bargaining chip. While he says nothing in public and fights behind closed doors in our interest. If anything his silence has inspired and outraged the NL people to become even more vocal, thus giving him more ammo with which to bargain?

It reminds me of the proverb "If a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?"

In NL case it would go like this "If a cod falls to the foreign trawlers does anyone care?"

I tend to believe he is using the publics outrage as a bargaining chip and won't speak up because if he does well all shut up and take away his bargaining power.

Stay quiet in public Mr Williams well fight the good fight. You raise your voice behind closed doors, bargaining for NL interests which is what you've proven to us your good at!

Your leaders are only as good as their people and the support they give them.

We've got some great people in NL but their support and faith is suspect at best. Mainly due to hardship and inequities and the failed Canadian experiment.

Maybe it is because of history with things like the battle of the Somme when 841 men and boys followed to their death leaving only 64.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Water, Water, every where, and not allowed to fish. By Averill Baker

Water, water, everywhere and not allowed to fish. An island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with hundreds of small communities on its shores, and nobody is allowed to enter upon that ocean and catch a cod or flatfish to eat.

Is there any other place on the planet earth like this? Is there a country, or province, or protectorate, or state, where the people living on the shores of an ocean are not allowed to catch a fish to eat?

Read the rest here The Advertiser
 

Oh to be a foreigner By Averill Baker

This summer, while Newfoundlanders are not allowed to catch a cod to eat on the northeast and west coasts of our island, others are allowed.

Five hundred tons of cod will be caught by Spain and other European nations as a bycatch for their hake quota in the fishing zones 3N and 3O that start 60 miles south and southeast of the southern shore of the Avalon Peninsula.

European countries will catch 850 tons of cod as a bycatch for their skate quota in those same zones southeast of the Avalon Peninsula.

European countries will catch 825 tons of cod as a bycatch for their turbot quotas in zone 3L, a zone that extends right out to beyond 200 miles from the Avalon Peninsula, Conception Bay, Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay.

Read The rest of the story here The Advertiser
 

DFO's bribery article by Averill Baker

CATCHING COD OR 'FINDING NEMO'?

A DFO official found $22,000 cash in an envelope in his mailbox at home compliments of a foreign fishing captain. Another DFO employee reported a $10,000 bribe offered to him by another foreign fishing captain. Documented attempted bribes and gifts offered to DFO employees by captains of foreign factory freezer trawlers fishing on Newfoundland’s continental shelf. Why? Read the rest of the story here The Advertiser
 

Everyone equal in the eyes of the Government

Same sex marriage

Make everyone equal in the eyes of the government ”tax man”.

Everyone gets taxes and benefits as an individual including children. In the case of children they could either be used as a tax break or if they are earning an income taxed themselves.

It used to be we were all equal in the eyes of god. Those days are gone what with politics and taxes being the main concern. Or you could look at it as the government being god. Thus taxes and benefits are equal and on an individual basis.

Personally I would be willing to give up my tax breaks as a married hetero sexual, to protect the sanctity of marriage. I was married in a church and swore my oath for better or for worst to my wife not for financial gain or tax evasion but because I truly loved my wife! Love you HUN!

Now as for the “For better or for worse” part I think I got the better end of that deal, but who’s counting not me I’m winning LOL.

Protect the sanctity of marriage and make everyone equal in the eyes of the government "tax man". Exception being children get or can be used for tax break much the same as they are today.
 

Canadian Parliamentary system by Wikipedia


 

Community Access Centres

NL community access centres

If funding can’t be found in part or whole for these centres then the people could unite on behalf of their children and start a Co-op access centre.

Here are some Co-op info sites
Cooperatives Info-Guide
BC Institute for Co-operative Studies

Dial up is not an option. There are satellite systems available that will allow for high speed access.

Info sat high-speed satellite internet At 199$ a month this is a bargain for any small community to have an access center and access to the world via a high speed satellite hook up. If anybody has ever been on dial up and then got high speed they know.

When I was in Eureka on Elsmere Island, by far one of the most beautiful places in Canada IMHO, easily comparable to the bad lands of North Dakota and Drum Heller AB. We had a satellite link to the internet that was as good as any high-speed hook up I’ve ever had if not better, I tend to think better.

As it is a lot of our rural schools are being closed and their students being bussed longer distances. That’s all well and good but the least the government and school boards could do it give these communities high speed access for the students and communities to access research.

If you are from a rural community with no high speed access or access center email your premier department of education school board and suggest request an access center for your children to become better educated by having access to the world. And no, dial up is not access to the world. With the amount of graphics on the web today dial up is at best a nuisance. Maybe if you turned of pictures in your browser properties until you find what you’re looking for you might not waste half your life watching a blank screen.

Here are some examples of provincial community access centre web sites.
http://www.gov.nu.ca/education/eng/cap/
http://cap-pac.ic.gc.ca/pub/index.html?iin.lang=en
http://www.nfcap.nf.ca/east/Torbay/
http://www.edu.gov.nf.ca/YSPSE/youth/yp.htm


Email
Need form letter and petition

premier@gov.nl.ca
webmasteredu@gov.nl.ca

Your appropriate school district school board can be found here.
http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/dir/school/districts.htm


Petitions can be started here http://www.petitiononline.com/

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Think Tank

Newfoundland and Labrador Think Tank

Add your thoughts, suggestions, and comments here. If they are good or get a lot of response I’ll add them as a topic on their own.
 

Expatriate

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

An expatriate (in abbreviated form expat) is someone temporarily or permanently in a country and culture other than that of their upbringing and/or legal residence. The word comes for the Latin ex (out of) and patria (country), and is sometimes misspelt as ex-patriot, due to its pronunciation.

The term is often used in the context of Westerners living in non-Western countries, athough there are many instances of Westerners living in other Western countries, such as Australians living in the United Kingdom and British people living in Spain.

Expatriate culture, such as that of the British in India or East Africa, can become quite distinct, and is often subject to parody and ridicule. Expatriates often find upon returning to their country of origin that it has developed in ways they find incomprehensible; this leads to a sense of alienation and anomie. Similarly, they are viewed by their fellow citizens as foreigners.

The difference between an expatriate and an immigrant is that immigrants commit themselves to becoming a part of their country of residence, whereas expatriates see themselves, and are perceived, as living in a foreign land. While Europeans or North Americans living in the Middle East and Asia may marry local people and have children, most see no advantage in adopting citizenship of their host countries, usually because dual citizenship is not permitted, but also because it may not be available to them at all. In countries like Saudi Arabia, expatriates are required to live in segregated compounds, meaning that integration into their host country's society is not an option.

Are you going to be the Next patriate?

Monday, August 22, 2005

 

Attract foreign investment/foreign people

Stop the out migration
Promote inmigration

People are as much a form of buisness and industry as Corporations are.

Sign of the changing times with over 6,446,131,400 billion people living on this small marble of blue. It’s time to wake up to the reality that natural resources aren’t going to be there forever and start planning for the future.


No longer should we allow sprawling communities that pop up haphazardly.
Every community should have a plan in place where by all of the infrastructure has to be installed and included in the price of the lots being sold. You say this infrastructure plan is already in place. Yes for the cities and some small towns, but is there really an infrastructure in place where by you plan for the future? Even if a town doesn’t have a lagoon or sewage treatment plant shouldn’t the funds be collected for future public works? Bare minimum all towns should have the water main pipes run from communal wells wherever feasible. Think of the cost savings by using the combined monetary resources of all of the inhabitants of an existing or planned community subdivision?

Insurance breaks from having Fire hydrants connected to a communal well.
Hell of a lot easier to chlorinate communal wells and monitor their safety than it is individual household wells should a problem arise.

No just because you live 100 miles from your nearest neighbour you shouldn’t have to pay into the future public works fund as apart of buying land.

I find it very disturbing the lack of planning or enforced planning by Municipalities, Provincial and Federal governments. Seeing new subdivisions being built with each and every house hold putting in separate wells. Not to mention the health risks and the abuse of the water table by these individual owners by filling swimming pools from private wells. Sure it may be a private well but we are all siphoning from the same water table or artesian vein under the ground. Just the cost benefits of a central well hooked to a water main would have to be substantial. Bare minimum one or two wells would pay for the water main and as long as you have the hole you should plan for the future and install the piping for sewer to be hooked up at a future date. Surely a lagoon has to be more cost effective than individual septic tanks. IMHO it’s just a lack of foresight and community minded ness brought on by the lax laws surrounding development by our municipal, provincial and federal governments. Unwillingness to give back tax money collected on our behalf to better our country on a community basis. Better to spend the money on keeping the country together in the ad campaign scandal.

I sympathize with our politicians I wouldn’t want to be the one to let the country fall to pieces either. But at what cost are you willing to abuse the people’s tax dollars to save your personal legacy?

Funding for these planned communities should be a cost shared affair from our combined collected taxes. Yes that’s right our taxes.

I remember when I was in Alberta they had this LIT Land Improvement Tax. I had to pay, it wasn’t forever just until the sidewalks water sewer or what ever were paid for. Now this was planning/collection in hind sight, all of the new subdivisions had these public works costs included in the land/lot prices.

Then there are the cabins surrounding our beautiful lakes and rivers with each and every cabin having a septic tank dumping into the ground not more than 100 feet from the water. I say make it a law that anybody living within ? feet of water have a sewage septic system rather they should be forced to have composting toilets and only grey water into their septic systems if not a central lagoon. It is well within fiscal limits and the technology is there so enforce the protection of our water for future generations.


Here are some links to the new composting toilets.

http://store.yahoo.com/envirolet-ca/index.html
www.sun-mar.com/
www.compostingtoilet.org
www.envirolet.com/

These toilets are available today at most hardware stores in the range of 1000$ very economically feasible IMHO to protect our water for present and future generations. Did we learn nothing from Walkerton? If they were to legislated for use in dwellings in and around water I’m sure the price would come down as long as the demand isn’t to sudden.

If you agree contact your government representative demanding an end to poor planning and protection of OUR environment.
http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/house/members/CurrentMemberList.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses=1&Sect=hoccur&Order=PersonOfficialLastName

Wasn’t the reason for confederation “Together we stand divided we fall”?

 

NL job alternatives

You have probably heard some if not all of these before but here goes.

Buisness plan form

Reference the Abitibi number seven machine closing, has job sharing or work sharing be proposed as an option? These are high paying jobs which I'm assuming require overtime at times. I heard about a mill out in northern BC that was in A similar predicament and they used job or work sharing as an alternative to a closure, and according to the spokesman it saved the mill and was a lot better in the long run for the workers and community.

Here are some links I googled for job sharing/work sharing.

http://www.pao.gov.ab.ca/health/flexible-work/jobshare/
http://www.workoptions.com/jobshare.htm
http://www.gov.mb.ca/csc/publications/jbsharguid.html
http://www.bcfed.com/Where+We+Stand/Policies/Archives/PS-84job.htm

If nothing else this could allow for more jobs and as such less out migration, if A policy such as these other provinces have adopted.

Population Patriot and Expatriate.

Maybe for the next consensus all of the Expatriates could open a postal box in NL. I'm sure we could get our population up to at least 600,000.

The Fishery disgrace (Mismanagement)

I realize the premier hasn't spoken out on this tragedy to my knowledge. I suspect he is hoping it will go to the courts, for a challenge of either the 3 mile limit or for the entire 200 mile limit and the give away of our resource to benefit Upper Canada. (LOL hand outs for god's sake it's Canada who has been surviving of us for the past 50 years Electricity Iron ore Nickel Fish the list goes on and on.)

Personally I think that by keeping quiet the premier is empowering the people.
He can work behind the scenes to get the Un sanctioned control of the Nose and tail. Until that time everything else would be in vain, as we will be sucked clean from around the edges(Nose and Tail) due to Canada's negligent management of this, our heritage and existence in Canada because that is all it can be called is existence.

Empower the people by petitioning the UN!

Labrador! Hmm

I'm so glad and proud of the premier for putting into action the Trans-Labrador highway. Labrador is the Crown Jewel in Newfoundland's crown.
Not until they get a bare minimum roads let alone paved roads. It's a crying shame what has happened to the natives there as well. Most of the community’s over there are powered by generator for electricity? Oh injustice, they have one of the largest power generating facilities in the world and have to generate power with generators?
At least they should be given a subsidy on energy saving appliances, light bulbs, Cold water detergents etc.

Solar and wind if transmission lines aren't feasible. Kyoto baby Kyoto.

Newfoundland will always be an Island in the sea until we have a fixed link. I'm mean a real fixed link not an electric train that is only one step above the ferries, but a real time fixed link that will allow for parity pricing with the rest of Canada.

I've been in many places in the world and how we used to judge the cost of living before we went was to inquire as to the price of a bottle of coke. IE an extra large double double from Tim Horton’s in NL is 1.70$ while in Canada it is 1.60$.

Suggestion for the roads in Labrador.
Use what I've heard called Chinese asphalt. It is put down cold or cool and graded over the sub grade which is the true foundation off a road anyway then compacted.
Here are some links for RAC Recycled Asphalt Concrete. Considering we pay 5$ on each tire as an environmental tax, there should be lots of money available to put these tires to some use.
Labrador should be the first if any to receive new paved roads!

Especially when you consider A fixed link will only become a feasible once roads are constructed or upgraded on either side of the Strait of Belle Isl.

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/recycling/awareness/facts/tires/crumbrubber.htm
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/tires/ground.htm
http://www.rubberizedasphalt.org/index.htm


Petition the Feds and Quebec to finish the section of highway between Sept-Isles (QC) Natashquan (QC) to Blanc-Sablanc. There is approximately 150km of unfinished highway separating Labrador and Newfoundland from Canada through Quebec. With a ferry crossing of only 1 hour. This would make for a great round trip tourist destination, not to mention opening the future gateway to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Just a quick cost comparison of proposed Newfoundland fixed link with respect to the PEI confederation bridge.

$840,000,000 PEI bridge
200,000 Population

$4,200 per person cost
(Not factoring in the fees collected by builder for? years)

Proposed Newfoundland fixed link.

$1,400,000,000 N-L
500,000 population

$2,800 per person cost

(Assuming A similar Corporate government partnership collection fee arrangement were in place)


Here are some interesting links to blogs etc
http://www.freenewfoundlandlabrador.blogspot.com/
http://www.nlfirst.ca/
http://www.offdarock.com/opinionCove/Main.asp
http://www.theindependent.ca/default.asp

Job alternatives
Labradorite rings as provincial ring with NL seal etched in.
Casino’s either in NL or on the ferries until we get a fixed link. Call it take from the rich and give to the poor (
Abolish VLT’s or put them in the parliament buildings.
Only allow the sale of cigarettes in bars or licensed establishments to offset smoking ban. They are a controlled substance licensed substance. What better place to check ID’s it’s already there. Exception where there are no licensed establishments.

Enlist green peace’s help to turn NL fishery woes around take ownership in the disater they helped create.
Advertise fish Fridays. It was entrenched in the NL culture. Turkey Tuesdays! Fish Fridays.

Revive NL money

More for show and national pride

Some things that could be put on it are
original money
Seal hunt
Flag now flags past
John cabot
Vikings

You could even use it in a limited monetary sense like canadian tire money, or HBC points. Tourism industry would jump all over this.

Could also be used in a fund raising capacity to start our own banking system.

Get Canadian mint to print NL edition.

Bank Of Newfoundland and Labrador
Co-op Bank of Newfoundland and Labrador
Caisse populaire De Terra Neuve et Labrador
http://www.nfmuseum.com/notes6.htm

If super store can do it I'm pretty sure we can.

Our own capital and banking expertise would go along way in providing credit for business ventures. From people who know love and understand the Province.

NL below the 49th parallel. We are the only part of Canada residing below the 49th parallel. Contrary to maps and weather broad casts view of the FLAT world. OOPS were not flat you won't sail of the edge visit NL. Appeal to the explores out there amongst the 6.400.000,000 people.

Could be used to fund raise for heritage projects
It's time we took back our heritage and culture while at the same time promoting NL self interest pride and if Canada continues to separate from us like the long term trend well be that much more prepared.

By having the people have a vested interest in cultural heritage projects they will be more likely to take pride in it and less likely to vandalize or allow vandilization.

Monuments

Innukshuks

Rename the Trans Labrador Highway, Innukshuk Highway, The people were here Highway. Either have Innukshuks built or have people adopt sections and erect their own innukshus showing the people were here. They will probably do it anyway over time but if at strategic points along the way you started the trend the precident would be set.

Just need a dump truck with a load of rocks every so often. If they aren't already there.

The wild life reserve I mention in earlier mailings on the plains between Howley and Bucans could be dedicated in memory of the Beothics. The people are gone but their land remains it's only right we should provide a fitting park or animal reserve to honor their memory. This would go along way in easing the pain felt at being apart of an extermination of people.
With this land being open now to the layman due to woods roads it's time some protection measures were implemented, and take advantage of this new wildlife access.

Reality tourism
Build and live in an igloo
Tour guides and operators required. Help keep heritage and culture alive in native communities. Europeans have a love affair with the North american natives. I guess because they don't have any natives as such. This would be a winter tourism attraction.

Igloo as monument somewhere in Labrador. Geodesic dome houses look like igloos and are a canadian invention.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/geodome/
http://geodome.sourceforge.net/
http://www.bfi.org/domes/

Dog sled rides tours adventures
Canoe Kayak once again.
http://www.kayakers.nf.ca/sea_kayaking/trip_reports/femadrenaline.html



Clear the land Land my god do we have land.
Cranberry farms not much different than partridge berries. Awesome harvesting techniques LOL they flood the field and berries float to top. Then skimmers collect the berries kind of like cleaning a pool.

Blueberry farms
Bake apple farms
Partridge berry farms
Farms


The Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre could be used to research and trial this. Best have private enterprise do it though with support from ACCCRC. Once again form business application recces provided for sites enviormental studies performed.


There is one thing I've noticed on the mainland it is everybody and their dog has a farm tractor. They do all kinds of work with these including environmentally friendly tree harvesting. While in NL farm tractors are as scarse as chickens teeth. Now quads thats a different story. But what can you do with a quad? No PTO. I guess everybody and their dog has a fishing boatin NL. Oh well farm the seas. Well finally be true Salt Water Cowboy's LOL. Hmm program trade boat for tractor? Just like bridge mortgage really.

Today's garbage will be tomorrows gold mines. Mark my words. Oh if we only had another dozen Bonaventure's, the cars we could make. Were probably still driving the Bonaventure to this day using recycled metals.

Canada's military and navy should have an ongoing revitalization refitting program 20 years and a ship is retired and a new one commissioned none of this boom or bust ongoing should be the motto. Ship yards.

Expatriate.

Statues and historical monuments

Put statues and historical monuments in all of the outports. Bare minimun plaques until the funds can be raised for a proper monument or statue. I'm sure everytown and outport has someone to be proud of, here are a few of the top of my head.

Swamp donkey (Moose)
Joey small wood gambo
John Cabot corner Brook
Premiers past and present least we couold do as a people is celebrate our leaders.
Victoria Cross winners John Croke little Bay islands
http://www.bitesizecanada.org/august.htm
If one can't be found which I find highly unlikely invent one giant cod
Giant squid
Giant Puffin
Giant Picture plant

As silly as some of these may sound they are tourist attractions and points of pride.

It isn't just St Johns Bowring and Pippy park that has a rich past.
St Anthony Dr
Deer lake Corner Brook Grand falls giant lumber jack there's one in NB somewhere outside a logging museum. Paper machee and chicken wire I think.

Call it the reclaim our heritage if you will. Putting pride back into the out ports celebrating our culture.

Reenact the battle of the somme this should attract the war buffs. Recreate a mock battle field in Nl somewhere. Civil war enthusiasts from the USA would flock to something like that. Buiold it they will come with over 6 billion on this planet someones bound to come.

Job ideas

Value added rock and minerals

Rock hounding.
we do have three separate continental shelfs making up the island. Signs with explanations of striations and upheaval. Geological society would be glad to help out here or MUN for that matter nice little project for some class.
Use rock tumblers create gem like quality stones labradorite quartz feldspar etc. Youth groups or clubs great start here.
Turn into jewelry like NL national ring earrings necklaces using Labradorite or soapstone.

Value added Hydro electricity
I bet any Battery making company would jump at the chance to have access to a good supply of electricity and educated skilled workers. Could just use the electricity to heat homes and retirement villages like they are building all oer the place in Kelowna BC. Walled self contained towns no kids allowed in lots of them.

They have started a new initiative in NB called I believe the Aquatic Trans canada trail. Very little investment just a matter of producing maps with routes and stops marked out. Might need some promotion and facilities at certain locations.

Could even have retracing of explorers trails/routes. Vikings, John cabot.

A life in the day of a fisherman. Reality fishing LOL either show or excursions. Like in the old days with sailing ships and dory's. people will pay to relive the past and in doing so they are helping preserve our past.

Canoe or kayak routes Kayaking is a booming sport and NL has a perfect location and terrain for this business. Just needs routes mapped out, camp sites recce'd and tour operators. very little needs to be spent on advertising with the web as an advertising medium.
Build it they will come. Recce it they will know where they are going.

Google earth is a wonderful tool for something like this and virtual tours are easily set up there. Push from here to there and push play it will drive the entire route eye level.

Advertise big time the opening of the Trans Labrador Highway (Innulshuk hwy). I intend on being one of the first to drive it, flat tires dust and all.

Retrace the Newfoundland railroad. Once again it's only a matter of producing a map providing a web site to advertise. Use military engineers for upgrades. All those Newfies would love to get home for a while.

Have the plains between Bucans and Howley declared a provincial park.

Complete the missing 5km stretch separating between Bucans and Howley to save money on transportation costs.Would cut of 3 hours from across NL trip.

Provide a web site of all the ship wrecks around NL for scuba enthusiasts.

Put tourist bureaus on the ferry's

Put casino's on the ferries or in city

Gotta get tourists of the highway and down to the scenic out ports. Tourist signs at turn off's. Out ports are jewels to the tourists what we take for granted they only dream of.

Have tour boats go around our coast.

Enlist rod and gun gun clubs to promote nature.

Ducks unlimited is a hugh hugh organization committed to spending money on the environment.

Fish farms for tourists to catch fish. Trout.

Upgrade road from Bucans to route 480 dirt is fine tourists want to get back to nature and slow down. Once again recce park sites and campgrounds. could go along with provincial park on high barrens. Your guaranteed to see caribou and moose up there. From looking at the map the road is already there it might just need some upgrades for bridge classification or culverts. Google earth great tool.

South shore road.

Anything you can do to promote the out ports will ensure them your not going to pull another Joey and resettle. Which I get the feeling is peoples fears.

Every town has to have at least a bed and Breakfast or campground. Just a matter of appropriating the land. Doesn't even need to be manned or manicured. maybe roads depending on terrain.

Promote ferry system as tourist trip destination.

All entry points should have at least a kiosk. we have a captive audience on ferries.

Promote our natives as a tourist attraction careful here have to show respect.

We are neighbors with Quebec and need to do a better job of promoting french, use St Pierre and Miquelonand Port au port as attractions for genealogical roots and past migration.

NL Safari, come see moose caribou rabbits mink fox bear. Europeans killed all of theirs years ago they are forever going to africa on safari with loaded cameras.

Pictures lots of pictures.

Give out memento cd roms with pictures and place names tourist attractions, people want to brag let them give the the ammo to do it and benefit from their advertising. CD rom costs .10$ DVD are even better 10 times the storage space and everyone has a DVD player nowwa days even my mother.

Trans world aquatic trail? NL has to be a big hit there just look at lanse Aux meadows.

Promote round trip through labrador. Most people don't even know its possible.
Or they have trouble getting a booking from St Barbe to Blanc Sablanc. I talked to a tourist who expressed this to me on the ferry this summer.

If there's wild life in Newfoundland Then Labrador has to be a Zoo.

Call on the Expatriates. You know they want to return home if not to stay at least to visit and show of their heritage and birth place to their kids.

combine with NB and NS for ski doo tours suggest to Ski doo clubs and federations.

Abolish ski doo trail passes and tack it onto Ski doo registration. Would be cheaper because more would have to register. Ski doo trails can be promoted as ATV trails seasonal same thing here tack trail maintenance onto registration.

Cross country ski expeditions Blow me down mtns Telemarking.

Labrador has a pretty good ski hill could be twinned with marble. They always have snow :)

Put landing strip on either side of Belle Isle straight?

Put observation post binoculars to look across at Labrador vice versa on Labrador side looking back. Put sign up future site of Newfoundland-Labrador fixed link Tongue in cheek. Throw rocks in here to complete fixed link Completion 2099.

Bonsai trees on northern peninsula advertise in japan.

Put those funky japanese rakes on beaches tai chi or something. Supposed to be soothing and relaxing.

Use caddies instead of carts on golf courses. Makes for great summer job for youth and tourists get to here from the mouths of babes.

NL antenna flags.

People are looking for worry free holidays. Why do you think cruise boats are so popular. Have tour operators make up package deals lodging maps routes stops points of interest best places to eat. It's their business they know it.

Festival and event central data base calendar.

When I was in africa Eritrea to be exact they were experimenting with salt water irrigation farming. By all accounts it was going ok. If you think our ground is bad then theirs is worse.

In europe Bus tours were the thing, In NL Boat tours should be the thing.

Get the tourists on the Cape Breton side. Entice them to come across. most people only tour the maritimes and never get across to NL. Or they go to the casino in North sydney. Run ferry from Halifax to Argentia.

Reprint some old NL money makes for a great souvenir and nationalist will revel in it. Spark memories for the old.

Declare Bingo our national game LOL

Slogan its all in the journey not the destination. something like that.

Have reenactment of first wireless. Put connections on both ends so people can talk. Would also make for great advertizing to visit NL see where Dot dot dot was received.

Kite festival to celebrate wireless. Hey we've got the wind.

Make some villages up to resemble old time NL as tourist attractions similar to the one they have outside fredericton forget name. Town initiative and useful too. Preserves heritage and culture. Similar to Kings landing in NB only with NL theme.

Have tour of old resettlement towns. Celebrate our history don't be ashamed of our mistakes.
Put a house on barrels and float it as an attraction.

People are the worlds biggest commodity or market and they are looking for adventure excitement reliving the past we have lots of that.

Fishery for a town feast get together as a festival. Fresh fish and brews cook up tell me you wouldn't pay for that or go to it :)

In Germany you get to shot the animal the forest meister tells you looking over your shoulder. Then it is taken to the local gastoff and a community feast is had.

Put natives in charge of wild life vested interest they are less likely to abuse it because it's their lively hood. Who better to take care of the wild life.

In alberta they have giant perogees UFO landing sites as attractions.

Make those bill boards with painted figures and holes for your heads. Photo op!

Try and map out the migration routes of the Beothics as a tourist adventure.

Plant trees in those great big parking lots at the ferry terminals for shade and aesthetics. After all it the first thing the tourists see upon arriving and the last thing they see when they leave. Or use Giant rocks creatively maybe even make a glacial scrape mock up for skate boarders.
Put Giant sized national emblems puffin, Picture plant, Moose at Port aux Basques, North Sydney and Argentia. Arguement for North Sydney could be its a life sized replica and meant as a warning to tourists who have never seen a swamp donkey LOL. My brother in Law went to an accident out at Terra Novva National park and it was an american and that is what he called it Swamp Donkey.

A moose from back on at night looks just like a man bent over.

Give to the people of NB a replica moose as a thank-you for their part in bringing the swamp donkey to NL. Wouldn't even hurt to send along a few quarters for the unveiling party. And put one in the town of Howley where they were first dropped off LOL in thanks for not killing the first 4 :) Could even name her lucy the Moosee. A whole family as statues would be something to see.

I'll bet there are foundations groups or buisnesses out there that would love to have their name on a plaque under those moose. Or a fund raising campaign could achieve the same thing I'll donate to eat the left hind quarter :) mmm I've seen some inovative fund raising campaigns. the ones that seem to work the best always seems to inolve the donater having his or her name placed somewhere. Makes a great memorial. In memory of. Trans Canada trail as an example or engraved bricks for buildings.

Don't put up an abortion like that monstrosity at Deer Lake. It gets the point across but god it's uglier than the moose are and thats saying something.

That sir robert bond should be sunk it's a cargo container ship only fit for cattle. Put it on the St Barbe Blanc Sablanc crossing.

I took that cat one summer I didn't find it bad actually the convenience of a 2 hour crossing was nice. But i can't say for the rest of the crew and passengers i think everyone threw up LOL. I danced a jig it was just the right roll and pitch.

Run ferries from Halifax at least one in the summer. Contracted out if you have to. Corner brook would also make a better destination in the winter what with Marble mountain being right there.

Put suggestion boxes on your web sites similar to guest books if you will.

Instead of fighting the alders and brush Plant clover and Lupins along the side of the highways. Better looking and no maintenace. 50 LB Bag of clover seed 25$ Not sure about lupins but they are everywhere on the mainland. Clover might attract moose.

Catalogue Seniors stories and experience

Here's an idea for liberal arts students or movie/tv making interests.

Record catalogue senior citizens experiences knowledge. This would make them feel important wanted and valued. It probably should be at the lowest level of communities to make the individuals feel comfortable.

For that matter Each and every town having a web page wouldn't be such a bad idea. It would aid in the tourism as well as build community spirit and pride. Something confederation with Canada has robbed of us due to peoples lack of self esteem and self worth at job shortages. The return on this small investment would be phenomenal in a cost return prospective. Even making server space available, expertise and guidance, might be enough. Not to mention there would be a central location for all of the different town web pages. Space could be contracted out to relieve the headaches. With hard drives costing 120$ for 250 gigs. One gig would be more than enough for an awesome web page.

Just go to the Innu nation web site they have biographies of their elders.
This would be a great assignment for summer students CBC etc. It could be a regular segment on NTV or CBC.

Tourism fishery

Tourists could be allowed to catch one fish each and the guide could have a boil up of fish and brews on shore plus maybe tourist attractions.

Lord knows there are lots of fishermen out there unemployed. Now whether or not they want to baby sit tourists is another question. There would also have to be safety standards and regulations to be met.

Bog peat moss and its many uses.

The difference between bog and peat moss to my uneducated mind is water. Remove the water and disc the bog once it dries and you've got peat moss. Peat moss (bog) has to be one of the most essential components to good soil. At least up here on the main land it is. I forget how many bags of peat moss (bog) at 7$ a bag I've put into my garden.
How hard it it to put an excavator on a bog and ditch it to allow the water to run out.
I,ve seen anti tank ditches dug by the military for 100's of kilometers just for war games in the worst kind of ground. Ask the military if they would like to do some anti tank ditch training and drain these bogs.

Some uses for (bog) Peat moss are plant pots, soil supplement. I've even seen sculptures made from bog (peat moss).

I'm willing to bet sod farms could also be made out of these bogs. Now a roll of sod will cost you from 10$ to 20$.

Basically what you want to do IMHO is use the franchise strategy find a bisness plan that works and duplicate it.

Bare minimum if someone does start a new buisness with provincial or federal funds a requirement should be to keep a log, journal, or internet diary so as the people who are interested or follow can learn from your mistakes.

Internet based buisnesses

Mail order buisnesses

Bottled Water. Talk about your value added.

Christmas tree farms

Tree farms with our vast tracts of unused land

Basically what you want to do IMHO is use the franchise strategy find a buisness plan that works and duplicate it.

Bare minimum if someone does start a new buisness with provincial or federal funds a requirement should be to keep a log, journal, or internet diary so as the people who are interested or follow can learn from your mistakes.

Internet based buisnesses

Mail order buisnesses

Bottled Water. Talk about your value added.

Christmas tree farms

Tree farms with our vast tracts of unused land

Save pulp mills by using recycled paper Stephenville isn't according to Abitibi'ds web site.
This could be a community people driven initiative. Out in Kelowna they have paper recycling depots and they are ran by volunteer groups. Abitibi has a program for this where they put collection containers and pay 1 pound in britain for 1 ton of paper. This is enforced in Kelowna by allowing each household 1 bag of garbage per person and charging 5$ for each additional bag. I realize NL with its 500,000 people won't supply enough recycled paper but it would be a start. Most large centers in Canada separate garbage nowwa days and bail it for latter retrieval from land fills. Tractor trailers are returning to NL empty?
In Germany they used a similar system as in NB Blue and green bags of garbage. Blue fro dry waste and Green for wet garbage.
It also states that the demand for recycled paper is rising exponentially.

Halifax has a composting program. Now NL supposedly doesn't have very good or much soil Composting could be used to help increase agricultural land.

I've seen farm land made from woods land by spreading manure on it. It only took 5 - 10 years and lots of manure.

And the rise of the Cdn Dollar vs the Us dollar has put them in the red. Maybe if the workers were paid using a global salary Mainly the US seeing as according to their site the US buys somewhere in the region of 50% of all of Abitibi's products. Or pay in US dollars.

They also brag that the NL lumber is highly sought out because of its Hurricane resistant properties. I'm not sure if pulp mills are value added? Their site promotes value added products like I beam floor joists etc.

Is it value added for the wood products or is it value added for the land use?

Berry co-op where the co-op buys berries at going rate and sells them on world or local market. Why should the bears get all the berries?

Rabbit farms.

There is no reason why Marble mountain should sit idle during the summer months. It could be used as a mountain bike course, trasport people up to the top to hike transport people back over the hill to grand lake for kayaking on grand lake or around Glovers Island. Even just sight seeing would attract people. It doesn't have to be full time oince a week or by appointment group.

If the lower churchill is developed a great opportunity to canoe, kayak, white water raft will be lost. This could be advertized as adventure now before it's gone!

Update:
Grow hemp on the bogs. Unsure if it can be used for pulp and paper? There are lots of other uses for this very versatile crop.

Chainsaw carving

 

Food Fishery Protest

Objective

Challenge the terms of union http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Canada/English/nfa.html
Highlight Canada’s mismanagement of our resource on our behalf
-by bartering away our resources in the form of quotas to the foreign fleets in return for trading incentives for Upper Canada.
-Put pressure on Canada to lobby on our behalf the United Nations to give us control of the entire Continental shelf. (Nose and tail Flemish cap)
-Sign Petition to the Federal Gov. to Enact Custodial Management on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks
http://www.petitiononline.com/itfc2/petition.html
-Challenge 3 mile limit as set out in

Solidarity, publicity, and fund raising.

Everyone can show their solidarity of the plight of our fishermen and heritage, if the illegal fish that were caught were cooked up on the wharf or town hall upon return and shared with anyone who wants to show up and express their solidarity, by sharing in a feed of illegally caught fish and brews.

The media could be invited to share in this cook up of fish and brews thus gaining further media coverage to the plight of our fisherman and heritage.

Funds could be raised on behalf of the brave men and women who are willing to break the law for the legal proceedings to follow. By either donations or a nominal fee for having a feed of fresh fish and brews.

Fish could be donated to old age homes hospitals etc
Be forewarned this is illegal fish and by eating it you are breaking the law! Or challenging terms of union and Canada’s mismanagement of our resource on our behalf.

Show solidarity with Harbour Breton sign a petition to get back quota from Fisheries Products International corporate bottom line crawlers.
Fair Deal For Harbour Breton

Evidence

If the DFO are going to challenge our brave protesters by either ramming boats or threatening people with charges if they don’t cooperate by ratting out fellow protesters.

Where were they when the foreign trawlers were decimating the nose and tail?

This all needs to be documented and compiled into one data base (Names, Dates, times, DFO officer’s names and badge numbers) for future use in the defence of the brave protesters.

Video tape, camera pictures
Makes for great memories, maybe you’ll even get on funniest home videos. If nothing else you’ll have a great home movie.

The premier could even be invited to eat the illegal fish LOL

Suggestions:
Open a fishery for tourists
Not much different that the outfitters for hunting. Requires licensing safety and such.
IE: take a tourist out for an hour two what ever it takes to get a Cod
50$ hour per person group rates 100$ party of 4
250$ party of 4 cook up fish-n-brews
You get the idea

You gotta fight for your right to (party) Have a fishery!

Jim Morgan spokes man
Contact Rural NL Boat owners association?

Sam Whelan 75 years old charged.
Deceased twice by 2 separate fed gov departments.
Rose again to be charged for illegal fishing sins in the food fishery protest.
 

Co-ops as an alternative

By the people, for the people, in the interests of the people, using the people’s resources.

I wonder if Co-op could be a viable solution to some of NL fishery and pulp mill woes.

Vested interest less poaching and off market selling
Community based
Profits stay locally
Co-op peoples business using the people’s resources. Wood, hydro, minerals, fish.


Co-op local market
Co-op’s are community based
Co-op radio FM broadcasting station in A suitcase 5000$US wantokent suitcase FM broadcasting station
Co-op housing Co-op housing
Co-op vested interest $ share holders start up
Co-op revenues stay locally
Co-op revenues could be used for reinvestment
Co-op fish farming in rural areas sustain life and livelihoods
Co-op Education
Co-op Medical I read about a community in Quebec that was having trouble attracting doctors until.

Here are some links for Co-op’s I googled.
BC Institute for Co-operative Studies
Cooperatives Info-Guide
Guide to Co-operative Housing — Further Information | CMHC
 

Eradicate illiteracy using Closed Captioning

I’m not sure if people don’t know or if they don’t carry? I tend to think they don’t know, that just about every TV sold this day and age has the capability for Closed Captioning.

In case you don’t know what closed captioning is, it’s kind of like Karaoke for your tv.
When my kids were younger I would search high and low for sing along (Karaoke) video tapes for my children. It’s not that I wanted them to become Celin Dions or anything like that but rather the way I figured it was if they were going to watch TV the least I could do was to have them read along or sing along with the words. It probably didn’t help that I was posted in Germany and Quebec at the time and it seemed as if my children would speak German and French before English.

I first realized that Closed Captioning was available when one lucky summer, I was able to visit NL and my brother who is hard of hearing had bought a new TV that had CC turned on. I was simply flabbergasted. Everything was CC even the hockey games!

Now in order to learn there are several ways to go about it. You can read (see) it CC, you can hear it turn sound up LOL, do it generally needed for hands on topics not knowledge topics. Everybody must have seen the ABC’s along the walls of school rooms this is a prime example of CC in it’s infancy. Flash cards would be another good example.
Just imagine though if every child had CC turned on for his or her TV watching time, illiteracy would be eradicated basically immediately starting with this generation!

You could even learn another language because most if not all movies have CC in both English French and usually Spanish for the American Spanish market.

I remember when I was in Quebec most of their movies had CC, sub titles for the movies because the movies from Hollywood are English.
Now with the advent of translation software it seems as if every program or commercial has CC of one degree of quality or another. You can tell which ones are software rendered CC because it is comical at times.

My advice to new parents is don't get mad take a picture! It can be used as black mail fun at weddings or for profit on shows like funnies home video's.

I've got a few good ones
sleeping in spagetti
Toilet paper mummy
etc
 
Salt water Cowboys cod Ranch!

Catch and release cod farming?

I’m no fisherman but would it be possible to close of a harbour, bay, or fjord? Catch some cod and release them into this fish farm? All of the scraps from the fish plants could be used as food to feed the cod and over time you would have a natural self sustaining fish farm with no harm to the natural stocks because they are natural to begin with?

I heard a fisherman say on VOCM that at one time there were enough nets to go across the Atlantic and back seven times. If that is true I’m sure there are enough to close of all of the harbours and bays around NL.
Ice may be a concern with the nets? 45 gallon drums filled with expanding foam could be used as buoys or old propane tanks filled with expanding foam. If nets aren’t strong enough then maybe nets could be made from recycled tires could be used. Lord knows there are enough tires kicking around. If recycled tires are used there is a slush fund in Ottawa 5$ per tire for the use of recycled tires. Maybe by running an air hose on the bottom of the nets would be enough to deter the cod from leaving while at the same time aerating the water and preventing freeze up.

Here are some links to fish farming
One man's dream 13 years ago leads to cod farming in province
http://www.k12.nf.ca/hcsc/codfarm/
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1029/p17s01-sten.html
http://www.vegansociety.com/html/animals/exploitation/fish.php
http://www.marineharvest.com/related-items/farmed-cod-lifecycle.html
http://www.graigfarm.co.uk/fishcod.htm




None of these links use the method I am describing. They all use cages. I was unable to find any web pages describing what I've proposed here.
 

1949 Terms of Union contract. NL sold to Canada By England

Has Canada lived up to it's side of the contract?

Was the contract legal to begin with?

Was the Referendum legal or correct to begin with?
 
Formal apology to NL natives!

I would like to formally apologize to Newfoundland and Labradors Vibrant native community.

Why you ask? We’ll it’s not like I insulted anyone to their face, far worse now in hind sight. I would purport Newfoundland and Labradors lack or non existence of a Native population in my travels across this great country and around the world in my youth. More often than not I would claim fame at the ANNIHILATION of the Beothics by the importation of other natives to do the dirty work, in response to people’s negative prejudices towards natives.

Just imagine if you were a descendant of one of these imported natives the shame you must carry as A culture and people at the Annihilation/genocide of a total race of people I’m not sure if this is really relevant or worthy but I for one feel these people should bear no shame or guilt at what was at the time condoned and paid for by the powers that be. Mind you I will have to carry the shame of my past actions at spreading this fallacy.

As A consolation and in begging forgiveness at my bigoted and ill advised comments, I would like to highlight four of the web sites of our native community. Yes that’s right not ONE 1, no not TWO 2, not even 3, but rather FOUR 4 (Joey speaking there) very distinct and individual native communities and cultures.

Welcome To Labrador Métis
Micmac Federation of Newfoundland Indians
Welcome to Nunatsiavut
Innu nation
One missing IMHO. The French from out around Stephenville Port au port way?

I don’t claim to be bilingual more like functionally bilingual with having passed not ONE 1, but Two 2 years in Quebec. J’apris la langue francais avec l’aide d’une Blonde dictionaire Translation (I learnt the French language with the aide of a Blonde Dictionary) I also learnt to appreciate their culture and heritage to which they take so much pride in being distinct. All jokes aside it is a lovely province to visit. Off course it is, it shares a border with Labrador and Newfoundland, the most beautiful province in it’s own right.

Please visit these sites they are very informative and rich with culture and heritage. I especially like the respect paid to the Elders and the Elders comments and stories. We could learn a lot in today’s culture from these truly proud first people of this land.

We have to learn to celebrate our differences and build upon our diversity.

Having grown up in Newfoundland and not lived of the land but rather with it. I like to think, I learned an appreciation for the land and its animals. That is to say I never killed an animal I didn’t eat. With one exception a sea gull I shot once and to this day I feel guilt at having done so. I just hope that when I go, pass on I will be forgiven this indiscretion.

I also make it a point of teaching my children these simple rules that if you don’t intend on eating it don’t kill it. Point in case the first rabbit my youngest caught (LOL she named it princess) but we skinned it and made a wonderful stew which we all ate. I asked if they wanted to do some more rabbit catching with the understanding that anything we caught they would have to eat. I received a frank no! I don’t know if it was my cooking  , the killing or if they just didn’t like rabbit? It is an acquired taste IMHO.

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