Wednesday, February 25, 2009


2003 Royal Commission on Newfoundland and Labrador's place in canada


Thursday, February 19, 2009


Bottle Nose Dolphins Bottled in Newfoundland Labrador

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Monday, February 16, 2009


Opposites attract

Lower the cost of living.

Raise the quality of life.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Newfoundland Labrador Business post adapting

Finding ways around the strong dollar

Most people attending this year’s Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters conference in St. John’s last week seemed to have the words "lean and mean" firmly occupying their lips.

The economy may be booming, but a high dollar, competitors using cheap foreign labour and high transportation costs due to record fuel prices are putting pressure on local manufacturers to pare costs.

None of this is news to the players in Newfoundland’s seafood industry who have been battling all those factors for some time, not to mention the added burden of operating in an industry that is as much answerable to local politics as it is the stringencies of economics.
The key to fighting the decreasing margins on Canadian products sold into the U.S. when the dollar is high is to get your costs down ahead of time, Tippett argued.

Another thing Cooke did to get lean, Tippett noted was to integrate its operations. The company now owns subsidiary companies that do everything from manufacture nets, cages and feed for its farmed fish to operating a fleet of trucks for shipping fish to market.

"We’re taking six truckloads of fish a day into the New York and Boston markets on our own trucks and with our own people," Tippett said.

That kind of integration allows Cooks to control its supply chain "from egg to plate," he added, thereby better controlling its costs.


Thursday, February 05, 2009


Churchill powers Quebec profits

I'm putting the entire article up because it is next to impossible to find this article in the MSM?

Churchill powers Quebec profits print this article
Hydro-Quebec earnings would drop 75 per cent without Labrador energy, study finds; Montreal Economic Institute attributes $2-billion-plus annual impact to project

The Telegram

Bare rock shows the size and scope of what Churchill Falls looked like before the hydro-electric dam and facility was built. - Transcontinental Media file photo
Bare rock shows the size and scope of what Churchill Falls looked like before the hydro-electric dam and facility was built. - Transcontinental Media file photo

Hydro-Quebec would see recent annual profits slashed by 75 per cent - more than $2 billion - if it had to go without cheap electricity obtained from Churchill Falls.

That's according to a research paper published this week by the Montreal Economic Institute, a Quebec-based think-tank.

According to the study, Hydro-Quebec currently obtains 31.8 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from Churchill Falls.

Study author Claude Garcia calculated the impact of Churchill Falls power on Hydro-Quebec operations in 2007, assuming the controversial Labrador power deal had ended on Dec. 31, 2006.

"Profit of $2.882 billion in 2007 would have been reduced to $709 million," Garcia concluded in the report.

The sharp drop results from the end of lucrative export sales and the cost of importing replacement electricity.

"Hydro-Quebec would have had to find supplies on the market to replace the missing electricity," the study noted.

"It would have been possible to recover 17.5 TWh by reducing exports to zero, meaning the loss of export sales."

Assuming it had no access to Labrador power, Hydro Quebec would have lost nearly $1.5 billion from a resulting lack of export sales alone, the study found.

The additional expense to import power would have cost Hydro Quebec another $773 million.

"If an end to the Churchill Falls agreement in 2007 were to be simulated, it could be concluded that the return on Hydro-Quebec's activities on Quebec territory in 2007 would have been 3.6 per cent, which is below the 5.4 per cent cost of Hydro-Quebec's borrowings in 2007," the study reported.

Labrador power has a significant impact on the Quebec utility's operations, Garcia claimed.

"If Hydro-Quebec has a return on equity of 14.5 per cent today, it owes this essentially to the Churchill Falls agreement, to its exceptional hydroelectric resources and to the fact that it is not taxed on its net profit."

The Churchill agreement renews in 2016, and will ultimately expire in 2041.

The research paper argues in favour of the privatization of Hydro Quebec, citing inefficient operations and high cost structures, among other factors.

The author is a member of the board of directors of several corporations and former president of the Canadian operations of Standard Life. Garcia has also completed doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. He could not be reached for comment before deadline Thursday.

The original Churchill Falls deal, signed in the late 1960s, has been a sore point for Newfoundland and Labrador for decades.

The provincial government has claimed that Quebec reaped 95 per cent of net revenues from Churchill Falls - $19 billion of a total $20 billion - up to the end of 2006.

Conflict of interest Upper Churchill presentation


Monday, February 02, 2009


Democratic Discrimination against minority provinces by all of the national proxy parties of ON/QU

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