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Resettlement in Newfoundland: is it good for the people?

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Two years after they left their homes in Placentia Bay, how are the former residents of Tack's Beach faring? The fishermen and their families were relocated to Arnold's Cove on the mainland under the Newfoundland Resettlement Program. In this 1969 film called "The Price of Progress," they speak directly about how their lives have changed as members of opposing Newfoundland political parties debate the value and price of resettlement. Note: this program was edited for broadcast rights purposes.

Broadcast Medium: TV
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: July 31, 1969
Duration: 23:29
Host: Geoff Seymour
Reporter: Lois Saunders
Guests: Edward Brown, Irene Brown, Bill Rowe, Gerry Ottenheimer

Did You know?


• In 1953, the government of Newfoundland began a program of "centralization." It  provided financial assistance to households to help whole villages to move from isolated and inadequately serviced (in health, education and job growth) areas to less isolated communities. In 1967, this became the Newfoundland Resettlement Program, a joint federal-provincial effort. Under it, households were allotted more funds for the expenses of moving, lowering the number of assenting households necessary to justify the move of the whole community.

• The Globe and Mail reported on Nov. 6, 1968, that during the first two years of the program, 8,000 people had been moved from 100 outports. 

• The Globe and Mail reported on July 2, 1977 that the program was over, and there would be no more funding to assist in moves to less isolated communities.

• To hear Joey Smallwood speak about the benefits of people moving out of isolation in 1969, listen to the radio clip Newfoundland and Confederation: More roads, less isolation.


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