Nalcor hikes the tab on what it's taking to build Muskrat Falls, a Labrador employer fails to find a single local employee and Rick Mercer wants students to learn financial literacy: they're all part of our week in review. 

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Higher costs for Muskrat Falls

Ed Martin Nalcor CEO June 26 2014

Nalcor Energy CEO Ed Martin told reporters Thursday that Muskrat Falls' new budget stands at about $7 billion. (Rob Antle/CBC)

"We're well within a comfortable envelope of where we expected to be."

- Nalcor Energy CEO Ed Martin, describing how construction costs of Muskrat Falls have jumped by $800 million to almost $8 billion, not including costs of the Maritime Link.

Muskrat, take 2

"We’ve always known this was an expensive project. And what we have here now is an extremely expensive project. This is obviously bad news to the taxpayers of the province."

- Liberal critic Andrew Parsons, responding to Nalcor's cost revision, which is now $3 billion more than the original projection.

Off to jail

Brenna Gillespie

Brenna Gillespie, 20, winced as she was handcuffed Thursday in provincial court in St. John's. (CBC)

"I have made some very poor choices in my life, but I can easily say that the worst one I could ever have made occurred on May 24, 2013."

- Brenna Gillespie, 20, in a statement read to court before she was sentenced to jail for driving a getaway car after a bank robbery in Torbay.

Working lunches

"Sometimes that does happen during lunch times or during evening times, and we think it is reasonable, when we ask someone to give up their meal break, to provide them with a meal."

- Debbie Molloy, interim vice-president of human resources at Eastern Health, explaining the $35,220 the authority spent on lunches in a two-month period for managers and other staff.

Nobody to hire

Lloyd Hillier

Lloyd Hillier has been unable to find local workers amid a booming economy in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (CBC)

"We have no employees. There's nobody in Goose Bay to hire. They're not here to hire them, and if they were, we would hire them."

- Lloyd Hillier, co-owner of a Jungle Jim's franchise that he says he will have to close next week because it no longer has access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

What's (not) the 911

"They advised me that they received [a call] not too long ago of someone calling in looking for the phone number to the local pharmacy."

- The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's Steve Curnew, describing an example from Labrador City of inappropriate use of the 911 emergency service.

Facebook fracas 

"A little shithead punk."

- What L'Anse au Loup teacher Maurice Smith posted on Facebook, describing a 15-year-old student who had already been suspended for an ice-throwing incident that injured his daughter.

A cosy school

"It feels safe and everybody cares for one another, and it's kinda like home."

- Laura Oake, a Grade student at Long Island Academy in Notre Dame Bay, which has a student population of just two.

Know your numbers


Rick Mercer says he would require schools to teach children how to manage money. (CBC)

"In a loopy parallel universe, if I was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, I would say first off every graduating student from Newfoundland and Labrador would have a basic understanding of financial literacy. This would be a mandatory course because too many people get troubled with payday loans, credit cards and lines of credit, and it haunts them for decades."

- Comedian Rick Mercer, responding to a St. John's Morning Show query on what he would do in the premier's office.