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In today's Morning Brief, we look at how a big legal win for a B.C. First Nation could bring change for resource development in Canada.

'The start of something big': Looking back at the St. John's IceCaps, 10 years after their debut

Oct. 14, 2011, marked the first home game for the St. John's IceCaps, a team stepping onto fresh ice in front of 7,000 fans for the city's first professional hockey game since 2004.

As veteran Liberal Scott Simms bows out, here's what his election loss says about a shift in rural politics

What happened during Scott Simms's campaign to cost him re-election and give the Conservatives a huge boost in Newfoundland and Labrador? The now former MP and other political watchers weigh in.

Danny Williams defends Muskrat Falls at conference focused on future of N.L. economy

Former premier Danny Williams defended his role in the debt-ridden Muskrat Falls project during a speech at a conference about Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic trajectory on Wednesday.

Churchill Falls contract countdown hits milestone, as leaders try to temper expectations ahead of 2041

The contentious Churchill Falls contract that requires almost all of the electricity to be sold to Hydro-Québec at an extremely low price will expire on Aug. 31, 2041, but those eager for a big windfall in 20 years are being encouraged to temper their expectations.
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A roundup of where the leaders were on day 12 of the campaign

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh kicked off his tour of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and Green Leader Annamie Paul both campaigned in Ontario. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet toured Quebec.

Ottawa to give N.L. billions of dollars to offset Muskrat Falls costs

The federal government is finalizing a multi-billion-dollar agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador to financially restructure the over-budget and behind-schedule Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, CBC News has learned.

Andy Wells, iconic and iconoclastic former mayor of St. John's, dead

Andy Wells, a longtime politician in St. John’s who was known across Canada for his bombastic and sometimes caustic jousting with opponents, has died.
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Would a Nalcor by any other name smell just as, well, the same?

While the future of Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy corporation is up in the air, outgoing CEO Stan Marshall is asking people to care more about the talent running it than its name or structure. As John Gushue writes, Marshall's call for a rapid development of the massive Gull Island project is already sparking criticism.
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As metaphors go, a leaky Confederation Building is so on target for right now

It was a project that went way over budget and lasted years longer than expected. If that sounds familiar, writes John Gushue, it's an indication of how repairs to the seat of government itself are a sore reminder of projects gone awry.
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'I'm not going to see this province go bankrupt' | Andrew Furey

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey joins Power & Politics to discuss how he will respond to a report on the province's dire fiscal situation.
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N.L. has been told to stop depending on oil. How is it going to do that? With oil

The Greene report is big on a green future for Newfoundland and Labrador. But as John Gushue writes, it also assumes that the oil industry will stay lucrative enough to help the province shift to a future that doesn't need it.

New website lets you check to see if you're pre-registered for COVID-19 vaccine in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has launched a new website where people can check to see if they're properly pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Meddling at MUN: How a new report answers a 13-year-old political scandal

A new report on post-secondary education in Newfoundland and Labrador pushes for autonomy for Memorial University — something that other Canadian universities have long had. John Gushue revisits a political scandal from 2008, when a cabinet minister interfered in the hiring of MUN's president.

Does N.L. need a seal cull? It depends on which political party you ask

Politicians have different views on how best to deal with seals and the impact they have on recovering stocks.
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Here's the backstory for the law Furey cited when he sent voters to the polls in a pandemic

Andrew Furey has been criticized for going to the polls too early, when the only reason the legislation exists is a former premier was accused of going too late.

Why comics and cartoonists love, love, love N.L. politics

An election held in the dead of winter — and in the middle of a pandemic — may not be great fodder for comedy. But as Andie Bulman writes, people who make you laugh for a living are rolling with it.
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Does the election even matter? Here are my reasons to silence your inner nihilist

Would a new government really make any difference? Guest columnist William Ping admits his first instinct would be to say "no," but then takes a deeper look at why the public needs to be engaged in democracy.
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Governments with rookie leaders don't always have it easy in N.L. elections

Throughout Canadian history, incumbent governments with new leaders have struggled to secure re-election. That's especially the case in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What if N.L. schools included toddlers? One expert says it's a path to daycare success

The provincial government passed on an idea to include daycares in schools a decade ago, but as the model has garnered success elsewhere, one early education advocate says it may be time to revisit the idea.

Ottawa defers $844M in Muskrat Falls payments, almost all due by end of year

The federal government again said it will take measures to make Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project financially stable, including waiving $844 million in payments due from Crown corporation Nalcor Energy. But there are few details on how the project will affect the province's ratepayers.

O Christmas tree, no Christmas tree? Controversy darkens Galway roundabout light display

A Christmas tree at the Galway roundabout in St. John's has sparked more controversy than joy heading into the holidays. 
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Rascals, rogues and colourful speakers: We seem to have fewer characters in our politics these days

Newfoundland and Labrador has produced a long line of political characters, writes John Gushue, many of them known by just their first names. But in recent years, politics has become more cautious, and there seem to be fewer oversized personalities.

$1M legal bill for Ed Martin highlights expense breakdown for Muskrat Falls inquiry

Nalcor Energy paid just under $1 million to the St. John's law firm that represented former CEO Ed Martin during the Muskrat Falls inquiry, while paying nearly $6 million in legal fees to another firm that represented the Crown corporation.

Remembering Hurricane Igor 10 years later

Washouts, floods, power outages, isolation and a death were just some of the effects Hurricane Igor brought to Newfoundland and Labrador 10 years ago.

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