Topic: weekend briefing from cbc newfoundland and labrador

Weekend Briefing

St. John's is phasing out corporate and union election donations. What reforms could come next?

Some candidates in the St. John's municipal campaign aren't waiting for a ban that will take effect in four years' time: they are already refusing donations from companies and unions. As John Gushue writes, there are also calls to look at more reforms, including who gets to vote, and when and how.
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Want to fix the family doctor shortage? First, you'll need to get a time machine

Almost 90,000 people in N.L. are now estimated to be without a family doctor, and there are complex problems standing in the way of fast solutions. As John Gushue writes, many of the issues on the table were also problems decades ago, when solutions obviously were not found.
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Election overload: Whether this federal race is necessary or not, it could blow out the municipal one

Municipal election signs are already peppering the streets of St. John's and other communities. But with a Canadian election now looming, John Gushue writes, the concerns of local candidates may be drowned out by the federal race.
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Who was that masked mandate? N.L. is about to turn a COVID corner, but with risks

When Newfoundland and Labrador's mask mandate comes off on Tuesday, will all the masks come off, too? As John Gushue writes, there's certainly no public consensus on what to do in public spaces.
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Sticker shock, few routes and a long haul to normal: Getting used to post-pandemic travel

Newfoundland and Labrador has reopened its doors to visitors, and travel activity is gradually picking up. But as John Gushue writes, prices are higher than normal, and no one is expecting travel volumes to return quickly to pre-COVID levels.
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Fewer farms, aging farmers: Here's why N.L. needs to get more serious about agriculture 

With the smallest number of farms among the provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador has significant agriculture problems, John Gushue writes, including an aging workforce and the relentless pull of development. 
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The monster in our midst: Reckoning with the path between residential schools and foster care

A long-awaited inquiry into Innu children and the child custody system is finally moving forward. As John Gushue writes, the spectre of residential schools that closed years ago still hangs in the air.
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A Coke, a smoke and policing behaviour: When taxes and public health collide

A new tax on sugary drinks sparked public outrage. The latest tax hike on tobacco, though, did not cause much reaction at all. John Gushue writes that changing public health can be tricky, especially when government looks for revenues that are inherently regressive.
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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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How this woman's app is offering one of many paths we need to tackle food security

When oceanographer Mirella Leis moved from Brazil to Newfoundland and Labrador eight years ago, she looked forward to buying super-fresh seafood, right from the wharf. As John Gushue writes, her solution is just one of many local ideas aimed at improving local access to good, nutritious food.
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Without question: Furey's handling of the media indicates much bigger problems

Andrew Furey released a nine-minute video at the instant the two supper-hour newscasts went to air. Neither ran it in full. As John Gushue writes, Furey's handling is typical of how prior politicians have been managing the media — and the public's right to know.
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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.
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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.
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Why 'carbon capture' is a phrase that Seamus O'Regan is focusing on right now

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland used the word "green" repeatedly in her first budget speech. But as John Gushue writes, the oil industry is not being phased out but is instead being asked to change how it does business.
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The Tories might not have won the election, but they didn't quite lose it all, either

Pre-election polls suggested the Liberals might win by a landslide. That didn't happen. As John Gushue writes, the party now is in a position to reinvent itself with a new leader.
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A drop in the bucket list: For N.L.'s tourism industry, this will likely be another trying year

A vacation to Newfoundland and Labrador is not a quick and easy decision for many people to make. As John Gushue writes, the third wave of COVID-19 now washing over Ontario will likely mean many possible vacationers won't be making travel plans, which has implications for a tourism industry that depends on central Canadian trade.
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Hold fast: How a nautical phrase inspired the motto of our times

For almost a year, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald has used a powerful two-word phrase to rally residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. John Gushue explores why an age-old phrase — which has inspired everything from embroidery to cookies — is more resonant now than ever.
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A hipster makeover for Churchill Square? Hardly, but a few things are in the works

The City of St. John's may call its plan for Churchill Square a "reimagining" of the neighbourhood hub, although it's more of a list of small design tweaks. But as John Gushue writes, small changes can still be important to the quality of life in the city.
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We say people who work in supermarkets are essential employees. Do we treat them that way?

Grocery store and other retail workers have been expected to report for work during the COVID-19 pandemic. As John Gushue writes, they have also had to endure sporadic harassment and uncertainty about their place in vaccination campaigns.
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How N.L.'s unprecedented election is a caution about coronavirus variants

For the first time in Canadian history, in-person voting in a provincial election has been halted. A case involving a coronavirus variant was reported in St. John's the night before polls were to have opened across Newfoundland and Labrador, which has gone from being relatively free of COVID-19 to a hot spot for new cases.
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This just in: Ches Crosbie has a sense of humour (and a hell of a hill to climb)

It evidently came as a surprise to a number of people that Ches Crosbie not only can make you laugh, but is quite aware, thank you very much, of his image. As John Gushue writes, Crosbie has a dead-serious challenge to win over voters in the Feb. 13 election.
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Lights, candles, action: How St. John's can find more bright spots in the dead of winter

Winter can be dark, windy, cold and miserable, but good design can turn things around entirely, writes John Gushue. An expert in winter city design has suggestions — some practical and not expensive — of what the city's residents can do.
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PET projects and political tone: How the campaign trail steers politicians away from stark realities

Less than a year after a grim plea for help from the feds, the campaign trail has a decidedly different tone, writes John Gushue. A case in point is a promised PET scanner for Corner Brook, which even the health minister recently said was not necessary.
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Election gambit: Furey may be getting ahead of the Moya Greene report, but it could be a risky move

A report that is expected to outline tough choices for a debt-riddled province is still being written, even as politicians move into campaign mode. As John Gushue writes, the governing Liberals are already relying on some familiar campaign tactics, including ones that carry costs.
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Silver linings (play)books: How reading in these times has meant more than ever

I had a secret weapon in a brutal year, and it was just some numbers on a piece of plastic, writes John Gushue. And, no, it was not a credit card.

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