Controversy starts this episode as Jill is our guest, and Joel accuses Jill & Nick of going against protocol to schedule her appearance. Jill tells a story about a woman complaining to a store about an inappropriately dressed mannequin. We talk about working crappy retail jobs, Joel shows the new Trailer Park Boys beer he’s drinking, and we talk about some animal cruelty stories involving a seagull and some dogs. We’re not talking about the latest discussion over the word “Newfie” so we move on and Joel tells us how he went to a drag show. A Clarenville man is 106 years old, rats are taking over, and we talk about dogs vs cats. Jamie Korab is running for St. John’s city council, a woman is mad about a mock accident in Corner Brook, and Justin Trudeau is a professional at avoiding questions. In our “They’re f—ing us” segment we look at Hydro setting our electricity rates like it’s an episode of Pawn Stars. Drivers can’t figure out new electric car charging spots, there’s some weird stuff going on with the MUN student’s union, and we wrap up with May 24 weekend chat.
Harbour Grace native Jamie Korab has announced his intention to run as a councilor for Ward 3 in the St. John’s municipal election coming up in September.
It’s no secret that Newfoundland’s financial situation is not good. We could come up with a myriad of possibilities for why this is the case, but supporting so many small towns and rural areas must have something to do with it.
The provincial government is constantly under pressure from residents who live in sparsely populated areas and demand the services of a large city. One very memorable case of this was in 2016 when the government decided to close 54 of the 95 libraries in the province by cutting about $1 million from the library board’s budget. For a province in such a dire financial situation, that seemed like a good idea. Maybe we can’t have it all. Maybe we can’t have 94 libraries. Something has to give. But, an outcry led to a temporary hold on the closures. Fair enough, but isn’t consolidation something that we should be looking at? What about the ferries for areas like Bell Island that government and taxpayers subsidize to the tune of thousands of dollars per passenger per year?
As a taxpayer and advocate for smaller government, I want to see more things left to the free market, rather than subsidized by taxpayer dollars.
This issue came to light again recently over job cuts at College of the North Atlantic campuses across the island, due to low enrollment. One would think that a near-empty classroom would negate the need for an instructor to teach those classes. Seems reasonable. However, we see more of this backward thinking with comments from NAPE President Jerry Earle and mayors in the St. Anthony region, who want the jobs reinstated. Roddickton-Bide Arm Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald says this is “another strategy to force the baymen out of the bay.” Jerry Earle, whose job is to fight for jobs – I get it, says “There’s not a great chance you are going to lose your job in St. Anthony and gain re-employment…while it’s three people, it’s likely three families that are going to leave St. Anthony and the same for other communities.” So? That sounds reasonable to me. Earle states that “we cannot in this economy continue to see people thrown out of work” but doesn’t have a problem with CNA spending money simply to keep somebody employed, even if it means the college losing money, much of which is government subsidized.
If students aren’t enrolling in the class, then there’s no job for an instructor. If there’s no job in the area for an instructor, they can move to where there is a job. Wasting taxpayer money to try and keep rural areas alive for the sake of keeping them alive makes no sense. Let the free market handle it.
We start the show looking at how low recycling rates are in CBS, but then realize it’s probably just the entire province. Joel wonders where some people get mountains of trash to throw out during bulk day each year. We talk about illegal dumping, how the MMSB is running an ad campaign to discourage it, and yet St. John’s canceled their bulk trash pickup – which likely makes the problem worse. The Avalon Mall is getting upgraded with a parking garage and other stuff (but no fountain), and we wonder why it’s always so busy there. Rogers TV is laying off people in NL, and their PR team has found a great way to spin it. Basketball could be coming to Mile One, and Joel doesn’t think we have enough people to support it. Another fisherman is burning his stuff, we do our new “They’re f**king us” segment, and look at a big adventure park that the province is stalling. Motor Registration is bringing in some new features to cut down on waiting and peeling license plates are being replaced. The rest of the show covers MUN protests, the new fees / tuition hike, international students using the food bank, CNA job cuts, and a silly comment from NAPE about rural Newfoundland.
Newfoundland Hydro has received permission from the Public Utilities Board to raise electricity rates by 9% beginning in July.
This comes after an original proposal of 18%, which the PUB rejected, and send Hydro back to the drawing board.
According to NL Hydro’s Dawn Dalley, there is a formula used to determine the price at which electricity should be set, based on oil prices and electricity usage.
But this all begs the question that, if they could go back to the drawing board and cut the original price increase in half, why wasn’t this done in the first place?
The news was a bit slow this week so luckily Joel went to the strip club and hookah lounge so he tells us about it. Brandon is our guest. We talk about how the AHL is done here again as the Ice Caps played their last game in St. John’s, and wonder what will happen at Mile One and downtown now. Prince Phillip is retiring and we don’t really care but Brandon tries to give a history lesson. Newfoundland is going to try nighttime paving so we’ll see how that goes. A boat tossed a bunch of trash into Lewisporte Harbour, and some nice fellas tried to clean it up. A 16-year-old driver caused an accident after a police chase and we find out that he already had a suspended license. Old people always win the lotto but Joel thinks it’s a waste by then. The heritage crowd is sad because Richmond Cottage is most likely going to be bulldozed, but Joel thinks this is how the free market should work. We check out a funny video of a woman stealing liquor in Bishop’s Falls, then talk about CONA or CNA or whatever you want to call it. A new review found bad things, but Nick thinks things are blown out of proportion. We talk about some North of NL summer plans and call it a night.
We get some drinking talk out of the way and quickly move onto our newsmaker of the week: FHRITP! Somebody yelled it at a local reporter, police laid charges, and everybody has gone mad about it. We give our thoughts and get the straight facts out. That takes up the first half of the show, then we look at the Richard Gillett hunger strike and a fisherman trying to haul a door off. MUN is asking students to stop banging on campus, but we think it’s a lost cause. A restaurant says they got a bunch of fake reservations, but it turns out to be not a big deal and we wonder if it’s worthy of being in the news. Nobody can have babies in Gander, we talk about new schools, the old schools we went to, and how things got too out of hand at school dances.
Nick is drinking to celebrate the end of exams, so he talks a lot. He tells us about trying to make plans to go downtown with his class, then we wonder if downtown is becoming worse or if we’re just getting too old. There’s a new no-frills airline coming, so we talk about flying and what frills exist already. Joel is concerned about the safety of planes if we’re getting such cheap tickets. Nick had a run-in with the electronics recycling rip-off fee so we hear a bit about that and why it’s just another scam. We look over spending plans for St. John’s this year, including (wasting?) more money on bike lanes and other studies. We get an update on the Richmond Cottage heritage property and Joel explains why he hopes it gets bulldozed. Whitbourne is angry over a potential composting facility, people in Corner Brook are using their garden hoses to melt snow, and Nick accurately predicted a Signal Hill attempted murder. A victim of theft posted a funny classifieds ad, and we wrap up talking about the fish protests and hunger strike.
We start off talking about how messed up Joel was after the budget podcast last week. There was a budget BBQ and they had too many hot dog buns, foam cups, and ketchup for the number of people that showed up. We talk about the pros and cons of not owning a vehicle. Some fish people got really angry and we wonder if it’s justified or not. We side track and discuss not knowing your way around the city and the “east end” and then get back to talking about shrimp. St. John’s in the 60s looks a lot cleaner and nicer than now, although we have the same buses on the road. We talk about the oldie days and wonder what downtown was like back then. Moving on, the Belvedere Orphanage building burned down and we’re suspicious of the cause. Gander is in the news for the billionth week in a row so we look at that. Wildlife officers shot a polar bear and Joel was mad at first, but then changes sides, and we think of some creative ways on how they could have resolved the situation peacefully. Nobody knows how to use recycle bins, and we think of some ideas to help us improve. Somebody thought of a creative way to sneak drugs into jail, except it didn’t work. The Telegram was sold again and we talk about media in the future and explain why you should be listening to podcasts like ours. A landlord got screwed over big time, two dudes got into a scrap while hiking on Signal Hill, and somebody who isn’t a dude or a woman is not happy with our birth certificate gender options. We start a prize-less contest and talk about the long Easter weekend and what to eat on Good Friday.
It’s our provincial budget day podcast. We saw the local news doing “live and local” coverage and decided we should do “live and loaded.” Nick said that if we’re advertising loaded, we need to deliver on our promise, and forces Joel to drink a lot. We go over the boring budget and discuss how we’re all being screwed. Marble Mountain is at the center of some controversy about whether or not it should remain open longer this season, and we try to figure out what the hell is going on. The show wouldn’t be complete without talk about weather or Gander, so we get two birds stoned at once and look at the record-setting snowfall out there. Before moving on from winter topics, we talk about polar bear sightings, debate if it’s dangerous to be hopping on ice pans, and go over the false alarm missing person this week. Getting into the good stuff, we laugh at city councilor Jonathan Galgay who is facing backlash for suggesting the next RNC Chief needs to be a female. This turns into a short-lived discussion on feminism and why most women want nothing to do with that word anymore. We also show off our embarrassing lack of politics knowledge. We talk about what the senior’s discount age should be. Joel thinks it should start going higher. We share our love for Debbie Cooper of CBC news, how deserving she is of an award, and Joel tells about how starstruck he was when he saw her once. Joel wonders why the CBC posts so many articles about immigrants. We look at a creepy hidden camera story and wonder whether the guy is a creep or not. We have a mechanical bull downtown again so we talk about that, then realize how drunk Joel is and how long we’ve been on, so we leave.