Joel is back from vacation in Ottawa with stories from the mainland about Uber, Fish & Chips, Airbnb and why he thinks Newfoundland is not really part of Canada. We have another strip club story despite Joel saying he wouldn’t go there anymore. Ontario is delivering beer and we wonder if Newfoundland could use that, or if we really need it with corner stores and taxi delivery. There’s one benefit to Newfoundland’s culture of heavy drinking, which is revealed in some new health statistics. Government is mad that nobody has car insurance, but they won’t remove the tax which made it more expensive. After mourning Corner Brook losing its Sears, we look at the Canada Day forecast and reveal our plans. Be sure to like the North of Newfoundland Facebook page for some live broadcasts this weekend.
Joel is half cut so the show starts as a mess but it’s still lots of fun. Jill is our guest, and we start the show with a whole bunch of random crap like Bowring Park walks, dogs, the first time you saw boobs (Titanic,) and Nick is mad about dudes who walk around shirtless. Joel was in the new convention center for the first time and it’s expensive but nice. We talk about wine and beer shows, who is correct when it comes to pronouncing things like Topsail Road and Pouch Cove, people ordering “hamburger meat” on their taco custard cones, and dickie dee. Some propane blew up in Bonavista, we talk about Newfie dialect, and play a game trying to understand what this woman is saying. Jill explains Chase The Ace and tells us that she has a “boyfriend,” then we look at Newfoundland’s government trying to figure out what to do with Airbnb and the tourism industry. A Corner Brook bar owner has no customers after making the place drug-free, Joel is a park narc, and we wonder if Jill will ever be on the podcast again.
Anti-abortion demonstrators have drawn criticism recently after holding demonstrations near some junior high and high schools around St. John’s.
While some of the demonstrations included typical signs we’re familiar with from these people, others simply showed a website, as seen in the CBC photo from demonstrators near Waterford Valley High.
These demonstrators usually receive strong criticism, and for good reason. Sling all the “what a bunch of losers” and “get a job” insults you want, that’s the great thing about free speech.
Joel starts by telling about how he was thankful to be recognized by a podcast viewer, we have our weather chit-chat, and then talk about high-school graduations and why we didn’t go to ours. There were some peaceful anti-abortion protestors near a high school and Joel doesn’t understand why everybody cares so much. After talking about some feminist and free-speech stuff, we move on to a plastic bag ban, the Outer Ring cleanup, and wondering why people toss garbage around so much. Nick talks about speed bump silliness, then we talk about cars getting stolen and wonder why anybody would leave their keys in the car or house door unlocked. Torbay & Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s hired some extra help since the RNC patrols were not enough, which we think is a decent idea. Moving on, we look at some Craigslist missed connections to attempt some matchmaking, Nick talks about Come From Away, and then we say goodbye for another week.
Our can’t-miss “weather chit-chat” starts off the show this week. Nick wonders why cashiers aren’t saying hi to him, then Joel tells a story about a long lineup at the bank. This leads to talking about bad customer service from giant companies (like Air Canada) and how they don’t want to talk to anyone. Newfoundland has forgotten how much they dislike Paul Davis and the PC’s, so he’s leading in the polls now, but there’s not much of a choice. A new pizza chain opened here, a music venue closed, and someone wants to open a library in downtown St. John’s, although Joel thinks we should have a room full of computers and Kindles instead. The dead whale is finally gone from Outer Cove and Ravens are attacking a house, so we brainstorm ideas to get rid of them. Joel is in awe of the amazing pesticides and chemicals that are banned and shares some of his personal life after hearing a story about a prank where a guy ran nude through the Avalon Mall. We talk about growing up, following rules, school, teachers, and the early days of texting. Nick says Joel was lame years ago, and Joel things he’s compensating for it now by being a rebel. We end the show talking about Salmon Festival and the other moderately fun things to do during summer in Newfoundland.
We start the show with a few quick topics like the new conservative leader, carbon tax, Bruce Tilley not running for council, and a developer knocking down a building without asking. There’s a car auction happening and we wonder how cars just get abandoned. We hear some good news about oil, so the Newfoundland economy might improve for a while. If you’re strapped for cash, Corner Brook was giving out money in exchange for coffee cups, but we wonder if anybody exploited this. The dead whale in Outer Cove is still there and nobody knows what to do with it, although we have some ideas. We talk about the trendy new convention centre and wonder if it has burnt down, then get back to animals and how ridiculous it is that PETA wants to educate school kids on animal empathy because one student hurt a seagull, and then we talk about the baby moose that got euthanized. Knockout Kitchen chimes in with how much he loves seagulls, and shares a video of one eating a french fry. For “they’re f**king us” this week, we talk about how the reduced gas tax is a trick. There’s a big Canada 150 concert happening at Quidi Vidi and we look at the George Street Festival lineup as well. We finish by talking about a classifieds transaction gone wrong, telling about our own strange classifieds experience, and then a hazmat team investigating a mailbox.
It’s cold as hell outside, but that’s nothing new. Nick tells us what May 24th weekend in the cold was like, and we hope for better weather on Canada Day when there will be some Canadian bands playing on George Street. Some hunters are saying there aren’t enough moose, which is odd since we’re used to hearing that there are far too many. Randy Simms is retiring so there will be a new mayor of Mt. Pearl, although we’re not sure who will run. The Halifax Chronicle used the word “Newfie” in a headline, and some people got mad. Newfie’s will have to start dialing 10-digits next year because we’re getting another area code. A dead whale is drawing lots of attention and spectators, although we think it’s a bit strange. Somebody has placed a cross by it. DFO is scrapping their plan for recreational fishing tags, and we wonder if there is some sketchy business going on with fish sales. A strange guy pretending to be a cop pulled some people over, and a creepy guy exposed himself to a dance studio. He had previous offenses and Joel thinks these people need to be removed from society. Students had to run away from one of our crappy school buses which caught fire, St. John’s says people are flushing the wrong things, and Joel tells a gross story about cleaning a drain. We finish the show talking about Bitcoins and how you can help the show.
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.