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.
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.