The boys screwed up the live broadcast of episode 058, so we got some beers and came back to do it properly. After some drunk rambling we finally get into what you’ve been waiting for: the St. John’s municipal election! Voters appeared to be seeking change, with many new faces on council, and Jonathan Galgay, Tom Hann, Ron Ellsworth, and Art Puddister out. Maggie Burton, Hope Jamieson, and Jamie Korab are some of the new additions who have no prior political experience but took their wins easily! We discuss the candidates who ran but didn’t put any effort into campaigning, and Joel doesn’t understand the logic in voting Danny Breen for mayor when Andy Well’s seemed like the better option for taxpayers. Buddy Wassisname are retiring from touring, another CONA program – medical radiography – is frigged up, students aren’t showing up for school and we watch a big brawl video with St. Peter’s Junior High students.
With the Chase The Ace winner announced, we hope to finally stop talking about it. Speaking of lineups, Nick notices that people around here love to complain about lineups. Fred Hutton is leaving VOCM for CBC Radio, and we wonder if he was allowed to have a beard on NTV. Atlantic Fest got mixed reviews and Nick explains why he really doesn’t like country music. We look at a map to figure out if people come “up” or “down” from the mainland. Night time construction downtown was very loud, we talk about wasted money on speed bumps, and then discuss Andy Wells’ campaign for mayor and hope he saves us all. U.S. politics always find their way into Canada, and so someone wants a local statue knocked down. We also find out that the statue is not John Cabot. We try to figure out why somebody had a cardboard license plate, check out some crazy details about the CNA respiratory therapy program, then sign off for another week!
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.
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.