It’s the first show of 2018. We talk about the strange warm weather that melted all the snow and is now causing serious problems for western NL. Some parents were mad that kids got sent to school in bad weather and there’s a new winter parking ban in downtown St. John’s. Two schools in Gander have problems, one smells like crap and the other one has the wrong name. A ton of money is being invested in rural broadband internet and we’re not sure if it’s a good thing, but hopefully brings the North of NL podcast to more people.
The previous owners of my house had the basement floor lined with old newspapers. I’ve slowly been getting rid of them and looking at the pages along the way. It’s a great look back in time, with plenty of material from the 80s & 90s mainly. Here are a few pics from the 1998 era featuring some local businesses, radio station contests, and more.
GST is out so Joel is on the wine! Minimum wage is up, so we take a look at the past when women got paid less than men. The newly renovated Majestic got burnt, there are consequences to poor driving, and Nick thinks the RNC is lying about bait cars. Some vegetarians were mad at Montana’s and streamed it live on Facebook. We watch the video and talk about crappy customer service jobs. Sears is closing, so we take a look back on history when we had Zellers and K-Mart. Gander has a shoplifting problem, Corner Brook residents are mad at a pizza store because of an old painting, and there are panthers in Deer Lake.
The boys start the show with a wrap up of summer and talking about how school is back. Clarenville’s municipal election is canceled, someone vandalized an election sign in a funny way, and people are comparing Andy Wells to Trump which is complete foolishness. We continue the election chat looking at some St. John’s candidates and wondering why a handful of them aren’t making any effort. We check out an inappropriate ice cream picture from a local shop, someone from the Aquaman crew was stabbed on George Street, and we debate whether or not a “soda tax” is a good idea. Food banks need help, we talk about the health benefits of Kraft Dinner, donating to charities, and we finish up talking about how Joel is doesn’t really have a heart but he wants one.
Note: Since the recording of this episode, Tracy Holmes has provided information on her platform. We will share it next time.
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!
Nick is back! We hear a bit about Nick’s trip, how we survived without him, and a magical Japanese beverage he brought back and got Joel drunk with. Chase The Ace didn’t go, and now it’s finally ending next week somehow. Sunrise Records is opening in St. John’s and we aren’t too confident in it succeeding. Newfoundland has a ton of bars, we’ve been drinking beer wrong, and moose are idiots. We look at some dumb stuff from the St. John’s council including a terrible roundabout, a family trying to open a restaurant getting screwed over, and a second road to Signal Hill. We end the show talking about how VOCM backpedaled on its changes and is going back to its roots of what people know and love.
Nick continues his vacation, so Travis & Susan attempt to pick up the slack this episode. We run through the past week’s news including George Street Festival, a busker starting a fire, and the giant cell phone outage. Cathy Bennett resigned, a guy is being charged in Nova Scotia for defending himself after a home invasion, and Joel wonders if loud motorcycle pipes really have any purpose as the riders say. Someone else yelled FHRITP, and CBC messed up by posting a minor’s photo. St. John’s is supposedly the 5th most bedbug infested city in Canada, the Iceberg Alley concert is returning, and we wrap up talking about how good Travis is at finding deals.
Nick is on vacation so Travis fills in. Travis tells us how the cops stopped him while walking home drunk, then we talk about George Street Festival, tribute bands, and the concert scene in Newfoundland. Joel explains why he’s done with Chase The Ace, a resident is mad because there’s too much traffic going to Signal Hill, and we talk about the use of ATVs and dirt bikes in Bay Roberts and around the bay. We talk about why we don’t need to “change the culture” to ensure gender balance in every workplace, non-binary birth certificates and transphobia, and fighting political correctness. For the rest of the show, Joel identifies as a woman, then we check out a missing turkey story, and Travis reports seeing a chicken on Waterford Bridge Road.
The boys are drinking strong beer and the windows are open so you can enjoy some local Newfoundland neighborhood sounds. We hear about some other Newfoundland or not so Newfoundland things like those purple electric bug zappers and hanging a paper bag over the door. Joel expresses his frustration with flies and how stupid they are, then tells about getting a wasp nest out of his shed. We talk about tourism season and how summer makes you drink. Joel explains his night out drinking and meeting tourists, and then we wonder what’s up with dudes who can’t drink without trying to pick fights. The Bowring Park pool is open again, a mom is upset with Tim Horton’s summer camp, Joel recommends cold showers, and we analyze a driver reversing her truck through a store. There have been protests about crappy Fogo Island ferry services, and we talk about how much these ferries are costing taxpayers. Some random person is upset about the term “come from away,” and ironically, the definition fits her to a tee. Wrapping up, we talk about our plans to win Chase The Ace.
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.