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.
It was a slow news week, so we drank to make up for it and make the show more entertaining. Is it too early for Christmas music? VOCM started playing all Christmas music, and on Remembrance Day, so some people are mad. Some people always get mad about Christmas music, no matter when you play it. Come From Away is going to be a movie, Matthew Good & Our Lady Peace are coming for a concert in St. John’s, and Newfoundland still is in a bad financial situation. Our liquor laws are bad, taxi companies are trying to improve their image, and St. John’s is still talking about banning plastic bags.
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.
Joel is solo once more in our final week before Nick returns. He starts by telling us how his hair doesn’t grow anymore, following up on Blueberry Festival, and talking about owning farm animals and living in more isolated NL areas. Chase The Ace is ending soon, Dennis O’Keefe is now running for mayor, a group of motorcycle riders screwed themselves over, and some crazy woman has been spraying them in the face. William’s Harbour voted to relocate, people are feeding foxes on a golf course, an old guy is greasing on minors and Joel wonders why nobody cares. Joel hesitantly delves into politics with a story about a “hate crime” in Gander and then a political “vigil” in Bannerman park.
Chase The Ace is the talk of the province, so we share our stories after checking it out last week. We talk about the plan for attending this week and then end up talking about low pants, Nick’s credit card being stolen, cars driving into buildings, and IJ Samson school being demolished. Come From Away’s Toronto production doesn’t have any Newfoundlanders in the cast, but we aren’t interested enough to talk about it. Then Joel talks about the benefits of coffee and cold showers, and we say goodbye to Nick who’s heading on a month-long vacation.
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.
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.
Newfoundland had a crazy wind storm so we talk about the weather records, damages, and power outages. Nick tells a story about how great he felt seeing a dumb driver go off the road. Gander wants a movie theater. This leads to talking about how boring NL is and how any type of leisure business that opens is successful. Even a new boring store that opened has been blocked. We look at the success of the Brier and then move on to the guy facing charges under the medical act, and it’s weirder than anybody could have guessed. We look at some investigative journalism into a fake twitter account, a new tool library, and strikers who are going too far. We wrap up talking about St. Patrick’s festivities this weekend.
Nick is on “vacation” so naturally, we are on the beer. We start off talking about a local beer retailer and a bad experience at the NLC, and move on to an odd awkward text from mom. There’s a misleading non-story in the news about the crowd at the Brier, and we discuss how Newfoundlanders aren’t familiar with curling etiquette. Joel says to stop buying stuff from the HMV sale and we hear news that we are not getting the Sunrise records store. There’s a news about a fake doctor bagpiper. Joel celebrates women’s day, we talk about the new Salmon Fest lineup, and laugh at Gander for trying to ban Christmas. We look at a new drunk driving law and Nick doesn’t like it. There’s a guy who keeps winning big betting on sports, and a loser who we hope goes to jail for bad driving. There are millions of dollars going to Metrobus to finally make it great again. The drunk talk really comes out and we end the show talking about friendships.
We do a live “storm” podcast and hope the power doesn’t go out, since it’s been so cold we had a warning that the province could be in the dark again. Joel wonders about people who can’t dance, and then sings songs from a guy who is returning to town to play a concert. We talk about when Karl Wells used to be the weatherman, and appreciate his “no stars” restaurant review. Joel shares his idea for a new restaurant but Nick doesn’t think it will work. We quickly debate the word “Newfie” and then move onto some funny news stories from here and laugh at Vancouver fighting over free road salt. NL is getting a new area code and we’re too broke to buy liquor anymore. We look at the population of some Newfoundland towns, many are shrinking, some are growing. One of the shrinking towns will surprise you! We wonder how a picture from a community with no internet got posted to the internet. Nick forces Joel to skip a topic, and then we laugh at Peter Mansbridge saying the word “cuck.” See you next week!