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 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.
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.
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.