The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Walking Dead #nlpoli

In China in these days of hard economic times, none are hit so hard as the people who work in zombie industries. These are industries that keep producing despite there being no market for the product.  Like coal.  Or cement.  Or iron. In most cases, the government steps in with fresh credit or other supports ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politicians and other damn fools #nlpoli

On Wednesday, politicians in Newfoundland and Labrador condemned the federal minister of fisheries for making a decision about the fishery in a province based on politics instead of economics or science. The politicians were so upset with Gail Shea that they passed a resolution demanding that she allocate a quota of fish to Newfoundlanders and ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Uncommon Stupidity #nlpoli

There are times when a politician’s comments are so stunned they just take your breath away. The first few days of the Damn-fool Fishery this weekend were marred by a tragic and entirely preventable death off Bell Island.  A man drowned after being tossed from the boat in which he was riding.  None of the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cod, cod everywhere #nlpoli

John Furlong left some big shoes to fill over at CBC’s Fisheries Broadcast. As it turn out, the Mother Corp’s head shed found a replacement who is guaranteed to make them hire a cobbler pretty damn quick. Jamie Baker will be familiar to any of you who followed his early career at the old Independent, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Recreational Lobster Fishery #nlpoli

Lots of people in Newfoundland and Labrador fought for and continue to bitch about the recreational cod fishery. They bitch because they cannot fish anytime they like.  They bitch because other people in other parts of Canada don’t have the same restrictions on their recreational fishery. Well, take a look at another place on the ...