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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The smallest details tell the biggest story #nlpoli

Last week, provincial fisheries minister Vaughn Granter held a news conference at a local restaurant known for its seafood dishes to announce that from now on, that restaurant and even ordinary consumers could buy fish.directly from a fisherman without facing any legal problems.

That may sound a bit odd to some people but truth be . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The smallest details tell the biggest story #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The cost of out-dated ideas #nlpoli

The Barry Group plant near Corner Brook pays a better price for crab than a competitor in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick fishermen can’t steam across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and sell their product in Corner Brook because of restrictions on their license.

They are same sort of restrictions that apply to local fishermen . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The cost of out-dated ideas #nlpoli

Je suis Charlie: Roger Grimes: savage political attack dog #nlpoli

Maybe it was the headline on John Ivison’s opinion piece in the National Post that threw them off.

Spat over $400M N.L. fund could make federal government look bad to European trade partners

Provincial Conservatives, their patronage clients, and their paid staffers were all over Twitter all weekend tweeting touting the support in Ivison’s piece . . . → Read More: Je suis Charlie: Roger Grimes: savage political attack dog #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics and the Fishery #nlpoli

For those who missed it, here’s the podcast from the Fisheries Broadcast for May 22, complete with your humble e-scribbler talking about politics and the fishery.

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. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics and the Fishery #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics and the Fishery #nlpoli

For those who missed it, here’s the podcast from the Fisheries Broadcast for May 22, complete with your humble e-scribbler talking about politics and the fishery.

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. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics and the Fishery #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Province abandons fisheries policy…quietly #nlpoli

Two years.

That’s all it took to destroy the provincial government’s historic fisheries policy that had been built on the highly successful state-controlled model pioneered by such economic powerhouses as the Soviet Union, Albania, and North Korea.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Navigator Online #nlpoli

Turn your browser to a new blog from The Navigator. 

For those who don’t know it, The Navigator is a monthly magazine about the fishery for people in the industry in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States.

The Skipper’s Blog is written by managing editor Jaime Baker, late of the Telegram and the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Navigator Online #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Other Damn-Fool Fisheries Policy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

About 30 years ago, Kathy Dunderdale started out her political career fighting against fisheries reform.

Last December,  she scolded fish plant workers in Marystown for turning out 18 weeks work that would have qualified them for employment insurance and kept their plant open.

She continued her fight against fisheries reform over the weekend in a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Other Damn-Fool Fisheries Policy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tightening up EI access #nlpoli #cdnpoli

People drawing unemployment insurance in the Atlantic provinces might be in for a new way of life in the near future, if changes to the Employment Insurance system turn out as described by the National Post on Wednesday:

What we will be doing is making people aware there’s hiring going on and reminding them that . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tightening up EI access #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Patronage and seals… #nlpoli

Thursday’s announcement by fisheries minister Darin King should give you a pretty big reminder that the local political scene remains mired in the past.

The provincial government is giving a private sector company a $3.6 million.  They are calling it a loan.  In effect, the provincial government is going to pay a cash subsidy directly . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Patronage and seals… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The fishery of the future, DFO version #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is holding a consultation on the future direction of the commercial fishery in Canada. it builds off the sustainable fisheries framework announced in 2009.

Click on the picture to head off to the part of the website where you can leave your comments online.

Here’s how the DFO . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The fishery of the future, DFO version #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bad sign #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The basic problem in the fishery is that the provincial fisheries minister has too much control over the industry and  – inevitably – tends to use it all for political purposes rather than for the good of the industry.

So fisheries minister Darin King’s answer to the current mess in the industry is to go . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bad sign #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A familiar, fishy tale #nlpoli

Scientists told some American fishermen before Christmas that the cod the fishermen depend on for their livelihood are in danger of disappearing unless the fishermen change their ways.

Frig off, say the fishermen.

People from this province will recognise the drama.  Evidence says one thing.  A whole bunch of people deny it.

The drama continues . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A familiar, fishy tale #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Christmas Goodies #nlpoli #cdnpoli

A couple of provocative articles turned up online over the holidays.  Now that everyone is getting back into the work-a-day groove, check them out.

Energy consultant Tom Adams took a hard look at Muskrat Falls and gave it a failing grade.  Adams doesn’t limit his comments to the MF project alone.  He also takes a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Christmas Goodies #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle #nlpoli

Fisheries union Earle McCurdy took a political chainsaw to the provincial government on Tuesday, accusing the governing Conservatives of buying “right into [OCI’s] sales pitch without there being any evidence of trying to negotiate anything better.”

McCurdy claimed that if OCI gets permission to export fish for processing, then the province is “on the brink . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Change in the fishery #nlpoli

Ocean Choice International’s Martin Sullivan was the guest this week on CBC’s On Point. That’s a link to a CBC story that includes the whole program.

The most obvious point about Sullivan’s argument is that it is – essentially – simple and sensible.  The company needs to export fish in a form the market wants.  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Change in the fishery #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Wheel of Fish #nlpoli

Remember that thing about not being able to slide a sheet of paper between the three political parties on major issues?

Well, it continues to play out on the fishery.

Ocean Choice International announced on Friday it is closing a couple of plants that have been struggling for some time.

The provincial government  – via . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Wheel of Fish #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And so it begins (fishery restructuring version) #nlpoli #cdnpoli

News today that OCI will permanently close two of its fish plants is merely the start of it.

The hurricane of change that is sure to follow will make the 1992 cod moratorium seem like a gentle breeze.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Suck it up, buttercup #nlpoli

Ocean Choice international is a local fishing company.  The key players in the company are from the Sullivan family.

You will recall one member of the family -  Loyola  – was a key cabinet minister in the Tory administration that started in office in 2003.  He is now used to be a federal fisheries . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Suck it up, buttercup #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Damn-Fool Fisheries Policy

Yesterday’s man delivered yesterday’s ideas and claimed it was the future. Liberal leader Kevin Aylward unveiled his party’s fisheries platform on Friday.  As a historical document, it would be wonderful for an election from 1975. But in 20… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Damn-Fool Fisheries Policy

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote: Grit version #nlpoli

Not to be outdone by the Dippers, the Grits and their leader Kevin Aylward will release their fisheries policy on Friday at 11:00 AM at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s. This one should be a doozie. – srbp – . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote: Grit version #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote: NDP paints own caricature #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler said it most recently just a few days ago: The two opposition parties are less concerned about the financial costs.  Instead they are making the most of sounding like they want to do something while at the same time adv… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote: NDP paints own caricature #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Building the fishery of the future

To look at the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador is to see as clear an example as one may find of the fundamental bankruptcy of the sort of old-fashioned politics that has existed from the earliest of times and that persists right down to modern day… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Building the fishery of the future

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political impotence and the little blue pills

Fish minister Clyde “The Finger” Jackman is going to fight to save a local coast guard co-ordination centre and its dozen jobs. Well, that’s what the torqued CBC headline says. The provincial government he’s a part of has created a financi… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political impotence and the little blue pills