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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 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politicians and other damn fools #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Gathering Storm #nlpoli

Another week and another fish plant closes permanently.

This time it is one of the plants that should have been the basis of a vibrant fishery.  The Burin plant did mostly secondary processing rather than just basic processing turning fish into big frozen blocks for someone else to develop into a higher value product.

Those . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Gathering Storm #nlpoli

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: Sound Advice #nlpoli

Some people don’t like John Furlong’s ideas.

Here’s his latest one – on the fishery, again – but it is equally applicable to just about everything in the province these days:

Let’s talk about every single issue that needs to be talked about and let’s stop living in the problem and start living in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sound Advice #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If she said that about the fishery… #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale, answering media questions about the future of the province’s last paper-making machine:

“[Kruger are] going to run their operation in consultation with the union on how they can manage their operations here in Corner Brook so that they can compete and compete globally because that’s what they need to do,” she said.

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If she said that about the fishery… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Protesting too much? #nlpoli

FFAW boss Earle McCurdy responded on Friday to comments by OCI’s Martin Sullivan that the FFAW, among other things, had threatened to shut OCI down and had proposed closing the Fortune plant in exchange for trying to get some provincial government money to help OCI refurbish the Marystown plant.

Here are Earle’s comments as reported . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Protesting too much? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Best interests #nlpoli

Fisheries minister Darin King rejected Ocean Choice International’s proposal for exporting and processing fishery. He held a news conference on Thursday.

King claimed the decision is in the best interest of the people of the province. 

King also said the decision did not mean he was opposed to reform in the fishery.  By his . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Best interests #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get politics out of fishery: report #nlpoli

A strange as it may seem after years of evidence that political interference in fisheries management has caused nothing but grief, there are still people – all politicians – who think the answer is yet more political interference.

Expect all of them to be out in force responding to this fisheries report because it appears . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get politics out of fishery: report #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: OCI jams provincial fisheries minister #nlpoli

The CBC online account is on the Ceeb’s website (here). That’s pretty much what everyone has been reporting, namely the impact fisheries minister Darin King’s comments on Friday had on Ocean Choice International.

Check the company’s news release and you’ll see that is also what the company started out with:

Sullivan said remarks by fisheries . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: OCI jams provincial fisheries minister #nlpoli

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: Dunderdale leads from the rear #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale wants everyone in the province to get involved in the fishery debate.  Doesn’t matter who you are.  Doesn’t matter what you want.  Get in and have your say on the future of the resource we all own.

CBC’s Azzo Rezzori says Kathy is staying out of the way. [Story starts at about . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dunderdale leads from the rear #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Newfoundland Spring #nlpoli

Pay attention to some of the comments about the fishery the past couple of weeks and you’ll here talk about how we need to change the model. 

For example, labour federation boss Lana Payne has talked about the failure of what she called the “corporate model”.  When OCI boss Martin Sullivan says the fishery . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Newfoundland Spring #nlpoli