Wednesday, April 7, 2010
‘Our local MHA has outdone Rip Van Winkle'
Blasts from NL's past
“This measles malady has spread throughout our town, scarcely a house but has been visited, in some cases seven and eight are suffering in one family at a time, happily so far, few fatal cases are reported.”
— The Star, and Conception Bay Weekly Reporter, Harbour Grace, April 15, 1874.
AROUND THE BAY
“Seals were very plentiful here at Seal Island about a week ago, but the ice was in solid and it was hard going to try and get any. That week was hard work for the women of the Island too. They had to clean all the skins that were got and the old hoods were big and heavy to handle. You wanted your hulhues sharp for the job.”
— Cartwright Courier, April 15, 1969.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
“Dear Sir — I wonder if there is some recognition or a place in history for people who sleep too long. We are all familiar with the tales of Rip Van Winkle who slept for 20 years. Now it seems to me, Sir, that our local MHA has outdone Rip Van Winkle, for he has been asleep for the past 21 years. Our local radio station is doing a fine job of building up Alex Hickman since he joined the PCs. Maybe they could do something for him. Of course, some sort of breathing devise would have to be hooked up to him first. Yours very truly, Wide Awake.
— Burin Peninsula Post, April 15th, 1970.
April 16, 2006
“I want people to work 60 or 70 hours a week instead of trying to scrape up enough hours to get enough weeks (to qualify for EI).”
— Jim Bennett, then leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, as quoted in The Independent newspaper.
According to The Economy 2010, one of the provincial government's budget documents released in late March, the unemployment rate for 2009 rose to 15.5 per cent — the highest in Canada. Employment declined 2.5 per cent to 214,900 “due to the negative impact of the recession on many resource industries.”
Sixty- or 70-hour work weeks are a ways off yet.
April 6, 2007
“The monster is here to stay. It’s worldwide; it’s provincewide. It’s a part of the government revenues, part of business.”
— Addictions counselor Gary Parsons on VLTs, as quoted in The Independent newspaper.
The Danny Williams administration expects to collect $101 million in lottery revenues in the 2010/2011 fiscal year. In comparison, the province expects to take in $132 million from the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, $111 million in payroll tax and $119 in tobacco tax.