Category: Current Affairs

Honouring the spirit and intent of land claims co-management in Canada

There were many insights this week from Arctic Change 2017. The event in Quebec City brought together many of the Arctic's leading academics, researchers, community leaders, and government officials.  On the opening day of the conference, I organized and facilitated a special session on co-management in the North with Dr. Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman and Dr. Vicki Sahanatien. There ...

Labrador’s resource development future from a municipal perspective.

Can resource development make communities like Happy Valley-Goose Bay healthy and sustainable? Have we been blessed or cursed along with the way? These are the questions that I regularly confront as a Mayor, and through my time in municipal government, it has become increasingly clear that an honest, holistic, and forthright dialogue about the pros ...

“The world offers itself to your imagination”

Too many of our people in Labrador are dying from suicide. A new study by Pollock, Mulay, Valcour and Jong 2016 highlights the higher levels of suicide in Labrador, in comparison to Newfoundland, in all age categories. Innu and Inuit residents in particular are disproportionately affected, and young males and Inuit females even more so ...

An eventful, interesting, and forward-moving year.

2016 was an eventful, interesting, and forward-moving year for the town council, and the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay as a whole. Here is a recent interview with Evan Careen of Transcontinental Media. The story was published in the Labradorian and the Evening Telegram. Evan Careen evan.careen@tc.tc Published on January 16, 2017 Happy Valley-Goose Bay ...

What does the municipality have to do with my health?

In 2013, researchers examined the capacity of municipal governments to reduce health inequities (Collins & Hayes 2013).  When they examined the issue amongst municipal politicians and senior-level staff, respondents believed that higher levels of government had a greater responsibility for health; however, they felt that at the municipal level, investing in parks and recreation facilities, ...

Diversification and reconciliation in Labrador

I was happy to have an opportunity to give a closing keynote talk at Expo Labrador yesterday and shared thoughts about Diversification and Reconciliation in Labrador.  I hope that people took away, this diverse region has a quality of life that is second to none, and as a proud Labradorian and Mayor, all of our diversification ...

Thoughts on new Nalcor leadership

As a resident living downstream from the Muskrat Falls development I care about the background of Nalcor's new CEO. I believe the successful individual needs certain key competencies. The first one is the whole concept around "Ecosystems Approaches to Health (EcoHealth)" that considers the connections between the environment, plants, animals and human health. The scientific ...