Category: Research

A Labrador-led Research Experience

In 2016, the municipality of Happy Valley-Goose Bay adopted a new research policy, and extended a hand to academia to enter into collaborative and innovative partnerships. The objective was for the municipality to set priorities in consultation with local residents and through the research process create new knowledge for informed decision making at the municipal ...

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 ...

Fishing for health and wellness.

Throughout my lived experiences in Labrador I only ever assumed that hunting and fishing were healthy activities. This past summer, I was cod fishing with my partner Ashlee Cunsolo, and good friend Cliff Russell. We easily caught our limit of fish, then kept Cliff company as he cleaned and prepared the fish, and we have ...

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, ...