The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The NewfieThing #nlpoli

Facebook has become hugely popular in Newfoundland and Labrador and, not surprisingly, some creative and enterprising fellow came up with a running joke – these days called a meme – featuring a fellow in a sou’wester. You find it called “newfie word of the day”. The text that goes with the picture involves a joke ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Supreme Court of Canada #nlpoli

When the Church Lady shows up,  you know your comment on the Internet has hit the mark. The term comes from the self-righteous character made famous by Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live and if there was a male equivalent, your humble e-scribbler would happily use it.  Church Lady comments are the ones where the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Supreme Court of Canada #nlpoli

When the Church Lady shows up,  you know your comment on the Internet has hit the mark. The term comes from the self-righteous character made famous by Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live and if there was a male equivalent, your humble e-scribbler would happily use it.  Church Lady comments are the ones where the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Political Memory #nlpoli

“It is sobering to think,”  historian Sean Cadigan wrote in the Telegram on Tuesday, “that the memory of the casualties of war has been used partially for later political purposes for almost a century.” Cadigan was recounting the history of the ceremony on July 1 that started in 1917 to mark the anniversary of the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Identity Crisis #nlpoli

Newfoundland is changing, Michael Crummey writes in the Newfoundland nationalists’ newspaper, the Globe and Mail.  House prices are climbing in St. John’s.  There are plenty of expensive restaurants around and people to eat the food and drink the wine sold there. “But,”  says Crummey,  “while oil execs tuck into their gourmet fish, much of rural ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Remembering… or not #nlpoli

The news release that announced a provincial commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War includes right at the start a picture of two couples, one older, and a small child. The photograph is curious. Look closely at it. (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Nationalism #nlpoli

This is a revised version of post that originally appeared on July 4, 2012. ___________________________________ Mark Humphries is an historian at Memorial University.  He spoke with CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates on July 1, 2012 about the impact of Beaumont Hamel on Newfoundland and Labrador. Humphries does an interesting job of putting the 700 dead and wounded ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler saw a couple of comments last week that said the NDP town hall on Muskrat Falls was a good argument against having a referendum on the megaproject.  Some people were quite badly misinformed, so the commentary went, not just about Muskrat Falls itself but about the province’s electricity supply and demand. Those ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A river runs through it #nlpoli

Jerry Bannister’s paper “A river runs through it:  Churchill Falls and the end of Newfoundland history” is now available in the latest issue of Acadiensis. This paper was the basis for his talks last winter on myths in local politics and history and oil and “have” status.  They were well attended and prompted some pretty ...