Wednesday, March 09, 2016

CBC's "The Current" visits Newfoundland and Labrador

The morning public affairs show on CBC Radio One is uniformly excellent.

Today "The Current" talked about the changes in the lifestyle of people in Newfoundland and Labrador resulting from the collapse of oil, gas, and mining revenues. Not exactly unprecedented, that collapse, and the resulting economic uncertaintly in NL has happened time and again over the last 500 years. Newfoundlanders move to where the jobs are, as best they can.

But they don't forget home, and many of them return for the short term or the long.

One younger Newfoundlander quoted John Crosby, a past prominent NL politician of national stature: "You can tell the Newfoundlanders in heaven. They are the ones who want to go home." I laughed and laughed -- that quip brought Crosby back to life.

I also noticed that the famous Newfoundland dialects seem to be fading out -- if the young and middle-aged interviewees are typical

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