Each one of us has a brilliant idea....that suggestion that can positively change our Province....big or small...they all contribute to bettering ourselves. Your Feedback highlights some of these...
Government had set up a program a decade back for constructive input from Public Servants. It was disbanded.
We have some families looking after a challenged family member with $140 support a month from Government. We have other challenged persons maintained in isolation for $250,000 a year just for care giver costs? What happens when the Boomers need care?
Kindergarten for 4 year olds? I was in Grade one when I was 4 .... as were many other young people in NL. You could leave NL and enter Harvard, yet Government introduced Grade 12? Now? We have situations in which a full time (5th Grade) teacher is assigned to a student together with a teacher's aid... for ONE student?
There are so many sacred cows in our tiny system that if you even point out a potential problem you are perceived as a malcontent. Yesterday somebody told me that Eastern Health is planning in renting space from Chancellor Park to cope with space demands? Yet Government is building a $600,000,000 health care facility in Corner Brook which has a population of 40,000 in the commute area as compared to the North East Avalon's of around 250,000.
As someone who is about to turn sixty five, I have come to the conclusion that if we are ever going to come to grips with the problems we are facing in this province we have to change the way we are educating our children. I am of the opinion that most of the people who have been successful in this province have done so in spite of our education system and not because of it. We are losing our best because we are running all our children through the same educational pipeline at the same speed and as a result the smarter ones are becoming bored and the slower ones are falling through the cracks.
I have a thought about population. What if there were less people in the Island part of the province. in 20 years. Is that a bad thing.? It seems to me that the government is having problems delivering services to the current population; the highways are in poor shape (we are not really a HAVE province if you look critically at the road network); the health care system is overburdened (the HSC was opened in 1975 era - 40 years ago!-and is clearly gone well beyond its best before date); the NE Avalon is congested with grid lock occurring on a daily basis; the fishery as an economic driver is fast becoming irrelevant; etc ....
What would be the impact on our quality of life for future generations is there were less people -- what are the pros and cons?
The declining population of Newfoundland and Labrador will create more problems in the years and decades ahead as governments of all levels struggle to provide services amidst an ever dwindling tax base. Also populations need to reach a certain "critical mass" in order for economies to diversify and grow in the long term. Our Province would likely need to double it's population for this to occur. I have personally seen and experienced first hand how immigrants to our Province from other areas of the world have made a positive impact on our society and economy and feel that we should encourage and prioritize attracting greater numbers of immigrants to Newfoundland and Labrador. This would serve to counteract our declining birth rate and aging demographic as well as create a more vibrant and diverse culture with positive economic results.
"......The oil crisis had taught us all one big lesson- never keep your eggs in one basket only. Muskrat financing has drained our treasury to the point of collapse. We must start building NL from the bottom up. Small boat fishing and other small local forms of employment must be encouraged and supported. Drown big industry capitalism and invest in real people and real life sustaining ventures."
We have only one child. We counted among friends and relatives. 24 families like us. All have their reasons, but makes me think a lot.
We can and must change. The backbone of NL has been the fishery. Fishing is why we exist. The only way to sustain us in the future is to provide 52 weeks of employment from the fishing industry. The 10-42, EI mentality is why the Federal Government has tried to starve us out and has succeeded to a certain degree. If there had been secondary processing of fish products our rural communities would still be vibrant. It's not rocket science, provide the year round work and the people will come. It's not to late but we MUST have secondary processing of our resource if our rural communities are to survive.
A new era of democracy is needed in our province. ... We need leadership that is held accountable for broken promises..
Key Government Performance Indicators need to be established and government needs to be held accountable to the highest degree for not meeting the results expected. We need to treat government like a fine tuned business model.
Time to take a serious look at a two tier healthcare system. This does not mean that one tier is medically superior than the other. What it means is that people of means pay to access medical services provided by private companies. For instance, a private company could purchase a MRI machine and charge a fee per test. This would take a lot of people off the waiting list and speed up wait times for those unwilling or unable to pay.
Good morning! I studied sociology & later business at Memorial University. There are two prevailing social attitudes in NL that really make me fear for the future; a shockingly large section of the population is either anti-business, anti-education, or both.
One of the greatest obstacles we have to face in NL in the future is our relatively low level of basic education. According to studies ( http://www.literacynl.com/literacy/ ) over 50% of NLers aged 16-65 score in the lowest proficiency levels with respect to literacy & reading comprehension. Even worse, 40% of those aged 16-25 have similar scores. These are the people who are supposed to compete on a global stage in the future?!?! Good luck.
I have personally spoken with teachers at the high-school & trade-school levels who have told me, anecdotally, that children & young people enrolled in their programs don't believe they need a high level of literacy to work in what they believe will be their chosen fields. Unfortunately much of this seems to be the result of anti-education attitudes passed down to them from their parents.
Make no mistake, you will not be able to fully participate in modern society & markets without a high level of literacy. I work with tradesmen every day, those that have trouble reading & writing at an adult level (and believe me, it's glaringly obvious who these people are) have trouble doing their jobs properly.
I'm disappointed but not entirely shocked that this isn't a priority of our government.
Affordable Day Care and some tax relief may encourage more young couples to have children. It works for Quebec.