Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The latest edition of the journal Newfoundland And Labrador Studies makes for some interesting reads.

Newfoundland and Labrador Studies was founded in 1985. It is a bi-annual, interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing original essays, in either English or French, about the society and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, past and present.

In the late 80’s, I was working as a broadcast journalist when the “Roads-for-Rails” was signed between the government’s of Brian Mulroney and Brian Peckford. In the 90’s I was working with the provincial government when Premier Tobin signed a deal with the Chretien Government to take over a number of coastal ferries.   

Jeffrey F. Collins has written an article entitled Executive Federalism and the Terms of Union:  A New Approach to Understanding the "Roads-for-Rails" and the "Roads-for-Boats" Agreements.

Deregulation and deficit cutting led to a process where the federal government divested of federal constitutional commitments through direct negotiations with the province. 

A couple of other articles that perked my interest were by Melvin Baker. The first, William Ford Coaker, the Formative Years, 1871-1908 offers readers a thorough unique insight into the evolution of Coaker’s social activism leading to his crusade for the ill-treated fisherman of the country.

The article relates to the 1921 Report of the Commission on the Prohibition Plebiscite Act.

For information about subscriptions contact the Managing Editor at or Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, A1C 5S7.

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