NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is alarmed by the announcement today of a $40 million deal with Canopy Growth Corporation to operate a production facility in the province to supply up to 8,000 kg of cannabis a year and sell its products.

 

The NDP Critic for Environment says Grieg’s massive aquaculture project is based on increasingly controversial methods and government wants to both allow it and invest $45 million of the people’s money to do it.

Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says Norway, Iceland, and Denmark are moving to land-based aquaculture, as are Nova Scotia and BC.

 

In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the NDP Caucus is pushing government for answers on issues including an affordable childcare strategy, pay equity, and multi-year support for crucial women’s programming. The NDP Caucus has also called for a task force on violence against women and girls.

 

Susan Kathryn Shiner, daughter, lover, partner, mother, friend, grandmother, folklorist, social worker, community builder, unionist, fierce fearless feminist activist, Vagina Warrior.

 

The NDP Education Critic says parents are anxious and concerned waiting for much-needed updates on the future of Bishop Feild Elementary School in downtown St. John’s. In October, a section of the school’s roof collapsed. Students are temporarily attending the former School for the Deaf on Topsail Road but the timeline for returning to the building remains uncertain.

 

I am delighted to congratulate an organization that has been creating positive community empowerment for the last decade.

The Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir is a place of acceptance where there are no auditions and people sing for the joy of it. The Choir is comprised of Stella’s Circle participants, staff, and volunteers, has 35 plus members, and 100 performances under their belt.

 

Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John’s Centre, is in Ottawa today to participate in the Prime Minister of Canada’s apology to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit people living in Canada.

The apology is part of recognizing the historically unjust treatment of LGBTQ2 people through federal legislation, programs, and policy.

 

This has been a large year for interdisciplinary artist April White. She was named 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year by Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador and just recently named recipient of the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, valued at $5,000.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is questioning the timeline for the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, announced today, taking issue with the report deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, which will be after the next general election.

“The Premier says he wants to get answers for the people. I have to question why he doesn’t want those answers prior to the next election,” said Michael.

 

I am happy to rise to congratulate a young constituent who has had recent success in provincial debating.

 

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