Ernest Snooks has done a fair bit of traveling in his lifetime and he’s always decided to come back home to Newfoundland and Labrador when he was done. Why? Ernest talks about his love for this place he calls home and what keeps him here – but also how he sees NL compared to other places in the world.
President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, Sheila Fitzgerald, joins us to discuss issues facing some of the municipalities in the province and what we should be doing to ensure future sustainability for some of our small towns.
One of the things keeping many people in this province out of the workforce is the lack of affordable childcare spaces. Specifically, women are disproportionately left with no choice but stay home and put their career on hold, or abandon it altogether. In this episode, Rudy and Graydon talk with Gillian Pearson, founder of Parents for Affordable Childcare NL – a group advocating for quality, affordable childcare for all in Newfoundland and Labrador – about some of the issues many parents face today, and what we should be doing to solve them.
Conor Curtis is a Climate Change researcher and writer, originally from Corner Brook, NL. His work consists mostly of what Newfoundland and Labrador is, or isn’t, doing to combat the global crisis of climate change. He also does a lot of work looking at social inequality and how these two issues are perhaps the most important issues facing the world today.
Rudy and Graydon chat with William Neville, who was a candidate in the 2019 Provincial Election and had an opportunity to knock on the door of over three-quarters of his district. From there, he gained insights of the concerns people face in Newfoundland and Labrador. William offers a unique perspective to the province’s challenges, and shares where he thinks the future of Newfoundland and Labrador is headed if some things don’t change soon.
Jim Learning is an advocate for all things Newfoundland and Labrador. In this episode, he has a conversation with Graydon and Rudy that lays everything on the table. With his blunt, to the point style, Jim speaks from the heart with passion and vigor about major issues facings the province including Muskrat Falls, the Political System, and even a few politicians he feels leave something to be desired.
In this episode, Graydon has a conversation with Dean Ingram, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teacher’s Association, about the challenges facing our education system today. Dean and Graydon look at things from the perspective of a teacher, parent and student, and go into detail about some big issues including budgeting, policy, and the role the association plays in the system as a whole.
Episode 0 – The Elephant in the room
Graydon Pelley and Rudy Norman kick off TalkNL with an introduction episode talking about the purpose of the podcast and what they hope to accomplish through it. Also, we get a little history of NL Alliance as a group, why it exists and what’s important to them moving forward.
Hosted by Graydon Pelley and Rudy Norman, TalkNL explores important issues facing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians by having conversations with those on the front lines. From professionals to advocates, to everyday people trying to make it, TalkNL explores why we face the things we do, and discusses some ways we can hopefully solve some of the problems facing the province.