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Vikings spread smallpox around the world 1,400 years ago

A thousand years before the great epidemics

Viking bones from 1,400 years ago

Researchers found the oldest smallpox strain in the teeth of Vikings, the remains of which were recently discovered. Now the Covid-19 travels faster. Continue reading

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For your information: Data on Nova Scotia’s economy and workforce

Workers’ Forum is providing below information on Nova Scotia’s economy and workforce, as well as that of neighbouring Maritime provinces. The aim is to combat the disinformation spread by the monopoly media and cartel political parties about the economy which obscures the integral role of workers in producing all the social wealth. Continue reading

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Iron Ore Company workers on strike in Labrador, demanding end to two-tier conditions

Around 3:00 am on March 27, the close to 1,400 workers of Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) in Labrador City went on strike. They walked out mainly to oppose IOC employing a “temporary workforce” side-by-side with permanent workers doing the same work under drastically inferior working conditions. The workers do not accept that a mining giant such as IOC should force a section of workers to labour under substandard conditions. The strike vote took place Monday, March 26 in two membership meetings of United Steelworkers Local 5795, one in the morning and one in the evening, in which workers voted on the latest company offer. Continue reading

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The Battle of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel: General Haig’s murderous “Great push forward”

On the Important Questions of War and Peace

yourcountryneedsyouJuly 1 marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. It is commemorated in Newfoundland as Memorial Day – the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of  732 Newfoundlanders from the Newfoundland Regiment who either lay dead, wounded or were presumed missing near the French village of Beaumont-Hamel. Ordered “over the top” by their officers, during an assault that lasted approximately 30 minutes the regiment was all but wiped out. Newfoundland, as a colonial dominion of the British Empire, was automatically at war when Britain declared it. Continue reading

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Sighting. But the world is still round

Brimstone Head on Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Brimstone Head on Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Flatman has a follower. Unfortunately, Thomas Friedman and his ruminations about flatland have not lead him to Newfoundland. (Thanks Dougal for the photo)

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CFB Suffield: Britain to train thousands of troops in Canada

The CFB Suffield announcement was made as “business as usual” to keep Canadians unaware of the extent to which the territory of Canada is being consistently used by the NATO powers – the USA in the first place, which considers Canada to be its front yard – to prepare war and even as a launch pad for intervention against other nations and peoples.


110625-StJohnsMarineRescueCentre-02WHERE does the British Army send its troops to train for war when it has been kicked out of a North African country asserting its independence and sovereignty?

Which country then allows the British Army to use its territory to wage war against an independent and sovereign country in Latin America?

And which country recently changed all the names of its armed forces units to re-incorporate the word “Royal”? Started to share its embassies? Grovels before its queen?

The Right answer is Canada and for all the wrong reasons. Continue reading


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Nova Scotia election called to sort out contradictions in the ranks of the rich

TML Daily (September 20) – ON SEPTEMBER 7, the Dexter NDP government in Nova Scotia called a provincial election for October 8.

This comes after months of speculation in the monopoly media about the possible meanings of the outcome, whichever party wins.

The content of those speculations is no secret. The rich in Nova Scotia are deeply divided over future electricity supplies to the province and the implications for power rates and utility regulation. As CPC(M-L) has frequently pointed out, the rich call elections precisely to sort out contradictions in their ranks such as these. Continue reading

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St. John’s Telegram on MacKay’s double-dealing

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Editorial entitled ‘A rebuttal’ published on May 10, 2013

THE editorial in this space last Friday (“To the rescue,” May 3) questioned whether any meaningful changes to search and rescue services can be expected from Defence Minister Peter MacKay. The reason? MacKay has a tendency to say one thing and do another.

The minister’s communications director, Jay Paxton, responded with a letter in which he described said editorial as “partisan drivel.” It is not unusual for a person charged with partisan duties to see all contrary argument as partisan in itself. It matters not which foot the shoe is on. Continue reading

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Harper Government’s reputation torn to shreds in election scams in Labrador


120613-CourtenayAntiC38-01[TML Daily] SINCE OCTOBER, the Harper government’s Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, the MP for  Labrador, has been facing mounting pressure from the Opposition within Parliament and from his constituents to step down because of alleged corruption and breach of the Canada Elections Act related to his political campaign during the 2011 federal election. Penashue, an Innu politician and businessman, was Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation from 2007 to 2010 and President of the Labrador Innu Nation for 12 years. He was also considered one of the “deal-makers” in the “impacts-benefit” agreement between the Innu and the Voisey’s Bay Nickel Company owned by Vale, the Brazilian mining monopoly which shafted the Sudbury mine workers at Inco. Continue reading

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Newfoundland: Genocide of a people

ACCORDING to Queen Elizabeth II, the landfall in Newfoundland in June, 1497 of the Venetian navigator Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), financed by Henry VII of England,  “represented the geographical and intellectual beginning of modern North America…” (Vancouver Province,25 June 1997). As is well known, in Newfoundland the genocide of the Beothuk Indians occurred, like the Taino of the Caribbean. Queen Elizabeth was right – the pattern was set there. So far as the native peoples are concerned, of course, the pattern set was genocide. Continue reading

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Lockout of Newfoundland trawlermen – mass police arrest of workers

FFAW members picket near the OCI headquarters in Paradise Thursday. In foreground is Greg Pretty, FFAW spokesman for the workers. — Photo by Gary Hebbard:The Telegram

The role played by the RCMP in Bay Roberts on the north east coast of Newfoundland on February 8, to protect the scabs recruited by Ocean Choice International (OCI) after it locked out its trawlermen on February 6, should be denounced by all. The RCMP were brought in to ensure that company scabs could board OCI’s groundfish trawler the Newfoundland Lynx. Though it is not at all unexpected to see police mobilized to defend private corporate interests against the workers and assaulting workers for defending their rights, it is outrageous nonetheless. The Newfoundland Lynx has since set sail. Continue reading

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Harper, military monopolies sell arms & Innu land in Paris; Newfoundlanders organize Mayday rally against cratering search and rescue sub-centre

Merchants of Death – Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

HALIFAX (June 22, revised June 25, 2011) – WHILE CANADA keeps bombing Libya and killing civilians in the name of “humanitarianism” and the Harper Government has announced a $56 million budget cut to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, eliminating the Marine Rescue Centre in St. John’s and putting the lives of civilians at sea in peril, it is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to send arms manufacturers to the International Paris Air Show. Continue reading

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The Newfoundland public sector strike

Approximately 300 NAPE and CUPE members marched through Grand Falls-Windsor on April 6, 2004.

Approximately 300 NAPE and CUPE members marched through Grand Falls-Windsor on April 6, 2004.

Government demands concessions as media prepare to demonize workers’ “uncaring unconcern” for “the public”


(April 7, 2004) – IN THE LARGEST such mass action in its history, Newfoundland’s 20,000 public sector workers went out on strike April 1. Up until negotiations ended March 31, the main union, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), supported by a sister public-sector union the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), had been seeking a four-year contract incorporating a wage freeze for the first two years, followed by four three-per-cent increases in each April and October of the last two years. With the failure to reach a new agreement, acceptance of the wage-freeze concession was withdrawn. Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON THE PRESTIGE OIL DISASTER: (Part 3) ‘Don’t make me fish off Cape St. Mary’s’

The tourism ads hype Newfoundland as “the Far East of the Western world,” but its waters are the waste-oil dumps of the Northwest Atlantic


Part Three of a four-part series. Part One is here, Part Two is here, and Part Four is yet to be published.

HALIFAX  (March 25, 2004) – THERE ARE 365 islands in Newfoundland’s Placentia Bay. Fog reduces visibility to less than a kilometre an average 187 days a year. Hundreds of oil tankers – almost 300 in the year 2000 alone – enter that body of water and its prime fishing grounds, along with dozens of small fishing boats manned by crews who come from families that have fished the bay for centuries. The amount of shipping will be intensified with construction of the new Inco hydrometallurgical demonstration plant in Argentia in Placentia Bay to process concentrate from Voisey’s Bay, Labrador. It is scheduled to open in 2006. Continue reading

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Commentary: The groundfish moratorium and globalization

HALIFAX (December 18, 1999) –  IN JULY 1992, the federal government imposed a so-called five-year moratorium on the catching of groundfish species – cod, flounder, haddock, etc – within the 200-mile limit off Canada’s east coast. The moratorium was renewed indefinitely. For appearances’ sake, an “annual review” was mandated for 1997. The last seven years of the groundfish moratorium in the east coast fishery have been seen to be an unprecedented attack on the position of working people in this industry. Continue reading

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