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December 4, 2014

Rogers calls for immediate action on mental health

NDP St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers has a practical suggestion to help government handle the extensive and varying mental health and addictions needs of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. She says it’s time to develop a comprehensive plan, and an appropriate way to do that would be for MHAs to show leadership with an all-party committee.

The Community Coalition 4 Mental Health has collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for exactly that, and has passed the petitions on to Rogers to present in the House of Assembly.

“Mental illness affects everyone in the province. The Community Coalition 4 Mental Health, and the Minister’s own Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Addictions have identified huge gaps in mental health services province-wide. People are desperate!” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.

“I ask the Premier will he immediately strike an all party Committee to consider the mental health and addictions needs of the entire province and to develop a comprehensive mental health and addictions plan?”

Rogers says it makes sense to use every tool available to government to address the province’s huge mental health crisis. All-party committees work effectively in other jurisdictions, but are not employed by this government.  Another step government could take is to restore the 20 per cent cut from advocacy groups in the 2013 budget.

A town hall Rogers held earlier this year was the starting point for the Community Coalition 4 Mental Health, a vibrant organization which includes both groups and individuals active in the struggle against mental illness.

November 12, 2014

Fracking Forum: What does the fracking moratorium mean – and how long will it last?

NDP Humber East candidate Martin Ware is passionate about the environment of Western Newfoundland, and is hosting a public forum this Friday, November 14, in the Glynmill Inn ballroom in Corner Brook from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

When government announced the moratorium on fracking a year ago, environmentalists were cautiously optimistic. Since then, concerns have arisen about both the composition of the panel assigned to investigate the question, and the mandate government gave the panel members.

 “Some observers feel the panel has been set up to lift the moratorium on fracking,” Ware said today. “This forum is to let the public know how dangerously at risk the health, safety and well-being of our people and communities will be if the moratorium on fracking is lifted, as seems probable.”

Speaking at the event will be Dr. Ian Simpson and Graham Oliver, a member of  the Port au Port – Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group, who has made dozens of “Facts on Fracking” presentations in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2014.

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November 4, 2014


Long-time Heart’s Content town councilor Tolson Rendell will be the NDP candidate in the Nov. 25 Trinity-Bay de Verde by-election, says Kathleen
Connors, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP.

Rendell is the town’s longest-serving councilor, having been first elected in 2001. He has worked at the Heart’s Content Cable Station
Provincial Historic Site for more than 20 years, and has lived in the community all his life.

“I am delighted to make this announcement today,” said Connors. “Tolson Rendell knows the people of Trinity-Bay de Verde and their concerns, and
he speaks eloquently on the issues of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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Tolson Rendell was born and raised in Heart’s Content. He has lived all his life on the same piece of property.

First elected to the Heart’s Content town council in 2001, he is now the town’s longest-serving municipal councilor. The first motion he brought
to the council table was that the town should be part of Municipality Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual Tidy Towns Competition; Heart’s
Content has won the contest five times since then.

Tolson worked in construction and the fishery before starting at the Heart’s Content Cable Station Provincial Historic Site, where he has
worked for more than two decades. He also maintains a small farm operation, raising sheep, goats and pigs, as well as some vegetables.

He was an active member of the Heart’s Content volunteer fire department for years and played with the Heart’s Content Cables hockey team. Tolson
is on the committee planning the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first successful trans-Atlantic cable signal.

Outside the district, he is probably best known for the Janeway fundraiser he conducted for more than 25 years with his Newfoundland
pony Lady, making the annual trek from Heart’s Content to St. John’s, raising money along the way. Tolson and Lady were familiar sights at
area fundraisers.

He is the father of four daughters and two sons, all adults, and is married to Rosalind Reid of Islington.

November 4, 2014

Martin Ware to represent NDP in Humber East by-election

NL NDP Party President Kathleen Connors is pleased to announce that Martin Ware will be the party’s candidate in the Nov. 25 by-election.

Ware, a resident of Pasadena, retired from the English department at Grenfell after 30 years of teaching.  He is also known for acting, having appeared in numerous college and community productions.

“I am delighted to welcome Martin as a candidate,” Connors said today. “His love for the west coast environment has been evident most recently in what he has been saying about fracking. His staunch defense of the environment and health concerns of the West Coast are a perfect fit with NDP policy.”

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Martin Ware taught English at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland for thirty years, teaching Canadian literature, Newfoundland literature, the great classics, and introductory courses.

In addition to his years of teaching, he is a familiar face on local stages; he is active as an emcee in festivals like the March Hare, and has often taken part in theatre productions both at the Grenfell Campus and in the community, including this year’s upcoming Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador community production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Martin loves the Newfoundland wilderness and seacoast, and is a keen hiker and kayaker. He has frequently spoken out on environmental and community issues, most recently on proposed fracking activities off the west coast of the island.

He skis (both downhill and cross country), bikes, plays squash, and is an avid gardener.

Martin and Molly Ware have lived in Pasadena for 37 years; they have two sons and two grandsons.



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Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at the Fluvarium


NIKI ASHTON, NDP MP, Critic for the Status of Women and LANA PAYNE, Atlantic Director, Unifor

BARBARA BYERS, Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress. Moderator

With music by Colleen Power.

The Nancy Riche Front Door Forum is a public forum to highlight the critical role that women play in our country’s unions and progressive advocacy organizations.

Nancy Riche was a great activist and a mentor to many women in the NDP and the labour movement.

“Nancy never stopped making the link with those of us who struggle for social justice through the labour movement and in the political arena,” said NLFL president Mary Shortall. “We all have the same dream — a fairer and more equal world for all of us.”

“Nancy believed in a better future for all of us,” said NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. “And she believed that with enough work and enough time anything is possible.”

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