We’ll Rant & We’ll Roar Like True Newfoundlanders

I said I would post about Ron Hynes this week, but recent events have bumped that post for now. If you’ve been reading my posts, it’s pretty clear that I love Newfoundland: a place of natural beauty with a strong sense of pride in its people and heritage. But many Newfoundlanders are ranting and roaring these days about the recent budget. Two things in particular stand out for me.

One, the province will become the first in Canada to charge HST on books. Two, just over half of  Newfoundland’s libraries are set to close over the next two years. Boo and hiss.  It makes no sense whatsoever for the province with the lowest literacy rate to bludgeon books like this.

Ranting and roaring about these proposals can make us feel better, but here’s two more things you can do:

  1. Sign the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association‘s petition against the tax on books here.
  2. Support your local library, no matter where you live. Use it or lose it peeps.

And, to cheer us all up here’s Great Big Sea with We’ll Rant & We’ll Roar:

 

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “We’ll Rant & We’ll Roar Like True Newfoundlanders

  1. Insanity. Newfoundlanders and beyond are rising up in protest as they should. What is so remarkably startling about this is that Newfoundland has a rich tradition of storytelling and arts. The province should be fostering the arts not taking steps to make it more difficult. I too will sign the petition. And I love and regularly use the library…I consume books (both by purchasing them, borrowing them from the library and sharing them with others. Two quotes on this topic. Given Newfoundland’s budget/deficit woes the first seems particularly apt:

    Anne Hebert: Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries

    Isaac Asimov: It isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life

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  2. What is the Newfoundland government thinking? There was no library in the Irish village I grew up in, but on Saturdays the ‘Library Van’ came from the local town and I remember getting my library card when I was about 7. I remember that is where I discovered Dickens, Louisa M Alcott, Yeats. ” What are they thinking?

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