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  • NLers Still Passionate About Home, Despite Tough Times

    Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have the strongest sense of belonging to their province than any other jurisdiction in Canada.

    That’s according to the latest Vital Signs report released this week.

    65 per cent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a strong sense of belonging to the province in which they live… even greater than Quebeckers. They also have the strongest sense of belonging to their community at 47 per cent, greater than any other region of Canada.

    66 per cent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a strong sense of belonging to Canada – that’s among the lowest in the country. The only other region with less of a sense of belonging to Canada was Quebec, at just 45 per cent.

    Successful Communities Made by Many Players, says Bonavista Mayor

    The newly-elected mayor of Bonavista says residents who feel a connection to their community are a key element to building a successful municipality.

    John Norman says the prosperity enjoyed by the Town of Bonavista hasn’t come overnight. He says it has taken two decades to achieve a level of steady economic security, and he acknowledges government funding as one of the reasons. He says continued long term support has helped create an attractive environment for private investment.

    Norman was a panelist at the 2017 Vital Signs release yesterday in St John’s. The report focuses on the theme of belonging, something Norman echoes with personal experience.

    He cites work done by the municipality and mentions previous councils and the former mayor as playing a major role. He says several not-for-profit organizations, like the Bonavista Heritage Foundation, have worked to preserve the town’s built heritage.

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