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  • Vital Signs Report Shows NL Lacking in Areas, Compared to Atlantic Provinces

    The Vital Signs report shows that this Newfoundland and Labrador is consistently lacking in many areas in comparison to other Atlantic provinces.

    The report found a disproportionate number of senior citizens in the province. For every 100 people, 20 are over the age of 65 and only 5 of the 100 are young adults between the ages of 20 and 30 years old who still live with family.

    We are are the least likely in Atlantic Canada, to make a major purchase, we hold the most concern about the cost of living and we scored the lowest in the region when it comes to feeling very secure about employment.

    Newfoundland and Labrador food bank rates are nearly twice that of the national average and the report indicates for every 100 households which access food banks, 70 admit to relying on some form of social assistance.

     

    Executive Director of the Harris Centre, Rob Greenwood says the information depends on a number of complex factors but one thing is certain: it is designed to get people talking about possible solutions.

    Greenwood says over the last decade, the province has seen a lot more wealth coming in, more people travelling for work and fewer children being born, which has an impact on the nature of the community. He says the purpose of the report is used to draw questions and spark debate.

     

    Local Fishery is Changing: Report

    The Vital Signs report released today confirms what many have known to be the case for many years; the fishery that has sustained the province for centuries is changing.

    The number of people who hold commercial fishing licenses is down over the last decade.

    In 2005 there were 4960 commercial fishing license holders in the province, that dropped to 4636 in 2010 and 3787 in 2015.

    Dr. Rob Greenwood of Memorial University’s Harris Centre says that isn’t a reflection of a declining industry, but one that is changing.

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