From the Bard of Pynn’s Brook

Lester leaves the family farm,
Mount Pearl seat, to keep it warm.
the turkey, and it’s charm;
that clings will not alarm.
pray his time up on the hill
more than just his pension fill:
he’ll work to change instil? –
lower future heating bill.

– John Tuach

22, 2017


Bill left public life shortly after the signing of the Atlantic Accord and became a member of the Court of Appeal until his retirement in 2003. During his time on the court he was involved in a number of successful appeals which overturned wrongful convictions, for which he was recognized by Innocence Canada. Bill had a special place in his heart for the underdog.

Churchill Falls Explainer (Coles Notes version)

If CFLCo is required to maximize its profit, then CFLCo should sell its electricity to the highest bidder(s) on the most advantageous terms available.


This is the most important set of negotiations we have engaged in since the Atlantic Accord and Hibernia. Despite being a small jurisdiction we proved to be smart and nimble enough to negotiate good deals on both. They have stood the test of time and have resulted in billions of dollars in royalties and created an industry which represents over a quarter of our economy. Will we prove to be smart and nimble enough to do the same with the Upper Churchill?


  1. Lower future heating bill…….the challenge for many.
    Does brainstorming ever take place in Nfld? By our govn? By Nalcor? Is it part of our culture?
    About 7 years ago, a small cooperative in PEI held a brainstorming session…….involving heating, environment , local jobs, a better economy. The result : a new heating system, called a district heating system.
    Instead of each building having a heating system, they are each connected to a common system by a hot water pipe for heat and water.(much like the Americans did for their bases , but fueled by oil burning)
    The heat from one small building, feeding heat to 10 commercial buildings.
    The heat, not from oil or gas nor electricity, but wood……wood chips, from local lumber industries, so local jobs, and displacing 200,000 litres of oil a year, saving 500,000 tons of CO2 from going to the atmosphere. Our Fortis pumps out 15 million tons per year)
    Wood is renewable, so trees reabsorb the CO2.
    The buildings connected include senior homes, a school, a post office, a provincial sign shop and a retail building.
    The cost of the heating system was 1.1 million dollars, a third by by the fed govn, a third by the prov govn, a third by the co-op.
    The project , the first of its kind in PEI. It uses European and Canadian technology.
    Think of all coastal Labrador using oil for heat and diesel for electricity.
    Where are our brainstormers? Gone to the graveyards everyone?
    Think of the 100 million for the MF dome that was never used and dismantled for scrap!
    Winston Adams

    • Google : Tignish District Heating System for details.
      And the feds are investing 21.9 billion to support green infrastructure (of 180 billion overall, including for northern communities).
      Brook Simpson
      Press Secretary
      Office of the Minister for Infrastructure and Communities

      Idle engineers and town mayors ……do some brainstorming. Is everyone asleep at the wheel waiting for LeBlanc to chart a course for the future?
      Trudeau just said an apology was not enough. Get crackin… File an application, enclose a photo of Trudeau with a tear to his eye, in Labrador. The Innu are rightfully not yet convinced of his sincerity……nor am I. Trudeau did take acting lessons and appeared in a documentary…..least we forget.

    • Trudeau shedding a tear left me nauseous. MF proceeds without prior, informed and ongoing consent from First Nations in NL. Where are his tears for the ongoing abuse of Land Protectors, contamination of food by a colonial, unaccountable, undemocratic Nalcor that Junior is enabling with loan guarantees and political cover.

      Winston Co-generation is a good, well established energy efficiency measure. That one had problems with siting and a sustainable wood supply. Another bad example of a good idea is the pulp mill in Cape Breton that got access to too much subsidized crown timber after workers were laid off and the rest forced to take a pay cut. So Winston it depends. Good ideas get corrupted by politics often.

    • Bruno, i read that there are about 15 wood pelle commercial projects in Atlantic area using wood pellets, a tractor trailer load every few weeks typical. Tignish you say have a shortage of wood chips…….this just now going into operation this summer?

    • Does anyone think the Judge is going to deal with the future?
      We have to forge our own future; the PEI example and a gazillion others from Scandinavia are ideas; but, of course we ARE slow learners.
      I have sweaters aplenty and I figure I'll be using them.
      A mini-strategy, local and one off, but I will be warm and dry.
      I burned birch in a Norwegian stove for 40 years; last 10 years it was about a $1000 a year, junked, split and delivered to my shed.
      Thoreau said wood heats you up 11 times before you burn it.

      The much bandied about number of electricity demand dropping by 40% at the doubled price – let's try to get it down to 50% or less.
      Here's my plan; turn off, wrap up, drink lots of tea and play crib with the missus, sounds like a good plan to me.

      Also turn off the hot water tank when not in use; keep lights off unless needed; use down comforters on the beds and in you clothes, barbecue a lot; …

      Everything changes yet everything always works out in the end.

    • Tor, seems silly to suffer cold ; I heat a 1000 sq ft house for 300.00 a year with a HP, Google the Flatrock Passive house, under construction, he will use a wood stove to heat a 2000 sq ft house using o.75 cord of wood a year. What does that cost , about 200.00, but he cuts his own wood too. Both of these drive down demand, but we stay warm.

  2. My bill just went up so by the time the other increase comes into play I will from what I understand will be around 7 to $800.00 A month. I will be broke but that's ok couse you people will be paying my welfare bill and many more like me so if you don't want this we need to stop this, not later but Now stand up for our rights and fight the goid fight and knock this Government off it's feet and Any other party that even thinks of doing what's been done. Newfoundland Power needs to be re adjusted to and it's invested who are demanding more profits, this is a nasesity not a luxury TAKE BACK NEWFOUNDLAND.

  3. Nfld hydro says that by the end of Oct, fuel cost at Holyrood is 134 million.
    Holyrood has an efficiency of about 35 percent, then it loses about another 5 percent getting the power to you over the lines, , so say about 30 percent efficient.
    Your wood stove is about 60 percent efficient
    A pellet stove say 80 percent
    A propane vented heater 80 percent
    A modern gas furnace 95 percent
    A heat pump about 350 percent
    Baseboard heaters 100 percent.
    The power companies spend in excess of 100 million a year of our money burning fuel at about 30 percent efficient, with many tons of polution, and about 4 million for programs to help customers with efficiency, and……. customers with right choices can be much , much more efficient for heat and hot water.
    Added to fuel, 100 million spent on a gas turbine last year to help burn that fuel , and now another 20 million for upgrades!
    Something wrong with our Efficiency program?