The Grand River Keepers (GRK) and the Labrador Land Protectors
(LLP) have constituted Labrador’s most steadfast opposition to the Muskrat
Falls project. Though relatively small in number they have had an out-sized
influence on public awareness in Labrador and throughout the province.

Rarely enjoying the unequivocal support of formal aboriginal
government or town councils, the issues with which they have grappled –
methylmercury and concerns regarding public safety, like the North Spur stability
problem – they have advanced rational public policy themes which are important
to every citizen. 
Their support has come from individual aboriginals and
non-aboriginal people alike; individuals who have often felt that the Native Groups
and the Town Councils, including the one in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, have been
far too willing to take Nalcor’s strings-attached largesse in return for deference
and for keeping quiet.

With little funding, the GRK has attempted intervention at the
PUB and been rejected. They have campaigned for notice of environmental and
other issues across Canada and the U.S. Both the GRK and LLP have written
briefs to governments, and have frequently intervened (unsuccessfully) with their
Labrador MHAs and Cabinet Ministers.

They have demonstrated at the Muskrat Falls site, at Nalcor
offices and at Confederation Building. Some of their membership have been
arrested for their well-publicized acts of civil disobedience; some have gone
to jail in the earnest belief that no other kind of intervention would be
Agree with them or not, they have exhibited enormous courage,
discipline, and love for their Labrador home. Theirs is a concern for a natural
environment that is rare in the world, delicate and precious, and above all threatened
mostly by injudicious development, insincere governments and by standards and
regulations that can be modified when political interests dictate.
If not support, the GRK-LLP have certainly earned the respect
of a great many people within Labrador and without. They are an inspiration to
those who are fed up with deaf governments, those concerned about eroding
institutions and those determined to speak truth to power.
That is why today’s Post offers a Link to the LLP-GRK’s Submissionto the Commission of Inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project. Once again, they
have strained their resources in the determined effort to be heard. 
The Uncle Gnarley Blog is not a platform for any particular
group but it is a platform for all groups when an unfiltered loudspeaker is needed
to warn and to influence change. It is here to tell the public when their
political leadership has allowed the values and the principles of the many to
be undermined by the interests of the few.
Des Sullivan
Des Sullivan
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Uncle Gnarley is hosted by Des Sullivan, of St. John's. He is a businessman engaged over three decades in real estate management and development companies and in retail. He is currently a Director of Dorset Investments Limited and Donovan Holdings Limited. During his early career he served as Executive Assistant to Premier's Frank D. Moores (1975-1979) and Brian Peckford (1979-1985). He also served as a Part-Time Board Member on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Uncle Gnarley appears on the masthead representing serious and unambiguous positions on NL politics and public policy. Uncle Gnarley is a fiscal conservative possessing distinctly liberal values and a non-partisan persusasion. Those values and opinions underlie this writer's views on NL's politics, economy and society. Uncle Gnarley publishes Monday mornings and more often when events warrant.


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. The GRK's and the LLP's are to be congratulated on their extensive and through submission to the inquiry. Let's hope all their topics are throughly covered and their questions answered, not only to their satisfaction but to all NL's. An excellent submission.

  2. Have to agree with UG, the GRK's, the LLP's and others from Labrador are the only
    Persons that have had the intestinal fortitude to stand up publically, and exercise their democratic rights, to show their opposition to governments reckless and wilful neglect, and concern for its citizens. Others, including on this blog have verbally exercised their democratic rights, to express their concern to government and nalcor in their opposition to the project, but most of us has remained annoy modus. The labradorians have demonstrated across the land, including the Capitol city, and have been arrested, and jailed. Yes, few in numbers, but determined in their actions. We need to salute them, and show our support for them, and join them. Come back Bruno and continue the fight!!!

  3. Seems Bruno had enough, ran out of steam, unless DW had him knocked off (intended as a joke). I don't think Des is blocking him. Too bad ,as his rants on our lack of true democracy is starting to take hold, even Vardy is preaching this. Yet no one has the fire and brimstone like Bruno.