Azzo Rezori has been working with CBC News in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1987, and reports regularly for Here & Now and other broadcasts. No, it's not the size of the directories; it's what happened to the blue-page sections where governments and their agencies list their contacts. The provincial government still has full listings in the no-longer-blue pages, as do Eastern Health and the cities of St. The top half gives a general number, plus seven "frequently requested" numbers, all of them 1-800 dials. Stephen Harper has come under criticism for consolidating power, like most prime ministers before him. Still, there's been so much smoke, occasional fire and all-round alarm over the downsizing and withdrawing of federal services across the country in recent years, it's hard not to suspect that the federal government's almost-complete exit from the nation's telephone directories is more of the same.
Vanishing veterans' offices, women's centres, search and rescue sub-centres, government libraries, environmental research stations and programs a€” the single grey page with its eight stark numbers and 15 lines on which you can doodle out your frustrations seems to fit right in.
Which raises the question, what's made it so difficult to give the federal government the benefit of the doubt these days?
All of it adds up to the accusation that Harper, the former champion of individual freedoms and accountable government, is moving the country further down the road towards the very benign dictatorship he warned about.


It should be pointed out that if the accusation is correct, Harper is simply building on what other governments and their leaders have practiced before him. The federal government maintains that fewer people than ever are using phone books to contact government officials. If 150 years of representative government has taught us one thing, it's that power is a lot easier to broker than democracy. Stephen Harper jumped to it as well, and who can blame him for out-doing his predecessors? Isn't that what progress is all about? In the meantime, there's no question that using the internet to look up government numbers has certain advantages. If you know the name of the person you're looking for, all you have to do is enter it, and presto! Of course, whether that person is prepared to give you the information you're looking for is another matter. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.
The Outdoor Education Program, which took kids back to nature, may be cut by the school board.


Two students from Mount Pearl Senior High will head to Texas next month to take part in an R-O-V, or Remotely Operated Vehicle, competition. Beloved musician, writer and actor Jim Payne is being inducted into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour. Gebruik van deze website is onderworpen aan onze Gebruiksvoorwaarden en aankopen zijn onderworpen aan onze Verkoopvoorwaarden. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever.
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