NL Hydro: publicly owned; fourth largest utility in Canada generating ~7400MW
~1250MW: peak usage during #DarkNL
Newfoundland Power: privately owned; sells our power back to us
Fortis: owns Newfoundland Power; turns a profit over 100 Million a year
Nalcor: Crown corporation that tells the government what to do
Premier Dunderdale: Elusive yet matronly figure with a knack for condescending to common folk
Steve Kent: fun-loving guy; aka “two feet Steve” (I knew you had a big mouth, but two feet?)
Trevor Taylor: troll out for the lulz; always ready to kick you while you’re down
NL Liberal Party: making political hay
NL NDP: still trying to figure out WTF Kirby and Mitchelmore are doing
Paddy Daly: talk show host with great hair who alternates between extreme conservative and radical socialist views
Fred Hutton: news director (not such great hair) who lost his voice talking to angry Newfoundlanders on VOCM
The Monkey: according to the premier, responsible for #DarkNL
Explosion: not defined as a flash and sonorous boom
The Workers: the only heroic figures in the DarkNL debacle
Holyrood: a mystical place where nothing is foreseeable
Allan Hawco: shoveled his mom’s steps
Rolling Blackout: similar to Rickrolling; strikes when least expected
Ed Riche: satire and sense writing in right-wing mainland press
#DarkNL twitter feed: some consolation; filled with angry people
Conservation: not the same as conversation; what the government wants us to do today, but not last week or next week
Ice Caps: community oriented mutual aid network
Muskrat Falls: words no one wants to hear escape the premier’s lips
The End: not in sight
***please add your suggestions for the cheat sheet in the comments below; all memes from twitter/facebook — apologies to original creators for lack of credit, but they moved so fast it is next to impossible to know who made them***
Crisis : not defined as major electrical outage involving blackouts or power loss to over 200,000 people in a four day period. Defined by current government as an event leading to the loss of one or more seats in the Provincial legislature.
What is wrong with everyone in this province. We live in the middle of the North Atlantic, we had bad weather, we lost power. It came back. Get over it!
But the power outages were not caused by poor weather, but by ageing and poorly-maintained infrastructure. #darknl is a manifestation of years of bad policy and short-sighted decision-making. That’s why people are angry and frustrated.
The power outages were not due to bad weather but due to the failure of our power system to supply to the entire population while our population decreased by 10% since 1997. As well the failure of our government to manage and upkeep the system appropriately. Some people suggest this failure was to encourage public support for muskrat falls.
Your complacency clearly illuminates the cause for this mess.
We have storms every year, yes, but have we ever had rolling blackouts before? Danny Williams pushed this dam project through with the public’s consent – they had rose-coloured glasses on and sparkles in their eyes after the speeches by smooth-talking ol’ Danny. Dunderdale is just here to push the project to completion and on schedule, so she and her buds get some kickbacks and she can retire. They knew they were going to need investment into our energy infrastructure and the system was older than 30 years old when Danny came into power. Danny saw the kind of economic development in St. John’s that hasn’t been seen since the cod fishery’s prime, yet didn’t want to invest in the public sector to help ensure it was smooth sailing. Dunderdale’s following suit because she’s not a leader, she’s a corporate shill (and a terrible public speaker). To tell people to get over it is the same as telling Dunderdale she doesn’t have to do anything extraordinary under extraordinary circumstances to keep her job – the onus should be on public officials during a time like this to prove their mettle, not cover their behinds and pass the buck. Never seen such gall from a Premier or her supporters in all my life.
Newfoundlanders never shut up about the weather!!
The weather affects our jobs, health and well-being daily. Why would we shut up about it?
Electricity prices are rising and utility bills are getting ugly. They just want to up the power Bill …… ALL SET UP …Be ready for your power bill’s going up …..
Hey Matt, it wasn’t the weather that caused the power system failure! The rolling blackouts started BEFORE the bllizzard. #NALCOReggsinonebasket
“BLUNDERDALE” … A word for all the Mess we are in throughout this province and for Lack of Leadership and lack of Knowledge about what is happening !!!! What happened to all the excess power saved when mills closed down? Did it DRY UP???????
If ” Dunderdale , and her cronies have deliberately set out to gain support for Muskrat(Mushrat) Fall by causing everyone suffering and even worse,,,,there will come a day of Reckoning!!!!!,that is certain!!!!!!!!
There is a force much greater on the watch…………….
Its all fine and dandy when you get cut off from something you are given for free you don’t really have a lot of room to bitch….but when you pay through the nose for electricy and you don’t get it you have the right to bitch as freely as you wish…all the millions of dollars that go into nl hydro they are paid this money for a service…and service they are required to keep maintained and running so that the customers in this province are getting what they pay for…but because they are held hostage by the fat blunder-gale government that we are all to blind to see that we are stuck into a ” sit down and shut up and tske what we give you” kind of state as it seems….and dunderdale says that we are not in a crisis because governent is still open and hospitals and schools are open….number one schools are shut down…number town half the people with non lifethreating illnesses were sent home to conserve power….and the goverment???? Hahaha wouldn’t hurt for the shit show to shut the hell down to try and reset its self….I vote to have steven harper and that fat wale dunderdale taken out of office!!!!!! JACK LAYTON WASTHE MAN!!!!!
Dunderdale Power Outage Incident Analysis: Power Outages = Critical situation = critical time ≠ crisis
Propane fireplace > crisis