A sad tale of outport Newfoundland.
The provincial government has decreed that the isolated community of Little Bay Islands is over, finished. As of the 31st of December, all life support - ferry service, electricity and water - will be no more.
The province found it much cheaper to buy out the homes of the remaining residents and relocate them to more convenient, less costly towns. From The Guardian:
The tiny island community in Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador, is home to 54 year-round residents, and more in the summertime.
Most families have been here for generations, subsisting on the once-booming fishing industry.
But on 31 December, electricity and water will be switched off and ferry service discontinued. Little Bay Islands is the latest isolated village to agree to resettle on the mainland as part of the province’s community relocation policy, which offers government compensation to people who leave remote areas.Are we losing our connections to our past? It sometimes does feel that way.