Stand Up N' Fight (For Our Land) (Bob Porter)
#1869: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

I grew up on the northern part of the island,
I learned to love her and hate her as well;
Been on my mind now for such a long time,
I'm longing to see her and someday I will.

Harbours and inlets all along the shoreline,
Fishing boats tied up to community piers;
They're built by people who lived
in those small towns,
Most of those families no longer live there.

Well, I'm proud of the people
from old Newfoundland,
Many's a hardship, they all took their stand;
We got Voisey Bay and a Churchill Falls plan,
Tobin, they say you're the man.
So! Stand up and fight for our land.

My Dad was a workin' man all of his life,
At a job that he hated, that's how he survived;
Things they weren't easy, he said we'll get by,
If I'm half the man he is, I can hold my head high.

And my Mom was a working woman,
handing out mail,
From Monday to Sunday it never would fail;
After Church Sunday morning or late in the night,
She'd hand out your letters with heartfelt delight.

And I'm proud of the people from old Newfoundland,
Many's a hardship, they all took their stand;
We got Voisey Bay and a Churchill Falls plan,
Tobin, they say you're the man.
So! Stand up and fight for our land.

And I'm proud of the people from old Newfoundland,
Many's a hardship, they all took their stand;
We got Voisey Bay and a Churchill Falls plan,
Tobin, they say you're the man.
So! Stand up and fight for our land.

####.... Bob Porter © Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
The video above features a recording by Bob Porter and Talk Of The Rock (Our Piece Of Ground, trk#5, 1999, Big Records, Edmonton, Alberta).

See more songs by Bob Porter.

From Wikipedia:

Brian Vincent Tobin - PC (Queen's Privy Council For Canada) was born October 21, 1954 in Stephenville, Newfoundland, and is a Canadian businessman and former politician. He served as the sixth Premier of Newfoundland from 1996 to 2000, was also a prominent Member of Parliament, and served as a Cabinet Minister in Jean Chrétien's Liberal federal government. During his time as premier, Tobin pursued tough negotiations with out-of-province companies seeking to export resources for refining and smelting elsewhere. He insisted that the resources will never be mined unless Newfoundlanders received secondary manufacturing and tertiary service spin-offs. A similar tough stance was taken in seeking to develop the Lower Churchill River, keeping in mind the contract his predecessor Joey Smallwood had negotiated.

Lower Churchill Falls Project - planned hydroelectric project in Labrador, Canada, to develop the remaining 35 per cent of the Churchill River that has not already been developed by the Churchill Falls Generating Station. The Lower Churchill's two installations at Gull Island and Muskrat Falls will have a combined capacity of over 3,074 MW and be able to provide 16.7 Terawatt hours of electricity per year.

According to former Premier Brian Tobin, as Labrador borders Québec, when an agreement was being negotiated to sell the power generated at Churchill Falls, the power either had to be sold to an entity within Québec or it had to pass through Québec. The government of Québec refused to allow power to be transferred through Québec and would only accept a contract in which the power was sold to Québec. Because of this monopsony situation, Hydro-Québec received very favourable terms on the power sale contract. The contract was negotiated to run for a 65-year timespan, running until the year 2041, and according to former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, Hydro-Québec reaps profits from the Upper Churchill contract of approximately $1.7 billion per year, while Newfoundland and Labrador receives $63 million a year.

According to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Hydro-Québec has reaped more than $19 billion in profits while Newfoundland has received only $1 billion in revenues from the Churchill Falls project. Québec refused to renegotiate the project, which doesn't expire until 2041. Due to the coercion involved in that deal, Newfoundland and Labrador has sought an alternate route for the Lower Churchill Project that bypasses Québec.

A $6.2 billion deal between Newfoundland and Labrador's Nalcor Energy and Halifax-based Emera was announced on November 18, 2010. Nalcor Energy will spend $2.9 billion to build a power generating facility at Muskrat Falls, while Emera will invest $1.2-billion in the Maritime Transmission Link underwater power connection and $600 million in the Muskrat Falls facility in exchange for 20% of the 800-megawatts of capacity.

Construction of the first phase (Muskrat Falls Generating Facility, Labrador-Island Transmission Link and Maritime Transmission Link) is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, while the second phase (Gull Island Generating Facility) will not proceed until electricity demand strengthens.

The project is expected to provide a long-term, sustainable, and renewable energy supply that will enable rate stability and energy security for the province, leading to increased economic growth. It will also enable the retirement of the inefficient Holyrood Thermal Generating Station, which will address air quality issues from burning fuel oil for electricity generation.

With the completion of Phase 1, Newfoundland and Labrador will have an electricity system that will be over 98% carbon free. The development of Muskrat Falls will avoid approximately 96 million tonnes of emissions by 2065, a significant number for a small province.

Voisey's Bay - location of a nickel mine in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, in hills along the western shore of the bay of the same name.

The question of where Voisey ore would be processed had previously been one of the obstacles to developing the site, with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador demanding that a facility be built in the province to provide jobs there, while Inco workers in Sudbury and Thompson were simultaneously threatening to strike if the ore was not sent to their existing facilities in order to preserve and protect their jobs. The existing workers in Sudbury, Ontario and Thompson, Manitoba eventually accepted a compromise, in which the ore would be shipped to their facilities until 2011, when a new facility being built in Newfoundland is ready to begin operations, with the profits in Sudbury and Thompson reinvested in developing new mining sites in those communities. In November 2008 the honorable Kathy Dunderdale Minister of Natural Resources, announced that construction should start in 2009 to build a $2B hydromet plant in Long Harbour on Newfoundland's south coast.


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