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(May 2, 2002, Gazette)

"We did a survey of the fourth-year [medical] students to see how much debt they have accumulated and whether they can afford to stay in Newfoundland after they graduate. The survey showed that the students owe on average $87,000. The majority of the students said they would like to stay here but an overwhelming majority said they would likely work elsewhere to pay off their loans."

— Jamie Tibbo (B.Sc. (Hons) ’98), second-year medical student, in an interview with Jim Brown on the CBC Morning Show.

"I don’t like to use the word artist, because people who use the word a lot are heavily funded, and may be pretty boring when you see their work."

C. Lorne Elliott, former marine biology student (1970), playwright and comedian commenting on his comedic career, reported in the Globe and Mail.

"These findings are pretty disturbing. No matter how much we restrict our fisheries there’s no chance of the Gulf stocks rebuilding without something being done about the seals."


Earl McCurdy (BA (Hons.) ’72), president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union, responding to a report on the negative impact of seals on the fish stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reported in the Telegram.

"We have concentrated on providing rural physicians with Canadian content on the Web portal. Rural doctors can take nationally accredited courses, access medical libraries and health-related Web links, build their own Web site, and discuss medical matters [through the portal] with their peers across the country."

— Fran Kirby (B.Sc ’84, B.Ed. ’92, M.Ed. ’92), manager of professional development, Faculty of Medicine, at the launch of a new Web portal (RuralMDcme.ca) hosted by the Office of Professional Development, reported in MUNMED.

"I would be … surprised if the preponderance of view is that everything in the relationship [with Canada] has been rosy and it’s been a wonderful experience. I’m one Newfoundlander and Labradorian [sic] who doesn’t believe that. I might even appear before this crowd myself."

— Roger Grimes (B.Ed. ‘72, B.Sc. ’72, M.Ed. ’88), premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, when asked what he would do if the newly appointed Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada recommends separation from Canada, reported in the Telegram.


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