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SUBJECT: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vital Signs 2019 report released

DATE: Nov. 6

From the economy to food security, from health to climate change, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vital Signs report delves into the issues facing our province and what organizations and individuals are doing about them to help improve our communities.
The 2019 Vital Signs report, a shared initiative between the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, uses quality of life indicators, expert commentaries and case studies to shine a spotlight on current issues and significant aspects of life in Newfoundland and Labrador.

'Tackle those challenges'
“For this year’s report, we took a deeper dive into fewer topic areas and tried to highlight some of the challenges we’re facing today that are going to have even more significant impacts into the future," said Dr. Rob Greenwood, Memorial’s associate vice-president of public engagement and external relations, and director of the Harris Centre.

"For example, what impact climate change will have on the province; how shifting demographics can impact the workforce; and how the province can take a more active role in feeding itself. We also wanted to highlight some of the innovative things people are doing to tackle those challenges head-on.”

Quality of life
As part of a unique partnership with Saltwire Network, the full report will be circulated in every copy of The Telegram and The Western Star newspapers on Saturday, Nov. 9, and in the regional weekly papers throughout the following week.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Paul McDonald, chair, board of directors, Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The report enables us to not only take a critical look at the challenges faced by our province, but also provides a tool for us to support local solutions to improve quality of life.”
The report can be viewed online and was made possible with the support of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, the N.L. Association of CBDCs, the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.

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