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Borrowing time

IF APRIL is the cruellest month, then this year it was particularly harsh for Newfoundland and Labrador residents. The provincial Liberal government announced plans to close 54 of its 95 regional library branches – the majority located within the province’s poorest regions with the lowest literacy rates. A week earlier, a 10 per cent sales tax on books was introduced into the province’s budget. Educators, activists, and the literary community immediately came down on the government for its shortsightedness. In the online publication The Independent, authors Lisa Moore and Eve Crocker wrote a passionate editorial, stating, “The cuts to libraries and the tax on books threaten the very essence of what we all want to save, what is unique and powerful about this place: who we are as reflected in the stories we tell.”

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