One of the bittersweet aspects of living in Newfoundland is that while people cherish their communities, they're often forced to leave them.
It's always been that way and it marks Newfoundland and Labrador's history deeply.
As the National Post reports, the village of Little Bay Islands now finds itself wrestling with a tough decision: agree to a provincially funded resettlement plan that would pay remaining residents tens of thousands of dollars to leave, or stay to watch their economically bereft community inevitably die.
Despite the riches that offshore oil and gas development have brought in recent years, life on The Rock remains tenuous. Governments have struggled with the issue since before it joined Confederation in 1949.
In the 1960s, a federal-provincial resettlement program depopulated Newfoundland's outports. Many were demolished so people wouldn't return but the province still is dotted some 300 abandonedRead More »from Another Newfoundland village set to join hundreds of other abandoned settlements