Flatrock, north of St. John’s, is located 2,743 km away from Parliament Hill. It would take approximately 35 hours to drive -- or two hours and 45 minutes to fly the 1,770 km from St. John’s International Airport.
St. John's East includes the northeastern portion of the Avalon Peninsula and the northern part of the city of St. John’s. It also includes Bell Island, Little Bell Island, and Kelly's Island.
Located on Conception Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, St. John’s East has a maritime climate, meaning the summers are shorter and cooler than the mainland. Winters are colder than southern areas of the province and the riding often experiences high winds and storms.
About 6% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, the United States, and China.
Mandarin and Arabic are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 3% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $55,726.
The Mile One Centre in St. John’s is home to the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps, and the arena also hosts a range of concerts, exhibitions, and other sporting events. St. John’s East also includes The Rooms -- a cultural centre that includes the Newfoundland Museum, Provincial Archives, and Art Gallery -- and the Holy Heart Theatre, which features a number of live performances.
The reason behind the St. John’s name is shrouded in mystery. They include John Cabot landing on the site on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the Waterford River being named the St. John’s River by Portuguese explorers who put it on a map, a British sailor naming it after the parish of St. John’s, and the island of Newfoundland as a whole could have been called ‘St. John’s Island’, with the city name being a shortened form of that.
St. John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, making the provincial government the main employer in the city. Memorial University is another major provider of jobs, along with private businesses and the retail sector.
Oil is the most important industry in St. John’s. Offshore oil production began in 1997 and has since grown to account for 50% of the province’s GDP.
Ever present is the risk of oil spills, which would devastate not only the environment of St. John’s East but well beyond.
Sustainability is one of the values in Memorial University’s mission statement. Under this umbrella the university runs programs such as the Bottled Water Free Pledge, which aims to eliminate the distribution of plastic water bottles at all university events.
Established in 1925, Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador. It has four campuses spread across the province with a total of 18,500 students. The name of the university is a testament to those Newfoundlanders who served and lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.