Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Town of Paradise|
|Province||Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Settled||late 19th century|
|• Mayor||Dan Bobbett|
|• MHA||David Brazil
|• MP||Jack Harris|
|• Total||29.24 km2 (11.29 sq mi)|
|• Density||430.4/km2 (1,115/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)|
|Website||The Town of Paradise|
Paradise is a town on the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The town is a part of the St. John's Metropolitan Area and borders the City of St. John's, the City of Mount Pearl, the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, and the town of Conception Bay South. According to the 2011 Canadian census the population of Paradise is 17,695, after recording a 41% increase in population over five years.
While parts of Paradise have been inhabited since the late nineteenth-century, its growth only took off in the 1960s and 1970s as a "bedroom community" of nearby St. John's, and has grown at a rapid pace since. In the early 1990s, the Town of Paradise was amalgamated with the Town of St. Thomas. Other developed areas which had previously been administered by the St. John's Metropolitan Board, an agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, were also amalgamated with Paradise. These areas are Three Island Pond, Topsail Pond, Elizabeth Park, and Evergreen Village. Recently, Paradise has been identified by Statistics Canada as the fastest-growing municipality in Atlantic Canada.
- Paradise is the starting point for the annual Tely 10 road race, one of the oldest races in Canada. The race begins near Octagon Pond in Paradise before heading towards Mount Pearl.
The town crest of Paradise was created by a former town council member and one time mayor, "Black" Arch Janes in 1986. He also provided an explanation of what each element of the crest represented.
- The animal in the top of the crest is a caribou, which is currently the Provincial animal of Newfoundland.
- There are two bulldogs holding up the crest. These are the representation of Britain's Royal Navy. Newfoundland was a protectorate of Great Britain before becoming a province of Canada in 1949.
- The cross located on the center of the crest is a representation of the Christian religion on which the laws of Newfoundland are founded.
- The gear and electric bolt located in the top two portions of the crest represent industry in the community.
- The lower left corner of the crest bears a tree. This symbol is a representation of the town's name. Paradise in Greek means a park.
- The final symbol, located in the lower right corner is a sled filled with wood. This symbol represents Paradise's past industry, which was primarily in the wood industry.
This information was collected from the official town website, see below.
The War memorial located at the town hall was also designed by Arch Janes before his death in 1987.
The Paradise town council is made up of a mayor, deputy mayor, and five councillors. The current mayor of the town is Dan Bobbett, a former Paradise Town Councillor. Paradise is part of three provincial electoral districts; Conception Bay East and Bell Island, represented by David Brazil as of December 2010, and Topsail, which is represented by Paul Davis. Steve Kent, the MHA for Mount Pearl North, also represents a small part of the Elizabeth Park subdivision in Paradise, near the Mount Pearl border. Dianne Whalen was the mayor of Paradise for 18 years before entering provincial politics in 2003.
2009 mayoral election controversy
On September 30, it was announced that Coombs had won the election, making him the youngest mayor in Canada. He had beat Wiseman by three votes, having 1,821 votes compared to Wiseman's 1,818. However, a recount revealed that the two were tied. Under Newfoundland and Labrador's Municipal Elections Act, a draw is used to determine the winner if a recount results in a tie. Wiseman was announced the mayor when a piece of paper with his name was drawn out of a recycle bin that contained both his name and Coombs'. Coombs planned on requesting a judicial recount and recommended that another election be held.
On October 6, a judge ordered that the results be recounted again, which took place on October 13. The following day it was announced that the recount resulted in another tie. Joyce Moss, the town's chief returning officer, stated that the result from the random draw will stand, resulting in Wiseman remaining as the town's mayor.
|Population in 2011||17,695|
|Population change from 2006||40.6%|
|Median age (2011)||35.2|
|Total number of dwellings (2011)||6,906|
|Land area (km².)||29.24|
|Population Density (per km²) (2011)||605.2|
|Source - Statistics Canada |
- NL Municipal Elections Act
- The Practice of Breaking a Tie by means of a Recycling Bin replacing the Town Clerk having the tie-breaking vote
- Social Media Groups calling for the abolition of the use of a Recycling Bin to break a tie with another mechanism, such as an Instant Run-off Election
- List of cities and towns in Newfoundland and Labrador
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "2009 Newfoundland & Labrador Municipal Elections Results". Newfoundland Television. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Paradise mayor's race won by 19-year-old". CBC.ca. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Paradise, N.L., chooses mayor by draw". CBC.ca. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Recount Paradise election again: N.L. judge". CBC.ca. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Incumbent sworn in as Paradise mayoral race ends in another tie". The Globe and Mail. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "Census Profile - Paradise". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
||Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, St. John's|
|Conception Bay South||Mount Pearl|
|Conception Bay South, St. John's|