The dichotomy of views about Newfoundland and Labradorians has always surprised me. The amount of brave, artistic, creative, and inspirational people in this province is incredible. Yet the perception, especially from our Canadian Sister provinces is nothing short of hateful in all too many instances.
The article below on seashepherd.blogspot.com illustrated this duality of thought very well. A couple of other links on the topic are thrown in for good measure:
Face of a Racist and Faces of a Race - "The Good Shepherd"
Canada's "N" Word - previous post on Newfoundlandincanada
Terms of Endearment - Myles Higgins
Newfoundland Heros - Averill Baker