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St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island, Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is North America's easternmost city.

Its name has been attributed to the Nativity of John the Baptist, when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497 and to a Basque fishing town with the same name. Existing on maps as early as 1519, it is one of the oldest cities in North America. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1888. With a metropolitan population of approximately 219,207 (as of 1 July 2017), the St. John's Metropolitan Area is Canada's 20th largest metropolitan area and the second largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Atlantic Canada, after Halifax.

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The Rooms is a cultural facility in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The facility opened in 2005 and houses the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its name, as well as its architecture, is a reference to the simple gable-roofed sheds, called "fishing rooms", that were once so common at the waterline in Newfoundland fishing villages.

The Rooms is located on the former site of Fort Townsend, an 18th-century military fort, on a hill overlooking downtown St. John's. Since its construction it has competed with its neighbour, Basilica of St. John the Baptist, for the dominance of the St. John's skyline.


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Siobhán Coady (/ʃəˈvɔːn/; born November 11, 1960) is a Canadian businesswoman and politician from Newfoundland and Labrador. Coady was the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of St. John's South–Mount Pearl from 2008 to 2011.

Under leader Stéphane Dion Coady was the critic for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2009, she was appointed by then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as the party's critic for Treasury Board and Ethics and Special Advisor to the Leader on Canadian Business. Coady lost her seat in the 2011 federal election to New Democrat Ryan Cleary. She announced in July 2011, that she would be a candidate for the Liberal Party's presidency at the party's convention in January 2012.



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