It's possible Newfoundland could separate, although I detect no great desire for it. Many people are still convinced Confederation was a mistake.
As for the DUMB project, it's just a revival of an April Fool's joke from the Seventies.
I was maybe ten and home sick, watching Take 30 with Paul Soles. (Sadly, I was a little old beyond my years).
Mr. Soles was interviewing a man passing himself off as an engineer, and he looked and sounded the part (i.e., like my father). This was in the OPEC embargo/high oil price/shortage years, when conservation was all the rage.
He described a scheme to drill a series of big holes in the isthmus connecting Nova Scotia to New Brunswick.
Then, he said, compressed air would be forced down the holes to bedrock, which he said was sedimentary, in nearly-flat layers. (Oddly, I've never checked on this claim, though I could do so easily). The air would delaminate the rock, forcing the layers apart and allowing NS to drift off shore.
A couple of huge motors along the north shore would then propel NS down to near the coast of Florida, allowing for huge savings in oil costs and coincidentally giving the province a bit boost in tourism, as frozen Canadians went there instead of Florida or Mexico on winter holidays.
All this said quite gravely and seriously, with a perfectly straight face.
The best part was how many people fell for it. Next week the CBC was deluged with outraged letters, most apparently not sent in jest. Or so I remember -- perhaps only a couple of people got (as we used to say) fished in.
[ August 18, 2001: Message edited by: 'lance ]