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Several years into Covid-19, many of us are vaccinated and boosted, and some of us still wear masks and practise social distancing. As cold and flu season kicks into high gear, a conversation about masking is remerging. But what happens when one person in the household wants to mask up, while the other doesn't? Dr. Betty Rodriguez Rubio is a registered psychologist.
There are more questions about the decision by officials in Stephenville to accept a ride on a private jet owned by billionaire John Risley. The chairman of World Energy GH2 — the company looking to develop wind and green hydrogen in the region — brought four officials back across the Atlantic after a recent trip for a conference in Germany. Risley is downplaying any concerns, but a political scientist says those town officials should never have accepted the ride in the first place. The CBC's Troy Turner has the story.
This is the season when many of us pick up a toy or two for the local Christmas toy drive. When we think toys, most of us immediately consider what YOUNG children might want. But there's a need for gifts for teenagers, too. A few years back, a Deer Lake woman started a toy drive with a focus on older children and youth. Amanda Laite-Rogers is the organizer of the Autumn and Freya Toy Drive for Teens.
If you're a Netflix watcher, you may see a show called "Wednesday" highlighted on the app. It's the new Tim Burton adaptation of The Addams Family. The series is currently among the most popular shows on the streaming network. "Wednesday" also has a Newfoundlander as one of its stars. Percy Hynes White, son of Sherry White and Joel Thomas Hynes. Percy plays Xavier Thorpe, a potential love interest for the main character. The CBC's Melissa Tobin reached the actor at his apartment in Toronto and asked how he became aware of the "Wednesday" project.
Now that December's here, many of us have Christmas on our minds. That often inspires us to give, not only to our families and friends, but to our communities, too. CBC is lending a hand again this holiday season with Feed NL Day on Friday, December 16. It's our annual drive to raise money for food banks across the province. Amanda Molloy is a Communications Producer with CBC.
It was six years ago Wednesday that Jennifer Hillier-Penney of St. Anthony went missing. Since that day in 2016, investigators have been working to solve the case. The RCMP is still hoping someone from the public will come forward with new information. Glenda Power is with the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Online scams to con us out of our money aren't new, but they are getting more and more sophisticated. The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a rise in Facebook scams targetting local buy-and-sell groups. Kristin Matthews is the marketing and communications manager for the Better Business Bureau serving the Atlantic provinces.
When the 103 Search and Rescue Cormorant heads out of Gander on a mission, it's often a very detailed effort, co-ordinated by a team of people. But a recent rescue by the crew was a bit of a surprise effort, with the helicopter in the right place at the right time. CBC's Melissa Tobin looked into the story.
Buy local. Support local. We hear that message again and again all year long, but especially in the lead-up to Christmas. A social enterprise in St. Anthony has started something new, to encourage more people in the area to give their local businesses a boost. St. Anthony Basin Resources Incorporated, or SABRI has issued holiday passports. Christopher Mitchelmore is executive director of SABRI.
Family and friends of Brendan McLean and Breanne Horne of Gander are using the memory of a motor vehicle crash and the loss of their loved ones to make a difference. The July, 2020 head-on collision also took the life of a woman from Lewisporte. Later today and on Wednesday, people who knew Brendan and Bree - and some who might not have - are rolling up their sleeves for a blood donor clinic in their memory. Paige Parrott is Brendan's sister. She joins us by phone this morning.
There's a genetic eye disease native to the island, called "Newfoundland Rod-Cone Dystrophy." James Mercer, originally from Conception Bay North, has the disease and has written a new book about it, "I Sight: The Power of Perception." Jane Green is a geneticist at Memorial University, whose work identified the disease.
Three Stephenville Town Council members and the town manager flew back to Canada on a private jet from Germany last month. They were in Hamburg for a conference on hydrogen energy. The councillors and town manager canceled their commercial reservations to fly on the corporate jet owned by John Risley. He's the billionaire businessman looking to develop energy projects in western Newfoundland. CBC's Troy Turner brought us the story.
A Newfoundland and Labrador production of The Nutcracker will be touring across the island, starting Tuesday in Stephenville. It's being presented by Kittiwake Dance Theatre from St. John's, and will include local dancers at every stop along the tour. Amira Basha is one of those dancers and is a student at Nomad Stages in Stephenville. Martin Vallee is the Artistic Director of Kittiwake Dance Theatre.
We're all feeling the effects of the rising cost of living, at the grocery store, at the fuel pumps, as we turn up the heat in our homes. But for some people in our communities, the increased cost of living cuts even deeper. The number of people who can no longer even afford a place to live is growing. Cyril Tobin is the Executive Director of the Newfoundand and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network.
Now that we've had the first few snowfalls of the season, we've been hearing a lot about snowmobile safety and ice safety. But, something that few of us have thought about is moose hunting safety. Wearing the right clothing, taking a buddy, and letting people know where you're going are all important safety practices. Ed Power of Grand Falls-Windsor was hunting in the Badger area last week, and ran intro trouble on the wet bog that was covered in snow. A problem with his heart left him unable to move on the bog. A bit of a cautionary tale here. Ed Power joined us to talk about his experience.
We're getting an early winter this year, it seems. And, with that, people have their snowmobiles out earlier than usual. As we saw earlier this week, it's an activity that can lead to tragedy. A man died in hospital in Corner Brook on Monday after he'd gone missing while out on snowmobile and was located by searchers in the back-country. RCMP said the man had not been dressed for the weather conditions. We thought this would be a good time for ALL of us to get some snowmobile safety reminders. Stephen Decker is assistant coordinator with Bay of Islands Search and Rescue. His group was not involved in the search for the missing snowmobiler.
Women's shelters are sometimes the only safe place for women and children to turn when they're fleeing from intimate partner violence. But, if you're on the Bonavista Peninsula, you have to travel hundreds of kilometres to find a safe haven. That's because the area doesn't have its own women's shelter. But the Saltwater Community Association is trying to change that. The organization is raising money to buy a house in Bonavista and convert it into a shelter. Former Bonavista mayor Betty Fitzgerald is working with the organization to help the cause.
Entertaining toddlers and finding support as a new parent can be a struggle - especially with the rising cost of everything. A new centre in Gander is hoping to ease the stresses on families in the region - with a new space that's welcome for all. This week, the new Crossroads Family Resource Centre had its grand opening, and the CBC's Melissa Tobin dropped by to check it out.
This week, the federal government announced Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will start paying a new carbon tax on July 1st. The tax will penalize people for burning oil and gas. The provincial government had asked Ottawa to exempt home heating oil from the tax, but that's not going to happen. To find out what that means for homeowners with oil heat, we called Tom Cooper. He's a business professor at Memorial University, and he spoke with CBC's Leigh Anne Power.
When one door closes,...well, you know how the saying goes. And the two people with me in studio live by it. A couple of weeks ago, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador concluded its youth theatre program in Corner Brook. Now, Adam Brake and Allison Crowe have opened a door on a whole new endeavor for young and old alike. It's called "Open Door Theatre."
Most of us think of art as something with a lasting legacy. Think about bronze statues. Or famous paintings, carefully preserved. But an art show in Corner Brook tonight makes a different observation about art. It's called Impermanence - and the art that exists or is created during the show, won't be around by the end of it. Ivan J. White is a Masters student at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. He organized the art show, "Impermanence," as part of his studies.
it's been decades since you could ride the rails in Newfoundland. But that hasn't stopped author Ken Pieroway from writing about the trains of his youth. Pieroway has just put out his third book about the Newfoundland railway. It's called Trains of Newfoundland, and it's full of photos that have never been published until now.
If you've been shopping for lettuce lately, you're feeling the crunch. Imported lettuce is in short supply, driving prices up while quantities are down. Green Head Growers, at Mainland on the Port au Port Peninsula, has been growing lettuce indoors, using hydroponics, for some time now. The company is expanding its operation to produce a lot more greens. Timothy Collier is a co-owner of Green Head Growers.
The Association for New Canadians held an event last week to explore issues of diversity, equity, and anti-racism. The "IDEAS 2022" summit highlighted the impact immigrants are having on communities in this province. The theme this year was "Inspiring Creativity in a Diverse Workplace." Debbie Brown is with the Association for New Canadians. Zuairia Kamal is the winner of the Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Youth Award.
Corner Brook has lost another of its oldest and most beloved citizens. Enid Stevenson passed away Friday, Nov. 18, just 11 days before her 102nd birthday. She was a war bride from Yorkshire, England, and moved to Newfoundland with her husband, David Stevenson, after the Second World War. Enid Stevenson lived a long and full life, as a wife and mother, as well as a nurse, gardener, avid reader, and environmentalist. Bernice Hillier spoke with Enid Stevenson back in 2020, just before her 100th birthday.
A convenience store on the west coast of the island is helping people stay warm this winter. Michelle Payne of Fox's General Store in Corner Brook has been collecting used winter clothes and giving it out for free at her store. Payne has been doing this for the past four winters, but says this year the need is way up. CBC's Cherie Wheeler stopped by Fox's and asked Michelle Payne about the project.
When author Michelle Porter started writing her latest book, she had no idea it would turn into a memoir. In "Scratching River," she tells the story of her family, Métis history and geography. Porter also explores themes of mental health and healing, after a traumatic event happened to her older brother. She spoke with CBC's Melissa Tobin about how it all began. int porter scratching river
For a quarter of a century, Newfoundland and Labrador has been extracting offshore oil from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It's often framed as a big economic success, producing some of the cleanest oil in the world. But two English professors at Memorial University say there are many ways to look at the impact of offshore oil - here and abroad. Fiona Polack and Danine Farquharson are the editors of a collection of essays, called "Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures." They told CBC's Melissa Tobin why it's important to look at offshore oil from multiple perspectives.
People in Newfoundland and Labrador are already feeling the pinch of inflation. Household budgets are stretched to the limit. And, for many families, the holiday season puts them in an even tighter spot. Some may face a very bleak Christmas as a result, but, of course, food banks and community agencies will step up to try to help. Major Jamie Locke is spokesperson for the Salvation Army in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This month, the province's oil and gas industry is marking 25 years since first oil at Hibernia. Steve Tizzard has been working on the platform since the beginning, but it hasn't always been easy. After the crash of Cougar Helicopters Flight 491 back in 2009, he and many of his colleagues had a very tough time coping with their fear, stress and anxiety. He saw a need for better mental health care for offshore workers, so he decided to take it on himself. Steve Tizzard spoke with CBC's Leigh Anne Power.
The City of Corner Brook hopes changes to its public transit system will make it easier for people to get around the city. The bus service is operated by Buckle's Busing, but the City has also been working with local taxi companies and Metrobus in St. John's, to improve the service. One of those changes involves better access to the Western Long Term Care Home. Darren Charters is the Director of Community Services, Engineering, Development and Planning with the City of Corner Brook.
Restaurants in Canada have been just starting to get back to full capacity after the pandemic, with tables no longer required to be spaced apart, and people feeling more comfortable dining out. And then, as restaurants struggle to get back to normal, inflation has hit hard, putting the cost of some ingredients out of reach. Last week, we talked about the price of lettuce forcing some restaurants to take salad off the menu. But that's just one food that's shot up in price. Richard Alexander represents the province with Restaurants Canada.
When people visit Newfoundland and Labrador, they often come for the hospitality and beautiful vistas. But there is no doubt, they will stay for the food. Travel writer Jennifer Leigh Hill was so impressed by some of the offerings from the bed and breakfasts and inns around the island, she wrote a cookbook full of them. We called her up at her winter home in Desert Hot Springs, California to find out more about it.
This is Trans Awareness Week, dedicated to helping people learn more about Trans issues in Canada. It's also a lead-up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 - a day to memorialize victims of transphobic violence. Myka Hollahan is a director and a facilitator with Trans Support NL.
You don't have to look far on the internet to find job postings for lifeguards. From one end of Canada to the other, pools are having a hard time finding people to do lifeguarding or teach swimming lessons. In this province, there have been occasions when pools couldn't open because no qualified staff were available. Barbara Byers is public education director with the Lifesaving Society.
Vancouver-based artist Sylvan Hamburger likes to honour the past in his print-making. He recently visited Newfoundland and Labrador as the Artist in Residence at Terra Nova National Park. Hamburger used an old punt as a subject, to pay tribute to days gone by in Newfoundland. And he did it with the help of students at Holy Cross School in Eastport. Sylvan Hamburger spoke with the CBC's Melissa Tobin about his trip, and what he learned from the experience.
NL's shortage of radiation therapists has led to the closing of one of the four radiation treatment suites in St. John's. Some cancer patients are being offered treatment in Toronto to make up for the backlog, but a woman in Grand Falls-Windsor says it's not that simple. Mary Kelly has breast cancer, and when she was offered radiation treatment out of the province, she declined.
Mi'kmaw people in this province will be tackling some tough subjects in the coming days. They'll be asked about their experiences with racism, discrimination, and prejudice. It's part of a process to develop a National Action Plan for the implementation of he UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or UNDRIP. Ottawa passed it into law last year. Keith Cormier is working for the Assembly of First Nations on engagement sessions about UNDRIP.
Respiratory illnesses are surging in parts of Canada, and our province may not be far behind. The choice to wear a mask or not in most public spaces is still a personal one. Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced on Tuesday that the province won't be mandating masks again for the time being. So will you mask up in public? CBC's James Grudic asked people on the streets of Corner Brook.
After more than a year of work, there's finally a brand new Doppler radar on Marble Mountain. And that means more precise forecasting for communities hundreds of kilometres away. The new radar is part of upgrades across Canada. David Neil is with Environment Canada.
Earlier this week on the show, we heard from Dr. Mark Smallwood. He's a Corner Brook doctor whose already seeing a rise in patients with respiratory illnesses looking for medical help. Medical professionals right across the country are saying they expect this flu season to be a serious one. Springdale's Dr. Todd Young says he can help out more patients, but the current MCP cap on funded patient virtual appointments is preventing it. He's a family physician and operator of Medicuro virtual clinic, and is asking government to lift that cap.
This is Nurse Practitioner's week in Canada. With a shortage of nurses and the resulting emergency room closures and diversions in this province, nurse practitioners are vital to our healthcare system. To talk about how they can help fix the problems with access to care - what to do when they're asked to do too much - we' spoke with Yvette Coffey. She's the president of the Registered Nurses Union of Newfoundland and Labrador.