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November 2012 Archives

More Illegal Dumping in Central NL

Dumping around the corner from the dump. We hear from a town official in Norris Arm about recent illegal dumping in the community and from the Central Regional Waste Management Authority.

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Changes to the Brookfield-Bonnews Health Centre

People in New-Wes-Valley area fear the possible loss of their nurse practitioner could jeopardize their health care.

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The Fishing Vessels of the Future

We hear about better vessel design for the fishery of the future from inshore fisherman George Feltham.
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Evidence Out

We hear about the evidence that the courts threw out from the investigation into the death of Chrissy Predham Newman. We'll also hear how police respond to the acquittal of Ray Newman, the man who had been charged with killing her.

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Rent Out of Control in Clarenville

Rent is through the roof in Clarenville. We'll hear from a town councillor about affordable housing there.

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No Plan Insight for the Forest Industry

Forestry workers in Central Newfoundland can't see the future for the trees. We talk to a consultant about what he sees as neglect of the industry.
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The Grocery Bags come to NL

Cooking up a scoff.  A taste of Trinity Bay is airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Casting Call for Fisherpeople

The search is on for fishermen and women for a TV pilot about the Newfoundland fishing industry. We'll tell you how you can audition.

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Accordion Theft

Two accordions were stolen in a break-in at the Apostolic Church
in Birchy Bay recently.
The small congregation of 10 discovered the theft on Sunday.
Reporter David Zelcer spoke to Pastor Eric Compton.
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Darlene's Project

The comforts of home...
We hear why a community group in Triton built a new house for one of their own. 
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Iphone app for cancer care

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. Then there's keeping track of appointments, medication and a person's overall well-being. Well, like everything else these days, there's an app now to help cancer patients organize their lives. Patient Passport is available for iPhone, iPads and iPods. It comes thanks to the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre. Lynette Hillier is their executive director and she dropped by our studio to show us how it works...

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Hockey fan's bad luck

A die-hard hockey fan in Gander is hoping she won't be third time lucky -- or unlucky, in this case. Linda Hardiman was hit the the head with a puck during a game in late October. She says she wasn't cut and the bump went down within a couple of days. Then this Sunday, she was sitting in the very same seat when the same thing happened. Hardiman ducked, but not quickly enough. She was cut and there was lots of blood, but Hardiman says there was a doctor in the house.

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Snowmobile Federation on this year's rules

Last week, the government passed new legislation giving police and other authorities more power to stop snowmobile riders without trail passes and issue tickets. Gloria Knowlton chairs the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation. She speaks with host Melissa Tobin.

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Failed deal for old mill

Last May, provincial Natural Resources minister Jerome Kennedy confirmed a company was interested in setting up shop in the former Abitbi-Bowater mill in Grand Falls-Windsor. Kennedy wouldn't name the company, but said it proposed making wood pellets at the site. At the time, he said, negotiations were serious. Now, the company involved, York Energy, says the government abruptly cancelled the negotiatons and has killed the deal. Leigh Anne Power, host of the CBC Morning Show in Gander, has been looking into the story.

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Beaverbrook Antimony Mine closure

The days are numbered for the Beaverbrook Antimony Mine near Glenwood.  Most of the workers will be laid off in the middle of January.  There are 104 permanent workers at the mine.  Around 10 will stay on doing maintenance, security and exploration.  Reporter David Zelcer spoke to Glenwood Mayor Darren Bursey.

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Cheif Hockey NL ref on Keith Russell controversy

Yesterday on our show, we heard from Shawn Crann.  He's a hockey dad in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and he's defending MHA Keith Russell.  Last weekend, Russell was coaching at a youth hockey game and was ejected for yelling obscenities.  Don Kelly takes exception to placing blame on the officials for bad behaviour by coaches.

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Political panel - November 22

From the Muskrat Falls debate to MHA Keith Russell's outburst at a hockey game, there's lots to talk about in Newfoundland politics. And we've assembled our political panel to have a chat.  Leigh Ann speaks with former PC Premier Tom Rideout, former Liberal Cabinet Minister Kay Young, and Junior Downey, an NDP supporter in Grand Falls-Windsor.

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Curling blind

VISUAL - or Visually Impaired Students and Seniors Undertaking Active Living - organize activities for the blind or visually impaired. They'll be in Grand Falls - Windsor this Friday to spread their message in Central Newfoundland. Don Connolly is a coordinator with VISUAL. Melissa Tobin spoke with him from his home in St. John's.

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Geography professor on landslides

Norm Catto says landslides like the recent one east of Clarinville are something we should be prepared for. He's a geography professor at Memorial University . The CBC's Melissa Tobin called him to find out what might have caused Saturday's slide.

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Workplace related breast cancer

New research released this week says a woman's place of work can increase her risk of developing breast cancer. Jim Brophy is the lead researcher on the study. Leigh Ann reached him at his home in Ontario.

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The study was paid for, in part, by the National Network on Environment and Women's Health. That group is one of six reasearch organizations across the country focused on the health and well-being of women that will soon lose their federal government funding. The cuts are part of the omnibus budget bill passed for 2012 by the Harper government. Dayna Scott heads up the network, Leigh Ann reached her in Toronto.

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The Cost of Trade with the EU

As the federal government moves closer to signing a major trade agreement with Europe, we find out what CETA will mean for this province.
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Raising the rate of foster families in NL

We talk to foster parents about the need for more families to open their hope to needy children. 
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11yr old wins National award for video of Silver Fox Island

We find out about a resettled community in Bonavista Bay from 11 year old Matthew Rogers, who is now an award-winning film maker.

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Catalina Elementary Supporters Feeling Frustrated

The Friends of Catalina Elementary met in Port Union last night. The group is fighting to prevent the planned closure of Catalina Elementary, which would then see children bused to Bonavista for school. Tom Cooper is a parent and attended last night's meeting.
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Glovertown Academy Prepares to Go Off the Grid

Schools across the province are finding all kinds of ways to kids about the realities of climate change. Students plant trees and measure rainfall, just to name a couple. Not many of them plan to take their entire school off the power grid and run it on green energy instead. That's what's happening at Glovertown Academy. Emily Dobbin is the teacher supervising the project, and Andrew Pike is one of the students involved.
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Why CETA Might Hurt The Province's Economy

The federal government is almost ready to sign a new trade agreement with the European Union. The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, will tighten rules protecting copyright and intellectual property. It will also lift import tariffs and open the door to sharing technology and information. Critics of the deal say there will be negative consequences for the cost of drugs and for the environment.

Marilyn Reid represents Citizens against CETA, and is part of a coalition asking questions about the agreement.

 

 

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Central Health Addresses Concerns About Nursing Changes

The Nurses Union held a large rally in St. John's last week to protest changes to Central Health. The union says Registered Nurses are being displaced in favour of Licenced Practical Nurses who are cheaper to employee.

Reporter David Zelcer sat down with the Chief Nursing Officer for Central Health... Trudy Stuckless... to get her take on what's planned.

 

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Education Expert Warns Rural Towns They Could Be Next for School Closures

Over the past several weeks we've been following the plight of Catalina Elementary.
It's one of five schools in the province originally slated for closure by the Eastern School district. At least two of those schools have received some kind of reprieve and won't close to all students.But Catalina remains on the chopping block.


Dr. Dennis Mulcahy is an education professor at Memorial University in St. John's, with a special interest in rural schools. He speaks with David Newell.

 

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Author Joan Sullivan talks about her new book, In the Field

A new book takes a look at the life and death of a Newfoundland Regiment soldier, and how he continues to affect lives in the province.

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A Gander Vet heads to Ottawa for Rememberance Day

Gander veteran Reverend Wesley Oake shares his memories before he heads to Ottawa to remember and honour his Newfoundland Regiment comrades.

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The Fight Continues for Catalina Elementary

Parents Catalina parents have got a lot to say about the decision to keepthe Swift Current school, or at least part of it, open. And we hear from MHA for Bonavista North on about what he says he is doing to fight for the school to stay.

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Prepping Your Wallet for Christmas

Christmas is only 46 days away. We talk to a finance and debt counsellor for some tips on how to survive over the next 6 weeks.

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Managing Workers' Compensation

Employers say the workers' compensation system is hurting their ability to compete. We'll find out what they suggest should be done. And hear from the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission on why premiums are so high.

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Botwood's New Addiction Treatment Centre

A new addictions treatment centre is opening soon in Central Newfoundland... and without government involvement.

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Peter Penashue Speaks in the House of Commons

What a day! Peter Penashue breaks his silence in the House of Commons and then scrums with reporters.

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Limiting the Garbage in Badger

Paying the price... One Central Newfoundland town is going to start charging residents if they have too much garbage.

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Nurses in Central Prepare for More Cuts

Central Health and its nurses are in conflict again. We speak to the president of the nurse's union about the latest controversy.


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Paying Back after the Spending Scandal

CBC reporter Rob Antle explains what the province is doing to try to get back taxpayer's money ripped off during the House of Assembly spending scandal.

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Joel Plaskett Comes to Central NL

From Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to one of Canada's biggest indie rockers. We talk to Joel Plaskett as he gets ready to play shows in Central Newfoundland.

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Inside Operation: Roadrunner

Reporter David Cochrane give us a previews at CBC's exclusive look inside one of the biggest drug investigations in the province's history.

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War Pigeons

We find out how pigeons played a big part in winning the WWII and  tell you about an intriguing discovery in England.

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A Piece of the World Trade Centres Comes to Appleton

The Peace Park in Appleton will soon have a meaningful monument installed. We hear from Mayor Derm Flynn about a piece of the World Trade Centres that just arrived in the town,

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Changes to Employment Insurance

An EI pilot project ends after 7 years and the change will leave seasonal workers out in the cold. We speak with Paul Kean, a long-time fish plant worker and union rep in Valleyfield,who will be affected by the changes.

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Central NL wins big at the NLOWE Gala

A Central woman takes home a top prize at the NLOWE Awards held last week. We chat with Katherine Hiscock from Beautiful Rock.

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Bill Rowe's new novel, Rosie O'Dell

Author Bill Rowe is back with a new book. This time he takes a break from politics with a novel.

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Geology on the Edge

Living on the edge. Geologist Paul Dean explains a new program that will bring geologists to Fogo and Change Islands.

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A Report Card on Our Schools

We talk to the provincial education minister, Clyde Jackman, about the report card on their safe and caring schools policy.

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HNL weighs in on Bodychecking

We ask the director of HNL, Craig Tulk, his thoughts on a new recommendation by doctors to introduce bodychecking at a later age in kids' development.

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Child Care Issues Clarenville

Clarenville is growing, but that means there's no place for small children. We talk about the daycare situation in a booming community.

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The Barra MacNeils Celebrate 25 Years

The Barra MacNeils are celebrating 25 years of making music this year. We talk to band member Steward MacNeil about the past quarter of a century and what they've got in store.

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Food Bank Usage Down in Newfoundland and Labrador

We talk to the head of the provincial Food Sharing Association about some encouraging statistics announced this week.

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Stuck in NYC

A fun trip to New York city for a couple of Gander women and their daughters turned into a much bigger adventure than anyone expected.

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Gander's Fritz Spiess Award Winner

He's had a hand in some of the most recognized TV ads made in Canada and now he's been honoured for his work. We talk to Mick Griffin,  who has mastered the art of video editing.

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Diane's Story Pt. 3

Surviving and moving on. We have the final part of our interview the Newfoundland woman who was kidnapped for nearly a month.

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Rambler goes Commercial

Today's a big day for Rambler Metals and Mining. We speak with CEO George Ogilvie to find out why.

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Biodegradable Twine for Crab Pots

Crab fisherman in this province will be using a new type of twine on their pots next year. John Boland of the FFAW explains.

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