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Labrador Morning
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Labrador Morning

Start your day with a complete up to date look at Labrador Transportation and Weather right from the first Good Morning at 6 am. And, stay with us for interesting stories from all across Labrador. Labrador Morning is where you'll find out what's happening in your communities. Join us weekdays starting at 6 am , 6:30 south of Black Tickle.

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Mokami Players present Sound of Music

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The hills of Happy Valley-Goose Bay are alive with the sound of music. Mokami Players is presenting the classic at the Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre this week, running until Sunday. More than 60 people are involved with the community production featuring a live band. Labrador Morning reporter John Gaudi dropped by the theatre to speak with some of the cast.


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Northerners call for boycott of North West Company stores

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It's expensive to feed yourself, and your family, in Labrador -- and the further North you go, the more you're going to pay. Whether it's the difference between prices in Newfoundland and in Labrador, between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Nain, or between Labrador and Nunavut, there's no question things cost more in the North. Companies are supposed to pass on savings from a federal subsidy, but they're not required to prove that's actually happening -- and there are questions being raised about whether it is. Feeding My Family is a food security group based in Nunavut. It's calling for a one-day boycott of North West Company stores on Saturday. Leesee Papatsie is the group's founder, and she spoke to Labrador Morning host Matt McCann from her home in Iqaluit.

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Labrador West's housing bubble is deflating rapidly

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The boom-and-bust economy in western Labrador is now officially in the bust phase. About 500 people were thrown out of well-paid work last fall when Cliffs Natural Resources closed its iron ore mine in Wabush. The consequences of a plummetting price for iron ore are still sinking in for many in the region. The CBC's Terry Roberts visited Labrador West recently to talk to people affected by the downturn. He spoke with Labrador Morning host Matt McCann.


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Residents upset over new Labrador West oncology suite

Posted by Matt Mccann

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When the new hospital in Labrador West finally opened a few months ago -- late and overbudget -- there was still much excitement and hype. It's a brand new, multi-million dollar, state of the art building. That's why some residents are upset about the new oncology suite. They say the room is too small, and too dismal -- especially for a new hospital. Sandra Burke should know. A few years ago she was getting cancer treatments in St. John's.  Last week, she saw the oncology room in Labrador West for the first time -- and she's not happy.  She spoke with Labrador Morning host Matt McCann. 

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Northern Exposure 2015 kicks off

Posted by Matt Mccann

Muskrat Falls is years away from first power, but one thing it has been generating from the beginning is excitement among some of the business community in Labrador. Its sanctioning brought the promise of prosperity -- at least in the short term -- to business owners in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Now, a few years on, people are wondering what happens next. The Labrador North Chamber of Commerce is in St. John's this week, hoping to figure that out. Northern Exposure 2015 kicks off today. Sterling Peyton is the president of the chamber. He spoke with Labrador Morning host Bailey White.   After that, you'll hear from local business owner Buck Burden, who says many people in the community have been feeling let down economically, ever since the work camp was built on the Muskrat Falls site.

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Speaking out

Posted by Tony Dawson

Ralph Rumbolt has been convicted of five sex offences against underage girls in his hometown of Mary’s Harbour on the south coast of Labrador. The 52-year-old was sentenced last week to one year behind bars, and two years probation. Not good enough says a previous victim. This morning, we are going to hear her story. We are not using her name to protect her identity. And a warning, some of what she says may not be suitable for all listeners. Here she is speaking with the CBC’s Jay Legere.

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Gusts to 115 km/h in Hopedale...

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Talk about a whirlwind. The storm that’s ripping through Labrador whipped up gusts to 115 km/h at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. And they were strong all night long. Dean Coombs is the principal of Amos Comenius School in the north coast community. And he joins Tony Dawson from his home this morning.

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Minister Responds to Senior Crown Leaving Labrador

Posted by Tony Dawson

manning_parsons.png Justice and Public Safety, Judy Manning - Outgoing Senior Crown Attorney Rob Parsons The Senior Crown Attorney laid it down last Friday. He’s leaving because the court system in Happy Valley Goose Bay is in need of serious help. Rob Parsons decided to leave after just nine months in the position. He grew up in Labrador City and was excited to get back to the Big Land. But 9 months was long enough. And his departure is just one of the many issues facing the system right now. Judy Manning is minister of Justice and Public Safety. Tony Dawson reached her in St. John’s.

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The possibility of fewer MHAs in Labrador

Posted by Tony Dawson

mayor colin vardy.jpg Wabush Mayor Colin Vardy says the district boundary lines should stay as they are for Labrador, and the MHA cuts should happen elsewhere (CBC) How many House of Assembly seats will be left in Labrador? The mayor of Wabush hopes all four. Colin Vardy thinks the premier should protect Labrador if the number of seats in the province is reduced by ten. Here’s Vardy speaking with the CBC’s Peter Cowan yesterday in St. John’s.

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Alaska houses in Labrador?

Posted by Tony Dawson

alaska house.jpg A super-insulated, 6-star energy-rated home on Alaska’s North Slope. Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority The climate in Labrador can be unforgiving…. and it takes a toll on homes on the North coast. Keep that in mind while we describe what it’s like in Barrow, Alaska. 245 days a year below freezing…. and 65 days with no sunlight. To help make life there a little more comfortable… a new…. “super-insulated” house is being developed. And it could work here in Labrador. Daryll Kooley is the chief executive officer of the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority. CBC reporter Matt McCann reached him in Barrow, Alaska.

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