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Newfoundland This Week
CBC Radio Nfld. and Labrador:
The Best of The St. John's Morning Show
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While you've been sleeping, the world has changed. The Morning Show tells you how. We bring you the latest news; the stories that matter most, and the information you need.


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Remembering Victoria Best

27-year-old Victoria Best, a music teacher from Clarenville, took her own life this week. Richard Churchill was a close friend who wants to share her story, and mental health advocate Amelia Curran shares some of her thoughts.

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Krissy sits down with entrepreneur Maggie Drover, who's still in high school but is already putting out a "polished" product.

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Honouring Courtney Lake's memory

Their first Christmas without her: How the family of Courtney Lake is honouring her memory this holiday season.

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Why we litter?

Exploring why Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are such dirtbags... uh, litterbugs.

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Susan Shiner`s legacy

Susan's wish: The legacy of Susan Shriner is kept alive with a special project at Iris Kirby House.

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Feed NL Day - Live

The morning launch of Feed NL Day - including live music from Juno Award-winning Swinging Bells, a couple of St. John's Edge Players stopping by to help and some carols from the children from St. Andrew's Elementary.

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Carl English FanClub

Hometown basketball star Carl English's biggest fan has never even been to Canada. Meet the woman behind his fan club.

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Offensive to Some

As the title suggests, it may be "Offensive to Some"... but it's a play that packs an important message to all. Bernie Stapleton and actress Miranda MacDonald drop by to talk about it.

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Support for council childcare

Bold and innovative: An organization dedicated to electing more women applauds the idea of child care for St. John's city council's evening meetings. (Nancy Peckford of Equal Voice)

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Parking Lot Birth in St. John's

When Nicole Deveau went into labour in a parking lot in St. John's on the weekend, passerby Cristia Tizzard stepped in to help - and catch the newborn.

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Post-oil alternatives

The Hebron platform drew first oil this week... but what happens when the oil's all gone? Exploring some energy alternatives with Delia Warren, director of Iron & Earth East.

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Council childcare debate

A suggestion that St. John's provide free childcare to city councilors and staff for after-hours meetings have some people all riled up on social media this week. We hear from both sides of the debate. (Deputy-mayor Sheilagh O'Leary, Helen Escott)

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A visit to Gaultois

A look at the future of the remote island community in Hermitage Bay. (CBC's Terry Roberts)

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Fewer tickets, more accidents

Amid a string of deadly crashes this summer, there were fewer traffic tickets handed out on the province's highways. Reaction from a driver who's all too familiar with highway accidents. (Pauline Quinlan with Krissy Holmes)

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The fight over Grieg NL's plans to put a salmon farm in Placentia Bay has been brewing for a while. (Guest Leo White with the NL Coalition for Aquaculture Reform)

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Ballet prodigy

A chat with Torbay's twelve-year-old ballet prodigy Abagayle Edwards, who has passed her audition to attend the National Ballet School of Canada in Ontario next summer. (Abagayle Edwards and her dance instructor Connie Parsons)

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High's Da B'y

Colleen Power drops by with a parody song all about the legalization of marijuana in this province.

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Pearson Airport kitchen party crowd

They're the talk of the town... of the country, actually! The musicians featured in that viral video of a spontaneous kitchen party at Pearson Airport drop by the studio for a performance.

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Bell Island needle exchange

A needle exchange site is set to open on Bell Island... all thanks to a mother who has seen her daughter struggle with an opiate addiction.

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Provincial outlook a bit brighter

The credit rating agency DBRS has just published its provincial outlook for 2018... and the word "unsustainable" is nowhere to be found.

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South East Bight - Day Two

The Morning Show's Krissy Holmes with the conclusion of her live broadcast from Elena Whyte's kitchen in South East Bight on the Burin Peninsula.

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South East Bight

Krissy Holmes broadcasts live from Elena Whyte's kitchen in South East Bight on the Burin Peninsula.

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Fiscal update

We're more than halfway through the fiscal year, and the big picture looks bleak. Reaction to Tuesday's fiscal update from the St. John's Board of Trade.

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Rennie's River salmon reintroduction

He's a professor of biology at Memorial University... but untold thousands of baby salmon simply know him as "daddy." Meet the man behind behind reintroduction efforts on Rennie's River.

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Protesters target seal products shop

The owner of Natural Boutique, a seal products store in St. John's, describes being the target of animal rights protesters over the weekend.

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Songs of the Day: WW1

Shelley Neville, Peter Halley and Bill Brennan drop by with the music heard in pubs, tents and trenches during the Great War.

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Strategic vision for George Street

Meet the new face of the George Street Association. He's a familiar name in St. John's... and it might surprise you.

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Yes to plastic bags

Ban the bag... or not? The group that represents independent businesses does not want a government-imposed ban.

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Deaf students petition

The parents of a deaf child say they won't give up the fight to bring better institutional support for their son at school.

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Bauline bonfire

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November! Feel the heat from a wild Bonfire Night in Bauline.

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Costume Controversy

When a costume becomes a cultural attack. We have reaction to pictures of culturally inappropriate Halloween costumes.

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Stress taking toll

The office of the information and privacy commissioner has been so overwhelmed with work that its having an effect on staff. Commissioner Donovan Molloy drops by to talk about the situation, and what's being done about it.

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Twillingate skeletons

What's on Trump Island? David Boyd - who runs the Prime Berth Fishing Museum in Twillingate - has a whale of a story.

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"Another Way Forward"

The Newfoundland and Labrador Employers' Council says the provincial government needs a better plan - so it came up with one.

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Pavement project

Driving in this province can be hazardous - not because of other drivers, but road conditions. The Transportation and Works minister shares some details on an asphalt pilot project designed to make roads safer... and last a lot longer.

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Future of churches

Some churches in this province are being sold or demolished... but others are being reinvented.

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Stimulating downtown businesses

How does the city of St. John's plan to get more businesses back downtown? Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O'Leary campaigned on her ideas... and drops by the studio to talk action.

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Meteorite hunting

Meet a hiker who went looking for evidence of that fireball in the Southside Hills of St. John's.

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New ideas for Atlantic Place

It's getting so hard to rent commercial space in downtown St. John's at least one landlord is changing the way he does business - in some cases giving it away for free.

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Afterwords closes the cover

Last week Afterwords used bookstore shut down after 45-years in business. Co-founder Jim Furlong takes us back to the first chapter of the long-running downtown store.

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State of the provincial economy

"From Bad to Worse" is not exactly how you want to hear our economy described, but that's the title of a talk Wade Locke is giving later today.

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Avon Ladies Rural Style

The Avon Lady may be an icon of 1960's suburban culture to you... but to filmmaker Rhonda Buckley she's something else altogether.

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Search for Cortney Lake continues

More than four months after her disappearance, family members are not giving up on the search for Cortney Lake.

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Hobby horse memories sought

Any mummers allowed in? An early morning mummer came knocking (or is that snocking?) on our studio door... looking for your help.

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Tackling obesity

Guess what? Losing weight may NOT make you feel better. Dr. Farrel Cahill busts that myth... and a few others.

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Making learning fun

Inside the classroom... and inside government's plan to bring play-based learning to schools across the province.

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Runner nan

She's a 79-year-old grandmother... and she can run circles around most of us. Florence Barron will be one of the oldest runners in the Cape to Cabot race this weekend.

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Stanley's Steamer disco days

It's the 40th anniversary of disco in St. John's. To celebrate, we take a trip back to the days when disco reigned supreme... at Stanley's Steamer.

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Albuquerque to Labrador City in a balloon

A couple of Swiss hot-air balloonists set a world record when they touched down in Lab-West this week.

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Indigenous tattoos

Indigenous artist Jerry Evans is working in a new medium - skin - as part of a revival of traditional tattooing.

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Grab the moose by the horns

Have you ever fought a giant moose? Rodney Buffett of Grand Bank has... and lived to tell the tale!

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Boalag victim speaks

She was just 15-years-old when convicted rapist Sofyan Boalag destroyed her world. A conversation with a strong young woman who is rebuilding her life by speaking out.

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The Colony's provincial tour

Part fact. Part fiction. All heart! The stage version of "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" is being re-mounted for a grand tour of the province.

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Sears closing fallout

Sears announced it will be closing its Avalon Mall location for good, so what does that mean for the mall and the retail market in St. John's?

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Young Virtuosi

You've no doubt heard of the Suzuki Talent Education Program in St. John's. Some of that talent performs live - bright and early - in the Morning Show studio.

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Broken meters and free parking

Call it the great parking meter caper. Hundreds of individual acts of violence are costing the city thousands of dollars. But on the other hand... hundreds of people are enjoying free parking.

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Rock Paper Sex

Stories about the sex trade in St. John's: Kerri Cull wrote the book... and drops by to talk about "how sex works in the city you thought you knew."

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Uncle Gnarly on Muskrat Falls

The premier says details about the inquiry into Muskrat Falls will soon be released. One critic of the project, Des Sullivan, gives his thoughts on what should be the scope of the inquiry.

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Eastern Health security concerns

The father of an 18-year-old who went missing from the Health Sciences Centre parking lot Wednesday isn't happy with how Eastern Health handled the situation.

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Brave Young Boys of Newfoundland

It's a Newfoundland musical that's been more than a decade in the making. The story behind Atlantic Light Theatre's production "A Call to Arms."

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No transition house for Victoria

While people in the CBN town of Victoria voted in the municipal election Tuesday, they also faced a plebiscite regarding the proposal for a transition house for addicts in the community.

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Killer resume tips

He's cracked the code to getting work in Silicon Valley... and now he's sharing his insights. Adam Keating is here with advice on how to beef up your resume.

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Coastal Sounds

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Speeders need not apply

This past weekend Tom Hickey, president of Wedgewood Insurance, sent out a tweet to clients saying if they speed, the company doesn't want their business.

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Future for historic Ridley Offices

A woman in Harbour Grace says the current town council is not interested in maintaining and restoring its old stone buildings.

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Prison segregation and human rights

The vice chair of the Human Rights Commission has some major concerns about segregation in our prisons.

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40 years of Rice Bowl

Some in this city - and even outside the overpass - got their first taste of Chinese food at the Avalon Mall. Rice Bowl owner Shirley Hong shares some memories and lessons learned from 40 years in business.

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Will basketball fly in St. John's?

Carl Lake, a sports reporter and longtime observer of the local sports scene, takes a look at the appetite for minor-pro basketball at Mile One Stadium.

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New school for Conne River

Nearly 200 students in Conne River get a new school. We check in with Chief Misel Joe on the morning of the grand opening.

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Coastal Sounds Community Choir

Sights and sounds from the Coastal Sounds Community Choir - where anyone can learn to sing. Yes, anyone!

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Entangled whales

The death of a right whale rescuer in New Brunswick last summer is affecting the future of whales all over the east coast. A report from Carolyn Ray, followed by a chat with Wayne Ledwell of the group Whale Release and Strandings NL.

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Professional basketball for Mile One

St. John's city council has approved a deal to bring pro-basketball to town. Mayor Dennis O'Keefe has details on the deal with the National Basketball League of Canada.

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Paradise mayoral candidates

There's trouble in Paradise... but two men - both running for mayor - say they can solve the issues in the town.

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Veterans Memorial Highway petition

A North River women says she takes her life in her hands every day driving on Veterans Memorial Highway. Now she's started a petition to get passing lanes installed on the dangerous stretch of road.

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Police officers, first responders PTSD and suicides

This week we've heard from those who knew RCMP Corporal Trevor O'Keefe, and how they're honouring his memory following his suicide. Tim Buckle knew Trevor O'Keefe professionally, and worked in police enforcement for nearly 30 years.

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How should we talk about and acknowledge suicide?

Author and retired RCMP communications strategist Helen Escott has some thoughts to share from her personal experience dealing with suicide.

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"Bring Widlene Home" campaign

A group of Newfoundlanders are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help a 12-year-old Haitian refugee with ties to this province.

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Mayoral candidates Q&A

You asked the questions... and they have their answers. The three St. John's mayoral candidates - Danny Breen, Renee Sharpe and Andy Wells - take to the mics.

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Ballad of a Green Man

A new one-man show by Frank Holden opens Tuesday at the Barbara Barrett Theatre... all about the challenges of farming in St. John's in the 20th century.

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