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July 2013 Archives

White moose is spotted on the Port au Port Peninsula

It's hardly the enigmatic Great White Whale, but a white moose is causing a stir on the Port au Port Peninsula. The sighting is certainly not common, but exactly how rare is it? Katherine Mell is the Senior manager of Habitat with then province's wildlife and conservation division. She's in Corner Brook. I spoke with her earlier today.

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Crosstalk: Camping - Host John Furlong is joined by Simon Story, keen camper and part of sales staff at the Outfitters in St. John's.  They take your calls.

 

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14 years cancer free

jeff eaton.JPGGeoff Eaton is today celebrating an anniversary with a difference. Foutreen years ago today Geoff Eaton was in hospital, on life support, with a two percent chance of survival. A form of leukemia was coursing through his once-robust-body The outlook was very grim.  Today, July 30th, 2013; a smiling Geoff Eaton joins host John Furlong in studio.

 

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ffflower.jpgCrosstalk: Gardening Host John Furlong is joined by horiculturalist Dave Morrow.  They take your calls.

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Coming up on Wednesday July 31, 2013

What's your experience of camping throughout Newfoundland and Labrador? Where do you like to pitch a tent or park your camper? Have you found the magic of camping? John Furlong is in studio with Simon Story - a keen camper and part of the sales staff at the Outfitters in St. John's 

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Tely 10 runner Florence Barron

florance.JPGThere were a couple of surprises in this year's running of the Tely Ten.  Perhaps the greatest accomplishment, though, was in the 75-79 year age women's category. Florence Barron set a new record. She won in a time of 90 minutes, 14 secs... beating the old record by nearly ONE HOUR!  Florence John in studio.

 

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Crosstalk: Wells Are there stories in your familly about wells, or well water?  Host John Furlong is joined in studio by MUN folklorist Philip Hiscock, and Sarah Ingram - she's working on a wells project and finishing her masters in Archeology at MUN. 

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L'Anse aux Meadows diaries

Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad made significant contributions to this province's history, yet their contributions are barely registered.  They were instrumental in uncovering the only Viking settlement in North America... L'Anse aux Meadows. From 61 to 68 they completed 7 arecological excavations. Anne Stine Instaad kept a diary all the while. And now, that diary is a book. Her daughter, Benedicte (ben-AH-dic-duh) Instaad is travelling from Norway to launch the novel at the Westward Viking Festival this weekend. She speaks with host John Furlong

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soccer pic.jpgCrosstalk - Soccer It's the CBC Soccer World Cup Weekend and that's what we're talking about on Crosstalk... soccer, the beautiful game.  Host John Furlong is joined in studio by three soccer lovers: Michelle Ward, Jeff Babstock, Satria Kusuma.

 

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John Furlong will be throwing his small change into the nearest wishing well and asking for your stories on wells and well-water. For some people in the province well water many still be their only source of water. Studio guests are MUN student Sarah Ingram who's working on a wells project as she finishes up her Masters in Archeology at MUN and MUN folklorist Philip Hiscock. Are there stories in your family about wells or well-water?

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Date rape drugs in PAB?

John speaks with Constable Markus Skinner about incidents reported in Port Aux Basques.

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Crosstalk: Running With the Tely 10 fast approaching, we want to know what is it about running that has hooked you.  Host John Furlong speaks with Art Meaney; a legendary local runner who'll be participating in his thirty-second Tele 10 this Sunday.  Also in studio is Holly Grant; a runner and dietician who runs with Athletics North East.

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Vale worker shortage criticized

vale.jpgVale is blaming a shortage of skilled workers and absenteeism for it's unfinished nickle processing facility in Long Harbour.  It's talking about the possibility of bringing in foreign workers, and it's offering more money to try to keep existing employees.  Kevin Slaney used to work for Vale in Long Harbour but the company terminated him a year ago in the aftermath of a wildcat strike.  He speaks with host Ramona Dearing

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Crosstalk - Fun for less than $10.00 Ramona is joined by Janice Wells, the author of "Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Musts: The 101 Places every NL'er must see" Gillian Marx, a Marketing and Dev't Specialist, Department of Tourism and Culture, also joins.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Thurs July 25, 2013

The Tely 10 road race is this Sunday, Aug 26th, meaning lots people are making their final mental and physical preparations. Our question for you: Is running good for you? Guest host John Furlong will have legendary runner Art Meaney in studio, along with Holly Grant who is a runner and a dietician. She's an expert on sport nutrition. Soak it up on the show today. Call in or tweet!

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Giant Hogweed burns Codroy Valley boy

hi-bc-130605-giant-hogweed-8col.jpgA little boy from the Codroy Valley has had a very painful run-in with Giant Hogweed and its toxic sap.  It happened two weeks ago, and 4-year old Lance Downey still has bandages on his feet.  On today's show Ramona will speak with the boy's step-dad, Gerard Gale.  Here's a video that will help you to identify the weed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sysmrqw4sEo

 

Moose in the harbour Shanneyganock frontmen Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock set off from the Fort Amherst small boat basin in St. John's to go cod fishing, but things didn't go as expected...  They wound up trying to save a moose that was in the harbour. Mark Hiscock speaks with Ramona Deaing.

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Crosstalk - Gardening Ramona is joined by botanist Peter Scott.  They take your calls.

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Shark on the line

blue-shark-andy.jpgShark on the line A couple of fisherman were out jigging cod on the weekend near Fortune Harbour when they snagged a shark measuring two metres.  They believe it was a Great White.  Steven Campana heads the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory.  He speaks with host Ramona Dearing

 

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Wednesday July 18, 2013

Tracking food prices - The price of gasoline jumped about five cents overnight, pushing up the price of a litre of unleaded gas up to $1.40 on the Avalon Peninsula. NDP MHA George Murphy tracked gas prices long before he was elected to politics. Now he's planning to start tracking the cost of certain foods as well. He's calling it the "O-PEC basket." George Murphy is here in the studio.

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Crosstalk - It's Pride Week in St. John's, and our question fits right in: What does Pride Week mean to you? In studio with me, Noah Davis-Power, the President of St. John's Pride. And gay-rights activist Gemma Hickey.

 

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Coming up on Crosstalk, Thursday, July 18

What does Pride Week mean to you?  Is it something only members of the LGBT community celebrate?  Our guests are Noah Davis-Power, President of St. John's Pride, and Gemma Hickey, past president of Egale Canada.

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Wednesday July 17, 2013

 

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Panhandlers in downtown St. John's. - It's easy to judge from afar, but just who are those people hanging out on the corner, asking you for money? And what do they think of the way they're treated? All panhandlers may be looking for your spare change, ...but they have their own stories. CBC's John Michael Bennett encountered a few panhandlers in downtown St. John's.

Here's what they told him.

 

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Crosstalk - We're asking whether you give money to panhandlers.  My guest is Gaylynne Lambert of the Downtown Development Commission.

 

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Coming up on Crosstalk, Wednesday, July 17

Do you give money to panhandlers? Do you see it as a way of helping the more vulnerable, or do you worry you're being taken for a ride? Our guest is Gaylynne Lambert of the Downtown Development Commission in St. John's.
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Tuesday July 16, 2013

Teams on the Edge Shawn Stratton knows what it's like to be responsible for a group of people in dangerous and uncertain circumstances.  He used to be an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School, taking young people on wilderness expeditions dealing with everything from bears intent on destroying camps.  Shawn Stratton believes there are valuable lessons for business leaders in some of his experiences.  He's launching his book "Teams on the Edge: Stories and Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions".  He speaks with host John Gushue.

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Crosstalk - Gardening It's a gardening day with Tim Walsh.  He joins John Gushue in studio - They take your calls.

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Monday July 15, 2013

nl-220-werthmann-bill-20130713.jpgRide for mental health You can bet Bill Werthmann enjoyed his time at Cape Spear on Saturday.  He earned it, after cycling all the way from Victoria, BC.  Bill made the trek in honour of his daughter, Hillary, who died ten years ago. His mission is to try to getting people talking about young people, mental health and suicide prevention.  Bill Werthmann joins Ramona Dearing in studio.

 

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Crosstalk - Your favourite concert Host Ramona Dearing is joined by Bill Sharpe of Billy and the Bruisers.  They take your calls.

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Friday July 12, 2013

Muslims around the world have begun observing the holy month of Ramadan...fasting from dawn to sunset...we'll meet Aali Akhtar who lives in St. John's.

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Mack_Furlong.jpgCROSSTALK: It's a Trivia Day with Mack Furlong. He's got questions for you. You've got questions for him. He may talk backwards. Ramona for sure will have prizes!

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*** Was listening to your trivia show today , July 12 , whereon there was a reference to ," Finish the drive in `65 ," referring to the completion of the TCH across the province . Sending this pic of Pearson`s Peak ( just a few km`s west of Grand Falls - Windsor ) which
was erected at the half-way point on the TCH between St. John`s & Channel- Port-aux-Basques . The pic was taken in the winter of `67 , when we lived in GFW . Incidentally , the tower & the site was dismantelled a number of years ago .  Enjoy ! Thanks for another great
show !!  Cyril & Audrey Reynolds / Lewisporte , NL****

 

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Thursday July 11, 2013

Academy Canada on how it's going to take over most of the Adult Basic Education in Nfld and Labrador.  We speak with Director James Loder.

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Dave_s_photo.jpgCROSSTALK: Have you ever had a close encounter with wildlife? A moose perhaps, or a bear? Coyote? Dolphins? Birds? We want to hear your stories! Ramona's guest is Dave Snow, a marine biologist and the co-owner of Wildland Tours. On Thursday, he spotted 5 Orca whales in the waters off Bay Bulls.

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Wednesday July 10, 2013

Whats left of Cabin Owner Simmons' cabin,.jpgDestroyed cabins and toxic smoke in Western Labrador: Labrador City Mayor Karen Oldford is worried about people being exposed to toxins as they go in to start cleaning up. She joins us on phone.

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CROSSTALK: We've got Dave and John Templeton of Templeton's (http://www.templetons.ca/) in studio answering all of your questions about painting and staining. Phone in for some truly useful advice!

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Tuesday July 9, 2013

It's a gardening day with Kim Thistle of the Greenhouse in Little Rapids (http://www.thegreenhouse.ca/)! If you're having a problem with on your grounds or in your gardens, Kim's the one to talk to for some excellent and often humourous advice. Call in or tweet! 

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A story of severe personal loss...and a man with a sense of perspective.  Neil Simmons has lost his Cabin and all of its belongings to the recent fires in Western Labrador.  He joins us on phone.

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Monday July 8, 2013

Live from Atlantic Place in St. John's to celebrate Festival 500 and all things choral music, featuring music from Ontario's Gaudeamus Children's Choir and the Minnetonka Chamber Choir of Minnesota. Plus a fun question for the phone-in: Are you addicted to choral music? Choral director Valerie Long was Ramona's guest. Listen in to a show full of song and community.  

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Friday July 5th, 2013

Liberal interim leader wants to remain
Humber Valley MHA Dwight Ball - the interim leader of the provincial Liberals - has officially announced he wants to stay in the job. He speaks with Ramona from Deer Lake.

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Pregnant Wabush woman watching fires
The Trans-Labrador Highway was shut down Thursday night because of fires along the road, meaning people in Wabush had to be at-the-ready to leave their houses once again if the threat gets worse. Melissa King of Wabush, who is expecting her third child in five weeks - has been having a particularly difficult time.

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Take a look at some of the pictures Melissa took of what she’s been seeing. (Photos copyright Melissa King 2013)

Crosstalk: Place names
There are peculiar place names in Nfld and Labrador and many interesting stories behind those names. Bryon Brooks - who lives in Dildo - knows the stories and the theories, and has written a book about them called "More Than Just a Name."

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Thursday July 4, 2013

Tourism cuts
The fallout from the provincial budget continues, leaving reduced staff at ten provincial parks and reserves. Tourism operator Jean Knowles of Eastern Edge Adventures has been hearing from the visitors to the sites.

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No visas for African choirs
The Polokwane Chorale Society from South Africa were supposed to return to St. John’s for Festival 500, but problems with visas have kept them grounded in their home country. Matlakala Bopape is the director of the choir.

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Crosstalk: Rats!
Rodents. Yep, rats. Not everyone’s favourites, but lots of people in NL are talking about them lately. What’s your sense - are there more rats around these days? Ramona’s guest is Rod Squires of Complete Pest Control. He gets a call or two about them every day. What are you seeing?

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Wednesday July 3, 2013

Cathy Bennett seeks Liberal leadership
Powerful businesswoman Cathy Bennett is in the running to become the next leader of the provincial Liberals. CBC Provincial Affairs reporter David Cochrane was there for her official announcement.

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Eastport Highway revisited
On Tuesday you heard Salvage resident Edythe Goodridge talking about the rough road to the Eastport Peninsula. The worst section of Route 310 goes through Terra Nova National Park, making it a federal responsibility. Bill Brake is superintendent of the park.

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Crosstalk: Tipping
We tackle a rather delicate issue on this phone-in: Do you have a tough time figuring out when to tip? And how much to tip? Coffee barista Pete Lofstedt is in studio, along with Michelle LeBlanc of Chinched Bistro. But this issue goes beyond cafes: Do you tip the person who cuts your hair? The staff at hotels? Taxi drivers?

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Crosstalk: Wed July 3, 2013

We tackle a rather delicate issue on this phone-in: Do you have a tough time figuring out when to tip? And how much to tip? Coffee barista Pete Lofstedt is in studio, along with Michelle LeBlanc of Chinched Bistro. But this issue goes beyond cafes: Do you tip the person who cuts your hair? The staff at hotels? Taxi drivers?

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Tuesday July 2, 2013

A rough "Road to the Beaches"
Salvage resident Edythe Goodridge is one of the people fed up with the condition of Route 310, the highway leading to the communities on the Eastport Peninsula - specifically the section that falls within the boundaries of Terra Nova National Park.

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Gardening Crosstalk
It was a sunny day for gardening, with Todd Boland from the Botanical Garden at Memorial University fielding your calls and questions about what’s growing and what isn’t.

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