Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler is a Radio-Canada journalist based in St. John's. He previously worked for CBC News in Toronto and Montreal.

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In South East Bight, a single issue dominates this election — the ferry

In the fishing community of about 70 residents, the election’s inescapable issue is the ferry — a topic made all the more sensitive by the provincial government’s soaring debt load and series of structural deficits. 

DFO investigating 15 dead pilot whales found on Port au Port peninsula

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has launched an investigation into 15 stranded pilot whales, whose carcasses were found on the Port au Port peninsula in December.

Francophone school board executive director hasn't lived in N.L. since March

The executive director of the province’s Francophone school board hasn’t set foot in Newfoundland and Labrador since March.

Retired teachers in N.L. can now work 90 days a year without affecting pensions

Retired teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador can now work up to 90 days a year without seeing their pensions clawed back, a change made to the province's Teachers' Pension Plan to combat a shortage of substitute teachers.

Saskatchewan staved off bankruptcy in the '90s. Is there hope for N.L., too?

Almost three decades later, as Newfoundland and Labrador tries to regain control of its own finances, what can Canada’s easternmost province learn from Saskatchewan’s decisions in the '90s?

COVID-19 outbreaks at foreign mink farms have fur breeders on high alert

Canadian fur breeders are closely eyeing a series of coronavirus outbreaks at European and American mink farms that have forced authorities to cull millions of animals that may have contracted the disease.

John Turner, PM and Liberal leader who battled free trade with U.S., dead at 91

John Turner, Canada's 17th prime minister who spent decades in federal politics as a cabinet minister and Liberal Party leader during some of the most turbulent moments in modern Canadian history, has died at age 91.

4 days and more than 80 calls later, N.L. mother finally books COVID-19 test

A St. John’s mother who spent four days on the phone trying to book a COVID-19 test says the reservation system she was forced to navigate desperately needs a revamp.

New lawsuit aims to invalidate travel ban for seasonal residents

A new lawsuit aims to eliminate rules barring seasonal residents from entry into Newfoundland and Labrador during the pandemic.

N.L. ferries made 4,100 trips with no passengers last year

Ferries in Newfoundland made 4,100 trips without a single passenger last year. In total, more than 10 per cent of the nearly 38,000 runs made by the province’s 12 intraprovincial ferry services were empty.