Sarah Smellie

Sarah Smellie is a journalist with the Canadian Press, based in St. John's. She has previously reported for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador.

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N.L. town of 30 people rescues tiny boat built by 4th graders from Boston

A tiny shipwreck on a nearly deserted Newfoundland coast has brought together a small fishing community and a group of fourth graders from a bustling American city.

Salt for sore eyes: St. John's harbour salt pile blocks some of the best views

You can't miss the giant salt pile in the St. John's harbour and whether it's blocking views or blowing residue around, it's far from a desirable attraction for many in the downtown area.

2 police watchdogs now mandated to probe domestic violence, but experts say more needed

Newfoundland and Labrador's serious-incident response team is the seventh civilian-led police oversight agency in the country. Its mandate is to investigate serious incidents involving police, including death, serious injury, sexual offences and domestic violence.

Confusion, allegations and 16,524 phone calls: A look inside N.L.'s pandemic election

Newfoundland and Labrador's abrupt shift to a mail-in election in February led to more than 16,000 calls for help, several allegations of election violations and at least one plea for civility.

Data shows sexual assault conviction of N.L. police officer not the norm

Queen's University researcher Danielle McNabb says while data on police-involved sexual assault is sparse, the available figures indicate officers are less likely to be convicted of sexual assault than civilians.

With a sexual assault rate 4 times national average, Labrador advocates seek help

Labrador has a staggeringly high rate of sexual assault, and the numbers show it's rising. But that comes as no surprise to the head of a women's shelter in Rigolet.

After almost 3 decades, cod are still not back off N.L. Scientists worry it may never happen

The latest assessment of Atlantic cod stocks, whose collapse crushed the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, has scientists worried the species will never recover without drastic change within the federal Fisheries Department.

'It's gonna be ugly': N.L.'s billion-dollar elephant in the room

The financial problems of early '90s Saskatchewan are playing out in this province today, but experts say the issue is not getting enough attention during the election campaign, which is almost halfway over.

No party platforms released yet in N.L. election as second week of campaigning ends

Halfway into the Newfoundland and Labrador election, none of the three main parties have released their platforms.

Beautiful bologna: N.L. restaurant making artisanal version of beloved meat stick

Bologna may be an unlikely candidate for the artisanal treatment, but in Newfoundland and Labrador, "it's in everyone's refrigerator, all the time," Michelle LeBlanc says.

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