Colleen Connors

CBC News

Colleen Connors reports on western Newfoundland from CBC's bureau in Corner Brook.

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Stranded in Corner Brook, Grenfell Campus international students resume studies on quiet campus

While courses start at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus for the fall semester, some international students have been on campus the entire spring and summer break because COVID-19 travel restrictions left them stranded in Corner Brook.

The best kind of zero: Corner Brook Minor Hockey starts season with no debt

The Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association has successfully paid back a $75,000 debt to the city after the volunteer executive discovered about $90,000 went missing a year and a half ago.

Experimental farming flourishes at research station on Newfoundland's west coast

A research project in Pynn's Brook, east of Corner Brook, is looking at ways to help farmers become more self-reliant and grow crops that don't normally flourish in Newfoundland.

Cancelled cruise season hits Corner Brook economy hard

This is usually the season when dozens of cruise ships dock in Corner Brook, bringing millions of dollars to the area. But COVID-19 has suspended all cruises this year.

Advocate who pushed for a new Corner Brook hospital for years is thrilled by progress

Action committee spokesperson Gerald Parsons is happy to see the steelwork on the new hospital. He's been pushing for better health facilities on the west coast for almost a decade.

Bay of Islands geopark working toward lucrative UNESCO designation

A team of volunteers is working to achieve an all-important United Nations designation for a geopark in the Bay of Islands, on Newfoundland's west coast.

Gros Morne a 'ghost town' amid pandemic, but staycations offering a ray of hope for businesses

While many major hotels and restaurants didn't bother opening this summer in Rocky Harbour and Norris Point, some businesses are making money from tourists from St. John's.

Pandemic politicking: Leadership hopefuls hit the physically distanced campaign trail

The Liberal leadership campaign is on the road this week with both John Abbott and Andrew Furey driving to rural areas across the province to seek popularity outside St. John’s.

With Corner Brook's new Jubilee Field clubhouse almost done, COVID-19 throws a curveball

As the last bricks go up on the new clubhouse, 50 minor baseball players wash their hands before entering the field for practice. Here's how the coronavirus is changing the game.

2 Bay St. George men receive Governor General's honours for community work

Bob Miller and Jim Mercer have spent their lives helping others, and now have national awards to show for it.

A well-known Corner Brooker was beaten in his own home. Now the city is rallying around him

Gordon Milley, a familiar sight on the streets of Corner Brook and for waving at friends and neighbours, was attacked last week in his Townsite home.

Corner Brook graduates make memories in a parking lot and the back room of a bank

After official graduation ceremonies were cancelled, one parent holds a makeshift cap-and-gown ceremony so students could have a proper farewell.

Flights returning to Deer Lake carrying passengers — and hope — for hospitality sector

Tammy Priddle, CEO of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, says the Air Canada flights from Halifax and Toronto have them optimistic there are better days ahead.

Growing Filipino community in Labrador hosts first sports meet

More than 300 Filipinos call Happy Valley-Goose Bay home. Now, an association is starting just for them, surrounded by sports and family.

Corner Brook is covered in craters as temperature changes crack the asphalt

The City of Corner Brook's director of public works says the city is combating the holes with a new method of heating recycled asphalt.