Ramona Dearing

Ramona Dearing has worked as a reporter, host and producer at CBC's St. John's bureau.

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At this St. John's daycare, you're never too young to learn throat singing

The Turtle Island Childcare Centre in St. John's is teaching its young charges Inuit throat singing as a way to pass an ancient tradition forward.

Call for statue in St. John's to remember Shanawdithit, last of her people

There's a call for a more fitting memorial in St. John's to Shanawdithit, the last-known Beothuk, as well as a day to mark Indigenous history in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Automatic door openers, curb cuts and hope: What's changed since CBC's Access Denied series

Businesses, community groups and others are starting to focus on accessibility, to the delight of people who've long felt excluded.
Critical Condition

'A startling statistic': 14% of N.L. long-term care residents in physical restraints

Thinking about the number of people in long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador who are in restraints every day brings back uncomfortable memories for Julie Mitchell.
Critical Condition

'We're not just numbers here': Patients complain specialist wait times too long

Some people in Newfoundland and Labrador say they're facing shocking wait times to see medical specialists.

From a puppy mill in Iran to a new life for spunky St. John's dog

Amitis Partovi of St. John's is part of a small group of international volunteers working to rescue dogs from Iran.

These students won a trophy for failing — and they're proud

Four international students at Memorial University say a trophy for a failed entrepreneurial idea has helped them develop other ideas they hope will keep them in St. John's.

Paramedicine students plan careers that come with increased risk of mental illness

In a field where post-traumatic stress disorder is common, paramedics-in-training in St. John's are learning coping strategies before they're exposed to trauma.

Engineering hope: Why this man is striving to be a role model for Indigenous kids

Electrical engineer-in-training Brian Pottle encourages young people to pursue their education and fulfilling careers.

New emphasis on reading skills in K-12 system, $7M towards task force recommendations

The provincial government will spend $7 million to implement recommendations by the education task force.
Stealing Innocence

How are children exploited online? It can start with a photo

Every student knows someone whose photo has been shared in a way that exploits them, says a police officer who spends her days investigating online predators.

Blue? Stressed to the max? Here's how online therapy might help

A combination of online modules and brief check-ins with mental health counsellors could increase access and reduce wait times.

Mount Pearl tech company looks outside province for skilled workers

Mount Pearl's Solace Power says it's just about exhausted the local market for skilled workers. It already has a team from around the world.

Inside the Classroom: A year later, a progress report on how teachers are feeling

Twelve months after CBC hosted a forum on problems within the public school system, some teachers are noting positive changes.

St. John's Native Friendship Centre looking for a new home

Executive director Christopher Sheppard is working to find a bigger home for the St. John's Native Friendship Centre, with room for social enterprises to cover operating costs.

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