Stephanie Tobin

Stephanie Tobin is a journalist in the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador office in St. John's.

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'Lack of concrete answers' in Muskrat Falls announcement concerning for opposition

An announcement from the federal and provincial government on Thursday was light on concrete measures and doesn't do enough to assure taxpayers they won't be on the hook for the billions of dollars the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project is going to cost, say the opposition parties.

Ottawa defers $844M in Muskrat Falls payments, almost all due by end of year

The federal government again said it will take measures to make Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project financially stable, including waiving $844 million in payments due from Crown corporation Nalcor Energy. But there are few details on how the project will affect the province's ratepayers.

'Beginning of the end': Health-care workers get N.L.'s 1st COVID-19 vaccinations

Newfoundland and Labrador's first inoculation against the COVID-19 virus is set to happen at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, and public health officials have released their vaccination plan.

Business during pandemic has been 'a bit of a roller-coaster' for Jumping Bean

The president of Jumping Bean says online sales have been good during the pandemic, and business in cafés is slowly returning. Meanwhile, the Mill Street brewery retail location is the latest permanent business closure in downtown St. John's.

'It was so beautiful,' says mom of traditional Innu tent birth experience

As Thea Penashue welcomed her new daughter into the world, she thought of her ancestors, breathed in fresh air and the smell of boughs beneath her, and watched the sun rise through the canvas walls of the tent in which she gave birth.

Looking to get a fright? Here are some spooky folklore tales from around the world

Some storytellers from across the world shared some of their tales of terror. Check them out below for a delightful fright.

Father-son duo hope story of serious chainsaw injury will promote safety

While trying to cut into a tree, Nathan Sullivan's chainsaw kicked back — into his father's thigh.

MHA says he regrets comment about homeless 'choosing' risky lifestyle in wake of Inuk man's arrest

MHA Perry Trimper has apologized for a comment he made in the wake of a video showing a municipal enforcement officer in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., throwing a handcuffed homeless Inuk man to the ground. Trimper said Wednesday he regretted saying the town's homeless population is "choosing" a risky lifestyle when talking about the video in an interview.

N.L.'s COVID-19 travel ban decision to be appealed, Canadian Civil Liberties Association says

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is appealing a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court decision this summer to uphold the province's COVID-19 related travel ban because it says Canadians have a constitutional right to move freely within their country.

Labrador town opts for reduced nursing hours for 3 weeks, rather than have Ontario worker fly in

The Town of St. Lewis, Labrador, has opted to go without nursing backfill for a three-week period, after discovering the worker set to fill in would be flying in from Ontario.

Some food banks struggle amid fluctuating demand, supply and donations

The pandemic has been a tumultuous and uncertain time for many; for those who need to avail of food bank services, even more. And for some of the food banks, it's been hard to keep up with demand.

Young artists making custom skateboards to help fund a good cause

One group of young people in St. John's is getting the chance to make custom-designed skateboards and hone their skills they need to make a living as an artist, all while giving back to a cause they care about.
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Restrictions ease at long-term care facilities on P.E.I.

The recovery of two COVID-19 patients means Prince Edward Island is, as of Tuesday, without active cases, while health officials say they are taking a measured approached to increasing visitation to the province's long-term care facilities.

Expect screening, mandatory masks as 'some normalcy' returns to hospital visitation

Patients will be able to see more friends and family with the easing of visitor restrictions in health-care facilities, but Eastern Health advises there will be regulations in place to ensure safety and physical distancing.

Meet Tetley and Carnation, the pygmy goats that brought joy to a retirement home

These seniors couldn't have family come visit during the pandemic, so they got some goats, chickens and bunnies instead.

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