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And the cleanup continues ...

Trees are still being chipped even a month after Hurricane Igor. The chipping here is being done by a private company.


Fall colours over Memorial and the Janeway



Halloween this weekend ...

... neighbourhoods across St. john's are gearing up by putting out decorations, including Emmanuel House on Cochrane Street.

seen missed the shot last night. While on Water Street, member's spotted four guy sitting back having a beer dressed from head to toe in full bridal regalia.


Sign of the times

Not exactly a sign of the times, but a sign of ... something.

And to think all those years seen thought they were called Speed Bumps.


Talking to Strangers

Watch a group of teens walk down the street these days and they all seem surgically attached to a smart phone or a portable device. They learn how to use the internet at school and can access it from there.They come home after school and talk to their friends on Facebook and Twitter, instant messaging or texting them. The ins and outs of how to use the internet is like breathing to today's young generation.

Like everything, there are good things on the web and there are bad. Police say parents really need to to keep track of what their kids are doing online to protect them from the bad, and the repercussions which can lead to sexual abuse, ruined reputations and ruined lives.

Watch Zach Goudie's series Talking to Strangers and you can get a very clear idea of what can go wrong. Goudie's stories focus on how teens are using and being used by chatroulette.com - a site that's already considered past its prime. 

    Const. Edward Billard is a Child Exploitation and Pornography investigator with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. Sgt. Jacques Boucher and Const. Scott Frankland are with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Atlantic Region Integrated Technological Crime Unit. Here are some their thoughts on what parents should know.

    What parents should be aware of these days:

    It's hard to keep track of where the bad guys are lurking on the internet and where they're targeting kids because the technology evolves so quickly. Even internet savvy people have a hard time keeping up with the latest thing - and kids are so hooked into the viral world they know about any innovation minutes after it hits the web. By the time parents and police find out, it's already old hat. Here are some risky areas:

    • Social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube and Twitter where kids can interact with each other. Predators go where the kids go - anywhere where they can build trust levels. It's easy to create another persona, and gain another person's trust.
    • Random Chats sites, such as chatroulette.com or battlecam.com, that pair up random users for online one on one chats. In many cases, the user believes they are anonymous, but video sessions can be recorded. In the case of sister site, chatroulettemap.com, images captured from chatroulette can be geolocated on a google map, including images from this province.
    • Chatrooms in general, such as those associated with online games.

    A predator will use chat sites and chatrooms to establish contact and social networking sites to build trust and collect information. An adult male can easily present themselves as a 14-year-old girl with the same interests as your daughter. They can loop video to give the illusion they are a younger female. There have also been cases where a predator has gathered enough information to replicate a young person's Facebook page and gained access to their friends.

    Internet predators are not average criminals. Many of them have the financial means to travel long distances to meet their victims. If you think a person can't, or won't, fly from Australia to meet your child, think again.

    The internet is huge with teens. In some cases, take the social interaction away from them and they can't function. They will do anything to get keep their accounts, including agreeing to engage in risky behaviour so Mom and Dad don't find out and take the accounts away.

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    • The RCMP and the RNC say the biggest piece of advice they can give parents is: talk to your children. Have an open relationship. Know what your child is doing online and encourage them to tell you when something suspicious happens. A predator will push a young person towards escalating risky behaviour by threatening to "tell Mom and Dad what's going on."

    • The RCMP and the RNC advise parents to become computer literate. Parents often say they don't know anything about computers - and they don't need to know anything - because their child does. Parents should learn how computers work and keep up on the latest trends, just like they would take a driving course before going for a driver's licence.

    • Make sure the device is age appropriate. Does a young child need a computer or a portable device? Does the child need the device in their room, unsupervised?
    • Get rid of web cams: make sure you either buy a computer without one or have it disabled. If you need to have a web cam, buy a portable one that can be connected by USB, make sure you're there when the camera is in use, and then remove it and lock it away.

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    Social Networking sites:

    • Police say parents should tell their kids: Don't have anybody you don't know as a friend on Facebook. And not someone you casually know, or a friend of a friend, but someone you have met face to face.
    • Parents should make sure they're allowed as friends on Facebook.
    • Parents should have access to usernames, passwords and accounts for younger teens.
    • Kids shouldn't be posting information such as email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth or other personal information.
    • Privacy settings in Facebook should be locked down.

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    In general:

    Have zero trust. We naturally trust people first and then learn not to trust them. With the internet, start with the assumption of no trust. Don't trust anyone, and even then be careful. Predators can groom people for years.

    There are no borders: anything that happens online can happen in Newfoundland and Labrador or has the potential to happen here. There are no borders.

    We think of Newfoundland as being a safe place, but that doesn't apply when it comes to the internet.

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    cybertip.ca for reporting complaints about online activity.

    cybertip.ca's list of the top five risks to Canadian children on the Internet:

    1. Sexual offenders targeting online games that have chat rooms including interactive web games, computer and console games.
    2. Sexual offenders hijacking instant messaging accounts and coercing children/adolescents to send nude or partially clothed images of themselves. Between 2005 and 2006, reports of this threat doubled.
    3. Sexual offenders using 3D animated characters, referred to as avatars, to engage children/adolescents in online conversations.
    4. Sexual offenders targeting social networking sites where children/adolescents are encouraged to create online diaries and connect with new people.
    5. Youth sending nude images to peers without understanding that the images can be forwarded or permanently posted online.

    www.connectsafely.org - An American resource site focusing on safety on the web.

    The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre's YouTube channel

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    Very scary

    The Halloween decorations are coming out of the cupboard the closer we get to the actual day.

    This was spotted in a St. John's neighbourhood this morning.


    How those leaves get on the ground

    So that's how it happens ...



    A rainbow over the Canadian Tire gas bar in St. John's on the weekend.


    Newfoundland & Labrador Ghost Stories

    ghostblur.jpg Back in the 1990s, Fisheries Broadcast host Jim Wellman toured Newfoundland collecting stories from people who were known as legendary storytellers in their communities.

    A number of stories were involved ghost and other mysterious happenings. In honour of Halloween, we’ve gathered up four stories from 1992.

    Aunt Alice Forsey from Grand Bank

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    Aunt Alice Forsey from Grand Bank

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    Gordon Fogwill from Millertown

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    Aunt Alice Forsey from Grand Bank

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    Totem pole

    Government House in St. John's has a new artwork. Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie saw the totem pole - designed by carver Abel Taylor - during a  trip to Raleigh. The pole is made from an old electrical pole! and depicts icons of of Newfoundland and Labrador, such as a mermaid, whales, puffins, polar bears and hunters.


    Zombie Walk

    A dedicated group of zombies wandered the streets of St. John's Sunday afternoon. They climbed up phone booths, and took over the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador stairs in the first annual Zombie Walk.



    Pumpkin Fest

    For those in search of a pumpkin and some fun, Pumpkin Fest at Lester's Farm on Brookfield Road in St. John's on the weekend.





    A seen joke

    So, did you hear the one about the ball-playing ostrich? seen's bird experts have consulted and determined that the ostirch is, in fact, an emu. So, did you hear the one about the ball-playing emu?


    A for ....

    We didn't see any orchards but seen spotted this apple tree in Topsail.


    Recycling old school

    St. John's has finished it's first week of city-wide recycling. But perhaps it's time to remember how it used to be done or how it's still done, especially since we can't recycle glass.

    This cart was found stashed in some trees in a St. John's park.


    That time of the year ...

    As the weather get cooler, the rush is on to get any outdoor renovations completed before the snow flies.


    Signs of Halloween

    Halloween decorations are starting to appear at houses around St. John's, including these cool pumpkins seen downtown.


    Fall flowers

    They're still around ... the cold weather hasn't gotten to these lovely St. John's roses yet.


    Too late to move back now...

    The former CBC Radio building on Duckworth Street being gutted as it's turned into condos.  
    A number of seen's contributors remember the old place fondly.


    Makes you look twice

    Here at seen, we're always on the lookout for neat signs: signs with interesting messages, signs with typos. Now this sign caught our eye, seen can't figure out if this biz has a problem with spelling, or is just darn creative.


    Recycling spreads across the land ...

    seen has viewed lots of households embracing St. John's move to recycling as the new schedule spreads to different neighbourhoods.

    City-wide recycling is three days old and the city's rules need a bit of getting used to, so some of you might find these stickers on your bags explaining what the problem is ...


    Cape to Cabot

    We have shots of the Cape to Cabot race on the weekend - considered to be one of the toughest road races on the go in this part of the world. sent thanks Heather Barrett.

    2010 Tely 10 winner Colin Fewer with his good buddy, Trevor O'Brien, 2010 Cape to Cabot winner.

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    Spectators peer through the fog to watch runners make their way up Signal Hill.

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    Multiple Tely 10 winners Colin Fewer and Art Meaney hand out medals.

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    Young C2C volunteers

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    "Touch the tower!" After racers cross the finish line and get their medals, they have to run up to Cabot Tower, touch it, and get their photos taken.

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    The race is the first sanctioned "Green Race" in NL. All waste at the finish line was recycled and composted.

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    Get out your wallet

    Some wine is too expensive for even seen's taste! And seen has expensive taste. Or an expensive imagination ...


    We Stand on Guard Benefit ...

    Is on tonight at Mile One stadium in St. John's. The proceeds benefit those affected by Hurricane Igor - and a lot of help is still needed.

    Just to remind us of what Hurricane Igor was like, here's video in front of our office taken that day, and St. John's didn't even take the brunt of it.

    A Labrador morning

    It's that time of the year. This shot was taken this morning by Jeremy Eaton in Lab City.


    Picture proof

    For those who think the St. John's Morning Show's Cecil Haire really isn't out there on the road and broadcasts from his living room. Actually we don't know anyone who thinks that, but it's a way to get to these pictures.

    Here's is Cecil after 7 a.m. this morning talking to the city's Jason Synard on Cochrane St. downtown.


    St. John's catches up ...

    To the rest of the country and many other places in the province. Today is the first day of city-wide recycling.

    The first area off the mark is 1A, home of the pilot project, so people there are already very familiar with what to do.

    Nice recycling all sorted and lined up, ready to go...


    The shiny new recycling trucks


    Big bird

    A great egret spotted near Blackhead...


    Saying goodbye

    The arts community get together in St. John's last night to say goodbye to Denise Brake who passed away recently. Denise was a fixture in the community, and many people attended last night's service at the Ship.

    Neil Rosenberg on banjo performing with friends.

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    Another one!

    Hmmm, it seems the Prince Philip Parkway is becoming accident central. On the heels of yesterday's fender-bender, comes another one a few minutes ago.



    seen out in Topsail


    Lunchtime at CBC

    seen was minding its own business, eating a salad, when it looked up and saw this on the Prince Philip Parkway. It must have just happened because the car was smoking. The other vehicle involved  - a van - later drove away (after exchanging information, as you should) without much difficulty. The two young men in the car had to wait a while in the pouring rain for the the tow truck to come.


    Fall colours

    Yes, as we move out of summer and into winter, we might get a little depressed as the weather turns colder. Let's enjoy the season instead with a shot of the leaves changing colours.


    Elena Popova: Still Vortices

    The Bulgarian-born artist Elena Popova, who adopted this province as her home, opens a show Friday at The Rooms featuring her abstract drawings

    Popova thanks everyone for coming, and says, "This exhibit comes exactly 20 years after I moved to the New Found Land, this perfect place to live."


    Thanksgiving market

    The Farmer's market in St. John's on the weekend. Lots of people bought local for their Thanksgiving meal.




    As we go into this long weekend, it's time to think about going for a long walk on our many trails and paths to appreciate the fall colours.


    A little vandalism with your coffee

    Someone with time on his or her hands did this to our radio studio in St. John's this morning. We're not thankful.


    More storm damage

    That Igor, he sure was full of wrath. Here's what he left behind on the Long Pond Trail.


    Nowhere near the dump

    Someone thinks the Robin Hood Bay dump in St. John's is actually on Oxen Pond Road.



    A couple of images: one before, one after of some changes near the Health Sciences Centre.in St. John's.



    Leaving a mark

    Hurricane Igor left an impression on the pathways of Long Pond in St. John's. Note the chalky substance.


    AHL hockey on the weekend

    seen believes it was good to see professional hockey back in St. John's Sunday afternoon ... even if this clip doesn't show a lot of hockey. The Hamilton Bullldogs vs. the Binghamton Senators.

    It was also exciting to get a look at local Colin Greening who made his professional hockey debut at home.

    The cleanup continues

    Rennies River 1: Basement 0

    Fallout from Hurricane Igor.


    Blessing of the Animals

    The Blessing of the Animals is an annual tradition at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John's the Baptist. This year, dogs, cats, horses and a hermit crab

    The Reverend Jonathan Rowe blessing the animals



    Pre-Igor times

    A few days before Igor, seen members were up on a roof in downtown St. John's doing repairs (thank goodness). This is the view of St. John's harbour.


    The cleanup continues

    This shot is from two days ago, but the barricades are still there. It's a good indication of the damage Igor did to parks like Bannerman in downtown St. John's.