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Thursday October 10, 2013 6:38 
Good morning:

Before getting into the weather this morning, I just want to say thanks to the many people who have sent me emails and comments about my first-person story in Wednesday's Telegram about dealing with my husband's cancer diagnosis and death in 2012.

I really appreciate the kind comments and so many stories that people are sharing with me of also dealing with the untimely passing of loved ones. I realize I'm not alone in this.
Thanks again so much.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:01 
Now for the weather.

It's a chilly 3 degrees Celsius in St. John's this morning, but Environment Canada is forecasting a high today of 14 and a mix of sun and cloud.

The weekend temperatures are expected to be cooler, but overall the forecast doesn't look too bad for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:03 
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:03 
Above is the Environment Canada weather graphic for the St. John's-metro region.

And now the more detailed text version of the forecast:

Today, 10 October
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60 near noon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight, 10 October
Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy near midnight with 40 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 late this evening. Low plus 5.

Friday, 11 October
Mainly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 8.

Saturday, 12 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2. High 7.

Sunday, 13 October
Cloudy. Low zero. High 7.

Monday, 14 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. High 10.

Tuesday, 15 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. High 11.

Wednesday, 16 October
Cloudy. Low plus 5. High 11.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:04 
The webcam view this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:12 
I had some problems accessing St. John's International Airport's website, but it seems OK now.

All flights are on schedule this morning and it looks likeit's shaping up to be a nice clear morning.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:13 
Two ferries are operating this morning on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:14 
Schools are open in the NL Eastern School District today.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:17 
Advisory: a traffic flow trial will occur @ MPI & MPSH affecting Ruth & Michener Wed & Thur. Visit the school websites 4 info. #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:17 NLESD
And, I'll include this notice again today from Holy Redeemer school in Spaniard's Bay.

Holy Redeemer will be having their Thanksgiving Day assembly today at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.
A reminder to K-3 students to bring to school perishable food items and grade 4-9 students bring in non-perishable food items this week.

A reminder to Holy Redeemer students and parents that there will be NO school for students this Friday, Oct. 11, due to a staff professional development day.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:18 
Rogers is still investigating today to determine what happened last night when part of the company's network went down.

The voice and SMS services have been fully restored after the cross-Canada outage.

Here's a link to the story.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:25 
Rogers voice and SMS services fully restored after cross-Canada outage
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:25 The Telegram
Long traffic lines and delays between #clarenville and Deep Bight #nltraffic @710_VOCM
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:35 Paula Roberts
Long line of traffic heading east on TCH between Southrn Hr and Little Hr #paving #roadcrewsworking #nltraffic @VOCMNEWS @cecilhaire @CBCNL
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:35 Paula Roberts
Traffic delays at Deep Bight just outside @ClarenvilleTown #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:35 Nancy Robbins
Road work underway on Freshwater Road between Stamp's Lane and Columbus Drive. Expect a slowdown. #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:35 Jonathan Rowe
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:37 Rebecca Chaulk
@TownofCBS why are the lights at Legion Road and the CBS highway ALWAYS out?? #frustrating #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:38 Jenny Sullivan
A lot of traffic Tweets posted this morning on Twitter.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:38 
[Comment From DonnyDonny: ] 
De b'y, last night at the opening ceremonies for a National Soccer Tournament at King George V athletes had their cars broken into and equipment bags robbed!
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:44 Donny
I just received this comment about vehicles broken into in St. John's. There seems to be a lot of this happening lately.

It's wise not to have anything left in vehicles unless you have someone watching them.

This type of crime also always seems to escalate leading up to Christmas.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:46 
Wonderful idea to cancel the #NLTraffic study at MPI…was it at the last minute? Hope everyone’s prepared for anything!
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:47 Jeffrey Boone
I guess the Twitter post above is referring to this notice on Mount Pearl Senior High's website:

Traffic Routes are returned to normal
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:49 
And this is on the Mount Pearl Intermediate website:


Traffic Study - Please note that the traffic study originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 10th has been cancelled. Normal traffic flow patterms will resume as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 9th. Thank you for your cooperation in this morning's study
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:50 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:52 
The second part of Tara Bradbury's series, "Living with Death" is in today's Telegram.

Here's a link to the online story below.
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:53 
Living with Death Part 2: Focusing on the Future by Tara Bradbury
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:53 The Telegram
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:54 
Dunderdale adds Kent, Crummell in major cabinet shuffle. James McLeod's story is at
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:54 The Telegram
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:55 
Naming of vessel after son helps soothe mother’s grief. Josh Pennell's story is online at
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:56 The Telegram
Altercation resulted in woman’s death, defence team admits in Folker trial
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:57 The Telegram
Thursday October 10, 2013 7:57 
Gas prices in the province are down slightly today.

Now for the bad news. The price of furnace oil and stove oil is up, just when you need to turn up the heat with the cooler temperatures outside.

Here's the latest from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office:

The changes to maximum fuel prices are as follows:

• all types of gasoline motor fuel will decrease by up to 0.9 cents per litre (cpl);
• diesel motor fuel will decrease by up to 0.4 cpl;
• furnace oil heating fuel will increase by 1.07 cpl;
• stove oil heating fuel will increase by 1.22 cpl; and,
• propane heating fuel will see no change.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:02 
And, here's a table from the Petroleum Pricing Office with the maximum gas prices in the province.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:05 
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:05 
Not much longer now before we start hearing the clitter-clatter of studded tires on pavement. #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:05 James McLeod
Studded tires can be installed on Nov. 1. Here's the RCMP Tweet about it.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:06 
It's a good time to start dusting off those winter tires or looking for new ones. Studded tires can be installed on or after Nov 1st
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:06 RCMP NL Traffic
And here's a couple about driving conditions and moose.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:07 
Beautiful morning on the TCH Avalon, please drive safe and watch for the moose! Cst Dennis Hann
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:07 RCMP NL Traffic
And if you see any moose near roadways or other hazards in your travels please post here. Your tweet may save a life!
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:07 RCMP NL Traffic
And, other human road hazards.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:07 
Cpl Tony Young: With the long wknd near, please remember to report dangerous drivers to the RCMP by calling 1-800-709-7267. Drive safe!
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:07 RCMP NL Traffic
There was a beautiful sunset last night in St. John's. Here are a couple of Twitter posts from that popular pooch on Twitter.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:08 
A burning #sunset seen from Signal Hill. Lots of people + pooches were watching. #yyt #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:09 Puppy McPooch
Beauty of an autumn evening in #yyt. Hardly a whisper of wind. Great for picking berries and walking dogs. #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:09 Puppy McPooch
So much construction in downtown St. John's. Tons of new condos. #yyt
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:14 Marc Perrot
Bonnie Belec has a story in today's Telegram about staffing shortages at the Hoyles-Escasoni Complex in St. John's.

Here's the lead:

Administrators are struggling daily to maintain staffing levels at the Hoyles-Escasoni Complex in St. John’s.
Eight to 10 people call in sick daily, and on top of that, the long-term care facility has about 100 staff off on long-term leave such as workers’ compensation, maternity leave and extended sick leave, The Telegram has learned.

The full story can be read at the link in the Tweet below.

Thursday October 10, 2013 8:16 
About 100 staff on long-term leave from Hoyles-Escasoni Complex. Bonnie Belec's story is online at
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:16 The Telegram
Beautiful morning with excellent driving conditions today. Light traffic on LeMarchant Road. #telynl
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:17 Gary Grant
James McLeod has a Muskrat Falls story in today's Telegram —

Dunderdale shrugs off Nova Scotia’s tough talk on Muskrat Falls

Despite tough talk from Nova Scotia’s incoming premier about the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project and the Nova Scotia component of the deal, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said there’s nothing to worry about.

To read the full story, click on the link Tweeted below.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:20 
Dunderdale shrugs off Nova Scotia’s tough talk on Muskrat Falls. James McLeod's story is online at
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:20 The Telegram
In the provincial cabinet shuffle Wednesday, Tom Hedderson didn't get a cabinet post this time. Instead, he'll be serving as parliamentary assistant to the premier.

Terry Roberts has his reaction to this in a story online at
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:24 
Premier Kathy Dunderdale is again the subject of Kevin Tobin's cartoon in today's Telegram.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:28 Deana StokesSullivan
A former municipal politician and youth worker in New Brunswick with ties to Newfoundland is expected to be sentenced today for sexually abusing boys.

Donnie Snook spent one year as an officer of the former Salvation Army Citadel in Mount Moriah while he was in his early 20s. In that role, he was commissioned to be the church’s senior pastor.

Here's the story from The Canadian Press

Ex-city councillor to be sentenced in New Brunswick for sexually abusing boys

The Canadian Press — St. John's, N.B.
A former municipal politician and youth worker in New Brunswick is expected to be sentenced today in Saint John after admitting to sexually abusing boys and making pornographic images of children.
Donnie Snook pleaded guilty in May to 46 charges, including sexual assault and possessing, making and distributing child pornography.
The crimes spanned 12 years and involved 17 boys, most of whom were from the Saint John area and between the ages of five and 15 at the time of the offences.
At his sentencing hearing in August, the 41-year-old man said he was ashamed of his actions and told the provincial court that he was sexually abused as a boy in Newfoundland.
The Crown has argued for a 21-year prison sentence for Snook, who was arrested after a lengthy investigation involving the Saint John and Toronto police and the seizure of thousands of photos and videos of child pornography.
The defence argued for a 12-year prison term, saying Snook is willing to help the victims in any way he can and is eager to undergo rehabilitation.
Snook also faces two counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference involving a boy for alleged incidents in the mid-1990s in Newfoundland.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:35 
There's a story in the Business section of today's Telegram about Paul Desmarais, a businessman and former chancellor of Memorial University, who has died at age 86.

Here's an excerpt from the story.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:39 
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:39 
Traffic westbound on thorburn rd backing up due to construction #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:40 Joanne
Heads up! “@1039KRock: Moose sighting on the Viking Trail near Cormack Esso #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:40 ConstructSolutions
Smooth sailing on Freshwater west this morning with new pavement. No lane markings, though, so be careful. #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:41 Earl Noble
Paving crews on site Thorburn Road at Mt Scio. Down to one lane in places. Slow going. #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:41 Dawn Chaplin
Thorburn rd is a parking lot!! Both directions!! #nltraffic
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:41 Joe Dowden
Great morning on the #tch #steadybrook #nltraffic dry roads sunny skies
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:41 Donnie O'Keefe
More traffic Tweets posted this morning.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:42 
And, here's a beautiful sunset photo from Topsail Beach, posted on Twitter.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:42 
Topsail Beach Sunset - Oct 8th, 2013. #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:42 David K
Beautiful brisk fall morning for a walk, filled with the smell of evergreen #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:43 Stephanie
Chilly long weekend #nlwx ahead. In fact, latest RGEM suggesting isloated flurries near #Gander early Sat morning.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:43 Rodney Barney
RGEM temps Friday afternoon: single digits most of Nfld; struggling to get above freezing parts of Labrador. #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:43 Rodney Barney
Mild day for the Island today, but cold front over Labrador signals change. Much cooler air in store Friday. #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:43 Rodney Barney
I would think a lot of people are cringing at Rodney Barney's posts. I'm not sure if I'm ready for winter yet, but I won't shoot the messenger.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:44 
Canadian Living has a recipe online for an Autumn Bounty Salad, with butternut squash, wild rice, brown rice, rapini, toasted pecans and cranberries. It looks really good.

To me, anything with butternut squash has to be good.

The full recipe is online at
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:49 
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:49 
Canadian author Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Here's that story from The Canadian Press:

Decorated Canadian author Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for literature.
The 82-year-old becomes the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and the first Canadian-based writer to secure the honour.
She also becomes only the 13th woman to receive the distinction.
Considered one of the world’s greatest living writers of short stories, Munro last published the 2012 collection “Dear Life.”
That book won the Ontario-born writer her third Trillium Book Award.
She has also previously won the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work, as well as two Scotiabank Giller Prizes, three Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the inaugural Marian Engel Award and the American National Book Critics Circle Award.
She had been considered a perennial contender for the Nobel prize in literature, with British-based betting company Ladbrokes positioning her as the second-most likely recipient this year behind Japanese master Haruki Murakami.
Among Munro’s celebrated works are her 1968 debut “Dance of the Happy Shades,” 1986’s “The Progress of Love,” 2004’s “Runaway” and 1978’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Past winners include such literature luminaries as George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Hesse, T.S. Eliot and Toni Morrison, with the last three prizes being awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, Sweden’s Tomas Transtromer and Spanish scribe Mario Vargas Llosa. Canadian-born, American-raised writer Saul Bellow won in 1976.
The award money fluctuates, but in 2012 the monetary value of the prize was 8,000,000 Swedish krona (roughly C$1.3 million).
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:52 
Alice Munro. — Associated Press photo
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:57 
Could get our first dusting of snow in the early morning hours of Sunday for the NE Avalon. #nlwx
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:58 Stephen Green
Another weather Tweet. More talk of that white stuff possible soon. I still don't want to think about it yet.
Thursday October 10, 2013 8:58 
annarose_kettleannarose_kettle : 
#mountain #scenery #lake #newfoundland #sugarloaf
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
MichelaMichela : 
Qidi Vidi. #newfoundland
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
SarahSarah : 
#alleyway #alley #mural #graffiti #artwork #art #paint #spraypaint #bright #walkway #colorful #color #street #downtown #doorway #StJohns #Newfoundland
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
SarahSarah : 
#graffiti #color #paint #wall #building #street #downtown #edge #StJohns #Newfoundland
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
SarahSarah : 
#bright #colorful #color #graffiti #spraypaint #art #mural #doorway #alleyway #downtown #StJohns #Newfoundland
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
SarahSarah : 
#witch #dog #spooky #scare #shivers #shaking #mural #paint #alley #alleyway #cute #fun #October #downtown #brick #brickwall #StJohns #Newfoundland
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:00 
Some Newfoundland photos, including some graffiti. I have to admit I like some of this artwork. It's a lot more creative than some of the first graffiti that showed up in St. John's, randomly sprayed on walls and buildings.
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:02 
That's it for the live blog today.

I'll be back again Friday morning, 7-9 a.m. with more live news, weather, sports and current affairs.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:03 
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