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Wednesday October 23, 2013 6:37 
Good morning:

It's a cool 2 degrees Celsius in St. John's this morning with fog and drizzle, but that's expected to clear up later this morning.

Environment Canada is forecasting a cloudy day today, but we should be prepared for heavy rain and high winds Thursday across Newfoundland.

A special weather statement for Newfoundland has been updated by Environment Canada this morning.

Here are the details:

A developing low pressure system is forecast to approach Newfoundland from the southwest tonight and intensify as it crosses the island on Thursday.

This system is expected to bring rain to most areas of Newfoundland, with the highest amounts expected over the southern and eastern regions. At this time total rainfall amounts are expected to be between 25 to 50 millimetres throughout the forecast period, with the heaviest rainfall expected along the South Coast. There is also potential for the precipitation to fall as snow over higher elevations of the Long Range Mountains.

As well, strong westerly winds with gusts up to 80 km/h will develop over eastern regions late Thursday as the low strengthens off the Northeast Coast.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:00 
Here's the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's-metro and more detailed text version of the forecast for the next several days.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:02 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:02 
Today, 23 October
Periods of drizzle ending this morning then cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this morning then south 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 9.

Tonight, 23 October
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy and fog beginning this evening. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming southeast 40 gusting to 60 this evening. Temperature steady near 8.

Thursday, 24 October
Rain and fog ending in the morning then mainly cloudy. A few showers beginning late in the afternoon. Amount 2 mm. Wind east 20 km/h becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 near noon then west 50 gusting to 80 in the evening. High 15.

Friday, 25 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 9.

Saturday, 26 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. High 8.

Sunday, 27 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 9.

Monday, 28 October
Periods of rain. Windy. Low plus 5. High 9.

Tuesday, 29 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low plus 4. High 7.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:02 
The live webcam view this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:04 
All flights at St. John's International Airport are on time this morning.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:05 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Flanders is operating on a one-vessel, enhanced schedule, which I believe means it has a larger crew.

It will also be operating throughout the lunch hour today.

As well, tonight at 7:10 p.m., the Flanders will depart Bell Island and tie up in Portugal Cove to take on fuel and undergo maintenance.
The ferry will depart Portugal Cove at 10:25 p.m. for its last sailing tonight.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:08 
We've been asked to announce the following school information:

There is no school for Holy Redeemer students in Spaniards Bay today due to a regional professional development day for teachers.

• School pictures will be taken Thursday/Friday.
• Holy Redeemer's First recycling blitz is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the school parking lot.
• The first Kinderstart session is taking place Monday Oct. 28. There will be no Kindergarten classes that day.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:11 
According to the NL English School District's website, there are some other schools closed today for teacher professional development.

They are:
• St. Peters Elementary in the Ascension School System
• Holy Cross Elementary, St. Matthew's Elementary and St. Teresa's School in the St. John's Metro School System.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:16 
Passed an Elantra on Kenmount with only daytime running lights on. Come on Hyundai, my 1996 Oldsmobile had automatic headlights! #nltraffic
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:17 Krista Austin
2 moose accidents west of bay Roberts turn off west bound. RCMP on seen. #nltraffic @590VOCM @cecilhaire @CHOZFM
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:18 Stanley Reid
Some traffic Tweets above. It seems like every day there are moose-vehicle collisions. Drivers really need to slow down and watch the roads, especially in rain and fog.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:20 
Willie Hunt is at it again on Twitter, giving advice on how to drink and drive and not get caught by the police.

There are a few people on Twitter that seem to love getting people riled up. I don't think police officers would agree with his advice. Vodka does have an odour.

Here's the Tweet below.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:22 
if you wants two have a few drinks but gotta drive, you are better off drinking vodka than beer.Cops cant smell vodka #nltraffic @2009Karen
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:22 Willie Hunt
Moose accident 2 clicks before hodgewater exit. #NLTraffic
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:23 Sonny Anand
Pls RT! Found in Upper Gullies @TownofCBS Comerfords rd, anyone recognize this dog? #nltraffic #nlwx #newfoundland…
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:23 Dizzy
Hopefully, this dog mentioned above will be reunited with its owner.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:24 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:24 TJ
I had to laugh at this Tweet above. The light blue and white Newfound Cabs do look like police cars from a distance or if they're behind you.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:25 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:29 
Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:33 
Telegram reporter James McLeod has a story in today's Telegram about a letter signed by NDP caucus members questioning Lorraine Michael's leadership.

MHA George Murphy says he made a huge mistake in signing it.

Here's a link to the story.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:35 
‘I betrayed Lorraine,’ NDP MHA George Murphy admits.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:35 The Telegram
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:36 
Light House Project will leave neighbours in the dark, critics say
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:41 The Telegram
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:42 
Rosie Gillingham has more continuing court coverage from the David Folker murder trial in today's Telegram.

A police officer testified Tuesday about the scene where Ann Marie Shirran's body was found.

Here's a link to her story, but we're warning it contains some disturbing content.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:52 
Murder trial told collecting remains was a challenge for police
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:52 The Telegram
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:54 
Also from court Tuesday, Rosie Gillingham has a story about an arrest warrant issued for a woman who failed to show up in court for her sentencing.
On Oct. 11, the woman caused an uproar in the courtroom. That link is below.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:56 
Arrest warrant issued for woman who caused uproar in court.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:56 The Telegram
Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:57 
Angus McPhail has interviewed another familu in today's Telegram about the importance of blood donations.

Here's a link to that story in the Tweet below.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:00 
Saving a life is as simple as donating blood, husband and father says.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:00 The Telegram
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:02 
Still in area right hand side of road near Makisons turn off. "@590VOCM: MOOSE SIGHTING WALKING ACROSS THE TCH |#nltraffic"
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:04 Jennifer Yetman
There are more moose sightings this morning. Drivers should really watch out for them.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:06 
Tyler BudgellTyler Budgell : 
Drive yesterday! #trees #autumn #fall #road #newfoundland #Canada #niceday #October #water #lfl #follow
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:07 
A beautiful fall photo posted this morning on Instagram and look what else I found this morning in my Newfoundland search on Instagram.
Pretty funny.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:08 
Angela DavidsonAngela Davidson : 
Bailey rocking the head scarf cause he's a bad ass #Newfoundland #newfies #newf #newfiesarethebestdogs #dressing #up #time #hedoesntlookhappy #gentlegiant #cuddlemonster #hessofluffy
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:08 
Ethan LannonEthan Lannon : 
The beautiful sights are going to be what I miss this most. #newfoundland #scenery #favoriteplaces #favoriteviews
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:09 
Perla HernándezPerla Hernández : 
Have you ever walked on a 17th century street? #explore150 #canada #tighunt #newfoundland #heritage
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:09 
Shane HowardShane Howard : 
#photooftheday #stjohns #newfoundland #thebattery #love #homesweethome
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:09 
Ace Weston DykeAce Weston Dyke : 
Picture I took on my walk. #nature #scenery #water #newfoundland #beautiful
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:10 
Some more Newfoundland photos (above) posted this morning on Instagram.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:10 
The ground beef recall because of possible E.coli contamination has been expanded to include more products and distribution has included Newfoundland and Labrador stores.

Here's the latest from The Canadian Press:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its alert over beef products from Belmont Meats of Toronto because of possible E. coli contamination.
The federal food safety watchdog is now warning the public not to eat Sunspun bearpaw-shaped beef burgers sold at Loblaw-owned stores nationally and Compliments traditional beef burgers sold at Sobeys-owned stores in Ontario and the West.

The Sunspun beef products sold in 4.54-kilogram packages have a best-before date of Feb. 24, 2014 while the Compliments products in 1.36 kg packages have a best-before date of May 26, 2014.
The agency says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the products and that it’s monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
The agency has now issued recall notices this month for a total of nine Belmont beef products over possible E. coli contamination.

The agency on Sunday warned the public not to consume Belmont uncooked lean ground beef distributed at Loblaw stores nationally in 1.6-kilogram packages with a best-before date of June 1, 2014.
And a notice on Oct. 8 warned about President’s Choice Beef Burgers in 4.54-kilogram packages sold nationally in Loblaws stores and Webers Bucket of Burgers sold in 1.02-kilogram packages, which may have been distributed across Canada.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, said the next day there were seven confirmed and one suspected cases of E. coli in the province linked to the burgers.
In the initial Oct. 2 warning the CFIA said there had been reported illnesses associated with the consumption certain Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers.

The eight-ounce burgers are sold frozen in packages of six (with a UPC code of 0 55742 37055 3). They were distributed in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador in Sobeys banner stores, and might also be in Foodland, FreshCo and Price Chopper stories.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:14 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:19 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:19 
Above are images from the CFIA of the packaging on the frozen burgers that have been recalled.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:19 
According to Twitter posts, there has been a head-on collision in Paradise by Macnamara Drive.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:20 
The St. John's International Women's Film Festival opened last night, with local actors Mark Critch, Cathy Jones and Gordon Pinsent on hand for their new production by Barbara Doran, "The Grand Seduction."

Here's a photo by The Telegram's Joe Gibbons.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:26 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:26 
Sea-Hawks beat Brock Badgers in overtime in the Naismith Classic in Waterloo, Ont. John Browne's story is at
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:32 Deana StokesSullivan
CeeBees make a call for fan support; need 330 more hot seats to be sold within a week. Nicholas Mercer's story is at
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:33 Deana StokesSullivan
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received a call from a concerned citizen of a suspicious person in the area of Her Majesty's Penitentiary.
The caller stated the person left a package near a tree and walked away.
The RNC bomb disposal unit responded to the area and the package was cleared safe.
The RNC said in its overnight report this morning, no further police action was required.

Here's a photo The Telegram's Joe Gibbons took Tuesday.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:38 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:38 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:39 
The province’s minister responsible for the status of women, Charlene Johnson, and a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary official chastised CBC for publishing details Tuesday of a report on the sex trade in the province.

They maintain it could endanger people who participated in the research. There are opposing views, however, that suppressing the information doesn't allow public discussion about the real issues and problems that the report explored.

Here's a link to The Telegram story.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:42 
RNC, minister claim study report release puts informants at risk.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:42 The Telegram
Eleven of 12 bargaining units of public workers have ratified a deal with the Newfoundland government.

Here's a Canadian Press story on that.

The Canadian Press
Eleven bargaining units in Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public sector union have voted in favour of accepting tentative agreements with the province.
However, Marine Services employees who work in the province’s intra-provincial ferry system voted to reject the four-year deal.

The agreements provides a wage freeze for the first two years, followed by raises of two per cent and three per cent for the final two years.
There is a signing bonus of $1,400 in the second-year of the deal, and workers who are part time receive a portion of that total.

Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, says the union will now work on having the agreements signed as soon as possible.
The 11 bargaining units that accepted the agreement represent about 17,000 workers, while there are about 250 employees in the Marine Services division.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:46 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:46 Ashley Fitzpatrick
Traffic slowdown ORR westbound. Down to one lane just past Allandale Road exit. #nltraffic
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:46 Dawn Chaplin
Traffic is backed up again on the Outer Ring Road, according to Twitter posts.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:47 
.@cecilhaire the NDP letter mess is now so big it should be reported as a trainwreck under #nltraffic cc @AnthonyGermain #nlpoli
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:48 Will Fowler
Head on collision at the intersection of Macnamara and topsail road #nltraffic @hitsfm
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:48 Jessica Sweeney
Beautiful st Philips this morning #nlwx
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:49 Lydia
More fall scenery from St. Philips.

The colourful leaves may not last if we get 80 km winds and heavy rainfall Thursday night, as expected by Environment Canada.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:49 
Updated Special Weather Statement for Newfoundland. Intensifying system to bring rain & wind.… #nlwx #StayTuned
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:50 Kelly Butt
Blowin blowin and blowin! WOOOOOOOOOO #NLtraffic #NLwx #NL #NLpoli
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:50 wreckhouse
Halloween makeup tips on Canadian Living online at
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:53 Deana StokesSullivan
Here's another photo from Canadian Living's website. There are complete makeup instructions for various Halloween styles.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:54 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:54 
Join the RCMP. Career Presentation in Bay d'Espoir, Wed. Oct. 23 at 7pm at the RCMP Det.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:56 RCMP Newfoundland
We are looking for two charities to be the final benefactors of Klondike Night. Find the criteria and application...
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:56 RCMP Newfoundland
Some Tweets above from the RCMP in Newfoundland.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:56 
I came across this video on YouTube of moose hunting in Newfoundland.
Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:00 
Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:00 
Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be back again with more live news Thursday morning.

Until then, drive safely and take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:04 
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