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Friday September 20, 2013 6:35 
Good morning:

You can feel the fall in the air today in St. John's. It's a cool 9 degrees Celsius and expected to drop to 8 today, then dip to 4 tonight and even down to 0 in low lying inland areas.

Environment Canada has also issued a frost warning for St. John's and vicinity. It says "a building ridge of high pressure over western Labrador will move over Newfoundland tonight. Light winds and clear skies under this ridge will cause the formation of frost overnight."

Rain returns to the local forecast on Monday, but the weekend looks pretty good.

Saturday, the forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud and high of 12 Celsius and Sunday, warmer temperatures return with a high of 20 and more sun and cloud.

Here's a look at the weather graphic from Environment Canada for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:00 
Friday September 20, 2013 7:01 
Today, 20 September
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature falling to 8 this morning then steady. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight, 20 September
Clearing this evening. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light overnight. Low plus 4 except zero in low lying inland areas. Patchy frost.

Saturday, 21 September
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the evening. High 12.

Sunday, 22 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 9. High 20.

Monday, 23 September
Periods of rain. Windy. Low 14. High 19.

Tuesday, 24 September
Showers. Low 14. High 18.

Wednesday, 25 September
Cloudy. Low 10. High 14.

Thursday, 26 September
Cloudy. Low 9. High 13.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:01 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:02 
All flights are on schedule this morning at St. John's International Airport.

As you can see from the webcam view, it's still a bit dark at the airport. A sure sign of fall, the sunrise is later each morning and it's getting dark earlier at night.

According to Environment Canada, sunrise today is 6:45 a.m. and sunset is at 7:04 p.m.

Friday September 20, 2013 7:06 
The recorded information at the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service hasn't been updated since 7:40 p.m. Thursday, but all week the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay were operating.

I assume that's the case today. I'll check again later to see if there are any updates.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:10 
There are no announcements regarding schools this morning on the NL English School District's website.

But the board is starting to post news about school activities and it has a Twitter feed on its site.

Students and staff of St. Peter's School in Black Tickle kicked off Together We Can Succeed festivities this week. They were divided into three teams, each having to design their own mascot and team motto. This year's theme is "Community" and "Animals Located in the Region."

There's more on that at

And, here's a Tweet below of what looks like an enjoyable activity this week for Beaconsfield Junior High students.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:19 
RT @bjhsaxons: Bowring Park was our grade 8 social studies classroom today!
Friday September 20, 2013 7:19 NLESD
Share with us what you are looking forward to about back to school, your favourite memories and/or experiences: #BackToSchoolNL.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:19 NLESD
According to Twitter posts again this morning, there are a lot of moose sightings.

One moose was struck by a vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway, east of Salmonier Line.

There was another moose accident on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Goobies last night.

Other moose have been spotted this morning on White's Road, east of Black Duck Siding, west of Corner Brook near G.C. Rowe Junion High and near the old weigh scales, west of Corner Brook.

Friday September 20, 2013 7:27 
Friday September 20, 2013 7:28 Wayne Lannon
Moose vs truck near Salmonier Line. Pic by the RCMP. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 7:28 Wayne Lannon
Wayne Lannon just posted the photos above on Twitter from the accident near Salmonier Line.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:29 
Moose collision TCH in the moose lights (that are not working) no injuries. Please slow down. Cst Dennis Hann
Friday September 20, 2013 7:32 RCMP NL Traffic
Great driving on the TCH Avalon. Drive safe and watch for moose. Cst Dennis Hann
Friday September 20, 2013 7:32 RCMP NL Traffic
Cpl young reminds motorists to watch for moose. there was moose vehicle crash yesterday on tch and # of moose sightings as well. Drive safe
Friday September 20, 2013 7:32 RCMP NL Traffic
There are quite a few comments on Twitter as well that the province's moose lights are near where this accident occurred this morning on the Trans-Canada Highway but they're not working.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:33 
Gonna be a cold 'ole day #nlwx #frosty
Friday September 20, 2013 7:41 Jillian Stoyles
=NEW= Frost Warnings issued for ALL of Newfoundland for tonight.… #nlwx
Friday September 20, 2013 7:41 Kelly Butt
A big cool down in Newfoundland Friday. #StJohns goes from a high of 19C Thursday to a high of only 8C Friday. Find your jacket. #nlwx
Friday September 20, 2013 7:41 Kim MacDonald
Come on sun - you can do it!!! #NLwx
Friday September 20, 2013 7:41 Mark
Getting chilly along the Labrador Straits. L'Anse au Loup now below freezing for first time since June 21. #nlwx
Friday September 20, 2013 7:42 Rodney Barney
Some Tweets above about the cooler weather today.
But, fall can be beautiful in Newfoundland.

Here's a photo posted on Twitter last night of the sunset in St. John's. You can see Cabot Tower high above the Narrows on Signal Hill.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:43 
Friday September 20, 2013 7:44 Carolyn Boone
There are more traffic backups again this morning, especially coming out of Conception Bay South.

Here's a photo just posted on Twitter of the CBS Bypass.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:45 
Friday September 20, 2013 7:45 marc sample
And our own Steve Bartlett must be caught up in the traffic.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:45 
Line-up on Fowler's Rd this morning is very looonnnnnnnnngg! #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 7:45 Steve Bartlett
The front page of today's Telegram.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:46 
Well-known Newfoundland actor and comedian Mark Critch is on the front page of today's Telegram with a story by Tara Bradbury.

Critch has been named winner of the David Benton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

Here's a link below to the full story.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:49 
Outstanding performance by Mark Critch seduces Atlantic Film Festival
Friday September 20, 2013 7:49 The Telegram
Friday September 20, 2013 7:49 
There's also a story on the front page of the paper today by Rosie Gillingham about a dachshund that was attacked by a mixed-breed dog, four times her size.

The owner of the large dog was charged with unlawfully allowing a dog to cause a hazard and fined $500.

Rosie's story can be read at the link in the Tweet below.
Friday September 20, 2013 7:55 
Owner can’t walk dog alone after it attacked dachshund, judge rules
Friday September 20, 2013 7:55 The Telegram
Friday September 20, 2013 7:56 
There's a lot of municipal election news in The Telegram today.

Ashley Fitzpatrick writes about the Holyrood Town Council on page 5, while Bonnie Belec has stories about affordable housing in St. John's and the deputy mayor's race.

Here are some links to these stories.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:03 
Candidates build on ideas for affordable housing
Friday September 20, 2013 8:03 The Telegram
Holyrood harbour central to town’s mayoral race
Friday September 20, 2013 8:04 The Telegram
Election candidate says bullying is not necessary
Friday September 20, 2013 8:04 The Telegram
Friday September 20, 2013 8:05 
Another municipal election story on our website is written by Terry Roberts of The Compass.

The municipal election campaign in Bay Roberts took a controversial — some are saying scandalous — twist Monday night after it was revealed the town paid a resident a quarter-of-a-million dollars for land in 2005, only to learn nearly four years later the man may not have had clear title to the property.

The full story can be read at the link in the Tweet below.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:07 
Bay Roberts campaign takes controversial turn
Friday September 20, 2013 8:07 The Telegram
In the sports section today, Kenn Oliver writes about Mattie Murphy, one of four Newfoundland and Labrador baseball players who will take part in the inaugural Tournament 12 this weekend at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:10 
Respect for Mattie Murphy. Four NL baseball players part of Maritime team in inaugural Tournament 12
Friday September 20, 2013 8:10 The Telegram
Friday September 20, 2013 8:10 
And, it looks like Miley Cyrus has some competition, Liberal leadership candidate Dwight Ball.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:16 
Kevin Tobin has another great cartoon in today's Telegram.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:16 Deana StokesSullivan
Sidewalk construction ongoing on Harvey Road in the Tim Hortons area. Cool this morning. #telynl
Friday September 20, 2013 8:17 Gary Grant
One lane each way on CBS bypass near Fowler's road. Fowler's road is moving well right now. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:18 Keith Wareham
If you're reading the blog this morning and prefer the mobile version, I've Tweeted both options. Here are the links.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:19 
The mobile link for this morning's live Telegram blog is The webite link is
Friday September 20, 2013 8:19 The Telegram
In Weekend Telegram tom, my review of Get Stuffed, Duck. St. #TelyNL @StJohnsTelegram
Friday September 20, 2013 8:22 karl wells
Karl Wells new review columns are posted on The Telegram website on Saturdays.

His past columns can be found at

He also has a website, with highlights from his Rogers TV show, One Chef One Critic with chef Steve Watson at
Friday September 20, 2013 8:25 
Friday September 20, 2013 8:26 
A story from The Canadian Press Thursday referenced Newfoundland and Labrador's large pension shortfall, which was highlighted in a recent report from the rating agency Moody's.

Here's a copy of that story:

The Canadian Press — Toronto
Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador face the biggest pension risk among Canadian provinces due to large shortfalls in their pension funds, ratings agency Moody’s says.
Moody’s said Thursday that Saskatchewan also has a large pension deficit, but noted it has closed its defined-benefit plans and takes a pay-as-you-go approach to funding them.

“In both Quebec and in Newfoundland and Labrador, relatively large unfunded pension liabilities pose a challenge as they are likely to continue to rise for multiple reasons,” Moody’s analyst Michael Yake wrote in a report.

The report said average asset returns have been lower since 2008-09, while the discount rates which are used to calculate liabilities have fallen and the average life expectancy of pensioners is rising.
Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest ratio of unfunded liabilities to revenues at 55 per cent, while Quebec stood at 49 per cent, it said.
Ontario was the best positioned as the only province with a small surplus.
“We believe that credit risk tied to pensions is manageable because of the relatively small size of unfunded liabilities as a share of revenue and because we expect the provinces that are facing the highest liabilities to enact reforms,” Yake wrote.
“If they do not, then credit risk could rise.”
The provinces are not alone in facing the problem of underfunded pensions in the wake of the financial crisis.
Several of the biggest names in corporate Canada also face deficits in their employee pension plans, forcing them to put millions into the plans.
Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Canada Post and NAV Canada have all lobbied Ottawa in hopes of gaining some measure of funding relief for their pension
Friday September 20, 2013 8:29 
Premier Kathy Dunderdale spoke to reporters about the report Thursday.

Here's a link to Josh Pennell's story on that.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:31 
Pension plan reform discussions will not impact current retirees: government
Friday September 20, 2013 8:31 The Telegram
Friday September 20, 2013 8:31 
Newfoundalnd and Labrador Progressive Conservatives are in Gander today for the party’s annual convention from Friday to Sunday.

Stay tuned to The Telegram for any breaking news from that event.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:35 
Friday September 20, 2013 8:37 
This group SunshineNL has connected with me on Twitter and is actively promoting this event on the weekend to fulfill dreams for children with physical disabilities or life-threatening illness.

It sure sounds like a good cause. The silent auction is Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at MacDonald Drive Elementary in St. John's.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:39 
No through traffic from Mt. Scio to Ridge Road due to construction. Traffic being diverted right on to Allandale. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:40 Dwayne Tuck
Seems like the light sequence under the ORR on topsail rd has been changed again #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:40 StJohnsWorstDrivers
Some sort of stoppage on Robert E. Howlett in the Goulds. It's a parking lot here right now. No idea why. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:41 Lukey's Boat
When you stop to "let someone out" in 4 lane traffic, you are putting that person and the outside lane at risk. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:43 J.J. Nugent
Who ever thought its a GREAT idea to tear the up by Marine Institute is pure genius #NLTRAFFIC
Friday September 20, 2013 8:43 amanda hawco
Traffic backed up on the Foxtrap Access Road again this morning. #nltraffic
Friday September 20, 2013 8:43 Rachel Warren
Some more traffic Tweets above about the backlogs this morning.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:44 
#moon rising up over the Atlantic ocean, up thru The Narrows in St. John's, #Newfoundland. #yyt #nlwx #astropooch
Friday September 20, 2013 8:45 Puppy McPooch
This photo above was posted on Twitter last night of a beautiful full moon over St. John's.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:45 
And, here's another moon photo posted on Instagram.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:46 
humskoogeeihumskoogeei : 
#harvestmoon over Grand Pond #nlwx #misty #morning #newfoundland #chilly
Friday September 20, 2013 8:47 
This photo below from Labrador, posted on Instagram, is amazing. It looks like a painting by the Group of Seven artists and they actually spent time in Labrador.

I remember as a Labrador Report editor, many years ago with The Daily News, being told about paintings these artists did in Labrador and gave to the locals there before they became famous artists.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:51 
Gary ArndtGary Arndt : 
My view this morning in Battle Harbor, Labrador.
Friday September 20, 2013 8:51 
The website lists the names of the Group of Seven artists are:

Franklin Carmichael
Lawren S. Harris
Alexander Young Jackson
Frank H. Johnston
Arthur Lismer
J.E.H. MacDonald
Frederick H. Varley

It says Tom Thompson was linked to the group but died before it was formed.

Friday September 20, 2013 8:59 
Joey WoodsJoey Woods : 
Beautiful day #newfoundland #beautiful #canada #water #scenery #morning #lke4like #follow4follow #canada #ocean
Friday September 20, 2013 8:59 
Kristen JenkinsKristen Jenkins : 
I'm missing Newfoundland so much tonight.. 😞😭 #NewfieGirl #Newfoundland #GodsCountry #scenery
Friday September 20, 2013 9:00 
bslade93bslade93 : 
Tbt #newfoundland
Friday September 20, 2013 9:01 
Gabrielle Atkins-Branigan 🎭🎼🌊💗Gabrielle Atkins-Branigan 🎭🎼🌊💗 : 
Can I go home now? #newfoundland #welovethesmilingland #mildlyhomesick
Friday September 20, 2013 9:01 
More Newfoundland photos above posted on Instagram.
Friday September 20, 2013 9:01 
Slow cooker butter chicken. Canadian Living how-to video is online at
Friday September 20, 2013 9:04 Deana StokesSullivan
That's it for the live blog this morning.

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

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Take care,
Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Friday September 20, 2013 9:08 
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