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Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:36 
Good morning:

There's more drizzle or showers in the forecast today, but it seems we might get a break from the wet weather for a while on Wednesday.

However, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Newfoundland for Thursday,

An intensifying low pressure system is expected to approach the province Wednesday night and cross the island Thursday, bringing rain to most areas and strong winds. I'll add more in the blog on that in a minute.

It's currently about 5 degrees Celsius outside in St. John's and expected to go to a high of 7 Celsius today.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and text version of the forecast for St. John's and vicinity.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:01 
Today, 22 October
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of drizzle or showers. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70. High 7.

Tonight, 22 October
Clearing this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low plus 3 except minus 2 in low lying inland areas.

Wednesday, 23 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy in the afternoon. Rain beginning in the evening. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning then southeast 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High 10.

Thursday, 24 October
Rain. Windy. Low 9. High 13.

Friday, 25 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. 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 6.

Monday, 28 October
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. High 8.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:02 
Now to that special weather statement I mentioned from Environment Canada.

It's expected to bring strong winds and rain to most areas of the province and possibly snow in the Long Range Mountains area.

Here's more from that statement:

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

This system is expected to bring rain to most areas of Newfoundland, but there is potential the precipitation to fall as snow over higher elevations of the Long Range Mountains. All areas of the island will likely see strong westerly winds late Thursday and into Friday as the low strengthens off the Northeast Coast.

More detail on the evolution of this system will become available as the week progresses.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:04 
For mariners, there are also warnings from Environment Canada today about high winds and seas off Newfoundland's coast.

Here are more details from Environment Canada on that:

East coast —
Gale force winds of 34 to 47 knots are occurring or expected to occur in this marine area. Watch for updated statements.

Please refer to the latest marine forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:07 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:08 
All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:08 
The Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service is still operating with only one vessel.
The MV Flanders is said to be on an enhanced one-vessel schedule and will be operating through the lunch hour today.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:10 
We were asked to pass along this school announcement today for Anthony Paddon Elementary in Musgravetown.

Due to a Teacher Professional Development Session there will be no school for students of Anthony Paddon Elementary School in Musgravetown, today, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:12 
Here are two more school announcements from the NL English School District website:

Holy Name of Mary Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

Note: School closed due to a planned water outage by the town of Lawn.


St. Mark's School
School closed all day for teacher professional development
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:17 
The NL English School District now has a complete district daily school report available online at the following url:
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:18 
On Twitter early this morning, there were Tweets posted warning of a moose sighting west of Paddy's Pond on the Trans-Canada Highway and within minutes, more Tweets were posted about a moose-vehicle collision in the same area.

Apparently, there were no serious injuries, but there's a pickup truck in a ditch off the west-bound lane.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:23 
#NLwx Fall day at Bowring Park St. Johns NL
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:24 Joan :)
Even in the rain, you can't beat Corner Brook in the fall. #cornerbrook #nlwx
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:24 Charles Pender
Above are a couple of beautiful fall photos posted on Twitter Monday — the top photo by Joan Barry in Bowring Park in St. John's and the bottom photo by Charles Pender in Corner Brook.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:26 
Special weather statement continues from for fall storm Thurs/Fri with rain, strong winds and mountain snow:… #nlwx
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:28 Brian Walsh
Special Weather Statement Con'd for Newfoundland for psbl strong fall storm on Thu/Fri.… #nlwx #StayTuned
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:28 Kelly Butt
Some weather Tweets above by Brian Walsh and Kelly Butt.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:29 
There's another food recall from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Here are the details:

The CFIA and Reser's Fine Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Reser's Fine Foods' brand Cheesy Macaroni salad, described below, because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This product has been distributed in Walmart stores.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, Reser's Fine Foods Inc., Beaverton, Oregon, USA, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Here are the packaging details, including the UPC code:

Reser's Fine Foods Cheesy Macaroni Salad 1.25 kg 2013 NO 02 0 71117 61227 1
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:35 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:35 
Above is a photo of the recalled macaroni salad. The CFIA says it has been distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:36 
With all the food recalls lately, you have to wonder what would happen to you if you had a meal of those recently recalled e.coli- tainted hamburgers and some cheesy macaroni salad, laced with listeria.
And if you showed up at a hospital severely ill, would you ever get the right diagnosis?
My guess is a lot of illnesses from tainted food we purchase are never diagnosed properly.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:41 
Here's an interesting Twitter post, obviously from a Newfoundlander.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:43 
"@Lotus_F1Team: Coming up to 8am here in India; rush hour... some close range slipstreaming #F1
" Like ORR #nltraffic
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:43 Hal2012
Bonnie Belec has a story in today's Telegram about the Lay's chip contest.
Tyler LeFrense has been declared the winner for his Maple Moose submission.
The story can be read at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:52 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:53 
Tyler, by the way, is a Newfoundlander from Isle aux Morts.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:53 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:55 
The editorial page cartoon in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:56 
Sen. Mike Duffy is the subject of a lot of editorial cartoons these days and he was the focus of a news conference Monday held by his lawyer.

Here's a Canadian Press story from that news conference:

Five interesting allegations made Monday by Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer

The Canadian Press — Ottawa
Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, held a news conference Monday to lay out his client’s version of events in the Senate spending scandal.

Here’s five interesting allegations that emerged:
1. Government Senate leader Marjory LeBreton allegedly told Duffy in a letter that residency is not clearly defined in the Senate’s rules. Duffy had been checking out whether his P.E.I. home could be considered his primary residence — the issue that sparked the housing expenses controversy in the first place.
2. Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, allegedly told Duffy in an email last December that he had not broken any rules in relation to his housing expenses. A few months later, Wright would give Duffy a $90,000 cheque to repay those expenses.
3. Duffy’s lawyers allegedly dealt with a lawyer at the Prime Minister’s Office on the issue of his expenses; Bayne would not provide a name. Former PMO lawyer Benjamin Perrin has said he was not consulted on — nor did he participate in — Wright’s payment to Duffy.
4. Chris Woodcock, Harper’s former director of issues management, was allegedly copied on a February email from Duffy to his lawyer, in which Duffy describes a conversation he had with Wright the night before.
5. Duffy blames mistakes in travel expense claims made while campaigning for the Conservatives during the 2011 election on an employee who was allegedly filling out his forms during her maternity leave, and suffering from postpartum depression. Bayne said Duffy was not aware that she was making the erroneous claims, although he later signed off on them.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:04 
Flashing red lights at legion rd, Kelligrews. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:05 Adam Cullen
Moose just ran out in front of us on Torbay by Pass near water station...hanging by side of road! #nltraffic
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:05 Heather C
Again #nltraffic,left lane ORR is NOT a passing lane, To Black Saturn,swerving in front of me is considered dangerous driving. #amateurmove
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:05 Wade Reid
Some traffic Tweets above. It seems there are more moose around St. John's this morning. Drivers should exercise caution.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:06 
Bonnie Belec has a story in today's Telegram about staffing shortages at Glenbrook Lodge.

Here's a link to her story.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:08 
Service may be adjusted due to staff shortages, Glenbrook Lodge warns
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:08 The Telegram
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:09 
Below is a memo to family members of residents from the executive director of Glenbrook Lodge about the staffing challenges.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:12 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:12 
Rosie Gillingham has continuing court coverage in today's Telegram from the David Folker murder trial.
Here's a link to that story.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:13 
Scratches found on David Folker’s body during investigation
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:13 The Telegram
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:16 
James McLeod has a story on page 1 of today's Telegram about the provincial NDP caucus asking Lorraine Michael for a leadership review.
Here's a link below to that story.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:17 
NDP caucus asks Michael for leadership review
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:17 The Telegram
And, here's a letter James obtained to Lorraine Michael from the NDP caucus.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:18 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:18 
A bit of good news to come out of that horrible tragedy last week in Conception Bay South, the dog belonging to the couple shot to death at the Long Pond medical centre has been found.

He apparently bolted from the vehicle when the incident occurred, but has been reunited with family members.'

Here's a link below to a Telegram story on that.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:26 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:26 The Telegram
There's another blood donations story in today's Telegram.
Aaron Nolan was 14 when he almost lost his leg in a serious ATV accident.
Blood donations were key to saving his leg.

That story can be read at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:28 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:28 
Good driving heading north toward Carbonear on the Veterans Memorial. Roads are dry with damp areas. #telynl
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:29 Gary Grant
It looks like pretty good highway driving conditions this morning, from this photo above by The Telegram's Gary Grant.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:29 
Stopped on ORR again..WTF #nltraffic
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:30 Craig Smith
I guess traffic is slowed down on the Outer Ring Road, according to the Tweet above.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:31 
James McLeod writes about the Nalcor, Emera plan to sell surplus Muskrat Falls power.

His story is on the Business page in today's Telegram and can be read online at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:33 
Muskrat Falls. — File photo
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:34 
And, if you'd like another perspective, here's The Canadian Press story on the same topic.

Emera says it will satisfy conditions to proceed with Muskrat Falls link

By Michael MacDonald
The Canadian Press — Halifax
Nova Scotia energy company Emera Inc. filed a proposal Monday that it says satisfies all conditions of a regulatory decision that tentatively sanctioned construction of the company’s $1.5-billion Maritime Link.
The project involves building a subsea cable that would link Nova Scotia with Newfoundland, allowing Nova Scotia’s electric utility to buy green energy generated by the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant, which is under construction in Labrador.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility, Nalcor Energy, has a 35-year deal with Emera (TSX:EMA) to supply Nova Scotia with 20 per cent of the energy from Muskrat Falls in exchange for paying 20 per cent of the costs of the $7.7-billion project.
However, opponents of the deal have questioned how much it would cost Emera to buy energy in excess of the 20-per-cent block for which it has already negotiated an annual price.
In July, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board said Emera would have to ensure that Nova Scotians had access to the best price for surplus electricity based on market conditions.

In its report, the regulator concluded that if that condition was met, the Maritime Link would represent the cheapest energy solution for Nova Scotia — but only by a narrow margin.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale has said her government is willing to sell surplus electricity to Nova Scotia unless the power is needed in Labrador.
But critics said that commitment had to be put in writing.
Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera, issued a statement Monday saying the company has met that key condition through a commercial agreement with Nalcor.

According to Emera’s filing with the board, the so-called Energy Access Agreement “provides commercial assurance that (Emera) will be the first potential Nalcor customer to have access to market-priced energy that Nalcor has available for export.”
The agreement is subject to the board’s approval.
A spokeswoman for the board says it will seek input from interested parties, though it remains unclear whether that will involve public hearings or written submissions.
Kyley Harris, a spokesman for incoming Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil, said neither McNeil nor energy critic Andrew Younger would comment on the agreement until after the premier and cabinet are sworn in Tuesday.

Harris said McNeil has maintained that the conditions previously outlined by the board would have to be met before he would support the project.
Ed Martin, CEO of Nalcor, said the access agreement ensures a competitive price for excess power.
“It’s a win for customers in both provinces and makes a great project better,” he said in a statement.
Nalcor has agreed to provide monthly forecasts of the volume of energy it can make available to Nova Scotia.
The agreement extends to 2041. Emera and Nalcor Energy are aiming to have power flowing from Muskrat Falls in 2017.
During hearings earlier this year, consumer and small business advocates in Nova Scotia as well as an alliance of industrial customers questioned whether the Maritime Link would benefit electricity customers, who would foot the bill for the project.
Opponents also doubted assertions from Emera and Premier Darrell Dexter that the project would stabilize electricity rates in the future.

John Merrick, Nova Scotia’s consumer advocate, has said that the guaranteed block of power for Nova Scotia is expensive because it is based on covering Emera’s costs.
On Monday, Merrick said he had yet to complete his analysis of Emera’s filing.
“In the next couple of days, you will see a more focused evaluation by not only ourselves but by the small business advocate and other interveners involved in the hearings,” he said in an interview.
“The more substantive positions as to whether this is good or bad for ratepayers, it’s probably too early to have that coming out yet.”
A spokesman for Nova Scotia’s Energy Department said the NDP government would not be issuing any statements given the fact that a new cabinet was about to be sworn in.
Emera has argued that Muskrat Falls would supply about 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s power needs and give it a new source of clean energy, helping reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions and its reliance on coal-fired plants.

Derrick Dalley, Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister, issued a statement saying the agreement shows there is significant demand for surplus power from Muskrat Falls.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:37 
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The heart of the city. #fogtown #newfoundland #harbor #sky #fog #cloudy #l4l #follow #scenery #instamood #igdaily
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:39 
Michael CoyneMichael Coyne : 
Cobb Lane #cornerbrook #newfoundland #cbfall #fallcolors
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:39 
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#terreneuve #newfoundland #stjohn #stjean #vacance #vacation #house #maison #splendide #night #soiree
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:40 
Chandi VallisChandi Vallis : 
⛅#myhome #westcoast #cb #newfoundland #landscape #mountains🗻 #fall 🍂🍁#sunnydays #crusin #tch
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:40 
Sherry StevensonSherry Stevenson : 
Change islands #changeislands #newfoundland
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:40 
Jeremy MacJeremy Mac : 
Bowring Park! #stjohns #newfoundland #swans #ducks #park
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:41 
Some nice photos from around the province posted on Instagram. There's just something awesome about autumn colours.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:42 
If you're a dog owner in St. John's, local vets are recommending you have your pet vaccinated against kennel cough.
There seems to be an outbreak of it in the city.

That story can be read online at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:44 
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:45 
#nltraffic stopped between paradise and thorburn on the ORR EB. Why? Bad drivers? Too much traffic? Newfie Triangle.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:47 StJohnsWorstDrivers
Another Tweet above about a slowdown on the Outer Ring Road.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:47 
Recipes for five delicious slow cooker roasts from Canadian Living are at
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:52 Deana StokesSullivan
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time or vice versa,
In the latest Royal Newfoundland Constabulary report, a driver was arrested Monday morning in the parking lot of RNC headquarters in St. John's for a string of traffic violations.

The 39- year-old man was arrested for failing to transfer ownership, having a false sticker on the vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, with no insurance and driving while suspended.

He also owed in excess of $4,000 in unpaid fines and was taken directly to court where he appeared before a judge. His vehicle was impounded.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:56 
Two other male drivers were arrested Monday for HIghway Traffic Act violations and one owes more than $52,000 in fines. How do you possibly rack up that much in traffic fines?

Here are the details:

On Monday, around 2:16 p.m., RNC patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on Kenmount Road.
A 38-year-old man was arrested under the Highway Traffic Act and issued tickets for: unregistered vehicle, driving without a licence, and no insurance. He owed in excess of $52,000 in un-paid fines. He was taken directly to court and his vehicle was impounded..

Around 2 p.m. Monday, RNC patrol officers conducted another traffic safety stop in Manuels, Conception Bay South.

This stop resulted in a 37-year-old man being issued summary offence tickets for: suspended licence, unregistered vehicle and failing to transfer ownership. He owed $3,000 worth of fines, his vehicle was impounded and he was released to appear in court at a later date.
Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:02 
Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be back again Wednesday morning, 7-9 a.m. with more live news.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:03 
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