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Wednesday September 18, 2013 6:30 
Good morning:

It's a chilly one in St. John's. The temperature is currently only 6 degrees Celsius, but it's expected to warm up to 17 today with mainly sunny skies.

And, the Environment Canada forecast doesn't look bad for the rest of the week. There's more sun right into the weekend, although there may be some rain showers on Friday.

Here's a look at the weather graphic from Environment Canada and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:00 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:00 
Today, 18 September
Mainly sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this morning. High 17. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight, 18 September
A few clouds. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low 8.

Thursday, 19 September
Mainly sunny. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 19.

Friday, 20 September
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 11. High 13.

Saturday, 21 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 11.

Sunday, 22 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 19.

Monday, 23 September
Periods of rain. Low 14. High 17.

Tuesday, 24 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 9. High 13.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:01 
Some readers have been asking about a mobile code for reading the blog on their mobile devices.

On the new Cover It Live format, there's a little cellphone icon at the bottom of the blog window if you're viewing it on a mobile device. You can click that icon for a mobile version.

I've also experimented this morning with a link that works. Here it is in the Tweet below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:04 
The mobile link for LIVE Telegram morning blog is
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:04 Deana StokesSullivan
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:05 
All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:06 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay are operating today.

The recorded information says the Beaumont Hamel is operating on a one-vessel schedule and the Sound o Island is operating on the Beaumont Hamel's schedule.

What does that mean? Maybe people on Bell Island understand this. I'm not even going to try, especially this early in the morning.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:10 
We've received the following school announcements:

— Bus 6 for St. Peter's Junior High will be delayed today for approximately 30 minutes for both the morning and afternoon runs.

— Curriculum Night for parents/guardians of Holy Cross Junior High
students will take place on Thursday, September 19th at 7p.m. in the gym.

— Holy Redeemer Elementary School will be holding Meet the Teacher Night, tonight at 7p.m. The substitute teacher orientation will also take place tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:15 
It seems all schools are open in the NL English School District today.
The board's website is
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:18 
Beautiful morning on the TCH Avalon. Please drive safely. Cst Dennis Hann
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:20 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
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:20 RCMP NL Traffic
@RCMPNLTraffic. Morning sir,drivers note, sun right in your eyes near Whitbourne #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:20 Wade Reid
@cecilhaire @CBCNL Moose in neighbor's backyard this morning in Paradise (Topsail Rd/Octagon Pond area) #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:22 Chad Butt
There's two moose,cow and calf, by the moose lights on the highway! #nltraffic @590VOCM @NicoleBVOCM
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:23 Vanessa Radford
Some Traffic Tweets above. Moose are on the loose again so drivers should watch out for them.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:30 
Josh Pennell just sent in this photo showing lots of progress on the skate trail in Bannerman Park.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:33 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:42 
The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:43 
Bonnie Belec has a story on today's Telegram front page about St. John's council candidates suggesting ways to fight crime.

Here's a link to her story in the Tweet below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:45 
Thinking outside the box. St. John's council hopefuls suggest ways to fight crime.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:45 The Telegram
Premier Kathy Dunderdale is defending Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien after accusations he threatened to withhold funding for projects in his district and used his power to bully local groups on political issues.

The full story by James McLeod can be read online at the link below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:48 
Premier won't take action against minister.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:48 The Telegram
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:49 
One of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s programs for schoolchildren has been suspended due to funding cuts.

Tara Bradbury's story on that can be read at the link in the Tweet below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:51 
School arts programs suspended.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:51 The Telegram
Premier settles contract with NAPE. James McLeod's story is online at
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:54 The Telegram
Clear sailing out of @TownofCBS this morning. Some slight delays on Fowler's Rd but nothing major. One lane closed heading east. #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:54 Carla Crotty
#nltraffic. Caution Car stalled left shoulder EB Paddys Pond across from on ramp
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:55 Wade Reid
Stalled car is partially blocking left lane #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:55 Wade Reid
Some more traffic Tweets above.

And, here are some weather Tweets on Twitter this morning.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:56 
ICYMI: In July 2013, #YYT had a streak of 9 straight hours with humidex >=35 which beat the previous record (5 hours in 2001 and 2010) #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:57 Brian Walsh
ICYMI: In July 2013, #YYT had a streak of 35 straight hours with humidex >=30 which exceeded the previous record (18 hours in 1994) #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:57 Brian Walsh
ICYMI: On avg (1953-2012), #YYT has 43 hours with a humidex >=30 each year; in 2013, there have been 164 hours #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:57 Brian Walsh
ICYMI: Since 1953, there's been 109 hours at #YYT with a humidex >=35; 2013 had 28 of these hours (25.7% of total amount) #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:57 Brian Walsh
Frost on the roofies in Whitbourne #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:58 Wade Reid
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:58 Evan
Chilly night in Nfld. 11:30pm temps (°C): Gander 5.5, St. John's 5.2, La Scie 4.8, Holyrood 4.7, Duckpond (Millertown) 4.1, Badger 0.8 #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:58 Kelly Butt
Multiple models are indicating a potential tropical disturbance developing this weekend south of Bermuda and influencing NL Mon/Tues #nlwx
Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:59 Brian Walsh
A Canadian Press story on the Canadian Real Estate Association's latest outlook for home sales says the national average home price is forecast to increase 3.6 per cent to $376,300 this year, driven by gains on the Prairies and in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Here's the full story:

Canadian Real Estate Association raises outlook for home sales this year

By Craig Wong
The Canadian Press — Ottawa
The Canadian Real Estate Association has raised its outlook for homes sales this year as it reported an 11.1 per cent jump in August sales compared with a year ago.
The industry organization said Monday that it now expects sales of 449,900 homes this year compared with a June forecast of 443,400.
CREA reported 454,573 sales in 2012.
The association said sales across the country have improved more quickly than expected, likely due “the transient influence” of buyers with pre-approved financing buying before their lower pre-approved rates expire.
Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said the gain for August also benefited from a weak month a year ago.
“Still, suffice it to say that next to no one predicted a big mid-year bounce in home sales at the start of 2013, when calls for Canadian housing market calamity were all the rage,” Porter wrote in a report.
“Contrary to the Greek chorus of woe, sales are now above their 10-year average in seasonally adjusted terms. And, the year-ago comparisons will remain quite easy for the next eight months, so settle in for a spell of potentially solid year-over-year figures even if sales do simmer down notably in coming months.”
CREA said B.C. accounted for nearly half of the increase to the 2013 forecast, while the sales outlook for across the Prairies was also raised.
The national average home price is forecast to increase 3.6 per cent to $376,300 this year, driven by gains on the Prairies and in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Price gains in B.C. and Ontario are expected to come in just below the national average while Quebec and New Brunswick are forecast to gain less than one per cent.
Prices in Nova Scotia are expected to slip less than one per cent.
“The environment for home prices in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia will likely be shaped by ample inventory levels relative to sales,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement.
“The balance between the two indicates that buyers have an abundance of listings from which to choose in those provinces, which could keep pricing prospects in check until sales draw down inventories.”
Sales in 2014 are expected to total 465,600.
For August, home sales totalled 40,350, up from 36,316 a year ago, when the federal government tightened mortgage lending rules and sent a chill through the housing market.
Since then, Canadian home sales have bounced back, helped by interest rates which, until recently, have remained near record lows.
“Recent increases to fixed mortgage rates caused sales to be pulled forward as buyers with pre-approved financing at lower rates jumped into the market sooner than they might have otherwise,” Klump said.
TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said the housing market has proven more resilient in 2013 than anticipated, but noted the recent strength needs to be kept in perspective with sales still well below their historical peaks.
“Four rounds of insured mortgage rule tightening have worked to temper home sales, which are still 11 per cent below the peak reached in late 2009,” Petramala said.
“The increase in longer-term mortgage rates is likely to keep housing demand in check.”
The national average price for a home sold in August was $378,369, up 8.1 per cent from a year ago.
If the greater Toronto and Vancouver regions are excluded from the national average price calculation, the year-over-year increase is 4.8 per cent.
CREA said 325,180 homes had been sold by the end of August, 2.9 per cent below the pace set in the first eight months of 2012.
The national sales-to-new listings ratio edged up to 54.6 per cent for August compared with 54.1 per cent in July.

Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:09 
Traffic backed up to the 4-way stop on Fowler's road, CBS. #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:10 Keith Wareham
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:10 Paul Currie
#nltraffic #anthonygermain scratch & patch setup at allendale & prince Phillip 0800. Brilliant!
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:10 David Brown
Paradise #nltraffic would not be so bad if people in the traffic were not tweeting about how bad the traffic was. #payattentionwhendriving
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:11 Sean R
Some more traffic Tweets above. The last one is funny. I guess people caught up in traffic backlogs have to find some way to pass the time.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:12 
Josh Pennell has a story on page 1 of today's Telegram about wresting legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

His full story can be read by clicking on the link in the Tweet below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:13 
Wrestling legend still lives for the ring. #telynl
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:13 The Telegram
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:14 
Asphalt patching on Higgins Line. Slow going in that area.#telynl
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:19 Gary Grant
From The Telegram sports section today:
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:21 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:21 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:22 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:23 
Osborne throws his support behind Ball for leader. #telynl
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:27 The Telegram
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:27 
The business section in today's Telegram.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:31 
And, here's a couple of business stories in the paper today.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:33 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:33 
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:34 
What can make the Topsail/Octagon detour in Paradise even worse? Scratch-n-patch in McNamara Drive (i.e my alternative route) #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:38 Chad Butt
@cecilhaire Columbus Dr down to one lane in SB, Old Pennywell to Empire due to paving. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!!! #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:39 Jon Cole
did anyone see that idiot on the sportbike this am on the #ORR & #CBSbypass #nltraffic #accidentinthemaking #morepolice
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:40 Kerry Murray
More traffic Tweets posted on Twitter. Road work is still slowing down morning rush-hour traffic in the St. John's-metro region.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:41 
The Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL) says its members in this province make up a group of licenced health-care professionals who are not being used to their full potential.

The full story is online at the link in the Tweet below.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:45 
Pharmacists can save province millions: report. #telynl
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:45 The Telegram
In the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary overnight report, around 2:45 a.m. this morning, St. John's firefighters, Goulds volunteer firefighters and police responded to a structure fire at 14 Roberts Rd. in the Goulds are near Petty Harbour Road, believed to be an industrial building.

The fire caused a great deal of damage and is under investigation.

There were no injuries. Further information is expected to be released later today.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:50 
Also, in the RNC's latest report:

• Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 52- year-old man was arrested in the east end of St. John’s and was charged with breaching multiple court orders.
Additional charges were laid with respect to a previous investigation for unsafe storage of firearms, and failure to return a firearms permit. He was taken to Her Majesty’s lockup to be detained for court.

• As a result of a traffic stop on Pitts Memorial Drive, a 57-year-old man was given a seven-day suspension from driving . He was released to appear for court at a later date.

• A 34-year-old man was arrested for assault and breach of a court order as a result of a disturbance in the downtown area of St John’s. He was held in custody for court this morning.

• As a result of a traffic stop on Pitts Memorial Drive, a 22-year-old man was given a seven-day suspension from driving. He was released to appear in court at a later date.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:54 
Slow going Portugal Cv rd southbound approaching NFLD drive. New Cove rd onto Kings Bridge is a 10 minute wait. #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:55 Dwayne Tuck
Anyone want to go up to the top of Allandale Rd and watch the daily rear-ender at the off-ramp from the ORR? #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:55 StJohnsWorstDrivers
9mins on topsail rd from Trails End to ORR EB, (bumper to bumper). Better than the 12mins last year #nltraffic @townofparadise
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:55 StJohnsWorstDrivers
The view from my desk. This is why Kenmount between McNamara & Karwood is slow going today. #nltraffic
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:55 Christine C
16 minutes on Paradise Road and counting... @townofparadise You couldn't wait until after rush hour to start paving? #nltraffic #bullshit
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:56 Tim Brewer
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:56 Richard May
A lot of people this morning are taking to Twitter to vent their frustration with traffic delays and other issues.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:57 
Scott GrantScott Grant : 
The Lights of #Humbermouth #cornerbrook #newfoundland #nikon #d800 #bayofislands
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:57 
What a nice photo (above) from western Newfoundland, posted this morning on Instagram.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:57 
CalindaCalinda : 
Newfoundland beauty ☺ #newfoundland #canada #bonnebay #norrispoint #outinboat #tablelands #feildtrip #clouds #beautiful
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:58 
Mitchell ChardMitchell Chard : 
#bonavista #newfoundland #sky #sunset #sunsets #sunsetporn #sunset_pics #sunsetlovers #sunsetsniper #sunsethunters #sunset_madness #orange #pink #summer2013 #crazy
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:58 
L O V I S AL O V I S A : 
My cat and my dog on a morning walk!
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:58 
Carola RutkowskiCarola Rutkowski : 
Welcome to another day in Beautiful Newfoundland. #sunrise #nlsunrise #newfoundland #signalhill #beautifulmoment
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:58 
Jeff HewittJeff Hewitt : 
#sinkhole #lomond #nl
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:59 
_meghanburns_meghanburns : 
Never thought I would miss rocks, tree and huge bodies of water so much. Ill go back any day. #newfoundland
Wednesday September 18, 2013 8:59 
Some more Newfoundland photos (above) posted this morning on Instagram.

And, this one below reminds me of a Monet painting.
Wednesday September 18, 2013 9:01 
Ron VandebeltRon Vandebelt : 
Edge of the world
Wednesday September 18, 2013 9:01 
That's it for the live blog today.

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

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Wednesday September 18, 2013 9:04 
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