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Tuesday October 15, 2013 6:37 
Good morning:

Our weather has reverted back to rain and drizzle in the St. John's-metro region, but at least temperatures are a bit higher than last week, when it was so cold it felt like snow was around the corner.

It's about 9 Celsius in St. John's now, with an expected high temperature today of 11.

Environment Canada is forecasting a few showers this morning and showers or drizzle again tonight.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and more detailed text version of the forecast for St. John's and vicinity.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:01 
Mainly cloudy. A few showers beginning this morning. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 11.

Tonight, 15 October
A few showers or drizzle ending this evening then partly cloudy. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 60. Low plus 4.

Wednesday, 16 October
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of drizzle in the morning and afternoon. Clearing in the evening. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 8.

Thursday, 17 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. High 7.

Friday, 18 October
Showers. Low 6. High 11.

Saturday, 19 October
Showers. Low 10. High 12.

Sunday, 20 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 7. High 10.

Monday, 21 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 7. High 9.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:02 
There's also a gale warning in effect for the Northern Grand Banks today, so anyone out on the water today should exercise caution.

Here's the advisory from Environment Canada:

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 15, 2013 7:03 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:05 
All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:06 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Beaumont Hamel is operating but the MV Sound of Islay will not depart Bell Island until 1:10 p.m. due to being in service overnight for an emergency run.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:08 
There's a problem this morning accessing the NL English School District's website. I get a prompt that the server cannot be found at
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:12 
Bike lanes *inside* the parking lane make more sense to me. You? Via @dfergusson: #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:14 Dave Lane
#nltraffic, moose just cost in front of us on the Holyrood side of salmonear line.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:15 Bill Gillam
Some traffic Tweets (above) posted this morning.

And, speaking of traffic, people who have been commenting that some drivers in St. John's are crazy, here's the proof to back up that statement.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, in conjunction with Operation Impact, conducted traffic safety checks in the Outer Ring Roard area Monday afternoon.

Summary offence tickets were issued for speeds ranging from 125 km/h to 172 km/h in 100 km/h zone.

If you're driving 172 km on the Outer Ring Road, you're not only putting your life at risk, you're endangering other people as well. The RNC should keep this up. There are far too many people speeding in the city.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:20 
Oh, and there were 40 tickets issued for speeding.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:21 
Mount Scio Road home destroyed by fire. Story and photos are online at
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:26 Deana StokesSullivan
The front page of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:34 
A Kevin Tobin retrospective on Jerome Kennedy's political career is on page 4 of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:37 
Barb Sweet has a story on the front page of today's Telegram on Sara Sexton.

Her story can be read at the link in the Tweet below.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:40 
Barb Sweet interviews Sara Sexton, the mother of late renowned actor, musician Tommy Sexton.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:40 The Telegram
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:40 
Work continues at Gullbridge mine dam. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story can be read online at
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:40 The Telegram
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:45 Arlene Riche
Bittersweet success for St. John's girls. John Browne writes about local soccer team losing to Quebec.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:46 The Telegram
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:46 
Antle calls Muskrat Falls an irresponsible risk. James McLeod's story is in today's Telegram
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:46 The Telegram
Paul Antle.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:46 
Page B1 in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:53 
Susan Flanagan's column in today's Telegram (above) is about the fence erected around St. John's Harbour.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:53 
The federal parliament will open this week after a speech from the throne on Wednesday.

Here's a Canadian Press story on that.

Conservative throne speech marks unofficial start of race to 2015 election

By Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press — Ottawa
The Harper Conservatives will hit the gas pedal this week in the race toward the next election in 2015.
But the opposition parties are vowing to push down hard on the brakes in reminding Canadians about what they call the government’s lapse in ethics in the Senate.

In a speech from the throne Wednesday, the Tories will be driving ahead with their jobs and tough-on-crime agendas while steering slightly to the left to pick up passengers on the social and consumer issues track.
The speech is expected to focus on bedrock Conservative issues — creating jobs and rebuilding the economy — with particular themes targeted at creating employment opportunities and providing job training for aboriginals in the resource sector.
But several consumer-friendly measures will also be incorporated into the blueprint document, designed to counter proposals expected from the Opposition New Democrats and Liberals.
Those measures are also aimed at turning the attention of voters away from the Senate spending controversy that has seen several Conservative appointees and one Liberal taken to task over their travel and living expenses.

The sales pitch will include measures directed at alleviating consumer irritants, such as a plan to force cable and satellite TV providers to adopt a pick-and-pay price model, in conjunction with the bundled channel payment plans they currently offer.
The Tories also hope voters will appreciate moves to create an airline passenger bill of rights, designed to compensate people who are inconvenienced when air carriers overbook flights.
There will also likely be references to increasing competition in the wireless sector and to capping domestic cellphone roaming fees.
“We think roaming fees have been a long standing concern for not only consumers but for competition within the telecom sector,” Industry Minister James Moore said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

But if the government is serious about helping consumers, it will reduce the price gap between goods sold in Canada and the United States by further lowering tariffs and cutting costs for retailers by placing a cap on credit card fees charged to business, says the Retail Council of Canada.
“What we’re very much eagerly awaiting is a recognition that addressing each one of those areas will result in benefits to Canadian consumers, and a signal from the government that they’re continuing to explore opportunities to reduce those costs,” said council senior vice president David Wilkes.

However, the credit card fee issue is not expected to make its way into the throne speech, said Moore.
The federal Competition Tribunal struck down a complaint against Visa and Mastercard in July over the processing fees they charge businesses for using their cards, and a government finance committee has been grappling with the issue ever since.
The Conservatives already have a website and Twitter app set up to bring Canadians highlights from the throne speech under the banner “Seizing Canada’s Moment - Security and Prosperity in an Uncertain World.”

The speech, opening the delayed second session of Canada’s 41st Parliament, will be read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston in the Senate — the very chamber at the centre of an expense scandal that has dogged the Conservatives since the last session.
And no matter its content, the Opposition is sure to take advantage of the optics.
“I don’t know what you would write down in words that the governor general is meant to relay to Canadians that will take attention away from the harsh realities (of the Senate scandal),” says NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen.
Still, the government is not expected to say much about Senate reform, waiting instead to hear back from the Supreme Court of Canada about a reference that asks whether the red chamber can be reformed, or even abolished.
The throne speech will include a handful of new promises to further crack down on crime.
But don’t expect any big new initiatives that would risk spending lots of money or that cannot be completed in time for the election, say insiders.

Public safety and protecting the environment will likely also go hand-in-hand in segments of the speech that touch on the Lac-Megantic derailment disaster and recent oil pipeline leaks.
But even that will be a balancing act as the Harper Conservatives hope to convince Canadians that getting oil and other commodities to market is essential to creating jobs and economic wealth.
The Tories, says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, cannot be trusted to do any of the things they’ll promise in the speech.
“You asked for open and honest government,” Trudeau says in a video message posted on the party’s website.
“Instead, you’re getting secrecy, distrust and scandal.”
Trudeau accuses the Conservatives of giving Canadians “partisan games and gimmicks” rather than real action on jobs and security.
Still, the Conservatives are expected to make further reference to veterans, and the need to better incorporate them into the workforce and match their skills to jobs.
First Nations could also hear a more conciliatory tone on resource development. The Conservatives were told over the summer that their omnibus budget bills, C38 and C45, which sparked the Idle-No-More movement, have caused more harm than good, and that they need to signal a change in approach to win people over.
The Tories are expected to signal a renewed commitment to passing legislation on First Nations education in time for fall 2014.
The speech will also likely make some reference to preparations for the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, among other notable historical milestones.
Security may be a little tighter for this throne speech. The last time Gov. Gen. Johnston read from the Harper Conservatives’ blueprint for governing, in June 2011, a Senate page disrupted the speech by holding up a “Stop Harper” sign in the middle of the proceedings.

Brigette DePape of Manitoba was immediately removed from the Senate chamber and fired from her job, but later became an icon for critics of the Conservatives.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 7:58 
Joan Sullivan writes about the Festival of New Dance in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:04 Deana StokesSullivan
The Topsail/ORR interchange is hateful. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:04 Keith O'Rielly
Moose at end of thorburn road at bottom of tuckers hill #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:05 newfieknitter
Some more traffic Tweets (above).
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:05 
Stop Identify Theft: Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don't arrive on time.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:07 RCMP Newfoundland
Stop Identify Theft: Keep personal information in a safe place. An identity thief will pick through your garbage or recycling bins
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:07 RCMP Newfoundland
Some advice (above) from the RCMP to prevent identity theft.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:08 
It's amazing how many scams are out there to try to lure unsuspecting people.

I received an email Monday from supposedly Barry Stone, who says he's director of the Inspection Unit and a United Nations inspection agent.

It just so happens, that he has a shipment with my name on it. He says he discovered millions of dollars in a metal trunk.

Of course, for me to claim it, I have to pay 20 per cent of a consignment amount.

I'm writing that cheque out as we speak. Yeah, right.

He signs off with an email for me to contact him and says, "if you accepts to work with me."

The subject line of the email mail is "Reply me for more details."

Sounds like a well-educated person. I really hope people are not falling for these scams.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:18 
RT @spacegras: If you're trying to merge onto #Nltraffic you need to try to match the speed. Can't merge into 100kph doing 60!
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:18 Ken Simmons
Please shoulder check!! #Nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:18 Chris S
Thank you to the woman in the silver Honda civic that flicked her cig Butt into my windshield on the Orr by paradise this morning #Nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:19 Chris S
How is it even possible that it took 13 minutes to get from Carlisle Drive to the ORR with no construction. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:20 Keith O'Rielly
Some more traffic Tweets from Twitter.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:20 
Michael CoyneMichael Coyne : 
Sunlit Alley #hdr #cornerbrook #newfoundland
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:21 
This photo (above) from Corner Brook was posted on Instagram this morning.

And (below) here's a photo that just came in from The Telegram's Gary Grant on his drive to work.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:21 
Some guardrail replacement happening on Veterans Memorial about 1 km south of Carbonear. #telynl
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:21 Gary Grant
hensolo88hensolo88 : 
#river #bowring #newfoundland #yyt #nature #fall #instagood #iphoneonly #bestoftheday #picoftheday
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:22 
CindyCindy : 
#postcard #postcrossing #post #card #canada #kaart #water #newfoundland
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:22 
Life in CanadaLife in Canada : 
#Downtown #St_John's and St. John's is the #capital and #largest #city in #Newfoundland and #Labrador, and is considered by some to be the #oldest #English_founded city in #North #America. It is #located on the #eastern #tip of the #Avalon #Peninsula on the #island of Newfoundland. With a #population of 200,600 as of 2012, the St. John's #Metropolitan #Area is the second largest #Census Metropolitan Area (#CMA) in #Atlantic #Canada after #Halifax and the 20th largest metropolitan area in Canada
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:22 
Dave ADave A : 
#whales #nature #ocean
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:23 
Katie PlamondonKatie Plamondon : 
Last year's trip vs. This year's trip. #alwaysfindyourheartagain #comingback #nfld #newfoundland #favouritepics
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:23 
Some more photos from Newfoundland posted on Instagram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:23 
IceCaps lose two on the road. The story can be read online at
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:25 Deana StokesSullivan
A @RepublicofDoyle shoot? :-) MT @cecilhaire: Gower St is closed at Flavin because of this. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:30 Ms Dale
A resident of the area, who witnessed this car crash (above), around 8 a.m. this morning, called The Telegram to say that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was chasing the vehicle when this happened.

Karen Noel said it came down Flavin Street with flat tires and across Gower Street before wedging itself between two parked cars.

Noel said at least two people, who were in the car, fled the area on foot and police officers were seen chasing them.

She said there are five police cars in the area.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:34 
Black F150. Rear tinted window and pink words, "You just got passed by a girl!" #nltraffic Was she doing 172km/h? You are an idiot.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:34 StJohnsWorstDrivers
Still no lines or arrows on the newly-paved section of Freshwater? That's almost a week now, @CityofStJohns. A bit much. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:34 Earl Noble
Here are some photos from downtown St. John's resident Karen Noel who witnessed that police chase and car crash this morning.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:41 
Submitted photo by Karen Noel.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:41 
Submitted photo by Karen Noel.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:42 
Submitted photo by Karen Noel.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:43 
@CHOZFM tractor trailer on fire at lake O'Brien - 10 kilometers west of glenwood traffic is starting to back up #nltraffic
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:46 Aaron Paul
CAUTION: Ducks crossing Mundy Pond Road to homeowners driveways and back. Please don't run them over! #nltraffic @CBCNL
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:55 Jeff Rose-Martland
Ethan LannonEthan Lannon : 
The sunset In Quidi vidi last night was pretty unreal. #newfoundland #sunset
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:59 
Jami L.Jami L. : 
Taking it all in at #LaManche #trail #eastcoasttrail #ect #hike #hiking #southernshore #irishloop #bridge #suspensionbridge #water #ocean #beach #fall #trees #cliff #newfoundland #nl #eastcoast #favoriteplaces
Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:59 
Some more Newfoundland photos (above) posted this morning on Instagram.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:00 
Josh Pennell has a story in today's Telegram about World Food Day being observed Tuesday.

Here's the lead and a link to the story in the Tweet below.

Most challenges don’t have the potential to taste this good.

In co-ordination with World Food Day, which is Oct. 16, the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador is challenging everybody throughout the month of October to make a pledge and take action around local food.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:02 
Locals take food security pledge. #telynl
Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:02 The Telegram
The RCMP Gander and Lewisporte detachments are advising the public one lane is now passable on the Trans-Canada Highway at Lake O'Brien, east of Lewisporte Junction.

East-bound and west-bound traffic will alternate in the east bound lane.

The road was closed around 8:30 a.m. due to a traffic collision in the area.
Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:06 
Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

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

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:07 
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