A woman in western Newfoundland took her kids and left her house after finding what she believes to be a black widow spider in her basement around 2 a.m. this morning. She called the RNC, who then called the Newfoundland Insectarium for advice. Black widows, found in temperate regions around the world, are identified by the coloured, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. The venom from their bite is said to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s and can cause muscle aches, nausea and paralysis of the diaphragm in humans that can make breathing difficult. Experts with the insectarium told officers it’s not the first time a black widow has been discovered in the province. They said the spiders have been known to be carried into the province via grocery store produce.
CBC Radio interviews Indy editor Hans Rollmann
By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● August 6, 2013 July 15, 2022
Rollmann's recent column "Owning up to a Big problem" struck a chord with many in Labrador, and on the island as well.
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By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● August 4, 2013 July 15, 2022
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Penashue dodges CBC reporter’s question … again
By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● April 6, 2013 July 15, 2022
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