The hospital’s projected opening in 2023 would come 16 years after it was announced for the first time as part of Danny Williams’ 2007 re-election campaign.
First Nations leaders, community groups and residents march in Corner Brook, call on Liberals to rescind austerity budget.
Public lecture offers engineering perspective, makes fracking debate murkier
What the violence in Elsipogtog and the show of support from coast to coast means for our community
Muskrat Falls does not give me wood.
A chat with three founders of The 4 O’Clock Whistle, the grassroots publication that emerged from Occupy Corner Brook.
But what about the union leaders? This week, after tense negotiations, the union representing Corner Brook’s firefighters and the city itself came to an agreement giving the firefighters a 16 per cent wage increase… only to fire 4 firefighters the next day. Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley insists that throughout the bargaining process the union would not entertain any negotiations outside of pay increases – despite the fact he made it clear the city could not afford to keep staffing levels where they were if significant pay increases were awarded. The CBC reports about 60 people attended Thursday afternoon’s rally calling for Greeley’s resignation, held just a day after council announced the cuts. With Greeley maintaining that the union was told job cuts would be necessary to cover the negotiated raise, shouldn’t at least half of the anger in this case be directed at union officials – who appear to…
MUN’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook unveiled the province’s first industrial composter yesterday to great fanfare, reports The Western Star. The project is a partnership of the Multi Materials Stewardship Board, Grenfell Campus, and College of the North Atlantic; waste from the two educational institutions will be fed into the machine, diverting about 20 per cent of their total waste from the local landfill. The compost produced by the machine will be used in Grenfell’s community and ornamental gardens. A 20% waste reduction? How long until the Avalon has its own composting system set up again? Source: The Western Star
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the winners of its 2011 Tidy Town competition. Tidy Towns is a program offered to municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador that “is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a provincial competition”. Each year Tidy Towns sends out teams of skilled judges who travel to all reaches of Newfoundland and Labrador and visit enthusiastic communities that have registered in the program. The judges base their evaluation on eight criteria: Tidiness Effort, Environmental Effort, Community Involvement, Heritage Preservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaped Areas, Floral Arrangements, Turf and Groundcover Areas. The 2011 winners are (according to population): 100 to 350, Postville 351 to 500, Steady Brook 501 to 750, Appleton 751 to 400, Arnold’s Cove 1,401 to 2,000, Holyrood 4,001 to 8,000 Bay Roberts Over 10,000, Corner Brook Maybe this means Holyrood can update this sign. Source: VOCM
Frank Ledrew says that he say a disturbing scene unfold with the RNC on Saturday night. He says that he saw a woman, 45, who is from Ontario and who had just received a phone call informing her that her son had been murdered there, break down and lay on the ground, kicking her legs in the air and screaming, and was hysterical as two RNC officers arrived on the scene. “They moved in on her quickly,” Ledrew told CBC News. “I saw a woman in distress [and a] hysterical nervous breakdown,” he said in an interview. “I saw a police officer kick her, call her a slut and throw her into the back of a cruiser.” The RNC has not commented on Ledrew’s allegations. Source: CBC
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An accident involving two cars last night on St. Mark’s Avenue in Corner Brook caused three people to be taken from the scene in ambulances. The 78-year-old female driver of one vehicle and her 85-year-old male passenger, along with the 31-year-old female driver of the other vehicle, were all treated in hospital. The RNC said their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.
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.
A family in western Newfoundland says errors in preparing a tray of food led to a disabled man’s death at the Corner Brook Long Term Care Home. Western Health has apologized for how staff handled a tray of food given to Peter Hickey, a partially-paralyzed patient who, in December, choked to death on brussels sprouts that had not been ground to a purée. He was 53. “I would say the system let us down, and they let Peter down,” said Hickey’s sister, Lucy Sheehan. Hickey, who was severely injured in a 1988 fall, needed his meals served as purées. Sheehan says her family will not sue Western Health but wants changes in how food is served to patients. Sheehan said that the brussels sprouts were served whole and that her brother choked on one while trying to eat it. She says he should never have been left to feed himself.…
In bus news from St. John’s, the city says it’s not rushing out to drop $15 million on 30 buses. This came up after a decision last week to increase Metrobus’ budget from $7.5-million to $15-million, allowing them to purchase a new fleet. Councillor Tom Hann says the borrowing will be spread out over at least seven years. He says the city will never reach the $15-million mark at any given time, because part of the budget each year will be allocated to debt reduction. On the west coast of Newfoundland, Corner Brook City Council held a public meeting last night about the future of its bus system. A group of 70 people showed up, including seniors, students, workers and people with disabilities. They mostly shared their displeasure with the system because of frustrating routes, long wait times and inconvenient hours of operation. They recommended improved signage and a service…
A 46-year-old man was found wandering in Corner Brook with severe head injuries in the wee hours of Monday morning, as was reported on the news yesterday. Now, RNC know what caused the injuries — he was assaulted with a chair. An 18-year-old man, who allegedly knows the victim, has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and breaching probation. The victim of the assault was found while walking down Wheeler’s Road near the intersection of Elizabeth Street. According to police, his injuries are listed as serious but not life-threatening. The RNC says the initial investigation led police to a home on Wheeler’s Road. The accused was reportedly arrested a short time later.