As a long time fish harvester out of his home community of Fox Island River, Wallace Leroy has strong concerns about what’s happening in Port au Port Bay.
His biggest concern is the collapse of the scallop fishery in the bay, and he said there needs to be something done to find out why stocks have died off when they haven’t in nearby St. George’s Bay.
As a member of the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, Leroy said the group is trying to find out if it’s a change in the water temperature, a change in the pH level in the water or something related to the oil drilling on Shoal Point in recent years.
This past season he didn’t get enough scallops for a feed, he said, despite dragging a number of times. The majority of what his crew brought up were what’s known as clappers — basically empty shells with no little or no meat inside.
Leroy said there are nine or 10 fish harvesters who operate out of Fox Island River, in addition to a number of others around Port au Port Bay, and there’s a big concern that whatever happened to the scallops could eventually happen to crab and lobsters.
“We have a delicate ecosystem in this bay and if anything major happens, it could wipe out our fishery altogether,” Leroy said, adding tests need to be done for oil or any other chemicals on the scallops to detect whether they’ve been contaminated.
He said an increase in frequency and intensity…
Hats off to the host committee in Clarenville for showing how to hold and showcase a first-class sporting event.
The 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games concluded this weekend. For the duration of the bi-annual games — which alternate between summer and winter in this province — athletes raved about food and accommodations, entertainment and friendships.
That, perhaps, is even more important than the medals presented at the provincial competition — which should be regarded as some pretty prestigious hardware. The experience of competing in a provincial games is something not everybody gets the privilege of doing.
I remember taking my sleeping bag and basketball uniform and bunking down in a gymnasium along with my buddies. Although my competitiveness leaves an imprint of tournaments and games themselves, it is experiences such as participating in Winter Games that leave lasting impressions.
The 2014 Games was far different from the one I competed in. It was a real testament of today’s world, where everybody — no matter where you are — are so closely connected. Just about any time I wanted to check in on how the Games were going — in the gyms or in the snow — all I had to do was check out Twitter.
The host committee did a great job of tweeting latest developments, but also capturing moments throughout the event — retweeting athletes’ reactions and feelings. It was easy to see the gratitude and enjoyment of athletes throughout the province. Their website was also great, providing quick updates on results. It was…
Sharon Karn is all in favour of improving the Pepsi Centre as a true community facility, but not at the expense of its current or potential users.
Karn, the organizer of the Humber Valley Speed Skating Club, was one of the outspoken members of a concerned users group who objected to the increased costs of rental fees for the facility last year.
Now that council is spearheading a consultation into the current and future use of the Pepsi Centre, the costs of using it are again at the forefront for the woman who is cautiously optimistic about the approach.
“I am all for making anything more accessible to kids, anything to get our kids active, anything to promote any sport,” Karn said. “Speed skating happens to be my sport of passion, but as a coach, I believe in all sport.”
Karn will be presenting to the consulting firm tasked with examining prospective improvements and renovations to facilitate current and future needs of the public as part of a private session Tuesday afternoon. She also plans to attend the public session at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.
“I think it is great,” she said. “I think there is lots of space that can be utilized.”
Karn believes sport and recreation has changed over the years, and communities must adapt to meet the needs of youth.
“Unstructured play is gone, and structured play has evolved,” she said. “Whether we like it or not, whether we like the DSs or iPads or not, that is the way it is.
“If we don’t…
Two goals in 29 seconds in the dying minutes helped Newfoundland Fasteners avoid an early end to the season.
Scott Wayson scored with 1:33 left in regulation to break a 2-2 deadlock and Brian Park sent a ball down the ice into a yawning cage with the opposition’s goaltender on the bench 29 seconds later to force a fifth and deciding game in the Corner Brook Molson Men’s Broomball League best-of-five semifinal series Monday night.
Ron Burnett and Rick Kean also scored for the winners, while Shawn Jenkins and Tyler Wells scored for Investors Group, who rallied back from a two-goal deficit to make for an interesting finish to Game 4.
The fifth and final game of the series is scheduled for Monday 8:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.
Now in his sixth winter as Deer Lake town superintendent, Dave Thomas has never seen so many issues with frozen water lines as he has this year.
As of 6 p.m. Monday evening, there were 26 frozen water lines in the town caused by frost, he said at the town’s council meeting.
On Friday, a manhole cover on Wight’s Road was lifted and Thomas said the frost line was more than six feet deep.
“Roads are particularly bad because you clear them and then traffic drives over them and drives the frost down further,” he said. “Then when you see water running, that’s even worse again because warm weather drives frost down even further again.”
Water lines are typically put down between five and six feet deep, which is sufficient in “ordinary circumstances,” Thomas said, noting a normal winter frost goes down only three or four feet.
It’s not just Deer Lake having issues, as Thomas said he was told there are approximately 40-50 homes in Corner Brook with frozen water lines, including a full street with 10 homes where the main line is frozen solid.
Thomas even contacted a company that makes pipe-thawing equipment, but the machines are being scooped off the assembly line by American states Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan as soon as they are completed.
“If I ordered today, I wouldn’t get one until May 8,” he said.
The town has been providing hoses for affected buildings, which they attach to a neighbouring building to form a temporary water line. People pay their water and sewer taxes, he said, so the…
Winter 2014 is starting to feel like it will never end.
Temperatures have been hitting record lows from Newfoundland to New Orleans. With the “polar vortex” sweeping North America, even for those with the means to escape south, you need to go even further to find a taste of summer. For those without either the means or the time, maybe the Internet can provide some temporary relief.
Think of somewhere warm, like the Great Barrier Reef!
As of Sept. 25, 2012, Google Maps gave users the ability to virtually walk, or in this case swim, along parts of the Great Barrier Reef via Street View. If you haven’t used Street View before, it provides panoramic or 360 degree views at street level across many cities. A user can click through the highlighted routes, stop at any point and view the surrounding area.
This was cool technology for exploring cityscapes but Google has brought it so much farther since 2007. Now you can browse the Great Barrier Reef and see a vast array of corals, manta rays, turtles, schools of fish and even other, non-virtual, explorers. Check out sea lions around the Galapagos islands or the Underwater Museum of Isla Mujeres.
A once in a lifetime dive has got to be with the whale sharks at Isla Contoy. These swimming virtual tours are like snapshots of the best warm weather vacation of your life.
When it comes to warm weather destinations, it’s hard to think warmer than the Amazon. With World Forestry Day…
ANTIGONISH, N. S. — Melissa Hardy finished 13th overall at the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) track and field championships at the University of Alberta Friday in Edmonton.
Hardy, a Deer Lake native representing St. Francis Xavier of the Atlantic University Sport, posted a final clocking of 10 minutes and 20.25 seconds.
Julie-Anne Staehli of Queen’s University is the CIS champion by breaking the 10-minute barrier when she crossed the finish line in nine minutes and 32.91 seconds, while Carise Thompson of Guelph nabbed third spot in the country with a final time of nine minutes and 33.98 seconds.
Hardy, the 2013 AUS individual cross-country champion, successfully defended her 3,000-metre crown with a time of 10:09.76 on the track at the Universite de Moncton.
Two weeks prior to the AUS event, Hardy broke the 10-minute barrier at an invitational meet in Halifax with a final clocking of 9:51.44 motivating her to take on the best in the country.