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Stephen Hopkins, convicted of sexual assault, declared long-term — but not dangerous — offender

Facing the possibility of a dangerous offender designation and its accompanying indeterminate prison sentence, Stephen Hopkins was instead sentenced to six and a half years in prison for sexual assaul ...
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Facing the possibility of a dangerous offender designation and its accompanying indeterminate prison sentence, Stephen Hopkins was instead sentenced to six and a half years in prison for sexual assault, among other charges Friday.

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Debris and rocks from last week’s landslide in Corner Brook still have road closed

A week after a massive landslide pounded vehicles and sent several people to hospital on Riverside Drive in Corner Brook, the road remains closed. While the road itself isn’t damaged, it’s still d ...
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A week after a massive landslide pounded vehicles and sent several people to hospital on Riverside Drive in Corner Brook, the road remains closed. While the road itself isn’t damaged, it’s still damp and the guardrail needs to be replaced. The CBC‘s Colleen Connors has more on the repairs and timeline for reopening.

2 hours ago

RNC Seek Help in Identifying Suspects in Bizarre Crash
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RNC Seek Help in Identifying Suspects in Bizarre Crash

The RNC has released a surveillance image of two people of interest following a bizarre crash in the capital city’s downtown this morning. Police were called around 7:30 Friday morning when a b ...
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The RNC has released a surveillance image of two people of interest following a bizarre crash in the capital city’s downtown this morning.

Police were called around 7:30 Friday morning when a black Ford pickup crashed into the front of a home on Casey Street.

Significant damage was caused to the home, while an occupant inside the residence suffered minor injuries.

Two people, a man and woman, left the scene before police arrived.

RNC released an image of the pair in the hopes of identifying the occupants of the truck. The man is described as tall and slender with a pink button-up shirt, light brown suit, and dark jacket.

The woman is described as about 5 feet 4 inches tall. She was wearing a bucket hat and was dressed completely in black.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers.

2 hours ago

NTV

Suspected impaired driver involved in fatal crash appears in court

The man charged with impaired driving charges after a fatal collision in St. John’s last December appeared in provincial court today. Rodney Constantine faces five charges, including impaired ...
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The man charged with impaired driving charges after a fatal collision in St. John’s last December appeared in provincial court today.

Rodney Constantine faces five charges, including impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous driving.

When the 38-year-old came to court today, he was in a wheelchair.

It’s alleged Constantine was behind the wheel of a vehicle that slammed into a home on Empire Avenue, near Graves Street, at around 6 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2023.

An occupant of the vehicle, a 32-year-old capital city man, was pronounced dead at the scene. A man inside the home was also injured in the crash.

Constantine was arrested and charged last month, but was released from custody.

Families for both Constantine and the deceased man were in the courtroom today.

Constantine is due back in court next month to allow him time to get a lawyer.

3 hours ago

Two People Sent to Hospital Following Bay Roberts Crash
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Two People Sent to Hospital Following Bay Roberts Crash

Two people were taken to hospital following a two vehicle crash on the Conception Bay Highway in Bay Roberts this morning. The call came in shortly after 11:00. Injuries to the two drivers are not be ...
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Two people were taken to hospital following a two vehicle crash on the Conception Bay Highway in Bay Roberts this morning.

The call came in shortly after 11:00. Injuries to the two drivers are not believed to be life threatening.

Traffic was diverted while first responders attended to the scene.

Traffic is flowing once again.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

3 hours ago

VOCM

Registered Sex Offender Declared Long Term Offender

Thirty-four-year-old Stephen Hopkins, convicted of sexually assaulting a teen in 2020, avoided a dangerous offender designation in court today and has instead been declared a long-term offender. Hopk ...
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Thirty-four-year-old Stephen Hopkins, convicted of sexually assaulting a teen in 2020, avoided a dangerous offender designation in court today and has instead been declared a long-term offender.

Hopkins was facing the prospect of a life sentence if he was declared a dangerous offender, but instead he was sentenced to six and a half years in jail – less time served under the long term offender designation.

Hopkins, a registered sex offender at the time, forced his way into a Cowan Heights home nearly four years ago and physically and sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

He had already served a sentence for assaulting female joggers on the Long Pond trail near Confederation Building.

3 hours ago

Increased Police Presence in Grand Falls-Windsor
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Increased Police Presence in Grand Falls-Windsor

RCMP are warning the public about an increased police presence in Grand Falls-Windsor this afternoon. Police were called to the area between King Street and Park Street and secure schools mode was pu ...
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RCMP are warning the public about an increased police presence in Grand Falls-Windsor this afternoon.

Police were called to the area between King Street and Park Street and secure schools mode was put in place for Forest Park Primary.

Police are reportedly searching a wooded area.

VOCM News will have more information as it becomes available.

3 hours ago

St. Michael’s Celebrating Half a Century of Printmaking Prowess
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St. Michael’s Celebrating Half a Century of Printmaking Prowess

St. Michael’s Printshop, the province’s only publicly accessible printshop, is celebrating five decades of fostering artistic expression and community engagement. The operation was founded ...
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St. Michael’s Printshop, the province’s only publicly accessible printshop, is celebrating five decades of fostering artistic expression and community engagement.

The operation was founded in 1974 in the small rural community of St. Michael’s, before moving to its current location on Harbour Drive in downtown St. John’s in 1986.

At the former printshop in the community of St. Michael’s circa 1974.

The printshop serves as a hub for local, Canadian and international artists through their visiting artist program, numerous workshops, and scholarships.

To celebrate 50 years, St. Michael’s is holding a number of events and exhibitions this year to showcase prints from their extensive archive.

At the modern-day printshop in downtown St. John’s.

The exhibitions and events will showcase prints from an archive of over 3,000 prints, dating from its inception in 1974 to present day, that celebrate the rich history of printmaking in the province.

The year kicks off today at the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook with “Gathering at the Water’s Edge,” an exhibition of works from the past five decades of visiting artists.

4 hours ago

Teen Succumbs to Injuries Following Stephenville Crash
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Teen Succumbs to Injuries Following Stephenville Crash

An 18-year-old man has passed away from injuries suffered from a dirt bike crash in Stephenville last week. The young man was driving a dirt bike that crashed into a building on Main Street on April ...
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An 18-year-old man has passed away from injuries suffered from a dirt bike crash in Stephenville last week.

The young man was driving a dirt bike that crashed into a building on Main Street on April 6th.

The young man was rushed to hospital in St. John’s with serious injuries.

Police say the young man succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.

4 hours ago

VOCM

Health Officials Urge Caution Amid Increase in Whooping Cough Cases

First it was the measles, now whooping cough. Warnings are being issued about an increase in cases of the bacterial infection for which regular vaccines are available. There has been an increase in th ...
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First it was the measles, now whooping cough.

Warnings are being issued about an increase in cases of the bacterial infection for which regular vaccines are available.

There has been an increase in the incidence of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, across the province. It’s highly infectious and can lead to severe complications, especially in babies under one year of age.

Whooping cough typically begins with cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, mild fever and cough. But as the infection progresses, the cough can become more severe and prolonged, often accompanied by a distinctive “whooping” sound while breathing in air.

Severe coughing fits can also persist for up to eight weeks.

Infants, especially those too young to be vaccinated, are at the highest risk of complications including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and even death, with an average of one to three deaths a year among infants in Canada.

The provincial Department of Health says it is “crucial” for people, especially those in close contact with infants, to make sure they are up to date with immunizations to protect children from infection.

Vaccines are typically administered to children at age two, four, six and 18 months of age, before they enter school, and in Grade 9.

It’s recommended adults receive a booster dose at least 10 years after their adolescent vaccine.

The vaccine is also administered between the 27th and 32nd week of pregnancy to pass protection on to newborns.

4 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Truck crashes into downtown St. John’s home, man sleeping inside suffers mild injuries

Early Friday morning, a truck crashed into the front of a home on Casey Street. The occupants of the truck fled on foot and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating. The home was extensive ...
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Early Friday morning, a truck crashed into the front of a home on Casey Street. The occupants of the truck fled on foot and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating. The home was extensively damaged and a man was sleeping directly inside.

4 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Author of report that recommends raising MHAs' salaries defends her conclusions

Heather Jacobs, the author of a report that recommends a pay increase for Newfoundland and Labrador's elected officials, briefed MHAs on her findings Thursday. ...
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Heather Jacobs, the author of a report that recommends a pay increase for Newfoundland and Labrador's elected officials, briefed MHAs on her findings Thursday.

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Harvesters Plan Repeat Protest at Confederation Building on Monday
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Harvesters Plan Repeat Protest at Confederation Building on Monday

Politicians will be greeted by a familiar sight as they return for the reopening of the House of Assembly on Monday. Fish harvesters, whose protests forced postponement of the provincial budget for a ...
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Politicians will be greeted by a familiar sight as they return for the reopening of the House of Assembly on Monday.

Fish harvesters, whose protests forced postponement of the provincial budget for a day last month, are planning a return to Confederation Building at 7 a.m. Monday morning as the dispute over the crab fishery continues.

That’s despite a four-pronged agreement between the FFAW and the provincial government covering numerous aspects of the fishery, including the establishment of so-called free enterprise and allowing outside buyers.

Protest organizer and harvester John Efford says he hopes it will be a peaceful demonstration.

“We want to be seen, we want to be heard, and we do not want anybody getting hurt,” he told VOCM Open with Paddy Daly. “But in saying that, I don’t know how you’re going to control the frustration level of people.

“We want the numbers, and we want it to be peaceful, so ASP (Association of Seafood Producers) and the government can see the number of people who are affected.”

A court injunction restricted access to the entrances of Confederation Building, putting an end to the previous protest, but it’s not clear if that order is still in force.

5 hours ago

NTV

Fogo Island RCMP responds to report of suspected impaired driver, man arrested

A 56-year-old man was arrested for impaired driving on Thursday after police received a report of a suspected impaired driver. At approximately 2:30 p.m., police received the tip of a suspected impair ...
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A 56-year-old man was arrested for impaired driving on Thursday after police received a report of a suspected impaired driver. At approximately 2:30 p.m., police received the tip of a suspected impaired driver departing a commercial property. He was located and showed signs of impairment. After failing a road side breath test, he was arrested for impaired driving.

At the Fogo Island Detachment, the driver provided breath samples that were three times the legal limit.

He was released from custody and is scheduled to attend court at a later date to answer to charges of impaired driving.  His driver’s licence was suspended and his vehicle was seized and impounded.

5 hours ago

NTV

Bonavista police confirms drowning last night

A man has died after falling in the water off Trinity last night. Bonavista RCMP confirmed to NTV News that a man fell into the water around 5 p.m. yesterday while fishing for mussels. By the time off ...
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A man has died after falling in the water off Trinity last night. Bonavista RCMP confirmed to NTV News that a man fell into the water around 5 p.m. yesterday while fishing for mussels. By the time officers arrived on scene the man have been brought in from the water, and multiple efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police say the Office of the Chief Medical examiner is now involved..

5 hours ago

NTV

Minister Crocker Announces Team NL Chef Team for the 2025 Canada Summer Games

The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, is announcing the Team NL Chefs for the 2025 Canada Summer Games.  The Chef Team, which is comprised of the Che ...
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The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, is announcing the Team NL Chefs for the 2025 Canada Summer Games. 

The Chef Team, which is comprised of the Chef de Mission and Assistant Chefs de Mission, is appointed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation. The team provides planning, leadership and operational support for Team NL, in partnership with Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, prior to and during the Games.

The Chef de Mission for Team NL will be Jamie Randell. Working alongside the Chef will be Assistant Chefs de Mission Frank Humber, Allison Sturge and Mike Summers. Biographies for each of the individuals are provided in the backgrounder below.

The 2025 Canada Summer Games Team NL Mission Staff will be announced in the coming weeks. Team NL Mission Staff act as a liaison between designated sport team(s), the Chef Team and the host society performing several roles, which support their designated sport team.

The 2025 Canada Summer Games are taking place in St. John’s from August 8-24, 2025. The Canada Games are the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event and is held every two years, alternating between summer and winter events.

5 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Crown closes case in Robert Regular trial, with defence set to call evidence Monday

Proceedings will resume at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court on Monday. ...
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Proceedings will resume at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court on Monday.

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Suspect in Sexual Assault May Be in Natuashish Area, RCMP say
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Suspect in Sexual Assault May Be in Natuashish Area, RCMP say

RCMP in Labrador are searching for a man accused of sexual assault. Police issued an arrest warrant Friday morning for 37-year-old Duane Piwas. They believe he may be in the community of Natuashish. P ...
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RCMP in Labrador are searching for a man accused of sexual assault.

Police issued an arrest warrant Friday morning for 37-year-old Duane Piwas.

They believe he may be in the community of Natuashish.

Piwas is also accused of failing to follow conditions of a previous release order.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Piwas is urged to contact the RCMP at 709.896.3383 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.

7 hours ago

Is it finally time to say ‘no’ to NATO?
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Is it finally time to say ‘no’ to NATO?

What benefit does the average Canadian gain by having billions of dollars go towards an organization that dismantles peace efforts and promotes war and conflict in all corners of the globe? ...
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What benefit does the average Canadian gain by having billions of dollars go towards an organization that dismantles peace efforts and promotes war and conflict in all corners of the globe?

7 hours ago

NTV

Crab harvesters to protest at Confederation Building Monday

Crab harvesters are returning to Confederation Building Monday morning. In a social media post last night, organizer John Efford called on harvesters to meet outside Confederation Building on Monday t ...
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Crab harvesters are returning to Confederation Building Monday morning. In a social media post last night, organizer John Efford called on harvesters to meet outside Confederation Building on Monday to protest for a better deal to start the snow crab season.
Boats have been tied up for a week since the official opening of the season.
Just weeks ago, hundreds of fishermen held protests outside Confederation Building – clashing with police and delaying the provincial budget.
It has been an intense negotiation – with both the union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) addressing the media this week. At question is not only snow crab pricing, but what the union calls a broken system.

8 hours ago

NTV

FFAW and fish harvesters to protest Monday morning

Fish harvesters across the province will gather at Confederation Building to protest on Monday – standing their ground for a fair share of the crab fishery. Boats still remain tied up, and the A ...
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Fish harvesters across the province will gather at Confederation Building to protest on Monday – standing their ground for a fair share of the crab fishery. Boats still remain tied up, and the Association of Seafood Producers stay firm on what they call a reasonable floor price of $2.60 per lb.

The protest is scheduled to start at 7:00 am. NTV News will have more on this Monday.

8 hours ago

Local Cab Company Less-Than-Thrilled With Arrival of Rival Uber
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Local Cab Company Less-Than-Thrilled With Arrival of Rival Uber

The local taxi industry is doing what it can to prepare to compete with ride-sharing services once they become available in the metro region. But at least one local operator is not happy with how the ...
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The local taxi industry is doing what it can to prepare to compete with ride-sharing services once they become available in the metro region.

But at least one local operator is not happy with how the situation is unfolding.

One of the biggest players in the ride-sharing industry, Uber, received government approval this week and is set to begin operations before the start of the tourism season.

Chris Hollett of Jiffy Cabs says he’s seen success with their new app service to book cabs, but he has serious concerns when it comes to regulating rates.

He says Jiffy’s rates are competitive, but he notes requests for increases have to be approved by the City of St. John’s.

Hollett says that’s where ride-sharing has an unfair advantage.

“Ride shares, they pick and choose how much they want to charge,” he says. “They’re going to come in here, they’re going to spend millions, they’re going to try to take my market share, and they’re going to try to put me out (of business). And the provincial government looks at me and says that that is good for my business.

“Well, I beg to differ.”

9 hours ago

NTV

Volunteer and Community Fair being held in St. John’s next week

The City of St. John’s has partnered with the Community Sector Council to host a Volunteer and Community Fair Event to help connect residents with volunteer opportunities. The fair will take ...
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The City of St. John’s has partnered with the Community Sector Council to host a Volunteer and Community Fair Event to help connect residents with volunteer opportunities.

The fair will take place next Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Community Market on Freshwater Road.

Event admission is free. There will be over 40 community organizations that offer volunteer placements in attendance.

9 hours ago

No Injuries in Fire Aboard SeaRose FPSO at Belfast Shipyard
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No Injuries in Fire Aboard SeaRose FPSO at Belfast Shipyard

There has been a fire aboard the SeaRose FPSO while undergoing a major refit at a shipyard overseas. The massive vessel, which is designed to produce, store and transfer oil from the White Rose field, ...
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There has been a fire aboard the SeaRose FPSO while undergoing a major refit at a shipyard overseas.

The massive vessel, which is designed to produce, store and transfer oil from the White Rose field, has been in drydock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast since January.

According to local news outlets. about 50 firefighters responded to the call shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, using breathing apparatus and water jets to put out the fire.

The blaze was confined to a cargo tank being worked on by a shipyard subcontractor and has already been deemed accidental.

In a statement to VOCM News, the shipyard confirmed the fire but refused to identify the vessel in question.

But a spokesperson for operator Cenovus Energy confirmed it involved the SeaRose.

All crew on board at the time were safely evacuated with no injuries reported.

It’s the second time the Belfast shipyard has won the contract to refit the SeaRose, with the last work completed 12 years ago.

It’s also the second time a fire has broken out on board the vessel.

In 2012 a generator caught fire while the ship was at the White Rose oilfield hundreds of kilometres east of St. John’s. The generator was turned off, the ship’s fire suppression system put out the fire, and there were no injuries.

The SeaRose FPSO was built in 2004 by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries.

The current $100-million refit is being done overseas because the FPSO is too big to be drydocked in any Canadian east coast shipyard.

9 hours ago

NTV

Newfoundland Church announced as a finalist for The Next Great Save competition

A historic church in Aguathuna on the West Coast is one of 12 finalists for the Next Great Save competition, which empowers communities to save heritage places. The Next Great Save competition is a ...
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A historic church in Aguathuna on the West Coast is one of 12 finalists for the Next Great Save competition, which empowers communities to save heritage places.

The Next Great Save competition is a chance to advocate for heritage structures across Canada and win a cash prize to make projects a reality.

Finalists were selected based on the team’s ability to save their historic place and address current issues like climate change, diversity and inclusion, along with the contributions they make to their communities.

The competitors will be featured in public voting set to begin on April 18 and end on May 6 for the chance to win up to $65,000 in cash prizes:

Our Lady of Mercy Heritage Church is one of the finalists.

The first-place winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize while the second and third-place winners will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

10 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Crab harvesters heading back to Confederation Building on Monday morning, Efford says

John Efford, the unofficial fisheries union protest leader, says crab harvesters will be back on the steps of Confederation Building on Monday morning as their crab tie-up continues. ...
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John Efford, the unofficial fisheries union protest leader, says crab harvesters will be back on the steps of Confederation Building on Monday morning as their crab tie-up continues.

10 hours ago

NTV

Occupants of pickup truck flee the scene of dramatic downtown crash

Police are searching for the occupants of a vehicle following a dramatic crash in downtown St. John’s on Friday morning. Shortly after 7:00 a.m. crews responded to Casey Street, between Gilbe ...
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Police are searching for the occupants of a vehicle following a dramatic crash in downtown St. John’s on Friday morning.

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. crews responded to Casey Street, between Gilbert Street and Brazil Street. The driver of a pickup truck had struck two parked vehicles and crashed through the front of a home. The crash caused significant damage to the residence.

Reports from the scene indicate the two occupants of the pickup truck, a male and a female, fled the scene on foot.

Two people were inside the home at the time, one of whom sustaining minor injuries. They were treated at the scene, but did not go to hospital.

Police have closed the road in the area to facilitate their investigation.

10 hours ago

NTV

Municipal Capital Works Funding For Warming Centre in Grand Bank

The province and Town of Grand Bank will be investing approximately $690,000 to support the development of a warming centre under the Municipal Capital Works Program. The Salvation Army Church will ...
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The province and Town of Grand Bank will be investing approximately $690,000 to support the development of a warming centre under the Municipal Capital Works Program.

The Salvation Army Church will be upgraded with the installation of a backup generator, installation of interior and exterior ramps, and bathroom upgrades so it can serve as a warming centre for the residents of Grand Bank and surrounding communities.

The Municipal Capital Works program fosters the development of cost-shared projects for many types of municipal infrastructure.

10 hours ago

NTV

Virtual ERs in place at three health sites in Central Newfoundland

There will be virtual ERs operating at three health sites in central Newfoundland. At the A.M. Guy Memorial Health Centre, there will be a virtual ER from today at 8:00 a.m. until Saturday at 8:00 ...
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There will be virtual ERs operating at three health sites in central Newfoundland.

At the A.M. Guy Memorial Health Centre, there will be a virtual ER from today at 8:00 a.m. until Saturday at 8:00 a.m. From Monday at 8:00 a.m. until Tuesday at 11:00 p.m., and until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

At the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre, there will be a virtual ER from today at 8:00 a.m. until Monday at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. until Friday at 8:00 a.m.

A virtual ER will be in place from Friday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. until Friday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m. at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Centre.

11 hours ago

NTV

Rainfall Warning in effect for southern and southwestern Newfoundland through Sunday

The Environment and Climate Change Canada Weather Office in Gander has issued a Rainfall Warning for the following areas from today through Sunday morning: Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity ...
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The Environment and Climate Change Canada Weather Office in Gander has issued a Rainfall Warning for the following areas from today through Sunday morning:

  • Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity
  • Burgeo – Ramea

Rainfall of 50 to 80 mm is forecasted for the mentioned areas between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Locally higher amounts are possible.

Similar storms in the past have caused hazardous driving conditions, localized flooding, especially in poor drainage areas, and elevated water leaves in creeks and streams.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

11 hours ago

Clock Ticking Once Again on Best of Crab Season, Processors Warn
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Clock Ticking Once Again on Best of Crab Season, Processors Warn

The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) is giving their side of the story in their ongoing battle with the FFAW over crab prices. ASP executive director Jeff Loder addressed media about the situati ...
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The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) is giving their side of the story in their ongoing battle with the FFAW over crab prices.

ASP executive director Jeff Loder addressed media about the situation on Thursday.

He asserts that fish companies negotiated in good faith, and that over the last week they sent some “serious signals” about what the starting price should be. However, he says the union “flat-out rejected” them.

Loder says the association was willing to set the starting price at roughly $2.80, for a period of three weeks, adding ASP is still open to having that conversation.

But he says time is running out and there will once again be negative repercussions for the snow crab season if a compromise isn’t reached soon.

Loder says opportunities are already being lost in the food-service sector, as well as the Japanese market, which wants to buy crab now.

Further delays could also affect other species, he said, noting not all of the capelin quota was caught last year.

Then there’s the impact on plant workers.

“Last year was a very difficult year for them, working very long hours and processing eight to 10 million pounds of crab a week for eight of the 14 weeks of the season,” said Loder. “That’s unfair and not good for our industry.”

He points to increased EI requirements imposed by Ottawa for this year, something the FFAW has also been pushing back against.

“These considerations have to be taken seriously at this time,” he said.

11 hours ago

NTV

Excellent driving conditions across the province

It is a nice drive across the province this morning. Roads are bare and dry with good visibility. Across Labrador, roads are bare and dry with a few icy patches and good visibility. Marine Atlantic ...
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It is a nice drive across the province this morning. Roads are bare and dry with good visibility. Across Labrador, roads are bare and dry with a few icy patches and good visibility.

Marine Atlantic is anticipating delays to crossings tonight and on Saturday. Provincial ferries are on time.

At the St. John’s International Airport, Air Canada flights 1572 and 1573 are cancelled and Air Canada Flight 2252 is delayed. At the Deer Lake Regional Airport, Air Canada Flight 1177 is delayed. Flights are on time at the Gander International Airport.

11 hours ago

NTV

Federal housing announcement in St. John’s today

Federal Minister of Labour and Seniors Seamus O’Regan will be in St. John’s today. O’Regan will tour a housing construction site and make an announcement on housing. The announ ...
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Federal Minister of Labour and Seniors Seamus O’Regan will be in St. John’s today.

O’Regan will tour a housing construction site and make an announcement on housing.

The announcement will take place at 15 Electra Drive at 2:45 p.m.

12 hours ago

Harvey Swaps Privacy Commissioner Role in NL For Same Job in B.C.
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Harvey Swaps Privacy Commissioner Role in NL For Same Job in B.C.

The province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is leaving the position to take on the same job in British Columbia. Michael Harvey’s last day of work in NL will be May 5th, after the ...
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The province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is leaving the position to take on the same job in British Columbia.

Michael Harvey’s last day of work in NL will be May 5th, after the B.C. legislature approved his appointment as that province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner effective the next day.

Harvey was appointed to a six-year term in August of 2019, and has been a provincial public servant for nearly two decades.

He describes his term as Information and Privacy Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador “a great privilege.”

He also thanked the House of Assembly for entrusting him and his “dedicated and professional staff” with the responsibilities of the increasingly important role.

12 hours ago

NTV

Investigation ongoing after break and entry in St. John’s

Just after midnight last night the RNC responded to a call of a break and entry in progress at a residence in the downtown area of St. John’s. Officers observed a broken door and damage to the in ...
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Just after midnight last night the RNC responded to a call of a break and entry in progress at a residence in the downtown area of St. John’s.

Officers observed a broken door and damage to the inside of the residence.

The suspect had fled the area but was known to the residents who lived there.

The investigation is ongoing.

12 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

With Uber about to start operating in N.L., labour group says drivers need better legal protection

Provincial legislation doesn't require Uber drivers to be paid a minimum wage, or guarantee them benefits like workers' compensation. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour says that needs ...
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Provincial legislation doesn't require Uber drivers to be paid a minimum wage, or guarantee them benefits like workers' compensation. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour says that needs to change.

12 hours ago

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Snoozing science seeks to find out how therapy boosts sleep in breast cancer survivors

A new study at Memorial University is looking to recruit participants to wear a brain-wave measuring device while sleeping and take weeks of cognitive behavioural therapy. ...
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A new study at Memorial University is looking to recruit participants to wear a brain-wave measuring device while sleeping and take weeks of cognitive behavioural therapy.

12 hours ago

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Iceberg watchers are preparing for a big year for bergs

It’s early in the season, but tourism operators and iceberg enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador are already preparing for a busy iceberg season. ...
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It’s early in the season, but tourism operators and iceberg enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador are already preparing for a busy iceberg season.

12 hours ago

Hopkins Faces Potential Dangerous Offender Title, Life Sentence Today
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Hopkins Faces Potential Dangerous Offender Title, Life Sentence Today

A St. John’s man is facing the prospect of a life sentence today if he’s declared a dangerous offender. Thirty-four-year Stephen Hopkins has been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage ...
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A St. John’s man is facing the prospect of a life sentence today if he’s declared a dangerous offender.

Thirty-four-year Stephen Hopkins has been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in her Cowan Heights home in 2020.

He forced himself inside the house, physically and sexually assaulted the girl, then threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Hopkins was a registered sex offender at the time and had just served a sentence for assaulting female joggers on the Long Pond trail near Confederation Building in St. John’s.

Those incidents, and several others are being considered by Justice Peter O’Flaherty who will rule this afternoon if Hopkins should be subject to prison, or at least probation, for the rest of life.

If deemed a dangerous offender, he would serve a minimum of seven years with a chance at parole every two years afterward. But he would remain in jail as long as he’s considered a high risk to re-offend, which experts have testified he is.

The last person deemed a dangerous offender in this province was serial rapist Sofyan Boalag in 2017.

Hopkins will learn his fate this afternoon in Supreme Court, and VOCM News will be there.

12 hours ago

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NDP, Green Party call for new law to fix problems with Indigenous class action lawsuit settlements

The federal NDP and Green Party are calling on the federal government to introduce a new law similar to one used by the U.S. for 9/11 victims to address problems with six Indigenous class action la ...
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The federal NDP and Green Party are calling on the federal government to introduce a new law similar to one used by the U.S. for 9/11 victims to address problems with six Indigenous class action lawsuit settlement agreements.

13 hours ago

NTV

Survivor-created photography exhibit launched

A unique photography exhibit is travelling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s a platform for victims of domestic and sexual violence,  to share their stories exactly how they would l ...
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A unique photography exhibit is travelling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

It’s a platform for victims of domestic and sexual violence,  to share their stories exactly how they would like.

CTV’s Garrett Barry has more.

21 hours ago

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Inspiring NL: ‘In Memory of Mom,’ NTV’s Bailey Howard takes part in Shave For The Brave

Every year, people across the country shave or cut their hair to raise money for young adults battling cancer. As NTV’s Marykate O’Neill tells us, one of our own will be taking part this y ...
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Every year, people across the country shave or cut their hair to raise money for young adults battling cancer. As NTV’s Marykate O’Neill tells us, one of our own will be taking part this year. Here’s the inspiring story. 

21 hours ago

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Your Community: Spoon-playing taxi driver Harold Butler appears on Canada’s Got Talent

NTV’s Marykate O’Neill gives an update on spoon-playing taxi driver, Harold Butler, the latest Newfoundlander to audition for Canada’s Got Talent. 

21 hours ago

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Concerned citizens’ group says not enough public input on World Energy GH2 project

But not everyone is happy about the approval. A concerned citizen’s group says there wasn’t enough public input.

NTV’s Colleen Lewis has that story.

21 hours ago

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Stephenville business community reacts to approval of World Energy GH2 project

Two days after the province approved a new green energy mega-project for the Bay St. George region, the business community in Stephenville is focusing on the introduction of a new industry could mean ...
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Two days after the province approved a new green energy mega-project for the Bay St. George region, the business community in Stephenville is focusing on the introduction of a new industry could mean for the future of the town. NTV’s Don Bradshaw has that story.

21 hours ago

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Negative impacts if crab fishery doesn’t begin soon, ASP says

There’s still no movement with the standoff in the crab fishery, as both sides trade barbs in public. Today, the Association of Seafood producers laid out their position, saying there will be ...
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There’s still no movement with the standoff in the crab fishery, as both sides trade barbs in public.

Today, the Association of Seafood producers laid out their position, saying there will be negative impacts if the fishery doesn’t start soon.

NTV’s Becky Daley reports.

21 hours ago

NTV

Michael Harvey leaving N.L. information commissioner post for B.C.

Michael Harvey is resigning effective May 5 as the province’s information and privacy commissioner to take on the same job in British Columbia.

21 hours ago

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Sentencing hearing held for RCMP officer who pointed gun at woman’s face

An off-duty RCMP officer who pointed his gun at a woman’s face while drinking belongs in jail, the Crown argued on Thursday. But the defence says Michael Wheeler should not be convicted. NTVR ...
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An off-duty RCMP officer who pointed his gun at a woman’s face while drinking belongs in jail, the Crown argued on Thursday. But the defence says Michael Wheeler should not be convicted. NTV’s Rosie Mullaley reports.

21 hours ago

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