By The Canadian Press Tues., Nov. 6, 2018 ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador had an unexpected oil price spike to thank for some slight deficit relief reported in Tuesday’s fiscal update. The cash-strapped Atlantic province reported a $547-million deficit on Tuesday, compared to the $683-million deficit projected in this spring’s budget. The projected spending for the year remained on target at around $8.4-billion. Finance Minister Tom Osborne pointed to the overbudget Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject as the province’s biggest economic liability. Osborne said the past three years have been the most economically difficult in the province since the Great Depression, but he remained confident that his financial plan will get the province back on track. Article Continued Below Richard Alexander of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council said the forecast relies too heavily on the price of oil and he doubts the governing … [Read more...] about Higher oil prices take some heat off N.L.’s deficit
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By The Canadian Press Sat., Sept. 8, 2018 SALMON COVE, N.L.—What began as a unique photo opportunity ended in sadness last week, as a young harp seal died just a couple of days after it charmed spectators on the shores of a popular Newfoundland beach. Leona Rockwood went to Salmon Cove Sands on the Avalon Peninsula early Labour Day morning to take some pictures of the sunrise, but was delighted to instead find the marine mammal napping on the beach. She says the animal was very calm, occasionally raising his whiskered head and appearing to smile as she took her shots from several feet away. Media reports indicate that later in the day, more beachgoers came to see the seal, and one woman even posted a video of herself on Facebook petting the creature. The seal was found dead on Wednesday, and while a necropsy has yet to be performed, Fisheries and Oceans Canada research scientist Garry Stenson says he doesn’t seem to have any external injuries. Article … [Read more...] about ‘Smiling’ seal spotted on N.L. beach dies, prompts DFO warning
By The Canadian Press Tues., June 19, 2018 MOUNT PEARL, N.L.—Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion in an industrial building outside St. John’s, N.L. Police say nine people were believed to be inside Trimac National Tank Services in Mount Pearl during the blast at 8:20 a.m. local time. Const. Geoffrey Higdon of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says three people were taken to hospital, but he couldn’t speak to the nature of their injuries. Mount Pearl Mayor Dave Aker says he lives about a kilometre from the Kyle Avenue business and felt the entire house shake. Aker says the roof of the warehouse blew off, walls of the building were destroyed, there’s insulation littered around the area, and the remnants of a tank appear to have landed in the parking lot. Article Continued Below Aker says he believes the business repairs commercial gas and oil tanks. TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX. NEW NEWSLETTER … [Read more...] about Three injured after industrial explosion outside St. John’s, N.L.
By The Canadian Press Wed., June 13, 2018 ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss trade while they view a showing of a hit musical that tells the story of how the town of Gander, N.L., welcomed 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11. In a tweeted letter sent on Tuesday, Dwight Ball describes Trump’s recent policies on tariffs as “extremely troubling,” and said he hoped to discuss “a positive and mutually beneficial trade relationship” as they watched “Come from Away” together. The letter appears to be in response to the recent rise in tensions between Ottawa and the U.S. administration over trade. After the G7 summit in Quebec, Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak and dishonest.’’ The president was apparently angered over comments the prime minister made during a press conference, when he objected to American … [Read more...] about N.L. premier invites Donald Trump to watch Come From Away and talk tariffs
By The Canadian Press Tues., May 29, 2018 ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A judge has ruled the man once suspected of being the notorious Halifax “sleepwatcher” will not have to obey a rare peace bond in St. John’s sought by police who fear the convicted burglar will reoffend. Barry Sinclair was acquitted of charges related to a man who allegedly broke into homes to watch women sleep but was sentenced to five years for a separate break-in. He moved to St. John’s after serving that sentence, where he has been under intense police surveillance over the last 15 months. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary went to provincial court asking for a peace bond against Sinclair to avoid what police argued is potential for an imminent personal injury offence. Judge Mike Madden said Tuesday Sinclair has a lengthy criminal record but has not had a sexual assault conviction since the 1980s. Sinclair was convicted in 1984 for indecent exposure and in 1987 for … [Read more...] about N.L. judge rules man acquitted in ‘sleepwatcher’ case won’t have to obey peace bond