Monday, December 31, 2007


This political correctness thing is going a little too far don’t ya think?

Santa can’t say ho ho ho? What the ----. Ha ha ha could be construed as a Santa with a stutter trying to say Ha Ha Happy Hanukkah, that’s not politically correct, or religiously correct either.

Have a Happy Safe new Year folks.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

This one is click-up-able.

Ramblings of a frozen mind.

There are a number of things that come to mind that could be worse than our frozen situation, much worse.
Why the western leadership keep getting away with this mindless no win effort to bring democracy to these places never ceases to amaze me. Well OK I do know, but that still does not make it right.
Pull out and let em have at it, like we do in places where there are no strategic importances.

Then we could be in for yet another snow storm [one would be nice], about the 6th this season I think.
Added to that the poor buggers in St. John’s have added burdens on the already overstretched decision making part of their brains.

Then there is this pore sod having his tranquil retirement disrupted by the unwashed masses who really only want to get wet and breath some fresh air for a short time, but I know where he is coming from, I have been one of unwashed myself.

Yep, things could be much worse than the just above -30 temperatures and clear sky’s we are experiencing. We are thankful that it is calm for sure, not so sure about the medium range forecast of more of the same.

Sure be nice to have snow up the ying yang.

The brooks do not have much snow on them at moment, ice is starting to ‘core’ in many places, I noticed the dam is starting to ‘core’ as well.

These conditions remind me of what happened back some 15 years or so. It was just like this, not much snow on the ground, very low temperatures for an extended time. The springs along the back of the community started to ‘core’ [water flowing on surface and freezing]. We had several large ice walls along our road; our house was threatened by a mini glacier. It had to be constantly watched, and at least once a week we had to dig trenches in the ice to divert the water.
Worse was the community dam almost froze solid, that was something. Thanks to many volunteers and the town council workers a minimum amount of water was always in the dam, water restrictions applied, but the town got through it.

For the uninitiated; Crews had to cut holes in the ice of a pond at a higher elevation to the dam. Pumps were manned 24 hours a day; the water was pumped into a brook that ran down into the dam.
At the dam a huge hole was dug down through the ice down to the water level, this was almost to the bottom. The water coming in from above tended to ‘core’, especially at night, so other volunteers dug trenches to keep the water flowing into the hole. From memory the hole in the ice had to be dug several times as the water level dropped.
Eventually the temperatures rose and we had some snow fall.

The town’s infrastructure has improved since then. We have gabion walls and trenches along a good part of the town to divert the ground water. There is a series of pumps, valves and pipe underground from the same pond that runs down into the dam, this should be able to fill the dam when it gets low, unless the pond freezes, but lets not think like that eh?.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cod Island 1978.

She be clickable now, I hope. Thanks to PD.

From the archives.

Myself with wooden boat.

Top right; Fran and her brother Boas. It was scanned from a Moravian Church post card titled; "two smiling Inuit children.

Lower right; is my father, nice curls eh?

Then there is one of my sister Vicki and myself, taken on Cod Island- Mugford Tickle, August 1978.
May she rest in peace.

Another one down.

Well that was a pleasant two days of gormandizing, quphing and recovery.

There were nine of us for Christmas dinner; it went off without any hitches, nicely cooked roast turkey and potatoes, ham, other vegetables cooked in salt beef, stuffing.

Washed it down with pop for the kids and red and white from South Eastern Australia for us.
I had as a gift some stem less crystal wine glasses, nice feel to them, less likely to be knocked over, not that I would knock them over.

After some banter we had choice of four deserts, some sampled all, I chose just the plum pudding from down under, man oh man it was good.

The last guest left about 11.30pm, so it was a long day for me.

I’m sort of glad we still have the more traditional relaxing Boxing Day rather than the modern. On the one hand it would be nice to have access to all those bargains; on the other hand I feel we are not the losers. It was very quite around town all day and night, except for one or two dysfunctionals who speed around on their snowmobiles.

We took a walk down to see the grandkids presents, had to try out all the shooting games Matthew was given. The video paint ball, the more traditional duck shooting game. The marshmallow gun caused most of the havoc, good thing it can only shoot one marshmallow at a time before you have to pump it up.
Later Matthew, Grandma, Siutik and I took a walk up back, cold wind chills on the way out; helps eat up all those calories, but it was refreshing and peaceful.

While down looking at the grandkids presents [ GD had an expensive pair of flying glasses] I noticed GD looking up the weather, quite a bit different to what we are used to. I asked GD what that all meant, she rambled it off no trouble. The only thing I understood was ceiling and Zulu, she must be looking at going to Africa.

It was a freaking cold windy night and early morning, winds to 68 and chills down to -38. Not much relief in the forecast with all those yellow balls, we need snow, and soon, get it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Ho Ho


So here we are again. Nice and peaceful in the early morn, always maintain it’s the best time of day, Christmas or any other, but that Moravian Star adds something to the front porch IMO.

Fran always has fun filling stockings, does it three times in the Moravian tradition, not that we go to church that much, just what she grew up with.

Also a tradition is; after the Christmas Eve church service you go home and open one present. In the absence of going to church you can listen to the Nain service on CKOK radio.

Fran was doing the eny meny miny moa thing as to what present to open, I gave some hints it should be one from me.
I took a gamble and opened on from Fran, low n behold, it was what I have been hinting at for several years, a new large non stick roasting pan with handles and a large pull out rack.

On opening hers Fran was taken-a-back; two framed photographs of her 40th nursing reunion gathering held this past July. And here she was thinking that I was ignoring all her hints at
printing some of the pictures off, ha ha got ya.
Update; the tranquility is ended, time for the quality time to begin.

Monday, December 24, 2007

1 more sleeps.

Thought it time I updated the pole.

So last night I wandered down and took three different angle shots, plus one from the bottom of the pole/tree.

Please excuse the quality of the pictures, I did not have a tripod with me, and I did have 1 1/2 martinis in me.

I did have the smarts to turn off the flash mode, no easy task in the dark.

It be dipped down to -20 this morning, no sign of the promised flurries either.

While out last night I thought I spotted signs of the northern lights, on reflection I'm not sure, more like scattered clouds playing with the moon.

I had some dough over from bread making so for supper I rolled out two thin crusts [12 grain] and added some left over meats and stuff, I always have to separate pizza toppings, Fran does not like anchovies and olives. I used the cranberry relish I made up the other day for a base on these

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Couple of birds captured out the back hedge a few weeks ago.

Alas it was not our hedge; it was a fiends [GB] hedge down in South Burlington Vt.

We do have some pine grosbeaks hanging around, plus the usual gray gays, some sparrows and the ravens. Not spotted or heard of any unusual species as yet, still time though.

So I’m just filling in time waiting for the bread dough to proof, then I may make some more sweet stuff for Christmas, or go for a walk out on the harbor.

2 more sleeps.

Knocked up a quick steak n mushrooms last night.

What with all the left over turkey n ham on the horizon it will be the last bit of red meat for awhile.
The portobello mushrooms were very good, lightly sauteed them in some fried onions and added some garlic butter just before serving.

These mini lights serve as a nice arrangement, they can be repositioned around the room at your whim, give a nice effect IMO.

Still below the -10 range, only a "possibility of snow" in the forecast before Tuesday now.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

3 more sleeps. Bits about this n that.

Mild again, -7, cloudy, wind WSW up to 45 Clicks.

Last night I was abandoned by all.

As is my want I retired reasonably early. At about 12.30AM I awoke, as is my want, only this time I felt a strangeness to the house.
Fran was not in bed as yet, [usually watches scary movies on weekends], but that was not it. It was the quietness that I felt. I new that grandson Matthew was sleeping over, still the quietness bothered me for some reason.

On arising I walk out into the hall, low and behold Matthew and Grandma are sound asleep cutting logs in the larger spare bedroom. Sound asleep on the floor next to Matthew is me dog, darn.

I whisper “what’s this then”. Only Siutik bothers to raise her head, gives me a look as if to say “oi, we be sleeping er mate”, and plops her head down again.
So all was well after all.

Harping on, and back to, to my posts on the ‘food by mail’ program; this here highlights what it is all about.
For those who don’t know, Nunavik is the Inuit region next to, or closest to Nunatsiavut.

It is encouraging that these studies were done there.
I am not aware [but there could be] of similar studies done in our region. The results could be quite startling if they were.
Labrador Inuit have had a longer relationship with outside cultures and influences than Inuit in Northern Quebec.

One thing that stands out in the study, and I see the effects of it here, is the fact that the traditional diet lacked enough calcium resulting in problems with bones, especially later in life.
On the other hand the traditional diet had many pluses in relation to the modern store bought foods easily available.

So quite a bit of work is yet to be done in making the healthier foods more accessible and cost effective. In the new year I will be picking up that ball again, I hope the powers that be in Nunatsiavut and the other players can see the short and long term benefits in changing some of the ‘rules’ and 'practises' and working towards a cheaper healthier food supply to the communities.

Friday, December 21, 2007

4 more sleeps.

It is the third clear day in a row; temperatures are rising, up to about -14 this morning.

So I took a walk with the dog out on the ice, ice being the operative word. No snow on top to speak of, there is some slush that makes it walkable, for me at least. If I stick to where snowmobiles have chewed things up a bit I’m Ok, anything with sheen on it foregetaboutit.

On the way back I checked out the Northern store.
Some fresh supplies were in, the usual greens and salad stuff were in reasonable to good condition. There were a quite a few punnets of blackberries, some were floating in their own liquid, other punnets will be by tomorrow. Raspberries are a nice change as a rule; alas I have not tried them with mold all over them so gave those a miss. I also gave the strawberries a miss; their condition was such they would also be mush by tomorrow. No tomatoes for my salad.

No tomatoes for my salad at Big Land, nor the same variety of over ripe to liquid fruit as Northern either. The rest seemed to be in reasonable to good shape; nothing exciting…………..until I pulled down a lone carton from an upper shelf. Bingo, some fresh portabella mushrooms.,stuffed them all in a bag, cost me less than 2 bucks. Also scored 340 grams of fresh cranberries for $4.99. Not sure if that is a lot but what the heck, it’s Christmas.

Note: I’m not pointing fingers at the stores for the lousy quality of the fruits; it’s CANADA POST that does not inspect for quality before letting the stuff on the planes. There are solutions to this problem, no one with authority is willing to deal with it.

After leaving Big land I followed up on my visit to the LIDC office from yesterday. 40 bucks lighter in the pocket a walked out with a 5kg box of shrimp. This is an on going end of year ritual with LIDC. They bring in shrimp from off their boat; their staff gets first dibs then the public, works for me.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Zooming right along into the 20th century.

Pass the tequila Sheila. ["Pass the tequila, Sheila, lay down and love me again."– John Crosbie, minister for international trade, at a fundraising dinner in Victoria about Liberal Opposition MP Sheila Copps in February 1990].

CBC has just claimed a scoop. They are announcing that John Crosbie will be the next Lieutenant Governor of the Province of NL.

So much the much ballyhooed claims by the Williams Government that he is modernizing and moving forward with what passes for democracy.

Me thinks we all need a bloody drink after that lot.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Five more sleeps.

So the GD arrived home yesterday around 3.15 into the arms of a few happy relieved family.
Note: Not a good idea to be dressed for shopping in the big city when you step down from a twin otter into -35 wind chill.

Besides the sudden chill GD was “starving”, and not just for country food. She left Montreal at 6 in the morning. On arrival in GB it was straight into the terminal; grab her ticket and straight back out again, not much time for nourishment.
We are all grateful to Air Labrador and the people who put GD up in Montreal.

The forecast is for more of this chilly windy stuff for a few days yet. Monday is showing snow, lets all do the snow dance to bring that on, nothing like snow on Christmas eve or day, unless you count sand and salt in all the places sand and salt should not be.

Nothing to report on the NMC for awhile, the ‘industry’ shuts down over Christmas. Hydro did hook up a temporary power line yesterday; hopefully some minimum heat can be applied to the building today as the electrical contractor is supposed to work over the break[their words].

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


A welcome warming, though brief, is upon us. We did not get hit with the big dumps and winds that hit south. About 4cm of snow, -6 yesterday, back into the deep freeze and wind by tomorrow it seems. Photo taken this morning.
I have been hearing of all sorts of sad stories of people stranded or ending up in out of way airports due to the storm. Having many decades of experience in a northern climate you would think by now the airlines would have figured out some way to deal with these situations with emphasis on customer convenience.

The daughter and GD had there own busy times yesterday too. GD was due to depart Toronto on Sunday, no cigar.
So being a some what experienced traveler, and bright girl, GD did not sit back and depend on Air Canada. GD booked a train from Bellville to Montreal. Her mom sought out a place to stay in Montreal for 2 nights and booked her on Air Labrador into Goose Bay. With luck and the spirits blessing GD may be home tomorrow, wait and see on that before the champers is popped.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pit stop.

Santa made a rest stop in town yesterday, so the community government decided to do a quick run through town with him, then to the old hall for a quick sit down with the kids and hand out some cheer.

I could not get down to see him so I gave my camera to grandma. Grandma being technically challenged gave the camera to the daughter who captured these shots.

Security was tight at the airport so daughter could not get a close up of Santa’s ride and deer power.
Closest was when Santa was driven through town in the Santa mobile, then some shots of the orderly assemblage at the hall.

Santa picked a good time for the stop over, -17 mean with wind chill of -20 was the best of the day.

Siutik and I took a walk up to the hills for an hour, she had plenty of fun running up and down the roads and plowing to a sudden stop into the soft off road snow. Walking into the wind was refreshing, still I had a sweat up after disrobing back at the house.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Best laid plans.

The GD plans to leave for home is on hold. The up side is she did not leave for the airport. The down side is GD has not fully inherited the Inuit trait of great patience as yet. One can imagine many angry phone calls, e mails and the like with naughty words interspersed.

On the local scene the harbor has frozen over again, looked almost ready for some skating yesterday, winds overnight may have changed that though. One year people were skating all the way out past northern point, hard on snowmobile parts though.

Lot of snowmobile traffic is going up into the ponds and brooks looking for partridge, wabbits, wooding, not heard if any fish is being caught yet.

After much hinting I got the tree out and put it up yesterday morning.
In the afternoon, Fran with help from daughter and grandson decorated it.

The repositioning of furniture does not seem to have impugned on the comfort zone of Siutik. With the colder nights she has been sleeping inside more often, been behaving very well too, not one tree bulb was missing this morning.
As a matter of fact her overall behavior has changed since we arrived home from our trip.
I put it down to having a house/dog sitter who has 14 dogs of their own, but there is a reluctance in taking credit.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Worlds apart.

To say injustice is rampart and tolerated by the majority in this first world would be a gross understatment for sure.

There are two stories from either end of the world that highlight why democracy and capitalism as we know it do not work for all.

I sure hope the Aboriginals involved, who had their land and self respect taken from them, get their just rewards. At the same time I hope the perpetrators of these crimes against human decency get theirs.

As to the Muldoon “performance” in the House of Commons, well it was just that, a performance. Leagues of handlers and PR people, family in black and looking all bent out; is there no inkling of decency in these people.

Muldoon thinks he made a ‘serious error in judgment’. I wonder how do the millions of Canadians feel with their serious error in judgment in electing him to govern.


Thank you to the folks who expressed their condolences both here and by phone, much appreciated.

An extra thanks to Wayne for the poem and edit of the photo, very kind and thoughtful of you for sure. I have sent it along to the appropriate people, plus printed off a copy for 'Grandma'.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thursday blues.

It is really on the chilly side now, constant -19’ish with west’ish winds giving -34 wind chills, ugly boy. Not having much snow on the ground has the cold creeping up through the floors too, bring on the snow, alas non in the mediate forecast.

The GD has some photos of the happy face kind, taken after her passing the private pilot license tests, so it is not all blues.

If any one is of a mind to visit Labrador and need a comfortable place to stay in Happy Valley they could do a lot worse than stay at Davis’s B & B. Or as Marion entered it in her address, davisbandb, she got a chuckle out of doing that, new to the internet at the time. Nice clean rooms, lots of space in the dinning/kitchen area and amiable hosts who can give you some great insight into that part of the country, be sure to make time after breakfast for some great yarning. I will put a link at right side bar soon.

The December issue of Canadian Geographic has a good article on the food mail program I have occasion to mention on the blog. I like the heading on the cover “Tale Of The black Banana, how fresh food gets to the Arctic”. It is an accurate depiction of the woes and successes of efforts to get the food to its destinations all over the north. The article is centered mainly on Nunavik and the high arctic, with a small mention of Labrador. There is a very good map of the entry pints and communities served.

Canada Post does not come out in any good light, rightly so.

This little blog gets a mention too, ho hum. The magazine does not have a full on line version, you have to purchase the hard copy to get the full Monty.

Sad news of the times for us is that my sister Vicki passed away yesterday at about 10.30 AM. We are glad we got to be with her one last time for the days we did. Personally I am relieved she did not hang on any longer, only the drugs kept her comfortable, to a point.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Back and on the mawkish side.

Bloody hell, what an emotionally draining trip for both of us that was.

After visiting my sister in hospital for several hours a day it was a relief to go visit Fran’s mom in the long term acute care Paddon Home.
OK, Relief is not the word I am looking for, but with emotions swirling around the old gray matter it will have to do for now, it’s very hard to think straight for sure. Cancer sure is one ugly monster for some, this one does not give any indication how long it will be before it finely takes another life. Drugs for pain help and have their own effects; we can only hope that they are really making life minutely comfortable in the final stages.

There was some uplifting news while there; we were just exiting the hospital after our first visit Friday when the phone rang. It was granddaughter’s mom with news that GD had passed her Transport Canada exam. Later that evening GD rang too, along with the pass GD now has a private pilot’s license. More exams to do until Friday, then it is heading home for the Christmas break.

The weather while in Goose Bay was mainly clear with constant winds, except for the night we landed, man it was surreal.

We landed in light snow, a friend picked us up and down to the B&B we went, checked in, unpacked and took a walk down to the Valley for a meal.
The light snow and low ceiling created a cocoon of light effect, I felt very serine and at peace with the world [that did not last long people being what they are]. Any way, adding to natures affects were all the festive lights decorating many homes and front yards, I had never seen anything like it, I even started to sing carols, and this was on the way to the bar.

So I have some catching up to do on many fronts. While in GB CBC radio interviewed me on the Provincial changes to the food by mail subsidy. I did the interview without any information on the changes so it was a sort of mumbling repetitive thing, sort of like what politicians do on a regular basis. On the up side CBC did two follow up interviews with others, alas we still have not to gotten to the nitty gritty of the whole thing; that is who is actually benefiting the most from these programs.

Another uplifting incident accured at the GB airport as we were about to head for gate #1. Elizabeth Penashue walked up to say hi to Fran. Fran introduced me to Elizabeth and her husband.
It was quite an honor to finely meet this courage’s woman, after shaking my hand the lady asked Fran if I was a doctor. We had a good laugh at that and Fran answered in the negative.
After looking me up and down Elizabeth said “he looks like a doctor”.

Not sure what to make of that, for now will just put it down to me having a very ordinary egalitarian persona.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The fade to black is temporary

Or rather we are taking a short sebatical, heading out, change is as good as a holiday , look out Mulligans pub here we come, whatever. Be back middle next week all things being equal.

I'm feeling a little cogitative.

"No one could make a greater mistake than do nothing because he could do only little."

Edmund Burke [1729-1797]

There is a bad storm in Paradise with power outages and some damage, too early to tell to what extent. No not that Paradise, this one.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Clear n Cold.

Not as cold as north of here, or west for that matter, non the less cold enough. -20 overnight, up to -13 at moment.

The harbor is making ice in close, the mv Astron is at the dock on it's last trip, this time the crane has broken down delaying off loading of containers.

A new business has opened it's doors this morning, a coffee shop.
Will have to re check the name of it, [deteriorating gray matter] it's in the old house formally know as the Penny house, more recently Webb's boarding house for the initiated. I'm told they have some really great cookies for the opening, better get em quick.

I hear that the Christmas tree lighting will be on Friday night now.

Back to pressing issues it is for me.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tarr darrh II

Thar she be with the siding, windows, no door.

So one side and front completed should be finished the high side by weekend, then just the back.

Inside insulation and gyprock it going well upstairs, electrical goes along up there as well.

Updating a couple of items from yesterday.

CBC Here & Now had a short piece on the Innu people power story last night.
Not a lot of information, but enough so we know the person found not guilty was not Innu.

Anastasia Qupee, chief of the band council, said that there was no race issues in the protest, just people voicing there concern that justice was not done.

I have not come across any court reports of the case, could be a publication bane. What ever is going on it would be nice for people to be informed on issues like this. Is it a case of justice miscued or a case of over zealous people taking the law into their hands without warrant?

Silence just plays into the hands of the already damaging biases and miss information out there about native peoples and the communities they reside.

There are lessons learned by the friend in QC, the one who did not bother to search for the jigs dinner recipe until too late. Below is the response I received asking how it went.


doughboys went flat!!!!!!! pork was good, nightmares all night trying to digest!

To put a cook’s spin on an old carpenter’s axiom, check recipe twice, cook once.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Quite Monday musings.

We missed the fury of the latest storm passing through the province, the east portion of the Island of Newfoundland and Labrador seemed to get the worst of it.
The northern section of the mainland part of the province called Labrador got about 10cm of snow but most of that was blown away. Any way enough of the smarmy wise cracks.

It is quite calm today, people are asking where is the “Astron”, hear of any caribou around, construction on different projects carries on, Nunatsiavut Government employees have a holiday for Nunatsiavut Day. Normality is kind of comforting.

I see from my stats that quite a few people down in the US of A are entering ‘Moravian Star’ in their search engines. One person entered ‘seal pie’ in Cochran Ontario. Some one in Greece entered ‘first minister Nunatsiavut’, what’s that about I wonder.

But the best for last, I had an e mail yesterday from a friend [and regular visitor to our town] that lives in Quebec City. Said visitor mentioned that they miss my Sunday cooking efforts, and could I please help out on the ingredients for Jigs Dinner. Said person mentioned some of the ingredients that were already on the boil but wanted to check if they had them all.
Well they had the vegetables down pat, alas pork was in there, no salt beef, so I suggested they had just invented a new dish. I’m waiting to hear how it turned out.

I do not know the details of this story; it is interesting if just that it highlights the community involvement in Innu communities of things that affect their daily lives.
While Innu politics may not be perfect, and who’s are, I have always admired the bottom up actions that the Innu take. They don’t need some overpaid elected officials or autocrat to tell them what action to take, it just happens.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Tar Dar

the Nain Christmas tree.
Wots that then? that's not a tree you say?
Well no, its a pole in it.
Once the Christmas tree man rigs the lights in a Christmas tree layout it will look like a Christmas tree, in the nights, not quite so in the days.
With the winds gusting to about 70 at 1 pm when I took this photo I doubt if there will be any lighting tonight.
The lights used to be in a real tree further down the road. the tree was on private property and was not an ideal location, plus the lights on all night played havoc with the residents privacy.
So the location was moved several years ago, up to the lot that now has the NMC on it, necessitating another move.
Needles to say there is some fancy rigging needed, there is the right bloke here in town for it, he puts a lot of work into it every year.
I have just been informed that the tree lighting has been postponed.

Happy Advent.

We had snow and blowing snow all yesterday and into this morning, very mild at between -3 to -.03, forecasted to be with us all day with winds to 100 KPH.

It was busy around town yesterday afternoon, advent is a big deal up here, trees put up for some, decorations but not on the scale of Christmas. The stores are packed to the isles literally, hard to squeeze through some of the isles, one way traffic only, hard when you have to back up only to run into another cart up your rear.

I do not remember seeing the amount of goods available at one of the stores before. BigLand has supplies of all types stacked to the roof of its warehouse almost. Everything from food items to dry goods to hardware to furniture. Looks ugly in the store with stuff all over the place. It is good for the consumer though, those that don’t have the luxury of trips out to larger centers that is, they/we have to pay a little more but it is convenient.

The other stores are well stocked too, it’s just that for the last several years the BigLand always looked half empty at this time of year, it is the largest store and warehouse area in town.

Matthew the grandson was up hanging a bit yesterday. As usual he became bored quick, particularly if grandma is occupied and cant pay fullest attention.
So I suggest we take Siutik for a run with the ski doo. Matthew gives the head down eyes up look and takes off home.
Smart kid, he sensed a possible pending disaster. Not to be deterred I geared up, leashed the dog and revved up the Polaris.

There were a couple of false starts as Siutik wanted to run in front of the machine, which was sorted out with a couple of shouts and tugs on the leash.
We settled down quick and got to a steady 14 KPH, she was really enjoying this, snow and wind in the face, people gawking as we passed, she did want to take diversions when we approached places she new other dogs were, a slight tug on the leash and she straightened up.

After about 3 clicks we stopped, I gave her a rest then tried to get her to sit on the seat of the ski doo. Not happy with that idea at all but she did get up with some help from me.
We headed back towards town, but it was obvious this was not her cup of tea, so down she went and off we went for a run through town and back home.
She dived into the fresh snow belly down as soon as we pulled up, she loves to bury her head and lap up the fluffy stuff, she has not been able to do that for several weeks.
So no disaster, this time.

There is a tree lighting ceremony tonight at 7. The tree is out front of the Sportplex this year, I must remember to take a photo of the tree and post it.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Holy tropics batman!!!!!!

Ok, not quite tropics but its up to -1.3 c this morning, that, relatively speaking, is warm.
Light snow is falling, looks like a low is over us, periods of flurries and chance of snow with temps around 0 to -3 until Sunday night, we can take that.

The Astron is still in Cartwright loading ports to Nain, the warmer weather will help minimize any damage to freight, unless something is leaning against the container doors and smashes to the ground when opened that is.

I was reading this article with interest. Arguments can be made from both sides; too little deterrence in the sentence versus locking young people up does not help in rehabilitation. Not knowing the intricacies of the case it’s hard to come down one way or the other.

But I could not help but think about the recent cases in Labrador. One young offender who had no dealing with police until he was taken under the wing of the child youth and family services. He then proceeded to have dozens of charges laid against him.

Then there were the two cases involving woman charged under the mental health act and ended up being held in the Goose Bay lock up naked, for their own safety, for various periods of time.

In the case of the woman, I wonder if they had appeared before a judge, with a similar approach as above case, back when they first became involved with the justice system would it have turned out different for them.

I’m not pointing fingers at the front line workers, or at judges of today.
I guess you could claim times were different back then. There was a bigger shortage of recourses than today that is for sure. I watched several people with obvious mental health issues being put in local and regional lock ups due to no where else to put them. Time after time these people would be sent out for “evaluation’ and be back in town in short order with no support available.

Times are changing with some support available in this town now, I’m not sure of other communities. It is still no where near enough, but it is moving forward.

Having said that I have to ask myself, are times changing? Bugged if I know is the honest answer.

It is obvious to everybody that the facilities and resources are totally inadequate in Goose Bay; the minister of Justice is due to visit the area next week to have a look first hand. No disrespect to this minister, but how many times have statements like that been made over the years, and we are were we are.

I had a call from a local resident last night; he wanted to know if I knew the price of stove oil [heating fuel]. Too bloody much mate I responded, I did add that by happenstance I did have the price written down some place.

He went on to say he has been fuming for several weeks at all the whining and winging in the media from people on the Avalon. Seems people are really hitting the air waves demanding all sorts of relief and tax breaks and the like because heating oil has hit 90.00 cents a liter for furnace oil and 92.34 for stove oil on the Avalon. That includes 2 cents for burner service, it does not allow for the 15% harmonized tax to be added. Well it is high, but maybe not high enough according to some. OK that story is about gas, but it is relevant.

On the North and South Coast of Labrador we have to pay 109.85 for stove oil, no furnace oil available.

In southern Labrador it is tanker supplied, then plus taxes.

In Northern Labrador it is price at tank farm. That means there is a delivery charge, plus the taxes.

So who is getting rogered the most? Why dem folks up nort boy! Or some say down nort.

So any way the local resident said he is going to send a letter to the editor or something.
That will do it, but only if many many more do the same thing.

Actually what we need up here is government by VOCM like they do down on the Island of Newfoundlandlabrador.

I see that the spot price of crude has fallen 10% this week, if that continues then the Avalon may avail of lower prices soon. Not so for us as the price is frozen until spring.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Refreshing X two.

We have light snow with more in the forecast and temperatures rising. Happy days says us all, caveat being long as the wind does not follow.

Take a look over at today’s post at Labrador, some info on a refreshingly honest caller to yesterday’s radio noon phone in show.

I made mention of the show in yesterdays post, but being a little busy and not having much time for Joe Goudie [see, refreshing and honest] I sort of listened but did not, I’m sure many have done that before.

I was especially distracted with my own thoughts at the end of the show when the mentioned caller was on. My interest was piqued when the host said, “those allegations are serious”, by then it was too late.

So good ol Labrador saved the day.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Well I like it.

So do most, only had one not so enthusiastic comment and that was, "it's dark".

Once she be finished and the construction stuff removed it will not look too bad.

Cold out there for the guys, but they stick at it all day, until dark. -13 steady with a westish wind up near the 50 clicks at times.

Excitement time.

Had a call from a very excited granddaughter last evening, she had completed her first solo earlier in the day. We are all very excited and proud.

Seems that getting up and down was the easy part, a combination of excitement and nerves had granddaughter having trouble parking [or whatever it’s called in the industry] the plane, almost clipped the wing of another.

All going well there will be another solo today, sounds like they work on the incentive plan down there, do well in theory class and you get to fly.

"Does Newfoundland take Labrador seriously?"
Well no, but there will be other input as that is the topic on today’s CBC radio Noon’s Cross Talk at 1 pm Labrador time and 1.30 the other fellas time.

Also being reported today: The Nunatsiavut Government has announced that president William Andersen III has temporarily stepped down for personal reasons. First minister Tony Anderson will step up as interim president.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

mid week musings.

Temperatures are on the rise after a somewhat cooler day yesterday, it’s up to -8 this morning.
The guys doing the siding at the NMC were on the west side, prevailing winter winds are from the west, glad it’s not me. Even inside the building it is uncomfortable working all day in those conditions.

The roads and walking paths are becoming increasingly dangerous, the roads are very slippery and the walking paths slippery and rough. The most common greeting now is, “when are we gong to get snow”? Or “ugly ol roads boy”

At the construction site meeting for the NMC yesterday, held off site, heating was one of the issues raised, not only for the workers comfort but for practical protection of the building. It was promised that heat would be forthcoming as soon as all the eaves and other possible air leaks are sealed. It would be a foolish soul who predicts how long that will be, hoefully it wont be too long, lets hope the warmer weather [hi Dogbait] holds, especially the west winds hold off.

There was a small clip of an interview CBC did with Mary Adams on Here & Now last night. The minister of justice and a spokesperson from the RCMP were also in the clip.
Mary was asked who she thought should be held accountable; “the justice department” was her reply.
People can make up there own minds as to who is responsible or what government policy and attitudes lead to this type of treatment of people. One thing is clear to me, the minister in his not so long ago former life, would be jumping all over the system if he became involved as a lawyer, it’s a strange world.
Also clear was the RCMP spokesperson spoke true words when he said that he, could almost guarantee that this sort of thing will happen again, with no prejudices to race or gender. I wont touch that one for now.

One could ask what level of commitment and professionalism is applied in the province when it comes to large development projects and the protection of the environment in Labrador.
If they cant get the little things right then how the hell are they going to handle the big things. Things like large scale hydro dams and uranium mines and other non renewable resource extraction.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Still constrained.

There is not much on line coverage of the latest known incident involving a woman held naked in the cells of the RCMP detachment in Happy Valley- Goose Bay.

CBC radio in HV-GB had a long interview with Mary Adams yesterday morning, it was replayed in part on CBC Radio Noon and a news brief was aired on CBC On the Go.

This is not good enough, Paul Piggott [the reporting covering the story] is good at his profession, alas he does not get the appropriate support from the top brass at CBC.

This story highlights the whole sorry mess that is policing, health services, social services in this region and province; all need a good cleansing and purging. The to be sworn in Minister of Health should be promptly replaced for starters.

Where should it go from there? Well some place other than the status quo for sure. For those with a social conscience, and an urge for reform of the political system could make the effort to procure a transcript of the Mary Adams Paul Piggott interview. In it Mary states that she has walked out on her job within the system, she figures she can do a better job of working towards change from without, how refreshing and bloody honest.
Maybe there is an rss feed? I'm not into that stuff yet. CBC Labrador Morning will be having more today I just heard. The story needs regional, national and international coverage.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Now for the bad news.

I finished my chasing up quicker than anticipated, all my stuff has arrived and stored away, 1 box out the shipment of 15 was missing, before I could go down and ask about it the delivery people dropped it off at the house.

Now I have to air freight 3 of the boxes of the second shipment to Goose Bay, where they should have gone in the first place but for reasons unknown they were addressed to Nain. All this unnecessary handling is not recommended for large delicate electronic equipment. The only up side is [and the reason for going to GB in the first place] is the equipment will be checked for workability before being re shipped and installed in the NMC. Not sure that makes a lot of sense to some, but it does to others.

Now to the bad news: So I go down to the dock this morning to see what’s what with my stuff [see above]. The Astron is sitting high in the water, 1 container to come off and all is done, but containers can’t be brought off at certain tide levels as I mentioned yesterday. Seeing as empty containers would have to be loaded I guess it’s no big deal.

Looking over at the lay down area I notice a bunch of people standing around the rear of an open container, something seemed to be amiss judging by the body language of the bystanders.
So I go over, there was a large boat battery and a wooden crate about 5’ x 4’ on the ground. The battery was busted through the middle with liquid all over the ground. The crate contained a large double glazed window, through a gap in the packing you could see both pains of glass were shattered.

The owner of the battery was there, he elaborated as to what happened. They went to open the container doors as people with freight are wont. On releasing the closures on the doors, the doors swung open, and crashing down to the ground went the crated window and the battery. No one hurt luckily, and more by luck than good management.

From this one can speculate as to why this needless breakage occurred. The large heavy narrow [about 8”] crate was loaded at the rear of the container, other general freight was in front of it, and the battery was between the crate and the door of the container.

One could speculate as to the intelligence level of the people who loaded the container that way. After all it was going onto a ship that was heading up the Labrador Sea in November, but the poor barstards are most likely having a hard enough time of it as it is, so we will move on.

Why am I ranting about this common enough incident here? well because the bloody broken window was for the NMC. It was the window that goes between the radio control room and the interview room, a vital bit of stuff.

Seeing that the marine shipping season is closed some smuck is in for a large air freight and replacement bill. Then there is the battery, plus untold other stuff damaged over the season. I would not like to be paying the insurance bill, or maybe we are. After all it is a provincial ferry service run by a third party, one of those dodgy P3 deals.

There is some good news from my perspective. I am not an aboriginal woman being held under the provincial mental health act.
See you after the break as Wolf say’s. Or you could listen in to CBC St. John’s this afternoon, another horrific story is breaking, history repeating, I would write more but I am so angry, it has not subsided since first hearing it early this morning, I have to impose mental restraints on myself.

First the good news.

The windows are in and the eaves, siding etc is going up on the NMC. I’m happy with the choice of siding material and the color scheme. It’s called Hardie Board, way better than a wood product and the colors are way better that certain people tried to ram down the clients throat. The siding should not fade for some time, trim is a wood product so not so sure of that on fade, all in all not bad at all.

Oh the bad news...........................that will have to wait till I have more time.

History to repeat itself

Or whar?

CKOK has a news brief about arts/crafts, The Rooms and Bill Ritchie.
CBC’s Weekend Arts Magazine [WAM] had an extensive interview with Bill yesterday morning.

Bill Ritchie first came to Labrador as a young artist back in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. Bill was a sort of Artist in residence with the fledgling community craft councils program. The program eventually failed for various reasons, and I’m not saying Bill had anything to do with that.
Id say Bill helped some people improve their skills in art immensely; I noticed a vast improvement in some people skills from my first visit in 1978 to my second in 1980.

The Provincial government of the day funneled lots of dollars in funding crafts councils in each community [Federal funds]. The department handling the file had many name reinventions over the years, one being Department of Rural Agricultural & Northern Development [RAND]. My favorite, appropriate for the day, was LSD for Labrador Services Division.

Some communities on the coast ran their craft councils quite well and professionally, some not so.
I became a member of the Nain Craft Council for a couple of years, it was a constant battle, change was not received well by some. There were efforts to improve quality control, workshops on new crafts, efforts to introduce a type of Co Operative arts and crafts movement.

This brings me to Bills interview on WAM. He spoke at length about the Co Op movement in other parts of the north, it’s successes in the arts area and it evolving into all parts of the service and supply industry in those areas.

Bill also spoke of the efforts to introduce Co Ops into Northern Labrador through Memorial University Extension Services, and the efforts failure.
My view is. It failed for various reasons; some being crafts people protecting their turf, not enough effort put into educating the public, the leadership of LIA not supporting the Co Op movement ergo not educating the public.

Bottom line is Bill Ritchie wants to try and introduce discussions on Co Ops with Nunatsiavut Government. Good for him and good luck with that. The same old parochial, protectionist for some, don’t give a shit for the proletariat bunch are still in charge of the successor to LIA.

On a very sad note: Reverend Sigfred Hattasch passed away yesterday afternoon. The Reverend was leaving Nain when I first arrived so I did not know him well. I did have the opportunity to have some good chats with him a few years later when he came into Ottawa to see old Inuit friends there on a visit. While waiting for the friends to come back to the hotel I kept him company, some good ol stories boy!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Top of de marn’n to ye.

Areh wouldjabe look’n at dis den? I wee bit od de trut for a change.

Having lived and worked in Dublin for 11 months back in the early 1980’s I have always considered this Irish ness con job put on by NL politicians as a load of bollocks.
There are some similarities with today’s St. John’s and Dublin of the 1980’s, many of those similarities is something that maybe people should not crow about.

The folk/arts scene may have similarities; but then there are similarities between Australia folk/art and Irish folk/art, same in England. There are no similarities with the Pub scene; you would have to experience both to fully understand.

My blood lines run deep with Irish ness with a wee bit of the Welsh and the Scottish. Some of my ancestors were on the first fleet bound for Botany Bay.
I hold some pride in all those facts, but It’s no big deal fer christ sake, cept if you have an agenda in the political or artsy fartsy world.

As I always said to me mates on departing the pub, 'Sláinte go saol agat,Bean ar do mhian agat.Leanbh gach blian agat,is solas na bhflaitheas tareis antsail seo agat.'
And that folks is a load of bollocks.

A chartered twin otter came up yesterday to do a fly over inspection of the sunken barge up to the mouth of Hebron Fjord, be interesting to see the update on it's condition etc.

Our temperatures are consistent, -12 ish for the lows, -7 ish for the highs, we missed the crappy weather that hit south of here.
Thing is most people are hoping for some snow, the getting around conditions, particularly off the road , are very slippery, rough and hazardous.
But then we still have at least three more freight boat runs to come, conundrums conundrums.

It’s KAOS time.

The mv Aston should be to the dock by 11.30 or so, an hour later than scheduled. But hey, it’s here.
Now the fun starts. Wait for the crew to have lunch, wait for the right tide so reefers can come off without scrapping the arse out of em, wait while the movers and fork lifts slip n slide all over the place, n that's only alf of it. I wouldna given a tinkers arse but I have to go get stuff, I know some it on board, have to yet discover if the bulk of stuff is also.

More boring shipping updates.

Went down to the dock at 1.30 [hmm, could there be a song or a movie in the making?], kind of slow as things just getting in gear from a meal break. Had to hang a bit till people started converging again.
Notice about 5 reefers loaded with wood from Postville, lots of ice hanging off everything so the story about storm bound seems confirmed [ya just never know]. The crew were removing ice from the deck so they can get at the stuff below.
As to my stuff, it’s all there, some where on board, but the fact that I know its there is a load off, plus it might keep a certain gentleman in GB off my back for awhile, at least until it’s off.

The only action of interest while I was there is; a couple kids had snuck on board and stolen a crew members CD player. No security or what? Or is there more to it? Tune in after the commercial.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I'm still here n kick'n.

I have not written any posts here the last several days, which does not mean I have not written. E mails and notes to file up the ying yang, and my ear is swollen from telephone pressure fatigue.

Things are a little on the tense side between parties on the overseer of the construction of NMC, at least from the client perspective.
It’s nothing to do with the crew on the ground; any one who has ever been in construction knows that ‘issues’ arise. Why I have seen lots ‘of stuff’ in several counties over the years, but this is the first close up and personal look at the management of architects, project management, contractors. Maybe I’m old fashion, none the less I am shocked.

On the ground the construction proceeds, a little slow while the foreman was out on his break, I foresee a pick up in pace now he has returned. There is an awful lot of blocking work, strapping and little fiddly bits to do on a building of this size and type.
Outside; the bottom windows one side are in, the eaves and soffit have stated so the siding can start. So by next week some color will brighten up things.

While the siding type and color is what was ordered by the client, the application was changed from vertical to horizontal siding. It should end up looking alright, but some in the industry seem to thing the clients [the one with the money] have no say in these changes. We shall see about that next week. Still I don’t hold out much hope in changing the ‘industry standard’ in this province, some people are just too stunned and entrenched.

I had the experience of chasing up the code regulations for the instillation of fire and smoke alarms in institutional buildings. Whoo boy, not a good experience.
Thinking I was cleaver I called the fire Commissioners HQ in St. John’s. Not a smart move. I got diverted from there to volunteer fire fighters in Nain and Labrador City. I received helpful information both places. From Lab city I called Municipal Affairs in Goose Bay, more helpful information but still no cigar.
From there I was referred to FC HQ, "no bloody way" I said, so it was suggested I try the regional FC offices.
The memory hole kicked in then, I had received good information from there a few years back. I call Deer Lake, some good info but had to call Corner Brook as they handle Labrador files.
Left a message, chap called back, after some persistence by me and recollections by him I garnered the information I was after.

Actually I already had the information; in between phone calls I had accessed the FC web site. Clicking on what I was looking for sent me to the House of Assembly site. Darn said I, something’s wrong with the site. Me wrong, the helpful chap in Municipal Affairs in GB directed me through the maze and I found the relevant Legislation.

It’s incredulous to me that an office building of the size of the NMC, or of any size for that matter, is not REQUIRED to have any fire or smoke alarms installed. Silly me thought that by making all these phone calls that some one some place would say, “oh that’s a mistake, you have to have them”.

The building will have them, no thanks to the regulatory bodies or the consulting engineers.

It’s Election Day down under; actually it’s counting time down under, boy I hope that Howard takes the big dump, and his party.

Speaking of rat bags, how about this one. The author must have spent all his time in the company of navel gazing townie sycophants [hi Mr. Architect]. The upside is he seems to have not made it to Labrador, or even heard of the name, thank yee for small mercies.

Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? Let’s shut down rural towns and regions, pump all the subsidies into mining and non renewable resources, every thing is honky dory. Until ya start dying off from tainted food from some off shore country, your rivers and lakes start drying up, you can’t eat the fish caught in the local fishing spot because it is contaminated from poisoned tailings or some such.

To finish off my rant; I could not agree m0re with the state of democracy statements in this article. The same lack is clearly evident in the Nunatsiavut Government, it’s very autocratic and top down too.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Broken record, or whar?.

The scene down at the dock lay down area was some what comical while at the same time typical yesterday morning.

Typical in the since that these things are common, break downs of equipment, icy slippery conditions, locals going about the business of unloading there own supplies from containers, the one lone wharfinger worker doing his best to do what he can.

The Aston was kind of slow unloading the containers due to equipment breakdowns, I’m told it has been an ongoing problem this last trip or so.

These series of photos show one of two prime movers {PM} used to move the reefers and containers. The PM had power to its drive axle but no steering.
The forklift had to maneuver the front of the PM in the direction it wanted to go, and then the driver of the PM gently hit the accelerator. Even with chains on rear wheels the PM invariably slid side ways bumping into containers and generally not cooperating with the driver, but doing no damage.
It took quite some time to maneuver the PM to the ramp of the Astron where it slid into the left rear of superstructure as shown. I gave up on the show after that, I presume the PM was eventually loaded on board and the second PM used to finish the loading.

Breakdowns are inevitable in any operation, but the problems with equipment failures with this service are legendary, you can see the age and condition of the equipment, that says a lot in itself.

The picture of the container shows freight loaded loose and fairly tight to the top, nothing wrong with that. Or is there?
The rational of using containers and a Ro-Ro vessel was to minimize the handling of freight at the same time minimize potential damage to freight.

Generally freight is loaded on palettes, palettes are loaded into containers. In this instance there could have been a couple of reasons to load without pallets. One would be to maximize the container space, another could be the customer wanted to save money. There is a charge of 20 to 40 bucks for each pallet, depending on the type of pallet.
Considering the extra labor involved in loading and unloading then loading and unloading who knows how many times it would be debatable which way is the most economical. The workers at this end don’t mind I would guess, more for them to do.

So this may seem like a broken record to some, but it is part of life on the coast of Labrador, and this blog is about one of those towns.

I have not been as zealous in tracking what has gone on with shipping this year as in past years. After a series of meetings with all the player last year there were promises made of improvements. So in the interest of fairness I gave it time for the improvements to materialize.

I took the occasional photos in the off chance some gentle person makes statements down the road that that may not be quite factual.
Update: This sun rise was unusual if only for the blue hue, sort of aqua. It was this intense for only a moment, click on picture to enlarge, but you new that.

Lost, or what?

Walking back from the dock this morning [don't start me] and noticed this little fella pitch behind the daughters house. Took the camera out, snuck up to get this shot.
I was approaching for a closer shot when he/she took of over the fence. Looks like a snow bunting to me.
The crunchy slippery conditions made sneaking up near impossible so I'm happy with what I managed to get.

Pulling out all the stops.

Aurora Energy Resources have gone high tech PR in its consultation process on its proposed uranium mine in the area it would seem.

The phone rang last evening. On answering this woman all bubbly effervescing with a whinny southern twang to her voice proceeded to ramble on non stop [don’t let em think for a second] about how Aurora representatives will be having an open house tomorrow evening at 7 at xx there will be people available to answer all your questions please feel free to bring all your family there will be refreshments [the magic words] can we count on your presence.

I offered a brief response and hung up the phone.

CBC HV-GB this morning is reporting that a large portion of the population surveyed in Makkovik is against Uranium mining in the area. Click on the interactive map on AER web site and you will see why the concern.
Of those that responded to the survey 70% are against any mine. Of the youth survey, 32 responded, out of those 72% were against the mine.

According to Aurora this 'consultation' process will take about three years before any decision is made to mine or not.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Roller coaster

temperatures wise. Got up to +7 yesterday, now it is down to -10 with wind chill of -20, no wonder the dog is confused, wants to be out one minute, in by the heater the next.
I don’t mind really, only thing I worry about is these types of conditions drive the frost deeper into the ground. Now that we have regular snow clearing of the roads [only until the boats stop one hopes] this could cause freeze up issues in the water and sewer lines if we do not get some good dumps of snow before it gets really cold. Then we don’t know if it will get really cold do we so why worry, carry on, nothing to worry about here.

On the transport front the mv Northern Ranger is going to do an extra run north according to the Marine shipping update, leaving Goose Bay at midnight tonight. The mv Astron went straight to Natuashish from Cartwright, it was still in Natuashish yesterday afternoon so it could be there or here now for all I know. I am led to believe that another trip is scheduled for her as well.

While on the subject of not very well organized operations; a couple of things on Canada post. It looks like the folks down south are getting a taste of Canada Post ops that we get year after year. It took 15 days for me to get a package from St.John’s NL recently. That is standard, perhaps a little fast. In the past parcels from the states or the other side of the country regularly get here quicker than intra province, but according to this things may change.

I do not support NATO ops in Afghanistan, but I do support this petition below.

Dear Friends,
I have just read and signed the online petition: "SupportOurTroops" hosted on the web by, the free online petitionservice, at: I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and considersigning yourself.

If by “Remembrance day is fast approaching” they mean 2008 then it could be a doer.

Cartwrightlab [at right side bar] has some very nice photo of the day pictures on a regular basis. The latest chatter in the sound board is voicing concerns about the state of the NEW ROAD down that way, wonder what it will be like in a couple of years?

It's breathtakingly beautiful out. Like literally breathtaking walking into that -23 wind chill after the + 7 yesterday.
The Astron is in, not overly chaotic, the new office furniture for the NMC seems to be on board, the radio studio furniture does not seem to be, the #$@^%$)(*! ers.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mush mush.

And it’s not the dog; it’s the weather, in the plus’ overnight and predicted to get up to +8 with rain showers, yuckeee boy!
Added to all that crap it looks like the mv Astron will get in either late tonight early tomorrow morning, be messy down the dock way with all that traffic.

Okalakatiget Society has an update on the McNally Olympic situation re printed here.

There are discussions being held between McNally Olympic, Nunatsiavut Government and Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans regarding the barge which ran aground near Hebron.
Larry Crann is with the Environmental Response Section of Canadian Coast Guard.
He says McNally Olympic of Hamilton owns the barge which ran aground in October while transporting diesel and waste fuel from Quebec.
Crann says the discussions are about the possibility of conducting winter monitoring of the barge.
They are in the midst of scheduling monitoring surveillance.
He says a fixed wing aircraft would conduct an aerial survey starting December 03rd, 2007 until the spring of 2008.
Crann says there will be monitoring of wildlife and ice conditions, in conjunction with DFO conducting their own surveillance with Transport Canada.
By spring, Crann says they should have a complete site assessment.
They should also have a better idea what should be done with the barge.
All three parties will continue to meet over the winter months and assess as they go along.

Now CBC is reporting a tug has sunk on the Churchill River, the tug seems to be sitting on the river bottom, in white water, just below Gull Island Rapids.
Some more pictures of the Muskrat Falls, some way down the river from the rapids here, alas photos do not do the falls justice, I have been both at the bottom and top of the falls, something like this more closely portrays the feeling one gets.
NL Hydro is doing work in the area related to the proposed lower Churchill River hydro development.

With all this going on, plus the prospect of a Uranium mine near Postville, what chance is there in retaining the wild pristine environment that has lured, at times frightened away, generations of people.
To answer my own question; sweet bugger all chance if we continue on the same apathetic path.

Ops update. I first wrote that the barge was at Muskrat Falls, not so it seems, so I corrected.

Friday, November 16, 2007

They be dancing in the streets

in every community on the coast on this news, not.

And ya know what, I just noticed something that might have negative connotations for people up here, we was talking to the wrong government representatives all these time.
We were talking to people and elected members of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, now I learn we should have been talking to the Williams Government people.

And hold the phone, maybe I’m the government, maybe I should have been talking to myself. I better have a good look at myself, with luck things could really start to change for the better, not to mention the back dated entitlements, Look out Hawaii, here I come.

Nice warm day with light snow and NO WIND, touch wood.

Glad it's Friday, most times days just role into each other, this week has been busy and some what stressful towards the end. I hate having to take people [companies] to task, but one has to do what one has to do, the little guy [non profit] cant be shagged around all the time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Me Mom

laying a wreath at this years Remembrance Day Ceremony, City of Liverpool, NSW, Australia.

Little sister sent the picture scanned from the Liverpool Leader.

Mom was a long time president of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Liverpool sub branch of the RSL [Returned Services League]. The RSL club is affiliated and part of the same building [or some such] with this club.

Some may not know that Remembrance Day in Australia, while not forgotten, plays second fiddle to ANZAC Day held on 25 April.
The Northern Ranger made its last trip into the dock for the year this morning. Was expecting a package shipped out of Goose Bay and specifically requested to be on the Ranger.

As the contents was a new table for the radio interview room of the NMC it may be well it was not on board. What bloody chaos the holds of the ship were, and this is the last stop.

Light snow and just below freezing today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mid week ramblings.

One very observant reader pointed out that the TV transmission tower was sticking out of the roof of the NMC.
This picture shows the new location.
I wonder if any other observant and or curious can tell what the strange buildings are for.

I had an e mail from a friend in Quebec, here is an except from his missive At the same time, I work for a non-profit, non-partisan organisation for the promotion of heathy public debates on various topics such as... "reasonable accomodations," a popular term in Quebec these days. I am in charge of the "Aboriginal file."

After reading this I thought, wow [X] is either working with the poor or even street people to obtain affordable housing.
After Goggleing ‘reasonable accommodations’ I come up with this, Dorh me eh.

Then some one in Dublin Ireland Goggled “ Nain Ireland”. This peeked my curiosity, so I Goggled Nain Ireland. This is what came up.
I thought it was a town at first, but no. It is a vegetarian restaurant and Guest house, looks nice.

On showing Fran the link she offered up “ If I had to eat there I would only order dessert”.
Sun is out and -6, very nice indeed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

NMC update.

View of exterior this afternoon. Weather has clouded over and warmed up to about -7 or so, better for the workers relatively speaking.
Shingles are all done, now building will be wrapped, insulated, battened ready for siding.
Inside work goes on in inclement weather and when it gets too dark in afternoon.

The ice man cometh.

The clouds cleared out yesterday, clear and crisp this morning too, temperature down to -18.2 at the house, official -14 down by the water, soon to be ice.

Matthew came up again yesterday, but the lead musher’s were aching and stiff so he had to be content with constant pandering by Grandma, a little by Grandpa, but Grandpa had things to do inside and out of the house.
We did a little ski doo run around 2 pm, I had forgotten how early the sun disappears behind the hills this time of year, our house location gets sun longer than homes just a short distance up the road.

The evening of the 17th will see the annual ‘community greeting’ being held in the school gym. I have been asked to bake up some cookies [like 12 dozen] and 30 baguettes. This event is to welcome all new arrivals into the community, food, entertainment, a welcome gift basket for each new arrival, stuff like that.

I’m not surprised by some events down under. This one was predicable; this one is just part of the continuing story. Cabblog has an interesting phone video of the scenes, some things just never change. One thing that has changed is that with modern techniques they get more coverage.
Notice no outcry to close all the booze outlets in the city. It could be any city in the western world, no outcry. Low n behold if those pesky aboriginals get pissed and act out their frustrations, all hell breaks out.

The Black Tickle story is getting some coverage in MSM and Blogs. I would not have taken much notice but I like Wayne’s small town resident perspective and WJM has the usual political view, I especially like his condemnation of that dip stick Lock, he should stick to taking pictures for money.

I usually don’t take much interest in these stories of the demise of rural towns, not because I am not interested; I am and live in one. It’s because I don’t see the point in my interest until society gets the inevitable wake up call and reverses the trends to globalization, bigger, faster, more is better, lets all grab what we can now attitude.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Matthew brought an extra body to the team this morning allowing me to get some pictures on the fly.

Grandma did not last much longer after the rest stop, we continued up the hill a bit than back to meet her on way home.
Another grand day like yesterday, sure beats the hell out of 30 degree heat and flies up your ying yang.