Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I think next time just a little more salt.
BigLand had some filo pasty, I had never tried filo before so purchased some, made up a refined version of apple strudel using some mincemeat in with the apple and sugar.
The Astron docked early yesterday morning and had departed by 9:30
Now I know some people may think I exaggerate with all these goings on with shipping and the like up this way.
I kid you not folks, things just get weirder and stranger and more incompetent.
Reports from yesterdays offload were: Several container loads of perishable foods were frozen. Seems they were put in uninsulated containers.
The insulated containers had wait for it yep, they has snowmobiles in them.
You cant make this stuff up. For one the government cant be blamed for this. One has to ask if these things are done deliberately for surly to heaven no one could be that stunned or can they?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
After a little apprehension Carter reacted in his usual happy way. Cousins Enrique and Terrence were happy to see him also.
Carters rash had cleared up a bit while in Hopedale, could be the new cream or the fresh Hopedale air.
All that rush of empty rhetoric by the minister of transport is put in it's true perspective, stuff about the boat is ready and the Feds Dept of Transport was holding things up.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Dogs are some smart, she knew there something there for her.
Language is a little overblown, but good news anyway.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ribs were good too, and the chicken legs were chard outside and still moist inside. Good investment me thinks, mind you I will have to start doing weights again, bloody heavy lifting it sure. Good thing I did not get the 16 inch job.
Nice light snow last evening, and more overnight, no warming trend please.
On the shipping news front; no news is usually good news. Alas in our case no news of the Bond arriving at Lewisport is bad news.
Word is the Bond was still sitting in St. John.s as of last evening.
Twenty five days and counting since we last had freight from Lewisport. The Astron is in Goose Bay loading for who knows where and the Bond is awaiting federal inspection.
Sort of puts all that bullshit [guaranteed two week turn around] that spews out of the minster of transports mouth in perspective. No MSM types have taken him to task for that really.
Still do not know where she is headed;
That will make it well over a month that any freight from Lewisport made it to Nain. Weather and ice permitting and leaving aside the Bond making it passed the inspection.
Friday, November 25, 2011
At first he did not want anything to do with opening the box, took more interest in a tv remote. The after dad opened it and took the toy out he still had no interest, even when the lights flashed, the engine roared and the propeller twirled.
Dad tried lifting him in but he still resisted. Finely he settled in and once he figured out that this was fun then smiles all round.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Ana nuver fing, both interviewees mention ad nauseum the term "freight will be delivered on time".
What the hell does this mean? Does it mean in there minds that freight that has been UNDELIVERED for one, two, three months gets delivered in the next week or so is all of a sudden ON TIME.
After waiting through the spring, into the summer and then the fall one of the stores has something other than the bland mild cheddar and sliced processed cheese.
This may not seem exciting to southern folks but for those in the north, well my taste buds are salivating.
BigLand had four different cheeses come in, the camembert and the blue were ordered but not shipped, perhaps next time.
I do not know how the prices stack up but what the heck. Add these to what I already ordered from Hickory Farms and the nice Quebec soft ripened one that was given me I am all cheesed up for the short term.
Another tasty morsel were the calamari I cooked up the other night.
The light beer batter made them crunchy outside with the distinct taste of squid inside.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Yesterday our MHA reported that he was informed that the mv Sir Robert Bond was “gearing up’ to take freight from Lewisport to Nain and Natuashish.
CBC asked CIA-Nunatsiavut if this was the case, CAI said that was the first they had heard of it.
The MHA is now saying that he is being told there ‘could be complications’ with that.
Meanwhile the Astron has made it into Makkovik, unloading containers and freight sitting around the dock in -16 to 20 degree wind chills.
Then this morning I called the company that was due to install the oil tanks on the coast under the oil tank replacement program of NL government.
A company representative said that they are no longer interested in the contract as ‘complications’ arose in dealings with government.
Lots more on the go but it is getting too ridicules for words.
Meanwhile our elected NG officials will be getting handsome pay increases, yet can’t find the wherewithal to even make a public statement as we head towards the abyss.
President, ministers, speaker, AngajukKaks will be getting 65,400. Plus 36,000 indemnity for President then decreases down to 7,500 as lowest indemnity.
Then there are travel and other perks.
Base Salary* Indemnity
President 65,400 36,000
First Minister 65,400 25,000
Ministers / Speaker 65,400 15,000
Deputy Speaker 65,400 7,500
Ordinary Members 65,400
Chairs of Inuit Community Corporation 65,400
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The forecast is for cooler temperatures, hope we don't end up with ice beer. Not that it is funny, far from it.
Should be interesting down the dock when she arrives, the Bond only carries freight in pallets, not in containers, not sure why. People receiving freight will want to get there stuff up out of the cold ASAP one would think.
Word: The Astron is hunkered in among some islands for shelter from the winds. The red is where she is at. Rigolet is inside to the left.
UPDATED TUESDAY, NOV. 22ND @ 3:15 PM Anchored at Run by Guess due to high winds (35-40 NW). Will update as soon as winds subside.
Monday, November 21, 2011
From the "whose on third" shipping news.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Well we ended up with a nice bit of snow from yesterdays storm. Some ski doos out and about and the scenery is very pleasant to the eye.
Yesterdays CKOK phone in was a little disappointing from a participation perspective, but technically it went off without a hitch, if you don't count the mike level issues, then those seem endemic in the industry.
Six people took the time to call in, which is sort of understandable given the complexity of the Uranium mining issue. I forced myself to call in, as did Fran speaking in Inuktitut.
Out of the six two were for lifting the moratorium on uranium mining and four were against lifting it. It would seem that those for lifting the moratorium are basing their decision solely on economics and those against solely for health concerns of people and environment.
Those opinions seem universal in the uranium mining and nuclear use debate.
Now when OK staff go in to work this morning will someone kindly switch the wrap around feed back to CBC North, Fran missed her Inuktitut programing last evening.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I sincerely hope there are some differing and Independent views put out there than what the "consultants" gave the public in recent NG community consultations.
...rsday, November 17, 2011, we want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on uranium mining? Would you like to see the green light given to uranium mining within LIL? What do you think the economic benefits of uranium mining? What do you think of the environmental impact of uranium mining? What are your thoughts on the Nunatsiavut government’s consultations? Give us a call at the OKalaKatiget Radio studio at 709-922-2955 on Thursday, November 17, 2011, between 1p.m. and 3.p.m. to share your thoughts with our audience.
The vessel updates on the CAI-Nunatsiavut web site continues to confuse [or is it just me]. These are the latest.for the Astron in the order they appeared.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The first moose under the new moose hunt program was harvested just inside Nain yesterday. Quite a large bugger it was, it was the license that was for the community freezer, still five more licenses for private use.
It was a warm one yesterday, up to +6, about 10 degrees above the normals.
Much chatter about the state of the dock in Hopedale after the Astron arrived yesterday. Containers, mini homes and other freight all but block the access road to the docking area. Nain used to suffer from that until a larger lay down are was constructed.
From looking at the vessel update the Astron will be back in Hopedale today, hopefully to pick up any empty containers.
Maybe in another week or so other communities will start to receive their much delayed supplies.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
or those that don't know Hopedale, the vessel unloads arse on just in front of the little white shed to the left.
Upurty date from CKOK.
Bellow is taken from Facebook page "Food Subsidy and Food Issues on the North Coast". It is from a local store owner.
If it is true then it will be well over the two week turn around into Nain, Makkovik, Postville and Rigolet that Government expects of the service providers.
I think the people of Nunatsiavut are very patient, maybe to the point of being overly patient. The store shelves are becoming bearer as time goes by, not filling up as they should this time of year, but less choices. Too many items to list, but just for example; choice of cheese has been the pits for months, I was told today at one store that the cheeses are coming from Lewisport, so more wait. The biscuit section, crackers in particular, is almost devoid of any choice, and has been for months.
Same with condiments, and on and on.
Plus at the risk of repeating myself [which I will], where are the Nunatsiavut government spokespeople during all this? On free boondoggle trips out side and bringing in bundles of cheap fresh food on the return trip no doubt.
Plus I would really like to know what role NG plaid in this shipping horror story.
Since writing the above I have learnt that the Astron has three mini homes on board for Hopedale, that takes up some deck space.
Also the dock at Hopedale is hopelessly blocked with empty containers, one can hardly maneuver a pick up let alone deliver three mini homes. Going to be some delay there for sure.
More upbeat; the shoring up of the ditching [with crushed rock] on the new road has started. There is a holding pond sort of thing being constructed at the moment, then rock will go down on the high side ditching.
The holding pond, at a low point, has rock then a layer of filter cloth then more rock, supposedly to catch any silt and dirt sent down in the spring run off.
I am a bit vague on the hydraulics of this when taking into account our weather and the snow falls, at the will moment wait and see how it plays out I guess.
Weather front news: Warm this morning, +3, all the snow we had has either melted overnight or turned to ice on the roads, pedestrians be careful out there, drivers be more careful.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Now we can see the results but not the sun as it is hiding below the hills to the south.
A tale of two drug busts: One on a rather large scale, the other on a very small scale.
I am not going to advocate drug trafficking, but it does seem the Nain drug bust did not warrant a MSM story, on a weekend.
It is the second bust [of similar size] in Nain in the past few weeks. Many advocate for the legalization of
marijuana, I do not have any problem with legalizing it, though limiting supply to younger people would have to be a priority.
I hear that other more serious drugs are available on the coast, they are the ones that should be targeted. Much more complicated in investigating we are told, and with these smaller busts, If the cops receive 'certain information' I guess they have to follow up.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
A day to reflect and hope that many of these unnecessary conflicts cease.
We had a nice surprise in the mail this week, some small gifts for Siutik and myself and a nice wooden bowl [cherry] for Fran from Hopewell woodworks, thank you Jonathan.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Here are some shots of the landing in Nain [CYDP]. I like the tail logo on this one, all the Air Lab twin otter fleet have logos depicting the older Inuit way of life.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Wally tweeted that the Pacific Aurora was on the sale block, perhaps for 1.3 million, but that could just be a guess.
Pacific Aurora was originally mv Taverna, at the time I arrived in Nain she served the coast along with the mv Bonavista. They alternated runs up the coast out of Lewisport on a by-weekly turn around.
Carrying cargo and passengers these ships were an essential part of people and freight moving. The airstrips were still under construction back then, so trips on either boat were a great way to meet people and have a right royal time.The price was right too, being way cheaper and more reliable than flying.
Rules and regulations were more relaxed, the food was great being cooked fresh on board.
Those days the feds ran the coastal boats under Marine Atlantic and its forerunners. I am sure most Labradorians would pine for the return of them days, if only for the comradery and the food.
After being sold and re positioned to BC the Taverna had its freight hold replaced with crew accommodations and a viewing lounge up forward, just in front of the wheelhouse.
She would make a nice cruise ship for up this way. Lots of potential, but the fluctuating world economy and logistics of getting people in and out of here are daunting. Of course some of the decor would need a rejig as well.
You can view some photos and general specs here.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Things continue to look gloomy on the shipping/food front. The Astron is on weather hold between Rigolet and Makkovik, not unexpected this time of year.
We did not hear until later in the day, then we did not pay much attention to it, but Northern had a 50% off sale of frozen items yesterday.
Word is that all the freezers are on the fritz. By the evening most of the freezers were empty.
Let’s hope they get un-frit zed real quick.
Later: Just back from the shops, a correction is warranted, only the large freezer that holds the meats, sea foods and vegetables is down. Not much in the other freezers though.
Carter had his first haircut yesterday.
Photos showing before during after.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Busy day at the airstrip yesterday, catch up from day before plus scheduled traffic.
This is a reminder of happier days in the marine shipping department. Happier days in the mind of government officials, not in reality, due diligence has been removed from these yobbos lexicon for some time.
The final stage of our new dam and water supply is on hold. The money to finish what has been an on going project for two years has not materialized. So no pumping station and reservoirs built this year.
The material and work force is here but no start to date on the upgrading on the ditching of the new road as yet.
One will remember the chaos caused during the spring run off last year. I sure hope we don't have to go through that again.
Friday, November 04, 2011
Neglected to post pictures of the only great gran kid to visit us on Halloween, not sure what happened to Enrique.
Terrence was a robot. Siutik thought his treat bag looked interesting.