Regional Land Use Plan Hearings Begin this Week Oct 17, 2011, 2:42 PM The Regional Planning Authority will begin hearing from Nunatsiavut beneficiaries on the draft Regional Land Use Plan this week. The plan will guide development and the use of land, water and resources within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area. Public hearings will be carried out by the Regional Planning Authority in each of the Inuit communities as well as in Upper Lake Melville and St. John’s between now and November 2. Two hearings are scheduled to take place in Postville Monday. Concerned residents in that community can head to the Postville Community Centre Monday afternoon and evening to share their thoughts on the plan. Copies of the draft plan can be found at each of the local Nunatsiavut government offices.
  Some Store Shelves Looking Bare as Shipping Season Winds Down Oct 17, 2011, 2:40 PM The end of the marine shipping season is fast approaching and many of the shelves of the stores on the north coast more closely resemble the spring time than they do the fall. Stores from Nain to Rigolet are reporting a lack of products on their shelves. Travis Meisner is the Manager of the Northern Store in Rigolet. He says the store’s shelves are pretty bare. They’re expecting a big load of supplies during the next visit of the MV Dutch Runner. Kim Tucker is the Manager of Big Land Groceries in Nain. She says they haven’t received any of their winter supplies so far this fall. Supplies are expected during the next few visits of the MV Dutch Runner. The owner of Jacquie’s Convenience in Nain has received all of her winter supplies although she says this has been the worst shipping season since the store opened. Jacquie Dawe is the Manager. She says this season has been the worst she’s seen in the sto
  Future Paddon Home Discussed (Audio to be added later) Oct 14, 2011, 3:28 PM The future of the Paddon Home was up for discussion during a meeting in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Thursday evening. Denise Cole is the Housing Development Worker for the Labrador Friendship Centre. She says there are a number of people in the community who are concerned with what will happen with the former senior’s home. The current plan is to use the facility for office space. Cole says there is a lack of housing for seniors in the community already. Over forty people attended a meeting last night to discuss the future of the Paddon Home. Included in the attendees were the Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Leo Abbass, the newly-elected MHA for Lake Melville, Keith Russell, and the CEO of Labrador-Grenfell Health, Boyd Rowe. A number of seniors from the community came out to share their concerns as well. Stay tuned to OK Radio to hear Cole discuss what was said during Thursday’s meeting.
  Problem Rectified on Assembly Building’s Dome Oct 14, 2011, 3:19 PM Construction on the dome of the Nunatsiavut government Assembly Building has resumed now the problem has been rectified. Brian Flowers is the Property Manager for the Nunatsiavut government. He says the metal roofing for the dome of the facility wasn’t fitting correctly. That problem has since been rectified. Flowers says they are now waiting for materials to arrive to finish the detailing on the roof. The materials are expected to arrive during the next visit of MV Dutch Runner. Flowers says crews are also repairing the facility’s deficiency items. He adds that he cannot provide a new completion date for the Assembly Building. The facility was expected to open last month.
  Flu Season is Coming Oct 14, 2011, 3:18 PM Fall is in full swing and that means flu season is approaching. Residents of the north coast will be able to receive their flu shots next month. Gail Turner is the Director of Health Services for the Nunatsiavut Government. She says November is flu shot month for the north coast communities. Flu shots will be administered during the second week of the month. The shots will be distributed by the local clinics in partnership with Nunatsiavut Public Health. Turner is recommending that everybody who is eligible for the shots get out and receive theirs.
  Voters from this District Came Out in Droves for Provincial Election Oct 13, 2011, 3:04 PM Over 70 percent of the eligible voters exercised their right to vote in the Torngat Mountains district in this election. 1, 516 people cast their vote through the advanced polls and on Election Day. That’s 71 percent of the eligible voters. Tuesday’s winner, newly-elected MHA Randy Edmunds, claimed 744 of those votes. The incumbent MHA, Patty Pottle, followed in second place with 586 votes, a 158 vote margin. The Progressive Conservative candidate had strong showings in both Natuashish and her home community of Hopedale where she managed to claim the most votes. Pottle had 71 votes compared to Edmunds’ 17 votes in Natuashsih. The newly-elected MHA received the least amount of votes in that community with 11 less than the New Democrat candidate, Alex Saunders. Saunders gathered 186 of the 1,516 votes cast in each of the communities on Tuesday’s election. Pottle also claimed the most votes in her
  Keith Russell’s Election Win Leaves a Vacant Seat in the Nunatsiavut Government Oct 13, 2011, 2:56 PM This week’s election of Keith Russell into the provincial House of Assembly has left a vacant seat in the Nunatsiavut Government. The newly-elected MHA was on leave from his position as Ordinary Member for the Nunatsiavut government while he ran in the provincial election. His win on Tuesday means that Russell will be leaving the position of Nunatsiavut government Ordinary Member for Upper Lake Melville. No date has been set yet for a by-election.