New study positive on point-of-entry COVID testing, but not enough for Furey

Preliminary results of an Ontario study that involved thousands of airplane passengers have delivered promising outcomes for point-of-entry COVID-19 testing, but it is not yet swaying officials in Newfoundland and Labrador, where a controversial ban on incoming travel remains in effect.  The study, led by McMaster Health Labs — which bills its work as the largest study of of […]

Few kids in class in Deer Lake, as officials urge calm amid COVID-19 anxiety

Kara Pinksen attends Xavier Junior High in Deer Lake. She says only five students were in her class on Wednesday. (Colleen Connors/CBC) Few students have been in class in Deer Lake this week, as anxiety levels remain high over COVID-19 despite public health officials and the premier urging parents to stay calm. Elwood Elementary closed Monday and […]

Plans are ‘definitely scattered’ for students to travel home to N.L. for the holidays

As Newfoundland and Labrador bursts its Atlantic bubble participation, a post-secondary student in Nova Scotia says her plans for travelling home to be with family at Christmas are up in the air. Sophie Pickard is in her fourth year of kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., but is originally from St. John’s, where her […]

Plans are ‘definitely scattered’ for students to travel home to N.L. for the holidays

As Newfoundland and Labrador bursts its Atlantic bubble participation, a post-secondary student in Nova Scotia says her plans for travelling home to be with family at Christmas are up in the air. Sophie Pickard is in her fourth year of kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., but is originally from St. John’s, where her […]

Plans are ‘definitely scattered’ for students to travel home to N.L. for the holidays

As Newfoundland and Labrador bursts its Atlantic bubble participation, a post-secondary student in Nova Scotia says her plans for travelling home to be with family at Christmas are up in the air. Sophie Pickard is in her fourth year of kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., but is originally from St. John’s, where her […]

Plans are ‘definitely scattered’ for students to travel home to N.L. for the holidays

As Newfoundland and Labrador bursts its Atlantic bubble participation, a post-secondary student in Nova Scotia says her plans for travelling home to be with family at Christmas are up in the air. Sophie Pickard is in her fourth year of kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., but is originally from St. John’s, where her […]

St. John’s councillors finally talk about layoffs and Metrobus cuts, citing budget crunch

St. John’s city councillors are emerging from their cones of silence to discuss recent municipal job cuts and a reduction in Metrobus service.  A week ago, the city outlined its plan to eliminate 16 full-time positions within municipal operations, and an additional five full-time jobs at St. John’s Sports and Entertainment, in addition to two-part-time ones. Few details were then […]

Officials to brief N.L. public on COVID-19 in midst of tumultuous week

Health officials plan to address the Newfoundland and Labrador public today during a tumultuous week that saw the province leave the Atlantic bubble and effectively close its borders to non-essential travel as the clock struck 12:01 a.m. today. The regular weekly briefing follows an uptick in cases this month, most of them clustered in Deer Lake, […]

Absenteeism was an issue at N.L. schools before the pandemic. Now, it’s ‘really critical,’ says child advocate

The province’s child and youth advocate says absenteeism was already an issue for children across Newfoundland and Labrador — even before anxiety started to swirl this week about a cluster of COVID-19 cases on Newfoundland’s west coast. Jackie Lake Kavanagh says it’s vital to keep gathering information about why kids are missing school.  Elwood Elementary School in Deer Lake […]

Absenteeism was an issue at N.L. schools before the pandemic. Now, it’s ‘really critical,’ says child advocate

The province’s child and youth advocate says absenteeism was already an issue for children across Newfoundland and Labrador — even before anxiety started to swirl this week about a cluster of COVID-19 cases on Newfoundland’s west coast. Jackie Lake Kavanagh says it’s vital to keep gathering information about why kids are missing school.  Elwood Elementary School in Deer Lake […]

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