Wolf Sightings Near Port Hope Simpson Prompt Warning from Wildlife Officials

Reports of roaming wolves in and around the community of Port Hope Simpson, Labrador, have prompted a warning from wildlife officials. Conservation officers are conducting patrols in and around the community. The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture says wolves have been known to occasionally attack small to medium-sized pets. Pet owners are asked to keep their animals indoors or in confined areas, like a fenced yard, and limiting the time pets spend outside, especially after dark. Officials also warn that feeding pets outdoors may attract animals like wolves and polar bears. If you encounter a wolf, stay calm, give the animal plenty of room, back away slowly, and avoid direct eye contact. Wolf sightings should be reported to the

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Public Service Retirees Stepping Up to Fill Gaps Due to Number of Workers in Isolation: NAPE

Retired public service employees are coming forward to offer their services with an increased number of workers in isolation as a result of the recent COVID outbreak. NAPE President Jerry Earle says retired public service workers are coming forward all the time offering to fill whatever gaps need to be filled. He says retired government employees including registered nurses, NAPE and CUPE members, and former management are all stepping up to offer their services. He says it’s typical of what Newfoundlanders and Labradorians do when times get tough.

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COVID-19 Cases Within St. Clare’s Hospital Contained, says Health Minister

Health Minister John Haggie says the spread of COVID-19 within St. Clare’s hospital is contained. Officials are saying very little about how many cases of the virus were contracted while in hospital. Haggie cautioned against calling it an outbreak and says the spread is contained. He says it is still unclear exactly how the patients picked up the virus, and it is currently under investigation. An Eastern Health employee tested positive for the virus earlier this month, prompting visitor restrictions at the hospital and putting patients on Unit 6 East into isolation while testing was carried out.

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NL Reports Another Death Related to COVID-19

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald today shared tragic news that another death has been reported in this province in relation to COVID-19. There have been now been five fatalities in connection with the virus. The number of confirmed cases in Newfoundland and Labrador rose to 963 today, with eight more confirmed cases in the Eastern Health region. The provincial COVID-19 briefing is currently underway. This story will be updated as new information becomes available. Earlier Story A live COVID briefing is taking place this afternoon. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald will be joined by Health Minister John Haggie and Premier Andrew Furey at 2 p.m. In yesterday’s pandemic update, Public Health announced 50 new recoveries within the Eastern

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No Solutions Yet Reached as Labrador Leaders Press for Point of Entry Testing

No real answers out of a meeting yesterday on the topic of point of entry testing for those entering Labrador. Municipal leaders are particularly concerned about how vulnerable the region is to the possible spread of COVID variants. Labrador leaders in the area are pressing for point of entry rapid testing Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Wally Andersen says they made their case to government officials, but no definitive decisions have yet been made.

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Nearly 40 Rescue Dogs from Labrador One Step Closer to Finding Forever Homes

About 40 rescue dogs from Natuashish are now quarantining on the island and are one step closer to finding their forever homes. North Atlantic Remote Vet Services is one of the groups involved in the effort. Founder Dr. Maxina Hunt says the animals are being quarantined at several SPCA’s across the island. It’s there they will stay for two weeks as they receive additional care before they are available for adoption. Hunt says knowing that there are dogs just like hers that are going through hard times, makes her emotional and that these are lovely dogs and they deserve to have a second chance at a good home. Hunt says the coast of Labrador is a very tough environment for

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28-Year-Old Man Arrested for Damaging Mailboxes in Metro Area Appears in Court

A 28-year-old man appeared in court via teleconference this morning in relation to recent incidents of damaged mailboxes in the metro region. Chad Clarke of St. Johns is accused of theft of mail, mischief, and breach of court orders. He was also found to have $60,000 in outstanding fines. BREAKING | Chad Clarke, 28, appears in court; charged with breaking into mailboxes, stealing mail. Also has $60,000 in outstanding fines. @VOCMNEWS — Brian Callahan (@briancallahan67) February 24, 2021 The alleged offences occurred on February 13 at mailboxes in the St. John’s area and at Greycliffe Condominiums. Clarke remains at HMP pending his next court appearance on Friday. Earlier Story Police have made an arrest in connection with multiple incidents of

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Provincial Genome Sequencing Lab Responsible for Detecting COVID Variants Delayed

Officials remain tight-lipped regarding delays with its new lab that’s designed to detect variants of COVID-19. The process, known as genome sequencing, is credited with finding both the UK and South African variants of the virus. The lab was supposed to be up and running last week but that’s now been pushed to the end of the month. On Monday, neither Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Health Minister John Haggie nor Premier Furey knew what the holdup was. Fitzgerald said she couldn’t answer the question, Haggie said he knew as much as Fitzgerald, and Furey said they would “endeavour” to provide an answer at some point. Either way, Fitzgerald said having the local lab wouldn’t change the criteria for what’s now being

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Fuel Prices Predicted to Rise Yet Again This Week

Prices are expected to go up for fuels again this week. The most significant increase is expected to be gas. The Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices predicts a 3.9 cent increase. Diesel will go up by an anticipated 2.1 cents, while heating and stove oils are predicted to increase by 1.7 cents per litre. Since January 4 of this year, the price of gas has gone up an average of 11.9 cents per litre as of February 23, 2021. (Photo: GasBuddy.com)

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