Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Winters Day,Cape Ray,NL.

The winds have finally subsided enough to go out for a walk along the seashore here and take a small hike in the Wreckhouse area. So today i will share some photos of our little hike this afternoon.





Friday, January 30, 2009

Saw Yvonne Jones, MHA for Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair on the local news tonight. Damn girl,your looking good! What you been doing? Let this old guy from Cape ray be the first to know.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thank you for visiting my Blog.

Today i checked my site meter and discovered i had my first visitor from Cuba. Thank you for visiting!

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Will,it looks like the boys are feuding again.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Telegram: January 22-2009

Raise salaries for home care workers, NAPE demands

The province has to start showing more respect for home-care workers and take action to increase salaries, says Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).
Otherwise, she said, the home care industry could collapse because of a shortage of workers.
“The minister announced late last year that a government report on home care would be released in the fall and months later it still isn’t ready. This is unacceptable,” Furlong said.
The report was to have dealt with, among other things, salaries and benefits for home care workers, Furlong explained.
In the absence of the report, Furlong added, the government should maintain the differential in the minimum wage back to Jan. 1, when the minimum wage was increased.
“That increase was promised but has yet to be aid out to home-care workers,” she said.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Very nice Traverse !
This truly is worth sharing.
A Letter to My Unborn Children on Inauguration Day

Monday, January 19, 2009

Winds peaked at 131 KPH in the Wreckhouse this morning and this Trucker experienced whiteout conditions. His damage will be minimum and he will be considered one of the lucky ones to experience the wind phenomenon. One thing for certain, events such as this will be played over and over again. Still no Digital signage in the area warning motorists of the wind.

CBC Reporter Doug Greer arrived at the scene the same time as i did and did a few video clips for the Here and Now News hour show. Hopefully with this coverage someone will soon wake up and think about the signage before someone dies out there.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy has started his pre-budget consultations and everything should be wrapped up by February 16. I somehow suspect the numbers are already done and this is just a road trip to make it all look like we have a say. Just the way i feel.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

God guard thee Newfoundland and Labrador

The past few nights i have been listening to VOCM Nightline and so far i like the new moderator Ryan Cleary. I will miss Linda Swain as i missed George MacLaren when he passed away. Hopefully Mr. Cleary will end off each night with the words he used last night, "God guard thee Newfoundland and Labrador." It'll make a lot of us feel good and really piss off others. That's the great thing about being a moderator or even a Blogger,like you or being pissed at you, either way you win. Good luck Mr. Cleary, I liked your Scrunchions column in The Independent and would like to see some of the same on Nightline.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Will the NL Government extend the Rebate?

This must come as a bit of a shock for those who purchased the Wood Pellet Stoves because of the recent rebate on them. The Telegram is reporting that some people cannot obtain a supply of the Wood Pellets this season.

Wood pellet supplier expects production by September:

The Telegram

People with freshly installed wood pellet stoves will have to wait until next season to get a supply of pellets made in Newfoundland, according to Rex Philpott, owner of Cottlesville Lumber.

The provincial government ann-ounced a rebate program for the stoves on Nov. 5, saying the Cottlesville plant would be producing pellets within weeks. The program ends in February.

Philpott says that's true, the company did do its first test run a week later, but it discovered it needed to buy an expensive dryer to get the right moisture content in the pellets.

"I don't think we'll be doing commercial pellets this winter," Philpott says. "We're getting ready for the next season."

He says the company had to buy the dryer from a company in China, and it isn't expected to arrive in Newfoundland until early March.

"We're hoping to be up and running to take care of the Newfoundland and Labrador market at least by the next heating season. We've got a line of Canadian pellet stoves built in Canada, so we'll be selling stoves, residential furnaces, residential boilers and commercial boilers," he says.

Roy Crawley, manager of Home Hardware in Manuels, has a whole line of wood pellet stoves ready for sale, but there's no bags of pellets to be had, not at his store or anywhere else on the island, he says.

Home Hardware and a number of other stores around the island ordered in wood pellet stoves after the government announced a $1,000 to $1,500 rebate to people installing the stoves or furnaces in their houses.

The energy-efficient systems are run by filling a hopper in the back with dried pressed-wood pellets.

"There was plenty of interest in the program in the beginning, but it did take a downturn when people started to realize there was no supply," Crawley says.

"If you were going to buy a new car and you knew there was going to be no gas to go in it, would you go out and buy it?" he says.

Home Hardware originally sold pellets, but the supply came from Nova Scotia.

"We have backorders on top of backorders for customers, that as soon as something becomes available now they want them. I've had customers call and say OK, I'm down to my last five bags, that's going to give me about 10 days worth of heat, after that you're back to electric heat," Crawley says.

Bruce Emberley, the owner manager of Emberley Electrical and Plumbing Supplies also sells pellet stoves.

He says it would make sense for the provincial government to extend its rebate program past February because the supply of pellets has severely prohibited people from converting their home heating.

"What the government is trying to do is get the forestry industry going on the pellet plants, and part of the way they're going to do it is by having more pellet stoves out there. But I guess they will extend it because in their budget they allowed so much money, and if the money's not gone by the end of February they could keep going," Emberley says.

Here's how the Process is suppose to go.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Seymour Schulich who looks a lot more relaxed in Western attire then some suggests our Federal Government start a few mega projects and the Lower Churchill Hydro Development should be one of them.

From VOCM today:

Business Billionaire Says Develop Lower Churchill Now
January 8, 2009

One of Canada's most successful and influential business leaders believes now is the time to get the Lower Churchill Hydro Development started. Billionaire Seymour Schulich of Toronto says there is no doubt that the economy in Canada, and around the world, is in tough shape so it is extremely important that the Federal Government get some mega projects under construction around the country. He says this includes the Lower Churchill Hydro Development. Schulich says the sudden downturn in the economy in recent months is destroying some energy projects that take 5 to 7 years to build, so when the demand does pick up there will be enormous shortages. He suggests if this happens the price levels on the next cycle will make past levels pale by comparison. Schulich says it could mean 300-dollars U.S. for oil; 50-dollars U.S. for nickel; and 10-dollars U.S. for copper.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year !

Looks like the ATV ride i made to the top of The Table Mountains yesterday will possibly be the last one until May of 2009. A winter storm is slowly approching and i suspect it'll dump a whole mess of snow on that mountain trail today. Captured that blog photo yesterday on the trail. An added bonus to be able to access it at all this time of year. I do look forward to the winter months to go capture a few winter photos and soon i'll get a new digital camcorder with a harddrive.