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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Winter Ride-Newfoundland Trailway
Recently made a 112 km return trip on the T'Railway and enjoyed the little excursion. This little run gave my next door neighbor an opportunity to try his new ATV on a run for the very first time. I was surprised that we didn't meet more people along the way. We did meet three couples traveling by snowmobile in the South Branch area and ran across them again later in the day. A few photos of our day.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Crew cuts ice for dolphins but bid may have backfired: expert
Friday, February 20, 2009 | 7:27 AM NT
The crew claims three dolphins — five of the mammals had been seen earlier this week in a small patch of open water near Seal Cove, White Bay, on the island's northeast coast — made it out safely to another area. The four men and a teenage boy counted four dolphins in the water when they started their effort, which involving towing one of the creatures with rope.
"The people who went out in the boat thought they were doing good for the animals," said Wayne Ledwell, who arrived in Seal Cove on Thursday, but too late to prevent the crew from cutting through the ice.I have great respect for Wayne Ledwell's work but to wait for him to go through channels to get a reluctant Government Department to react would of probably meant the death of those Dolphins. People like 16 year old Brandon Banks should be awarded for their courage in this situation.Here's the true Hero!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Hopefully CBC will keep us updated on his progress.
An Innu man from Sheshatshiu, N.L., began a 300-kilometre solo hike across barren wilderness Wednesday morning to raise awareness about diabetes in aboriginal communities.
Michel Andrew, 27, set off on foot from his home in the Innu community, towing a sled packed with traditional gear, intending to walk across hundreds of kilometres of Labrador wilderness along a snowmobile trail. His gear includes a tent, snowshoes, bucksaw and a caribou blanket to sleep on, but Andrew is taking no canned or processed food.
"So we're hunting rabbits or porcupine or partridges or something on the way, on the trail there," he said.
Andrew said he blames the widespread diabetes among aboriginal communities on processed foods, and that's why he will eat traditionally along his hike.
First Nations communities have rates of diabetes as much as twice the national average, according to studies.
Seeing friends and family members struggle with diabetes is what spurred Andrew to undertake the hike and attempt to raise money for research into the disease in aboriginal people and to bring awareness to communities at risk.
He told CBC News he believes Innu, especially young people, need to get back to traditional ways, such as walking everywhere and eating a more traditional diet.
"People used to go down the country, a lot of people. I don't know why they stopped. They stopped and they got this diabetes," he said.
The planned route will take Andrew from Sheshatshiu, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, to Natuashish on Labrador's north coast, tracing a traditional route Andrew's grandparents used to travel.
"This trip is important for me because of my grandmother and my grandfather used to walk," Andrew said, describing the long distances his grandparents travelled on foot between communities at Natuashish, James Bay and Sheshatshiu.
"This trip, I'm going by myself, my grandfather used to walk by himself. He was busy hunting by himself.… I feel great, I've done this stuff all my life, I'm used to this stuff."
Andrew is not worried about the long journey or the freezing winter conditions he will encounter along the way, but he is worried about diabetes spreading through young aboriginal people, as young as 10 or 11, and he said he hopes his walk will bring attention to his cause.
Andrew expects the trip to take three to four weeks.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Another great morning here in Cape Ray and we actually got out for a walk along the beach. Of course by mid afternoon things started to get back to normal for around here. The winds soon gusted up around 40 - 50 KPH and that made it a bit nippy on our noses. I enjoyed my last few days and now my little companion on our strolls is gone back home. A few photos from todays little hike.