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• Changes to the provincial ferry service are having an effect on the labour force.
Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis says 30-40 jobs were affected by the decommissioning of the Nonia and the 10-week retrofit of the Beaumont Hamel.
“It’s a normal course of business for us that when a boat is scheduled to come in for a refit — especially when it’s going to be an extended period of time. ... It’s a normal course of business for us to lay off most of the crew,” said Davis.
• When Brad Cabana walks into court later this week, he says he’ll be busting apart a vast plan by Hydro Québec to potentially snatch up the Churchill Falls hydro station from Newfoundland and Labrador, and stymie the provincial government’s Muskrat Falls plan.
Cabana is asking for an injunction from the court to prevent Nalcor from spending any more money on the Lower Churchill hydroelectric development.
In his mind, Cabana said there’s “no chance” that he’ll lose.
“I’ve studied it thoroughly — very, very, very thoroughly — and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is acting unconstitutionally,” he said. “Essentially, a lot of it is just basic common sense, but unless you have the entire picture of what the water management agreement says, and unless you understand the legal requirements of a provincial government as found by the Supreme Court of Canada, you wouldn’t understand it.”
• Sixteen-year-old Brendan Kelly of Paradise has won a national award for his volunteer work conserving the province’s wetlands and wildlife.
The Level 2 student at Mount Pearl Senior High has been awarded a Newalta Wetland Heroes Award by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) for building and installing wooden nest boxes and platform houses for ducks, boreal owls, tree swallows, Northern flickers, goldeneyes and various other species.
Brendan says he’s placed about 60 boxes on the Avalon Peninsula and in Central Newfoundland.
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