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• A letter written last year by a Canadian Conservative senator to the federal fisheries minister is getting a poor review from both the Liberal Party of Canada and the local fisheries union.

In a letter dated March 13, 2012, addressed to Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, Senator Stephen Greene from Halifax said the fleet separation policy allows for “the acceptance of massive EI (employment insurance) fraud” and “the stunting of personal development for thousands of Atlantic Canadians who choose to leave school ... for the falsely seductive life of seasonal work.”

The letter’s contents were made public Monday.


• Response to a medical emergency offshore Saturday was hindered by poor weather that would not allow for the evacuation of a worker by helicopter.

The medical emergency involved a worker aboard the supply ship Maersk Beater, who has since been released from hospital in St. John’s, according to a representative for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB).


• If you were hit by the flu this year, you’re not alone.

“As far as the number of cases is concerned, overall it was a more serious flu season,” said Dr. Faith Stratton, the province’s chief medical officer.

“That’s not unusual, because influenza comes in waves.”

A total of 1,443 cases of influenza were reported in Newfoundland and Labrador between Aug. 26, 2012 and April 13, 2013, according to Public Health Agency of Canada reports. The number of cases throughout Canada was 56,732.

“It was higher this year than last year everywhere, with the same pattern of illness,” said Dr. David Allison, medical officer of health at Eastern Health.

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Organizations: Liberal Party of Canada, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Public Health Agency of Canada Breaking News

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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