Gas Prices

Gas is down slightly today, however all other petroleum products are seeing an increase.

Gas is down 1.3 cents per litre while diesel, furnace and stove oil are increasing by just under 3 cents. Propane is up by 2 cents.

Makkovik to Host Sportsmeet

The town of Makkovik will be hosting the Sportsmeet this year.

Dion Rideout is the Principal of the John Christian Erhardt Memorial School.

He says the dates for the sportsmeet has been confirmed for Thursday, October 14 to the 17th.

Rideout says they are being careful of the dates confirmed for now due to COVID restrictions.

He says unless something happens within COVID cases, all community schools will be notified.

Take Back the Night

There will be Take Back the Night events taking place along the coast.

Connie Basto is the Executive Director for the Hopedale Safe House.

She says on Monday, October 4, they will meet at the Safe House for the walk and will have a snack along with some door prizes.

Jemma Andersen is the Mental Health and Addictions Worker at the Makkovik DHSD.

She says they will meet at the DHSD building at 6pm for the walk with some t-shirts to hand out.

Andersen adds that they will have a firepit with some marshmallows, wieners and smores at the end of the walk.

We will have Rigolet’s Take Back the Night once it becomes available.

K-12 Exams Cancelled for 2021-2022

As K-12 students settle into their first few weeks of classes in the new school year, the Department of Education, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve et Labrador wish to advise students, teachers and parents that a decision has been made to suspend public exams for the 2021-22 school year.

While Newfoundland and Labrador has experienced less educational disruption than most other jurisdictions in Canada, this change is being made to ensure that students are assessed in a way that is reflective of both what they have learned and also the circumstances they have faced amidst the pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, in lieu of standardized testing, educators have focused on student engagement and alternate means assessment. Supplementing traditional instructional and assessment practices in this way has had a positive impact on attendance, learning, engagement and the wellbeing of students. The department has confidence in the school districts, schools, and individual teachers to ensure completion of all prescribed curriculum in an engaging, active environment.

Officials within the department and the school districts are also undertaking an analysis of the status of public exams and assessment beyond this year, with a further update to be provided before the start of the 2022-23 school year.

As part of the Provincial Government’s commitment through the Education Action Plan to improve educational outcomes, this longer-term review will also look toward a model that will empower teachers to enrich, extend and/or shape curricular outcomes.

Makkovik Turbot Landings

Work at the Makkovik Fish Plant is slowing down.

Angel Chaulk is the Clerk.

She says there’s 3 turbot boats left and it’s possible they’re on their last trips.

Chaulk says 38,990 lbs of more turbot was landed since last week, which totals up to 267,929 lbs landed to date.

She says there 17 employees working in the fish plant.

Nain ICG Update (Audio)

The Nain Inuit Community Government’s projects are just about complete.

Joe Dicker is the AngajukKâk for Nain.

He says the Water Restoration Program on Sandbanks Road is all completed.

They also had 5 people hired for the Cemetery Restoration Program to get their hours for their EI benefits.

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Update on Two Missing Fishermen

RCMP in Mary’s Harbour continues search for two missing fishermen today at 1:58 pm.

The search efforts are continuing for two men and their vessel, missing since Friday, September 17, 2021 off the coast of Mary’s Harbour.

An aircraft with Provincial Air Services, carrying two members trained as spotters with Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, is continuing to search air rail grids.

The Canadian Coast Guard Vessel, Captain Molly Kool is currently in St. Anthony for the purpose of crew change.

Additional supporters from the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and Deer Lake Search and Rescue, equipped with side-scan sonar, will arrive in Mary’s Harbour today to assist with the search.

The Motor Vessel Ocean Seeker of Kraken Robotics, equipped with advanced underwater equipment and underwater contract with NL Hydro has been approved by the Provincial Government to assist with the search.

RCMP NL thanks all those who continue to assist police in the search for the two missing men.

COVID-19 Update

Today, Wednesday, September 22, Newfoundland and Labrador has 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last public advisory.

In the Central Health region:

· Two under 20 years of age;
· Five between 20-39 years of age;
· Four between 40-49 years of age;
· Five between 50-59 years of age;
· Four between 60-69 years of age; and
· One 70 years of age and older.

There are 12 females and nine males. There is one case related to travel within Canada, one case is a contact of a previous known case and 19 cases are under investigation.

In the Western Health region:

· One between 50-59 years of age; and
· One 70 years of age and older.

There is one female and one male. One case is related to travel within Canada and one is under investigation.

Contact tracing by Public Health is underway and anyone considered a close contact has been advised regarding quarantine according to current guidelines.

There have been three new recoveries in the Eastern Health region, 1,518 people have recovered, and one person in hospital because of COVID-19.

There are 15 new presumptive positive cases in the province. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.

There are currently 77 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

· Eastern Health – 16
· Central Health – 49
· Labrador-Grenfell Health – 9
· Western Health – 3

To date, 292,481 tests have been administered

Coastal Freezers

One of our OK Radio staff contacted each of the Community Freezers along the coast to see what they have to offer.

In the Nain community freezer, they have only chicken and char.

In Hopedale, they have moose meat, mattak, chicken, wieners, French fries and whole chicken.

Postville community freezer only have salmon.

In Makkovik, they have char.

In Rigolet, they have cod fish, head, sound bones, whole cod, bakeapples.

Gas Predictions

A consumer advocate says all fuels are going up in price tomorrow except one—gasoline.

Dan McTeague expects to see a drop of a cent-and-a-half in gasoline while diesel goes up by two cents and heating oil by three cents.

The P.U.B. sets the new price schedule at midnight tonight.