Small Game Open Dates

Small game season opens on Thursday, October 1st, 2020.

Shooting of Ptarmigan, Spruce partridges, snowshoe hare, and Arctic hare opens on Thursday and closes on April 20th, 2021.

Snaring of the above species also open on October 1st and closes March 31st, 2021.

The bag limit for Ptarmigan, spruce partridge, snowshoe hare and Arctic hare is 25 and the limit for possession is 50.

For porcupine the season also opens on October 1st and closes on March 31st, 2021 and the bag limit and possession limit for this species is one.

For non-beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement are required to get permission from the Nunatsiavut Government to access Labrador Inuit Lands, unless your interests are accommodated under the agreement.

One New Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Yesterday, Sunday, September 27, Newfoundland and Labrador had one new confirmed case of COVID-19.

The one new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age.

The new case is travel-related. The individual, a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, was returning to the province from Manitoba.

He has been self-isolating since arrival and following Public Health guidelines.

Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.

268 people have recovered from the virus.

The province has two active cases of COVID-19 and to date, 40,910 people have been tested.

In Alert Level 2, individuals should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices.

Daily preventative actions can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

Earthquake Shakes Seafloor off Labrador Coast

A substantial earthquake, one of the strongest experienced in the country over the last month, shook the seafloor off the coast of Labrador last week.

Earthquakes Canada reports that a 3.7 magnitude quake, deep in the Earth’s crust, struck on Tuesday about 138 km east of Nutak, on the edge of the continental shelf.

Nutak is just north of Nain. There is no immediate indication of whether the tremblor could be felt on the coast.

Deadline for Shipping Season

The Labrador Marine announced the deadline for guaranteed freight delivery on its Labrador Coastal service.

All commercial and residential freight must be received by 5pm Friday, November 13 to be assured of guaranteed delivery this season.

The deadline has been extended an additional five days from 2019. This provides added flexibility to shippers.

The November 13 deadline applies to all freight at all ports.

COVID-19 restrictions remain in place at all Labrador Marine facilities, including at the freight terminal in Goose Bay.

“We have had exceptional cooperation from everyone using the service this year,” says Labrador Marine President and CEO Peter Woodward.

“Passengers and shippers have respected the public health advice and that helps keep everyone safe. We ask people to continue their cooperation as this essential service continues through the fall.”

To book appointments for freight acceptance at Goose Bay, call Nunatsiavut Marine at 709-896-2284.

CERB Ending and New Program with EI

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has come to an end leaving many wondering what happens next.

CERB was brought in mid-March for those who suddenly found themselves without an income due to job loss and lockdown measures.

Nearly 9 million Canadians received the benefit, which has paid out approximately $80 billion dollars.

People still collecting CERB are switching to a new system under Employment Insurance. The federal government says about 2.8 million Canadians will switch to regular EI benefits.

Those claiming EI benefits for job loss will be eligible for at least 26 weeks, while those returning to EI will be able to benefit from working while on claim rules.

Those who were still receiving CERB, and who are eligible for EI, will be automatically transferred. Service Canada will contact all EI clients to confirm whether they need to apply, or are being transitioned automatically.

Service Canada has nearly doubled the number of specialized EI call centre agents to handle the load.

Those switching to EI from CERB effective Yesterday, September 27th will be eligible for their first EI payment as of October 11th. Over 80 per cent of eligible Canadians are expected to receive their payment by October 14th.

Rigolet and Hopedale ICG Updates (Audio)

OK Radio contacted the Inuit Community Governments in Hopedale and Rigolet to get some updates in their community.

Marjorie Flowers is the AngajukKâk for the HICG.

Flowers say that they are doing small projects that are things that need to be done.

They are also building up a new playground and waiting on piles of sand.

Charlotte Wolfrey is the AngajukKâk for the RICG.

They got a couple of new equipment that they needed.

Wolfrey says they are short of a couple of workers as the heavy duty technician and someone to work at the fire chief maintenance shop.

Click here to hear more on what each AngajukKâk have to say with updates in their communities.

Makkovik Sportsmeet

The Department of Health and Social Development in Makkovik will be holding a Sportsmeet.

Gemma Andersen is the organizer of the Sportsmeet.

It will take place from October 5th to October 9th, 2020 and all the events will be taking place by the Makkovik Arena.

It is for all grades and 18 years and older.

On October 5th, grades kindergarten to grade 6 will be doing ball throw and 1K Cross Country run.

October 6th, grades 7 to grade 12 will be doing a 3K and 5K cross country run at 3pm, than 18 years and older will be doing 3k and 5 k cross country run at 6pm.

The 7th of October, grades 7 to grade 12 will do the ball throw and long jump at 3pm, at 6pm, people ages 18 years and older will be doing the ball throw and long jump.

October 8th, grades 7 to grade 12 will play soccer at 3pm and people ages 18 years and older will also play soccer at 6pm.

On the last day, October 9th, grades 7 to grades 12 will do 50m dash and 4x 100m at 3pm, people ages 18 years and older will be doing that also at 6pm.

They have prizes for that week so if people participate in an event, their name will go in once they participated. First place will be placed four times, second place will be placed three times, third place will be put in twice and fourth place will be put in one time.

If anyone want to watch or participate and cannot maintain 6 feet, they must bring a face mask.

If anyone would like to register, you can call the DHSD Building at 923-2297 before October 2nd.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Nunatsiavut Government on Voisey’s Bay Royalties

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has decided in favor of the Nunatsiavut Government following a legal dispute with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador over royalties from the Voisey’s Bay nickel project.

The Nunatsiavut Government filed a Statement of Claim with the Supreme Court in May 2016, arguing against the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, that expenses incurred by Vale (the owner of the Voisey’s Bay mine) related to the Long Harbour processing plant on the island of Newfoundland, should not be taken into account in the calculation of revenue paid to the Nunatsiavut Government under the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

The Nunatsiavut Government also argued that Inuit should be entitled to five (5) percent of payments Vale made to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in exchange for amendments to the Voisey’s Bay Development Agreement which permitted the company to export nickel concentrate outside of the province for processing in order to allow it to fully commission its Long Harbour facility.

As well, the Nunatsiavut Government argued that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador failed to discharge its duty to consult and its fudiciary duty in relation to payments from Vale, under the terms of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and in accordance with the common law principles developed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Haida Nation.

“We are pleased with this decision today, as it reaffirms what we have been saying for years that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador willfully violated the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement for failing to consult with the Nunatsiavut Government prior to granting amendments to the Voisey’s Bay Development Agreement,” says Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology Minister Tony Andersen. “Those amendments basically cheated Labrador Inuit out of millions of dollars of revenue, and strained relations between our two governments. With today’s decision, we are hopeful we can put this all behind us and work towards a renewed relationship with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

For more information you can check out the news release on Nunatsiavut.com.

OK Radio will have more information once it becomes available.

No New Confirmed Cases

Yesterday, Thursday, September 24, the province of NL continues with no new cases with one active case.

268 people have recovered with a total of 272 cases.

Up to date, 39,542 people have been tested.

In Alert Level 2, individuals should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices.

Daily preventative actions can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

NICG Projects Update (Audio)

The Nain Inuit Community Government is busy with their summer projects.

Joe Dicker is the AngajukKâk for the Nain ICG.

He says the upgrade and repairs on the airstrip is done by Budgells is now complete.

They also started working on their first waterline replacements on Sandbanks Road.

Dickers adds that they are waiting on a few touch ups on the Nain Husky Centre.

Click here to hear more from AngajukKâk Dicker on the NICG projects.