It was a busy day for at least two squadrons at 5 Wing Goose Bay this morning, as one tended to casualties of an air crash, while the others deployed to assist with a vessel in distress in Lake Melville.
Thankfully, no one was really hurt or injured, as both these events were simulated exercises which are taking place all week during the 2014 National Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) at 5 Wing.
“SAREX is an annual exercise that includes about 250 participants from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA),” explained Lt. Olivier Gallant, 5 wing Public Affairs Officer.
“This type of exercise enables military personnel to become proficient in the use of the equipment, technology and techniques required to execute the rescue of persons in distress anywhere in Canada.”
Aircraft involved in the event include three CC-130H Hercules; one CC-115 Buffalo; two CH-149 Cormorant helicopters; and three CH-146 Griffon helicopters.
The event is organized by members of 9 Wing Gander with the support of 5 Wing Goose Bay.
This morning, members of 435 Squadron — based out of Winnipeg — were on the scene of a simulated small airplane crash on a field at 5 Wing.
Four members of the squadron played the casualties, while two of their SAR Techs parachuted down to the site to assist, after dropping supplies and equipment from a…
For the first time, men in Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be able to show their support for women in the community at the annual ‘Take Back The Night’ (TBTN) march.
The march takes place this year on Friday, Sept. 19. The walk coincides with Sexual Violence Awareness Week. There will also be a luncheon held on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Women’s Centre on Grenfell Street from 11:30 – 1 p.m. which is open to everyone.
“This is the first year in the 20 plus years in this community that men are invited to participate,” explained Krystal Saunders, program coordinator for the Mokami Status of Women Council.
“There are many supportive men in this community and we want to show that this year.”
Generally, Saunders explained, men are not permitted as such to participate, as the purpose of the walk was to empower women and to show they shuoldn't have to be afraid to walk alone at night without having a man to 'protect' them.
"We have been getting a lot of positive feedback about the men being able to take part this year," she said.
According to the website takebackthenight.org, TBTN’s history spans over half a century. Decades ago in Europe, women from many countries met together as a tribunal council to discuss women’s safety when walking down public streets. In 1973, TBTN goers protested pornography in San Francisco, and serial murders of women of color in Los Angeles. In October 1975, a march was held in Philadelphia,… 1
How old should you be before you are permitted to carry and shoot a gun firearm?
For many of us who grew up in Labrador, and indeed throughout the province, we spent many hours chasing our fathers around in the woods setting rabbit snares and hunting partridges.
There was no fear of misuse and dangerous actions associated with this common activity. It was part of who we were and who we are. Our parents taught us the very basics of firearm safety, from how to carry a gun, how to store a gun, how to load a gun and, most importantly, where to point a gun.
But have these basic rules for gun safety been forgotten and lost in certain parts of the world? Specifically, I am referring of course to the United States and the recent (Aug. 25) report just outside of Las Vegas, where a nine year old girl mistakenly shot her gun instructor (who died) with an Uzi sub-machine gun.
This event has caused many firearm ranges to review their polices as it relates to age limits. For most ranges, they are permitted to set their own regulations. My stance on this issue is quite simple folks. Gun control is necessary.
The rate of gun ownership in the United States is much higher than most comparable countries with statistical reports showing that approximately 42.8 per cent of American households owning firearms (including handguns). Other well-developed countries such as Canada have an overall rate of just 15.5 per… 13
I would like to address another issue that I have been having about Muskrat Falls. From what I can see and what I have heard on the news and from people who work there, things are not going very well on the site.
To me, it seems from the beginning there have been issues; always something happening with construction, workers and companies.
First, when Muskrat Falls construction started, there was that ship that sunk and was never retrieved. Then, there was a company that set up a camp at Gull Island. That was before the camp was beautiful - lots of berries. But the company didn't last. I'm not sure what happened - that land was torn up for nothing.
I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels sad and hurt about the destruction at Gull Island - it really hurts me. I used to pick berries with my late sister Rose there. I am sure there were others as well.
There used to be a road there and people camped there too. Now, nobody can drive in there.
The elders in our community are very concerned, especially the ones who have grandchildren working on site, when hearing the concerns of their grandchildren at their workplace.
I can not speak of all my concerns, but I can tell you there are many nights I cry, thinking of our elders and the thousands of years we Innu used the land to provide for families, and taught our children about our…
The RCMP is investigating the suspicious death of a dog in the Labrador community of Nain.
According to RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Rick Mills, the dog’s owner returned to Nain on Sept 5 after traveling outside the community. It was at this time he discovered his dog’s body surrounded by blood.
“He noticed that his dog, which was tied up out front of his house, was dead.”
Mills also said that the dog was being cared for while the owner was away from the community.
The matter is still under investigation, and Mills could not say whether the dog was killed intentionally.
“The matter is under investigation, we can’t determine the cause of the death right now,” said Mills.
The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has officially opened nominations for candidates in the District of Lake Melville.
Nominations are open from 12:00 PM Friday, Sept 12, and will close 12:00 PM on Wednesday, Sept 17
There are currently four people who have publicly stated their intentions at seeking the Liberal candidacy — Lori Dyson, Perry Trimper, Brandon Pardy, and Waylon Williams.
The last Liberal MHA in the district was North West River’s Ernie McLean, who served two terms in office.