Bell Island NL Obituaries and Funeral Related News
The clock is ticking on BC's election. Is it ticking even faster for salmon, whales and bears? - National ObserverFriday, June 2, 2017
As stewards of the territory, they will “fiercely defend and protect” their land and way of life, says Hill. Coastal Guardian Watchmen from the Gitga'at First Nation watch over Gribbell Island, home to some of the Great Bear Rainforest's moved beloved Spirit Bears. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffreyThe beating heart of the rainforest The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth, stretching 64,000 square kilometres from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska. It’s a rare and remarkable ecosystem roughly twice the size of Belgium, whose misty fjords, glassy waters, mossy mountains and thundering waterfalls paint a landscape of overwhelming natural beauty. For thousands of years, the rainforest has sustained indigenous populations as one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Its spectacular circle of life includes grizzly bears, orcas, sea wolves, Sitka deer, and the elusive white Spirit Bear — a bear found nowhere else in the world. And the heart of it all, says B.C. biologist Alexandra Morton, are the salmon. “They are a blood stream, a power cord,” she says from her home in Echo Bay, where she has studied Pacific salmon and their habitat for more than 30 years. “They feed everybody. If we pull them out, this coast will go dim.”Salmon are what’s known as a ‘keystone species’ in the Great Bear Rainforest, Morton explains, a creature whose impact on an ecosystem is disproportionately large compared to its biomass. Their carcasses are rich in nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and phosphorus, and when bears and wolves drag them through the forest, these nutrients are deposited in the soil and landscape. From there, scientists estimate they find their way into more than 190 species of the rainforest’s food chain — from moss to mink and seals to Spirit Bears.Isotopes from salmon who return to spawn in the rainforest have even been found in its old-growth trees, says Morton. And the bigger the salmon run, the bigger the trees grow. A Pacific salmon passes its nutrients on to the Great Bear Rainforest's ecosystem during spawning season in August 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffreyWarming waters wearing down salmonBut Pacific salmon — even those who spawn in the far away Great Bear Rainforest — are in trouble. According to scientists from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, exceptionally warm conditions partnered with extreme climate events like El Niño have compromised their diet by bringing smaller, less nutritious plankton into B.C. waters. With them come migrator...
Madonna WisemanTuesday, May 9, 2017
Passed peacefully away at the L. A. Miller Centre surrounded by her loving family on April 23, 2017, age 77 yrs of CBS formerly of Bell Island and Stephenville. Predeceased by husband Ivan (2000), parents Edward Nugent (1984), Elizabeth O'Toole (1986), sister-in-law Margaret Duffy and her husband Michael. Left with fond and loving memories daughters Elizabeth Walsh (Randy), Heather Wiseman - Walsh (Pat), son Maxwell Wiseman (Cora), grandchildren Raegan & Madison Wiseman, Matthew Walsh, Paige Walsh, Peyton Walsh, brothers Gus Nugent (Sheila), Ray Nugent (Marion), Roger Nugent (Florie), Edward Nugent (Bertie), sisters Jean Murphy (Bill), Eileen Gosse, brother-in-law Edward Wiseman (Frances Ann), sister-in-law Mary White (Hector). Also a large circle of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation in the James J. Hickey Memorial Funeral Home, Kelligrews on Wednesday from 2 – 4 pm & 7 – 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:30 am from St. Edward’s Church, Kelligrews. Inurnment in St. Edward’s Cemetery, Kelligrews. Flowers gratefully...
A final Kiss goodbye: Newfoundlander buried in custom-made coffin - CBC.caThursday, March 9, 2017
A man from Bell Island will be buried in a custom-built coffin designed as a tribute to the rock and roll band he loved, days after he received another final wish: a call from Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. Kenny Miller died of cancer Jan. 28. in Cambridge, Ont. He was 52 and a Kiss fanatic from from his early teens, according to friend Paul White. [embedded content]"Kenny's a very special person," said White, whose wife was entrusted with picking out some of the final pieces for the casket, which includes a purple lining, flames on the outside and a Kiss Army fan-club logo.They brought the final design into Miller's hospital room for his seal of approval."I got the nod and the thumbs-up from him and that was enough for me," said White. The KISS coffin being used to lay the late Kenny Miller to rest in Bell Island also includes a dashboard, a nod to his other passion - fast cars. (Submitted)He admitted being "dumbfounded" to learn of his friend's final request, but he knew how much Miller loved the...
Peter KavanaghWednesday, February 8, 2017
Peter Francis Kavanagh—1931-2017
Passed peacefully away at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in his 85th year Peter Francis Kavanagh, of Paradise Newfoundland formerly of Bell Island. Predecease by wife Christina (2003), son Paul(2004), great granddaughter Kyla( 2010). Leaving to mourn two sons Ralph (Anita),Cyril (Angela) daughter-in-law Mary Anthony ,five grandchildren Melissa, Nicole, Noelle, Ashley and Christopher. Also survived by three brothers and four sisters and their families. Visitation in the James J. Hickey Memorial Funeral Home, Kelligrews on Sunday from 7 pm – 9 pm, Monday from 10 am – 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10 am from Holy Family Parish, Paradise. Interment in St. Thomas of Villanova Cemetery, Topsail. To sign the guest registry, or to send a message of condolence, please visit www.hickeysfuneralhome.ca...
Trudeau questioned in ethics probe over Bahamas holiday - Reuters CanadaTuesday, January 24, 2017
Trudeau, more popular than any recent prime minister, has taken a hit with the electorate amid allegations he broke official rules by taking a private helicopter ride to Bell Island, a Bahamas resort owned by the Aga Khan.
Ministers must clear travel on private planes ahead of time with Mary Dawson, the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. Trudeau admits he did not do so and Dawson is now determining whether the trip contravened the Conflict of Interest Act.
"It was a private vacation with a personal friend," Trudeau told a televised news conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. "I am answering questions that the ethics commissioner has for us on that."
Trudeau did not elaborate on the discussion with Dawson. If the ethics commissioner rules against him, Trudeau could face a small fine or a written slap on the wrists.
Trudeau has said he has known the Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini, since childhood. The Aga Khan, the title held by the leader of the Ismaili branch of Shi'ite Islam, was a pallbearer at the funeral of Justin's father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Trudeau is currently on a cross-country tour, an apparent bid to reconnect with voters amid negative headlines about the vacation as well as his Liberal Party's fund raising activities.
Trudeau though is in no immediate danger since the next election is not until October 2019 and both mai...
2 N.L. funeral homes with suspended licences still offer prepaid services to new clients - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Two Newfoundland funeral homes that had their licences for prepaid funerals suspended two years ago still appear to be accepting money from new clients for these services.An undercover CBC News investigation has found that Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Grand Falls-Windsor said it would take money in trust for prepaid services, while Gordon Woolfrey Funeral Home in Lewisporte said it would accept money in trust or through insurance.A Sunset Memorial employee explained how it works over the phone."What happens is obviously a person would come in and select the funeral of their choice, the services and things like that," the employee said."And what happens is then, basically you have a couple of different options in regards with the payments, that sort of thing. What happens is the funeral is paid in full, that price is obviously locked in and money goes into a trust account, and obviously there would be no further payments then."Employees for Botwood, Sunset Memorial and Gordon Woolfrey fu...
Regional appeal board deliberating Corner Brook city council's denial of Country Haven crematorium plans - The TelegramSaturday, March 2, 2019
Coun. Bernd Staeben, who had initially voted in support of the request, had a change of heart.
Parsons appealed the decision and a hearing was held by the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board in Deer Lake Thursday morning.
The appeal board's mandate is not to determine the merit of Country Haven's application. Rather, it must determine if city council abided by the proper rules and regulations in considering its decision.
Board chairperson Lloyd Walters asked if the city had provided a specific reason why the application had been rejected.
Lori Lee Sharpe, the city's solicitor, noted that city staff must cite a specific reason if its recommendation to council is to refuse an application. In this case, staff's recommendation had been to approve it, but the final decision was still left to city council's discretion.
Sharpe said each member of council voted according to their own consciences and the resulting decision did not legally require providing a justification of each council member's reasons for voting how they did.
The board was also told each council member, before they cast their votes, had access to both feedback received from a public notice about the crematorium proposal advertised in The Western Star and the results of surveys sent to 150 households in the area immediately around the funeral home.
There was also some discussion about whether the city correctly treated the crematorium as a discretionary use for the funeral home or if it should have been treated as an accessory use. Sharpe said, either way, the process would have resulted in city council voting according to their own consciences.
Parsons told the board that a story published by The Western Star three days before council's second vote may have been a factor in swaying council's vote. In that story, a woman living near a crematorium in Stephenville, complained about the emissions coming from the facility.
The owner of the Stephenville crematorium refuted what the woman was claiming. Likewise, Parsons contends the emissions from the controlled burning of a state-of-the-art crematorium is safer than a backyard barbecue.
Parsons also told the board he was asked by the city to hold a public forum with his funeral home's neighbours just days before the vote took place. He said that was an impractical request, given such short notice and it would have had to be held on a weekend.
Parsons does want to hold a public forum and will if he gets another chance to add the c...
Regional appeal board reverses Deer Lake town council's decision to approve crematorium - The Western StarSaturday, March 2, 2019
Two of those opponents, Stephen Brent and Kayla Critch, appealed council's decision.
The appeal was heard in Deer Lake last week. In its decision released Tuesday, the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board reversed the council's decision to issue a permit. After hearing evidence at the hearing, the board found that a crematorium is not listed as a discretionary use within the town centre zone in which the funeral home is located and the town didn't exercise its authority appropriately in issuing the permit.
A funeral home is listed as a permitted use in the zone, but a crematorium is not mentioned specifically.
The town must now reconsider the application from Parsons Funeral Home in accordance with its current municipal plan, regulations and any other applicable legislation.
"It's too bad," Parsons said Wednesday. "There are people around town who do support this, but they just don't want to come out and say it publicly because of the way some of the people against it have been getting on."
The Town of Deer Lake recently submitted a new draft municipal plan to the provincial government for approval. In it, there are specific mentions that crematoriums will not be permitted anywhere in the town centre or in the commercial general zones.
The plan does allow for crematoriums to be discretionary uses in either the industrial general zone or the commercial-light industrial zone.
The plan also stipulates that a crematorium will not be located closer than a distance of 100 metres from the boundary of any other zone, except the environmental protection, commercial-light industrial, airport, utility, highway corridor, and rural zones.
It also states that applications for crematoriums must be made separately from applications for new funeral homes.
Parsons said it's not really feasible for his business to purchase land in the town's industrial park and hopes to still find a way to expand his Main Street location to include the crematorium.
He noted it was interesting the appeal board did not fault the town's consideration of the environmental and esthetic concerns brought forth by the crematorium's opponents. He...