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 02, 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 09, 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 09, 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 08, 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...
Grand Falls-Windsor Pays Tribute to Man Known for Keeping Town Clean - VOCMWednesday, March 27, 2019
The Mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor is paying tribute to a man who became a fixture in and around the central Newfoundland town.Billy Ballard was a familiar sight, traveling around town with his bike and cart picking up garbage and recycling items.
(Photo by Glen Fewer on Facebook.)
Ballard passed away on Sunday, September 2 at the age of 75.
Mayor Barry Manuel says Ballard made a “significant contribution” to the community. By keeping the town clean and beautiful.
The funeral mass will take place tomorrow morning at 11:00 from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Grand Falls-Windsor.
View the obituary at this link.
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Deer Lake council follows through on appealed decision and formally rejects crematorium application - The Western StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
The opponents protested outside the town hall during several subsequent council meetings.
The decision of council was appealed by residents Kayla Critch and Stephen Brent. In February, the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board conducted a hearing of the appeal and eventually decided to reverse council's decision.
That set the stage for council to revisit the application, which finally made its way to the council agenda this week.
The vote to reject the application was unanimous. Coun. Dave Parsons, who was absent from the public meeting, would not have been permitted to vote if he had been there due to his conflict of interest.
Coun. Myra Spence, whose husband's company could have been considered for work on the crematorium project, was deemed to not be in a conflict of interest and was allowed to vote Monday.
The appeal board had based its decision on the fact a crematorium is not listed as a permitted or a discretionary use within the Town Centre zone in the town's municipal plan.
Mayor Dean Ball said there are likely several undertakings within Town Centre that the municipality has actually approved in the past, but which are not specifically mentioned in the town's plan.
He gave the example of the cannabis outlet that recently opened in the area. It was not listed as a specific discretionary use when it was approved since the sale of cannabis has only recently become legal.
"This is the first time this has happened to us that I'm aware of," said Ball. "There are lots of things not listed as itemized as discretionary use that we've done in the past.
"I guess with this being a bigger issue with a higher profile and closer to people's hearts, the appeal board decided the decision should be reversed."
Ball said the original decision was based on information provided by staff and this discretionary use issue was not foreseen. He said Parsons could always apply again, but the mayor doesn't believe that will happen.
Parsons could not be reached for comment as of deadline Tuesday to see if he still plans to pursue the crematorium. He has said in the past that, despite the rising demand for a crematorium service in the Deer Lake area, it would not be feasible for his business to build one somewhere other than at the funeral home's location on Main Street.
A new municipal plan the town is awaiting approval by the provincial government does specifica...
Convicted sex offender Donnie Snook allowed escorted absence from prison - CBC NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Police say Snook, who is serving an 18-year prison sentence for abusing boys in two provinces, will be in St. John's, N.L., until Saturday.Correctional Service Canada notified the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary of Snook's arrival in St. John's earlier this week, according to Const. James Cadigan."He's only permitted to attend particular locations in the accompaniment of correctional officers and he'll be returned," Cadigan said.Snook's father died Feb. 24. The funeral will be held in St. John's on Friday, according to an obituary.Snook will be held at Her Majesty's Penitentiary, a provincial jail, overnight during his time in St. John's, Cadigan said.In 2013, Snook admitted to 46 sex crimes against children, including sexual assault, making and distributing child pornography, and extortion.'He hurt a whole community'Snook's crimes sparked outrage and shock in Saint John, where he was a popular youth pastor in the south end.For years, Snook ran a hot lunch program for underprivileged children, "deliberately" placing himself "in the positions to abuse young boys and seriously harm the community which supported him," Judge Alfred Brien wrote in Snook's sentencing decision.Snook was paraded through Saint John City Hall by RCMP following his ...