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Here & Now Thursday September 12 2019


>>Announcer: THIS IS CBC “HERE & NOW.” (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>WHEN WE LOOKED AT HIS HANDS WE SAW A PUNCTURE BOUND AND THERE WAS BLOOD ON THE END.>>I SAW THAT MY HAND HAD IT AND I TRIED TO RIP IT OUT.>>Anthony: HE WAS PRICKED BY A DIRTY NEEDLE AND NOW SHE’S WONDERING WHO PUT THEM THERE AND WARNING OTHER PARENTS.>>OH, WE HAD HUGE SAFETY CONCERNS. OUR TRUCK WAS NOT ROAD WORTHY ANYMORE AND WE STARTED APPLYING FOR A NEW TRUCK TO NO AVAIL.>>Anthony: SO THE TOWN LAUNCHED A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY TO REPLACE THEIR FIRE TRUCK AND NOW CHASE THE ACE FEVER HAS HIT LITTLE BAY.>>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO “HERE & NOW.” I’M ANTHONY GERMAIN. WE START WITH BREAKING NEWS, A CABINET MINISTER IS IN HOT WATER TONIGHT. A VOICEMAIL MESSAGE CAPTURED PERRY TRIMPER DESCRIBING THE INNU NATION IN LESS THAN A FLATTERING LIGHT. WE HAVE OUR BREAKING STORY FROM OUR NEWSROOM. SO, CHRIS, WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?>>Reporter: WELL, ANTHONY, THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE TO US BY THE INNU NATION. APPARENTLY YESTERDAY MINISTER PERRY TRIMPER HAD A CONVERSATION WITH DOMINIC RICH OF THE INNU NATION. AND THE CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE INNU WANTED TRANSLATION SERVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND DRIVER’S TESTS SO THEY COULD PASS THOSE TESTS. IT APPEARS THAT PERRY TRIMPER THOUGHT HE HAD HUNG UP FROM THAT CONVERSATION, BUT HE DIDN’T. AND WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT SEVERAL MINUTES OF A RECORDED CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH AN UNNAMED, UNKNOWN WOMAN IN HIS PRESENCE, MADE IT ON TO THE VOICEMAIL OF DOMINIC RICH. AND THAT HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC AND GIVEN TO US. AND IT DOES CONTAIN, YOU COULD SAY, UNFLATTERING — THERE ARE OTHER WORDS THAT THE INNU ARE USING TO DESCRIBE THIS, SOME UNFLATTERING DESCRIPTIONS OF THE INNU AND MR. TRIMPER’S OPINION ON WHAT DEALING WITH THEM IS LIKE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE QUOTES OR HAVE A LISTEN…>>Anthony: ALL RIGHT, SO, OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE WAITING FOR SOME OF THAT, AND MAYBE, CHRIS IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MR. TRIMPER DIDN’T MEAN TO NECESSARILY LEAVE THERE AND NOW THE INNU NATION HAS MADE A DECISION TO PUT IT OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR.>>Reporter: AND THEY HAVE. SO A CONVERSATION THEN ENSUED BETWEEN MR. TRIMPER AND SOMEONE IN HIS OFFICE. AND THEY USED WORDS SUCH AS, “PLAYING THE RACE CARD,” AND “ENTITLEMENT” AND THOSE ARE WORDS THAT THE INNU ARE OBJECTING TO. I HAVE SPOKE WEN A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE INNU NATION THIS AFTERNOON AND WE HAVE SPOKEN TO DOMINIC RICH AND HE SAID THIS AMOUNTS TO BETRAYAL AND IT GOES TO THE HEART AND THE CORE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE INNU. AND HE USES THE WORD “RACISM” TO DESCRIBE HOW THIS MAKES HIM FEEL. NOW WE HAVE CONTACTED MINISTER TRIMPER WHO HAD ASKED FOR A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GET BACK TO US. I JUST SPOKE TO HIM JUST MOMENTS AGO AND HE’S ARRIVED IN OUR CBC STUDIOS AND WE’LL HEAR FROM HIM SHORTLY. HE DID TELL ME THAT HE HAD A SENSE FROM A PHONE CALL THAT HE’D MADE THAT HE HADN’T EXACTLY HUNG UP AND SOME OF IT WAS RECORDED. HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE CONTENTS OF THAT RECORDED MESSAGE ON DOMINIC RICH’S PHONE.>>Anthony: ALL RIGHT AND I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT, OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS A BREAKING STORY JUST BEFORE WE WENT TO AIR SO IT’S TAKING TIME TO GET THE AUDIO TO AND YOU WE’LL GET THAT, PRETTY SURE THAT WE WILL, WE MATE HAVE TO WAIT A BIT. AND LAST WEEK PREMIER DWIGHT BALL HAD A CABINET SHUFFLE AND BROUGHT PERRY TRIMPER BACK IN. AND I WAS AT THE SWEARING-IN AND THE PREMIER MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WANTED MR. TRIMPER BACK BECAUSE HE WAS SOMEONE WHO WAS COMPETENT AND HE TRUSTED HIM IN THE PORTFOLIO OF MUNICIPALITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. SO IT IS VERY SUDDEN.>>Reporter: THEY ARE VERY CLOSE, THE PREMIER AND MINISTER TRIMPER ARE VERY CLOSE. I’VE HEARD FROM THE PREMIER’S OFFICE JUST MOMENTS AGO AND WE’RE EXPECTING TO HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THEM. SO IF OUR LISTENERS WILL FORGIVE US, THIS IS UNFOLDING RATHER QUICKLY AND WE’LL HAVE UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. BUT, YES, MR. TRIMPER WAS PUT BACK IN CABINET AND HE WAS THE SPEAKER FOR QUITE SOME TIME. HE WAS PROMOTED OR TRANSFERRED TO THE POSITION OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT. AND HE IS THE MINISTER FOR LABRADOR. AND IT IS QUITE — A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE PREMIER TO TAKE MR. TRIMPER AND TO BASICALLY TELL HIM THAT HE NEEDED HIM IN GOVERNMENT. SO WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE PREMIER’S OFFICE AND MR. TRIMPER IS STANDING BY TO SPEAK WITH US. AND WE’LL HAVE THOSE AS THE SHOW GOES ON.>>Anthony: CHRIS, I APPRECIATE THAT. CHRIS O’NEILL-YATES IS IN OUR NEWSROOM. YOU CAN CHECK OUT MORE AT OUR WEBSITE.>>>IT’S A SUBJECT THAT KEEPS RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY PARENTS, ON PINS AND NEEDLES. CARELESSLY DISCARDED SYRINGES AND TONIGHT A ST. JOHN’S FAMILY HAS FOUND OUT HOW DANGEROUS A DISCARDED NEEDLE COULD BE. AND TERRY ROBERTS WITH THAT STORY.>>Reporter: THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE A HEARTWARMING MOMENT BUT IT’S ANYTHING BUT. AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYTIME TURNED INTO A HORRIFYING ODILE ON WEDNESDAY FOLLOWED BY A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL FOR THIS 8-YEAR-OLD.>>A SYRINGE HIT MY HAND AND THEN THESE TWO. AND IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS DRIED BLOOD.>>Reporter: CALEB AND HIS FRIENDS WERE WALKING BETWEEN NEPTUNE ROAD AND DIANA ROAD NEAR THE AVALON MALL IN ST. JOHN’S WHEN THIS HAPPENED.>>I WAS PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS. AND WE SAW SOME SYRINGES AND WE DIDN’T TOUCH THEM BECAUSE MOM DO NOT TOUCH THEM. AND I FELL AND I HIT MY HAND ON ONE AND I SAW THAT IT WAS IN MY HAND SO I HAD TO RIP IT OUT AND PUT IT ON THE GROUND.>>Reporter: 24 HOURS LATER THE NEEDLES ARE STILL VISIBLE ON THE TRAIL, TRACES OF BLOOD NOTICEABLE ON ONE.>>WHEN MY SON CAME HOME THE PANIC THAT HE HAD WAS INSANE AND YOU COULD SEE AND CLEARLY SEE THAT HE STUCK.>>Reporter: A TINY HAND, A SCARY WOUND.>>I HARDLY SLEPT LAST NIGHT BECAUSE ALL WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THIS AND IT’S BEEN NERVE-RACKING. AND ALL I CAN WORRY ABOUT IF HE’LL BE OKAY AND IF THERE’S A CHANCE THAT HE COULD GET SOME SERIOUS ILLNESS LIKE H.I.V. OR HEPATITIS OR ANYTHING AT ALL.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS THAT DISCARDED NEEDLES ARE COMMON IN HER NEIGHBOURHOOD AND NOW HER SON IS PAYING THE PRICE MUCH.>>HIS BLOODWORK TO BE DONE EVERY SIX WEEK FOR SIX MONTHS OR EVERY MONTH, AND IT DEPENDS. AND YESTERDAY HE WAS UPSET AND HE HAD TWO PANIC ATTACKS IN THE DAY WHERE HE COULD HARDLY BREATHE AND HE FELT THAT HIS THROAT WAS CLOSING OVER. SO HE WAS REALLY TERRIFIED AND HE DIDN’T TAKE IT VERY WELL.>>Reporter: TODAY KALEW IS MORE CALM AND MORE CURIOUS THAN CONCERNED BUT HE’S NOT HAPPY WITH THOSE WHO DITCHED THE DIRTY NEEDLES.>>THEY’RE BAD PEOPLE. LIKE, VERY, VERY BAD PEOPLE.>>I JUST BEING THEY SHOULD THINK WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND STOP BEING SO SHELFISH. THEY DON’T KNOW WHO THEY’LL HURT. SOMEBODY COULD DIE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD BE IN THESE NEEDLES OR INFECTIONS THEY COULD CARRY.>>Reporter: TERRY ROBERTS, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S.>>Anthony: THERE’S A CREW SENT TO CLEAN UP THE AREA. AND THE CITY URGES ANYONE WHO FINDS DISCARDED NEEDLES TO KEEP AT A SAFE DISTANCE. THEY SHOULD CALL ACCESS ST. JOHN’S AT 311 AND TO PROVIDE AS MUCH DETAILS AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE LOCATION TO FIND THEM. WE SPOKE WITH MAYOR DANNY BREEN THIS AFTERNOON AND HE DESCRIBED THE NEEDLE SITUATION AS A MAJOR PROBLEM.>>>ALL RIGHT, THE JACKPOT IS BUILDING AND SO ARE THE CHANCES THAT LITTLE BAY WILL GET A NEW FIRE TRUCK. THE GREEN BAY COMMUNITY STARTED A “CHASE THE ACE” FUNDRAISER BACK IN NOVEMBER TO GET MONEY TO REPLACE THE AGING TRUCK AFTER THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT REJECTED THEIR FUNDING REQUEST. SO NOW THERE ARE JUST EIGHT CARDS LEFT AND SO FAR THE TOWN HAS RAISED $100,000 FOR THEIR NEW TRUCK. “HERE & NOW’S” KATIE BROKEN IS IN LITTLE — KATIE BREEN IS IN LITTLE BAY.>>Reporter: LITTLE BAY IS A SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG FIRE HALL. THERE’S ABOUT A HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SERVES ABOUT 50 500 PEOPLE IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. THEY FOUGHT FIRES WITH A 1983 CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK BUT IT WAS GETTING OLD.>>WE HAD ONE FIREFIGHTER WHO SAID IF WE CAN’T GET A NEW TRUCK, I’M OFF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT UNTIL WE GET A NEW TRUCK. AND HE’S STILL SITTING OFF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT UNTIL WE GET THE TRUCK.>>Reporter: THE OLD TRUCK WAS SWERVING ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE COMMUNITY APPLIED TO GOVERNMENT FOR A NEW ONE. ACCORDING TO THE MAYOR THE PROVINCE TOLD THEM THEY NEEDED A BIGGER GARAGE. SO BETWEEN FREE LABOUR AND OTHER FUNDRAISERS THEY BUILT THIS, BUT THE TRUCK DIDN’T FOLLOW.>>IT’S HEARTWRENCHING, LIKE, TO SEE THOSE FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS PUTTING IT ALL OUT THERE AND WE’RE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY PROMISED US, IT IS — IT IS HEARTWRENCHING. HEARTWRENCHING.>>Reporter: SO LITTLE BAY TURNED TO GAMBLING TO TRY TO GET A TRUCK. AND NOW THEY HAVE RAISED ENOUGH TO COME UP WITH THE COMMUNITY’S SHARE OF THE TRUCK, BUT IN THE MEANTIME THEY’VE TAKEN THE OLD CHEVY OFF THE ROAD.>>TO ME WE’RE IN DIRE STRAITS AND WE NEED A WORLD RESPONSE UNIT WITH WATER. BECAUSE WE ARE TOWNS WITH — WELL, WE ONLY HAVE ONE HYDRANT. AND ST. PATRICK’S HAS NONE. SO WE NEED WATER IN OUR TRUCK.>>Reporter: ABOUT A THOUSAND PEOPLE CAME OUT LAST WEEK TO TRY TO CHASE THE ACE AND THAT’S 10 TIMES MORE THAN THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY. AND THEY’RE HOPING THAT THEY’LL GET THAT SAME NUMBER OUT AGAIN TONIGHT. KATIE BREEN, CBC NEWS, LITTLE BAY.>>Anthony: WELL, FROM ONE LITTLE BAY TO ANOTHER. IN THE NEW YEAR THE NOTRE DAME OUTPORT OF LITTLE BAY ISLANDS WILL LOOK DIFFERENT BECAUSE THE TOWN HAS AGREED TO RELOCATE BY DECEMBER 31st. SERVICES WILL STOP SHORTLY THEREAFTER. NOW GOVERNMENT HAS PLEDGED $8.7 MILLION TO THE PROJECT. THAT MEANS THAT SINGLE PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE $250,000 TO MOVE, WHILE FAMILIES CAN RECEIVE UP TO $270,000. AFTER YEARS OF FAILED ATTEMPTS ALL 54 RESIDENTS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO RELOCATE. THE PROVINCE ESTIMATES THAT THIS RESETTLEMENT WILL SAVE $20 MILLION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS.>>>A 63-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM HARBOUR ROUND HAS DIED AFTER A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT AT THE GOVERNMENT WHARF IN MAIN’S BITE. THE RCMP SAY THAT THE MAN WAS SERIOUSLY HURT IN AN ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. IT HAPPENED AROUND 1:00 AND THE MAN DIED AT THE SCENE. THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS ASSISTING THE RCMP WITH ITS INVESTIGATION. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: IS LESTER’S FARM TOO BIG FOR THE ST. JOHN’S FARMERS’ MARKET? THIS WEEKEND LESTERS IS ALLOWED BACK IN AFTER BEING KICKED OUT OVER CONCERNS FROM SOME SMALLER FARMERS. THE DETAILS ARE COMING UP. (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: IT WAS A LITTLE CHILLY FOR SOME OF US TODAY. BARELY REACHING THE DOUBLE DIGITS IN GANDER, 10°. 9° IN TWILLINGATE. SOME COOL TEMPERATURES AS WELL UP THROUGH CARTWRIGHT. REACHED A HIGH NEAR 15° FOR ST. JOHN’S. BUT IF WE LOOK AT THOSE CURRENT TEMPERATURES, DOWN TO 10° AND WE CAN THANK THAT NORTHERLY FLOW FOR THAT AND THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT. ALONG WITH THAT WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT SOME DRIZZLE. BUT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS IT DOES GET BETTER AND IT WILL FEEL FALL-LIKE, BUT PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND I’LL HAVE ALL OF THE DETAILS COMING UP. (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: AFTER GOING TO COURT “CBC INVESTIGATES” IS ABLE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PROVINCIAL FRAUD AT THE ENGLISH SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT’S BEEN A YEAR SINCE THE QUART HAD ISSUED A DAMN — AUDITOR GENERAL HAD ISSUED A DAMNING REPORT. THEY HAD RENTED A WHEELBARROW, AND THAT WAS THE START OF 9 BIZARRE PURCHASES. THE R.N.C. WAS CALLED IN SO WE WENT TO COURT TO GET POLICE SEARCH WARRANT DOCUMENTS UNSEALED AND THERE’S EVIDENCE OF QUOTE FIXING AND VENDOR COLLUSION. AND LOTS OF ITEMS THAT WERE BOUGHT WITH TAX DOLLARS THAT ARE MISSING. 10 TIMES BETWEEN 2012 AND 2014, TIRES WERE BOUGHT FOR CARS THAT WEREN’T OWNED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD. AND ONE SET OF TIRES COST NEARLY $1,000. AND THOSE TIRES WERE FOR A LUXURY EUROPEAN S.U.V. NOW POLICE BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THESE TIRES MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND IN A SHIPPING CONTAINER ON SOME PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE CONTAINER, WELL, EVEN THAT WAS PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS. BUT, WAIT, THERE’S EVEN MORE — MISSING GENERATORS AND MISSING JET PUMPS AND MISSING FENCING. $170,000 WORTH OF ITEMS BOUGHT WITH TAXPAYERS’ MONEY, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. SNOWBLOWERS AND MOTORIZED BLINDS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL AND A VANITY LIGHT FIXTURE AND A BICYCLE RACK AND A FAWCETT AND A SHOWERHEAD, PAID FOR, BUT WHERE IS ALL OF THIS STUFF? WELL, OUR “CBC INVESTIGATE’S” PRODUCER ROB ANTLE IS JOINING US NOW. WHAT DON’T WE KNOW?>>Reporter: WE DON’T KNOW WHO THE MAIN SUSPECT IS, THEIR NAME, AND THE COMPANIES THAT MAY BE INVOLVED IN THIS. AND THAT’S OFF-LIMITS BY THE ORDER OF THE JUDGE. THESE DOCUMENTS ARE SIX MONTHS OLD AND IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET THEM THROUGH THE COURT PROCESS. AND THE R.N.C. DIDN’T RESPOND WHEN I ASKED WHAT THE CURRENT STATUS IS NOW.>>Anthony: SO THAT’S THE CRIMINAL SIDE OF THIS. AND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN?>>Reporter: OFFICIALS SAY THEY MADE CHANGES LIKE A WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY AND ETHICS TRAINING BUT THE BIG TICKET ITEM IS A NEW FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND IT CARRIES A BIG PRICE TAG, A COUPLE MILLION BUCKS A YEAR TO START AND A MILLION A YEAR AFTER THAT. SO THE PROVINCE IS REVIEWING THAT REQUEST. AND IT’S WORTH NOTING THAT THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SPENDING WATCHDOG MAY HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT THIS. THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE HAD A HEARING JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THEY DIDN’T GET ALL OF THE ANSWERS THEY WANTED AND THEY’LL DECIDE NEXT MONTH WHETHER THEY’LL GO FOR ROUND TWO WITH OFFICIALS FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD.>>Anthony: OKAY, SCRUTINY FROM THEM AND FROM YOU. THANK YOU, ROB. NOW YOU CAN GET MORE ABOUT THIS STORY AND OUR “CBC INVESTIGATES” STORY IS ON OUR WEBSITE AT NTV.CA/NL.>>>SOMEONE SET FIRE TO THE WOODED AREA BEHIND THE HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE IN ST. JOHN’S. THEY BROKE OUT AND IT TOOK HOURS TO CONTAIN. A WATER BOMBER AS WELL AS A HELICOPTER HAD TO TACKLE THE FLAMES FROM THE AIR. THE R.N.C. SAYS THAT THEIR FIRE INVESTIGATORS ARE LEAVING THE INVESTIGATION AND ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE SEEN SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS ON THE LONG POND TRAIL THAT DAY ARE ASKED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH POLICE.>>>THE R.N.C. IS LOOKING FOR A MAN INVOLVED IN A DAYTIME SEXUAL ASSAULT AT THE MUNDI POND AT THE DOG PARK. IT OCCURRED AT 1:00 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THE COMPLAINTANT PROVIDE POLICE WITH A VERY DETAILED DESCRIPTION. POLICE SAY THAT HE’S A MAN IN HIS 40s OR 50s, STANDING 5’7″ OR 5’8″, AND WEIGHING BETWEEN 140 AND 150-POUNDS. HE’S REPORTED TO HAVE SHORT AIR WITH SIDEBURNS AS WELL AS A TOONIE-SIZED SPACER IN HIS LEFT EAR. HE WAS WEARING EYE GLASSES AND A BLACK BASEBALL HAT AND LIGHT BLUE JEANS AND A LIGHT OR GREY HOODIE WITH WRITING ON THE FRONT.>>>WELL, IS LESTER’S FARM TOO BIG FOR THE ST. JOHN’S FARMERS’ MARKET? THIS FALL LESTERS IS ALLOWED BACK IN AFTER BEING KICKED OUT LAST YEAR. THIS IS OVER CONCERNS FROM SOME SMALLER FARMERS BUT A LETTER LEAKED TO CBC INDICATES THAT POLITICAL PRESSURE MAY HAVE HELPED THE BOARD AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET TO CHANGE ITS MIND. “HERE & NOW’S” ZACH GOUDIE REPORTS.>>Reporter: AS THE BIGGEST AND THE MOST ESTABLISHED FAMILY FARM AROUND, LESTER’S FARM OPERATES ITS OWN MARKET. AND TODAY, LIKE MOST DAYS, IT’S BUSY. BUT BEHIND THE SCENES, LESTERS HAS BEEN IN A YEAR-LONG DISPUTE WITH THE ST. JOHN’S FARMERS’ MARKET.>>LEADING UP TO 2018 AND LEADING OFF THE YEAR WE WERE TOLD THAT WE COULD HAVE A SPOT THERE, AND WE HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE OLD FARMERS’ MARKET AS WELL. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN WE GOT THERE IN EARLY AUGUST FOR FIRST TIME, THAT WAS OUR ONE AND ONLY TIME THERE. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED BACK AFTER THAT.>>Reporter: LESTER SAYS THAT THE ST. JOHN’S FARMERS’ MARKET TOLD THEM EFFECTIVELY THEY WERE TOO BIG AND TOO MUCH COMPETITION FOR THE SMALLER FARMS. AND HAVING BEEN PROMISED A SPACE, LESTERS HAD A CROP IN THE GROUND.>>WE WERE SCRAMBLING AND WE WERE LOSING OUR PRODUCE AND WE NEEDED A PLACE TO SELL. AT THE TIME WHEN THEY WERE THROWING DIFFERENT REASONS AT US AND WE WERE NOT SATISFIED WITH IT. AND WE ARE A RESIDENT OF ST. JOHN’S AND OUR BUSINESS PAYS TAXES IN ST. JOHN’S AND WE THOUGHT WE HAD A RIGHT TO BE THERE.>>Reporter: WITH A NEW SEASON AND A NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS THE FARMERS’ MARKET HAS CHANGED ITS MIND. IN A LETTER SENT TO THE FARMER, THE BOARD MEMBER EVAN MURRAY EXPLAINED THAT THEY WILL BE GIVEN LIMITED ACCESS ON SUNDAY MORNINGS ONLY. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS, MURRAY WRITES, BUT THERE’S BEEN POLITICAL PRESSURE APPLIED TO SEE LESTER’S ATTEND. AND THE BOARD WAS CONTACTED BY AN ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER IN THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. THE BOARD IS SEEKING TO FIND A COMPROMISE HERE WITH THE LESTERS THAT WILL SATISFY THEM AND THEIR POLITICAL SUPPORTERS. CHRIS LESTER SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T WANT TO COMPETE WITH THE LITTLE GUY. AND SAYS THAT THE FARMERS’ MARKET SHOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO THE SMALLER VENDORS. BUT OUTSIDE OF PEAK HARVEST SEASON THE FARMERS’ SECTION AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET IS NOT CROWDED.>>I STILL THINK THAT OURSELVES AND OTHER ESTABLISHED FARMERS COULD HELP TO FILL THE VOID. THERE’S NO REASON THAT THE NEW FARMERS CAN’T EVENTUALLY CARRY THE SELECTION THAT WE DO AND HAVING THE SEASON THAT WE DO. AND UNTIL THEN, WHY WOULD THEY NOT ASK US TO GO DOWN THERE AND TO FILL THE GAPS THERE?>>Reporter: LESTER HOPES THAT BEING AT THE SUNDAY FARMERS’ MARKET WILL BRING OUT MORE CUSTOMERS, BENEFITING EVERYONE WHO SELLS THERE. ZACH GOUDIE, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S. (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: BREAKING NEWS, OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT, A NEW CABINET MINISTER AND QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT A CONVERSATION CAUGHT ON TAPE AND SOME QUESTIONABLE REMARKS. THE PREMIER APOLOGIZING TO THE GRAND CHIEF OF THE INNU NATION. WE HAVE THAT STORY COMING UP. AND MR. TRIMPER HAS BEEN GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO COME TO OUR STUDIOS AND WE’LL ASK HIM JUST WHAT HAPPENED.>>Anthony: BACK TO “HERE & NOW” AND OUR TOP STORY, ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PERRY TRIMPER IS CAUGHT ON TAPE DESCRIBING THE INNU AS PLAYING THE RACE CARD. HE WAS HEARD DISCUSSING THE INNU NATION WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN WHO CALLS THE GROUP “ENTITLED.” HERE’S PART OF THAT RECORDING…>>(indiscernible).>>THE RACE CARD COMES UP ALL THE TIME.>>(indiscernible).>>32 YEARS… (INDISCERNIBLE).>>(indiscernible).>>Anthony: ALL RIGHT, SO PERRY TRIMPER HAS BEEN GOOD ENOUGH TO JOIN US LIVE AND HE’S JOINING US NOW IN THE “HERE & NOW” STUDIOS. SO, MR. TRIMPER, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT WHEN YOU SAY “THEY PLAY THE RACE CARD” AND EVEN THE TONE.>>IF I MAY, ANTHONY, THE FIRST THING THAT I’D LIKE TO DO IS TO APOLOGIZE. APOLOGIZE TO MR. RICH AND TO THE INNU OF LABRADOR AND TO THE PEOPLE OF LAKE MELVILLE. THOSE COMMENTS, IT’S NOT THE PERRY TRIMPER THAT I WORK HARD AT AND I DRIFTED AWAY FROM THAT. I WAS ENGAGED IN A CONVERSATION THAT WAS EMOTIONAL, IT WAS FAR REACHING. AND WHEN CHRIS CALLED ME JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO.>>Anthony: CHRIS O’NEILL-YATES.>>CHRIS O’NEILL-YATES — I REALISED, I GOT A NEW iPHONE AND I SAID, WHAT DID I JUST SAY IN THAT ANIMATED CONVERSATION. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT WAS RECORDED OR NOT –>>Anthony: RIGHT.>>I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID IT. IT’S NOT WHAT I HAVE WORKED AT FOR SO LONG AND IT’S NOT WHO I BELIEVE THAT I AM AND THE PEOPLE THAT I BELIEVE IN.>>Anthony: BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WATCHING MIGHT SAY THAT WE HEARD THE REAL PERRY TRIMPER.>>UM-HMM. WELL, THAT’S NOT THE CASE. I’VE WORKED CLOSELY, FRANKLY, WITH THE INNU. IT WAS FOR 32 YEARS NOW. AND AT THE DAVIS INLET AND HELP TO SET UP TWO INNU COMPANIES. I’VE HAD SEVERAL INNU WORKING WITH ME AND I ENJOY CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS WITH MANY OF THEM. I GUESS BY WAY OF EXPLANATION FOR THE CONTEXT OF MY REMARKS, IT’S THE FRUSTRATION OF THE FISCAL CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE AS A GOVERNMENT. I’M BACK IN A CABINET PORTFOLIO AND LOOKING AT FINANCIAL PRESSURES, AND THEN LOOKING AT THE NEED FOR SERVICES.>>Anthony: IN THAT CONVERSATION THOUGH IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE FRUSTRATION WITH THE INNU NATION ITSELF, RIGHT? PLAYING THE RACE CARD. IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY. IT’S THAT THEY PLACE THE RACE CARD.>>WELL, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE ON OCCASION, YOU KNOW, THE ACCUSATION THAT I’VE SOMEHOW — I DON’T SUPPORT THE INNU OR SO ON AND MY CONTEXT FOR THE REMARKS IN THE LAST 32 YEARS, IS, FOLKS, I HAVE 32 YEARS TO DEMONSTRATE MY COMMITMENT TO THESE PEOPLE AND IT’S PLEASE DO NOT ACCUSE ME OF BEING RACIST.>>Anthony: THERE WAS ANOTHER REMARK THAT MAY RAISE QUESTIONS AND DOESN’T HAVE TO DO WITH PLAYING THE RACE CARD BUT HAS TO DO WITH RURAL NEWFOUNDLAND. SO LET’S TAKE A LISTEN TO A DIFFERENT PART OF THE CONVERSATION WHICH WAS RECORDED AND, TO FAIRNESS WITH YOU, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE THAT IT WAS LEFT ON THE RECORDING. LET’S GIVE THIS A LISTEN…>>Anthony: YOU ARE THE NEW MINISTER OF MUNICIPALITIES AND YOU THINK OF A COMMUNITY LIKE ST. BRENDAN’S AND YOU’RE WATCHING — THEY’RE WATCHING “HERE & NOW.” AND WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT?>>THE SERVICES ARE EXTENSIVE AND EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, AND IN MY DEMONSTRATION FOR THE NEED TO PROVIDE TRANSLATING SERVICES, OR THE MATTER THAT MR. RICH AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, IT’S, AGAIN, A HUGE ADDITIONAL COST TO DO IT. OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE DOING THAT AND SO ON, IT’S JUST THE CHALLENGE OF TRYING TO MEET PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS.>>Anthony: ON THE FERRIES, A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE AGREE WITH YOU.>>WELL, YEAH, ANTHONY, ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE CERTAIN FERRY LOCATIONS AND WE’RE GETTING OFF-TOPIC BUT TO EXPLAIN THAT POINT –>>Anthony: WE’RE NOT BECAUSE YOU SAID THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER WITH HELICOPTERS THAN THE FERRIES THAT WE ARE AND MANY THINK THAT WE WOULDN’T BE IN A SPENDING HOLE IF WE DIDN’T FUND THE FERRIES THAT WE CAN’T AFFORD.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE PROVIDE FERRY SERVICES AND THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE MOVED FROM MAINLAND NEWFOUNDLAND TO SOME OF THESE LOCATIONS IT WOULD BE CHEAPER TO PROVIDE HELICOPTER SERVICE. THAT WAS MY CONTEXT.>>Anthony: WELL, I APPRECIATE THE BLUNTNESS. I WANT TO WIND DOWN THE INTERVIEW AND THE PREMIER’S OFFICE PUT OUT A STATEMENT AND THE PREMIER SAYS THAT I SPOKE TO GRAND CHIEF RICH AND APOLOGIZE FORWARD WHAT HAPPENED AND DOES NO WAY IT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF PREMIER BALL OR THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR. AND WE VALUE THE RELATIONSHIP AND HE’S SEEKING A CONVERSATION. WILL YOU HAVE TO RESIGN? THE MINISTER FROM LABRADOR, INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ARE VERY SENSITIVE AND YOU TALKED ABOUT PLAYING THE RACE CALL AND THE TONE OF THE CALL, CAN YOU SURVIVE THIS? WILL YOU HAVE TO QUIT?>>WELL, AGAIN, I THINK THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, FIRST OF ALL, ANTHONY, IS TO APOLOGIZE WHICH IS WHAT I WANTED TO DO AND I THANK YOU CBC AND ARE IF THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TO DO THAT. I FEEL — I HAVE MADE A MISTAKE AND AS I SAID I HAVE DRIFTED AWAY FROM WHO I VALUE IN MYSELF. AND THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO COME CLEAN AND WHETHER IT WAS RECORDED OR NOT, I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THOSE WORD.>>Anthony: CAN YOU REBUILD TRUST?>>I’LL WORK ON IT. IT WILL REALLY BE UP TO THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME AND THE PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, HAVE WITNESSED THIS TODAY. I DO APOLOGIZE ONE MORE TIME.>>Anthony: A ROUGH FIRST WEEK BACK IN CABINET AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO FACE THE TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>[SPEAKING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE] THANK YOU. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: TAKING A WHILE TO GET TO THE WEATHER BECAUSE OF THE BREAKING NEWS BUT THE WEATHER IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT, FIRST, MOST VIEWERS KNOW THAT ASHLEY MOVED HERE FROM THE NORTH, BUT DID YOU KNOW OR REALIZE THAT YOU’D MOVED TO A TROPICAL PARADISE?>>Ashley: NOPE, NOT AT ALL.>>Anthony: THERE’S PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. YOU CAN SEE IT.>>Ashley: THAT’S TRUE, YOU CAN SEE IT. IF YOU HAVE BEEN HIKING OR DRIVING AROUND THE ISLAND, SOME OF OUR WATERS HAVE TURNEDTUR TURQUOISE LIKE DOWN SOUTH. I SPOKE WITH THE SCIENTIST CYNTHIA MACKENZIE TO FIND OUT WHY. WHY DOES IT LOOK TROPICAL?>>BECAUSE THERE’S A BIG BLOOM, AND THE BLOOM IS REALLY SMALL PLANKTON THAT IS LIKE A THOUSANDTH OF A SAND GRAIN AND THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT FROM SPACE. THEY’RE MADE OUT OF CALCIUM CARBONATE AND THAT REFLECTS LIGHT AND THAT’S THE REASON THAT WE CAN SEE THE TURQUOISE COLOUR.>>Ashley: HOW MANY TIMES HAS THIS HAPPENED IN THE PAST?>>IT HAPPENS PERIODICALLY AND USUALLY OFF THE SOUTH BANK. AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT IT’S BEEN IN THE NORTHERN AREAS IN TRINITY BAY AND CONCEPTION BAY AND LASTING FOR SO LONG AND SO INTENSE, SO BASICALLY IT FORMS OFFSHORE AND THEN THE WINDS BRING IT INSHORE AND IT JUST SORT OF STAYS AND IT’S CONCENTRATED.>>Ashley: SO WHAT KINDS OF THINGS HAVE TO HAPPEN FOR A BLOOM LIKE THIS?>>THEY REALLY LIKE A LOT OF LIGHT. NOT ALL PHYTOPLANKTON TOO AND THAT’S WHY THEY SHOW UP REALLY WELL ON SATELLITE IMAGES BECAUSE SATELLITE GOES DOWN TO ONLY FIVE METRES OR SO. AND SO A REGULAR BLOOM YOU WOULDN’T NECESSARILY SEE.>>Ashley: SO HOW LONG DO THEY TYPICALLY LAST?>>USUALLY A FEW WEEKS AND IT DEPENDS ON THE WIND, WHICH DIRECTION THE WINDS ARE — IF WE GET A GOOD OFFSHORE WIND THEY’LL COME OUT AND THEY’LL DISSIPATE AROUND AND STUFF. SO IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE STABILITY OF THE WATER COOLUM AND A LOT TO DO WITH THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND AND THAT SORT OF STUFF. THESE ARE THE SAMPLES THAT A COLLEAGUE OF MINE BROUGHT IN FROM TRINITY BAY. YOU KNOW, MILLIONS IN THERE, YOU CAN’T SEE THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE MICROSCOPIC. THEY HAVE THESE SCALES AND THIS IS THE CAMERA VIEW OF WHAT WE SEE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE. SO YOU HAVE THE CELLS HERE AND THEN AROUND THEM YOU HAVE THESE LITTLE SCALES. AND THE SCALES ARE WHAT YOU SEE THAT ARE THE CALCIUM CARBONATE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY DIE OR FALL APART, THE SCALES REMAIN AND THEY’RE STILL IN THE WATER COLUMN AS WELL. SO YOU’RE NOT JUST SEEING FROM THE SATELLITE IMAGE THE CELLS THAT ARE ALIVE, BUT ALL THE SCALES THAT HAVE EVER BEEN THERE FOR THE LAST WEEK OR TWO AND IT JUST GETS MORE AND MORE AND MORE INTENSE. SO IT MAY HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY BEEN GONE SOONER THAN THIS IF WE HAD NOT THE MIXING FROM THE HURRICANE. THAT MAYBE RECREATED A BIT MORE NUTRIENTS FOR THEM SO THEY COULD JUST CONTINUE ON AND ON. BUT, NO, IT’S THE NUTRIENTS WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF FOOD, THIS IS IT.>>Anthony: IT’S A NICE PICTURE.>>Ashley: YEAH, SO IT’S PRETTY NEAT TO SEE THAT.>>Anthony: IT’S BEAUTIFUL.>>Ashley: DIDN’T HAVE FAR TO GO TO GREECE APPARENTLY.>>Anthony: SOME SHOT NEAR HOLYROOD BUT IT’S TRUE, IT LOOKS FANTASTIC.>>Ashley: EVERYONE HAS BEEN COMMENTING ON IT AND SO IT’S NICE TO BE KNOW WHY IT’S HAPPENING.>>Anthony: PHYTOPLANKTON.>>Ashley: EXACTLY. AND LET’S CHAT ABOUT HOW THE TEMPERATURES WERE LESS THAN DESIRABLE TODAY AND WE’LL LOOK AT THAT. 9° IN TWILLINGATE AND JUST BARELY REACHING THE DOUBLE DIGITS FOR GANDER AND BADGER, CORNER BROOK ONLY REACHED A HIGH OF 11° AS WELL. AND WE CAN THANK A NORTHERLY FLOW FOR THAT AND YOU CAN SEE THE TEMPERATURES NOW ARE CONTINUING TO DROP FOR THE ISLAND. ST. JOHN’S NOW DOWN TO 9°. AND, AGAIN, IT’S THOSE WINDS. SO WE ARE SEEING THOSE NORTHWESTERLY WINDS NOW. ST. JOHN’S, GUSTING TO 43 KM/H. THAT WILL CONTINUE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT. AND THEN WITH THAT AS WE DO SEE WITH THIS NORTHERLY FLOW, WE’LL LIKELY SEE DRIZZLE, ESPECIALLY ON THE NORTHEAST COAST. AND THEN THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE AVALON AS WELL. AND NOW OTHERWISE THINGS SHOULD CLEAR OUT TONIGHT AND THAT’S GOING TO LEAD TO A FROST ADVISORY. THOSE WINDS WILL BE LIGHT FOR THE WEST COAST. AND PARTS OF CENTRAL. AND ONCE WE START TO SEE THOSE CLEARING SKIES THOSE TEMPERATURES WILL DIP, ESPECIALLY IN THE LOW-LYING AREAS, DOWN INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS, POTENTIALLY THE ZERO MARK. SO PATCHY FROST IS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. NOW FOR THE AVALON, WE SHOULD STAY IN THE MID SINGLE DIGITS AROUND 6°. NOT IN THAT WARNING BECAUSE WE’LL STAY CLOUDY FOR THE MOST PART AND THOSE WINDY CONDITIONS AS WELL. THE NORTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE, UPWARDS OF 50 km/h. AND GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, LIKELY 0°. CORNER BROOK, 3°. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS FOR PORT AUX BASQUE AND THEN THE SKIES SHOULD CLEAR AS WELL. AND THEN CLEAR BUT COOL EVENING FOR MOST OF LABRADOR. AGAIN, 5° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, AND LAB CITY DOWN TO 0° AND YOU’LL SEE A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS AND THAT SHOULD CLEAR OUT AS WELL. BUT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW, NOT A WHOLE LOT IS HAPPENING. THIS GREEN IS MORE THAN LIKELY SOME CLOUD COVER, BUT YOU MIGHT SEE A FEW SPITS OF RAIN WITH THAT AS WELL. AND OTHERWISE WE’RE LOOKING AT CLEAR SKIES ACROSS THE BOARD AND IT’S GOING TO FEEL VERY FALL-LIKE THOUGH AS WE GET INTO AND CONTINUE WITH THAT NORTHERLY FLOW. SO HERE’S YOUR TEMPERATURES. 11° SHOULD TOP OUT AS YOUR DAYTIME HIGH IN ST. JOHN’S. AGAIN, THOSE WINDS NORTH/NORTHEASTERLY AND STAYING QUITE BREEZY FOR THE AVALON AND EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND, 30-50 km/h. AND OTHERWISE THE WINS ARE NOT TOO BAD FOR THE ISLAND AND THE TEMPERATURES ARE WARMER AS WELL, 15°, AND 14° FOR CORNER BROOK. A LITTLE COOL BUT SUNNY FOR BURGEO AS WELL AT 15°. ST. ANTHONY 14°, AND THE NORTHWESTER LEASE, 10-15 km/h. AND NORTHERN LABRADOR, BACK INTO THE TEENS AND HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY AT 16°. AND LAB CITY, SITTING AT 13°. MIGHT SEE A CHANCE OF A FEW SHOWERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY, BUT THEN YOU SHOULD SEE SOME CLEARING AS WELL. AND SO AS FAR AS SATURDAY GOES, THAT HIGH PRESSURE IS MOVING IN, WHICH IS WHY WE’RE SEEING CLEAR SKIES TOMORROW. AND SO IT SHOULD STAY QUITE INTACT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY ON SATURDAY. YOU’LL SEE A BIT OF A TEMPERATURE JUMP UP AS WELL. AND THEN FOR THE REST OF THE WEEKEND, IT’S NOT TOO BAD. SO HERE’S YOUR TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY. 17°. BY THE TIME THAT NEXT WEEK ROLLS AROUND WE’LL GET INTO THAT CHANCE OF RAIN AND 12° FOR TUESDAY. AND ESSENTIALLY THE SAME FORECAST FOR CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLAND, BUT TUESDAY IT LOOKS LIKE THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO REALLY DIP BACK INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. FOR WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND, 18°, DIPPING DOWN TO 10° AND LOOK AT THE TEMPERATURE ON TUESDAY NIGHT, 0°. AND UP THROUGH EASTERN LABRADOR THOUGH, AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE TEEN TEMPERATURES BY SUNDAY WE’LL GET BACK INTO THAT SHOWER ACTIVITY AND CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY AND THE LOWS INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. AND ALSO FOR WESTERN LABRADOR, AND RAIN RIGHT THROUGH ON TUESDAY. SO THAT’S A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST AND WE’LL HAVE THE WEATHER PHOTO COMING UP LATER.>>Anthony: IF YOU ARE HITTING THE ROAD AND THINKING ABOUT DRIVING CONDITIONS THERE’S NOW AN APP FOR THAT. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS LAUNCHED A DIGITAL AND PHONE SERVICE. THIS IS TO KEEP THE RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS UP-TO-DATE ON KEY TRAVEL INFORMATION. IT’S A NEW N.L.511 SMARTPHONE APP. AND IT WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES AND SCARY STATUS UPDATES AND WEATHER. THE PROVINCE WILL TEST IT THIS WEEKEND WITH THAT MAJOR HIGHWAY DETOUR NEAR AVONDALE THAT CEC HAIRE WAS TELLING BUS ON “HERE & NOW.” AND USERS CAN SHOW SPECIFIC FEATURES AND GET NOTIFICATIONS ON THE UPDATES ON THE HIGHWAYS AS YOU’RE USING THEM.>>EVERY TIME YOU DO A WEBSITE OR AN APP OR EVEN THE PHONE LINE THERE’S ALWAYS BUGS AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE’LL STILL HAVE SOME BUGS TO WORK OUT. BUT ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE WANTED TO GET IT OUT EARLY IS THAT WE REALIZED THAT ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE TIMES FOR THE NEW 511 SERVICE IS GOING TO BE OUR WINTER MONTHS. WE GO INTO WINTER OPERATIONS ON OCTOBER 17th. AND BY THAT TIME WE HOPE TO HAVE AS MANY OF THE BUGS AS POSSIBLE OUT.>>Anthony: WELL, WHAT DOES ALMOST $150 MILLION GET YOU? IF YOU’RE GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK IT BUYS REPAIR WORK TO BRIDGES AND ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS AS WELL AS TRAILS. “HERE & NOW’S” LINDSAY BIRD REPORTS.>>Reporter: IT’S ALWAYS HAD NATURAL BEAUTY BUT GROS MORNE NOW BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST PAVEMENT IN THE PROVINCE. THAT’S BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS POURED MONEY INTO THE PARK. $148 MILLION SINCE 2014. ALL OF IT SPENT ON OVERHAULING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE, FROM HIGHWAYS TO BRIDGES TO PASSING LANES. WORK THAT IS NOW REACHING THE END OF THE ROAD.>>IT’S REALLY BEEN FORTUITOUS AT TIME FOR THE GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK TO UNDERTAKE A LOT OF THAT WORK WHICH ORDINARILY WOULD BE WAY BEYOND OUR INTERNAL RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH.>>Reporter: THE FEDERAL CASH IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE $3 BILLION SPENDING PLAN FOR PARKS CANADA. PARK STAFF SAY THAT THE UPDATES LIKE THESE NEW CAMPGROUND WASHROOMS AT GREEN POINT WERE DECADES OVERDUE.>>A LOT OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE WAS AGING AND WE WERE DEALING WITH A LOT OF DETERIORATING TRAILS. AND CONDITIONS THAT WE COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH IN TERMS OF OUR — OR REGULAR WORK CREWS AND OUR REGULAR BUDGETS.>>Reporter: PARK STAFF SAY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS BRINGING BIGGER RAINFALLS TO THE PARK AND MANY OF ITS TRAILS HAVE SUFFERED EROSION, LIKE HERE AT THE BASE OF GROS MORNE MOUNTAIN. WORK IS NOW UNDERWAY ON IT AND TWO OTHER OF THE PARK’S MOST POPULAR TRAILS THAT ARE MEANT TO MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAIN WEATHER.>>THAT’S WHAT IS PUTTING WATER ON THE TRAIL AND CAUSING THAT EROSION THAT WE HAVE. SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE ADDRESS THIS NOW, OTHERWISE, THINGS ARE — WHICH ARE BAD NOW ARE GOING TO JUST GET MUCH WORSE AND THEN WE’LL GET INTO SITUATIONS WHERE WE’RE POTENTIALLY LOSING THE TRAILS ALL TOGETHER.>>Reporter: SOME OF THIS CASH IS YET TO BE SPENT. THE CAMPGROUNDS AT SHALLOW BAY, LOMAND AND TROUT RIVER ARE SET TO GET A MAKEOVER, WORK THAT ONLY BEGINS WHEN THE TOURISM SEASON WINDS DOWN. LINDSAY BIRD, CBC NEWS, GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK TO “HERE & NOW.” WE’RE GOING TO HEAD BACK TO LITTLE BAY AS EXCITEMENT BUILDS IN THE “CHASE THE ACE” FUNDRAISER THERE. THEY ARE RAISING MONEY FOR A FIRE TRUCK. AND CHASE THE ACE IS DOWN TO EIGHT CARDS WITH THE DRAW IN A COUPLE HOURS FROM NOW. THE JACKPOT NEARLY $40,000 BIG ONES. AND KATIE BREEN IS IN LITTLE BAY THIS EVENING.>>Reporter: BACK IN LITTLE BAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LINEUP. AND I’M JOINED BY WHO? WHAT IS YOUR NAME?>>BERLE KING.>>Reporter: WHAT BROUGHT YOU OUT?>>I DON’T KNOW. I JUST FOLLOW CHASE THE ACE.>>Reporter: YOU HAVE BEEN ON CBC FOR CHASE THE ACE.>>OH, YES, TWICE BEFORE.>>Reporter: ANYTIME THAT THERE’S AN ACE I’M AFTER IT.>>NOT ONLY YOU AND YOUR SIX SISTER IT’S — SEVEN SISTERS, WE FOLLOW IT ALL THE TIME.>>Reporter: WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?>>CANNING’S COVE.>>BONAVISTA BAY.>>Reporter: DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A SHOT AT THE $40,000?>>WHY NOT? AS GOOD A CHANCE AS ANYBODY ELSE.>>Reporter: HOW MANY TICKETS WILL YOU TRY TO GET?>>PROBABLY $40 FOR MYSELF.>>Reporter: HOW ABOUT YOU?>>$40.>>Reporter: BETWEEN THE SISTERS YOU’LL HAVE A FAIR BIT INTO THIS.>>WE’RE ALSO BUYING FOUR SISTERS NOT HERE.>>Reporter: BIG MONEY.>>OH, YES.>>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS IDEA OF A FUNDRAISER TO TRY TO GET THE COMMUNITY A NEW TRUCK?>>I THINK THAT IT’S GREAT. YOU KNOW, THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE CHURCHES, WHATEVER. I LIKE SUPPORTING THE CHURCHES AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.>>Reporter: AND YOU’LL KEEP CHASING THE ACE?>>I AM.>>Reporter: IT DOESN’T MATTER THE CAUSE?>>NO, NO.>>Reporter: THERE YOU GO. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU IN HERE. SO WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO GET HERE TODAY?>>I’M NOT GOING TO ANSWER THAT.>>Reporter: NOT TODAY?>>NOT TODAY, NO. I’M GOING BACK ON SATURDAY.>>Reporter: HAVE YOU BEEN HERE FOR THE ACE BEFORE?>>YES.>>Reporter: WHAT WAS THE CROWD LIKE?>>OH, CRAZY. AND I GREW UP HERE AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT MANY CARS EVER.>>Reporter: I HEARD THAT GETTING OUT OF TOWN WAS CRAZY.>>MY MOM LIVES UP THERE JUST ACROSS THE BRIDGE.>>Reporter: THAT’S HANDY.>>LIKE A TROLL.>>Reporter: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OLD TRUCK THEY USED TO HAVE?>>THEY NEED TO REPLACE IT, THERE’S NO DOUBT, YEP, BECAUSE IT’S OLD EYE THINK THAT IT’S AN 80s G.M.>>Reporter: 1983.>>SO IT SHOULD BE REPLACED, ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: AND DO YOU THINK THAT THERE’S A CHANCE THAT THE ACE COULD GO TONIGHT?>>PRETTY GOOD CHANCE. I MEAN, THEY’RE DOWN TO EIGHT CARDS. SO IT’S GETTING PRETTY, PRETTY CLOSE.>>Reporter: HAVE YOU RUN INTO ANYONE BEING HERE, LIKE LAST WEEK THAT YOU KNEW? IS IT LIKE A REUNION?>>COUSINS AND THIS MAN HERE, I HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR YEARS. AND JUST SAW HIM FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS.>>Reporter: IS THIS A DOOR OPENING NOW?>>THE DOOR IS OPENING.>>SEE YOU LATER, CANADA.>>WE’VE GOT TO GO.>>Reporter: ANTHONY, BACK TO YOU.>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAMME. TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT DATE ON THE HINDU CALENDAR. IT’S MARKING THE END OF A 10-DAY CELEBRATION. AND FOR HINDUS ACROSS THE WORLD THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CARNIVALS AND FOR HINDU NEWFOUNDLANDERS IT’S A BEACH DAY.>>Reporter: IT’S THE BEACH BEST KNOWN FOR ROLLING CAPELIN AND CAMP FIRES. BUT ON THIS DAY IN EARLY SEPTEMBER MIDDLE COVE IS BRIGHT WITH COLOURS. (♪♪♪) HINDUS FROM AROUND THE AVALON PENINSULA ARE HERE ON THE BEACH TO SEND OFF THEIR BELOVED GOD. MUSIC AND PRAYERS UNDER THE SUNSHINE. CENTRE STAGE ON THE ROCKS OF MIDDLE COVE SITS THE IDOL OF GANISHA. BUT BEFORE THE TRIP TO THE BEACH THERE’S THIS. AT THE HINDU TEMPEL IN ST. JOHN’S, THE COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR SPECIAL PRAYERS.>>WE ALL GET TO CELEBRATE GANESH’S BIRTHDAY BECAUSE IT HELPS US A LOT.>>Reporter: IF YOU DON’T GET AN IDOL AT COSTCO YOU MAKE THEM BY HAND.>>I STARTED WITH PLAY DOUGH SO THE FIRST TIME I TRIED, AND I IMAGINED AND THEN CARVED HIM SIMPLY. AND YEAR BY YEAR I WAS JUST ADDING LITTLE BIT DETAILS.>>Reporter: WHEN GANESHA MAKES IT TO MIDDLE COVE THAT’S NOT THE END OF THE TRIP AND NOW COMES THE FUN PART. GANESHA IS GOING FOR A SWIM. FOR THE GENERATIONS OF NEWFOUNDLAND HINDUS THIS DIP IN THE OCEAN IS A ROUTINE, BUT TODAY IT’S TAKING A DIP.>>GOD IS IN A FORM OF GANESHA, ONE WHO REMOVES OBSTACLES. PEOPLE MAKE AN IDOL OUT OF CLAY, AND IT IS IN THE FORM OF A HUMANOID BODY WITH AN ELEPHANT’S HEAD. ONCE YOU MAKE IT, YOU INVOKE THE LORD INTO THAT FORM. THAT INVOCATION IS YOUR BELIEF. YOU ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR ANY MISTAKES THAT WE HAVE DONE, AND EVEN IN WORSHIPING THE LORD OR IN GENERAL. IN LIFE WE GO THROUGH MANY THINGS. AND THEN YOU RELEASE THE INVOCATION AND YOU INVOKE GOD INTO THAT FORM AND YOU RELEASE THE INVOCATION. AND GOD GOES BACK INTO THE UNIVERSAL FORM.>>Reporter: MIDDLE COVE HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF THIS CELEBRATION FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS. MAKING GANESHA A PIECE OF NEWFOUNDLAND CULTURE AND HISTORY. FOR “HERE & NOW.”>>Anthony: GREAT COLOURFUL STORY. YOU DIP IN THERE AND YOU’RE FORGIVEN FOR ANYTHING.>>>THROUGHOUT THE SHOW YOU HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT LITTLE BAY AND HOW THE COMMUNITY IS CHASING THE ACE TO REPLAY THEIR RICKITYY OLD FIRE TRUCK. AND KATIE BREEN SPOKE TO THE FIRE CHIEF.>>Reporter: I’M KATIE BREEN AND I’M IN LITTLE BAY AND JOINED WITH STEVE WALKER, THE FIRE CHIEF DOWN HERE. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU’RE THE REASON THAT ALL OF THIS CHASE THE ACE STARTED?>>WELL, IN SOME SENSE, YES. SMALL FIRE DEPARTMENT LIKE OURS, WE MAINLY RUN ON FUNDRAISING. SO WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT IDEAS ON FUNDRAISING. AND NEARBY COMMUNITIES OF ST. PATRICK’S TRIED ONE LAST YEAR SO WE SAID THAT WE’D TRY ONE THIS TIME.>>Reporter: BUT YOU WERE DOWN TO EIGHT CARDS AND ALMOST $40,000 IN THE JACKPOT?>>IT SHOULD BE OVER $40,000 TONIGHT. SO WE NEVER DREAMED THAT IT WOULD GO THIS FAR. BUT IT’S A LOT OF WORK, BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT IN THE END.>>Reporter: WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO RAISE HERE THROUGH ALL OF THIS?>>WELL, HOPEFULLY A TRUCK IS OUR MAIN GOAL, BUT THE EQUIPMENT TO GO WITH THE TRUCK, ALONG WITH LIKE BUNKER GEAR AND S. ARE C.B.A.s AND RADIOS, I MEAN, WE DON’T HAVE ANY OF THAT. SO WE’LL USE THAT MONEY IN PURCHASING NEW EQUIPMENT.>>Reporter: BECAUSE I HEARD ABOUT THE OLD TRUCK. YOU WERE BACK IN WHAT WAS AN 83 CHEVY PICKUP?>>THAT’S WHAT WE HAD AS A FIRE TRUCK. SINCE THAT, LAST YEAR WE GOT A TRUCK FROM HYDRO DONATED TO US. SO IT TOOK US ABOUT A YEAR, AGAIN, WITH FUNDRAISING, TO GET THAT ONE ON THE ROAD AND GET IT PAINTED UP. SO IN JULY WE PUT OUR OLD TRUCK OUT ON TENDERS AND NOW WE’RE USING THE HYDRO TRUCK AS OUR SERVICE TRUCK.>>Reporter: WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU DID HAVE THAT OLD ONE IN SERVICE? LIKE, WHAT KIND OF SAFETY CONCERNS DID YOU HAVE AS FIRE CHIEF?>>IT WAS SCARY, WHOEVER WAS DRIVING IT. BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE CALLED TO A FIRE, SAFETY GOES OUT OF THE WINDOW BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GET THERE AS FAST AS YOU CAN. AND, LIKE, IT WAS DANGEROUS. YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.>>Reporter: NOW THIS NEW PUMPER TRUCK THAT YOU HOPE TO GET, THAT WILL HAVE WATER ON THE BACK SO YOU’LL BE ABLE TO, I GUESS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO DO WITH THAT?>>THE THING ABOUT HAVING WATER IMMEDIATELY INSTEAD OF RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO HOOK UP PUMPS SO THAT TAKES TIME TO GET PUMPS TO THE WATER SOURCE AND GET THE HOSES OUT AND VERSUS HAVING A TRUCK ON THE SIDE WITH THE WATER ALREADY IN IT.>>Reporter: DO YOU VERY OFTEN GO TO FIRES WHERE THERE’S NO WATER SOURCE THERE?>>NOT YET. WE’VE BEEN LUCKY SO FAR, BUT THEY’RE IN ST. PATRICK’S AND IT’S OUR WORST AREA AND THE WATER IS SO FAR AWAY FROM THE MAIN ROAD. SO IT TAKES TIME TO GET WATER UP THERE.>>Reporter: SO THERE’S THAT RISK THERE.>>YEAH, EXACTLY RIGHT.>>Reporter: AND HOPEFULLY NOW THE MONEY RAISED WILL HELP TO GO TO THE PUMPER TRUCK TO CUT DOWN ON THAT RISK AND WE’LL SEE HOW THAT WILL GO TONIGHT AND WE’LL GET MORE PEOPLE?>>LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT 1,1 1,100.>>Reporter: ANTHONY, BACK TO YOU.>>Anthony: KATIE BREEN, I HOPE THAT SHE REMEMBERED TO GET MY TICKET. (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: YOU MIGHT KNOW WHERE THIS IS TO IF YOU ARE WATCHING JUST A COUPLE MINUTES AGO.>>Anthony: EASY PEASY.>>Ashley: I’M CONFIRM YOUR (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: WELL, FROM THE TURQUOISE STORY THAT SHE DID EARLIER AND A BIT OF A TROPICAL THEME TONIGHT.>>Ashley: WE DO, YES. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BEACHES THAT I HAVE BEEN TO SO FAR AND I KNOW THAT THERE’S A LOT AROUND.>>Anthony: OAHU?>>THAT’S A GOOD ONE TOO.>>Ashley: MIDDLE COVE BEACH WHICH YOU SAW FEATURED IN THAT STORY. BUT BEAUTIFUL WAVES. JOAN BERRY SENT US THAT.>>Anthony: HAVE YOU BEEN THERE FOR A BONFIRE?>>Ashley: I HAVE. I HAVE TO GET BACK THERE AND JUST FIND TIME TO DO IT.>>Anthony: I’M ASK HER ABOUT IT AFTER WE GO OFF AIR. DETAILS ON TWITTER. A GREAT PICTURE.>>Ashley: THANK YOU FOR SENDING THAT IN. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SEND INTO TO US, [email protected]>>Anthony: WE’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.>>Ashley: GOODNIGHT. (♪♪♪)

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