Here & Now Wednesday, September 4, 2019


>>Announcer: THIS IS CBC “HERE & NOW.”>>Anthony: GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO “HERE & NOW.” WE START IN NAIN AND A CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM THAT IS BUILT ON FEAR. THAT INFORMATION IS PART OF AN INDEPENDENT REPORT. IT REVEALS HOW INUIT CHILDREN AND YOUTH ARE TREATED WHEN THE PROVINCE REMOVES THEM FROM THEIR HOMES FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. AS JACOB BARKER REPORTS, THE CHILD AND YOUTH ADVOCATE SAYS THAT HAS TO CHANGE IN INUIT CULTURE AND FAMILIES ARE TO BE PROTECTED.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE REPORT AND THERE WERE OVER 550 PEOPLE INTERVIEWED AND IT TOOK OVER A YEAR TO WRITE AND IT’S CALLED “A LONG WAIT FOR CHANGE” AND PARTS DON’T PAINT A PRETTY PICTURE ON HOW INUIT PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN THE PROVINCE’S CARE. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IS NOT REGARDED AS A RESOURCE BUT AS A SOURCE OF FEAR, THE REPORT CONCLUDED. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THERE’S A PERVASIVE SENSE OF FEAR AND MISTRUST OF OUR CHILD PROTECTION AUTHORITIES. RICHARD LEO WAS LISTENING CLOSELY AT TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT. HE HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES.>>AND IT’S HARD AND FRUSTRATING AND WE NEED TO LOOK AT THIS TODAY AND WORKING TOWARDS GETTING MY TWO DAUGHTERS HOME.>>Reporter: HIS TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS AND DAUGHTERS WERE IN THE CARE, THOUGH HE DOESN’T HAVE CUSTODY OF THEM, HIS FIGHT TO GET THEM BACK HAS PAID OFF. THEY’RE BACK IN THE COMMUNITY BEING CARED FOR BY A FAMILY MEMBER, THOSE HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TOUGH TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT GIVES HIM HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.>>SO WE CAN WORK ALONG WITH THEM AND NOT AGAINST THEM AND WORK TOGETHER, THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. AND NOT ONE BEING HIGHER AND ONE BEING LOWER, WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME LEVEL.>>Reporter: THE 33 RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT CALL FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXHAUST ALL OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING KIDS WITHIN THEIR FAMILIES AND WITHIN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. INCLUDING PROVIDING THE SUPPORT NEEDED TO GO TO AN INUIT LED CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM AND TAKING THE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN RETAIN THEIR INUIT CULTURE, LANGUAGE AND VALUES. IT ALSO SAYS THAT THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION.>>IT’S A TWOFOLD APPROACH AND ONE IS IMMEDIATE, TO MAKE IT BETTER. AND THE OTHER PIECE IS TO START WORKING ON A BIGGER SYSTEMIC CHANGE THAT MEANS IT WILL LOOK DIFFERENT FOR THE FUURE.>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT IT’S BEEN A LONG PROCESS BUT THERE’S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.>>I KNOW THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE CHALLENGE IN HOW, YOU KNOW, WE WORK AT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT, AGAIN, LIKE THE ADVOCATE SAID THAT WE HAVE COLLABORATION AND THAT WE WORK HARD TOGETHER.>>I FEEL POSITIVE THAT THAT OUR PRESIDENT WILL STAND BY THE FAMILIES, NOT ONLY ME BUT IN OTHER COMMUNITIES AND HOPEFULLY WORK WITH US AND THE PROVINCE TO IMPROVE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE IMPROVED IN OUR COMMUNITY.>>Reporter: LISA DEMPSTER, THE MINISTER, WAS IN THE ROOM TODAY LISTENING ON AND SHE SAID THAT AFTER THE EVENT THAT THE PROVINCE HAS ALREADY ADDRESSED SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE NEW CHILDREN YOUTH AND FAMILIES ACT WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT IN JUNE AND SHE POINTED OUT THAT THERE’S NOW A FULL COMPLEMENT OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE INUIT COMMUNITIES. BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE WORK TO BE DONE MOVING FORWARD WITH THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND, OF COURSE, MORE FUNDING WOULD BE NECESSARY. JACOB BARKER, CBC NEWS, NAIN.>>Anthony: TO ANOTHER IMPORTANT STORY IN THE BIGLAND, THERE’S BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF COMPLAINTS SINCE THEY STARTED SERVICING THE COAST OF LABRADOR THIS SUMMER AND NOW PASSENGERS ARE SPEAKING OUT ABOUT LABRADOR MARINE’S SCREENING PRACTICES. “HERE & NOW” OBTAINED THIS VIDEO TAKEN LAST WEEK AND IT SHOWS LABRADOR MARINE STAFF GOING THROUGH A PASSENGER’S LUGGAGE. NOTICE THAT THE WORKER DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE WEARING GLOVES AND THE SEARCH IS HAPPENING IN THE OPEN ON A DIRT ROAD. LILA EVANS HAS STRONG CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PRACTICE AND I SPOKE WITH HER EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.>>NOWHERE ELSE IN NEWFOUNDLAND OR LABRADOR, LIKE, SAY, IF YOU’RE GOING — TAKING THE BOAT FROM PORT AUX BASQUE OR FOGO ISLAND OR BELL I’LL DO YOU RANDOMLY CONDUCT SEARCHES. THERE WAS NO PLANNING AND NO ADVANCED NOTICE AND THIS WAS SOMETHING JUST PUT TOGETHER AND IT’S BECAUSE IT’S THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY.>>Anthony: NOW EVANS ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THIS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND WORKS SAYS THEY’RE ALSO GETTING INVOLVED. MORE ON THAT STORY AND THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF THE SEARCHES IN MY COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH M.H.A. LELA EVANS IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES.>>SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>Anthony: IT’S BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH THIS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAD, 29 YEARS LATER, “HERE & NOW” IS FOLLOWING HIS DAUGHTER ON HER FIRST DAY. THAT’S JUST AHEAD. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: NOT A BAD FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SOME OF YOU OUT THERE. THE TEMPERATURES SITTING IN THE 20° RANGE FOR MOST OF US AND MID 20s FOR CENTRAL. 23° FOR BADGER AND WE’VE GOT COOLER AIR UP THROUGH LABRADOR, AND HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY AT 16°. 7° IN LABRADOR CITY. AND WE ARE SEEING A COUPLE OF THE SYSTEMS IN PLAY OVER THE NEXT — WELL, AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE WEEKEND. THE FIRST ONE IS BRINGING SOME HEAVY RAINFALL TO PARTS OF LABRADOR AND SOME WIND WARNINGS IN PLACE AS WELL. I’LL HAVE MORE DETAILS ON THAT. AND THEN THE OTHER SYSTEM THAT WE’RE ALL TALKING ABOUT IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME — FOR HURRICANE DORIAN, RATHER, TO MAKE OUR WAY TO OUR NECK OF THE WOODS. I’LL TELL WHAT YOU WE CAN EXPECT AS OF NOW AND OBVIOUSLY THAT WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS BUT I’LL HAVE THOSE DETAILS COMING UP.>>Anthony: AN UPDATE ON A SAD STORY FROM LAST WEEK ABOUT A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT AT THE NEW COLLEGE OF THE NORTH LANTIC BUILDING IN STEPHENVILLE. 55-YEAR-OLD GERARD DROVER OF SPANIARD’S BAY DIED AS A RESULT OF THAT ACCIDENT. NOW DROVER REPORTEDLY PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY BECAUSE OF A BRAIN INJURY. THIS IS DAYS AFTER THE SCISSOR LIFT THAT HE WAS OPERATING CAME INTO CONTACT WITH AN OVERHEAD INDUSTRIAL FAN. NOW DROVER WAS SAID TO BE WEARING ALL OF HIS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AT THE TIME. MR. DROVER LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE, FOUR CHILDREN AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN.>>>AND IN A ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING A STABBING IN THE CITY OF DOWNTOWN AREA YESTERDAY, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A DISTURB AN ON LIVINGSTONE STREET AROUND 2:00 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. AND THE R.N.C. IS NOW LOOKING FOR CCTV FOOTAGE FROM THAT AREA TO HELP WITH ITS INVESTIGATION. FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION OFFICERS WERE SEEN PHOTOGRAPHING THE AREA YESTERDAY. NO ARRESTS HAVE YET BEEN MADE.>>>A BIG PLAYER IN THIS PROVINCE’S WEED BUSINESS. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS SIGNED ANOTHER DEAL TO PRODUCE AND SELL EVEN MORE MARIJUANA. “HERE & NOW’S” MARK QUINN HAS MORE.>>Reporter: REMEMBER WHEN THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT GAVE CANOPY GROWTH A $40 MILLION TAX BREAK TO BUILD A GROWING FACILITY IN ST. JOHN’S? WELL, IT’S DONE AGAIN. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ANOTHER GROUP WILL GET THE SAME TAX BREAK TO BUILD ANOTHER MARIJUANA PRODUCTION FACILITY IN ST. JOHN’S. ATLANTIC CULTIVATION AND OXLEY CANNABIS HAVE TEAMED UP ON THE PROJECT. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT IT’S A GOOD DEAL THAT WILL CREATE MORE THAN 100 JOBS AND BRING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE PROVINCE.>>OTHER PROVINCES HAVE OPTED TO USE THINGS LIKE PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS OR TO DO AN UPFRONT GRANT OR A TAX BREAK. WE’RE NOT PROVIDING ANY GOVERNMENT MONEY TO ANY OF OUR AGREEMENT, DID NOT PUT ANY TAXPAYER MONEY AT RISK. IT’S UP TO THE COMPANY TO PERFORM. AS THEY PERFORM AND MAKE SALES WITHIN THE PROVINCE, THE PROVINCE WILL GET A BENEFIT AND WE GET A RETURN. THE RISK IS WITH THE COMPANY.>>Reporter: ATLANTIC CULTIVATION WILL BUILD THE NEW FACILITY AND IT SAYS THAT THE TAX ARRANGEMENT MEANS THAT IT WILL HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND PRODUCE MORE MARIJUANA HERE IN THIS PROVINCE.>>BECAUSE OF THAT, WE’RE CREATING MORE JOBS, AND I DON’T THINK THAT WOULD HAVE NECESSARILY HAPPENED IF WE NEVER HAD THE INCENTIVE, AND SO, AGAIN, IT’S AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME BECAUSE THEY EFFECTIVELY CREATED MORE JOBS.>>Reporter: THIS LAND BEHIND ME OFF KENMOUNT ROAD IS WHERE THE NEW FACILITY IS SCHEDULED TO BE BUILT. THE LAND SALE CLOSED TODAY AND THE COMPANY SAYS THAT IT WILL START BUILDING LATER THIS MONTH. MARK QUINN, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S.>>Anthony: WELL, PARKING AT HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE IN ST. JOHN’S HAS BEEN CASING HEADACHES FOR YEARS NOW. AND TODAY EASTERN HEALTH ANNOUNCED THAT IT’S MAKING A NEW 58-SPACE PARKING LOT NEXT TO THE JANEWAY AND A NEW VALET-STYLE PARKING SERVICE. A NEW OVERFLOW PARKING SERVICE WILL START THIS MONTH WHICH WILL MEAN 45 MORE SPACES IN THE VISITOR OVERFLOW LOT AND 96 MORE SPACES FOR STAFF. ACCORDING TO EASTERN HEALTH, PARKING STAFF WILL GUIDE THE DRIVERS TO A SPACE AND FROM THERE YOU’LL HAND OVER YOUR KEYS AND RECEIVE A TICKET STUB AND THEN THE KEYS WILL BE PLACED IN A SECURE OVERHEAD LOCKER. AND THE STAFF MEMBER WILL THEN HELP TO GET YOUR VEHICLE WHEN YOU COME BACK.>>>WELL, IT’S TIME NOW TO CHECK IN WITH JEREMY EATON WHO IS TAKING THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BEAT SERIOUSLY AS HE DID WITH ALL OF THE EATON BEATS AND HE’S IN THE MEMORIAL ST. JOHN’S CAMPUS TONIGHT. JEREMY?>>Reporter: ANTHONY, I WANT TO WELCOME YOU BACK TO THE DESK AND COMPLEMENT YOU ON YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL HAIRCUT.>>Anthony: THANK YOU.>>Reporter: ANYWAY, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE’S A NUMBER OF STUDENTS BEHIND ME AND THERE’S A BIT OF VIDEO GAME PLAYING GOING ON AND THERE WILL BE SOME LIVE MUSIC. BUT EARLIER TODAY THE CAMPUS WAS ABECAUSE AS THE STUDENTS WERE BACK TO SCHOOL AND WE’LL HAVE MORE OF THAT LATER IN THE SHOW.>>Anthony: WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. NOW STAYING WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL, HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS STILL DON’T KNOW WHO THEIR TEACHERS ARE THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE ENGLISH SCHOOL BOARD STILL HAS A LOT OF EMPTY POSITIONS TO FILL. CBC’S PETER COWAN EXPLAINS.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO STILL BE HIRING ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, BUT IT’S A BIGGER PROBLEM THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME THERE WERE ABOUT 40 POSITIONS LEFT TO FILL, BUT RIGHT NOW THE SCHOOL BOARD IS LOOKING FOR ALMOST 90 TEACHERS, THAT’S DOUBLE THE NUMBER FROM LAST YEAR. THEY STARTED HIRING BACK IN MAY BUT YOU GET A DOMINO EFFECT. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, A TEACHER AT ONE SCHOOL MAY APPLY ON AN OPEN JOB AT ANOTHER THAT THEN LEAVES AN OPENING AT THEIR OLD SCHOOL AND A TEACHER MAY MOVE FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL TO FILL THAT JOB. SO THEY KEEP MOVING AND MOVING AND CREATING MORE JOBS TO FILL. WHY IS IT WORSE THIS YEAR? IT’S THANKS TO A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT. THIS TIME THE TEACHERS ARE BEING HIRED BASED ON SENORITY SO MORE OF THEM DECIDED TO MAKE A MOVE.>>MORE TEACHERS FELT THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO BE MOBILE. SO THERE’S A LOT MORE APPLICANTS FOR POSITIONS. AND BECAUSE OF THE PROCESS WE HAD A LOT OF REJECTIONS OF THE JOBS. SO THE TEACHER WOULD ACCEPT A POSITION AND THEN LATER ON THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER POSITION ADVERTISED AND THEY WOULD THEN ACCEPT THAT ONE, HAVING TO REJECT THE OTHER. SO YOU HAVE A DOMINO EFFECT THAT GOES RIGHT UP UNTIL AUGUST.>>Reporter: EVERY CLASSROOM WILL AT LEAST HAVE A TEMPORARY TEACHER IN IT UNTIL ALL OF THAT HIRING IS DONE, BUT WHAT DOES SWAPPING TEACHERS OUT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR DO? THAT DEPENDS WHO YOU ASK. THE TEACHERS’ UNION HAS A VERY DIFFERENT OPINION THAN THE BOARD.>>IT CERTAINLY MAKES FOR A BUMPIER START FOR THE CLASSROOMS AND FOR THE STUDENTS AFFECTED.>>THE IMPACT WILL BE MINIMIZED AND I’M CONFIDENT THAT THE IMPACT IS MINIMIZED NOW.>>Reporter: THE SCHOOL BOARD DOESN’T WANT TO BE AT A SIMILAR SITUATION IN THE START OF THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR SO THEY WILL SIT DOWN WITH THE TEACHERS’ UNION AND FIGURE OUT A PROCESS THAT MINIMIZES THE CHAOS. PETER COWAN, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S.>>Anthony: WHEN YOU THINK BACK TO WHEN YOU STARTED SCHOOL AND THE MEMORIES, MAYBE SCARY, MAYBE HAPPY. WELL, ONE LITTLE GIRL HAD AN EXTREMELY MEMORABLE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL TODAY AS SHE WOKE UP TO A CAMERA CREW IN HER LIVING ROOM. 29 YEARS AGO “HERE & NOW” FOLLOWED CHRIS TILLEY ON HIS FIRST DAY AND TODAY HIS DAUGHTER SOPHIA IS OFF TO KINDERGARTEN. SO “HERE & NOW’S” ZACH GOUDIE CAPTURED THE MOMENT, FROM 1990 TO HIS GIRL’S FIRST DAY IN 2019.>>Reporter: SOPHIA TILLEY IS WAKING UP TO A NEW WORLD. EVEN IF SHE’S STILL A LITTLE SLEEPY.>>COME ON, YOU’VE GOT TO EAT. YOU’RE GOING TO BE STARVING AT SCHOOL IF YOU DON’T EAT.>>Reporter: TODAY IS ALSO A FIRST FOR MOM, NICOLE BARELLA, AND DAD, CHRIS TILLEY.>>AS MUCH AS I’M SAD SEEING HER GO TO SCHOOL, WHICH MEANS SHE’S GETTING OLDER, IT’S STILL VERY EXCITING AND SHE’LL MEET NEW FRIENDS AND GET NEW EXPERIENCES OVER THE NEXT 13 YEARS.>>Reporter: FOR CHRIS, HIS OWN FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS GETTING HARDER TO REMEMBER, BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE TO REMEMBER IT.>>HAVE YOUR BREAKFAST.>>NOW?>>NOW, YES, IT’S ALMOST TIME TO GET READY TO GO TO SCHOOL. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: WAY BACK IN 1990, “HERE & NOW” SET OUT TO CAPTURE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCE FROM LEAPING OUT OF BED TO THE FINAL BELL. CHRIS WOUND UP BEING THE STAR.>>30 YEARS AGO IT SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME AGO BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE VIDEOS, IT LOOKS EVEN LONGER OF YOU SITTING IN THE FRONT SEAT AND A BOOSTER SEAT. AND THE CAMERAS GOING THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL. SO IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE, BUT IT’S CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT I WATCH ON A REGULAR BASIS AND MY FRIENDS REMIND ME OF MY NINJA TURTLE SHEETS.>>Reporter: BUT SOME PARTS OF SOPHIA’S MORNING LOOKS JUST LIKE HER DAD’S, PUTTING ON THE SPECIAL OUTFIT AND RUSHING TO EAT BREAKFAST AND PACKING THE BOOKBAG AND BRUSHING YOUR TEETH.>>SAY CHEESE.>>Reporter: BUT THESE DAYS POP TAKES THE PICTURE WITH HIS PHONE.>>SAY HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.>>I’M GOING TO SCHOOL TODAY!>>Reporter: SHE WON’T BE RIDING IN THE FRONT SEAT LIKE DAD BUT CHRIS HOPES THAT SOPHIA WILL ENJOY THE JOURNEY THAT BEGINS TODAY.>>THE MAIN THING I WOULD SAY IS JUST TO HAVE FUN, AND BE RESPECTFUL OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET IN SCHOOL AND ENJOY EVERY DAY. AND MY PARENTS SAID THAT SCHOOL DAYS ARE THE BEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. AND I HOPE THAT SHE ENJOYS EVERY DAY OF SCHOOL BECAUSE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT WE’LL BE AT HER GRADUATION.>>Reporter: JUST LIKE HER DAD SHE CAN ALWAYS LOOK BACK ON HOW IT STARTED. ZACH GOUDIE, CBC NEWS, PORTUGAL COVE-ST. PHILIP’S. (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: NOT A BAD EVENING OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND LOOKING OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO, THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS LOOK A LITTLE BIT UNSETTLED FOR SOME OF US, BUT I’LL HAVE ALL OF THE DETAILS COMING UP. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK. HI, MY NAME IS ANTHONY AND YOU ARE?>>Ashley: ASHLEY.>>Anthony: YES, I HAVE A DISTANT MEMORY. IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I DID STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU, SORT OF, BY WATCHING YOUR FISHING EXPLOITS. A FEW COD OVER THE SUMMER.>>Ashley: JUST A FEW.>>Anthony: SOME OF US COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BIG FISH THAT GOT AWAY. BEFORE WE GET TO THE WEATHER A STORY ABOUT A WHOOPER THAT DID NOT GET AWAY. GLENN BEST REELED IN THIS HUGE 418 KILOMETRE TUNA. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING.>>Ashley: THAT CONVERTS TO 922-POUNDS OF BLUEFIN TUNA.>>Anthony: AND GLENN LIVES IN FOGO BUT HE CAUGHT THIS OFF PRINCETON ON THE BONAVISTA PENINSULA AREA AND HE AND A COUPLE FRIENDS ARE TRYING THEIR LUCK BECAUSE A LOT OF TUNA WERE SEEN IN THAT AREA. AND GLENN HOOKED INTO IT AROUND 9:40 a.m. AND THEY HAD IT REELED INTO THE BOAT JUST BEFORE 11:00.>>Ashley: THEY CERTAINLY HIT THE JACKPOT WITH THIS ONE. BY THE WAY, THEY SOLD ALL 922-POUNDS OF IT TO A LOCAL RESTAURANT, MINUS, OF COURSE, A SMALL FEED FOR THEMSELVES. THAT’S A GIANT FISH.>>Anthony: IT SURE IS. WHAT IS A SMALL FEED WHEN IT’S 922-POUNDS?>>Ashley: THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION.>>Anthony: ANYHOW, QUITE A CATCH.>>Ashley: A BEAUTIFUL CATCH.>>Anthony: SO I WAS THINKING OF YOU A LOT AND WATCHING THE INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE GIVEN THIS INCREDIBLE WEATHER STORY THAT HAS DEVELOPED. WITH DORIAN, YEAH. SO YOU MUST HAVE BEEN BUSY ANALYSING EVERY SINGLE MODEL.>>Ashley: EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, YEAH. IT’S A GOOD LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND FOLLOWING OTHER FORECASTERS AND ALL OF THAT SORT OF STUFF. SO IT’S ON THE WAY POTENTIALLY TO SEE US, THE REMNANTS OF IT, TO SEE US. YEAH, WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A LITTLE BIT. BUT WE’LL TALK A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO WHAT WE’RE SEEING — OR DID SEE THIS AFTERNOON, I GUESS. THE TEMPERATURES A LOT WARMER THAN YESTERDAY FOR SOME AREAS. 21° IN ST. JOHN’S. AND IT FELT MISSIONY AS WELL TODAY. AND 23° FOR CORNER BROOK AND THEN WE’VE GOT THOSE COOLER TEMPERATURES UP THROUGH LAB CITY. 7° WAS THE AFTERNOON HIGH. AND 16° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY AND THOSE TEMPERATURES NOT MOVED MUCH, JUST BY A DEGREE THIS AFTERNOON. AND CURRENTLY SITTING AT 18° IN ST. JOHN’S. AND SO AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT, THERE IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL ON THE WAY UP THROUGH LABRADOR. PAY ATTENTION TO THIS BLUE CREEPING UP ON THIS SCREEN. COULD WE SEE A LITTLE BIT OF WET SNOW IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS FOR LAB WEST? LIKELY JUST IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS. BUT THE POTENTIAL CERTAINLY EXISTS THERE. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT HEAVY RAIN MOVING TOWARDS THE COAST IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. AND THEN EVENTUALLY WE’RE GOING TO START TO SEE SOME SHOWERS MOVE THROUGH AS WELL BY MORNING FOR THE WEST COAST. THE SOUTH COAST WILL SEE THAT OVERNIGHT AND THEN THE AVALON WILL SEE THAT POTENTIAL FOR SOME SHOWERS AS WELL. SO WITH THAT SYSTEM UP IN THE BIGLAND, RAINFALL WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR CHURCHILL FALLS AND THE VALLEY AS WELL AS NAIN, HOPEDALE TO MAKKOVIK UNDER A WIND WARNING WITH GUSTS OUT OF THE NORTHWEST NEAR 100 km/h. SO HERE’S WHAT RAINFALL TOTALS LOOK LIKE AS OF NOW. ANYWHERE FROM 30 TO 50 mm IT LOOKS LIKE. SOME SPOTS COULD SEE UPWARDS OF ABOUT 60 IN SOME AREAS IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BIGLAND. OTHERWISE, YOU’RE LOOKING AT 20-30 mm OF RAIN. SIGNIFICANTLY LESS AS YOU HEAD DOWN THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN LABRADOR. BUT OVERNIGHT TONIGHT THOSE TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS. SO ANOTHER MILD EVENING AND THOSE WINDS GOING TO PICK UP SLIGHTLY, EVEN MORE SO THOUGH AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. AND THE SOUTHERLY WINDS, 15-20 km/h AND YOU’LL SEE GUSTY WINDS FOR THE WEST COAST, UPWARDS OF 50 km/h. AND, AGAIN, A CHANCE OF SHOWERS MOVING THROUGH. AND THEN UP THROUGH LABRADOR, 7° AGAIN TONIGHT FOR LAB CITY AND THOSE WINDS BY MORNING WILL PICK UP. SO YOU’RE LOOKING AT 20-40 km/h WINDS AND THEN SITTING IN THE TEENS AGAIN FOR SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE BIGLAND. SO INTO TOMORROW, THAT RAIN WILL MOVE THROUGH AND WE SHOULD SEE SOME CLEARING IN BEHIND. NOT UNTIL THE EVENING OR THE OVERNIGHT HOURS FOR THE METRO AREA. AND UP THROUGH LABRADOR, AGAIN, SOME OF THAT BLUE IS CREEPING IN FOR THE BIGLAND, SO WE COULD SEE SOME WET FLURRIES AGAIN LIKELY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURES WILL STILL BE SITTING AS YOU CAN SEE FROM WHAT I JUST SHOWED YOU INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AND/OR THE DOUBLE DIGITS. SO HERE’S YOUR TEMPERATURES FOR TOMORROW. SIMILAR TO WHAT WE’RE SEEING TODAY. 24° IN ST. JOHN’S AND, AGAIN, THE WINDS PICK UP TOMORROW. AND WE’LL SEE THAT RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD. WE MIGHT SEE SOME SUN PEEK OUT AT TIMES THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL AND THE NORTHEAST COAST AS WELL. AND THEN 18° ESSENTIALLY UP THE COAST AND GROS MORNE 17°, AND COOLER FOR PARTS OF LABRADOR, AGAIN TOMORROW, AND ESPECIALLY FOR LAB CITY, SITTING AT 8°. SO HERE’S YOUR FORECAST AND WE’LL LOOK AHEAD TO THE WEEKEND WHEN I COME BACK. (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: THE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IS UNDERWAY IN THE BAHAMAS. AND THE ISLAND NATION WAS BATTERED BY HURRICANE DORIAN AND ASHLEY AND I WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT. EMERGENCY WORKERS ARE TRYING TO REACH VICTIMS AND TAKE THE FULL STOCK OF THE IMPACT OF THIS DISASTER, AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED BUT THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO RISE. DORIAN PUMMELLED THE BAHAMAS FOR MORE THAN A DAY AND A HALF AND IT’S NOW MOVING NORTHWARD OFF THE COAST OF FLORIDA WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 165 km/h. FOLLOWING WHAT ASHLEY TOLD YOU ABOUT THE LOCAL IMPACT, THE PLAN TO SHUT DOWN A SECTION OF THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY IS ON HOLD BECAUSE OF THE EXTREME WEATHER HEADED OUR WAY. TRAFFIC DELAYS WERE COMMON ON THE T.C.H. AT THE AVONDALE INTERCHANGE EARLIER THIS SUMMER. WELL, THE HIGHWAY CREWS WERE REPLACING A CULVERT THAT WAS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE OVERPASS AND NOW A MASSIVE NEW CULVERT NEEDS TO GO UNDER THE HIGHWAY ON THE EAST SIDE. SO TO DO THAT WORK THEY NEED TO SHUT DOWN THE DIVIDED HIGHWAY FOR FOUR DAYS. BUT THE WEATHER THAT’S ON THE WAY, WELL, THAT POSTPONES EVERYTHING.>>YEAH, WE HAVE A TRENCH THAT’S GOING TO BE SOME 26 FEET DEEP AND A CULVERT 270 FEET LONG. YOU KNOW, THE CRANE OPERATION IS GOING TO REQUIRE THREE LIFTS, ABOUT 50 TONNES EACH. SO, YOU KNOW, WE NEED CERTAIN WIND CONDITIONS, AGAIN, THIS WEEKEND’S FORECAST IS NOT FAVOURABLE. AND, LIKEWISE, THE PUMPS THAT WE’RE USING TO ACTUALLY DIVERT THE WATER IN THIS TRENCH CAN HANDLE — WE HAVE ESTIMATED AROUND 25 mm OF RAIN. AND, AGAIN, WE’RE NOT CONFIDENT IN THE LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY THAT WE’RE SEEING IN THE FORECAST MODELS FOR THIS WEEKEND THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT.>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK TO “HERE & NOW.” WE RETURN TO OUR TOP STORY. LABRADOR MARINE’S CONTROVERSIAL SEARCHES OF FERRY PASSENGERS IN NAIN AND RIGOLET. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OBTAINED BY “HERE & NOW” SHOWS A WOMAN WITH HER LUGGAGE ON THE GROUND AS A WORKER GETS HER TO POKE THROUGH HER BELONGINGS. ARE THESE SEARCHES CONSENSUAL? AND WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION? AND ARE THEY JUSTIFIED? LELA EVANS SAY THAT THE SEARCHES ARE INVASIVE AND DISCRIMINATORY AND SHE WANTS ANSWERS AND IS JOINING ME NOW. SO, MISS EVANS, WHAT CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT THIS PRACTICE?>>ONE OF MY CONCERN IS THAT NO NOTICE WAS GIVEN. AND ALSO SOME PEOPLE NEVER GAVE THEIR PERMISSION TO BASICALLY TO BE NOTIFIED AND THEY SHOWED UP AND THE ACTUAL CREW WAS GOING THROUGH THEM. NOT AS YOU SEE THERE — THIS IS A BIT LATER WHERE THE CREW IS GETTING THE WOMAN TO GO THROUGH HER LUGGAGE. SO IT’S BASICALLY — IT’S QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOUR, RIGHT. AND WHY IS IT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?>>Anthony: LET’S LOOK THAT THE VIDEO RIGHT NOW TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS. SO AS WE LOOK AT THE IMAGES, WHAT DO YOU SEE HERE? WHAT IS IMPORTANT?>>WELL, I SEE A WOMAN, — WELL, I SEE BASICALLY PEOPLE FROM THE NORTH COAST HAVING THEIR LUGGAGE THERE ON THE DOCK AND IN THE DIRT. AND EVERYBODY WITH ONLOOKERS CAN GO AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE. THERE’S NO PRIVACY. AND IT’S VERY — I WOULD SAY THAT IT’S DEMORALISING. IT’S — I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT. IT’S VERY, VERY SAD.>>Anthony: IS THE FACT THAT IT’S ON THE GROUND, YOU KNOW, AND HAVING PROFESSIONAL SEARCHERS WITH GLOVES AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE WHAT HAPPENS AT THE AIRPORT, RIGHT. THIS SEEMS SPONTANEOUS ON THE GROUND AS YOU SEE THERE. DOES THAT BOTHER YOU?>>IT BOTHERS ME BECAUSE LIKE I SAYS THAT PEOPLE WERE NOT GIVEN ANY ADVANCED NOTICE THAT THEIR BAGS WOULD BE SEARCHED. AND WHAT ARE THEY SEARCHING FOR? AND WHY IS IT HAPPENING ON THE NORTH COAST? NOWHERE ELSE IN NEWFOUNDLAND OR LABRADOR, LIKE, SAY, IF YOU’RE GOING OVER AND TAKING THE BOAT FROM PORT AUX BASQUE OR FOGO ISLAND OR BELL ISLAND DO YOU RANDOMLY CONDUCT SEARCHES.>>Anthony: SO WHAT ARE YOU INSINUATING THERE?>>I’M INSINUATING THAT THERE WAS NO PLANNING AND NO ADVANCED NOTICE AND THIS WAS SOMETHING JUST PUT TOGETHER. AND IT’S BECAUSE IT’S THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY.>>Anthony: THAT’S A FAIRLY SERIOUS ACCUSATION. SO YOU’RE SAYING THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS MAY BE RACIALLY MOTIVATED?>>I WOULD SAY THE FACT THAT IT WASN’T PLANNED AND THAT IT LEAVES US OPEN TO RACIAL PROFILING, DISCRIMINATION, BULLYING AND A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS BECAUSE IT’S NOT PLANNED OUT AND I DON’T KNOW IF THEY CONSULTED ANYONE ABOUT THE LEGAL ISSUES.>>Anthony: RIGHT. AND I GUESS THAT THE ISSUE RAISED IF SOMEONE IS TAKING A FERRY TO FOGO AND GOT ALCOHOL OR SOMETHING ELSE IN THEIR LUGGAGE, THOSE PIECES OF LUGGAGE AREN’T SEARCHED FROM WHAT WE KNOW.>>NO.>>Anthony: AND THE ARGUMENT IS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE INTOXICATED AND WHETHER IT WAS DRUGS OR ALCOHOL AND LABRADOR MARINE WANTS TO PREVENT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOUR. DO YOU SEE ANY JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS, AND SEE IT FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW AND IF THEY WANT TO STOP THIS BEHAVIOUR.>>IF THIS WAS ANYTHING ELSE, THEY WOULD HAVE PUT THOUGHT AND PLANNING INTO THE PROCESS AND THEY LOOKED AT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. AND IF THE PROBLEM IS ON BOAT, WHY AREN’T THEY ADDRESSING IT ON THE BOAT, RIGHT? AND IF THEY’RE SEARCHING THROUGH THE LUGGAGE WHAT ARE THEY SEARCHING FOR? SO WHO ARE THEY TARGETING, RIGHT?>>Anthony: I GUESS THAT THEY’RE SEARCHING AND COMING ACROSS EVERYBODY’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND WHATEVER ELSE THEY HAVE IN THERE.>>NO NOTICE, BASICALLY OPEN UP YOUR SUITCASE THERE AND THERE WAS NO ADVANCED NOTICE AND, LIKE I SAYS, PEOPLE — SOME PEOPLE DIDN’T EVEN CONSENT TO HAVING THEIR LUGGAGE SEARCHED WHEN IT HAPPENED.>>Anthony: CERTAINLY RAISED A LOT OF ISSUES. AND A FINAL QUESTION FOR YOU, WHO SHOULD ANSWER FOR THIS, WHAT ANSWERS DO YOU WANT?>>I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT PLANNING WENT INTO IT AND IS IT LEGAL AND IT GOES BACK TO THE FACT THAT WE’RE AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF HISTORY WHERE IN ACTUAL FACT WE WEREN’T TREATED FAIR. AND THERE’S A LOT OF CONCERNS THERE, SO I’D LIKE FOR THEM TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHY THIS HAPPENED AND WAS IT PLANNED.>>Anthony: OKAY.>>WELL, THEN WE’LL KNOW.>>Anthony: WELL, ALL RIGHT, LELA EVANS, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Anthony: AND TRANSPORTATION AND WORKS SENT IN A BRIEF STATEMENT ON THIS STORY SAYING “THEY TAKE THE ISSUE VERY SERIOUSLY AND OFFICIALS IN LABRADOR WILL MEET WITH LABRADOR MARINE THIS WEEK.” WELL, LAST WEEK LABRADOR MARINE DEFENDED THE PRACTICE, THEIR OPERATIONS MANAGER TOLD CBC RADIO IN PART THAT THEY RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEARCH PASSENGERS’ LUGGAGE AND THE SEARCHES ARE DONE TO CURB THE USE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. LABRADOR MARINE SAYS THAT ITS CUSTOMERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ALLOW THE SEARCH OR NOT GET ACCESS TO THE FERRY. (♪♪♪)>>>DO YOU HAVE A STORY FOR US? IF SO, GET IN TOUCH. YOU CAN EMAIL US AT [email protected] AND SEND A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AT CBCNL.>>>WELL, TIME TO CHECK BACK IN WITH JEREMY EATON ON THE CAMPUS OF MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY IN ST. JOHN’S. JEREMY, MEETING ANY FIRST YEAR STUDENTS, THE NERVOUS ONES?>>Reporter: ANTHONY, WE’RE MEETING A LOT OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS TODAY AND MET A LOT OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS JUST HANGING AROUND HERE. AND PEOPLE WANT TO COME UP AND SAY HI. AND MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY IS AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL THESE DAYS. BUT THERE’S A BIT OF A MUN CARNIVAL OUTSIDE TO WELCOME STUDENTS BACK FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. HERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE MET AND SOME OF THE ACTION THAT WE SAW.>>I HAVE CLASSES THIS MORNING AND SO I’M MEETING NEW FRIENDS AND TRYING THE DUNK TANK.>>Reporter: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS?>>GO TO CLASS. PACE YOURSELF AT WORK. A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO WORK OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. I SUGGEST THAT 15 HOURS A WEEK, FOR ME I TRIED TO DO MORE THAN THAT AND IT DID NOT WORK OUT. SO GO TO CLASS AND DON’T WORK TOO MUCH. WORK ON YOUR SCHOOL STUFF.>>Reporter: AND DON’T HAVE TOO MUCH FUN?>>YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH FUN.>>I THINK THAT IT’S REALLY, REALLY FUN AND THE PEOPLE SAID BEFORE WHEN — PEOPLE SAID BEFORE THAT THERE ARE HARSH WINTERS HERE BUT NOW THE WEATHER IS FINE. AND THE PEOPLE ARE REALLY AWESOME. THEY’RE WELCOMING. AND REALLY FRIENDLY. AND THAT’S WHY I’M HAVING A REALLY GOOD TIME HERE. (♪♪♪)>>AND PEOPLE ARE AWESOME. I’M LOVING IT, ACTUALLY. SO I’M HOPING TO ENJOY THIS YEAR.>>IT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT THAN WHAT I’M USED TO, BUT I’M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT I’LL GET THE HANG OF IT EVENTUALLY.>>Reporter: HOW DO EVENTS LIKE THIS MAKE YOU FEEL? OR HOW DO EVENTS LIKE THIS WORK TO HELP YOU TO FEEL MORE WELCOME AT THE NEW CAMPUS?>>IT JUST MAKES IT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH EVERYONE. I JUST STARTED TALKING TO STACY OVER HERE AND IT’S BEEN REALLY GREAT. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MEET PEOPLE AND TO ENJOY THE CAMPUS. IT’S BEEN REALLY GREAT.>>PROBABLY OUR FOURTH RUNNING OF OUR BOOTH. AND IT’S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN A FUN AND ENGAGING WAY TO TALK ABOUT A VERY DIFFICULT AND SERIOUS TOPIC THAT WE DEAL WITH HERE. THE ALWAYS ASK CAMPAIGN AND THE STICKER BOOTH IS ABOUT CONSENT MESSAGES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A SUPPORTING CLIMATE AND THE ROLE OF BY-STANDERS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSENT. WE HAVE HAD A PHENOMENAL RESPONSE WHICH IS WHY WE CONTINUE TO RUN THIS PARTICULAR BOOTH. WE FIND IT ENGAGING NOT JUST STUDENTS BUT THE FACULTY AND THE STAFF HAVE ENGAGED AND GIVEN US TREMENDOUS RESPECT. AND THE SECONDARY BENEFIT OF THIS IS THAT THEY GET TO TAKE THEIR PHOTO STRIP AND THEY CAN GO THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. SO THAT’S EXCITING. AND THE STAFF ROOMS AND THE DORMS AND THAT’S EXCITING.>>Reporter: SO AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S A MIX OF THE FUN AND THE SERIOUS. AND THE WELCOME WEEK IS PUT ON BY THE MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY, AND IT’S NOT JUST THIS WEEK BUT EVENTS EVERY NIGHT UP TO A WEEK FROM FRIDAY. INCLUDING THIS ONE GOING ON BEHIND ME RIGHT NOW. REPORTING FOR “HERE & NOW” I’M JEREMY EATON AT MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY IN ST. JOHN’S.>>I HAVE A 13-YEAR-OLD AND A 9-YEAR-OLD. AND THE LITTLE GUY IS IN JUNIOR HIGH AND MY DAUGHTER IS GOING FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY THIS YEAR.>>Anthony: IN A COUPLE MINUTES WE SIT DOWN WITH SOME MOMS TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND FIND OUT JUST WHAT’S ON THEIR MINDS AS THEY SEND THEIR YOUNG ONES OFF TO CLASS?>>Anthony: A WHILE AGO WE WERE TALKING TO JEREMY EATON AND WE TALKED ABOUT UNDERGRADS. WHAT ABOUT GRADUATE STUDENTS AND THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD SCHOOL HAS GROWN QUITE A BIT, 32% OVER LAST YEAR. SO WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE GRADUATE STUDENTS, WHY SO MANY?>>Reporter: IT’S BECOME A VERY — MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY HAS BECOME A VERY POPULAR LOCATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS TO COME AND TO STUDY AND TO FIND OUT MORE I ASKED ANDREW KIM ABOUT IT FROM THE UNIVERSITY.>>THE FINAL NUMBERS WON’T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER. BUT RIGHT NOW THE PROJECTIONS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. A BANNER YEAR WITH ENROLLMENT. WE SAW A 32% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR, 16% INCREASE IN GRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND PROJECTING ABOUT 5% INCREASE IN TOTAL ENROLLMENT OVER LAST YEAR.>>Reporter: IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT? IS THERE A CAUSE THAT THE NUMBERS ARE UP LIKE THAT?>>THE NUMBERS FOR GRAD ENROLLMENT HAVE BEEN UP FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. ABOUT 40%, OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. AND THAT IS SORT OF COMPARED — VERY GOOD COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. SO JUST TO GIVE YOU SOME PERSPECTIVE, IN THE MARITIME MAY UNIVERSITIES, IT’S UP ONLY ABOUT 7%. AND I THINK THAT THIS IS ALL REFLECTIVE OF MUN BECOMING A WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY. NOT JUST IN TERMS OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING AND THE RESEARCH, BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: WHERE ARE THESE STUDENT COMING FROM, FROM CANADA OR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? DO YOU HAVE THAT DATA?>>40% OF OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM OUTSIDE OF COUNTRY. AND BY PROVINCE WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS IN CANADA. BUT THEY REALLY COME FROM ALL OFF. AND GRADUATE ENROLLMENTS UP FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS ALSO.>>Reporter: AND IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PROGRAMME THAT IS LURING IN MORE STUDENTS THAN THE OTHER? OR ANY PROGRAMMES THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO SEE THE NUMBERS GO UP?>>THIS YEAR WE SAW DOUBLE DIGIT APPLICATION GROWTH IN MOST PROGRAMMES OF STUDY. BUT ENGINEERING ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF OUR GRADUATE APPLICATIONS AND THEY GREW BY ABOUT 40%. SO A LOT OF THE GROWTH IS ATTRIBUTED TO ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE.>>Reporter: CAN YOU PINPOINT ONE PARTICULAR REASON THAT IT HAPPENED 10 YEARS AGO, TO SEE THE GROWTH THAT YOU HAVE SEEN FLAFT DECADE HERE? IS THERE ONE THING OR MULTD PELL THINGS?>>I THINK THAT WITH CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THIS, IT’S ALWAYS A NUMBER OF REASONS, BUT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, I THINK THAT MUN TOOK A VERY DELIBERATE APPROACH TO IMPROVING SORT OF HOW WE RECRUIT AND TRAIN AND SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENTS. STARTING FROM THE TIME THAT OUR FORMER — OR CURRENT PROVOST WITH THE STUDIES UP TO THE CURRENT PROVOST IN OFFICE, WE HAVE BECOME A NATION CLASS IN LEADERS IN SUPPORTING AND GRADUATING GRADUATE STUDENTS.>>Reporter: NO ONE AT THE UNIVERSITY CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE. BUT IT SAYS THAT THE NUMBERS — THAT TREND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE AND THAT THOSE NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. REPORTING LIVE FROM A VERY LOUD MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY, I’M JEREMY HEATON.>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK. MOST STUDENTS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR ARE OFFICIALLY BACK TO SCHOOL. BUT A NEW YEAR CAN ALSO BRING SOME NEW CHALLENGES, BIG CHALLENGES. “HERE & NOW’S” BAILEY WHITE SAT DOWN WITH SOME PARENTS TO TALK ABOUT THESE CHALLENGES. SO, BAILEY, WHAT WAS ON THE MOMS’ MINDS?>>A LOT, ACTUALLY. CELLPHONES AND NEW SCHOOL JITTERS AND LETTING KIDS LEARN THINGS FOR THEMSELVES. WE’LL MEET ONE MOM WHO HAS A LITTLE BOY GOING OFF TO KINDERGARTEN TOMORROW AND ANOTHER WHOSE YOUNGEST IS GOING INTO GRADE FOUR AT A NEW SCHOOL. SO A LOT TO GET USED TO. WE SAT DOWN AT A COFFEE SHOP IN MOUNT PEARL TO HASH IT OUT. LET’S HAVE A LOOK.>>I’M JANICE SMITH. AND I HAVE A 13-YEAR-OLD AND A 9-YEAR-OLD. THE LITTLE GUY IS IN JUNIOR HIGH AND MY DAUGHTER IS GOING FROM PRIMARY TO ELEMENTARY.>>I HAVE TWO SONS AT HOME, ONE IS 2 YEARS OLD AND ONE IS STARTING KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR SO BIG TRANSITIONS IN MY HOUSE.>>Reporter: SO, RHONDA, IT’S NOT BACK TO SCHOOL BUT STARTING SCHOOL FOR FIRST TIME. IS HE READY, IS HE EXCITED, IS HE HAPPY?>>HE’S EXCITED. BUT I DON’T THINK THAT HE KNOWS WHAT IS COMING YET. HE KNOWS THAT HE’S GOING TO KINDERGARTEN BUT I DON’T THINK THAT HE GRASPS THAT SCHOOL IS FOR THE NEXT 13 YEARS. HE THINKS THAT IT’S JUST A CRAZY EXCITING THING THAT HE’S DOING RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: JANA, WHAT ABOUT IN YOUR HOUSE, THE KIDS KNOW THE GRIND AND THEY KNOW THE ROUTINE. HOW ARE THEY FEELING?>>WELL, MY 13-YEAR-OLD, NOT SO MUCH AND MY DAUGHTER CAN’T WAIT.>>Reporter: WHAT DID YOU DECIDE IN YOUR FAMILY ABOUT CELLPHONES?>>MY SON HAS A CELLPHONE BUT I DECIDED PROBABLY — I THINK IT WAS THIS SUMMER OF GOING INTO JUNIOR HIGH SO GOING GRADE SIX TO GRADE SEVEN IS WHEN WE GOT HIS CELLPHONE. HE WAS GOING FURTHER FROM THE HOUSE AND OUT RIDING HIS BIKE LATE AT NIGHT AND I NEEDED THAT REASSURANCE, WHERE IS HE, YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE YOU TO, AND IT’S GETTING DARK, COME ON HOME, THAT KIND OF THING.>>Reporter: IT’S MORE FOR YOU THAN FOR THEM?>>YEAH, I DON’T WANT TO BE THE CRAZY ONE GOING AFTER HIM AND THAT’S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. HE KNOWS IT AND I KNOW IT.>>Reporter: RHONDA, I DON’T THINK THAT YOUR KIDS ARE CELLPHONE AGE YESTERDAY.>>NO, THANK GOD.>>Reporter: BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SCREENTIME AND THOSE THINGS.>>ABSOLUTELY. AND MY KIDS BOTH HAVE iPADS. BUT WE TRY TO LIMIT IT. AND LIMIT WHAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO, ESPECIALLY AT THIS AGE. MY SON DOESN’T HAVE YouTube ON HIS iPAD, FOR INSTANCE, AND I KNOW THAT A LOT OF OTHER KIDS DO. AND I WONDER IF I’M PUTTING HIM AT A DETRIMENT THAT WAY SOCIALLY BECAUSE HE DOESN’T KNOW A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT THE OTHER CHILDREN KNOW.>>Reporter: I BET THAT DRIVES HIM NUTS. MOM, EVERYBODY ELSE HAS YouTube.>>I DON’T THINK THAT HE QUITES GRASPS THAT YET, THANKFULLY. BUT I FEEL THAT ONCE SCHOOL STARTS THAT WILL BE A CONVERSATION AND SOMETHING THAT WE’LL HAVE TO WORK THROUGH. IT’S A DELICATE BALANCE.>>Reporter: SO IN A MORE BROAD SENSE WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT IS MY CHILD READY FOR THE NEXT STEP, WHETHER IT’S FOR THE YOUNG ONES DRESSING THEMSELVES OR HAVING MORE SCREENTIME, I GUESS THAT SOME OF THE MARKS OF MATURITY THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THEN?>>I’M LOOKING FOR MORE OF HIM GETTING UP IN THE MORNING — WELL, HE GETS READY FOR SCHOOL AND ALL OF THAT KIND OF STUFF, BUT, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO DO MORE CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE. LIKE, SHOW ME THIS, YOU KNOW, THAT HE CAN DO OTHER THINGS BESIDES SCREENTIME ALL THE TIME. SO I’M LIKE IF YOU WANT AN EXTRA HOUR THE BED HAS TO BE MADE –>>Reporter: RIGHT.>>AND UNLOAD THE DISHWASHER OR TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE OR DO SIMPLE THINGS OR BRING YOUR LAUNDRY DOWNSTAIRS. THAT’S KEY FOR ME. I KIND OF USE HIM. [laughter]>>Reporter: AND, RHONDA, I GUESS THAT IT’S KIND OF DIFFERENT IN YOUR FAMILY BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR LITTLE BOYS AND WONDERING AM I CODDLING THEM TOO MUCH AND TREATING THEM LIKE INFANTS, WHAT ARE THE MARKERS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?>>I TRY TO WORK ON INDEPENDENCE, ESPECIALLY IN MY OLDER FELLA. MAKING SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, HE KNOWS HOW TO PUT ON HIS OWN SHOES AND PUT ON HIS OWN COAT AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. MY 2-YEAR-OLD IS VERY CLOSE TO HIS BIG BROTHER AND BIG BROTHER LOVES HIM JUST AS MUCH, THEY’RE INSEPERABLE. AND I DON’T THINK THAT SEAMUS, MY YOUNGEST, UNDERSTANDS THAT BIG BROTHER WON’T BE AROUND EVERY DAY ANYMORE. AND WHEN WE TELL HIM THAT FINNIGAN IS GOING TO KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR HE GOES, I GO TO KINDERGARTEN TOO. NO, BUDDY, NOT UNTIL YOU’RE 5. I’M 5. [laughter] I THINK THAT IT’S GOING TO BE A ROUGHER TRANSITION FOR HIM.>>KINDERGARTEN IS HARD. YOU’RE LETTING THEM GO. I THINK THAT I CRIED –>>THANK YOU FOR THE COMFORT THERE.>>SORRY. I WAS NO COMFORT. ALL I DID WAS CRY WHEN I DROPPED MY LITTLE BOY OFF.>>Reporter: DID YOU CRY ON THE SECOND DAY?>>NO, BECAUSE HE SEEMED TO GET BETTER EVERY DAY BUT HE’S MORE OF A SHY CHILD SO HE WAS A BIT MORE SHY. AND MY DAUGHTER, SHE FLEW INTO SCHOOL AND WAS LIKE SEE YA, GET AROUND FROM ME. AND I WAS FOLLOWING THE BUS AND SHE’S LIKE GET AWAY.>>Reporter: BUT THERE’S A CHANGE FOR YOUR FAMILY THIS YEAR TOO BECAUSE YOUR DAUGHTER IS GOING TO A NEW SCHOOL?>>SHE HAS ANXIETY ABOUT THAT BUT I REASSURE HER THAT HER FRIENDS WILL BE THERE TOO AND IT’S ALL THEIR FIRST DAY AND THEY’RE ALL IN THE SAME SITUATION. SO SHE’S THINKING ABOUT THAT. BUT I THINK THAT AS SOON AS DAY ONE IS DONE SHE’LL FEEL BETTER.>>Reporter: THIS IS TOUGH ON PARENTS TOO, RIGHT?>>YEAH. YOU HAVE TO PUT ON A BRAVE FACE AND REASSURE THEM.>>IT’S A TOTAL CHANGE IN ROUTINE FOR EVERYBODY. AND, YOU KNOW, HOW ARE WE GOING TO COPE WITH THAT, AND HOW ARE OUR BEDTIME GOING TO COPE?>>I KNOW.>>HOW DO THE DROPOFFS WORK AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE CHANGING FOR ME.>>FOR SURE.>>I WOULD BE LYING IF I DIDN’T SAY THAT I DIDN’T HAVE ANXIETY ABOUT ALL OF THAT AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO WORK OUT. SCHOOL HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY SINCE I WAS IN THE SYSTEM. SOCIAL MEDIA WASN’T A THING, WE DIDN’T HAVE QUOTE/UNQUOTE SCREENTIME. YOU KNOW, BULLYING SEEMS TO BE SO MUCH MORE PERVASIVE. AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S PERVASIVE OR WE JUST HEAR MORE ABOUT IT BUT THOSE ARE THE SORTS OF THINGS THAT I WORRY ABOUT. AND IT’S NOT THE LEARNING OR THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION, I THINK, IT’S GOING TO BE THOSE UNKNOWNS TO ME.>>AND SOMETIMES GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS A GOOD THING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT IT IS SCARY. AND I DO WORRY WHEN THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL. MY SON IS GOING TO GRADE EIGHT AND I STRESS OVER JUNIOR HIGH MORE THAN ANYTHING.>>Reporter: WELL, TALKING ABOUT THE SOCIAL MEDIA AND BULLYING AND STUFF –>>YEAH AND IT WAS A BIG CHANGE FOR ME LAST YEAR WHEN HE WENT TO GRADE SEVEN BECAUSE YOU’RE GETTING DIFFERENT KIDS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. AND I WAS WORRIED BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WORKED OUT AND HE WAS FINE BUT YOU GOT TO STAY ON TOP OF IT ALL THE TIME.>>Reporter: DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR RHONDA?>>SHE’S ALREADY BEEN SO COMFORTING.>>I THINK THAT SHE’LL BE FINE AND HER SON SOUNDS LIKE HE’S OUTGOING AND I THINK THAT HE’LL BE GREAT.>>I HOPE SO.>>WE’RE THE ONES WORRYING ALL THE TIME.>>Reporter: WELL, I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING ME AND THE BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>Anthony: AND IT’S MIDWEEK AND PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER AND WE HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT DORIAN. AND WHAT IS TOMORROW, THURSDAY — WHAT IS TOMORROW’S WEATHER?>>Ashley: WE’LL GO OVER TOMORROW ONE MORE TIME. WE’LL LOOK AT THE FORECAST, 23°, AND THE WINDS YOU WILL NOTICE WILL BE MUCH STRONGER AND OUT OF THE SOUTHWEST, GUSTING UPWARDS OF ABOUT 50 km/h. YOU MAY SEE STRONGER GUSTS ALONG THOSE COASTLINES. OTHERWISE, THE TEMPERATURES TOWARDS THE WEST COAST SITTING AROUND 17°, 18° IT’S UP THROUGH LABRADOR THAT MOST OF THE WEATHER WILL BE. AND WE’LL SEE STRONG WINDS WHERE WE HAVE WIND WARNINGS ALONG THE COAST. AND THEN RAINFALL WARNINGS FOR NAIN, CHURCHILL FALLS AND THE VALLEY, WHERE WE COULD SEE UPWARDS OF ABOUT 60 mm OF RAIN BY THE TIME THAT FRIDAY MORNING ROLLS AROUND. SO THERE’S A LOOK AT THAT LOW PRESSURE SPINNING AND WHY WE’RE SEEING THAT SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW FOR THE ISLAND, BUT FRIDAY ACTUALLY LOOKS PRETTY BEAUTIFUL FOR MOST OF US AS WE SEE PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGH THE DAY AND THAT RAIN WILL CLEAR OUT AND THINGS WILL EVENTUALLY CLEAR UP LATE DAY ON SATURDAY FOR PARTS OF THE BIGLAND. SO HERE’S A LOOK AT YOUR TEMPERATURE FOR FRIDAY. DIPPING A LITTLE BIT. SO WE’LL GO BACK DOWN INTO THE TEENS, THE HIGH TEENS, BUT, AGAIN, PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND CORNER BROOK 15° AND THE STRAITS AROUND 14°. AND THOSE SINGLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES ALONG THE COAST AGAIN FOR NAIN AND LAB CITY SITTING AT 9° AS WELL BUT THAT SUN SHOULD PEEK OUT FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY JUST A LITTLE BIT, MAINLY CLOUDY SKIES WILL BE THE STORY FOR YOU. AND LOOKING A LITTLE BIT FORWARD, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, AND THAT’S HURRICANE DORIAN. THE LATEST FORECAST JUST CAME OUT FROM THE HURRICANE CENTRE AND IT HAS STRENGTHENED A LITTLE BIT, JUST A HIGH CATEGORY 2° RIGHT NOW AT 175 km/h AND IF WE LOOK AT THE TRACK THOUGH, A SIMILAR TRACK HUGGING THE COASTLINE AND THEN IT SPEEDS UP AND IT HEADS TOWARDS US BY THE TIME THAT SATURDAY ROLLS AROUND AND INTO SUNDAY. SO AS OF NOW THE HURRICANE CENTRE IS SHOWING OR SAYING THAT IT WILL BE A STRONG EXTRA TROPICAL LOW BY THE TIME THAT IT MAKES IT TO THE ISLAND AND ANYWHERE IN THIS CONE IS WHERE WE COULD SEE THAT LANDFALL SO DON’T TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT FOR NOW. BUT SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL CERTAINLY FOR THE MARITIMES, AT LEAST NOVA SCOTIA AND HEADING TOWARDS US AS WELL. AND SO HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING AS FAR AS THOSE WINDS GO. IT LOOKS LIKE THE POTENTIAL FOR SUSTAINED WINDS OF 65 km/h, CERTAINLY FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTION. AND THEN TOWARDS THE ISLAND IT GETS A LITTLE BIT CUT OFF BUT IT’S CLOSER TO 30. SO LOOKING AT THAT CHANCE OF SHOWERS CERTAINLY AND STRONG WINDS, BUT THE FORECAST TRACK STILL MANY DAYS AWAY. BUT HERE’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. SO THE TEMPERATURES AROUND 19° TOWARDS THE WEEKEND AND A FEW SUNNY PERIODS IN BETWEEN THAT AND THEN SAME THING FOR CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLAND, AND 16° FOR SUNDAY, AND SIMILAR FOR WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND AND THEN UP THROUGH LABRADOR IS WHERE WE GET INTO SOME OF THAT COOLER AIR AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT WEEK. AND, CERTAINLY, FOR WESTERN LABRADOR. (♪♪♪)>>>WELL, I WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU’RE TO. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTO. WE’VE HAD A COUPLE ASTRONOMY PHOTOS.>>Anthony: THE STARS ARE FANTASTIC.>>Ashley: ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I’LL TELL (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: WELL, I SHOWED YOU JUST BEFORE THE BREAK A BEAUTIFUL SHOT OF THE MILKY WAY AND THIS PHOTO, IT IS GORGEOUS. IT WAS TAKEN IN NEW MELBOURNE WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE AVALON. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT RYAN BROWN SENT US THIS CLEAR STARRY NIGHT.>>Anthony: THE BEST REAL ESTATE LISTING I HAVE EVER SEEN.>>Ashley: I’D SAY — CAN YOU IMAGINE? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING THAT IN. IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS TO SHARE WITH US, SEND THEM TO NLPHOTOS.CA.>>Anthony: GOOD TO BE BACK. AND CAROLYN STOKES IS BACK TO DO THE WEATHER.>>Ashley: SHE’LL TAKE YOU THROUGH WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING.>>Anthony: GOOD TO SEE YOU. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.>>Ashley: GOOD

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