ENVIRO: Towns Taking Action Against Climate Change

Thanks to funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), six communities across the province are making plans to address and ultimately reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. After this training was completed, the newly-appointed Climate Change Ambassadors— consisting of Town Managers, Chief Administrative Officers, and employees from Public Works departments—attended a three-day workshop in…

ENVIRO: Municipal Wastewater Woes

Towns across the province are facing pressure to comply with the new Federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER), which came into effect in 2012. Under this system, towns need to register and monitor wastewater. This means many towns will need expensive system upgrades, and for municipalities with no sewage treatment at all, it poses an even greater challenge. Marystown recently piloted two innovative systems…

FOOD: Bridging the Divide with Farming

Connecting with the land, tilling and tending it, is a fundamental human experience, one that transcends borders. In order to harness the potential of this shared practice, the Association for New Canadians (ANC) has started their “Bridge the Divide” program, which pairs job-seeking refugees with local farm employers. The seed for “Bridge the Divide” was sown when Sarah Thompson, project manager…

HEALTH: The Future of Rural Medicine in NL

Dr. Katherine Stringer Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University Encouraging new family physicians to establish practices in rural Newfoundland and Labrador is critical, and something Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has been doing for decades – the medical school has even been recognized by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada for having the most graduates choosing rural family medicine residency programs in…

IN GOOD HANDS

Bell Island’s Susan Boone didn’t know that her daughter, Nicole, was addicted to opioids until the hospital called to tell her that Nicole had overdosed on IV morphine. Thankfully, Nicole survived that overdose, but Susan has quickly learned that supporting someone through addiction is not straightforward, and there can be significant additional barriers for people living in a rural area. “Eastern Health has…

HEALTH: Less is More: Deprescribing for Better Health

In 2016, approximately 1 in 3 NLers over the age of 65 were prescribed 10 or more drug classes, 12% higher than the Canadian average. Pharmacists and researchers at the Medication Therapy Services (MTS) clinic, run by Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy, are tackling this complex issue of overprescribing medications, one pill at a time. “We…

SHARING MUSIC

Music is an integral part of culture in Newfoundland and Labrador, part of its history and heritage. It’s no surprise that fostering that love of music through music education is top of mind for Memorial University’s Dean of Music, Dr. Ian Sutherland. Growing up in Lewisporte in the 1980’s, Dr. Sutherland recalls there were plenty of opportunities for music education. “There were a…