month : 11/2015 33 results

Global Warming: From Change Comes Opportunity

Andy Wells appears to be a small fish in a big pond. The always outspoken former St. John’s, Newfoundland mayor and current chairman of the N.L. Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) made headlines recently, albeit briefly, when he once again denounced the concept of greenhouse gases and global warming. In an exchange with Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, Wells was quoted as saying “So, how bad is CO2? Do you know anybody showing up in (emergency departments) saying, ‘B’y, I’m ...

Improved Safety Measures Lead to Lower WCB Payments

The Miss Ally disaster, which claimed the lives of five Nova Scotia fishermen from the community of Woods Harbour during a severe February storm in 2013, was one of the catalysts which led the fishing industry to take safety measures more seriously. As a direct response to this accident, organizations such as the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), the Fisheries Association of Nova Scotia (FSANA) and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council (NSFSC), got their heads together and decided to ...

A Gillnet Roller Almost Cost Captain Kevin Shaw his Life

It was one of those glorious early September days and the herring were showing up at daybreak aboard the Karla & Brothers, a vessel usually used in the lobster fishery out of the quaint fishing port of Sandford, Nova Scotia. The village boosts the world’s smallest drawbridge, a tourist attraction. A fish plant is also located on the wharf. Captain Kevin Shaw and crew, which included his brother Kendall, were fishing on the German Bank, a four-hour sail from Little River Harbour ...