Saluting a Saqamaw

By Dillon Collins   Respect, as with most meaningful things in life, is earned, not given. Few in this province have earned the adoration and unbridled respect as has Chief Mi’sel Joe, the longtime hereditary Saqamaw, Administrative Chief and spiritual leader of Miawpukek First Nation. Chief Joe lived, and continues to live, a life dedicated…

The Mysterious U-Boat Snap

By Lester Green   I spent many hours captivated by the ancestral history recorded in Mom’s collection of “snaps.” The photograph of a submarine fastened to the pier at St. John’s waterfront would cause my imagination to go into overdrive. Questions floated in my head. When and where was this taken? Who owned the submarine?…

Adventures Outdoors: Camaraderie

By Gord Follett   The Canadian Oxford dictionary defines camaraderie as “mutual trust and sociability among friends,” though in the outdoors of Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s simply “a time with the b’ys.” The people of this province love seeing friends getting along, exchanging friendly banter, laughing, having a drink together, singing songs, pulling pranks, frightening…

Everyday Gourmet: Pasta Carbonara

By Andrea Maunder   If there was ever a pasta dish that was perfect for breakfast, it’s carbonara! It’s essentially bacon, eggs, “bread” and cheese. Traditionally, guanciale and Pecorino Romano – more on that later. I’d been craving, and cooking it, a while back, so I had the ingredients on hand in the freezer. One…

Maggie Connors: Seizing The Moment

By Dillon Collins At only 23 years of age, Maggie Connors grasps the gravity of the moment more than most. Moments, and the weight of them, will be referenced often throughout Downhome’s conversation with the budding sports star. “It’s been a whirlwind, a lot of emotions,” Maggie says with a smile, beginning a candid Zoom…

Countdown to Eclipse

By Hilding Neilson, PhD Assistant Professor, Dept of Physics & Physical Oceanography Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador One of the spectacular natural events that can happen is a total solar eclipse. Just imagine being outside on a clear day where the Sun is shining brightly and the sky is blue without clouds in sight….

The (Not So) Great Escape

By Darrell Hillier Late in August 1939, with war clouds gathering over Europe, the German freighter Christoph Van Doornum sailed into Botwood harbour. No sooner had the vessel been loaded with ore concentrate when Newfoundland Constabulary officers placed the ship and its 25 crew under guard. This action came at the request of the British…

Out Here With The Once

The world has changed and changed again in the time since the release of The Once’s fourth studio album Time Enough. Six years have passed, of change, challenges, reflections and rebirth, with the trio of Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale cutting to the core of the music that defines them, honing in and…

Mr. Carnation

How Walter Bray brought Carnation Milk to Newfoundland and Labrador. By Nicola Ryan A drop of Carnation Milk elicits a special kind of nostalgia in the hearts of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Those tidy red and white cans conjure up memories of cosy kitchens and cherished recipes. Carnation, the essential ingredient for boil-ups and babies’ bottles…

Ghosts of the Kyle

Dead in the water for more than half a century, the Kyle still has the power to summon the curious, which is how Dennis Flynn wound up viewing old slides of a legendary steamship with Heber McGurk. The battered iron railing relinquishes remnants of paint akin to a snake shedding splotches of skin. They cartwheel…