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…

Artfully Delicious – Catherine’s Incredible Edibles

From struggling mom to celebrated baker, the story behind Catherine’s Incredible Edibles. By Kim Ploughman In a tiny hamlet in Newfoundland, a 40-year-old woman sporting a splash of pink hair has a hankering for telling colourful stories. However, Catherine Sansome of Indian Cove, on New World Island near Twillingate, is no ordinary storyteller. Her creativity…

Classic Fun – Isle aux Morts’ annual Winter Classic hockey weekend

This month, February 16-17, all of Isle aux Morts will turn out for the annual Winter Classic hockey weekend. Foster Hewitt’s familiar sign-on crackles over the airways. It’s Saturday night, “Hockey Night in Canada,” and all across Newfoundland and Labrador, fans are crowding around radios and TVs to follow the play-by-play. Our long, cold winters lend…

Home Ice Advantage

By Pam Pardy As Todd Skirving prepared to suit up for his fifth season with the Newfoundland Growlers, an ECHL franchise of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he admitted to experiencing a somewhat healthy case of the jitters. “It’s always exciting, or maybe it is nervous energy, whatever you want to call it. Just getting to…

Rick Mercer: The Road He’s Taken

By Pam Pardy “The train of death -” that’s one time where I legitimately thought I could possibly be killed on the show,” says Rick Mercer, reflecting on 15 seasons of “The Rick Mercer Report” on CBC TV. It’s one of many insights readers will get while going down memory lane with Rick in his…

Feeding the Mainland Masses

By Kim Ploughman You won’t catch the salty whiff of the Atlantic Ocean upalong in Ontario. But if Jody Oram has his way, locals won’t have to go far to taste the bounty of his Atlantic Canadian home. As owner and operator of Jiggin’ Jody’s Seafood, Jody has been on a near one-man mission the…

The Ghost of Banks Meadow

By Dale Jarvis Fogo Island, off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, has always had a strong storytelling tradition. Stories were often told in the winter, in the fishing sheds where gear and nets were mended, and where punts were repaired and built. At times, storytelling took on an almost competitive quality, with one man telling a tale…

Newly Minted Milestone

By Nicola Ryan “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the old adage goes. There’s truth to it. A talented and thoughtful artist can find a way to turn a tale wonderfully told into a visual creation that’s just as captivating. Mi’kmaq artist Marcus Gosse has managed it. His design is featured on the latest…