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NL Explorer: Getting off the Grid

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When Justin Barbour and his dog Saku trekked from Robinson to Cape Broyle in 2017 on a 68 day wilderness adventure, he decided to record it along the way. “I had footage and I didn’t know where I was going with it and I had some interest. Some media found out and got in contact with me but they wanted to put the drama twist on it,” said the adventurer. “ I wanted it to be real and just about me out there. Not dramatizing things so I went with youtube and it’s been going well.” The YouTube series, Man and Dog: Through Newfoundland Wild follows Barbour and Saku as they take on the elements for a 700km expedition across…

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MasterChef Canada: Colin Buckingham steps up to the plate

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Colin Buckingham never intended to apply for MasterChef Canada, but the nudge from a friend helped convince him to go for it. “One of my buddies was on a show, the season previous and we were out to a retreat in Cape Breton and he said I should apply and I said ‘I don’t think I am really that good’,” recalls Buckingham.  “I started thinking about it more and more and at the end of the day I decided I wanted to see if I could do it. The worst thing they could say was no. So I just applied online and sent in an application and kept making it further and further.” A car salesman by trade, the St.…

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Clark Todd: The Journalist who came to Newfoundland

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Clark Todd liked to tell stories according to his daughter Kim. “He liked to make things simple and understanding,” she recalls. After graduating from university, Todd, the New Brunswick native came to Newfoundland for a job at CJON. CJON or Canada Joins on Newfoundland was Newfoundland’s first broadcasting station which began in 1955 with the support of Geoff Stirling and Don Jamieson. Jim Furlong, a senior consultant with NTV, didn’t know Todd personally but he was aware of the position that he held with the broadcasting company. “He was an announcer,” said Furlong. “He was never a part of the news side.” While Todd was working away, he fell in love. “He came here to work at CJON, which is where she worked,…

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Apse the Gate: Honouring A Piece of Home

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One thing that is particular to Newfoundland and Labradorians is the theme of Home. While some may leave the province for a stint or even permanently, there is an attachment to the place they once knew and will always love. Shawn Anthony explores this idea in his debut novel Apse The Gate, looking through the eyes of a young boy who left Fogo Island as a child, but found himself back in his grandmother’s salt box house every summer. The book runs through Anthony’s life as his relationship with the island and his family grows. “In the book all those different transitions happen, and it compromises or jolts our idea of what home is and how that place has changed…

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It Could Be Franky covers unconventionally in new album “We All Know How This Will End”

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Danielle Hamel makes good use of her limited free-time – and not in a typical manner. Whenever a moment is spare, she takes full advantage and makes music, an entire album in fact. Last week, Hamel released It Could be Franky’s second album “We All Know How This Will End” – a self produced and performed piece that she recorded in her own home. “I fit it in when my husband Matthew takes care of bedtime –  which is both a nod to him and acknowledging the time vacuum that is putting two kids to bed,” said the musician. “ I try to do at least an hour or two of working on some project in the evenings. And cumulatively,…

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