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Media Advisory: Minister Haggie to Participate in Flag-Raising Ceremony for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 15:00

Health and Community Services

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, will participate in a flag-raising ceremony for Eating Disorders Awareness Week on Monday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m.

Minister Byrne Acknowledges Efforts of Fire Staff in Australia

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 14:35

Fisheries and Land Resources

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources Minister, is extending congratulations to Fire Training Specialist and Provincial FireSmart Liaison, Joe Russell, who recently arrived back in the province after a 38 day deployment to Australia to provide support and expertise to firefighting colleagues in that country.

Public Advisory: Adverse Weather Conditions Anticipated

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 14:20

Municipal Affairs and Environment

The Provincial Government is monitoring forecast information on a weather system that is anticipated to affect some areas of the province this weekend. Heavy snowfall is forecast to begin Sunday morning and heavy rainfall is possible for parts of the island later that day.

Media Advisory: Minister Davis to Participate in Friends of India Association’s Republic Day Celebrations

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 14:00

Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, will participate in the Friends of India Association’s annual Republic Day Gala tomorrow (Saturday, February 1). The gala takes place at the Delta Hotel, 120 New Gower Street, St. John’s, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Media Advisory: Parliamentary Secretary Stoodley to Bring Greetings at Transitions to Work Graduation

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 13:35

Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

Sarah Stoodley, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, will bring greetings at Stella’s Circle’s Transitions to Work graduation on Monday, February 3. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at Wesley United Church, 101 Patrick Street, St. John’s.

Public Advisory: New Dates Pre-Budget Consultation Sessions in Gander and St. Anthony

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 13:15


The Department of Finance has set new dates for the pre-budget consultation sessions in Gander and St. Anthony, which were rescheduled due to efforts by Provincial Government departments in St. John’s in assisting during the aftermath of the recent winter storm.

Public Advisory: Snowclearing within the T’Railway Provincial Park is Illegal without a Permit

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:30

Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

The public are reminded that snowclearing and vehicular access within the T’Railway Provincial Park is illegal unless a permit has been issued to do so.

Public Advisory: Provincial Government Extends Online Pre-Budget Consultations

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 08:25


As a result of the disruption caused to government operations during the recent snowfall event, online pre-budget consultations for Budget 2020 have been extended until February 10, 2020.

Environmental Assessment Bulletin

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:25

Municipal Affairs and Environment

The Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, has announced the following events relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.

Public Advisory: Portion of T’Railway Provincial Park Closed in Conception Bay South

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:00

Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

Due to damage suffered during the winter storm on January 17, the T’Railway Provincial Park has been closed in Conception Bay South from Lance Cove Pond to Delaney’s Road until further notice. The public is asked to avoid the area.

Public Advisory: Details on Financial Assistance Related to Recent Blizzard

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 10:25

Municipal Affairs and Environment

As work crews continue to remove and clear snow as a result of the recent blizzard, the Provincial Government has begun assessing damage costs from the event. Residents, not-for-profit organizations and communities are advised that applications and information sheets for the Newfoundland and Labrador Disaster Financial Assistance Program are available online at This information can also be attained by calling 1-888-395-5611.

Changes to Pharmacy Regulations Effective Tomorrow

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:45

Health and Community Services

Starting January 31, 2020, amendments to regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 2012 will allow pharmacists to prescribe for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A and B (including the TWINRIX vaccine), shingles (Herpes Zoster), Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will be able to visit their local pharmacy for any of these vaccines without requiring a prescription from a physician.

Report on Review of Provincial Waste Management Strategy Released

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:00

Municipal Affairs and Environment

The Provincial Government today released the final report on review of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy, which can be found online here.

Latest Recipients of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Recognized

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 13:00

Executive Council

During a ceremony held today at Government House, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador congratulated eight remarkable individuals who were invested into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Applauding the Artists at MusicNL

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:25

Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

The Provincial Government congratulates the winners and nominees from the 28th annual MusicNL Awards held last night at the Resource Centre for the Arts in St. John’s.

Research Project Focusing on Province-specific Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 11:40

Fisheries and Land Resources
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, provided an update today at the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture’s annual general meeting on a collaborative research project to support Newfoundland and Labrador farmers in applying sustainable agriculture practices in cool-climate, boreal ecosystems.

Public Advisory: Residents Asked to Report Bat Sightings

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 10:50

Fisheries and Land Resources

Residents are encouraged to report any bat sightings to assist researchers with monitoring of white-nose syndrome (WNS) – a deadly, non-native bat disease that causes mortality in hibernating bat species. Public reporting of dead or sick bats, or observations of bats flying in winter or early spring (December through early April) is an effective means of detecting the appearance of WNS in new areas and tracking its spread.

Ban on Retail Plastic Bags in Newfoundland and Labrador Comes into Effect in July 2020

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 10:30

Municipal Affairs and Environment

The Provincial Government is enacting a provincial ban on the distribution of retail plastic bags with the relevant regulations to come into force on July 1, 2020.

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Receives Accolades at the Adrian Awards

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 09:50

Tourism, Culture, Industry, Innovation

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s marketing campaign ‘Find Yourself’ continues to earn prominent industry accolades, winning seven awards at the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards gala last week in New York City.

Provincial Government Recognizes Bell Let’s Talk Day

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 08:35

Executive Council
Health and Community Services

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is recognizing Bell Let’s Talk Day today (Wednesday, January 29).