LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 28, 2020 - Count Dracula visits our region!
Get out the garlic, and don't invite him in! Count Dracula is on the Lower North Shore and he sure is thirsty!
CFBS had a surprise visitor today, Count Dracula appeared at our doorstep requesting an interview, and in true coaster fashion, we welcomed him in. Big mistake! After a friendly chat about why he is in the area, he started to look at me strangely and I suddenly felt like I might be dinner! Long story made short, he chased me around the station until Ian pushed him out the door and locked it! Whew, that sure was close!
If you want to hear how it all unfolded, listen to the interview with Count Dracula by clicking on the sound file below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
Be careful everyone and have a safe Halloween!
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 21, 2020 - A Fun Halloween Prank Activity for All Ages
Have you been Boo'ed yet? A new Halloween COVID-19 friendly activity is sweeping the nation, and it entails leaving a Halloween treat at the door of your friend, family or neighbor's home. Intrigued? So was I when I first heard of this new activity today following a social media post from a friend in Calgary. So I decided to get the scoop on what this was about.
First, you prepare a treat bag for the person you want to boo. It can be a Ziploc bag of candies and stickers, a treat pail of goodies, or anything else you and your family can come up with. There is a free 'You've Been Boo'ed' printable template on beenbooed.com, here is the link and what the template looks like:
Once you have your treat prepared and your printable ready, you can write the name of the person or persons on the ghost printable. You may also choose to sign your name to the paper or you can choose to leave the treat as a mystery of where it can from.
Now you are ready to KNOCK, KNOCK, BOO!
Go to the family, friend or neighbor's home of your choice, knock or ring the door bell and THEN RUN! Try not to be seen, it adds to the fun of your adventure and being a super stealth boo ninja! You can boo as many people as you want, this is a super fun COVID-19 safe activity that requires no contact between the treat giver and the person getting boo'ed!
NOTE TO THOSE WHO GET BOO'ED: Please put the ghost paper given with your treat in your window to show that you have been boo'ed by someone. Have fun and share pictures on your social media to share in the fun.
Sounds super fun right? I am already thinking of who my family are going to BOO! Get out there and begin your own community BOO-FEST and start your BOO-ing today.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 20, 2020 - School Bus Safety, Drivers Be Safe or Be Fined!
CFBS was made aware of a incident that occurred in the community of Blanc-Sablon last week where a motorist passed a stopped school bus that had its lights flashing as a young child was crossing the street to enter the bus, this resulted in the vehicle narrowly missing the child. A parent of the child obtained the license plate of the vehicle in question and reported the incident to the police, the parent also decided to press charges. According to the parent who spoke with CFBS this morning on condition of anonymity, the parent was informed by the local Sûreté du Québec police, that the motorist who is not from the region, has received a fine of $300 and has lost 9 demerit points on their license.
KNOW THE LAW, BE SAFE OR BE FINED!
(The following information is from the SAAQ) The rule is simple: Be ready to stop if you are approaching or following a school bus!
Before stopping to take on or let off passengers, school bus drivers must signal their intention. Yellow lights will be activated, indicating that you must slow down and avoid sudden braking or acceleration.
Drivers = FINE FROM $200 TO $300, LOSE 9 DEMERIT POINTS
Cyclists = FINE FROM $80 TO $100
Note that you are not required to stop when you are approaching a school bus that is in another lane that is separated by a median.
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 19, 2020 - Changes Taking Place within the Coasters Association
CFBS was speaking this afternoon to Shelly Fequet, the new Director of Community Engagement and Mobilization for the Coasters Association. Shelly shared info with us about:
Listen to the interview with Shelly Fequet by clicking on the sound file below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 15, 2020 - NEW PRIVATE CLINIC OFFERING PSYCHOSOCIAL SERVIVES IN SEPT-ILES
CFBS was speaking with Dominique Leclerc, a Special Care Counsellor at Clinique interdisciplinaire Le Marais, an interdisciplinary clinic that now offers specialized psychosocial services to the residents of the North Shore territory. Dominique shared information with us today about the mission of Le Marais as well as the services they offer, info on the professionals in their team, and who can benefit from their services.
ABOUT LE MARAIS
Le Marais is a private clinic providing specialized psychosocial services. It will bring together professionals from all backgrounds under one roof. This context will help foster an interdisciplinary approach to clients.
For more information, you can visit the Facebook page of Clinique interdisciplinaire Le Marais at:
Listen to the interview with Dominique Leclerc by clicking on the sound file below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
OCTOBER 15 - HALLOWEEN FOR KIDS IS A GO, LEGAULT SAYS
Quebec Premier François Legault announced this afternoon during the daily press brief on COVID-19 that children can go trick-or-treating, but that there will be a few restrictions in place.
Adults are not allowed to hold Halloween parties or get-togethers, Legault said. “This year is only for kids gathering candies,” Legault added.
So, if you want to get creative this year, here is some great ideas from CFBS on how to have a boo-tastic time without the out and about of adult parties:
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 14, 2020: EARLY HOLIDAY SHOPPING ON THE LOWER NORTH SHORE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Christmas Shopping on the Lower North Shore might be a little more difficult this year with the delays in the mail and you may already be scratching your head on what to get Uncle Henry. If you are like me, you may be thinking already about getting an early start on your Christmas gift purchases. So here are some great ideas to consider as you begin Christmas gift giving preparations:
Also worth to mention, at CFBS we have bingo gift certificates and bingo dabbers available that make great easy gifts for your favorite bingo player! Stop by or give us a call and we will be glad to help you with your purchases.
Continue to stay safe during the pandemic, and be sure to get holiday ready as Christmas is only 72 days away!
Bella Desgagnes Passengers Still Waiting to Get Home on the Lower North Shore Following Disembarkment in Kegaska
LOCAL NEWS - OCTOBER 2, 2020: BELLA DESGAGNES PASSENGERS UPSET AT DISORGANIZATION AFTER DISEMBARKMENT IN KEGASKA
CFBS was speaking this morning with Clarissa Smith, a resident of Bradore, who was on board the M/V Bella Desgagnes yesterday morning when the passengers were disembarked in Kegaska following a crew member having tested positive for COVID-19. Clarissa reached out to CFBS to express her upset at the treatment they experienced while being left for hours in Kegaska with no information on when they would be brought to Natashquan for the chartered flight promised to bring them to Blanc-Sablon. According to Miss Smith, many passengers were still stranded in Natashquan as of this morning, frustrated after a long day of waiting for a ride to Natashquan, only to arrive in the evening with no flight arranged to go home and no accommodations arranged for the night upon arrival.
"We’re pretty beat. Stranded is not the word of what we’ve been through! Will we get home today?" Miss Smith said to CFBS this morning by Facebook Messenger. "Will we be stranded here for a few more days? We were told that our chartered flight would be ready for us, instead we sat for hours with no bathroom, no food, and no shelter! The wharf manager Mr. Mckinnon did his best to help us while waiting of his own accord, but it was not acceptable!" she said speaking with CFBS this morning by telephone.
"One flight has finally left with passengers for Chevery, the rest of us who are going to Blanc-Sablon have no set time yet of when we will be leaving, we have now been at the airport since 5am with no food and a bathroom not stocked with essentials. We should have been better taken care of by Relais Nordik than this! Our vehicles have now arrived home ahead of us and we are being told that the airline has to do regular flights before we will be accommodated now, why were we not top priority since yesterday morning? Fog is now setting in at home in Blanc-Sablon and we have no clue when we will arrive home at this point" Clarissa Smith added.
The company Relais Nordik Inc, operator of the maritime service of Anticosti Island and the Lower North Shore, stated in a press release issued yesterday that they were notified earlier in the morning of October 1st that a crew member, who was not currently on board the M/V Bella Desgagnés, tested positive for COVID-19. The employee in question has been off the ship since Monday September 28th. Company officials made the decision to isolate the employee and quickly submitted him for testing when they learned that one of the employee’s contact had tested positive. Given the rapid response, this will likely have helped to prevent the virus from spreading to other people.
This employee who works in the engine room is unlikely to have been in contact with crew members outside of his work bubble, and highly unlikely to have had contact with customers or citizens. No crew member presently on board has any symptoms at this time. A protocol of strict measures had been put in place in this regard by RNI and the STQ to ensure the safe service of Anticosti Island and the Lower North Shore.
CFBS has reached out to Relais Nordik Inc. manager Francis Roy this morning for a comment regarding the disembarked passengers who are still waiting in Natashquan.
Speaking with Warden Randy Jones this morning, he clarified that Relais Nordik Inc. transfers the responsibility to the STQ (Société des traversiers du Québec) on the Lower North Shore when they have an emergency and are unable to get passengers home.