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Feb. 20, 2003, Gazette

"We have been researching the historical record of avalanches in Newfoundland and Labrador for some years now, and our records show that avalanches are by no means rare, with 40 incidents recorded since 1782 and 61 people have been known to be killed. The worst avalanche we know of was … in the Nain area, and killed 22 people in 1782. This avalanche is the earliest recorded avalanche in Canada — possibly in North America, the worst avalanche disaster in the history of the province, and the worst avalanche disaster in Canada to affect people in their houses."

Dr. Martin Batterson (M.Sc.'78, PhD '99) and Dr. David Liverman, both of the provincial Department of Mines and Energy, in a Letter to the Editor, Telegram, Feb.7.

The Volunteer Chairperson of the 2003 Red Cross Corporate Financial Appeal has been named. Gary Follett (B.Eng.’75) P.Eng. will add that title to his list of volunteer and business services for this year.

"A human resource crisis is inevitable [in the province's fishing industry] if we don't take some action. We have time now to work towards some industry consolidation, extend operating periods and provide work environments that would attract people to the industry and [encourage then to] want to stay there."

Alistair O'Reilly, (B.Comm.’75), president of the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, in an address to the Rotary Club of St. John's in February, during which he suggested the need for a consolidation of the industry into “core communities.”

Twila E. Reid (BA ’99, Hons.) has been welcomed aboard as an associate in the St. John's Office of the law firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales.

"[The report is] one of many building blocks leading towards our final report. The commission has not yet reached any conclusions or adopted any recommendations. These steps can only be taken after we have had an opportunity to review all of the written submissions, complete our round table discussions and analyze the contents of our research papers."

Dr. Elizabeth Davis (BA ’74; B.Ed. ’74; LLD ’02) chairperson of the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening our Place in Canada, speaking with reporters following the release last week of the report “What We Heard.” Telegram, Feb. 2003

R. Keith White (Dip. Eng.’69) is the new vice president of the Clarenville-based Davis Engineering.

"The residents still want the same level of service, deserve the same level of service, and our nurses have told us that [the residents] deserve more than they're capable of giving today."

— Debbie Forward (BN ’80, M.Ed. ’01) president, Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union, responding to proposed staffing changes at three nursing homes in St. John’s.

Researched and compiled by Debbie Connors (dconnors@mun.ca)