Newfoundlanders remember former president Bushs fishing trips to Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Some prominent Newfoundlanders are reflecting on the late George H.W. Bush and his affection for the fishing trips he made to the province.The former U.S. president passed away on Friday at the age of 94 and will be laid to rest in a state funeral Wednesday at Washington’s National Cathedral.Bush was an avid angler and often visited Labrador, where he fished at Adlatok River in the 1990s with Newfoundland businessmen Harry Steele and the late Craig Dobbin of Universal Helicopters.John Steele says his father Harry was with Dobbin at Adlatok Camp, which Bush visited after the Atlantic Salmon Federation contacted his father in the early 90s asking if he could host the president.He says Steele asked Dobbin if he could host, and his friend renovated the camp especially for the trip and went on to form a lasting relationship with Bush.Former federal fisheries minister John Crosbie and former Quebec premier Jean Charest were also on the trip.Steele says his father spent time on the river guiding Bush and found him to be a humble, approachable man with a good sense of humour, adding that he was a pretty good fisherman.Thomas d’Aquino recalled a 1993 fly fishing trip with Bush and Harry Steele on the Adlatok River in a blog post written last summer.The author, entrepreneur and philanthropist recalls presenting Bush with a gift of some homemade flies, which they jokingly called “weapons of mass destruction.”(VOCM)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senate Arctic committee calls report a wakeup call in latest report

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s Senate says it’s time the federal government stopped ignoring the Arctic.In a new report, the Senate has issued what it says is a wake-up call for Ottawa to deal with problems that have been festering in the North for decades.The report makes 30 recommendations.It says the government needs to fund better educational opportunities and support new housing adapted to a changing Arctic climate.It also says communities need better energy options than diesel generators and that research conducted in the North should be relevant to the needs of northerners.But co-author Senator Dennis Patterson from Nunavut says he knows similar recommendations have been made before by other government committees.He says the current government doesn’t seem to have the Arctic high on its agenda.The Canadian Presslast_img read more