Here & Now Monday, September 30, 2019


>>Announcer: THIS IS CBC “HERE & NOW.” (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>SO TODAY HOPEFULLY MR. ROBERTS CAN START TO REBUILD HIS LIFE AGAIN.>>Carolyn: SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES DISMISSED IN A HIGH-PROFILE CASE WITH A FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE FOR PARADISE. WHY HIS LAWYER SAYS THAT THE CASE HAS RUINED JOHN ROBERTS’ REPUTATION.>>ALWAYS WONDER, LIKE, HOW CAN YOU BUILD A SOFTWARE COMPANY IN NEWFOUNDLAND? OF COURSE YOU CAN. YOU CAN BUILD A SOFTWARE COMPANY ANYWHERE.>>Carolyn: A MAJOR COMPANY WITH CONTRACT AROUND THE WORLD. WE WILL LOOK AS THE TECH COMPANY SIGNED A HALF BILLION DOLLAR DEAL.>>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO “HERE & NOW.” I’M CAROLYN STOKES. NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ABOUT A SCANDAL THAT ROCKED THE PROVINCE’S REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY AND THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY EXIT REALTY ON THE ROCK OWNER ANNE SQUIRES. “HERE & NOW’S” ROB ANTLE HAS OUR TOP STORY.>>Reporter: ANNE SQUIRES WAS CHARGED NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO BUT IT TOOK TO THIS MORNING IN SUPREME COURT IN ST. JOHN’S FOR DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO FINALLY COME OUT. SQUIRES WAS THE OWNER OF EXIT REALTY ON THE ROCK WHICH HAD ITS LICENSE SUSPENDED BY THE PROVINCE IN EARLY 2016. THE COPS WERE CALLED IN AND THE COMPANY WENT BUST. TODAY AT COURT MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT WAS GOING ON BEFORE THAT HAPPENED. SQUIRES WAS DEFRAUDING A PAYDAY LOAN-STYLE COMPANY. THAT COMPANY IS CALLED ACCESS EASY FUNDS. IT HAD ADVANCED COMMISSIONS TO REAL ESTATE AGENTS FOR DEALS THAT HAVEN’T YET CLOSED. THERE WERE DOZENS OF FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS THAT COST THE COMPANY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS. SQUIRES SENT FORGED PURCHASE AND SALES AGREEMENTS, SENT DOCUMENTS TO GET COMMISSIONS ON PROPERTIES THAT HAD NOT ACTUALLY BEEN DEVELOPED, AND OTHER PROPERTIES THAT DID NOT ACTUALLY EXIST. THOSE DETAILS IN AN AGREED STATEMENT OF FACTS WERE ACCEPTED BY THE JUDGE. SQUIRES WAS CONVICTED OF FORGERY, FRAUD, THEFT AND BREACH OF TRUST. SHE SAID THAT SHE ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HAPPENED AT HER COMPANY. SQUIRES HAS BEEN RELEASED ON A SERIES OF CONDITIONS. SHE’S DUE BACK IN COURT DECEMBER 19th FOR A SENTENCING HEARING. ROB ANTLE, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S.>>Carolyn: AND WHILE SQUIRES WAS IN COURT, THE FALLOUT FROM THE COLLAPSE OF HER COMPANY CAME UP IN THE LEGISLATURE. A HOUSE COMMITTEE IS HOLDING PUBLIC HEARINGS TO CHANGE THE RULES THAT GOVERN THE PROVINCE’S REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY. LAWS THAT WERE WRITTEN IN THE MID 1960s. THAT’S ONE OF THE MANY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE TO HELP TO BETTER PROTECT CONSUMERS. THE NEW RULES ARE EXPECTED TO PASS THROUGH THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY DURING THE FALL SITTING.>>THE LEGISLATION THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IS VERY OLD. THERE’S NOT A LOT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE ACT. SO, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING BETTER ENFORCEMENT TOOLS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT OF REAL ESTATE. WE’RE SEEING STRONGER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. WE’RE SEEING A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR EVERYBODY WHO IS IN THE INDUSTRY. YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING INCREASED MAXIMUM FINES TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS. SO CONSUMERS ARE MUCH BETTER PROTECTED IN THIS NEW ACT.>>Carolyn: WELL, A ONE-TIME POLITICAL HOPEFUL AND PARADISE BUSINESSMAN HAD TWO SERIOUS CHARGES DISMISSED IN PROVINCIAL COURT THIS MORNING. JOHN ROBERTS’ LAWYER SAYS THAT THE LEGAL SAGA LEFT HIS REPUTATION IN TATTERS. “HERE & NOW’S” TERRY ROBERTS HAS MORE, BUT, FIRST, A WARNING — SOME OF THE DETAILS OF THIS STORY MAY BE DISTURBING.>>Reporter: JOHN MICHAEL ROBERTS THANKED HIS LAWYER AND THEN STOICALLY AND QUICKLY LEFT COURTROOM NUMBER 3 AT PROVINCIAL COURT IN NO MOOD TO SPEAK WITH THE REPORTERS. THOUGH CLEARLY RELIEVED THAT CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL HARASSMENT HAD BEEN DISMISSED FOLLOWING A HIGH-PROFILE LEGAL BATTLE THAT INCLUDED A WEEK-LONG TRIAL IN AUGUST. AND NOW FACED WITH THE PROSPECT OF HAVING TO REBUILD HIS LIFE.>>HIS REPUTATION IS DESTROYED.>>Reporter: HIS LAWYER SAYING THAT THE VERDICT PROVES HER CLIENT’S INNOCENCE.>>WE’RE VERY HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME. I’M SURE THAT EVERYBODY WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO REVIEW THE DECISION, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS OF TODAY HOPEFULLY MR. ROBERTS CAN START TO REBUILD HIS LIFE AGAIN.>>Reporter: A TRIAL IN AUGUST THAT REVEALED SOME VERY SALACIOUS AND GRAPHIC TESTIMONY. ALLEGATIONS THAT ROBERTS FORCIBLY ASSAULTED THE COMPLAINTANT WITH A BEER BOTTLE, THAT HE HOUNDED AND THREATENED HER. BUT NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVINCE THE COURT OF HIS GUILT, WITH THE JUDGE SAYING THAT THE SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS A CASE OF HER WORD AGAINST HIS. THE JUDGE ALSO QUESTIONED THE CREDIBILITY OF THE COMPLAINTANT WHO CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED. THE CHARGE OF CRIMINAL HARASSMENT HINGED ON WHETHER THE COMPLAINTANT WAS LIVING IN FEAR. JUDGE JACQUELINE BRAZEL SAID THAT THE EVIDENCE DID NOT SUPPORT THIS, MOST NOTABLY SHE TALKED ABOUT AN INCIDENT IN WHICH THE COMPLAINTANT ENTERED A BUSINESS KNOWING THAT THE ACCUSED WAS INSIDE AND STARTED A CONFRONTATION WITH HIM. IF SHE WAS TRULY LIVING IN FEAR SHE WOULD HAVE KEPT HER DISTANCE, SAYS THE JUDGE. TERRY ROBERTS, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: WE’RE IN THE LAST DAY OF SEPTEMBER AND, BOY, DOES IT FEEL LIKE IT. THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE STRUGGLING TO REACH THE DOUBLE DIGITS ACROSS THE ISLAND TODAY. 6° IN GANDER AND 9° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY. NOW IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE SATELLITE, YOU CAN SEE THESE STREAMERS. A GOOD THING THAT THOSE TEMPERATURES AREN’T ANY COOLER THAN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE A GOOD SET-UP FOR SNOW SQUALLS. BUT WE’RE SEEING SHOWERS RIGHT NOW AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT THOUGH, THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ON THE WEST COAST, ARE LIKELY GOING TO SEE FLURRIES. HERE’S WHERE YOU’LL BE SITTING AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR, THE, E TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND GRAB A JACKET AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR. 5° FOR CORNER BROOK TOMORROW MORNING. AND THEN -6° IN LAB CITY. SO, CERTAINLY, GETTING INTO THOSE COOLER TEMPERATURES. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IS IN STORE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK WHEN I COME BACK.>>Carolyn: THANKS, ASHLEY.>>>THE GILLER PRIZE SHORT LIST IS OUT AND TWO PEOPLE FROM THIS PROVINCE MADE THE LIST. MEGAN GAIL COLES HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR HER NOVEL “SMALL GAME HUNTING” AT THE LOCAL GUN CLUB. AND SO DID MICHAEL CRUMMEY FOR HIS FIFTH BOOK “THE INNOCENTS.” THE GILLER IS CANADA’S RICHEST LITERARY AWARD WITH A $100,000 PRIZE AND EACH OF THE SHORTLISTED AUTHORS RECEIVED $10,000. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON NOVEMBER 18th. (♪♪♪)>>>AND AN AGE-OLD POLITICAL ISSUE IN THIS PROVINCE HAS REARED ITS HEAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. IN A CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT RELEASED YESTERDAY. THE LIBERALS ARE PROMISING TO SUPPORT A FIXED LINK BETWEEN THE ISLAND PORTION OF THE PROVINCE AND LABRADOR. “HERE & NOW’S” CEC HAIRE REPORTS.>>Reporter: THIS STORY GOES WAY BACK TO THE PROVINCE’S SECOND PREMIER, FRANK MOORES IN 1975. HE DUG A HOLE FOR A LINK ON THE LABRADOR SIDE OF THE STRAITS. BUT EVENTUALLY STOPPED THE PROJECT. 30 YEARS LATER, THEN PREMIER DANNY WILLIAMS STUDY SAID THAT IT WAS TOO MUCH WITH THE $2 BILLION PRICE TAG.>>BY THE TIME THAT IT STARTS…>>Reporter: AND 18 MONTHS AGO PREMIER DWIGHT BALL’S STUDY, RECOMMENDING AN UNDERSEA RAIL TUNNEL AT A COST OF $1.65 BILLION THAT WOULD SEE A PROPOSED SINGLE-RAIL LINE CARRY VEHICLES IN ONE DIRECTION AT A TIME, OVER A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES. AND THEN THIS WEEKEND THE LINK NOTION RETURNS AND THIS TIME IT’S THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN A CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT. AND IT SAYS UNDER A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND IT WOULD BEGIN RIGHT AWAY, SUPPORTING PROJECTS LIKE A FIXED TRANSPORTATION LINK BETWEEN LABRADOR AND THE ISLAND. LABRADOR BUSINESSMAN DANNY DUMARESQUE LOBBIED FOR THE LINK FOR YEARS.>>IT’S ABOUT TIME AND MONEY AND YOU CAN’T PROPERLY DEVELOP AN ECONOMY WHEN YOU CAN’T HAVE A RELIABLE TRANSPORTATIONs SYSTEM 24/7, 365, AT A REASONABLE RATE.>>Reporter: THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE IN LABRADOR, LARRY FLEMMING CALLS IT A LAST-DITCH ABILITY TO SECURE VOTES.>>WHERE WAS THIS 20 DAYS OUT FROM THE FEDERAL ELECTION TO THROW THIS OUT AGAIN IS A PRETTY DESPERATE ACT.>>Reporter: THE LIBERAL CANDIDATE IN LABRADOR, YVONNE JONES, DISAGREES.>>IF WE WERE A THIRD PARTY TODAY IT WOULD BE EASY TO GO OUT AND TO ISSUE A PLATFORM, KNOWING THAT YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO FORM THE GOVERNMENT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO DELIVER ON IT.>>Reporter: JACK HARRIS WITH THE N.D.P. REMAINS SKEPTICAL.>>IT SAYS THAT THEY’RE SETTING UP A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND WHICH IS NICE. AND THAT THEY WILL SUPPORT THE PROJECTS LIKE THIS ONE. I DON’T KNOW, THAT’S NOT MUCH OF A COMMITMENT, FRANKLY AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A PROJECT ON THE GO FOR QUITE A WHILE. IF THEY WERE SERIOUS, I GUESS THAT WE’D HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MR. TRUDEAU ON THIS AND WE CERTAINLY HAVEN’T HAD THAT.>>Reporter: HARRIS CALLS THE LINK REFERENCE IN THE PLATFORM DOCUMENT “A THROW AWAY LINE DESIGNED TO HELP THE CANDIDATE IN LABRADOR.” CEC HAIRE, CBC NEWS, ST. JOHN’S.>>Carolyn: WELL, THE LABRADOR FRIENDSHIP CENTRE’S SENIORS’ VAN WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE THIS SEASON. LAST WEEK CBC REPORTED THAT AN AFFORDABLE RIDE OPTION FOR SENIORS IN HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY STILL HADN’T HEARD FROM ONE OF ITS BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS. WITHOUT FUNDING IT ONLY HAD A FEW WEEKS LEFT TO OPERATE. WELL, TODAY CBC LEARNED THAT THE PROGRAMME WILL RECEIVE ABOUT $500 MORE THAN THE $15,000 IN FUNDING THAT IT USUALLY GETS FROM THE ORGANIZATION. THAT WILL ALLOW THE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE TO KEEP ITS LOW-COST VAN RUNNING FOR NOW. IT COSTS ABOUT $40,000 TO KEEP THE VAN RUNNING FOR A YEAR. SO THE GROUP SAYS THAT THEY’RE STILL LOOKING FOR MORE CONTRIBUTIONS.>>IT MEANS THEY KNOW THAT THE SERVICE WILL STILL BE THERE TOMORROW WHEN THEY GET UP AND THE NEXT DAY. SO I’M CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ENOUGH FUNDING FOR THIS YEAR — WELL, WE HAVE THE $15,000 IN PLACE TO CONTINUE AND TO KEEP THE VAN RUNNING AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR THE OTHER FUNDING. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: WHAT HAS PEOPLE WANDERING AROUND THE BASEMENT OF A DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S CHURCH? THERE’S A LOT OF CLUES IN THE CRIBS. I’M KATIE BREEN AND I’LL TAKE>>Carolyn: HAPPY MONDAY, ASHLEY.>>Ashley: HAPPY MONDAY.>>Carolyn: IT WAS A VERY STRANGE UNSETTLED DAY IN ST. JOHN’S TODAY. IT WAS SUPER WINDY AND RAINY AND FUNNY.>>Ashley: IT HAD A BIT OF EVERYTHING OUTSIDE TODAY. IT CERTAINLY FELT LIKE FALL, WE’RE IN THE LAST DAY OF SEPTEMBER AND HEADING INTO OCTOBER. AND, YEAH, THE TEMPERATURES ARE GETTING COOLER. AS WE LOOK AT THE DAYTIME HIGHS TODAY, 10° WAS THE AFTERNOON HIGH IN ST. JOHN’S AND STRUGGLING TO REACH THE DOUBLE DIGITS IN OTHER PLACES. DEER LAKE AROUND 9°. TWILLINGATE 6°. AND NAIN IS SITTING AT 9°, AND IN LAB CITY, THE COOL SPOT AT 3° THIS AFTERNOON. THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE PRETTY STEADY AS WELL. AND WE’RE SEEING THEM DROP THOUGH FOR THE ISLAND, DOWN TO 7° IN ST. JOHN’S AND 8° IN CORNER BROOK. AND WE CAN THANK THESE NORTHWESTERLY WINDS TOO. CAROLYN MENTIONED HOW WINDY IT WAS. WE’RE LOOKING AT THOSE NORTHWESTERLIES, ABOUT 35 km/h SUSTAINED IN ST. JOHN’S. AND BECAUSE OF THESE COOLER TEMPERATURES THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF A WIND CHILL AS WELL AND FEELING CLOSER TO THE LOW SINGLE DIGITS WITH THAT WIND. AND THAT 22 km/h WINDS IN ST. ANTHONY AND CLOSE TO 30 FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY SUSTAINED. SO HERE’S A LOOK AT THE SATELLITE. WE DID SEE SOME SHOWERS MOVE THROUGH THE AVALON TODAY EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. AND WE’RE SEEING PLENTY OF CLOUD COVER WITH A FEW PEEKS OF SUN IN THE MIX AS WELL. AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT THESE SHOWERS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE ALONG THE NORTHEAST COAST AND COASTAL LABRADOR AS WELL. STARTING TO SEE SOME OF THE WHITE STUFF CREEP UP ON THE MODELS AS WELL. SO IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, CERTAINLY IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA OR THE MOUNTAIN AREAS, WE SHOULD SEE SOME FLURRIES TONIGHT AND THAT’S THE SAME UP THROUGH LABRADOR AS WELL. LAB CITY WILL LIKELY SEE SOME FLURRIES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT. BUT THEN OTHERWISE WE SHOULD SEE CLEARING, MAINLY ON THE SOUTH COAST AND PARTS OF CENTRAL WILL SEE CLEARING SKIES BY THE TIME THAT TOMORROW MORNING ROLLS AROUND. DIPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AND AGAIN THE WINDS STRONG, UPWARDS OF 50 km/h. AND THOSE WINDS GENERALLY AGAIN OUT OF THE NORTHWEST. 4° FOR CORNER BROOK TONIGHT AND 7° IN PORT AUX BASQUE AND WE SHOULD SEE PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES AND ST. ANTHONY, SHOWERS AND 3°. AND, AGAIN, THAT FLURRY POTENTIAL FOR LAB CITY, DOWN TO -7° TONIGHT AND THAT’S WHERE THE COOL AIR IS, 2° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, AND NAIN, FLIRTING WITH 4° AND WE COULD SEE FLURRIES MIXED IN WITH THOSE SHOWERS AS WELL. HERE’S TOMORROW, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFFSHORE THERE. AND LIKELY GOING TO SEE SOME SHOWERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY ALONG THE NORTHEAST COAST. AND THEN WE SHOULD SEE SOME CLEARING SKIES FOR THE REST OF THE ISLAND. SAME FOR LABRADOR AS WELL. WITH COASTAL RAINS STICKING AROUND THROUGH THE DAY. AND THEN OVERNIGHT WHERE THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO DROP AS WE START TO SEE THAT NEXT SYSTEM ROLL IN, AGAIN, SOME WHITE STUFF IS SHOWING UP. SO, CERTAINLY, IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WE’RE LOOKING AT A POTENTIAL FOR FLURRIES AND MAYBE MIXED IN WITH THAT RAIN. SO TOMORROW COOLER THAN TODAY, 8° FOR ST. JOHN’S AND THOSE WINDS STRONG AGAIN TOMORROW. 10° FOR MARYSTOWN BUT, AGAIN, SUNSHINE OR AT LEAST THE SUN PEEKING OUT FOR MOST PART. GANDER, 9° WITH SHOWERS, POTENTIALLY IN — OR WE’LL SEE THE SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. AND THEN CLEARING SKIES INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, 8°. A LITTLE COOLER ALONG THE COAST, CORNER BROOK SITTING AROUND 7° WITH THAT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. AND THEN UP THROUGH ST. ANTHONY, 8° AS WELL. UP THROUGH LABRADOR THOUGH, SUN SHOULD PEEK BACK OUT, GOING TO STAY AROUND 2° FOR LAB CITY AND 9° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY. AND THEN 6° FOR NAIN. SO THAT’S A LOOK AT YOUR TEMPERATURES AND YOUR FORECAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS, NOT MUCH CHANGE, WE’LL HAVE ALL OF THE DETAILS COMING UP. CAROLYN?>>Carolyn: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FUN NIGHT OUT YOU MIGHT CONSIDER VISITING THE CRYPT OF THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL IN DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S. OR, RATHER, BREAKING OUT OF THE CRYPT. THAT’S WHERE OUR KATIE BREEN IS TONIGHT. IT SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERESTING ASSIGNMENT, KATIE. WHAT’S HAPPENING DOWN THERE?>>Reporter: OOOOHHHH…>>>WELL, THERE’S A TONNE OF PEOPLE DOWN HERE, YEAH, JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. THEY’RE LOCKED IN. OR AT LEAST HYPOTHETICALLY THEY ARE AND THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY LOCKED IN. AND I’M JOINED NOW WITH AN EXPERT IN THIS KIND OF A THING, AN ESCAPE ROOM. THIS IS KEVIN NOSEWORTHY WITH SCAPE QUEST. AND I WILL GET YOU TO EXPLAIN TO THE AUDIENCE WHAT AN ESCAPE ROOM IS.>>SO AN ESCAPE ROOM IS LIKE A LIVE ACTION INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE. YOU ENTER A SPACE AND HAVE LIMITED TIME TO EXPLORE AND LOOK FOR CLUES AND SOLVE ANY PUZZLES OR OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY TO WIN THE GAME BEFORE THE TIME RUNS OUT. IT’S ABOUT TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION.>>Reporter: SO WE’RE DOWN IN THE CRYPT. SO WHAT YEAR IS THIS? SET THE SCENE HERE, WHERE ARE WE?>>IT’S SET IN MODERN DAY. A WEALTHY MYSTERIOUS MR. X IS INTERESTED IN A RARE PIECE OF JEWELLERY DONATED TO THE CHURCH OVER 60 YEARS AGO. YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS PLAY A TEAM OF THIEVES, HIRED BY THE MYSTERIOUS BENEFACTOR AND YOU HAVE 45 MINUTES TO EXPLORE THE CRYPT AND TO FIND THE PIECE OF JEWELLERY BEFORE THE SECURITY TEAM COMES BACK AND TAKES YOU TO THE BIG HOUSE.>>Reporter: THE BIG HOUSE. OKAY, SO YOU DON’T WANT TO GET THERE SO YOU WANT TO CRACK THIS CODE FIRST. I GOT THAT. SO HOW HAVE YOU INCORPORATED THE CHURCH INTO THAT STORY LINE?>>WELL, THE CHURCH ITSELF IS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S. WE HAVE A CHARACTER IN THE ROOM AND HE’S THE INSIDE GUY, AND HE’S THE SECURITY GUARD HERE AT THE CHURCH SO HE’LL TAKE YOU THROUGH AND TELL YOU TIDBITS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING. AS YOU WANDER THROUGH, THE PLACE IS ALMOST LIKE A LIVING MUSEUM. SO THE BUILDING’S HISTORY IS KEY TO UNLOCKING THE BOXES AND FINDING THE MISSING PIECE OF JEWELLERY.>>YOU HAVE A BUSINESS DOWNTOWN THAT HAS ROOMS ALREADY SET UP, BUT WHAT IS IT LIKE TO COME INTO A LOCATION LIKE THIS AND TO KIND OF WORK A STORY LINE AROUND THE BUILDING?>>OH, IT’S ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES. AND THE BUILDING IS ICONIC AND WHEN THEY CONTACTED US TO DO A POSSIBLE FUNDRAISER WE JUMPED RIGHT AT IT. IT’S NICE TO HAVE A PLACE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUILD THE SETTING AND IT LOOKS THE PART SO IT’S ALREADY AN EPIC ADVENTURE WHEN YOU COME IN.>>Reporter: YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE ANYTHING, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU INCORPORATED INTO THIS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF?>>WELL, GEE, THAT’S A HARD QUESTION.>>Reporter: PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. I DIDN’T MEAN TO DO THAT. OKAY, WELL, ABOUT WHAT ABOUT THIS PARTNERSHIP, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?>>SO DEREK IS A VOLUNTEER HERE WITH THE CHURCH AND HE CONTACTED US ABOUT DOING A VERY SMALL ACTIVITY ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND WE RAN A SMALL POP-UP CALLED “ESCAPE ARTIST” AND I KEPT COMMENTING ON HOW AMAZING THE BUILDING IS AND HOW WE’D LOVE TO DO SOMETHING BIGGER AND BETTER AND HERE WE ARE A YEAR AFTER THE PLANNING AND WE’VE GOT THIS EVENT IS THE UP.>>Reporter: AND YOU HAVE PEOPLE CRAWLING EVERYWHERE. AND WE’LL COME BACK LATER IN SHOW THE TO SEE WHO THIS FUNDRAISER WILL BENEFIT. BUT FOR NOW I’M KATIE BREEN LIVE IN ST. JOHN’S.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>I ALWAYS WONDER HOW YOU CAN BUILD A SOFTWARE COMPANY IN NEWFOUNDLAND? OF COURSE YOU CAN. YOU CAN BUILD A SOFTWARE COMPANY ANYWHERE.>>Carolyn: A LOCAL COMPANY WITH MAJOR CONTRACTS AROUND THE WORLD. TONIGHT WE LOOK AT VERAFIN AFTER THE TECH COMPANY SIGNED A HALF A (♪♪♪)>>Anthony: WELCOME BACK TO “HERE & NOW.” AS YOU NOTICED I’M NOT ON THE PROBLEM TONIGHT BECAUSE I’M M.C.ING A BIG EVENT TONIGHT IN ST. JOHN’S, THE GEOTECHNO SOCIETY AND THE PRESIDENT OF THAT SOCIETY IS JOINING ME NOW. SO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION. WHAT IS IT?>>THE ORGANIZATION IS A GROUP OF GEOPROFESSIONALS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RAN BY VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PROMOTION OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE IN CANADA.>>Anthony: OKAY, SO WE’VE GOT ALMOST 600 PEOPLE HERE IN TOWN TONIGHT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? WHAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS?>>ONCE A YEAR WE HAVE OUR GEOTECHNICAL CONFERENCE AND THIS YEAR IT’S SPECIAL BECAUSE WE HAVE — THIS IS THE 72nd GEOTECHNICAL CONFERENCE AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE 600 TO 800 PEOPLE AND GATHERING AND EXCHANGING DATA AND EXCHANGING INFORMATION ON THE WAY THAT WE PRACTICE. AND THE SCIENCE INVOLVED IN OUR BUSINESS.>>Anthony: ALL RIGHT. SO YOU PROFESSIONAL GUYS AND GALS GET TOGETHER. WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT, THE LATEST IN ENGINEERING OR SCIENCE? OBVIOUSLY THERE’S SOME FUN I ASSUME?>>WELL, FIRST IT’S TECHNICAL AND IT’S VERY SERIOUS. WE LEARN ABOUT THE LATEST SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS, THE BEST WAY TO CONSTRUCT AND DESIGN STRUCTURES. BUT ABOVE ALL WE HAVE FUN. WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE FUN THAN ST. JOHN’S. WE’LL HAVE A LOT OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, A LOT OF EXCHANGING OF IDEAS BETWEEN PEERS AND ON THE EVENINGS, OF COURSE, WE’LL BE TAKING THE ST. GEORGE STREET, I GUESS, WALK TO SOME OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS.>>Anthony: YOU’LL BE LOOKING AT THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING ON GEORGE STREET. SO MARE JOE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND ONE OF THE LOCAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR LANDING THE CONFERENCE HERE IS STERLING PARSONS. SO, STERLING, HOW BIG A DEAL IS THIS FOR US?>>IT’S A BIG DEAL FOR ALL OF US. AND IT’S BEEN 23 YEARS SINCE WE’VE HAD THE CONFERENCE IN ST. JOHN’S SO IT’S OUR TIME TO HAVE IT HERE AND TO CELEBRATE AND GIVE EVERYONE IN THE LOCAL PRACTICE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TENDTHIS EVENT.>>Anthony: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT MEETING ENGINEERS FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND OTHER FIRMS?>>THE TECHNICAL COMPONENTS ARE IMPORTANT BUT ALSO NETWORKING. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PEOPLE AND COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND TO JUST SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND GET FAMILIAR WITH THEM AS WELL.>>Anthony: AS A PERSON FROM THE ST. JOHN’S AREA YOU’RE PROUD THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM WERE ABLE TO ATTRACT THIS KIND OF EVENT?>>OF COURSE, IT’S A LOT OF WORK TO ACTUALLY ORGANIZE THIS. SO IT’S A LARGE TEAM. IT’S PRETTY WELL, YOU KNOW, NEWFOUNDLAND OBVIOUSLY IS A SMALL COMMUNITY AND WE PRETTY WELL RELIED UPON OUR WHOLE GEOTECHNICAL COMMUNITY TO PUT THIS OFF. SO WE’RE QUITE EXCITED TO HAVE PEOPLE HERE AND TO CELEBRATE GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING HERE.>>Anthony: SOME OF YOU WHEN YOU’RE NOT SORT OF GEEKING OUT ON ALL OF THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, YOU MIGHT CHECK OUT THE ENGINEERING STRUCTURES OF A PARTICULAR STREET IN ST. JOHN’S?>>WELL, MAYBE. AND THERE’S ALSO SOME EVENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THE TYPICAL SCREECH-IN AND THOSE TYPE OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE QUITE EXCITED ABOUT. SO WE’RE TRYING TO MEET THOSE AS WE WOULD SAY.>>Anthony: WELL, GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR TIME AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THE M.C. AT YOUR EVENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Carolyn: WELL, IT’S A COMPANY WITH MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYEES THAT DOES BUSINESS AROUND THE WORLD. AND THAT JUST BANKED THE BIGGEST CAPITAL VENTURE DEAL IN CANADIAN HISTORY. AND IT’S ALL DONE, RATHER, THEY’VE DONE ALL OF THAT WHILE OPERATING HERE IN ST. JOHN’S. VERAFIN IS A HUGE SUCCESS STORY IN THE TECH INDUSTRY. BUT HOW DID VERAFIN DO IT AND CAN OTHER COMPANIES FOLLOW IN ITS FOOTSTEPS? “HERE & NOW” ZACH GOUDIE HAS THAT STORY. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: VERAFIN DETECTS BANK FRAUD SO ITS EMPLOYEES HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY. BUT, STILL, 550 MILLION DOLLARS IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY. SO WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT THEIR COMPANY HAD JUST INKED A RECORD-BREAKING INVESTMENT DEAL, THERE WAS A MOMENT.>>SO WHEN WE DID THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP, THERE WAS KIND OF THIS BUILD-UP WHERE IT WAS LIKE, OKAY, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE ANNOUNCING TODAY AND EVERYBODY — I THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE HAD AN INKLING OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND, BECAUSE IT WASN’T A COMPANY-WIDE SECRET BUT IT WAS IMPRESSIVE TO SEE THAT VALIDATION OF WHAT WE’RE DOING.>>Reporter: WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND IS THAT VERAFIN HAD REACHED A CRITICAL MOMENT WITH ITS EARLY INVESTORS. IT WAS TIME FOR THOSE INVESTORS TO BE PAID OUT BUT THEY DIDN’T WANT OUT, THEY WANTED TO DOUBLE DOWN.>>WE WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH THEM TO FIND A WAY THEY COULD CONTINUE TO STAY IN THE BUSINESS AND CONTINUE TO GIVE US THAT ROOM TO GROW. I THINK THAT SPEAKS REALLY HIGHLY TO THEIR CONFIDENCE IN WHAT WE’RE BUILDING AND THE FUTURE THAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US.>>Reporter: THE RESULT IS A $550 MILLION DEAL, THE BIGGEST VENTURE CAPITAL DEAL IN CANADIAN HISTORY. BACK IN 2014, CBC PROFILED THE COMPANY WHEN IT HAD A $60 MILLION INVESTMENT DEAL. AND IT SHOWCASED VERAFIN’S HEADQUARTERS, A MID-SIZED OFFICE WITH THE VIBE OF A YOUNG START-UP. AS YOU CAN SEE THINGS HAVE CHANGED. TODAY VERAFIN OCCUPIES A SPRAWLING OFFICE TOWER, HAS A FEW HUNDRED MORE EMPLOYEES, AND ITS DEALS HAVE AN EXTRA ZERO. IT’S A STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT FOR A COMPANY THAT WAS BUILT FAR AWAY FROM BAY STREET, FAR FROM THE GROWING LIST OF AMERICAN BANKS THAT ARE VERAFIN’S CORE CUSTOMERS.>>WE WERE ABLE TO BUILD SOMETHING SPECIAL HERE AND IT’S A TESTAMENT THAT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING HERE AND PEOPLE ALWAYS WONDER HOW CAN YOU BUILD A SOFTWARE COMPANY IN NEWFOUNDLAND? YOU CAN BUILD ANYWHERE AND SELL ANYWHERE AND TO PROVIDE THAT EXAMPLE TO OTHER COMPANIES HERE I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT.>>Reporter: MANY OF THE COMPANIES TRYING TO FOLLOW THAT EXAMPLE TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS HERE AT MEMORIAL’S GENESIS CENTRE. IT’S A HUB FOR YOUNG START-UPS AND VERAFIN WAS ONE OF ITS EARLY CLIENTS.>>HUGE PRIDE, HUGE PRIDE FOR EVERYONE. I THINK THAT EVERY SINGLE PATRON IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR SHOULD LOOK AT THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT VERAFIN HAS CREATED AND TO BE PROUD OF IT. IT’S NOT ONLY SOMETHING EXCITING FOR MEMORIAL OR FOR GENESIS OR VERAFIN AND THEIR EMPLOYEES, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY SINGLE NEWFOUNDLANDER AND LABRADORIAN SHOULD BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF.>>Reporter: VERAFIN PROVIDES MUCH MORE THAN INSPIRATION. WHEN IT MOVED TO THE NEW H.Q. IT DONATED OLD FURNITURE TO GENESIS, ENOUGH TO OUTFIT THE OFFICES OF 15 YOUNG COMPANIES. IT ALSO HOLDS AN ANNUAL WORKSHOP LIKE A BOOTCAMP FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS.>>SO, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE REALLY GIVING BACK IN A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT WAY TO THE COMPANIES. THEY REALLY WANT TO SEE THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR THRIVE AND GROW.>>Reporter: IN MANY WAYS VERAFIN HAS PROVED ONE OF THE BIG PROMISES OF THE TECH INDUSTRY THAT IT CAN BE DONE FROM ANYWHERE. NOW THAT VISION HAS BEEN BACKED UP BY A HALF BILLION DOLLAR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. BUT THE PEOPLE AT VERAFIN SAY THAT THIS STORY ISN’T ABOUT ONE SUCCESSFUL COMPANY, IT’S ABOUT THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE AN ENTIRE INDUSTRY THAT ISN’T DERIVED FROM OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT FROM OUR NATURAL INGENUITY.>>THERE’S NO REASON THAT THIS CAN’T BE DONE HERE. WE JUST NEED TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES HERE AND SUPPORT THE IDEA OF ENTREPRENEURSHIPS AND WE CAN CERTAINLY CREATE 10 MORE VERAFINS.>>Reporter: ZACH GOUDIE, CBC NEWS, S>>Carolyn: WELCOME BACK. A CONTROVERSIAL DEBATE AT ST. JOHN’S CITY COUNCIL THIS EVENING, THE COUNCILLORS VOTED ON WHETHER TO LIFT A MORATORIUM ON NEW MASSAGE PARLOURS IN THE CITY. “HERE & NOW’S” MEG ROBERTS IS LIVE AT CITY HALL. SO, MEG, WHAT WAS THE DECISION TONIGHT?>>Reporter: COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO LIFT THE MORATORIUM ON THE MASSAGE PARLOURS, BUT THAT DECISION WILL NOT HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. THAT WILL NOT BE PUT IN PLACE IMMEDIATELY. AND THAT’S BECAUSE THE DECISION WON’T LEGALLY HAPPEN FOR ANOTHER THREE MONTHS OR SO. COUNCIL STILL HAS TO APPROVE SOME DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN ORDER FOR THAT TO GO THROUGH. NOW THE TEMPORARY BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. AT THE TIME THE REASON BEHIND THAT DECISION WAS TO MINIMIZE THE DISRUPTIONS IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS BUT MAGGIE BURTON, THE COUNCILLOR WHO PUT THIS FORWARD, SAYS THAT IT’S TIME TO REEVALUATE THAT. SHE SAYS THAT THE GOAL IS TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RECOGNISING WORKERS’ RIGHTS TO SELECTION. NOW THE DEBATE TONIGHT HEAVILY REVOLVED AROUND REGULATIONS. THE CITY DOES NOT ENFORCE REGULATIONS IN THIS INDUSTRY. THAT’S UP TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. AND THE CITY MADE IT QUITE CLEAR TODAY THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO MORE IN ORDER TO PROTECT THESE WORKERS’ RIGHTS. THAT’S ALSO THE REASON THAT ADVOCACY GROUPS HERE IN THE CITY ARE ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THIS DISCUSSION. ONE ADVOCACY GROUP SAYS THEY BELIEVE THAT THIS PROTECTS WORKERS AND GIVE THEM SELECTION. AND ANOTHER GROUP WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE REGULATIONS IN PLACE BEFORE A DECISION LIKE THIS IS MADE. NOW COUNCIL ALSO VOTED TONIGHT TO HOLD A PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE MATTER AND THAT SHOULD BE HELD SOME TIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. REPORTING LIVE IN ST. JOHN’S, I’M MEG ROBERTS FOR “HERE & NOW.”>>Carolyn: WELL, NOW TO SOME NATIONAL NEWS. QUÉBEC OWES AN APOLOGY TO FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO A DAMNING REPORT FOLLOWING A PUBLIC INQUIRY. IT SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN MISTREATED BY THE PROVINCE’S PUBLIC SERVICES.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE].>>Carolyn: RETIRED SUPERIOR COURT JUSTICE JACQUE DION SAYS THAT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO DENY SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION. THE INQUIRY HEARD FROM MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE OVER 38 WEEKS. THERE’S 132 CALLS TO ACTION, AND INCLUDING FOR YOUTH PROTECTION AND HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES.>>>THE IDENTITY OF HUNDREDS OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN WHO DIED WHILE ATTENDING RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS IN THIS COUNTRY STILL REMAINS UNKNOWN. BUT TODAY NEARLY 3,000 WERE NAMED AT A CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE ACROSS THE RIVER FROM OTTAWA.>>CANADA WILL NEVER BE THE SAME NOW THAT THESE NAMES ARE KNOWN. THESE CHILDREN CALL UPON US TO TAKE ACTION, TO STOP THE HARM INFLICTED THROUGH PRESENT-DAY SYSTEMS THAT ARE BROKEN, RACIST, AND BASED ON ONGOING NOTIONS OF CULTURAL SUPERIORITY.>>Carolyn: IT TOOK A BANNER 47 METRES LONG TO DISPLAY THE NAMES OF EACH CHILD AND THE SCHOOL HE OR SHE ATTENDED WHEN THEY DIED. THE CEREMONY WAS ORGANIZED BY THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION TO SHOW JUST HOW MANY CHILDREN OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS NEVER RETURNED HOME. RESEARCHERS AND ARCHIVISTS ESTIMATE THAT AT LEAST 1,600 OTHERS DIED BUT REMAIN UNNAMED. THE FATE OF HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO SIMPLY VANISHED IS UNKNOWN. THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION RESEARCH TEAM SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE THEIR EFFORTS TO FILL THE GAP.>>>ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY, PEOPLE ARE WEARING ORANGE SHIRTS IN HONOUR OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLCHILDREN. ORANGE SHIRT DAY WAS STARTED BY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVOR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND COINCIDES WITH THE TIME OF YEAR THAT CHILDREN WERE TYPICALLY REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES. TODAY TODD RUSSELL TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DAY.>>THIS IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER THE RESILIENCE OF OUR PEOPLE, OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, THE RESILIENCE OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. AND ALSO TO REMEMBER IN A WAY THAT LIFTS PEOPLE UP THAT OFFERS THEM HOPE AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALING. AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS.>>Carolyn: STATISTICS CANADA HAS RELEASED A LATEST NUMBERS ON POPULATION. IT SHOWS THAT THE LARGEST ANNUAL GROWTH EVER RECORDED IN THIS COUNTRY. CANADA’S POPULATION GREW BY MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE FROM JULY 2018 TO JULY 2019 AND THAT PUTS THE AVERAGE RATE AT ABOUT ONE NEW CANADIAN EVERY MINUTE. MORE THAN 80% OF THE GROWTH IS A RESULT OF IMMIGRATION, BRINGING THE CURRENT POPULATION TO MORE THAN 37.5 MILLION. NEW DATA ALSO SUGGESTS MORE CANADIANS ARE LIVING LONGER. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING TO BE 100 YEARS OLD REACHED 10,000. (♪♪♪)>>I’M APRIL. IN 2009, MY HUSBAND CHRIS WAS LOST AT SEA IN THE SINKING OF THE SEA GYPSY.>>Reporter: WE’RE CHECKING BACK IN WITH PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES CHANGED IN AN INSTANT.>>I REMEMBER COMING IN AND REALIZING THAT IT WAS OVER. THE LIFE THAT WE KNEW WAS OVER.>>Reporter: AND TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.>>I NEEDED TO STOP RIGHT NOW AND JUST LOOK BACK AT WHERE I’VE BEEN.>>Reporter: APRIL McCARTHY.>>AND THIS IS MY STORY.>>Reporter: COMING UP ON “HERE & NOW.” (♪♪♪)>>Carolyn: WELCOME BACK TO “HERE & NOW.” LET’S CHECK BACK IN WITH OUR KATIE BROKEN WHO HAS BEEN TRYING TO BREAK OUT OF THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL CRYPT IN DOWNTOWN ST. JOHN’S. SO, KATIE, HOW’S IT GOING DOWN THERE?>>Reporter: SO FAR SO GOOD. AND THERE’S BEEN ONE GROUP THAT CAME THROUGH AND THEY CRACKED THE CODE. NOW WE’RE WAITING FOR THE NEXT GROUP TO BREAK IN THROUGH THOSE DOORS AND TRY TO SOLVE MORE PUZZLES. BUT BEFORE THIS ALL STARTED TODAY WE HAD MY NEXT TWO GUESTS. AND THEY CAME IN AND DID A RUNTHROUGH. AND SO WE HAVE DEREK SULLIVAN AND ROGER WHALEN, SORRY. I JUST WANTED TO ASK FIRST ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF THIS PLACE WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT WHEN YOU CAME IN WITH YOUR RUN THROUGH?>>WELL, THE PLACE CLEANS UP NICE AND THERE’S A LOT OF WORK THAT WENT ON BEHIND THE SCENES TO GET EVERYTHING READY. AND WE’RE HERE EVERY DAY SO IN SOME WAYS IT’S STILL THE SAME TO US BUT IT’S EXCITING FOR ANYONE NEW COMING IN FOR FIRST TIME TO SEE THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CRYPT AND THE AGE OF IT AND THE OTHER TREASURES THAT THEY’LL FIND ALONG THE WAY SO IT’S A LOT OF FUN FOR ANYONE THAT COMES DOWN.>>Reporter: AND WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE PUZZLE THAT YOU SAW?>>I THINK THAT THEY WERE INGENUOUS, VERY CLEVER WAY TO USE SOME OF THE HISTORY IN THE FACTS ABOUT THE BUILDING AND THE CATHEDRAL. SO IT WAS INTERESTING FOR US WALKING THROUGH BECAUSE WE KNOW SO MUCH OF THE DETAIL HERE THAT WE KNOWS WHEN THINGS ARE OUT OF PLACE. AND SOMETIMES THAT’S PART OF THE CLUE. BUT OTHER PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW THAT.>>Reporter: YEAH, SOME OF THEM ARE A BIT HARDER TO CATCH. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS AN ARTIFACT IN HERE OR WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN ARTIFACT BUT IT’S NOT REALLY?>>YEAH, SO OUR FRIENDS AT, SCWAIP QUEST PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO THIS AND ONE OF THE THINGS THEY DID IS TO BUILD PROPS AND CLUES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THEY TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THINGS IN THE SURROUNDINGS. BUT ONE THING THEY DID THAT SURPRISED EVEN US IS THEY CREATED A COUPLE OF ARTIFACTS, WELL, ONE IN PARTICULAR, ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT TELLING US ABOUT IT AND HUNG IT IN A PLACE. AND THAT WAS — AND THAT’S ONE THAT JUST LOOKS LIKE IT’S BEEN HERE FOREVER. AND, YOU KNOW, REALLY — WE WOULD KNOW THAT IT’S A NEW THING ON THE WALL HERE BUT ANYONE ELSE IT WOULD BE PART OF THE SURROUNDINGS. AND IT’S AN INTEGRAL CLUE TO ONE OF THE PUZZLES HERE SO IT’S COOL TO SEE THE CREATIVITY AND THE CRAFTSMANSHIP THEY PUT INTO PUTTING THIS ALL TOGETHER.>>Reporter: THERE’S A LOT OF CREATIVITY IN AND AROUND THIS AND CREATIVITY IN THE ACTUAL FUNDRAISER. DO YOU FEEL THAT THIS IS UNCONVENTIONAL OF A CHURCH FUNDRAISER?>>EVERYONE THINKS OF CHURCH FUNDRAISERS AND IT’S BAKE SALES AND TURKEY DINNERS AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. AND THAT’S WHAT A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE DOING AND IT’S FAMILIAR AND FUN. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING A LITTLE UNCONVENTIONAL SO WE RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WHO ARE FUN-LOVING AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE TO COME IN. AND THEY HAVE SOME FUN, THEY GET SOME ENTERTAINMENT, AND MAYBE THEY SEE SOMETHING IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT THAN THEY’RE USED TO SEEING IT. SO IT’S PART THE EXCITEMENT AS WELL.>>Reporter: WHAT WILL THE FUNDS GO TOWARDS?>>THEY SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING, THINGS THAT WE DO WITH OUTREACH IN THE COMMUNITY. FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE THE BLOCK PARTY, WE HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE AT CHRISTMASTIME. WE’RE SUPPORTING A PROGRAMME. JUST RECENTLY IT WAS AT THE PENITENTIARY. SO VARIOUS THINGS THAT WE HAVE A HAND IN, THERE’S THE FURNITURE BANK AND THE FOOD BANK, AND PLENTY OF THINGS TO HELP WITH.>>Reporter: AND SO I HEAR THAT THE TICKETS ARE GOING PRETTY FAST BUT IF THE PEOPLE WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WHAT SHOULD THEY CALL?>>ANYONE INTERESTED WE STILL HAVE ROOM LEFT, AND WE’RE RUNNING THROUGH THE END OF THE DAY ON SATURDAY. EVERY HALF-HOUR FROM 5:30 TO 10:30. 9:30 WOULD BE LAST SHOW, AND CALL THE OFFICE. AND JILL WILL TAKE YOUR ORDERS.>>Reporter: SO IF YOU WANT TO COME DOWN AND TO TRY TO CRACK THIS CODE CALL. AND IT’S RUNNING EVERY EVENING TO SATURDAY. CAROLYN?>>Carolyn: THANK YOU SO MUCH, KATIE. IT LOOKS LIKE A BIT OF FUN.>>Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. (♪♪♪)>>Carolyn: CUT OFF THERE A LITTLE BIT BUT IT’S A VERY INTERESTING SORT OF THING TO BE DOING DOWN AT THE CRYPT IN THE CHURCH DOWNTOWN.>>Ashley: I HAVE NEVER DONE AN ESCAPE ROOM BEFORE.>>Carolyn: ME NEITHER. NORMALLY THE CRYPT IS USED FOR LIKE AFTERNOON TEAS ON THE WEEKENDS. SO VERY DIFFERENT.>>Ashley: VERY DIFFERENT.>>Carolyn: SO SOME SNOW IS IN PLACES?>>Ashley: YEAH. OUT WEST SAW SOME AREAS UPWARDS OF 100 cm OF SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND, WE’RE NOT READY FOR THAT.>>Carolyn: WE’RE NOT READY FOR THAT.>>Ashley: AND LAB WEST SAW THEIR FIRST, A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND AND NOW AS FAR AS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE ON THE ISLAND, THE MOUNTAINS, RATHER, WILL LIKELY SEE FLURRIES TONIGHT AND THEY’LL CONTINUE TOMORROW. OUR TEMPERATURES ARE STARTING TO DROP AND WE’RE SITTING IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND THE UPPER LEVELS ARE COLD. AND WITH THAT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHT, OR AT LEAST THE OVERNIGHT, THERE’S A CHANCE THAT WE COULD SEE SOME FLURRIES INTO TOMORROW EVENING. SO GENERALLY, I WOULD SAY THE WEST COAST IS THE BEST CHANCE AND IT WILL BE IN THOSE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, BUT, OTHERWISE, IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TOMORROW. AND THE SUN SHOULD PEEK OUT FOR CENTRAL AND PARTS OF THE AVALON, AT LEAST WITH THE CLOUDY PERIODS THROUGH THE DAY. AND THOSE TEMPERATURES UP THROUGH LABRADOR ARE GOING TO BE PRETTY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SAW TODAY. PRETTY MUCH A CARBON COPY OF THE FORECAST, 9° FOR HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY. 2° FOR LAB CITY. WITH SOME SUNSHINE. AND NAIN UP TO 6° WITH SHOWERS. ANYWHERE REALLY ALONG THE COAST YOU’LL SEE COASTAL SHOWERS TOMORROW AFTERNOON. SO HERE’S A LOOK AT HEADING INTO WEDNESDAY. PAY ATTENTION TO THAT. SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING. THOSE MODELS ARE PICKING UP ON THAT SNOW. AGAIN, THE UPPER LEVELS ARE QUITE COLD. WHETHER THAT MAKES ITS WAY TO THE SURFACE, THOSE TEMPERATURES STILL IN THE SINGLE DIGITS, SO THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS CERTAINLY. BUT WE COULD MIX WITH FLURRIES IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. AND THEN THAT’S GOING TO HEAD TOWARDS EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND AS WELL WITH SHOWERS FOR THE AVALON. AND THEN WE GET BACK INTO THAT NORTHWESTERLY FLOW. SO THE COOLER TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY AND AGAIN WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THEN SOME FLURRIES POSSIBLE FOR LAB WEST AND THE UPPER — OR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN LABRADOR AS WELL. SO HERE’S YOUR TEMPERATURES, SITTING BETWEEN 7° AND 9°. SO, AGAIN, NOT MOVING TOO MUCH. GANDER 9°, AND 8° FOR THE STRAITS AND NAIN 3° AND A BEST CHANCE OF SEEING SUNSHINE IS FOR LAB CITY BUT YOU’LL HANG ON TO THE COOLER TEMPERATURES AROUND 3° FOR THAT DAY. SO HERE’S ST. JOHN’S AND EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. AGAIN, THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE STAYING PRETTY STEADY FROM 7° TO 9°. THIS IS BELOW SEASONAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. SHOWERS AS OF NOW, CERTAINLY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. BECAUSE THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE SO FAR ABOVE 0°, BUT AS WE HEAD INTO THE EVENING HOURS, WE COULD SEE A FEW FLAKES MIXED IN ON THURSDAY. AND THEN SATURDAY IS A LITTLE BIT UP IN THE AIR AS WELL, BUT STILL SITTING AROUND 5°. AND THOSE OVERNIGHT LOWS DIPPING TO THE 0° MARK FOR MOST OF US AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE WEEKEND. AND CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLAND, RAIN ON BOTH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AND THEN THE SUN SHOULD PEEK OUT ON SATURDAY, SITTING AROUND 7°. AND FOR WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND, GENERALLY GREY SKIES AND I HAVE THE SNOW ICON IN THERE ON SATURDAY. STILL A COUPLE DAYS TO FIGURE THAT OUT. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT AS OF NOW. AND FOR EASTERN LABRADOR, 9° TOMORROW AND 7° GENERALLY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK WITH SOME SUNSHINE MOVING IN. AND THEN SUNSHINE TO START THE WEEK AND THEN I HAVE FLURRIES IN THERE AND THE TEMPERATURES 2° TO 3° FOR LAB WEST. SO THAT’S A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST AND I HAVE A WEATHER PHOTO WHEN I COME BACK. CAROLYN?>>Carolyn: YOU MAY REMEMBER FROM FRIDAY’S SHOW THAT THE ROOMS WAS LOOKING AND SOUNDING VERY DIFFERENT THIS WEEKEND. SKATEBOARDERS TOOK OVER. THEY EVEN BUILT THEIR OWN HALF-PIPE. IT WAS ALL FOR A NEW EXHIBIT FEATURING INDIGENOUS ARTISTS WHOSE SKATEBOARDS AND SNOWBOARDS WERE ART. OUR CAMERA WAS THERE TO CATCH THE ACTION.>>I’M JAMIE ISSAC, THE CURATOR WITH THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY AND THE TUTOR OF THE BORDER-X SHOW. IT STARTED AT THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY AND WE’RE ORGANIZING A NATIONAL TOUR ACROSS CANADA. AND SO THE ROOMS SHOWED SOME INTEREST IN HOSTING IT AND WE WENT FROM THERE.>>WE LEARNED THAT I’D BE INCLUDED IN THE BOARDER X EXHIBITION MAYBE 2016. JAMIE ISSAC, THE CURATOR, GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME ABOUT DOING AN INDIGENOUS SKATEBOARDING ART SHOW AND I WAS JUST OVER THE MOON TO BE INCLUDED IN IT. SKATEBOARDING IS A HUGE PART OF MY IDENTITY. AND AS AN INUK FROM NATION I INO INCORPORATE MY ANCESTORAL CULTURE WITH THE SKATEBOARDING CULTURE, WHICH I HAVE ADOPTED.>>I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE EXHIBIT ITSELF, BUT EVERY SINGLE PIECE IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MEDIUM AND FORMAT OF ART. THERE’S SCULPTURES AND THERE’S PEOPLE SKATEBOARDING AND LITTLE FIGURES AND FABRIC ART AND STRAIGHT-UP PAINTING AND A SKATEBOARD STITCHED TOGETHER IN THERE AND A BIG RAMP AND STUFF. SO, I MEAN, I GUESS THAT ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT ARTISTS HAVE SOME KIND OF CONNECTION TO BOARD CULTURE WHETHER IT’S SKATEBOARDING OR SURFING OR STUFF LIKE THAT.>>AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING AND THE INUIT CULTURE IS THROUGH THE VEHICLE OR THROUGH THE VESSEL. YOU LEARN HOW TO DO IT THROUGH A GROUP. AND SO GROWING UP IN CORNER BROOK AND GROWING UP IN GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, MY SKATEBOARDING FRIENDS TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TRICKS AND THE 180s AND THE KICK FLIPS AND THE HEEL KICKS.>>I FELT THAT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A RAMP WITHIN THE GALLERY SPACE BECAUSE FURTHERING THE IDEAS IN THE SHOW AND THINKING ABOUT THESE INTERSECTIONS OF CULTURE AND HOW WE CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT INDIGENOUS NATIONS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, I REALLY WANTED TO FURTHER WHAT A PUBLIC SPACE IS AND WHAT A PUBLIC ART GALLERY IS AND WHO IT’S FOR. AND I FELT THAT I DIDN’T REALLY SEE MYSELF INSIDE OF THESE SPACES AND INSTEAD IN CONTEMPORARY ART SPACES. SO AS A WAY OF BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS AND BRINGING MORE PEOPLE INTO THIS SPACE AND REALLY QUESTIONING HOW WE USE THESE PUBLIC SPACES AND WHO THEY’RE FOR.>>Carolyn: GREAT. THANKS TO CBC’S MIKE SIMMS FOR THAT ITEM.>>WELL, A MAJOR FASHION RETAILER IS CLOSING SHOP. FOREVER 21 WILL SHUTDOWN MORE THAN 40 STORES ACROSS CANADA, THROWING 2,000 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. AND AS WE HEAR FROM CBC BUSINESS REPORTER DIANNE BUCKNER, ONE FACTOR APPEARS TO BE MILLENNIAL SHOPPERS AND THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT WHETHER A PRODUCT MIGHT BE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.>>Reporter: EVERYTHING MUST GO, THE LIQUIDATION SALE AT FOREVER 21 STARTED TODAY. SO-CALLED FAST FASHION WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A FOOLPROOF RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. TRENDY STYLES MOVING QUICKLY FROM THE RUNWAY OR THE RED CARPET TO YOUNG SHOPPERS WITH BIG STYLE AMBITIONS BUT LITTLE MONEY. COMPETITORS H & M AND ZAHRA FOLLOWED THE SAME RECIPE.>>AND THE QUALITY WAS NOT GREAT AND I COULD WEAR THE T-SHIRT FOR A COUPLE TIMES BUT AFTER THAT, NOT MUCH.>>Reporter: AND THEY EXPANDED TOO QUICKLY. WE WENT FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES TO 47 COUNTRIES WITHIN A LESS THAN SIX-YEAR TIMEFRAME, SAYS KNOW EXECUTIVE. AND SAYING THAT SALES SHIFTED MORE TO ONLINE. THIS WAS A FOREVER 21 LOCATION ON YONGE STREET. IT CLOSED MONTHS AGO. IT TURNS OUT THAT A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TURNING AWAY FROM FAST FASHION ALL TOGETHER. REALIZING THAT CHEAPLY MADE DISPOSABLE CLOTHING IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.>>I KNOW THAT H & M HAD STRUGGLES TOO.>>Reporter: THIS RETAIL SPECIALIST SAYS THAT YOUNGER MILLENNIALS IN PARTICULAR ARE CHOOSEY.>>THEY LOOK AT EVERY BRAND AND EVERY PRODUCT IN TERMS OF WHAT IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE IMPRINT ON SOCIETY, BUT ALSO THE IMPRINT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.>>FOR ME FAST FASHION HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAIL.>>I THINK THAT IT’S HIGH TIME THAT BUSINESSES AND FASHION BRANDS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.>>Reporter: FOREVER 21 IS TRYING TO KEEP SOME STORES OPEN IN THE U.S. AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SELL ONLINE. AS FOR EXACTLY WHEN IT WILL CLOSE THE STORES IN CANADA, NO WORD YET, BUT THE LIQUIDATION SALE CLEARLY WON’T GO ON FOREVER. DIANNE BUCKNER, CBC NEWS, TORONTO. (♪♪♪)>>Ashley: WELL, WE WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU’RE TO. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, FALL IS IN — OR IT’S HAPPENING. THE COLOURS ARE CHANGING. HEATHER GOOBIES SENT US THIS GREAT SHOT. I’LL TELL YOU WHERE IT WAS TAKEN WHEN WE COME B>>Carolyn: WELCOME BACK. ASHLEY, HAVE YOU SEEN A MOVIE “A NICE TALE”? IT’S AN OLD ONE.>>Ashley: NO.>>Carolyn: THEY ARE JOUSTING ON HORSES AND THIS NEXT SPORT IS KIND OF LIKE THAT, EXCEPT YOU SWAP OUT THE HORSES FOR BIKES. (♪♪♪) THIS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IS ONE OF GERMANY’S MOST POPULAR FESTIVALS. AT THE BERLIN PEDAL BATTLE, FANS OF MEDIEVAL TIMES GRAB THEIR SWORDS AND HOP ON THEIR TRUSTY BIKES, ALL TO SEE WHO CAN STAY UPRIGHT. THERE ARE PLENTY OF CONTESTS AND COSTUMES AND, OF COURSE, THERE’S ALE TO WASH IT ALL DOWN. OF COURSE.>>Ashley: THAT’S AWESOME. WOW.>>Carolyn: WELL, THIS IS A NICE VIEWER PHOTO.>>Ashley: IT IS. AND LOOK AT THAT, THE COLOURS ARE STARTING TO CHANGE AND FALL IS ONE OF MY MOST FAVOURITE TIMES OF THE YEAR. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PARADISE AND GANDER. OUT ON A ROAD TRIP THIS WEEKEND. SO, YEAH, FALL IS IN FULL SWING. THANK YOU, HEATHER, FOR THAT PHOTO. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SHARE WITH US SEND IT TO [email protected] ETHIOPIA I BET THAT WE’LL GET A LOT OF THOSE PICTURES. IT’S GORGEOUS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US, EVERYONE, TONIGHT. HAVE A GREAT EVENING.>>Ashley: GOODNIGHT. (♪♪♪)

One comment on “Here & Now Monday, September 30, 2019”

  1. WhaleThumbs says:

    great job

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