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Keith Sullivan stepping down as FFAW president

FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan announced Thursday he is stepping down as head of the Union.

Sullivan has served as President since 2014 and has no immediate employment plans. Since the vacancy is occurring between an election period, an election will be held among the FFAW’s Joint Council to elect a new President.

“I’m proud of the difference this organization has made for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The NL commercial fishery is now valued at over $1 billion each year,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This value is due in no small part to the collective action of fish harvesters, who stood in solidarity for a fair fishery and a better life 51 years ago, and those who have continued to do it every year and every day since. Thank you to the members who fight to make their workplaces and their communities better. We have tremendous leadership throughout our province and talented, dedicated staff who will ensure the FFAW continues to grow and a be a strong voice for workers and our coastal communities.”  

Sullivan will complete a one-month transition period before he leaves FFAW-Unifor permanently.

The election dates are as follows:

Nomination Period Opens – December 15, 2022

Nomination Period Closes – December 29, 2022

Election at Joint Council Meeting – January 5, 2023

The next general election takes place in 2024, at which time if the position is contested, a full membership election will take place.

Public Health to mail two boxes of COVID rapid tests to each household in province

Public Health rolled out a new COVID rapid testing program Tuesday with a promise to send two boxes of test kits to each household in the province.

The tests will be distributed to households via Canada Post in the coming weeks. To ensure widespread community access, rapid antigen tests will also be available in public libraries and MHA constituency offices throughout the province. 

Two kits (five tests per kit) will be sent in two different shipments through Canada Post throughout November and December. Rapid antigen testing is recommended for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19. As rapid antigen tests do not always detect COVID-19 on the first day or two of symptoms, Public Health recommends doing one test on the first day of symptom onset and, if negative, taking a second test 48 hours later. 

As per current guidelines, testing is not recommended for anyone who does not have symptoms, including close contacts. PCR testing will remain for outbreak management and within acute care settings. Public health surveillance and predictive modelling will continue as COVID-19 cases remain in the province. Public Health encourages all who have a positive rapid antigen test result to report it, as reporting positive tests provides important information to help guide public health recommendations. To report a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test, visit the online COVID-19 Assessment and Test Reporting Tool.

More information regarding the distribution of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests can be found on the Department of Health and Community Services website.

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Labrador MP Yvonne Jones taking leave of absence following reoccurrence of breast cancer

Member of Parliament for Labrador Yvonne Jones announced she has been diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer in September, and will be taking a leave of absence to undergo surgery medical treatment.

“It was 12 years ago since my first bout with breast cancer and after surgery, chemo, radiation and stringent follow up, I had not only beat cancer but have enjoyed a very full, active, and healthy life.

At this time, I will be taking a leave of absence to undergo surgery and medical treatment as required. I want to assure you, the staff in my offices will be there to assist you in every way possible over the next few months and where possible, I will be assisting them.

I want to thank you for your understanding and for your support. Labrador is always in my heart and never far from mind, so you can be assured I will continue to see that your priorities are advanced.

I also want to encourage all woman who are of age to get regular mammography testing and well-women checks. I believe I am proof that early detection can save lives, but we have to do our part.

As I embark on this journey to good health, I want to also send support and strength to all of those that are battling cancer and other illness and wish them a safe and healthy recovery.

I am very fortunate to have the care of great doctors in our province of Newfoundland & Labrador, the loving support of family and friends and tremendous colleagues. I am confident that I will end this journey in good health and return to work as soon as possible.”

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