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VOBB is looking for volunteers

VOBB Radio is operated 100% by volunteers. Volunteers consist of people from all age groups (children to senior citizens!), and all walks of life. Our volunteers also begin with varying experience in radio, from those who don’t know the upside of a microphone, to those who can completely re-wire the station in an hour. But, not to worry. The only requirement of being a volunteer with VOBB is having a good attitude and the willingness to learn some new skills while having fun! As a volunteer, we’ll teach you everything you’ll need to know. Since we are a community radio station, we need the community‘s support in running the station. Give back to your community in a unique way by volunteering with Voice of Bonne Bay Radio!

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • On Air: host your very own show, report news, read community events
  • Production: assist with remote broadcasts, record community concerts/presentations, editing
  • Technology: maintain computers, audio equipment, transmission equipment, website, social media
  • Administration: board of directors
  • Fundraising Committee: organize fundraising events, grants, monetary/equipment donations, promotion

Not in Bonne Bay? Get in touch with us about getting your community involved with the project.

VOBB also relies on donations from the community to operate. If you have any sort of broadcast or audio related equipment, cables, computers, CDs, etc. that are no longer being used, please consider donating it to your local community radio station.

For more information call or e-mail us at (709) 458-2924 / voiceofbonnebay@gmail.com.

 

 

Oil spill simulation

The Gulf of St Lawrence is under immediate pressure for oil and gas exploration, particularly at the Old Harry prospect. A synthesis of the regulatory process that has taken place over the last few years indicates that important societal decisions soon to be made by various ministries and environmental groups are going to be based on numerous disagreements between the private sector and government agencies. The review also shows that the regulatory process has taken place with a complete lack of independent oceanographic research. Yet, the Gulf of St Lawrence is a complex environment that has never been specifically studied for oil and gas exploitation. Motivated by this knowledge gap, preliminary numerical experiments are carried out where the spreading of a passive floating tracer released at Old Harry is examined. Results indicate that the tracer released at Old Harry may follow preferentially two main paths. The first path is northward along the French Shore of Newfoundland, and the second path is along the main axis of the Laurentian Channel. The most probable coastlines to be touched by water flowing through Old Harry are Cape Breton and the southern portion of the French Shore, especially Cape Anguille and the Port au Port Peninsula. The Magdalen Islands are less susceptible to being affected than those regions but the probability is not negligible. These preliminary results provide guidance for future more in-depth and complete multidisciplinary studies from which informed decision-making scenarios could eventually be made regarding the exploration and development of oil and gas at the Old Harry prospect in particular and, more generally, in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

A major scientific article was just published in Environmental Science Letters (UK) by Quebec oceanographers showing spill simulations from Old Harry. Things do not look good for western Nfld as all the coast is susceptible to be impacted.
Authors : Bourgault, Cyr and Dumont (three oceanographers) + Angela Carter (political sciences)

Here’s a link to the 4-minute animation that shows where floating oil would likely end up after a spill: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/9/5/054001/article

Here is a link to the full scientific article in Environmental Science Letters
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19046799/Twitter/Bourgault%20Cyr%202014.pdf