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    Default Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hello everyone,

    I'm not sure how many Canadian members you have, however I expect HI practices are fairly similar. Well, here's my introduction.

    I am a Professional Technologist (Architecture) certified by the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL) and graduate of Architectural Engineering Technology from the College of the North Atlantic. I am also a Member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) and an Approved Designer for septic systems by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. My web site is starting to have a lot more home inspection and my work as an inspector I'm beginning to share architectural drawings on home inspection topics on Facebook.

    On a more personal note, I am committed to the highest standard of professional practice and believe home inspection has a very important role in society and consumer protection. My spare time is spent with my wife, daughter, and Newfoundland dog. My little girl is a constant source of amazement and reminder that a ball can be the best thing, ever. On a really rare occasion, I get to ride adventure bikes.

    P.S. I'm really looking forward to hearing from everyone and seeing how long you've been in the business.

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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Welcome to the forum Robert. Newfoundland is a beautiful province. Highly recommend it as a tourist destination.


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Thanks Brian and Raymond!

    P.S. The grass is always greener, I've had many good trips to Ontario!


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Thank you everyone. Well the summer sure got busy, time to catch up!


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    I came across this old thread. I haven't posted much on here, but catch up weekly on the hot topics. There's some good conversations going on in here.

    Cheers


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hello Robert.
    Great intro.
    I see you live on the Big Rock.
    Lived in Bay de Verde.
    My Father, an electrical engineer, was transferred there to reopen the asbestos mine back in 1964. When Joey Smallwood was premier, a quart of milk was $1.00 and when you ordered your christmas gifts in September from Eaton's & Hudson's bay catalogs.
    Such happy times.

    Happy to meet you.
    Don't be a stranger.
    I still hear the odd member asking, "What's a tommy cod and why do you jig' em?"

    Last edited by ROBERT YOUNG; 10-29-2016 at 03:17 AM.
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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    I stop by Bay de Verde a few times a year while touring on bike. This summer they had a charity fundraiser that saw 40 000 people come to town. You wouldn't believe the crowds. Every street was shoulder to shoulder.

    Thanks for the flashback. It was certainly different times back then.

    Cheers


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    When we move to Bay de Verde in 1963 the hamlet was a small fishing village.
    I did not recognised the village on google yesterday. I see they have a cannery now and good sized peer.
    My God has time moved on!

    "Welcome to Bay de Verde. Population 1000" was posted on the sign at the head peer as the float plane landed. It was changed to 1005 a week later. We had 5 members in our family.
    The church and housing for the nuns was to the right or left of the peer?
    I truly forget.

    The hotel a bit further down the road but all close to the peer.
    The fishing Boats moored out in the bay.
    They still jigged for Tommy Cod and you could collect squid and kelp in the pools when the tide went out.

    Mother lost her coin collection during the move.
    It was an extensive collection.
    Allied Van Lines moved us. I still remember the cabover and trailer.

    She marked "Coin collection" on the boxes as she was told to do.
    She packed all the boxes and had all the collection insured.
    She only got a small dollar value estimation back. Too bad. so sad.
    Every one of us, including mother and Father, had all the coins and paper denominations of every year from the time of their birth. Some coins denominations in pristine and untouched condition. Mother was heartbroken.

    My Middle brother Richard, Ricky, found a 1896 silver dollar one day as we beach combed.
    Richard finding that silver dollar reignited her exuberance in saving coins again, but not like before.

    Robert, we lived up on the hill as the townspeople called it. In one of the 12 homes the built for the mines senior employees, advisers, and president. The villagers, mostly poor fishermen, called us the twelve apostles.
    Is the mine still there?

    I still remember Joe Smallwood, the premier back then colleagues, flying in a small open door helicopter with Santa in December.
    They had a small makeshift stand set up were Joey Smallwood presented his physical and financial plans for Newfoundland.
    He talked about the new main road for
    Bay de Verde to be started the next year.
    At the end
    Santa through out candies to the boys and girls. As the crowd dispersed I remember a boy carrying every so sadly. It was unmistakably real sorrow. His sibling were trying to make it right by consoling him. It appeared he had not been able to catch candies thrown by Santa. He conceived, no candy from Santa was a omen for his family for Christmas.
    I gave him the candies I managed to catch saying "I caught these candies for you seeing you were not tall enough." "Not to worry about Santa. He will come to everyone." That appeared take away the
    malaise he was in.
    My eldest brother asked me, "why did you gave away your candies? They are yours." I said because the boy was sad and I really didn't mind.
    After Christmas I asked him what the family received. He said, a new fridge and stove with some small things for the family members. The fridge and stove were important so all the family benefits.
    My view of life started change.
    We had so much and they appeared to have so little. As I was to learn in life, I was wrong. They had everything they required and more importantly, common sense. A friend's bicycle tire came loose as we drove down the dirt roads and his main tire derimmed. Inside the tire was stuffed with hemp rope wound around the inner rim. Not a rubber inner tube I had in mine. I asked, why is that? He said, it saves me from having to fix all the flats you get from rubber inner tubes from the dirt roads. The year I left, 1965, they were putting in a sewer system and just finished the middle and high school in the village. I still remember finding blasting caps and seeing workers loading dynamite down shot holes to move rock.

    I still see many Newfies and Maritimers. I frequent the Wheel Club when I can.
    Great down home music. I am somewhat, or should say, use to be somewhat of a musician. I play guitar and harmonica.
    I see players I remember going back to my teens.
    Concordia and McGill university music professors advise their students to frequent the establishment as well.
    Dick Herns owns the private not for profit establishment and still visits the rock 2 or three times a years and stays at his hunting camp. He collects money for Dickies Kids, boys and young men with down syndrome and is a warm caring soul.

    Don't be a stranger.
    Regards, Robert.






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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    That's a remarkable story. It is amazing how times change. The town has a road blasted through the rock hill that winds its way down into the town. There's no asbestos mine now, which is a good thing, but the fishery keeps everyone going. However, the fish plant was lost last year in a fire and that has impacted many people.

    Now-a-days the kids are all buzzing around on quads. I'm not so sure it's a good thing.


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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good memories Robert, reminds me of my childhood in a small rural farming community in Ontario settled by the Irish albeit inland (;

    Have either of you had been up to Gros Morne? Rocky Harbour, St. Anthonys?

    Was to be back in Nfld this past June but didn't make it. Been twice before. Love it!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_de..._Panoramic.jpg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._An...ony_071904.jpg
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    Last edited by Raymond Wand; 10-29-2016 at 04:02 PM.

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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Good memories Robert, reminds me of my childhood in a small rural farming community in Ontario settled by the Irish albeit inland (;

    Have either of you had been up to Gros Morne? Rocky Harbour, St. Anthonys?

    Was to be back in Nfld this past June but didn't make it. Been twice before. Love it!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_de..._Panoramic.jpg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._An...ony_071904.jpg
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    Raymond, my childhood memories are frond for the most part as are yours I bet. They play a part of the man I am today. I still remember mother ordering cloths, as well as Christmas gifts, from Hudson's Bay, Eaton's and Simpson's catalogs. I repaired and inspected catalog homes you would purchase from Eaton's. In Pointe Claire I managed to see 5 homes all purchased by a grandfather for his children. Oldest dated 1912 with the newest 1918. The perimeter drainage was 24" of clean 3/4" inch aggregate and the weeping basin I installed worked like a charm.

    I frequent Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. The small town I lived in prior moving to The Rock. I made several friends in the small hamlet that are restaurateurs. As with your small rural farming community in Ontario, settled by the Irish albeit inland, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue saw it's fair share of Irish settlers moving through the town to cut stone and build peers and canals throughout Montreal's waterways.

    I suspect, as yourself, growing up in rural settings gave us the lust for nature and seeing this great land of ours. Close friends grew up on farmsteads their ancestors carved into homesteads in the laurentians North West of Montreal. I back and cross country ski, or use to until recently, and will be on the back trails once again this year.

    Yes Ray, great memories.

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    Default Re: Hello From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Welcome to the forum, Robert.

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