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Emerald City Comic Con
2 weeks ago
Residents of a community in northern Labrador say they are furious about the cost of a watermelon at a local grocery store.
The Labrador Investments store in Nain was selling a watermelon with a sticker price of $55.41.
By Friday afternoon, however, the watermelon was no longer on the shelf, and the store manager refused to comment on what happened to it.
The manager said that despite the price tag, the melon's actual price should have been $38.
Sarah Erickson, the angajukKâk, or head, of the Inuit community government, said the pricey fruit was the talk of the town.
"It's been sitting there on the shelf for the last three days, like an attraction, because so many people can't believe the price," she said.
"They've all been going in just to look at it, to see what a $55 watermelon looks like."
Erickson said the issue is no laughing matter, as both the federal and Newfoundland and Labrador governments spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to subsidize the cost of transporting perishable items to Labrador's north coast.
Just two weeks ago, the program was extended to include the summer shipping season.
Erickson said healthy foods like watermelon continue to cost more than most people in Nain can afford.
"It makes you wonder, you know, what's with the whole program," said Erickson, who wants a review of the food subsidy program.
An official in the Labrador Affairs department said that $55 sounded high for a single watermelon.
He said the Nain store will be contacted to try to find out why the price was so high.
Warnings[nabbed from Enviro Canada]
9:20 PM EDT Wednesday 20 August 2008
Snowfall warning for Arctic Bay issued
Heavy snow continuing through tonight and Thursday.
An intense low pressure system has brought very strong west to northwest winds to Hall Beach and Igloolik in its wake. Northwest winds of 60 to 80 km/h with gusts up to 100 will persist tonight. The low is expected to slow down over Baffin Island, and as a result strong winds of 50 to 60 km/h with higher gusts will persist through Thursday.
At Arctic Bay, 7 cm of snow has been reported this evening, most of which fell throughout the day. Snow, fog, strong winds and poor visibilities will continue there through the night and Thursday. Total snowfall accumulations are expected to range from 15 to 25 cm by the time it tapers off Friday morning.