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Joshua Dawson - Memoirs of a Genie

Go with your gut - When in doubt, go with your gut. Actually, always go with your gut. You know the feeling inside that says: YES! Do it. Even if it doesn't make any sense. Even if it goes against everything your mind is telling you to do. Do it anyways and always. Dr. Wayne Dyer, the father of motivation, reminded me of this two years ago when I had the pleasure of spending a week with him during I Am Genie's very first wishes fulfilled event in St John's. Watching him go about his day was inspiring on a level I have rarely experienced before or since. One of those incredible people who make you want to be a better person, his commitment to self actualization is without compare. Quite out of the blue, while driving down Water St on our way home from lunch, an intuitive message came to him. We had just passed Trixie. An iconic St. John's personality, who has since passed. The sometimes revealing sense of style and dyed blonde hair were two of her many unique traits. Driving slowing down the road because of traffic, my fiancé Ingrid began explaining a lovely experience she had with Trixie. One evening, while out with friends, a feeling came over her to cross the street and give this woman a hug. When she did, Trixie began crying. A healing connection initiated by Ingrid following her inner guidance. Stop the car! Wayne's voice rose a little to ensure I knew he was serious. After parking next the curb,…

Photo : Joshua Dawson May 13, 2015

Janet Bradbury-Pennell - Singing across Ireland

November 08, 2013

Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…

Scott Fitzgerald - Scott Fitzgerald Ward 2 Candidate

What Matters To Scott - What Matters To Scott   St. John's is a terrific city full of art, culture, and history. It is a great place to find a restaurant, go for a run, and raise a family. In short, there's something for everyone.    But St. John's can be better. St. John's can be smarter. Here are some of my ideas. Tell me yours. Together we can make it happen.     Be Responsive   My idea of an effective city councillor is someone that is responsive to the people he or she represents. I know that sounds simplistic and maybe even obvious but is that the experience most get when they deal with their elected representative?   To me there is no higher compliment you can give an elected representative than to describe them as a 'constituency person'. It says that they put the issues of those who elect them above all else; that they are there for their constituents and work hard on their behalf. This is the type of councillor I will be.     Focus On The Basics   We all know that there are a number of big issues facing St. John's, and in particular Ward 2, as we move forward. I'll get into some of those issues here too but my biggest focus, if elected, will be on the basics.    Every election, candidates grab onto hot topics they know people are talking about. Hot topics come and go but some things are constant. The basics of municipal government are crucial to citizens and…

Photo : Scott Fitzgerald August 08, 2013

Craig Scott - Craig4Council

Craig Scott for Torbay Council - Hi, my name is Craig Scott and I am running for Council in the next municipal election and would like to ask for your support. I believe that I am as ready as any potential first time Councillor could be and possibly even more so. I have been heavily involved in the politics of Torbay over the past 4 years despite not being on council. I regularly attend council meetings and have been using my website Torbay Today to pass along what I feel is important information concerning our town. As a father with a young family I believe that it is our responsibility to be active in our community and try and create a town that fits the needs of current residents and those of the future. Over the past number of years I have been trying to provide the residents of Torbay with an overview of current events and the inner workings of council both in social media and throughout the community. The number of people who regularly attend council meetings is relatively low so I felt the need to get information out to our residents was very high. I have been very vocal in my support of the town of Torbay and also critical when I feel the situation warrants it. One of the biggest criticisms I hear from many Torbay residents is that they feel council does not listen to them. I have great determination, drive and understanding of the issues in our town and would like to be a voice for…

Photo : Craig Scott August 06, 2013

Ralph Tapper - Tapper4mayor

Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” - Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” Leadership Not everyone can or wants to be a leader but that trait evolves for some people naturally. For some reason no matter what I got involved in, I ended up in a leadership role and felt comfortable dealing with players I coached, committees I chaired, management I negotiated with and anyone I debated with. At this point, having served eight years on Council, many residents of Torbay have approached me to run for Mayor and I feel I must answer the call. The leadership approach I intend to bring to the Mayor’s office is one involving a team with all members of Council given an opportunity to contribute. Engaging Councilors in the day to day activities of the Mayor to me is very important. After all it is most likely that a member of your new Council will be your next mayor in the future and the more experience they receive in this term, the better. It is important that your Mayor participate in as many community events as possible, but I would not hesitate to ask either the Deputy Mayor or another Councilor to represent the Town Council in my absence if that should occur. I can assure you I will spend as much time doing the job of Mayor as that position dictates. Energy The Councilors you either re-elect or elect should be given every opportunity to bring their ideas, skills and especially their energy and time to our Town Hall. We all want to…

Photo : Ralph Tapper August 23, 2013

Fred Fred Winsor - fredwinsor'sblog

Waste Management 2013 - Waste Management in St. John's: Everyone's opportunity to make a difference by Fred Winsor Candidate for Councillor at Large The new challenge facing waste management in St. John's is the expansion of waste diversion programs. Channeling materials away from the landfill so they can be re-used for other purposes is a practical strategy to extend the life of the landfill while providing re-usable materials and resources which can benefit our citizens. Expanding household hazardous waste collection programs with a curbside pick-up service for those who do not have cars is one low cost strategy which can prevent household medications and chemicals from being flushed into the harbour. Yes, waste diversion and the harbour clean-up are connected. Establishing organic waste collection systems for composting would divert a significant potion of waste from landfills while the compost produced could be used by farmers, gardeners and landscapers alike. In a province with such a lack of quality topsoil this would prove a welcome addition. Similarly tree branches and trees both small and large can be used for mulch and firewood respectively. These are underutilized natural resources which can benefit our quality of life. Is it possible to stop all illegal dumping? Probably not. While surveillence cameras placed in well known illegal dumping areas produce results in the short term, it seems that what is needed is to take the longer view and encourage greater public participation in responsible waste management. There are a number of approaches to reduce the option of dumping illegally. They include: Extending the hours…

Photo : Fred Fred Winsor July 31, 2013

Jonathan Galgay - Meet your Ward 2 Candidate

Galgay calls for the creation of a municipal crime prevention committee - Ward 2 Candidate Jonathan Galgay is calling for the creation of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee for the City of St. John’s to deal with emerging issues as they relate to the prevention of crime within the Capital City. The establishment of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee would provide guidance and tools to the City of St. John’s by bridging formal partnerships with provincial government departments, police forces,   organizations, and community outreach programs. We need to take an integrated approach in dealing with this important issue.  Due to the multi-faced nature of crime prevention, this partnership must also include all stakeholders that play a role in enhancing community safety. I recognize that preventing crime requires a comprehensive approach involving prevention, intervention, enforcement and evaluation to ensure an integrated delivery of crime prevention programs.  As such, participation from key stakeholders is essential to the development and delivery of an effective working group.  Key Facts: • Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) provides funding to strategically selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.  • Although the NCPC does provide key funding to many organizations, often times funding is limited and restrictive. By establishing a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee, this would aim to enhance awareness of various crime prevention initiatives, consult on emerging issues, evaluate interventions to prevent and reduce crime, serve as an advocacy group for funding initiatives, and to improve public confidence in how the City of St. John’s is…

Photo : Jonathan Galgay July 30, 2013