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Julie Brocklehurst - Children's Wish

Wishmaker Walk for Wishes - Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is the Children's Wish Foundation's annual signature event held in hundreds of communities across the country. Thousands of Canadians participate in a fun, family-oriented day with one goal in common: to raise money so that children living with a life threatening illness or life-limiting disability can be granted their most heartfelt wish.  On October 18th, I joined several wish-families and many supportive community members in a Wish Walk in Conception Bay South. The walk started at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre and ended with a celebration at the Royal NL Yacht Club. This particular Wish Walk was organized by Paula Bowen of Topsail. Paula's ten year old son Brandon was granted a wish in 2013, and since then Paula has been highly involved with the Children's Wish Foundation. She organized her first walk last year, and raised over $6000. An average wish will cost $10,000, so her goal this year was to raise $10,000 to be able to grant another child's wish! Brandon was born prematurely at just 27 weeks, weighing two pounds and four ounces. Within a few days of his birth, doctors noticed hemorrhaging on his brain, and as a result, Brandon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He spent 102 days in the ICU, and has since endured a number of quite extensive surgeries. Brandon's wish was to go to WWE WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans! The WWE is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, and it has long been a dream of Brandon's to see…

Photo : Julie Brocklehurst October 29, 2015

Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

After the debate - Paul Davis (PC), Dwight Ball (Liberal) and Earle McCurdy (NDP) spoke a lot during the leaders’ debate at the House of Assembly Monday night, hosted by NTV. But what did they really say? It warrants some review… ••• Muskrat Falls and “least-cost option” The question/comment comes up now and again of whether or not Muskrat Falls (a.k.a. Lower Churchill Project, Phase 1) is the “least-cost” way of meeting provincial power needs. It stems from what was once put to the province’s Public Utilities Board (PUB), before the project was sanctioned. The PUB evaluated two, specific development options side-by-side. One was Muskrat Falls and the other relied on small hydro projects on the island of Newfoundland to meet needs. Conditions were set by the provincial government on the evaluation and there were assumptions on cost inputs (including oil pricing). The Muskrat Falls project was deemed a “least-cost option” by proponent Nalcor Energy, while the PUB said it could not reasonably make a determination. The project was green lit. Given what has played out since (again, oil prices), with the fact hindsight calculations have not been conducted, it cannot be said if the “least-cost option” label still applies.   Who are you calling a liar? A little over 20 minutes into the debate, the NDP’s McCurdy was left accusing Ball and his Liberal researchers of “making that up.” “That” is Ball’s claim the NDP leader told the CBC in August that public sector job cuts, job losses, can be expected in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Liberal leader…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick November 18, 2015

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

Ranting like Rick. - I love CBC TV. And I hate creditor insurance. “Well, Jackie. Those are some random thoughts!” Stay with me, here. There is a connection. One of my favourite CBC programs is the Rick Mercer Report. First of all, I think Rick has the best job in Canada. Secondly, that man makes me laugh. And lastly, I love his rants. I love them so much, I bought the book.[i] In two minutes, Mercer spells out more truth than can be found watching hours of CPAC (not that I ever would watch hours of Parliamentary TV…that’s just wrong).   He says it like it is. He says the things we are all thinking but can’t quite articulate. At least not as well as Rick does. So in that spirit of speaking the truth, I am going to do away with niceties this week and simply rant. Without fear of retribution. A Flawed System In these days of high consumer debt and low credit scores, a mortgage broker is often a godsend to first time homebuyers. Shopping around for the best mortgage rate yourself means that each potential lender must check your credit score before making you an offer. What many people don’t know is that each hit of the old credit score actually has a negative impact upon it. Thus, by the time you visit the last bank, your score may not be as good as when you visited the first. This is where a mortgage broker shines. One check of your credit score and they can…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott November 18, 2015

Telegram Photographers - Worth a thousand words

Ironic Nominations by Keith Gosse - There's a slap of irony in a bit of good news that was announced in the Telegram offices this week. Myself and co-worker Joe Gibbons are nominated for awards in the Atlantic Journalism Awards program. I'm nominated in the news photo and feature photo categories while Joe is a co-nominee in the news photo category.
 It's gratifying and humbling to be recognized by journalistic peers for accomplishments in your chosen profession.

 So where's the irony? 

 Each of those categories contains at least one photojournalist who received a lay off notice in March from the Moncton Times-Transcript. You all know the work of at least one of those photographers. Victor Pivovarov is the guy who captured that now infamous image of armed Moncton shooter Justin Bourque who gunned down three RCMP officers. (To see Victor's photo of the Moncton Shooter on the Atlantic Journalism Awards website, click HERE) He is nominated for that same photo in the news photo category with myself and Joe. Another laid off photographer, Ron Ward, is nominated in the same feature photo category as I am. 

In a statement on the CBC's website, Jean-Claude D'Amours, Brunswick News Inc. regional general manager said they are trying to adjust to a new technological reality, helping to ensure that we remain competitive in a media world that is constantly changing. Our reporters now have the technology to quickly and easily take pictures allowing them to provide the essential elements to deliver quality content to our readers. In other words, untrained reporters armed with newer,…

Photo : Telegram Photographers April 08, 2015

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Why keep it secret? - OK, here’s a stupid question that I can’t figure out: why hasn’t Premier Paul Davis told us when he’ll call the election? Davis will formally call the provincial election on Thursday — probably — but for reasons that I cannot understand, he insists on playing coy. Media and members of the public are guessing, reading tea leaves and relying on the dark art of “sources” to figure out when the campaign will formally start. In a speech at the St. John’s Board of Trade last week, Davis started by telling the audience, “I know what’s on everyone’s mind, because within the next couple weeks, we’ll be heading into a provincial election campaign. I know all of you want to know the date, but you’re going to have to wait for that.” Why? To be clear, I understand why Davis hasn’t formally called the election. The premier and his ministers are having too much fun restructuring Crown corporations, appointing people to things for five-year terms and holding photo-ops in bathrooms. But Davis must call the election by Sunday at the latest, and for a lot of good reasons David Cochrane explains here, the election will almost certainly be called Thursday. So why not say so? Cast your gaze up towards Ottawa where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told people when the cabinet swearing-in would happen two weeks in advance. Davis himself gave us months of advance notice about when the election would be. So why not tell people when the writ will drop? Is there some logical…

Photo : James McLeod November 04, 2015