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Julie Brocklehurst - Children's Wish

A Season of Giving - It's that time of year again. Everyone is busy writing their Christmas lists, frantically looking for the right gift for a loved one, and planning their busy schedules of holiday events. It's also the time of year when people start to think about how they can give back in some way, and with New Year’s resolutions on the horizon, people often see their charitable side coming out. There are countless different ways you can create a positive impact in your community - from helping out at a homeless shelter, donating to a charity, or participating in a food drive. These are all ways that a small contribution of your time and effort will have a huge impact in the life of someone else! This holiday season, as you search for ways to help, as you find opportunities to teach your children about gratitude and giving, consider donating to the Children's Wish Foundation, to help grant a wish for a child who is so deserving. Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. The Children’s Wish Foundation is dedicated to granting an exceptional wish to each and every eligible child. Children's Wish is a national charitable organization with chapters in every province. Since it was founded in 1984, it has granted wishes to more than 22,000 Canadian children. The magic of a Wish provides children and their families with an opportunity to share the joy of a special experience, and an escape from the…

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Photo : Julie Brocklehurst November 26, 2015

Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Feeling jaded? I can’t imagine why - A few years back, you may or may not remember, there was some lasting, truly energetic debate over changes to the federal Fisheries Act, from the 2012 omnibus budget bill.The Harper government is only serving industry, some people cried. They claimed the changes would harm the government’s ability to protect fish and fish habitat. The response at the other end was to say the Act’s real concern is recreational, commercial and aboriginal fisheries, and it should not be about puddly camp sites (if you followed the debate, you might get that). Regardless, they said, we’re not about to let anyone harm the environment of the country we live in!Cue weeks — months — of call-ins, panels, editorials and feature interviews with the decision-makers of the day. ... Won’t somebody think of the trout!So much debate, and so relatively little said about the day-to-day realities of enforcing the Act.Fast-forward.“Strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental and wildlife protection laws is a cornerstone of the Government of Canada’s commitment to clean air, clean water and the conservation of wildlife species and their habitat,” reads the Environment Canada website.“Enforcement is delivered through the work of in-the-field enforcement officers across Canada working through the Environmental Enforcement Directorate and the Wildlife Enforcement Directorate.”Strong. Proud. Our Canadian enforcement. But then two weeks ago, in a courtroom in St. John’s, a judge issued a decision on a years’ long case involving alleged Fisheries Act violations by a multinational corporation. It examined a complaint around the release of an estimated 197 Olympic-sized swimming pools’…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick February 03, 2016

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

Fitness Pal - Picture it. New Year’s Eve. 2013. A couple of friends and I were sitting around doing what most people do on this night: making resolutions. And - like the vast majority of you out there - getting “healthy” (i.e.; losing weight) was tops on our list. As anyone who has ever attended a Weight Watchers meeting will tell you, one of the secrets to success in this area is accountability. There’s nothing like knowing someone is watching to keep you on track. In that spirit, we devised a plan. We would weigh ourselves every Friday morning, take a pic of our feet on the scales and text it to each other. With that, Fit Feet Fridays was launched! Needless to say, we all went out and got pedicures that January and we all skipped seconds every Thursday night while the challenge was on. Not surprisingly, this in your face (and on your iPhone) form of accountability worked and we all met our weight loss goals that year. Then, as with most things that work, we stopped doing it. I’ll never figure that one out. So what does this little story have to do with money? Well, over the past week, it’s been impossible to turn on or tune in to any form of media without weight loss and “get out of debt” ads being shoved in your face. So we over ate and overspent during the holidays. No surprises there.  While the guilt is at its peak and we are all feeling most vulnerable, the…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott January 08, 2016

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,…

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Photo : Telegram Photographers April 08, 2015

James McLeod - Briefing Note

A series of random observations the provincial election campaign: - A tale of two itineraries: On Thursday, Nov. 26, the Liberal bus was scheduled to leave Grand Falls-Windsor at 8 a.m. to meet with Exploits candidate Jerry Dean in Bishop’s Falls at 8:20 a.m. After a bit of campaigning with him, the Liberal bus was scheduled to drive to Marystown. On the Burin Peninsula, Leader Dwight Ball would go to St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown, meet with the St. Lawrence and Fortune town councils while visiting their towns, and then hold two evening campaign events in Grand Bank and then go back to Marystown with local candidates Carol Anne Healey and Mark Browne. At a minimum, this is scheduled to be more than a 12-hour day. On Thursday, Nov. 26, the Progressive Conservative bus was scheduled to leave Confederation Building at 9:15 a.m. to hold a 9:30 a.m. media availability in front of a N.L. Hydro terminal station. Following the media event, Davis was scheduled to spend the rest of the day campaigning in his home district of Topsail-Paradise. No other public events were listed. *** A close reading of the Liberal policy platform contains an awful lot of holes and head-scratchers, especially when you look at their financial projections. On the other hand, the Tories have no financial projections in their platform at all, and their cost projections are essentially nonexistent. The NDP’s platform is bizarre. (e.g. They’re allocating $4.5 million for “Maintaining tuition fee freeze and rolling back increases in graduate, international and Memorial residence fees.” I have no idea how that’s possible,…

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Photo : James McLeod November 26, 2015