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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Fortis post-Stan the man - It led off my story on the recently announced Fortis Properties sale with this, but figured it’s worth highlighting: Fortis reps say headquarters will continue in the new Fortis Place in St. John’s, despite the building’s sale to Slate Office REIT.“Our parent company, Fortis Inc., is currently located at Fortis Place — the new building down off Springdale Street — and their plan is to stay there and continue to operate the headquarters from there,” said Nora Duke, Fortis Properties’ president and CEO, in an interview on the sale.So, how long will that last? I’m genuinely asking. Are we thinking Fortis HQ remains here in perpetuity?Fortis Inc. has been parent company to Newfoundland Power since 1987. But growth of Fortis Inc. during the nearly 20-year leadership of Stan the man Marshall, ended December 2014, has been staggering. More specifically, Fortis’s total assets grew from about $1 billion to $18.6 billion. And that growth was fed by acquisition of utilities in western Canada and then South, into the United States. At the end of the day, it’s more customers and more management beyond yyt.Now you might say the idea of moving Fortis HQ is nonsense or fear mongering, but consider what Marshall himself said, when tackling a 20 Questions feature interview roughly a year ago: “One thing I’m proud of is that we’ve kept Fortis here.” He emphasized the benefits of having the central operations as a training ground for the next generation of business minds. But — it says there has been pressure to move.The new…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick May 27, 2015

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

The End is Near (Thank the Lord…or whoever else you choose to worship.) - I try to live in the moment. Honest, I do. But sometimes – especially those times when the calendar on the side of my fridge starts to resemble the tactical plan for taking down Saddam – I find it very difficult to do so. Rather than being in the “here and now,” my mind is constantly wondering, “What’s next?” Ever had one of those nights when you wake up in a cold sweat and think, “Have the tickets already gone on sale for the dance recital? Crap. That was a week ago. Nose bleed section again this year.” Or those fleeting moments when you’re driving along feeling like you have everything under control and a thought comes into your head of yet another thing you have to do (i.e.; buy black dress pants for son to wear at upcoming band concert…got to remember to write that on my list…crap) and a seemingly involuntary expletive jumps out of your mouth. Lately, this is happening to me a lot. Whatever you have chosen to spend your money and your time on this past school year – dance, music, hockey, skating, gymnastics, etc. - chances are there will be some ceremony happening in the next few weeks to mark the end of it. Then there are the end of school year exams, concerts, field trips and projects. Not to mention the wedding showers that have kicked in prior to the popular knot tying season. And we cannot forget the deadlines to register for summer camps and book vacation…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott May 22, 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
Photo : James McLeod May 27, 2015

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

That's no Worm! - March 26, 2015 - The story is probably going viral already. Two days ago, a Facebook friend named Wanita Bates posted a rather disturbing photo on her timeline of what appeared to be a worm or slug in her kitchen sink. Whatever it was, the thing had come out of her 1-litire container of Blue Diamond Almond Milk. Wanita had contacted the manufacturer about the incident, but the response – an offer of coupons for discounted and free product – was not acceptable. A day later, after Bates said she would contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Blue Diamond got back to her again, taking her complaint more seriously and offering to pick up the offending item for lab analysis. The CFIA said it would do the same. I drink the same product, consuming one or two liters per week, so this caught my eye. I even offered supporting comments on Wanita’s wall. Today, I have an entirely different perspective. Wanita Bates was a guest today, Thursday, on CBC Radio Noon. Host Ramona Dearing interviewed Bates about her experience, first with the “worm” and then the manufacturer. During the interview, Wanita mentioned that the open container of almond milk had been in her fridge since January. That’s two months, and quite possible longer. Immediately, I knew what had happened. To confirm my theory, I checked an open container of almond milk in my refrigerator. On the top is the following advisory: “After opening, keep refrigerated and use within 7 – 10 days.” There is…

Photo : Geoff Meeker March 26, 2015