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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…

Photo : Julie Brocklehurst November 26, 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

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,…

Photo : James McLeod November 26, 2015