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by Tiffany Agnew


very parent’s worst nightmare became my life. There is no escape. I can never go back and change the outcome. I can never satisfy my overwhelming longing to tell my son how much I love him, to hold him, or to tell him how he was the best thing that ever happened to me. In just an instant my whole world crumbled, and, I became a bereaved parent. Braedon, my sweet boy, passed May 16, 2018, four months after his 18th birthday, and just five months after he was diagnosed with Hepatopulmonary Syndrome. In the midst of my darkest days and deepest grief, I have committed to helping other children braving their own health battles in Braedon’s memory, and have devoted myself to making something beautiful out of this inconceivable loss. I created a new foundation dedicated to bringing a touch of happiness to children here in New Brunswick who are facing life threatening and high risk medical issues. The foundation will offer Happy Heart Makeovers giving children their choice between a shopping spree and a


bedroom makeover. Our hope is that this will give children something positive and fun to look forward to while giving their parents a chance to see their kids being kids. “Creating this foundation is something that I had to do. As Braedon’s mother, I have an overwhelming need for him to be remembered, and for his bright light to continue to shine on in this world. I am called to create this legacy in his memory because he was taken before he got the chance to really make his mark on the world himself. Together, we will honor him, and make that mark for him, by helping others in his name.” The Braedon Foundation also aims to bring awareness to the importance of blood and organ donation. We encourage others to donate in Braedon’s memory, and there have already been 23 donations made in his name. Most blood donations were made here in Saint John; however, we’ve reached some of our western provinces and even all the way to England! For more information, or to make a donation, please check out our website at: You can also follow our mission on Facebook @thebraedonfoundation. We kindly ask that you donate blood in Braedon’s memory and share a picture on our FB page using #bravelikebraedon

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Take the Advice You Give Your Kids by Dana Lloyd


What Have You Learned This Summer? by David Goss


always tell people on the Walks n’ Talks that I never conduct a program of any sort where I do not learn something from one of more of the participants. So, you might ask, what did you learn this summer? Here are a couple things. When we did the Edward J. Russell walk on June 5th, I learned he had a summer place on Lake Utopia. I had wondered why he included that area in his 100 plus drawing for the Daily Telegraph in 1894. I have attached this drawing so that you, too, can enjoy it. At the A-Z walk in Fernhill, Harold Wright made an interesting connection with the Park’s family and their mansion at Five Corners. The current owners were there and later invited me to do a ghost story session there later in October. They assured me they have some good ghost stories to share.

One of the best stories I heard was at the Stories and Songs series at Trinity Church on August 13th. This is where Christopher Osborne did a program called Skiffs on the Harbour, and talked about commercial fishing from 1783 to the present. During the question period, Jennifer Waldschutz pointed out the connection between Trinity and the harbour fisheries. Of course, you might immediately think it is the huge 2 meter salmon that is the weathervane atop Trinity’s 64 m tower….but it is not. Jennifer says it is the clock. The fishermen, she was told, cannot remove their oilskin coats and check the time on their watches, so, even way out in the harbour, they depend on hearing the bongs that denote the hours, and have done so since the first clock was placed in the former 1791 wooden building in 1810. While we might think in this digital age, Trinity’s clock is redundant; it is nice to know that there is still a functional reason for the upkeep of this clock.

I have space for one more tale here that I can share. It came about when Art Comeau conducted a walk of the South End where he grew up, and where he still lives. I love it when someone does a walk like that, as you get such personal stories. Art’s best story was of the time when he was a student at UNBSJ and they had a winter carnival. Art was part of a committee who invited Simon and Garfunkel to come to Saint John and perform at the Armories. They offered them $1,500. - and they were sweating gumdrops in hopes they would raise the funding needed. They did, but when they paid the musicians, they were told the usual fee was $50,000, and they had only come because they were curious to see a place that would only offer them just 3% of their usual fee. That information nearly bowled the usually unflappable Art Comeau over. And you can be sure next time I pass the Armory with a group of walkers, I’ll share Art’s story, and the many others I have heard this summer.

he other day I dropped my daughter off at Driver's Education. She was a little nervous about attending because she is a teenager anxious that she will not know anybody or anxious because she will know too many people. Of course, I forget what it's really like to be in the mind of a teenager, so I give her my motherly advice as she gets out of the truck, "You need to push yourself, meet new people. Just talk to somebody. It will be all good." (Insert eyeball roll from teenager here). As I drove away, I thought about the advice I gave her. I make it sound so easy. It is much more difficult to put advice into practice. I realized the very advice I give my kids is still advice I need to take: 1) Believe in yourself. You have talents and strengths that are unique to you. Even if you have similar talents as others, you have your signature way of putting that into the world. Believe in what you are good at. 2) Don't worry. If you are going to obsess over a thought, it might as well be a good one. What good can come from this situation? What if something exciting happens? 3) It doesn't matter what anyone thinks. Fear of what others think has disturbed or prevented too many good plans. Move confidently in the direction of what you want. 4) Try new things. You never know, you might meet your best friend for life or find a new career path. Remind yourself to stay open to new opportunities. Be more willing to say "yes" to life than to say "no." 5) Push yourself. When you are willing to do something you haven't done before, whether it is going to a networking event alone or saying "yes" to an opportunity that scares you, you will grow. What advice do you give to your children that you need to take?


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Various days and times - FREE Public Skate & FREE Senior Skating, at the qplex - Enjoy a free-of-charge Public

September 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Delbert & Friends Show – free. Location: Branch 69 Legion, 714 Wilson Street

Skate at the qplex. Please feel welcome to use the Players’ Entrance and designated dressing rooms. For information about skate sharpening please phone Rinkside Sports @ 848-5913. Visit the online schedule @

September 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9:00 pm – Closing - Single & Friends Dance

Every Tuesday & Friday (beginning Sept. 4) 10:30 am – Yoga for over 50

Before September 11 - Nominate A Wellness Champion - A wellness

– This class is modified, includes some chair exercises and is suitable for all levels. The instructor is trained for age friendly yoga. The class is held in the Grand Bay Room of the Centrum (Grand Bay Westfield Town Hall on River Valley Drive) with parking and entrance at the rear of the building. Further information is available from Elaine at 738-8589.

Every Thursday (beginning Sept. 6) 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Bridge and other Board Games - Weekly in the Seniors Activity Centre located at the Grand Bay Westfield Centrum on River Valley Drive. Entrance is from the walkway located off the parking lot to the rear of the building. For further information email or call Mary at 738-8181

Every Friday, 7:00 pm to Closing - Open Mic with Don LeBlanc & Friends – free. Location: Branch 69 Legion, 714 Wilson Street

September 1, 5:00 pm – Salmon Supper - The Anglican Parish of Kingston is serving its Annual Salmon Supper, at the Kingston Parish Hall, 3946 Route 845, Kingston. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults and $10 for Youth under 12. Seating is limited, so please order your tickets in advance by contacting the Kingston Parish Office by phone at 763-3183 or by Email: parishofkingston@ to reserve your seats.

September 2, 9, 16 & 30, 7:00 pm to Closing - Sunday Nite Dance ($6.00 Cover Charge). Location: Branch 69 Legion 714 Wilson Street

($6.00 Cover Charge). Location: Branch 69 Legion, 714 Wilson Street

champion is someone who goes that extra mile to bring wellness to others. Help celebrate them. Nominate an individual, workplace or community organization who has shown leadership in promoting and sharing one or many of the seven dimensions of wellness. They will be recognized at a special event held during Wellness Week in October, hosted by the Fundy Wellness Network. Nominations can be completed online at For more information email

September 12, 6:30 pm to – 8:30 pm - 1st Westfield Scouting Fun Night – Free to the public - Join 1st Westfield Scouts at their registration & fun night for children aged 5 – 16 (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers). Participate in scouting and other activities (group activities, tent pitching, etc.), learn about registration and events for 2018 – 2019 scouting year! Location: Westfield School field (147 Nerepis Road, Grand Bay – Westfield). Contact: Aaron Parker, (506) 3335988 or

September 14 – 10 am to 7 pm - Selling 2019 Kiwanis Cash Calendars. Location: Sobeys West. Contact: Tom-6350795

September 22, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - 5th Annual Strut for Strong Communities - Participants will walk, run or strut a 2.5K or 5K distance that encourages participation for everyone. The money raised will allow the Y to be open and accessible to all regardless of age, income or financial background.


Tentative, Strut starts at 11:00 am, but activities are open from 10:00 am. Sponsored by: Tim Hortons, Xerox, & Subway. Location: 191 Churchill Blvd (Saint John Regional Y). Contact: Carolina Herrera 506-634-4868

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September 25, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm - The New Brunswick Historical Society presents: Letters from Hollywood Star Walter Pidgeon By Harold Wight - This presentation will examine a dozen of his letters written between 1970 and 1984 to his friend Allan in Saint John. The correspondence reveals a lot about his memories of his birth city. The audience will also listen to recordings of some of Pidgeon’s songs and view some of his film work. The talk is free and open to the public. Location: Mary Oland Theatre, New Brunswick Museum. For more information, contact 650-8293.

September 28, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm - Trinity Church Harvest Dinner - Roast Beef Dinner (Caesar Salad, Roast Beef, Roast Potatoes, Squash, Peas, homemade rolls, Lemon Lovely Cake, tea/coffee, plus a sing-a-long, and Silent Auction. Location: 115 Charlotte St. Contact: Joanne – 693-8558 or trinsj@

Thank You

Lloyd & Gladys 60th wedding anniversary We would like to thank our son Brian and his wife Jill, for the lovely 60th Anniversary party on August 11th at the Hub in Browns Flat. A very special thank you to our grandchildren (Terry and Cheryl), (Rob and Jenna), and Abby, for all their help with the planning and preparation that they did. We also would like to thank our ACW for the lovely refreshments and their help. Thank you to all who attended, and for the lovely gifts, flowers, and cards and all the best wishes. It was so wonderful to see a surprise guest our bridesmaid Betty Earle, and her daughter Dianne Earle, and Bill Oliver our MLA. Thank you for the special effort that our family went to, for all the beautiful decorations and refreshments, everything was wonderful. This was a day we will always remember and be grateful to our Family and friends. With sincere thanks,

Lloyd & Gladys Galbraith



he newly formed 1st Kingston Peninsula BPSA Scouting Group receives cheque for $500.00 from the New Brunswick Command Community Service Fund. Terry Campbell, 2nd Vice President of NB Command attended the presentation of the cheque to Group Scout Master Tim Nutter and Timber Wolf Contact Leader Rob Moir by Peninsula Branch President Joe Stack. The New Brunswick Community Service Fund was established in 1979 with the aims and purposes of supporting local community projects undertaken by sister organization where their only means of support are by donation and fundraising. As of June 2015 the New Brunswick Command Community Service Fund total grant expenditures have exceeded $800,000.00. Local Branches are proud to make presentations on behalf of the Legionnaires in New Brunswick. The resulting goodwill and positive image of the Legion is most heartening.

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Grand Bay Team Returns from Bolivia: Update by Rev. Dan Pyke

Thank you for picking me up from the prison every day.” With these words, a little boy expressed his appreciation for his teacher. This five-year-old boy spends his nights in a Bolivian prison while his parent serves out a sentence. Casa de la Amistad (“Casa”) is an organization operating out of Cochabamba, Bolivia and provides food, counseling, and other means of care for children whose parents are in prison. Our team of eight from Grand Bay Baptist Church (GBBC) spent two weeks traveling, serving, and learning in Bolivia in late spring. We continued a partnership established by our church and the mission agency, Canadian Baptist Ministries [CBM], several years ago. We were the fourth team sent out by our church family, and we are grateful for a supportive community. Many of you contributed to our experience by supporting us and our families through prayer, encouragement, and financial support. Our time was divided between two locations: Cochabamba and Mizque. Cochabamba is a growing city, with a population nearing two million people, and has extreme wealth and extreme poverty. It hosted the 2018 South American Games, welcoming athletes from across South America during our two weeks. While in “Coch,” we connected with the staff representing several relief and development agencies, and spent several days with children from Casa, eating lunches with them, taking them to the Games and treating them to ice cream. Although we did not speak the same language, we learned so much from the children, and were encouraged by their infectious laughter and compassion for one another.

Mizque is a small, rural town, with a significantly slower pace of life. Several hours away from the bustling Cochabamba, Mizque lacks access to the same health services and education. Chagas is a parasitic disease spread by the vinchuca bug, and there is currently no vaccine for this disease. While in Mizque, we partnered with CBM’s Chagas Project, which serves to prevent the spread of the disease by improving housing conditions. We spent several days plastering mud walls and cementing the floors of three homes. Our time with these families and their young children were among the most significant moments of our time in Bolivia. Crossing language, racial, and national barriers, we were able to serve together, performing our tasks to the best of our limited abilities and listening carefully to our Bolivian partners. Young and old, Canadian and Bolivian, we became friends and were greatly impacted by our few days with these families. We saw value in our partnership when some children remembered the three team members who had spent time with them two years ago. One of our team members challenged us by recognizing that “God breaks your heart so he can build it bigger.” Confronted by extreme poverty and disease, we recognized the image of God in the people we met. We saw their compassion for one another, and the sacrificial lives of teachers and support staff impacted us. Our hearts were broken and reshaped by all we experienced during our two weeks. As we have returned to “normal life” in Canada, we have been reminded of the inequality in our world and the responsibility that we have to care for our neighbours. Now that we have spent time in Cochabamba and Mizque, we are seeing that our neighbourhood is bigger than we may have first realized. We are striving to be better global and local neighbours.

Submitted by Rev. Dan Pyke and the GBBC Bolivia Sent Team 2018



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Reached Your Boiling Point?

3 Ways to Cool It By Catherine Doucette BPR, MEd, CTDP


e likely have said, done, or emailed something in anger that we wished we hadn't. We are human. But there are ways to help us all cool it when the conversation gets hot. No one makes us feel angry, sad, frustrated, or anything. Super annoying, isn't it? It's much easier to blame others when we feel bad. We choose our emotions from the thoughts we think. Is your stinking thinking heating your temper? Try these three strategies to stay level-headed. 1 - Know your triggers. Talking to me like I'm stupid. Oh yeah! Brain boils, and I cannot hear you anymore. Lying to me. Yup, that’ll do it. Sneaky people drive me crazy. Everyone has triggers. They key is to know yours. Then decide who you want to be the next time that happens. I'd recommend step two... 2 - Be respectful even when you don't want to.

Oh, I know sometimes we all want to tell people what we really think while we are boiling angry. But will that help? Being assertive will help you and the other person come to a solution, and you won't explode in anger. It makes relationships stronger and helps people to trust you. The keys to being assertive are to ask questions first, use a respectful tone, and focus on a solution, not being right. I’ve written about this before in the District. (You can see those articles at, and click Blog.) 3 - Reflect and grow. After a conflict arises, ask yourself: What did I do well that I want to do again? What can I do differently to stay calm and respectful next time? Do I need to apologize to anyone for my behaviour? I am better at staying cool when a fireball of anger is burning inside than I was last year or ten years ago, but we always have room for growth. (Just ask my husband!) What are you going to do this week to cool off before anger burns your relationships at work and home?


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Gentlemen: To Roll or Not To Roll Those Cuffs? by Lorraine Peters


his one’s for the boys! Summer has been amazing with the above normal temps, but some other things were above normal too, that’s right, men’s cuff’s and hems. In Menswear there is a term called a “break”, a break refers to where the hem lands. Typically the “break” is just hitting the top of a man’s shoe. Although the trend of showing off the ankle, and socks, is not as new as you may think it has been popping up in more

main stream, and for that reason I must talk to you about the rules of when to roll and when not to roll. Everything in Style is about proper proportion and so for some guys this style is just not going to work for you. If you are not 6’ tall then please admire this fashion statement from a distance. It’s not for you because it will make your legs appear even shorter. Most ideal this style is flattering on tall lean men. Do not try to make this style yourself by purchasing Docker’s one size too short. This does not work either. They will just look like pants that are too short. Unfortunately this is what prompted me to write this article. You must take a nice trouser,


a straight trouser, and go to a seamstress and have them tailored appropriately. Another option is to buy a good quality trouser that already has the break at the length you desire. Also, take your dress code queue from your workplace because in general the crop hem is very casual and not typically viewed as a business look. Be careful that this is appropriate for your work environment before wearing it. So Fella’s, just like in Women’s fashion there are some style trends that are better left in the store. I hope you enjoy the link I’ve provided on this topic. Lorraine Peters; Certified Image Consultant.

n Wednesday August 8, 2018, Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids (P.R.O. Kids) was presented with the Better Things Community Grant, as part of Desjardins Group commitment to the communities in which it operates. The $20,000 grant will go towards matching children and teens in financial need with organized, registered recreation activities. P.R.O. Kids provides youth the ability to become involved in the Sport, Music, Art or Cultural program of their choosing; regardless of financial barriers. “Working at an inner-city school in Saint John I have seen the challenges that youth are faced with every day,” says Jen Brown, Vice Chair P.R.O. Kids Advisory Committee. “We are extremely happy that Desjardins recognizes P.R.O. Kids as a catalyst of change for youth in our community. It provides children an enriching experience while helping to tackle barriers and allow them to break the cycle of poverty.” A total of 137 nominations were received with 20 chosen as grant recipients. These local charities or government organizations that work to address safety issues, promote healthy lifestyles, improve financial well-being or support education and youth were considered for grant consideration.

The Virtues of our Beloved Milk Thistle by Joyce Lee


purchased a piece of this plant from a local herbal farmer at the Kingston Market in the spring. (Check them out, they are amazing. This plant grows wild throughout the world and in some areas is considered invasive to the point where the growing of it is prohibited. Here is an example of another so-called noxious weed that provides us with an abundance of valuable medicine. It has been used for more than two thousand years for medicinal purposes. Aside from being one of the most commonly used supplements for supporting liver health, it offers specialized nutrition for the cardiovascular system, prostate, and gallbladder. The secret to the health benefits of milk thistle lies in its seeds, an extract called silymarin. This constituent is a potent antioxidant. The seed extract protects the liver from a variety of common toxins, including alcohol, pesticides, heavy metal poisoning, pollution, and medications of all kinds. Its use as a detoxifying agent and treatment for liver disease is well validated by research. In patients with diabetes and alcohol-induced cirrhosis, silymarin has been shown to lower lipoperoxidative damage and blood glucose levels. The positive list of benefits goes on and on for this life giving herb. It is indicated for weak and congested veins,


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pelvic congestion, prolapse of organs and blood stasis leading to hemorrhage, just to name a few. I’m really looking forward to my first harvest of seeds. So, how do you use it? Once the flowers turn into a white puff (similar to a dandelion puff ) remove all the puffy white flower heads and put them in a paper bag. Let them dry in the bag for about a week; shake the bag vigorously to separate the seed from the fluff. Using a mortar, grind one tablespoon of seeds into a powder, steep in three cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes and strain. Enjoy 30 minutes before meals. A word of caution. Milk thistle is safe for most people. As a member of the ragweed family, those with a ragweed allergy should avoid it. Due to its effects on blood sugar, those suffering from low blood sugar should exercise caution.

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Progression like Darwin’s evolution of the species but with messy summer kid to grooms school kid the hairbrushes are anyway? We haven’t seen ours in weeks. Come August 15th, by Brittany Merrifield most feet are tough enough to walk on shards of glass, and everyone is an expert at catching fireflies. The Rock Skiphen you are a parent of ping Olympics are held every Tuesday at school aged children, there’s a sundown, right before the evening “Can huge dichotomy between sum- I Have Sleepover” negotiations begin. mer and September. By the time August Once, due to serial sleepovers, I didn’t see hits, the kids in my neighbourhood are my kids for an entire week. Brilliant. basically feral. Shoes, shirts and in some Later in the month, once the Back to cases, even pants appear to be optional. School ads start to filter through into the One kid has been wearing the same gym- parental consciousness, we realize that nastics leotard going on three weeks now. the kids have a long way to go to regain I guess it’s functional as both clothing any sort of normalcy. The 12 Step Process AND a bathing suit. Makes sense. I don’t of Reintegration into Civilization must judge. begin. STAT. Everyone stays up until midnight, rolls Showers are imposed. In an actual out of bed right at the crack of noon and bathroom, not just under the hose. They eats ice cream sandwiches for breakfast. are encouraged to pee INDOORS for a Dinner generally appears to be hotdogs change. Vegetables are reintegrated into about 85% of the time. Watermelon is an diets. The Ice Cream Sandwich Diet has entire food group. If this kind of diet was an expiration date, much to everyone’s continued long term, they could actually chagrin. Regular bedtimes are slowly return into a chicken nugget. AH SUMMAH. introduced, and eventually the offspring These lucky summer kids roam around begin to crawl out of bed before noon for the ‘hood’ from house to house like a rav- the first time in 54 days. ening horde, decimating the pantry of With military precision and a whole whichever place has the best snacks and bunch of sticktoitiveness, we can transthe most freezies. I’m smart. I only stock form the Summer Wildlings into a group spinach and apples now. of shiny, clean and school ready children Baths happen in the river. Dreadlocks in two weeks or less. As parents, that’s our superpower. are totally in. Besides, who knows where


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Discovering History Through a Camera Lens

by Carla MacDonald

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s much as I love exploring the history in and around Saint John sometimes it is nice to discover new places and see what interesting historical sites can be found along the way. Recently on a trip to meet my new in-laws in Howick, Quebec my hosts shared with me a gem in one of the townships in their area. The Powerscourt Covered Bridge, known as the Percy Bridge, spans the Chateauguay River in Southwest Quebec. The bridge was opened in 1861 and was designated in 1984 as a National Historic Site of Canada, and is classified as heritage immovable by the Patrimoine Culturel du Quebec. The covered bridge is unique as it was built with McCallum Truss', an extremely strong inflexible wooden arch truss

developed by Daniel McCallum and until then only used in the construction of railroad bridges across North America. When steel began replacing wood in railroad construction in the second half of the 21st century, all wooden railroad bridges were gradually replaced. But because this was not a railroad bridge, the Percy Bridge was not touched and remains to this day as the sole McCallum truss bridge left in the world!!! It is the oldest ‘covered' bridge in Canada. It was built a year or so after the Victoria Bridge in Montreal (which is the oldest bridge) but the Percy, unlike the Victoria, still retains its original shape, architecture and most of its original materials. As such it may be argued that the Percy Bridge is the oldest bridge in Canada covered or otherwise. For someone who not only enjoys history, but also has a fondness for covered bridges this was an awesome discovery, and for anyone who shares my passion it is a must see!

The Day the Circus Comes to Town by Bob Henry


t was not so long ago that the circus travelled from town-to-town on a special Circus Train. Everything from tents to tigers and clowns to cotton candy pulled into a railway siding in a field just outside of town. Once the big top was set up, the circus parade was held through the center of the town so everyone would know “the Circus is in town”. Ron Grant’s HO model display of the Grant Brothers Circus features over 1200 people and 100 animals in addition to a variety of scenes from days gone by. A look at the main street will be a treat to your eyes with the parade being featured, but look closer, there’s more to see. Feel free to take a picture or two. And what circus would be complete

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without a line of the sideshows just outside the main entrance. “Hu-ray, Hu-ray, Hu-ray, step right up and for only one thin dime, you’ll be amazed and entertained by the Sword Swallower, the Rubber Man and so very much more”. PHOTO CREDIT: SUBMITTED Then as you get closer to the Big Top, Circus Big Top where the 3 ring circus is the excitement builds and perhaps you located. can hear the Ringmaster standing in the center ring announcing in a large, loud voice, “Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the Grant Brothers Circus, the greatest show on earth, where you’ll get your money’s worth of excitement in the first 15 minutes and the rest of the show is free”. The Grant Brothers Circus is a part of the Saint John Society of Model Railroader's display at the Lancaster Mall, open for you to visit on the second Saturday of each month from 11a to 5p. Hu-ray, Hu- PHOTO CREDIT: SUBMITTED Part of the circus parade on Main Street. ray, Hu-ray

Europe is Hot

by Ellen Tucker


urope is really hot these days and not just the weather. The number of Canadians travelling to the UK, Ireland and Europe is ever growing. One reason is the reasonably priced airfares we’ve been getting to cross the Atlantic. Yes, perhaps not in high season, like mid-June to mid-September, Christmas, March break etc. but in low season prices have been very good. Knowing the desire is there, many companies are offering special deals. Here is one from Trafalgar, the guided travel company that promises to deliver, “the good life” by offering guests connections with local people as well as iconic sights. The brochure for Europe and Britain for 2019 won’t be out until October, but they are offering a

preview of their 2019 tours at 2018 prices along with a 10% discount if you book before September 24th. This discount is also combinable with other discounts for which you might qualify. For example if you are a past guest of Trafalgar, you can save another 5%. If you travel with a group of 5-8 people you save another 5% per person. Now that’s every bargain hunter’s dream. If you would like to learn more about the good life with Trafalgar e-mail and ask for an invitation to “Love to Talk Travel” with Trafalgar. The location is yet to be announced by it will be the evening of Tuesday, Nov 13th. Trafalgar is in a festive mood these days with the launch of its 2018-2019 Christmas Spectaculars European program. Trafalgar’s Christmas Spectaculars itineraries include Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland; Festive

St. Petersburg and Moscow; and German Christmas Markets. Air Canada Vacations also has some super bargains to London and Paris during the fall, winter and early spring. These packages for a week include air, hotel, breakfast daily and taxes for under $2000 from Saint John. There are also some super deals from Goway for a London Theatre weekend getaway with a stay at the fabulous Royal Horseguards Hotel. The package includes: Roundtrip Airfare Economy Class from North America, Transfers to and from the Airport, 3 nights deluxe accommodation, 1 Day Hop on Hop off Bus, London Eye Champagne Experience, Theatre Ticket to Wicked, Theatre Ticket to Les Miserables and full breakfast daily. All this from only $1999 CAD. Happy travelling, Ellen Tucker, CTC, CTM

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P.R.U.D.E. Attitude is

Pride of Race, Everything Unity and Dignity through T Education by Mary Francis

Doing Their Part to Help Saint John Grow in a Multicultural Way by Heather White Brittain


n 1981 PRUDE Inc. was incorporated in the City of Saint John. Their vision for New Brunswick is to work collaboratively with various ethnic and cultural groups and to build on each other’s strengths. The impact from this mission is tremendous. Dedicated to the far-reaching participation of all cultural communities, PRUDE is committed to communication and understanding resulting from these connections. New Brunswick is at times, the best kept secret and already a great place to live however; the potential to increase our population and become a multicultural success is something that PRUDE envisions for all Canadians and other ethno-cultural groups Open to all who support the message of cultural diversity, regardless of ethnicity, religion, age or gender, PRUDE works to sustain an environment of diversity, equality, respect and inclusiveness through its awareness programs. Among many of the program offerings, The Workplace Mentorship for Newcomers program provides sector specific workplace experience for newcomers in

Southern New Brunswick. The program encourages community engagement and relationship building that is both helpful and meaningful to newcomers as they navigate and make informed decisions regarding their long-term career goals within the Canadian workplace setting There are many opportunities for volunteering and PRUDE welcomes volunteers who would like to assist with special events as well as designated volunteer initiatives. The Canadian Way program welcomes volunteers who would like to assist Newcomers to Canada by being an English Conversation Partner. The Black Settlement Burial Grounds is a parcel of land in Willow Grove that was donated to PRUDE. It contains a black burial ground dating back to the late 1700's. A three cross sculpture on the site created and donated by W. (Victor) Wojcik is a beacon to symbolize the struggle of all peoples. Each year volunteers help with needed maintenance and repair. Saint John is a wonderful city to call home. In the social fabric of our culture, we naturally like to help. There is great potential for us to grow as a multicultural city in a meaningful and welcoming way. For more information on PRUDE and how you can become involved, visit their website at www.


he same circumstances happen to us all. Challenging circumstances are not events reserved for the poor, the uneducated or the destitute. In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives, but what we choose to do with the blowing winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself. So, going forward – attitude is everything and it begins with the belief that life is worthwhile. Life is worthwhile if you…. Life is worthwhile if you learn. What you don’t know will hurt you. You have to learn to exist and we learn from our own experiences, both negative and positive. Learn from every source – lectures, music, sermons, books, conversations and people who care. Life is worthwhile if you try. Try to make a difference, try to change, try to

learn a new skill or habit. There are a lot of things you can do, if you just try. Life is worthwhile if you care. If you care at all your life will get some results, but if you care enough you can get incredible results. Care enough to make a difference, to turn someone around, to start a new business, to set some records, learn enough to live life to the fullest. Three powerful words: learn, try, care. What a difference it will make in your life if you put these three words to work. Our positive attitude is an asset of great value and we must strengthen and guard it. Learn to be in the moment, to watch the sunset, listen to the silence and capture the experience of the moment. Until we learn to be in the moment, we will never master the art of living well. For more information and support, and to get three of my guides as free downloads please go to my website:

Mary Francis is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Author/Founder of "The Sisterhood of Widows", Early Intervention Field Traumatologist (EIFT) and Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator.

Save a Life in Opioid Overdose:

September's Crossword Puzzle Answers

Home Naloxone Kits

By Dr. Jennifer Ryan Pharmacist Opioid Deaths in Canada The opioid crisis has affected every part of the country. According to available data reported by Health Canada as of June 6, 2018: • There were 3,987 opioid-related deaths in 2017; 92% were accidental (unintentional) • 72% of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, compared to 55% in 2016 • Most accidental opioid-related deaths occurred among males (78%) and among individuals between the ages of 30 and 39 (28%) • There is an average of 16 hospitalizations per day for opioid overdose in Canada. This is a 53% increase in the last 10 years. • Seniors and those aged 45-65 have the highest rates of hospitalizations; however the fastest growing age group is age 15-25. • Counterfeit opioids are more prevalent now in cities, suburbs and rural communities, and these are much more potent than what was available 10 years ago. Significant harm — or even death — can occur with these counterfeit opioids, especially for first-time users. What are Opioids? • Opioids are medications commonly used for the management of pain. They are effective and necessary medication for most pain conditions. They can produce a “high” or euphoric effect which sometimes leads people to use them improperly. Opioids can be prescribed medications such as codeine, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, and hydromorphone. However, new synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil are being synthesized on the street, some of which are very potent. These synthetic opioids

can be mixed with or made to look like common prescription medications (i.e. oxycodone)

Who is at Risk of an Overdose? Anyone using prescribed or street opioids can have an overdose, but there are some things that put you at higher risk, such as: • taking prescription opioids more often or at higher doses than recommended • taking opioids with alcohol or sedatives, such as: sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, or benzodiazepines. • injecting drugs • taking an opioid your body isn’t used to, or switching to a stronger drug • taking higher doses than you are used to • using drugs of unknown purity or strength • other health conditions, like liver or kidney disease, or breathing problems What are the Signs of an Overdose? • difficulty staying awake • blue lips or nails • very small pupils • cold and clammy skin • extreme drowsiness • slow, weak breathing or no breathing • inability to wake up, even when shaken or shouted at What is Naloxone? Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and can serve as an emergency rescue drug in the case of an overdose. In 2016, Health Canada and most provinces delisted naloxone in response to the nationwide opioid crisis. This allows better access to naloxone for the everyday Canadian. Naloxone is available in Canada as an intramuscular injection and as a nasal spray. Many provinces have made naloxone kits available to the public free of charge. Access is more limited in New Brunswick, however kits are available free of charge for high risk individuals and their families through Avenue B (formerly AIDS Saint

John), located at 62 Waterloo Street, Saint John. Otherwise kits can be purchased from your pharmacy without a prescription. Injectable kits will cost approximately $35. The nasal sprays are approximately $155 per kit. Family members can be trained to administer naloxone in the case of an emergency.

Who Should Have a Home Naloxone Kit? A home naloxone kit should be considered for any one of the following 1. Anyone who takes more than 50 mg/ day of morphine equivalent per day. (That is more than 25 mcg of fentanyl, more than 30 mg of oxycodone (6 Percocet® or Endocet®), 12 mg of methadone, or 12 mg of hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) or 300 mg of codeine (10 Tylenol 3’s) 2. Anyone who has had a history of opioid intoxication or overdoes 3. Anyone with a suspected history of substance abuse or non-medical opioid use 4. Anyone taking an opioid who smokes or has respiratory illness (COPD, sleep apnea, asthma) 5. Anyone taking an opioid who has renal, liver, heart disease or an HIV 6. Anyone taking an opioid who also uses alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives, or anti-depressants 7. Anyone who is in a position to help someone at risk of an opioid overdose We need to be thinking of naloxone kits like AED’s, Epi-Pens, or fire extinguishers. Having this rescue drug available if and when it is needed can save lives. In 2016, A British Columbia study demonstrated that when naloxone kits were made available free of, 226 lives were saved over a 10 month period. It was estimated that one life was saved for every 10 kits distributed. Speak with your pharmacist about whether or not you should have a naloxone kit in your home. They can teach you how to use it properly in the case of an emergency.

September Full Disclosure

THE weekly Bridge Schedule Monday - 1 pm at Central Library, 1 Market Square Tuesday - 7 pm at Assumption Center (Fundy Club) Wednesday - 1 pm at Carleton Center (Beginners Club) Instructor - Joanne McGillivray Not available during Summer Wednesday - 2 pm, Westside Library Consultation Cliff Shea Thursday - 1 pm, Assumption Center (Ron's Club) Friday - 1 pm, Carleton Center (Beginners' Duplicate Club) Friday - 2 pm, Westside Library Consultation Cliff Shea Friday - 7 pm, St. David’s Church Center, Rothesay (Valley Club) Friday - 7 pm, St. David’s Church Center (Valley Club) Saturday - 2 pm, Westside Library Consultation Cliff Shea Also see him for private lessons @ anytime Phone: 506-800-1826 Cell: 654-0255 E-mail:


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omen have multiple roles and responsibilities between work and home-life. Pelvic pain interferes with these responsibilities, negatively affecting self-esteem, relationships, and lifestyle. The benefits of physiotherapy for pelvic pain is relatively unknown by most Canadian women. In France, it is regular practice for women to be referred for physiotherapy after delivering a baby. This practice can abate problems such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain when addressed earlier rather than later. Female pelvic pain can result from trauma when delivering a baby, intestinal problems, abdominal or gynecological surgery, dermatitis or lower back problems among other sources. Women who have pelvic pain are no more likely to be victims of sexual abuse or present with more psychopathology than those

without pain. 10-15 % of North American women suffer with pelvic pain during sexual activity. Physiotherapists are experienced practitioners in helping people with pain. Traditionally, care of patients with pain has been management of symptoms. However, current research on how the brain perceives pain has opened new avenues of treatment protocols, creating a more individualized program of therapy. Physiotherapists work with other professionals to cover all bases of care of the patient with pain, of which the most important member of the team is the individual suffering from pain. It takes courage to face the problem of pain, with often many other associated personal challenges. Don’t let pelvic pain, fear, and uncertainty hold you back from your full potential. A physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic floor therapy is part of your rehabilitation team.

Patricia Sennett is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at Human Performance Centre. She can be contacted at 738-8299 or


KIWANIS KEY LEADER WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 28/30 2018 CAMP ARGONALT by Norm Hicks • Face to face and online counselling


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• Confidential and supportive • After school and evening appointments available Lori McIsaac Bewsher MSW RSW

3636 Westfield Road

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n 2003 Kiwanis International engaged a team of professional youth leaders to develop an Elite Leadership Program for youth 14 to 18 years. Key Leader is the result. It is a bottoms-up program that focus on personal integrity, personal growth, respect, building community and pursuit of excellence. They will also make new lifetime friends. The event is led by a professional facilitator especially trained for the program. Key Leader came to the Maritimes in 2008 and at our first event about one third of the attendees were from New Brunswick. Since then we have held 25 such events. In 2010, we expanded holding 2 events per year and

in 2012 we began 2 additional camps in New Brunswick. We operate events in Sept and May averaging about 75 per event. The students, upon returning home, have taken a much more active leadership role in their schools and communities using the skills they developed. As one student said, “I just wanted to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to enrich my leadership skills and develop an understanding of what it means to be a true leader! This has been an awesome experience and it really opened my eyes to what I can do to improve my life and the lives of others” Our next event is scheduled for Sept.28/30 at Camp Argonalt, the cadet camp at Camp Gagetown. The cost is only $50.00 per student. If you know anyone, grades 9-12, who might be interested contact Norm Hicks 506-652-8796 or norhicks@nbnet.,

Make Canada Great Again! by Victoria Mccormick

Grand Bay Westfield & Area

• Bob’s Take-Out


• Bowlarama

• Britt’s Restaurant

• Darlene’s Home Support Services

• Branch #69 Legion

• Parkland Saint John

• Glen’s Bakery

• Coast Tire West

• St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation

• Grass Roots Grill (Westfield Golf Club)

• Deluxe Fish and Chips

• Tahiti Tan (Lansdowne)

• Doiron Sports Excellence

• Vapires

• Fish and Brew Pub


• Global Pet Foods


• Highlands Bar & Lounge • Home Hardware • Human Performance Centre


onsidering everything that has been going on with or Southerly neighbours and their current president, many of us have vowed to make an effort to avoid purchasing products of the USA. I would like to take it one step further and propose this as an opportune time to try the very best that Canada has to offer. Canada makes a wide variety of great beers, spirits and wines! When it comes to choosing a Canadian product, it is very important to ensure that it is in fact 100% Canada made as opposed to just being bottled or packaged here. Some so called “Canadian wines” are not Canadian at all, as the producers are actually purchasing their grapes from the USA. For a truly 100% Canadian wine, look for the ‘VQA’ stamp. VQA stands for Vintners Quality Alliance, and wines bearing the VQA on the label must come from a designated wine region and pass a tasting panel. There are currently only 2 VQA regions; the Niagra region of Ontario, and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. There are MANY fantastic Canadian beers as well, available from across our native land, particularly the locally made craft beers which is quite impressive. Whether you prefer a simple light wheat beer, something hoppy, or something dark and bold, there is something Canadian for everybody! If there is anything positive to be said for the reign of “The Donald” as president, it is that it has strengthened our unity and pride as Canadians. I have a few suggestions to help you get started on your Canadian journey;

Where Can I get MY Copy?

• Irving (Browns Flat)

• Golden Mile Redemption Centre

• Irving (Grand Bay)

• Greco

• Britt’s Pub

• Irving (Welsford)

• Island Girls Restaurant

• City Market (Info Kiosk)

• Jody’s Restaurant

• Jungle Jim’s

• Cobalt Gallery

• Maritime Opportunity Centre

• ConnexionWorks

• NB Liquor Store

• GoToInsure Saint John

• Olsen’s Meat & Produce

• Heartbreak Boutique

• Pain & Pleasure Tattoos

• Lemongrass Restaurant

• Pet Corral

• Market Square

• Romano’s Restaurant

• O’Leary’s Pub

• Saint John Marina

• Picaroon’s Pub

• Sobeys Fast Fuel • Starbucks

• Saint John Multicultural & Newcomers Resource Centre

• Subway

• Scheherazade Books & Music

• The Co-operators

• Second Cup (King St.)

• The Great Canadian Dollar Store

• Thandi Restaurant

• NB Liquor Store • Owen’s Hearing Centre • Pizza Delight • Public Landing Convenience • Sholten’s • Sobey’s • Starkey’s • Subway • The Medicine Shoppe • Westfield Country Store

West • AJ’s Family Restaurant • B&N Flooring • Ben’s Bakery

Gin Thuya, made by Fils Du Roi in Northern NB, won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards in 2016. Quail’s Gate Wines Pinot Noir, Gewurtztraminer or Chardonnay. These are all VQA wines from BC, these are great examples of fantastic Canadian wines, all approximately $25.00 a bottle. Pelee Island wines are VQA from Ontario. Approximately $14.00 per bottle. Nova 7 or anything else made by Benjamin Bridge. These are top of the line, very well made wines from Nova Scotia. $25.00 per bottle and up. Have fun and drink responsibly eh?

• China Kitchen Restaurant

• West Saint John Public Library

• Big Tide Pub


• Wilsons Convenience (Lorneville)

• Downey Ford

• Wizards Café (Lancaster Mall)

• Global Pet Foods

• Fundy Honda

• Natural Pet Solutions • Simply for Life


Daily Happy Hours September Entertainment T hursdays - Karaoke with Michelle Fridays - Kathy & Joe’s Ultimate Karaoke Show

Saturdays September 1st: PENALTY BOX September 8th: STONE HAMMER

Hours: 9am - 2am (7 days a week) 800 Fairville Blvd • Phone: 635-8506

September 15th: SAVING SWEET POLLY September 22nd: 32nd ANNIVERSARY PARTY 2 pm to 5 pm : JED & MOE 10 pm to 2 am: SIDEKICK September 29th: SOUTHERN COMFORT

AUGUST WINNER IS: Jessica Leblanc, Saint John


Rockwood Park

Photo entries can be electronically sent to The winner of the Subway Photo of the Month contest will be notified by e-mail and sent a certificate to redeem for a delicious fresh baked foot long meal deal (includes a regular foot long sub, 21 oz. pop and either 2 cookies or a bag of chips fun or a muffin).

The District - September 2018  

Independently and locally owned and operated monthy community publication for Grnd Bay-Westfield and Saint John, New Brunswick.

The District - September 2018  

Independently and locally owned and operated monthy community publication for Grnd Bay-Westfield and Saint John, New Brunswick.