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Published monthly. Next issue: May 1 Deadline: April 15 Ads, classifieds and/or editorials can be emailed to or dropped off (for your convenience) at our uptown office or at the office in Lancaster Mall. CONTACT US AT: The DISTRICT News Office 1 Germain St, Suite 300 Saint John , NB E2L 4V1 (506) 636-6244 Email: PUBLISHER Heather Acker (506) 636-6244 SALES 10,000 FREE newspapers are delivered each month throughout Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John. To advertise call (506) 636-6244 or email DESIGN Karen Daigle Chantelle Doiron @DistrictNewsSJ The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the respective contributors and do not reflect those of the District or its agents.


ave you ever found yourself bombarded with news media? I’m not talking about this publication but more the likes of television media and online news sources. If so, have you ever asked yourself; “is all of this news really serving me in a positive way?” I’ve nearly eliminated all sources of mainstream media from my life for a few years now. As consumers, we’re constantly marketed to by mainstream media. The headlines play on our fears so that we turn to their channel or click on

their link. This is after all, how they stay in business when we follow their stories which lead us to their ads. I eliminated news media from my life for one major reason; 1) it was filling my mind with too much information that had no positive influence on my life. Once I realized the influence it had on my life, I also realized that I am in control of the information I allow into my life. Here’s what I did to eliminate mainstream media from my life: 1. Do not watch TV. If you do, keep it to something educational with no ads ex: documentaries

2. Delete any news apps from your devices 3. Delete all news notifications from your devices I would encourage you to try this for one week. Send me an email through my website and let me know how it changes your life. Of course it’s not possible to screen out all news from your life. When I do see a headline that’s trying to suck me in, I ask myself this “will this story serve me and my life in a positive way?” When I answer this honestly, it’s easy to manage the information flow in my life.

on my dream. Even though it took two and a half years, I got it done. When you are the inspiration, you are held up as an example. It is tremendously fulfilling to be the example. Being the inspiration feels good. When you are inspiration, you are like the pebble that gets dropped into water. You create a ripple effect. Who knows who is watching you? Who knows who you will inspire? Who knows how many

others will become authors from watching my story unfold? Put down other's success stories and start creating one of your own. What do you long to do that would inspire others? Dana Lloyd Need a Speaker?

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Be the Inspiration

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love inspirational quotes and inspiring stories. I read them in my social media feeds. I watch personal development talks from the best in the industry. I pay attention to these messages because they strike a chord within me. They are fuel. They are reminders of what I want to do or be. And sometimes it is what I need to hear that day, a validation or a kick in the pants to start executing! At some point however, if you are truly inspired, you must convert that inspiration into something. You must move to action. Whether it is being a kinder person or starting a dream, there is no substitute for being the inspiration. When I launched my first book last fall, Soul Prescription 101 Ways to find Joy, Meaning & Fulfillment, many people told me I was inspiring. I really appreciated it because it means my action connected to something within them. There was something they were wanting to give birth to. There were many that told me they, too, had always wanted to write a book. For many years before launching my book, however, I was inspired by those who had become authors. Finally I acted


Diabetes and Sick Days

By Dr. Jennifer Ryan Pharmacist


ecoming sick can be a little more complicated and concerning when you have diabetes. Your immune system may be less equipped to deal with viruses and infections than if you didn’t have diabetes. This may put you at higher risk of developing a more severe infection such as pneumonia after having a cold or the flu or gastrointestinal infections when they are circulating. Stress from illness can play havoc on blood sugars. Blood sugar may rise even though you don’t feel like eating. The reason this happens is that when you are sick, your body produces extra hormone called cortisol. This is your body’s fight or flight response to an emergency. It causes your liver to produce additional glucose from proteins and fats. Blood sugar can also drop during illness, especially if you are on medications that lower blood sugar and are not eating as much as usual. Vomiting and diarrhea is particularly concerning for people with diabetes as dehydration can occur quickly, especially if sugars are high. Dehydration can lead to acidosis or even kidney failure. In general the following tips can help. • Take your insulin as prescribed. If you are at risk of becoming dehydrated with vomiting or diarrhea, certain diabetic or blood pressure medications may need to be stopped, make sure you know ahead of

time which ones these are. • Check your blood sugars every 2-4 hours, 24 hours a day. This means setting alarms and checking throughout the night • Check for urine ketones every time you urinate or blood ketones every 4 hours when sugars are greater than 14 mmol/L • Drink plenty of fluids. • Aim for 1 cup of calorie free fluids every hour while you are awake to prevent dehydration. o This includes: water, diet ginger-ale or other diet soft drinks, clear tea or herbal tea, black coffee, broth, sugar-free Jell-O, sugar-free popsicles o These will keep you hydrated without providing carbohydrate so drink as desired. Avoid too much caffeine as it can increase urination and lead to further hydration. If you cannot keep liquids down, you may need to go to the Emergency Department • You should try to eat 35-50 grams of carbohydrates every 3 to 4 hours. If you can't eat solid food, try to drink a carbohydrate serving. o 15 g of carbohydrate drinks include: ½ cup of non-diet soft drink, ½ cup of fruit juice (orange, apple etc.) 1/3 cup of grape or prune juice, ¾ cup of glucerna, 1 cup of milk or 1 cup of Gatorade. Be mindful of these quantities. • If you can tolerate some food, but not your regular food you may replace your regular carbohydrate foods (milk, fruits, grains and starches) with soft well-tolerated foods.

o Some 15 g (or 1 serving) of easy to tolerate carbohydrate foods include: ½ cup of sherbet or regular ice cream, 1 regular popsicle, 1 cup of cream soup made with water, ½ cup of cream soup made with milk, ½ sugar –free yogurt, 1 cup yogurt artificially sweetened or plain, 7 soda crackers, ½ cup of regular Jell-O, 1 slice of dry toast. Beware of over-the-counter medications that contain sugar. I.e. syrups, cough drops, chewable vitamins. Also note that decongestants can increase blood sugar and blood pressure and should be avoided. Nasal sprays containing decongestants can have less of an effect on blood glucose or blood pressure. Always speak with your pharmacist when choosing a cold medication. They can also identify any possible drug interactions with your current medications. As stated, vomiting and diarrhea illnesses can be very serious for people with diabetes. Health professionals have developed an acronym of medications that may need to be temporarily stopped when people with diabetes develop severe vomiting and diarrhea and possible dehydration. This acronym is SADMAN and the letters stand for: • S=sulfonylureas such as glyburide or gliclizide; • A=ACE-Inhibitors such as ramipril or perindopril; • D=diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide or furosemide; • M=metformin;

• A=Angiotensin receptor blockers such as telmisartan or olmesartan; • N=Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, naproxen or celecoxib; • S=SGLT2 inhibitors such as Canagliflozin (Invokana®), Dapagliflozin (Forxiga®), Empagliflozin (Jardiance®) If you take any of the above classes of medications or are not certain, be sure to speak with your pharmacist, physician or diabetic educator to have a plan in place for sick days.

Call your health care provider if: • your blood glucose stays above 14 mmol/L for two consecutive readings and does not respond to insulin or hydration • low blood sugar (<4.0 mmol/L) for two consecutive readings and not responding to treatment • you are unable to keep liquids or solids down • you have diarrhea or vomiting twice or more in 4 hours • you have difficulty breathing • you have moderate to large amount of ketones • you are unsure how much insulin/ medication to take • temperature over 38.3 degrees Celsius It is important to be prepared. It is recommended that you have a “sick day” kit that includes a thermometer, extra testing strips, ketone strips, sugar free options for medicine, and important phone numbers.

Alpines and Dominos Announce Youth Baseball Camps by Terre Hunter


he Saint John Alpines are pleased to announce details for their second annual youth baseball camps, co presented by Domino's Pizza. There will be a series of age specific four day camps led by Alpines import players Jimmy Jensen and Pete Gehle. Jensen, a California native, is a right

handed pitcher/infielder with several years of playing experience at the pro level in Australia and Europe, having played last year in Stuttgart Germany. Gehle throws from the left side, and will pitch and play the outfield for the Alpines this season. He played in the Czech Republic in 2017, and was a 2010 draft choice of the Chicago White Sox. The camps will all be held at Memorial Field, on Dever Road. They will run Monday-Thursday, from 9-4, with Friday as a rain date, if needed. Early drop off and


late pick up will be available. Price of $225 includes a camp T shirt, and lunch, daily. There will be approximately 24 hours of instruction. Early registration is encouraged. Week of June 25th will be for mosquito age players, week of July 2 will feature peewees and the bantams come in the week of July 9. Details, and registration, can be found on the Alpines Facebook page (@SJ Alpines) or by calling Alpines GM, Terre Hunter, at 672 1033.


Fog City Comic Con and FabLab Return to the Library

by Sean Thompson (with Sarah Gladwell and Audrey Smith)


pring is the time everything comes to life after a long winter, and so it is at the Saint John Free Public Library. The biggest excitement this season at the library is the Second Annual Fog City Comic Con, taking place Sunday, May 6, from 11am-4pm. Last year, hundreds of people dressed as their favourite characters and took part in a fantastic celebration of comics and fandom. This time, it’s bigger and better than ever. Start the day by learning Cosplay and Con Survival with Jen Dobson, someone with much experience appearing at cons as characters. Kim Cookson, the Art Mamma, will lead a workshop called “Drawing Your Character One Mark at a Time.” Her session on comic creation was wildly popular last year, and this year’s lesson will appeal to all aspiring artists. Halifax-based comic writer Scott Marshall will talk about his work and craft. Academics and artists come together for a panel discussion on adaptations, inspired by franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the local Fundy

Comic Arts Society’s latest anthology It Came From the Public Domain! The Artist and Vendors’ Alley expands into Market Square this year with 27 tables worth of cool stuff. Our Board Game Station, children’s crafts, and cosplay parades (with door prizes!) also return. Another new workshop this year invites you to “Level Up Your Cosplay with Sword-Play.” The Fundy Fencers will show you how to safely and accurately wield your weapon, whether you’re a swashbuckling pirate or a Jedi-in-training. That program will be one of the first held in our re-launched makerspace, FabLab. More than just a space, FabLab is a place where ideas can spark and take shape, where things get repaired instead of thrown away, and where what you can create is limited only by your imagination. It will host a number of workshops, from electronic DIY to button making, and host children’s programs as well. FabLab will open in April. To learn more about Fog City Comic Con, FabLab, or the rest of our facilities and programs, drop by the Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square, or call us at 643-7236. Follow us on Facebook (Saint John Free Public Library) and Twitter (@SaintJohnFPL) for the latest updates!


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CANZUK The Movement for Tomorrow Part 2

by Joshua Thomson


pring has officially sprung in the city. A time for renewal and change and this is exactly what CANZUK has to offer, a renewed and changed Commonwealth. For the past three years I have served for an organisation known as CANZUK International, the world’s leading advocacy group, promoting freedom of movement for citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia & New Zealand. This movement also encompasses free trade and foreign policy co-

ordination between these “Big 4,” which could very well be considered the pillars of the Commonwealth. Having travelled to these countries and even lived in New Zealand, the CANZUK proposal speaks to me on both a personal and professional level. Seeing how these countries already share the same head of state, same official first language, same common-law legal system and even the same respect for democracy; it is certainly not unreasonable to think that CANZUK, could be. Last year, the CANZUK countries ranked high in Forbes annual list of the best countries for business, having all ranked in the top 11. Such an agreement like CANZUK



already exists between two of the proposed countries, the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement between Australia and New Zealand. This agreement has already proven to strengthen economic ties and provide business opportunities for both countries through skilled labour. Since the U.K. left the E.U. in 2016 following the controversial BREXIT, the CANZUK proposal proves to be the next best option for the U.K. What a better time for the U.K. to re-forge its ties between these Commonwealth countries and give new meaning and purpose for this historic union as we move forward into the 21st century. Canadian opposition leader, Andrew Scheer MP also advocated for a CANZUK trade deal saying that a government led by his team would implement such a policy. That being said, this may prove to be a hot topic for the upcoming 2019 federal election. CANZUK International runs an online petition which has racked up well over

200,000 signatures to date and when it reaches 250,000, the petition will be presented to the four proposed parliaments. You may sign the petition and find more information about CANZUK International by visiting the following website, “” I serve as an International Associate and you may also e-mail me with any enquiries at, “” The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is taking place this month in London and a fellow CANZUK International Associate shall be in attendance. An opportune moment to have thought-provoking discussions regarding the future of the Commonwealth. CANZUK may only include “The Big 4” however this is only a part of something much bigger, the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 53 member states. That being said, CANZUK is a solid start, a start towards building a better Commonwealth for you and me, a Commonwealth for tomorrow.

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Winter’s Challenges


by Bill Merrifield CLARIFICATION: Last month the story “Appreciating our Democracy” was attributed to the wrong writer. This article was submitted by Bill Merrifield. The District apologizes.


s we move achingly slowly towards an earnestly sought after spring; March, as usual, continues to throw curve balls at Southern New Brunswick. For those among us who ski, sled and otherwise thoroughly embrace winter’s chill, it has been frustratingly snowless unless treks are made to the great white north of New Brunswick where most of our snow has evidently made itself at home. For the rest of us who prefer warmer climes, the chill of January and February has been endured but not forgotten, but true spring-like conditions remain elusive for at least another month. Yes, there are couch potatoes who have made snuggling with Netflix their winter pastime, but if one has been paying attention, there have been numerous indoor and outdoor activities in which to engage sponsored by various community and recreation associations. The Hub

in Browns Flat continues to distinguish itself with a seemingly endless offering of family, youth and senior activities designed to put the boots to winter boredom. The Nerepis Archery Club, run out of the Nerepis United Baptist Church, continues to grow every week with would be Robin Hoods; and the Brundage Point River Centre has put on events such as the Great Chili contest during Winterfest. Now that March break is behind us, and all of the various basketball and other camps are done for now, our local gardeners are anxiously counting the days until those seeds that are either arriving in the mail, traded at seed exchanges or purchased at a garden centre can be poked into their peat pots and made ready for the ultimate journey outside in April or May. So how does the aspiring politician deal with all of this? Doing door to door activity is challenging in winter, but you would have an intimate relationship with our local winds and hills. I have to say that people do appreciate the effort and it remains the centerpiece of any successful effort, whether its politics or Fuller brushes. And then, when weather shuts down your Saturday door to door plans, there is always a Plan B; a donut run to Glen’s Bakery with some grandsons!


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Every Thursday, 7:00 pm - Country Music Open Mic Dance With The Band Country Connection - Bring your instruments, vocals and dancing shoes for a night of musical fun. Location: Lorneville Community Centre. Contact: 647-1562

First Wednesday of Every Month, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Chick’s Night Out – A social get together where women who have lost a loved one share and learn to laugh again. No fee, and No invitation is necessary; just bring a friend and a potluck dish to share. Location: Brenan's Bay View Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Rd. Contact: Mary Francis by email:

Every Friday, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm Chase the Ace – Draw at 8:00 pm. Location: St Matthew's Church Hall, Grand Bay-Westfield. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 9176, and Canadian Cancer Society. Contact: Keith Doiron 639-7148

April 7, 7:30 am to 11:00 am – Spring Breakfast - Enjoy our spring breakfast; tickets can be purchased from any member, auxiliary, or at the Grand Bay Medicine Shoppe, advance tickets $7.00, Kids 8-12 $5.00, Children under 8 free. Fundraiser profits go to: Welsford Fire Department for non-fire related rescue equipment. Contact: member of the Dept. Or leave a voicemail at the hall 486-2100

April 14, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Fund Raising Breakfast - Held the second Saturday of each month. Drop by...there is a baked goods table so you can take some treats home. Proceeds: For ongoing operations of the church. Sponsored by: The Church of St Andrew and St David. Cost: $10.00. Location: 164 Germain St. Contact: Phone 634 3092.

April 13, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm & April 14, 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm - Saint John Semi Annual Used Book Sale - All books 50 cents or $1.00. Cd’s, Cassettes,

DVD’s available too. Donations welcome and can be left at the church hall Monday through Friday 9:00am -3:00pm. Location: Bennett Room, Trinity Church, 115 Charlotte St. Contact David Goss 672 -8601.

LOCAL EVENTS 50 Plus Women Who Care

***April 8, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Divertimento - The Saint John String Quartet is joined by Recorder player Tim Blackmore for a concert of Flute Quartets Adults $26.00, Students $10.00, Children Free Location: Saint John Arts Centre, Peel Plaza. Contact:

and Tea & Coffee. $25.00 per person. All funds raised support the Music Therapy Program for Residents. Sponsored by: The Church of St. John & St. Stephen Home. Location: 130 University Ave., Saint John. Contact: Jo-Ann at 643-6001

50 Plus Women Who Care made a donation to Roots of Empathy at our January meeting. In the picture MaryAnn Kneeland on the left and Donna Hawco on the right presented $3500.00 to volunteers Joan McFarlane and Julie Lunberg. We meet 4 times a year and the next meeting is April 25th at 1:30 at Saint James the Less Church, Rothesay Road. We are 75 strong and open to new members. Call 652-4155 for more information.

***April 18, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm - A Baroque Banquet - Works by Gemi-

Kiwanis Cash Calendars A SellOut Success

April 12, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Supper Club - Three course dinner, dessert

niani, Handel, Corelli and Mozart make up a Baroque Banquet that has been prepared for NB audiences by Guest Maestra Tania Miller. Tickets $42.00 adults, $10.00 Students. Location: Imperial Theatre 12 Kings Square. Contact:

April 20, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Spring Into Cash Draw - BBQ By donation at the KV Super Store - Spring Into Cash Draw ~Selling tickets 1-$2 3-$5 for your chance to win a $1000 Prize (Draw Date June 2nd) Pre Register for Strides, become a volunteer.

April 28, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (90 minute sessions) - Bowl For Kids Sake – Wild West - Organize your team of 4 to 6 bowlers, start your fundraising and join us for a whole lot of fun! Fundraiser Profits go to: Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake. Location: Fairview Lanes. Contact: Laurie 635-1145,


Thank you to all who supported the Kiwanis Club of Saint John by buying a 2018 Kiwanis Cash Calendar! Our 2018 campaign was our best yet, with over 5,700 calendars sold, generating approximately $114,000, and resulting in our first sell-out! And a special thank you to all of our advertisers, many of whom have been with us since the beginning. For over 92 years, Kiwanians have pooled their talents and resources to benefit the community in myriad ways. During the past 16 years, the Kiwanis Cash Calendar initiative has become the club’s signature fund-raiser, and has aided greatly in servicing the needs of specific charitable organizations in Saint John. And the benefits to those who purchase the calendars include being entered into an ongoing daily cash prize draw during the entire year, having access to the coupon savings attached to the calendar, and most importantly, partnering with us in reaching out to those in the community who need our help.

Because the advertising revenue covers the cost of printing and the cash prizes, the $114,000 generated by calendar sales goes straight to our support of the greater Saint John community. That support includes approximately $36,600 to the many youth groups who partnered with us in selling the 2018 calendars. With this successful campaign we will again be able to support a number of worthy initiatives such as our Orthodontic Dental Program and distributions to important organizations, which include Key Industries, the Regional Hospital Pediatric Care Unit, the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, and the YMCA Strong Kids program. We will also continue to sponsor youth clubs in schools and support many other community projects. The 2018 campaign brings our total support to our community over the past 16 years to over $1,115,000. Our 2019 calendar is now underway. If any potential advertisers and/or new groups wish to participate in the future, please contact Norm Hicks (652-8796) or Tom Gallant (635-0795). With your continued generosity, we look forward to being able to realize our charitable goals for many years to come!

The Block is back!

The Quality Block Party is almost one whole year old, and to celebrate this bouncing baby we are pleased to announce that our festival is coming at you hot from April 27th-29th! Some classic venues, some new ones, some of your favourite maritime bands, and some new faces to the lineup! Stay tuned: Instagram page @qualityblockparty for ticket sales, contests, and band announcements.

LOCAL EVENTS Holocaust Memorial Day Observance (Yom Hashoah)

Westfield Elementary School Playground


estfield Elementary’s Home and School is working towards building and all-inclusive playground! This playground will replace the current metal playground and it will have a rubberized surface that will allow children with wheelchairs and walkers easy access. This would be the first all-inclusive playground in our community with the nearest being located at Rockwood Park. We have designed this playground with all children in mind including some of the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, vision loss and students requiring wheelchairs & walkers. This playground will cost just under $200,000, which will include the removal of the current metal one, leveling of the ground, installation of the playground and rubberized surfacing. Currently, we have received a grant which has purchased some of the playground not included in the photos of a musical station that will be receiving later this spring. We are currently applying for more grants to help with funding. We started a new fundraiser in March until April 27, 2018 called the Dime Challenge Fundraiser and we are encouraging all students to participate and fill a 500-597ml bottle with Dimes. Our other fundraiser is called the Giving Tree (2018) where we are asking for those to make a donation of $500+ to this project and we will display your name on our giving tree. This is where we need you! We are asking members of

our communities and businesses for their help giving to one of our two fundraisers! This playground is not only for our students but for the public to use during non school hours and all summer. We believe that getting outside and having a place for those to enjoy will be amazing for everyone including parents. Our goal for this fundraiser is to make $50,000 and we will be that much closer to our almost $200k goal. We know this is an ambitious goal, but we believe in our Blue Fox families and our community! “Having this playground allows my child to have the same school experience as her peers. It allows her the freedom to run, play, and grow like everyone else and to just be a kid. It gives every other child the chance to see that regardless of our differences or the challenges we may face, we are all the same” – WES parent Mail or drop off a cheque to Westfield Elementary School, payable to Westfield Elementary School Home and School Association. If you have any questions, please email Cindy at or give her a call at 486-1818.


his program being held on April 16 at 7:30 pm, will feature a keynote address by Mrs. Faigie Libman. She was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1934, an only child. Her mother was a nurse and her father owned a successful bookstore. In 1941, when Germany invaded Lithuania, the Jews of Kaunas were ordered into the ghetto. More than half of the ghetto population was murdered later that year. In 1944, the remaining Jews in Kaunas were transported in cattle cars to concentration camps. Her father was sent to Dachau where he died in 1945. Faigie and her mother were shipped to Stutthof, where her mother dressed her to look older and told the Nazis she was 12, so that she could work and not be killed with the other children. After leaving Stutthof, they lived in three small labour camps until they were liberated by the Russians in 1945. Mrs. Libman and her mother were the only surviving members of their family. After three years in a Displaced Persons camp in Austria, an aunt was located in Montreal and they emigrated to a new life in 1948.



For 52 years, she was married to Benny Libman, also a Holocaust survivor. They had four children and 11 grandchildren. Ms. Libman graduated as an accountant, but later went back to school to get her teacher's certificate. In 1972, they moved to Toronto, where she taught Junior Kindergarten for more than 30 years. Memorial candles will be lit in memory of victims of the Holocaust. Work done by high school students who are participating in the Jewish Holocaust Study Group will be shown. This program is made possible with financial assistance from The Atlantic Jewish Council and the Exhibition Renewal and Museum Activities Support Program, Heritage Branch, Province of New Brunswick. Location: Shaarei Zedek Synagogue, 91 Leinster Street, Saint John. For further information please contact the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum at 633-1833 or

Submitted by: Katherine Biggs-Craft, Curator, Saint John Jewish Historical Museum

Provincial Bird: The black-capped chickadee was proclaimed as the official bird of New Brunswick in August 1983, following a contest conducted by the provincial Federation of Naturalists. A small, tame acrobatic bird, the chickadee is distinctly patterned with a combination of a black cap and bib, white cheeks and buff sides. Its distinctive “chickadee-dee-dee” call is heard throughout the year. Its clear, high-whistled “phe-be, phebe-be” call is a signal spring has arrived.




Leaders Part 2

By Jay Remer The Etiquette Guy


The Black Dog

by Brittany Merrifield


ou know, I sat down about 10 different times to write my article for the month. Ten different times. Each time I came up blank. It just wasn’t there. I had nothing. It was like the comic, facetious and witty part of my brain had gone on vacation. Well, I thought, at least someone can afford to travel! This time of year can be rough on a lot of people, and I am no exception. I love the summer, and by the end of winter I am a bit wilted. I don’t know about you, but even with a mild winter like the one we just had, I am aching for the longer days, the warmer weather and the singing of newly arrived birds in my crabapple tree. Sure, the funny things were still happening in my life, the absurd, the ridiculous, the stinky and the gross - all still happening around me. I just couldn’t see the joy in it. I couldn’t find the funny words to express it. Snot just wasn’t giving me the creative jolt it usually does. What was wrong? Did I need a good bout

of stomach flu to go through the house to get my muse back? Did I need the dog to barf up another sock? So yesterday was the deadline for turning in my column for the month - and I was defeated. No pithy, humourous article. I was constantly taunted by my blank computer screen and the flashing cursor. But then I woke up this morning and thought - I don’t know if I can still get my bit in under the wire or not, but I am going write about - not being able to write. Weird, yes. Dumb, maybe. I felt the urge to do it anyway. Because I am pretty sure many of you can relate. Maybe not to writing, but to that feeling of blankness and lethargy - the one that can attack even the most competent of us. I think everyone has those days where getting out of bed, or off the couch is harder than others. Where putting one foot in front of the other is the most you can really do. You can get your stuff done, but there’s not much extra left. For some people it goes beyond losing their words - and that’s not an easy path to walk. I’m lucky. The winter blues sometimes muzzle the silly, but I can still get life handled. Mostly. Remember, don’t look in any


closets. Oh - and stay away from the trunk of the car, too. Daylight savings is always a bellwether for me. The light begins to appear in the evenings once more and that’s when my mood starts to lift for the year. I noticed it this week. And boy am I glad to see the sun at 7 pm again. I guess my point is that everyone can feel the bite of the black dog. Whether it is a nip, or a full on chunk taken out of your leg. Don’t feel isolated, don’t be ashamed, do not assume that you are the only one. There are many, many very capable people who are very good friends with that particular canine, even though they may not show it. You aren’t alone. So if lots of us feel this way, let’s shine some light on it. Let’s normalize it and get it out there. Reduce the stigma. I have a great and meaningful life. Good kids, my own home, a little business and lots of friends and family to fill me up. The dark still sneaks in sometimes, despite all that goodness. And that’s just life. It could be yours too - so don’t hide it. Let’s shine a light on the fact that this is a real part of many lives and help chase the shadows away.

ollowing on last month’s article on leadership, here is a look at some of the characteristics a leader must understand and put into practice. What is true leadership? Some people are cut out to be leaders and others are not. The trouble is that those who are not cut out for the position often give it a whirl anyway. Sometimes they have been promoted from a non-leadership position into a leadership role without adequate acumen or training. This dynamic is better known as the Peter Principle, whereby people are promoted to their level of incompetence. Sadly, this happens far too frequently, and has been for centuries! The world needs leaders; and it needs followers. Leadership qualities are not easy to find; and lesser substitutes are gaining far too much traction, thereby rendering many organizations ‘at sea’, floundering around with no rudder and no idea where they are headed. There has been much written on leadership over the years; and here I want to introduce a few points that will hopefully start a discussion on this misunderstood topic. Leaders must be first and foremost be in touch with themselves. They need to know their strengths and weaknesses. They must be clear, yet humble when exercising their strengths; and they must work diligently to improve their weaknesses. And they must be able to be aware of those same qualities in the people whom they lead. Stay tuned for Part 3 next month.

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ith all the talk recently of the possibility and potential of a new building to house the New Brunswick Museum I have mixed feelings about whether I would like to see it happen. While I understand the logistics of the decision, I still struggle with the initial move from that beautiful building on Douglas Avenue to Market Square. Something about a museum housed in a modern setting I guess. I would just like to see the preservation of what I thought was the original building. But after doing some research I found out that the Douglas Avenue location isn't the first to house the collections that started what is the oldest continuing museum in Canada. The New Brunswick Museum was officially incorporated as the “Provincial Museum” in 1929, and received its current name in 1930. Its history, however, can be traced back to 1842, when Dr. Abraham Gesner (the inventor of kerosene) opened his Museum of Natural History to the public on April 5 in Robertson's Brick Building on Prince William Street in Saint John. Born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Dr. Abraham Gesner (1797-1864) studied in London, England, to become a physician. After only a few years practicing in Nova Scotia he moved to New Brunswick to become a full-time geologist. In 1938 he became New Brunswick's Provincial Geologist, the first such appointment in Canada. This position lasted until 1842.

Dr. Gesner's had amassed a collection of natural history specimens and “ “curiosities” and tried to persuade the government to purchase them for the Saint John Mechanic's Institute and when they weren't interested he opened his own museum to the public. He borrowed money to continue his geological survey on his own, but unfortunately the income from his museum was not enough and in 1843 his collection went to his creditors, and was eventually donated to the Mechanic's Institute in 1846. The Natural History Society was founded in 1862, and they acquired, by purchase and donation, natural history specimens and a library that in the beginning had space in the Mechanics' Institute's museum. After several moves, one that saved their collection from the Saint John fire, they acquired their own building on Union Street in 1906. The society's collections and it’s activities grew over the years until they again needed a new building and it was also clear that there was a need for a provincial museum which in 1929 would be realized. In 1934, timed to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of New Brunswick, that iconic building on Douglas Avenue was opened by Prime Minister Richard Bennett. It certainly has been an interesting and intriguing journey from that original museum all those years ago to where we are today. I look forward to seeing the next step in that journey in our history. Carla MacDonald our history.

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s a person working in the wine industry, I have met many people who believe that they are allergic to the sulfites found in wine. It is a widely believed misconception that the sulfites found in wine are a big problem. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, according to the FDA less than 1% of the population is actually sensitive to sulfites. Sulfites are present in all wines, beers, and many widely consumed foods. It is unclear as to why they have gotten such a bad rep when it comes to wines as the level of sulfites found in wine is quite low compared to many other foods. Fruit juices, pickles, and dried fruit all contain much higher levels. Sulfites are used in the food and winemaking industries as an antioxidant and preservative. In winemaking its main purpose is to minimize the wine’s exposure to oxygen. Oxygen is

an enemy of wine, it causes it to age more quickly, and it also changes it flavours and colour. For this reason, Sulfur Dioxide is used to minimize the grapes exposure to air, from the time the grapes are picked, and throughout the winemaking process. Sufites are a natural bi-product of fermentation, and as such are present in all alcoholic beverages, (with the exception of spirits as they do not make it through the distillation process). And YES, this does include organic wines. Winemakers producing organic wines employ the procedure of not using ‘additional sulfites’ at the end of the winemaking/finishing processes, but all wines contain sulfites at a minimum of 10 parts per million. A common misconception that I have seen many times is the avoidance of red wines because people believe their allergy to the sulfites will cause them to have headaches. This could not be further from the truth, as red wines contain less sulfites than white wines. Less sulfites are required to be added to red wines because the tannins in red wines are also

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very month the Lancaster Mall is filled with the sounds of locomotives pulling their precious cargo of passengers and freight. To the delight of kids and adults alike, the Saint John Society of Model Railroaders holds an open house of running trains in HO and N scale in the former Charm Jewelers store. There is even a Thomas set that the youngest folks can run. The model train club is made up of about 30 members from various walks of life. About half have modules (the two layouts on display), others have home layouts of various sizes, some have both while others have trains they bring to run on the layouts. The club has been in operation since 1984 and continues to grow. Club meetings are held the second Friday

of the month at 7pm at the Lancaster Mall location. The HO scale modular setups (the larger trains) are the work of several individuals in the train club. Their work is done in 4-foot modules depicting scenes ranging from cities to farmland, from potato growing to a circus, rail yards to heavy industry. The N scale layout (the smaller trains) is made up of modules of various lengths and as in the HO group, each owned by a club member and depicts scenes ranging from an industrial area to a skating rink or a fishing weir. The layout expands or contracts to fit available space. The next open house at the Lancaster Mall is on Saturday April 14 from 11am to 5pm. Facebook Group Page: Saint John Society of Model Railroaders - SJSMR

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long time commercial fixture on Main St West, The Toronto Dominion Bank, recently announced plans to close. In a letter to customers dated Feb 15, the TD stated the branch at 78 Main St will close June 22. Accounts are automatically being transferred to the TD branch on King St. as of that date. The letter indicated that the transition will be very smooth and trouble free for its customers. What it did not reference was the obvious inconvenience this closure would cause for the many customers who have no desire, or time, to travel uptown, pay for parking to do what they could previously do at their convenience. Unlike the West branch, the uptown branch does not offer Saturday hours. A recent inquiry at the nearby Bayview Credit Union, indicated they were busy booking appointments with TD customers, looking to make changes in their banking arrangements. The Royal Bank is also experiencing more demand for new accounts, and no doubt the other financial institutions are seeing new faces as well. As with any change, people will realize they have choices. Some will stay; others will vote with their feet and move on. One would hope that staff at the west branch will be offered opportunities to

stay within the TD system, if they so desire. However, it appears that the branch closing was as much a surprise to staff as it was to customers, and in the days immediately following the announcement, staff were in the dark as to what their future might hold. In the meantime, they were busily answering questions from concerned customers. While no explanation was officially offered to explain the closure, speculation would be the age and size of the branch, which has stood since the early 1950's, and may be considered small by some, especially those in massive head offices in Toronto. Customers with concerns, questions and comments have been referred to a toll free Customer Care Centre. One cannot help but note the irony here. It is expected that the building will be sold, and a TD branded ATM will be located in "a convenient location, to be announced". In this day and age, of course, online banking has become widely used. While many banking customers rarely darken the door of their bank, there are still many others, especially seniors, who have the need for the personal contact offered by a live person. Despite claims to the contrary, it would seem that our highly profitable Canadian banks really don't want customers in branches doing retail transactions with tellers. Machines cost less in the long run, they don't take holidays, and they don't get sick.............except, of course, when they break down.


arbour Masters are specialists and professionals who oversee the operational readiness of ports, in Canada, this includes safety, security, and environmental protection. A Harbor Master is entrusted with overseeing and enforcing the port’s “practices and procedures” to ensure the safety of ship navigation, the security of the harbour and the efficient use of port facilities. Harbour Masters administer the port’s “practices and procedures” and work with other federal regulators such as Transport Canada, Environment Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard to assist those agencies as required. They have the authority to direct ships entering, leaving, or moving within the port to ensure safe and efficient use of the harbour. Geographical configurations of the port, terminal operational requirements, prevailing weather conditions, water depths, and the height and strength of the local tides are some factors that a Harbour Master considers when determining the movements of commercial vessels. Notification of the vessel’s arrival sometimes begins weeks before the actual arrival, and if the ship is performing a complex loading or discharging operation, that planning may commence many months in advance. In addition to the marine aspect of the job, Harbour Masters oversee other

operations that take place on port lands and terminals. While the job can be administrative in nature, Harbour Masters can be out on the docks in all weather conditions. However, the diversity of the job keeps this role exciting and rewarding. Port Saint John appointed Chris Hall as Vice President Operations and Harbour Master in 2014. Captain Hall has over 30 years experience in the marine industry. He is a Master Mariner and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Sciences. His career began with the Canadian Coast Guard, where he served on vessels ranging from ice breakers in the Arctic to search and rescue ships in the Atlantic. After several years with the Coast Guard, Chris moved on to private industry where he shifted focus to the offshore oil and gas sector. He served as Chief Officer and Master on anchor handling/supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and on the East Coast of Canada. Chris has spent the latter part of his career in shore-based positions ranging from operational to strategic management roles. In this capacity, he has had the opportunity to travel to ports around the world, to manage customers, oversee vessel construction and secure new business. Currently, Chris is focused on strengthening the port’s operational and safety systems to support its users and make ready for port expansion. Follow our Harbour Master on Twitter @HbrMasterPSJ

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Having Kids Can Be Expensive But It Doesn’t Have To Be by Michelle Lefrancois


I Get Jealous by Mary Francis


don’t know about you but I find it hard to watch couples together. The young lovers, holding hands and so openly showing their love, make my heart break from memories of my earlier years with my husband. Yes, we used to be like that – how I miss young love!! The older couples that have spent many years together, comfortable with each other and at ease with the quiet time between conversations. That should be me and Donnie, how unfair life seems and yes I’m jealous!! I see these couples at restaurants, shopping and out walking. They may be happily married or not, I have no idea, but they have each other. They don’t even have to talk or discuss all details, because they already know each other’s likes and dislikes or when one isn’t feeling well or is unhappy. Couples know to wait if the other one is late, they can be certain that their partner will get there. They know the rules of when it’s time to leave, watching for the non-verbal cues that the other person has had enough.

Yes, I still get jealous when I see couples doing exactly what Donnie and I used to do. Couples that communicate with just a look or a touch, an understanding and comfort that comes from being together as one. It’s gotten better over the years, but I still find myself looking at couples with a touch of sadness. Based on your comments, many of you get strength from your religious beliefs. You feel that God has a plan for you and that gives you the strength to carry on. But for those that don’t have that strength, they need to find it from children, family, friends and others that are widowed. In the end, I have found strength working with other widows and writing articles/blogs, while doing workshops. I don’t always know where I’m going but I know I have the inner strength to figure it out. You also have that inner strength, so don’t give up on yourself. For more support and encouragement please go to my website:

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ccording to, the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 is $243,660, that’s just over $1000 a month (a good chunk of this is childcare). Here are some quick tips to help you save some money: Baby gear – there are so many fancy gadgets on the market, but do you really need it all? You can often find the basics such as change tables, high chairs and exersaucers on kijiji or local buy/sell groups for at least 50% of the cost. Keep it in good condition and you can sell it when you’re finished and use that money to buy the next set of toys (2nd hand of course). Children grow so fast and need their clothes to keep up. Try to catch the end of season clearance sales and put it away until next year. If you missed the sales, Grapevine Events is bringing its Pop-Up Consignment sale back to Saint John April 14 at Exhibition Park. This isn’t just

a baby sale either, sizes go all the way up to youth size 16! As your child outgrows their clothes, put them aside until you fill a box, resell what’s in great shape and put that money towards purchasing the next size up. Groceries are a huge expense, but we have to eat. Before heading to the grocery store, checking out the flyers and doing meal prep based on what’s on sale can help save a lot of time and money. There are also many local restaurants where kids eat free. Family outings don’t need to be expensive, there are lots of fun things to do as a family, which are free or inexpensive. Pack a picnic and explore the great outdoors, visit your local playgrounds or schedule a playdate with a mom friend. After all, some of the best things in life are free! For the full list of where kids eat free and frugal shopping tips and tricks, visit us online at

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t last the travel industry has begun to realize that there are many solo travelers who want to travel but are discouraged by high “single supplement” fees. A few of the river cruise companies have started to offer “no single supplement” on some of their departures. On ocean cruises, many lines have added single staterooms and occasionally I’ve see a few lines waive the single supplement but again only on certain departures. Also, many of the big tour operators like Trafalgar and Globus feature offers for solo travelers, occasionally. At least this is a good start. The top pick for solo tour operators though is a company called, “Just You”. They been operating successfully in Britain for the past 12 years and are the #1 tour operator for solo travelers in the UK. Last June, G-Adventures bought the company so their tours are available now in Canadian dollars from your Canadian travel consultant. This is a company that has designed its tours specifically for solo travelers. Every-

one has their own room, but to encourage camaraderie, many of the included meals are together. The tour directors, who specialize in tours for solo travelers, are adept at bringing the group together. The group consists of solo travelers who love travel and enjoy making friends while exploring the world. About 80 percent of the groups are female and the average age is 63, although they have had guests from 24-85. The group size is 25 maximum and many are much smaller. Also, all of their departures are guaranteed to operate regardless of the number of guests. Another advantage of “Just You” tours is that they are very flexible. It’s an ideal balance between an escorted tour and independent travel. They recognize that often their guests have specific things they want to do on their own so the policy is come and go, as you please. Now don’t think you have to be single to travel with “Just You. Actually, many married people travel solo. It is not unusual among couples that one loves to travel and the other is a homebody, so you will find married people travelling solo also.

Just You offers a world of discoveries including short breaks, classic tours, Escape, river cruises and active walking holidays. They offer tours in Europe, China and Tibet, India and Latin America. The most popular tours with Canadians are the tours to Italy. The pricing is very attractive. And when checking the prices one quickly realizes the price is the same as it would be for two persons sharing a room. Just You works only with hotels and inns that offer them this reduced rate. All the properties they use are either 3 star or 4 star and all are listed in the itinerary so you can check them out in advance. For example, the Highlights of Tuscany Tour is 8 days from $1599 CAD. This is a hub and spoke tour with 7 nights at The Grand Hotel Tamerici Principe 4* in Montecatini Terme, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and excursions to Siena, Pisa and Florence is very reasonable. Airfare from Saint John to Florence can range anywhere from $1100-1800 depending on the dates. Check out the website at www.justyou. com and watch for our upcoming presentation on Solo Travel. Happy travelling, Ellen Tucker, CTC, CTM

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Misses, Ladies, Juniors, What’s the Difference? by Lorraine Peters


ave you ever shopped at one of those trendy, youthful and inexpensive clothing stores and wondered why the clothing just doesn’t fit right? Here’s why:

Popular inexpensive chain stores are typically “Junior” sizing. The clothes range from 00 - 15 and they are intended for girls 14-25 years old. The biggest reason these clothes don’t fit a woman, even a small woman, is because the clothes are made for non curvy teen like physiques. I have a client who is 27, tall and slim with a curvaceous build. She has many dresses headed for the donation pile due

to being too short. I explained to her that due to her height and curves she is not going to find a suitable fit at these stores. This will save my client money because she will not be making these purchases any longer only to discover after the fact that the item doesn’t fit right. A Stylist can determine your body shape for you and direct you what to shop for and where. #firstimpressions


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My Yard Is A Bully


by Holly Mckay


his year I plan on growing some edible delights in my very own vegetable garden and finally put my yard to good use. The only problem is, my yard is a bully. My tough as nails yard resembles that kid in school that started smoking at age nine and was meaner than all the other kids. It feels it’s power and without much effort has all the weeds doing it’s bidding. I have in the past tried to stand up to my yard by arming myself with rakes and shovels only to be reduced to sweat and tears retreating to a hot bath in defeat. I know it laughs at my feeble attempt to throw flower seeds from time to time. It just spits them back out at me saying “Nice try rookie.” Usually when my husband takes out the lawnmower to cut back the weeds it becomes a total attack as roots and rocks are thrown up into the rotatory blades stopping any progress. My lawn plays a

mean game of chess and knows how to counter every move we make. I feel my yard would be most happy with a rusted old car to wrap its vines around, ensuring every bit of toxic fluid emptied into its hard clay interior. If I were a vengeful person, I would have bought some chickens to peck the life out of it. Those winged lizards would show my yard who is boss. But it is time to take a stand. I will not run from my yard anymore. My plan is simple, grow the vegetable garden above ground in planters so it doesn’t suspect a thing. If it knew what I was up to, the lawn would find a way to grow roots up through the soil and strangle my delicate veggies from below. This means I may have to disguise it as a compost bin or a discarded toy, so as not to arouse suspicion. I may be a bit misguided wanting a Disney ending where magic glitter covers the evil black forest, turning all that is ruined into flowers and spring blooms. As optimistic as I can be with our sorted past, here is hoping for at least a few snap peas and carrots.

HERBAL BITTERS For Your Stomachs Sake by Joyce Lee


ast week I was browsing through the produce isles at Sobeys and came across some fresh dandelion greens. I was ecstatic to see these powerful bitter herbs all bundled up and ready to take home. What a wonderful spring treat! I either add them to my salads or throw a few in my lunch time smoothie. Recently I have been noticing that more and more people are starting to realize the benefits of adding bitter herbs to their daily diet. This is evident in the recent addition of bitter herbs to salad mixes. Bitter herbs stimulate digestion by triggering the release of enzymes, hormones and digestive secretions such as saliva, acids and bile. The liver, gallbladder and pancreas benefit because of this fact. Another benefit of eating these herbs is the fact that the increase in overall digestive function helps to break down starches, fats and proteins therefore increasing metabolism. Although there are a huge number of people suffering with gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease also known as GERD most people are actually deficient in stomach acid. This is a condition that


may greatly benefit from the use of bitters. For those who are anemic and supplementing with iron you may want to consider adding a daily dose of bitters to your diet. Stomach acid is needed for iron absorption; because bitters stimulate the production of stomach acid they could also be beneficial in helping with this condition. There are quite a number of bitter foods that can be added to the diet; Dandelion greens, unsweetened cocoa, chicory, broccoli, cabbage and chard. I frequently take a few drops of an “Herbal Bitters Tincture” before my meals, no gas, no bloating and no discomfort. Food and natural medicine all wrapped up in one. Bitters, give them a try.

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Adaptation Is Key by Geoff Forgie


he term adaptation is defined in biological terms as ‘any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment’. ‘Adaptation is key’ is a motto that I have been using for some time with my patients and myself to remind me and my patients that they and I have to continue to change in order to be happy and healthy. As a physiotherapist (PT) I would consider myself a coach on how to adapt. As PTs we use our hands to facilitate and our voices to educate our patients/clients to overcome their obstacles. From exercises to manual therapy we inhibit or excite the body in order to change for the better; therefore, for this article I will condense a paper that compares high intensity interval training (HIIT) and continuous training on muscle adaptation. HIIT consists of ‘all-out’ bouts of physical activity that can range from 30 – 60

seconds with a long rest cycle of 2-4 minutes for less than 10 minutes. This was compared to an average continuous moderate exercise program that lasts 60 minutes. The study demonstrated that HIIT performed 3x per week for a 6-week period demonstrated an adaptation in our muscles which showed similar results to a continuous exercise program performed 5x per week for 60 minutes. The example demonstrated that people adapt positively in a 6-week period ranging from a 3x per week exercise program to a 5x per week exercise program. This was only on a small group of healthy young individuals who perform these exercises, but this is not the point. The point is that 6 weeks is the time frame in which we see change, for exercises done regularly. Take home message: Adaptation is a process. Generally we see change in 6 weeks, but you have to do the work in order to be successful. To learn how to change or adapt follow me on Twitter or Facebook and book an appointment with me today.

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A family business since 1972 Kerr Optical Three generations working together has been successful for this family, tireless hours and dedication to the business is going strong. With over 100 years of in-house experience, they are happy to serve the Saint John community.

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Taking Chances by Heather White Brittain


here are many reasons why people move to different cities and at times, it is a dedicated plan to relocate for jobs, studies and for others, to be close to family and friends. There is also fate and how people can take a chance on someone or - some place. This is a story about Yan del Valle and how he took a chance on Saint John. Before Yan moved to Saint John, he was living in Cuba and attending the University of Havana (UNAH). Known for his writing and teaching at the university, Yan was also President of the Student Federation with the Faculty of Social and Humanistic Science. At the time, Acadia University was working on a Spanish development project where they were adding resources in Spanish and reached out to UNAH for help. Yan was recommended to help with the program by his faculty for his expertise in writing, speaking and teaching. So, that was his first time in Canada. The experience had a tremendous impact on Yan and he decided to defect

from Cuba. Interestingly, it wasn’t Canada that he was thinking of, but the United States. With more family in Florida than Cuba, the US was Yan’s first choice. However, a stop at the Canadian Border to declare political asylum soon revealed that he would have an easier time defecting to Canada. Terrified, he thought of all that could happen as the custom’s officer took him inside. With limited funds and not knowing anyone in Canada, compounded by thoughts of harsh winters, his mind was reeling. Yan was frightened as he considered the possibility of being deported to Cuba. Yet, he found help in the most unexpected offerings. A translator assisted him over the phone and went beyond his official role as he made arrangements for Yan’s future. Reaching out to Yan with his personal number, the translator suggested that he come to Saint John. When Yan arrived in Saint John, there was a place to live and later his translator offered him a job when he received his work permit. His first job was cleaning at Saint John’s Prince Edward Square. Unafraid of work, Yan worked long hours and started a small cleaning busi-

ness on the side and using his Spanish skills, worked as a Brand Specialist for Unilever. Throughout this time, there were more personal changes in Yan’s life. He met his future wife, Yeny – who is also from Cuba. His English improved tremendously through study with a tutor who was so helpful and kind to him and Yan and Yeny started a family. With three children, they are now the owners of J Valle Cleaning, Connections Bistro at The Saint John Airport and they are the newly minted owners of a food service business in the former Boaz restaurant building at Reversing Falls. When they walked into the Reversing Falls space they share how they, “felt this incredible sense of optimism.” Fate seems to have played a significant role in Yan’s move to Saint John. From the translator whose name is coincidentally, Angel, to the couple who took him in and treated him like their own son and the people that Yan is so quick to add who, “have always been available and open to help.” It is moving when society takes a chance on newcomers to Saint John and especially heartwarming when people like Yan del Valle, take a chance on Saint John.

THE weekly Bridge Schedule Monday - 2 pm at Central Library, 1 Market Square Tuesday - 7 pm at Assumption Center (Fundy Duplicate Club) Wednesday - 1 pm at Carleton Center (Beginners Club) Instructor - Joanne McGillivray Wednesday - 2 pm, Westside Library Consultation Cliff Shea Thursday - 1 pm, Lord Beaverbrook Rink (Ron's Club) Friday - 1 pm, Carleton Center (Beginners' Duplicate Club) Friday - 2 pm, Westside Library Consultation Cliff Shea Friday - 7 pm, Fallsview Reception Center (Sharon's 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:



Disability and Poverty:

Developing Money Management Skills by Rania Malik



by David Hayward


ne of the worst feelings for me to feel is “trapped”. There have been several times in my life where I’ve felt trapped. In a job. In a relationship. In a belief system. I find it interesting now that each and every time I felt trapped… sometimes for years… it took a dream to make me realize a very important truth that has stuck with me: I’M NOT TRAPPED! Indeed, I went to sleep feeling hopelessly trapped, and woke up realizing I wasn’t trapped. Nothing changed, but everything changed. What the dreams made me realize was that what was making me feel trapped was MY FEAR of the consequences of not

acting trapped. Let me explain. When I was in a terrible job situation, I felt hopelessly trapped. There was no way out. I was married and had 3 kids. It was a huge risk to quit a secure job and paycheck. But when I awakened from the dream, I realized that I was just afraid of the risk. I wasn’t trapped. I was afraid. Once I saw that, I could find the courage to take the risk. Why? Because I’d rather be free and afraid than trapped and hopeless. Yes, it was difficult, scary, and risky. But we also remember that period as one of the most exciting and adventurous times of our lives. Do you feel trapped? Maybe you’re really not. Maybe you’re just afraid. Perhaps justifiably so. But once you see that you still have the power to make a choice, you’re no longer such a victim, and you can make a move. If you choose.


any of us could benefit from a better understanding of money management. Budgeting, consumerism, banking, and credit, are issues that many of us deal with. For individuals with intellectual disabilities, this can be a much more difficult topic. Many of these individuals rely on social assistance. Without access to financial resources or a supportive family, it can be a daily struggle to purchase food. Thankfully, there are organizations in Saint John such as Romero House and local food banks. At our not-for-profit employment agency, the ACL Employment Program, we counsel adults with intellectual disabilities. Many are struggling with personal finance. Oftentimes, they have not been exposed to money management training. Well-intentioned parents often protect their children by doing more than they should, leaving them with poor financial literacy skills later in life. When they do gain access to money, they may spend it swiftly or become exploited by financial agencies. The most important thing that we can

do is provide financial literacy education. Tamara Kelly of Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada Inc., stresses: “It is important to teach others what their signature means. It is also important to teach them that it is okay to say no. Learning to talk to family and friends about money, without judgement or shame, is very important.” By speaking openly about money, you can help prevent this exploitation. There are predatory financial agencies that exploit those who do not have financial knowledge. Many clients may pick up a credit card, with no conception of collection companies, minimum payments, and interest. Others may use credit cards to cover the bare necessities, because financial assistance does not cover their needs. If you are overwhelmed with personal debt or have trouble managing finances, please know that there are organizations that can help. With overwhelming credit card debt, it can be useful to see a financial counselling service and make a debt management plan. There are also local non-profit agencies that can help you build financial literacy skills. Programs such as Money Matters through the Learning Exchange can help you gain increased confidence in dealing with personal finances.

Where Can I get MY Copy? Grand Bay Westfield & Area • Dollar Store • Grass Roots Grill (Westfield Golf Club) • Guardian Pharmacy • Highlands Bar & Lounge • Home Hardware

Sawandee Pee Mai! Happy New Year!

by Valentin Boinitski


sn’t it wonderful, living in a multicultural community? No need to worry if you have (yet again!) defaulted on your New Year resolutions. Come a new month, there may be another New Year, and yet another chance to start a new life. In March it was Nowruz, the Persian New Year. And in April we have Songkran, the New Year according to Thai tradition. The word "Songkran" comes from the Sanskrit word samkranti, which literally translates as "astrological passage", meaning transformation or change. It is the most important festival in Thailand, and is officially observed during three days between the 13th and 15th of April. Although in reality, celebrations would often last the entire week. Songkran is the occasion for family reunions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Traditionally, Thais perform the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual on the first day of Songkran, which is officially the National Elderly Day. During the ritual, young people would pour fragrant water into the elders’ palms as a gesture of humility and to ask for their blessings. The second day of Songkran is officially

the National Family Day. Families would wake up early and give alms to the monks. Ideally, the rest of the day would be spent sharing quality family time together. An important religious ritual on Songkran is ‘Bathing the Buddha image’, in which devout Buddhists pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home. More religious Thais would engage themselves in Buddhist ceremonies and merit-making activities throughout the holidays. Songkran is also well known around the world as the water festival. Major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other. Apart from having great fun, the symbolic meaning behind the splashes is to wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start. Although it must be said that April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand. Given the usual Canadian weather in April, you just might want to do without the water-splashing part of the celebrations. Sawandee pee mai, krup! Happy New Year, dear friends!

• Branch #69 Legion • China Kitchen Restaurant • Coast Tire West

• Glen’s Bakery


• Bowlarama

• Human Performance Centre

• Coffee Mill Restaurant (Lancaster Mall) • Deluxe Fish and Chips

Millidgeville/North • Britt’s Restaurant • Parkland Saint John • St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation • Tahiti Tan (Lansdowne)

• Doiron Sports Excellence

• Vapires

• Fish and Brew Pub


• Global Pet Foods


• Irving (Browns Flat)

• Golden Mile Redemption Centre

• Irving (Grand Bay)

• Greco

• Big Tide Pub

• Irving (Welsford)

• Island Girls Restaurant

• Britt’s Pub

• Jody’s Restaurant

• Jungle Jim’s

• NB Liquor Store

• Maritime Opportunity Centre

• Owen’s Hearing Centre

• NB Liquor Store

• Pizza Delight • Public Landing Convenience • Sholten’s • Sobey’s • Starkey’s • Subway • The Medicine Shoppe

• Old St. George Restaurant • Olsen’s Meat & Produce

• Adica Message Clinic

• City Market (Info Kiosk) • Cobalt Gallery • ConnexionWorks • GoToInsurance

• Pain & Pleasure Tattoos

• Heartbreak Boutique

• Pet Corral

• Lemongrass Restaurant

• Romano’s Restaurant

• Market Square

• Roy’s Seafood

• 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.)

• AJ’s Family Restaurant

• The Great Canadian Dollar Store

• Thandi Restaurant

• B&N Flooring

• West Saint John Public Library

• Ben’s Bakery

• Wilsons Convenience (Lorneville)


• Westfield Country Store

West • 24hr Fit

• Bob’s Take-Out

• Wizards Café (Lancaster Mall)

• Downey Ford • Fundy Honda • Global Pet Foods • Simply for Life

Valentin Boinitski, Communications Specialist, Saint John Newcomers Centre


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The District - April 2018  

Independently owned and operated local monthly community publication for Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John, New Brunswick.

The District - April 2018  

Independently owned and operated local monthly community publication for Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John, New Brunswick.