Saturday, June 13, 2009

Congrats to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins...

... on winning the 2009 Stanley Cup! It's a dream come true for Crosby... and so glad to see a Maritimer hoisting the cup in victory as captain of his team. Awesome!

Friday, June 12, 2009

It's raining... it's pouring...

It's been pouring rain non-stop since this morning in Moncton. And when that happens... the causeway traffic circle always floods. Take a look at footage shot earlier today by a local YouTuber.

The Mark


I'm pleased to announce that I'm now a contributor to The Mark.

An excerpt from the "About" section of their website:

"The Mark is Canada's daily online forum for news, commentary, and debate.

The Mark is founded on the idea that thousands of credible Canadians have important things to say but cannot reach a national audience. Many want to publish their ideas but have no forum in which to do so. Two million Canadians live abroad and have a deep understanding of the countries and organizations within which they live and work, and yet no publication collects and shares their insights. For these great Canadians, here and abroad, The Mark will be their platform.

At its core The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians."


My first "essay" - as they call the articles - is now online. Click here to read it. (You'll notice that it's an edited version of my column in this week's Moncton Times & Transcript. My contributions will be a mixture of edited existing and original work.) Click here for my bio on The Mark website.

I'd like to sincerely thank The Mark for this amazing opportunity to share my writing with national and international audiences. Long live The Mark!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Adam Lambert makes it official

Not that anyone's surprised, but Adam officially comes out in the next issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Click here for more.

Who will Nova Scotians choose as their premier tonight?

My money's on the guy on the left, NDP leader Darrell Dexter. Current premier (and Progressive Conservative leader) Rodney MacDonald is in the middle, while Liberal leader Stephen McNeil is on the right. I think the NDP will win a majority of the 52 seats up for grabs and that the Liberals will likely form the official opposition.

The last provincial election was held in 2006, with the results as follows:

- Progressive Conservative: 23 seats (39.57% of the vote)
- NDP: 20 seats (34.63% of the vote)
- Liberal: 9 seats (23.44% of the vote)
- Green: 0 seats (2.33% of the vote)
- Other: 0 seats (0.44% of the vote)

For excellent coverage of tonight's election results, check out CBC Nova Scotia's website by clicking here.
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RESULTS UPDATE:

- NDP: 31 seats (government)
- LIBERAL: 11 seats (opposition)
- PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE: 10 seats

Monday, June 08, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama's teleprompter takes on a life of its own

More videos from the NBYO's learning tour of Venezuela

Officials from the NBYO toured Venezuela last week to learn more about El Sistema, a program that provides free music education to children and youth in poverty. The NBYO is contemplating bringing the program the Canada. In fact, the El Sistema program has been successfully exported to several other countries in the world! Will Canada be next thanks to the efforts of the NBYO? Stay tuned!



The members of this El Sistema strings group are only two years old. They begin with vocal and rhythm training, introduction to instruments, and then incorporate playing along with the vocal and rhythm lessons.



Senior youth orchestra (16-20 years old) with performance of a piece by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Moncton councillor urges citizens to vacation locally

Moncton city councillor Daniel Bourgeois is urging citizens to take their vacations locally this year in order to help the economy.

He says that with the many attractions and events going on, it's a great time to stick around this summer and learn more about the area. In fact, he's so sure that there's a lot to do for families this summer in Moncton that he's offering a $100 prize to a local family who spends their vacation here.

To take part in his contest, send an e-mail to him at daniel.bourgeois@moncton.ca outlining how your family spent your vacation in Moncton, including a list of activities, total expenditures and some observations.

Families have until the end of August to enter the contest. For more information on what to do in Moncton this summer, click here.