Friday, November 06, 2009

Snow falling in Moncton...

Can't see it very well in this video, but it's there!

Former Montreal Canadiens NHL stars to play in Moncton in support of local minor hockey

Several former NHL hockey stars – including Guy Lafleur and Patrice Brisebois – will be in Moncton later this month to take part in a “super fundraising” charity hockey game in support of various local minor hockey activities. The former NHL stars will face off against a team of doctors from southeastern New Brunswick.

The event is being organized by the Cora’s Moncton Peewee AAA Hawks and will take place on Thursday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at the Moncton 4-Plex. Funds raised during the event will go to support the Hawks as well as Right to Play (, an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Three other partner teams will also benefit from the benefit game, including Dieppe-Memramcook Midget AA, Moncton Atom AA and Cap-Pelé Initiation.

The former Montreal Canadiens stars taking part in the game are:

• Guy Lafleur (NHL: 1971-1985, 1988-1991 / Montreal Canadiens: 1971-1985)
• Patrice Brisebois (NHL: 1990-2004, 2005-2009 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-2004, 2007-2009)
• Karl Dykhuis (NHL: 1991-1993, 1994-2004 / Montreal Canadiens: 1999-2004)
• Alain Côté (NHL: 1985-1994 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1992)
• Yves Racine (NHL: 1989-1990, 1991-1998 / Montreal Canadiens: 1994-1996 )
• Gilbert Delorme (NHL: 1981-1990 / Montreal Canadiens: 1981-1984)
• Richard Sévigny (NHL: 1979-1987 / Montreal Canadiens: 1979-1984)
• Gilbert Dionne (NHL: 1990-1996 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1995)
• Mario Roberge (NHL: 1990-1995 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1995)
• Sergio Momesso (NHL: 1983-1984, 1985-1997 / Montreal Canadiens: 1983-1984, 1985-1988)
• Gilles Thibaudeau (NHL: 1986-1991 / Montreal Canadiens: 1986-1989)

“This is a great opportunity to see many of the real superstars of the NHL live and in person,” said event organizer Denis Foulem. “These players are heroes to many of today’s young minor hockey players, and we’re thrilled to see them wanting to give their time to such a worthy cause. Their support of local minor hockey here in Greater Moncton will help us tremendously as our young player hone their skills to one day hopefully play in the NHL, as well.”

“We’re also pleased to be raising money for Right to Play, an incredible international organization that uses sports to change the lives of young people,” Mr. Foulem said. “This is exactly what minor hockey seeks to do, as well: make a difference in the lives of youth.”

Other activities taking place during the event to raise funds include a silent auction.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast, with only about 400 left out of a total of 1,500 available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Maritime Sports, 242 Lewisville Road, Moncton, and Danielle’s Flower Shop, 81 Champlain Street, Dieppe. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 506-855-0758 or by e-mailing

The Fuplers: Table Mannerth

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Sometimes you've got to get through a bad week

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Editorial page

Last week was one of those weeks from hell at work and in my personal life. It just seemed that everything was due at once, everyone was tugging at my shirttails for attention, and emergency after emergency was popping up.

By the time Friday arrived, I was a walking zombie -- too tired to function, but somehow I made it through the day. Colleagues were equally spent. Sometimes, you just have one of those weeks.

"One of those weeks" tends to wreak havoc with taking care of yourself, however. First of all, eating right took a week off. I didn't necessarily cheat on my low-carb diet, but it wasn't as easy as it usually is. Exhaustion and dieting do not travel well together. Also, let's just say that my usually sunny and joyful self (assume I'm telling the truth if you don't know me personally) was sorely tested throughout the week.

Time after time, I found myself biting my tongue with people. No matter what apparent problem popped up, I pretty much just wanted to chew someone's head off. Whether it was lacking patience or wanting to tear a strip off someone online, I had to remind myself that being tired is only a temporary condition. "Serenity now!" as Kramer's father used to say on Seinfeld. As corny as it sounds, it actually works.

From time to time, we all lose our noggin and tell off someone for something rather minor. I bit my tongue so often in the past week that I'm surprised I don't require reconstructive surgery. Whether it was while driving, dealing with family, people at work (paid and volunteer) or just talking to friends, I constantly had to talk myself down off the ledge of having a 10-on-the-Richter-Scale temper tantrum.

Of course, the devil sitting on one shoulder was whispering, "Do it, Brian. Freak out. Scream! Tear their heart out and take a bite out of it while it's still beating! It'll feel so good." At the same time, my pesky little angel was sitting on the other shoulder admonishing the red dude with the pointy tail. "Brian, my son, you are just tired. Have a good night's sleep and all will seem better in the morning. It's all fine."

Luckily, the angel won that battle, although I have to admit that he only came out victorious after a closely fought election and a judicial recount of the only ballot cast -- mine!

When people are barking up your tree for more of your time -- sometimes time that you just don't have -- it's important to remain polite. After all, it's a compliment to be asked. They think you can help and thought of you. It's flattering. But sometimes, when all these requests come at once, it's important to remember that it's just as vital to keep yourself sane and not take on too much.

In the past week, I've had to pass on a few opportunities that were interesting, but that would have seriously taxed my sanity.

Speaking of sanity, you know you're tired when you can't even dress yourself in the morning. On Halloween day, I got my winter tires installed and then returned home for a date with my sofa before the kids came knocking. I'd been feeling uncomfortable all day -- like I'd gained 100 pounds in one week. (After not eating right all week, that was a definite possibility.) But it wasn't that, it was just that my clothes weren't fitting right.

All day long, I kept readjusting the way I was sitting to try and find a position that was comfortable. Not only was I exhausted, I felt like I was covered in plastic wrap, too. Eventually, I discovered why. Without going into the gory details, I soon figured out that -- in my complete and utter daze after my week from hell -- I'd somehow managed to put my underwear on backwards that morning. All day, I walked around uncomfortable trying to figure out why things just weren't fitting correctly.

When I discovered the -- uhm -- error of my ways, I burst out laughing. After I rectified the mistake, a sense of relief poured over me. "Aaaaah."

I realize this sounds too stupid to even admit to, but after a week of emergencies and people clamouring for my time, it was actually refreshing to figure out that the only thing wrong with me that day was a pair of knickers turned around the wrong way.

If only life could be that easy. Perhaps the people negotiating peace in the Middle East just need to do a quick check "down there" to ensure everything is kosher, so to speak. We could have the Skivvies Summit... or the Undies Entente... or the Boxers Pact. A quick dash to the bathroom to switch things around, let out a big sigh of relief, and voilà! Ceasefire!

Despite my taking great pains to try and push some people's requests into the future, I have to admit that I've dropped the ball a few times and -- bluntly -- have just put some things aside to deal with later. I hate doing that, but sometimes your sanity comes first. Hopefully people will forgive me. Once in a while, you just have one of those weeks when everything rains down at once. Like trying to bail out a sinking ship by using a teaspoon, sometimes you just have to pray, keep going, and hope that you reach shore before you sink.

October was one of those crazy months. Banquets. Meetings. Big events. Huge announcements. Major changes. It seemed like everything hit at once.

Now that November is here, hopefully we can coast through to the end of the year. I'm taking a week of vacation in the middle of the month, too, so that will help. Hopefully I'll be able to figure out how to dress myself by then.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

This week's Hump Day column...

... is about doing stupid things when you're exhausted. I was so tired this week that I forgot how to dress myself, apparently.

Read today's Hump Day on the editorial page of the Moncton Times & Transcript, New Brunswick's largest-circulation newspaper. It will be posted here online tomorrow.

Remember... if it's Wednesday, it's Hump Day!

Today in history...

Barack Obama was elected President of the United States one year ago today.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell honoured for dedication to literacy, education and early childhood development at luncheon in Moncton


November 2, 2009
For immediate release

Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell honoured for dedication to literacy, education and early childhood development at luncheon in Moncton / Justin Trudeau guest speaker at event

MONCTON, N.B. – The Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, one of New Brunswick’s – and Canada’s – foremost champions for literacy, education and early childhood development was honoured by The Learning Partnership at the 2009 Champions of Public Education New Brunswick Tribute Luncheon held on Monday, November 2, at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton.

A tireless worker and advocate for literacy, education and early childhood development throughout her long and distinguished career, Dr. Trenholme Counsell has served as a member of the Legislative Assembly, cabinet minister, lieutenant-governor and senator, retiring from the Senate of Canada last year. She also practised family medicine for many years in Sackville.

One of Canada’s most high-profile members of Parliament will be honouring Dr. Trenholme Counsell at the event. The luncheon’s guest speaker will be Justin Trudeau, who was elected to Parliament for the Montreal-area riding of Papineau in 2007. A former teacher himself, Trudeau has long been a champion of education causes and literacy. He is the eldest son of former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Kemper. Master of ceremonies for the luncheon will be Roxanne Reeves.

The chairman of this year’s event is David Hawkins of Couleur Co-création and a long-time personal friend of Dr. Trenholme-Counsell. “We are very excited to be honouring one of New Brunswick’s greatest advocates for literacy, education and early childhood development. I urge everyone who cares about these important issues in this province to support this worthwhile cause,” Mr. Hawkins said. “It’s also important to note that all proceeds from the event stay within New Brunswick for projects right here in the province.”

This is the second Champions of Public Education New Brunswick Tribute Luncheon held in the province. The 2007 honoree was New Brunswick industrialist J.K. Irving, who also serves as the honorary patron of this year’s luncheon. Similar events are held regularly in each province across the country to support The Learning Partnership’s programs.

As minister of state for the family, Dr. Trenholme Counsell spoke often about the family home as the cradle of learning and of love. Later, as lieutenant-governor, she called upon the people of New Brunswick to do everything possible to help each child achieve her/his potential. It was during these years that she held lieutenant-governor’s “Story Hours” in the villages, towns and cities of this province and instituted awards for early childhood literacy. Working with the IODE, Les Dames d’Acadie, the Government of New Brunswick and others, Born to Read/Le goût de lire became a program that provided a bag of books to each newborn and his/her parents in the province. Similarly, she championed Welcome to Kindergarten, on behalf of the Learning Partnership, to ensure that this national program was available in all school districts as part of the transition to school preparation.

In the Senate of Canada, she led a study on Early Childhood Education and Care: the Next Steps. Now, as president of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick and as a national board member on the Council for Early Child Development, she continues to inspire the families of her home province to recognize their role as the first and most important teachers any child will ever have, and to grasp the joy, the power and the comfort of books. Earlier this year, she was presented with the Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action by the Canadian Medical Association. She is an honorary lifetime member of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association.

The Learning Partnership (TLP) is a national not-for-profit organization that brings together business, education, government, labour, policy-makers and the community to develop partnerships that strengthen public education in Canada. More than four million students and teachers have participated in one or more TLP programs since its inception in 1993. As champions of public education in Canada, the organization strengthens its programs through research on best practices and policy discussions.

TLP is supported across Canada by all ministries of education, the federal and provincial governments, individual citizens, Canadian businesses, community organizations, educational institutions and school boards.


For more information, please contact:

David Hawkins
(506) 863-5057

Today in history...

TV and film director Hal Roach died 17 years ago today on November 2, 1992, at the age of 100. Here are scenes from some of his work.

Laurel and Hardy (Films)

My Little Margie (TV series)

The Gale Storm Show (TV series)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Happy November!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! November's here, now, and it's time to turn the page on the calendar. The countdown to Christmas is on!

Don't forget that you should have turned your clocks BACK one hour last night since Daylight Savings Time has ended for another year.