Looking for Intelligent Life in and Around Chaleur Bay – Baie de Chaleurs Guest Author:Pedro Hennessey, prospector (without license) extraordinaire First, let us begin with a few definitions.…
December … A time of waiting … Hoping … Hopping? No, Easter is time for hopping. December is a time for hope … For some of us … That next year will be better. It has b…
Source: Waiting for 2017
Snow will soon cover our lawns, our driveways, our walkways and wherever else we may enjoy spending our time outdoors. Do not despair. It will not last forever.
Spring 2016 is coming. With it comes an opportunity to engage in art-fare.
Chaleur Bay Artists are again being invited to participate.
As in the Spring Garden of Artists Festival 2015 …
A whole five months of preparation time lies ahead
Bore belly button lint or a genuine attempt to understand where to find peace and justice in this world. Guess we’ll know by Wednesday.
2015 Annual Meeting of all the big talkers in world religions. See aarweb.org
That would be more belly button lint. If the little man in the machine would only co-operate or at least learn to spell. He insists upon anticipating what it is I intend to say then proceeds to speak for me. Sigh … So what has really changed for women who might have been scholars?
What has changed for the underclass?
Canada has an underclass?
What has changed for Syrian refugees who went to Jordan?
What about jobs jobs jobs
Oil brings jobs
So they say
Build a pipeline
To save the day
Not in my backyard … Is that what the environmental folks in Ontario and Quebec said? … Did they really say that about crude oil from Alberta?
New Brunswick says OK to hundreds of CNS carloads of crude and millions of barrels …
Did New Brunswickers really say OK? … Or … Is that what Secure Energy Services Inc is saying? Did I hear someting about landfills and saltwater disposal and fracking ponds and … What was that again … Radioactive material management? Well now … Suppose all that radioactive waste eventually needs disposal facilities …
Any cultural backwater would do. Anyplace without those pesky artsy-enviro pests would be the ideal location.
So look around
Find some sleepy town
Where folks are nice
Where jobs are scarce
And artists are few.
Meanwhile … Back in sleepyvale … So close yet so far from Belledune some folks here in Gloucester wonder what is going to happen to our Beautiful Bay of Chaleur? More heavy industry creep?
Who will dare to complain? Certainly not anyone who expects to get a job … Hmmm wonder who gets the contracts … Hmmm wonder why we don’t read about this in our New Brunswick newspapers? Is investigative journalism extinct or merely endangered?
Who … What … Where … Is this Secure Energy Services Inc?
Dunno … Some American company? But but but … Surely we are not selling Crown Corporation held land to … No I am not biased … Not at all … Some of my best friends have been Americans.
Bathurst auditions are now over.
Best of wishes to all the young people who will be competing in the Battle of the Arts Competition finals taking place in Fredericton in November. More information on this competition may be found on the website http://www.battleofthearts.ca
And the FB page
Apparently auditions were held in Bathurst on August 15. If there was any local media coverage I am sorry to say I missed it.
I guess there must have been coverage since MAX 104 is a sponsor.
I think an art activity that encourages youth to stand up for their rights is of benefit to all of us.
Although I am an independent artist living in the area of Bathurst, New Brunswick, I myself am well beyond the age of youth competitions. However I have an open-to-the-public studio space at 212 St. Andrew Street in downtown Bathurst where I go to work three days a week and other artists are welcome to drop by.
An accident and the resulting surgury has curtailed my studio work over much of the last two months but I’ve tried to remain open and I expect to be walking again by December 1st.
I am a real people person, very familiar with the Bathurst business community, having written many stories and articles for a local home-owned newspaper in the past. I am also interested in womens’ poverty and unemployment issues and this is what I try to bring into my artwork.
Although an art competition would be a rather rare occurrence in Bathurst, the spirit of competition is quite alive here. Fair weather soccer and bike rallies, cold weather hockey, and the dozens of trophies that adorn local rec-rooms attest to the fact that Bathurst people have an active sense of competition.
The more I think about this culture of competition the more I wonder why some people are watchers, some are joiners and some are neither.
One type of competition I’d love to see would be job openings that offer decent wages and are not restricted to only those who are welfare or EI recipients. I’m sure this would excite local interest and bring in plenty of joiners.
I wonder too whether there is any way that non-violence fits into this picture of a competitive community. Would people get along better? Would people have more respect for their neighbour’s property?
Each article I read on this website is an encouraging reminder that there are still people who believe in peace and write about it and try to live peaceful lives without giving up on the rest of the human race.
Today I was reminded that if non-violence is something we learn then maybe we seniors could all be teachers and help our young people learn about non-violence as a way of life.
Some question I might ask young people:
What is non-violence?
Are we born as non-violent beings?
Is non-violence something we learn?
If so, where do we learn non-violence?
How do we learn to be non-violent
What are the effects of arts, entertainment, games, sports?
Do these encourage us to be non-violent?
What about competitions?
Does the urge to fame and fortune allow us to be non-violent?
What about the need to compete in the job-market?
If we are a member of some team, is it a non-violent team that we have chosen to join?
As individuals are we confident enough to stand up for the right to be non-violent?
Today’s Job find
Sunday October 4, 2015
But this is Sunday. This is my day of rest.
About those folks who stop by and offer to pray for you …
Yes we know … Prayers won’t help pay the heating power during even the kindest Canadian winter. But smiles will help take away the chill and at least they took the time to stop by.
By the way, there is no day of rest for the wicked.
My idea of Job Share is as follows.
I see a great job that I’d love to have but I don’t have the qualifications or background or the hundred other attributes that employers usually demand.
October 1, 2015 and I just found what looks like a great fob for someone
Not me I tell you
Not for me
I am an artist
You will agree
My cup of tea
But for someone
A Bathurst job
Paying good wages
Is such a dream
An artist job
Can this be true?
Just will not do
My dream job is in Toronto. Like any good Canadian I love Montreal. But I love Toronto even more and would be so happy to live there.
So, why do I mention it? Because I was born to share I guess. My need to share comes out of years of experience. No, I am not speaking about actual paying-job experience. I’ve had little enough of that. I mean the sort of experience one gets from years of job-hunting, groveling before gatekeepers and volunteering help wherever and whenever I have seen a real need.
If I were a salesman I might tell you that you’d better jump at this job since the offer is only open for one or two more days. Sigh, how many times have we heard that one?
So … My name is Sharon (I love how that sounds like sharin’) and here is the dream job I found today.
And why would I need a job, some might ask. Don’t I already have so much to do in my lovely studio at 212 St Andrew Street in Bathurst? Yes, but like most artists I am unable to make a living by my art. While I love what I do, winter is coming, NBPower rates will be going up and the studio will be getting cold. Already I must wear a warm sweater and leg warmers. Soon I will be wearing gloves to work as I did when I rented my studio at the Doucet-Hennessy House a few years back. This year I am presented with an additional challenge. A broken leg keeps me somewhat immobile and unable to move around enough to keep warm while I am working.