Giant Bookstravaganza used book, puzzle, CD and DVD sale in Moncton this weekend!

Bookstravaganza Moncton

Don’t miss the giant Bookstravaganza used book, puzzle, CD and DVD sale in at Moncton’s Edit Cavell School this weekend! Click on the poster for larger version.

TransAqua welcomes two Commissioners from the City of Moncton

Winston Pearce

Winston Pearce

At a recent Moncton city council meeting, Mayor George LeBlanc appointed Winston Pearce and George Somers to TransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission. The new appointees replace Moncton councillors Brian Hicks and Daniel Bourgeois, whose terms on the board have ended.

TransAqua’s Chair, Mr. Pearce has been the Town of Riverview’s appointee since 2012, however he recently moved to Moncton. “I’m very pleased to have been reappointed to TransAqua by Mayor LeBlanc,” he said. “This will provide some continuity on the board as we move forward with major upgrades to meet new federal regulations by 2020.”

Mr. Pearce holds a bachelor of applied science and engineering (civil) from the University of Toronto. He retired from CNR in 1991, having also worked for CN Marine and as a transportation consultant with Canac International. In addition to other volunteer work, he was Riverview’s representative on the Capitol Theatre’s board for 20 years. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary master of transportation engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick.

George Somers holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Mount Allison University and an accounting diploma from the New Brunswick Community College. He retired from a management position with Medavie Blue Cross in 2012 after nearly 28 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was responsible for provider relations and contractual negotiations with health-care providers across Canada with primary focus on Atlantic Canada. He has also managed the administrative operating budget for several government-sponsored drug programs. After retiring, he subsequently worked as a consultant with the New Brunswick Department of Health.

“At this time, I’d like to sincerely thank Councillor Brian Hicks and Councillor Daniel Bourgeois for their outstanding contribution to TransAqua during their time as Commissioners,” Mr. Pearce said. “They provided very good guidance and counsel on a number of issues, including governance and finance. Their work with us will have a positive effect on TransAqua for years to come. We also look forward to working with Mr. Somers.”

Each municipality in Greater Moncton appoints two Commissioners to sit on TransAqua’s board. With these new appointments, TransAqua’s board now includes Winston Pearce (Chair, City of Moncton), George Somers (City of Moncton), Chanel Michaud (Treasurer, City of Dieppe), Julie Thériault (City of Dieppe), and Clarence Sweetland (Secretary, Town of Riverview.) There is one vacancy from the Town of Riverview. An appointment is expected soon.

TransAqua / Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission (www.transaqua.ca) was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 35-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of biosolids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

TransAqua holding open houses and tours Oct. 24 & 25

TransAqua — the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission — is holding open houses and tours on Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25. Everyone welcome! (Click on the photo for larger version.)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

happy thanksgiving

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
- W. Clement Stone

Hump Day: Lower attention span is common symptom of Internet addiction

Hump DayHump Day
By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Moncton Times & Transcript

There was a time when I had a pretty good attention span. I could sit down and read a book – a real one made from trees – and be quite happy doing it. As a teenager, I was a voracious reader, especially during the summer when I was bored to tears with not much to do but watch television. I was one of those kids who preferred the school year over the summer months.

My concentration was intact. I’d read the newspaper from stem to stern. Saturdays were glorious! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the big fat weekend edition of whichever newspaper I could find. The colour comics were a particular treat, as were the many feature stories that one only finds on the weekend.

But social media has changed all that. I still love reading magazines and newspapers but social media has completely melted away my attention span to that of a gnat. I’m not even sure what a gnat is – some sort of insect – but apparently they don’t have very large attention spans. In fact, I’m pretty sure a gnat would beat me in a staring contest since I’d probably lose interest after three seconds. I’d see something shiny and be off on a wild goose chase.

emailIf you spend any time online, you’ve probably done what I find myself doing a lot these days. I’ll be working on something and then get distracted. I see an email pop up. A Facebook message comes in. I go searching for a word or a translation for something I’m writing. It can be a myriad of things.

But the end result is always the same. I see something shiny and get distracted. By the time I remember what I was actually looking for, there are a few dozen windows open in my browser and I’ve gone from searching for an antonym for the word ‘atrocious’ to somehow looking through recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and organic local doughnuts. When I finally get back to the screen on which I was supposed to be concentrating, it could be an hour later – or even more. (Shamefully, I have to admit it is often more.)

The Internet is a wonderful thing. There is so much information at our fingertips. At no previous point in human history have people thirsty for knowledge or who need to research a particular subject had it so good. The distractions, though, can be a killer. Every day, I find myself staring at the screen and wondering how in the world I ended up on a certain website when I was looking for something completely different.

I should turn off my browser and my email program if I’m not using them. Period. Non-debatable! I should hire someone with a big ol’ cattle prod to stand next to me all day and zap me whenever I go off track. Trust me, there’ll be a lot of sizzling cattle prod sounds until I’ve finally learned my lesson. Old habits die hard.

On occasion, I’ve managed the strength to eliminate distractions. Whenever I’ve had to deliver a big document to a client, I force myself to concentrate like a laser beam. The background music is turned off. I force myself not to read email and to shut down the Internet browser the minute I’m done doing whatever research I need to do – and no going off track! If I’m looking for the correct spelling of someone’s name, I can’t assume I have permission to check out retro toy commercials from the 1970s on YouTube. All those Spirograph, Kenner SSP Smash Up Derby Set, Lite Brite and Trouble board game commercials from my childhood will have to wait.

In the iconic Trouble commercial, we see a happy family playing the game until the little sister lands on her big brother’s game piece, sending him back to start. He’s not impressed and yells at her. Since the commercial aired in the early 1970s, she’s all grown up now, so maybe I should track her down and see if I can hire her to use that cattle prod on me whenever I see something shiny She wasn’t afraid of getting her big brother mad at her, so maybe she’s the right person to show no mercy on me when I get distracted.

And if you haven’t already guessed I went and looked at all those commercials while writing this column. It took me an hour to get back to writing this. That cattle prod can’t come soon enough!