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MH Renaissance Inc. releases virtual reality video of proposed new Moncton Public Library


December 20, 2016
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MH Renaissance Inc. releases virtual reality video of proposed new Moncton Public Library

MONCTON, N.B. – MH Renaissance Inc., the community based non-profit company working for the past two-and-a-half years to revitalize the former Moncton High School through the MH35 project, has a released a new video showing a virtual reality tour of the proposed new Moncton Public Library at the historic structure.

“After our community presentations in June, there were a number of community leaders, citizens, alumni as well as the Moncton Public Library Board through city staff, who brought forth valuable suggestions which we thought would be appropriate to incorporate into the proposed design,” said Dennis Cochrane, President of MH Renaissance Inc. “These suggestions were forwarded to our architectural design consultants in preparation of this beautiful new video.”

“This inspirational new video clearly indicates what’s possible within this building with thought, architectural planning and a professional project team,” Mr. Cochrane said.

MH Renaissance Inc. once again urges Moncton City Council to support this community endeavour. The group believes that a truly unique library can be created which will see diverse programming, an integration with other arts-related tenants within MH 35 coupled with the endless possibilities of utilizing the adjoining auditorium with its acclaimed excellent acoustics.

“This is truly a unique opportunity for our community,” Mr. Cochrane said. “We look forward to getting a formal go-ahead for our project very early in 2017.”

The video may be viewed on the MH35 website at, on their Facebook page at or on YouTube at


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Brian Cormier

Hump Day: Finding the car keys in the last place you look

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By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Moncton Times & Transcript

There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “You find what you were looking for in the last place you look.” Now, I suppose this may seem very deep to some people. It might even blow your mind if you’ve had a few too many glasses of wine. However, when you really think about it, of course you find something in the last place you look. Otherwise, you’d still be looking!

Personally, I think everything should have an alarm on it. Lose a favourite book? Just push a button and follow the alarm to right where it is – between the cushions on the sofa after you fell asleep right after supper the other night. Lose that $20 bill you were saving for a special occasion? Push a button and follow the sound of Queen Elizabeth herself singing God Save the Queen in an animated screen right on the money!

Anyone with a cell phone knows the best trick for finding it if you’ve misplaced it: call your number! This only works if the phone is on and the ringer and/or vibrator are on, but you can usually find it pretty quickly. In my case, it’s usually in some odd location that I swore I’d remember. Either that or it’s under a pile of paperwork on my desk.

When I was a kid, we had a 1964 Plymouth with push buttons instead of a gear shift column. Unlike most cars, the driver pushed a button to go into reverse, drive or park. Everyone who got in the car thought it was kind of space-age. I always thought it was quite high class!

lookingFast-forward nearly 50 years when I purchased my most recent vehicle and it came with a push start. To use it, you simply need to have the starter on you (the little black gadget that unlocks and locks your door, has an emergency horn button, etc.), put one foot on the brake and push start. And there you go! Your engine is purring like a kitten and you’re ready to go explore the world. There’s no ignition key per se. The ‘key’ is inside the automatic door opener. As long as it’s inside the car with you, no problem.

Unfortunately, like millions of people throughout history, I lost the key the other day. It fell off my key chain. I was not happy. I called various places I’d been. I even stopped in at a few. I walked around the yard, nearly contorted myself into having a permanent disability by checking under the car seats – and for all intents and purposes went pretty much bonkers.

The problem with these new ‘keyless keys’ is that they’re quite pricey to replace. Depending on the manufacturer and model, it can be several hundred dollars. To say the least, they’re not something you want to replace every day.

After a day of searching, I simply gave up and called my dealer. The parts representative was very sympathetic and we walked through a few scenarios. In the end, I decided that I had to order another key. I couldn’t risk only having one. I gulped at the price and placed the order. He told me to call him if I found it. “A lot of people find them as soon as they order a new one,” he said. I hoped so – and I hoped I found it before I had to pay for it so that he could send it back to the manufacturer.

I looked at my credit card, picked it up and told it would be feeling some pain in the next few days, but that everything would be OK.

“It will only hurt for a minute, buddy. We’ll get through this. That’s what you’re here for. It’s gonna sting, but you’ll survive.”

I’m usually not that bright, but I had a bit of a brainstorm. Maybe the key was still in the vehicle and I’d missed it. If so, I would just have to sit inside the car and push ‘Start.’ If it did, that meant it was in the car. “Too good to be true,” I thought.

I brought the other keys in the house. Went to the car again, sat inside and put my foot on the brake. I promised I’d go to church every Sunday if the car started. Then I pushed the button. Vroom! Eureka! The starter was in the car! But where?

I glanced over to the passenger seat. “D’oh!” There it was, staring right back at me in plain view. How could it have been right under my nose… you know, in the last place I looked!

Hump Day: Is a Christmas tree too much bother anymore? Not so fast!

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By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Moncton Times & Transcript

When I was a kid, at one point I became aware that my grandparents no longer put up a Christmas tree. While I realized that there was obviously some work to putting up a tree, whether real or artificial, I remember thinking at the time that it was the saddest thing in the world. How could someone who celebrates Christmas and doesn’t go out of town for the holidays not want to put up a tree? Where would Santa Claus put all those gifts?

Fast-forward a year or two (or 40) to their very handsome, middle-aged, charming grandson. (Sorry brother and male cousins, I’m talking about me here. Everything is about me. Deal with it!) While I’m known as someone who loves Christmas, this was the first year that I came within a hair of not putting up a tree. Just the thought of going through all the trouble made me queasy.

Why? Well, while I enjoy looking at my tree, I don’t enjoy dragging everything upstairs, installing the lights and putting hooks in all the ornaments. Then I have to constantly wonder how long it will take until my cat Cindy discovers the big new toy in the living room with all those dangling things. Look! There are even fake birds! Extra temptation for a cat.

Many times over the years, I witnessed Cindy or her late brother Casey beneath the tree swatting at ornaments.

Hey, if I was a cat, I’d do the same thing. It must seem terribly cruel to a feline to see the ultimate cat toy put up, only to get growled at when you actually take advantage of it and invite it on a play date with your paws.‘Tis a terrible world we live in, kitties. Get used to it. (Helpful hint to cat owners: I wrap the bottom of the tree in a bed sheet every night to reduce temptation. It works!)

While I start listening to Christmas music disgustingly early in the year (don’t ask when!), I usually leave decorating until the first week of December and have everything down by New Year’s Day so that I can start off the year nice and fresh with a house returned to normal!

christmas tree smilingBut this year, oy! I don’t know what got into me, but I was seriously on the verge of just putting up a few holiday trinkets and calling it a day as far as decorations went. The truth is, I don’t spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at home anyway, because I’m usually visiting relatives around town.

Was a tree really necessary? Did I really want to go through all the trouble of shaping branches on the super cheap-o artificial tree I purchased at a hardware store a few years ago? Heck, it isn’t even pre-lit. Like a caveman, I actually still string lights on it. Blue ones. I love blue lights on a tree!

By a happy coincidence, the municipally installed Christmas tree in the park across the street from me has blue lights this year, so there went the need for my own blue lights. I had those just by looking out the window.

But was it enough? Not really, I thought to myself, unless I wanted to keep the blinds open at night during the entire Christmas season and be a public peep show for anyone walking by with their dog or children. ‘Look, Mommy! That incredibly handsome man inside the house is yelling at a cat next to the Christmas tree!’ I should star in my own Christmas card.

If I was going to get a constant dose of blue lights, I pretty much had to put up my own tree. A person needs lights at Christmas! So, down to the basement I trudged. Everything was done in a couple of hours and the empty containers stored away again. Now, of course, I’m glad I did it. The tree and decorations are up, and I’m enjoying them.

Maybe at some point I’ll skip the tree, but I think it’s time to invest in a nicer one that’s less labour intensive. My lights obsession may have to be put on old unless I can find a nice pre-lit artificial tree with blue ones – but that seems unlikely.

In my effort to avoid descending into ‘no tree’ territory, I guess I’ll just have to make a move to one that’s more convenient and faster to put up. Where else would Santa Claus know where to put my thousands of gifts if I didn’t have a tree? More importantly, what would the cat play with during the entire month of December?