Sackville NB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Nova Scotia funeral home to soon start selling alcohol during visitations - Nova News NowFriday, January 06, 2017
For now, only the Main Street location will be licensed, but Hooftman says he has a meeting with the board Wednesday to discuss licences for the company’s other two locations – in Sackville and Halifax.
Hooftman sees little risk for the board in giving Atlantic Funeral Homes a licence; he says his employees will be well trained, and because people will only be there for a few hours, it’s not likely that someone will abuse alcohol.
“If a family member does have too much to drink, we have a fleet full of limousines … we can drive people home,” he said.
Hooftman stresses the practice will be considered on a case-to-case basis, but he envisions, “At one time, if it’s meaningful and appropriate to the family, that we could have a bar set up across the hall during their visitation.”
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Man testifies he saw Toronto pastor perform sex act on friend - MetroNews CanadaThursday, November 17, 2016
The purported events simply did not take place. I will fight, with all that I have, these accusations.''According to the "Support Brent'' website, Hawkes attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., and later moved to the Annapolis Valley from 1973 to 1976.Hawkes, originally from Bath, N.B., has been the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for 38 years. Considered one of the spiritual leaders of Toronto's gay community, he is also known as a vocal proponent of same-sex marriage, and in 2007 was appointed to the Order of Canada.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Alex Colville: A gracious giant of the art world - Kings County Register/AdvertiserThursday, November 10, 2016
Bergen-Belsen death camp. After experiencing war first hand, he once said, “you were grateful at the end of the day to have sheets.”
Later, he returned to teach at Mount A. in Sackville, N.B., where the couple raised four children. Colville said he finished his first good painting in 1950. Thirteen years later, he decided to stop teaching and paint full time.
Colville’s work was exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1962 and he was commissioned to design commemorative coins for the centennial of Confederation in 1967.
In the early 1970s, the family moved to Rhoda’s hometown of Wolfville, where she cared for her elderly mother and Alex continued his work.
His prints and paintings are included in major art collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.
He was a member of the Order of Canada. In 2003, Colville was awarded the Governor General’s Visual Arts Award for lifetime achievement.
In 2010, his painting Man on Verandah sold at auction for over $1.1 million - the highest price one of his works has received to date.
Alex served as chancellor of Acadia University for ten years.
“I met the Colvilles shortly after they moved to Wolfville in 1973 and ended up forming a lifelong friendship with these two remarkable people,” James Perkin, a past university president and author of 1995 book on Colville - Ordinary Magic, said after Alex’s death last week.
“Alex was very generous with his time while Chancellor and often met with students who sought him out for his wisdom and guidance. He was a very straightforward speaker with an ability to say very little, but to cut directly to the heart of any matter."
Read more memories of Alex Colville here and here.
Alex Colville’s funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., July 24 in Acadia’s Manning Memorial Chapel.
An extraordinary couple
Alex and Rhoda, who died late last year, are remembered fondly by many in Wolfville.
She was his muse for seven decades and often his model – Rhoda is depicted in a canoe, walking dogs, riding a bike and peeking into an oven. There is even an image of her loading groceries into a car in front of the Wolfville post office.
Rhoda was known for her kindness, as well as her good humour. Once, amidst a neighbourhood furor, she spoke out in favour of a L’Arche Homefires group home across from her home. In a letter to this newspaper, she wrote, “people have been nice to me all my life and I think we should be nice to each other.”
The tragic deaths of her father, Charles Wright, brother, Graham, sister Jean, a grandfather and an aunt that occurred when she was nine, was a watershed in her life. The family group was killed when a train hit their car at a level crossing in Falmouth.
Rhoda was a gifted artist in her own right. Her witty poetry was popular with family and friends and, in 2005, she published a booklet of poems - Rhymes for Alex.
When asked how she felt about being a nude model for her husband, she would speak of going into the grocery store in Wolfville, knowing that everyone there h...
The Irvings' media monopoly and its consequences - National ObserverFriday, August 12, 2016
We are in a pretty bad state when it comes to media diversity, particularly when there is a big issue – that’s when we see it most,” says Erin Steuter, a sociologist at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, who’s studied the Irvings’ media holdings. “They have a bit of a stranglehold and it's causing problems in our communities.”
Screenshot of Erin Steuter in video speaking about media ownership in New Brunswick
Indeed, many of the controversial issues roiling New Brunswick inevitably involve the Irvings – directly or indirectly. And not surprisingly, experts like Steuter find their newspapers take editorial positions mostly supportive of the Irvings’ business interests. Or, when internal issues within the family happen, she maintains, “it’s not covered at all, and there is a big cone of silence around that.”
Take, for instance, what happened in November of 2007 when Gordon Pitts, a Globe and Mail business reporter, managed to talk to JK Irving at...
Sanaz Shirshekar Envisions Saint John As 'Playground For Architects To Experiment' - Huddle TodayWednesday, March 27, 2019
It allowed me to do both."
It also allowed her to work at two renowned firms in Canada and the United States and has now brought the Toronto-born architect to New Brunswick to start a business of her own.
After graduating from architecture school at McGill in 2006, Shirshekar started working for Toronto-based KPMB as a project architect. There, she got to work on projects such as the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, the UBC Alumni Centre, The Globe & Mail's new interior offices and the Fort York Branch Library.
"We were aiming for it to be the 100th public library in Toronto, and it turned out to be the 101st," says Shirshekar, "which is still cool."
Fort York Branch Library (Image: torontopubliclibrary.ca)
From there she went to work in New York with Yabu Pushelberg as a senior designer. She was in the heart of Soho, working on projects that were more private and high-end, including a resort for Hyatt in Los Cabos, Mexico, and a project for a residential client in Bejing. For Shirshekar, it helped make her architecture experience more versatile.
"I took that opportunity on because at KPMB I was getting a lot of those community, public space building projects. But I also wanted to be a little bit more seasoned as an architect and get some architectural interior experience," she says. "Yabu Pushelberg is really the expert for that. They are world renowned. They're really good at what they do and they're internationally known for their interior design excellence, so I really wanted to bring the architecture and the interior design together."
Shirshekar recently moved to New Brunswick to be with her husband, Jamie Irving, the vice-president of Brunswick News. At that point, she was ready to start her own practice, Studio Shirshekar.
"I feel all architects at some point, you feel like you've gotten enough experience and you want to give yourself an opportunity to try it out," she says. "Maybe it's not for everyone, but for me, I think i...
Saskatchewan police officers attend regimental funeral - Global News ReginaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Saskatoon Police Service, two from Moose Jaw, and one from Weyburn are representing the south of the province.Three Regina Police Service members who attended are originally from New Brunswick, including one from Fredericton.
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Surviving the death care business - CBC.caWednesday, March 27, 2019
MacDonald said."Some of it is burnout. You have to make sure with all the stress you deal with on a daily basis you know how to relax yourself, how to unwind."The New Brunswick Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association doesn't keep statistics on retention rates, however, funeral homes are "constantly looking for licensed funeral directors," said executive director Marc Melanson.While the pay can be appealing - $47,319 annually according to the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour - compassion fatigue is a reality, along with unconventional work hours."It's not a Monday to Friday nine-to-five job," said Melanson. "It's evenings, weekends and holidays."People who get into the funeral profession genuinely want to help people. But a funeral home is never closed."Viewing rooms are often rearranged, making physicality a key component of the job. (Sarah Trainor/CBC News)The workday can be fluid and intense. It might start with MacDonald doing prep work on an infant that would afford parents more time with their child, then a full shift in gears to oversee a 103-year-old's celebration of life service in a space filled with laughter."You wear a lot of different hats and it changes so quickly," she said."I could be making funeral arrangements with a family, I could be directing a funeral, I could be painting - like literally building maintenance."We get dirty in our suits. We garden, mow the lawns, wash the cars, we do it all."The job requires a good deal of physicality. Viewing rooms are frequently rearranged to make space for what families want to bring to a visitation. Personal touches have been as dainty as jewelry and as grand as a motorcycle.Some scenes hard to processNot everyone is in a bed when they die, and moving a body can take some physical and mental effort."Some things you see you don't ever forget, and you wish you could. Especially when you walk into a scene where you can imagine their last moments."MacDonald said those moments can be difficult to process."It's hard to think of them as being a person in the way that you're protecting your mental state," she said."You say, 'I have to move them from one place to another,' and after, you reflect on that and think, 'OK, that was a human being and I feel terrible for them. And I'm going to probably have bad dreams for a while....