Mbarouk Mussa Omar of Community Forests International (CFP), an NGO that works on sustainable resource management in 18 communities around Tanzania, visited Sackville, New Brunswick this week to meet with members of the Canadian branch. Mussa Omar toured CFI’s projects in Sackville, made an appearance at a public wine and cheese event, an event about the state of Crown forests in Canada, and participated in a week of dialogues and strategy sessions about sustainable development and resource management.

Volunteer host Katharyn Stevenson hosted Mussa Ommar of Community Forests Pemba (CFP), along with Mike Trichler administrative and financial officer for CFP, and Jeff Schurr, executive director of CFI in Canada. Mussa Ommar, Schnurr, and Trichler, tell the story of their coming together to develop natural resources from a sustainable, community-oriented approach that transcends forestry to address the issues of water, energy, economy, and community.

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On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Canadian magazine the Walrus hosted the Walrus Talks: the Art of Conversation in Sackville, New Brunswick. The Sackville edition of the national speakers series kicked off the weekend’s Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals conference, and was the first talk in the series with an entirely female panel.

Historian and author Aritha Van Herk: Slow Talk
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Biographer and historian Charlotte Gray: Talking to the Dead
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Author Lisa Moore: Mothers and Daughters
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RCMP Superintendent Marlene Snowman: Community Connections
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Canadian soprano Mesha Brueggergosman: From the Inside Out
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Rocket scientist Natalie Panek: Youth And Science
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International journalist and author Sally Armstrong: That’s What the Girls Are Saying”
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Broadcaster Shelagh Rogers: The Interview Tool
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Over the past few weeks a special program featuring interviews with artists and organizers of this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion aired on CHMA 106.9FM. Here are some of the interviews that were aired as part of the series! Get excited for this year’s festival happening October 21-25th, 2014!

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Interview with James, the Executive Director of Halifax Pop
We discuss the history of the HPX and what makes it a special festival and the importance of all-ages concerts. Aired September 4th, 2014.

 

Interview with Stephan, the Comedy Coordinator of Halifax Pop
In this interview, Stephan talks about comedy at the festival and describes the different shows as well as Good Morning Tonight, and profiles some of the comedians. Aired October 13, 2014.

 

 

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Interview with Peter from Teenage Kicks
Listen as we discuss the new album “Spoils of Youth” and the long road to producing the album as well as the bands upcoming tour. Aired September 4th, 2014.

 

 

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Interview with Gianna Lauren
A lovely chat with the Gianna about recording in the House of Miracles, touring in Europe, CKDU, and HPX. Aired September 11th, 2014.

 

 

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Interview with Teeny from TEEN
We discuss the band’s album “The Way and the Color”, their current tour, and their first time playing in their hometown of Halifax. Aired October 2nd, 2014

 

 

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Interview with Gavin from The Wooden Sky
We discuss their new album “Lets Be Ready” as well as touring and, well, life. Aired October 2nd, 2014.

 

 

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Interview with Alex from Kurvi Tasch
Hear us chat about their new release “On Firm Ground” and how they recorded the album and their upcoming tour to the East Coast of Canada! Aired September 11th, 2014

 

 

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Interview with “Juicy G” from the Soupcans
Recorded by Joe Chamandy, a discussion on their new releases, a past show in Sackville, and what happened when they played for elementary students! Aired October 16th, 2014.

 

Be sure to check out the Halifax Pop Website for more details on the festival! It’s going to be a great one.

Ian Chew met for supper at Mel’s Tea Room with volunteer reporter Katharyn Stevenson to talk about the work that’s gone into Humans of Sackville, a photo project that uses social media to humanize the town of Sackville, New Brunswick. Chew posts daily snapshots of people in Sackville accompanied by micro-interviews about his subjects and their lives.

Chew says the project got started with a single photo. “I met this guy who had a really nice beard, and he was standing outside of one of our local art galleries… and I said, ‘Oh! That’s cool.’ And I decided to take a picture of him. ‘So he was questioning, why? Why do you want a picture of me?’ in this really gruff manner. So I told him, ‘It’s for Humans of Sackville’ and he said ‘Oh, sure, yeah, okay!’.” Chew says that everything has snowballed since then. Chew has posted hundreds of portraits of Sackville residents over the last two years.

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Boardwalk got a chance to do a tasty interview with Sackville’s eminent chocolatier, opera singer, and former actor on the 1990’s children’s television show, The Big Comfy Couch. Knuckles walks staff reporter Emma Bass through the story of his life and his coming to Sackville, then treats us to an audio-tour of his entire offering of artisinal chocolates.

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Boardwalk spoke with Spencer Issac, Mollie McGuire, and Jenna Gaudet, who created the Aboriginal Support Group at Mount Allison University in 2012, following the disappearance of Spencer’s brother, Chris Metallic. The group is seeking to create a more welcoming climate for aboriginal students at Mount Allison University, to build a community of allies, and to tackle the issue of underrepresentation of aboriginal people in the University community. They have succeeded in securing funding for a full-time staff person to work as an advisor to aboriginal students, going beyond academic advising to work on recruitment, advocacy, and personal followup with students at Mount Allison. In the years to come, they hope to secure a physical space for an Aboriginal Student Centre, that could serve as a safe space, gathering place, and resource centre for aboriginal students and community members in Sackville, New Brunswick.

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Boardwalk got a chance to chat with Shelagh Rogers, host of the CBC’s The Next Chapter, honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Aboriginal Schools, and upcoming Chancellor of the University of Victoria. She tells the story of her journey from volunteering at CFRC, the campus-community radio station at Queens University, to a small-town country music station, to a national morning show at the CBC, which she quit in 2008. Rogers was subsequently re-hired to host CBC’s The Next Chapter. In the meantime, she’s toured the country speaking and hosting conversations about the need to create “a new relationship” between aboriginal people and mainstream Canada.

We asked her how she situates herself as a curator of stories about residential schools, and how gender colours her work as a broadcaster.

Rogers will be among the presenters at the Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation event next Thursday, October 16, at Mount Allison University’s Convocation Hall in Sackville, New Brunswick.
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Forty people aged from six months to 85 years of age assembled at Sackville’s Town Hall this morning to kick off the third annual Sackville Pride Week, highlighting and celebrating the rights and struggles of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans people. Among the speakers at the event:

  • Wendall Hennan, spokesperson for Sackville/Amherst Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a support group that’s been working for more than twenty years to help community members to learn to accept the diverse sexual orientations of their friends and loved ones
  • Katie Clark, the new president of Catalyst, Mount Allison University’s queer-straight alliance that meets weekly and provides a forum for students and community members to feel supported and safe
  • Sackville’s poet laureate, Marilyn Lerch, performing her poem “the Rainbow Garden,” an original piece about the importance of “beauty, resilience, and resistance” in the defence of diversity
  • Mayor Bob Berry, reading the proclamation officially opening Sackville’s Pride Week

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CHMA 106.9MHz – Sackville

* indicates Canadian artist. Chart ranking reflects airplay during the week ending 30-Sep-2014.

Top 30
30-Sep-2014
RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL)
1 KATIE AND THE LICHEN*
Yours Truly (Greenbelt Collective)
2 LEGATO VIPERS*
LV (Missed Connection)
3 THE WEATHER STATION*
What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know (You`ve Changed Records)
4 ELLIOTT BROOD*
Work and Love (Paper Bag)
5 LIGHTS*
Little Machines (Warner (WEA))
6 TWEEDY
Sukierae (dBpm)
7 THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA*
Between Colours (Pheromone)
8 ALVVAYS*
Alvvays (Polyvinyl)
9 TANYA TAGAQ*
Animism (Six Shooter)
10 JENNIFER CASTLE*
Pink City (Idee Fixe)
11 BOLIVIA*
Giants (Self-Released)
12 MONOMYTH*
Saturnalia Regalia (Mint)
13 OLD AND WEIRD*
What I Saw (Self-Released)
14 JUNGLE
Jungle (XL Recordings)
15 COUSINS*
The Halls Of Wickwire (Hand Drawn Dracula)
16 JON MCKIEL*
Jon McKiel (Headless Owl)
17 THE WOODEN SKY*
Let’s Be Ready (Chelsea)
18 LENNY BREAU
LA Bootleg 1984 (RCA)
19 SPOON
They Want My Soul (Republic)
20 MEAGHAN SMITH*
Have A Heart (Warner (WEA))
21 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979*
The Physical World (Last Gang)
22 ALT-J
This Is All Yours (Warner (WEA))
23 AROARA*
AroarA (Club Roll)
24 FKA TWIGS
LP1 (Young Turks)
25 IMOGEN HEAP
Sparks (Megaphonic)
26 BASIA BULAT*
Tall Tall Shadow (Secret City)
27 VOGUE DOTS*
Toska (Indica Records)
28 TEENAGE KICKS*
Spoils Of Youth (Rezolute Music)
29 TOPS*
Picture You Staring (Arbutus)
30 KAPPA CHOW*
Punk As Fuck b/w Love On Me (Kiss The Void)
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Number 31 Staff Pick Goes to: CHRISTINE FELLOWS – Burning Daylight:
First and foremost, this album had the best packaging/casing I have seen in a long time, so that made it an easy pick, but also the music is awesome. The CD came to us in a beautiful little book of Christine’s own poetry, the first half of which was her own written poetry, and the second half was the lyrics to her songs on this album, which are poems all of their own. Check out the title track, ‘Burning Daylight’ for a taste, then go pick up a copy of her book-album, the lyrics are beautiful and complemented so well by a serene set of background vocals, piano, and other harmonies. Art, music, and literature all wrapped into one. RH

Today on Boardwalk Radio, a packed hour about diversity, culture, and exchange.

  • Town Councillor Bill Evans joined us in the studio to update us on what’s going on in municipal government. Evans talked about the format of the Town’s upcoming Discussion Group meeting, the consultation process around the revision of the traffic bylaw as it pertains to skateboarders, and the culture of “those people.” Evans overheard citizens talking about the opening of the bowling alley on Bridge Street. “I’d love to go there, but I’m not sure that those people would accept me.” Evans suggested that it is important for everyone in Sackville to be mindful of cultural divisions and to reflect on the way that we create boundaries and stereotypes. Staff reporter Emma Bass brings us the interview.
  • Tuesday’s student organization feature: Ranelle John, president of Mount Allison’s MOSAIC, a group that highlights multicultural exchange at the university and in the community. Staff reporter Martin Omes features a different student organization every Tuesday on Boardwalk Radio.
  • An interview with poet, activist, and educator Juan Sanchez. Sanchez was one of the driving forces behind the Indigenous Message on Water, a multilingual text from indigenous leaders and community members throughout the Americas on the diverse approaches to the defense of water rights. Sanchez is currently teaching Spanish language and theatre courses at Mount Allison University, and is co-organizing the Poetry at the Cultural Crossroads series, which kicks off this Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4pm at the Bridge Street Cafe. Volunteer reporter Katharyn Stevenson brings us the interview.

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