I am not spurning the recognition nor arguing with the list of autism advocates recognized by the Autism Society Canada in partnership with the Governor General of Canada with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. I do not seek medals of any kind or financial reward for my autism advocacy, I seek better treatment, better services, better lives for my son and others for whom autism is a serious disorder that limits their daily functioning (DSM5) and limits their lives. But it is nice to be recommended by the Autism Society Canada which is also itself comprised of autism advocates. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: New Brunswick Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Autism Advocate Recipients: Some Missing Names
By Council of Canadians | Feb. 11, 2013: OTTAWA – The Council of Canadians is opposed to a west-to-east oil pipeline plan being proposed by TransCanada Corp., which is supported in principle by the Harper government, and enthusiastically backed by the Alberta and New Brunswick provincial governments. The pipeline – which could move upwards of one million barrels of READ MORE
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: New Brunswick Premier David Alward really wants Alberta’s tar sands to flow to the world through his province. To accelerate Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dream of converting Canada into a China-dominated petro-state, I should say. Alward is currently on a three-day visit to the heartland of Canada’s dirty READ MORE
The Autism Society New Brunswick met on several occasions with senior civil servants during the administration of successive provincial governments to advocate for a modern residential care facility and system. The concept was to have a facility located in Fredericton because of its central location and proximity to the autism expertise of UNB, UNB-CEL and the Stan Cassidy Centre. The centre would provide an alternative to the general psychiatric hospital facilities at Centracare in Saint John and at the Regional Hospital in Campbellton. The professional advisers at the centre could then provide services on as needed basis to group homes . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Conor’s Fredericton 2012 – Part II
Moved back to New Brunswick from Burlington (I commuted each day to Toronto (Eaton Centre) and back) in 1997. Conor was 1 year old at the time and has since grown up in The Green City aka Fredericton. I can’t imagine what life would have been like with 4-5 hours commuting each day, time I would not have spent with my family. I don’t know what that would have meant for Conor’s development and enjoyment of life. I know I have loved being back in Fredericton and I believe Conor has also benefited from the natural environment of “Freddy Beach”.
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Conor at Black Rock on the Minas Basin, the eastern extremity of the Bay of Fundy, shared by New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and home of the highest tides in the world. NB and NS also share a lack of commitment to helping autistic, particularly severely autistic, youth and adults.
Nova Scotia is receiving some recognition for improvement in services for children with autism disorders on the one hand but is also criticized for leaving adults and older children with autism behind. The situation is not unique to Nova Scotia. New Brunswick made significant gains in provision of preschool . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adults with Autism Disorders Not on the Political Agenda In Nova Scotia or New Brunswick
The New Brunswick government needs to do a critical analysis of the Porter Aucoin inclusive education report. Porter Aucoin is not an arms length objective review of NB inclusion practice and policy. Too many ties between Alward-Carr government and Porter-Auocoin-NBACL-CACL. Paul Bennett and Yude Henteleff are two excellent external critics whose views should be considered carefully by NB government in setting inclusion policies if the 2009 NB government policy defining inclusion as evidence based on the best interests of the individual child is to mean anything. Yude Henteleff’s 2004 paper on flexible, evidence based inclusion recommendations consistent with Canadian jurisprudence . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Building a Bigger Tent Is A Badly Needed Critical Analysis of New Brunswick Inclusive Education Policies and the Porter Aucoin Report
Here’s a video out of small-town New Brunswick that’s gone viral, From Sussex and I Know It. The lyrics are a little hard to understand, but I’ve copied them below: * First Verse When I walk on by, cow be lookin’ like damn he fly Big piece of meat, with 1500 pounds on top of [...]
Photo by Harold L Doherty, May 20, 2012
Dear Honourable Premier, Honourable Ministers and all other respected recipients:
The subject of this post New Brunswick STILL Needs a Modern Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment Facility is the title and subject of a comment on a blog I have operated for the past six years, Facing Autism in New Brunswick. Apart from operating that blog I have been active for 12 years in autism advocacy in New Brunswick for the simple reason that I have a son Conor, now 16, who is severely autistic with profound developmental delays. As a . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Premier Alward: A Request for Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick
Crandall University, a school located in Moncton, New Brunswick, is under fire this month over its discriminatory hiring policies. The school, which is publicly funded, does not allow any gay staff members—and proudly announces so.
The “no gays” policy is almost certainly in violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so Crandall University seems to be begging for a lawsuit or tribunal case. There’s even Canadian legal precedent for exactly this situation from back in 1998, so I imagine the only reason the administrators aren’t reversing the policy themselves is for the attention.
Incidentally, I refer to the school
. . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Publicly-Funded University Forbids Gay Staff Members
I’m Geoff Campbell and this is my website. It’s designed to be a simple online resume, blog, portfolio of work samples. I used to write this blog but have since moved on for the most part. For more information on me see the about page.
Onto my first post:
In twelve days, I’ll be graduating with a B.A. with an Honours in International Relations from Mount Allison University, the top-ranked undergraduate university in Canada. It has been quite the amazing, challenging, life-changing four years. While I wish I could take my friends with me when I leave, I’m
. . . → Read More: Geoff Campbell: Graduating from Mount Allison University
Alward is completely ignoring public opinion. People in the town of Sussex and the village of Hampton are rightly upset. They sure are worried about the quality of their water. Fracking chemicals can enter the ground water making it flammable. Who wants to drink that water (unless you want fire in your belly) or take shower in it?Fracking is indeed dangerous.Read the full story and watch the video here.
Volkov did some interesting things with the numbers from the recent Saint John poll in New Brunswick. I’ve been able to expand those numbers out to the entire province using the same process that we use to turn province-wide numbers into riding numbers, only, in reverse. The poll shows a Liberal lead province-wide. The most recent CRA poll however shows the Tories leading.
I applied the NDP numbers VS the Tories in the Saint John poll, and, the NDP numbers VS the Liberals in the CRA poll. This gives the NDP a somewhat artificially strong showing. I then roughly averaged
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Evidence Extreme Inclusion Advocates Ignore
Dr. Gordon Porter was one of the members of NB Premier David Alward’s post election transition team of special advisers. Unfortunately for many NB students with severe autism deficits he has continued to act as a special adviser to both Premier Alward and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. Gordon Porter’s past record consists of promoting his own extreme inclusion agenda which dictates that all children with special needs, including children severely affected by autism disorders and developmental delays, must be educated in the mainstream classroom. A recent comment by professor and education . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and Extreme Inclusion: I Challenge You Gordon Porter To A Public Debate Of Your Extreme Inclusion Beliefs
CANADIAN LABOUR- THE MARITIMES: SUPPORT LOCKED OUT WORKERS AT ACADIAN COACH LINES: Last November workers at Acadian/ien Bus Lines in the Maritimes were locked out by their employer when they refused a concessionary contract offer. The workers involved have been locked out for three months, and they are asking supporters to pressure management to accept arbitration. Here is the story
from Labour Start. ◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘Canada: End the lockout at Acadian Coach Lines
The 3-month long lockout, affecting the areas of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, began in December 2011 when Acadian Coach Lines, a subsidiary of . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-03-01 15:09:00
This sort of bullying story should not exist in a budding police state, err, I mean civilized Canada. How are the “bullies” who assaulted this girl multiple times not expelled from school, and were never arrested and charged with assault? Harassment is illegal in Canada, as is the destruction of private property (her smashed flute, torn clothes, soaked school bag, etc.).
The incidents of bullying happened three years ago when the girl was a student at Fredericton High School.
In one incident, the girl called her mother in tears from the school. The mother left work and rushed to
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Makes Me Furious
I had no idea who Max Aitken was until very recently. I swung by a small independent bookstore called Tidewater Books in Sackville one afternoon and found a biography of Beaverbook in the Extraordinary Canadians series.
David Adams Richards, the author and the Bard of Miramichi, had childhood experiences much overlapping Beaverbrook’s and likely looked out the same windows and played in the same ravines as Aitken.
Max Aitken was born in Ontario, moved to New Brunswick, where he developed a knack for politics, communication and business. He made scores of money in Canada and moved to England where he
. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Max Naylor: Lessons from Beaverbrook
There’s a case going on in Fredericton, New Brunswick that deserves some attention: “Fredericton blogger's arrest attack on civil liberties.” This blogger, Charles LeBlanc, who blogs here, was arrested last week on charges of criminal libel. His computer was seized in the course of a search warrant execution. Here’s a good overview of the entire mess:
Note the legalities as described near the end of the video. I don’t know how many online defamation suits there are in Canada at the moment but it is an extraordinary thing to be charged criminally for it and to have one’s
The photos that follow show my walk from my home to my office in beautiful Fredericton, New Brunswick a place I am happy to call home, a place that allows me to take the time I need and want for me and my children. The weather this morning was beautiful and very pleasant for mid December. With snow coming soon I could not resist the urge to get outdoors, to take the time to walk to my office instead of driving, to take the time for myself. My office is only a few minutes drive, literally 3-5 minutes from where . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Parents: Take the Time, Make the Time
New Brunswick’s PC government is the latest to launch an all-out attack on public pensions. And the usual reasons look to apply, with the official press release hinting at a combination of eagerness to foment resentment against the civil service in ord… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On public goods
In NB No Progress for Autism Residential Care Since 2005 New Brunswick parents of young autistic children enjoying the benefits of early autism intervention in our province should not be complacent. The benefits their children now receive will … . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Wake Up New Brunswick Parents of Autistic Children! Our Never Ending Autism Residential Care & Treatment Disaster Will Not Change Unless We Change It!
Mount Allison is so supportive of all students and they really want you to succeed. The Wellness Centre provides services to students with documented disabilities other than learning disabilities and The Meighen Centre is for students with lear… . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for First-year Students: #19- Access student disability services
In this the 18th video in our 20-part tip series, fourth-year honours psychology student and Orientation Chair Aleka Maclellan discusses what students can do to enjoy Mount Allison before they turn 19. All residence events are generally all-age… . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: 20 Tips in 20 Days for first-year students: #18- Enjoy Mount Allison without alcohol
In the 17th in our 20-part video tip series, fourth-year biology students Beth Whitfield and Brittany Cain talk about their favourite places to relax and unwind around campus. Brittany really likes the solarium and pub in the Student … . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: Places to Relax at Mount Allison University