“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological condition estimated to affect as many as one in 88 children. It is now the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities. Many individuals living with ASD will need some level of support over their entire lives. In cases where adolescents and adults with severe autism are placed into long-term care or other supported housing arrangements the annual cost of housing, which includes caregiver time, can be $400 per day, amounting to approximately $150,000 a year. Few Canadian families generate sufficient income to cover such (Read more…)
University of New Brunswick has locked out professors.
NEW THIS MORNING: #UNB fulltime faculty on the picket line, classes on #Fredericton, #SaintJohn campuses suspended. http://t.co/HHnNjZsKIZ— Nick Moore (@NickMooreCTV) January 13, 2014
Too many train derailments carrying crude oil. This time in New Brunswick. Luckily it happened in a non-populated area and nearby community Plaster Rock was evacuated. There seems to be no end to these derailments. I could not find the video which shows as if an atomic bomb was exploded.
How much damage this kind of crude oil transportation will cause before Harper government will take any action?
Following this comment is a re-posting of a comment I posted on this site 7 years ago in 2007 about the abysmal state of autism youth and adult residential care and treatment in New Brunswick, Canada. 7 years later and nothing has changed. Well, one thing has changed, a very important part of my life has changed.
My son with severe autism and intellectual disability is now 7 years older…. and his Mom and Dad are also 7 years older.
Time marches on. Our autistic children are becoming autistic adults. Our political and government leaders have sat on the sidelines (Read more…)
Premier David Alward of New Brunswick does not get it. It is not only natives who are opposed to fracking in New Brunswick, but the general public as well. Also demonstrations to support New Brunswickers are being held around the country. But Alward is stuck on frucking fracking. I believe natives and other anti-frackers are right and more New Brunswickers and Canadians should get behind them. Fracking is being done on native lands and their permission is absolutely important.
Fracking is especially deadly to drinking water.
The exploratory drilling in New Brunswick also faces opposition from the local non-aboriginal community. Allan (Read more…)
Watch how the media portrays the standoff between First Nations protesters, and the RCMP in New Brunswick. They talk about the “violent protest”. Was the protest violent until the RCMP showed up with snipers, dogs, and a phalanx of officers? Who is the real instigator of violence? Could the outbreak of it be traced back to a fracking gas company that wants to risk the water supply of the people living there?
The media can spin their little yarn to tell us it’s all about unsophisticated and violent Natives, but you don’t have to buy into their fairy tale. We (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The battle lines have been drawn in New Brunswick as the Mi’Kmaq First Nations stand to defend their unseeded territory from fracking and threatening their way of life.
The RCMP, as they have done throughout our history, have come in to push the natives back and their conduct appears to be highly questionable at best.
Canada we are facing unbelievable threats, challenges and difficulties as our governments stand only to assist fracking and pipeline operations at the bequest of the Corporate Oil & Gas corporations.
The events taking place as we read and hear about them could (Read more…)
This was originally posted on the Common Sense Canadian in Energy and Resources
Obey law, minister tells New Brunswick fracking protesters Fracking protest in New Brunswick (photo: Colin McPhail)
by Emma Lui
Communities everywhere are calling for a stop to fracking – from Elsipogtog First Nation’s highway blockade in New Brunswick to Californians, New Yorker’s and other Americans urging for a fracking ban on public lands to farmers occupying fields in Poland, to recent fracking protests in the U.K.
Quebec fracking moratorium
It was this sort of public pressure that prompted the Quebec government to place a moratorium on (Read more…)
Louis LaPierre of Dieppe, N.B., is invested as Member to the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, November 2012. Louis LaPierre has admitted he falsely claimed to have a doctorate in environmental science. (CP/Fred Chartrand)
Fracking in New Brunswick is quite controversial. However, the scientist Louis LaPierre, who gave “go to” for fracking in NB, turned out to be a fake scientist. He is known now the “go to” scientist.
“Surprising revelations over the credentials of academic Louis LaPierre For decades, a prominent New Brunswick academic, was the “go to” scientist hired by governments to review some (Read more…)
New Brunswick is a Canadian, and North American, leader in early autism intervention and school autism services. I do not doubt that that statement is enough to prompt a retort from many jurisdictions. New Brunswick is not one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in Canada, let alone North America, but the fact is that New Brunswick has had publicly provided early ABA autism intervention to the extent of 20 hours per week for ages 2-5 for several years. 700-800 education aides and resource teachers also received the same UNB-CEL Autism Intervention training. These services have been provided by both Liberal (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick is a Canadian (and North American) Leader In Early Autism Intervention and School Autism Services
That should make Alberta happy. New Brunswickers? I don’t know. I saw the ad last night and I was taken aback. I knew he supported the pipeline but to give a lengthy commercial on t.v, at the cost of $90,000.00, he has taken it on another level. He is sold out to big oil companies. Has he heard about the environmental consequences? I suppose he does not care as long as he can hobnob with big oil companies and receive admiration from the Premier, Alison Redford, of Alberta.
“The province has purchased $75,000 of airtime to run (Read more…)
The Campbellton Based Restigouche Psychiatric Hospital is the Only NB Based Residential Care Option for Severely Autistic Adults in New Brunswick
June 22, 2013 David Alward, Premier’s Council on Status of Disabled Persons Hugh J Flemming, Minister of Health Madeline Dube, Minister of Social Development Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities
Dear Premier Alward and Honourable Ministers:
Re: Residential Care and Treatment for NB`s Autistic Youth and Adults
I am the father of a 17 year old son with severe autism, developmental delays and epileptic seizures. If his mother and I were to perish in an accident tomorrow (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will New Brunswick Ever Act To Provide Adult Autism Residential Care?
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”.
. . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Conor’s Fredericton 2012 – Part I
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