Category Archives: Saint John, New Brunswick

Flooding of the St. John River in Millidgeville

Today was my first chance to see some of the flooding of the St. John River with my camera at hand. I saw some of the flooding before it got real bad on my way home from Fredericton last Friday. The road my bus was travelling on is probably closed off entirely now.

A corner of Kennebecasis Drive is down to one lane. Even before the flooding, this part was in desperate condition with concrete blocks marking where the road had deteriorated. If the water rises maybe another 6 inches, this whole part of the road will be under water.

Access to the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club (not visible, left) is closed off due to the rising water.

Water completely surrounds the Yacht Club. Talk about true water access!

Any higher and these boats will start to launch themselves! The water usually rises quite high around the yacht club each year, but nothing like this!

In a developing country somewhere that only dreams of clean water, someone is looking at photos like this from our news reports, and cursing us for being lucky enough to have this “crisis”.

Stay tuned to my blog for updates from my trip to Alberta!

Rockwood Park in April

Since today was a nice day, I decided to take a stroll into Rockwood Park.

Even without the colour of leaves on the trees, this shot still looks good.

The pathway leading to Fisher Lakes doesn’t look overly inviting right now. Compare this same path to one of my pictures from last year going in the opposite direction.

Totally different place seemingly, eh? I just love this picture. I can’t wait for summer when everything looks like this once again.

The sign warns of thin ice. VERY thin ice.

Snow is gone. Time for nature to wake up.

Demolition of YMCA-YWCA

On my lunch today, I went to watch the demolition of the YMCA-YWCA. I always find these type of things interesting to watch. Unfortunately, I didn’t have either of my good cameras, so I used my new cell phone instead!

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About half of the building (to the left) is already gone.

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In this photo, you can see the machine operator sorting out the usable metal and other stuff. For some reason, my phone decided to make everything appear as if it were glowing.

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The top floor which has been blown open now is the gynasium, with lockers below it still in place.

Quite a mess indeed! From start to finish, this is expected to take 3 weeks. As far as I know, the building was fairly healthy, but they are tearing it down to make way for the new courthouse as well as other controversial developments North of Union Street.

Fall in Fredericton

I’ve been in Fredericton a lot this year, particularly this fall. I didn’t take too many photos, but here are a few that I like.

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This bench caught my eye after leaving the Provincial Legislature following the provincial student rally. It looks so inviting, doesn’t it?!

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I really like this pathway on the UNB Fredericton campus. I took this last month when I was there for a programming competition.

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Such colourful trees!

With rallies and other things happening in the capital city, it’s likely I’ll be back before long!

Close call with moose on highway from Fredericton

On the way home from Fredericton last night with other people from UNBSJ, we suddenly saw cars pulled over and someone standing in the middle of the road. As it turns out, there was a moose in the middle of the road that had just been clipped by another vehicle. It was limping along, with it’s two back legs broken.

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It made its way into the ditch, bleeding all over the place as you can see. It was moving around a bit, seemingly whining a bit as well. Luckily, no people were hurt.

It seems that everyone you talk to has a moose encounter along this highway, or knows someone who has. My psychology professor from first year told us in class one night about how he hit a moose with his own vehicle. I’m sure the government had the right intentions when erecting signs every 10 kilometres or so along the stretch. The problem is with education on the issue. The moose never seem to cross next to the signs!

Fall in Saint John

I regret that I haven’t updated in a while. (EDIT: I decided not to add more financial analysis for now. Keep checking back, as I will keep blogging as I have time.) Here’s a bunch of photos taken in the past couple months around Saint John. Enjoy!

Rockwood Park Golf Course overlooks Half Moon Lake with trees nearing the end of the their colour change.

Shadows of trees are visible on UNBSJ’s Oland Hall.

Trees line both sides and the middle of King Street East. It’s amazing how much a little bit of greenery can add to a neighbourhood.

King’s Square

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A squirrel crawls along the side of Hazen Hall at UNBSJ. This has to be one of my favourite photos right now.

End of summer

School has started again, bringing the end to summer.

Here are a few more recent shots around Saint John.

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The late afternoon sun reflects over Saint John Harbour.

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Lily pads and debris floating in a lake near the Rockwood Park Golf Course.

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A pleasant evening run through Rockwood Park.

A while ago, I talked about these ugly structures visible from Saint John Harbour:

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Aren’t they beautiful? They are gone now. I was told that these were from the old sugar refinery, but I definitely don’t remember so many large, tall things sitting there. Another person says they are related to LNG, but that’s all I was told. Yet someone else told me that these structures are in the process of being refurbished. Once ready, they will shipped to the United States perhaps to be used as anchors for ships and whatnot. She says that they are new, and were brought here off a ship.

That’s all for now.

YAP graduation speech

On the 21st, I was a guest speaker at Youth Apprenticeship graduation. I was asked to speak from the perspective of a previous YAP graduate. My message based on my experience in Youth Apprenticeship with Innovatia was that things that you don’t want to do can always lead to unexpected opportunities. It went well.

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Here’s a quote from my speech:

“Through this program, I applied and was chosen for a position advertised by Innovatia, a division of Bell Aliant, and started working with computers. Because this company usually required specific experience and university degrees, I would never have been hired as a grade 11 student, without going through the Youth Apprenticeship Program.

“Upon returning from France, I continue to work with this employer. In a few weeks, I will enter my last year of university and know that the opportunity to have gained thousands of hours of paid work experience will be a tremendous asset as I pursue my first full time career.”

Okay, that’s enough quoting.

A particular emotional part of the ceremony was the speech and presentation of the Gregory Forbes Memorial Award. Understandably so, since it’s a dramatic story about how this youth apprentice was in the first group of students going through the program 12 years ago.