First Nations Presence in Fredericton to Protect Everybody’s Water and Land

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013.

First Nations Teepees and Long House near the Provincial Legislature Buildings.

New Brunswick‘s First Nations People want you to know they’re not here to protest or cause any trouble. They’re here because they’re committed to protecting Mother Earth and everybody’s drinking water. Fracking hurts everybody.

We saw them carry their sacred fire across the walking bridge, we saw them set up their traditional long house near the New Brunswick Provincial Legislature building. But we haven’t seen much of them in the nightly news since.

The people who believe they’ve been told they represent us and have the power to make decisions for us want the First Nations to go away and let them rape the province for fun and profit.

Nobody in power wants to remember that the current Conservative Provincial Government was elected because the previous government did not comply with New Brunswick’s citizens’ wishes.

Mother Earth is not happy.

Believe me, you do not want to be an enemy of Mother Earth.

& According to Pastor Lindsey Williams in his book “The Energy Non-Crisis“, Oil companies are pumping enough natural gas back into the ground in Alaska to ‘Light up the whole East Coast of the USA Free for the next 3 years‘. Why? Because they want to keep the price of oil and gas way above what it should be. Go watch the Movies “Gasland” and “Gasland II”. Don’t wait until your kitchen sink bursts into flame to realize we’re being sold a line of…. [doo doo] by greedy men who would be really happy if they could kill most of us off so they’d be better able to enslave the survivors. (Oops, sorry, I went political on you.)

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Early Morning Fog

Thursday, 24 October, 2013.

Fog on the water near Sunrise.

You can see a layer of fog clinging to the St John River here, looking South / West from the junction of Gibson Street and Union Street. (taken with a Samsung Galaxy III ‘Smart Phone’)

Cars slowly crossing bridge in Early Morning Traffic.

This is a line of cars backed up in the right hand lane, southbound, on the Westmorland Bridge.

Clouds and fog in Fredericton

This photograph was taken at ten minutes to 8 on the south side of the river, heading into the sunrise.

The above two photographs aren’t quite identical, you might have to look closely to notice the fog on the river above.

My life partner (can’t get used to calling her my ‘wife’) is still discovering new things to love about Fredericton, almost every day. Scenery that natives would take for granted appears magically spectacular to both of us. I’ve lived near beaches before and driving near beaches and some rivers, like this one, you can see that it’s never quite the same scene twice.

Kilarney Lake

Sunday, 20 October, 2013.

park with lake and walking trail.

Kilarney Lake Park has some pet friendly walking trails.

We went looking for Kilarney Lake. It’s just up St Mary’s Street from the Smart Centre. This was on a beautiful Sunday in October, at a little after 4 pm. There were several families there, enjoying the park. On a map that was posted there we saw Walking Trails that might run from this park to Canada Street. (It’s hard to say because the map does not show whether the trails continue through a small bit of private land that separates sections of public parklands.) There were several happy dogs walking their humans on the trails here.

Park with lake and beach.

Kilarney Lake Park, looking toward the beach area and most of the lake.

Being October, no people were swimming here, (there were ducks and geese enjoying the water) but the water was clear and it looks like a wonderful place to bring kids and splash up a storm in the summer.

Kilarney Lake, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Kilarney Lake (taken with a Samsung Galaxy III ‘Smart Phone’)

From where we were standing we couldn’t get the whole lake in one photograph, but this is a pretty good portion of it. And you can see how clear the water is. My favourite spouse tested the water (with her hand) and said it was a bit on the chilly side.

Thanksgiving Dinner At Kings Landing

—October 12, 2013— King’s Landing Historical Settlement

(( On Monday, October 14, our friends in the USA will celebrate Columbus Day. In Canada, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. ))

Village in sunlight ahead.

The Village, Period Buildings Rescued and moved to “King’s Landing” where Re-Enactors in period dress don’t mind explaining their lifestyle to silly 21st Century folks. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We heard about King’s Landing Historical Settlement Near Fredericton, New Brunswick. (Not the city in the television series “Game Of Thrones” – Based on George RR Matin’s seven book series “Song of Ice and Fire”.)

Shadowed Wagon Driver and Autumn Scenery

A Wagon Driver made room for passengers and gave us a ride down the hill to the Settlement Village. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We also heard that this weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving Day would be the final weekend of this season that the theme park would be open.

—The spouse of my dreams had been to “Upper Canada Village” and wanted to see King’s Landing.

Horse Drawn Wagon with passengers.

A Local Wagon Owner is happy to give you a ride up or down the hill in the Settlement of King’s Landing.

—We realized that the King’s Head Inn was a real restaurant that actually served food, and thought we’d get a sandwich and a coffee.

Waitress in period dress serving Thanksgiving Dinner.

Properly attired women serve really good food to oddly dressed people and have the uncommon decency not to point out the fact that we are, dressed very strangely according to 19th Century eyes. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We didn’t realize that this was a real Restaurant that would serve a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. We got lucky.

Yum!

Thanksgiving Dinner as served at the King’s Head Inn. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Map (closed)

This is a Map of the Historical Settlement. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—After dinner, we didn’t have long to explore the village. But we did take a walk down beside a farmer’s fields (with a scarecrow), took a peek into the Blacksmith’s Barn, Stepped inside an authentic General Store, Had a very nice talk with a caretaker at a genuine Anglican Church, and made it back up the hill in time to buy a very nice tapestry type blanket.

Farm near river with authentic scarecrow.

This is the farm closest to the river, complete with a realistic scarecrow.

wagon and carriage and tableand chairs inside a barn

Inside the Blacksmith’s Barn. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

One side of the General Store

One wall inside the General Store. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Another side of the General Store.

Another Wall inside the General Store. Several items appear to be hanging on a clothesline, including a portrait. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

Inside an old Anglican Church.

This is a real Anglican Church. They actually hold church services here on Sundays when the settlement is open to the public. (Photo by Cathi Harris)

—We had a surprisingly good time on a beautiful day and had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner while we were at it.

Smart Centre

Kent Hadware, Northdside, Fredericton.

This is the Kent Hardware Store in Fredericton’s North Side.  25 Two Nations Crossing, high up a hill, At a Smart Centre.

The Smart Centre on Two Nations Crossing on the North Side is across the road from Frank’s Diner. This Large Shopping Center has 3 Big Box Stores: Kent Hardware, Canadian Tire (Which includes a section that is a Mark’s Work Warehouse) And a Walmart.

The people in the Kent Hardware store are typically warm and helpful. (Typical for warm and friendly Fredericton.) They have a very good selection of the kinds of things you’d go to a hardware store for and their prices are reasonably within the range that you’d expect them to be. (I saw some pretty good prices on wood stoves, chimneys, bathtubs and showers. We weren’t there to buy any of these things, but I noticed they had decent merchandise with decent prices.) And After we’d been in the store for a couple minutes and looked lost, one young woman who worked there came over and asked if we needed help with anything. We said, yes, as a matter of fact we did. And she led us right to what we were looking for. (This has been a reoccurring theme here. Low pressure, helpful salespeople in stores we were not familiar with.)

Canadian Tire Store in NOrth Fredericton

This is the Canadian Tire Store at 75 Two Nations Crossing In Fredericton’s North Side.

Canadian Tire also has a better than expected selection of goods in a wider variety of categories than I expected. Sales ‘associates’ here were not high pressure types and I appreciate that. The one thing that ‘bugged me’ about this store happened when I came in on a weekday afternoon on a mission to replace a watch that had just ‘given up the ghost’. After I stepped inside the Canadian Tire Store, looking for the Mark’s Work Warehouse. A young woman I expected to be helpful asked me if I wanted a chance to win $5,000.00- would I take a short survey? and steered me toward a bank of touch screen CRT Monitors, where half a dozen other customers were standing, looking confused, answering questions as they popped up. The short survey got longer with more and more questions popping up and then the touch screen wanted my name, address, phone number and email address. I tore up the chance to win the $5,000.00 and walked away feeling worse than ‘used’ ( also backed out of the point I had gotten to in this ‘survey’ and erased all my answers, or at least tried to. A two minute trip to a store had taken an extra ten minutes and felt way too intrusive to me. The Canadian Tire Store’s mechanics in the town we came from in Ontario were known by the locals to be dishonest,  and to try to convince customers that they needed more work than they actually needed, and then charge for repairs they did not make. I don’t care if the other departments in a store have wonderful people and wonderful goods and services. If they allow dishonesty and maybe even outright fraud, I don’t want to support that store at all. I have not heard anything bad about the Canadian Tire Store here in Fredericton, and I am more than willing to give the store the benefit of the doubt, or more like it, presume them honest until proven otherwise. I will still go to this particular store, for now, and happily enjoy what price breaks I can get on stuff I need.

I should probably warn you not to ask me what I think of Walmarts. I’ve known people who worked for Walmart who were ordered to punch off the clock and get back to work. And if they didn’t like that, well, they would be fired, And God help them if they needed the paycheck to support a family. And they better not believe they could get get anything from unemployment, heck they’d been fired for insubordination. And nobody would believe they had been fired without just cause. They also told me that Walmart has a policy of not hiring anybody to work full time so they don’t have to pay full time benefits. Supervisors and Managers might be allowed to work full time. To be fair, most of these horror stories happen in the USA.  One Canadian Walmart’s employees, in Quebec, voted to bring in a union to represent them. Walmart closed that store. If I can help it, I will not buy anything in a Walmart. That’s where I’m coming from.

But , wait a minute, this is Fredericton. people here are a whole lot nicer, warmer, friendlier, and probably more ethical and honest than any group of people I have lived among in the last fifty years or so… And I think I know somebody who works at this Walmart, so I will ask this person if this Walmart practices fair and reasonable policies with its employees. If so, I will report here that I was wrong to believe that any more than the one or two Walmarts that I know about (that I know for sure do not deserve a penny of my discretionary income) are built on the same cynical and unethical model.

If you don’t want to read what I have to say as I can’t help but veering off into a tirade against unethical, immoral, dishonest, overbearing corporate monsters, skip the rest of this article. I don’t like “Smart Centres” or “Smart Meters” or “Smart Appliances”.  Instead of blasting you with what I have come to believe are ‘True Conspiracies”, I would recommend a book By a Medical Doctor. Dr Sam Milham Called “Dirty Electricity”. And I’m hoping that nobody in Fredericton will ever be forced to accept a smart meter, limited to buying ‘smart’ appliances, poisoned by flouride in the water, or bullied into accepting anything they truly do not want.

Home Hardware

Home Hardware Store Photo taken at night.

I took this photo at night at the Home Hardware Store at 286 Main Street, where they are open today (Thursday) from 8 am to 9 pm.

Personally, I have found Home Hardware people to be among the most friendly and patient and helpful sales people I’ve interacted with. In every home hardware store and building centre I’ve gone to the people who worked there have gone above and beyond what they could reasonably be expected to do for their customers. This one (at 286 Main Street on the North Side of the river) is no exception.

There are at least two Home Hardware stores in Fredericton, the other one I know about is a Home Hardware Building Centre at 155 King Street.

Facebook Link When I did a search on Home Hardware stores to find out how late they would be open, I found myself directed to facebook (which I am not crazy about- If you don’t have a facebook account that facebook and unscrupulous hackers can mine for all sorts of private and personal information that you’d probably rather not share with them, you don’t get to view whatever page or site you’re looking for. In that case, you now discover that the web site you thought you were going to is on a service (facebook) that  you probably don’t want to get mixed up with.) But anyway, I got to their facebook page and discovered that they have a script that told me they were open until 9 pm tonight. I was happy to discover this because I needed a few things which I didn’t know I needed until this evening.

The sales people do not nag you here, or at least I did not feel pressured in any way, but they do attempt to be helpful if you (as the customer) look confused or lost. I  was having a bit of a time finding something I thought would be in an aisle marked “Hardware” and the person who noticed me looking confused asked if I needed help finding something. I admitted that I did, & when I told him what I was looking for, he brought me right to it and pointed out that one item (of the three I could see right off when he led me to them) was on sale for 50% off.

That’s what I like best about Home Hardware stores. They’re helpful and they go above and beyond what we’ve come to expect from other stores.

& Ahhh- The River-

Looking South From Princess Margaret Bridge.

Our First view of the St John River was from the Princess Margaret Bridge.

Looking South from the Princess Margaret Bridge as we sped across it on our way to our Motel the first evening in Fredericton.

Cormorants On Bridge Support

If You Look Closely, There are quite a few Cormorants on the closest Ancient Bridge Support.

After seeing hundreds of sea gulls playing king of the mountain on the old bridge supports we noticed one day, a flock of Cormorants had taken over the southern most support here.

Boat Launch area with river and bridge

This is from the Boat Launching Park on the North side of the St John. The Westmoreland Bridge is in the distance.

Looking pretty much west from the Boat Launching Park on the North Side of the St John River. The Westmoreland Bridge and Hills are in the background.

Boat Launch area, River, and a bit of Downtown Fredericton in the distance.

Okay, so this photo seems to feature the parking lot at the Boat Launch Park at the foot of Gibson Street on the North Side of the River. But the river is there and so is a little bit of downtown Fredericton.

Some of the above photos play down the size or width of the St John River here, but that river played a major part in the settlement of this city and much of its history.

River, Bridge, old bridge supports

Another view of the Westmoreland Bridge, this one from the Lighthouse on the Green on the South Side.

I’m pretty sure that’s a walking trail in the foreground. The river, the old bridige supports and the Westmoreland bridge, and then a little bit of the North Side with its hills are in the background.