On this day 1936 Halifax, NS – Mary Sullivan sworn in Halifax Council; first woman alderman in Canada.

On this day in Canadian history…

Honoré Mercier 1840-1894
Liberal Premier of Quebec 1887-1891, was born on this day at St-Athanase, Iberville County, in 1840; died in Montreal Oct. 30, 1894. Mercier helped found the Parti national in 1872, to dissociate the liberals from the Parti Rouge, and was elected MP for Rouville; 1879 moved to provincial politics; 1885 elected leader of the provincial Liberal Party; 1885 severely criticized Riel’s hanging; 1886 elected Premier; settles Jesuits estates issue, creates a separate University of Montreal, encourages railway building and colonization; 1888 creates Department of Agriculture and Colonization, with Curé Antoine LaBelle as deputy minister; hosts first interprovincial conference of premiers since Confederation, forcing Ottawa to recognize provincial autonomy in fiscal matters; Dec 1891 removed from office in Baie des Chaleurs railway scandal, but no proof he was personally involved.

1993 Canada – Federal election campaign heats up as Kim Campbell’s Conservative campaign committee release series of TV ads attacking Jean Chrétien; critics charge the ads make fun of the Liberal leader’s face, disfigured by a childhood disease; ads later withdrawn.

1992 Ottawa Ontario – Eric Hoskins wins 1992 Pearson Peace Medal, awarded by United Nations Association in Canada; 31 year old doctor gave humanitarian aid to postwar Iraq.

1969 Ottawa Ontario – Herbert Gray appointed Minister without Portfolio by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; MP for Windsor West becomes Canada’s first cabinet minister of Jewish background.

1968 Quebec Quebec – René Lévesque 1922-1987 chosen President of new Parti Québécois; after 3-day convention in Quebec City merges the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association and the Ralliement National.

1936 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Mary Teresa Sullivan 1902-1973 sworn in as member of Halifax City Council; first woman alderman in Canada.



For some people #service is “all in”

For some people, Service is “all in”

The life expectancy of a Canadian is 79-84 years old (up 20 years since 1920). In our lives we often meet people whose service to others is “all-in” it seems for their entire 80 years. Past City Councillor, Roger Lemieux’ brother (a priest) passed away a few years ago, and he lived his life “all-in”. He lived his life ‘poor’; giving during his lifetime to others (as a priest) serving the greater good, and God. You perhaps know others who served as such.

Sometimes that “all-in” is service to the Church, sometimes to a career, for some it is service to Persons with Disabilities, some to sports and more.

There is one trait that separates those who are “all-in” when compared to those who serve a cause. We can usually tell those who are “all-in” as their sacrifices are abundant and their service has them perceived by some as living a life out of balance.

Missionaries and priests often come to mind for those who are “all-in”. Some world health and literacy workers, some journalists and some military personnel are not only “all-in”, they lay their life on the line to be “all-in” in other countries where the risks are high.

As I learn more about those who sacrificed for the greater good of the world, a country, a cause, a province or a community, they have become my and perhaps your idols and role models.

When I was a young boy, my idols were hockey players such as Dave Keon and Bobby Hull. Their fame or “all-in” was fleeting however; all in to achieve their goals. Today my thoughts turn to people like Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. They were all-in. There are so many more sacrificing self for service.

In St. Albert, a woman named Wendy Stiver appeared “all-in” for Special Olympics for almost 30 years. She passed away in 2014. The world and St. Albert is a better place because of people like Wending being “all-in”.

Thanks to anyone who we see as “all in” for service to others.


The public servant; please substitute his/her interchangeably as it is an old version

The Public Servant

The public servant as you know,

Is watched wherever he/she may go;

Though he/she be faithful all day long,

His critics still maintain he’s wrong.

He must be kind and courteous too,

In every job that he may do;

He must not speak an unkind word

Though folks to him may seem absurd.

The public make unfair demands,

But it’s the same in other lands;

They seldom give a word of praise,

And view with scorn a salary raise,

In extra work that he may do,

To help the many, not the few,

For this they seldom care a whit,

But say: “He’s getting paid for it.”

A public servant meets the man,

Who’d try to work some scheme or plan,

To seek his aid to gain renown;

Then be the first to turn him down.

Too often critics make remarks,

That wound their fellow-servant hearts;

Remember this, that great or small,

He’s only human after all.

Too oft we see the type of man

Who’d spoil some noble person’s plan;

But he who makes unfair attacks

True manly courage always lacks;

So would it not be better far

To view conditions as they are;

And weigh his actions one by one,

And judge the man by what he’s done.


Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”