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Sexual health walk-in clinic

A sexual health walk-in clinic will offer Islanders another way to access sexual health services, in [ ... ]

Rotary Radio Bingo

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Pardon Me, What Did You Say?

PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Pardon Me, What Did You Say? A guide to navigating in the hard of hearing worldPardon Me, What Did You Say? A guide to navigating in the hard of hearing world has been published by the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA). The booklet contains personal stories by CHHA PEI members and many practical suggestions and tips for facilitating communication in a wide variety of settings. Illustrations were done by Wayne Wright. Stories were compiled by Daria Valkenburg. The project was funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association provides a voice for hard of hearing and deafened people. The PEI Chapter meets regularly at North Tryon Presbyterian Church in North Tryon.

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RED#18

RED (number 18), due out in November, has marked the 100 year anniversary of the end of the first World War with an old WW1 photo on the front cover. Inside you’ll find several war-time stories, including “War Veterans That I Knew” by Kevin MacLeod, and “Dear Victor” by David Weale.

First time RED contributor, Airson MacDonald, tells about his experiences being born premature in “The One Pound Baby.” Doctors said he wouldn’t live past fourteen, but he surpassed that by quite a lot; he is now eighty-four years old.

Wayne McKinnon takes us back to the provincial election of 1927 and the fracas over prohibition in “Wets Versus Drys.” 

Montgomery Gisborne shares a story about his great-great-grandfather, Frederic Newton Gisborne’s wife, Ellen, whose name graces Charlottetown’s Ellen’s Creek.

The Cove Journal

The Cove Journal - JoDee Samuelson

JoDee Samuelson

Life on the Island’s South Shore

South Shore resident JoDee Samuelson is no stranger to the pages of The Buzz. For the last eight years, she has been contributing a monthly column that chronicles the soft edges of rural life on Prince Edward Island. Published by Island Studies Press, The Cove Journal gathers seven years of her writing and original illustrations into a collection that celebrates the passing of the seasons, the rise and fall of gardens, the friendship with neighbours, and simple daily life in “the Cove.”

If The Cove Journal is the first thing you turn to when you open a copy of the latest Buzz, now you can experience JoDee’s “insights, imagination, and humour all over again,” says Peter Richards, Managing Editor of The Buzz. If you are new to PEI, or JoDee’s column, you will enjoy her reflections and how she captures the essence of rural life on PEI.

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, filmmaker, and artist JoDee Samuelson has lived on the beautiful South Shore of Prince Edward Island for the past thirty years. Her animated films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning numerous awards for this Island filmmaker. She is a member of the Canoe Cove Women’s Institute, a wood carver, painter, gardener, and a baker of delicious bread.

Jodee will launch The Cove Journal at the Beaconsfield Carriage House on November 15 at 7 pm. JoDee will be joined by fiddler Roy Johnstone, accompanied by Margie Carmichael on guitar. Books will be available for sale.

Leonard’s Flat

Steven Mayoff

Leonard’s Flat - Steven MayoffLeonard’s Flat is Steven Mayoff’s new chapbook, an ekphrastic cycle of 10 linked poems based on 10 paintings by his uncle, Len Fligel. As a teenager, Len studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art with Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer. He later travelled to Alaska and Mexico, and studied in Italy. He settled down in Scotland, where he painted and taught at a variety of schools. In his later years, he struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease until his death in March 2018.

Steven says: “As a kid I used to see my uncle’s paintings in my grandparents’ apartment. When I was nine, my mother and I lived with him in Glasgow…Decades later, when visiting Glasgow, I used to stay at his flat, where much of his artwork hung on the walls, as if in a private gallery. My initial concept for the chapbook was as a mini virtual tour of the flat.

“The poems draw their imagery from specific paintings, but also include elements of our familial history and our connection as creators. Although there were years when we were not in touch, I credit my uncle’s dedication as a serious artist with indirectly inspiring my own creative ambitions as a writer. I have some of his pictures hanging in my office and I see them as giving me a kind of permission to create.”

Steven was born and raised in Montreal. He moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S. as well as in Ireland, Algeria, France, the United Kingdom and Croatia. He has written two books of fiction: the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), which won a 2010 PEI Book Award, and the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (Bunim & Bannigan, 2015). Leonard’s Flat is published by Grey Borders Books and can be purchased at www.greyborders.com.

Crossing Troubled Waters

Edited by Colleen MacQuarrie, Fiona Bloomer, Claire Pierson, and Shannon Stettner

Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island

Crossing Troubled Waters - Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward IslandCrossing Troubled Waters shines a light on two islands—Ireland (north and south) and Prince Edward Island, Canada—and considers for each island, the nature of the discourse of abortion on the island, the impact that restrictions have had, ongoing efforts to improve access, and recent activist successes. Island Studies Press has published this pivotal academic text that is rooted in local research and activism.

Accessing abortion services is challenging in many countries around the world. Barriers result from poor access to healthcare, geographic location, legal restrictions, abortion stigma, and moral conservatism. Repeated studies indicate that restricting access to abortion does not prevent it happening, but rather displaces it elsewhere and often results in unsafe abortion contributing to maternal mortality. Those living on islands face particular challenges presented by their geographic isolation including travel to other jurisdictions, which is financially and emotionally burdensome.

Crossing Troubled Waters is co-edited by Colleen MacQuarrie, a Psychology Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is also a co-founding member of the Abortion Rights Network, Abortion Access Now PEI, and RAARN, the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Rights Network.

A book launch will be held for Crossing Troubled Waters at the University of Prince Edward Island in MacDougall Hall’s Schurman Market Square on November 19 at 4 pm. Join Colleen MacQuarrie and other local contributors at this launch and celebration. Books will be available for sale.

A Visit to the Kafka Café

J. J. Steinfeld

A Visit to the Kafka Café - J. J. SteinfeldFiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld’s latest book, A Visit to the Kafka Café, has been recently published by Ekstasis Editions. The 110 poems are both a dialogue with and a questioning of the human condition as they hover between what the author sees as the absurd and the existential elements of life, making their way through the worldly and otherworldly aspects of existence, the ordinary and the extraordinary spheres of being. These poems investigate what it means to live in this world, to flee from it, to return by its emotional gravity. A Visit to the Kafka Café attempts to make sense out the way we conduct our lives, to find meaning in our surroundings, to look at individuals caught in time and space and history, and in the fascinating moments of existence and being.

“J. J. Steinfeld is a poet for our days, in which the chaotic dissolution of everything in the world is incipient in the absurdity of day-to-day human thoughts, actions, and rituals. In A Visit to the Kafka Café, Steinfeld unravels these into darkly funny, surprising, inspiring words and images that then twist intriguing neuroses into readers' neural networks so they never remember the past or imagine the future in exactly the same way again.”—Jane Ledwell, author of Last Tomato and Bird Calls

“Kafkaesque, Borgesian, and Beckettian, these are poems that bite their tails and leave readers open-mouthed in the middle of fable or struck by the coruscations of fantasies, myths, doppelgängers, ghosts, and aliens. Not least, whether absurd or tragic, the psyche here confronts mortality’s “final notices” with a head-on, head’s-up alertness, keeping “both eyes open / for a level-headed redeemer.”—Brent MacLaine, author of Athena Becomes a Swallow and Prometheus Reconsiders Fire

J. J. Steinfeld lives in Charlottetown. He has published nineteen books: two novels, Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (1987) and Word Burials (2009), twelve short story collections, along with two short-fiction chapbooks, and three poetry chapbooks. More than 400 of his short stories and nearly 900 poems have appeared in anthologies and periodicals, in every Canadian province and in eighteen countries. Over fifty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits

Brendon Bertram

Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits—Brendon BertramYou’re never too young to chase your dreams. And award-winning PEI author Brendon Bertram knows this first-hand. His first novel, Moira Ashe: Enemy Within, released earlier this year, debuted to considerable praise winning Bronze in both the Paranormal and Fantasy/Historical categories of the Global eBook Awards. It was described as “captivating…with plenty of attention stealing moments.”—Miss J Mentions.

Bertram is continuing the story in his newest release, Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits, which was published this August. Moira’s secret has been exposed, but in order to escape before the entire city discovers her identity, she must battle a dominant force. Will her world fall apart, or can she finally break free?

Brendon Charles Bertram was born on May 28, 1994 and worked on the family farm on PEI. It wasn’t until March 27, 2015, after the death of his father, that he pursued writing. He continues to live on PEI, but now occupies his time with travelling the globe, reading texts on philosophy and psychology, and exploring a deep fascination and passion for storytelling. To learn more about the author and his work, visit www.brendonbertram.com.

Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38

Gene Rogerson

Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38—Gene RogersonMemoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38, by Gene Rogerson, charts the journeys of a boy from a PEI village, his ventures across this great land, and back again.

Growing up in Crapaud in the forties, the author spent his days fishing, skating on ponds, floating ice cakes, playing hooky from school to go hunting, and getting into mischief. The son of a butter maker, he seemed destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. But Gene had other plans.

With a thirst for adventure, he struck out for the big city of Toronto, beginning a string of adventures that would take him from St. Claire shoe shops and slaughterhouses to kitchens in remote weather stations on South Hampton Island. From Coast Guard ports in Newfoundland and cockroach detail on the old Abby, to South Dakota jail cells and explosive rock beds deep in the wilds of northern Alberta. By the late sixties, it was back to PEI, but his adventures didn’t stop then. Gene started a family and became a federal dairy inspector, all while raising wild turkeys and operating a thriving market garden roadside stand. The road got rough sometimes and Gene would suffer some tough losses. Yet despite the thousands of miles travelled and wide variety of jobs, characters, and encounters, one thing would tie all of his adventures together—family.

Told in a conversational style and brimming with nostalgia and good humour, this distinctly Island autobiography presents an invaluable history of a time and place that is gone but, as this memoir ensures, will not be forgotten. Published by Periscope Pictures, Memoirs of a Boy from PEI, Born in ’38 is available at the Bookmark, 172 Queen Street, Charlottetown.

Ripples of War—Lloyd's Story

John Wonnacott

Ripples of War: Lloyd’s Story—John WonnacottAuthor John Wonnacott, born and raised in Charlottetown, has released his new book Ripples of War—Lloyd’s Story, a work of historical fiction that tells the true story of a Charlottetown youth who entered the First World War as a 17-year-old gunner in 1915.

Lloyd recalls his boyhood on the Island with idyllic days of trout fishing, swimming and falling in love. He relates his experiences as a young soldier mobilized first to England and then 3 years of bitter fighting in France and Belgium. When Lloyd returns to PEI he copes with alcoholism and undiagnosed PTSD, as he finds solace in the outdoor paradise that was the Island in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Through the eyes of his only daughter Hilda, the book also follows the life of B.W. LePage, son of a successful Rustico merchant, who became one of the Island’s wealthiest men, a 5-time elected Liberal MLA, the Island’s representative at the Coronation of King George VI and PEI’s 15th Lt. Governor. Hilda marries Lloyd, and the two men in her life battle frequently until Lloyd finally faces his alcohol abuse.

The book, independently published this July, is a reflection of the effects of war on the people who fight and how those effects ripple across families and down through generations. Ripples of War is available at Amazon.com and will be launched in bookstores in Summerside and Charlottetown this October, to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and to honor the soldiers of WW1.

Windows to the Past

Jackie Trimper

Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art

Windows to the Past—Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art—Jackie TrimperWindows to the Past—Creating Sea Glass Mosaic Art is written by Jackie Trimper, author and sea glass artist. Cover photo is by Aggie Gaudet, a Prince Edward Island photographer. This is a self-published coffee table book featuring many photos of sea glass art created by Jackie Trimper. As well, you will find the step by step process Jackie utilizes in completing this unique art form.

You can learn how to design and complete your own work of art to showcase some of those special pieces of sea glass you have found on your journeys to the beach. Topics in the book iclude: Why Sea Glass Art?; Collecting and Sorting Sea Glass for Creating Mosaic Art; Gather Your Supplies; Create a design for your Sea Glass Mosaic; Attaching the Pieces to your Sea Glass Mosaic; Finishing Touches; Gallery of Sea Glass Mosaics; and A Few Final Thoughts.

Jackie is a native of Prince Edward Island who divides her time between her home in Nova Scotia and her cottage in PEI.  After several years of creating art with sea glass collected along the shores of PEI, Jackie complied photos of her work, along with writing about collecting sea glass and using it in the design and creation of art.

Contact Jackie to receive a signed copy of her book and see more of her art at jackietrimperseaglass.com. Windows to the Past  is also available at the Bookman in Charlottetown.

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Rainbow Valley—An Island Musical

ACT presents Hank Stinson’s adaptation at The Guild November 15, 16 & 17
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Together Again

Kenny and Dolly Tribute Concert at the Confederation Centre November 29
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Wonderland

Cirque Musica Holiday November 15
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A passion for cinema

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Acadian showman

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