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Life goes on

OUR MANTRA, articulated in the very first issue, is that we celebrate what we have, as opposed to bemoaning the offensive “have not” label inflicted upon us by others elsewhere who are deluded into equating happiness with the acquisition of “stuff.”

International study after study concludes that a high quality of life, and therefore the personal happiness and fulfillment every human being seeks, is not related to personal wealth, but community. Americans, for instance, with the world’s largest economy, are notoriously unhappy people.

Veteran New Brunswick writer, journalism professor and friend, Philip Lee focuses in on this very topic in this issue with an intriguing essay about our quality of life—“found in a deep understanding of community.”

With a cheeky subtext, “Life is hell in a have-not province,” it chronicles small things we all take for granted that, accumulatively, sustain the inordinately high quality of life we here enjoy.

Moncton figures quite prominently in this issue with a feature piece on surfing the tidal bore in the Petitcodiac River and a profile on editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder, who hails from the Moncton area.

But as we worked on content planning for this issue, we could not have imagined that the international media would suddenly and dramatically focus on Moncton following the mindless, pointless and unspeakably troubling murder of three RCMP officers and the attempted murder of two more.

There’s little left that has not already been said. We have simply reproduced the Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon for fallen members on our cover as a gesture of respect.


Atlantic Canada lost another distinctive voice recently, with the passing of veteran Atlantic Canadian journalist, Jack MacAndrew.  

His career included a stint in the military, work in public relations, television, theatre and print media. Jack was 81 and still diligently working. He wrote numerous articles for Saltscapes over the years—including a piece on East Coast shellfish in our May/June 2014 issue—garnering numerous awards in the process. 

Jack was the consummate “old school” journalist. He had seen it all, done it all and was able to bring a mature context to his work—just the facts, accurately and in proper context. His finely tuned radar would detect bull in a heartbeat.

Those same decades of experience saw Jack evolve into a master storyteller who could read people a mile away and relate stories, sensitively placing his interview subjects at the centre.

That made Jack a perfect contributor to Saltscapes magazine: which he was almost from the outset. We have two walls of journalism awards in our offices. Jack’s name is on a disproportionately large share of those.