Welcome to the ninth
[EDIT] bi-weekly boost.

Stories, thoughts and opinions to inspire you in these unique times and to enjoy between issues of the original, award-winning print magazine.
Twice a month, the editors of [EDIT] deliver you news stories, opinion pieces, current affairs, Atlantic-minded essays and arts curation, community messaging, positive tales and sharp commentaries to readers around the world as we continue to curate the very best in media, literature and culture.
The same quality journalism and world-class photography that you expect from [EDIT], but all unique content exclusive to

Cover: Ofra Harnoy photographed by Lisa Sells in
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Design by Lindsay Vautour

Featured in the ninth issue below are:
  • On The Rock: Ofra Harnoy's St. John's Waltz
  • Visit the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John's with CAA Rewards
  • Literary Editor Alexandra Fournier on The Cottage Girls and Whale Cove Cottages by Robert J. Spiller
  • Hope For Wildlife by Jennifer Wood
  • Bára Whitewater Rafting in Nova Scotia by Morgan Leet
  • Turtle Island Creations: Jennifer Wood Meets Valerie Armstrong
  • Fundy Footpath Adventure by Morgan Leet
  • Lily Lynch on Sankara
  • Book Of The Moment: Not Cancelled: Canadian Kindness In The Face of COVID-19
The fall volume of [EDIT] hit newsstands across Canada last week! Be sure to pick up your copy now. 
But in the meantime, scroll down to enjoy the exclusive content in [
EDIT]ION Volume 9.

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Ofra Harnoy’s St. John’s Waltz

Photographs by Denise Grant and
Lisa Sells
Ofra Harnoy is one of the greatest cellists in the world and a Member of the Order of Canada. When she was invited to join the international artists roster of RCA Victor Red Seal in 1987, Harnoy became the first Canadian classical instrumental soloist since Glenn Gould to gain an exclusive worldwide contract with a major record label.

Born in Israel, Harnoy immigrated to Canada at age 6. Two years ago she moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with her husband Mike Herriott. He grew up in St. John’s and first met Harnoy in 1982 in Toronto when his brother was performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 
They fell in love but then fell out of touch for thirty five years before reuniting in the summer of 2017. In this time, he became a world famous trumpet player and she a globally recognised cellist notching up five JUNO Awards. They fell in love once again and after a visit to his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, decided to move there together.

Harnoy loves her new life on The Rock and told [EDIT]ION:

“The more I explore this beautiful island and get to know the people, food, and the culture, the more I feel Newfoundland becoming a part of me. Through these songs I can really express the wonderful connection I have with my new home.”
Her new single and video "St. John’s Waltz / Cara’s Waltz" are a tribute to her beloved chosen home and even feature an appearance by Newfoundland and Labrador royalty, Alan Doyle. Intrigued by Harnoy’s passion to combine her world of classical music with Newfoundland traditional songs, Doyle says, “I could not be happier to sing Ron Hynes' amazing "St. John’s Waltz / Cara’s Waltz" with Ofra and in a completely new musical environment.”
"St. John’s Waltz / Cara’s Waltz" is the first single from Harnoy's upcoming album On the Rock, (Sept 18, 2020 on Analekta Records) celebrating the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. 
Ofra Harnoy has toured extensively in Europe, the Far East, Australia, and the Americas, and has performed with many of the top orchestras and most noteworthy conductors of our time. Her recording catalog spans many musical styles and genres and she has won many awards and distinctions for her recordings, including five JUNO Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque, and Critics Choice Awards from a number of international magazines. Ofra Harnoy was once named by Maclean’s magazine as one of the 12 Canadians in all fields who bring most credit to their country.
On The Rock marks the 44th recording for Ofra Harnoy. She joined the Analekta Label in 2018 and this is her second CD for them in collaboration with husband, Mike Herriott.

She studied with William Pleeth, Vladimir Orloff, Mstislav Rostropovich and participated in master classes with János Starker, Pierre Fournier, and Jacqueline du Pré. She has given concerts on five continents and has played at the request of Prince Charles, President Bill Clinton, three Canadian Prime Ministers, and several times for the Imperial Japanese family.

Click here now to exclusively watch the video and be sure to purchase the album when it is released on September 18, 2020. 

Special thanks to Sarah Atkinson at SoundBox Music

The Atlantic Bubble is here. And CAA Travel has the best member offers and benefits to enjoy while exploring the beauty of our region. 
The vision for the Johnson Geo Centre was developed by Paul Johnson and the Johnson Family Foundation to highlight the unique and remarkable geological features of Newfoundland and Labrador as “Earth’s Geological Showcase.” While the Foundation has initiated many projects to preserve and enhance Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique nature, history and culture, the Geo Centre is one of its most ambitious initiatives.

The Johnson Family Foundation contributed over half of the $11-million initial investment, with other contributions coming from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Human Resources Development Corporation (HRDC), and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program. Approximately $2 million more has been spent since to create new spaces and continually improve the quality of the visitor experience.

The opening of the Johnson Geo Centre, in 2002, was preceded by more than four years of research, planning, design, and construction. A natural rock basin that was originally filled with peat, covering glacial till and boulders was excavated, and the Centre constructed to fit within over 500 linear feet of exposed rock walls. The resulting world-class geological museum provides an exceptional experience for all residents of, and visitors to, St. John’s and the entire province.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the obvious choice for this incredible space because the province is unique. No other easily-reached place on the planet has a geological record that so fully reveals the history of the Earth, going back almost to its birth over 4.5 billion years ago. In the North of Labrador, the Province’s oldest rocks are dated at 3.87 billion years of age, amongst the oldest discovered anywhere on Earth. The rocks of Signal Hill are 550 million years old —100 million years older than the eastern Appalachian Mountains, and over 400 million years older than the western Rocky Mountains!
CAA Members save $2 on regular admission price.
175 Signal Hill Rd, St. John's, NL

Click here to see the full list of incredible offers with CAA Rewards for this summer in New Brunswick and the rest of Atlantic Canada.
Allie’s Essential Reads
by Alexandra Fournier

“It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
S. I. Hayakawa
Happy September, dear readers! I believe I’m in the minority of people who look forward to bidding goodbye to the summer in favour of welcoming back the fall, but I just can’t help it – there’s something truly magical about that cool, crisp air and those changing leaves. Besides, there is no better time of year to cozy up with a blanket and a great book! 
The Cottage Girls and Whale Cove Cottages: An Oral History 
by Robert J. Spiller

2020 | UNB Libraries | 105 Pages
Local Interest 
Yearning for a picturesque getaway to a unique corner of the world? Well, you can achieve that without leaving your house thanks to Robert J. Spiller’s delightful The Cottage Girls and Whale Cove Cottages: An Oral History. Told through several first-hand accounts, this transporting read brings to life the story of three American women who decided to buy land on the island of Grand Manan, New Brunswick in 1902 and became known in the community as the “Cottage Girls.” Originally published in 1986, this new paperback edition with a sumptuous letterpress dust jacket features a beautiful redesign by Fredericton’s Rabbittown Press. 
You can purchase your copy online from the Rabbittown Press Etsy shop
by Jennifer Wood
Nestled on the shoreline of beautiful Seaforth, Nova Scotia is Hope for Wildlife, a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization. For more than two decades, Hope for Wildlife has rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing more than 250 species.

The heart and passion of this tireless organization is Hope Swinimer. Hope spent most of her childhood outdoors in Nova Scotia taking in and learning everything she could about the natural world. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to work with animals in some fashion, and after missing the ocean while attending college in Truro, she knew that she would eventually settle near the sea.

In 1995, while working at Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital, Hope cared for her first rehab animal—a robin that had been attacked by a cat. Learning how to treat the bird inspired her to learn more about injured wildlife. She quickly built a name for herself, and colleagues began sending injured wildlife her way.

In addition to the care they provide, where they collect important data from animals they treat, Hope for Wildlife strives to connect people to wildlife in a meaningful and positive way. Each year, they respond to over 20,000 callers through their wildlife helpline, they receive thousands of visitors where they provide educational tours, and give hundreds of offsite presentations to schools and community organizations. In 2009, Arcadia Entertainment, a Halifax-based production company, started firming the first of ten successful seasons of the Hope for Wildlife TV series, which aired in countries around the globe.

“Every day at Hope for Wildlife is different,” explains Hope. “Each day we are inspired by the animals we care for - we are amazed by their intelligence and we are astonished by their resiliency. Every case is a new challenge, a new opportunity to lean, and a chance to make a difference, one animal at a time.”
There are many ways to support Hope for Wildlife: make a donation online or by phone or mail, or by participating in their Hope for Wildlife 50/50 draw at

You can also become a monthly donor, sponsor an animal species, donate a used vehicle, purchase a Stepping Stone, or drop off supplies.
by Morgan Leet

In past years, a popular summertime adventure was heading to Maine, where some of the best whitewater rafting is available. With borders closed to the United States now though, Atlantic Canadians are forced to look at all we have within our own communities, which turns out is pretty great. One of the first things that I found while searching for excitement within our bubble was Tidal Bore Rafting. The Tidal Bore is unique to the Shubenacadie River, a phenomenon in which over the course of four hours the strong tides of the Bay of Fundy can rise up to 30 feet, rushing water into the river in the opposite direction of its natural flow. This clashing of currents creates the Tidal Bore, massive waves that develop seemingly out of nowhere. In an inflatable zodiac boat, your guide takes you for a wild ride directly into the waves, getting you soaking wet from the red-tinted waters. 
With a group of six, I booked our four-hour full tour adventure with Bára Whitewater Rafting, who provides friendly service, knowledgeable tours, and a snack at the end of your trip. The tour travels with the waves as they move along the river, your guide also pointing out bald eagles, historical landscapes, and tide marks. Halfway through the trip, you stop for a mudslide. As the tides go out, the steep inclines along the shore are exposed, made up of deep mud that you sink into with one step. After getting dirty on the climb up the hill, you can slide down full speed back into the river. It’s sure to turn the most mature of the group into a full-blown goofball. 
The second half of the tour was even more wild, our guide filling our self-draining boat completely with water until one of us even slipped out into the waves altogether! Although it sounds intimidating, our tour guide was sure to outline the safety precautions and ask us how crazy of a ride we wanted, making it a perfect family-friendly adventure. Overall, Tidal Bore Rafting is an adrenaline pumping and unique experience, the only like it in the world. Despite the mud-covered hair and wet clothes, we were all grinning at the end, making the three-hour drive from Rothesay, New Brunswick, well worth it.   
For further info and to book your Bára Whitewater Rafting trip click here
Valerie Armstrong: The Mi’kmaq Artist on
Creating Traditional-Inspired Jewelry

by Jennifer Wood
Photographs by Valerie Armstrong 

Valerie Armstrong is a Mi’kmaq artisan from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, specializing in contemporary beaded jewelry inspired by traditional roots. She has been handcrafting her original and intricate beaded jewelry since 2016. The success and the local demand for her jewelry prompted her to create her business, Turtle Island Creations. 

While the gifted jeweler’s main focus is designing and creating stunning earrings, she also enjoys curating custom projects including hair clips, pins, phone grips, and necklaces – she uses a broad selection of high-quality materials including glass beads of various sizes, crystals, gemstones, and natural local materials. 

Armstrong is passionate about forging contemporary pathways inspired by traditional Mi’kmaq petroglyphs, breathing new life into these timeless designs. She uses her skills to draw attention to important cultural events and causes including Orange Shirt Day pins to honour the survivors of Residential Schools, beaded poppies to honour Veterans, and Red Dress pins to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children. 

Based in Halifax, Valerie is often hired by local organizations to teach the art of beadwork to other Indigenous women. She takes great pride in connecting aspects of traditional Indigenous culture with contemporary jewelry and designs and shares this passion through the teaching and learning of the art of beadwork with her community.

To browse and purchase Turtle Island Creations beadwork, please visit Valerie’s website where you will find her online store. Customers can also contact Valerie at to request commissions and custom designed jewelry.
Instagram: @turtleislandcreations  
Facebook: @turtleislandcreations
Fundy Footpath Adventure
by Morgan Leet

Basing yourself in the city of Saint John will give you access to a whole plethora of exciting adventures and activities. Top of Morgan Leet's list for her #BaseCampSaintAwesome staycation was the Fundy Footpath. Here is her diary of this  unique and unforgettable adventure.

“The Fundy Footpath has been underestimated by novice hikers since its opening.” That was the first line of the video that my boyfriend Calvin had pulled up for us to watch in order to prepare for our upcoming hike. As avid day hikers, we planned to accomplish the rugged 50-kilometre journey, which accumulates over 5,600 feet of elevation gain, in only three days, instead of the recommended minimum of four. So basically, we were those novice hikers the video was talking about. Nevertheless, we shrugged it off and enthusiastically scoured our friends and family’s basements for the necessary equipment. 
Day 1
Our excitement grew throughout the drive to Fundy Trail Parkway, as we sped past cliffs with views of the ocean horizon, giving us a taste of the hike to come. You forget all about the body aches, cold nights, Aquatab® tasting water and freeze-dried food, and all that's left is the promise of that view. So we took off, heading onto the trail through the Big Salmon River entrance. The plan for the first day was to hike 17.9 kilometres to Little Salmon River and camp there for the night. We had already spotted four seals at the first lookout and stepped onto Seely Beach for lunch with a smile. It's one of those places that you don't even want to bother taking a photo of because it's obvious that no image can capture the experience of being there. The ocean was vast in front of us, the beach long with high rocky cliffs along the edge. Because of the hike to get in, it is undisturbed by rushing cars or groups of tourists with cameras. 
After lunch though, our enthusiasm quickly dropped as the hills increased drastically, and halfway through the afternoon I turned to Calvin and said “I think that this is going to be the hardest thing that I have ever done” and he nodded, I was correct. We made it to Little Salmon River, and yet again the destination proved to be worth it. We were suddenly in a different world. The river that sparkled with the afternoon sun is enclosed by mountains of lush forest on every side, surrounding you with peace. We went for a refreshing swim, had mac and cheese for dinner, and read by the fire with the calmness of exhaustion, forgetting all about the world that we had just left that morning. 
Day 2 
Hoisting the large pack onto my tender shoulders had me defeated before I even started, especially with the daunting mountain in front of us and the 23.5 kilometres to our next campsite, Goose Creek. The hike to our lunch pitstop was the hardest yet with constant inclines, rocky downhills, and twisted roots, but hugging the coastline it also had breathtaking views, hidden waterfalls, and beautiful wildflowers. 
We pushed through the unforgiving trail, one heavy foot in front of the other, until we caught a glimpse of Martin Head Island. The small island is surrounded by the bright blue ocean, with a sandy beach across from it, and it gave us the motivation we needed to get to Goose Creek. We barreled down the rocks, landing right at the campsite. It was yet another inspiring site, with a campfire view of the beach, mountains on either side of the never-ending ocean, and Martin Head in the distance. With no one else there, it felt like a little secret, a reward for the long day behind us. I dropped down, my ankles unable to support me any longer, and looked around for water to make dinner with, finding nothing. Then it hit us. Goose Creek is unique because you can only cross to the other side of the path at low tide, twice a day when the Bay of Fundy pulls back its salty ocean water from the creek and the small amount of freshwater comes through. Unknown to us, this is also the only time you have access to drinkable water. Momentary panic hit, but I then spotted a bucket, a dirty unmarked bucket, but full of water. There was nothing to do but laugh, and with great dismay boil the puzzling bucket water, and drink it down. 
I was hiding in the tent, discouraged as ever and worried about what this water might do to our stomachs later, when I heard two upbeat voices. Alex and James, two young men from St. Andrews and Fredericton came blazing in. Their friendliness, excitement, and shared pain brought me back to life and reminded me to get out of the tent and enjoy the spectacular scenery around us. 
 Day 3
Alex and James left an hour ahead of us, planning to hike around the creek instead of crossing it at low tide. By 9am the once full creek had completely emptied, a demonstration of the power of the highest tides in the world. We walked across, ready for what we thought was going to be the easiest day yet, with only 7.9 kilometres until the 8-kilometre exit road. Although on the map the incline seemed fairly steady, it was anything but in reality, especially with our more than ever tired bodies and now massive blisters. 
Each step got heavier, and every kilometre felt longer. I counted them down, excited for the exit road, what I thought was a flat gravel path. We finally got to kilometre zero of the Fundy Footpath, and then I saw the sign. ‘Pointe Wolfe Parking - 11.9 kilometres’ it read, directing you to yet another intimidating mountain. We marched ahead still, through the deep pain and exhaustion, each incline we hoped would be our last would disappoint us, and about three hours later I hit a wall. I took off my hiking boots that were torturing my feet and sat down, unable to take even one more step, I couldn't make it. 
Then I heard familiar voices coming from behind us. I slowly turned my aching head to look and saw Alex and James' bright smiles of disbelief. It turned out they got a bit lost and ended up leaving shortly after us, now catching up due to my grudgingly slow pace. They also looked in pain, and as they put it were in “blister city” too, but their smiles were still there, and their positive energy yet again rubbed off on me just when I needed it most. They gave me the willpower to put my boots back on, stand up, and hobble my way along the last seven kilometres through the Fundy National Park wilderness. At one-point mountain bikers also passed, one offering me his bike and to walk the rest himself. The kindness of the community and comradeship throughout the path instilled in me a duty to finish it, to prove I could do it too. 
Stepping off into the parking lot and seeing our car, a euphoric feeling hit me. It's a feeling you get when accomplishing something that you didn't think you could finish. I can truly say that there is nothing quite like the Fundy Footpath: rewarding, painful, difficult, and spectacular. If you want a challenge and are looking to experience the best that New Brunswick has to offer, I highly recommend the Fundy Footpath. I also highly recommend listening when people warn of the strenuous nature of it, planning needed, and for the sake of your feet, to do it in four or five days, not three. 
To plan your own adventure visit the Fundy Trail Parkway website here. If you're a little nervous to go at it alone, check out Red Rock Adventures five-day guided hike through the Fundy Footpath here.

Lily Lynch graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax and moved to Saint John in 2016. Upon her arrival in Saint John, she was eager to start meeting people with similar interests and soon co-founded Sankara, an Online Multicultural Marketplace. When she's not working on Sankara, Lily loves reading, cycling in the city, and playing with her Great Pyrenees puppy, Nina Simone. She is a true hero and great friend of [EDIT]ION and we wanted to learn more about this incredible and important undertaking.

[EDIT]ION: How long has Sankara been in operation?
LILY LYNCH: Sankara is a social enterprise which operates an Online Multicultural Marketplace to buy and sell authentic cultural cuisines, grocery, arts and crafts. We are a collective of independent cultural chefs, restaurants, grocers, and artisans who plant roots in our communities by sharing culture. Sankara allows anyone to conveniently access authentic cultural services and products by local cultural vendors. We're on a mission to build more culturally empathetic communities. 
We’ve been operating as an Online Marketplace since 2017 when we incorporated our business. In the summer of 2016, we operated a small weekly African food stall at a public open-air market where we sold West & Central African food. Over the months we gained unique experiences and insight from the vendor’s vantage point. After the market closed, our co-founder Chinweotito Atansi, a native Nigerian who transplanted to Saint John 5 years ago, then taught himself to code to build the Sankara platform from scratch. The platform encompasses everything needed to perform the transactions which customers and vendors need to buy and sell unique cultural cuisines, crafts, and groceries. Payments for products are made online and delivery is convenient and contactless. It’s important to note that, unlike a public market where food vendors can cook from home, all of the partner Chefs on Sankara utilize local licensed kitchen facilities or restaurants to prepare their orders. The Chefs and delivery assistants are taking special precautions due to COVID-19, to ensure all food is prepared and delivered safely.
[EDIT]ION: How did you come up with the name Sankara? 
LILY LYNCH: Our business name represents dignity, unity, self-determination and empowerment. We named our business after an individual whose leadership was immensely powerful. That individual was Thomas Sankara, an African leader who believed in the reclamation of identity and the power of unity to self-propel his people into a bright future. Our blog post contains more on Thomas Sankara and to learn why we chose this name for our company. Our logo (pictured below) is an Adinkra symbol from Ghana meaning strength & humility.
[EDIT]ION: What variety of countries are included in Sankara? 
LILY LYNCH: We represent vendors from many different countries and almost all of the continents. In the past, we have collaborated with partner vendors from 16 countries at one time. Some of the countries we currently represent or have represented include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Mexico, and Atlantic Canada.

[EDIT]ION: What inspired you to start this business?
LILY LYNCH: Diversity and culture should be widely accessible and highly celebrated. We believe that people who identify with various cultures can use platforms like Sankara to engage and build deeper connections with their community by using their cultural products or services as vehicles for empathy. 
[EDIT]ION: Tell us a little bit about some of the different meal boxes you offer?
LILY LYNCH:  To adapt to the current climate, we built a new Meal Box model to allow partner Chefs across the province to safely feed the loyal clients they normally serve through catering, events & at public markets. These Meal Boxes feature either work-week's worth of dinners-only or all meals & snacks for the week. They’re practical for anyone looking for unique, easy and delicious solutions to meals during this unprecedented quarantine. Every Sunday our delivery partners deliver the Meal Boxes non-contact to clients in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John. Through this new channel we're generating recurring revenues for our partner Chefs during this difficult time. We currently offer Indian Meal Boxes cooked by various partner Chefs such as Chef Shanti Patricia of Saffron Indian Foods and Chef Raman of Sai Krishna. Egyptian Chef Sherry of Salt & Maple provides World Tour menus from around the globe out of her street-food fusion food truck. Recently we partnered with a local lobster exporter in Moncton, Partner Seafood, who is offering local wild-caught Bay of Fundy Whole Cooked Lobster in our Meal Box service.
[EDIT]ION: What do you envision next for Sankara? 
LILY LYNCH: We’re excited to continue collaborating with cultural vendors across the Maritimes & expand our reach across the country. What’s great is that anyone with an entrepreneurial bug can join our market. They can use Sankara as a tool to start & build their business, generate brand awareness, and build loyal clients.

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A review by James Mullinger

I spent two days on the beach devouring this beautiful book this summer and it brought tears to my eyes, made me laugh out loud and restored my faith in humanity at this difficult time. 

Not Cancelled is the book that we all need right now. The light in the tunnel. Heather Down of Wintertickle Press and Catherine Kenwell have done a truly spectacular job finding kindness and joy and inspiration amidst the madness. I highly recommend buying this delightful tome today. It’s available in all Indigo and Chapters stores across Canada as well as hundreds of independent retailers.

Or buy it direct from Wintertickle Press by clicking here and be sure to check out the rest of their awesome catalogue. We will be covering more of their work in forthcoming issues of [EDIT]ION.
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