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I live in Stratford, PEI (Canada) since moving here in February, 2007.
Prior to 2007, I made my home next to the Miramichi River in beautiful Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada. My family put down roots there in 1976. For most of my life before that I was a Quebecker. I was born and raised in Lachine - a suburb of Montreal.
I worked as a broadcaster at two private radio stations in New Brunswick, CFAN in Newcastle and CFNB in Fredericton. I also used to be a member of the New Brunswick Legislature but I am now officially retired from partisan politics. For some time I still kept a little iron in the fire by writing columns for a couple of New Brunswick newspapers, The Daily Gleaner and The Miramichi Leader. I also was a member of the CBC Radio 1 weekly political panel in New Brunswick for several years.
Presently, I am a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, based in Charlottetown. I adjudicate pension claims for Canada's military and RCMP veterans and still-serving members.
Although my current position prevents me from any engagement in partisan politics, I maintain a keen interest in public affairs and spend a considerable part of my free time reading up on current events.
Before my appointment to VRAB I taught networking, operating systems and computer support for Atlantic Business College in Fredericton. I also dabbled in satellite TV work and writing and served for over 20 years as a volunteer firefighter. I am a severe weather reporter, stock car racing fan, and East Coast Canadian music fan. For several years I also volunteered as the public address announcer and sound producer for the Doaktown Hitmen Senior Hockey team.
I am also a private pilot, and did my first solo in Charlottetown in June 2009 in my shared Piper Cherokee 140. Here is a photo of me taxiing in after that flight.
I have built up more solo and dual flight time since then.
For over 30 years I have enjoyed the hobby of radio communications. Starting as a broadcast band (AM MW) listener I branched out into shortwave listening and (1984) amateur radio. First issued the call letters VE1APG, I have operated the station VE1JH for about 15 years. I still dabble in MW and SW DX listening, and am a member and/or supporter of several radio-related clubs and organizations including...
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