Premiere tempête de neige à Mistissini ?

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 3:06 am

new moon frost moon

Finalement, il n’y a eu que trois, quatre pouces de neige, et ce mercredi, 2008nov05, elle avait toute fondue…

D’après météo média pour Mistissini, on attendrait possiblement une première tempête de neige à Mistissini, tout comme ailleurs au QC… Déjà, la semaine dernière, le 22 octobre 2008, la région de Charlevoix et la Réserve faunique des Laurentides ont goûté à leur première neige… Heureusement, nous ne sommes que dans Lune du gel ; il reste encore une lune pour celle des Longues neiges : c’est à voir !

meteo Mistissini 2008oct28

Mistissini QC Rising Sun

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at 9:00 am

mistissini QC

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Sunday, October 5th, 2008 at 5:26 pm
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École Voyageur Memorial School

§ 1. It’s 7h24 and the Sun has just come up from behind the hills on the East, thus coloring the cumulus clouds orange, white and grey and illuminating my huge kitchen and my spacious living meditation room…

§ 2. Only the Zapoteco Indians from Oaxaca, México, had welcomed me so warmly; MTL’s CSDM should take a look at how Cree People in Mistissini take care of their teachers; the CSDM could buy or rent houses or apartments and rent them at reasonable price to teachers from outside MTL.

§ 3. A first week of teaching has gone by and my second one is followed by a three-day holiday: Thanksgiving. The complexity of my task is that I teach five subjects, namely Science and Technology, Maths, French, Geography, and History, whereas I’ve been formed to teach English, as a second language, or Spanish, as a foreign language…

§ 4. The students are gentle and rather shy as a rule; the classes are small; absenteeism likely is the biggest problem to solve; it’s fun to be part of a teachers’ team, which likely can be counted with my 20 fingers, at the high school level anyway… Most students are Cree Indians, although some may be metis and others, innues…

§ 5. Officially, my full-time task includes time for the School Website and for the Arts committees; I also signed up for the Breakfast Club and for the Bruntland Green school committees; I was also given two boxes of file folders, in which I will build up the students’ portfolios…

§ 6. I mostly finished unpacking into this 4-bedroom house; I set a school workshop at home and I’m catching up on my lack of sleep. There is a spot in the basement that seems made just for hanging a hammock; that’s where I fell asleep this afternoon; I hadn’t fallen asleep in a hammock for ages…

§ 7. In brief, moving to Mistissini was a great move; sometimes, in life, one hesitates to jump into the river flow, but I’m sure glad I did, for the river took me to a gorgeous beach, where I believe, I shall be happy…

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Learning Cree; Teaching Crees

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 8:51 pm
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¡Adios Québec City! Wachiya Mistissini!

§ 1. Finally, I got myself a job worth calling it ‘a job’; 10 days from now, I likely will be in Mistissini, QC; I’ll be teaching secondary one students with James Bay’s Cree School Board. Thursday morning, 2008sep11, I spoke to the Voyageur Memorial School’s principal, Ms. Francine Roy. who announced me that the selection committee, with whom I had an interview last Friday, 2008sep05, chose me and recommended me to the executive committee, who will therefore hire me to teach there…

§ 2. I phoned Ms. Roy from my parents’ house in MTL; I slept there overnight and on Thursday celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with them; to phone up Ms. Roy, I used my magicJack and my WiMax Nomad connexion, for free, indeed. Wednesday afternoon, I went to a CSDM, Montreal School Board, hiring session; technically, I was hired as a substitute teacher and remitted all paperwork requested; I was also told about a half task at the school I went to in secondary IV; however, when I phoned up early Thusrsday morning, the task was already gone; a few minutes later though, I phoned up Ms. Roy who greeted me with the excellent news that as soon the executive committee approves, the school board will phone me and arrange and pay for my move to Mistissini and also that I could start packing up my gear!

§ 3. Since I owe $50,000 for student loans, I hope to pay that up within two years; if I paid within 20 years, I’d give Desjardins, yet another $50,000: no way! If I live up there two years, I might as well spend a third one; by then, I’ll have ten years to teach at the most; if things go well up north, maybe, I’ll just stay there until the end of my career; we’ll see!

§ 4. All what Quebec school board de la Capitale had to offer me this fall was substitute teaching; as a matter of fact, this morning I was offered two hours a week on Tuesday evenings; indeed I refused, explaining that I was just hired to work full-time up north…

§ 5. As for the working conditions they are excellent; Le loyer est en fonction du nombre de chambres à coucher :
< 1 chambre à coucher: $126 / mois
< 2 chambres à coucher: $162 / mois
< 3 chambres à coucher: $202 / mois
< 4 chambres à coucher: $240 / mois
• Une politique sur le logement régit l’attribution des logements. Les critères principaux sont l’ancienneté et le nombre de personnes à charge.
• Le loyer comprend un logement entièrement meublé (incluant une cuisinière, un réfrigérateur, une laveuse et une sécheuse), chauffé et éclairé.
• Exceptionnellement, des membres du personnel enseignant peuvent être requis de partager un logement. Le loyer est alors ajusté en conséquence.
• L’enseignante ou l’enseignant devrait apporter ses effets personnels y compris la vaisselle, la literie et autres articles préférés (téléviseur, système de son, four à micro-ondes, etc).

6. Yes, this will be a big move in my life, but I believe I’m ready for it and the Crees seem to think so too; we’ll all see if we were right. I guess that soon I’ll have to change the subtitle of this blog from

2.2.2 WordPress Blog of an ESL or Spanish Substitute Teacher in Qc QC since 2007sep21 to:

2.2.2 WordPress Blog of a Sec. I, Generalist Teacher, in Mistissini, QC, since 2008sep21

7. As for learning Cree, this Web p@ge could start you up…

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djo djeault plays tekno kongas

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, August 29th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

djeault plays techno congas

priere de la serenite

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

priere de la serenite

2008-08-28 @t 00h 00m 28s

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, August 22nd, 2008 at 10:51 am

I (finally didn’t) Quit Smoking Tobacco!

(Not) Quitting Smoking Tobacco on 2008-08-28

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 at 4:17 pm
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I must do it and am going to, at 00h 00m 28s… :-)

But, I finally didn’t…

Joseph Deneault§ 1. They say that one should tell everyone about her or his decision to quit smoking; it thus engages one’s responsibility to keep up to one’s word, when the due date does come into effect… I’ve now been smoking for ± 44 years; in ten days from the moment I started writing this @rticle, over a few days, I’m going to quit and that, on August 22nd 2008, or 2008-08-22, which adds up to 22, a # with high vibrations, they say… Furthermore, I was born on May 22nd! It will be like starting a new tobacco-less life, like being born again, Christians love to say or write…

§ 2. Once, in the early 80s, I quit smoking tobacco for six months; I also quit ± 10 x 10 days of meditation sprees, but I started smoking again, just after each 10 days. I remember, just after one of those sessions, maybe my first one, when someone pulled out a cigarette pack, as we were cleaning the mediation center: I felt and observed a ‘current’ from my brain to the tip of my fingers, as my arm stretched out to grab; I then realized that I had felt that wishful action, thousands and thousands of times…

§ 3. On the eighth or ninth day of another session, on the day when we may start talking again, I also recall feeling numb, when I started talking, maybe from the nicotine stocked onto my vocal chords: it was just like when you smoke your first cigarette-s. Yes indeed, nicotine and tobacco are powerfully addictive, but the physical aspect of quitting isn’t all that bad; as I said above, I did cold turkey stop ± 10 times…

§ 4. For the first three or four days, I become quite lethargic: I sleep 18, 15, 12 hours a day; on the fourth or fifth day, vital energy flows back into my organism and my sense of smell comes back to life; it’s a pleasant inner experience, which could smoothly lead to a long-term stop to a REALLY BAD habit…

§ 5. When I was a child, my family Doctor, Dr. Archambault, not to name him, always had on his desk, his red cigarette pack of a company I won’t name and also an ashtray; adds suggesting that smoking tobacco was noble, charming and manly were plentiful! Nowadays, though, powerful lobbies have been crushing down on tobacco use and users, to an almost ridiculous extent.

§ 6. I wouldn’t want to write that smoking tobacco is a great, healthy habit that doesn’t stink; however, the consequences of smoking on people’s behaviour has absolutely nothing to do with what alcohol might provoke into people; now that cigarettes have to be hidden behind covers, those covers have become a space of advertising for alcohol companies: it’s ridiculous! Moreover, convenience stores offer walls of fridges filled with beers and wines with colorful labels all screaming: ‘buy me!’

§ 7. In fact, I’m sure that we’re not hitting the right nail, when I read Mario Asselin’s @rticle presenting his father’s final departure; alcoholic people tend to scare, hurt, and even disgust the people whom they love most, apart from many others and sometimes themselves… As far I’m concerned, the decision I took to abstain from any form of alcohol, over 14 years and eight months ago, was one of the most important, I ever took in my whole lifetime if not the most…

8. Nevertheless, taking that type of quality decision doesn’t even ensure that life will go on smoothly after that, or that one won’t lose her or his job or even the love of her or his life; life sometimes, even often, is quite a rough path; however, drinking up won’t make it any easier; as for not smoking anymore, it won’t solve all problems in my life, but at least it might solve that one.

9. So, two days ahead of 2008aut22, I published this @rticle, hoping it would help me to keep up with my word; we shall see! Finally, I’ll be honnest, it didn’t work on the 22nd; thus, I’m trying again on the 2008-08-28 at 00h 00m 28 s. = 11. :-)

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Summer 2008: Six-Week Contract

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Monday, June 30th, 2008 at 3:51 pm
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ESL Teaching at St-Louis Center

§ 1. Last week, I was given the task of taking care of adult ESL students at St-Louis Center, from July 2nd til August 8th… The Center gives secondary level courses to adult students, who wish to get their high school diploma, equivalencies or credits, so as to enter trade schools or CEGEP…

§ 2. At St-Louis Center, in ESL, the students work individually in their work books; they listen to audio material, on tapes or the Web… Nonetheless, social activities are regularly organised, such as canoeing, visits, etc.

§ 3. This week, only Wednesday, 2008jul02 is scheduled; the five following weeks, I teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, two one-hour periods, thus six hours a week; by the end of this week, I likely will know if I’ll give recuperation classes in ESL, five mornings a week, for a week or three…

§ 4. I could do both because afternoon classes don’t require much preparation, if any: adult students work individually; there’s no magisterial teaching as such, but rather occasional workshops, if any…

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Mad Cow Disease, CJD, YouTube and XHTML

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Inserting in a blog a video posted on youtube, with the code they suggest, creates five XHTML errors; since I take great care at keeping this blog’s XHTML 100% proof, I thus rather inst@ll a target link to that video…

http://www.youtube.com/v/-2g1gxQuFpM le@ds to Professor Colm Kelleher’s Interview; he speaks about mad cow disease and also the human form of the disease, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD; the video lasts 56 minutes. Advanced ESL students should be able to understand Professor Kelleher, who has a clear, articulate, well-spoken speech delivery…

In this fresh @rticle, in Mississauga, ONT, doctors suspect man has strain of Creutzfeldt-Jakob…