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A Letter to Uncle Bill

Posted: Dec 14, 2013 9:20 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 14, 2013 9:20 AM ET
Bill Jessome, a well-known Maritime broadcaster and one of the pioneer voices in Nova Scotia television, died at the age of 88. This is a letter his nephew and CBC reporter Phonse Jessome wrote.A letter to Uncle BillI know first and foremost you are a man of words Bill. You rose every day, hungry to write. It was the one thing you did just for you. You showed me what it means to be a real writer. I've been struggling...

What is a hero

Posted: Jul 3, 2013 2:43 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 3, 2013 2:43 PM ET
A quiet thump carries through the morning fog as a family of five gathers beneath the iconic white and red lighthouse. The sea is gentle today,  but you can hear it slap the rocks. A breeze begins to pull the fog back and the family poses, smiling as a friend snaps a few pictures. Another Peggy's Cove moment. Nearby, Jason Sparkes and Gregory Kutney climb the rounded rocks stepping carefully over each crevice. Gregory jokes that Jason's boots are too clean....

Is Phillip Boudreau really a victim?

Posted: Jun 27, 2013 8:52 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 27, 2013 8:52 AM ET
Blaming Phillip Boudreau is easy.It seems Phillip Boudreau was up to his old tricks-- cutting someone's trap lines-- when he was gunned down, run over by a fishing boat and left for dead on the water. We don't know for sure that happened to him. It's what is in the police file but it hasn't been tested in court so we'll have to wait and see.Still, it's probably a safe bet to say Phillip was cutting trap lines. Everyone in Petit-de-Grat...

Beauty, evil and truth in Petit-de-Grat

Posted: Jun 14, 2013 1:50 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2013 1:50 PM ET
If it's truth you are looking for, the back roads are best. It hides there, the way the real essence of a place does. That's certainly the case when you drive to the fishing village of Petit-de-Grat. It sits inside a sheltered harbour near the end of Isle Madame -- a tiny island tucked beneath the southern tip of Cape Breton Island. Leave the main highway in Arichat and you are there. Not in Petit-de-Grat yet, but in the real...

Faith, forgiveness and a mother's painful memories

Posted: May 27, 2013 6:44 AM ET Last Updated: May 27, 2013 6:44 AM ET
Mary Louise Orichefsky talks to Jesus. Every day. He's hard to miss in her Cole Harbour home. His enamel eyes survey her kitchen from the statue on top of the refrigerator. He sprawls in his mother's arms in a charcoal print on the counter. He's on the bookshelves, the tabletops and always on her mind.  It's easy in these secular times to scoff at someone who runs rosary beads through her fingers daily. It's even trendy to dismiss that person...

About the Author

Phonse Jessome has been chasing stories down the main streets and back roads of Nova Scotia since the spring of 1981. So far he is showing no signs of giving up the chase.

Recent Entries

A Letter to Uncle Bill
A Letter to Uncle Bill
Dec 14, 9:20 AM

Bill Jessome, a well-known Maritime broadcaster and one of the pioneer voices in Nova Scotia television, died at the age of 88. This is a letter his nephew and CBC... more »

What is a hero
What is a hero
Jul 3, 2:43 PM

A quiet thump carries through the morning fog as a family of five gathers beneath the iconic white and red lighthouse. The sea is gentle today,  but you can hear... more »

Is Phillip Boudreau really a victim?
Is Phillip Boudreau really a victim?
Jun 27, 8:52 AM

Blaming Phillip Boudreau is easy.It seems Phillip Boudreau was up to his old tricks-- cutting someone's trap lines-- when he was gunned down, run over by a fishing boat and... more »

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