Sooky Rottweiler by Cynthia

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  1. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Nice. Well done.

  2. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Frame one is the hospital of Tracadie-Sheila, NB as its sits today, that one was bult in 1992. Today, Tracadie is Acadia’s sin city, sort of. A tourist town that comes alive in the summer with bars all over. A party spot. Frame two is a building called “Academie Sainte-Famille”. It was a nursing school ran by our nuns, built in 1912. There’s a museum and part of the Acadian Peninsula New-Brunswick Community College in there. It’s quite an artsy spot, too. Frame three, that red thing behind Sooky and Beebee, That’s a monument to another hospital that sat there between 1944 and 1992. I remember that place pretty well. It was also there when the government took over healthcare in Canada, during what we call the “Quiet Revolution” (the 1960`s).
    The old time picture on the last frame it the other hospital that was built in the late 1890’s, on the same spot.

    Way back, just after the British took over Canada, people here pretty much lived in refugee camp conditions even by eighteenth century standards. Cases of leprosy were detected around here and the first decision colonial powers came up with was to round them all up in Sheldrake Island, in the Miramichy bay and later, in Tracadie. In both places, even with doctors around, the place was more a prison than a hospital. It was burned, twice, by its own patients. Then in 1868, the government decided to bring in some nuns/nurses from Montreal. The Saint-Joseph Hospitallers (I’m not sure if I translate the name right, but in a nutshell, those ladies saw taking care of the sick as their way to serve God. That gave the doctors some serious back up and someone to stay with the sick 24/7 and the conditions of the patients greatly improved. Technology got better and eventually, the medicine got more and more efficient against the disease and when the 1944 hospital was built, there were only 7 lepers left.

  3. pierreandnicole

    pierreandnicole said, over 3 years ago

    Learning about Acadian culture. Thanks.

  4. Mountaingreenery

    Mountaingreenery said, over 3 years ago

    That is fascinating. It’s strange to think that lazar houses were still in existence in the 1940’s. I am glad that leprosy is now treatable. Thank you for telling this history Cynthia.

  5. annamargaret1866

    annamargaret1866 said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks for that information, CF, and thanks also for answering my question a couple of weeks ago. I am remiss.

  6. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    I loved NB when I was growing up, although I couldn’t spend much time there. A couple of weeks here and there. Beautiful countryside.

  7. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’m impressed to see all the comments because whenever I draw a carton that’s even remotely connected to religious questions, I don’t get that many comments and with all the junk that’s said right and left about the supposed goodness or evil of religions or atheism, I can understand why!

    I made a cartoon about an inspiring christian story, but It just happens that I was born in a catholic place so I’m more familiar with the history of catholicism, especially in french Canada but no matter the religion, good people will use it to do good and evil people will use it to do evil and I’m sure buddhism, hinduism, judaism, protestant and orthodox christianity and islam have their mind-blowing stories of compassion and heroism, too. We would notice them if we paid attention more. If we don’t, well it’s our loss!

    If you’re a regular on the editorial section, you’re familiar with two types of discourse on religion; the absolute creationnist who believes that everything bad that’s coming to us because the U.S. disobeyed God, gay marriage, black “commie” president and not supporting Israel enough and on the complete opposite, the absolute atheist, the Richard Dawkins/Seth MacFarlane type, who decided not only to not believe in God (which is an absolutely, 100% legitimate, respectable choice for anyone) but accuse religion of all the World’s evils, say that spirituality is a sign of either stupidity or weakness, and sometimes even ridicule people who chose to believe (which is not so respectable).

    Long story short, one side wants you to blindly believe their idea of religion and ignore your brain while the other one wants you to blindly follow their idea of science and ignore your heart. Those two points of view may be the most vocal, the ones who get the most attention but they may not represent the majority and, honestly, they’re both absolute bullshit to me. Dawkins, a scientist, is about as qualified to talk about spirituality as a clergyman is qualified to talk about science; not at all.

    Science and religion are like two different languages, that might not always understand each other, not all people may understand both but doesn’t mean one has to be wrong or wiped off the map. I’d use the words of South Park’s Stan here in “Go God Go”; Science explains “how”, religion explains “why”.

    The history of the Tracadie Lazaretto is a prime example of those two “languages” working together instead of excluding each other, for the benefit of mankind. The nuns, with their faith, had the “why” side of the problem; why take care of the sick? Because it was their way to serve God, their way to add some meaning to their own lives. The doctors, on the other hand (most notably dr. A.C. Smith (d. circa 1906), an english-speaking protestant who worked with a bunch of french catholic nuns, more to learn, here) brough the “how”; How to heal the sick? With research, hygiene, medications.

  8. Mountaingreenery

    Mountaingreenery said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, I had thought how terrible it must have leprosy and be taken away from family and everything in ones life, forever. It must have made such a difference when the nuns came.

  9. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    One last post…an afterword.
    After the lazaretto closed in 1963 and the government took over the management of the hospital, the nuns went on to create a Women’s shelter, the Acceuil Sainte-Famille, still opened today though under secular management.
    We’ve all heard stories about the hypocrisy of the upper catholic church, of pedophile priests who ramble against gays, who preach against birth control, abortion, divorce and unmarried couples like someone is still listening. Those people dishonour their religion like suicide bombers dishonour Islam.
    Then there are places like the Acceuil, where the strict and outdated beliefs of the catholic church collide with the hard core reality of life. It’s easy to speak against abortion, birth control and divorce for a wealthy single man who lives in a palace but go into those shelters, for men or women, and see, hear the stories of teenagers who went from a foster family to another, hear the stories of rape victims, of prostitutes, drug addicts or the mentally ill, of women who’ll get killed (or see their kids killed) if their husbands get their hand on them again, and after that, you can preach against abortion and divorce and for “morality”.
    Those nuns did that on a daily basis for years in one of the poorest regions of Canada. I may not agree with them on all points, but they certainly have my respect.

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