Accdg. to the latest New Brunswick provincial news, a $175000 commitment payment towards a Campbellton playground will be built in honor of 4 year old Noah and 6 year old  Connor Barthe who were found dead in August 2013 inside a Campbellton apartment where they were staying for a sleepover. The apartment was located on top of a reptile store.They died from strangulation to a 45 lb African rock python which escaped from its glass tank through a vent and slithered through a ventilation pipe and somehow reached the 2 boys while they were both sleeping.

A campground is also being built to the city’s waterfront as well with a dog park and playground planned to be built together alongside.

The playground should be in place by next summer.

Meanwhile, Jean-Claude Savoie,the former reptile shop owner  and now based in Montreal,Quebec has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after the 2 boys died in his apartment. He’s due to appear on Nov. 24,2015 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, he could face a maximum life sentence.


As per latest news reports in the province of New Brunswick in Canada , an appointed provincial task force released 29 recommendations designed to improve safety governing exotic animals in the province.

All 29 recommendations were accepted by the DNR(Dept. of Natural Resources) and a committee will be established to implement all of them.(No specific timeline has been implemented yet regarding this but hopefully will be in place as soon as possible).

This task force was built up in 2014 after the 2 Barthe brothers(Noah and Connor) were asphyxiated by an African rock python in August 2013.

It also calls for establishment of inspection standards and criteria for all categories of exotic animal keepers.

It also requests a wide public education initiative addressing laws associated dangers, legal species and challenges of owning exotic species.

The New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association members have been requested to be made aware of all approved exotic animals in New Brunswick and to report any prohibited exotic animals as well.

An advisory committee is also requested to periodically review the exempted list(exotic animals allowed without a permit) and make changes accordingly specifically  on turtles and 9 boa constrictor species that are listed. It will be up to ths committee to determine which animals should be on the exempt list.

Recommendations to have law enforcement have the authority to issue tickets in response to incidents or offences related to exotic animals.

It isn’t yet sure at this point what available govt resources would be in place or available to put these recommendations in fruition but that the necessary personnel who will be in place will already have received the additional training or different task distributions.

This report was never intended as the authorities had said to point blame on anyone but to put something positive in place to prevent a future tragedy. They also said that all stakeholders involved will be held accountable to make sure all these recommendations get implemented.

Accdg. to the boys’ grandfather it’ll never  complete the healing process of grief for these 2 boys but hope that all these recommendations do get enforced.

My thoughts exactly! God bless their souls!


Yesterday,April 27,2015 as scheduled,Jean-Claude Savoie,former owner of Reptile Ocean in Campbellton,New Brunswick,Canada  was served  by the Campbellton Provincial Court a single charge of criminal negligence causing the deaths of Noah and Connor Barthe by an African rock python on Aug. 5,2013.

Mr. Savoie(now living in Montreal,Quebec,Canada) wasn’t present in court but represented  by his lawyer Leslie Matchim who appeared before Judge Steven Hutchinson and elected trial by judge and jury in New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench.

A preliminary inquiry will then proceed and to be held from Nov. 24-27 this year so as to determine by that time  if there’s enough evidence to further proceed to a trial. If the presiding judge by that time so determines it to be so, the case will be sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

No plea was entered because accdg. to Mr. Matchim, this is normal because the charge is an indictable offence where Mr. Savoie had the choice of being tried wither in provincial court by a judge or in the Court of Queen’s Bench with or without a jury. Accdg. also to Mr. Matchim,having the preliminary inquiry is optional but he decided to take it up. He said that Mr. Savoie wasn’t required to appear yesterday,being only a procedural appearance but will have to appear at the preliminary inquiry.

More updates to follow once available.


March 31,2015

Today’s newspaper in my Canadian home province revealed that yesterday, Jean-Claude Savoie was charged with criminal negligence for the deaths of 4 year old Noah and 6 year old Connor Barthe,2 young Campbellton boys living in the province of New Brunswick in Canada.

The 2 boys  accdg to autopsy reports ,had died  as a result of being asphyxiated by a 45 kg African rock python that was being housed in the same apartment where they stayed for a sleepover. It was located above the reptile store which Savoie owned—called Reptile Ocean.

Sleepovers of this nature was done repeatedly in the past by these 2 boys since they were friends with Savoie’s young son.

As per RCMP reports, it was believed that the python escaped from its closure,falling through the ceiling near where the 2 boys were sleeping on the floor.

After this incident, Savoie left Campbellton to be with family members who are based in Montreal,Quebec.

As for Reptile Ocean, 27 reptiles were seized by the New Brunswick Dept. of Natural Resources. Majority were distributed to other Canadian zoos but 4 of these reptiles were put down when no zoo would take them.

Jean-Claude Savoie will appear in Campbellton provincial court on April 27,2015.


When I got the news that Leonard Nimoy aka Mr. Spock of Star Trek TV fame had passed away yesterday(February 27,2015) at 83 years of age due to the effects of COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), I felt sad.  Spock’s character had touched the hearts of us humans probably because of his being half-human and half-Vulcan ancestry. His empathy of the human condition makes us assess ourselves in our  own place in this world.

Mr. Nimoy is a multitalented individual, having been involved in acting, directing(for ex., the movie 3 Men and a Baby) ,movie producing,writing books and doing charity work.

One of his final tweets is in my opinion quite memorable….A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had but not preserved except in memory. LLAP(Long Live And Prosper).

You will be preserved in both everyone’s hearts and memories. With your famous Star Trek hand and finger salute(aka Vulcan salute), LLAP to you as well!

I could just imagine your dear friend Scotty also of Star Trek fame who went ahead of you to the pearly gates, to be already beaming you up to join him.

What a sight that would be!!!



Just a few days ago, it was reported that Jean Claude Savoie ,the reptile shop owner will eventually return to Campbellton,New Brunswick from Montreal,Quebec to face charges(possibly at least negligent in nature) pertaining to the deaths of the 2 young brothers Connor and Noah Barthe due to strangulation from an African rock python .  Expected date of appearance at Campbellton  Regional Court will be on April 27,2015.

Details to follow once available.



Today,Feb. 5,2015 , it was announced in the news media that an arrest on the deaths of the 2 boys Noah and Connor Barthe of Campbellton,New Brunswick,Canada had been made in Montreal,Quebec,Canada. Reports show that the reptile shop owner Jean-Claude Savoie was the person referred to in this latest arrest. His shop was the scene of the crime where his pet African rock python had strangled both young boys in their sleep. Autopsy findings confirmed this premise.

Apparently,Mr. Savoie moved to Montreal where he’s now based. Charges reportedly weren’t made yet and the investigation is still ongoing with no fixed timeline.. It’s not clear yet as to when he’ll be sent back to New Brunswick.

Details to follow once available.



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