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March 2012 Archives

Trooper goes to school

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

A dog named Trooper is helping some Moncton students learn more about bullying and resiliance. Trooper was taken to the SPCA a couple of weeks ago with serious wounds after being attacked by other dogs. He went to West Riverview Elementary School recently to demonstrate the harm that bullying can have on dogs.

Sheldon Donovan is a Grade 5 student at the school. Sheila Johnston is his teacher. They spoke with the CBC's Karen Rawlines.

Photo: Trooper the dog has visited the Grade 5 class of Sheldon Donovan, right, to show the effects of bullying. (Greater Moncton SPCA/Facebook)

Swift musical education

Posted by Danny Deveau


Jonna talks to Thom Swift, the Pied Piper of New Brunswick ahead of his concert with the Sistema Orchestra in Moncton next Wednesday. He talks about what jazzes him about giving the gift of music. The concert is happening April 4, from 7-9 o'clock at Moncton High School Auditorium.

Tickets for the concert are $10 and are available at Spin-It Records and Video, Moncton Reads Newsstand and at the door.

Lucien on budget(s)

Posted by Danny Deveau

The blue collar philosopher from the North Shore weighs in after a two-budget week.

Budget panel

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Provincial budget reaction: Jonna talked to Jean-Claude Basque, Provincial Coordinator pf the Common Front for Social Justice, and Nancy Whipp, CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

Recruiting more "fly" boys & girls

Posted by Danny Deveau

Students at the Eel Ground First Nation will get a chance this Friday and Saturday to learn the art of fly-tying. Fly-fishing enthusiast Betty Ward and educator John Hawkes are involved in the Eel Ground Atlantic Salmon Fly fishing and Sportsman Show. They talked to Jonna about the need for native youth to strengthen their ties to nature.

Margaret McCain's journey

Posted by Danny Deveau

Former Lieutenant-Governor Margaret McCain talked to Jonna about what she called her "journey into the world of cancer," the time she spent with husband Wallace during and after his battle with the disease. McCain will share her story at the Daffodil Ball this Saturday in Moncton. Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-455-9090. Individual tickets are $200 and table of eight is $1,500. The Cancer Society hopes to exceed the amount raised during the 2011 Ball, which totaled more than $100,000

Bus petition

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Coadiac Transit bus user Karen Haley has started a petition she hopes to present to Moncton City Council this coming Monday. She hopes to generate enough pressure to avert a possible strike.

A pox on polio

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Gary Aguinaga talked to Jonna about the "Handbags to End Polio" initiative conducted by the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview. It involves an auction of designer handbags to help the cause that's happening Thursday night.

Help On The Way

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Marc Belliveau, disaster managment associate for the Canadian Red Cross in Moncton, and Moncton Fire Chief Eric Arensenault talk to reporter Kate Letterick about how the city is sending support and relief to flood-ravaged Perth-Andover.

Back on Track

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Paddy Quinn and Tracy Robinson are resuming activities at the Fat Bastards Walking Club of Miramichi. They told Jonna on Tuesday that they're back on track after falling off the wagon at Christmas.

Val D'Amour's "Star" man

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Campbellton area singer Jean-Marc Couture won the francophone reality show/music competition Star Academie in Montreal Sunday night. Radio-Canada's cultural reporter Anne-Marie Parenteau was there and talked to Jonna Brewer Monday morning.

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Welcome to Mon Qui Towne

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc


Eric Dyck is a cartoonist, illustrator & educator living in Moncton. For the next few weeks, he'll be sharing his unique perspective on life in Moncton in his comic strip, Mon Qui Towne. Check back each Monday for a brand new comic.

Eric was a guest on Information Morning 106.1 FM Monday morning. You can hear his interview with Jonna Brewer.

Click on the comic strip below to enlarge it.


From Eric's archives:


Rallying for Jean-Marc

Posted by Danny Deveau

The mother of Star Academie finalist Jean-Marc Couture talked to Jonna about the do-or-die weekend he's facing. More than 3,000 people showed up at a rally in Campbellton Thursday night in support of the Val D'Amour native. The competition is akin to "American Idol" for the francophone set. Couture goes up against Quebec performer Sophia Pelletier in Sunday's final. Star Academie is competition/reality show previously won by Wilfred LeBouthillier of Tracadie-Sheila.

MHS students respond

Posted by Danny Deveau

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The province slammed the door on further discussion about moving Moncton High School to the outskirts of the city. Two members of MHS student council, Emily Crompton and Stefen Savoy, weigh in on developments.

Beach weather?!

Posted by Danny Deveau

Reporter Kate Letterick talks to people soaking up the sun Wednesday at Parlee Beach.

Les Aigles Bleus head to national championship

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Freelance sports reporter Roger Surette profiles the l'Universite de Moncton's men's hockey team, Les Aigles Bleus, as they head into the national championship in Fredericton this weekend.

Battle over Moncton High

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna's interview with Claude Williams, the provincial minister responsible for the new site.

Moncton picks site for downtown centre

Posted by Danny Deveau

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The mayor talks about the city's plans for the Highfield Square property. George LeBlanc tells Jonna it's a "very large, small step forward" towards a downtown sports and entertainment centre.

MHS students: "We are not cattle"

Posted by Danny Deveau

Stefan Savoy is a Moncton High student council member. Monday night at Moncton city council, he slammed the way he says the provincial government is steamrolling over opposition while moving MHS from the downtown core to the outskirts of the city.

I ♥ CBC 106.1 winner

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc


Congratulations to Sebastien Bezeau, winner of our CBC Mug Shot contest! He won the draw for the Kobo eReader Touch. Thanks to everyone who entered for your terrific photos! Stay tuned to 106.1 FM for details on your next chance to win CBC prizes, including another Kobo.

Identity crisis

Posted by Danny Deveau

Starting over - with no ID. Marc Genuist has the story of a former inmate who says Corrections Canada could do better to help people when they re-enter society.

Juggling comedy and life

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Aloma Jardine talks to Jonna about why she makes time for community theatre to balance out her busy schedule as a working mother.

More nursing homes

Posted by Danny Deveau

Social Development Minister Sue Stultz talks to Jonna about the province's plan to deal with a shortage of care for seniors in the province. Jonna follows that up by interviewing Cecile Cassista, Executive Director Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents' Rights.

Getting back on track

Posted by Danny Deveau

David Campbell, economic development consultant, talks to Jonna about the production problems at Moncton's Industrial Rail.

Cottage for a cause

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Pierre Martell talked to Jonna about supplying a dream cottage that will be raffled off to raise funds for the Riverview Boys and Girls Club.

Royal Oaks developer gives up on rezoning

Posted by Danny Deveau

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The Royal Oaks developer pulls its rezoning application for land near the site of the new Moncton High School. Jim Scott , a consultant for the developer, talked to Jonna about some of the reasons behind the decision.

A new focus

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Middle school students from Northrup Frye School in Moncton are seeing the world in a different way this year - through a camera lens.

BMHS students give blood

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

YoungBlood.JPGKatherine Houser is a Bernice MacNaughton High School student. It's her first time giving blood. She took part in a program that encourages high school students to donate. We'll hear more about that Thursday after the 7:30 a.m. news on 106.1 FM.

Herding hepcats

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Band-leader Francois-Olivier Fortin talks about what it's like to organize and direct The Big Band Theory, a new 19-piece jazz combo in Moncton. Also along for the interview was the youngest member of his troupe, trumpet player and high school student, Melanie Cosman.

Chamber supports fracking

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Greater Moncton's Chamber of Commerce says yes to fracking - but with conditions. CEO Nancy Whipp explains the group's position to CBC reporter Marc Genuist.

Cap-Pelé take down

Posted by Danny Deveau

Deputy mayor Hector Doiron describes the series of events Monday in Cap-Pelé that concluded with the removal of a sign at the local arena. That sign had been an homage to former and deceased village priest Fr. Camille Leger. Several people came forward to accuse the priest of molestation.

The Archbishop of Moncton told parishioners at Ste Therese d'Avila in Cap Pelé that he believes the men who have come forward alleging that a deceased priest abused them.
Archbishop André Richard spoke during Sunday mass. He went on to praise the men for speaking out about the abuse, which they say happened when Father Camille Léger was a priest in the village, from 1957 to 1980. Here is his interview with CBC reporter Marc Genuist, which originally aired Monday, March 12.

The perils of potholes

Posted by Danny Deveau

Ron Godin, the consumer advocate for insurance for New Brunswick, talks to Jonna about liability and the impact potholes have on insurance rates.

End of an era

Posted by Danny Deveau

Hector Stevens is closing the grocery he owns in Dalhousie that's been in his family since it opened in 1929. He can't find a buyer because of the depressed local economy.

Codiac Transpo labour dispute

Posted by Danny Deveau

The city and the union representing bus drivers and mechanics have reached an impasse in contract negotations. We hear from both sides: Paul Thomson (pictured), who speaks for the city, and George Turple, president of ATU local 1290.

Stand-up Butt

Posted by Danny Deveau

One of Canada's most successful comedians performs in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton this week. We drill down with former Corner Gas star Brent Butt to find out the secret of his stand-up success.

Fuel supply dwindling in Dalhousie

Posted by Danny Deveau

Clem Tremblay, the mayor of Dalhousie, contemplates a future without the Dalhousie Thermal Generating Station. A recent report by NB Power suggests the station's fuel supply will be gone by the end of April or early May.

Debit card fraud

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Paul Ward talks to Jonna Brewer about the strange charges that appeared on his bank statement. Codiac RCMP are asking people to check their bank or credit union statements and to report any suspicious transactions to their financial institution and the police.

RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects in this case. You can visit their website for photos and more information.

Painfully aware

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Ruth Stella Maclean is a retired nurse from Riverview. She talked to Jonna about the book she wrote called "Living Successfully with Chronic Pain." It will be officially launched on March 22 at Riverview Public Library from 6:20 to 8 p.m. The book is available in print and as an e-book at or from MacLean's website.

Riverdale meets Moncton

Posted by Danny Deveau

Archie, Betty and Veronica and the rest of the gang are coming soon, to a cell phone near you. George Donovan is president Gojii Games, the Moncton company behind a new game you'll be able to play on mobile devices, your computer and Facebook.

The life of Lauren

Posted by Danny Deveau

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It's been a whirlwind couple weeks for singer Lauren Barnes of Moncton. From a performance at Carnegie Hall, she went on to Toronto for music school auditions, and then her return home where she'll be performing at Friday's Celtic Revue show at the Riverview arts Centre, where she'll be performing with many other artists, including the show's producer, Paul McCloskey.

Middle East mess

Posted by Danny Deveau

James Devine, a Mt. A. assistant professor of policitial science specializing in the Middle East, talks to Jonna about rising tensions over Syria, Iran and Yemen.

In the (pocket) neighbourhood

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Richard Lachance is passionate about spreading the "pocket neighbourhoods" concept. He told Jonna on Monday's show that it's a great alternative to the common street, block and lot development of today.

Government shuffle

Posted by Danny Deveau

Political science professor Tom Bateman takes a closer look at Thursday's shuffle - of both departments and ministers.

Great "Y'all" of China

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Country artists Kevin Chase and Melanie Morgan talk to Vanessa Blanch about their upcoming tour in China.

ECMA Tune up

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Adam Gould, chair of the local organizing committee for the upcoming East Coast Music Awards, talks to Vanessa about what the awards could mean for home-grown talent.

Mission to Haiti

Posted by Danny Deveau

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A group of students from Moncton will head to the devastated country next month to deliver sporting equipment and help people rebuild. Roger LeBlanc, left, is one of the organizers and photographer Maurice Henri also plans to travel with the group.