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April 2012 Archives

Cross border concerns

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

People heading to the US for a weekend of shopping will soon be able to bring back $800 worth of duty free goods. A great deal for travelers, a sore spot for the greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce. CEO Nancy Whipp spoke with the CBC's Marc Genuist.

Shedding The Stigma

Posted by Troy Poirier

Mount Allison University president Robert Campbell talks to Jonna about a conference at Mt. Allison designed to shine a light on student mental health issues.

Baubles and Tea... from the I.O.D.E.

Posted by Troy Poirier

Picture 9074_sm.jpgSusan Spence and Karen Mills of the Shepody Chapter of the IODE join Jonna to talk about a special tea and jewellery sale coming up this Saturday in Dorchester. Aside from being the chapter's chief annual fund-raiser, the day will also celebrate the Queen's upcoming Jubilee. It's all happening at the Keillor House Museum on Main Street in Dorchester. There are two sittings: 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm. Tickets are $8 and only available in advance by calling 379-2439.

Mon Qui Towne - April 30, 2012

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck.

Book clubbers

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Local book club members Pat DesBrisay (left) and Molly Newman talked to Jonna about the reading selections they make to coincide with visiting authors at the Frye Festival.

David Gilmour

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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David Gilmore is an author, former CBC personality and a former student of Northrop Frye himself. His latest novel is "The Perfect Order of Things".


Dave Bidini

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Dave Bidini returns to his musical roots with his most recent work "Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the world in 1972". Jonna met up with him at Spin-it Records in Moncton.



Dave and Jonna took some time to do a little shopping. Turns out, Dave has a weakness for cassettes.


Nora Young

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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The host of CBC Radio's Spark talks about her first book, a look at "The Virtual Self".


Antonine Maillet

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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The grande dame of Acadian letters. Antonine Maillet shares the secrets of a writer's success.


Antoinine Maillet headlines the Frye Festival when she delivers the annual Antonine Maillet - Northrop Frye Lecture at Theatre L'Escaouette Saturday night.

Frye Day on 106.1 FM

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Join Information Morning Moncton Friday from 6 to 8:30 am as we celebrate Moncton's Frye Fest. We'll hear from authors Antonine Maillet, Nora Young and David Gilmour. Jonna visits a local record store with Dave Bidini (pictured). We'll find out why local book clubs are over the moon, AND we'll announce the winner of our Feed ta brain! Contest.


For more information on Frye Fest activities, visit the festival's website.

Meeting of the giant minds

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Imagine listening in on a conversation between two literary greats .....Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan. That event is being staged in Moncton on Saturday. Jonna gets the details from the two men who will portray Frye and McLuhan. Actor Marshall Button plays McLuhan, while Sandy Burnett, who is also a former student of Northrop Frye, plays Frye.

Diverting drunk drivers

Posted by Danny Deveau

A coin-operated breathalyzer has appeared at a night club in Moncton. CBC reporter Marc Genuist talks to the businessman behind the idea.

Paying off at the polls

Posted by Danny Deveau

CBC Reporter Jennifer Choi looks at how two candidates are taking different approaches towards campaign spending ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

Show us the money

Posted by Danny Deveau

The city of Moncton asks the province a level financial playing field for all candidates during municipal election campaigns.

When minutes count

Posted by Danny Deveau

Reporter Karen Rawlines talks to a man who wonders if his father might have survived a heart attack if the Pollett River Bridge had been finished on time.

Modern twist on Evangeline

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Moncton-born writer Heidi Radford Legg talks to Jonna about her update on the classic Longfellow poem for a twenty-first century audience. In her first novel, "My Evangeline", Radford Legg chronicles the tale of an Acadian family in Canada 250 years after the deportation.


Boss of the Box Office

Posted by Troy Poirier

People in Moncton tell us why they lined up early Saturday morning to get tickets to see Bruce Springsteen perform later this summer at Magnetic Hill.

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Surface Tensions

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Jonna talks to Patricia Boudreau, who has lived with psoriasis for decades, and Moncton dermatologiest Dr. Marc Bourcier. They are both taking part in a patient information event at the Crown Plaza in downtown Moncton on April 25th. You can register on-site beginning at 6:30pm or beforehand online at www.psoriasiscommunity.ca/learn

Mon Qui Towne - April 23, 2012

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck.

Gift of life

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Part 1 of the life-giving and life-affirming story of a woman from Fredericton who offered one of her kidneys to a distant cousin in Moncton.



And here's Part 2 of the Tanya Roy and Judy Caissie story.

A Softball League of Their Own

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Players Vanessa Bastarache (left) and Taylor Cormier joined Kevin Robart of the Greater Moncton minor girls softball association to talk about the all-ages girls softball program in Moncton that's making a difference for young girls.

Striking The Balance

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Public safety and the rights of individuals: a discussion on how we treat people with mental illness in light of the beating death of gay activist Raymond Taavel in Halifax.

Joining Jonna for the discussion was Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Frye Societies and Dr. Charles Emmrys, a psychologist in Moncton.

Housing crisis in Elsipogtog

Posted by Danny Deveau

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A fire in Elsipogtog gutted an apartment building and left about two dozen people without a home on April 12. The community says the fire also exposed a deeper housing problem on the reserve. The CBC's Karen Rawlines spoke with Marilyn Simon, a volunteer helping people displaced by the fire.

Phantom mental pains

Posted by Danny Deveau

One of the the world's great Phantom of the Opera singers gave a Riverview woman a chance to sing onstage with her the last time he performed at the Riverview Arts Centre. He also set her on the path to better mental health. In advance of his return engagement to the RAC, Peter Karrie and Cheryl Albert talked to Jonna about their remarkable shared story.

U de M's new president

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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St. Boniface, Manitoba-born Raymond Théberge is the new president of l'Université de Moncton. He talked to Jonna about the challenges both he and the university face in the coming years.

Raymond Théberge begins his five-year term at L'Université de Moncton in June. (CBC)

Survivor's guilt

Posted by Danny Deveau

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How do you keep calm and carry on when people around you are losing their jobs? Pierre Battah talks about workplace survivor's syndrome.


Lone wolf?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jonna talks to Don McAlpine, the zoologist trying to unravel the mystery behind the large, wolf-like creature shot on the Acadian Peninsula.

(Photo courtesy of Roger Lanteigne)

Mon Qui Towne - April 16, 2012

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck. We'll feature a new comic strip by Eric each Monday in this spot for the next few weeks. Click here for Jonna's interview with Eric.


Jian meets Jonna

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Jonna interviews the host of the most popular cultural affairs program in Canada, Jian Ghomeshi.


In case you missed it, click here to listen to Jian's opening monologue for Q, live from the Capitol Theatre in Moncton.

McKinnon memories

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jonna's interview with Catherine McKinnon, the New Brunswick born star who's receiving a lifetime achievement award at the ECMA's this weekend.


also, Catherine tells the backstory of how she came to popularize the classic folksong, "Farewell to Nova Scotia."


(Photo: CBC Still Photo Collection)

An ECMA primer

Posted by Danny Deveau

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As the ECMA's get ready to rock, Jonna talks to Adam Gould, head of the ECMA local organizing committe. Adam talks about the many ways people can plug into the festive atmosphere.

ECMA Flashback

Posted by Danny Deveau

We take you back to 1997, the last time the East Coast Music Awards were in Moncton. Some of the memories are fun and some are bittersweet.

ECMA profiles

Posted by Danny Deveau

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The ECMAs have arrived and musicians from all over Atlantic Canada are starting to show up. This week on Information Morning, we've been profiling a few of our local musicians who have been nominated for ECMA's. The CBC's Matt Tunnacliffe is our guide.

Luc Cardin and Sally Wright are separately nominated in the classical music category at this week's East Coast Music Awards in Moncton. Matt spoke with them both about what it takes to make a living as a classical musician.


Matt cranks it up with a look at Moncton metal band Dischord.


Thursday, Matt turns his attention to a nominated festival: SappyFest.


Mon Qui Towne

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck. We'll feature a new comic strip by Eric each Monday in this spot for the next few weeks. Click here for Jonna's interview with Eric.

Click on the comic to enlarge it.

Grandmothers helping grandmothers

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Ernestine LeBlanc of Riverview has crocheted about 180 hats and 25 scarves to send to Swaziland. It's in conjunction with a program run by AIDS Moncton and AIDS Saint John.



The (thermal) heat is on at church

Posted by Danny Deveau

Kevin Gallant is an engineer who tackled an energy retrofit for a St. Michael's Basilica in Miramichi. He talked to Jonna about Phase 1 of the project which included installing solar thermal hot water system, something that helped the parish drastically reduce its heading cost. The parish has just launched a fund-raising campaign to finish Phase 2 of the project.

Pilot parking project for Main Street

Posted by Danny Deveau

More parking or more pedestrians on Main Street? Moncton city council debated both options Monday night. CBC reporter Marc Genuist was there.

Bus talks could resume

Posted by Danny Deveau

Codiac Transpo bus drivers voted a 94 per cent strike mandate over the weekend. Vanessa Blanch talks to the opposing sides in this labour management dispute threatens to disrupt the daily commute for thousands of passengers. However the city and the union still hope to avert a strike.


Paul Thomson speaks for the City of Moncton.


George Turple is president of the union representing bus operators, mechanics and service people.

Both sides say they're willing to meet again. The City of Moncton says that could happen this Thursday. The union is required to give 24 hours-notice before taking any strike action.

Pichette publishes Cathedral history

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Robert Pichette talked to Vanessa Blanch about Monday's launch of his 287-page history of the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral in Moncton. The book's publishing comes at a crucial junction in the building's history. Crucial renovations are needed, but so far, there's no money to pay for them. BTW, you can win a signed copy of this book. To enter, tell us the story of a memorable esperience you've had that's connected to that church. The book is called "La cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption: Monument de la Reconnaissance" and is written in French.

Mon Qui Towne

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck. We'll feature a new comic strip by Eric each Monday in this spot for the next few weeks. Click here to see last week's comic strip.