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July 2012 Archives

Moving days at the Zoo

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Overtures to an 1812 exhibit

Posted by Troy Poirier

Canada Parks historian Ronny-Gilles LeBlanc talks to Khalil about the War of 1812 exhibit that's travelling across New Brunswick this week.

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Leap of photographic faith

Posted by Troy Poirier

Sasha_OnyshenkoFrom being light on his feet to capturing the light, Sasha Onyshenko talks to Khalil about his transformation. He went from being one of the elite members of the Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to becoming a portrait and wedding photographer.

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Below is an example of Sasha's work.

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Corn Hill Chronicles: July 30, 2012

Posted by Troy Poirier

bob.jpgIn this week's column, Information Morning's garden guy contemplates communication of the insect variety and wonders whether humans will ever understand what's really going on out there in nature.

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Sanguine on Sagouine

Posted by Troy Poirier

Le Pays de La Sagouine theme park in Bouctouche is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this summer. The Acadian attraction features old-time characters, songs, jokes and stories set in a fictional island village. The park is inspired by Antonine Maillet's 1971 play La Sagouine. Marie-France Doucet is the general manager and she spoke with the CBC's Tori Weldon about the enduring appeal of the attraction.

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A stand for seasonal workers

Posted by Troy Poirier

Guillaume Theriault Deschênes organized a march in support of seasonal workers who will see their E.I. benefits cut. He talked to guest-host Khalil Akhtar about what he hopes the weekend protest will accomplish.

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Gettin' all Sappy on us

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jon Claytor (left) and Paul HendersonThe co-creators of the upcoming Sappyfest, Jon Claytor (left) and Paul Henderson, talk about the Aug. 3-5 indie music festival happening in Sackville. They tell guest host Khalil Ahktar just how they'll follow up last year's surprise appearance by Arcade Fire that boosted the event's reputation.

For a full schedule, check out www.sappyfest.com

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Acadian Peninsula E.I. Changes

Posted by Troy Poirier

Alma Breau Thibodeau of Paquetville received a letter in the mail this week that was a shock. Her Employment Insurance benefits are being reduced substantially starting in August. She talked to Khalil Ahktar about a group of workers in northern New Brunswick are fighting changes to the E.I. system.

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Orchestral maneuvers

Posted by Troy Poirier

Craig WatsonA new face at Sistema NB. The new director of the Sistema Centre is Craig Watson and, among other things, he talked to Khalil Akhtar about the final tally from Sistema's annual instrument drive.

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Casting aspersions on DFO

Posted by Danny Deveau

Marc Madore is hopping mad at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for closing salmon pools on the Miramichi River. "You don't have a happy camper on the other end of the line this morning," the recreational fisherman from Blackville told guest host Khalil Ahktar. Madore contends the low water levels haven't raised water temperatures enough to warrant closure.

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Not opposed to private MRI clinic

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Dr. Jeff Mowat, Chief of Radiology at the Moncton Hospital, weighed in on news that a private 3T MRI service will open in Moncton in September.

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Bore-ing down on music

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Kelly-Sue O'Connor talked to Khalil Ahktar this morning about the inaugural Bore Music Festival in Hillsborough she's sheperding on Friday in Hillsborough. She only dreamed up the idea for the 12-hour festival in June, so pulling things together has been a challenge. The festival is a fund-raiser for the N.B. Nature Trust and features several bands including Marco Rocca, Paper Beats Scissors, Zwerg and Lovestorm.

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How & why of wet & dry

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Mary MacDonald is the public relations coordinator for the Westmorland Albert Solid Waste Corporation.
She talked to guest-host Khalil Akhtar about new efforts to educate people about the wet/dry waste separation program.

This invasion has legs

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jim Weldon, manager-coordinator of the Shediac Bay Watershed Association, talks to guest host Khalil Ahktar about the Bill... The invasion of the european green crab. The small crustacean's population has exploded in Shediac Bay.

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Bard-ly happening

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Cody Bolton and Amanda Spear strike a Shakespearean pose. They are members of the Hubcity Theatre group stating the bard's Midsummer Night's Dream in the open air of Swan Pond in Sackville and Victoria Park in Moncton.

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Walking with crocs

Posted by Troy Poirier

Guest host Khalil Ahktar and Bernard GallantFor a few minutes, Studio A became a caiman island when Bernard Gallant talked to guest host Khalil Ahktar. Gallant is foreman of animal care at the Magnetic Hill Zoo and he talked about the two caimans the zoo has on exhibit. Bernard thought it best NOT to bring one of the caimans in studio. Bernard and Khalil are pictured with the head of an unfortunate reptile... an alligator... that was seized at the Stanfield International Airport in Halifax a few years ago.

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Waste not, want not

Posted by Troy Poirier

Although it's been mandatory for more than six years now, the Wet/Dry Waste Separation program in the Moncton area still confuses some people. Jennifer Choi talks to a resident who says the program needs a revision.

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Unhappy over hoops crackdown

Posted by Troy Poirier

The City of Moncton has issued warnings to west-end homeowners reminding them that curbside basketball games contravene city bylaws. The CBC's Tori Weldon gets some reaction from people none-too-pleased with this development and Khalil talks to the city's director of design and construction about some of the reasons behind Moncton's effort.

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Corn Hill Chronicles: July 23, 2012

Posted by Troy Poirier

bob.jpgInformation Morning's garden guy Bob Osborne recalls the weekend wedding when he was lusting after lavender.

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Early Genius

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jonna Brewer takes you to an Owens Art Gallery exhibit of early works by then Mt. Allison university student Alex Colville.

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Flush with money

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dan Hicks, supervisor of Parks and Grounds with the City of Moncton. talks to the CBC's Tori Weldon about those $300,000 toilet facilities at Centennial Park. City mayor George LeBlanc was the lone voter against the expenditure.

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"Awakening" with an edge

Posted by Troy Poirier

Aislinn_Wishart-Ed_McNamara.jpgCast members Aislinn Wishart and Ed McNamara talked to guest-host Khalil Akhtar about their challenging roles in the Ghostlight Theatre production of Spring Awakening.The rock musical opens this Wednesday with daily performances through Sunday at the Empress Theatre in downtown Moncton. Tickets for the show are $25 (all fees included) and are on sale now at the Capitol Theatre, Theatre L'Escaouette, Frank's Music, and Monument Lefebvre. Tickets are also available online at the Capitol theatre's website.

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"Reply all" leads to Liberal gaffe

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Radio-Canada's Marc Poirier gives Jonna the low-down on some nasty emails that surfaced in the bid for the Liberal leadership. Turns out Mike Murphy wasn't talking about his competitor Brian Gallant very nicely.

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Sentenced in abduction case

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The CBC's Karen Rawlines talks to the step-father of a 13-year-old Moncton-area girl who was abducted in May. He spoke shortly after twenty-four-year-old Adam Radcliffe of Shediac was sentenced to just over two years in prison on charges of sexual interference, abduction, and two charges of breaching a court order.

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Irish eyes on Miramichi

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Event chair Veronique Arsenault gives Jonna the rundown on "Canada's Irish Festival" starting today (Friday) in Miramichi.

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Facebook mistrial

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The role of social media in jury selection. Miramichi native Robert Currie, director of the Law & Technology Institute at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, talks to Jonna in the wake of the mistrial declared in Moncton. Fred Prosser is accused of killing Sabrina Patterson in October of 2010. A mistrial was declared after the court was alerted that one of the jurors had posted in an anti-Prosser facebook group several months ago.

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Off the rails?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A death knell for passenger rail service. That's how Ted Bartlett, a transportation advocacy group spokesman, sees cuts to via rail in the maritimes.


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Pushback on private MRIs

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The real cost of a private MRI clinic in Moncton? A spokesperson for the National Health Coalition says it's a lot higher than you may think. The interim leader of the opposition in the legislature also weighs in with his take on the issue.

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Many cultures meld for Mosaiq

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Guatemalan native Lethania Martinez talked about the fashion show she's organizing and the Mayan-inspired crafts she's exhibiting at the Mosaiq Multiculral Festival. Event co-ordinator Robert Gallant teed-up some of the musicial acts that will be performing during the Friday and Saturday festivities.

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Train talk

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Squeezed by the cuts. We hear from the mayor of Sackville and two Mount Allison students upset by the reduction in train service to their town.

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T3 not two-tiered: MRI entrepreneur

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Entrepreneur Marc Maurice is setting up a private MRI clinic in Moncton this September. He talks to Jonna about why he thinks it's an idea whose time has come and that it doesn't contravene national health laws.

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Doing its part

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Bruce Dougan, general manager of the Magnetic Hill Zoo, talked to Jonna about conservation breeding on this morning's edition of What's new at the Zoo?

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Concerted traffic efforts getting worse?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

One Moncton tour bus operator says traffic is getting worse, not better, when it comes to bringing people from out of town to Magnetic Hill megaconcerts.

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Protesting the lock-out

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The CBC's Tori Weldon talks to a bus driver and a frequent passenger who turned up at a protest in front of Moncton's city Hall on Monday. They were calling for an end to the city's lockout of Codiac Transpo's unionized workers.

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Funding for folklore

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Bernie Colepaugh talked to Jonna about a project in Renous to turn an old gasoline station property into the Miramichi Folklore Park. He and his fellow members of the Heritage Players are hoping for a permanent home for their productions.

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Corn Hill Chronicles, July 16, 2012

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Information Morning's garden guy Bob Osborne waxes about a late beekeeper who had a profound impact on his life.

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Giant career move

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Former wrestler Robert Maillet updated Jonna on his Hollywood career. He's been able to quit his local factory job in Kent County and is exclusively working in the film industry. Next up, a sequel to the Percy Jackson movie franchise.

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Baseball fills the food truck

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Ralph Chambers of the Moncton Mets (right) and Ray Gould, managing director of the Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton, talked to Jonna about a two-day effort with sponsors to collect non-perishable food items to help clients of food banks who are having a hard time making ends meet.

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Record car show

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna talks to Bill Doherty, show chairman of the Atlantic Nationals Automotive Extravaganza. He reports the show broke a record for registrations and attendence on the weekend in Moncton.

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Scaled back Springsteen?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Halifax concert and music scene observer Waye Mason says Bruce Springsteen is unlikely to attract as many fans as the Rolling Stones, U2 or even AC/DC at his Aug. 26 concert in Moncton . He says the 70,000 mark is overly optimistic and that 30,000 is likely what promotors are actually hoping to attract.


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Hot Rod Help.

Posted by Danny Deveau

Greenwood, N.S. classic car owner Woody Wood talked to Jonna about the help he received from the hot rodding community in Moncton when he limped into town with a brake problem on his 1967 Chevy Camaro.

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Rockin' with the Roller Derby

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Katie Doyle, also known as "Eve McQueen" (left) and Catherine Vienneau-Leclair..."Decepticat."...rolled into Studio A this morning to talk to Jonna about their roller derby league.

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Pass the poutine

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jonna talked to David Gingras about how he became Moncton's Poutine Guy. You can read his blog at poutineguy.blogspot.ca













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Saying no to binding arbitration

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jacques Dubé is Moncton's City Manager. He explains the city's current position on the Codiac Transpo lockout.

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For the birds

Posted by Danny Deveau

The Moncton hospital is bad for birds' health. The CBC's Tori Weldon brings us that story.

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Stalled again

Posted by Danny Deveau

Talks have broken down between the city and the union representing Codiac Transpo workers in Moncton We hear from both sides in this dispute.

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Family drama of historic proportions

Posted by Danny Deveau

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American history professor Christopher Hodson talks about the discoveries he made, including heart-rending stories about families torn apart by the Deportation of 1755, when he was researching his book about the Acadian diaspora.


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Here's part 2 of Jonna's interview with Christopher Hodson. His book, The Acadian Diaspora, An Eighteenth-Century History is published by Oxford University press. It's available on Amazon as well as at Oxford University Press's website, www.oup.com. It should also be at major bookstores.

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Spider Tales

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Today's "What's New at the Zoo" featured Bernie Gallant, foreman of animal care at the Magnetic Hill Zoo, with "Rosie" the tarantula.


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Set for Springsteen

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jacques Dubé, manager of the city of Moncton, talks to Jonna about lessons learned from the Nickelback concert on the weekend....with an eye towards how the Magnetic Hill site will perform for the Bruce Springsteen concert on Aug. 26

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Herb your enthusiasm

Posted by Danny Deveau

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Those are pretty common herbs but there are many more that people could be adding to their gardens. Jonna gets some advice from herbalist Louise LeBlanc.

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Homicide mystery a year old

Posted by Danny Deveau

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon talks to Jonna about the continuing mystery surrounding the homicide of prominent Saint John businessman Richard Oland. Police have said little about the case. They say it's a complicated investigation and the amount of forensic evidence in the case is substantial.

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From Manitowoc (Wis.) to Miramichi

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Laura (Wergin) Comeau met her husband online and subsequently from Wisconsin to Miramichi (by way of Ontario) where she's now part of a local art collective. She's one of 25 members of the Miramichi Art Core, the group that's exhibiting paintings all summer-long at the Ritchie Wharf Gallery. Laura talked to Jonna about how the Miramichi River is inspiring much of her art, including this painting called Morning Mist on the Miramichi.


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Corn Hill Chronicles July 9, 2012

Posted by Danny Deveau

Information Morning's garden guy shares his thoughts on the weeding and thinning parts of the growing season.

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Malware beware

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna talks to computer expert about a virus you should know about called DNSchanger that affects both PCs and Apple computers. How do you know if your computer is infected? Sit down at your computer and type in www.dns-ok.ca You'll either get a green or a red screen. Green means you're in the clear, red means your computer is infected with the DNSchanger. There are many anti-virus vendors, such as Microsoft, that have removal tools that you can download to do the job.

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Phantom summer

Posted by Danny Deveau

CBC reporter Tori Weldon talks to Leigh Alderson, a young ballet dancer from Ireland who will dance the summer away in the Atlantic Ballet Theatre production of Phantom- The Ballet.. The production debuts July 17 at the Capitol Theatre.

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Spinning a good tale.

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jennifer Aikman-Smith talked to Jonna about the writing and illustrating camp for kids she's conducting at the Magnetic Hill School. For more information on the Talespin camps or to register, you can send an e-mail to talespin@live.com, go to the facebook page or call 852-9017.

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Track and Field of dreams

Posted by Danny Deveau

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More than 100 elite athletes will be competing at a track and field meet in Moncton tonight. Meet director Peter Stuart talked to Jonna about some of the athletes who are hoping to gain a spot on their country's Olympic team.

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Nickelback concert traffic

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Codiac RCMP Cpl Mike Gaudet talks with Jonna about the force's plans to deal with traffic this Saturday to and from the Nickelback concert at the Magnetic Hill site.




You can also check out this link to the RCMP map.

For more information about the concert, visit the City of Moncton website.

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Primate presence at the zoo

Posted by Joel LeFort

Jamie Carson is senior keeper of primates and the curator at the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton. He joined Jonna in studio to talk about what's new at the zoo.

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Swim safety

Posted by Joel LeFort

Two local lifeguards, Christine Ryan at Parlee Beach, and Julien Gallent at Magic Mountain, talk to Jonna about the joy and challenges of keeping people water-safe in the summer.

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Million meals from Mobile One

Posted by Joel LeFort

The Mobile One soup kitchen bus in Moncton has served a million meals over the last decade. Sean Tobin heads the organization reponsible for the bus. He talks to Jonna about ongoing challenges and this weekend's 6th annual Swinging for Charity Golf tournament, the program's chief fund-raiser.
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Peregrine falcon rescue

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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CBC/Radio-Canada's Alain Clavette talks about the rescue of two of Moncton's young rooftop peregrine falcons.


Corn Hill Chronicles: July 3/2012

Posted by Danny Deveau

Information Morning's garden guy wonders aloud if it really makes sense to get all stressed out over your garden.

Chez Soi sees success

Posted by Danny Deveau

A Moncton pilot project aimed at helping people with mental illness to get off the streets is seeing positive results. Two years into the 'housing first' iniative - many participants are ready to head back into the workforce. Vanessa Blanch talks to one woman who says she's back on her feet and ready to get off social assistance and back to a full time job.

They're mazel tov to summer camp

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna talked with two families from Moncton who are sending their kids to Camp Kadimah, a Jewish summer camp just outside Halifax. With Jonna were (from left) Louie and his mother Jennifer Jacobson, and Zev and his mother Hannah Davidson.

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Mon Qui Towne - Monday, July 2, 2012

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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"Mon Qui Towne" is the creation of Moncton based illustrator, Eric Dyck. His comic strip appears the first Monday of every month.

Read more about Eric Dyck in the May 3rd edition of Here.