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August 2012 Archives

The lowdown on school lunches

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Vanessa chats with students Tyler Andrew of Riverview Middle School and Mhairi Agnew of Edith Cavell about what kids really like to eat in their school lunches these days.

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The New Brunswick-China education connection

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Retired educator Al Norman talks to Vanessa about his time setting up and teaching at Chinese schools offering New Brunswick diplomas, and how the time in China has changed his life.

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Monkey Business at Magnetic Hill Zoo.

Posted by Danny Deveau

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The General Manager of Magnetic Hill Zoo, Bruce Dougan, fills us in on the adventures of Hercules the squirrel monkey, who was stolen and later returned to the zoo.

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Getting in shape for a cause

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Vanessa speaks with Andree Savoie and Joanne St-Pierre, the two co-chairs of "Crossroads 250 Run-Walk-Relay". It's a new event scheduled for Sepember 30th that will raise funds for Moncton's Crossroads for Women.

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The 2016 Paralympics in her sights

Posted by Danny Deveau

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At 14 years old, Veronica Coombes is already a record-breaker in wheelchair racing. Vanessa Blanch talks to her about her dreams of competiting in the next Paralympic Games.


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What next for The Chocolate River Station?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Another local business is moving out of The Chocolate River Station in Riverview. We hear from Tracy Chase of the Gateway Gallery on why she decided to leave the facility.. and David Briggs of Briggs Maple Products who's decided to stick it out.

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Good Samaritan pulled teens from burning car

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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A Shediac Cape man who helped pull three teens from a fiery crash over the weekend doesn't consider himself a hero. Scott Souther says he just did what anyone else would do when he witnessed the fatal single-vehicle accident on Route 134 on Saturday afternoon.


Photo: Scott Souther, of Shediac Cape, says there were other people who also stopped to help. (Kate Letterick/CBC)


What's new at the zoo?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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In our final check in with the staff at the Magnetic Hill Zoo, General Manager Bruce Dougan explains what happens to the animals when the seasons change.

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After the fire

Posted by Danny Deveau

Vanessa speaks with Angie Lohnes of the Canadian Red Cross in Amherst, about how the community is coping after the devastating fire in the downtown core.

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Crunching the numbers on food prices

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jean-Claude Basque of the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice talks about the group's latest report, which shows food price increases across the board in the province.

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Putting the garden to bed

Posted by Danny Deveau

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It's the final Corn Hill Chronicles of the season. Our garden guru Bob Osborne leaves us with some thoughts about the joys of the harvest.

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Saving your money!

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Ruth Ann Swansburg is Moncton's Coupon Lady. She chats with Vanessa about how to save money shopping for back-to-school supplies.

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Rockin' Bob's Springsteen review

Posted by Danny Deveau

Music man Bob Mersereau weighs in on Sunday's night's big show at Magnetic Hill... the hits, the misses and the whole concert experience that is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Help for Haiti

Posted by Danny Deveau

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It was no summer vacation for Harrison Trimble teacher Art Moore. He recently got back from Haiti as a part of HEADR... Heath, Education and Disaster Relief. Art talks about his experiences along with HEADR team members Nic Lupien and Brianne Kinden.

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A competition for the birds

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Vanessa Roy-MacDougall of Nature New Brunswick chats with Jonna about the 2012 birdathon.

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Another side of Springsteen

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Reverend John Perkin (and Bruce superfan) looks at the deeper spiritual meanings in Bruce Springsteen's work and life.

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A struggle for survival

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Nanette Pearl of the Greater Moncton SPCA shares the sad story of Rosie, a cat who is lucky to be alive after being abandoned in a taped-up cardboard box.

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Marshall's Magnetic Hill checklist

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Columnist Marshall Button shares top ten tips to surviving the Bruce Springsteen show this Sunday.

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Traffic at the hill

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jacques DubéCity Manager Jacques Dubé outlines the plans for getting people to and from Magnetic Hill this weekend... and how long you can reasonably expect to wait to get home after Bruce.

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More lobster woes

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jonna speaks with Norm LeBlanc, owner of Captain Dan's processing plant, about the thousands of pounds of lobster being spoilt by the unseasonably warm weather.

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Use your noodle!

Posted by Troy Poirier

Artist Eryn Foster talks about her latest project "The Noodle Institute", an "ambulatory think-tank" taking place in Sackville.

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Looking out for Bruce fans

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Troy McQuinn is the manager of emergency preparedness for Ambulance New Brunswick. He outlines how his organization is preparing for Sunday's big show.. and shares some dos and don'ts for concertgoers.

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Celebrating 15 years

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jonna speaks with Krystal LeBlanc, executive director of the Beausejour Family Crisis centre in Shediac. For 15 years the centre has helped victims of family violence and other social problems. Today they mark their anniversary.

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Bus lockout debate moves to city council

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We listen in on Monday night's Moncton City Council meeting, where citizens concerned over the Codiac Transpo lockout spoke out.

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A slithery visitor

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jonna chats with Bernie Gallant, Animal Care Foreman at the Magnetic Hill Zoo and is introduced to a new friend... Elvis the ball python.

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Radon worries

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Barb MacKinnon of the New Brunswick Lung Association speaks with Jonna about the dangers of radon gas and why it's important to get your home tested.

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Codiac lockout hurts seniors, says advocate

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Talks in the Codiac Transpo dispute remain stalled and seniors' advocate Cecile Cassista says people are paying the price.

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The Donald touts the Boss

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Promoter and impresario Donald Tarlton (a.k.a. Donald K Donald) talks to Jonna about the upcoming Bruce Springsteen concert on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Magnetic Hill concert site in Moncton.

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Tackling the traffic

Posted by Danny Deveau

Development on Mountain Road, Mapleton Road and Trinity Drive is booming in the north end of Moncton. The CBC's Kate Letterick finds out how the city plans to deal with the increasing traffic.

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Kites take flight

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Halifax's Moe Sneddon (left) and Gary Mark of Oakville, Ontario, are two of the professional kite flyers invited to take part in the Dieppe International Kite Festival underway at Dover Park.

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Blunting the algae blooms

Posted by Troy Poirier

Alyre ChiassonUniversité de Moncton professor Alyre Chiasson is fighting back against blue-green algae. He's testing a new treatment that could eliminate the pesky bacteria-like organism from the province's lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

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Mean, green eatin' machines

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jim Weldon is the manager and coordinator of the Shediac Bay Watershed Association. He gave Vanessa an update on the invasive green crab, which is increasing in numbers in Shediac Bay and could disrupt the eel and clam harvests. His association is applying for funding to further study the invasive species which he hopes will make the case for introducing a bounty to control the green crab population.

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Bait dates

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jeremey Webb & Stacy SmithThe CBC's Zak Markan has the story of the two stars in a new comedic play opening at Sackville's Live Bait Theatre Thursday night. "Fishing" stars Jeremy Webb and Stacy Smith, which explores the online dating scene.

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ACADIE ROCKS

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marc "Chops" ArsenaultMarc "Chops" Arsenault talked to Jonna about the three-day Acadian festival that marks the city of Moncton's effort to celebrate the Acadian National holiday in a bigger way.

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Walsh-ing Sistema

Posted by Troy Poirier

Mary WalshMary Walsh is in Moncton to take part in the World Sistema conference. She talked to Jonna about why she's so enthusiastic about supporting the music-teaching and social development program that New Brunswick is pioneering in Canada.

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Tools for school

Posted by Troy Poirier

Lorie-Ann Carson with Moncton Headstart spoke with Vanessa Blanch about some of the touching stories behind the donations to this year's School Supply Drive. To find out how you can donate, visit monctonheadstart.com and follow the links.

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For the birds

Posted by Troy Poirier

jamie_carson_zoo.jpgJamie Carson is a curator at the Magnetic Hill Zoo with a special affinity for all things avian. He talked to Jonna about one of the oldest birds at the zoo, a 40-year-old vulture named Elvira, who was blown off course during a winter storm and found a new home in New Brunswick.

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Party planners or gay rights advocates?

Posted by Troy Poirier

Sebastien BezeauMoncton's River of Pride committee is well known for organizing the annual Pride Festival, but earlier this year most of the board members resigned. Interim media co-ordinator Sebastien Bezeau explains to Jonna how the anti-gay policies at Crandall University led to the divide.

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Acting is the life for her

Posted by Troy Poirier

Beatrice YusteMoncton High School grad Beatrice Yuste talks to Jonna about her life as a working actress in the big city of Toronto.

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Corn Hill Chronicles: Aug. 13, 2012

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Betting the (experimental) Farm

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's Tori Weldon reports on a committee's efforts to save the Michaud Experimental Farm in Bouctouche. It's slated to close next year due to budget cuts.

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Catastrophic drug dilemma

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's Connell Smith brings us the story of a New Brunswick couple facing a life or death situation. There is no coverage for the extremely expensive cancer drug that could prolong his life.

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Syrian situation

Posted by Troy Poirier

James DevineJonna checks in with Middle East expert James Devine about the latest developments in Syria. Devine is an assistant professor of political science at Mount Allison University.

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The score with Bobby Orr

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Sports legend Bobby Orr talked hockey and life when he dropped into the CBC Moncton studio on Friday. He's in Moncton to help raise funds for cancer research and to take part in the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey festival.

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The latest on lobster

Posted by Danny Deveau

We hear from the lawyer representing processing plants that have been shut down by lobster fishermen. The plants won a 10-day injunction against protesters. We also hear from some of the fish plant workers who have been forced to stay home and Premier David Alward weighs in on the issue.

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Vintage wings in Havelock

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Yellow Wings local volunteer co-ordinator and pilot Christopher Cormier (left) and Havelock airport's John Navaux talked to Jonna about the Havelock Fly-In and Open House this weekend which features WW2-era training planes.

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Bike buddies

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Chrissy Lorette (from left), Amanda Hachey and Marc Xavier (AKA DJ Bones) LeBlanc, three of the founding members of La Bikery bike co-op. They have a facebook page, just enter "La Bikery" and follow the links.

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Child rights conference

Posted by Danny Deveau

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An international course on the Rights of the Child kicks off in Moncton today. Jonna spoke with the province's acting Child and Youth Advocate, Christian Whalen.

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Fallout from Acadian Line's demise

Posted by Danny Deveau

The CBC's Tori Weldon talks to some passengers who bemoan the end of intercity bus service in the Maritimes. Bathurst mayor Stephen Brunet also talks about how it's going to affect people in northern New Brunswick. That's followed by Jonna's interview with economic development consultant David Campbell.

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Not just a festival. A Messtival!

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Geoff Moss, one of the members of the TBA music and arts collective in Moncton, talked to Jonna about the group's fifth annual music festival. It's happening just west of Moncton on Friday and Saturday. For a full schedule check out the event's website at

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Wood detectives nail down a PBS mystery

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dendrochronologist Colin Laroque and his team at Mount Allison helped solve a mystery for an episode of the PBS series "Mystery Detectives". He talks with Jonna about the case which involved a family disagreement over a wooden picture frame allegedly carved from a hand rail salvaged from either the Titanic or the Lusitania. The episode aired Tuesday night, but you can watch it online at pbs.org/historydetectives.

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Inspection time at the zoo

Posted by Troy Poirier

IMG_0937.jpgMagnetic Hill Zoo general manager Bruce Dougan talks about the process the facility undergoes to be properly accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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Acadian Coach Lines: 1937-2012

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dennis GallantDenis Gallant, vice president of the company that owns Acadian Lines, tells Jonna why the company is shutting down operations in the Maritimes on November 30th.

Ted BartlettJonna also spoke with Ted Bartlett, vice president of a transportation advocacy group. Bartlett tells her this announcement is just another in a series of blows to the region's transportation links. "As far as public transportion is concerned, we're going back to the dark ages," he says.

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African community grows garden

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's Marc Genuist tours a garden that's about to produce a crop of vegetables you won't find at the local grocery store.

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Corn Hill Chronicles: August 7, 2012

Posted by Troy Poirier

bob.jpgOur garden guy Bob Osborne is thinking about the winter squash, cucumber and pumpkin that soak up the hot weather.


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Shell game

Posted by Troy Poirier

Increasingly frustrated southeastern New Brunswick lobster fishermen are stepping up their protests against low prices. St. Louis de Kent fisherman Blaine Daigle talks to Jonna about why he's angry at fish processors for importing cheap Maine lobsters. He also details why he feels the Maritime Fishermen's Union has failed to properly represent fishermen like him. Afterwards, Jonna talks with a researcher from Maine who says the spike in lobster catches there may be the new reality.


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Heritage hilarity ensues

Posted by Troy Poirier

IMG_0967.jpgThe Heritage Players of Miramichi are staging a new dinner theatre production that will cap off the 55th annual Miramichi Song Festival. Troupe director Bernie Colepaugh talks to Jonna about the rich local lore that helped inspire the production called 'The Four Seasons of the Miramichi.'


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Jellyfish mystery

Posted by Troy Poirier

Swimmers on the Northumberland Strait are noticing a peculiar absence of jellyfish this summer. Hear what people on the beach are saying, then listen to Jonna Brewer's interview with Boris Worm, a professor of marine ecology at Dalhousie University.


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Mon Qui Towne - Monday, August 6, 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.

Water woes in Stoney Creek

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Earlier this week, NDP leader Dominic Cardy called for a moratorium on shale gas drilling in the Stoney Creek area near Moncton. He said lab tests found well water there contaminated with methane, diesel and barium and was unsafe for drinking. CBC reporter Karen Rawlines visited Stoney Creek and discovered that for residents there, bad water is nothing new.

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Crustacean crunch

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Lobster fishermen in New Brunswick shut down three lobster plants on Thursday. They're upset that processing plants are buying up Maine lobster at cheap prices. Guest host Khalil Akhtar talks to a fisheries consultant and a lobster fisherman from Maine.

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Emerging leaders to gather

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Some of New Brunswick's most motivated and driven young people have been hand picked for a unique leadership training experience. Khalil talked to Moncton's Sally Ng, who hopes to use this opportunity to bring change to our province.

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Mel's Tearoom lives!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's the approach a Sackville couple is taking in their newest venture, which happens to be preserving one of the the town's oldest businesses, Mel's Tearoom.

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Oland case update

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The CBC's Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon explains what was released to the public yesterday in the Richard Oland homicide investigation. A lawyer for CBC News and the Telegraph Journal has been arguing to have search warrants related to the case released and yesterday a judge ruled that the affidavit of the lead investigator could be shared, minus a few key words.

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A decade of Moncton bilingualism

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Brian Murphy joins Khalil in studio to talk about the ten year anniversary of official bilingualism in the city of Moncton. Murphy served as a city councillor, then mayor of Moncton before going on to serve as the Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe.

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Lobster woes

Posted by Terry Cottreau

An invasion of crustaceans from the United States are threatening the lobster season in southeastern New Brunswick. Marc Genuist talks to Jeff Parsons, a lobster fisherman from Murray Corner.

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New York Jeté

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Twenty-year-old Mallory Belzile of Moncton is back from the Big Apple after spending much of the summer dancing with the Alvin Ailey company, a prestigious modern dance company in New York. She talked to Khalil about what the experience has meant to her.

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Struts putts

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's Tori Weldon has the story of a miniature golf course set up inside Struts Gallery in Sackville. As you might imagine, this isn't your regular mini-putt.

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South Korean surge

Posted by Troy Poirier

South Koreans have become the number one group of immigrants moving to New Brunswick and many are calling Moncton home. The CBC's Marc Genuist spoke with Cheon-Ae Park of the Moncton Korean Association. Guest-host Khalil Akhtar spoke with Justin Ryan who is the public education coordinator at the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton.

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Coralling fans of the Urb'

Posted by Troy Poirier

Roger Dupuis + Shirley Meyers + Garnet DeeIt's been 20 years since the The Urban Corral closed its doors. Khalil Akhtar talks to its former co-owner, Roger Dupuis (left), country artist Shirley Myers and DJ Garnet Dee. Hundreds of fans are expected to attend a reunion on the weekend to celebrate the legendary Moncton country music nightclub.

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