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September 2012 Archives

TGIF

Posted by Troy Poirier

Photo of Jonna BrewerI am often surprised by my guests as the studio door opens and they walk in for an interview.


I'll confess to sometimes having preconceived notions about what they'll look like, or their demeanor.


I didn't know much about Travis Price, the person. But I knew he'd been bullied through all 12 years of school. So I guess I expected to meet a young man of smallish stature, shy, quiet and maybe a little nervous.


I couldn't have been more wrong. The door opened and in walked a tall, athletic-looking, confident guy who looked me in the eyes with a smile and a strong grip as we shook hands.


Yet Travis has been through what many kids sadly experience in schools: targeted by bullies, picked on and beaten for no other reason than being "different."


He had to transfer schools. The bullying nearly started again until a girl, a stranger, came to his defense and told the bullies to stop. They did. Travis never forgot that person. And that experience convinced him that all a bullied kid needs is someone to step forward and say "Enough". His story convinced me that we can never do too much on bullying on our show. Every victim is different... circumstances vary... but Travis' experience and message drove the point home that the response must always be the same: Enough.


- Jonna

Culture Days

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marshall ButtonThis week's Marshall Arts report, featuring Capitol Theatre artist-in-residence Marshall Button, spotlights the myriad of Culture Days activities happening in the region. He also tells Jonna about a unique concert at the Empress Theatre that will pair a visiting British folk artist with the daughter of Maritime music icon Gene MacLellan.

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Hope Air

Posted by Troy Poirier

Doug Keller-HobsonJonna talks to Doug Keller-Hobson, executive-director of a national charity that provides free air transportation for people who need medical treatment elsewhere but can't afford flights. It's been around since 1986 and flies patients from Moncton, but many people have never heard of it. For more information on the program, visit hopeair.org or you can call toll free: 1-877-346-HOPE.

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Brought to the brink

Posted by Troy Poirier

In an interview with Paul Castle of Shift, the CBC's Marc Genuist talks about how the jury in the trial of Curtis Bonnell is hearing how police convinced him to take them to Hilary Bonnell's body. Curtis Bonnell is charged with the first degree murder of his cousin three years ago.

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Boyko writes the Bennett book

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jonna spoke with John Boyko, the author who is trying to rehabilite the reputation of the only Canadian Prime Minister who was born in New Brunswick. Goose Lane has just released a revised edition of "R.B. Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation." Boyko will also be talking about R.B. Bennett this Saturday afternoon at the Albert County Museum's Bennett Centre. (Michael R. photo)

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Clip your way to savings

Posted by Danny Deveau

coupon (1).JPGMoncton's Coupon Lady, Ruth Ann Swansburg, talks to Jonna about cutting grocery costs while eating healthy food.

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OMG! Private postings go public?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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People are complaining that old private messages are now appearing publicly on their Facebook page. The company denies it. Tech columnist Jesse Hirsh talks to Jonna about what people can do.

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Community rallies after tragedy

Posted by Danny Deveau

People in the Tracadie-Sheila area are rallying around a family that suffered a terrible loss ten days ago. Fire crews responded to a house fire at the home of Francois Basque and Genevieve Gagne on September 17th. The parents and three of their children made it out of the building but their 8-year-old daughter died in the fire. Julie Basque talks about helping to co-ordinate the donation drive, which includes a Facebook page: "Pour venir en aide a la Famille Basque"

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Bringing home the bacon getting more expensive

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Hans Kristensen, who operates a farm near Moncton, is also the chair of N.B. Pork. He talked to Jonna about warnings of an impending global bacon shortage because of rising feed costs. Kristensen says consumers will still be able to find bacon, but it'll cost a lot more.

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River folk inspire Miramichi writer

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Wayne Curtis talks about the people he grew up with alongside one of the branches of the Miramichi who inspired the essays contained in his latest book, "Of Earthly and River Things." It's published by Goose Lane Editions and is now in bookstores and available online.

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Railing on

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Greg Gormick is the director of a project called National Dream Renewed. He told Jonna about a town hall meeting the group held last night in Moncton, looking at the future of rail service in Canada. Town hall meetings are also scheduled for Campbellton on Thursday at 6:30 pm, Bathurst on Friday at 7 pm, and in Miramichi on Saturday afternoon. For more information, go to the website www.nationaldreamrenewed.com. (Michael R. photo)

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Jury watches Bonnell interrogation

Posted by Danny Deveau

CBC reporter Jennifer Choi describes the testimony on Tuesday at Curtis Bonnell's murder trial which is underway in Miramichi. The Crown played a video recording of a police interrogation that occurred after the disappearance of his cousin, Hillary Bonnell.

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Job # 1? Make that first minute count.

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Gloria Jollymore is a V.P. of University Advancement at Mount Allison University in Sackville. She think the first 60 seconds in a job interview may mean the difference between advancing in life or not. She's giving a lecture Tuesday night entitled "Win Or Lose a Job in 60 Seconds." She talked to Jonna about some of the finer points of tonight's presentation at the Dunn building, Room 113 starting at 7:00.

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Airport dig nearly complete

Posted by Danny Deveau

Archaeologists searching for artifacts at the Greater Moncton International Airport are wrapping up their dig. They've been searching for past evidence of aboriginal people in the area. The work is being done now so any artifacts can be preserved before a new runway is built. The CBC's Marc Genuist spoke with Albert Ferguson, the manager of archaeological services for the province.

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Mental 'housing-first' program makes strides

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Claudette Bradshaw coordinates the Moncton site of the At Home - Chez Soi program for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Tim Aubrey is a psychology professor at the University of Ottawa and a lead researcher for the national project. They both spoke with Jonna about the results so far of providing housing and support to people with mental illness and a history of homelessness. (Michael R. photo)

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Many hands reaching out at work

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Information Morning's workplace specialist Pierre Battah tells Jonna that for some, charity begins on the job. He talks about how competition and tough economic times are squeezing those who want to be charitable.

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Courageous in pink.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Travis Price is the man behind pink shirt day - an anti-bullying campaign that started in Nova Scotia. He is visiting several Moncton area schools Monday and was Jonna's guest in studio. (Michael R. photo)

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The Georges explain Transpo impasse

Posted by Terry Cottreau

First, union president George Turple, then Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc talk to Jonna about why, after three days of talks last week, negotiations have reached a stalemate in the Codiac Transpo lockout.

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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Two summer traditions when I was younger were built around passenger rail service. Every summer, we would travel by train from Sackville NB to Cape Breton to visit my grandparents. In early summer, my grandmother and two of my aunts would pass through Sackville on their annual trek to Quebec from Cape Breton. The stop wasn't long enough for them to disembark but my parents would insist we all drive down to the station, wait for the train to pass through and wave like crazy when we spotted them in their passenger car. No words were spoken, just all of us smiling and waving madly at eachother like fools. It seemed a little silly when I was younger but it was a ritual we repeated, along with the train trips to my grandparents, every year. That is until the trains stopped running from Cape Breton. And then I missed those traditions terribly.


This week, Transport Action Atlantic announced it is seeking public input on a blueprint for the future of passenger rail service in this region. The story led to a heated discussion at our story meeting on what would make the train more appealing as a mode of transportation. One person talked about it as something, and I paraphrase here, quaint but irrelevant in this day and age. And then we heard from you. Several people posted on our Facebook page about why they love the train, their memories of the train and why it must remain as an essential service in this region. The public will have its turn to share views at a town hall meeting in Moncton next week. Stay tuned.


It was one of the stories that struck a nerve this week. We received a lot of response to the closed door hearings on the province's official languages act, and people are closely following our coverage of the Curtis Bonnell trial in Miramichi. We will continue that coverage in the weeks ahead. We welcome your feedback on all the stories and issues we cover and appreciate your story ideas as well.


Have a great week!
I have a train to catch...
Jonna

Theatre etiquette 101

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marshall ButtonThe Capitol Theatre's artist in residence, Marshall Button, delivers his tongue-in-cheek top ten list of dos and don'ts for theatre-goers.

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Seeing red over riding 'hoods

Posted by Troy Poirier

A federal plan to take parts of Dieppe and Riverview out of the riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, and move them to rural constitutencies is not selling. The CBC's Marc Genuist joins Jonna in studio to relate what the public is telling the federal commissioners who are drawing up the new electoral boundaries.

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The matter is closed

Posted by Troy Poirier

Provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras talks to Jonna about the closed door review of the province's Official Languages Act and reaction to the secrecy.

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Salmon surprise

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's Marc Genuist finds out about the encouraging signs for salmon at Fundy National Park.

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When life gives you lemons...

Posted by Troy Poirier

Astrée GoguenOne young university grad gets creative after facing challenges while job hunting. Université de Moncton graduate Astrée Goguen talked to Jonna about her new strategy for finding a job in New Brunswick. She calls it the 9-2-5 Blueprint and it involves handing out lemons. For more info visit her website: www.astreegoguen.com

(Photo Credit: Michael R. LeBlanc)

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Driven to distraction

Posted by Troy Poirier

Brandon Babineau and Erin SmithThe CBC's Karen Rawlines reports from the streets of Moncton where Harrison Trimble High School students Brandon Babineau and Erin Smith were keeping track of what's distracting drivers.
(Photo Credit: Karen Rawlines)

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Take it or leave it

Posted by Troy Poirier

dan.gifInformation Morning's personal finance watcher Dan Noel talks to Jonna about different options when it comes to your pension.

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Bilingualism hearings secret

Posted by Danny Deveau

They call the Legislature the 'People's House', and they call bilingualism a fundamental value. So why are MLAs holding hearings on the issue in secret? The CBC's Jacques Poitras puts that question to Justice Minister Marie-Claude Blais. She is chairing the comittee that's conducting the hearings.

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It's Patt

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Coach Patt, a.k.a. Pat Browne, talked to Jonna about his self-titled children's music CD. He's launching the project this weekend at the Moncton Farmer's Market. (Michael R. Photo)

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One Minute Rant

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Rick Mercer Report is celebrating 10 years on the air, while Mercer is releasing a new book collecting his humorous rants. (CBC)



Enter to win a copy of Rick Mercer's book, A Nation Worth Ranting About. Call our Talkback Line with YOUR one minue rant: 853-6636 or 1-877-222-1061. Tell what gets your goat, Rick Mercer style. We'll pick three winners Friday morning.

A father's pain

Posted by Danny Deveau

At the outset of Curtis Bonnell's first degree murder trial in Miramichi, the father of Hillary Bonnell talks to reporters about the pain that is still a daily presence in his life. His daughter Hillary was 16 when she disappeared in September 2009. Police discovered her body in a wooded area near Tracadie-Sheila after more than two months of searching.

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Rantin' Rick rarin' to go

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna talks to Rick Mercer on an auspicious day. His new book comes out and the tenth season of his show, The Rick Mercer Report, debuts tonight on CBC television. You can win one of three copies of his book, A Country Worth Ranting About, by entering our contest at CBC Moncton. Call our Talkback Line with a one minute rant about something that bugs you.853-6636. Or toll-free 1-877-222-1061. Deadline to enter is Thursday at 5 pm. We'll pick three winners on Friday.

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Tour of Hope

Posted by Danny Deveau

Erik Gingles has joined the Team of Hope cycling team that's traveling 1,000 kilometres across New Brunswick in support of the Tree of Hope campaign. He checked in with Jonna from Edmundston this morning. And if you'd like to join in the fun, sign up for the final leg of this journey this Sunday. Cyclists are invited to travel with the team for 92. km, between Bouchtouche, Shediac, and Dieppe. Check out for details.

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Shale exploration business runs out of gas

Posted by Danny Deveau

The CBC's Connell Smith has the story of a New Brunswick energy business that's up for sale. The owner is blaming shale gas protests and government bureaucracy for most of his problems.

Rockin' the downtown

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Xavier Léger (left) and Brock Gallant hope a downtown music festival this coming weekend is a starting point for a larger summer music festival for Moncton. (Michael R. Photo)

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The value of higher education

Posted by Danny Deveau

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What's the value of a university education these days? Information Morning's workplace specialist, Pierre Battah, counts the costs.

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Crazy about Kombucha

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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It has a strange name and an even stranger taste, but Kombucha is catching on as a new health craze in Moncton, even though Health Canada does not support health claims made about the drink. The CBC's Tori Weldon spoke with Kombucha maker, Eric Comeau.


TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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He started it.


He being the mayor of Moncton. George LeBlanc did his own Twitter poll on putting a roundabout at the intersection of Killam Drive and Collishaw. The mayor talked to us about it on our show and we decided to put our own question to the people. "I think this is going to be a talker," producer Karin said. Understatement of the week. Dozens and dozens of listeners weighed in and wow, are we critical of drivers out there. "They are great but not in this city. To(o) many people can't drive on a straight road." I thought that was a bit harsh, until I went around the Dieppe traffic circle, and saw an SUV pulled over in the middle of it, the driver looking totally confused. Hmmm... To be continued. While we're all waiting for the green light on that idea, take a spin on our facebook page to signal your feelings on roundabouts. It's a busy spot, so you may have to yield to others.
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We talked about another type of roundabout this week. A roundabout way to get a job. And an expensive one. That's how Ken Coates might describe a university education. He's an academic who tells it like it is: more parents and educators should steer high school grads towards community colleges and trades instead of university. A lot of our listeners agreed. Ironic that we ended the week hearing from grads of a gaming program at the NBCC, many who had job offers in hand before their diplomas. If you're a soon-to-be-grad, send me an email and let me know which road you're heading down.


A la prochaine ...
Jonna

Mentoring AND making art

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Jerry Ropson is an assistant professor of fine arts at Mount Allison University. He spoke with Jonna about the bi-annual exhibition featuring the work of faculty and technicians at Mt. Allison. It opens tonight at 7:30 at the Owens Art Gallery. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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Community mourns death of local fisherman

Posted by Danny Deveau

The CBC's Marc Genuist talks to two fishermen in the aftermath of the death of Jean-Guy Maillet. He's the 53-year-old fishermen from Saint Thomas de Kent whose body was found off Cocagne island early Thursday morning.

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Open season in the fields

Posted by Danny Deveau

Robert Bourgeois, owner and manager of Belliveau Orchards in Pre d'En Haut, talked to Jonna about taking part in Open Farm Day this Sunday.

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Bountiful Bouctouche fest

Posted by Troy Poirier

Denny RichardDenny Richard is one of the organizers of a three day event called Bouctouche Eco-Festival. He joined Jonna in studio to talk about the sixth edition of the event that shines a spotlight on environmental issues and features great food, music and scenery. For more information visit www.bouctouche.ca
(Photo by Michael R. LeBlanc)

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Getting in the couponing game

Posted by Troy Poirier

coupon (1).JPGRuth Ann Swansburg, who blogs as the "Moncton Coupon Lady", officially starts her Information Morning column with a chat about how people can get started in the sometimes crazy world of couponing.

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Tax reaction

Posted by Troy Poirier

Kevin LaceyWill your property taxes go up or down with New Brunswick's new system? Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation weighs in during his conversation with Jonna. (Photo contributed)

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Round track minds

Posted by Troy Poirier

Reporter Shelley Steeves checks out the Canadian Track Cycling Championships happening at the Dieppe Velodrome. Among the people she spoke to is Tara Whitten, who just won a bronze at the London Olympics.

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Gas is going up

Posted by Danny Deveau

CBC Gas Guru Robert Jones says expect regular self-serve gas to go up 5 cents a litre tonight. Diesel and home heating oil are heading down.

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The Great One in Moncton

Posted by Danny Deveau

Wayne Gretzky was in Moncton for a fund-raising luncheon on Tuesday. Here is part of the conversation he had with former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna.

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Degrees of (financial) difficulty

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna talks to an academic about the relative value of an education. This comes as many students mired in debt are reevaluating their plans and wondering if a university degree is worth the expense.

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Back to bargaining

Posted by Danny Deveau

Ten weeks after the start of the Codiac Transpo lockout, the City of Moncton and it's unionized transit workers are resuming contract talks. City spokesperson Paul Thomson tells Jonna about the city's hopes as they head back to the bargaining table.

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In a roundabout way

Posted by Troy Poirier

Moncton mayor George LeBlanc talks to the CBC's Karen Rawlines about introducing a roundabout at the Killam and Collishaw intersection in Moncton.

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Bus lockout hurting immigrants

Posted by Troy Poirier

Justin Ryan, of the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) tells the CBC's Tori Weldon that newcomers to Moncton are feeling isolated thanks to the continuing lock out of workers at Codiac Transpo.

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SPCA charging volunteer fee

Posted by Troy Poirier

Karen NelsonMoncton SPCA executive director Karen Nelson talks to Jonna about a change in the volunteer policy which she says is designed to cover training costs. (Photo by Michael R.)

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Battah up!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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In his first appearance of the new season, workplace specialist Pierre Battah talks to Jonna about the current state of work ethic. Is it an ideal of the past or an ideal that's in transition?

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Anglo influx in francophone schools

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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More English-speaking families are sending their kids to French-language schools. Melanie Boudreau, the recruitment and immigration coordinator at the Francophone South School District, talked to Jonna about how this is affecting that school district. (Michael R. Photo)

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Crowded school buses concern mother

Posted by Terry Cottreau

One Riverview mother is appalled by overcrowded school buses in the first days of the new school year. Kathy McManus told Jonna that she fears for the safety of her daughter.

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Dog days of September in Dieppe

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marcel LeBlanc is trying to convince the city of Dieppe to build its very first dog park. He talked to Jonna about the proposal he'll make to city council Monday tonight, and the public forum that's planned at the Arthur J. LeBlanc arena on Thursday at 7 p.m. (Michael R. Photo)

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Capitol Theatre unveils new season

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Artist-in-residence Marshall Button launches the fall season on CBC 106.1 FM.



For more information, visit the Capitol Theatre's website.

TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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It seems this week went by quicker than I can say Happy Friday. Could it be because it was a four day week (don't you just love those?)? Or could it be because we were chock a block with back to school stories? We started the week with some great tips from Allan Marr, a school psychologist with the Anglophone East school district. He talked about the importance of routine, getting your kids to bed early, discouraging teens from screen and gaming time before bed. Parents, let me know how you made out with that one!


On Wednesday, Mike Belong, all fresh faced, eyes beaming, sporting a purple tie, dropped by the studio on the way to his new workplace: the principal's office at Moncton High. While a legal challenge of the location for the new Moncton High may delay the project, Mike says staff and administration are committed to keep the focus on learning. I resisted saying "Class dismissed!" at the end of the interview but I may as well have, the way he bounded out of the studio. I think he was eager to get to work!


The week wrapped up with a fascinating conversation around french immersion. I spoke with two anglophone parents who have chosen different routes when it comes to their children's learning of french as a second language. One is sticking with early immersion, the other has enrolled her two boys in the francophone school district. They both confessed to wrestling with that decision and while they say they're comfortable with those decisions, the "huh!" factor could be felt when one was listening to the other explain her reasons. Should be a talker! We'll be following that conversation next week with the francophone school district to see how kids from "exogamous" families who can barely speak french, and francophone students are getting along under the same roof and the challenges for teachers and administrators to ensure everyone's needs are being met. Not an easy task. Stay tuned! And if you have experiences you want to share, send me an e-mail.


The lockout at Codiac Transpo remains top of mind for many people in Moncton, particularly Robert Labounty. He is visually impaired. Along with Makom, his dog, he came into the studio to talk about how the months-long lockout is costing him his independence. We will continue to follow the story and would appreciate input from you. What questions would you like to put to the city and/or the union about the lockout? What's been the impact on your life and the way you get around? When/if the buses come back, how could the system work better? Send me an e-mail, or tweet me @jonnabrewercbc anytime with your thoughts and story ideas! Love hearing from you!


A la prochaine...
Jonna

Painful past

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Moncton's Julien Rochichaud was bullied as a boy and says he still feels the hurt now that he's a man. He'll share his story next week at a roundtable discussion in Moncton on bullying.


The event is being hosted by the Community Suicide Prevention Committee of Westmorland/Albert. It's open to the public. It takes place on Monday, Spetember 10th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Community Peace Centre Auditorium at 22 Church Street in Moncton.


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First days of ecole

Posted by Danny Deveau

Jonna talks with Tracy Lipton McClusky and Monique Chamberlain, two anglophone parents who made different choices for their children. On has chosen early immersion in the anglophone district, the other the francophone school system. Both agree that the changes made to the early immersion system by the former Liberal government were a mistake.

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Rockabilly rendez-vous

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Phil Howe plays an updated brand of rockabilly music with his band the Rockin' Rebels. The Moncton band will be taking part in a celebration of rockabilly at an event in Amherst over the next three days. Jonna talked to both Phil and event organizer Davey Lee Goode this morning. Check out the full schedule at http://www.rockabillyshakedown.com/index.html(Michael R. Photo)

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Latest gas prices

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

Here are the lastest prices from the EUB:


Current Max Regular Self-serve is 136.0
Current Max ultra-low sulphur diesel Self-serve is 140.0
Current Max heating oil 119.6

Hundreds eligible for back compensation

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Moncton labour specialist Tom Barron tells Jonna that hundreds of injured workers in the province are eligible for back claims from WorkSafe NB. (Photo by Michael R.)

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When is it too late?

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Information Morning's personal finance columnist Dan Noel answers this question from a listener: Is it ever too late to start investing?

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Blind bus passenger tested by lockout

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Robert Labounty of Riverview talked to Jonna in studio this morning about how the Codiac Bus lockout, now going into its tenth week, has robbed him of his independence. (Michael R. photo)

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Gas prices predicted to rise again

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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CBC Gas Guru Robert Jones says we can expect another penny increase on the price of gas tonight. Diesel and home heating oil expected to go up two cents.

Downtown fire in Sussex

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Multiple buildings were damaged last night on Broad Street in downtown Sussex.
The fire started at about 10 last night and the fire crews were packing up by 5:30 this morning. The Mayor of Sussex, Marc Thorne, talked to Jonna about the extent of the damage to the downtown.

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(Photos courtesy Esther Prosser)


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Principal concerns

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Mike Belong was wearing his Moncton High School tie this morning during his interview with Jonna. He's an MHS graduate and the school's brand new principal. He talked to Jonna about his priorities and his goals heading into his first year. (Photo by Michael R.)

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Lingering lockout

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Schools buses are back on the roads this week. But Codiac Transpo buses still aren't moving. Moncton City councillors Daniel Bourgeois and Dawn Arnold joined Jonna in studio to share their take on the ongoing lockout, which shows no signs of ending soon. (Photo by Michael R.)

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A new season begins

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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(Photo (left to right): Vaness Blanch, Jonna Brewer, technician Terry Cottreau and producer/director Michael Richard LeBlanc)


Welcome to a new season of Information Morning! As we gear up for fall, I'm thinking back on the summer that was. Two of the standout guests in my memory were very, um, quiet. Let's just say their actions spoke louder than words. I will never forget trying to interview Bernie Gallant of Magnetic Hill Zoo while watching the tarantula he brought in climb up the sides of the plastic tub he had brought her in to the studio. I think my heart stopped for a second when he took her out. But as he explained the life and habits of these creatures, talked about the myths and unfounded, morbid fears people have (host sheepishly puts up hand) I became fascinated and next thing you know, I am holding Rosie in my hands. Incredible. But Bernie wasn't done. He returned later in the summer with Elvis. A python. A small python (no offense Elvis) but a python all the same. While it wasn't exactly love at first sight, again, as Bernie spoke, my nerves relaxed, and we let Elvis slither freely around the studio table and wrap himself around my water bottle! I was fascinated. So fascinated that I stopped talking. Not good for live radio. Can't wait for more zoo creatures to come in next year. Maybe Sheldon the squirrel monkey will drop by. I think Hercules has had enough excursions this year.


Then there was Bobby Orr. Of course I was excited when we booked the interview. But when the studio door opened, I thought, "Oh my, it's Bobby Orr!!!!!" Good thing we weren't live on air or it would have been another Elvis moment of silence. Despite discomfort from a pinched nerve, he was charming, still passionate about the game and deeply committed to cleaning up the violence and bringing back the fun element of the game for kids and parents. It was a wonderful conversation. He was even gracious and forgiving of me being a Leafs fan(atic).


Whoever thinks the news slows down in the summer hasn't spent a summer in Moncton. The lockout at Codiac Transit drags on and tempers on all sides flared throughout the summer, culminating in a heated public meeting at city hall where we heard how bus users are being affected. It's a big story we will continue to cover into the fall. There was the surprise announcement that Acadian Lines was shutting down, the news that Via was reducing its services and CN closing its line to northern NB. Ted Bartlett, a transportation advocate, summed up people's feelings best: "Soon we'll be back to the horse and buggy to get around." Yet another story we will be talking about in the months to come.


And then there was Bruce Springsteen. We kicked off the summer with a contest to win tickets and wow, did listeners respond. We heard wonderful stories and memories. And any excuse to play Bruce, which we seemed to do all summer long, is just fine in my books. While ticket sales weren't quite what the city predicted, promoter Donald Tarleton seemed happy and delivered on his promise of a great show for those, like me, who attended.


Speaking of music, I loved our summer tune requests! Look forward to hearing and playing more of your musical requests this fall. Send your morning Wake Up Song requests to our Information Morning email.


Our regular columnists will be back: Gas Guru Robert Jones, Pierre Battah, Dan Noel, Marshall Button. We are pleased to introduce The Coupon Lady, with tips on how you and your family can save money, we will be bringing you education features, human interest stories and of course the top stories of the day.And Vanessa and I will try not to whine too much about the chilly temperatures.


Write or call with ideas for our show! We love to hear from you!!


I'll be blogging every Friday, on the highlights of the week, giving you a behind the scenes peek from Studio A...the good, the bad and the ugly. Let's hope it's mostly good. But it's live radio. Anything can happen.


Happy Fall! Bonne Rentrée!
Jonna Brewer

Coping with school stress

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Allen Marr, a psychologist for the Anglephone East School District, shares some helpful hints for coping with back-to-school stress.

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Mon Qui Towne - September 4, 2012

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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