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November 2012 Archives

TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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As I write this, I'm looking at the "whine jar" in our studio and thinking how the idea behind it and its meagre contents so far are in sharp contrast to our annual Tree of Hope Radiothon on Thursday.


First the whine jar. It will come as no surprise to people who know me and to listeners of the program that I am not a huge fan of winter. I am really bothered by the cold. But winter is long and complaining about the cold just makes it feel longer. So to keep the whining in check, every time I catch myself talking negatively about winter weather, I'll make a donation to the whine jar. Other like-minded people (ie my morning co-host Vanessa Blanch) are invited to do the same. Even a couple of guests this week threw in some money (and they weren't even whining!). By winter's end, we will hand over the money to a local charity.

There is no way I could possibly match what was donated to our Tree of Hope Radiothon: $176, 595. A sincere thank you to everyone who gave so generously. I wish I could come up with that amount of money to help the fight against cancer. But listening to the stories of survivors, I hope I never raise that much money from complaining about winter. Yesterday gives me 176, 595 reasons NOT to complain, to be grateful for good health and all the blessings life brings

Jonna

Marshall's Christmas arts

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marshall ButtonThe Capitol's artist-in-residence talks about upcoming Yuletide shows.

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Auld Lang Syne items

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dan Noel (Nov. 2012)Information Morning's personal finance specialist has some tips for year-end tax planning.

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PET scan shutdown

Posted by Troy Poirier

The Minister of Health vows to examine why a PET scanner's budget dried up in Moncton.

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Bus service debuts

Posted by Troy Poirier

Maritime Bus president Mike Cassidy talks about taking up where Acadian Lines left off.

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McArdle bows out with Hairspray

Posted by Troy Poirier

Hairspray at Moncton HighLongtime drama teacher/producer Michael McArdle is bringing "Hairspray" to the stage as his final production for Moncton High School. Two of his leads, Andrew Botten and Julie Lavoie are facing challenging roles. Andrew's playing a woman and Julie wears a fat-suit throughout the show.

(Photos by Michael R. LeBlanc)

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Metallic search continues

Posted by Troy Poirier

Members of Chris Metallic's family and RCMP speak out about the search for the missing student.

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Tentative Transpo deal

Posted by Troy Poirier

Allan McGrathUnion treasurer Allan McGrath talks about the deal both sides must ratify to end the lockout.

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More disturbing testimony

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marc Genuist reports from day 6 of the Fred Prosser murder trial in Moncton.

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Teen pregnancy concerns

Posted by Joel LeFort

NB's chief medical health officer addresses a rise in teen pregnancies in the province.

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Evidence went missing

Posted by Joel LeFort

Marc Genuist reports from the Fred Prosser murder trial in Moncton.

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Carinci thrilled with Argo win

Posted by Joel LeFort

Former CFL player and former Moncton resident Jan Carinci talked to Jonna about attending the Grey Cup festivities over the weekend. Jan travelled half-way around the world from his new home on the island nation of Mauritius, just off Madagascar.

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The "work" spouse

Posted by Joel LeFort

Information Morning's workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah talks about the "work" husband or wife. The one who understands you completely, who knows how to lift your spirits and push your buttons.

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Family court delays

Posted by Joel LeFort

A Moncton lawyer says delays in New Brunswick family courts are getting worse, not better.

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Christmas tree business goes south

Posted by Joel LeFort

Competition in the U.S. means a tough season is ahead for N.B. Christmas tree growers.

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TGIF!

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

JonnaPic.jpgFor many, the holiday season begins with the Santa Claus parade, happening tomorrow night in Moncton. For us at CBC Moncton, The Tree of Hope radiothon marks the start of that most wonderful time of the year.

This is the 12th year we have taken part in the Tree of Hope campaign, an annual event of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital Foundation. The money raised supports cancer research, treatment and prevention in New Brunswick.

It's my third year hosting the radiothon and it never ceases to amaze me the wide range of emotions felt and expressed during the four hours we're on the air. People who either share their stories of fighting cancer, or the experiences of a loved one who faced cancer, show such strength and courage. They tear up sometimes talking about it but often show an astonishing sense of humour and deep compassion for others fighting the same battles.

There is a sense of hope when health care workers and scientists talking about the latest technological advances and breakthroughs in research. And tying it all up in a bright red bow are the musicians and performers who donate their time to entertain the crowds and listeners with lively music.

We hope you can join us at the Dieppe Community College next Thursday, November 29th from 6 until 10 a.m. And don't forget to make a donation by calling 1-800-862-6775 or on-line at treeofhope.ca

Many thanks in advance.
Jonna

Houdini's "stinking" performance in Moncton

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Author Bruce MacNab talks to Jonna about his book that chronicles Harry Houdini's tour of the Maritimes in 1896. It included a performance at the Moncton Opera House, a venue with bad smells wafting up from a farmer's market located in the same building.

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Teen pregnancies rising

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The mother of a four-year-old talks about finding herself pregnant at age 15.

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Prosser arrest detailed

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Kate Letterick reports from Day 2 of the Fred Prosser murder trial in Moncton.

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Dalhousie retailer to close after 82 years

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jimmy Abud explains his painful decision to close Abud's Department Store by the end of this year.

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Cross-border saving

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Moncton's Coupon Lady, Ruth Ann Swansburg, on how to save money without leaving the country.

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Prosser trial begins

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Kate Letterick reports on testimony and opening statements from the murder trial in Moncton.

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Mind over matter

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Mentalist Kevin Robart talks to Jonna about the show he's performing to benefit Live Bait Theatre in Sackville. It's happening Wednesday at 7 pm at the Lion's Den, 10 Duffering Street in Sackville. Tickets are $15 regular for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
They can be purchased at the Sackville Co-Op, Tidewater Books, the SAC office at Mount Allison, at the door, or by phoning (506) 536-2248. (Michael R. Photo)

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Pets can stay

Posted by Terry Cottreau

N.B. Housing residents react to New Brunswick's new policy which allows tenants to have one pet in public housing.

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Re-purposing Moncton ruins

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A community group wants to turn what is left of the Sunny Brae rink into a community garden.

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Shopping local for global cause

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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An effort by AIDS Moncton, headed by Debby Warren, offers shoppers a chance to support local farmers and artisans and make Christmas more cheerful for a group of children in Swaziland. (Michael R. photo)

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Union offers concession

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marc Genuist reports from Monday's city council meeting where Codiac Transpo union president George Turple made a presentation.

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A "Goldilocks" winter

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Senior climatologist Dave Philips predicts a just right winter that's not too cold and not too mild.

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Thanks for your generosity

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Thanks to everyone who supported CBC's Tree of Hope Radiothon and all the volunteers who worked all year to make it happen. Together, we exceeded our goal and raised $176,595. Proceeds support the Tree of Hope campaign for cancer research and treatment in New Brunswick - an annual event of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital Foundation.

It's not too late to support the campaign. Join our colleagues from Radio-Canada at the Dieppe community college Friday, November 30th from 9 am until 8 pm as they continue with their l'Arbre de l'espoir Radiothon. Celebrate the power to believe!


l'Arbe de l'espoir Radiothon
Friday, November 30
NBCC Dieppe

For more information or to make a donation, please call 1-800-862-6775.
Or visit the Tree of Hope website.

Peace be with us

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Three participants in Tuesday's YMCA Peace Breakfast in Moncton joined Jonna for a discussion about efforts to promote peace abroad and locally. From left are: keynote speaker Alveiro Valencia of Colombia, Jessica Miller, representing Riverview High's Youth in Action committee, and YMCA of Greater Moncton CEO Zane Korytko. (Michael R. photo)

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"Can we talk?"

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah says those three words can either lead to a devastating or constructive conversation.

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Desperately seeking doctor

Posted by Terry Cottreau

One woman's story of her search for a family physician in New Brunswick.

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Mayor praises movie

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Stephen Brunet calls The Phantoms, which aired Sunday on CBC, an uplifting and redemptive portrayal of Bathurst.

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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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I'm always a bit surprised when people agree to come into the studio, sit in front of a mic, see that light come on telling them we're live on air and wait for me to start firing questions at them.

Some look relaxed, some look terrified, others seem genuinely thrilled to be there. Such was the case this week for Stefan Savoy and Emily Nguyen, two students at Moncton High, and district coordinator, Carole Murphy. When we hit the show theme, Emily's face in particular lit up brighter than the mic light.

mhs.jpg Not that I had any doubt, but I knew at that moment it was going to be a good interview.

The topic helped. At a time when negative stories like bullying tend to get more coverage than the many positive things happening in schools, the guests and subject were a joy. Stefan and Emily are behind a food charter at their high school, to promote healthier eating, encourage schools and students/parents to choose local foods from the region whenever possible and foster a greater understanding of where the food we eat comes from. When I asked Stefan where kids think food comes from now, his deadpan reply was "Superstore". Clearly they have their work cut out for them. But if the six minutes I spent with them told me anything, it's that they are passionate about it, hopeful and very determined.

I wish them luck.

If there are activities happening in your school or your children's school that you think we should know about, we'd love to hear from you.

Happy Friday.
-Jonna

Shale gas forum

Posted by Terry Cottreau

NB's Chief Medical Health officer faced tough questions at a meeting in Moncton Wednesday night.

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Screen time

Posted by Terry Cottreau

In this week's Marshall Arts report, Capitol Theatre artist-in-residence casts an eye toward the silver screen and talks about tte state of do-it-yourself film and TV making in the province.

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A champion for single moms

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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In this week's edition of "Sunny, With Cloudy Periods", Shelley Steeves profiles Paula Morand, who volunteers as a mentor for single mothers in Moncton.

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To the rescue

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A nurse from Maine helps save a Moncton woman struck in traffic.

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Rebounding from tragedy

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Producer Rick Leguerrier talks about the CBC movie inspired by the Bathurst High Phantoms.

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'Tis the season to give wisely

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Information Morning's personal finance specialist, Dan Noel, shares his tips on making charitable donations.

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New food philosophy at MHS

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Buy local is the theme of an event and a new effort at Moncton High School. From left to right are students Stefen Savoy, Emily Nguyen and Anglophone East School district co-ordinator Carole Murphy. (Photo by Michael R.)

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Vive la France Daigle

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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An Acadian writer from Moncton wins the Governor General's literary award for French fiction.

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A family's pain

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Hilary Bonnell's parents share their feelings after the sentencing of their daughter's killer, Curtis Bonnell.

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A 44-year-old Miramichi man gets his last haircut before heading west for a job as a janitor.

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Investigating NB government

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is investigating complaints from social assistance recipients who claim unfair treatment.

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Networking no no's

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah has tips for working a room and getting results.

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Citizens losing patience

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The head of a citizens group calls for an end to transit lockout in Moncton.

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Alternative bus service?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton's city manager talks about what could replace Codiac Transpo if the dispute drags on.

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Overcrowded hospital solutions?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A senior's advocate weighs in on problems at the George Dumont Hospital and suggests solutions.


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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Sea people, the pride of the land,
Strong of the spirit and rough of the hand;
Sea people the waters command,
From their rocky old steeds of the strand.

-Alistair McGillvary

When news broke of the sinking of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy, in a region of sea people, it didn't take long to hear from someone close to home who had a connection with the ship. And what a connection he has. Ray Boutilier of Moncton was a member of the crew on the maiden voyage of the Bounty back in 1960. He was 19 years old at the time. Destination: Tahiti, for the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty.


Ray came into the studio this week with a warm smile, photo album and scrapbook tucked under his arm. I was eager to talk about how he ended up on the ship, his experience once they set sail, how he convinced Marlon Brando to sign a photograph for him and the months he spent on the film set. But I had to begin by talking about a sad event: the loss of the Bounty. I could tell by the emotions that crossed his face, by the change in tone of his voice, that he felt the loss of the ship profoundly and has just as many questions as everyone else on why she was out there in that storm.

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As we moved into the stories about his time on the ship, it became poignantly clear why he "was shocked" when he heard the Bounty had gone down. "I'm 71 years old now and there's not a day goes by, never a day goes that I don't think of the Bounty." For someone who'd never been on a ship prior to 1960, Boutilier sounds like a sea person to me. The interview is posted on our website and facebook page, along with the many comments we received in response to the interview, full of admiration for the Bounty but moreover for Ray Boutilier and the stories he so eloquently shared.

Our condolences to the families of the two crew members who lost their lives when The Bounty went down.


Jonna


Sports & Arts

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marshall ButtonMarshall Button wonders, what if the arts were covered like sports?

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Remarkable wartime meeting

Posted by Troy Poirier

John BurchillA Miramichi man talks about his "it's a small world" encounter with an American General.

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Duct tape controversy

Posted by Troy Poirier

School administrators investigate complaints of two students being duct taped together as punishment.

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Time for wine

Posted by Troy Poirier

Bill Vance2012 World Wine and Food Expo chairman Bill Vance spoke with Jonna about the trends that will be featured at this year's event.

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Pros & cons of online couponing

Posted by Troy Poirier

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There's more to couponing than taking your scissors to your newspapers and flyers. Moncton's Coupon Lady Ruth Ann Swansburg shares tips on how to find, and use, online coupons.

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A Miramichi woman shares with the Memory Project

Posted by Troy Poirier

Ruby SomersRuby Somers told her story to the Historica-Dominion Institute's Memory Project. It's recording testimonials from the Second World War and Korean War for all Canadians. To share your story, please call 1-866-701-1867 or visit www.thememoryproject.com

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Comedy & Cents

Posted by Troy Poirier

Chances are your teenager is more interested in burgers and i-Pods than RRSPs but a touring comedian is hoping to change that. Reporter Jessica Doria-Brown spoke with Denis Grignon and some of the Moncton students who attended his presentation.

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Moncton man grieves loss of Bounty

Posted by Troy Poirier

Roy BoutilierAs a formal investigation into the sinking of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty gets underway, Roy Boutilier joined Jonna in studio to share his memories of the ship. Boutilier was a deckhand on it's maiden voyage in 1960 to Tahiti, where it was used in an MGM film starring Marlon Brando. Boutilier told Jonna not a day goes by that he doesn't think about that experience.
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The day after

Posted by Troy Poirier

Mount Allison University students and Americans Rachel Cundif and Ethan Duffany were up late Tuesday night as the election results came in. They joined Jonna with their post-presidential race reactions.

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Tourism numbers are in

Posted by Troy Poirier

The summer tourism season of 2012 has wrapped up. Jonna spoke with New Brunswick's Tourism Industry Association President Kathy Weir about how it went.

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Deal delayed

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Plans for a multi-purpose sports and entertainment centre on the site of the old Highfield Square in Moncton have hit a snag. City manager Jacques Dubé tells reporter Kate Letterick what's behind the delay and when he hopes the centre will open.

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Family physician gets national nod

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jonna spoke with Moncton doctor Gregory Donald who has been named one of the ten most exceptional family physicians in the country. Dr. Donald says loves that he is useful, and he considers it a privilege to make house calls. (Michael R. photo)

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Festival on wry

Posted by Terry Cottreau

You might not think of a deli shop with limited seating as a venue for a music festival, but try telling that to the organizers of Pickles Fest in Sackville. Jonna talks to the events manager, Graham Ereaux, about his upcoming three-day festival.

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Take this job and ....

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Information Morning's workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah shares tips on when and how to quit your job.

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Reporter recounts verdict drama

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The CBC's Jennifer Choi talks to Jonna about the events that unfolded as the jury reached its verdict over the weekend in the Curtis Bonnell trial. Bonnell was convicted of first degree murder in the death of his 16-year-old cousin Hilary Bonnell.

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TGIF

Posted by Joel LeFort

People say they tune in to our program for many reasons: to be informed, enlightened, entertained. It's a tricky balance for a program in which the content is determined by the news of the day.
There were three heavy-hitting stories this week. Firstly, an exclusive interview we aired with the Moncton woman who in 2010 was abducted, held captive and sexually assaulted for nearly a month. Secondly, the ongoing coverage of the Curtis Bonnell murder trial in Miramichi.
And finally, we carried the latest developments from the coroner's inquest into the death of Moncton teen Ashley Smith in a federal prison. This included audio and images from videos taken of her treatment while incarcerated that were released to the public this week after months of legal wrangling.
Here's a sample of the feedback we received. First the Ashley Smith story:
"Absolutely shocking. We pay taxes for a child with compromised capacity to be handled like this????????!!!! I am very glad the CBC helped force this out into the glare of daylight."

To the interview with the abduction/assault victim: " What an amazing woman! She did a great job with the interview. Not an easy story to recount, but this is just another testimony to her strength. She is such an inspiration to all of us! God Bless you, "D"!"

Others were not pleased: "I have to concur that the coverage about the assault was disturbing and I did not feel appropriate at that time of day. Normally your show is uplifting and energizing but these last few mornings I have shut off the radio."
(As a sidebar, the victim said she wanted to share her story with us to let people know she was ok, after receiving many enquiries and expressions of support.)

Another listener was none too happy with the any of the coverage: "It seems you had your Halloween trick today,three items: one on murder, one on rape and kidnapping,and one on suicide...I can't think of
any faster way to make me turn off the radio and go back to sleep."

Obviously we don't want people to turn off their radios. We understand these are difficult things to hear. There is a great deal of thought and discussion behind the decisions of what we cover. People come down on both sides of the debate around what is in the public interest and what is sensational. We do warn listeners in advance if the content is disturbing. We do try to inject lighter material to give listeners a breather. But if our role as a news and current affairs program is to reflect the stories of the day, what affects people in our communities, to feed curiousity without exploiting the subject, then sometimes we have to talk about difficult events when they happen.

-Jonna

Marshall Button honours Moncton

Posted by Joel LeFort

Corinne Gallant, Ken MacLeod and Marshall Button are the three Order of Moncton recipients this year. In this week's Marshall Arts report, he re-enacts his acceptance speech....in verse.

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Ashley Smith videos cause a stir

Posted by Joel LeFort

The lawyer representing Ashley Smith's family calls it "degrading and dehumanizing" treatment, and now Canadians are judging for themselves. Julian Falconer talks about videos of Ashley Smith's treatment in the correctional system. We also hear from former provincial child and youth advocate Bernard Richard.

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Laugh and the class laughs with you.

Posted by Joel LeFort

Gerry Dee is a television star, standup comic, former teacher and now an author. He talks to Jonna about his new book which includes a list of dos and don'ts for teachers.

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Tips for investors

Posted by Joel LeFort

Dan Noel, Information Morning's personal finance specialist, has some advice for New Brunswick investors arising from a national survey.
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The Ordeal, Part 3

Posted by Joel LeFort

The woman who was abuducted and sexually assaulted by Romeo Cormier in Moncton in 2010 talks about how she's picking up the pieces of her life.

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Dramatic day in Bonnell case

Posted by Joel LeFort

Reporter Jennifer Choi has the latest from Curtis Bonnell's murder trial in Miramichi. The day included a medical emergency in the morning, and a resumption of the accused's testimony in the afternoon.

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