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December 2012 Archives

TGIF

Posted by Troy Poirier

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As we bid adieu to 2012, I resolve to change my approach to resolutions. No long list this year, no end of year tallying of the ones I kept and the ones I didn't. I'm choosing one, that will have an impact on my life every day.

Before I share mine, here are some I received from others:

"Make 2013 count. It's up to me to find ways to make it happen."

"To be at peace."

"Stop wasting time on my phone, doing nothing. To read more."

"Not to hookup cable tv, read more books, spend quality time with friends.. and enjoy living!"

"Putting money aside."

"Enter the New Yorker caption contest every week." (Wow, that's specific!)

"Stay in shape."

"Try to enjoy every moment."



Mine? Make my dinner table a phone-free zone. As sad as it sounds, our constant dinner companions are blackberries and iPhones. I wonder how many spontaneous, profound, funny, heartfelt comments from my children were lost because someone's smartphone buzzed and distracted us all mid-conversation.

Best not to think about that. No looking back (ok, that's two resolutions).
Let the new year begin.

I wish you all a year filled with peace, hope and joy.

- Jonna

Jeff's Musical Car

Posted by Troy Poirier

Jeff BoudreauJeff Boudreau drops by in studio to tell Jonna all about his YouTube project which features local music artists performing in the back of his car.

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Post-Christmas Noel

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dan Noel (Nov. 2012)Dan Noel, Information Morning's personal finance specialist, has some post holiday financial advice.

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Operation A-OK

Posted by Troy Poirier

Rik Reese talks about how his random act of kindness has paid forward.

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A dune deal

Posted by Troy Poirier

Julie Cormier talks about how her group uses Christmas trees to protect dunes from erosion near Cap Pele.

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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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The last thing people likely wanted or needed in the lobby of Moncton City Hall yesterday was a radio person putting a microphone in front of their face, asking why they signed a book of condolences for residents of Newtown, Connecticut.

But there I was, doing just that. And yet again, I was surprised and touched that people were gracious enough to speak to me. They were thoughtful, compassionate. All expressed sentiments of sadness, lingering shock and a sense of helplessness. Writing those thoughts in a book seemed to provide an outlet for those sentiments and a way of letting those suffering in a community far away know that people here cared.

There have been many opportunities this holiday season to demonstrate that caring for community closer to home and people have responded in droves. An hour after leaving city hall, I was at the Moncton Coliseum, watching volunteers with the Food Depot load more than 1800 food boxes into a long line of vehicles to deliver to homes of people less fortunate. The boxes I delivered with my daughter were received with gratitude and grace.

I am proud to be part of this community, for the way it reaches out to people both near and far, no matter the reason or the season.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.
-Jonna

Holiday shows

Posted by Joel LeFort

In his weekly arts report, Marshall Button talks about some of the live shows in the region.

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Gallagher legacy builds

Posted by Joel LeFort

Richard Blaquiere, president and co-chair of the Friends of Mark Gallagher organization, updates Jonna on plans to build a school in Haiti in honour of the former RCMP officer and Bathurst native. For more information, visit gallagherschoolhaiti.com

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Georges is LeRoc for local kids

Posted by Joel LeFort

In this edition of "Sunny With Cloudy Periods" Shelley Steeves introduces us to an immigrant who is giving back to the community by offering transportation to disadvantaged children.

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Miracles fire coach

Posted by Joel LeFort

Moncton Miracles owner Kim Blanco talks about a turbulent week for the basketball team.

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Dealing with tragedy

Posted by Joel LeFort

School psychologist Allen Marr talks about the lingering effects of the Connecticut shootings.
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Tracking your income

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Personal finance watcher Dan Noel says it's sometimes tricky but always worthwhile, especially if you're retired.

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Spreading some holiday cheer

Posted by Danny Deveau

The Food Depot's Christmas boxes are being delivered. Jonna talks to the Food Depot's president as the hampers hit the road.

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Coverage will cost

Posted by Danny Deveau

A policy analyst for a business group says NB's proposed drug plan will cost jobs.

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US Red Cross thanks NB woman

Posted by Troy Poirier

When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern United States in late October, Florence Goddard of Salisbury felt she had to do something. She organized a tractor trailer load of clothes and other donated goods for the people of New Jersey. The truck was donated by Keltic Transport of Moncton. Myron Kaller is a board member and volunteer for the American Red Cross in Jersey Shore. He spoke with the CBC's Marc Genuist about what happened.

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Meanwhile, the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey officially advises people against sending donations of household items. Its website says it does not accept or solicit small quantities of individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Items such as food, used clothing and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged. The Red Cross says this impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of the relief operation. And the best way to help a disaster victim is through a financial donation to the Red Cross.

Guns & Hoses

Posted by Danny Deveau

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We found out more about the blood drive with the rockin' moniker "Guns and Hoses". It's a combined effort of the Moncton Fire Department and Codiac RCMP. Jonna spoke with Steve Richardson of the MFD (left) and RCMP officer Mike Gaudet. (Michael R. Photo)

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Truck thefts

Posted by Danny Deveau

We hear more about the theft of three trucks and three trailers in Moncton this week.

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Drug plan

Posted by Danny Deveau

Dr. Dennis Furlong details a new plan he's co-authored that will help people without drug coverage pay for their prescriptions.

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Christmas Miramichi Memories

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Wayne Curtis reads from his latest book.

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Bourgeois quits council

Posted by Danny Deveau

A surprise resignation from an outspoken Moncton city councillor.\

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Hopping aboard

Posted by Danny Deveau

Reporter Shelley Steeves boards a Codiac Transpo bus as service resumes in Moncton.

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Battah's book picks

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Pierre Battah, Information Morning's workplace specialist, has some suggestions for the readers on your list.

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Organisational Development

1) The Advantage By Patrick Lencioni, Jossey-Bass 2012

2) The IKEA Edge by Anders Dahlvig, McGraw-Hill, 2011

Leadership / Management

3) TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, by Douglas Conant and Mette Norgaard, Jossey-Bass 2011

4) The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss, by Jim Warner & Kaley Klemp, Greenleaf Book Group Press 2012

5) Talk, Inc. By Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, Harvard Business Review Press, 2012

6) Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, by Linda A. Hill & Kent Lineback, Harvard Business Review Press 2011

Personal Productivity

7) 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, by Peter Bregman Business Plus 2012

8) Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Myth to Personal and Professional
Satisfaction Matthew Kelly, Penguin Group 2011

HR

9) The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else, by George Anders (Portfolio/Penguin) 2011

Career

10) So Good They Can't Ignore You, By Cal Newport, Business Plus, 2012

Special mention: winner National Business Book Award (Canada)

11) Consumer Republic: Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World, published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd. Bruce Philp 2011

Rolling tape for charity

Posted by Danny Deveau

The Divorcees drummer Brock Gallant drops by to talk about a unique charity fund-raiser happening at Plan B Bar and Lounge, where he books talent. It involves selling live recordings to raise funds for Moncton's Food Depot. (Michael R. photo)

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Excessive concert secrecy?

Posted by Danny Deveau

The City of Moncton and a taxpayers group weigh in on Moncton's private concert contracts.

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Maya culpa

Posted by Danny Deveau

Mount Allison professor Grant Aylesworth examines the Maya end-of-the-world prediction for December 21.

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TGIF!

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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If you hadn't heard about Ron Powers before this week, no one could really blame you. He lives in a modest house in Minto, works a couple of days a week as a security guard and used to receive social assistance.

Someone with the department of Social Development probably hadn't heard of him either, until they were told to give him a call, asking for $264 they say he was overpaid while on social assistance in 1997. Powers is caught up in a wide net the province has cast to recoup millions of dollars from people they say owe them money, regardless of the amount or, apparently, the year. As one listener wrote, "saving NB's economy, one little guy at a time."

Reaction to Ron Powers' story exploded on our website and Facebook page. There is plenty of sympathy from the public. And in true Maritime fashion, some have gone a step further and generously offered to give Powers the money, with one person insisting he take it. Powers say he'll pay the province as soon as he receives written proof that he was overpaid. If that letter never comes, Powers says he'll give the money to someone else who really needs it.

Talk about paying it forward.
Merry Christmas Ron Powers.

-Jonna

Pageant parenting tips

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button, the Capitol theatre's artist in residence, has some dos and don'ts for parents attending school Christmas pageants this week.

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EI changes unchanged

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Beausejour MP Dominic LeBlanc says the Conservatives hung Moncton MP Robert Goguen out to dry.

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Christmas consumer confidence

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A retailer and an academic weigh in on how the economy is impacting holiday shopping.

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Singing for Others Suppers

Posted by Joel LeFort

Dan Lunney (left) and Chris Spencer, two members of the 82-strong Metrotones choir, talked to Vanessa about their annual Christmas concert at the Moncton Celebration Centre. It's designed to lift spirits and collect non-perishsable foot items for local food banks. (Michael R. photo)
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Retiring in installments

Posted by Joel LeFort

Information Morning's personal finance watcher, Dan Noel, answers a listener's question about whether peopole should gear down, rather than outright retire.

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Elf-satisfaction

Posted by Joel LeFort

Natalie Brun talks about the Elf-workshop happening at the Dieppe Public Library. (Michael R. photo)
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Search continues

Posted by Joel LeFort

The Metallic family extends its search in the Tantramar Marsh area for Chris Metallic, who disappeared over two weeks ago.

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Slippery story

Posted by Joel LeFort

The price of eels is slithering way up. A researcher at l'Universite de Moncton explains why.

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David Myles sings for food banks

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The singer drops in to chat with Jonna about his annual tour in support of local food banks in the province. David will be performing at Champlain Place in Dieppe between noon and 1:30 Wednesday. Bring along some non-perishable food items or a donation to support food banks in southeastern New Brunswick.

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Difficile task

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Luc Foulem talks about efforts by Vitalité to rid the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton of the C-Difficile bacteria.

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Turkey drive talk

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Moncton firefighter Christopher Jackson reports on how the annual event is going.

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Food price hike

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The president of a farm lobby group in New Brunswick responds to a study predicting higher food prices.

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Miraculous Christmas

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Moncton Miracles guard Darrell Wonge and forward Matt Robertson talked to Jonna about the team's plans for Christmas, which include delivering food boxes and serving Christmas dinner.

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Gifting at work

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah shares dos and don'ts for office gift-giving.

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Crash survivor talks

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Hockey player Randy Gallant talks about surviving a bus crash near Bouctuche on Sunday.

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Tinkling the ivories in China

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Roger Lord is off to perform on piano for a Chinese New Year Gala and will be playing for a television audience up to 700 million! Hear his story.

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Get your Winter Bike On!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The temperture might be plummeting, but there's no reason not to keep taking to the streets on your bike. Chrissy Lorette from La Bikery Bike Co-op talks all things bike with Vanessa.

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IT startup success story

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Dan Martell, CEO of Clarity, talks with Vanessa about the 1.6 million in investment he's securing for his Moncton-based tech company.

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New Bus Routes

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Angela Allain, Acting General Manager of Codiac Transpo, gives us the lowdown on the new routes for Codiac Transit coming soon to Greater Moncton.

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A Day of Remembrance

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Ginette Petitpas-Taylor is of the ceremony and candlelight vigil in Riverview. She shares with Vanessa about what the Day of Remembrance means to her.

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Bargains at the busiest time of year

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Ruth Ann Swansburg, Moncton Coupon Lady, drops by to share some tips on getting good deals during the holiday season.

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A new life for used skates

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Vanessa speaks with Derrick Beardsworth of the Moncton Boys & Girls Club about a new progam hoping to get skates into the hands of young Monctonians who need them the most.

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Exploring new transit options

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Transit's been a big issue this year. Meggie MacMichael is a project co-ordinator with GoTranspo, a group that's trying to find new ways for people to get around in Southeastern New Brunswick.

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Report Card

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The provincial Auditor-General's report was released Tuesday... and covered a variety of topics from health care to infrastructure. Vanessa Blanch speaks with the Auditor-General herself, Kim MacPherson, about what's in her report.

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