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January 2013 Archives

Dissolving Stigmas around Mental Illness

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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It was the little celebration that grew. 10 years ago, Women and Wellness began in a Riverview Kitchen... Now it hosts events across the country, including this weekend in Moncton. Jonna welcomes event chair Audrey Vaughn to studio to talk about what's planned.

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File Under: Change

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our personal finance columnist, Dan Noel, takes a look at some recently announced changes to income tax filing in Canada, including the ending of it's free telephone filing service, Telefile.

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Lessons from the Ashley Smith Inquest

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, reflects on the first two weeks of the Ashley Smith Inquest.

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Analysing the Health Care Levy

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs has floated the idea of a health care levy for New Brunswickers earlier this week. It's an idea that's already been implemented in Ontario. McMaster health economics professor Stephen Birch talks about how the levy has worked in his province and gives his prescription for what ails the health care system.

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Pushing for the Playoffs

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The Moncton Miracles are tantalizingly close to their first playoff berth. Jonna welcomes Miracles star Darrell Wonge to studio to talk about the upcoming stretch run, and his own personal achievement, 1000 points with the club.

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Lament for Lameque's Baroque Festival

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Lameque's popular International Baroque Music Festival is facing some tough times. After 37 years of classic music, organizers say they can't raise enough money for another edition. Jonna speaks with Jean-Rene Noel, president of the festival's board of directors.

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The Slow Wheels of Justice

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the track record of Madame Justice Paulette Garnett. She's a judge who takes her time making decisions., so much time that the Chief Justice has restricted her from taking on new cases until a backlog is cleared up.

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Something to Say

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We hear from some of the people who came to speak with Finance Minister on Monday as part of his pre-budget consultations.

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Idle No More comes to Sackville

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Reporter Marc Genuist spoke with some of the people who shut down the Trans-Canada highway in Sackville Monday as part of the ongoing Idle No More protests.

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Meeting of the Artistic Minds

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Theatre New Brunswick's Caleb Marshall and Atlantic Ballet Theatre's Igor Dobrovolskiy talk to Jonna about their new collaboration... a new twist on the old classic Romeo and Juliet, coming to the Capitol this week.

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Calling a Truce

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna is joined on the line by Dr. Robert Desjardins, president of the New Brunswick Medical Society. They go over the weekend meeting between New Brunswick doctors and the Health minster with regards to overbilling.

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Running the Numbers

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Gregg Ingersoll, Superintendent of the Anglophone East district is in studio to talk about the unexpected jump in student enrolment numbers, particularly at the kindergarten level.

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Sunny With Cloudy Periods

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Shelley Steeves profiles community members who make a difference in her ongoing series Sunny With Cloudy Periods. This week she takes a look at CNIB volunteer Carms Powers.

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Amateurs vs. Professionals

Posted by Danny Deveau

On this week's installment of the Marshall Arts report, Marshall Button shares his thoughts what it means to be an amateur or professional artist these days.

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Vote for CBC Open Mic Top Ten!

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

hubcap-2013-logo.jpgThis is YOUR chance to vote for your favourite comedian and help us determine which ten comics move on to the live competition at the Pump House Brewery in Moncton February 6th at 7 pm. .

Ready to Roll

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jonna welcomes Kate "Eve McQueen" Doyle and Heather "Narbruzzi" Narduzzi to the studio to talk about the upcoming roller derby season with the Muddy River Rollers.

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Another Way to Save

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Finance Guy Dan Noel is here to talk about R-D-S-P's.... Registered Disabilities Saving Plans, an often overlooked way to save.

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Heading to Haiti

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jonna chats with Moncton student Jerrica Naugler and her dad Gerry. Their family adopted two Haitian chlidren 3 years ago. Now Jessica is going to Haiti this Friday to visit the land of her siblings.

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Food For Thought

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The great Quinoa debate... good for you or causing harm to farmers in Bolivia? Jonna speaks with John Cameron, professor of international development at Dalhousie University, to try to separate fact from myth.

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The Hills are Alive...

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Kat Stobbs is playing the role of Maria in Garnet and Gold's presentation of The Sound of Music this weekend in Sackville. She chats with Jonna about the production, and about what this dream role means to her.

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More Questions at the Inquest

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speaks with CBC Reporter Ioanna Roumeliotis about the latest developments in the Ashley Smith inquest in Toronto.

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Petitcodiac Property Questions

Posted by Terry Cottreau

After the province bought 4 properties on the Petitcodiac River because of risk of flooding, other property owners are wondering about compensation for erosion to their land. Property owners Jim and Susan Davis speak with Radio-Canada's Julie-Anne Lapointe.

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Witnesses to Tragedy

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The jury at the Ashley Smith inquest had a difficult day yesterday. Jonna speaks with CBC reporter Maureen Brosnahan about what happened the courtroom yesterday.

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Elvis is still in the building

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Moncton's award-winning Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn speaks with Jonna about his new show, currently on tour in the Maritimes.

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What's in a Name?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our workplaces issues columnist, Pierre Battah, stops in to talk about job titles, and what they mean nowadays.

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Worrying about their Homeland

Posted by Terry Cottreau

CBC Reporter Marc Genuist speaks with two Universite de Moncton students from Mali and a recruiter from the university about the troubles in that country.

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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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For fear of jinxing it, I hesitate to say the flu season, so far, has spared me her wrath.


Colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances have not been so lucky. Reports of flu cases on the rise in New Brunswick have triggered much discussion over the flu shot.

Those who got it, who haven't been sick, are likely pleased with their decision. Some who didn't get it are asking for it now. Others are taking their chances. It that a foolish choice?

Some, like an epidemiologist I interviewed this week, would say yes. Others may say no, pointing to a report by CBC News this week that early data from doctor's offices suggest this season's flu vaccine in Canada is about 45 per cent effective.

The epidemiologist I spoke to strongly urged people to get the flu shot, yet said there are no guarantees you won't get the flu if you did get the vaccine. What's a person to do? If you choose not to get it, should you be pressured or guilted into getting one?
And do those who receive the flu shot but still get sick, deserve sympathy? And those who become sick with the flu who don't receive the shot get an "I told you so"?

Maybe I'm just overthinking this. But it's a touchy subject. I appreciate that certain categories of people should receive it. And I would never try to influence anyone one way or the other. Is it a personal choice? Or should the greater good be considered here? I leave those questions with you.

To those who've been hit by the flu, flu shot or no flu shot, you have my sincere sympathies. To those like me who've been spared, may it remain that way.

To your health,
Jonna

Beating the Deep Freeze.. with Laughter!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button puts his comedy cap on and runs down what's happening over the next three weeks at the HubCap comedy festival.

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A New Look for the Y.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speak with Zake Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton, about expansion plans for the Y.

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Keeping Your Identity Safe

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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This month, Government officials revealed that a portable hard drive containing personal information of more than half a million people who received student loans is missing. Our Finance Guy Dan Noel shares some tips on what you can do to protect yourself from identity theft, if you're one of those affected.

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New Ideas for the Old Cathedral

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speaks with Alexis Couture. He's part of a committee looking at the feasibility of creating a community centre for Acadian groups in the Assumption Cathedral.

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Stereophonic Turns 10

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speaks with Kevin Brasier, one of the organizers of the Stereophonic Music Festival. The fundraiser for CHMA, Mount Allison's campus and community radio station, celebrates it's 10 anniversary this year.

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Incident in Bouctouche

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We find out what happened last month at the Co-op in Bouctouche, after a clerk was said to have made a racial slur against an Elsipogtog elder.

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Helping the Homeless Find Shelter

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jillian Johnson, Director of Outreach at the YMCA, talks about a new program that will help get the homeless out of the city's shelters and into permanent homes.

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Ashley Smith Inquest Continues

Posted by Terry Cottreau

CBC National Reporter Maureen Brosnahan is following the Ashley Smith inquest and fills us in on day one of proceeds. Jonna also speaks with Jennifer Kilty. She's an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and one of a group of academics and students who organized a vigil and demonstration in honour of Smith yesterday.

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Taking the Fear Out of Learning Disabilities

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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According to the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, one in ten Canadians has a learning disability. Jonna speaks with Adrienne O'Pray is one of the organizers of the information session to help parents and professionals navigate their way through their children's learning disabilities. She is also joined by Rebecca Bulmer, director of the Riverbend Community School in Moncton.

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Workplace solutions

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Pierre Battah talks about the outsourcing trend in the workplace where employers hire outside agencies to hire and fire their staff.

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Sunny with cloudy periods

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A Moncton man worked to keep convicts in jail throughout his professional life. Now, in his retirement, he's doing everything he can to keep people out of jail.

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Enticing bus riders

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Codiac buses have been back on the road for four weeks now in Moncton. And while many riders are happy to have the service is back, many others haven't returned and Codiac Transpo is working to win them back.

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Ashley Smith inquest

Posted by Terry Cottreau

More than five years ago, Moncton teenager Ashley Smith choked herself to death in her prison cell while guards stood by and watched. The inquest into her death begins today in Toronto and the CBC's Maureen Brosnahan is covering this story.

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Ashley Smith inquest begins

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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The inquest into the death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith of Moncton begins Monday in Toronto. You can follow the proceedings via the Office of the Chief Coroner's webcast.

TGIF!

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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28 days and counting.

That's how long we've been waiting for an interview with Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Robert Goguen about reforms to the Employment Insurance program. We tried again this week while he was at a funding announcement. All he would say is that the EI system is there for those who need it and if people wanted to talk to him about it, they could go to his office.

We did have an interview with the director of communications for the federal department in charge of EI. Alyson Queen says "at the end of the day," the rules are based on common sense and no one would be expected to take a job that would leave them worse off financially. She also said there was a lot of fear mongering about the changes, which fueled seasonal workers concerns.

That's why we wanted to hear from our Conservative MP, to explain the changes and address the concerns of his constituents. It's great if he's willing to meet with individuals in his office but at the end of the day, wouldn't it be more efficient to to address his constituents publicly in an interview with us?

The invitation still stands Mr. Goguen.
RSVP at infomorning@moncton.cbc.ca

A la prochaine.
-Jonna


Pond Hockey Tourney on Thin Ice?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna talks with Greg MacDiarmid of the Newcastle Rotary Club. The club is busy organizing the 9th annual Miramichi pond hockey tournament, but has said this year will be its last organizing the event.

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EI and You.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

With new Employment Insurance rules in place this week, Jonna speaks with Alyson Queen, director of communications in the office of Human Resources minister Diane Finley, about the changes.

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Marshall goes Opera

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button highlights a couple of musical performances on his weekly column.. including U de M's opera workshop of "Cinderella".

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Saint John Councillor Arrested.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Reporter Connell Smith breaks down the story of Saint John city councillor Donnie Snook. Snook was arrested this week and is facing 8 charges, including making child pornography.

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Win Leonard Cohen tickets

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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CBC Music presents Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas Tour 2013 at the Moncton Coliseum April 17. Moncton tickets go on sale Jan 18 at 9:00 a.m. local time BUT CBC Music will present an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale on Jan. 17 starting at 10 a.m. local time for CBC listeners and viewers! Check out CBCmusic.ca for more details.
And we'll be giving away tickets to the show on Information Morning over the next three days - Jan 15, 16 and 17th - so stay tuned!

January Jamboree

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Scouts from across the Maritimes are in Moncton this weekend to talk about their future. Katie Beers, area youth commissioner for southeast NB, stops by the studio to fill us in.

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Answering Your Financial Questions

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our finance guy Dan Noel answers a listener email about TFSA's, RSP's.. and more!

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Some Good News for Maple Leaf Workers

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Carl Flanagan is with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and represents the Maple Leaf workers. He spoke with reporter Kate Letterick about a slight reprieve for workers who were expected to get layoff notices this month.

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First Nations Status Check

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Candy Palmater is a lawyer-turned-comedian, and a member of the Eel River Bar aboriginal band in Northern New Brunswick. Jonna speaks to her about the decision by a federal court this week that may have a big impact on the future of first nations people in this country.

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Prepare for Re-Launch!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Karen Mills and Wayne Harrigan of the Tantramar Seniors' College stop by the studio to share the plans for the new term at Tantramar Seniors' College which is re-launching in the Moncton area.

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Charlo Airport Spreads its Wings.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Labrador Ahoy! Adolphe Goulet of the Charlo Airport talks about the new flights to Wabush and what it means for the northern New Brunswick community.

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New Brunswick's Wild Wolf

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We speak with Don McAlpine from the New Brunswick Museum about the findings that the large animal that was shot on the Acadian Peninsula last spring was in fact, a wolf.

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New Kids on the Commerce Block

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speaks with Carol O'Reilly and Tom Badger, the recently-installed new chair and CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

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Processing teacher complaints

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The RCMP has laid no charges in the case of a Lewisville Middle School teacher who taped two students' wrists together last fall. Jonna speaks with Heather Smith, president of the New Brunswick Teachers Association who says there's better way of dealing with teacher complaints.

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What Next for EI?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Michel Richard is an organizer for the Maritime Fisherman's Union and a spokesperson for the Southeast Committee Against Changes to Employment Insurance. He speaks with reporter Kate Letterick on what happens to those affected by changes to the program.

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Stringing in the New Year.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Ken Macleod, president and CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and orchestra conductor Charles Arsenault stop by the studio to talk about some upcoming concerts and interesting collaborations they've got going on. Also, we're treated to a live performance by young cellist Jaeyoung Chong.

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New Year... New Start.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Our work culture columnist Pierre Battah is by with some strategies and suggestions to making (and keeping) New Year's Resolutions for the workplace in 2013.

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Taking a Shot at Flu Season.

Posted by Terry Cottreau

New Brunswick's Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Denis Allard runs the numbers on this year's flu season and offers some tips on how to avoid getting sick at this time of year.

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Idle No More Protests Continue

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Jonna speaks with Amy Sock. She's a spokesperson for the Sikniktuk Mi'kmaq Rights Coalition and one of the organizers last week's blockade of the CN rail line in New Brunswick, part of the ongoing Idle No More protests.

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Cultural Resolutions for 2013

Posted by Joel LeFort

Arts columnist Marshall Button makes some cultural resolutions for 2013 which include suggestions of how we can all make the arts a bigger part of the new year.
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TGIF

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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Marshall Button is a funny guy. And Friday he shared a scientific finding that backs up the old adage that laughter really is the best medicine.

A recent study says one of the best ways to boost your immune system is through laughter. The timing is perfect. If you're listening to the show these days, you know how Vanessa and I feel about winter. And the cold. And the dark mornings. The whine jar, a container we have to throw change into whenever we complain about the weather (the money will be donated to a local charity), was supposed to keep that grumbling in check. Hmmm, let's just say as the thermometer plummets, the level of change in the whine jar goes in the opposite direction.

That's why I am happy to put Marshall's scientific fact to the test later this month when the Hubcap Comedy Festival kicks off in Moncton. One of the highlights for me is our CBC Open Mic amateur comedy contest. We're now accepting entries. If you want a chance to compete at the Pumphouse Brewery on February 6th, you have to enter our on-line competition first. Give our immune systems a boost and make us all laugh!

-Jonna

Moncton Artisan Heads to Hollywood

Posted by Joel LeFort

A Moncton jewellery maker is taking part in an event connected to the Golden Globes where she'll present her crystal and glass designs to actors as part of their swag bags.

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Protecting Fundy Park

Posted by Joel LeFort

A village councillor in Alma is worried the federal and provincial governments aren't doing enough to protect Fundy National Park. Fred Hall spoke with the CBC's Jessica Doria-Brown.

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We contacted Rob Moore, the Conservative MP for the area. Moore told us this is the first he's heard of Hall's concerns. He says that the cutting and spraying is happening outside of the park and his jurisdiction. But he says his government is committed to protecting Fundy and there's been "unprecedented investment" in the park over the last six years.

Birds of a feather

Posted by Joel LeFort

Birder Alain Clavette talks about the history of the bird count and what bird enthusiasts are observing in the annual count in New Brunswick this year.

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Where to invest

Posted by Joel LeFort

Dan Noel talks what should be in your investment tool kit this year.

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Miramichi's fiddlin' barber

Posted by Joel LeFort

A profile of Norman Young, who's about to go into semi-retirement.

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Zoo loses jaguar

Posted by Joel LeFort

Magnetic Hill Zoo manager Bruce Dougan talks about the death of 20-year-resident, Morena.

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High School Classic gets underway

Posted by Joel LeFort

Tournament chairman David Melanson gives Vanessa the low-down on the 38th edition of the Moncton High School Classic. The tournament begins Thursday and wraps up on Sunday. For the schedule, go to monctonclassic.net (Michael R. Photo)

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Will create for food

Posted by Joel LeFort

David Whittaker is an artist in Moncton. He talks to Vanessa today about his exhibit that will begin showing at the gallery at Moncton City Hall for the month of January. A third of all profits he makes during the show will be donated to the Moncton food depot alimentaire. (Michael R. photo)

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More Moncton Shopping

Posted by Joel LeFort

Economist David Campbell talks about the impact of a new big box development near the airport.

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