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May 2014 Archives

7:30 Newscast

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Money-making music

Posted by Troy Poirier

Transplanted New Yorker Allon McCall makes a grab for the musical brass ring from his base in Albert County.



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Independence guaranteed

Posted by Troy Poirier

A health analyst discusses the need for legislation in N.B. to protect public health officers from political interference.



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Getting active

Posted by Troy Poirier

More play time and less screen time. Hear what the YMCA of Greater Moncton is planning to get kids moving.



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7:30 Newscast

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House as nest egg?

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Our personal finance guy Dan Noel talks about the pros and cons of banking on the value of your property for your retirement.



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Foiling bike thieves

Posted by Troy Poirier

An interview with Emmanuel Albert, who is helping cyclists to keep their bikes safe.

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Here is the link to the "Moncton Stolen Bikes / Vélos Volés Moncton" Facebook page:

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Natural gas troubles

Posted by Troy Poirier

New Brunswick's struggling natural gas distribution system is losing its biggest customer.

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Moncton Multiples

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

TWINPIC.JPGHappy National Multiple Births Awareness Day! Hear Jonna's interview with Cary Beaumont, president of a support group for families of twins, triplets, quads and quints.

Photo courtesy Cary Beaumont: Beaumont, along with her husband Clarence Robinson and sons Ben (left) and Daniel (right).

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Politics of abortion

Posted by Troy Poirier

Access to abortion has emerged as an election issue both federally and provincially. The Meet-Up panel discusses the issue.

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Heated public meeting

Posted by Troy Poirier

Residents in Moncton's west end worry about what will happen to 74 houses no longer needed by the military.

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Cannes-do attitude

Posted by Troy Poirier

Two Moncton film makers talk about their experience showing their short film at the famous French film festival.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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AFN in turmoil

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Shawn Atleo's resignation as leader of the Assembly of First Nations reveals internal divisions that some say doom the organization. Can it be resuscitated? We ask Roger Augustine, regional chief of New Brunswick and PEI with the Assembly of First Nations, for his opinion.

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MHS memories

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A former Moncton High teacher and vice principal share their favourite memories from the historic hallways.

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Birth defects perplexing

Posted by Terry Cottreau

An interview with one of the three Moncton mothers whose children were born with uncommon birth defects.. and they all live on the same street.

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Dropping the pounds

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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As bariatric or weight-loss surgery continues to increase in popularity across Canada, Vanessa speaks with Betty Bevans, a Riverview woman who lost hundreds of pounds on her own. (Photo submitted by Betty Bevans)

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Corn Hill Chronicles, May 26

Posted by Troy Poirier

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Bob Osborne contemplates winter's damage and the work ahead.

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Happy at work?

Posted by Troy Poirier

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While Pharrell William's infectious monster hit "Happy" has us all singing "Because I'm Happy..." it was Abe Lincoln who famously said "most people are as happy as they let themselves be". Modern psychology has helped us understand that although happiness is in part hardwired, it is also largely malleable which is good news for employers.


Psychologists, economists and neuroscientist have become fascinated with the study of emotions in the last generation and given that "How are you?" is probably the most popular question in the world it should come as no surprise that countries poll their citizen's wellbeing and employers are interested in measuring worker happiness and wellbeing.


The link between happiness and worker productivity is very well researched and conclusive as is the fact that perception of work climate greatly impacts wellbeing. The myth that increased pressure increases work performance has given way to the reality that happiness increases performance. So happy people work harder, are more productive and come up with more new ideas.


We know that what gets measured gets managed so again no surprise that managers are paying more attention to surveys that help them understand what drives their employee's state of happiness and engagement. Interestingly the connection between happiness and meaningful work has captured the attention of effective leaders worldwide.


Authors Dave and Wendy Ulrich in the Why of Work helped us understand the critical link between worker happiness doing meaningful work. They remind us that we all find meaning in work that makes us feel valued, develops our skills and most notably allows us to excel not to mention work that connects us to our employer's purpose.


While formal surveys are necessary for evidence based insight, Susan David of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching has a short set of questions that any leader can ask to determine how happy their organisation is. The questions range from enjoyable relationships to how much laughter you hear and whether employees feel they are a part of something that matters.


I think Harvard's Teresa Amabile has it right when she connects worker happiness to a manager's ability to facilitate employee accomplishment and "support staff's everyday progress". The simple yet effective role for supervisors of "removing obstacles, providing help and acknowledging strong effort" certainly rings true for any leader looking to bolster happiness and as result, productivity and innovation. There may just be a lot more "Because I'm Happy..." being sung in workplaces as a result.




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Pierre Battah appears on Information Morning Moncton every Monday morning after the 7:30 news and sports. You can follow his blog at pierrebattah.tumblr.com

7:30 Newscast

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Chronicling an epic family story

Posted by Troy Poirier

Former film-maker Paul Almond talks to Vanessa about the epic series of books he's written that traces his family history, starting with an ancestor who jumped a British warship and lived among a First Nations community on the Gaspé.

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Oz lands at MHS

Posted by Troy Poirier

Michael McArdle leads a cast and crew in a production of the Wizard of Oz... in what may be the final production at the old Moncton High School auditorium.

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Defibrillators: Life savers

Posted by Troy Poirier

We talk to an expert who says if you can operate a toaster, you can use a defibrillator and save a life.

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7:30 Newscast

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No time to panic

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Dan Noel (Nov. 2012)Dan Noel talks about riding out rumours on the stock market.

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Death of a Titan

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A CBC News investigation into the death of a hockey player last summer at the Acadie-Bathurst Titans training camp.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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New deputy mayor in Moncton

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Should Moncton's mayor or deputy mayor be able to speak French? The issue came before city council last night.

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Danger lurks in empty buildings

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton fire chief Eric Arsenault talks about the dangers of abandoned houses after a weekend fire sent one fire-fighter to hospital.

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Driving kids to poor health?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A new report on children's physical fitness blames our culture of convenience and over-scheduling for Canada's poor ranking.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Accelerated times

Posted by Terry Cottreau

"Spring is life on double-time" is Bob Osborne's theme for this week's version of his Corn Hill Chronicles.

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Don't expect reform

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Relationship therapy for our MLAs: Robert Jones says the effort failed so don't expect a legislature that's more inclusive and less divisive.

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Catch of the day

Posted by Terry Cottreau

What the Lobster Council of Canada is doing to support the industry in New Brunswick, despite price squabbles.

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7:30 Newscast

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Whiskey Lassie

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A Saint John woman whose passion for whisky has taken her all the way to Scotland.

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Work-load myth

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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How many hours do you really work each week?

It has become a badge of honour for some to cite the many hours they work claiming excessive demands, the impact of mobile technology and our 24-7 economy as the cause. A number of recent books and articles bemoan the state of our busy lives. Work life balance as an issue now occupies a lot of time and energy of HR departments and employee advocates. Rightfully so, as a lot of people are challenged by making work and life fit together, however, our perception of the number of hours we actually work may not be supported by the facts. It appears we have difficulty with the accuracy of work hours in the same way those who tell fishing stories are challenged to remember the size of their catch or the one that got away.

Statistics Canada reminds us that Canadians worked essentially the same number of hours in 2010 as in the 1990's. Yet another study cited by the Harvard Business Review establishes those who claim to work between 55 and 64 hours overestimate their work time by an average of 10 hours and those who claim 65 to 74 hours are off by an average of 20 hours. In case you are wondering, studies have established Canadians and Americans are very similar in this regard.

American academic John Robinson, a leader in the field of time use, has done extensive work that demonstrates some occupations are more prone to over estimation of their work hours. The highly educated, the skilled trades, managers and people in healthcare appear to overestimate the most. Food service people underestimate the most. People's perception of their work time when they answer questionnaires is markedly different from when they keep a precise diary. Are we really bad at estimating or are we intentionally inflating the numbers or both?

The reasons why we overestimate vary from wanting to appear more industrious, to never wanting to admit to working less than others to the fear of appearing lazy in a work centered society. By the way, both men and women exaggerate the number of hours we do housework by 2 times so our stretching does not only apply to paid work.

The implications of our collective overestimations are very real. Employers, in fact entire countries are now putting in limitations on when the boss can send email in order to protect workers. A policy which at the surface appears to be helpful in the work-life balance struggle can actually be a detriment to employees choosing flexibility to respond to their work demands on a schedule that benefits them.

Clearly, many of us are working a lot, however as Laura Vanderkam's excellent book: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think reminds us, tracking how much time we really work (and how much time we spend doing everything else) is one of the keys to telling ourselves and others the facts. If work hours are excessive, having accurate data will make the conversation with the boss much more convincing. Accurate information should curb the tall tales about how much we work, and who knows, there may be time to do a little more fishing.

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Pierre Battah appears on Information Morning Moncton every Monday morning after the 7:30 news and sports. You can follow his blog at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/pierrebattah

Bat numbers down

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Don McAlpine explains why the latest numbers don't bode well for the little brown bat.

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The way we speak

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button explores the unique tapestry of New Brunswick accents.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Saying adios

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button reflects on the year his family hosted a foreign exchange student from Mexico, Daniela Gonzales-Hernandez.

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Bucket list checked

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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An 80-year-old from Sackville, Nita Conrad, talks about a recent adventure.

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Lobster price problems

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We hear from the processors and an expert offers his solution to the problem of low prices.

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Just how low?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Dan Noel, our personal finance watcher, looks at mortgage rates.

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Lobster price woes

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Steamed over lobster prices. The Maritime Fishermen's Union is lashing out at processors in New Brunswick.

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Special care home investigation

Posted by Terry Cottreau

CBC reporter Rachel Cave brings us more on the violations at special care homes in New Brunswick.

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Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Kapow! Blam! Zap!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marvel Comics artist Nick Bradshaw talks about comic culture in Moncton and this Saturday's East Coast Comic Expo.

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Nigerian anguish

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A Moncton resident from the same region of Nigeria where nearly 300 school girls were recently abducted talks about his home country.

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Blowing the whistle

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Rachel Cave reports on workers who paid a heavy price for complaining about violations at a special care home.

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Oland prelim begins

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The Dennis Oland preliminary inquiry on second degree murder charge begins in Saint John.

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Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Election results

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Blair Lawrence wins in Moncton's Ward 2 and there's a tie in the Dundas plebiscite.

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New ballet opens

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A passion for Piaf leads to a new ballet and a giant leap for a French ballet dancer, Olga Petiteau, working in Moncton.

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From student to employee - yikes!

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Making the big jump from student life to the working world. Pierre Battah has tips for first-timers on the job.

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We hear a lot about the difficulties for graduating students to secure full time work related to their studies, however a great many will join the ranks of full time employment for the very first time this spring. The move from student to employee can be fraught with challenges for graduates, employers and parents.

There are endless resources for how to find a job but markedly fewer resources coaching recent graduates on their entry in their first full time role and more specifically on drawing clear differences between their academic careers and their budding professional careers.

The jump from school to work can be a wide one and how recent grads will fare is in part dependent on their exposure employers, bosses and the working life prior to graduation through meaningful summer or coop work and internships. Studies have shown that a student's first career transition can be a time of high anxiety, loneliness, feeling of low self-worth and a time marked by great uncertainty even after having landed the job. These challenges are all the more significant because those first experiences greatly shape lasting outlooks on work and will influence how the freshman employee will perceive work, their workplace relationships and ultimately how they will lead if placed on positions of authority later in their careers.

Employers and their practices obviously have a huge impact as they find the balance between micro managing the new recruit and leaving them alone to figure it. Both strategies are recipes for disaster. Providing the right level of supervision, challenging work (boredom is a sure way to disengage newbies) and managing expectations need to be an employer's focus. It is in everyone's best interest to ensure the new recruit becomes productive doing real work (safely) as quickly as possible.

For the recent grad, inflated expectations have been found to be at the heart of early dissatisfaction and both the recent grad and the boss have a role to play. For the former student it is about understanding the very real differences between post-secondary schooling and the workplace. Recent grads will do well to remember:


  • Bosses and professors are different so clarify expectations early and often.

  • Your boss is your ally not your friend, make them look good.

  • Work is less forgiving and less tolerant of mistakes so dig into the work. Just getting by doesn't cut it.

  • Neatness matters; dress accordingly (no sweat pants) and keep a clean work area.

  • The workplace clock: show up early for everything and get work done early or at worst on time.

  • Separation of personal and work life are key to getting careers started on the right foot. Mind your cell phone.


A final word for parents and significant others. In some ways you are poorly positioned to offer your sage advice but you will be forgiven for trying. Just remember, the workplace may not be the same from when you made the jump from school to work but your insights are valuable none the less. You best tools maybe how you listen deeply, question sparingly and reassure by providing your valuable insight. Re-aligning expectations and assumptions and helping process their initial setbacks will likely be to your best bet in supporting the recent grads first career transition.


Pierre Battah appears on Information Morning Moncton every Monday morning after the 7:30 news and sports. You can follow his blog at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/pierrebattah

Rail line saved

Posted by Terry Cottreau

MP Yvon Godin talks about news that the line between Miramichi and Bathurst will be saved by the federal government.

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Championing science

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Stacey Duff, chair of STEM East Expo and science mentor for Anglophone East joins grade 4 student Skyla Dorcas to talk about the expo that celebrates a love of science.

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7:30 Newscast

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25 years of Super Fiddlin'

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We hear from a Calgary woman who helped start a Riverview fiddle tradition a quarter century ago.

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Immigration policy outdated

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A temporary foreign worker wants to bring his family to Richibucto, but Citizenship and Immigration Canada says his son, who has Down Syndrome, would cost taxpayers more than $10 K per year.

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City council candidates - part 2

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marc Genuist speaks with Blair Lawrence, one of two candidates running to replace the late Merrill Henderson in Moncton's Ward 2.

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7:30 Newscast

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Farley Farewell

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who grew up in St. Andrews, N.B., talks about his friend and mentor of 30 years, Farley Mowat, who died Wednesday at age 92.

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Pension problems

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Dan Noel, Information Morning's personal finance watcher, looks at the future viability of federal public service pensions.

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Cramped classrooms

Posted by Terry Cottreau

People in Dieppe say overcrowding at two local schools is making it difficult for students to learn.

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City council candidates - part 1

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marc Genuist speaks with Mike Dawson, one of two candidates running to replace the late Merrill Henderson in Moncton's Ward 2. Tomorrow, the other candidate, Blair Lawrence.

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7:30 Newscast

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Moncton woman writes for web show

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton's Karen Mitton is one of the writers of "Just Passing Through." She talks about the web TV show's upcoming second season.

If you'd like to check out the series, go to www.justpassingthrough.ca
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Feeding the hungry

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The head of Moncton's Food Depot talks about the third annual Hunger Awareness Week.

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Workers compensation concerns

Posted by Terry Cottreau

An anti-poverty advocate says proposed changes to the appeal system will end up hurting - not helping - injured workers.

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7:30 Newscast

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Cranky councillors

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton city councillors had lots of issues to vent about at a session CBC reporter Marc Genuist attended last night.

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TFW woes

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Immigration lawyer Nicole Druckman says a moratorium is not the answer to Temporary Foreign Worker troubles.

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Bad attitude

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Workplace issues columnist Pierre Battah talks about when standing up to the boss crosses the line into insubordination.

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7:30 Newscast

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"Told you so"

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A spokesperson for the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance talks about last week's report on the need for more studies on fracking.

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For sale for $1 M

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton City Councillor Paulette Theriault talks about the future of the old Moncton High School.

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What's in a name?

Posted by Troy Poirier

Here's the audio birthday gift to Jonna from this morning.

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Like, um, Part 2

Posted by Troy Poirier

Marshall Button delves deeper in the world of verbal crutches, thanks to his Facebook friends.

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Heart-stopping story

Posted by Troy Poirier

A runner whose heart stopped during a marathon last year is lacing up to finish what he started.

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Leonard's response

Posted by Troy Poirier

Craig Leonard, provincial minister of energy, reacts to this week's shale gas study.

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U.S. assets

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dan Noel (Nov. 2012)Our personal finance watcher talks about American estate tax rules that affect Canadians.

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New fracking report

Posted by Troy Poirier

We hear from a member of the scientific advisory group that put it together.

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UdeM nepotism alleged

Posted by Troy Poirier

U de M spent more than $200,000 on a PR company owned by the wife of Yvon Fontaine while he was university president.

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