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June 2014 Archives

Cornhill Chronicles June 30th

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Bob asks: what kind of a province do we want to live in?

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A Little Summer Reading

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Our workplace issues columnist Pierre Battah compiles his summer reading list... a little something for everyone.

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Game-changer

Posted by Terry Cottreau

pam.jpgWe get some reaction from Pam Palmater, a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor and activist about what last week's Supreme Court of Canada ruling means for First Nations in New Brunswick and across Canada.

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Rec plans in Riverview

Posted by Troy Poirier

The Riverview Energy Centre wants to build a multi-use recreational facility - complete with two NHL-sized ice surfaces.


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The shrinking CBC

Posted by Troy Poirier

The CBC's senior managing director for Atlantic Canada, Andrew Cochran, talks to Vanessa about what you can expect from your public broadcaster.


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A wrenching evening

Posted by Troy Poirier

A young mother reflects on the night of the RCMP shootings as the time she also had to leave one daughter behind while flying the other to the IWK.


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Rylees Road To Recovery (GoFundMe.com)

First Nations win ruling

Posted by Troy Poirier

A First Nation in British Colombia has won an important land claim. We talk to a historian and aboriginal rights researcher about what it might mean for First Nations in New Brunswick.


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Smokers get help

Posted by Troy Poirier

Receptionists at Vitalité Health Network are enlisted to get smokers to butt out.


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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Troy Poirier

Did you miss your morning news? Listen here for coverage of local and NB news.


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Magical musical tour

Posted by Troy Poirier

We catch up with CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence, as his CBC Beetle tour rolls into New Brunswick.


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Those baffling bitcoins

Posted by Troy Poirier

Dan Noel (Nov. 2012)Our personal finance guy Dan Noel will join us to try and help us make sense of the digital currency.


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Daycare shortfall

Posted by Troy Poirier

Robert Jones reports on the Alward goverment falling short on its daycare promises.


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Big gamble

Posted by Troy Poirier

The Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation is establishing a new gaming centre in Miramichi.



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Cleary on climate change

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Eilish Cleary says now is the time to talk about health issues associated with climate change.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Danny Deveau

Did you miss your morning news? Listen here for coverage of local and NB news.

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TB at U.de M.

Posted by Danny Deveau

Public health officials are investigating a second confirmed case of tuberculosis in a student at Universite de Moncton.

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MacKay's musings

Posted by Danny Deveau

The Meet-Up panel discusses what some call patronizing attitudes towards women by Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

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Energy projects bring jobs

Posted by Danny Deveau

A Moncton economic development consultant says energy and natural resources development is where it's at when it comes to prosperity in New Brunswick.

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Clarifying his stance

Posted by Danny Deveau

MP Robert Goguen explains his position on the kind of review that needs to be carried out into the deaths of three RCMP officers in Moncton.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Planting "rain gardens"

Posted by Danny Deveau

An environmental group in the Tantramar area hopes to prevent flooding with plants that absorb up to 40 per cent more water than lawns.

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Coping with tragedy

Posted by Danny Deveau

Dr. Owen Kelly, a psychologist who treats trauma and anxiety disorders, talks about how people may be feeling in Moncton after the RCMP tragedy.

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Tobique man nominated

Posted by Danny Deveau

Gary Sappier of the Tobique First Nation has been nominated for three Aboriginal People's Choice Awards.
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Corn Hill Chronicles, June 23

Posted by Danny Deveau

Bob stops to smell the roses



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On the same page

Posted by Danny Deveau

Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah examines what it takes to convince people to "buy-in."



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Operation Snapshot

Posted by Danny Deveau

Alison Crawford sheds light on the Canada-wide crackdown on child pornography that rescued a girl in Moncton.



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Royal recognition for Doucet

Posted by Danny Deveau

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Monctonian wins Emmy

Posted by Joel LeFort

Michael Ann Rowe's culinary tour of New Brunswick wins a TV award south of the border.

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Bilingual health concerns

Posted by Joel LeFort

Pauline Gallant on how the Horizon Health Authority is addressing bilingual challenges.


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Justice delayed

Posted by Joel LeFort

Moncton lawyer Sheila Cameron says families in crisis are waiting too long to see their day in court.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Did you miss your morning news? Listen here for coverage of local and NB news.

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All patrol cars should be equipped

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Just-retired OPP officer Kent Taylor says RCMP should have a high powered rifle and hard body armour in every patrol car.

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Athlete reveals he's gay

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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UdeM track and field co-captain Alexandre Coholan tells his coming out story.

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A grad journey

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Jen Bastarache and Nathaniel Parent used to hate school, until a new program helped them turn things around. With them is Gordie Kline, of the Beaverbrook Center for Alternative Education, Anglophone East School District.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Did you miss your morning news? Listen here for coverage of local and NB news.

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Arming the RCMP

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Just what kind of safety gear, weapons and training do RCMP members receive to deal with emergencies like the shootings in Moncton? The superintendent of the RCMP responds.

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Bye bye spam

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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New legislation is good news for people sick of ads in their in-box, but Moncton lawyer Thomas Raffy says a lot of small businesses might be caught off guard.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Curling gets backing

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton Council puts up $840,000 to help build a centre of curling excellence in the city.

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Lessons from Mayerthorpe

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A retired RCMP officer and head of the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada says officers need better protection.

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FIFA fever

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Brazilians living in Moncton, Marlyse and Paulo Loureira, are in the middle of world cup soccer fever.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Corn Hill Chronicles, June 16

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Bob Osborne extols the virtues of finally being able to get your hands dirty.

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Working for Dad

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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What's it like when every workday is Father's Day? Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah weighs in.

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Flight fight

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Business owner Heather Anne Carson lobbies to save Moncton's direct flight to Newark.

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Running for the fallen

Posted by Terry Cottreau

More than 7,000 people ran in Moncton on Sunday in memory of three slain RCMP officers.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Two-wheeled touring

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Sackville's Tantramar Heritage Trust is getting people moving.. on two wheels. Trust spokesperson Bernard Soubry talks about Sunday's heritage bike tour.

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Celebrating the trails

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Heather Fraser talks about what's in store this weekend for Irishtown Nature Park Day.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Making investments last

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Personal finance watcher Dan Noel talks about making your money stretch into your old age.

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Newcomers unnerved

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Two MAGMA officials talk about how Moncton's immigrant community is dealing with the RCMP tragedy.

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Running for the fallen

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Armand Doucet gets emotional as he talks about the Father's Day run in Moncton in support of Codiac RCMP families.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Mourning the Mounties

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Rex Murphy says the response to the RCMP shootings in Moncton has been very much a colective moment for the Canadian way of seeing things and how we regard others in times of agony and stress.

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Memorial proposed

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The chairman of the Codiac Regional Policing Authority will propose a permanent memorial to Moncton's fallen police officers.

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Naming the unspeakable

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The "meet-up" panel discusses the suggestion by some to banish using the name of the accused in the RCMP slayings.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Lessons from lockdown

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah looks at some lessons about about leadership gleaned from last week's crisis in Moncton.

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RCMP & social media

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Tech columnist Jesse Hirsh talks about how Codiac RCMP used social media during last week's lockdown and manhunt.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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RCMP in mourning

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The commanding officer of the RCMP in New Brunswick reports on how the force is dealing with the tragedy.

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Reaction and aftermath

Posted by Terry Cottreau

We'll speak with a Moncton psychologist about coping with the aftermath of last week's shootings in Moncton. Then, the superintendent of Anglophone East School district discusses how the schools will help ease the return for children after last week's events.

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Shooter suspect arrested

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Mayor George LeBlanc talks about one of the most dramatic 36 hours Moncton has ever witnessed.

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Witness to arrest

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Eye-witness Michelle Thibodeau talks about how the arrest of Justin Bourque went down overnight.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The Fighting 26th

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Brent Wilson talks about a storied unit from Albert County that fought in the First World War, and an event designed to commemorate the men's service.

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Panning panhandling

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The city of Moncton seeks a solution to aggressive street begging.

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Consequences of radon

Posted by Terry Cottreau

What you need to know about radon gas and how to protect yourself.

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University enrolment down

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Updated statistics show demand for university among Maritimers has declined since 2003.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Backyard bonfires

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton's fire chief takes us through the do's and don'ts when it comes to open fires in his jurisdiction.

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Food fight

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton city council disgrees, then compromises on a pilot project involving downtown food trucks.

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Tern, tern, tern

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A group in Pointe-du-Chene is hoping to entice a displaced colony of Common Terns to stay in the bay.

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Skin cancer screening

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Dermatologist Chantal Chiasson talks about the rise in melanoma and a free clinic at the YMCA today in Moncton that will be screening people for the disease.

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7:30 Newscast

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Corn Hill Chronicles, June 2

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Bob Osborne talks about a great grape that resulted in a surprisingly fine locally sourced red wine.

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Walk fast and look worried

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Body Language @ Work

I was given advice on my first day as a grocery packer by a wily veteran - "always walk fast and frown so you look worried about something important." Although the advice may have been faulty the underlying sentiment was spot on. As Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy said "Our non verbals govern how people think and feel about us".

Cuddy's widely viewed Ted Talks video "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are" teaches us that our body language not only conveys meaning to others it in fact changes our body chemistry and enables us to feel differently about ourselves. Her two minute power posing techniques of making ourselves big by occupying lots of space (arms in the air, chin up as if you have just won a race) actually makes a person feel more powerful and confident.

Body language has significant impact in the workplace. Author Carol Kinsey Gamon in her book the Silent Language of Leaders reminds us that how we carry ourselves has enormous influence on how we are perceived and how being mindful of our hands, face, arms and even our feet is important.

There are of course inherent dangers in reading too much into body language given that sometime a yawn is a sign of a late night and not boredom with the topic in a meeting. Crossing your arms can be about comfort and being cold and not about defiance and resistance. Reading body language is fraught with bias, cultural norms (how close people stand, touching, eye contact etc.) and gender differences so it needs to be practiced with care but the cues can be insightful and serve to confirm our interpretations of people's words and intent.

Although power posing and generally taking up more space with bodies has its place, people judge us on how we express trust worthiness long before they judge our competence and power. Being mindful of our body language and how it conveys caring, empathy and likability (especially for leaders) will go a long way. Remember you convey emotion with much more than your words and your facial expressions. All those nonverbal active listening techniques can come in handy.

So my advice: be mindful of your body language, walk in such a way that is inviting and confident (shoulders back please) as opposed to so fast that people don't approach you and wear a smile instead of that worried look. Much more powerful in the long run.

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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

Saying bye to Mct. High

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The co-ordinator of Moncton High's farewell week talks about some upcoming events.

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Investors scammed

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A cautionary tale from a couple who lost tens of thousands of dollars after their so-called advisor faked their signatures.

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