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November 2011 Archives

Our Latest Harbour Lights Total: $19,207.60

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More Cautionary Talk On Gift Cards

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The president of the Consumers Association of Canada, Bruce Cran tells us to be careful when buying gift cards beause it's the companies who benefit from their purchase.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Stem Cell Therapy

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Dr. Simon tells us about the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation's annual fundraising drive called "The Give".  They are raising money for a stem cell therapy program for cancer patients at the Regional.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Bob predicts that there won't be much movement with any gas prices tonight at midnight.  He's predicting that gas will go up by 1 cent or less, diesel will go down by 1 cent or less and that home heating oil should pretty much stay where it is.

Another Christmas Song - Stephen Colbert for Scott Thomas

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A Cautionary Tale On Gift Cards

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Jan Small tells us about her recently purchased Petro Canada gas cards that didn't turn out to be the gift cards she'd intended.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Chris Connolly

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Chris Connolly grew up in Rothesay but is now in Durban, South Africa working on an internship.

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That Spirit Of Christmas - Ray Charles for Mike, Christine, Lauren and Sophie Purinton

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Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy - London's Philharmonia Orchestra for Tara Jane Scott

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Part One Of "A Fractured Future"

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CBC begins a five-part series on shale gas development in the province.  The CBC's Connell Smith starts off the series with a snap-shot on the state of the industry right now in New Brunswick.

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We've Finally Compiled Our Harbour Light Tour Schedule

Posted by Amy Grant

Nov. 28 Saint John (Bell Aliant Headquarters)

 

Nov. 29 St. Stephen (Carmen's Diner)

 

Nov. 30 Hampton (Kozy Korner)

 

Dec. 01 St. Martin's (Home Hardware/Rite Stop)

 

Dec. 02 Grand Bay-Westfield (Human Performance Centre)

 

Dec. 05 Saint John (Java Moose Prince William St.)

 

Dec. 06 Rothesay (Shadow Lawn Inn)

 

Dec. 07 Sussex 

 

Dec. 08 Pt. Lepreau

 

Dec. 09 Saint John City Market Show
 
If you can make it out to any of our stops, Hance would love to see you :)
 

Words Of Wisdom About The Paramount Theatre

Posted by Amy Grant

Waye Mason, who teaches music business at the Nova Scotia Community College and who was involved in a restoration project in Halifax, tells us that the Paramount theatre project is a great idea that could be a big part of the life in uptown Saint John but cautions that there needs to be money and people that can focus on one idea.

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Blue Monday - New Order for Christa Smith

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Another Shot Is Fired In The War Over Blood Services In New Brunswick

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CEO of Canadian Blood Services, Dr. Graham Sher tells us why New Brunswickers don't want their own, independent blood agency. 

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Twilight:Breaking Dawn'

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Matt Rainnie went to see the newest installment of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn and gives us his thoughts on the cinematic take of Edward and Bella's marriage.

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Main Bhool Jaoon - Jagjit Singh for Nahid Hossain

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Bob predicts that prices will be going down tonight at midnight - gas by about 4 cents and diesel and home heating oil by about 3 - 4 cents.

A Look At The 2011 Provincial Child Poverty Report Card

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Executive director of the Saint John Human Development Council, Randy Hatfield tells us how Saint John scored in the Provincial child poverty report card.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Medical Homes

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Dr. Simon tells us about the idea of a team approach to health care in New Brunswick.

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What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong for Barb Barton in honour of her sister Joanne

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Jules Verne's Adventure Story Comes To Hampton High School

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Hampton High school's production of "Around the World in 80 Days" runs Wednesday through Saturday, Anthony Duchesne plays Phileas Fogg, Damon Gordon plays Passepartout and Ryan Mullett plays Sir Francis.

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Do The Proposed Transit Cuts Go Too Far?

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In an effort to reign in Saint John's financial situation, the city has proposed deep cuts to its transit system.  City councilor Donnie Snook tells us why he thinks the proposed cuts go too far.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Brent Dawes

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Brent Dawes grew up in Quispamsis but is now based in Vancouver working as a tour director for a company that organizes luxury tours of Canada for Australian tourists.

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Never Be One - Alabama for Les Jarvis

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New Affordable Housing Projects Set For Saint John

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Executive director of Housing Alternatives Incorporated, Kit Hickey tells us how the city is doing overall for affordable apartments for people who need them.

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Our Resident Book Worm Hits The Book Stores

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Sarah Maier tells us why this is the best time of year for hitting the local bookstores and gives us a tip on a great book for your little ones.

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Upside Down - Jack Johnson for Tara Jane Scott

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Remembering New Brunswick Naturalist And Bird Watcher Brian Dalzell

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Mary Majka tells us about her good friend Brian Dalzell who passed away earlier this week.

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Oh, Happiness - The David Crowder Band for Chris Hayes

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Looking Back On A Decade Of Serving Saint Johners

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Jane Barry tells us about her recent retiriment from her job as head of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and she introduces us to the new person in the job, Claire Northcott.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'J.Edgar'

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Matt Rainnie gives us his thoughts on the new film that sets out to explore both the public and private lives of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Saute Dans Ta Barge - Before The Mast for Lynn Wigginton

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One Change Has Some Bold New Plans For The Old North End

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President of One Change, Scott Crawford tells us about the groups hopes to take over the refurbished North End Community Center and offer a host of new programs to its neighbours.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Diabetes

Posted by Amy Grant

Dr. Simon helps us find the sweet spot when to comes to blood sugar levels.

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Residents Meet To Keep Morna Heights School Open

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Chair of the District 8 education council, Rob Fowler tells us about last night's meeting that was held to discuss the future of Morna Heights school.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Bob predicts that gas will be going down tonight at midnight by 2-3 cents and that diesel and home heating oil will be going up by 2 cents.

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Out On The Town Tonight - Bim for John Hanson

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Saint John Works On A New By-Law To Encourage Growth

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Deputy Commissioner of planning for the city of Saint John, Jacqueline Hamilton tells us about the city's need to review the zoning by-law in order to move forward with "Plan S.J.".

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Matt Murphy

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Matt Murphy grew up on the west side but is now teaching in Hong Kong.

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Clear The Track Here Comes Shack - Douglas Rankine With The Secrets for Marie Young

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A Report Card On Schools

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Superintendent of school district 8, Michael Butler tells us about the results of the educational provincial assessments.

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The Future Of The Mighty St. John

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Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, Allen Curry tells us about the research that is being done to create a report on the health of the Saint John river. 

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf for Lisa Keenan

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Tower Heist'

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Matt Rainnie gives us his thoughts on the new caper comedy starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.

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A Rare Visitor Is Turning Up In Yards Around Saint John This Fall

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Naturalist, Jim Wilson tells us about the dozens of red bellied woodpeckers that have been spotted around the province.

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                                     Jim Wilson's All-Season Suet Mixture

Pure suet tends to melt, drip and even become rancid during warm weather. Blending it with peanut butter seems to stabilize it and if done with the right proportions it can be used during all seasons. Blended suet drips (melts) very little in summer and many of our birds feed on it year round.

 

Purchase ground beef suet for mincemeat, or purchase unprocessed suet from your butcher and grind/chop your own. A food processor chops unfrozen suet well. Put in 500-gram zip lock bags and freeze for future use.

 

q  Take two 500-gram bags of ground/chopped beef suet. Melt to liquid over very slow heat.

 

q  Add to this peanut butter (25 - 35% peanut butter to 100% suet, by melted volume - approximately).

 

q  Melt and blend the two thoroughly, then remove from heat.

 

q  Add five cups of raw shelled sunflower hearts (unsalted - available at the Bulk Barn or other source).

 

q  Pour in 1/8 cup of molasses.

 

q  Add 1/4 cup white sugar.

 

q  Add some corn meal if available, as a thickener (optional).

 

q  I usually add a few handfuls of both white millet and whole black-oil sunflower seeds to further thicken.

 

q  Mix the whole batch thoroughly.

 

q  Pour into a flat-bottomed pan and freeze (like fudge).

 

q  Later, cut into approximately one-inch chunks and place in a wire mesh feeder (to keep squirrels from getting it). These are available from stores that sell bird feeding equipment.

 

I put the frozen chunks into a home-made suet holder made from two wooden disks about 10 centimeters in diameter cut from a 3/4 inch pine board (see photo). I then make a cylinder of 1/4 inch wire mesh and place the wood disks in each end. The bottom disk is permanently nailed to the wire but the top is secured with three wood screws that can be removed and the disk pulled out when I need to top up the contents. The seam up the body of the wire cylinder is crimped onto itself and then I run a "stitching" of brass wire to ensure it stays together. It's pretty solidly made, and needs to be, to deter the many Grey Squirrels we have about.

 

I put a screw eye in the centre of the wooden top and I use a wire to hang it up.

 

Good luck, and enjoy the many woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and lots of other birds that will likely visit.

 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters for Brian Shanks

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The Next Step In Developing The Canadian Coast Guard Site

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General manager of the Saint John Development Corporation, Kent MacIntyre tells us about losing The Hardman Group to develop the Canadian Coast Guard site and what plans are in the works for the site in the future.

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An Expert On Pension Law Comments On Saint John's Employee Pension Crisis

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Law professor and author of a textbook on Canadian Pension law, Ari Kaplan tells us whether Saint John's plan to halt cost of living payments to retired workers will get the city in legal hot water.

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Saving A Small School

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Author of "Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities", Paul Bennett tells us about the push to save Morna Heights School and the talk that he'll be giving at the KBM.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Bob predicts that everything is going up tonight at midnight - gas and diesel by 1 cent or less and home heating oil by 1 - 2 cents.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Rising Healthcare Costs

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A new report says doctors fees have been increasing dramatically over the past decade and are one of the main causes of rising healthcare costs.  Dr. Simon breaks down the numbers for us and gives us the biggest costs in health care.

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End Of The Line - The Traveling Wilbury's for Raegan Evans-Hoyt and dedicated to her Dad in honour of their trip they took when she was 12

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The Provinces First High School Creditied Yoga Class

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The CBC's Lauren Naish took a trip to Kennebecasis Valley High School to hear from the students and teacher of the new Yoga 110 class which is the first of its kind in the province.

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Reaction To The City's Pension Reforms

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President of the city of Saint John's retiree association, Claude MacKinnon tells us about the pension reform decisions reached last night in common council.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Lara Messerlian

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Lara Messerlian grew up in Rothesay but is now working in Bangladesh, helping people prepare for a crisis.

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Shopping At Frenchy's - Hughie McDonell for Norma Neeves and going out to her Frenchy-holic friends from Hampton

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A Sneak Preview Of The Saint John String Quartet's Newest CD

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Members of the Saint John String Quartet, David Adams and Laurissa Chitty tell us about the quartet's new cd and their upcoming tour to France.

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My Sweet One - Phish for Jamie Jack and going out to his wife Stacie and her friend Carolyn

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The Province Trims Their Snowplowing Budget

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Minister of Transporation, Claude Williams and regional director with CUPE in New Brunswick, Gordon Black tell us about the province's announcement to cut snow plow operators and trucks in an effort to fight the deficit.

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Making Seniors Pay More For Drugs

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The CBC's Rachel Cave gathered some reaction, from a Saint John pharmacist, a seniors advocate and a low-income senior, to the province's proposal to make low-income seniors pay double the amount to the Prescription Drug Program from $250 to $500 dollars.

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I'll Be All Smiles Tonight - Martina McBride and The Chieftains for Vernon Sealey in honour of his very last day of work before his well deserved retirement

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A Saint John Professional Figure Skating Coach Will Soon Be Teaching In Nunavut

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Jackie Ainsworth tells us about her upcoming move to Rankin Inlet where she'll be continuing her career as a nurse and also be teaching  figure skating to children in the Nunavut community.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'In Time'

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Matt Rainnie checked out the new thriller that sees Justin Timberlake robbing time from the rich to give to the poor.

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I Like Trains - Fred Eaglesmith for Doug Losier

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Doing It For The Kids

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Acting CEO of the Saint John YMCA, Shilo Boucher tells us about the four Saint John charities who are joining forces to better serve youth in need in Saint John.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Spirituality

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Dr. Simon tells us that there's power in prayer and support groups when it comes to healing serious illnesses.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Bob predicts that there won't be any real movement with any gas prices tonight.

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In The Middle - Theory Of A Deadman for Sue Hebert for her husband Gerald

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Saying Goodbye To St. Vincent's Motherhouse

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The CBC's Bailey White spoke with Sister Mary Beth McCurdy on the closing of the 146-year-old convent.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - James MacDonald

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James MacDonald is originally from Quispamsis but is now living in Toronto as a sound recordist.

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I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash for Nancy Williamson

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