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January 2012 Archives

Budget Discussion Stalled at Saint John Council

Posted by Elke Semerad

The nine councillors and Mayor Ivan Court are divided 5-5 on whether to adopt a budget with millions in cuts or stick with one that holds the line, with some cuts to the fire department. Donnie Snook is councilor for Ward 3.

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Former Conservative MLA Challenges Party On Fracking

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tony Huntjens, former Tory MLA for Charlotte-Campobello, is threatening to withdraw his support for the Progressive Conservatives unless they change their policy on shale gas exploration. He sent a letter to every member of the legislature about it.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Zwerg

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty joins us on every other Tuesday to spotlight a Maritime musician who deserves a listen.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Andrew Lawson

Posted by Elke Semerad

Andrew Lawson is a professor of entomology and chair of the department of plant science at California State University in Fresno, but he grew up in Quispamsis.

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Turn Your Radio On - John Hartford for Bill Preeper

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Transit Study Will Gauge What Gets You On The Bus

Posted by Elke Semerad

Vibrant Communities is preparing a major study to find ways to make public transit more accessible to the working poor. Sara Stashick is project coordinator for the Saint John Urban Transporation Initiative.

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Saint John Saturday Budget Discussion Saga

Posted by Elke Semerad

A closed budget meeting was made open to the public on Saturday. Reporter Connell Smith was there to hear the details of council's revised Plan B budget.

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Hampton High Songwriting Class Honours John Peters Humphrey

Posted by Elke Semerad

Brent Mason has been going into local schools to teach kids the basics of songwriting and recording for almost a decade. This year, Hampton High School students including Laura Caldwell and Christopher Walton wrote a song about John Peters Humphrey.

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By and By - The Sojourners for Dale Cogswell

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Firefighters Urge Saint John To Reconsider Cuts

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John council is expected to sit all day behind closed doors tomorrow to discuss potentially deep cuts to the budget. The firefighters union has launched an all-out campaign to get city managers to back down on those proposed cuts. CBC reporter Connell Smith has more.

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Youth Advocate For Local Charities And Earn Big Money For Joshua Group

Posted by Elke Semerad

Rothesay Netherwood students involved with the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative advocate for local charities in a competition. The winning presentation earned $5000 for The Joshua Group, led by Bobby Hayes.

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You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon For Tamara Cosman

Posted by Elke Semerad

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The Premier and Mr. Straight Talk

Posted by Elke Semerad

When it comes to election promises, Premier David Alward and finance minister Blaine Higgs have very different views. The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the straight talk at this round of pre-budget consultations.

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Daring Snowmobile Skipping Catching On In New Brunswick

Posted by Elke Semerad

Snowmobilers call it sled skipping, driving your ski-doo over patches of open water. Reporter Connell Smith spoke with Kevin Johnston in Belleisle who has skipped, and to Dave Forestell who couldn't believe what he was seeing.

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Indoor Kids' Space Has To Close Its Doors

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tracy Craig faced difficult times during the past two years that she owned and operated Just Play. This indoor gym, cafe and daycare is closing on February 5.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie thinks too much is too much in this Oscar nominated film.

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Keep My Baby Warm - Charles May and Annette May Thomas for Erin McInerney

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Saint John Mayor Hosts Blood Symposium

Posted by Elke Semerad

Canadian Blood Services will close a blood production center in Saint John and move it to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. But Saint John Mayor Ivan Court thinks the decision can be reversed. He hosted a symposium on blood services in Saint John Tuesday night.

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No Family Doctor, No Problem: Nurse Practitioners Can Help

Posted by Elke Semerad

There are more than 7800 people who have no doctor in the greater Saint John area. Jane Parsons and her husband, who live in St. Martins, are also without a family doctor, but they do have a nurse practitioner.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bob Jones predicts the price of gas will stay put, but diesel and heating oil will cost a couple of cents less after the price change tonight.

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St. Stephen Woman Captivated By Race For U.S. Presidency

Posted by Elke Semerad

Freelance journalist Carol Ann Nicholson is from Calais, Maine, but lives in St. Stephen. She is excited to watch the political drama going on south of the border.

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Our Health Columnist Talks About Critical Care Clinic

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Simon thinks the clinic is a great short term solution, but the city also needs to secure more physicians.

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Skokiaan - Louis Armstrong for Cathy Holmes

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Chronic Illnesses Clinic Comes To St. Joseph's

Posted by Elke Semerad

Horizon Health's Medical Director Dr. David Marr talks about an initiative that will benefit patients with chronic illnesses but no family doctor. Maggie Rice has multiple sclerosis and has been without a family doctor for four years. She shares her experience and reaction to this pilot project.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Patrick Rocca

Posted by Elke Semerad

Patrick Rocca is now a real estate agent in Toronto, but he grew up in Lancaster and Rothesay.

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For The Birds: Feeders 101

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jim Wilson gives tips on how to set up your bird feeder.

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Ghost Inside - Broken Bells for Stephanie Borthwick

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Jump - Van Halen for Graham Burgess

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Stained Glass Master Oversees Massive Peel Plaza Mural

Posted by Elke Semerad

The new Saint John law courts building will reflect the long histories of three court houses, in a 14-foot stained glass mural in the southern entrance. Glass artist Paul Blaney, 78, was brought out of retirement to oversee its design and construction with two other artists.

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Grand Manaan Community Complex Opens With Great Fanfare

Posted by Elke Semerad

It has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars to build and years to complete. Pete Sesplankis, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, is looking forward to today's events in the grand opening of the Grand Manaan Community Complex.

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Outgoing Imperial Theatre GM Remembers A Grand Time

Posted by Elke Semerad

Peter Smith was general manager of the Imperial Theatre since the grand restoration. He reflects on the value of the theatre today and the acts he was able to bring in over the years.

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With A Little Help From My Friends -The Beatles for Catherine Hanson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Lowest Ever Mortgage Rates Might Not Fit Your Budget

Posted by Elke Semerad

John Eisner, president of the Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada, warns consumers should examine all their finances before considering a new low mortgage rate.

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St. Croix River Fish Need Access And Protection: Passamaqouddy

Posted by Elke Semerad

A 1995 Maine law protects a fish popular with anglers by keeping out the gaspereau, or alewives, which swim up from New Brunswick. The Passamaquoddy tribe are now speaking up to let the alewives back in the river.

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Website Blackouts Highlight Internet Piracy But Disrupt Businesses As Usual

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Roach's company teaches businesses how to use social media. He says the U.S.'s anti-piracy acts would have huge impact how Canadian businesses and individuals use the internet.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Contraband'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie snuck in to the theatres to watch Mark Wahlberg's film 'Contraband.'

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Love Generation - Bob Sinclar, feat. Gary Pine, for Kamil Forgie

Posted by Elke Semerad

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bob Jones predicts that the price of oil, gas and diesel will stay put tonight.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Colds And Flu

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Simon talks about the colds and few cases of flu doctors are seeing this season.

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Hockey Great Theo Fleury Talks About Recovery

Posted by Elke Semerad

Theo Fleury will speak in Saint John tonight about his experiences with neglect, sexual abuse, and alcohol and drug addiction. First, he spoke with Information Morning.

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Drivers Consider New Rules For Cabbies Unrealistic

Posted by Elke Semerad

City council is taking steps to bring in tougher standards for taxis. They include restricting the age of a cab to a maximum of seven years, increasing training for drivers, and putting fare meters in all cabs. CBC's Matt McCann took a ride to talk to cabbies about the proposal.

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Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel for Marilyn Stockdale

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Saint John Council Considers 9-Million-Dollar Change In Plan B Budget

Posted by Elke Semerad

City councillors backed away from the 2012 budget they were expected to pass. Council instead will meet behind closed doors this weekend to discuss a plan B, in case the provincial government does not approve changes to pension payments.

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Saint Johner Has Golden Connection To French Actor

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sarah Reardon was teaching English in Paris a couple of years ago. One of her students was actor heartthrob and Golden Globe Winner Jean Dujardin.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Jenn Buffett

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jenn Buffett is an actress and writer in Toronto who travels the world doing development work, but she grew up in Quispamsis.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Steven Bowers

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty joins us on every other Tuesday to spotlight a Maritime musician who deserves a listen.

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C'Mon Talk - Bernhoft for Terry Soucy

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Province Will Continue Relationship With Canadian Blood Services In Dartmouth

Posted by Elke Semerad

The provincial government has lost the battle to keep Canadian Blood Services' processing and distribution centre in Saint John. MLA Margaret Ann Blaney fought to keep CBS here, as did Dr. Andrea Garland, head of the Saint John Medical Staff Organization.

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Study On Aging Needs Volunteers

Posted by Elke Semerad

Some New Brunswickers could be invited to be part of a study to learn more about what happens as we age. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging is conducting the largest study of aging ever undertaken in Canada. Dr Parminder Raina is lead principal investigator.

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Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer for Judith Perry in Hampton, Nova Scotia

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Renewed Call For Youth Centre For Complex Care

Posted by Elke Semerad

Maureen Bilerman is the parent of a teen who is bipolar. She founded the group DOTS NB to push for a centre for excellence for children and youth with complex needs.

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Auditor General Says Province Mishandling Tax Dollars

Posted by Elke Semerad

The auditor general has gone through the province's books, and Kim MacPherson has some serious concerns about how the government is handling your tax dollars and the growing debt.

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Alzheimer's Cafe Opening Soon

Posted by Elke Semerad

Volunteers have organized the province's first Alzheimer's Cafe,a place for people dealing with the disease to socialize and learn in an informal coffeeshop-style setting. The CBC's Matt McCann reports.

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Good Golly Miss Molly - Creedence Clearwater Revival for Carrah Comeau McAllister

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Chairs Of Local School Districts Respond To Proposed Overhaul

Posted by Elke Semerad

Roger Nesbitt, Rob Fowler and Joni Donahue are cautiously optimistic about the provincial government's plans to combine several school districts, reducing the total in the province to seven.

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Education Minister Lays Out Plan To Reduce School Districts To Seven

Posted by Elke Semerad

The proposal includes four English districts and three French. Dozens of people will lose their jobs in district offices. But Education Minister Jody Carr says the move should save about five million dollars each year that will be reinvested in the school system.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews Spielberg's Double Offering

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie talks about Steven Spielberg's latest releases, 'Tin Tin' and 'War Horse.'

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The Log Driver's Waltz - Wade Hemsworth for Byron Williamson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Quispamsis Man Returns To Help Rebuild Haiti

Posted by Elke Semerad

On the second anniversary of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti, the country still faces an uphill struggle. Randy Chiasson is a member of the Kings Valley Wesleyan Church in Quispamsis. He's heading back to Haiti at the end of this month to help.

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Owners of Historic Inn Talk About Fire

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sunday's fire at Inn on the Cove destroyed the century-old building, leaving behind a shell of the Saint John landmark. The fire also devastated the inn's owners, Ross and Willa Mavis.

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New Homeless Shelter For Youth Coming To Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Colin McDonald is coordinator for the Saint John Youth House project. He is involved with plans to build a comprehensive homeless shelter for youth in the port city.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bob Jones predicts that the price of gas will rise by one and a half cents. Diesel and heating oil will jump three to four cents.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Alzheimer's

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Simon talks about the challenges that Alzheimer's disease brings to the patient, the families, and the health system.

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Tenth Avenue Freeze Out - Bruce Springsteen and E- Street Band for Peter Wilkins

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Principal Uses Kijiji For Anti-Bullying Ideas

Posted by Elke Semerad

Greg Norton is principal of Lorne School in Saint John. He posted an ad in the business section of the website Kijiji asking for suggestions to combat bullying in schools.

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Saint John Council Drafts Proposed Budget Behind Closed Doors

Posted by Elke Semerad

The city budget is still dependant upon the province's decision on the pension deficit. This draft included a hiring freeze and some changes to services. Connell Smith reports.

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For The Birds: The Christmas Count

Posted by Elke Semerad

This week, in our new bi-weekly nature column, Jim Wilson looks at the early results of the Christmas bird count.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Natasha Stephen

Posted by Elke Semerad

Natasha Stephen works as a public health nurse in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but grew up in North End Saint John.

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This Year - The Mountain Goats for Heather Shannon

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Three Incidents At Lepreau Raise Concerns

Posted by Elke Semerad

Three incidents at Lepreau over the past month have forced officials to investigate and explain. They have caused some concern among federal regulators. The CBC's Robert Jones has been following that story.

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Naturalist Warns Do Not Feed Rockwood Ducks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Emilie Murphy is the naturalist for Rockwood Park. She says that the dozens of ducks in the park are not supposed to be there this time of year, but are staying because people are still feeding them.

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Our Resident Book Worm Shares The Best Of 2011

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sarah Maier tells us which books of 2011 were worth the read and which to leave on the shelf.

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Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton for Scott Nightingale

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Transportation Consultant On Commuter Tolls

Posted by Cindy Grant

A transportation consultant says there is a way to ensure people who use Saint John's streets and roads pay for them, a way that could eventually drive property taxes down. Martin Collier is the director of Healthy Transport Consulting in Guelph, Ontario.

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Convoy - C W McCall for Brian Shanks and Point Lepreau Car Pool

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Valley Mayor Says Congestion Tax Not The Answer

Posted by Elke Semerad

The city of Saint John needs money, and council has agreed to examine a few ideas to generate revenue including higher parking fees and a congestion tax. Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop responds.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Mission' Addition And More

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie's mission was to review Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' and 'We Bought A Zoo.'

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Congestion Tax Couldn't Get Past NY State Legislature

Posted by Elke Semerad

An attempt to introduce a congestion tax in New York City failed after the state government refused to pass the necessary legislation. But John Petro, a policy analyst with the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy in New York, told reporter Connell Smith the idea was a good one.

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Eager Beaver - Stan Kenton Orchestra for Graham MacDonald

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Brooke Miller

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty joins us on every other Tuesday to spotlight a Maritime musician who deserves a listen.

 

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Congestion Tax Considered To Generate Revenue For Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John continues to look for solutions to its financial crisis. Coun. Donnie Snook proposed taxing commuters during rush hour. Hear part of the exhange at Saint John City Council.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bob Jones predicts that gas and heating oil will go up slightly tonight.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away - Peter Collett

Posted by Elke Semerad

Peter Collett works for the shipping giant OOCL in Chicago, but grew up and trained in Saint John.

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Mayor's Levee On The Radio: Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John had its challenges in 2011, the pension plan deficit for one. But Mayor Ivan Court couldn't be more excited about the upcoming year.

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Mayor's Levee On The Radio: Rothesay

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mayor Bill Bishop notes how fast the town is growing, with new waterlines in the Grove Avenue area opening up a whole new section for development.

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Mayor's Levee On The Radio: Quispamsis

Posted by Elke Semerad

Quispamsis mayor Murray Driscoll thinks the new Q-plex opening is the best thing that's happened in Quispamsis in 2011, and that growth is in the plan for 2012.

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Mayor's Levee on the Radio: Grand Bay Westfield

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mayor Grace Losier highlights some changes in Grand Bay Westfield and looks ahead to 2012.

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You're So Sweet, Horseflies keep Hanging' Round Your Face - Neil Diamond For Anne Jarvie

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Harbour Lights Total: $250 (Nov. 29, 2013)

Posted by Elke Semerad