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March 2012 Archives

Romero House Turns 30

Posted by Elke Semerad

Romero House in Saint John will mark 30 years serving the community.
What began as a soup kitchen has branched out to offer much more than meals. Carolyn McNulty is the founder and executive director of Romero House.

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From Russia To Isreal To Saint John And Beyond

Posted by Elke Semerad

While the Jewish community made great efforts to help some Isreali Jews make a home in Saint John, some of the families couldn't seem to fit in and have moved on. In the conclusion to his documentary, freelance journalist Lorne Daltrop has a few ideas about why.

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2 Cents On The Federal Budget From iPolitics.ca

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Conservative government will cut $5.2 billion in spending over the next three years, including changes to Old Age Security and more than 19,000 public sector jobs cut. Elizabeth Thompson is a senior writer for iPolitics.ca.

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NB Youth Orchestra Wins Gold In City Of Music

Posted by Elke Semerad

At the Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival in Vienna, the
NBYO took home the first place prize for orchestras. They have since recorded their repertoire from those performances, and picked up an ECMA nomination for it. Margie Christ and Miranda Lees are violinists with the NBYO.

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Sustainable Living Practitioner Can Live On $5000 A Year

Posted by Elke Semerad

Nearly 25 years ago, Jim Merkel quit his job and devoted himself to living simply and sustainably. He wrote a book "Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth." He'll be speaking at St. Stephen's University this weekend.

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Trouble - Music Man, The Musical for Dale Estey

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St. Andrews' 'Lost Airmen' Featured In Buchenwald Documentary

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Jim Stewart's plane was shot down over France in the last months of WWII. He evaded the Germans for many weeks, but was eventually captured and taken to Buchenwald concentration camp. His story is part of 'The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald.'

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Defamation Trial: Day 33

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones resumes his coverage of John Ferguson's trial. Mayor Ivan Court held his ground in court as a witness for the defense.

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Our Movie Gal Reviews 'The Hunger Games'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sarah Trainor takes Matt Rainnie's ticket to the third-best debut in North American box office history.

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DFO Proposes Changes To Owner-Operator Fishers' Licenses

Posted by Elke Semerad

DFO wants to open up all licenses to large fishing companies and corporations. Fundy North Fishermen's Association is among 32 other fishing fleets from Quebec to Newfoundland who oppose this plan. Greg Thompson is the president of Fundy North.

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Gitarzan - Ray Stevens for Chris Buckley

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The Morning After: Provincial Budget Details And Review

Posted by Elke Semerad

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs talks about the program, cuts, small revenue hikes and reductions in civil servants that made up the budget for New Brunswick.

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UNB political science professor Tom Bateman reviews the details.

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Horse Racing New Brunswick Gets No More Provincial Funding

Posted by Elke Semerad

The province contributes $600,000 each year to the industry. But that ends with this year's budget announced yesterday. Jeff Malloy is the executive director of Horse Racing New Brunswick.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

CBC Reporter Bob Jones has no good news for us about the price of gas and heating oils to be set tonight.

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Oh Yeah - Yello for Dana McKay

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Allie Mayberry

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

elephant.jpgAllie Mayberry grew up in Rothesay. These days, she lives in a remote village in Thailand and works for the Thailand Elephant Project!


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Take Liberty: Spotlight Paul Lamb

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

paullamb.jpgPaul Lamb is well known in the east coast music scene as a member of Signal Hill and the recording group Crush. Now he's striking out on his own with a new solo project and Jeff Liberty gives it a spin.

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Love Shack - The B-52's for Brian Shanks and the Lepreau Carpool Crew

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Famed Algonquin Gets Marriott Treatment

Posted by Elke Semerad

The province announced the landmark resort has been sold to New Castle Hotels and Southwest Properties, and will be operated as a Marriott Hotel.
David Buffam is the CEO of New Castle Hotels.

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Tax Tips: Medical And Chronic Illness Credits

Posted by Elke Semerad

For the next few weeks, we will offer tax help and advice from a tax specialist to help you get the most from your file. Brenda Avery owns BrenTax in Saint John and Rothesay.

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Campobello Wind Turbine Project In An Unwelcome Spot

Posted by Elke Semerad

A proposal for a single wind turbine on Campobello Island has stirred up concerns about the effects it will have on the community. Stephen Smart is the Mayor of Campobello. Sherry Johnston will present a petition against the windmill's location to council.

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Tightrope - Jonelle Monae for Leah Fitzgerald

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'Cash Mob' Spends At Suprise Uptown Location

Posted by Elke Semerad

A Cash Mob will drum up business for one lucky local shop. Heather Day-Thorburn is one of the people planning this event to encourage spending and buying local.

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Good Morning - Singing in the Rain for Rexanna Keats

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Defamation Trial: Day 29

Posted by Elke Semerad

Andrew Belyea had strong words again about John Ferguson's comments about the pension board, but also about the defamation case itself. Reporter Bob Jones continues his coverage.

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Defamation Trail: Day 28

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John police officer Andrew Belyea testified that he would have confronted John Ferguson on the streets over what was being said against the pension board. Reporter Bob Jones continues his coverage of the defamation trial.

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Record Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Southwestern NB

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dave Phillips is senior climatologist with Environment Canada. He tells us about the record smashing temperatures we're enjoying.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews '21 Jump Street'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Steven Webb pinch hits for the vacationing Matt Rainnie and reviews the film spin off of the late '80s television hit '21 Jump Street.'

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The Feel Good Song - Andrew Hunter and The Gatherers for Anne Black

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Saint John Business To Compete in Architectural Olympics

Posted by Cindy Grant

Stephen Kopp, Monica Adair and their team won a place on Team Canada at the national finals last week in Winnipeg. They'll compete in the "Architectural Olympics" in Europe this August.

Our Health Columnist On "The Give"

Posted by Cindy Grant

"The Give" has rasied money for stem cell therapy and upgrades to the Saint John Regional emergency department. This year the campaign will raise money for The New Brunswick Heart Centre.

Province To Fix Property Tax Issues

Posted by Cindy Grant

The province promises to fix problems with property tax assessments in next Tuesday's budget, Connell Smith has the details on how that might happen.

Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Cindy Grant

Bob Jones predicts gas will increase by 2 cents, oil and diesel will remain the same. He also has the latest from the defamation trial.

Trying To Keep Her '88's Straight - Downchild Blues Band For Tim Clark

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Gregor Chisholm

Posted by Cindy Grant

This week's Saint Johner Away turned his passion for sports into a career reporting on major league baseball. Gregor Chisholm grew up in west Saint John.

Former Mayor Norm McFarlane On Stand

Posted by Cindy Grant

Former Saint John Mayor Norm McFarlane says John Ferguson's unrelenting attacks on the pension board made him wish he'd never run for mayor. Robert Jones has more from week six of the defamation trial.

In The Mood - Glenn Miller For Janet Soper

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Projects To Help Homeless

Posted by Cindy Grant

Executive Director of the Human Development Council, Randy Hatfield tells us about the fourth annual report on homelessness in New Brunswick. In Saint John, the need for emergency shelter beds hasn't declined and shelters are still full most of the time. We hear about some promising projects underway.

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Our Resident Bookworm: Werewolves

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our Resident Bookworm Sarah Maier found some interesting reads about werewolves.

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Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day For Portia Buckley

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Defamation Trial: Day 24

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bill Buckley, a city worker, told the court yesterday even the people he represents think this case is a waste of money. Hear more about his testimony from reporter Bob Jones.

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Community Police Unit Spared In Cuts

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Saint John police department is not going to make cuts to its community police unit. Scott Crawford is the president of One Change in the Old North End. Juanita Black is a Crescent Valley resident and coordinator of Around the Block, the community newspaper for the priority neighbourhoods.

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Maine Considers New Toll Highway To Quebec

Posted by Elke Semerad

The proposal to build an east-west toll highway is back on the agenda in Maine. The highway would cut hours off the trip from the Maritimes to central Canada. Senator Doug Thomas is behind the bill for a feasibility study.

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King of Spain - Moxy Fruvous for Charles Bachman

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Defamation Trial: Day 23

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones continues his coverage. A presentation John Ferguson made to his colleagues on Saint John city council in July of 2006 is a big part of why he's in court now.

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Student's Heavy Equipment Certification In Jeopardy

Posted by Elke Semerad

A nine-week program at Atlantic Transport Training Academy is on hold because the instructor quit. Students are looking for answers from the owner of the school. CBC's Matt McCann spoke with Lorne Anderson, one of the students.

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Sugar Shacks Ready To Tap

Posted by Elke Semerad

After a mixed bag of winter weather, Elmhurst Outdoors on the Kingston Peninsula will open for their annual maple sugar tours this weekend. Gig Keirstead runs the sugar shack.

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Community Invited To Discuss UNBSJ's Future

Posted by Elke Semerad

UNBSJ has come a long way since 2007, when there were discussions about turing the university into a polytechnic. Bob Whitney is a professor in the department of history and politics at UNBSJ. Samantha Tinker is editor of the campus newspaper, The Baron.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'The Iron Lady'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie reviews golden statue winner Meryl Streep's performance in 'The Iron Lady.'

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Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine - Tom T Hall for Mike Brown

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The Gas Guru Speaks About Gas And Defamation Trial: Day 22

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts the price of gas and heating oil will rise by fractions of a cent to a full cent.
In court, Ferguson's defense lawyer put forth the idea that some city managers were nervous about a list of 30 questions Ferguson had submitted to pension experts hired by the city.

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City Officers Cite City For Jelly Bean Houses

Posted by Elke Semerad

City bylaw inspectors have served notice on themselves over the Jelly Bean Houses on Wellington row. Connell Smith has been following this story.

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Sussex Plans To Divert Creek For Pedestrian Access

Posted by Elke Semerad

The town of Sussex is embarking on a two-million-dollar project to develop its green space and get more people into the downtown. Jim Sackville is a landscape architect and urban designer in Sussex.

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St. Stephen Fence Company Gets Some Boost From TV Dragon

Posted by Elke Semerad

SWP Fences president Stephen Crabbe says although the family business didn't win the financial prize, the experience helped reinvigorate the company's marketing plan.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Med Schools Sponsorships

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Mike Simon talks about the idea to keep med students practicing in the province that helped pay for their education.

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Little Princesses Will Help Make Wishes Come True

Posted by Elke Semerad

There are 70 children in New Brunswick on the waiting list for their wishes to be granted. The Children's Wish Foundation is putting on the first Princess Tea Party in Saint John to raise money to help.

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Best Of My Love - The Emotions for Lisa Brookins

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Defamation Trial: Day 21

Posted by Elke Semerad

Patrick Woods' testimony continued yesterday at the trial against former city councillor John Ferguson. CBC reporter Bob Jones gives us an update.

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Dispel Myths And Get The Real Meal Deal

Posted by Elke Semerad

Johanna McLeod is a registered dietitian who works at Worksafe NB. For Nutrition Month, she will be hosting a talk to tackle some of the myths and misconceptions about healthy eating.

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Wanted: 100 Big Brothers

Posted by Elke Semerad

1 Year, 100 Men has already matched 48 boys with mentors. Deanna Gamble, the PR officer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint John, says although the campaign is half way there, more little brothers and sisters are still on the waiting list.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Julia Cain

Posted by Elke Semerad

Julia Cain grew up in K-Park in Rothesay. She has been living in South Africa since 1995.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Rekoncyle

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty tells us about this Christian rock group from the Valley.

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Don't Stop Me Now - Queen for Paul Cooper

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ER 'Qtime' Idea Wins Big At Software Competition

Posted by Elke Semerad

Shawn Peterson showed off his idea for a program that would provide live wait times for people at emergency rooms. The idea won top prize of $10,000.

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Defamation Trial: Day 20

Posted by Elke Semerad

The fifth week of the defamation trial of former Saint John city councillor John Ferguson begins today. On Friday, the jury heard from the current city manager, Patrick Woods. The CBC's Robert Jones is following the trial.

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Guinness World Record-Holder To Visit Grand Manan Curling Club

Posted by Elke Semerad

Camille Villeneuve has played in more curling clubs around the world than anyone else. His trip to Grand Manan will mark a milestone, number 700. Phillip Brown helped organized the Spiel on the Rock at the Grand Manan Curling Club.

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St. Andrews 12-Year-Old Waiting For Hockeyville Decision

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Top 5 Finalists for Hockeyville 2012 will be announced this Saturday. Emilia Cooper wrote the submission that brought St. Andrews into the competition in the first place. She and her mom Lara Cooper talk about the hockey pride in town.

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Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles for Nicola Carter

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Defamation Trial: Day 19

Posted by Elke Semerad

Three witnesses in one day at John Ferguson's defamation trial. Fred Slip, David Gould and city manager Patrick Woods were all questioned yesterday.

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Regional Planners Will Have To Consider Rising Sea Levels

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sea levels are on the rise, and there are people working in all of the Atlantic provinces, trying to figure out how towns and cities should deal with that. Robert Hughes coordinates climate change adaptations for the province of New Brunswick.

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Sound Of Sunshine - Michael Franti and Spearhead for Barb Barton

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Potholes Popping Up: City Superintendent Knows Where They Are

Posted by Elke Semerad

That sinking feeling while you drive city roads - it's pothole season. Bernie Thibodeau oversees roadway maintenance for the city of Saint John and knows which potholes are causing the most trouble.

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St. Stephen Company Featured On CBC Business Show

Posted by Elke Semerad

For 17 years, SWP Industries has made cedar fencing in St. Stephen. But times are tough. Patrick Crabbe made a pitch for investment on the new show The Big Decision.

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Defamation Trial: Day 17

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones continues his coverage of the lawsuit against John Ferguson. A member of a national investment consulting firm, Vaino Keelman, said the performance of the city's plan has been "fantastic" compared to other plans he monitors.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'The Lorax'

Posted by Elke Semerad

He is the Lorax, and he speaks for the trees. Matt Rainnie talks about the latest adaptation of the work of Dr. Seuss.

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Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley for Bob Wishart

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City Politics: Information Morning's Panel #1

Posted by Elke Semerad

Morgan Lanigan is a project manager with EXP who blogs and tweets about municipal affairs.
Anne McShane owns the Feel Good Store and is chair of the PlanSJ Citizen Advisory Committee.
Charles Shorrock is a local chef and baker who closely follows Saint John politics. The panel convenes to talk about the buzz around the upcoming election, now two months away.

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One Match Candidate Talks About Her Experience With The Program

Posted by Elke Semerad

Denise Miller of the Kingston Penisula became a bone marrow donor after her friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer and needed a transplant.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Bob Jones predicts a 3 to 4 cent drop in all oil and diesel prices overnight tonight.

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Mockingbird - James Taylor and Carly Simon for Christine "Coachie" Kelly

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Saint John Grandfather Looking For Donor For Toddler With Leukemia

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Don Hawkins' grandaughter Reese is 20 months old and is undergoing a second round of treatment for leukemia at the IWK in Halifax. Hawkins is urging people to sign up at ONEMATCH.ca to help.

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Fundraiser In Ottawa Puts Spotlight On Saint John Paramount Theatre

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint Johner Jonathan Van Amburg has fond memories of the Paramount Theatre and organized a fundraiser, Save the Paramount event, in Ottawa where he now lives.

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Defamation Trial: Day 15

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones talks about the testimony of Fred Slip, who represents the city of Saint John's unionized workers on the city's pension board.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: John Cheesman

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John Cheesman grew up in Saint John playing in local bands, and now he is composing music for hire in Toronto.

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 I Love Saint John (1985) - John Cheesman

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For The Birds: Migration Time

Posted by Elke Semerad

Our birder and naturalist Jim Wilson talks about some of the migratory patterns of common New Brunswick birds.

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Marshmallow World (Roasted Remix) - Matt Dusk for Laura Stockdale

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Norton Residents Upset By Quarry Setting Up Without Council's Clearance

Posted by Elke Semerad

A quarry is being built off route 121 in Norton. Even though residents oppose it, town council has no say in the development because the rural plan is part of the Department of Enviroment purview.

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Migratory Information Discovered About Biggest Fish In Fundy

Posted by Elke Semerad

Basking sharks are the largest fish in Canada, and little is known about their migration routes. New tracking devices have shown these fish are world travellers. Andrew Westgate is a marine biologist who works at the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station and the University of North Carolina.

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Our Resident Bookworm Features A Captivating Author

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sarah Maier talks about the heartbreaking books of Tatiana de Rosnay.

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Red Staggerwing - Mark Knopfler for Chris Beauchamp

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Saint John IT Idea Could Make The ER Wait Less Painful

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Software developer Shawn Peterson is heading to Toronto to pitch his wait time tracker "Qtime."

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Defamation Trial: Day 14

Posted by Elke Semerad

As John Ferguson's lawyers continue to look for the defamatory statements yesterday, Terry Totten testified the atmosphere at city hall had become "poisonous." Bob Jones reports.

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Singers And Old Friends Reunited For Concert At Imperial

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Vancouver Chamber Choir concert at the Imperial theatre tonight reunites two friends from opposite sides of the country. Janet Kidd is a chorus and choir director who lives on Darlings Island. She used to sing with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Violet Goosen also sang with the choir, but she's now the general manager.

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Daydream Believer - The Monkees for Marijke Blok

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Goon'

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Matt Rainnie reviews the latest addition to the hockey movie genre.

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New Lift Station Means Better Harbour Water But Traffic Troubles

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The city will build a sanitary lift station at Chesley Drive, and that'll affect traffic starting in May. John Campbell is a municipal engineer with the City of Saint John.

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Defamation Trial: Day 13

Posted by Elke Semerad

John Ferguson's lawyers put Terry Totten - who resigned as city manager amid controversy - on the stand. Ferguson's defence team believes Totten is one of those most responsible for the pension funds huge deficit. Bob Jones tells us more.

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Short People - Randy Newman for Dana McKay

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