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April 2012 Archives

Defamation Trial: Day 53

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The defendant's lawyer, Rod Gillis, had the floor for his final arguments before prosecutor Barry Morrison began his. Reporter Bob Jones was there on day 53 of the trial.

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Municipal Elections: Ward 3

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Carl Trickey lives and runs a business in the Lower South End.
Mary Lou Price is the Health and Wellness Liason of the West Side PACT. Wayne MacFarlane owns two locations of Cora's Breakfast and Lunch, both in Ward 3, uptown and at Parkway Mall on McAllister Drive.

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If I Tree Falls By The Airport

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Saint John goes to great lengths to protect the forest around its water supplies. But a mix up a year and a half back lead to the clear-cutting of 30 acres right on Robertson Lake.

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Not Myself Today: Shelagh Rogers Talks About Depression

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CBC Host Shelagh Rogers is working with Partners for Mental Health in an awareness campaign called "Not Myself Today."

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Canadian Girls - Dean Brody for mayoral candidate Mel Norton

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30 of 35 Saint John Schools Fail Water Tests

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Test results received yesterday show elevated levels of lead and copper in the drinking water at 30 of 35 schools in District 8. Chris Toole speaks for the district.

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Nothing Said About RCMP Van Crash That Injured Prisoners

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Three prisoners were injured in an accident involving a Sheriff's van on Monday. Reporter Connell Smith finds out why CBC heard about it through sources other than the RCMP.

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Big Ballot Primer For Saint John Voters

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There are 27 candidates for council, four for mayor and more still for school and health boards. Mike Quinn is the Chief Electoral Officer for Elections NB.

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Gotta Jibboo - Phish for Greg Hemmings

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First Issue Of The Write Stuff

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Teachers and students from all four high schools in District 8 will host a gala at the Saint John Arts Centre to release the first issue of the students' literary magazine. Christie McDonald is an English teacher at Harbourview High School.

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Lepreau Insurance Comapnies Say They Aren't Paying For Overruns

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Insurance companies being sued by NB Power say the utility itself is the one to blame. The CBC's Robert Jones has more on Lepreau, 1 billion dollars over budget and three years behind.

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Memories Of CBC Saint John Original Mark Pederson

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Journalist and producer Mark Pederson was one of the original staffers of CBC Saint John in 1978. A memorial for him is tonight at the Delta. Jo-Ann Roberts was a friend and colleague in those early days of the station.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Chimpanzee'

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Matt Rainnie goes ape over Disney's new Nature film.

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Love's Gonna Live Here Again - George Jones and Buck Owens for Colin Smith

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Nay, he sings! Bob Jones predicts a six-cent drop in the price of a litre of gas, and a lesser drop in the price of heating oils.

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Our Health Columnist On Smoking Cessation Programs

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Dr. Simon comments on B.C. health's program to help people quit smoking. The program covers the cost of drugs to help with cravings.

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Human Ribbon To Raise Awareness For Organ Donation

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Kevin Standing, a triple organ transplant recipient, and Nicole Crouse hope to set the Guinness World Record for the largest human awareness ribbon this Friday.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Jessica Levy

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Jessica Levy attended Havelock, Beaconsfield and Harbourview High. She now works for T4G in Chicago.

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13-Year-Old Honours Terry Fox With Monument Design

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Ashley Murray is a student at Barnhill Memorial School. Her contest-winning design was turned into a monument of Terry Fox, in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Raconte-Moi Une Histoire - M83 for Sam Blue

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UNB Fracking Study Prompts Industry Response

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The study "Potential impact of shale gas expoitation on water resources" highlighted some issues with production and waster waters. Angie Leonard, senior advisor to the Canadian Assocation of Petroleum Producers, responds.

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Saint John Rabbit 'Running' For Council

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Saint John business owner Anne McShane has entered her rabbit Stewie in the municipal council race.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Lisa Leblanc

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Jeff Liberty tells us about an Acadian artist who's going toe-to-toe with the Material Girl.

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It's Too Late - Carole King for Dan Gilchrest

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Defamation Trial: Day 48

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CBC Reporter Bob Jones tells us about the last day of witness testimony and John Ferguson's cross-examination.

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Tom Condon, Order Of Canada, Order Of New Brunswick Recipient, Dies

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Tom Condon served as vice-president of UNBSJ and as chair of the board to restore the historic Imperial theatre in King Square. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and recieved the Order of New Brunswick. Bernard Cormier, Saint John's cultural affairs officer, has worked with Tom for more than 30 years.

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Salmon Farmers Respond To Environment Canada's Proposed Pesticide Changes

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Environment Canada is proposing changes to pesticide regulations for fishing grounds. Some lobster fisheries are concerned. Pamela Parker, the executive director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, responds.

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Saint Johner Reaches Out To Help Children Of Sex Trade In Cambodia

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Jen Jewett is back in Saint John after a trip that changed her life, and the lives of Cambodian kids who are being sold into the sex trade.

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Needle In Haystack Life - Switchfoot for Chris Hayes

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Defamation Trial: Day 47

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Reporter Bob Jones witnessed a Hollywood moment in court yesterday. Barry Morrison wanted the truth from defendant John Ferguson.

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Deer Island Ferry To Be Privatized

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Coastal Transport will take over the operation of the Deer Island ferry service on May 28. Workers will have to reapply for their jobs. Andy Hardy is president of the CUPE local responsible for Deer Island ferry workers. Murray Ryder is president of Coastal Transport.

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Environment Canada May Change Pesticide Rules For Fishermen

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Local fishermen are concerned about what Environment Canada's proposed changes to pesticide regulations might mean. But so far, officials have turned down the Fundy North Fishermen's Association's request to meet. Maria Recchia is executive director.

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Weekend Fundraiser First Step Towards Saint John Youth House

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Local musicians will perform at a benefit concert tomorrow night at  Rothesay Netherwood School to raise for the Saint John Youth House project. It aims to build a facility for homeless youth in the Greater Saint John Area. Haley Brittain is a Grade 11 student at RNS.

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Sick, Sober And Sorry - Wilf Carter for Anne Darrah

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Defamation Trial: Day 46

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CBC Reporter Bob Jones gives us the latest. Barry Morrison, lawyer for the city's pension board, continued to hammer away at John Ferguson's credibility yesterday.

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Bath Salts Street Drug Circulating In Saint John

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Detective Sargeant Craig MacDougall is with the Rothesay Regional Police Major Crime Unit. He says police in this region have confirmed a synthetic drug called bath salts.

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Teaching Kids Resilience

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Children can learn to help themselves. Jill Jollineau is a learning specialist for elementary and enrichment with District 8. She's helped organize a discussion on developing resilience in children. All invited.

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Bridge And Mile One Construction Should Still Go Ahead, City

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The financially challenged Concreate has walked away from the two projects, expected to be completed this summer. CBC reporter Connell Smith has been poking around on some of the fallout from the financial woes of this huge contractor.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Cabin In The Woods'

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Matt Rainnie has found his way back to the theatres to review this more-than-a-horror flick.

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Holiday Road - Lindsey Buckingham for Dana Mackay

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The Gas Guru Speaks, and Defamation Trail: Day 45

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The price of gas and heating oils is predicted to go up about half a cent overnight, according to our reporter Bob Jones. And in court, defendant John Ferguson was further cross-examined and the highlights included references to the 'sonotube.'

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Sussex Mayor Not Surprised Windsor License Approved

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Windsor Energy's license for exploration in the Sussex area was approved by the provincial government, despite a couple of past transgressions. The approval came as no surpirse to Sussex mayor Ralph Carr.

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Gardening Guru Wants To Stop Ugly Gardens

Posted by Elke Semerad

Canada's best known gardener, Marjorie Harris, will speak at Charlotte County Blooms next weekend. Her topic will be "Let's Stop Making Ugly Gardens".

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Our Health Columnist On Palliative Care

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The palliative care unit in Saint John has been helping patients and families at the last stages of life. Doctor Mike Simon talks about the value of that service to this community.

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Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle for Kris

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Defamation Trial: Day 44

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Bob Jones reports on the cross examination of John Ferguson. The lawyer for the Saint John pension board accused Ferguson of being an actor, deliberately inserting grammatical errors into a presentation to seem "folksy."

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SJ Votes Hopes To Mobilize Priority Neighbourhood Voters

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Brenda Murphy is the coordinator of the Urban Core Support Network.  The group is one part of SJ Votes, an organization hoping to increase voter turnout in Saint John's low income neighbourhoods.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Tyler Crawford

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Tyler Crawford grew up in Millidgeville, and now is recording with bandmates in the group 'Reversing Falls' in Montreal.

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For The Birds: In The Fields Away From Home

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Our nature columnist Jim Wilson talks about some of the best spots in and around the city for bird watching.

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Mockin' Bird Hill - Patti Page for Miriam Sears

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The Race Is On: Municipal Candidates Declare

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Nominations closed on Friday for the upcoming municipal elections along with elections for district education douncils and Regional Health Authorities. Connell Smith has the lay of the lands.

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Bullied 7th Grader Has Attendant At Sam de Cham

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The province's anti-bullying reforms are expected from the education minister later this spring. In the meantime, 'Dominic' must be followed at school by a fulltime escort, and his parents say it's just another example of how the school has punished the victim. Rachel Cave has the story.

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Keep Our Man In Machias Seal Island Lighthouse

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The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society wants New Brunswickers to protect the Machias Seal Island Lighthouse, the only manned lighthouse in Eastern Canada. Barry MacDonald is the president.

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Funky Kingston - Toots And The Maytals for Rick Russell

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Defamation Trial: Day 42

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Reporter Bob Jones covers the second day of testimony from John Ferguson, accused of defaming the pension board. Ferguson named some of the mystery 'outside sources' he consulted.

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Landscape Set For Municipal Races Today

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The deadline for municipal candidates to file their nomination papers is today at 2 pm. Already, there's a fair list of candidates. Lisa Hrabluk is a local politics watcher.

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Giller Prize Winning-Author Depicts 'Why Men Lie'

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This is the third book in Linden MacIntyre's "Cape Breton Trilogy." He tells Hance Colburne about writing in a woman's voice to develop the main character.

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Mah Na Mah Na - Piero Umiliani for Lepreau Car Pool

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Windsor Energy Will Be Back To Explore in 2013

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Khalid Amin, president and CEO, says his company has fulfilled all of its legal obligations to get the lease to explore near Sussex. He says the results from seismic tests last year are promising. Reporter Connell Smith has more.

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Defamation Trial: Day 41

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones was in court yesterday to see the accused former city councillor John Ferguson finally take the stand.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Wrath Of The Titans'

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In a way much like the stories of Greek mythology, producer Steven Webb takes Matt Rainnie's seat at the sequel 'Wrath Of The Titans.'

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Forty Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy for David Olmstead

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Uptown SJ Lets Go Of Paramount Project

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The board has decided not to pursue the fundraising to renovate the Paramount theatre. Peter Asimakos is Uptown Saint John's general manager.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Reporter Bob Jones predicts the price of gas will finally fall one and a half cents per litre tonight, as will heating oils.

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Night Owls Get Chance To Count Night Owls

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JD Irving employees will walk through the woods for the annual Nocturnal Owl Survey. Kelly Honeyman, a naturalist with Irving Woodlands, has taken his family every year since 2001.

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Council Considers Tiebreaker Vote For Mayor

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In some New Brunswick communities the mayor is only allowed to vote when there's a tie. That's not the case in Saint John. Ward two councilor Gary Sullivan believes it's something worth considering.

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Millidgeville Author Gets First Book Published By D&M

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Many young writers have to suffer years of rejection before they publish their first book. Ben Stephenson's first book, 'A Matter of Life and Death or Something,' has been published by Douglas & McIntyre.

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CBC Radio In The Maritimes Takes Hits To Jobs And Programming

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Andrew Cochrane is the managing director for the CBC in the Maritimes. He tells us what will change on radio and television for Maritime audiences.

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Our Health Columnist On MRIs

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The government announced it would set up a committee to look at bringing new 3T MRIs to hospitals in the province. That seems like good news for patients and healthcare workers here. Mike Simon is a family doctor in Millidgeville.

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Bully In The Alley - Before The Mast for Dale Peters

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KV Founder of Teens Against Drunk Driving Wins National Scholarship

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Kali O'Dell's parents were killed in a car crash involving a drunk driver. She and her younger brother, Jeremy, survived. The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership guarantees her $70,000 for tuition and living expenses and a summer job for four years. Matt McCann spoke with Kali.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: David Ramsay

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David Ramsay is now a cabinet minister in the Northwest Territories, but he spent a lot of his childhood on Sproule Road, in East Saint John.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Joseph Edgar

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Jeff Liberty tells us about a Moncton musician who takes his bilingual roots seriously.

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Breakfast In America - Supertramp for Andrena Teed

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Defamation Trial: Day 38

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There was a bit of a testy exchange at the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson yesterday. City solicitor John Nugent was questioned about the lawyer's code of conduct, and about whether Nugent was out to protect his own interests. CBC Reporter Bob Jones tells us more.

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Saint John 'Live Right Now' Participant Drops 94 Pounds

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Rose Misener and her husband won six-month memberships through CBC's Live Right Now contest last year. Her story is now featured on CBC's contest website.

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Modern Take On Irish Play Inspired By Occupy Movement

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Freedom Of The City, by Brian Friel, will be staged by Saint John's  Irish theatre company, An Amharclann, outside with social media interactivity. Mike Coughlan is a board member with the group. S-G Lee is the director.

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I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba for Shawna Dickie- Garnhum

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Out Of The Cold Ends Seasonal Run

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The Out of the Cold shelter at Grace Presbyterian Church closed last week after housing 44 men over the course of three months. Jillian Driscoll is the coordinator.

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Hospital Parking 'Round The Front

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It's been more than three years of parking at the back of the Saint John Regional Hospital. And what many patients and staff thought was a permanent change is going back to the way it was. Connell Smith reports.

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The Gas Guru Speaks, Defamation Trial Day 37

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Reporter Bob Jones brings bad news for drivers; the price of gas will rise by at least a cent. And he tells us about a video display presented in the court case against John Ferguson.

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Our Health Columnist On Drug Shortages

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The Canadian Medical Association says recent drug shortages have been affecting patient care. Dr. MIke Simon runs a family practice in Millidgeville.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Mirror Mirror'

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Matt Rainnie took his family to the movies to see if Julia Roberts can breath new life to a classic fairy tale.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Andrew Reid

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Andrew Reid grew up in West Saint John, but now teaches English in Georgia, formerly of the USSR.

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It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel for Lisa Weir

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Saint John Bus Runs, Routes Reduced

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Saint John Transit commission eliminated service on statutory holidays in an effort to cut $250,000 from its operating budget. It also cut or scaled back evening services in some city neighbourhoods. Frank McCarey is the general manager of Saint John Transit.

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For The Birds: Get Started Gear

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Our nature columnist Jim Wilson talks about the best binoculars and books for the beginner birder.

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New Day - Mary Margaret O'Hara for Krista Campbell

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Defamation Trial: Day 35

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The last witness for the complainants, Saint John city solicitor and pension board memeber John Nugent, was called in the end of the seventh week of John Ferguson's trial. Reporter Bob Jones was there.

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One Of City's First Police Women, Millie Colwell, Remembered

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After starting at the switchboard with the Saint John Police in the '60s, Millie Colwell was one of the the first women to move up to serve as a constable in the '70s. She died last week. Janet Holt is a retired member of the Saint John Police Force.

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Our Resident Book Worm Delves Back Into The Shelves

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Sarah Maier reaches for some oldies but goodies on her shelves.

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Don't Stop Believin' - Journey for Grant MacDougall

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