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May 2012 Archives

Saint John Council Going Forward With Pension Solutions

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Mayor Mel Norton tells us about council's extra meeting to discuss the possibility of having the Saint John Pension Act repealed, and regulate it by a city bylaw instead.

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SWN Postpones Exploration Because Government Slow With Permits

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The window of opportunity to explore for shale gas this summer is closing, and SWN has decided to not drill until next year. Tom Alexander is General Manager New Brunswick for SWN Resources.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews "MIB3"

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie, one of the good guys, reviews the latest installment about the popular galaxy defenders known as "Men In Black."

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Our Health Columnist On House Calls

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Gone are the days of calling for a doctor by horse and buggy. But, Dr. Simon says, house calls do still happen for good reason.

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Parenting: The Political Arena Of Parenting

Posted by Elke Semerad

Columnist Deborah Irvine-Anderson says, with books, TV shows and mommy blogs all telling you how you should do it, it's easy to feel pressured to parent one way over another.

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Farmhouse - Phish for Beth Button

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New Council Sworn In

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The city's new mayor and council were sworn in, in front of a chamber packed with family, friends and supporters.

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Rothesay Woman RCMP In Queen's Guard

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As part of the celebration of the Queen's jubilee, the RCMP was invited to be the Queen's Life Guard for a day. Constable Beverly White, originally from Rothesay, took part.

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Our Resident Green Thumb On Keeping The Deer Away

Posted by Elke Semerad

Betty Kennett has a few tips and dispels some myths about how to keep the deer away from your precious garden.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Murray Gillies

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Murray Gillies is a veterinarian in Balclutha, New Zealand, but grew up around cows at a dairy farm in Belleisle.

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Everyone Watched The Wedding - Jim Cuddy for Paulette Kimball

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Curious Timing For Upcoming Rothesay Byelection

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Rothesay byelection is scheduled for June 25th. Two candidates for the PC nomination have been announced. Lisa Hrabluk, freelance journalist and politics watcher, and Bill Artiss, former mayor of Rothesay, wonder who else can mobilize in time.

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Sea Dogs President Reflects On Successful Year

Posted by Elke Semerad

President Wayne Long talks about the upset for the Sea Dogs at this year's Memorial Cup and the year ahead for the hockey team.

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Technology Protects North End Home From Flooding

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Roger Vautour lost his flood insurance as a result of floods at his property in the north end. He shows reporter Connell Smith how he's created his own flood insurance through technology.

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Grand Manan Truck Drivers Challenge New Coastal Ferries Rules

Posted by Elke Semerad

Toby Mclaughlin of Foggy Cove Ventures was one of many drivers who loaded his truck and walked off the ferry this morning, despite a new rule that requires drivers to stay on board with the truck.

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On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons for Allison Scovil

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Unauthorized Pension Plan Reform Scars City Management

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Mayor-elect Mel Norton says a mistake like this one costs the city public confidence and trust. He tells Hance Colburne the new council, to be sworn in Monday, will work to get that trust back.

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StartUp Canada Stops In Saint John To Boost Entrepreneurship

Posted by Elke Semerad

Event organizers hope to encourage more people to take the plunge into self-employment. Susan Holt is CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council. Yenna Hurley is an entrepreneur in Saint John and past owner of Daytripping.

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Blackbird - The Beatles for 2-year-old William Grant

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Changes To Pension Plan Pushed Ahead Without Authorization

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City councillors say the document that appeared in the Royal Gazette includes unauthorized changes that benefit high-earning senior city staff. Reporter Connell Smith has more.

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Quispamsis Author Up For International Writing Prize

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Riel Nason's The Town That Drowned has won a regional Commonwealth Book Prize and is up for the larger Commonwealth prize. The story centres around a young girl and community near the Mactaquac Dam.

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DFO Cuts Shake St. Andrews

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mayor-elect Stan Choptiany and others in St. Andrews feel the government doesn't understand what these cuts, more than 16 jobs, will really mean to this community.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'The Dictator'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie dethrones Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy that looks at global politics through the Dictator.

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Signs - Five Man Electrical Band for Kathryn Hanson

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Vacant Buildings Should Be Torn Down By City

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After the sixth fire in an abadoned building in the last two months, Donnie Snook wants the city to restore its power to tear those buildings down before they get burned down.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts that the price of gas will fall by about one cent, making up for last week's increase. The price of heating oils will also fall.

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Sussex Looks Cautiously At New Shale Gas Recommendations

Posted by Elke Semerad

The current mayor of Sussex, Ralph Carr, reacts to the province's guidelines for shale gas exploration.

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Our Health Columnist On Diagnosing On The Web

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Mike Simon, really - a doctor, talks about the recent survey finding people are fairly confident they can do his job just by googling their symptoms.

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Yankee Doodle Dixie - Chet Atkins for Lepreau Carpool

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DFO Cuts More Jobs In Southwestern New Brunswick

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As part of the $80-million cuts, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans served layoff notices to 29 New Brunswick employees, including 16 scientists and librarians at the St. Andrews Biological Station. John Williamson is the member of parliament for New Brunswick Southwest.

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A Royal Day In Southwestern New Brunswick

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The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited Gagetown and Saint John yesterday. Here are some highlights, including an interview with Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient principal Jennifer Carhart.

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New Food Safety Course Required For Industry Workers

Posted by Elke Semerad

As of July 1st, food servers are required to have food safety training and certification. The company they work for has to pay for it, every year. Dick Daigle, owner of a Pizza Hit franchise says it's putting the squeeze on some small businesses in the province.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Jack Lockhart

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jack Lockhart grew up in Saint John's south end, and now works at the Royal Agricultural College in southwest England, a school with a strong connection to the Prince of Wales.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Donnie Dumphy

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Jeff Liberty introduces us to the viral youtube sensation, Donnie Dumphy.

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Never On Sunday - Melina Mercouri for Octavio Ribeiro

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Where To Catch A Glimpse Of The Prince

Posted by Cindy Grant

The Prince of Wales will be in the city on Monday, with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Bernard Cormier is the City's Cultural Affairs Officer he tells us where and when you can get a glimpse of the heir.

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David Coon On Proposed Shale Gas Rules

Posted by Cindy Grant

The province has mapped out its proposed rules for the development of a shale gas industry. David Coon is the executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and its sister advocacy group, CCNB Action and he's looked over what the government is proposing.

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Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads For Claire Titus

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Energy Minister And Rothesay MLA Resigns To CEO Position

Posted by Elke Semerad

After 13 years in the legislature, recently as the minister of energy, Margaret-Ann Blaney, is stepping down. She will be CEO of Efficiency NB, the provincial Crown corporation based in Saint John.

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Tough Race For Incumbents In Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Three of the five incumbent councilors offering for re-election were rejected. In Ward 2 Gary Sullivan was 150 votes short of what he needed, and in Ward 3 Donnie Snook was worried about the results until the last minute.

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Province Designs Anti-Bullying Program For Schools

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Education Minister Jody Carr announced new initiatives yesterday including legislative amendments, the hiring of two anti-bullying coordinators and the creation of an anti-bullying week.

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21-Gun Salute At Longwharf For Victoria Day

Posted by Elke Semerad

Permission was granted for Saint John's 3rd Field Artillery Regiment to perform 4 21-gun-salutes to mark Loyalist Day, the Queen's Jubilee and the Royal visit. Lt.-Col. Steven Strachan tells us more.

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Parenting: Dad, What's The Meaning Of Life?

Posted by Elke Semerad

Collective Wisdom parenting columnist Dave Atkinson tries to answer this question for his 7 year old.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Dark Shadows'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Matt Rainnie highlights the flaws of the latest Tim Burton, Johnny Depp collaboration.

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Jock-A-Mo - James Sugar Boy Crawford for Corry Ross

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Councillor Urges Caps On Campaign Spending

Posted by Elke Semerad

There really are no rules about spending or disclosure when it comes to municipal campaigns in New Brunswick. Moncton city councillor Daniel Bourgeois wants that to change.

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Four Women Elected To Saint John Council

Posted by Elke Semerad

It's been a while since that many female coucillors have been around the horseshoe. Former mayor Shirley McAlary is back as a councillor-at-large. Susan Fullerton was elected in Ward 2. And Donna Reardon won a seat in Ward 3.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Robert Jones has some bad news about gas just in time for the long weekend. The price of gas is expected to go up by a cent or two overnight. Heating oil prices will fall, however.

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Priority Neighbourhood School Gets Royal Treatment For Royal Visit

Posted by Elke Semerad

Hazen White-St. Francis School, near Saint John's Crescent Valley neighborhood, is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for some royal visitors, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Jennifer Carhart is the principal.

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Our Health Columnist On Mental Health Funding Boosts

Posted by Elke Semerad

Front-line doctor Mike Simon reacts to the Canadian Mental Health Commission's hope to put an extra four billion dollars into the battle against mental illness.

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The Puddles - Charlotte Diamond for Donna Lewell

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Our Resident Green Thumb On Early Spring And Dandelions

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Betty Kennett returns for gardening season 2012.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Phil O'Donnell

Posted by Elke Semerad

After growing up in Norton, Phil O'Donnell now pens hundreds of song for Nashville artists in Tennessee.

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Outgoing Mayor Ivan Court Says Head Seat Won With Money

Posted by Elke Semerad

Ivan Court says big money and recent bad press forced him out of office.

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Mayors Elect: Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mel Norton won the mayoral race by a landslide. He talks about the wave of change that has swept through Saint John's council.

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Mayors Elect: St. Andrews

Posted by Elke Semerad

Stan Choptiany is the new mayor of St. Andrews and sees work to be done at council for the economy and residents during the winter months.

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Mayors Elect: Rothesay

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mayor elect Bill Bishop looks ahead to the changes at his council table after last night's election.

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We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder for Kim Cookson

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Seven Spanish Angels - Ray Charles and Willie Nelson for Janet Waddell

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CARMA Can't Replace SPCA Animal Rescue League

Posted by Elke Semerad

Typically, more than 1200 cats are picked up each year throughout our communities. Since the SPCA Animal Rescue League can no longer do it, people have started to call CARMA to step in. Jody Hartley, co-director of CARMA Saint John, met with CBC's Connell Smith.

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'Even More Awesome' Author Celebrates Big Rothesay Read

Posted by Elke Semerad

Author and blogger Neil Pasricha arrived last night to an awesome welcome at the Saint John airport. He tells us why his books resonate with so many.

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Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie - 139th Street Quartet for Robert Taylor

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Parenting: What Will You Grow Up To Be, Mom?

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This week, Deborah Irvine-Anderson says there's one career that never seemed to be up for consideration when she was a young girl, stay-at-home mom.

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Mayoral Candidates Grilled At Breakfast: CBC Hosts Board Of Trade Debate

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Saint John mayoral candidates Matthew Thompson, Mel Norton, Joe Callahan and Ivan Court answer key election questions. Here are some highlights.
What are your arguments for or against amalgamation of Saint John and its neighbouring communities?  

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Why would anyone want to start a business in Saint John?

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How would you make Uptown a better place to live and work?

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On the campaign trail, what have you heard from constituents that most surprised you?

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The Other Ballots: Learn About The RHAs and DECs

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Rachel Cave found out just what these positions are and who wants to become a member of either the regional health authority or district eduction boards.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'The Avengers'

Posted by Elke Semerad

Secret superhero Matt Rainnie plays the common man to review the latest movie about the Marvel heros, assembled.

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Stop Your Tickling, Jock - Harry Lauder for Mary Young

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Transportation Minister Awaits Grand Mananers' Ferry Vote

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New Brunswick's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claude Williams, responds to MLA Rick Doucet's concerns about the plebiscite question to remove ferry tolls.

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Joshua Group Gets Boost From CBC Dragon

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The charity for underprivileged youth needs another $200,000 in a month to build a permanent home for the Joshua Group. Founder Bobby Hayes talks about getting Dragon's Den Brett Wilson on board.

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Our Health Columnist On E. coli

Posted by Elke Semerad

There are 13 confirmed cases of E. coli infection in northern New Brunswick. Dr. Simon talks about the symptoms associated with the bacteria.

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Middle - Jimmy Eat World for Ross Galbraith

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Grand Manan Ferry Vote May Not Be What's Promised

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Grand Manan residents will answer the only plebiscite question in the province on Monday, on ferry toll removal. Liberal MLA Rick Doucet says it's wrong to hold the vote in the first place.

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Elizabeth Grant

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In transit, artist Elizabeth Grant has returned to Saint John from Berlin for the summer. She will head to Glasgow for her masters in art in the fall.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight North Lakes

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Jeff Liberty introduces us to a PEI band he just met at the ECMAs.

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Sue Me, Sue You Blues - George Harrison for Howard LaBillois

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Exiting Deputy Mayor Reflects On Saint John Council

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Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase was first elected to council in 1998. Tonight's meeting of common council will be his last.

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Mayor Of Grand Bay-Westfield Guaranteed 4 More Years

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Longtime mayor Grace Losier has no challengers in this election. She spoke with producer Steven Webb about the past and next term.

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Story Tent For Literacy Turns 10

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The literacy initiative that started in the Crescent Valley community has been adopted by others around the province. Author Aubrey Davis and children's librarian at the Saint John Free Public Library Heather McKend talk about today's celebrations.

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Shine - Doughboys for Leah Fitzgerald

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School Districts Reorganized

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In our region, school districts 6, 8 and 10 will combine to form a district called Anglophone South. Francophone districts in our province are also being reduced to three. Education minister Jody Carr says the boundary changes mean more than 2 million dollars in savings.

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Municipal Elections: Ward 2

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John's Ward 2 takes in the north part of the city, neighbourhoods such as the Old North End, Millidgeville, Crescent Valley, and Mount Pleasant. Sandy Robertson lives in Millidgeville. Tammy Calvin is a community activist who lives in the Old North End. Jennifer Carhart is the principal of Hazen White-St. Francis School near Crescent Valley.

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Bat Population Nearly Extinct From White Nose Fungus

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A bat population in a cave near Turtle Creek outside of Moncton has gone from 6000 to just five. Donald McAlpine is a zoologist with the New Brunswick Museum.

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Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole for mayoral candidate Ivan Court

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Mayor And Pension Board Chair Responds To Jury's Verdict

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Ivan Court tells Hance Colburne why the Saint John pension board does not need to apologize to former councillor John Ferguson.

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50 Days To Save Nate The Great

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Nate is a one-year-old boy with a rare congenital heart disease that has left him with only the right side of his body cavity, and right half of his heart. Kate McCann is organizing fundraising in Hampton for Nate's $300,000-surgery in Boston.

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Our Movie Guy Reviews 'Five-Year Engagement'

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Matt Rainnie went down the aisle at the theatres to watch Emily Blunt and Jason Segal's latest comedy.

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Beauty In The World - Macy Gray for Stewie The Election Rabbit (Anne McShane)

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Defamation Trial: Verdict, Not Liable

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Reporter Bob Jones tells us about the late night verdict delivered by the jury in the lawsuit against former councillor John Ferguson.

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Municipal Elections: Ward 1

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Both urban and rural, Ward 1 stretches down Westfield Road through Lancaster and down the coastline to Lorneville. Jennifer Yeomans is a stay-at home mom who also is on the board of the West Side Co-op Pre-school. Sandra Keith is a new resident to Fundy Heights, she and her husband operate a business on the west side. William Gill is vice-chair of the River Road Commmunity Alliance.

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Our Health Columnist On Health Board Elections

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Dr. Mike Simon gives us a primer on the election of the regional health authority board members.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

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Reporter Bob Jones believes the price of gas will hover just about where it is for this week.

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Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane for mayoral candidate Matthew Thompson

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Municipal Elections: Ward 4

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Ward 4 includes the residential neighbourhoods near the refinery and the mall area east of Champlain Drive, but it also extends to the more sparsely populated area near the airport. Wendy Papadopoulos lives in the Forest Hills area. Rick Stagg is a resident of the Reading Crescent area off Golden Grove Road. Sarah Craig lives on Loch Lomond Road.

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For The Birds: Spring Arrivals

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Birder and naturalist Jim Wilson flies in for his final segment and tells us what birds to expect to see around the feeder now that Spring is here.

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Prisoners In Car Crash Like Marbles In A Can

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John Cranton witnessed an accident involving a Sheriff's van on Route 11 near Jacquet River last Monday. Three prisoners and two Sheriff's officers were injured in that crash.

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Scuttle Buttin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan for mayoral candidate Joe Callahan

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This Week's Saint Johner Away: Bob Stewart

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Bob Stewart is now teaching music in one of the world's most cultured cities, Melbourne, Australia.

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