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December 2012 Archives

Business Professor Speaks Up On Pipeline To Alberta

Posted by Cindy Grant

Canada's Natural Resource Minister says it's a good idea.
In a rare show of unanimity, the two parties in the New Brunswick Legislature voiced their support. The chorus of proponents for a pipeline reaching from Alberta to Saint John is gaining more voices. Richard Dixon is the Executive Director of the Centre of Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment at the University of Alberta School of Business.

 

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Harvey And Sheila - Allan Sherman for Brian Shanks

Posted by Cindy Grant

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Our Movie Review: This Is 40

Posted by Cindy Grant

Tara Thorne has a look at the latest Judd Apatow and friends flick.

 

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Mayor Mel Norton Looking Back At 2012

Posted by Cindy Grant

Mayor Mel Norton takes a look at the year past and what he hopes to achieve in the coming year in a sit down interview with Hance.
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A Million Years - Alexander Ebert for Kirk Simms

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Christmas In Hollis - Run DMC for Greg Hemmings

Posted by Elke Semerad

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A Saint John Court Case Sheds Light On Vulnerable Seniors

Posted by Elke Semerad

A Saint John businessman has been ordered by a judge to repay an elderly woman more than a half-million dollars. Detective Sargeant Cameron Field with the Toronto Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit tells us how vulnerable seniors can be to fraud.

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Saint John Council Has A Marathon Session

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John council had a few things to wrap up last night before it  broke for the holidays. After a six-hour closed session, council agreed to the terms of a memorandum of understanding on the pension deal.

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Our Movie Review: The Hobbit

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne says The Hobbit will satisfy fans, but it is still too long with too few women in it.

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Christmas Lights - Coldplay for Michael Bone

Posted by Elke Semerad

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SJ Boys And Girls Club Director Becomes Regional Director

Posted by Elke Semerad

Debbie Cooper, in charge of the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John, is moving on after 34 years with the city's club.

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Our Health Columnist On Doctors Retiring

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Mike Simon says closing up the office isn't necessarily the end of a family doctor's medical career.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Going Up A Cent Or More

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones says for the first time in weeks, the prices of gas and diesel and heating oils will all go up by about a cent and a half.

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So You Think You've Got Troubles - Marvin Rainwater for Peter Turner

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Unsilent Night Audio Parade Comes To Saint John

Posted by Elke Semerad

Andrew Miller is organizing an audio parade, a sort of contemporary carolling, that started in New York.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight On Maritime Christmas

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty talks about a few Maritime artists with seasonal contributions.

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Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones for Dana Bradshaw

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Bob Jones' Predictions for 2013, Christmas At The Market Show

Posted by Elke Semerad

Enjoy this replay of Bob Jones' annual predictions for the city of Saint John at our Christmas at the City Market show for Harbour Lights.

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World Women's Curling Comes To Saint John 2014

Posted by Elke Semerad

Hurry hard! Saint John will host the World Women's Curling Championships again in 2014. John Travis was the president of the host committee at the championships back in 1999. Colleen Jones competed as the skip of the Canadian team that year.

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Back Door Santa - B.B. King for Anne Lawson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Our Movie Review: Playing For Keeps

Posted by Cindy Grant

The only new arrival in Saint John Theatres last week was the Gerard Butler romantic comedy Playing For Keeps and we sent Tara Thorne to check it out.

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Happy Holidays - David Klob for Elaine Ingals Hogg

Posted by Cindy Grant

 

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Mill Rats Co-Owner Has CF, Supporting Saint John Mom Who Needs Transplant

Posted by Elke Semerad

Steve Yankopoulos, a co-owner of the team, was born with Cystic Fibrosis, but he hasn't let the disease slow him down. He is speaking in Saint John to inspire and to support Gloria Lambert and her family while she awaits a double lung transplant.

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Our Health Columnist On Vasectomy Wait Lists

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Mike Simon says if you have the cash, you can get a head of the long wait list to get a vasectomy.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: A Nickel Saved?

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones says we'll see another price drop for gas and heating oils tonight.

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Christmas - Blues Traveler for Wanda Wilson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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For The Birds: Christmas Bird Count

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jim Wilson is Mr. C.B.C., Christmas Bird Count. He tells us all you need to know to get involved this season.

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Saint John's Proposed Budget 2013 Restores and Reduces

Posted by Elke Semerad

More for roads and transit, but possibly less for the fire department. Here are few highlights from the budget meeting at council last night.

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Getting Snow Day Information To Parents

Posted by Elke Semerad

Yesterday was the first snow day since the formation of the new school districts, and relaying information about closures didn't go without a few hiccups. Zoe Watson is the superintendent Anglophone South School District.

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Safe Home - Tracy Friars for Joan Shillington

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Public Intervenor Resolves Irving Application For Rate Increase Privately

Posted by Elke Semerad

An application by Irving to increase prices by about $20 million a year was supposed to be heard by the public EUB last week, but the hearing was put off when Public Intervenor Rene Basque said he had settled the issue with Irving privately. Reporter Bob Jones has the story.

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Off The Shelf: Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted by Elke Semerad

Book lover Mary Barlow has some suggestions for books to give as gifts, inlcuding a Harry Potter insiders text and behind the scenes at the Oprah Show.

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Take My Hand - Ben Harper and Blind Boys of Alabama for Kelly Rennick

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Rubiks Cubers Come Together For Competition

Posted by Elke Semerad

This weekend, a dedicated group of Maritime cube enthusiasts will meet at KVHS in Quispamsis. Philipe Garcia is a math teacher at the school. He runs a Rubiks cube club there. Micah Stairs and Aaron McPhee are grade 12 speed cubers.


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Memories of Sobeys Stars Of Christmas Commercial

Posted by Elke Semerad

The St. Agnes school choir, led by Cynthia Kennedy, was featured in the 1987 seasonal commercial produced by Sobeys in the Maritimes. Cynthia Kennedy is now Cynthia Davies, but she is still an elementary school music teacher in Halifax.


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Silver Bells - Bing Crosby for Rexanna Keats

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Heritage Renovations Slowing Down In Uptown

Posted by Elke Semerad

Heritage advocates in the city say that economic conditions and reduced grants for heritage renovation may slow or even stop upgrades and sales of properties in the uptown. Keith Brideau, of Historica Developments, hasn't ruled out further expansion on Prince William. Reporter Connell Smith has more.

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Our Movie Reviews: Life Of Pi

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne says the fantastical sea adventure of Pi and the tiger make a great movie experience.


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AG's Findings Of Doctors Double Billing Not Accurate, NB Medical Society

Posted by Elke Semerad

The auditor general's report found 16 doctors were paid more than $1 million in 2011. And in some cases, doctors double billed charging both Medicare and the WorkSafeNB for the same service. Anthony Knight is the CEO of the New Brunswick Medical Society and takes exception to some of the AG's findings.

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Rainclouds and Thunderbolts - McKayla Arseneau for Melinda Sheehan

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Property Tax Rate Cut A Possibility

Posted by Elke Semerad

The city pension decision opens the door to the possibility of a property tax rate cut, even though the city still has a $161-million pension deficit and must find $12 million every year to pay it down.  Connell Smith reports.

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Roads Serviced Based On Politics, Liberal Critic Agrees

Posted by Elke Semerad

The province's auditor general pointed out that requests from MLAs have a big influence on which roads get chip sealed or repaved, and it's to the detriment of other roads that really need work. Bill Fraser, MLA for Miramichi-Bay Du Vin, is the Liberal opposition critic for transportation.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: It's All Going Down This Week

Posted by Elke Semerad

Robert Jones says for the first time in weeks, the prices of all fuels will fall this week. The price of gas will fall about half a cent.

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Our Health Columnist On Concussions And Clinic

Posted by Elke Semerad

Two local orthopaedic surgeons have started a sports concussion clinic in our region, joining forces with an athletic therapist to treat the condition. Our health columnist Dr. Mike Simon sees a high number of concussion cases in his own practice.

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Carpenter's Son - Pete Blanding for Brenda Brooks

Posted by Elke Semerad

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City Bus Service Needs More Money To Maintain Status Quo

Posted by Elke Semerad

Ridership on Saint John Transit is down by 400,000 trips, after several years of budget cuts and tax increases. The general manager, Frank McCarey, tells us what it will take to get people back on the bus.

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Pension Reformed, Saint John Council Moves Ahead

Posted by Elke Semerad

A majority of counicllors voted in favour of a new pension model recommended by a provincial task force. It means the city will have to remove $12 million a year from its operations to pay down a $161 million deficit. Here are highlights from council's discussion last night.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight On Cindy Church

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty really likes the new album from Cindy Church, which includes all her happiest sad songs.

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Good King Wenceslas - The Skydiggers for Brian Shanks

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Change To Property Tax Good News For Owners, Not Province

Posted by Elke Semerad

Premier David Alward's government introduced a bill to cut provincial property tax rates for a variety of business, rental, farm and cottage properties over the next four years. The cuts will cost the province $49 million a year in lost revenue. Reporter Bob Jones has the story.

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Off The Shelf: Non-fiction Surprises

Posted by Elke Semerad

Our book lover, Mary Barlow, recommends a book about the woman behind modern cell research, and a woman who packed it all up to hike through the "Wild."

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Two Princes - Spin Doctors for Jeremy Legere

Posted by Elke Semerad

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