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February 2013 Archives

Saint John May Be Heading Down The Road Toward A Private Water Treatment System

Posted by Amy Grant

That sounds a bit scary to some, but it is old hat to people in Moncton. They turned their water system over to a private company more than a decade ago.

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"Go West Young Man"

Posted by Amy Grant

Recruiters from the west are in Saint John hoping to entice some skilled workers into leaving their jobs here, and starting a new life in Fort McMurray.

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Our Movie Review: Dark Skies

Posted by Amy Grant

Our movie maven, Tara Thorne couldn't find the silver lining in Dark Skies.

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Show Me The Money - Buddy Guy for Michael Grant

Posted by Amy Grant

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Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke for Catherine & Victoria Pike

Posted by Amy Grant

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Repsol Announces A Multi-Billion Dollar LNG Asset Sale

Posted by Amy Grant

Spanish energy giant Repsol sells their liquified natural gas assets to Shell. The CBC's Connell Smith tells us how the company's Saint John terminal was left out of the deal.

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Our Health Columnist On Worksafe New Brunswick

Posted by Amy Grant

Dr. Simon shares some of his experiences with the Worksafe NB system.

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Amy Grant

Bob predicts that gas will be going down half a cent and that diesel and home heating oil will be going down 2-3 cents.

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Could Saint John Have A Mega-project On The Horizon?

Posted by Amy Grant

Keith Attoe of Atlantic Potash tells us about his plans to build a 350 million dollar fertilizer production facility at McAllister Industrial Park.

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Take Liberty: Rob Lutes

Posted by Amy Grant

Former Rothesay native, Rob Lutes has just released his sixth album. Jeff Liberty reviews the singer-songwriter's newest album "The Bravest Birds".

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Ol' Man River - Paul Robeson for Greg Olssen

Posted by Amy Grant

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Black History In Maritime Schools Needs Update, Author

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sgt. Craig Smith researches and writes about black history in the Maritimes and has been working to get schools in the Maritimes to broaden the curriculum.

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Re-imagining Main Street

Posted by Elke Semerad

There's a movement afoot to revitalize Main Street in Saint John, and make the north to south connector more pedestrian and business-friendly. John MacKenzie is a councillor for Saint John's Ward 2. Morgan Lanigan is an architectural technologist who lives on Douglas Avenue.    Barry Ogden is a teacher at Saint John High School, and one of the people behind of Marigolds On Main.

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Off The Shelf: Some Of Book Lover Barlow's Fav Books, New And Old

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mary Barlow talks about 'The Dinner' by Herman Koch, 'Sophie's Choice' by William Styron and 'Come Thou Tortoise' by Jessica Grant.

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If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher for Mr. Clark

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Warrants Reveal Graphic Transcripts Of Predator Chat

Posted by Elke Semerad

Warrants describing why police went into former councillor Donnie Snook's home include graphic transcripts between an unknown computer user and an undercover police officer. Paul Mones is an attorney who specializes in representing victims of sexual abuse in the US and Canada.

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What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong for Arthur McKiel

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Carbon Monoxide Levels At Gorman Rink Exceed Healthy Limits

Posted by Elke Semerad

City officials are trying to find out how carbon monoxide levels reached up to 67 parts per million, nearly three times the Health Canada guidelines. Mike Hugenholtz is Saint John's deputy commissioner of transportation and environment services.

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Taxes Might Be Just Around The Corner

Posted by Elke Semerad

Next month New Brunswick Finance Minister Blaine Higgs presents his third budget. Indications are he's looking hard at raising income taxes to get it, rescinding the tax cuts from the previous government. CBC's Robert Jones has more.

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One Song - JackSoul for Heather McKend

Posted by Elke Semerad

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B.C. Woman's Rental Property In Saint John Spared Demo

Posted by Elke Semerad

Shelagh Michalski says she was taken advantage of by someone here in Saint John. Her Victoria Street property was given a reprieve by city council Monday night because she may have found a buyer willing to fix it up. he spoke to CBC's Connell Smith.

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Canuck Captain Clean Takes On Litter In Korea

Posted by Elke Semerad

Troy MacLellan moved to Jeju Island, South Korea, to teach English, but the first thing that grabbed his attention was the litter. He has since adopted an alter-ego with a costume and cape, Captain Clean.

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Snook Warrants Released

Posted by Elke Semerad

Four search warrants relating to the case of former Saint John councillor Donnie Snook were released yesterday. They include claims someone in his home engaged in online conversations or "chats" about the abuse of young boys. CBC's Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon has been studying the search warrants.

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Our Health Columnist: On Finding Cuts In Health Care

Posted by Elke Semerad

Finance minister Blaine Higgs said his government needs to find a way to cut $300 million from the healthcare system over three years. Our house doctor Mike Simon thinks that will mean some very difficult decisions.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Up Again, 2 cents

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts the price of gas will go up by another 2 cents tonight at the pumps. Heating oil and diesel stay steady.

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Hey Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley for Judy McNab

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Y Awards Red Triangle To Sisters Of Charity For Service

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Sisters of Charity will receive this year's Red Triangle Award for their contributions to the community over the past 159 years. Shilo Boucher is the president and CEO of the Saint John Y.

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Former Premier Graham Fined For Conflict Of Interest

Posted by Elke Semerad

Shawn Graham has been fined $3,500. Retired judge Patrick Ryan gave a detailed account of the inner workings of Graham's government, and how his cabinet ignored all warnings about a conflict of interest with Atcon. The CBC's Robert Jones has been studying the Ryan report.

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Valley Power Problems Partly Due To Trees

Posted by Elke Semerad

Loss of power to residences seems to happen more often in the valley than in the city. Meghan Gerrish with NB Power says the weather-blown trees are part of the problem.

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For The Birds: Owl Count

Posted by Elke Semerad

Volunteers will spend a few spring nights trying to get a rise out of our owl population, using a boom box and a notebook. It's called the Atlantic Canada Nocturnal Owl Survey. Jim Wilson is a birder and naturalist.

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Fantasy - Earth Wind And Fire for Mike Readey

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Fracking Rules Set For Province

Posted by Elke Semerad

Premier David Alward promised his government would bring in the toughest oil and gas industry regulations any jurisdiction has ever had. Grant Wach is a Professor in the Department of Earth Science at Dalhousie University and recently hosted a symposium on gas and oil regulations, including shale gas and fracking.

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Resources For Autistic Children And Their Caregivers Stretched

Posted by Elke Semerad

Therapy for autistic children is expensive, there isn't enough available to New Brunswickers, and the funding for resources that do exist could be cut in the next federal budget. Mary Casement is the administrator at Dragonfly Centre for Autism Inc in Charlotte County.

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Off The Shelf: Books To Be Quiet And Slow Down With

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mary Barlow recommends a couple of informative, accessible books about society, and how we fit into it.

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Cape - Eric Bibb for Tandi Hooper Clark

Posted by Elke Semerad

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North End Could Thrive With More Co-op Housing

Posted by Elke Semerad

While some sections of Saint John's old north end appear to be in trouble with derelict and dilapidated housing the co-op homes there appear to be in excellent shape. Kit Hickey is Executive Director of Housing Alternatives.

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Liberal Kelly Lamrock Joining NDP

Posted by Elke Semerad

Kelly Lamrock, former Liberal cabinet minister, is quitting his party for a new political home with the NDP.

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Asteroid Fly-By Tonight

Posted by Elke Semerad

An asteroid about the size of half a football field will pass within 27,000 kilometres of Earth tonight. And another event in the skies over Russia this morning has sparked a lot of talk. Curt Nason is with the Saint John Astronomy Club.

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A Sex Machine - James Brown for Alan Hoddinott

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Split Results With Water Meter Pilot

Posted by Elke Semerad

Residential meters could be part of the plan for Saint John's new water system. At least one councillor is worried meters will make it more expensive for homeowners. Anne McShane had a meter installed at her home as part of a city pilot project. Marilyn Bogle has had meters installed in apartment buildings she owns.

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Kids Have Long-term Stress Too, Study Of Longitudinal Effects

Posted by Elke Semerad

Paula Ruttle, originally from Hampton, is doing her post-doctoral research on how the effects of stress in early life influence mental health issues later.

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Our Movie Review: Identity Thief

Posted by Elke Semerad

Movie maven Tara Thorne thinks Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman make a good pair in this comedy about stolen identities.

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Let's Stay Together - Al Green for Jennifer Goguen

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Metered Water Debate Bubbles Up At Council

Posted by Elke Semerad

The not-yet-approved plans for the city's new $220 million water system include water meters for everyone. Properly treated water is going to be expensive and the water department is worried people will waste it. Councillor Bill Farren has reservations about meters for residences.

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Heart Pillows Support Heart Patients

Posted by Elke Semerad

Patients leave the New Brunswick Heart Centre hugging red pillows.They're a big help to patients recovering from open heart surgery. Hundreds of them are made by volunteers each year. Jackie Gilliland is co-chair of the Heart Pillow Workshops for the Bell Aliant Pioneers.

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Our Health Columnist On Vacation Vaccines

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Simon has a few tips on a things you need for your vacation that you don't put in your suitcase.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Holding Steady For Gas, Up For Diesel and Heating Oils

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts no relief at the pumps tonight.

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Everyone Deserves Music - Michael Franti and Spearhead for Chris Daigle

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Change At The Top Of The Catholic Church

Posted by Elke Semerad

Pope Benedict 16th will resign at the end of this month, citing age and poor health. Judith Meinert-Thomas and Murray Littlejohn consider what it could mean for the church in North America.

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Take Liberty: Alan Jeffries

Posted by Elke Semerad

Guitarist Alan Jeffries is taking centre stage with his solo debut, Coffee After Midnight. Jeff Liberty has a preview.

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Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder for Elaine Hatty Maloney

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Here She Comes A Runnin - Dave Gunning for Dave Ryan

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Bay Of Fundy Will Not Be Designated Conservation Area By Parks Canada

Posted by Elke Semerad

Parks Canada says it has no plans to turn the Bay of Fundy into a National Marine Conservation Area. Roberta Clowater is the executive director of the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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The Best - Tina Turner for Michael to his wife Betty

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Saint John Water To K-Park Still Pumping

Posted by Elke Semerad

Two years ago, the city announced plans to sue the town over a failed deal to supply water to Kennebecasis Park. Now the two communities seem to have reached a deal, out of court. But the whole thing could have been avoided, according to Saint John's former deputy mayor, Stephen Chase. He also sat on a water committee when he was on council.

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West To East To Portland Pipeline Possible Too

Posted by Elke Semerad

Portland-Montreal Pipeline company is wondering if it would be viable to start pumping bitumen from Alberta to Montreal, then south. Larry Wilson is the President of the Portland Pipeline Corporation in South Portland Maine.

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Place That I Call Home - Shanklin Road for Richard Paxton

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Our Health Columnist On Malnutrition

Posted by Elke Semerad

At our Harbour Lights cheque presentation show, Dr. Mike Simon talks about the impact of malnutrition on children and families in need.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Up 5 Cents, Again

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Robert Jones predicts another steep jump up at the pumps overnight, for gas, diesel and heating oils.

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I Got A Woman - Ray Charles for Matthew Grant

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Mayor Cheerleading For West- East Pipeline Potential

Posted by Elke Semerad

Premier David Alward and Energy Minister Craig Leonard are in Alberta trying to sell the idea of a west to east pipeline that would carry oil from the oil sands straight to Saint John for refining and shipment to world markets. Mayor Mel Norton says he is also cheerleading for the project.

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Fate Of Wrecked Maxwell Covered Bridge To Be Discussed

Posted by Elke Semerad

Two weeks ago, a vehicle smashed through the side of the Maxwell Crossing covered bridge just north of St Stephen. Department of transportation officials haven't said whether the bridge will be rebuilt. The local service district is inviting concerned citizens to a public meeting Wednesday night. Vern Faulkner is Chair of the Dennis-Weston LSD.

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For The Birds: Rare Sightings And Bird Of Prey

Posted by Elke Semerad

This winter, a number of rare birds have been calling the province home, including a couple of interesting birds of prey and a colorful beauty with a unique song. Jim Wilson is a birder and naturalist.

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Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife - Corb Lund for Darryl Cummings

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Report On Viability Of Land-Farmed Salmon Expected

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute in West Virginia has been experimenting with large-scale, on land salmon farming. The private non-profit is ready to release a report on its findings soon. Steven Summerfelt is the Institute's director of Aquaculture Systems Research.

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Pyschological Autopsy Conference Sheds Light On Suicide

Posted by Elke Semerad

Psychological autopsy is a method of reviewing suicides, to shed some light on why they happen, and could help develop better social services and programs to prevent them. Gregory Zed is New Brunswick's forensic suicidologist.

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Rules Of The Fracking Trade Discussed

Posted by Elke Semerad

Rules on how fracking will proceed in our province are still being worked out. The provincial government says it will release a blueprint for the oil and gas sector this spring. Grant Wach is a Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at Dalhousie University.

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Off The Shelf: Bin Laden's Capture And Wheat-Free Cooking

Posted by Elke Semerad

Book lover Mary Barlow says No Easy Day and Wheat Belly are two of the most popular books at the stores this week.

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High Hopes - Frank Sinatra for Brian Shanks

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Alward Promises Broken, Forgotten And Moving On

Posted by Elke Semerad

Premier Alward delivered his third state of the province address last night, a speech full of optimism and hope for better days ahead for New Brunswick and for Alward himself. CBC's Robert Jones looks at what's ahead for the last 20 months of this government.

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Saint John Lawyer Rod Gillis Could Be Disbarred

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John lawyer Rod Gillis is facing a sentencing hearing in early April after being found guilty of obstruction of justice. Marc Richard is the executive director of the New Brunswick Law Society.

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Land-based Salmon Farms Won't Resolve ISA Outbreaks

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is raising concerns over farmed salmon with infectious salmon anemia that were allowed to grow to maturity and be harvested. They say it makes the case for land-based salmon farming in tanks. Pamela Parker, the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, responds.

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Spaceship Superstar - Prism for Ken Craft to Chris Hadfield

Posted by Elke Semerad

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