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January 2014 Archives

Mayor Mel Norton Talks About Policing Saint John

Posted by Cindy Grant

Mayor Norton talks about the report in which the City Manager recommends council drop the idea of RCMP replacing the Saint John City Police force.

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Head Of Police Union: Jamie Hachey

Posted by Cindy Grant

The head of the Police Union talks about the report that will come before City Council on Monday. Pat Woods, Saint John City Manager recommends council drop the idea of replacing the City Police Force with the RCMP.

 

 

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Had I A Golden Thread - Eva Cassidy for Andrew Graham

Posted by Cindy Grant

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Simms Building Coming Down, Business Continues

Posted by Cindy Grant

A major Saint John Landmark is slowly coming down, it will take 10 weeks to bring down the old Simms brush factory on the city's West Side. Helen Stein worked there for 38 years and Tom Simms currently runs the company, which has moved it's factory to Ontario.

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St. Stephen Woman Off To Sochi

Posted by Cindy Grant

Emily Baadsvik started playing sports in St. Stephen, now the young athlete is making her way to Sochi as a spare for Canada's Bobsled Team.

 

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The Foolish Frog - Pete Seeger for Bobby Sandler

Posted by Cindy Grant

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A Young Saint John Woman Is Waiting For Her Second Lung Transplant

Posted by Amy Grant

Elspeth Arbow moved to Toronto, from Saint John, to receive a lung transplant. Four years later, she's a university student there, awaiting another transplant, and trying to raise awareness about organ donation.

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Nazi-Coin Case In Hands Of Judge

Posted by Elke Semerad

Robert McCorkill bequeathed a valuable collection of rare coins to an American hate group. His sister is trying to stop the transfer. A two-day trial wrapped up yesterday in Saint John. The CBC's Neville Crabbe was there.

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Rare Return Of Stolen Phone Shows Saint Johners' Good Side

Posted by Elke Semerad

Joanna Vlamakis' phone was stolen. It had the last conversations she had with her brother who died 4 months ago. The phone was returned after her friend, Amber Hachey, posted a Kijiji ad.

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Our Health Columnist On Winter Health Hazards

Posted by Elke Semerad

Slip-and-falls, frostbite and car accidents take up a lot of Dr. Simon's hours at his family practice this time of year.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Gas Up 2, Diesel Up 6

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Robert Jones predicts a rough week for increases of the price of gas, diesel and heating oils.

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Dream Lover - Bobby Darin for Jesse Bell

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Municipal Police Forces Not Enforcing Current Sex Trade Offences

Posted by Elke Semerad

Six 'Johns' had charges against them dropped yesterday in Moncton, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down federal prostitution laws. Leslie Jeffrey has studied the sex trade and the laws surrounding it for the past 25 years.

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Community-based Social Service Agencies Want Stronger Legislation

Posted by Elke Semerad

Hugh Williams is the coordinator of the New Brunswick Human Services Coalition. Its members provide essential services to communities across the province, including long term care facilities and family services.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Matt Andersen

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty talks about Matt Andersen's newest album which has some of the strongest producers and musicians helping him out.

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Angel From Montgomery - John Prine for Jeremy Leger

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Checking To See Where New Brunswick's Energy Sector Fits In The Economy

Posted by Amy Grant

Economist David Campbell presents a report today to city council looking at New Brunswick's energy sector.

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Off The Shelf: Some Essential Books On The Life Of Nelson Mandela

Posted by Amy Grant

Mary Barlow tells us about her favourite books about a man who was an inspiration to countless people.
Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage and Mandela: An Authorized Portrait.

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Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett for Sue McFarland

Posted by Amy Grant

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The Golf Bike Brings Fun, Fitness And Speed To The Game Of Golf

Posted by Amy Grant

A bicycle made especially for the golf course is on display at the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida this week. Geoff Slater is from St. Andrews and is one of the partners in the project.

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My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose - Davy Steele for Dave Nickerson In Honour of His Daughter Lyla's 14th Birthday Tomorrow

Posted by Amy Grant

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Participants In The Largest Cancer Study Ever In Atlantic Canada Set A New World Record

Posted by Amy Grant

Director of the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow's Health project, Dr. Louise Parker tells us about the biggest collection of toenail clippings in the world that includes some from Saint John. The long-term study is still looking for participants here in southern New Brunswick.

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Our Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Posted by Amy Grant

Tara Thorne didn't think the Jack Ryan reboot of the Tom Clancy hero played by Chris Pine was all that original.

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Joy is Like the Rain - The Medical Mission Sisters for Michael Smith

Posted by Amy Grant

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"Mission Control" For Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Social Media Presence

Posted by Amy Grant

Col. Chris Hadfield sent a steady stream of Tweets and messages from space, delighting people all over the world. His son, Evan Hadfield was one of the people who made it look so easy. He'll speak in Saint John Thusday night.

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Our Health Columnist On Flu Shots

Posted by Amy Grant

Dr. Mike Simon says it's not too late in the season to get your flu shot.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Gas Down And Diesel Up

Posted by Amy Grant

Gas Guru Robert Jones predicts the price of gas will be dropping by 2 cents and that diesel and home heating oil will increase by a penny tonight at midnight.

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Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell for Elaine Hatty Maloney

Posted by Amy Grant

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Trading In Tusks

Posted by Amy Grant

A man from this province is facing charges for selling narwhal tusks in the United States but it's legal to own them here in Canada. Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife and Environment with Nunavut Tunngavik, Glenn Williams tells us about the rules surrounding the narwhal hunt.

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A Heroic Rescue On The Kennebecasis River

Posted by Amy Grant

A man from Saint John had a close call on the weekend.  Don Williams found himself trapped in the ice, submerged in deep water in the Kennebecasis River but he survived thanks to the quick action of a young man who heard his cries for help.

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For The Birds: Making New Brunswick Their Winter Home

Posted by Amy Grant

Birder and naturalist, Jim Wilson tells us about some of the birds that spend the winter in southern N.B. backyards and the Bay of Fundy.

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Galileo - The Indigo Girls for Nathlaie Godbout

Posted by Amy Grant

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You Can Help Shape The Future Of Composting And Recycling Across Our Region

Posted by Amy Grant

Fundy Region Solid Waste is trying to figure out how to go forward with its composting and recycling programs. Brenda MacCallum tells us about the three options on the table.

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The Challenges Of Making Rescues On The Fundy Footpath

Posted by Amy Grant

The Fundy Footpath is a challenging hike. But if you get in trouble it can be an even bigger challenge for the people who have to carry you out. Phil Howe is a volunteer search and rescue co-ordinator who is trying to find ways to make things a little safer for everyone.

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Off The Shelf: My Journey & The Start Here Diet

Posted by Amy Grant

Mary Barlow has two strong Canadian women on her reading radar this week.

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Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men for Ruth McLeese

Posted by Amy Grant

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Kennebecasis Park Community To Look At Access And Rail Safety

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John Council has been asked to participate on a Rothesay committee to look at rail safety. Currently there is only one access road into the neighbourhood. Dr. Nancy Grant is Deputy Mayor of the town of Rothesay.

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Champion Saint John MMA Fighter Heading To International Fight

Posted by Elke Semerad

Amanda Ryall wanted to lose some weight, and ended up becoming a champion mixed martial arts fighter. She is heading to the Virgin Islands in March.

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Lepreau Turbines Will Stop Traffic Sunday

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Robert Jones talks about the big haul through west side city streets to Point Lepreau.

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Happy Day - Aaron MacDonald for Natasha Stephen

Posted by Elke Semerad

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New Chair Of Police Commission Accounts For $1 Million

Posted by Elke Semerad

It was a heated police commission meeting in Saint John on Tuesday night, over a council request to cost compare an RCMP service and the police. Jonathan Franklin is the new chair of the Saint John Board of Police Commissioners.

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Blacks Harbour Will Also Ask To Replace RCMP

Posted by Elke Semerad

Blacks Harbour village council voted to end its policing agreement with the RCMP last night. As did neighbouring St. George. Natalie Harris is the deputy mayor of Blacks Harbour.

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Our Movie Review: Her

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne was mildly surprised by this film about a loner guy falling in love with his female operating system.

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O Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers for Edward Powell

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Quispamsis Mom Behind Viral Dear 'Daddy' In 16C Blog

Posted by Elke Semerad

Shanell Mouland blogs about life with her daughter who has autism spectrum disorder. Her blog about a flight with her daughter was featured by The Huffington Post.

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Underage Maritime Girls Selling Sex Online

Posted by Elke Semerad

Prostitution has moved on-line. Halifax police say the number of young girls, rather than women, selling their bodies, is going up. Reporter Bob Murphy is part of our new CBC News Atlantic Investigative Unit.

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Our Health Columnist On Sick Notes

Posted by Elke Semerad

Dr. Mike Simon thinks it is not the job of a physician to police absenteeism for employers.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Up A Penny

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Robert Jones predicts the price of all gas and heating oils will go up by one cent tonight.

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I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash for Derek Thompson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Canada - U.S. Deal Protects Grand Manan Land

Posted by Elke Semerad

The "Seven Days Work" cliff can be found in the northeastern section of the island, between Whale Cove and Ashburton Head. Renata Woodward is the executive director of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

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Policing Saint John A Costly Subject

Posted by Elke Semerad

After a vote to compare costs of using RCMP in Saint John rather than police, the city and police are now headed to arbitration to continue contract talks. CBC's Neville Crabbe spoke to Mayor Mel Norton and deputy mayor Shelley Rinehart.

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Take Liberty: Gene MacLellan

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty finally gets his copy of the tribute album Snowbird: The Songs of Gene MacLellan.

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Revival - Allman Brothers for John Hanson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Permanent Residents Should Have Voting Privilege Too, Councillor

Posted by Elke Semerad

If approved by the province the vote, at least at the municipal level, would be extended to permanent residents, who are not yet Canadian citizens. The idea was brought to the table by Ward 1 councillor Greg Norton.

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Non-Profits That Used To Be Located In The Tower Of The Saint John City Market Are Looking For A New Home

Posted by Amy Grant

The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre and the Saint John Human Development Council were two of the non-profit groups displaced by flooding damage in the City Market tower last week. Guy Verna and Randy Hatfield tell us how they plan to move forward.

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Off The Shelf: Radiance of Tomorrow And Snatchabook

Posted by Amy Grant

There's a new book out by an author who was once the focus of the Big Rothesay Read. Mary Barlow tells us about that compelling book for adults and a fun read for the kids.

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Rockin On The Water - Shannyguhnawk for Nathan Worden

Posted by Amy Grant

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Saint John Fire Dept. Helping At Plaster Rock Derailment

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Saint John Fire Department sent four of its hazardous materials experts up to help out. Kevin Clifford is the fire chief.

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Details Of Recent Rail Cars And Derailments

Posted by Elke Semerad

CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins has been taking a close look at the number of derailments across the country and the safety record of tanker cars involved.

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Info For Public Property Tax Site Blocked

Posted by Elke Semerad

Shawn Peterson hopes Service NB will unblock his data collectiong software that supports Propertize.ca, a free public service property tax lookup he's been providing.

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First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Peggy Seeger for Lulu Gurevich

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Former Councillor Snook's Property Hearing Continues

Posted by Elke Semerad

The crown was seeking to forfeit any property that was related to Snook's abuse of boys, such as his house, SUV, and computers, including a city-owned laptop. CBC's Rachel Cave was in court yesterday.

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Day Two Out Of Homes Near Plaster Rock

Posted by Elke Semerad

Residents near the train derailment in northern New Brunswick are not returning to their homes yet. Reporter Connell Smith has the latest news from the scene.

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St. George Considers Saint John Policing Model

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mayor Sharon Tucker and her council are looking at the cost of getting rid of the RCMP and reverting back to a municipal force because RCMP costs are escalating.

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Our Movie Review: August: Osage County

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne just loves this film about a dysfunctional family stacked with high quality actors.

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We Are Family - Sister Sledge for Kim Cookson to remember Margret Begner

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Cost Comparing Policing Services

Posted by Elke Semerad

Carleton University professor Linda Duxbury wrote an independent report on the RCMP that would become a big piece of the force's recent internal reviews. She says comparing RCMP to police is apples to oranges.

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Fundy Region Solid Waste Will Take Your CFLs

Posted by Elke Semerad

As of January 1, people will have to switch to light-emitting diodes, otherwise known as LED bulbs or compact fluorescent bulbs. Marc MacLeod is the general manager of Fundy Region Solid Waste.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Down x 3

Posted by Elke Semerad

Gas Guru Robert Jones predicts the price of gas, diesel and heating oil will drop by - at least - 3 cents tonight.

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Our Health Columnist on Blood Pressure

Posted by Elke Semerad

There is a new 'healthy' blood pressure range for older persons. Dr. Mike Simon has a family practice in Millidgeville.

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For What It's Worth - Rush for Gary James

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Saint John Council Approves Policing Cost Analysis

Posted by Elke Semerad

In a tie-break vote from Mayor Norton, council has approved a motion to consider costs of city policing by RCMP rather than Saint John Police.
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Hear NB Police Association executive director Bob Davidson with his thoughts of a motion to compare current policing costs to what the RCMP can offer.  listen


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For The Birds: Cold Weather Snaps

Posted by Elke Semerad

This weather is not for the birds either. Jim Wilson is a birder and naturalist who lives near the Hammond River.

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Don't Stop Believing - Journey for Gina Horwood

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Remembering A Saint John Culinary And Cultural Contributor

Posted by Amy Grant

Chef and entrepreneur Margaret Begner died late last week after a battle with cancer. Friends of Margaret and Axel Begner, Ross and Willa Mavis tell us about her legacy.

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Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem - Emmylou Harris for Laura Stockdale

Posted by Amy Grant

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Off The Shelf: My Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel And The Lies Of Locke Lamora

Posted by Amy Grant

Mary Barlow has a couple of suggestions for books to start the New Year off right.

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The Chipmunk Song - Jaci Velasquez & The Chipmunks for Rose Meisner

Posted by Amy Grant

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A Saint John Councillor Wants To Shop Around For Police Services

Posted by Amy Grant

Councillor in Saint John's Ward 4, David Merrithew wants to compare costs of bringing in the RCMP to police our city.

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West Jet Plays A Santa Surprise On Its Customers

Posted by Amy Grant

More than 34 million people have watched West Jet's viral video featuring passengers flying from Ontario to Calgary who got their Christmas wishes granted.  Lisa Mackay, who is originally from Rothesay, was one of the lucky customers who was on one of the flights.

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The Ice Storm And Its Aftermath

Posted by Amy Grant

Director of the Emergency Measures Organization for New Brunswick, Greg MacCallum tells us how prepared New Brunswick was for this past ice storm.

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Carol Of The Bells - Kenny Rogers for Rexanna M. Keats

Posted by Amy Grant

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Things To Learn From Ice Storm 2013, NB Power CEO

Posted by Elke Semerad

With only dozens of outages left to reconnect, Gaeten Thomas, the president and CEO of NB Power, talks about what can be learned from this storm.

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Saint John Deputy Mayor Looks Ahead to 2014

Posted by Elke Semerad

Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart is extremely excited about a few outstanding issues on council's agenda.

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Our Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne looks at Ben Stiller's latest star/director project, a feel-good movie for the holidays.

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With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker for Brian Shanks, director KV EMO

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