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April 2014 Archives

Our Health Columnist On Chronic Pain

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Dr. Mike Simon says chronic pain issues can be unbearable for patients and it can plague the health system.


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The Gas Guru Predicts Hardly A Fraction Down

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CBC reporter Robert Jones feels there will be a price drop for all fuels, but it is so marginal, only tenths of a cent.

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Milk Cow Blues - The Johnnie Wills's Boys, for Dawn from Mark Burgess

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For The Birds: Where To Go This Summer

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In our last chat, Jim Wilson tells us about some of the best birding spots in the area.

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Monkey - Great Balancing Act for Emma, 10, from Tanya Cormier

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Developer Urges Incentives For Building In City

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Builder and developer Bob Darling owns North Star Holdings Ltd. He wants the city to consider a $6000 rebate program for building in city limits.

 

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Off The Shelf: The Lynching Of Peter Wheeler

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Former UN forensic anthropologist Debra Komar talks about her latest book about a murder in Nova Scotia with a Saint John connection.

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Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands for Matt Bingley

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South End Advocate Bobby McIntryre Dies, 66

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After he turned his own life around, Bobby McIntyre ran the family moving business, and was well-known in the South End for his efforts to help out people who needed it. Gerry Lowe and Ralph Thomas both knew him well.

 

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New Forestry Deal Details Angers Green Party

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David Coon has been asking to see details of the deal the Alward government made with JD Irving about access to crown forests. He's seem them, and his initial reaction was outrage.

 

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Parks Act Getting Overhaul

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Tourism Minister Trevor Holder introduced an act to shange the Parks Act. It hasn't been updated since 1961. Roberta Clowater is the executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in New Brunswick.

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Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton, for April from Steven Tyler

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Outflow To Open Men's Homeless Shelter

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The Salvation Army announced it could no longer afford to operate its homeless shelter for men. Outflow will open a shelter to replace it. Jayme Hall is Executive Director of Outflow.

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Midwifery Council Of NB To Be Reinstated

Posted by Elke Semerad

A group lobbying for publicly funded midwifery care in New Brunswick held its first meeting in Sussex recently. Sonya Burrill is the chair of Familles pour les sages-femmes au NB Families for Midwives.

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Our Movie Review: Transcendence

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Movie reviewer Tara Thorne enjoyed these high-quality actors, Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman,  messing with the idea of consciousness and computer servers.

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Martha My Dear - The Beatles for Sue and Dave McFarland

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We Don't Pay The Highest Taxes, Councillor

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The city uses a rate of $1.78 and-a-half cents per $100 of assessed value. Councillor David Merrithew says the people who complain about the tax rate are missing the real story one that outlines the city's tough financial position.

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The Gas Guru Predicts: Up 2 Cents

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CBC Reporter Bob Jones figures that gas will go up by 2 cents tonight and diesel and heating oil will also go up by 3 cents.

 

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Razzle Dazzle - Chicago (Movie Soundtrack) for Sandra Donnelly

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Stolen Laptop Results In Privacy Breach

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A CBC News Investigation has found the province has warned 92 New Brunswickers they may be victims of an IT security breach. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour says a laptop was stolen in January. Rachel Cave has more.

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Take Liberty: Little You Little Me

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Jeff Liberty features the gift CD that comes embedded in a local Saint John zine.

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Take A Chance On Me - ABBA for Judy Stiles, and Paul Castle

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Transplant Games Coming To Maritimes

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Mark Black received of a double lung and heart transplant. In an effort to bring other organ transplant recipients and their families together, Mark is helping to bring the transplant games to the Maritimes for the first time this summer.


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Off The Shelf: Books With Parenting Perspective

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Mary Barlow talks about a book called "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" and another called "Listen To The Squawking Chicken."

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Shiny Happy People - REM for Noel Chenier

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Farewell Paul Castle!

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Former host of Saint John's morning show, and current host of Shift, Paul Castle retires today. We woke him up to see how he was feeling.

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Sussex Drying Out Reveals Damage

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People in the Sussex area are taking stock of the damage today after flood waters hit hundreds of homes yesterday. CBC Neville Crabbe was there.

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Our Movie Review: Draft Day

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Tara Thorne likes this day-in-the-life-of-the-football draft movie starring Kevin Costner.

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She Loves You - Beatles for Paul Klassen

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Better Health To Begin With

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Most often people make a change after their health has gone south, and that makes it harder to accomplish. Mike Simon is a family doctor in Saint John.

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LSD Member Responds To Frustrations At Regional Service Commission

Posted by Elke Semerad

Earlier this week, chair of the Fundy Regional Service Commission, Grace Losier, expressed frustration over the lack of progess. Joan Seeley is one of the representatives for LSDs on the commission. She is from Simonds.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Bad News At The Pumps

Posted by Elke Semerad

CBC reporter Robert Jones predicts the price of gas will rise tonight by about 5 cents. Heating oil and diesel also going up, but not as drastically.

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Volcano - Jimmy Buffett for Charlene Sheehan

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Property Tax Relief For Business, Not Seniors

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The Alward government kills a promise of tax relief for seniors but offers business big breaks. CBC reporter Robert Jones has part two of this story about tax promises made and broken.

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For The Birds: Inviting Your Birds Into A Home

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Jim Wilson talks about what cozy birdhouse works for which birds, and can keep critters out at the same time.

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Happy - Pharrell Williams for Steve Nason to his wife Sharon

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Senior Property Tax Break Not What Province Promised

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A Progressive Conservative election pledge to deliver property tax relief to over 60,000 New Brunswick seniors has instead helped only 60. CBC's Bob Jones has the details of how the original plan was abandoned for a cheaper one.

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Frustration Grows At Regional Service Commissions

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Legislated in 2012, regional service commissions were meant to encourage cooperation between municipalities and LSDs. Grace Losier is the mayor of Grand Bay-Westfield.

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Off The Shelf: Easter Treats For The Kids

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Pigeons and cats. Mary Barlow talks about two new books for kids, 'Pigeon Needs A Bath' and 'Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure.'

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Neutron Dance - Pointer Sisters for Carol Liebel

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Regional Director Explains CBC Cuts In Maritimes

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The corporation has to cut 657 jobs over the next two years. Fifteen of those come from the Maritimes. Andrew Cochran is the CBC's Senior Managing Director for the Atlantic Region.

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UNB History Project Maps New Brunswick Memorials

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Thomas Littlewood has worked as an interpreter at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, and is now digitally mapping all war memorials in our province.

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Saint John Police And City Avoid Arbitration, Find Deal

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The groups were just going into binding arbitration, when they agreed to give negotiation one more try. By Wednesday afternoon, they had a tentative deal, ratified later that night. Jonathan Franklin is Chair of the Saint John Police Commission.

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Abortion Clinic To Close July 31

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Reporter Jacques Poitras looks at the impact of the clinic's closure and the pressure now on government to address the issue of access to abortions in New Brunswick.

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I Have Confidence - Julie Andrews, Sound Of Music, for Krista Campbell

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Adoption Records May Become Unsealed

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The province is taking baby steps to open up the adoption process in New Brunswick. First, it wants to know what people think. Beth McCrea of Woodstock and her husband Garth are co-chairs of the Coalition for Open Adoption Records of New Brunswick.

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St. Stephen County Aces Take To Ice In Fall 2014

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The Junior A County Aces will be the lead tenant at the new $20-million Garcelon civic centre in St. Stephen. John Hyslop is the team's president.

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Our Movie Review: Captain America - Winter Soldier

Posted by Elke Semerad

Tara Thorne says this is a fine Marvel addition, if you like Marvel and Captain America to begin with.

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Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti for Ross Galbraith to Krista

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Our Health Columnist On Gestational Diabetes

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More and more women are being diagnosed with diabetes brought on during a pregnancy. Dr. Mike Simon says it can complicate a soon-to-be-mom's and a baby's health.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Up, Down and Nothing Changing

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Reporter Robert Jones predicts the price for gas will stay the same, the price for heating oil will come down, and for diesel it will go up.

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Pack Up - Eliza Doolittle for Mehdi Afroushe

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Stephen Lewis

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Jeff Liberty features this Frederictonian's album, Peanut Butter and Jam.

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New Liberal Government In Quebec, PQ And Marois Out

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KV-er Thomas Daigle works as the legislative reporter for CBC in Quebec. He was on PQ Pauline Marois' tour bus for much of the campaign and spent last night at the PQ election night rally.

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City Services Review: Saint John Fire Department

Posted by Elke Semerad

Last night Chief Kevin Clifford told city councillors a budget freeze would lead to the elimination of the department's overtime budget, the loss of one tanker truck, and possibly a ladder truck too. Paul Stackhouse heads the local firefighters' union.


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Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte for Betty Thibodeau

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City Services Under Review

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Representatives from every single city department and commission will appear before council to explain the services they provide and justify their budgets. It is a public process. Saint John councillors Shirley McAlary and Gerry Lowe.

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Off The Shelf: 'The Enchanted' and 'Frog Music'

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Mary Barlow talks about two hot new reads, by Rene Denfeld and by Emma Donahue.

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Devil With A Blue Dress Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels for Bob Wishart

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Birds Flock To Grand Manan

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Yesterday was an exciting one for birdwatchers on Grand Manan. Flocks of spring migrants arrived en masse. Durlan Ingersoll is a birdwatcher in Seal Cove.

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Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne for Trent Seely

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Our Movie Review: Noah

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Tara Thorne is confounded by this movie starring Russel Crowe as Noah, but suggests it's worth your time at the theatre anyway.

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You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban for Annie Sheehan to Madame Lynch

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Cancelling School For Weather Is Better

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Joshua Goodman is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He says snow days at least keep all the students and teachers on the same page.

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Our Health Columnist On Skin Cancer

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The most common type of cancer is skin cancer. Dr. Mike Simon wants people to pay more attention to changes on their skin.

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The Gas Guru Predicts: Down 1 Cent

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Robert Jones predicts the prices of gas, heating oil and diesel will all fall by about one cent tonight at the price change.

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Give Up The Funk - Parliament Funkadelic for Todd Ross

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Saint John Streets May Have Renaissance Names: April Fools

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Mayor Mel Norton says there have been informal discussions around renaming, perhaps temporarily, some uptown streets to reflect Renaissance artists such as Leonardo and Raphael.

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For The Birds: Suffering The Weather

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Birder and naturalist Jim Wilson talks about some crafty ways birds can make it through the most trying winters, like this one.

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April On The Ground - Justin Hines for Cindy Hatt

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