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NB: Shift

Shift is an energetic two and a half hours that connects people in the province with the events of the day and with each other.

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Open-air urinals spark outrage in scenic Paris neighbourhood

'We need urinals, obviously,' says gallery manager Fabienne Bonnat, 'but not this type — not there'

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Digital heartbreak

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone.

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Indigenous youth are standing up and speaking out

Indigenous young people are overcoming their doubts and are standing up to make their voices heard.

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No more cliff-edge sites at iconic Grand Manan campground

With its campsites right on the cliff's edge next to the sea, the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground on Grand Manan is the place to see a sunrise or hear whales blow in the night. But come September, sleeping on the cliff will no longer be an option. Karen Wishart says her family has decided to reduce the campground's sites, closing all of the ones along the cliff.

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Home Grown: Considering farming? It's not for everyone

Many people hope to get into farming. It's always hard work and often a dream come true. But sometimes, it also doesn't work out. Three years ago, Jason Beaton of Maplehurst Farms wanted to try farming cows, pigs and sheep full time. But he's come up against something he calls Farmer's Math and decided farming for profit isn't for him.

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Free rides for first responders

Following last week's shooting in Fredericton, many people are looking for ways to help or show their support. Robb Hartlen is organizing free rides into Fredericton for emergency responders arriving at the airport for Saturday's regimental funeral.

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Elections NB takes on fake news

With the provincial election coming up, Elections New Brunswick is guarding against the spread of so-called fake news. Chief electoral officer Kimberley Poffenroth says the government agency has created ads and is offering tools to help people question information shared on social media.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: A crow that wears it's feathers black and white

Pam Novak is fostering a young crow with an interesting feather discolouration. The director of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute says the bird also proved to be a bit of an escape artist.

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Remembering the art and life of Mary Pratt

Artist Mary Pratt has died at the age of 83. The New Brunswick woman was well-known for turning ordinary household objects into beautiful and highly-realistic works of art. Art historian Anne Koval at Mount Allison University is working on a biography of the late painter.

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Music: Funk fusion band Morohubu releases debut EP

Woodstock band Morohubu just released their debut EP, Get Up and Dance. The band members are John Morris, Randy Ross, Steve Hubbard and Andrew Bull - so drummer Randy Ross says it's not difficult to guess where the band's name originated. But there's more of a story to it, nonetheless.

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Moncton hospice charity gets funding for 10-bed residence

The province announced Tuesday, it's spending $1 million to help create a 10-bed hospice in Moncton, to support people and their families at the end of life. Pam Mansfield is a palliative care physician with the Moncton Hospital Horizon Health Network and an advocate with Hospice Greater Moncton. She says plans for the hospice have been 14 years in the making.

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New forest management strategy receives mixed reactions

The Liberal government is increasing the amount of Crown land set aside for conservation, while also maintaining its timber allocations to industry. But Roberta Clowater, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's New Brunswick chapter, doesn't believe the forest eco-system can sustain the increased pressure on public land.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: The history of Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill has long been one of the province's most visited tourist attractions. But how did it become the attraction we know today? Heather Lyons is the manager of reference services and public programs at the provincial archives, and has been looking into finding an answer.

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Home Grown: Have you heard of fire weed jelly?

Aaron and Shelley Shantz have been homesteading in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent for several years. But only now, they've decided to try farming at L'Hirondelle Farm full time.They're growing vegetables and raising chickens. But the most curious among their produce is not grown but foraged - fire weed - and they're making jelly out of it.

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Student petitions for plastic bag ban in New Brunswick

Plastic and its impact on the environment has been in the news for some time. There's been a big focus on straws lately. But Lavalee Forbes is looking at plastic bags. The UNB student recently spent time in Morocco, where the production and use of plastic bags has been banned since 2016. Now she is petitioning New Brunswick to ban the bags here too.

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Honouring the founder of Theatre New Brunswick

Eleven New Brunswickers are receiving the Order of New Brunswick this year, for their incredible contributions to the province. One of them is Walter Learning, the founding artistic director of Theatre New Brunswick. Long-time friend Ilkay Silk not only lived in his basement but also got her first job with him, and remained involved with TNB for the last 48 years.

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Fredericton arborist competes in international tree climbing championship

The International Tree Climbing Championship just wrapped up in Columbus, Ohio. Fredericton arborist Thomas Blight says it's less about speed than showing off your skills and being inventive. The organizers also film some of the climbers, in case they come up with a new technique that can be taught.

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Science: Accidental inventions and how they happened

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. Mold on one of his petri dishes appeared to be inhibiting bacterial growth - and that's how antibiotics were born. But Michael Edwards of Fredericton's Science East says that's far from the only example of accidental invention.

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Fuze festival matches classical musicians with Sleepy Driver

The New Brunswick Summer Music Festival is underway in Fredericton. And for a number of years there's been a festival within the festival. Fuze is a collaboration between classical musicians and a local band. It's the brainchild of Fredericton native Greg Harrison. And this year, Sleepy Driver has signed on.

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What's your story? Woven Cultures encourages NB youths to think about identity

Woven Cultures is a group of young immigrants teaching children about identity and inclusion. But rather than just telling them about it, co-organizer Khairunnisa Intiar says they're visiting classrooms and encourage students to share their own stories and hear about others.

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Family horse inspires new children's book

New Brunswick educator and author Kelly Cooper is hitting the road this month. She recently published her first children's book. It's called If a Horse Had Words, and is loosely based on her experiences growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan.

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Art gallery fundraises for Moncton painter who lost art in fire

A Moncton gallery is helping a professional artist whose house in Hunters Home was destroyed by a fire last month. Ian Saxby suffered burns on his arms and legs during the blaze, and remains in hospital. He also lost many of his paintings in the fire. Buff Slaney of Moncton's Starving Artist Gallery is now fundraising for the painter and selling some of Saxby's remaining art.

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Meet Maple Man - a New Brunswick superheroe

You've likely heard about Superman, Wolverine or Deadpool. But how about Maple Man and his team of animal sidekicks? They're a new edition to the list of Canadian superheroes and were created based on a comic book script writing workshop by Peter Breau of the Fundy Comic Arts Society.

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Blue-green algae killed three dogs who played in or near river

Provincial officials say blue-green algae is to blame in the deaths of three dogs that played in the St John River, or along the shore. The dogs died in late July, and Dr. Jim Goltz, the province's top veterinarian, said two necropsies were performed last week, on a dog from each site.

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Bird Talk: Owl migrations in the Maritimes

Birder Alain Clavette visits the southern tip of Nova Scotia, where researchers have build a bird observatory in Clare - in particular to study migratory owls.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cancel Harvest performance

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cancelled their performance at Fredericton's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. The band's producer and Nathaniel's mentor has died and the funeral will be held during the festival. That leaves Harvest with a big hole to fill six weeks out, but festival director Brent Staeben says they're already contacting potential replacements.

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Cooking with some of New Brunswick's best ingredients

This Saturday is Food Day Canada, an annual celebration of all of the local ingredients available in the country. Chefs at some of the best restaurants put their best foot forward to show off what's fresh and tasty in their region. At the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews, chef and owner Chris Aerni is kicking it up a notch for this special event.

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How changes to the federal carbon tax plan could effect New Brunswick

The federal government is making changes to its carbon tax plan for industry. Louise Comeau, director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Research Centre at UNB, has been looking at how that will effect businesses in the province.

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Grand Manan bird sanctuary grows with donated land

Bird lovers rejoice! A Fredericton couple have donated their land on Grand Manan. And Paula Noel, provincial program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, says the land will become part of the island's migratory bird sanctuary.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Baby squirrels and baby eagles

A lot of baby animals arrive each spring at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. But just as those orphans grow up and can be released, director Pam Novak says a second wave starts showing up. This time, it's baby squirrels and birds galore.

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Music: Steve Haley, formerly of Banded Stilts, releases solo album

A few years ago, Sackville's Banded Stilts made it to the top five in CBC's Searchlight competition. The driving force behind the band was Steve Haley. Now, after a bit of a break, he put out a new album - this time, under his own name.

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Not just music at SappyFest

Sackville's SappyFest is celebrating it's 13th edition this weekend, naturally with lots of incredible acts. But creative director Steven Lambke says there's a lot more to the festival than just music, including a new dance workshop and dance performances.

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Jail vegetable garden benefits Edmundston food bank

The Edmundston food bank is getting their fresh vegetables from a rather unconventional place these days, the nearby Madawaska Correctional Centre. Food bank director Yves Sevigny said his clients are very pleased with the produce they're getting, and the prisoners benefit from growing vegetables with a purpose.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Photos to attract tourists

Photo archivist Josh Green and provincial archives' summer student Emily McLeod have been sorting through boxes full of photos taken to promote the province as a destination over the last 80 years.

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Promoting Atlantic Canada's best women

Sometimes bad news can spur something positive. Take Vanessa Paesani for example. The Fredericton woman got inspired by the MeToo movement and created Amplify East, a website to highlight the stories of successful women in Atlantic Canada, and hopefully inspire others.

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A corn maze for Miramichi

John and Nathalie Fletcher grew up in the Miramichi region. When they graduated, they were anxious to get out and see a bit of the world. But for the last few years, they've been looking for a way to get back. So when the forest fires hit their home in Fort McMurray in 2016, they started putting a plan together. Now they're back in New Brunswick and getting ready to open a big corn maze.

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Hammond River residents return from 4 days of marching in Nijmegen

It's been just over a week since Janet Colwell of Hammond River completed The International Four Day Marches in the Netherlands for the second time. It's the largest multiple day marching event in the world and Janet participated in the civilian march with five members of her family.

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Bird Talk: Sandpiper Festival takes off in Dorchester

Last week, our birder Alain Clavette was celebrating the return of semipalmated sandpipers at Johnson's Mills. This week, he's getting up close and personal at the annual Sandpiper Festival in nearby Dorchester.

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Can you throw that?

If you've never seen someone toss what is essentially a tree around, this weekend you'll have your chance. The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is on in Fredericton. One of the big draw is the heavy events, organized by Joe Hall, where people can see everything from the hammer to the caber toss.

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Developing maps to help with future floods

Everyone wants to avoid the kind of flooding we saw this spring. But what can the province do, and how quickly can it act? A team at UNB's Forest Watershed Research Center is developing in-depth maps of our provincial waterways and wetlands. Professor Paul Arp says these maps will also give the province and developers a better idea of where to build.

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Moncton's Y appeals to young people for community jobs

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is looking for young people interested in helping out the community while gaining some important job skills. The Y is one of 10 locations across the country piloting the YMCA Community Action Network (or YCAN). Coordinator Kayla Cruickshank says the program is geared toward people between the ages of 15 and 30.

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Creative ice cream and a truck that takes you back to the 70s

Queen Street Creamery is a new ice cream truck run by Patti Hollenberg, the owner of Fredericton's Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe. Hollenberg started the truck this summer, and her ice cream has two main ingredients: Produce bought at local farms and a good dose of imagination.

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Tour of Hope starts in Edmundston

The Tour of Hope started in Edmundston and some 140 cyclists already covered some of the most difficult terrain in the province. It's a 650-kilometre-long fundraiser for the Tree of Hope campaign, ending in Moncton by suppertime on Sunday. Dr Carole Williams is the president of the 2018 tour and says they're raising funds for women's health.

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The truth behind the Outlander series

Between the time travel and the romance, there's a lot of real Scottish history in the popular Outlander series. James Finnie is a re-enactor, better known perhaps as Jacobite James. His group The Gallus Gael will be in Fredericton this weekend for the Highland Games with a workshop called Outlander - Facts Behind the Fiction.

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Shad students seek to help with natural disasters

Students from across the country have been thinking about how they could help communities deal with natural disasters. It's the topic of this year's Shad enrichment program. Colin Cyr of Fredericton is participating in the program at Mount Allison, and Jackson Weir of Saint John is in Newfoundland at Memorial University.

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Living longer near water - study

A new study found that people living near natural water may live longer lives. Dr. Dan Crouse at the University of New Brunswick said he found a 12 to 17 per cent reduction in mortality rates.

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About 100 dancers compete at Fredericton Highland Games

The Highland Games are on in Fredericton this weekend. There will be lots of amazing feats of strength at the heavy events, as well as music and workshops - and a big Highland Dance competition organized by Nicole Odo of the Nicole Odo School of Highland Dance.

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Science: The magic of fireflies

There's something magical about watching fireflies in the summer. They wiggle about, all aglow. But as Michael Edwards of Science East is fond of saying: "There's nothing magical about it - that's science!"

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Province suspects blue-green algae may be cause of 3 dog deaths

The province now suspects that blue-green algae may be the cause for the deaths of three dogs that visited the St. John River in recent days. Veterinarian Katie Bell says the algae can cause death. She also warns about overheating and dogs consuming too much fresh water at once during the hot summer days.

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Farmers experience another year of hay shortages

Beef and dairy producers are hoping for some rain. Paul Gaunce owns Sugar Hill dairy farm in Passekeag, near Sussex. He says a cold and frosty spring, followed by dry weather has kept the grass from growing, leading to a shortage in hay.

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Right whale with NB roots visits Iceland

An Icelandic whale watching crew came across a North Atlantic Right Whale. It's not unheard of to see the endangered species in the area. But it's rare. And Philip Hamilton, a research scientist with the New England Aquarium Center for Ocean Life, says this particular whale has roots in the Bay of Fundy.

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Researchers track giant spruce budworm migration clouds

A group of researchers with Natural Resources Canada have launched a helikite to fly with migrating spruce budworm moths near Rimouski, Quebec. Lead researcher Yan Boulanger says they're using it to fly into large clouds of the migrating insects to collect samples, and learn more about the destructive species.

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2 dogs die mysteriously in Fredericton park

A Fredericton man is looking for answers after his two small dogs died following a Sunday evening visit to a city park. Jeff Wilhelm says he and his girlfriend were taking their four dogs for a walk in Carleton Park on the city's northside. He says two of the dogs got very sick and died shortly after playing in the water.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: A trip to mystery crater

There used to be another tourist attraction in the province, involving an optical illusion like Magnetic Hill, but with tartan tour guides. Heather Lyons is the manager of reference services and public programs at the provincial archives, and spent a lot of time researching the Mystery Crater.

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Ocean gliders track right whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Scientists have sent out underwater gliders to document the movement of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The data could help save the endangered whales and provide a more accurate description of their food and environmental need, said Fred Whoriskey, executive director of the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University.

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A turquoise frog wanders Fredericton's gardens

A turquoise frog showed up in a Fredericton garden. Donald McAlpine, head of the zoology section at the New Brunswick Museum, says it's a Leopard Frog - a common widespread species, but one less frequently reported as blue or turquoise.

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Bird Talk: Sandpipers return to Johnson's Mills

The sandpipers are back in the province and our birder Alain Clavette has news about Johnson's Mills, one of the best places to see thousands of the shorebirds during their migration.

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Special Olympics begin 50th anniversary celebration with Global Day of Inclusion

The Special Olympics summer games are in Antigonish this year, beginning on July 31st. Two of the people heading to the games are Jane McKeown, the program director of Special Olympics New Brunswick, and Lennie Porter of Oromocto. He is on the provincial basketball team.

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Rescued beluga reappears

A beluga whale that was rescued from the Nepisiguit River last year has shown up again. Tonya Wimmer with the Marine Animal Response Society says belugas in the St. Lawrence are an endagered species. The rescuers had hoped the whale would integrate with one of the beluga pods there, but now he's somewhere completely different.

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Who to turn to for concerns with your medical care system

Who do you turn to if you feel you or someone else is the victim of neglect or was not treated properly by a health care provider. New Brunswick's ombud Charles Murray says there is noone but the provincial college of surgeons and physicians that people can direct a complaint to, and they're not independent.

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Guitar Wars return to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland

The Guitar War are returning to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland. It all happens on Sunday, July 22 at the site near Aulac. Shift spoke with Mathieu D'Astous, manager of visitor experience with Parcs Canada.

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Home Grown: This Grade 9 student isn't 'fudging'

Brayley Smith will be going into Grade 9 this fall at Sussex Regional High School. But for the summer, she's making and selling her own fudge.

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Kayaking the 'Great Loop'

An Englishman is kayaking around the Maritimes on a 18-month journey of his version of the Great Loop, taking him from Halifax to the Great Lakes, into the States, all the way to Florida, and then back up again. When we reached him, Steve Chard was taking a break in Shippagan.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Feeding blue herons

How do you teach a baby heron to fish? Pam Novak can tell you. She's fostering a blue heron at the Atlantic Wildlife Insitute.

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Educated Beards take all-natural approach to helping with facial hair endeavours

You may have noticed that beards are back in fashion. Scruffy, long, thick and even braided. But growing a nice one is not as easy as it looks. Fredericton's Kevin Leboeuf knows all about facial hair. He and his wife Alicia Phillips have created Educated Beards, an all-new, natural beard care line.

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Music: Galpines take on country music with a fun twist

The Galpines call themselves an all-female, crass-country, comedy-band. And yes, they are named after the beer. Their rich, four-part harmonies take on binge drinking, baby heckling, and bad credit. They're launching their debut album - Sorry Mom - this weekend.

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Every map tells a story

On our weekly feature from the Provincial Archives, how maps tell the history of the NB-Maine border.

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Three little piggies find a New Brunswick home

At 400 pounds each, they're not exactly little. But three pigs have a new home thanks to the women at the Wallflower Sanctuary in Wuhrs Beach near Minto. It's a farm animal rescue farm, started last fall by two Ontario transplants - Meg Hadley and her wife, Marissa Bolibruck.

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Bird Talk: Bank swallows in Shediac

It's not the wildest week for birders. The shorebirds haven't quite arrived in large numbers, and it's a little quiet in the woods. So Alain Clavette got an update on a bank swallow project in Shediac.

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Home Grown: After the flood - Farm stand reopens in Keswick

It's been an especially challenging spring for many farmers in the region. First the flooding, then the frosty nights. Potato Lane Vegetables in Keswick struggled with both. The farm stand on route 105 was flooded - and some cucumbers and squash were lost to the frost. But operator Gary Stephens says the newly renovated farm stand opened yesterday.

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Fringe play seeks local performers

A mother-daughter team are touring across Eastern Canada and the U.S. with their play about a homeless countess, and her friendship with a rebellious teenage girl. And playwright Victoria Goring is hiring performers along the way. She's still looking for actors to perform at the Fundy Fringe Festival in Saint John this August.

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Watch for Wildlife

The Sierra Club's Watch for Wildlife road safety program is expanding into New Brunswick.

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HOMEWURK: How a summer business has won accolades and an award

When Fredericton high school student Cameron Ritchie started his odd job business last year, he never dreamed it would be so successful. Now Homewurk is expanding.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Exclusive library access

Libraries are for everyone - at least now. But they weren't in Saint Andrews in 1815. In fact, the local library was a rather exclusive club.

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Hot rods from all over sped into Moncton for the Atlantic Nationals car show.

We'll meet the man behind Mildred - one of the spectacular cars on display at the Atlantic National in Moncton.

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Birding with Alain Clavette

Our birder, Alain Calvette, extols the virtues of birding from the water on a canoe.

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How do you deal with the heat when you don't have a home ?

People who live on the street or in rooming houses have difficulty getting out of the heat. Darcy Cormier of the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee tells us how local shelters are helping out.

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Summer reading guide for kids!

Fredericton librarian Candace Hare shares some great summer titles for kids of all ages.

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On Homegrown: shortcake season is here!

We talk to two strawberry growers: Melissa Ashburn at the Gilbert Farm in Burton and Madeleine Céré of Les Petits Fruits de Pré-d'en-Haut in the Memramcook Valley.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Young swallows in need of care

Baby season shows no sign of slowing down at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. Director Pam Novak recently added a couple of young cliff swallows to the mix. And if the babies weren't enough to worry about, there's the heat to contend with as well.

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Music: Womb to Tomb - not metal music, just twins

Saint John based Womb to Tomb released a debut EP this spring. The band was created by twins Jasmine and Jill Wong, who are playing the summer festival circuit, including this weekend's Evolve.

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Bill Miller says good-bye to his Fiddles on the Tobique

It's the end of an era on the Tobique river this weekend. Bill Miller is organizing his last unofficial Fiddles On the Tobique. The event has run for 25 years, pairing Miller's profession of making canoes with his love of fiddle music. But after Bill suffered a stroke last winter, he decided this would be the last year for his event.

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Bird Talk: A chat with Louis-Émile Cormier

When there's someone who shares your passion, you're bound to admire them. Birder Alain Clavette had a chance to speak with Louis-Émile Cormier, who built hundreds of habitats and nesting boxes for tree swallows and other birds.

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Gerard Comeau gets his own IPA

Two breweries in Ottawa and Gatineau are collaborating on a new beer and found a creative way of circumventing laws that limit alcohol movement across provincial borders. Dave Longbottom, the owner of Flora Hall Brewing in Ottawa, said they named the new beer after none other than New Brunswick's Gerard Comeau.

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Home Grown: Hemp production grows in New Brunswick

There's been a lot of talk about cannabis production in the province in the lead-up to legalization in October. But there's another industry that growers say is poised for growth - hemp production. Hemp comes from the same type of plant as cannabis, but without the psychoactive ingredient. And it can be used to make everything from textiles to building blocks and food products, says Kevin Cain, founder of Modern Hemp Innovations in Notre Dame.

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New satellite offices for flood victims

Thousands of people in the province are still dealing with the aftermath of the spring flooding. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is this Friday. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Downey with the provincial Emergency Measures Organization says new community and satellite offices have been set up to help people,

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A book about growing, and loving, perennials

Perennials can be tricky to grow in the Atlantic climate. That's why Todd Boland, a horticulturalist at Memorial University of Newfoundland's Botanical Garden,decided to dedicate his latest book to them. It's called Favourite Perennials for Atlantic Canada.

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Bathurst filmmaker makes short film about aftermath of sexual assault

Kaitlyn Adair left Bathurst for Vancouver years ago, with plans to work in the film industry as an actor. Now she's back in New Brunswick, writing, directing and producing a short film called March 2.4 through her company, Rebel Femme Productions. It tells a very personal story about what happens to victims of sexual assault in the immediate aftermath.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: A rich baseball history

New Brunswick has a rich sports history, especially when it comes to baseball. Photo archivist Josh Green is working with a collection of baseball photos from the 1950's and 60's. He's been getting some help from New Brunswick Sports Hall of Famer Bill Saunders.

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Tips for Hurricane season

While much of the province is still recovering from the recent spring flood, the coastal regions are starting to prepare for Hurricane season. The city of Moncton recently participated in a province-wide emergency preparedness exercise, simulating the impacts of a disaster caused by a hurricane and measuring the readiness of its municipal team. Fire chief and director of the Moncton's emergency measures, Eric Arseneault, said all went well.

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A Great White Shark in Passamaquoddy Bay

Imagine spotting a Great White shark in the water, while sitting in an outrigger canoe. That's exactly what happened last week to Pat Barker and Pete Methot. They were paddling in Passamaquoddy Bay, when they saw the distinctive fin sticking out of the water.

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Screen Project seeks candidates for gene test, cancer screening

The Screen Project is looking for 10,000 people to get tested for the genes responsible for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Lead researcher Kelly Metcalfe said it offers genetic testing through a saliva kit for about 165 US dollars, as well as follow-up counselling.

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Shift's Political Panel: Bilingualism in New Brunswick

Rosella Melanson, Duncan Matheson and Jamie Gillies join the political panel to discuss the Official Languages Commissioner's final report, as well as PC Leader Blaine Higgs' hire first, train later approach to filling bilingual positions.

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Bird talk: Don't step on the ovenbird's nest

There are few people who love birds the way that Alain Clavette does. So, imagine his concern when he very nearly stepped on the nest of an ovenbird.

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Historic Lancaster restorations moving along

Remember Edmundston's Lancaster bomber? Chris Colton, executive director at the National Air Force Museum of Canada, provides an update on the restorations on the historic plane.

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Folly Fest returns to Gagetown

Folly Fest is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Village of Gagetown this weekend. Some 60 artists will play across five stages, along with film and art productions. Musician Stephen Lewis has been involved in Folly Fest in one way or another for years, and Courtney Steeves is one of the organizers.

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Grand Manan fishermen upset about fishing closure

Fishermen on Grand Manan are preparing for a fisheries closure after a North Atlantic Right Whale was spotted in the Bay of Fundy. But the chair of the Grand Manan Fisherman's Association, Laurence Cook , said the fishermen are not convinced the Department of Fisheries is looking at the right whale.

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New Brunswickers honoured for helping during spring flood

Maugerville resident Markus Harvey was among several people honoured on Tuesday as New Brunswick's Everyday Heroes of the Flood of 2018.

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Bard in the Barracks

The Comedy of Errors begins this Friday in Barracks Square in Fredericton and Cymbeline will be performed starting Sunday amongst the trees at O'Dell Park. John Ball has a role in both shows and Kelly McAllister is a relative newcomer, playing the role of Imogen in Cymbeline. Vanessa chats with them about the upcoming shows.

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Cycling from Turkey to Brussels

A New Brunswick woman returns home after more than a decade abroad, but before she returns she takes a journey by bicycle from Turkey to Brussels. Vanessa speaks with Laura Richard about her adventure.

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Political Panel

This week our politics watchers discuss the Auditor General's latest report, which sounded the alarm, once again, on the province's finances, and pointed out the province's jails aren't offering any addiction treatment or therapy for mentally ill inmates. The panel also weighs in on President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's relationship.

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A War time love story

Gay Wilson has just come home to Saint John from England after meeting the brother she never knew she had. It's a story that begins in the Second World War, long before ancestry.com and DNA testing. When love could be foiled by the most basic fail in communication.

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Homegrown: Making gin in Gagetown

Gagetown Distilling and Cidery is situated on more than 100 acres that has been in one family for decades. Heather Rhymes and her partner, Matt Estabrooks are fruit farmers there and starting to turn their fruit into ciders, gins, vodkas and moonshine

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Healthier school lunches

The province announced today that it's banning chocolate milk and juices from being sold in public schools. The policy will apply to breakfast and lunch programmes, vending machines and school fundraisers. New Brunswick first announced a ban on junk food sales in schools in 2005. The impact of that ban was studied by Philip Leonard he's a health economist at UNB and he speaks with Rachel Cave.

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A tale of two cities' music

Fredericton Kill Chicago's Greg Webber is pretty passionate about getting kids playing music. And it seems he's met his match in Chuck Teed of Saint John. Both are music teachers and heavily into their respective local music scenes. They now hatched a plan to find a places for high school aged bands to play in both cities - with a first exchange of sorts taking place this weekend.

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Backpack program for youth takes off in Saint John

Across the country, many youth depend on free lunches in schools. With the summer break starting soon, a new program in Saint John now wants to help them bridge the gap between the school years. The Inner City Youth Ministry backpack program supplies them with food, recipes and books every Friday, said director Erin Hodge.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: The first 50 years

Condensing 50 years of archival material into one exhibit is not an easy task. But the provincial archives did it, for County Treasures: 50 Years of Sifting for Gold. The event celebrates the big anniversary starting June 14.

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Startup Canada's entrepreneur of the year: Lisa Williams

A Miramichi woman was named entrepreneur of the year last night. It was all part of Startup Canada's 2018 Atlantic regional awards. Lisa Williams tells Vanessa what it has been like building her business after returning back to the province ten years ago. Williams is the CEO of Unicare Home Health Care Inc.

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Political Panel

Our political panel shares their thoughts on how nursing homes operate in the province, G7 news and Ontario's new leader, PC Doug Ford and what the shift in politics means for our upcoming election. Duncan Matheson, Rosella Melanson and Jamie Gillies make up Shift's political panel.

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Homegrown: Urban Teaching Farm

Edee Klee of NB Community Harvest Gardens is one of the organizers behind the Hayes Urban Teaching Farm in Fredericton.

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Bobak Exhibit

Vanessa takes a tour of the People and Places of New Brunswick exhibit at Gallery 78 in Fredericton. The works of Molly and Bruno Bobak are borrowed from private collections. Vanessa chat with the mother and daughter duo behind the exhibit Germain Pataki Theriault and Nikki Theriault.

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The art of living off the grid

Peeter and Kate Vivhelin's home and hobby farm in Bocabec are on display as part of a tour of homes that use alternative energy.

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Tremplin filmmaker

Nathalie Hébert of Scoudouc talks about her documentary film project that will challenge you to rethink the meaning of happiness

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Mi'gmaq Trail nears completion

Trail volunteer Jason Grant tells us about plans for restoring the final stretch of an ancient indigenous route between Bathurst and Mount Carleton

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Sackville women's arts festival

Poet and Live Bait Theatre board member Shoshanna Wingate gives us the low down on all the workshops, performances and other activities in the programme for the first edition of the Women's Arts Festival in Sackville.

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Our birder on birds and cats

A very big birding day on Monday, and a real find last Saturday. But first a little bit of a lesson on migratory bird sanctuaries. Alain Clavette is Shift's birder.

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Political Panel

The federal government bought a pipeline this week and it wasn't long before Energy East boosters saw an opportunity. Our political panel weighs in on that and the Gallant government's self-assessment heading in to the election campaign. Also a shared water authority plan for First Nations across the Maritimes and what that means. Duncan Matheson, Rosella Melanson and Jamie Gillies are Shift's political panel guests this week.

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Deadly rip currents and how to avoid them

Swimming against the sudden force of the sea, and living to tell about it. How can you avoid deadly rip currents this summer. Vanessa speaks with Chris Houser Faculty of Science Dean at the University of Windsor and a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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Pam Novak saves a skunk

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute's Pam Novak saves a skunk that gets stuck. She talks to Vanessa about the art of skunk saving.

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Brendan MaGee hosts Lottery II

There's a ton of musical talent in the province and a Fredericton band wants to get more of that talent on stage. Starting tomorrow night Brookside Mall is hosting a weekly event they're calling The Lottery II. Brendan MaGee tells Vanessa all about it.

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Watershed association studies effect of shoreline vegetation loss

The Canaan-Washdemoak Watershed Association just released the results of their latest shoreline survey. There's now 18 km of shoreline vegetation along Washdemoak Lake that's been altered, or lost. More than half of that took place between 2003 and 2017, said Shawn Dalton, the association's executive director.

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A chicken coop for Rogersville students

Assumption School in Rogersville is home to a couple of chickens. Their names are Josee and Banane and they may well be the first chickens to roost at a New Brunswick school. Teacher Vincent Guerette came up with the coop plan as a way to teach his students about science. But he says the chickens are a big hit all across town.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: A deadly shot through a Sussex wall

A note in the margin of a diary led provincial archivist Kim McGuire to discover a strange story from her hometown of Sussex. McGuire tells the story of a nurse, who died after accidentally being shot through a wall, almost 100 years ago.

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Provincial craft brewers take home gold

New Brunswick breweries earned some new hardware over the weekend. Four craft breweries took home eight awards at the 16th Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax this weekend. Including two gold, for Fredericton's Grimross Brewery and Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault in Edmundston. Brewery co-founder André Legér Petit-Sault said they won it for their Belgian Blonde - Bob LeBouef.

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Cocagne opens community garden for children

The town of Cocagne just celebrated the opening of it's first Community Children's Garden. Garden volunteer Yvan Picard said it allows children and their families to own a plot of land, where they can learn about growing fruit and vegetables, and becoming self-sustainable, even if they don't know much about gardening at first.

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Fredericton author releases children's book featuring ... Lord Beaverbrook

Don't let anyone know the paintings are alive.Thirteen-year-old Mona Dunn adhered to that rule for almost 100 years, ever since her portrait was hung on the walls of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. So begins the outline for a new novel for Grades 3 to 7 by Fredericton author Wendy McLeod McKnight. It's called The Frame-up.

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Shift's Political Panel: Troubles with whales, party members and school closures

The federal government temporarily closed a 3,000-square-kilometre area to fishing in an effort to protect the endangered right whale. The decision angered some crab and lobster fishermen. Also this week - the Liberals' hold on a key Moncton riding is in doubt after eight members quit over the premier's handling of the Chris Collins case. The Gallant government was also rapped on the knuckles this week, for pre-empting a New Brunswick school board's decision-making process for closing a small rural school.

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A sleep kit for dementia patients

For many people suffering from dementia sleep can be a real problem. Two recreation therapists at Fredericton's York Care Centre are now working on a solution. Eve Baird and Claire Hargrove created a sleep kit, and received a $50,000 grant to fund a research study of the product.

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Bird talk: Lesser known birds nesting in the province

Have you heard about the Upland Sandpiper or the Common Galinule? Both are lesser known birds nesting in the province right now. Birder Alain Clavette encountered them on his travels around the province.

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A passion for maps - Fredericton student heads to national geography competition

Nicholas Hume knows much of the world by heart. The Grade 8 student from Fredericton is fascinated with maps and facts about the world. Which is why he's one of only 20 students, and one of the youngest, to head to the Canadian Geographic Challenge in Ottawa this weekend.

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Home Grown: The new New Brunswick farmer

Many young farmers have moved away from owning larger farms to smaller parcels of land, and returning to more traditional farming techniques, without the use of heavy machinery. One of those farms is Alva Farm in Kent County. Alain Rouselle owns it with his partner Eva Rehak, and they're now also teaching others about their techniques.

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Science: Lava and other volcanic activities

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava since early May. Michael Edwards of Science East says he fields volcano questions all the time. But right now, there's an eruption in volcanic curiosity from young and old alike.

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Music: TWIN tours province by canoe

Winnipeg duo TWIN takes a unique approach to touring. When they arrive in a province, they find a river, borrow a canoe, and then they're off. This week, band member David Fort said they're heading for the Living Roots Festival in Fredericton.

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A Record of Us: A play that's all New Brunswick

A theatre piece all about New Brunswick is touring several communities next month. A Record of Us debuted a couple of years ago at Notable Acts in Fredericton. It was the first piece by The Coop, and relied heavily on inspiration from the works of David Adams Richards. Two years later the show is returning to Saint John, Moncton and Sackville, says Coop member Lisa Anne Ross.

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Blue carbon, and how the Bay of Fundy could produce carbon-offset credits

The mud and plants along the Bay of Fundy store large amounts of what researchers call 'blue carbon,' with the potential of producing millions in carbon-offset credits. Environment and Climate Change Canada is conducting a study of how much carbon is stored along the Bay of Fundy coastline. Lead researcher Gail Chmura said she's been looking at a marsh in Dipper Harbour, which soaked up and locked in carbon dioxide for 3,000 years.

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Baked goods to go with a royal wedding

It's time to get out the fine china, and perhaps make up a plate of tea sandwiches! The Royal wedding is Saturday and true royal devotees will be watching - including Tracy Arseneault of the Micro Bio Baker blog, who is baking up a storm.

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Shift's Political Panel: Flood clean-up and the upcoming election

The province announced some help with the clean up after the flooding, but none to rebuild recreational properties. And, in other news, Fredericton Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey may have violated a rule with his latest newsletter, while the Liberal party just released its next attack ad on Progressive Conservative leader Blaine Higgs.

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Bird talk: Sackville Waterfowl Park celebrates 30 years

Birder Alain Clavette checks in from his travels around the province, including a short trip to Grand Manan. He also has the latest (and the history) on the 30th anniversary of the Sackville Waterfowl Park.

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