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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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Sex is more than sex

Steve wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?

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Origin stories

Ever wonder how we got here? Digging into history, these podcasts uncover the past to understand the present.

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The mighty mistle thrush

Vanessa Blanch and Alain Clavette tracked down a flock of birders to tell the story behind this “mega-rarity” in the birding community.

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Tragedy + Time

Oriana can’t lie and it’s hurting those close to her. Also, Kevin wants to make his grandma laugh.

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Organ donations - and why they matter

Terry and Suzanne Hunter of Stickney are passionate about organ and tissue donation. Each of them has donated a kidney.Suzanne to their son, Ian, before he passed. Terry to a total stranger. When they heard there was a rally of living donors in Chicago, they decided they needed to be there. The group managed to set a World Record for the largest gathering of living donors.

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STU journalism documentaries: A country boy in Haiti

You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. Journalism student Nate Leger tells the story of one rural New Brunswick who gets recruited to go on a mission to Haiti.

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Bordertown Festival returns to Sackville

The fourth annual Bordertown Festival will be held in Sackville from May 2 to 6. David Myles and Tomato Tomato will headline the event. And there's much more music ,fine art, workshops and family activities planned, said tourism manager Ron Kelly Spurles.

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Hoyt community comes together to clean up farmer's fields

The community of Hoyt is coming together to help clean up a farmer's fields, after they were severely damaged by flooding earlier this year. Debbie McCann is the organizer of the clean-up. She said she's never seen the fields look so ravaged.

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STU journalism documentaries: A tale of identity theft

Sometimes, all the best security precautions are not enough when it comes to others harvesting personal information off social media platforms like Facebook. St Thomas University journalism student Allison Roy tells the story of a friend, who fell victim to identify theft - and the perpetrator was someone in her family.

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Hermenegilde Chaisson poems translated to English

Hermenegilde Chaisson first published Mourir a Scoudouc in 1974. And more than 40 years later the book of poetry is considered a foundational work of Acadian modernism. Now, the first English language edition will be published. To Live and Die in Scoudouc is published by Icehouse Poetry, a Goose Lane Imprint, and was translated by Jo-Anne Elder.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A 150-year-old book

Archivist Josh Green takes a journey up the Saint John river valley through a photo album that's over a 140 years old.

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Saint John and how a 19th century novelist saw it

Most people likely never heard of May Agnes Fleming. The Saint John native was one of the most prolific authors of the mid-19th century, with over 40 published novels and short stories. Bonnie Huskins, a professor of history at UNB and St. Thomas University, said one of her novels is even based in the port city.

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Shift's Political Panel: Cross-border beer and candidate selection

Tracadie's Gerard Comeau lost his case before the Supreme Court to bring unlimited quantities of alcohol across the border from Quebec. Shift's political panellists took a look at the decision. They also discussed the sometimes messy process of parties selecting their candidates for the fall election, and whether voters really care about party drama.

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Bird Talk: The Mighty Mistle Thrush podcast launches

Including Birder Alain Clavette joined forces with the CBC's Vanessa Blanch to create a podcast about the big birding find in Miramichi this winter. It's called the Might Mistle Thrush of Miramichi. The rare bird was first spotted by Peter Gadd. And for months people came from across the continent to get a look.

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'Self Portrait' exhibition reflects two very different personalities

Two good friends and treasured artists are opening an exhibit at Gallery 78 in Fredericton. It's called Self Portrait, and features pieces of the artists very different identities. Francis Wishart splits his time between his cabin in Nigadoo and Provence, France.He works in monotype - a painting applied to paper by way of a plate and a press. On the other hand, Gerard Collins works in his native Saint John, creating colourful oils and acrylics featuring his all of his favourite things.

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Home Grown: From microbiologist to micro baker

Nearly two years ago, Tracy Arsenault lost her job of 24 years working as a microbiologist. She felt she was too young to retire, so she decided to pour her energy into a long time passion. She started baking. Now she's sharing stories and recipes on her blog, Micro Bio Baker.

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Mapping out how New Brunswick can retain immigrants

New Brunswick's population is shrinking and aging, so business leaders are looking to immigration to spur growth. But attracting and retaining immigrants requires some innovative ideas. NouLab is a group of organizations developing just that. Karina Leblanc is executive director of UNB's Pond-Deshpande Centre, one of the organizations behind NouLab.

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A giant crab statue for Shippagan

If you like big roadside attractions Shippagan may be worth a trip in the future. The town's tourism manager said it's considering building a rest stop next to its large crab boat shipyard, including a statue of a giant crab.

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Route 616 voted worst road in Atlantic Canada

CAA has released its list of the top 10 worst roads in Atlantic Canada, and Route 616 in Keswick Ridge took first place. A few weeks ago, Lloyd Maurey organized a community meeting to draw attention to the condition of the road. Now he's forming a committee to deal with the issue.

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Earth Day eco-fair coming to Salisbury

Cait Hallingham and Caprice Francis were hoping to create some excitement in their community about the idea of getting to zero waste. Now, their group - Community Gems - is holding an Eco-Fair at the Salisbury Village Office on Sunday's Earth Day.

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Blue Jays announce Gagetown for baseball field donation

The Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation announced this week that it has chosen the Village of Gagetown for its Fields of Dreams program. Alyssa Shupe with the Gagetown Recreation Department says the are building a brand new ball field in the community.

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Freeing Kleenex - entangled female right whale spotted near Boston

Marine biologists hope they can free one of the few remaining female North Atlantic right whales. The whale is known as Kleenex, and was found in the waters near Boston with thick fishing rope wrapped around its upper jaw. Philip Hamilton, a research scientist with the New England Aquarium, says she is one of the most productive of the endangered species, having given birth to several calves over the last decade.

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Music: Dream Romantic release first single from new album

Miramichi's Dillon Ryan and the Dream Romantic just released the first single from their upcoming album. It's called the River of Past Reflection. Ryan said the band worked with producer John Mullane of In-Flight Safety.

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Running at the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is one of the best known racing events. This year, more than 40 people from New Brunswick participated, including Evan and Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis. Evan Doucet said he trained for the event for months, before the couple travelled there with their two children and family.

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Tom Forrestall - Sketch Books of a Lifetime

A collection of Tom Forrestall's sketchbooks are on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Forrestall said he sketches every day, and brings a book with him wherever he goes. He visited the Shift studio with John Leroux, the Beaverbrook's Manager of Collections and Exhibitions. Leroux said the books are a 65-year collection of impressions from Forrestall's life.

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An amphitheatre in memory of 11-year-old Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young passed away four years ago, after a 14-month battle with brain cancer. He was 11 years old. Since his death, his family and friends worked to honour his short but vibrant life. His cousin, Bethany Young, said he loved performing and attending Camp Medley, so the family is fundraising for an amphitheatre there.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A 150-year-old book

It's a a book that's more than a hundred and fifty years old - in very delicate condition. There are tears, stains, crumpled folds. It's rough. And - it's a bit of a mystery. One that Joanna Aiton-Kerr.is anxious to solve.

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The Quality Block Party is almost here!

The Quality Block Party music fest kicks off next week in Saint John. Vanessa talks with one of the organizers, Abigail Smith, about the musical lineup.

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More funding for transition houses

The province announced more money for transition houses today, but will it be enough? Vanessa speaks with Deborah Westerberg of the New Brunswick South Central Transition House and Second Stage Coalition.

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Shift's Political Panel: Social media manipulation, NAFTA and immigration

Could social media be used to manipulate New Brunswick's provincial election? Political panellists Duncan Matheson and Jamie Gillies weigh in. They also discuss NAFTA, and the business sector arguing that more immigrants are key to the province's growth.

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Wanted: More female representation in provincial legislature

The Women for 50 % campaign wants to get more women into nomination races by having every political party select female nominees in 50 percent of all ridings. Founding member Norma Dube said they hope this will translate into more female politicians in the provincial legislature.

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Rare cars on display at Moncton show

A car show at the Moncton Coliseum is expected to draw some big crowds this weekend. The annual Radical Speed Sport East showcases everything from custom cars, to hot rods and race cars. Show promoter Joe Savoie said it's a chance to see some rare models that otherwise make few appearances in the Maritimes.

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Bird talk: Maritime piping plovers spotted 'vacationing' on Turks and Caicos

Some piping plovers from the Maritimes were spotted sunning themselves on Turks and Caicos. Much to the interest of biologist Jen Rock, who studies where the birds are spending the winter to encourage conservation efforts for the endangered species.

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Fredericton man commemorates liberation of Leeuwarden

On April 15, Fredericton's Onne de Boer will mark the seventy-third anniversary of the Royal Canadian Dragoons joining the Dutch resistance to liberate Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland. De Boer was born in Friesland but his family moved to Canada years ago. He now works in Oromocto at Base Gagetown , where he recently found a plaque commemorating the liberation.

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Home Grown: Sheep, shears and spinning

Sarah Glinz fell in love with knitting in school. But it wasn't until five years ago, that she took the leap to raise her own sheep for wool. Now she's part of a collective called the Fundy Fibre Artisans. This weekend, they're inviting people to visit her farm near Sussex to learn more about wool.

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The woman behind Audobon's botanical drawings

Anyone with any interest in wildlife will be familiar with John James Audubon. The naturalist and artist born in 1785 is known in particular for his drawings and paintings of North American birds. Much less known is Maria Martin - the principal painter of botanicals in the Audubon. Debra Lindsay is hoping to change that. She's the author of the book Maria Martin's World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon's America.

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Spring preparations at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

It won't be long before the Atlantic Wildlife Institute will be inundated with young animals of all descriptions.It happens every Spring. So it's no wonder they're busy getting as many animals out as possible, including two eagles that were released this week.

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Banana peel plastics and alarm clocks for the hearing impaired

The annual River Valley Regional science fair took place in Fredericton on April 11. It's part of a provincial competition that showcases projects by grade 6 to 12 students, with a chance to win a trip to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa later this year. Students were showing off everything from alarm clocks for the hearing impaired, to plastics made from banana peel and milk.

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Music: Moncton band Tampa releases debut album

Tampa recently released their highly anticipated debut album, Belated Love. Lead singer Nicholas Leblanc and lead guitarist Mathieu Leblanc said the album came together as a mix of serious songwriting and happy sound.

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Dog sledder Justin Allen arrives in Quebec

Justin Allen is making the trip home to Saint John from Manitoba - by dog sled. Earlier in April, he crossed the halfway point to his journey and is now resting up in the far north of Quebec.

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International students targeted by tax scammers

International students in Fredericton received calls from scammers posing as the Canada Revenue Agency. They demand money - and threaten the students with deportation or arrest. Student Maria Leiva said the calls are scary and the students don't always know how to tell they are the victim of fraud.

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Kent County families create 'cute' videos to encourage early literacy

Families in Kent County recently created videos to promote early literacy and encourage parents to sing, talk, play and read with their child every day. Project co-ordinator Francine Hebert says the videos are part of a Literacy Initiatives program with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Donations - and what motivates us to give

A new report is exploring how generous Canadians are and what motivates people to give. Rideau Hall Foundation chair and former Governor General David Johnston said the amount of donations are going up - but the number of donors have gone down. But '30 Years of Giving in Canada' also explores what the future holds for our country's charities.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: Restoring a historic Vimy Ridge program

We examine the restoration of a fragile program for a Vimy Ridge ceremony from 1923.

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David Adams Richards launches new book

Award-winning writer David Adams Richards talks about his new novel Mary Cyr.

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Shift's Political Panel: Harassment allegations in the provincial legislature

The political panel discusses Speaker Chris Collins' dismissal from the Liberal caucus after facing a harrassment allegation from a former employee of the legislature. They'll also weigh in on auto insurance companies considering to raise rates, and a column in the Globe and Mail that asks whether the Prime Minister has given up on keeping all of Atlantic Canada's 32 seats in the next election.

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Bird talk: How we can help research the rare Ipswich Sparrow

Alain Clavette went on an outing to see migratory birds with the Association of Registered Professional Foresters - and said it's not long until the first swallows will arrive. He also spoke with Sydney Bliss, a young biologist from Sackville, who is looking for help with her masters studies of the rare Ipswich Sparrow.

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Study surveys motivations and needs of province's hunters

Daniel Gautreau grew up hunting. And it's that experience outdoors that first got him interested in forestry. He now works with the School of Forestry at Universite de Moncton's Edmundston Campus, and just completed a survey of some 400 hunters in the province who responded to the call.

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Keswick Ridge residents protest Route 616 condition

Lloyd Maurey's had enough of bad road conditions.The Keswick Ridge resident says Route 616, 615 and McKeen Drive have been bad for years. But recently conditions took a turn for the worse, despite repairs done just a few months ago. Now he wants the government to explain itself. On Thursday, he hosted a community meeting on infrastructure at his shop.

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Home Grown: No tilling on the Miller farm

When the snow finally clears in Sussex Corner this spring, there won't be any tilling at Miller Farms. Keir Miller gave up tilling a number of years ago. It's a big part of the reason he was named farmer of the year by the New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association this year.

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Music: FM Berlin signs new record deal

It's been a great 2018 so far for Moncton's FM Berlin. The band has released a new album and music video. They've just finished a 9 city tour. And main vocalist Corey Hachey said they also signed a publishing deal with Sound of Pop.

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Invasive aquatic plant discovered in St. John River

Eurasian Watermilfoil has been found in the St. John River. It's the fist time the invasive aquatic plant showed up in a New Brunswick river. And it worries scientists who study it. Meghann Bruce, a research scientist with the Canadian Rivers Institute in Fredericton, said watermilfoil can create problems for other plants and fish in the local ecosystem.

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Music: Different Folk release live album

Fredericton's Different Folk just released a new live album, appropriately titled Different Folk Live. It has the feel of a Maritime kitchen party, minus the usual stomping and clapping. Katherine Moller is one of the band members, along with her husband Kim, William Toner and Don Leblanc.

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Tobique First Nation to build wind turbines

Tobique First Nation has signed a 30-year contract with NB Power for the future sale of electricity generated by six wind turbines.The community plans to build the $50 million project in partnership with Natural Forces. The company's lead project coordinator, Andy MacCallum, said the project will power about 4,500 homes in the province.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: Caribou in New Brunswick

You may think finding out about animals that once roamed the province is a job for biologists. But it turns out, Tom McCaffrey at the provincial archives has a wealth of knowledge about caribou - and a map that shows how their population rapidly declined from hunting.

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'Roots, Stories and Memories' showcases art by Syrian women

A new art exhibit in Moncton sheds a light on the darker past, but also hopes and dreams, of a group of Syrian women. The women arrived in the community as refugees from the Syrian war. And for the past six months, they worked with art therapist Dominik Robichaud to overcome some of the trauma, and find ways of integrating into their new life and community.

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Home Grown: Fredericton food banks gets help with its composting

Greener Village, home of the Fredericton food bank, is getting help with its composting. Three engineering students at UNB, Gaurav Malik, Aaron Sentner and Alexander MacGregor, built an efficient grinder to break down food waste. Alex Boyd, interim executive director at Greener Village, said the new grinder is more efficient, electric and allows them to expand their green house season.

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Model trains continue to attract fans of all ages

Young or old, the interest in model trains is well and alive, said Roland Gaudent with the Moncton Model Railroad Society. The organization is hosting its annual Moncton Model Railroad Show in Riverview this weekend. Gaudet said about a thousand people are expected to come and see the small trains in action.

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Music: Cathy Hutch releases second album

After a 10-year hiatus, Fredericton's Cathy Hutch has released her second album. Free Wheelin' is a collection of 10 rock and blues songs. But Hutch said it's also a deeply personal reflection on personal growth, gratitude and resilience.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Ring-billed gulls and porcupines

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute is busy nursing animals back to health. Director Pam Novak said they recently took in a ring-billed gull that was found suffering from a head injury, and they're also getting ready to release three porcupines back into the wild.

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MP Karen Ludwig on the gun law debate

On Monday, Karen Ludwig, Liberal MP for New Brunswick Southwest, and chair of the New Brunswick Liberal caucus, voted against her own party -- by voting to extend the gun law debate. Later in the week, she appeared to change her mind and voted to adjourn the debate. Shift spoke to Ludwig about the decision, and what voters in her riding say about the proposed changes to gun laws.

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Government lifts ban on whale rescues

The government of Canada introduced a new plan to better protect the North Atlantic Right Whales, and lifted the ban on whale rescues. That ban was introduced after the death of Joe Howlett, who died while freeing a whale from a line of tangled fishing gear. Moira Brown, a friend of Howlett and research scientist at the New England Aquarium, said she welcomed the announcements.

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El Sistema program's 'passionate and big-hearted' founder dies

The El Sistema youth orchestra program is mourning the loss of its founder, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu. Abreu started the program as a way to save Venezuelan children from crime and poverty, inspiring similar projects around the world, including several in New Brunswick. Ken MacLeod, CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, said he met Abreu - a man of great vision and with a big heart.

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Smart phones will soon receive emergency alerts

Starting April 6, smart phones will receive warnings of possible life-threatening situations, similar to those people may have seen on their TV or heard on the radio. Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said it's another way for the organization to reach a large part of the population, especially those travelling in more remote areas.

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Surplus strawberries turned hot sauce

A Rogersville farm cooperative has turned its surplus fruits and vegetables into a new hot sauce. Kevin Arseneau of La Ferme Terre Partagee said it consists of 99 per cent local ingredients, including some New Brunswick vodka.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A viking ship replica in New Brunswick

The photo of a replicated viking ship making its way through New Brunswick still makes Josh Green wonder. The photo archivist at the provincial archives said it was on its way to the 1893 Chicago World Fair, but he's not sure what happened to it after.

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Bed sheets wanted for historic Barachois church

Volunteers at the historic Saint-Henri-de-Barachois Church are collecting old bed sheets to make protective bags for the museum's vast collection of religious clothing items. Remi Leveque with the committee to safeguard the church said the volunteers worry the clothes will deteriorate if not properly protected, and the most affordable option is covering them with light-coloured cotton.

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Shift's Political Panel: The gun control debate arrives in Canada

The Liberal government has introduced Bill C-71, designed to enhance existing background checks on gun ownership and requiring retailers to keep better records. Some say it doesn't go far enough, while others worry it's the long gun registry all over again. Panellists Michael Camp and Duncan Matheson weigh in on this topic, the Shannex deal and the Prime Minister's visit to Sussex.

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Devin Heroux: Inclusiveness in sport and homophobia

UNB students will rub elbows with top professionals in the world of sport at the university's first Sports Business Conference this weekend - including CBC sports reporter Devin Heroux. Heroux said he plans to discuss inclusiveness in sport and homophobia, and the need for more coming-out stories.

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Bird talk: The odd nesting behaviour of wood ducks

It's a good time of the year to build nesting boxes for wood ducks. Birder Alain Clavette spoke to Dominique Williams with Ducks Unlimited Canada about the ducks and their unique nesting behaviours - in trees. He also noticed the first signs of spring, including a few Canada geese arriving from the South.

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River Watch app

A new app gives New Brunswickers access to flood forecast data for the St. John River basin on mobile devices Vanessa talks with Sandi MacKinnon about the app and other innovations coming out of Civic Tech Fredericton.

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Homegrown

Marianne Dickson and her family moved from the big city to rural New Brunswick - and then they started an herb business. Vanessa talks with Marianne about the Nettle Shop Studio this week on Homegrown.

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Dining in the Dark

The CNIB celebrates 100 years this year. Vanessa talks with Christine Kennedy-Babineau about that and the big fundraising Blindfold Gala coming up in Fredericton.

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Moncton's Frye Fest reveals the 2018 lineup

If you're a book lover you'll want to know all about the 2018 Frye Fest - Moncton's bilingual literary festival. Vanessa talks with the Frye's executive director about the exciting names coming to this year's event.

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Michael Edwards at Science East on sledding

So it's spring - but with some more wintery weather on the way it seems sledding enthusiasts have a bit more time to don the helmet and take a run down the local hill. Michael Edwards at Science East takes a look at the science of speeding down the snow hill.

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Saint John trio Ladd and Lasses launch their first CD

Saint John trio Ladd and Lasses launched their first CD recently. Hilary Ladd is the Ladd in the group and she spoke with Vanessa Vander Valk.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: Blue and delicate prints

Photo archivist Josh Green came across a photo album that's quite delicate and more than a hundred years old. But what really caught his eye was the colour of the prints. They're blue.

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Mount Allison hosts first powwow

Mount Allison University is hosting its first powwow on March 22, following the permanent installation of the Mi'kmaq flag on the grounds. Event organizer Talon Simon said the day honours the Mi'kmaq people and culture with a day of activities, including drumming and a traditional 'potato dance'.

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Weekly political panel

Michael Camp and Duncan Matheson serve up our weekly look at the political landscape.

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Birder Alain Clavette

Our birder has all the news about a new birding association in the northwest.

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Edmundston building collapses

An historic property in downtown Edmundston collapsed possibly due to snow load. Melanie Ruest of the Edmundston downtown business association explains what happened and next steps.

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New technology allows patients to feel prosthetic arms move

A team of New Brunswick and U.S. researchers have discovered a way to let patients 'feel' their prosthetic arms move. Jon Sensinger, associate director of UNB's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said they use small robots that create vibrations on the skin to allow for the senses to activate.

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Home Grown: Clothes that fit every body

Every body is different and finding clothes made for the masses that fit and flatter can be a real chore. Hence why Moncton's Ana Bedard started her own online business last October, making made-to-order clothes for customers who send in their measurements. She's even hoping to launch an app to help others create patterns that really fit.

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Weekly girls rock camp starts up in Fredericton

Eva George is turning a summer rock camp for girls into a weekly jam session at Fredericton's Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Starting March 15, the girls learn about instruments, songwriting, merchandising and everything else you need to know about making it in the world of music.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: A saw-whet owl with a broken wing

They're so small, they fit into the palm of your hand. But that doesn't mean that saw-whet owls aren't fierce predators. Director Pam Novak said one of these owls is recovering from a broken wing at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.

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Music: Tin Pan Darlings jazz up album release with silent film

Vintage jazz quintet Tin Pan Darlings just released a new album, and a silent film to go along with it. Tracy Anderson wrote the songs for Inside a Melody, while sister Amy Anderson plays the piano and also wrote the screenplay and filmed the movie.

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Access to primary care still a problem

The New Brunswick Health Council released its latest survey on Primary Health. It asked more than 14,000 people about access to a family doctor. CEO Stephane Robichaud said the results were not exactly surprising but point to problems with access to primary care. For example, an estimated 47,000 New Brunswickers who have a family doctor still use the Emergency Room regularly for care.

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A love triangle and a reality show reject: Melodie Millenium tours province

Melodie Millenium is a new musical touring the province. It's the latest show from Theatre Populaire d'Acadie, and tells the story of a young reality show reject who returns home to live with her mom, and ends up in a love triangle not unlike one as seen on TV, said writer and director Matthieu Girard.

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On beauty, and how we objectify it

Two UNB professors launched a unique casting call for their upcoming film, Entropic. Robert Gray and Matt Rogers want to explore how we objectify beauty, and made a video of people sharing their thoughts on what makes others beautiful. Now, they're asking viewers to consider that same question, and send in suggestions for a lead actor.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A royal visit to the province

There's a photo of a royal visit to the province taken in 1939. And Fred Farrell, director of the provincial archives, knows all about it. He said it shows up in just about every collection that arrives at the archives.

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What makes a good beer? Start with the hops

Beer lovers gather in Fredericton this week for the annual Craft Beer Festival. It's a chance to meet the brewers and learn more about what makes a great beer - starting with the hops. Josh Mayish grew up with a love of hops, gives talks about it, and also grows it at Darlings Island Farm.

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Marching for Brady Francis

People marched in Ottawa on Friday, in honour of Tina Fontaine, Coulten Boushie and Brady Francis. Francis, of Elsipogtog First Nation, was struck and killed by a hit and run on Feb. 24. Carolyn Simon grew up in the community and participated in the march.

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UNB students create affordable prosthetic hand for children

A team of engineering students at the University of New Brunswick has designed a new and more affordable prosthetic hand for children. Andrew Robart, Brodie Theriault, Sam Guitard, and Scarlett Taviss were showing it off in Toronto this week, at the Canadian Engineering Competition.

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Bird talk: A not-so-hidden penguin colony off Antarctica

Several news outlets recently reported about a hidden colony of 1.5 million Adélie penguins on the Danger Islands just off Antarctica. But birder Alain Clavette said the penguins weren't quite as 'undiscovered' as one might think.

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Khairunnisa Intiar - shaping the future of New Brunswick and the world

For this year's International Women's Day, the CBC's Julia Wright interviewed seven young New Brunswick women.They are members of activist groups, work with not-for-profits, or just help to forge the future of this province. Moncton's Khairunnisa Intiar - or just Inda - is one of them.

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Home Grown: Twinning fish farming and community gardening

Inuk Theriault's garage is not what you might expect. Instead of cars or tools, he filled it with fish tanks. And out of those, he's growing lettuce. About a year ago, Theriault and three of his friends started Aquadie Cooperative in Kedgwick. It's an aquaponics business, twinning fish farming and hydroponics, with big dreams of community self-sufficiency.

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Fundraising to get paid: NB women's shelters ask for more provincial funding

Provincial shelters for women and children used International Women's Day to press their case for more funding. Deborah Westerburg at South Central Transition House said provincial funding has been frozen for the last nine years. Workers are the lowest paid in Canada, and often have to fundraise to get paid, she said.

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Science: What woodpeckers teach us about concussions

A lot of research has gone into concussions in recent years - including scientists wondering if they can learn anything about concussions from woodpeckers. Michael Edwards at Science East in Fredericton explores how the two are connected.

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Community theatre starts final tour after 30 years

The Basement Players are about to begin their last tour. The community-based theatre group started more than 30 years ago. Since then, they've evolved from variety shows to plays, and raised more than $100,000 for local charities. Group member Christina Walton said their final tour will benefit the food banks in Hampton and Sussex.

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Sackville business builds community and machinery

Two years ago, Daniel Haartman arrived in Sackville from Ontario. Now, the industrial mechanic opened a business, Community Machinery, building machines that solve problems for local farmers and offering work to people interested in learning his skills.

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Music: Mo Kenney's new album tells of a dark period in her life

Mo Kenney is not an artist to keep her feelings to herself. Her latest album, The Details, outlines her journey through a dark period of break-ups, depression and heavy drinking. But in the end, there's also some peace.

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Dog sledding past ice roads and polar bears

Saint John native Justin Allen is making the trip home from Manitoba by dog sled. After completing the Wapusk Trail, the longest ice road highway system in the world, Allen is taking a few days rest in Peawanuck, Ontario.

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High heat costs force temporary closure of Dalhousie Legion

The Dalhousie Legion had to close this month because of high energy bills. But president Roger LeClair said he doesn't understand why. Only last year, the legion fundraised and invested thousands of dollars into renovations designed to increase energy efficiency, he said.

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Satellite Theatre heads to Ivory Coast

Moncton-based Satellite Theatre is heading to the Ivory Coast on March 10, for the 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts. Over eight days, some 300 theatre, dance, music, comedy and street arts performances take place. Artistic co-director Marc-Andre Charron said the theatre company will promote its work, especially the Zone Rouge Project which includes performers from Chad.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: Letters from China in the 1840s and 1850s

You wouldn't think much could be gleaned about old British-Chinese relations from a trip to the provincial archives. But Julia Thompson found some letters in the private records unit of the provincial archives that shed a light on the life of a diplomat with a New Brunswick connection in 1847 Shanghai.

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A personal exploration of Indigenous music

Jeremy Dutcher of Tobique First Nation just released a new single, Mehcinut, with a full album on the way. Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor, and a musicologist with an interest in traditional music. His new album combines both interests, and was influenced by personal experiences and traditional music - including a recording of an ancestral song.

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Shift's Political Panel: The federal budget

Federal finance minister Bill Morneau introduced a new budget this week. Political panelists Jamie Gillies and JP Lewis look at what this means for New Brunswick, as well as the Liberal government's approach to deficits and debt.

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NB Youth Orchestra musicians travel to Mexico

Eight musicians with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and El Sistema travelled to Mexico City this week. They took part in a pan-American performance that includes 800 musicians from across the Americas, said youth orchestra CEO Ken MacLeod.

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Deer Island lobster plant will be rebuilt

New Brunswick's Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries said the Pasturel lobster plant will be rebuilt. The Deer Island plant burned to the ground on Thursday morning. Rick Doucet said he got the news from the CEO of East Coast Seafood Inc., which owns Paturel International.

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Bird talk: Three common owls

Last week, birder Alain Clavette explained how to distinguish the sounds made by three common owls in New Brunswick: the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and Saw Whet Owl. Well wouldn't you know it, he heard all three in the woods this week.

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Community Gems

Ever wanted to simplify and diy your life? Cait Hallingham and Caprice Francis may have the answer. The two women in Salisbury started with their own homes...And now they're hoping to help others in the community.

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Homegrown

The Buddha Bear Riverview is offering fresh-roasted coffee and very soon - their own beer! All from the comfort of a re-purposed shipping container on the waterfront. We talk with owner Jeff Grandy.

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NB curlers head to Brier

Team Grattan is preparing to fly out to Regina to compete in the Brier. For skip James Grattan it will be his twelfth time representing New Brunswick, but his first with this particular team.

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Science: What humidex and windchill really mean

Canadians make a real sport out of talking about the weather. But there are ways we describe weather that are pretty subjective. Michael Edwards at Science East explains humidex and windchill.

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NB Sports Hall of Fame announces new inductees

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees on Wednesday. Executive director Jamie Wolverton said choosing the athletes is never easy, as can be tracking them down. This year's five athletes and one team will be honoured at a ceremony later this year for their impact on Canadian and New Brunswick sports.

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Music: Fredericton's CHIPS signs with new indie record label

Fredericton band CHIPS just released their new single Modern Days. They are also the first band to sign on with She Said Feck, a new indie record label in Fredericton. Music lover Kate Butler started the label, and is hosting a launch show with CHIPS this weekend.

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Group wants healthier food options at sports venues

The New Brunswick Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings Working Group released a report Tuesday that shows the majority of food and beverages sold at recreation facilities is unhealthy. Spokesperson and retired physician Linda Dalpe said the group hopes to convince parents to keep an eye on the food their children consume, and to ask vendors for healthier options.

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Miramichi troupe performs all-female Dungarvan Whooper play

The Miramichi Heritage Players are putting on their annual performance of the Dungarvan Whooper this weekend - with a twist! Director Bernie Colepaugh says this year's performance has an all-female cast.

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Scientists worry about lack of right whale calves

Scientists haven't seen a single North Atlantic right whale calf in their usual breeding grounds this year. This raises even greater concerns over the future of the critically endangered species, said Philip Hamilton, a research scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life in Boston.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A mysterious barefoot lady

A failed settler turned peddler and a railway photographer were the focus of this week's story from the provincial archives - as told by archivist Josh Green. The archives is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year.

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Redneck Curling celebrates 10 years in Debec

Debec's recreation council just held its annual Redneck Curling event. Among other things, it involves playing the game with windshield-washer jugs. But co-organizer Dianne Berry said the event is also about creating community.

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Creating 100 gardens in Moncton

The Garden Cities Project is holding a community consultation in Moncton on Feb. 27. Community coordination partner Christine Lund hopes to mobilize support to create 100 community gardens around the city.

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Canadian law students compete in gruelling competition in Fredericton

This past weekend, students from across the country met in Fredericton for the Canadian finals of the International Law Moot Court. UNB professor and organizer Michael Marin said the event sees up to 200 students compete, arguing cases that would keep even the most experienced international lawyers on their toes.

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Shift's Political Panel: Money for Saint John and plans for coal plants

Shift's political panel discusses the Gallant government's $22.8 million deal to help out the City of Saint John, as well as issues with the federal pot legalization plan and considerations to phase out coal-fired generating plants by 2030 - which would prove pricey for New Brunswick.

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Grand Falls food bank closes Monday

The Grand Falls Regional Food Bank can no longer afford to stay open because of increased demand and less funding. President Glenn Rioux said the food bank is closing Monday.

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Bird talk: Spring migration is underway

Spring migration is already underway. Birder Alain Clavette is seeing the evidence and explains how to differentiate the sounds made by some of the owls in the region.

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Time to tap the trees

It's not even the end of February but it seems the sap is running. Heather Fraser is already busy tapping trees. She runs the Moncton Maple Sugar Camp, which is part of the city's forest management program.

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Business ideas for better cities

Startup Fredericton and the City of Fredericton are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs with ideas about making the city a better place to live. They are holding a three-day event called Startup Weekend, inviting people to pitch their ideas to mentors and coaches, said Startup Fredericton chair Norm Couturier.

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Home Grown: The best soil for growing vegetables

The owner of Windy Hill Organic farm in McKees Mills is teaching a course over four Saturdays in March to help people grow their own organic vegetables. Alyson Chisholm said the first thing they'll have to consider is preparing the soil.

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Campobello Island residents want year-round ferry to Canada

Some Campobello Island residents no longer want to go through U.S. customs every time they need to visit the mainland. Brent MacPherson is the chair of the new Campobello Year-Round Ferry Development Committee. He said they are working on raising $10,000 for a feasibility study and business plan for the year-round ferry.

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Donating clothes for incarcerated women

Students at St. Thomas University are collecting clothes for women at the New Brunswick Women's Correctional Centre in Miramichi. The program is called STUnningly Successful: A Reintegration Initiative. Professor Susan Reid said the clothes help incarcerated women with attending court and reintegrating into the community at the end of their sentence.

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Eiders at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

There are about 100 sick, injured or orphaned animals at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. Director Pam Novak said the animals just keep on coming, including three eiders.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A rare win in the courts

The case of a sexual assault at the Saint John almshouse made for an Al Capone-moment in the courts, at a time when the MeToo movement was not even an afterthought.

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From the diary of Richard Hatfield

In 1987, Richard Hatfield set out on a train journey he'd wanted to take for decades. During his 17 years as premier, he was too busy to make the trip from the McAdam train station to the Rocky Mountains. Then voters handed him a landslide election defeat and his schedule was wide open. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras read Hatfield's diary of that trip.

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Slavery in the Maritimes

Slavery in Canada is not a topic often discussed, or taught in school. Dr. Afua Cooper of Dalhousie University looks to shed a light on the legacy of black people in the Maritimes, and how their history still impacts the lives of their descendants today.

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Handmade bicycle wins big at Connecticut competition

A Notre Dame bike enthusiast knew he had something special with an ultra-light mountain bike he built. Gabriel Lang owns the Altruist Bicycle Company, and just won the grand prize at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Connecticut.

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Shift's Political Panel: Madeline Dube, seasonal workers and EI benefits

The legislature isn't sitting right now but that doesn't mean it hasn't been a busy week in politics. Longtime MLA Madeline Dube decided not to offer for re-election, and one community is advertising for workers, while others have seasonal workers who can't get their EI. This week's political panellists were Michael Camp and Duncan Matheson.

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Fat biking at Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is hosting a Fat Bike Festival on the long weekend. John McNair of Sussex-based Outdoor Elements said the event wants to introduce people to the sport, and show that you can be active in the parks during the long winter months.

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Mother of Steven Harel welcomes calls for safety improvements to railway crossings

In 2016, 29-year-old Steven Harel was struck and killed by a train when his motorized wheelchair got stuck in the crossing at Robinson Street in Moncton. Now, the Transportation Safety Board is calling for safety improvements to railway crossings. Harel's mother, Diane Harel, said she welcomes the recommendations.

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Home Grown: Get ready for seeding and planting

It's still winter in New Brunswick but many people are already planning for spring. Tatum Andrews with The Foods of the Fundy Valley non-profit in Albert County is planning an event called Seedy. The event will help gardeners and growers figure out their seeds and planting beds.

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Science: How animals keep warm in winter

We all have ways of keeping warm in the cold winter months. But what about animals? Michael Edwards at Science East in Fredericton looked at some of their strategies.

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Music: Moncton musician now plays gigs in China

Moncton guitarist Andrew Moore moved to China on a bit of a lark a few years ago. Now, he's playing theatres and arenas with a couple of well known Chinese acts.

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World Pond Hockey cup travels to Prague

The 17th World Pond Hockey Championship just wrapped up in Plaster Rock. The winners in the women's event are the EH Team. But on the men's side the cup is off to Prague, said organizer Danny Braun.

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Sculptures made of snowbanks

Don't know what to do with those big snowbanks outside? Jean Pascal Brideau is turning them into large, colourful sculptures. This year, the Caraquet resident made one of Super Mario and Tow Mater, a character from the Pixar movie Cars. And he's pretty artistic in other ways too.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A camera-shy landmark

Fred Farrell, director of the provincial archives, introduces a photograph that includes a camera-shy Fredericton landmark - the city's former Arctic Rink.

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Shift's Political Panel: What to make of January's labour report

Statistics Canada released its monthly labour report on Friday. New Brunswick's jobless rate sits at 9.1 per cent, and 5,800 jobs were lost in the month of January - with no real change year-over-year. The political panel discussed what this means in an election year.

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Theresa Malenfant sings her way to 60

Theresa Malenfant thrilled blues lovers for nearly 40 years. Now, the New Brunswick singer is celebrating her 60th birthday with a string of concerts.

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Songbirds are changing their tunes

Canadian songbirds are changing their tunes because they're being drowned out by noise pollution. Birder Alain Clavette spoke to a researcher at the University of Manitoba to find out more.

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Break-in at Maugerville Baptist Church

Parishioners of the Maugerville Baptist Church were crestfallen this weekend. After recently going through major renovations, thieves broke into the church Sunday night. Pastor Neville Gosman said they took most of the new music equipment, and left behind a fair bit of destruction.

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Maritime distilleries win medals at competition

In recent years, there's been a growing interest in craft beer and cider. Now spirits seem to be hitting their stride. The inaugural Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition was just held and competition judge Craig Pinhey said a few Maritime distilleries were among the winners.

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Disc golf in the snow

Disc golfers will brave the cold and snow in Fredericton this weekend to play a round for charity. Event organizer Matthew Gudger said the second annual Freddy Beach Ice Bowl raises money for Greener Village.

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125 snowmobilers ride through province

About 125 snowmobilers met in the north of the province this week for the Great Northern Ride. It's a fundraiser for the Lansdowne Children's Centre in Ontario, and takes place in a different part of the country every year. This is the first time the ride has come to New Brunswick, said organizer Bob Caissie.

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They called her Nudy

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute is looking after a young Red Squirrel that lost most of its fur. Nudy is doing a whole lot better now, in part thanks to some coconut oil, said director Pam Novak.

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Plaster Rock readies for World Pond Hockey Championship

Teams will start to arrive in Plaster Rock this week for the 17th annual World Pond Hockey Championship. Organizer Danny Braun said the event attracts people from around the world, including India.

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Music: Recorded live off the floor

Fredericton's Montgomery Street Band just released it's first full length album. recorded live off the floor. Shift spoke with half of the band - Scott Michaud, who plays the banjo, and Liam Keith-Jacques, who plays guitar.

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Restoring ancient portage trails

As part of the heritage committee at Canoe Kayak NB, Tim Humes is working on a project to restore ancient portage trails in the province. Next week he'll be sharing some of what he's learned as part of a speakers series organized by the Friends of Beaubears Island in the Miramichi area.

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Rothesay group holds virtual 5-K run to help Syrian refugee

A group in Rothesay is fundraising to help a young Syrian refugee settle in Canada. Noor Ogli was a law student when she fled Syria during the war. Now, Daryl Steeves has created a virtual 5-K run on Family Day to help her and her family settle in New Brunswick.

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Bridge to Juvenile Settlement reopens

Adam Larlee and his family were among several Juvenile Settlement residents stranded after a major rain storm damaged the historic Bell Bridge linking their small community with Hoyt. Now, the covered bridge was dismantled, and a new bridge reopened this week.

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Mount A student volunteers at Superbowl

A Mount Allison University commerce student took part in a learning opportunity any football fan would dream of. Jill Edwards just returned from Minneapolis, where she volunteered at the Superbowl.

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Stories from the Provincial Archives: A rare sight to see

The provincial archives is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Every Monday, Shift will visit with archives staff and find out about some of the precious items stored there, and the stories they tell about our province. This week, staff members introduce themselves, and a very old and rare photograph.

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Moncton group continues work on car share program

A group in Moncton is getting closer to putting a car share program on the road. The idea of sharing a car with a number of other people, eliminating the need for regular parking and maintenance, is quite popular in larger cities. Michel Desjardins with Codiac Car Share has been trying to bring the idea to Moncton for five years, and said people from all walks of life would benefit from the service.

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Love letters in theatre

Live Bait Theatre is getting a little romantic, just in time for Valentine's Day. The theatre is mounting a production of A.G. Gurney's award winning play, Love Letters. Heather McIntyre and Ron Kelly Spurles play two of the characters, and shared some of the letters they will read in the play.

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Thoughts on the budget and the 2018 election

Liberal Finance Minister Cathy Rogers introduced the budget this week, and with it the Liberals' pitch to voters this election year. Jamie Gillies, a professor at St. Thomas University's journalism department, joined Shift for a discussion on the budget, election promises, and what to watch for in the coming weeks and months.

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Relocating sleeping bears

Biologists in Maine pulled a mother bear and her two cubs from a den near Presque Isle on Friday. The bears were previously disturbed and had to be relocated. John Holyoke, outdoors editor with the Bangor Daily News, was on site documenting the day.

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Better treatment for stroke patients

Doctors thought endovascular therapy was only effective if delivered to a stroke patient within six hours. Now, the Heart and Stroke Foundation revealed the treatment is so effective that patients who receive it within 24 hours may have a better outcome. Neurologist Dr. Dylan Blacquiere works at the Saint John Regional Hospital, one of the treatment centres that provided essential data for the therapy.

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Spotting the rare kelp gull

Birder Alain Clavette was on the road again, looking for the rare kelp gull spotted in Halifax.

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Homegrown: Shiitake Guru Jamie Floyd

Jamie Floyd is a grower of mushrooms along the beautiful Belleisle Bay. He's been doing this for years cultivating mushrooms in the woods and teaching others how to do it. He's our guest on Home Grown.

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Bridge Builder: Tamara Langstroth

Tamara Langstroth is the owner of Covered Bridge Crafters. As Accidents, weather, neglect are all taking their toll on the province's covered bridges, Tamara is preserving them in miniature.

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Decluttering - the social media way

A Fredericton woman found the perfect solution to getting rid of clutter. Earlier this month, Becky Thompson created the Facebook page Becky's Minimalist Challenge.Every month, she posts a different challenge, and everyone who participates keeps each other accountable. The challenge now has over 80 members, and even attracted a number of community sponsors.

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Helping young immigrants make New Brunswick their home

Families that move to New Brunswick often move on to larger cities within a few years, looking for more familiar communities. The New Brunswick Multicultural Society is starting a new project to keep young immigrants here. Shift spoke to program coordinator Arianne Melara.

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180 job losses expected from Grand Falls pizza plant closure

The Dr. Oetker pizza manufacturing plant in Grand Falls is closing at the end of May, leaving 180 employees without a job. Severance packages were promised along with a $4 million community fund. But Grand Falls Mayor Marcel Deschênes said today's announcement still comes as a major blow to the community.

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Rex!, a play on a narcissist of the highest order

Mount Allison University's bilingual theatre group Tintamarre is bringing an original production to the stage this week. It's called Rex!, and director Alex Fancy said it's the story of a narcissist of the highest order.

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UNB performs Maritime play 'Bone Cage'

Fredericton's UNB Theatre is presenting Bone Cage this week, a play by Nova Scotia's Catherine Banks. The play won the Governor General's award for drama in 2008, and focuses on a group of young adults growing up in a rural community in the Maritimes. Shift spoke with the play's director Len Falkenstein.

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Shift's Political Panel: The state of the province

Premier Brian Gallant delivered his state of the province speech, pledging support for businesses and talking about reducing barriers to employment citing the new daycare plan. The political panel shares their thoughts on the speech, as well as the province's still low school test scores.

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Bird Talk: 'Bad luck' sparrows and rare gulls

Birder Alain Clavette shares news of a rare gull that showed up in Halifax, and a little golden-crowned sparrow that was once considered bad luck for miners.

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Freeflo NB Helps Women

A new group has sprung up in Fredericton designed to help women in need get access to menstrual supplies. Freeflo NB is gathering donated menstrual products with a plan to get them to local shelters and individuals. Esther Vaswani started Freeflo NB and tells Vanessa why it's important to her.

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Miscou residents still looking for more support on ice storm anniversary

It's been a year since the ice storm hit New Brunswick. Thousands of New Brunswickers lost power, and many communities since prepared for future natural disasters. But not everyone thinks the government has done the same. Shift spoke with Miscou Island resident and local service district councillor Neil Vibert.

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Sad news at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

There's been plenty of heartbreak at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. Efforts were made to help a frozen mourning dove and a white-winged scoter. But neither survived. The sanctuary is also nursing a five-pound bobcat kitten.

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Fredericton musician uses song to deal with anxiety

Fredericton Elvis tribute artist Mike Bravener is releasing an original album this year. The first single, the Black and White Song, was inspired by his experience with anxiety and dealing with his father's suicide.

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