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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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Laurie Anderson finds hope in loss

Iconic avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson talks about how her experience of Hurricane Sandy inspired her new album and book.

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Kelsey Serwa

Kelly VanderBeek explores Ski Cross with silver winner Kelsey Serwa.

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Dismay over Fontaine verdict

The not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Tina Fontaine shouldn't be a surprise, according to one advocate.

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The Deer

Danielle and Justin meet with Ed Galick who was Wayne’s former employer and mentor. He was also a person of interest to police.

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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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New fisheries rules to protect right whales

The federal government announced new rules for snow crab fisheries in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Kim Davies, an oceanographer at Dalhousie University in Halifax, spoke to Shift about how these rules may help protect North Atlantic right whales passing through the gulf.

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Snowshoeing (and snacks) at Metepenagiag Heritage Park

Readers Digest's Best Health Magazine released 13 ways to stay active outdoors and enjoy the Canadian winter - and snowshoeing through Metepenagiag Heritage Park made the list. Patricia Dunnett, the park's general manager, said the park is open for visits all winter, and the snowshoeing even comes with traditional Mi'kmaq snacks.

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Fighting loneliness with meals for seniors

Janet Hamilton at Moncton's Mapleton Teaching Kitchens has come across several people who've taken meals to their aging parents, and then found the meal three days later, still sitting in the fridge. Hamilton now wants to change that by asking communities to bring seniors together for at least one good meal a week.

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Shift's Political Panel: Childcare announcements, redacted documents and amalgamation talks

The panel discusses the Gallant government's recent announcements on childcare and its plans for designated Early Learning Centres. It also takes a look recent news of public health institutions releasing redacted documents, and discussions of amalgamation in Saint John.

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More Miramichi salmon eaten by striped bass

Striped bass are eating more out-migrating juvenile salmon in the Miramichi River than previously thought, according to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Lead author and biologist Jason Daniels said in some years, as many as 18 percent of the young salmon became food for bass.

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Bird talk: The ultimate field guide to birding

Birder Alain Clavette has discovered his favourite field guide to birding yet, published by National Geographic. He also shares some news on outdoor winter activities at Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

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A new use for plastic bags: mats for the homeless

A Fredericton community group is making sleeping mats out of old plastic bags. Charlotte Flores, education coordinator at the Falls Brook Centre, said the mats will be given to the city's homeless first. But they also plan to expand the program to other communities and people.

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Home Grown: Supporting New Brunswick farms

Farmers gathered in Fredericton this week for the annual meeting and conference of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick. Some of their discussion focused on attracting young farmers, securing farmland and getting more government support, said Bathurst area dairy farmer and alliance president Michael Bouma.

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Miramichi will get a hospice

Hospice Miramichi are ready to start construction of a $3.5 million hospice this spring. Chair of the hospice board, Paul McGraw, explained the need for the facility - and what breaking ground for it means to him.

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The science behind ski jumping

With the winter Olympics just weeks away, one of the more perplexing sports to watch is ski jumping. Michael Edwards at Science East in Fredericton explains the science behind the sport.

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Music: Moncton's Michel Goguen releases new single

Moncton's Michel Goguen played music for years. But recently, he started releasing his own songs under the name Open Strum. His newest single, Lover's Lane, is a duet with Rosa Laricchiuta.

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Staffing issues at nursing homes

Staffing issues and long wait lists continue to plague nursing homes in the province. Jodi Hall, executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes, said part of the problem is making the job more attractive to younger people.

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Songs of the City pairs musicians with United Way clients

Shivering Songs festival organizers and United Way joined forces for the second time, pairing musicians with clients for a project called Songs of the City. Songwriters meet people who've used services from the United Way and write a song about them. This year, one of the participating musicians is Fredericton's Greg Webber of Kill Chicago.

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Road repair work for Juvenile Settlement still weeks away

Residents in Juvenile Settlement near Hoyt are stranded after the Bell Bridge was damaged on the weekend. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said it could take up to six weeks to fix the road. Shift spoke to resident Adam Larlee and transportation minister Bill Fraser about problems arising from the lack of access to the community.

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Beware of falling snow

A Woodstock mother is warning people to keep a close eye on snow falling from roofs. Dani Crandlemire Kelly rescued her two young children on Thursday, after they were buried under a pile of snow.

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The unknown future of the black-legged Kittiwake

The black-legged Kittiwake is one of several birds vulnerable to extinction. But there is hope for the species' survival in Atlantic Canada. Birder Alain Clavette spoke to expert Pete Davidson about the Kittiwake.

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Shift's Political Panel: The province's daycare plan

The panel weighs in on changes to New Brunswick's daycare plan, and how it affects low-income families. Also - new developments with the province's contract with Medavie to manage extramural health, and questions about the Irving's political influence.

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52 homesteading skills in a year

Two years ago, Kimberlee Bastien bought an old farm house in Upper Coverdale and moved there with her family. She started a blog, The Old Walsh Farm, and fulfilled a goal to learn 52 homesteading skills in a year.

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Ms. New Brunswick - Saint John woman blogs about successful entrepreneurs

Saint John's Ingrid Munroe recently started using her blog to highlight women in New Brunswick who are running their own businesses. She's calling the series Ms. New Brunswick.

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Fredericton musicians organize tribute to Led Zeppelin

Several Fredericton musicians are getting together for a tribute concert to Led Zeppelin. The effort is led by Matt Carr and Eric Allard of The Tortoise, The Hare and the Millionaire.

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Owls at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute recently released a trio of owls, as well as one owl injured on the hunt for chickens.

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Edmundston woman opens zero-waste store

Manon Whittom in the Saint-Jacques area of Edmundston took the idea of the zero-waste movement to heart. She opened Terraterre - what she believes is New Brunswick's first zero-waste grocery store.

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Dog-sledding home from Manitoba

It's a long way from Churchill, Manitoba to New Brunswick. Saint John native Justin Allan is doing the 3,000 kilometer journey on dog sled, starting Jan. 16.

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Songs inspired by the Kingston asylum

Fiver's Simone Schmidt spent two years combing through the archives of Kingston's Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Now, she based her new album on the experiences of women housed there between 1854-1881.

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Crow photography exhibition in Caraquet

Birder Alain Clavette shares information about a crow photography exhibition at Caraquet's La Galerie Bernard-Jean by Julie D’Amour-Léger, and also an update on the rare mistle thrush in Miramichi.

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Frying 1,000 pounds of smelts

Chief Ligouri Turbide and his staff at the Baie-Sainte-Anne fire department cleaned 1,000 pound of smelts this week. Every year, they hold a big fry-up at the station, attracting visitors from across the region.

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Shift's Political Panel: The year ahead and the issue of transparency

The next election is nine months away, but the polls are unclear about which party has the voters' approval. The political panel discusses the year ahead, and also returns to the issue of transparency and Medavie's contract to manage extra-mural services.

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Handling food safely

Since November, several people have become ill from e-coli contamination in romaine lettuce. Janet Hamilton knows all about preparing food safely at home. She teaches food security and nutrition at Mapleton Teaching Kitchens in Moncton.

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Music: James Keelaghan on the art of storytelling

Juno-award winning singer and songwriter James Keelaghan is returning to New Brunswick for a tour in January. He spoke to Shift about his Irish heritage and the art of storytelling.

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Edmundston man builds his own plane

Guy Savoie started building model planes as a child. Now, at 85, the retired surgeon from Edmundston built a full-size plane, and already took it for its first flight last year.

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Electric guitars losing in popularity

Electric guitars are not as popular anymore as they once used to be. Shift spoke to Moncton musician Chris Colepaugh about the latest guitar trends, and his own love of the instrument.

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Protecting pets from the cold

Dr. Kristy Haines gives advice on how to protect your pet from the freezing cold temperatures outside. She works at the Mayfield Veterinary Clinic in St. Stephen.

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A tribute to the late Eloie Richard

The late musician Eloie Richard was preparing to release his first solo CD when he unexpectedly passed away last year. His son Cody Richard now performed some of his songs at a New Year's Eve tribute concert in St. Stephen.

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Helping hockey fans get healthier

Kinesiology professor Danielle Bouchard says there's a way for men to get healthier by talking about sports. She's introducing the Hockey Fit program at the University of New Brunswick.

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Birders descend on Miramichi for rare mistle thrush

Birder Alain Clavette visited Miramichi this week, where birders from across North America gathered to see a rare European mistle thrush.

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Pot, politics and taxes

As the year is drawing to a close, Shift's political panel takes a look at some of the biggest political stories, wins and failures of 2017.

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A 120-year old fruit cake recipe

Deana Stewart started preparing her famous Christmas fruit cake in September. She runs the popular Westphalia Bakery in Harvey Station, and says the recipe has been passed down in her family for 120 years.

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The essence of guitar music

Caraquet musician Shaun Ferguson puts a lot of emotion into writing his award-winning guitar music. He compares it to writing poetry.

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Camels ... and what you may not know about them

While working in Kuwait, Michael Edwards of Science East spent some time with camels. He returned with interesting and unexpected facts on the desert animals.

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Fredericton native goes from musical theatre to making music

Alicia Toner moved from Fredericton to Prince Edward Island a few years ago to perform in musical theatre. Now, she has released her first CD, called 'I Learned the Hard Way' and plans a tour of the Maritimes.

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An extraordinary Christmas village

There are some people that take holiday decorating to the max. Saint John's Nancy Meehan is one of them. She decorated every room in her house but the centrepiece is her massive Christmas village.

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Fredericton library unveils 'biblio bike'

The Fredericton Public Library unveiled its new biblio bike. It's a bicycle with an aluminium trailer on the back that can be turned into a mobile library. The idea is not new but a first in Atlantic Canada.

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Finding signs of disease in breath

There's much more to our breath than a simple note of garlic from lunch. Andrien Rackov, a post-doctoral fellow at UNB, was named one of the top 150 researchers in the country for researching how breath could be key to diagnosing disease in the future.

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Alain Clavette

Our birder Alain Clavette has more on the mistle thrush who flew here all the way from Europe.

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Political panel

This week Rosella Melanson, Michael Camp and Duncan matheson weigh in on carbon taxes and cannabis.

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Chatham pyjama drive

The Rotary Club in Chatham has been busy collecting items for needy families - including more than 100 pairs of pyjamas!

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Homegrown

This week on Homegrown, we catch up with Sebastien Roy of the Fils du Roy distillery in Petit-Paquetville. He's working on a single malt.

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The new Star Wars is here!

Star Wars superfan Trish O'Connor talks to Vanessa about her lifelong love of all things Star Wars.

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Feels Good Christmas market and party

Feels Good folks are holding their annual Christmas Market and 10th annual Christmas party featuring tons of talent.

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Snowy owls at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

More snowy owls have run into trouble in the province. Vanessa talks with Pam Novak for the details.

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A gingerbread hotel

The pastry chef at the Algonquin Hotel has recreated the historic structure in gingerbread and icing. Nicole Robichaud tells Vanessa all about it.

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Alain Clavette sees a rare mistle-thrush

Birders are flocking to the Miramichi area to see a bird considered a mega-rarity.

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Christmas with Maud Lewis

Writer Lance Woolaver tells Vanessa about a new edition of his classic book, Christmas with Maud Lewis.

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Alain Clavette

Our birder Alain Clavette talks about bird sightings and the annual Christmas bird counts.

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Sue Stultz turkey drive!

The Sue Stultz and Moncton Firefighters annual turkey drive hit its 20th anniversary this year. Sue talks about how she got started with a single turkey back in 1997.

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Political Panel

Michael Camp, Rosella Melanson and Duncan Matheson weigh in on the assessment fiasco, cross-border booze and money for childcare.

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Joshua's Bare Necessities

Twelve-year-old Joshua London discovered that there are people in his community who are going without - so he decided to do something about it. Vanessa talks to Joshua and his mother, Michelle.

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On Homegrown, we check in with Gagetown's Apple Tree Market

Gagetown's Apple Tree Market is a healthy food community store. Co-owner Julie Baglole Keenan gives us an update on their progress.

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Edmundston's Casavant organ

One of the finest Casavant organs ever made was installed 50 years ago in an Edmundston church.

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Don Darling pitches Saint John

A recent Toronto Star columnist writes about Don Darling's pitch to move east! Darling responds.

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Science East's Michael Edwards

The apparent comeback of a Guatemalan salamander has Michael Edwards thinking of something called the Lazarus effect.

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New music from Heather Rankin

Heather Rankin has a new album out, featuring sounds of the season. It's called Imagine and she spoke with Vanessa about choosing some of her favourite Christmas songs.

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Ageless NB goes national

A small magazine started by Woodstock's Theresa Blackburn is taking a big leap forward. Ageless NB is going national. Theresa talks to Vanessa about the challenges.

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Mi'kmaq writer releases children's book

George Paul of Metepenagiag First Nation worked for 30 years teaching Mi'kmaq traditions, customs and values at universities and schools. Now, he wrote and published his first children's book, The Eagle and the Crow.

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Swainson's hawks in the Tantramar Marshes

Birder Alain Clavette headed for the Tantramar Marshes to look for a rare Swainson's hawk this week.

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Political panel continues discussion of extramural care contract

Concerns continue to be raised about the government's plan to contract out intramural health services to Medavie. The political panel took a look at this, and also considered a judge's decision to recuse himself from a case involving the government.

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Madawaska Maliseet First Nation settles land claim

A dispute over a long-standing land claim by the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation was settled this week. The community estimates it owns about 3,900 acres, including most of downtown Edmundston. Chief Patricia Bernard fought for the decision for 20 years.

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Teaching history and how to do it

UNB professor of education Alan Sears says we are teaching history the wrong way, which has consequences on ensuring engaged and thoughtful civic participation.

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Saint John musicians organize Downie tribute

Saint John area musicians are coming together to pay tribute to Gord Downie. Organizer Clinton Charlton said all of the proceeds will go to the Downie Wenjack Fund supporting reconciliation efforts.

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Snowy owls at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

A lethargic and underweight Snowy Owl recently found in the Riverview area is recovering at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. And a second snowy owl arrived on Sunday.

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An interview with Alden Nowlan

In 1983, Corinne Shriver convinced poet Alden Nowlan to sit down for an interview as part of a high school project. Almost 30 years later, she rediscovered the recording of that interview, and wrote about it in

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New Brunswick couple travels to Grey Cup

Canadian football fans braved the snow in Ottawa to take in the Grey Cup. Conrad and Sally Brock made the trek from New Brunswick for the game.

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Craft NB hosts annual Christmas arts festival

Craft NB is hosting the second annual From Human Hands Christmas Festival starting Dec. 1. Emily McCumber is one of many artists presenting at the Saint John festival. She gave up a job in business to devote herself to being The Spinner Weaver.

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Hollywood composer works with NB Youth Orchestra

Howard Shore is the Academy-award winning composer behind many Hollywood soundtracks - including The Lord of the Rings, Gangs of New York and Silence of the Lambs. His latest commission is a piece of music with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.

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