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September 2011 Archives

Home Grown: Bite By Michelle

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Michelle Hooton 001.jpgMichelle Hooton is putting together a special local dinner party this weekend. Her guests will feast on food that grew on trees or in the soil in the pastures of this province. Hooton writes about food on her blog, Bite By Michelle. Just last week she was voted number one food blogger by FriendsEat.com! 

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Bite By Michelle: Check Here For Local Dinner Party Recipes!

A Cut Cable Cuts Phone Service to Much of NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Many people throughout the province were disconnected from their cell phone and landlines for several hours. In some cases bank machines didn't work and credit card transactions were impossible. The problem apparently began with a fibre optic cable in the north. Sarah Trainor has details.

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Science: The Ig Nobel Awards

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our science columnist Michael Bhardwaj is taking a look at the Ignobel Awards. The awards are given out to researchers whose discoveries make you laugh first, then think.

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Ig Nobel 2011 Results: Wired UK

Pet Vet: Dealing With Allergies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Sheila MacGowan has some advice for people dealing with pet allergies.

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St. Thomas Student Tries to Shake "Entitlement Generation" Label

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A new book by a couple of professors about today's university students has caused a bit of a stir. It's called "Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don't Know About Canadian Universities". Among other things, authors Kenneth Coates and William Morrison paint this generation of students as the "Entitlement Generation." Lauren Bird of St. Thomas University takes issue with the label.

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Canada's Post-Modern Tyrant: The Prime Minister's Office?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

University of Toronto professor emeritus, Peter Russell,argues that the PMO, not the Prime Minister himself, has too much power and receives too little oversight. He's giving the keynote address, "Outing our Canadian Post-Modern Tyrant," at the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association's annual conference this weekend in Sackville.

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Mike Ferguson Goes to Ottawa

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New Brunswick's Deputy Minister of Finance, Mike Ferguson, has been picked to succeed Sheila Fraser as Canada's next Auditor General. Ferguson was New Brunswick's Auditor General for several years before agreeing to move to the Department of Finance at the request of Premier David Alward last year. The CBC's Robert Jones looks at Ferguson's new appointment.

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Music Man: Lovestorm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our maritime music man, Bob Mersereau checks out the latest offering from Lovestorm and he tells the tale of how the duo in music and life came together.

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Business: Picking Priorities When it Comes to Saving

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our business columnist, Donna Guzik, says when people try to save for too many different things at once, they end up saving less. She has some advice when it comes to setting savings priorities.

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Technology: Facebook Tracking Every Online Move?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dan-misener-600_1.JPGThere's a rumour circulating that Facebook tracks every site you visit online, even after you've logged off their site. Technology guy Dan Misener decided to check it out, and he found there is truth to the allegation.

Dan's CBC News Story

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Moncton Immigrant Starts Karaoke Cab Company

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After four years in Moncton, Morrocan immigrant Ali Ettarnichi has started his own business operating a cab with a difference. He gives out candy, invites passengers to sing karaoke and tries to make the whole experience fun and different! He spoke with the CBC's Kate Letterick. 

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Travel Guide: Taking the Whole Family

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker swears you can save money and have a good time if you take your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents along on your vacation!

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New album from Jim Cuddy: Skyscraper Soul

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo has a new solo album in stores today. It's called "Skyscraper Soul." Check out the title track.

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House Doctor: Getting Tests into Patient Hands

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

House Doctor Brian Goldman looks at a proposal south of the border that would give patients instant access to their lab test results.  The plan isn't sitting well with many doctors.

CBC: White Coat, Black Art 

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Trouble at the Saint John Jail

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The jail in Saint John was locked down for hours after inmates in one unit created a disturbance.  The CBC's Rachel Cave has a report.

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Life As Jake: The Naked Truth About Scrapyards

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer has no shame. He tells us about one of his most embarrassing moments - it involves a scrapyard and more nudity than one might imagine is possible in such a setting.  

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Wine Guy: Sipping Rum in NYC

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

IMG_3236.jpgCraig Pinhey puts wine aside this week to travel to New York city for the release party for Brugal 1888. It's an aged rum finished in sherry casks. But it's not available in New Brunswick yet, so his rum of the week is El Dorado 5 at $27.79.

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Mt. A Memorial Library To Be Demolished Despite Protests

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

One more appeal to save the Memorial Library at Mount Allison University has failed to convince the university's Board of Regents to change plans to demolish the 84 year old building. Virgil Hammock was involved in the latest protest and the professor emeritus explains why he believes the building should be saved.

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NB's Favourite Dancer - Matt Marr - Comes Home!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

marr.jpgMatt Marr took third in the television show "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." He's back home in New Brunswick visiting family and friends and thanking all the fans that voted him to the top!

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Home Grown: Rose Doucet Eats Local

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

chickens 005.JPGWhen we announced the series, Rose Doucet of Barnesville was quick to let us know that she's eating local and she's happy to share how she's doing it. She built her new home around a root cellar, she's raising chickens, she's shopping at farmers' markets and she's growing what she can! 

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Pet Vet: Diabetic Pets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Diabetes rates are growing in the human population, but it's also a condition found in our cats and dogs. Our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has a look at the issue and the treatment options.

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Science: The Trouble with Space Junk

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A satellite the size of a school bus is set to drop from the sky, and while it's unlikely anyone will get hurt, a growing chorus of researchers is warning that it's just a matter of time before falling space junk causes serious damage here on Earth. Our science columnist Michael Bhardwaj looks at the issue. 

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Business: Keeping Products Moving in Economic Downturn

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If customers aren't buying, companies aren't hiring. To help break that vicious cycle, the Harvard Business Review's Insight Centre asked for ideas about how companies can keep products moving even when times are tough. Our business columnist Donna Guzik has a look. 

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Author Wayne Johnston

Posted by Cindy Grant

Wayne Johnston's novels revel in eccentric characters. But the character that looms over his latest book "A World Elsewhere" is a massive, 250-room castle built in the forests of North Carolina in the late 19th century. In "A World Elsewhere" Johnston rewrites the story of New York's Vanderbilt family, albeit changing the name and adding a pair of poverty-stricken Newfoundlanders to the mix. In actual fact, George Vanderbilt's home, Biltmore, remains the largest privately owned home in the United States. In Johnston's hybrid world of fiction and history, this outlandishly huge home belongs to a wealthy American railroad heir Johnston calls  "Van" Vanderluyden and the estate is Vanderland. Wayne Johnston is in the province this week for readings in Fredericton and Saint John and he spoke with Paul.

 

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Use Of Government Aircraft Questioned

Posted by Cindy Grant

Premier David Alward made an announcement in Saint John yesterday morning - to reveal the names of those from the private sector who have agreed to help steer the new job creation body, Invest NB. But to emphasize the point, the Premier then flew to Moncton to make the same announcement... and then.... flew into the Charlo airport so he could make the announcement again in Campbellton. The three city tour involved several trips in the government aircraft and raised the question of whether,in a time of government restraint, a more frugal approach to the announcement might have been warranted. The CBC's Robert Jones has been looking at that issue. 

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Music Man: David Myles

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our music man Bob Mersereau is back with us this week with the latest from the prolific David Myles.
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Technology: "Lawful Access"

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

misener-21.jpgDan Misener looks at the controversial new "Lawful Access" legislation that would give police new powers to intercept your electronic communications. 

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Dan Misener

Travel Guide: New Flights and a Deal

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ellen 002.jpgAir Canada announced a tentative collective agreement with the union representing the airline's approximately flight attendants. With the strike averted, for now at least, Ellen Tucker turns to other travel news, including new flights to the sun and a big deal.

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French Music: Galaxie

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

MarcX1.jpgOur guide to French music, Marc Xavier Leblanc, attempts to dispel the myth that the French language and rock music don't mix. Exhibit A: Galaxie.

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"Shine" by Keith Urban

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for KeithGlenda.jpgGlenda Hickey was having a terrible time dealing with depression and a panic disorder when she heard Keith Urban's "Shine" on the radio and she felt hope again. She found the lyrics inspiring, and maybe you will as well.

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NB Fan Gets Handmade Guitar to Country Idol

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for guitar.jpgA dream has come true for a country music fan in the province! Glenda Hickey battled through her panic disorder to attended a Keith Urban concert in Ottawa last week where she presented her idol with a guitar handmade by her cousin. The guitar bears the initials of more than 50 fans who helped with the project.

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Update: To date, Glenda Hickey has not received a video of Keith Urban playing the handmade guitar.

Made in New Brunswick: Zap Tap

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Janice MacPherson looks at Yan Simard's Zap Tap system that allows smart phone users to quickly get additional information on products while letting manufacturers know about potential customers.

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Sisters Found Guilty of Failing to Provide for Horses

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Last July, thirty-eight horse were seized from a small farm in Tilley, northwest of Fredericton. The animals were dehydrated and starved. The owners of the horses have now been found guilty of failing to provide adequate food, shelter and care for their animals. The CBC's Catherine Harrop reports.

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Political Panel: Pensions, Flu Shots and Spanking

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Finance Minister is ordering a review of public sector pension plans and proposing to stop giving high risk people flu shots for free. Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Luc Desjardins weigh in on that issue and a couple of others.


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Life as Jake: Special Gift for Dad

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer tells a tale from the past about searching for a very special birthday gift for his dad...hint, it weighs about a ton and puts out fires.

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Wine Guy: Craft Beer!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey checks out craft beer culture in our region. His beer of the week is Picaroons' TimberHog Stout at three dollars and eighty cents for a 500 ml bottle.

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Harvest Jazz And Blues Contest Winner: Mark Driscoll

Posted by Cindy Grant

We had a great time playing all the entries you sent us in our Harvest Jazz and Blues fest contest.  We have some very talented listeners ! Our Maritime music man Bob Mersereau picked this one as our grand prize winner, it belongs to Mark Driscoll of Saint John.

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Mean What I Say - 24 Pesos

Posted by Cindy Grant

This band will  be our musical guests from 5 until 6 - Thursday when we broadcast live from the Mojo Tent at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Cape Breton's Carmen Townsend will join us in the first hour of the show. Please come by and see us !

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Travel Guide: World Travel News And Cruise Deals

Posted by Cindy Grant

Last week we spoke to our travel guide in a taxi from Vancouver. Ellen Tucker was on the other side of the country for a conference of the Association of World Travel Associations, she's back now and has lots of news from the conference, as well as some cautions and deals about cruising.  

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Cybersex Defined By UNB PhD Student

Posted by Cindy Grant

It's been said the internet has been the game changer in business and education, it might very well be a game changer when it comes to sexual relations as well.  Krystelle Shaughnessy is a UNB psychology graduate student who's been studying cybersex for more than four years now. Her research has lead her to a definition of the term that she hopes will be accepted by other researchers, educators and policy makers.

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Jack MacDougall Leaves As Green Leader

Posted by Cindy Grant

Jack MacDougall took over as leader of the province's brand-new Green party in 2009. But he'd been around politics for a long time before that. Today he announced he was leaving the position. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras takes a look at MacDougall's impact on the Green Party and on politics in the province.

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Political Panel

Posted by Cindy Grant

It's the end of the first week in September and time to get back to talking politics here on Shift. Time to bring together three people who watch the political scene and hash over the week's issues with us every Friday. We last spoke with Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins in late June. And while the summer did include the usual round of glad-handing at friendly community barbecues, in many areas of our province politicians are being confronted with constituents' growing opposition to shale gas development. Much of rural New Brunswick is sprouting No Shale Gas signs. And you can't talk about this summer in politics without acknowledging the emotional impact  the death of Jack Layton had on the country. Our political panel; Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins. 

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Wine Guy: On Bubblies

Posted by Cindy Grant

There is sparkling wine and then there is Traditional Method sparkling wine, or the so-called "real" stuff.  Our wine guy Craig Pinhey was in Nova Scotia recently tasting all the current traditional-method bubblies that are the talk of the town there these days.
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Life As Jake

Posted by Cindy Grant

Jake Palmer is more than just a car guy, there is so much more to the man that is Jake...so this season on Shift we will be sharing other facets of Jake's life.

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Big Blues Contest Continues!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We've got a Harvest Jazz and Blues prize package any music fan would covet -- two ultimate passes, hotel accommodations and a gift certificate for a meal at The Blue Door! All you have to do is write us a verse or two of a bluesy tune using the word "harvest". You can sing it to us on our talkback line. That number is 1-800-632-7743. Or you can write it to us at shift@cbc.ca. We'll set it to an appropriate blues beat. The winner will be chosen by Shift's music man, Bob Mersereau, on Tuesday, September 13th!

Come See Shift and Carmen Townsend at Harvest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're hitting the Mojo Tent on Thursday, September 15th! Maritime music man Bob Mersereau will co-host as we broadcast live for a full two hours. Our guest between 4 and 5 is Cape Breton's Carmen Townsend! She's toured with legendary rockers Heart this year, and she's currently nominated for Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year. Come on down and check her out. Here's Carmen Townsend's "Waitin' and Seein'".

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Carmen Townsend

Home Grown: Chef Karen Mersereau at Hotel Paulin

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Every week we're speaking with chefs, food bloggers, farmers, gardeners, foragers, breadmakers, pickle preservers and others with a passion for feeding themselves well and locally! Today chef Karen Mersereau talks about using local seafood and produce when she creates menu items for Hotel Paulin in Caraquet. She also teaches aspiring chefs about local ingredients at the hotel she co-owns with her husband. 

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Hotel Paulin

Fromagerie des blancs d'Arcadie

Despite Everything, NB Power Makes Nearly $100-Million Profit

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With the mess at Point Lepreau, the expense at Coleson Cove and the closing of the Dalhousie plant, it wasn't a surprise when the president of NB Power predicted the utility would show zero profits this past year.  But the utility made money - quite a lot in fact, in the vicinity of a hundred million dollars.  The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the numbers.

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Come See Shift and 24 Pesos at Harvest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

UK blues-rockers 24 Pesos won a contest back home and the prize was a gig at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival! It's their first overseas show and they're pumped. They'll be our guests when Shift broadcasts live from the Mojo Tent on Thursday, September 15th. Come on down between 5 and 6 to check them out. Here's a taste of what you'll hear...24 Pesos and "In the Summertime."

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Health Board Elections Complicated by Geography and Language

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The province will hold elections for health network boards starting next May, but it's more complicated than it may seem.  The province has two heath networks based kind of on geography, but sort of on language. A committee of MLAs is tackling the issue and the CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.

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Music Man: Gypsophilia

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Maritime music man Bob Mersereau talks about a festival within the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and he checks out the latest from Gypsophilia.

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East Coast Music

Visit Shift at Harvest and See Carmen Townsend!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift is broadcasting live from the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday, September 15 from 4 until 6! Come on down to the Mojo Tent and meet Paul Castle and guest co-host Bob Mersereau. There will be lots of music to enjoy. Our guest from 4 to 5 is Carmen Townsend. Check out this song from her latest album...this is Sweet Little Bird.

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Moncton Tree Lovers Rally To Stop Landowner from Cutting

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A group called Moncton Treekeepers is asking city council to prevent a landowner from cutting any more mature trees from his property. About 50 people camped out in front of the Castle Manor Retirement Home over the weekend after they were alerted that crews were cutting down trees. Frederick Leidermer was there.

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Alward's PCs Drop in Poll, But Remain On Top

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After almost a year of public opinion polls showing sky-high support for the PC government, the numbers have returned to normal. Corporate Research Associates released its quarterly poll of New Brunswick voters. It shows Alward's government is still popular, but not as popular. The CBC's Jacques Poitras reports.

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Travel Guide: Cash for Baggage

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker checks in from Vancouver with details about Air Canada's new policy that charges passengers for their checked baggage when they travel to the U-S.

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Huge Harvest Jazz and Blues Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We've got a Harvest Jazz and Blues prize package any music fan would covet -- two ultimate passes, hotel accommodations and a gift certificate for a meal at The Blue Door! All you have to do is write us a verse or two of a bluesy tune using the word "harvest". You can sing it to us on our talkback line. That number is 1-800-632-7743. Or you can write it to us at shift@cbc.ca. We'll set it to an appropriate blues beat. The winner will be chosen by Shift's music man, Bob Mersereau. He picked the winner back in 2008. That year Steve Bond of Fredericton won the prize. Here's his entry for inspiration:

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'Wacky' Increase in Insider Lotto Win Percentage

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The latest report from Atlantic Lottery shows that the percentage big prize wins by insiders tripled last year, compared to the year before. It's an occurrence so unlikely, a UNB mathematician called the increase "wacky," and said it could not have happened by chance.  The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the numbers.

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Car Guy: Off-Roading in an Iltis!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer dreams of buying an old Iltis to drive on his off-road adventures.

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Wine Guy: Pinot Noir

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey looks at the different styles of Pinot Noir, and why one might satisfy while another just doesn't strike your fancy. His wine of the week is Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir from Niagara at a penny shy of 20 dollars a bottle.

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A Working Farm to Become Community Learning Centre

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There are plans to turn a 114 acre farm near Woodstock into a learning centre that will help at risk youth, the unemployed and community groups pick up skills. John Sharpe of Partners for Youth lays out the vision. 

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Partners For Youth

Rising Cost of Ethanol Having an Impact on NB Pump Prices

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The price of ethanol has climbed this summer to the point where it's actually more expensive than gasoline.  And, even though it represents a tiny percentage of the gas you buy at the pumps, it's having a significant influence on the overall price. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Pet Vet: Sensitive Kitties

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Sheila MacGowan says it isn't just your dog's tick medication that could be problematic for your cat - felines are sensitive!

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Matt Marr Makes the Finale, to the Delight of His Mom!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Quispamsis dancer Matt Marr has just made it to the finale of the television show "So You Think You Can Dance Canada!" There are plenty of people proud of his accomplishment, but perhaps no one is more proud than his mom, Lynn.

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Music Man: Peter Elkas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Bob Mersereau checks out the latest from former Local Rabbit and current memeber of Joel Plaskett's Emergency, Peter Elkas.

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