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October 2011 Archives

Greener Power From Big Business for a Price

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The CBC's Robert Jones has more on the government's new Energy Plan and its directive to NB Power to buy greener energy produced by big businesses and sell it back to them for a lot less. It's a money loser for the ultility, but is it a winner for the environment?

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Political Panel: NB Power, Auditor General and Seats in Ottawa

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Luc Desjardins, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - takes a look at the government's new Energy Policy that directs NB Power to buy electricity from big businesses and then sell it back to them for less. Also, the opposition in Ottawa raises questions about Mike Ferguson taking on the role of Auditor General because he's not bilingual, and 30 new seats in parliament. 

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Wine Guy: Something Dark, and a Little Scary

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for craig1.jpgCraig Pinhey looks at some deep dark wines in time for Hallowe'en. His wine of the week is Rymill Coonawarra Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon at $15.99 a bottle!

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Life as Jake: Buyer Flyer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer is reminded just how much fun he can have with the Buyer Flyer. The trick is to read it cover-to-cover to find the more intriguing ads! 

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Home Grown: Speerville

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Richard Wetmore is passionate about local, organic food. So he was thrilled to be offered a job with Speerville Flour Mills. Now he's busy helping to stock store shelves around the region with maritime grown and produced flours and grains.

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Speerville Flour Mill

Grandson of Lord Beaverbrook Speaks Out

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Timothy Aitken was in Fredericton for the posthumous induction of his grandfather into the Order of New Brunswick. He spoke with reporters at Government House about his grandfather and the on-going legal dispute with the art gallery that bears his name.

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Pet Vet: Making it Through Hallowe'en With Your Pet

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With ghouls and ghosts roaming the streets and knocking on your door, Hallowe'en can be pretty stressful for pets. Dr. Sheila MacGowan has some tips to make the holiday fun and safe for every member of the family.

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Energy Policy a Subsidy for Big Business?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The CBC's Robert Jones reports on a part of the government's new Energy Plan that directs NB Power to buy electricity from large industrial clients, then sell it back to them - for a cheaper price.

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Music Man: Moncton's Plan B

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Plan B in Moncton won best venue at the Music New Brunswick Awards, and with good reason according to our music man Bob Mersereau. He takes a look at the venue and he has a preview of the new compliation album "Best of Plan B".

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Business: Salaries on the Rise Despite Economy

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canadian business owners have been cautious about spending as the global economy weakens, but according to a new survey from the Conference Board of Canada, they still plan to increase salaries next year.  Our business columnist Donna Guzik explains. 

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August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey Into the Storm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gale.jpgPulitzer Prize winning journalist Barbara Walsh has a new book about the hurricane that thrashed the south coast of Newfoundland in 1935. Among the sailors lost at sea were her own ancestors. But because her grandfather had deserted her father's family when he was a boy, Walsh never knew of her connection to the storm until a conversation with her father nearly a decade ago. That talk set off a journey that took them to Newfoundland and into her family's past.

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UNBSJ Student Diagnosed with Active Tuberculosis

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A student at UNB in Saint John has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and students who share a class with that student will be tested. The CBC's Connell Smith has details.

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Technology: Google's Person Finder in a Crisis

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dan-misener-600_1.JPGIn the wake of Sunday's earthquake in Turkey, Google has launched a version of its Person Finder. Dan Misener takes a look at how this technology and others are bridging the gap between the physical and online worlds in crisis and disaster situations.

 

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Travel Guide: A Bunch of Deals

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker has a bunch of deals up her sleeve, including Caribbean cruises and flights to Europe.

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Elizabeth Weir In Tunisia to Monitor Country's First Election

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

People in Tunisia this past weekend did something they have never done in their lives - many thought they would never do - they voted.  It's being called the first democratic election as a result of the so-called Arab Spring.  The former leader of the provincial NDP is in the North African nation as an election monitor. Elizabeth Weir explains how inspiring it's been to watch about ninety percent of eligible voters turn up at the polls.

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Just Sayin': Hey!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Broadcaster Christine McLean has a look at our changing language. Today, the popularity of "Hey!" as a greeting - is it a bit too familiar or just about right?

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House Doctor: Heart Failure Not Treated Properly

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates that half a million Canadians suffer from heart failure. But according to a new Canadian study, the health care system may not be treating patients with heart failure properly. House doctor Brian Goldman takes a look.

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Former Texas Mayor In NB To Share His Shale Gas Experience

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Calvin Tillman was the mayor of tiny Dish, Texas, but he moved away just months ago for the sake of his family's health. Dish has been a magnet for natural gas companies and Tillman began to connect his family's problems with the shale gas industry. Groups concerned about the exploration here in New Brunswick asked Tillman to come and speak with people about his experiences with the industry.

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Political Panel: French Immersion, NB Power and Municipal Commissions

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been a big week for political news. On french immersion, the government announced yet another review and round of public hearings. As to NB Power, the utility was taken apart by one Tory government seven years ago, and now it appears it will be put back together again by another. And the auditor general issued a scathing report that targetted a Moncton commission for excessive spending. Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Luc Desjardins and Michael Camp - sift through the issues.

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NB Author Writes Book about Sable Island

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Wendy Kitts was always drawn to Sable Island and its wild horses. Two years ago she managed to visit the remote area with a number of artists. The experience inspired her to write a book teaching children about the island. It's called "Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar."

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Life As Jake: The 10 Commandments of Sandwich-Making

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer figures he's an expert at the art of making a great sandwich after years working at his uncle's sandwich shop in the Saint John City Market. It's there he learned the 10 Commandments of Sandwich-Making. Ignore at your peril!

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Wine Guy: World Wine Expo Preview

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The 21st Annual World Wine & Food Expo is coming up in Moncton from October 29th through November 5th. As always, our Wine Guy Craig Pinhey plans to be there as much as possible. His wine of the week was a hit at last year's show, Aresti Trisquel Syrah Chile at $16.99 a bottle.

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Home Grown: Real Food Connections

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When Levi Lawrence was still a business student at UNB, he came up with a plan to sell local New Brunswick food through a website and deliver it weekly to customers' homes and businesses. It was hugely popular...so much so that he's expanded the website, the delivery service and opened a grocery store.

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Real Food Connections

Where's Mactaquac in Province's New Energy Plan?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The provincial government's new energy plan doesn't include a single word about the Mactaquac dam -- the province's largest hydro dam. That's even though it's due for a rebuild so costly that it could make Point Lepreau look like a bargain. The CBC's Jacques Poitras looks into the ommission.

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Science: The Murderous Milky Way

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

According to new research, the Milky Way started out as a killer galaxy, eating up stars and anything else that got in its way.  The discovery may help explain why galaxies like our own have so few small satellite galaxies buzzing around them. Night Sky Guy Andrew Fazekas has the story.

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Pet Vet: Fall, Fleas and Hunting Season

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Sheila MacGowan has some seasonal advice for animal lovers including dealing with fleas and hunting safety.

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Windsor Energy CEO Has Choice Words for NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

One company's decision to go ahead and conduct seismic testing in Sussex without waiting for the town's approval has become the latest flashpoint in the shale gas controversy. The company that carried out the tests was Seismotion, a sub-contractor for Windsor Energy. With all of the controversy and the Minister of Natural Resources taking a closer look at Windsor Energy's conduct, the company's president and CEO, Khalid Amin, expresses his thoughts about his company's experience in New Brunswick.

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Music Man: Music NB and Penny Blacks

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

penny blacks.jpgOur maritime music man, Bob Mersereau, reports back from the Music NB Awards, and he checks out the full length debut from Saint John band Penny Blacks.

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Business: Attracting Talent to Small Businesses

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Being able to attract and hang on to the right employees is critical to the success of any business, especially small businesses. Unfortunately not enough entrepreneurs realize what a difference a motivated workforce can mean to their bottom line. Business columnist Donna Guzik has some advice.

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Scientist Able to Glean New Information From Right Whale Poop

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for right-whales.jpgIt's not easy to get blood samples from a whale, but concrete information about hormone and biotoxin levels is needed if scientists are to understand how populations are faring. This is especially true for threatened populations such as the Bay of Fundy's North Atlantic Right Whales. New England Aquarium senior scientist Rosalind Rolland has pioneered a way to get the needed measurements from whale poop.

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Seismic Testing Done in Sussex Before Council Vote

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Town council received a request to conduct seismic testing within town limits and the town planned a special council meeting for Tuesday night to consider its options. Turns out the company conducting the testing on behalf of Windsor Energy - Seismotion - arrived in Sussex the day before the meeting and went ahead with the testing without the town's approval. Sussex mayor Ralph Carr says he's disappointed by the company's actions.

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Travel Guide: The Rock

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for newfoundland.jpgNewfoundland and Labrador has some of the most spectacular and creative tourism advertising to be found anywhere. And everything they say about the place, its beauty and its people - is true! Ellen Tucker calls in from stunning St. John's.

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Technology: The Golden Age of Complaining

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for misener-21.jpgFrom Twitter, to Facebook, to Yelp and TripAdvisor, there's never been a better time to be a disgruntled customer. Given that relaity our tech columnist, Dan Misener, has some thoughts on small business customer service in the digital age.

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Baker Brook Deals with Teen's Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The CBC's Catherine Harrop speaks with people in Baker Brook where 17 year old Jean-Yves Cyr was killed Saturday night in what's believed to be a street racing accident. A second teen remains in hospital with serious injuries.

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Speaking Out Against Illegal Deer Farms

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

redmond.jpgThe death of a Saint-Leonard man has focused attention on the practice of keeping wild deer penned on private property. Gerry Redmond says the provincial government has turned a blind eye to these deer farms. Redmond is a former senior wildlife biologist with the provincial government. He spoke with the CBC's Susan King.

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Rothesay Mom Returns from 'Talent' Audition

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Andrea Levesque plucked up all her courage and went to Halifax last week to audition for the television show "Canada's Got Talent". The Rothesay mom loves to sing opera, but in the past her lack of formal training has been a bit intimidating. No more!

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Made in New Brunswick: Loogaroo

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Janice MacPherson has the story of Gene Fowler, the phenom behind Miramichi's Fat Kat Animation Studios. He built it up to a business employing 120 artists full-time - then he lost it all. Now Gene Fowler is back and he's putting what he learned from Fat Kat's demise into his new business, Loogaroo!

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Moncton SPCA Director Loses Pups

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

pups.jpgSPCA Executive Director Nanette Pearl was walking her dogs off-leash early on Sunday when her two bullmastiff puppies, Gem and Ezmerelda, ran up ahead. They were apprently picked up by a passing motorist just yards from home and neither has been seen since.

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House Doctor: 'Annoying' Patients

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Brian Goldman looks at a new study that suggests doctors aren't above treating patients they find annoying differently, often to the detriment of the patient.

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If It's Broke, Fix It: Liberal Renewal

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After last year's election defeat, the provincial Liberal Party asked a small group of grassroots members to look at what went wrong. The result is a 22-page report recommending how to give party members a greater say in policy. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has a look.

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Political Panel: The Economy, Welfare Debate and Liberal Renewal

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The province may have gained 3-thousand jobs back in September, but the province's deficit projections are about 65-million-dollars higher than forcast back in March.  Finance Minister Blaine Higgs seemed to point his finger at the civil service, and he had some controversial comments about the social welfare system. Shift's political panel - Luc Desjardins, Michael Camp and Lisa Keenan - looks at the issues and the plans for a renewed Liberal Party.

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Life As Jake: First Job

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer's first job made a big impression on him. He worked at a bottle exchange where he learned about hard work and keeping your hands out of your pockets.

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Wine Guy: Defending the Much Maligned Merlot

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Fans of the movie Sideways remember when the main character, Miles, exclaims "I am NOT drinking any blankety-blank Merlot." Merlot, it seems, is not everyone's favourite. Craig Pinhey comes to the defence of this maligned grape. His wine of the week is Nobilo from New Zealand at a penny shy of twenty dollars.


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Home Grown: Savour in St. Andrews

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Chef Alex Haun and his wife Jennie drop into the studio to whip up some fabulous risotto using fresh local mushrooms. They own and operate Savour in St. Andrews and they have quite the reputation for using fresh, local ingredients.

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Chef Alex Haun - Savour

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Kiss My Face Originator Shares his Story

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Fredericton native Bob McLeod was way ahead of the curve in 1981 when he launched the Kiss My Face brand of natural soaps and creams. It's now a multi-million dollar operation and McLeod has returned to the province to talk to members of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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Science: The Sound of Weather

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

According to new research, weather was on the mind of many classical composers as they wrote their masterpieces. Two British atmospheric scientists have published the first scientific survey of weather conditions in classical music. Our science columnist, Michael Bhardwaj, has the story.

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McAdam Station Features Art of Cameron King

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

CP 29 A Bygone Age-R- 15 1-2 x 25 2011-06.JPGThe historic McAdam Railway Station will transform into a bit of an art gallery this weekend. The station is hosting a number of steam locamotive paintings by New Brunswick artist Cameron King. David McInroy tells us about the artist and the restoration work underway at the station!

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Music Man: Music NB Awards!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

backyard.jpgBob Mersereau gives us the run down on all the great musicians up for Music New Brunswick Awards in Moncton this week..and he profiles one of his favourite albums from the last year from The Backyard Devils!

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Business: Wherego My Dividends?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

During the last recession, a lot of companies cut their dividends as a way of keeping more cash in the till. Now, companies are sitting on mountains of cash, but dividend payouts to shareholders haven't returned to pre-recession levels.  Our business columnist Donna Guzik takes a look.

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Roadsworth In Fredericton

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Montreal street artist Roadsworth has a new book published by Goose Lane that documents his life and work. He was on Shift on Friday and on Saturday he signed copies of his book in the capital city and he also created a stunning work of art near Officer's Square!roadsworth1.jpgroadsworth2.jpgroadsworth3.jpg

Making a Difference: Remembering Andrew Goodridge

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for goodridge.jpgA man who spent much of the last two years of his life lobbying the government to cover expensive cancer drugs died on Saturday at the age of 44. Andrew Goodridge of Lincoln was diagnosed two years ago with colorectal cancer which spread to his liver. We look back on the difference he made for cancer patients and other people facing catatrophic illness in the province.

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People in Hampton Protest Arrival of Shale Gas Exploration

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Geophones used for seismic testing have popped up along the highway in Hampton over the last few days. About 70 people turn up to protest the arrival of the shale gas industry, while Hampton town council plans to look at a request to allow exploration within town limits. The CBC's Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon reports from the protest.

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Update: Hampton blocks shale gas testing in town

Travel: Air Canada Strike and New York Hotels

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Air Canada's flight attendants reject the tentative agreement reached between their union and the company, meaning they could walk off the job early Thursday morning. Our travel guide Ellen Tucker weighs in, and she has some great hotel ideas if you're jetting off to the Big Apple this Fall. 

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Technology: Digital Locks?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dan-misener-600_1.JPGDan Misener looks at some new research that indicates digital locks designed to combat piracy might not work as expected.

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Dan's CBC News Story

Markhamville Resident Speaks out on Shale Gas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

thumper1.jpegbeth and rcmp.jpegThe residents of Markhamville find themselves immersed in the shale gas debate. Not long ago, they got together as a community association and all 38 households agreed they wanted no part of gas development. But this week the gas company trucks arrived, complete with an RCMP escort. Peter Powning has lived in the area for 41 years, and he shares his thoughts.

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Teen Suffering from Depression Speaks Out

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

On Monday night, three teens being treated for mental illness broke out of the Moncton Hospital after overpowering the only nurse on duty. One of those teens was being treated after overdosing on medication in an apparent suicide attempt. That young woman sat down with the CBC's Karen Rawlines to talk about her struggles and her attempts to get help.

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Wine Guy: Richibucto River Estates

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

richibuctowinery.jpgCraig Pinhey figures 2010 was a great year for New Brunswick wines, and it was especially good for a winery in the Richibucto area. His wine of the week is Richibucto River Estates Reserve Marechal Foch, which is under twenty dollars but you have to visit the winery to buy it.

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Life As Jake: Living Dog-Free

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer figures he's had about 30 years worth of dogs in just an eight year span. For the first time in a long time his family is without a canine companion, and he's alright with that.

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Political Panel: Fracking and the Environment Minister

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The province's municipal leaders came close last weekend to asking for a moratorium on shale gas exploration. The vote was 18 to 22 and it came after the group heard a presentation on the province's shale gas plans from Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney. Now some are wondering if the minister charged with protecting the environment is too cozy with the industry. Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins look at the issue.

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New album from The Once Features Song: A Round Again

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Newfoundland and Labrador's The Once has a new album out. It's called "Row Upon Row of The People They Know." It's a mix of original songs, covers and some traditional tunes as well. We're really loving this song, and we think you might as well. This is "A Round Again."

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Trump, Williams and Giuliani Create a 'Spark'

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sarah Trainor attends 'Spark' in Saint John - a pricey event that's meant to encourage people to try, risk and dare to be different. The event featured speeches by Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Danny Williams.

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Home Grown: Mount Allison's Local Food Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

mta.jpgMount Allison University is trying something a little different. They're in the beginning stages of turning some vacant land near the meal hall into a farm producing local food for students to eat. Already they've grown about thirty thousand pounds of potatoes! Michelle Strain tells us about the project.

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Science: Turkey Tires Me Out!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Science guy Michael Bhardwaj looks at the post-Thanksgiving dinner nap and explains that it's more than just the tryptophan in the turkey that's making us sleepy.

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Pet Vet: Cuts and Scrapes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has tips on what to do when your pet gets a cut or scrape, including items you should have on hand in case of emergency.

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Music Man: The Good Brothers

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our maritime music man Bob Mersereau has news about the Good Brothers performing in the province and their family ties to New Brunswick.  

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The Good Brothers

Business: Stock Market Woes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The third quarter just had one of its worst showings in years where the stock market is concerned.  Next week we'll get another economic reading and our business columnist Donna Guzik has a lookahead.

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A Pedestrian Is Killed, But That's Not the End of The Story

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It doesn't always make the news when someone is hit by a car while crossing a street. For the most part, after the police and the ambulance come and go, that's the end of the story. That's not the case for St. Thomas University student Lauren Bird. Here's her heartbreaking look at what happens after everyone leaves the scene of the accident.    

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NB Power Cuts 12 Employees at Head Office

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In a letter to employees, NB Power CEO Gaetan Thomas wrote "earlier today, 12 employees in the head office were advised they no longer have employment."  While the cut is not particularly large, it's yet another bit of bad news for the power utility. The CBC's Jacques Poitras reports.

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Technology: Apple's iPhone 4-S

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for misener-21.jpgShift's technology guy, Dan Misener, checks out the latest gizmo from Apple - the iPhone 4-S.

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Travel Guide: Britain

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker says this is the year to plan a trip to Great Britain! There's the Queen's Jubilee, a big Shakespeare event and a whole lot more to tempt you into a visit across the pond.

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French Music: Marijosee

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

MarcX4.jpgOur guide to French music, Marc Xavier Leblanc, has a look at a young musician from Manitoba who goes by the name of Marijosee. 

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Marijosee on MySpace

Laura Calder: Dinner Chez Moi

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Kingston Peninsula-born food writer and television star Laura Calder has a new cookbook. It's called "Dinner Chez Moi: The Fine Art of Feeding Friends". And you don't even have to be a cook to enjoy it. 

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NB Municipalities Grapple With Shale Gas Issue

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There was a close vote at the Union of New Brunswick Municipalities meeting over the weekend on the future of shale gas. Some say it's another indication of how divisive this issue's become. Rachel Cave reports.

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Premier Alward Asks NBers to Make 'Informed' Shale Gas Decision

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Premier David Alward tells a Moncton crowd how the economy of the province could benefit from shale gas, and how New Brunswick would bring in the toughest environmental regulations in North America to govern it. He also said the province has just launched its own website dedicated to factual information about the potential for shale gas.

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House Doctor: Patients Getting Too Much Care?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

According to a new study south of the border, many doctors believe that they are ordering too many tests and prescribing too many treatments for their patients. Our house doctor Brian Goldman looks at the study in detail.

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Political Panel: Alward's First Year

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Luc Desjardins and Michael Camp - weighs in on the first year of David Alward's Progressive Conservative government.

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Wine Guy: Port of Wines

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

winesep30.JPGCraig Pinhey attends the Port of Wines celebration in Halifax where he tries to answer the question, is expensive wine better wine?

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Life As Jake: Money Pit

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer loves his house. But he has come to a bit of a realization about the place - it's a money pit.

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