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November 2011 Archives

Scientists Disagree on Shale Gas Risk

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Composite-SiegelIngraffea-460.jpgAs part of our series, Fractured Future, we invite two academics often quoted by either side of the shale gas debate to take a look at the science. Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University often speaks to community groups and environmental organizations concerned about hydrofracking. Donald Siegel of Syracuse University often speaks publicly in favour of natural gas development.

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Kijiji Ad Writer Refects on Wild Ride

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

cho.JPGIt's been a heck of a ride for Moncton's Weh-Ming Cho. His funny snowblower ad went viral, attracting more than 400 thousand hits. He had interview requests, job offers and marriage proposals. Now his snowblower has been picked up by its new owner, and he has a chance to reflect on becoming an internet star.

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Weh-Ming Cho's Blog

Technology: Can Your Computer Heat Your House?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for misener-21.jpgNot yet, but perhaps soon. Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Virginia think your home could be heated by hundreds of computers...for free.  The concept is called a "data furnace" and technology columnist Dan Misener has details.

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Dan's CBC News Story

Travel Guide: American Airlines

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

li-airplane-foss-620.jpgThe largest U.S. airline has filed for bankruptcy protection. Our travel guide, Ellen Tucker, takes a look at what the impact could be here in Canada. Plus, she has a few deals up her sleeve.

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Fractured Future: "Drilling Down"

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For nearly a year the New York Times has worked on an exhaustive series that examines all aspects of the shale gas industry. Ian Urbina is the lead journalist on the story. He talks about what it took to get the facts and the backlash from some factions of the industry.

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New York Times Series: Drilling Down

Peer Support for Adoptive Parents

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

nbadoptionLogo.jpgHundreds of children in the province are still looking for a home and a family to call their own. There can be unique challenges involved in adopting, particularly when it comes to children with a history of abuse, neglect or loss. There's a new pilot project that's looking to help families by offering support from parents who have been there. Suzanne Kingston of the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation explains how it works.

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New Brunswick Adoption Foundation

House Doctor: Prescription Drug Addiction

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Prescription narcotics like OxyContin relieve pain, but they also come with significant risk of addiction. Next weekend CBC Radio's "White Coat, Black Art" examines the problem of prescription drug abuse. House Doctor Brian Goldman has a preview.

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Wine Guy: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

drylandsvines.jpgCraig Pinhey is back from his New Zealand adventure where he developed an appreciation for the country's distinctive and intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc! Pictured is the Drylands Winery in Marlborough where he took a master class. His wine of the week is Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc at $19.99 a bottle.

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Life as Jake: Buying a Snowblower

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer has bought himself a snowblower, which is great for blowing snow but not so good for his guilty little winter pleasure.

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Political Panel: The Speech from the Throne

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Luc Desjardins, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - look at the Speech from the Thone, including proposals to reduce the number of MLAs and the amount of unconditional grants to municipalities. The panel also looks at the protest outside the legislature surrounding the province's plans for shale gas exploration.

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Moncton Man's Snowblower Ad Goes Viral

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

4980ci1_19.jpgWeh-Ming Cho wanted his ad to stand out on Kijiji. Mission accomplished. His hilarious ad for his snowblower has been passed around the globe!

 

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Is Climate Change Contributing to World Conflict?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

books.jpgWhile governments in the world's developed nations procrastinate in cutting greenhouse gases, extreme weather caused by climate change is already fomenting violence and unrest around the globe, according to journalist and sociologist, Dr. Christian Parenti. He's in Fredericton to talk about his latest book, "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence".

 

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Home Grown: Brewed Awakenings

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

bez.jpgOkay, so you can't grow coffee cherries in New Brunswick, but you can roast them. We're bending our own rules this week to introduce you to Brewed Awakenings, a company in French Lake that roasts some unusual beans. Jennifer Sexton is one of the owners and she explains what makes her company different.

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Brewed Awakenings

Pet Vet: Diagnostics

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Pets can't tell you what's wrong when they're not feeling quite right. Our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan explains the value of springing for blood work or scans when it comes to getting the diagnosis right.

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Business: The Control Freak Boss

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Employees in almost every company complain about control freak, micromanaging bosses. Business columnist Donna Guzik explains why people micromanage and what you can do about it.

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Travel Guide: Cruise or Coach?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When you picture yourself touring the U.K., you may not picture a cruise. But our travel guide Ellen Tucker says there are affordable alternatives to the standard motor coach tour of the British Isles, it's all about how you want to travel.

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Technology: The Stop Online Piracy Act

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The United States wants to get tough on copyright infringement. Legislation called the "Stop Online Piracy Act" is before the US House of Representatives. But critics say that fighting piracy could lead to censorship, and even to the end of the internet as we know it. Dan Misener explains.

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Just Sayin': My Bad

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If there's one thing many of us have a hard time saying, it's, "I'm sorry". But there's another way to make an apology. Our slang slinger, Christine McLean, takes a look at the origin of the phrase "My Bad."

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Made in New Brunswick: Soricimed Biopharma

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's a drug development and diagnostic research company based in Sackville that's getting closer all the time to providing a blood test that can catch cancer early and a drug to fight one of the deadliest forms of the disease, ovarian cancer. It's called Soricimed Biopharma Inc. Our guide to what's made in New Brunswick, Janice MacPherson, explains how the company is moving from discovery through development to market.

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Soricimed Biopharma

House Doctor: Troubling Report on Senior Hospital Care

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

By the year 2029, nearly one in three Canadians will be over the age of 65. That makes a recent report about the care of seniors in the U.K. even more relevant...and troubling.  House doctor Brian Goldman explains what the report uncovered.

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New Cross-Border International Commerce Program

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Students in New Brunswick and Maine can now get a business degree in international commerce moving between campuses on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Washington County Community College and the University of New Brunswick are co-operating to offer the program. Bill Case is a senior faculty member in business at Washington County Community College in Calais and he explains how it will work.

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Wine Guy: New Zealand Pinot Noir

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

bendigo.jpgOur Wine Guy Craig Pinhey has been in New Zealand wine touring the past week, getting up close and intimate with some of the best Sauvignon Banc and Pinot Noir in the world. Pictured is the vineyard that makes Kim Crawford's Small Parcel Pinot Noir, so it's no surprise that Craig's wine of the week is Kim Crawford Pinot Noir for a $24.99.

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Life as Jake: Keeping the Firewood Dry

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For Jake Palmer, there's one chore that simply must be done before winter truly settles in. Surprisingly it doesn't have anything to do with the car...it's all about keeping the firewood dry.

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Remembering Brian Dalzell

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The bird-watchers in this province are close-knit and well-connected. This week they're united in mourning the sudden death of Brian Dalzell of Grand Manan. The 54 year old was an inspiration to many in naturalist and birding circles. Many are writing tributes and memorials and sharing them online. Moncton birder Roger LeBlanc agreed to read his tribute for us.

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Home Grown: The Happy Hopyard!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

hops.jpgAshley Durdle was wrapping up a career in the airforce a few years back and she was looking for a bit of a change. She bought some fifty acres of land in Cornhill, near Sussex, with her partner Bob Fitzgerald and the Happy Hopyard was born! With micro-breweries popping up all over, there's no shortage of customers looking for a source of local hops.

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Diesel Fuel and Heating Oil Prices On The Rise

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you heat with oil, or drive a car with a diesel engine - brace yourself. Even though gasoline prices went down by a couple of cents overnight - diesel fuel and heating oil are hitting their highest prices in three years.  In fact, the gap in pricing between gas and diesel is almost historical. The CBC's Robert Jones has a closer look.

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Science: Give Up on Saving Wild Pandas, Rhinos and Tigers?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Western Black Rhino is now officially extinct in the wild. It's one of many species - like tigers and pandas - that have lived on the brink of extinction for decades. Now, a growing number of conservation experts say it's time to adopt a radical new approach: species "triage."  Efforts would be focussed on saving animals that stand a chance, while others would be left to die off. Michael Bhardwaj has more on the controversial idea.

 

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Pet Vet: Thyroid Disease

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our pet vet, Dr. Sheila MacGowan, has advice on how to recognize if your pet has a thyroid problem and thoughts on how it can be treated.

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Business: Why Smart CEOs Make Dumb Decisions

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

From Enron, to Nortel to Cineplex...corporate managers have been known to lie about their companies' earnings. And just about every time they hurt themselves and the businesses they worked for.  Donna Guzik explains how new research sheds some light on why these seemingly smart, rational executives make such bad decisions.

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Birders Spy Rare Prothonotary Warbler...For the Second Time!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

warbler.jpgAlain Clavette and Roger Leblanc may be the luckiest birders around! This week they spotted a rare Prothonotary Warbler near an abandoned farmhouse east of Alma. Sightings of the little songbird are so rare in New Brunswick that they have only been recorded 15 times since 1862! It just so happens that two of those sightings belong to this birding duo! (Thanks to Alain for the great pictures!)

 

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Farmer Shocked When Cow has Triplets!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

triplets.jpgOn November 3rd, a holstein cow at a dairy farm in Lincoln gave birth to triplets -- three healthy female calves weighing in at about 120 pounds together. The chances of a cow giving birth to three calves is about one in eight million! It certainly surprised the farmers, Julia and George Bourque. Julia tells the story of Love, Faith and Hope.

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Travel Guide: Couples Resorts and Deals!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

jamaica.jpgEllen Tucker is back from her Jamaican vacation to talk about all-inclusive resorts for couples only! Pictured is the Couples Resort where she stayed, Tower Isle. Plus, she has a bunch of great travel deals to share!

 

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Shift's Virtual Choir to Perform Hallelujah Chorus

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus is a Christmas tradition...and we expect many choirs in the province plan to perform it as part of their Christmas concert celebrations. We have a crazy idea, and we're going to need your help! We're going to try and create a pan-provincial Hallelujah Chorus here on the show!

Here's how it will work - in theory - and we hope in practice. If your choir is practising the chorus this year, please record yourselves. You can email the mp3 to shift@cbc.ca Once we have all the submissions, we'll put them together, moving from one choir to the next, until we have the whole province singing the chorus together!

We know it's a lot to ask, but we also think it will be worth it! So, please send your recordings to us, and please make them acapella so that it's easier to blend the voices. If you have pictures of your choir performing, send those as well along with the dates for your Christmas performances. The deadline for submissions is December 12.

Please be part of New Brunswick's own remote mass choir!

Cover Me Canada Runner-Up Melanie Morgan!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

melanie.jpgIt's been one heck of a ride for Cap Pele's Melanie Morgan! For weeks she's performed on national television with her band, competing for the top title on the CBC show "Cover Me Canada." Sunday was the finale, and Melanie Morgan is the runner-up! She talks about the experience and what the exposure means for her career.

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House Doctor: Palliative Care in the ER

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Last week, a national program was launched in the U.S. to improve access to palliative medicine for seriously ill patients in the ER.  House doctor Brian Goldman says Canadians are paying attention.

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Bay of Fundy Edged Out of New 7 Wonders Contest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

cliffs_lighthouse.jpgThe only Canadian entry left in the global New 7 Wonders of Nature contest didn't make the top 14. The Bay of Fundy is in good company though - the Grand Canyon didn't make the cut either! Terri McCulloch of Bay of Fundy Tourism talks about the effort it took to take the Bay this far, and what she figures has been gained through the exposure the contest provided.

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Political Panel: Crime Bill and Windsor Energy

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ottawa's omnibus crime bill could cost the provinces billions over the next few years because while the tough-on-crime policies are within federal jurisdiction, the provinces have to carry them out. Quebec and Ontario are saying they're not going to pay. Our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins - tackle the issue. They also look at the province's decision to hand its investigation of Windsor Energy over the to RCMP.

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Wine Guy: Fredericton's Raise Your Spirits Festival

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

copperstill.jpgThe festival is a great chance to check out some single malts without the big price tag! Craig Pinhey dips his toe into the world of whiskey. His spirit of the week is Johnny Ziegler Original 20 Year Old Brandy from Winegarden Estate.  You can order it on their website...$40 for a 200 ml bottle.

Winegarden Estate

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Life as Jake: Finding a Family Heirloom at a Flea Market!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer loves sifting through the junk at a garage sale or a flea market. Sometimes it really pays off! Jake actually managed to find a family heirloom that once belonged to his grandfather at a flea market.

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Record Profits at NB Power

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

nb power.jpgNB Power is in the midst of its best year in its 90 year history. The utility made 117 million dollars during the first six months of its current fiscal year...and that's on top of the 93 million it made during the last six months of the previous year. Pretty good for the crown corporation that has in recent memory been cast as a financial millstone that should be sold. The CBC's Robert Jones has details.

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Home Grown: Leah Anstis of Buy Local NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

buylocalnb.jpgYou could call Leah Anstis a local food evangelist...and the Buy Local NB campaign coordinator is finding a lot of converts. The website where you can search for everything from locally produced cheese to wine to sausages gets about 3,000 hits a month. And that's not all she has up her sleeve!

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Buy Local NB

Science: Simple Chemistry Cracks Spy Code

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

According to documents released this week by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, Mabel Elliott was responsible for cracking the code of a World War One German spy network. And all she needed to do it was a little simple chemistry. Our science columnist, Michael Bhardwaj, has her story.

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Pet Vet: When Does Your Pet Need to See a Vet?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It can be difficult to figure out when your pet isn't feeling well, and if it's serious enough to warrant a trip to the veterinarian. Our pet vet, Dr. Sheila MacGowan, has some advice.

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St. Stephen Tenth Graders Get Health Report Card

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Grade 10 students at St. Stephen High School are weighed and measured by a team of health professionals. It's part of the process of putting together a health report card that will be sent to students and their parents.  Last year was the first time students were tested, and the results were troubling. Nurse practitioner Yvonne Bartlett helps spearhead the program and we spoke with her to find out more.

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RCMP to Investigate Provincial Nominee Program

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The provincial government has asked the RCMP to investigate several complaints about the Provincial Nominee Program. No one's saying what the complaints are about, but the CBC's Jacques Poitras has been looking at the program for several years and he shares what he's learned.

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Music Man: Meaghan Smith's "It Snowed"

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

meaghan.jpgMaritime music man Bob Mersereau throws caution to the wind with an early Christmas album review...but when it comes to "It Snowed," he just can't help himself!

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Business: Smart Christmas Shopping

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Business columnist Donna Guzik has tips to help you strategize your Christmas shopping this year and avoid those last minute trips and credit card hangovers.

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Technology: Tele-Presence Robots?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dan-misener-600_1.JPGIf you've ever sat through a conference call, or participated in an online group chat, you know it's not quite the same as being there in person. You miss out on all the body language. But new developments in tele-presence technology could usher in new ways to be there... without really being there. Dan Misener tells us about tele-presence robots!

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Just Sayin': OMG

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If someone says something that really surprises you, do you find yourself saying OMG? The letters stand for "Oh My God" and it's an expression that comes from texting, but has since migrated into everyday speech. Christine McLean is our guide to modern vernacular and she explores OMG and other phrases we get from texting.

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House Doctor: Study Says Physicians Can Learn Empathy

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Cancer patients say they want little kindness from their doctors, along with the chemo. A recent study concludes that may be possible, even for doctors who have a tough time with empathy. Apparently, it's something you can learn. House doctor Brian Goldman has more.

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Political Panel: Snowplows, Seniors, Insurance and Ferguson

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With the deficit on the rise, the province is looking at some interesting ways of raising money and cutting expenses, including introducing highway tolls, reducing snowplowing and road salt, and increasing the co-payment ceiling low-income seniors pay when filling prescriptions. But the week wasn't entirely focused on finance. Michel Leger and his insurance working group recommend boosting the cap on soft-tissue injuries, and Michael Ferguson is the new Auditor General. Our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins - discusses it all.

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10 Year Old Supernova Discoverer to be Honoured by Glamour!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been an amazing year for 10 year old Kathryn Gray of Fredericton! Last December she became the youngest person in history to discover a supernova. Now she's off to New York City to attend Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards. She's been selected as one of their 21 Amazing Young Women!

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Wine Guy: World Wine and Food Expo

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey checks in from the 21st Annual World Wine and Food Expo in Moncton. His wine of the week is Chapoutier Marius White. It's $11.79 a bottle, but for now it's only available at the Expo.

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Life as Jake: Looking for Home Sweet Home

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer has been working with a couple of first-time-homebuyers for 13-months. They looked high and low before they finally found their own home sweet home.

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Recipe to Riches Winner John Grass

Posted by Cindy Grant

John Grass of Upper Coverdale has a passion for cooking. His "Chicken Grenades," an appetizer featuring chicken, cheese and a jalapeno wrapped in bacon and basted with bbq sauce and apple jelly, won him first place and 25-thousand dollars on the reality show "Recipe to Riches."

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Home Grown: Gagetown Fruit Farm

Posted by Cindy Grant

gagetown.jpgWhen Matthew Estabrooks' parents decided to retire, he took over the family farm with his partner Heather Rhymes. Chefs by trade, the young couple decided to branch out a bit, making soups and other items to sell at the farmers' market and even opening a restaurant on the farm! Heather Rhymes tells us all about Gagetown Fruit Farm on this week's episode of Home Grown.

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Seniors Advocate Not Happy With Drug Plan Changes

Posted by Cindy Grant

News that the provincial government is considering charging seniors in the prescription drug program more for their medications has come as a shock to seniors' advocates. The government announced yesterday that its proposing doubling the co-payment ceiling for seniors in the program to $500. They say that while drug costs have consistantly gone up, the ceiling hasn't been raised in 15 years. And they figure raising the ceiling now would save about three million dollars a year. Cecile Cassista is executive director of the coalition for seniors' and nursing home residents' rights.

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Pet Vet: Puppy Mills

Posted by Cindy Grant

Another SPCA seizure of 149 dogs from a suspected puppy mill near Edmundston last week has our pet vet wondering what it will take to get the puppy buying public's attention. This is second seizure in that area in as many weeks. Our pet vet, Dr. Sheila MacGowan shares her thoughts.

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Music Man: The Once

Posted by Cindy Grant

They haven't been around long, but Newfoundland and Labrador's The Once have already made quite a name for themselves. The band's second album is on the shelves now and our Maritime Music Man Bob Mersereau takes a look.

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Business: Online Investment Fraud

Posted by Cindy Grant

The internet and social media have made it easier than ever for investment fraudsters to thrive. But instead of just warning people about scams, Canadian securities regulators have come up with a new campaign that teaches investors to identify online fraud.  For more on this we're joined by our business columnist Donna Guzik.
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Travel Guide: Tauck Tours For Canadian Travellers

Posted by Cindy Grant

The family company that pretty much invented packaged tours in North America has decided it's time to cater to Canadian travellers. Tauck began in 1925 with an organized tour of the back roads of New England. Today, you can book a trip to any corner of the globe. Our travel guide Ellen Tucker tells us all about it.


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Life In Prison For Double Murder

Posted by Cindy Grant

A 65 year old man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years in connection with the killing of a mother and son near Sackville back in 1995.
Raymond Joseph White was charged last year with murdering Mary-Lou Barnes and her 12-year-old son Larry Mills Jr. - and at the time... pleaded not guilty. He changed his plea last week during a preliminary hearing. Reporter Kate Letterick was in the courtroom today and brings us the details.
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Technology: Open Margin

Posted by Cindy Grant

It's not unusual to thumb through a second-hand book, or borrowed one from the library, and come across someone's handwritten notes scrawled in the margins. This past week, a tech startup in the Netherlands launched a new service called Open Margin.  It encourages e-book readers to do exactly what librarians told us not to do: write in the margins. Dan Misener takes a look. 

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NB Home Chef Makes Food Network Debut

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

John Grass of Upper Coverdale loves to cook, and he's pretty darn good at it! His recipe for something he calls Chicken Grenades landed him a spot on the new Food Network reality show "Recipe to Riches". His episode airs this Wednesday, and John Grass tells us about the experience.

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Recipe to Riches

House Doctor: HPV Vaccine for Boys?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For years, doctors have recommended that young women get vaccinated against the human papilloma virus to help prevent cervical cancer. Last week, an advisory panel in the U.S. recommended that young men get vaccinated too. House doctor Brian Goldman looks at the issue.

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