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December 2011 Archives

New Brunswick Proud At Under 17 World Hockey Challenge

Posted by Elke Semerad

Team Atlantic is made of 22 players from the atlantic provinces, and there is strong New Brunswick representation. Six players are from here, so is one of the coahes. Ryan Leland is the goaltender coach. He's a phys-Ed teacher in Quispamsis and hockey coach for the Saint John Vito's Major Midget team.
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Gas Regulation Up For Review in 2012

Posted by Elke Semerad

Gas prices in New Brunswick have been lower than the Canadian average 5 years in a row now, since the province adopted petroleum price regulation. It's an effect of regulation few predicted, but now the whole system is up for review. The CBC's Robert Jones has more.
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Studying Medicine On The Island of Saba

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeremy Durling is in second year medical school at the Saba University School of Medicine. The small Dutch island is in the Carribean. It's a beachless island, home to 2000 people. Jeremy Durling is home in Fredericton for the holidays.
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Home Grown: Naturally Raised Turkeys

Posted by Elke Semerad

Thousands of turkeys were carefully cooked for the holiday feast. Some of those birds were raised in a pasture in Steeves Settlement on Murray Bunnett's Family Farm. It was an idyllic place to grow free of antibiotics and hormones, feasting on grass and grain. Murray Bunnett is our guest this week on Homegrown.
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Science: Best Discoveries of 2011

Posted by Elke Semerad

This past year was jammed packed with some amazing astronomical discoveries and developments. Andrew Fazekas looks in awe to the skies for us.
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Travel Guide: Jamaica and River Cruises

Posted by Elke Semerad

Ellen Tucker has some ideas on how you can treat yourself to a trip South for sun.
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Rare Bullocks Oriole in Hampton

Posted by Elke Semerad

Harvey Mcleod's property in Hampton has been busy with birders for the past several weeks. You see - there is a rare visitor to Harvey's backyard bird feeder. It's a beautiful bird way off it's natural course of migration. It's a Bullocks Oriole. And it's attracting curious birders from near and far.
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Kidney Donation Couple: Part 1

Posted by Elke Semerad

John and Lidwina Taylor from Quispamsis are preparing for major surgery in the new year. Lidwina will be donating one of her kidneys to her 57 year-old husband John.
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Home Grown: Amazing Menu At St. Andrews Youth Centre

Posted by Cindy Grant

Chef Alex Haun prepares amazing meals for the St. Andrews Youth Centre three days a week, when he's not running his restaurant Savour.

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Shift's First Annual Hallelujah Chorus

Posted by Cindy Grant

Here it is...Shift's grand production of The Hallelujah Chorus with the voices of the Fredericton Ladies Choir, the Sussex Choral society, the Fredericton Choral Society, the Kingswood Singers, the Saint John High Concert Choir and the UNB Chorale!

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"No Man In Christmas" - Missy Gaudet

Posted by Cindy Grant

Missy Gaudet from Moncton has a unique holiday poem -  "There's No Man in Christmas." You can hear the poem and then Paul speaks with Missy to find out what inspired her to take the time to write this poem.

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Pet Vet: Pet Safe Christmas

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan is here to help walk you through a safe Christmas for your pets.
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A Christmas Story

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

tree-harbour.jpgRichard Mercer's Christmas stories have become a tradition on Shift. A few years back he decided to share one of them with us. We liked it and invited him in to read it for the show. Every year since then we wonder if he'll have a new story for us. And, so far, he has. This is Richard Mercer with "It's The Thought That Counts". 

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Speaker's 'Study Trip'

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It took six months, but Speaker Dale Graham kept his promise to provide details of his controversial "study trip" to Germany in June. Jacques Poitras reports.

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Music Man: Downloadable Christmas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Bob Mersereau has noticed a lot fewer Christmas albums for sale in the shops this year. Instead, many musicians are turning out Christmas downloads with proceeds going to charity!

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Business: A Look Back at 2011

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's an ancient Chinese curse that says "May you live in interesting times." And you could say 2011 has been pretty interesting. Our business columnist Donna Guzik has a look back at the year that was.

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UNB Chorale Performance!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We'll debut our pan-provincial Hallelujah Chorus on Thursday...but here's a bit of an early treat from the UNB Chorale! It's a live performance of a Hallelujah and Jingle Bells mash-up that we've incorporated into our chorus, but it's so original we thought we'd give it a spin on its own!

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Push for Tepper's Release

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

tepper.jpgSenators Mac Harb and Pierrette Ringuette joined Henk Tepper's wife, Ella, in Ottawa to appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to get the New Brunswick potato farmer released from prison in Beirut.

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Travel Guide: Seasonal Travel Advice

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

airline.jpgEllen Tucker has some ideas to make your holiday travel run a little smoother. Plus, she has some fabulous deals on trips you can take after Christmas is over!

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Gifts for Big Industry

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Liberals suggest big industry is getting big gifts from the government in the form of subsidies and rate cuts. As Robert Jones reports, it's the same accusation once made by the Tories against the previous Liberal government.

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Made in New Brunswick: Sparta Innovations

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A company that began 35 years ago with one truck and a welder in a family garage has morphed into a cutting edge engineering and project management firm with an international reach. Our guide to what's made in New Brunswick, Janice MacPherson, has the story of Sparta Innovations in Notre Dame.

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Sparta Innovations Website

Just Sayin': Not

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

wayne's.jpgOur guide to our changing language, Christine McLean, has a look at the contemporary use of the word "not".

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House Doctor: The Year in Medicine

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Medical breakthroughs are always making headlines. But this year, there were plenty of controversial medical stories in the news. Our house doctor, Brian Goldman, shares his picks for the year's most notable health stories.

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Wine Guy: Consumable Gifts

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for pinhey.jpgYou wouldn't be the first one to think christmas is ruined by a desperate need to shop for gifts that often end up on a shelf or in a drawer. Our Wine Guy, Craig Pinhey, has a solution: buy consumables!

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His gift wines of the week are Greg Norman Santa Barbara Pinot Noir for $24.99 a bottle, or for the more budget sensitive, Mirassou Pinot Noir at $14.99 a bottle.

Home Grown: Brighton Botanicals

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

botanicals.jpgPam Trenholme has created a farm near Hartland, Brighton Botanicals, that grows all manner of produce. She's perhaps best known for her line of organic dried herbs, herbal teas and blends. But she says her most enjoyable crop is the new gardeners and young farmers she teaches through apprenticeship programs and farm vacations!

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Lepreau Spill

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Energy Minister told the media that everything went like clockwork this week when heavy water spilled at Point Lepreau. But as Robert Jones reports, the response wasn't quite as smooth as the minister indicated.

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Science: No Visions of Sugarplums!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It seems a combination of too much food and drink, too little sleep and a bunch of holiday stress makes for distressing dreams leading up the Christmas. Our science columnist, Michael Bhardwaj, looks at the phenomenon.

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Homemade Gifts Stolen

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Courtney Mollins-Bidlake painted personal gifts for her family members and planned to mail them back home when the gifts were stolen from the trunk of her car!

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Music Man: Stephanie Mainville

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

mainville.jpgNew Brunswick's own Stephanie Mainville has a new holiday album called Old Man Winter and Bob Mersereau checks it out!

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East Coast Music

Business: Lower Food Prices?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The rising cost of food has been hitting consumers pretty hard over the past couple of years. But according to the latest food-price forecast, grocery bills should be easier to handle in 2012. Donna Guzik explains.

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December Flood Anniversary

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

flood1.jpgOne year after the December floods, Bill Lawlor of the Canadian Red Cross remembers the disaster and the effort to get lives and communities back on track.

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Homes for Attawapiskat

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jacques Roy of Maple Leaf Homes in Fredericton explains why his company was selected to build 22 modular homes to help house people on the impoverished Attawapiskat First Nation.

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Travel Guide: Utah

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

utah.jpgEllen Tucker left Las Vegas and headed straight for Utah! She has a ton of great ideas if you're thinking of planning your Utah adventure.

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Technology: Holiday Gadget Guide

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you have a techie on your Christmas list, Dan Misener has some advice to avoid the pitfalls when it comes to giving gadgets for the holidays.

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Fredericton Ladies Choir!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We have just received another wonderful version of the Hallelujah Chorus from the Fredericton Ladies Choir! The choir includes 110 ladies who gather each week to join in song and fellowship. They perform under the direction of Dianne Wilkins, Peter Steeves and Julie Maston. The choir's 2011 Christmas Concert, "Here We Come A-Carolling," will be held on Sunday, December 18, at St. Paul's United Church on York and George Streets. The music starts at 3:00 pm. This year, the ladies will be joined by a group of over 30 gentlemen! They sound truly wonderful together. This event is not to be missed!

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Saint John High School Concert Choir

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Saint John High School Concert Choir has had a very busy season! They performed the annual Christmas concert with the help of the Saint John High School String Ensemble. They also found time to record themselves singing an acapella version of the Hallelujah Chorus for our pan-provincial chorus project! We couldn't be happier to have them on board!

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Potash Development

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Atlantic Potash Corp. has signed a deal to explore the Millstream potash deposit. The CBC's Rachel Cave was in Sussex for the announcement and she has details.

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House Doctor: Don't Collapse Near Hospital!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you were going to collapse, you'd think right in front of a hospital would be the ideal spot. Not so. A woman recently collapsed a hundred meters from the main entrance of a Lethbridge, Alberta hospital and when a passerby ran to the hospital for help, the receptionist called 911! Dr. Brian Goldman says it's a pretty common policy.


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Alberta Woman Says Water Contaminated by Fracking

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for fractured-future-140.jpgJessica Ernst is a biologist who worked as an environmental consultant to the oil and gas industry. For the last 10 years she's been fighting a legal battle over her own water supply. She's launched a 33 million dollar lawsuit naming the gas company Encana, the Alberta government and the province's energy regulator. She claims that hydraulic fracking near her home in Rosebud contaminated her water and she's in the province sharing her experience.

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NB Government Breaks Natural Gas Agreement

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

si-nb-enbridge-pipes-220.jpgEnbridge Gas New Brunswick has been hitting customers with additional fees to cover the costs of building their pipeline network in the province. The government says: not any more. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.

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Life as Jake: Christmas Diet?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With eggnog and shortbread at every gathering, Christmas may be the wrong time to start a weight-loss regime. Not so says Jake Palmer. He figures he has 10 pounds to lose, and if he can do it at Christmas, he won't have any trouble keeping it off.

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Wine Guy: Eggnog

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

eggnog.jpgOne of the great drinking traditions of the holiday season is eggnog, generally reinforced with rum or another spirit. Our wine guy, Craig Pinhey, looks at the history of the eggy beverage, and he has the perfect rum for your eggnog this holiday season - Cruzan Amber at $23.99 a bottle.

 

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Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dany Falle of Fredericton has spent countless hours planning his Christmas lights display, and now it's showtime! You see, he has more than 20,000 lights in his yard and they flash and dance along with a Christmas soundtrack!

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YouTube video of one of Dany's creations

Home Grown: Bite By Michelle's Christmas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

cookie-pics-011-copy.jpgMichelle Hooton takes the notion of Christmas home cooking to a level equalled only by...say maybe...Martha Stewart? She writes a very popular food blog and when we read about her Christmas preparations, especially her savory shortbread, we had to have her back on Home Grown!

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Bite By Michelle, including recipe!

Omnibid Technology

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Scott Buffett of Fredericton explains how the technology he's developed could be used to find what you're looking to buy online, negotiate the price and have it to you in no time!

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Science: Cab Drivers Have Big Brains!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New research helps explain why cab drivers can remember so many different routes....their brains are actually bigger than the average person's! Michael Bhardwaj has the details.

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Pet Vet: No Pets for Christmas!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for puppy.jpgNo matter how much your family or friends beg for a kitten or puppy under the Christmas tree this year, Dr. Sheila MacGowan says it's just not a good idea.

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Connecting the Dots

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dots.jpgA year ago Maureen Bilerman spearheaded a public demonstration to help get the word out about the lack of mental health services for children and youth after her experiences trying to find help for her daughter. Now she says there's support, but still work to be done.

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No Charges Against Windsor

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The RCMP will not charge Windsor Energy after the company conducted seismic testing in Sussex without the town's approval, and it seems under the current regulations that the province can't do anything either. Matt McCann has details.

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Dieppe Water Woes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

water.jpgThe residents of a Dieppe trailer park are caught in a dispute between their landlord and the city.  The city says the park's owner owes more than half a million dollars, and now the water has been cut off. The CBC's Marc Genuist has details.

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Music Man: Dave Gunning's Christmas Too

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gunning.jpgDave Gunning was a big winner the the Canadian Folk Awards over the weekend, and Bob Mersereau says it's about time the Nova Scotia singer-songwriter got some national attention. He plays a song from Dave Gunning's brand new holiday album, 'Christmas Too'.

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Business: 'Tis the Season for Financial Planning

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our business columnist Donna Guzik says there's more to a healthy financial life this holiday than keeping the Christmas credit card purchases to a minimum. She says 'tis the season for year end planning.

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Three Choirs Unite!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

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The Fredericton Choral Society, the Sussex Choral Society and the Kingswood Singers practicing for their Christmas concerts! They have kindly sent along a recording of all three choirs - more than 100 voices - singing the Hallelujah Chorus for our pan-provincial project. Your choir can join the chorus as well - just send your recording of the Hallelujah Chorus to shift@cbc.ca by December the 12th. In the meantime, you can catch these three wonderful choirs performing together, along with the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra, this weekend. The soloists include Sarah Hallyburton, Andrew Pickett, Owen McCausland and David Mitchell under the direction of Bjorn Runefors. On December 10th they perform at Kingswood University in Sussex - but that show is sold out! You can still purchase tickets for the show on December 11th at Sunset Church in Fredericton. They are available at Westminster Books or by contacting Janet Ratliffe at 488-9894.

Just Sayin': Ish

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you want to qualify your answer, you might say kind of, or sort of...or you might simply add ish. Christine McLean is fascinated by our changing language and today she looks at the way those three little letters are used.

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House Doctor: More Women in Medical School

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Women in Canada now make up more than half the workforce in medicine and other health fields. In the U-K it's predicted that female doctors will outnumber male doctors within 6 years, and an editorial in the Student British Medical Journal asks whether the trend has gone too far. House Doctor Brian Goldman has details.

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Political Panel

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Luc Desjardins and Michael Camp - looks at the shale gas controversy in the province, the petition and the free vote coming up in the legislature.

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Life As Jake: Christmas Gift-Giving

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer gave up Christmas shopping a couple of years ago after a dreadful experience. Now he and his wife have developed their own motto when it comes to gift giving and receiving: Make It, Bake It, Or I Won't Take It.

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HST Changes?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The provincial government has tabled a new agreement with Ottawa regarding the HST. The CBC's Jacques Poitras looks at the changes and what what they could mean in the future.

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Fractured Future: Gasland Creator Josh Fox

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gasland.jpgGasland has been screened in community halls right across the province. The award winning American documentary is a catalyst for anti-fracking activists, and the industry has invested no small amount of time and money trying to discredit the film. Josh Fox is now working on a sequel. He tells us how his film has spread awareness about the risks involved in shale gas exploration.

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Fractured Future: First Nations Perspective

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fractured-future-140.jpgFirst nations people in the province have as much at stake as anyone else in the shale gas debate. But when it comes to those communities, there are different legal issues that could apply. Matt McCann has a  look at how the province's first nations are responding to the prospect of shale gas development.

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Home Grown: Fundy North Fishermen

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Fundy North Fishermen's Association has just launched the province's first community-supported fisheries project that will see members sign up for regular delivery of fresh, local seafood! Maria Recchia the association's executive director, and she explains how it works.

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Lepreau License

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In a post-Fukushima world, the CBC's Connell Smith attends the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's public hearing on a new 5 year operating license for Point Lepreau.

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Science: Monarch Migration

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Scientists have long wondered why this little butterfly travels from Canada to central Mexico each year. Our science columnist, Michael Bhardwaj, says they may soon have an answer, and that answer may provide insight into other animal migrations.

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Shale Gas Protest Song

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Fredericton's Matt Carter sent us a song he wrote. He says he wrote it for the people in the province who are protesting against shale gas development. The song is called "A Hole in Our Hearts." Here it is along with Matt talking about his inspiration.

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Matt Carter's Blog: mjc73

Fractured Future: Shale Gas Hopes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's no shortage of people concerned about the impact of shale gas exploration...but there are also communities who welcome the industry and the money it brings. The CBC's Susan King visits Blackville.

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Music Man: Brent Mason

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

brentmason.jpgSaint John's Brent Mason has just released his 8th album. It's called "Old New Borrowed Blue" and our music man, Bob Mersereau, gives it a spin.

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East Coast Music

Business: Job Prospects

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Economists don't expect much in the way of job creation out of the latest employment numbers. But our business columnist, Donna Guzik, says that doesn't mean there aren't jobs out there. She has ideas about where to look and what sectors are short on employees.

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