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February 2012 Archives

Travel: Niagara Falls

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our travel guide Ellen Tucker makes a startling confession, up until a couple of days ago, she'd never been to Niagara Falls. 

 

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Defamation Trial: Tait cross-examined

Posted by Cindy Grant

The defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson is well into its third week and today, it was all questions from the defense.  Lawyer Rod Gillis spent hours cross-examining former Pension Board Trustee Glen Tait.  Tait is a former fire chief, pensioner and sitting MLA. Rachel Cave has all the details.

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Technology: Protect Your Phone Data

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our technology columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty has word on how protect yourself if your smartphone gets stolen or is lost.

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Defamation Case Continues: Robert Jones Reports

Posted by Cindy Grant

John Ferguson's lawyer, Rod Gillis, shines the light on some of the pension board's decisions.

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House Doctor: Doctors Fib To Their Patients

Posted by Cindy Grant

Dr. Brian Goldman is here with a new survey that shows just how often doctors fib to their patients.

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Political Panel: Looking South

Posted by Cindy Grant

The members of our political panel look south of the border for inspiration today - with their thoughts and observations on the marathon race for the Republican party leadership.

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Wine Guy: Vertical Wine Collections

Posted by Cindy Grant

Craig Pinhey our wine guy, figures A-N-B-L is offering an interesting option for all of you wine-lovers out there. His wine of the week: Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile - Casa Lapostelle, for 20.99 a bottle. 

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STU: Living Off The Land

Posted by Cindy Grant

Kyle Hodnett, and his girlfriend Anna Slater, jumped at a chance to live and grow food on their own. They gave up electricity, running water and a solid roof over their heads so they could live in a tent with their dog. Adam Hodnett is Kyle's brother he has this story.

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Life As Jake: Home Alone

Posted by Cindy Grant

Jake's wife heads away for a vacation, leaving him in charge of the household and the two children.

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Home Grown: Windy Hill Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

windyhill.jpgAlyson Chisholm knows a lot about organic farming: 10 years experience as part of a cooperative farm in British Columbia -- and now three years on Windy Hill Farm, which she bought with her husband, Will Pedersen, in McKees Mills. Last year she decided to share what she knows in a four week course, and it was such a success she's doing it again next month!

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Given the defendant is a former city councillor, and the plaintiff is a board of pension trustees - there was some pretty rough language in a Saint John courtroom. John Ferguson is accused of damaging the board's reputation in statements he made several years ago. The CBC's Robert Jones has the latest.

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Documentary: Sext Up Kids

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

1.jpgA new documentary called Sext up Kids looks at how growing up in a hypersexualized culture is hurting children and teens. It's produced by Dream Street Pictures here in New Brunswick, and it was developed from an idea pitched by Jennifer Power Scott. As the mother of two girls, 5 and 8 years old, she found herself looking at their princess lunchboxes and super-sexy dolls and wondering if there wasn't something very wrong.

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Citizen Science

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A new force of field scientists, made up of average people, is out gathering scientific evidence to help their communities and environment. They're called Extreme Citizen Scientists, and while some researchers are enthusiastic about the development, critics say citizen science isn't all that scientific. Michael Bhardwaj has a look.

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Caring for Senior Pets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We all need a little extra care and attention as we get older. So it's no surprise that our pets also change as they age. Pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has tips on caring for your senior pet.

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STU: High Pitch Sound

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For the past two weeks we've been airing stories written and produced by students studying radio at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Adam Hodnett has high pitch hearing loss, and in this commentary he wonders if it might just be a blessing in disguise! 

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Defense Cross-Examines Beckett

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The defense in the defamation trial of a former Saint John city councillor finally got the chance to fully cross-examine Andrew Beckett, the city's former finance commissioner. John Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board in statements he made several years ago. The CBC's Rachel Cave reports.

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Suspicious Hospital Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It has been now been over a week since a 22 year old woman died under what police are calling suspicious circumstances at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Police and hospital officials have said little about the circumstances. The CBC's Connell Smith has a report.

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Music Man: ECMA Warm-Up

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The East Coast Music Awards land in New Brunswick this year in mid-April...but you don't have to wait to get in on the fun. Bob Mersereau looks at a warm-up event this weekend, featuring, among others, Gloryhound!

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Business: Leadership at the Movies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It seems more and more people are looking to the movies for leadership advice. Seriously. Donna Guzik has the details.

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STU: It's not Easy Being Tall

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're continuing our series of stories written and produced by students in Mark Tunney's radio class at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Today's story is by Haley Ryan. She's a tall woman, and that's not always easy! 

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Reprieve for Molly

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Late last week, Carol Sonier and her son, Dani, received a letter telling them they would be evicted from their subsidized housing if they didn't get rid of their dog, Molly. Dani is 19, and has cerebral palsy. Molly is one of his main sources of comfort. Now the Soniers have received another letter, this time telling them that Molly can stay.

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Travel: White Point Lodge

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Just a few months ago news spread about the terrible fire that destroyed White Point Lodge in Nova Scotia. Well, Ellen Tucker has an update on the amazing effort to rebuild. Plus, she has another lodge to recommend and a few travels deals as well!

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Defamation Trial Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The CBC's Rachel Cave has the latest on the defamation trial of former Saint John city councillor John Ferguson.

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Technology: Data Mining

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

From personalized ads in browsers to spam emails that match your interests. . .most of us know that our online behaviour is far from secret. But more bricks and mortar stores and companies are also collecting your information. A recent article in the New York Times investigates the phenomenon called data mining. Anshuman Iddamsetty has the details.

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STU: Kijiji Wedding Dresses

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In today's student piece from St. Thomas University, Macedonia Koutsoumpeli looks at the wedding dress. Every one of them has a story...and some, it seems, have many stories - thanks to the internet and a Fredericton seamstress!

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Made in NB: Breath Diagnostics

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Imagine if all it took to diagnose lung cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses, was a breath test. It's something John Cormier of Picomole Instruments has certainly imagined.  His Moncton-based company has developed a product called, LifeSens, and clincial trials are about to begin. Janice MacPherson has the details.

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STU: Project Might

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're continuing our student journalism series this week. We've been bringing you stories produced by students studying radio at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Today Justin Cook has the story of a young man who's feeling a bit lost after leaving school, and who decides to make some big changes.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial: Week 2

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The high profile defamation trial of former city councillor, John Ferguson continues in Saint John. Ferguson is accused of making malicious statements about the city's pension board several years ago. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the latest.

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Life as Jake: A Hoarder?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer just had cable hooked up at his house for the first time in years, and naturally he's been checking out the channels to find out what he's been missing. Well, he's found one show that has him a bit disturbed. It seems "Hoarders" hits bit close to home! 

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STU: Haley Ryan Relaxes with Jazz

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're bringing you stories by journalism students at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Haley Ryan is one student who finds herself pulled in many different directions. When she needs to relax, she turns to music.

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Wine Guy: Chocolate and Coffee?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

While it is highly unlikely that anyone would want to mix coffee or hot chocolate with their red wine, there is a big trend in South Africa to make so called "coffee and chocolate" wines. Craig Pinhey sips a few, and chooses a wine of the week -- Cafe Culture at $15.99 a bottle.

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Tell Vic Everything

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Tell Vic Everything was the top trending topic in Canada this week. Vic is Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. And thousands of people are flooding his twitter account, telling him things like what they had for breakfast and what they like in their coffee in response to Bill C-30. It's new legislation that deals with internet surveillance. Within 24 hours of its launch, the government promised to send the bill straight to committee for amendments. Our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins - looks at the issue and the response.

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Home Grown: Shooting Sprouts!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

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Options for fresh, local salad ingredients can be a bit limited in February. Not so for Jenn Thomas! She grows 13 different kinds of sprouts right inside her house all year long. We speak with the owner of Shooting Sprouts in Taymouth.

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Win A $100K Playground!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

play.jpgThe search is on for the Live Right Now Capital of Canada! The CBC's healthy lifestyle initiative is looking for Canadian communities where residents are motivated to make healthier choices. The winning community gets a natural playground, valued at more than $100,000!

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Defamation Trial Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the defamation trial of former Saint John councilor John Ferguson. Ferguson is accused of publicly defaming the city's pension board in newspaper articles several years ago.

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STU: Meeting a Mature Student

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're continuing our series of stories produced by students at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Today Julia Whalen meets a woman who decided to persue a passion and head back to school later in life.

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Science: Bubble Curtains?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

bubble.jpgScientists are experimenting with ways to spare whales and dolphins by turning the volume down on underwater noise. Michael Bhardwaj looks at the idea, and why some reasearchers worry about the science.

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STU: Swagger

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We continue our series of stories by students studying radio at St. Thomas University in Fredericton with a commentary by Tony Peter-Paul. He's heard a whole lot of talk about 'swagger', and he figured it was time to figure out just what it is, and if he has any.

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Music Man: Dylan Guthro

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

guthro.jpgBob Mersereau checks out the latest from Dylan Guthro. He's carrying on the family music tradition, but his sound is all his own!

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Business: Consumer Price Index

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Donna Guzik looks at changes in the way the CPI is calculated and why it matters to the average consumer.

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SJ Council Divided

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The municipality is facing a 190 million dollar pension deficit. And almost every council meeting has been consumed with talk of where to make the cuts. This week's meeting was a particularly raucous one. Connell Smith has the story.

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STU: Student Piece on Porcupine Quill Art

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're featuring a story a day from students studying radio at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. In this episode Maria Acle learns about an aboriginal art with a long history!

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Travel Guide: All-In Pricing!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canadian airlines are now including taxes and fuel surhcarges in their advertised prices! Ellen Tucker explains the change, and she has a handful of great travel deals!

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Truck Through the Ice

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When Christopher Raynes wrecked his pick-up driving on the ice road across the Kennebecasis River, his father drove out to help. But as Mike Raynes drove toward his son, he went through the ice himself and now his pick-up is at the bottom of the river.

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Truly New Brunswick Album

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

divorcees.jpgThe Divorcees are in the midst of making a new concept album called Four Chapters, and the band is making every effort to ensure it's a New Brunswick product from beginning to end. Band member Alex Madsen explains how you can help bring the project to fruition.

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STU: Journalism Student Looks at Raging Grannies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We're featuring a story a day from the radio class at St. Thomas University. In this episode, Alex Kress meets with several members of the social action group the Raging Grannies to find out what motivates them.

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House Doctor: Premature Babies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Roughly eight percent of babies in Canada are born prematurely, and those babies are at increased risk of developing serious health conditions or even of dying. Now some specialists say taking a low-tech approach can help more premature babies survive.  Brian Goldman takes a look at the issue.

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Northern Population Dwindling

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Census data released this week confirms that people are abandoning northern communities for the cities of the south. It's a trend that shows no sign of turning around, despite the repeated efforts of provincial and federal governments. Our political panel looks at the issues.

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Wine Guy: Calorie-Conscious Drinking?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey couldn't drink while recovering from strep throat, and he lost a bunch of weight. That got him thinking about just how many calories are in his favourite cocktails. His wine of the week is Inniskillin Riesling, 750 ml retails for $14.49.

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Life As Jake: Opportunity Knocks?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer was terrified three years ago when he lost his job. His wife was 7 months pregnant and he didn't know which way to turn. In the end though, Jake says it was just the push he needed!

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Home Grown: VanDine's Beans

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

vandine.jpgBaked beans are a Saturday night staple in the province...Jacob's Cattle or yellow eye or soldier beans slow cooked in a crock in the oven! If you've bought dried beans over the last 39 years, you may well have bought them from Allan and Carolyn VanDine's farm in Red Bridge.

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Women's Jail

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

As of last week all female inmates are being housed in Miramichi. The province says they'll get better services, but critics say they're far from home and the agencies that provide support. Rachel Cave has details.

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Honouring Michael Wartman

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

MichaelWartman.jpgMichael Wartman worked tirelessly to lessen the stigma of HIV before his death. His family continues his work, and they're being recognized with a national award.

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Attack of the Giant Jellyfish

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for giant-jellyfish.jpgPicture this: An army of giant jellyfish swarms a Japanese harbour...paralyzing the port and even capsizing a ship. What made the 2009 incident particularly troubling was that there appeared to be a growing pattern of giant jellyfish invasions in the world's oceans. Michael Bhardwaj takes a closer look.

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Fisherman Safe After Fire

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Grand Manan scallop fisherman Arthur Middleton was about a kilometre east of Grand Manan when he smelled smoke and realized his boat was on fire. He called his brother, Joe Middleton, for help. The brothers tell their story.

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Ship Noise Stresses Whales

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rightwhale.jpgA new research paper confirms for the first time that low-frequency ship noise contributes to chronic stress in endagered North Atlantic Right Whales. Scott Kraus of the New England Aquarium explains how researchers gathered the evidence in the days following September 11, 2001. (photo courtesy of the Aquarium)

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Going to the Junos!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

strings.jpgThe second movement of Jacques Hetu's String Quartet #2 has been nominated for a Juno for best classical composition. The recording is by the Saint John String Quartet, and violinist David Adams is thrilled with the nomination! (photo by Rob Roy).

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Population Becoming more Urban

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New census data confirms that New Brunswick is more urban -- and suburban -- than ever before. The CBC's Jacques Poitras examines the numbers.

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Music Man: Measha Brueggergosman

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The international opera star returns home to Fredericton for a pair of shows and our music man, Bob Mersereau, has details!

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Business: Romance and Personal Finance

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, thoughts are turning to chocolates, flowers....and personal finances? According to a new poll, how well you manage your finances could be a big factor in determining how lucky you'll be in love. Donna Guzik has details.

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Dickens' 200th Anniversary

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Charles_Dickens_3.jpgHis novels have never gone out of print in 175 years... and his characters are staples of Western culture and literature. The world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. UNB Saint John professor Sarah Maier looks at the writer and why his work continues to resonate.

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Travel Guide: Last Minute March Break

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker has some travel deals, plus some great ideas for people who've left their March break planning to the last minute!

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WWI Letter Found

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's hard to imagine how a WWI letter to a German soldier could ever find its way to New Brunswick. The Fredericton Region Museum made the discovery, and Ruth Murgatroyd went to work to solve the mystery.

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House Doctor: Violent Patients

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Health care professionals expect to work long hours, but they don't expect the patients they care for to turn on them violently. A recent report says verbal and even physical assaults against nurses are on the rise. Dr. Brian Goldman has details.

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Pensions and Budget Cuts

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's been plenty of hand-wringing since the Prime Minister started talking about possible changes to retirement incomes. And it's a pension deficit that's causing Saint John council to slash its budget. Our political panel - Luc Dejardins, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - looks at the issues.

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Life as Jake: Mission Accomplished!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for jake before.jpgafter1.JPGJanuary is over, and that means the deadline has come and gone for Jake Palmer's big re-launch. He's been working on his resolutions: get a nemesis, get up earlier, buy a car he loves to drive, lose 10 pounds and become a snappier dresser. It's results time! Before picture is on the left, after on the right!

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Home Grown: HutLo Acres

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

HutLo.jpgMike Hutton and Essie Lom bought their New Brunswick farm in the late 1970s when they were working as teachers in Montreal. Over the years they've built HutLo Acres into the province's only commercial, organic apple orchard!

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Questioning Blogger's Arrest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Cara Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is asking questions about the arrest by Fredericton police of controversial New Brunswick blogger Charles Leblanc who regularly criticizes the police force.

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Deep Cuts in SJ

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Saint John Council reluctantly passed a budget that chops jobs and slashes programs after discovering the already struggling employee pension plan now faces a 190 million dollar deficit. The CBC's Connell Smith has a report.

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Queen of Quitting

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Maxine Caissie is known in Rogersville as a high priestess of quitting smoking. Through Caissie's efforts, and the implementation of a program called "The Ottawa Model,"  the quit rate for a group of patients has gone from 7 percent, to a whopping 46.9 percent!

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Music Man: Terry Whalen Band

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

whalen.jpgBob Mersereau profiles this ECMA nominated New Brunswick blues band that's been quietly producing excellent music for years now!

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Business: RRSP Deadline

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With just four weeks to go, many people are struggling to figure out where to put their retirement savings this year. After all, stock markets are volatile and interest rates are stuck in low gear. Donna Guzik has some thoughts on getting better bang for your buck!

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Acadian Document Found

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Acadian researchers at l'Université de Moncton have discovered a list of 289 names of Acadians who were living on Prince Edward Island in 1763. Now they're trying to figure out what it all means. Marc Genuist has a report.

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Where Ideas Come From

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The executive producer of CBC Radio's "Ideas" is also the Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University. Bernie Lucht is delivering the annual lecture and he shares some of his thoughts with us.

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Travel Guide: Caribbean Cruise

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker is back from her cruise, but it seems she left her heart in Antigua!

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Technology: Twitter Censored?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Twitter plans to block tweets on a country-by-country basis, in an effort to respect the laws of local governments. Critics are saying the move will hurt online activism, while others are commending Twitter for its transparency. Tech columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty has details.

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