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March 2012 Archives

Inspection Teams Assess Perth-Andover Damage

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Inspection teams have been in the village since the flood waters began to recede on Sunday. So far, they've completed 250 inspections. The CBC's Catherine Harrop was with one of the inspection teams in Perth-Andover and she has a report.

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Evolution of the Runner's High

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's a gush of good feelings that surge through your body when you've been running long and hard enough. As it turns out, dogs feel it as well and now one researcher is connecting the dots between species to understand the evolutionary reasons for the Runner's High. Michael Bhardwaj has the story.

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Defamation Trial Day 32

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It was another day of testimony at the defamation trial of former Saint John councillor John Ferguson. The city's current mayor, Ivan Court, faced cross examination by defense lawyer, Rod Gillis. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.

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Clean-Up in Perth-Andover

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Mail is once again coming to Perth-Andover, but it will be sometime before daily life can resume as it was before the river submerged the village. The CBC's Susan King is covering the story and she has all the latest news.

 

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Health Officers Push for Drug Policy Changes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The federal government needs to rethink its hard-line strategy on illegal drugs, according to leading public health physicians from across the country. The chief medical health officers for British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have collaborated on a new report criticizing Ottawa's new anti-crime legislation. Dr. Evan Wood is another of the report's authors and he explains the position.

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Music Man: Thom Swift

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

swift.jpgThe long-time favourite is up for an ECMA in Moncton this year. No surprise. But the category is surprising! Thom Swift is up for Children's Recording of the Year for his part in the Youth Song Project. Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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Increasing Productivity and Innovation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canadian industry doesn't have the best track record when it comes to productivity and innovation. In advance of the federal budget, a debate has been heating up in the business community over how to kickstart innovation and what role, if any, Ottawa should play. Donna Guzik has the details.


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New Brunswick Budget Special: Hour 1

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

budget.jpgFinance Minister Blaine Higgs delivers the Provincial Budget, and Shift is onsite with analysis from CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras. We also get reaction in this hour from Gordon Black of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Richard Dunn of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and David Coon of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

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New Brunswick Budget Special: Hour 2

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In the second hour of the the special the CBC's Robert Jones shares his analysis of the Provincial Budget. We also gather reaction from Heather Smith of the New Brunswick Teachers' Association, David Plante of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation.

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Perth-Andover Flooding Update

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Hundreds of people in Perth-Andover were forced from their homes over the weekend when the St. John River flowed into the village. We spoke with CBC reporter Susan King on Friday, and we check back with her now that the flooding has subsided to get a sense of the damage.

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Owl Boxes and More Migration

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

owlboxes.jpgOur birding enthusiast Alain Clavette is exploring the skies close to home in Memramcook. He shares what he sees, plus he talks about the Saw Whet Owl boxes he has placed around the area.

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IWK Cuts Wait List, At What Cost?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Long wait lists for treatment are a common problem in health care. Earlier this month, the IWK in Halifax announced a dramatic reduction in its wait list for mental health treatment. However, it came at a cost. Brian Goldman has the story.

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Perth-Andover Flooding

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

hi-nb-perth-andover-flood-852-4col.jpgA state of emergency was declared in Perth-Andover when the swollen St. John River swamped large areas of the town on both sides of the river. The CBC's Susan King was there and reported on the conditions. We also spoke with Terry Ritchie who remained in his apartment building despite a mandatory evacuation order.

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NDP Leadership and MLA Pensions

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New Democrats head to Toronto to choose a new leader....while here in the province pensions and pension plans seem to be a theme. Several former MLAs have complained to the human rights commission about retroactive reductions to their pension benefits. Our political panel - Luc Desjardins, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - look at the issues.

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Wine Guy: Judging Wine Excellence

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey is part of a group of Sommeliers and ANBL product advisors judging the Wine Excellence awards for this year's upcoming wine show. They did the first day in the historic York Street Train Station store. His wine of the week is the Blufeld Riesling - $14.99 a bottle.

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Jake Remembers his Hitchhiking Past

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It wasn't that long ago that hitchhiking seemed a legitimate option for many people looking to get from Point A to Point B. Not so much anymore. Well Jake Palmer actually saw a hitchhiker this week, and picked him up. The whole experience has him feeling nostalgic.

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Home Grown: Good Spring Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

GoodSpringFarm.jpgThis week's hot weather has things bursting out all over on Good Spring Farm in Keswick Ridge. The heat has forced Karen and Brock Davidge to turn the coolers on to keep their seed potatoes from sprouting before they ship them out. And that's just one of the many jobs demanding attention on one of the province's first certified organic farms. Good Spring is celebrating its 32nd year, and Karen Davidge is our guest this week on Home Grown.

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Defamation Trial Day 29

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Police officer and pension board member Andrew Belyea told a court in Saint John today what many people on the street have been thinking: The defamation lawsuit against former city councillor John Ferguson isn't worth it. Ferguson is accused of damaging the board's reputation in comments he made years ago. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.

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Doctors for Fair Taxation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Most people would NEVER volunteer to pay more taxes... no matter how much money they make. But that's exactly what one group of doctors is doing. Dr. Michael Rachlis is the group's interim coordinator and he explains the thinking.

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US Navy's Robot 'Hunger Games'

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In the hit book and new movie, teens enter the arena and either live, or die trying. Well researchers have their sights set on a real world version of the "Hunger Games" arena, developed by the US Navy. The Navy is now testing their robot soldiers there, to see if they can survive under extreme conditions. Michael Bhardwaj has that story.


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Pet Vet: Lost Dog

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Let's face it, dogs sometimes dart out the door or squeeze under the fence and before you know it you're combing the streets and calling the neighbours. Dr. Sheila MacGowan found a lost dog over the weekend, and she found it wasn't very easy to return the dog to its owner or find someone willing to take him.


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Defamation Trial Day 28

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A Saint John police officer told a court that his six year old could come up with better numbers than John Ferguson did.  Andrew Belyea testified at Ferguson's defamation trial. The former councillor is accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board in statements years ago. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.

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NB Study of Internet and Well-Being

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Most people these days spend a good portion of their day surfing the internet, chatting on Facebook, Tweeting about their activities and watching videos on YouTube. Researchers are curious about the impact all this internet activity has on our lives. Alex Miltsov is a graduate student at UNB and he's conducting the first study in the province about how internet use affects well-being.

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Music Man: Dale Murray

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dalemurray.jpgBob Mersereau continues his look at this year's ECMA nominees with Dale Murray. This year he's nominated for his work behind the scenes, but he's just released a fabulous new solo album called "Dream Mountain Dream."

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Sluggish Canadian Markets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's a saying in the financial industry: Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. And that seems to hold true for the Canadian stock market. After years of outperforming US equities, Canada's stock market has become something of a laggard. Donna Guzik has the details.

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Defamation Trial Day 27

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In his third and final day on the witness stand, former Saint John mayor Norm McFarlane told the court the controversy over the city's pension fund "ruined everything." McFarlane is testifying at the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson - who's accused of damaging the pension board's reputation in statements he made years ago. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.

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Peru's Lake Titicaca

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

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Ellen Tucker loved every minute of her trip to Peru! Today she's focused on her visit to Lake Titicaca and it's amazing floating islands! She sent us some pictures from her trip - on the left it's Machu Picchu; in the middle, a boat in Lake Titicaca; and on the right, people singing a welcoming song on the floating islands! Click on the pictures for a larger view!

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Walmart Pleads Guilty in Teen Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Walmart Canada pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with the workplace death of a teenage employee in January of last year. 17 year old Patrick Desjardins was electrocuted while using an electric floor polisher on the floor of the Walmart auto shop. Desjardins' supervisor, Denis Morin also plead guilty to two charges in connection with the incident. The CBC's Catherine Harrop reports.

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An End to Computer Passwords?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sometimes it seems like you're typing in a password every few minutes! But if researchers at the US Department of Defense have their way, they'll do away with traditional passwords by getting your computer to recognize you by the unique way you type! Anshuman Iddamsetty has the details.

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Defamation Trial Day 26

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former Saint John mayor Norm MacFarlane told the court that former councillor John Ferguson's unrelenting attacks on the pension board made him wish he'd never run for mayor. Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.

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Made in NB: Approach Navigation Systems

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

navigation.jpgBrian Ahern was working in Alberta and dreaming of coming home to New Brunswick. He managed to find his way back... and into a successful global business through his knowledge of navigation systems! Janice MacPherson has the story of Approach Navigation Systems Inc., headquartered in Dieppe.

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The Birds Believe it's Spring!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

redcrossbill.jpgnorthernshrike.jpgGiven the warm weather we're having, it looks like the spring migration is accelerating! Birder Alain Clavette spent the weekend camping in Fundy National Park and joins us from the park to talk about what he's seeing! Picture on the left is Alain's elusive Red Crossbill. On the right is Alain's Northern Shrike!

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Bottom Line vs. Patient Care

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

One of the guiding principles of medicine is that doctors always act in their patients' best interests. But some medical ethicists are concerned that spiralling health care costs could have doctors paying more attention to the bottom line than to what's best for their patients. Brian Goldman takes a look at the issue.

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Panel's Budget Predictions

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The provincial budget is just days away, with the federal budget to follow. The advance billing on both counts makes many people uneasy. The members of our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins - have some budget projections of their own.

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Wine Guy: ANBL Review

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey takes a look at the issues raised in ANBL's 73-page report to cabinet. His wine of the week is Nobilo 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, on sale for $14.99.


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Pet Vet: The Cost Of Pet Emergencies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sometimes the cost of emergency pet care can get very high. Dr. Sheila MacGowan says there is always room to talk about what procedures are really necessary...but often there's no cheap way to care for your sick pet.

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Painting the 'Jake Palmer' Way

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

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Jake Palmer has been getting up well before dawn each day this week to prep his brand new wainscoting for paint. You see there's painting...and then there's the way Jake does it! Pictured on the left, the before shot. On the right, the stunning after!

 

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Science: The Science Of Airplane Food

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Airline food has a reputation for being too bland, too mushy, too dry. The problem may not be the way it's prepared.  It could be you - and the physical changes that happen to your body, up in the air.  Scientists are teaming up with airline chefs to figure how to solve the problem. Michael Bhardwaj has the details.

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Home Grown: Bunnett Family Farm

Posted by Cindy Grant

cattleclose.jpgDavid Bunnett grew up on the family farm, and he knew from the age of five that he would grow up to become a farmer himself. When the family decided to go organic two decades ago, David's father had some concerns, but now everyone is glad they made the switch! We speak with David Bunnett on his family farm in Havelock.

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Defamation Trial Continues

Posted by Cindy Grant

Robert Jones has testimony from today's proceedings in court, the defamation trial going on in Saint John involving a former city councilor.

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Moncton Inventor On Dizolve

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Moncton inventor Luc Jalbert is pretty excited about his new product out on the market, and so are the people who are using it. It's called Dizolve and it's a trouble free way of doing laundry in your home.

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Robert Jones Latest On Defamation Trial

Posted by Cindy Grant

 It's a pivotal scene in what has become a long running drama in Saint John. In July of 2006, John Ferguson made a presentation to his colleagues on city counci about the pension fund, and it was not flattering. In fact, he's been in court for now for weeks, in no small part, because of that presentation. Ferguson is on trial for defaming the Saint John pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones is following the proceedings.

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Music Man: Paper Lions

Posted by Cindy Grant

Music man Bob Mersereau continues his look at the nominees for the East Coast Music Awards by checking out a band that not everyone may have had a chance to hear yet, Paper Lions.
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Travel: Ellen Tucker Back From Peru

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Our travel guide Ellen Tucker is here to talk about the rest of her her adventures in Peru. Last week, we caught up with her in Cuzco, Peru, where she was feeling a bit whoozy from the altitude high in the Andes Mountains. Now she's back home and in our studio.

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Defamation Trial Continues

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Bob Jones reports on the Ferguson defamation Trial. Today Saint John's current city manager, Patrick Woods, spent the day facing cross-examination by defense lawyer, Rod Gillis.

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Technology: Cyberwarfare

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our tech columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty is here to talk about the latest developments in cyberwarfare.

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Ferguson Trial Day 21

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Saint John city manager and member of the city's pension board, Patrick Woods, was on the stand at the defamation trial of former councillor, John Ferguson. Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of the pension board. The trial has now begun its fifth week and the CBC's Robert Jones has been following it all.

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Bonobo Handshake

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lr_BH_cover.jpgBonobos are unique. They're endangered apes from the Democratic Republic of Congo that live in a female dominated society. They use sex as a means of reducing tension within the group and they never kill their own. Vanessa Woods of Duke University studies bonobos and she says there's a lot we could learn from these close relatives.

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Birding in Fundy!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

birdie.jpgIt may not be officially spring, but the birds are certainly singing as though it has sprung! Alain Clavette is a CBC Radio Canada host and a passionate birder. Monday is his day off -- and you can count on him spending it somewhere in the province with the birds. Today, he's in Fundy National Park. (Photo courtesy of Alain - a male White Wing Crossbill feeding a female)

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Reducing ER Gridlock

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Hospital emergency rooms across Canada are busier than ever...but studies show that up to twenty percent of ER patients aren't true emergencies. The City of Boston is trying a controversial plan to reduce the demand. House Doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

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Father Sentenced in Methadone Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A 27-year-old Havelock man has been sentenced to two years in prison in connection with the death of his 23-month old daughter. Dakota Linfield died in January of 2010 after ingesting methadone. Anthony Linfield pleaded guilty to criminal negligence. The CBC's Kate Letterick reports.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 20

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The jury at the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson finished hearing its fourth full week of testimony, with no end in sight. Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of Saint John's pension board. The city's current manager, Patrick Woods, was on the stand...and the CBC's Robert Jones was there.

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Life As Jake: Spring has Sprung

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

maple syrup boiler.jpgSpring is in the air, and Jake Palmer is practically bouncing he's so filled with energy. Good thing too since he has about a ton of projects on the go. In the Palmer house, spring doesn't just mean warmer weather...it means a lot of work. Pictured is Jake's maple syrup boiler!

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Wine Guy: Floral Scents

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The coming Spring has Craig Pinhey thinking about his favourite wines that have a floral scent, and how they get that way. His wine of the week is the Mondavi Woodbridge Moscato from California at $14.99 a bottle.

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Home Grown: Buckwheat Flats

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

buckwheat.jpgTegan Wong-Daugherty is the co-founder of a local food delivery program called Buckwheat Flats Natural Foods in Knowlesville. The company has been matching local producers with local consumers since 2008. In just its first season the company was able to move 29 thousand dollars worth of homegrown produce and foods!

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Ferguson Trial Day 19

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After almost four and a half days of testimony, Saint John fire-fighter Fred Slipp finally stepped off the witness stand at John Ferguson's defamation trial. Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board in statements he made years ago. The day ended with current city manager Patrick Woods. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.

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Earthquake Lessons

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been a year since the devestating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and scientists have managed to gather a wealth of data to help predict and prepare for the next mega-earthquake. Michael Bhardwaj has the details.

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Defamation Trial Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Saint John Pension Board is suing former city councillor, John Ferguson, for allegedly defamatory comments he made about the board's handling of the pension fund. Board member Fred Slipp continued his testimony, with a short break to hear from consultant Vaino Keelman. The CBC's Robert Jones has all the details.

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Discriminating Against Pregnant Women

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Women in New Brunswick are being discriminated against in the workplace, in some cases losing their jobs, because they are pregnant. According to Randy Dickinson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, pregnancy-related discrimination was the second most common complaint received over the past year.

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Music Man: Kim Stockwood

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

stockwood.jpgThe East Coast Music Awards are just 5 weeks away and Bob Mersereau is profiling some of the artists involved. This week, Newfoundland and Labrador's Kim Stockwood.

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Business: Board Quotas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The European Union is proposing mandatory quotas on the number of women on corporate boards. But whether such a move would be good for either business, or for women, is up for debate. Donna Guzik looks at the angles.

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Students: Lower Voting Age

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It seems we've almost come to expect a disinterest in politics and low voter turn-out among 18 to 25 year olds. But a group of young people in the province has a plan, and it involves citizenship education and lowering the voting age to 16. Elyse Hamel of the Federation Des Jeunes Francophones explains.

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Travel: Exploring Peru

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

monasterio.jpgTravel guide Ellen Tucker is loving every minute of her trip to Peru. We catch up with her in Cuzco. The city was once the capital of the Inca empire, and it's the oldest inhabited city in the Americas.  Ellen is staying at Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery founded in 1592!

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Technology: Latest iPad

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Apple is revealing the third generation of the iPad. It's the first launched since company founder Steve Jobs died last fall. With all the hype, tech columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty has some predictions about what we might expect from the device.

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Slipp Testimony Continues

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The defamation trial of former Saint John city councillor John Ferguson coninues with the cross-examination of pension board member and firefighters union representative, Fred Slipp. The CBC's Robert Jones has all the details.

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House Doctor: ADHD News

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most common behavioral condition diagnosed in children. But a revealing new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows doctors may be overdiagnosing ADHD. And it could be a matter of age. Brian Goldman has the details.

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Panel Tackles Robocalls

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Elections Canada is investigating more than 30,000 complaints of robocalls that redirected voters to the wrong polling stations during last spring's federal election. Some of those complaints were made by New Brunswick voters. The members of our political panel -- Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins -- tackle the issue.

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NB Robocalls

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Several New Brunswick voters are reporting that they received robocalls during the last federal election directing them to incorrect polling stations. The CBC's Connell Smith is covering the story and he has the details.

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Fred Slipp Testifies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The defamation trial of former Saint John councilor John Ferguson continues. With the cross-examination of Terry Totten winding down, current pension board member Fred Slipp takes the stand. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.

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Life As Jake: Charm Injection

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

ceiling.jpgJake Palmer bought an old house that had been completely stripped of all its charming details. Now, with the help of the carpenter of his dreams, he's working to bring that house back to its former glory.

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Wine Guy: DUO

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

duointerior.jpgCraig Pinhey visits Moncton's new wine bar, DUO, attached to the Tide & Boar. His wines of the week are the Sycamore Cabernet for $78 a bottle, or the more reasonable Masi Paso Doble at $17.29.

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Home Grown: Wellwood Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

wellwood.jpgThe land that Amy Baker farms in the city of Saint John is more than just soil, it's her history. The farm has been in her family for years, though it hasn't been farmed commercially since World War II. Amy and her partner, Derek Mitchell, have started to reclaim the land as Wellwood Farm. They grow delicious vegetables, berries and herbs...and they're only just getting started!

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Totten Testifies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

John Ferguson's defamation trial continues with former Saint John city manager Terry Totten on the stand. He told the court that the image of the pension board had become so bad, he couldn't buy a suit without someone saying it was bought with stolen pension money. The CBC's Robert Jones reports on day 14 of the trial.

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Government Mini-Shuffle

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government appears to have created a super-ministry, displaced the environment minister, and split up the province's own publicity machine. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has all the details.

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A Fix for Hospital Food?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Nearly everyone has some experience with less than tasty hospital food. Like airplanes, most healthcare facilities are famous for their sub-par fare. Monica Kidd says that has to change, and it is changing in some cases. She's a family doctor, and author of the Readers Digest article "Is There a Doctor in the Kitchen".

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Science: Planets on Parade

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

planets.jpgNight Sky Guy Andrew Fazekas explains why the stars seem so bright right now. Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mars are aligned, and you can see them with the naked eye!

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Pet Vet: Introducing Baby

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Sheila MacGowan tackles a listener's question about dogs who lick body lotion...and she has tips for dog owners who are concerned about becoming new parents. How do you sucessfully integrate a new baby into a home with pets?

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Totten on the Stand

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former City Manager Terry Totten - who resigned amid controversy in 2009 -- was called to the stand at the John Ferguson defamation trial. Totten was a member of the pension board for 15 years before resigning his position in 2008. The CBC's Robert Jones reports on day 13 of the trial.

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Better FASD Treatment

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects at least one per cent of the population and the chances for diagnosis, treatment and prevention got a lot better this week when the province announced a new centre of excellence will be based in Moncton. Stacey Taylor is involved and she explains how the announcement will make a difference.

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Music Man: Mia Martina

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

mia.jpgMaritime music man Bob Mersereau slips on his dancing shoes to check out Mia Martina. The singer from St. Ignace is nominated for an East Coast Music Award in the World Music category!

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Business: Stock Market Election?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Pollsters are climbing over each other to predict who will win the U.S. presidential election in November. It seems they may do well to keep their eyes on the stock market to inform their predictions! Donna Guzik explains.

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