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April 2012 Archives

Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 53

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The defamation trial of former Saint John city councillor John Ferguson coninues. He's accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board. The jury has begun hearing final arguments in the case. The CBC's Robert Jones has the details.

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Political Panel Tackles Municipal Races

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There are 1,068 candidates running for seats in the province's 105 local municipalities in the May 14 election. In fact Shift's own Luc Desjardins will shortly be acclaimed as mayor of Petit Rocher. He joins us along with panelists Michael Camp and Lisa Keenan to talk about local politics and the issues that all voters should keep in mind.

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Bathurst Dancer on America's Best Dance Crew

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

irratik.jpgJanick Arseneau attracted a lot of attention when she made it to the top 3 on the television series "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." Now she's just finished coompeting with an all-girl dance group called Irratik on the MTV series "America's Best Dance Crew."

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Life As Jake: Negotiating with Toddlers

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer may negotiate deals for a living, but that doesn't seem to give him a leg-up when it comes to his young daughter! But while he may fail at negotiations, at least he's lost all sense of shame and embarrassment. No matter what she says or does, he takes it in stride!

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Wine Guy: Something Pink for Summer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fermerose.jpgFor Craig Pinhey, spring means rosé wine. It's one of the more versatile wines, but while it's gaining popularity around the world, it hasn't really caught on here yet. Craig thinks that's a shame and he recommends trying Perrin La Vieille Ferme from Ventoux-in-the-Rhone. It's $13.29 a bottle.


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Growing Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

shiitake.jpegYou could be enjoying gourmet shiitake mushrooms grown in a shady corner of your backyard...provided you're ready to handle the spawn and nurture soggy logs! It's not your usual garden crop conversation but it's very much a part of farm life at the Falls Brook Centre in Knowlesville. They'll be sharing their fungus know-how at a workshop next month. Emily Shapiro is the organic gardens manager at the centre, and she's this week's Homegrown guest!

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NBCC Woodstock's Series on Juniper: Part 5

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for juniper.jpgAll week we've been sharing NBCC Journalism's series "Juniper: An Uncertain Future" looking at life in a small community after the major industry has moved out. In the final part we'll hear pieces of a meeting held in the community this month. Business owners are hurting and many are trying to decide if they'll try to stick it out and hope something comes of the mining exploration in the area, or leave home to try and make a living elsewhere. Here's "Meeting With Frustration."

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Rothesay Students Launch Cooler into Space

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rhs.jpgA few weeks ago Rothesay High School's Engineering Club managed to launch a cooler loaded with cameras and sensors into space! The cameras took some amazing shots of the ground below and the students are sharing some of them on a website devoted to the project. We speak with two club members - Angela Lavric and Luke Duffley - about the project. (Pictured is one of the photos taken by the cooler cam, about 31,000 metres up)

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Getting your Pet Ready for Spring

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has a spring to-do list for you and your pet, including advice on flea medications, getting vaccines up-to-date and grooming.

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Family Docs Call for Fracking Moratorium

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The New Brunswick College of Family Physicians has sent letters to every member of the legislature, calling for a moratorium on hydro-fracking for shale gas. College President Anick Pelletier explains their position, and we hear the response from the legislature.

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NBCC Woodstock's Series on Juniper: Parts 3 and 4

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for juniper.jpgThis week we're sharing a series with you that was produced by graduating students at NBCC Journalism in Woodstock. It's called "Juniper: An Uncertain Future" and it tells the story of a small community left without an industry. Despite Juniper's dwindling population, David and Stacey Heagney decided to invest in the community by opening and outfitting company. You can hear them in Part 3, "Optimistic Outfitters." Then students spoke with Randy Waugh and Jocelyn Lanteigne for part 4 in their series, "Word on the Street."


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Music Man: Measha Brueggergosman

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

measha2.jpgBob Mersereau checks out the new pop and standards album from opera star Measha Brueggergosman! Plus, we have details of a new contest that you won't want to miss: The package is a pair of tickets to any one of Measha's three upcoming concerts in New Brunswick, a signed copy of her new album and a $100 dinner voucher! Since Measha's new album is "I've Got a Crush On You" we'd like you to put aside your embarrassment and tell us about your first crush! Write us at shift@cbc.ca, call us at 1-800-632-7743 or look for us on Facebook at Shift New Brunswick. Tell us your first crush tale, and you'll be entered in the draw for the big prize!

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Graduates Face Tough Job Market

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New university and college graduates face higher-than average youth unemployment rates and the competition for that first post-secondary job can be fierce. Donna Guzik says it's more important than ever to stand out from the crowd and she has some advice.

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NBCC Woodstock's Series on Juniper: Part 2

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for juniper.jpgNBCC Journalism students in Woodstock worked on a multi-media series called "Juniper: An Uncertain Future." The series tells the story of the once prosperous community that is now struggling to survive. Part 2 is called "Class Dismissed".  With a dwindling population, Juniper Elementary School has just 17 students enrolled. This June the school will close. Listen to the documentary here:

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Keb' Mo' Rounds out Harvest Lineup

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

harvest.jpgIt wasn't long ago that organizers at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival announced that Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers would play Fredericton this September along with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, John Mayall and a host of others. It was an impressive lineup, but they didn't stop there! The final acts include multiple Grammy Award winner Keb' Mo'. Music dirctor Brent Staeben gives us the rundown.

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Plus, check out our CBC Music playlist featuring some of the Canadian artists coming to Harvest!

Travel: Steamboat Down the Mississippi

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

mississippi.jpgTravel guide Ellen Tucker has details on a pretty interesting trip aboard a steamboat travelling the Mississippi River!

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NBCC Woodstock's Series on Juniper: Part 1

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

juniper.jpgStudents at NBCC Journalism in Woodstock have just finished a multi-media series called "Juniper: An Uncertain Future." The series tells the story of the small community struggling to survive after the sawmills closed. Instructor Theresa Blackburn sets-up the five part series we'll hear this week. Then we hear the first part: Victor and Barbara Somerville own and operate Clearwater Dairy Farm on the outskirts of Juniper. They explain how losing local services effects surrounding family farms that are already under pressure. Stay tuned through Thursday for much more from NBCC Journalism!

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Peregrine Falcons, Swallows and More!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

falconeggs.JPGIt may be raining buckets, but Acadian Birder Alain Clavette is still roaming around sewage lagoons looking for swallows and ducks. Plus, he has some exciting news about the Peregrine Falcon pair in Moncton - 4 eggs confirm they're nesting in the box!

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Over-Medicated Seniors

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Seniors may be living longer ... but that doesn't necessarily mean they're living well. Doctors may be prescribing older patients too many pills, and a recent U.S. report concludes that over-medication does far more harm than good. House doctor Brian Goldman looks at the issue.

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SJTC: Queer Art Diva

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Saint John Theatre Company features Nina Arsenault's "Queer Art Diva". Arsenault is a transexual writer, performance artist and activist from Toronto. Three years ago she was hired by Mattel to portray a living Barbie at Toronto Fashion Week. That experience appears as a vignette in her play.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial: Day 48

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After five days of an often aggressive cross-examination, the lawyer for the Saint John pension board concluded his cross-examination of John Ferguson. Ferguson's on trial for defaming the board. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the tial, now in it's 10th week.

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Panel Looks at Alberta Election

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Whether we're ready to admit it or not, Alberta is arguably the new centre of the universe economically and politically. That means what happens in that province's election has ripple effects as far away as New Brunswick. Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins look at the issues.

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Jake's Living the Good Life

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake's put 10-thousand kilometres on the Porsche, and he's loved every one of them! He's also hired a painter and an assistant to take the pressure off and leave him more time with his family.

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Wine Guy: Whiskey Pairing

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

whiskey.jpgCraig Pinhey attended a whisky and food dinner last week and he explains the fine art of whiskey pairing. His whiskey of the week is Highland Park 12 for $59.99.

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Home Grown: Fresh Mobile Bistro

Posted by Cindy Grant

Jamie Lynch has travelled the world and worked in many kitchens and restaurants. Now he's about to take all that experience out onto the street and launch a Fresh Mobile Bistro business in the Fredericton area.

 

 

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Ferguson Defamation Trial: Day 47

Posted by Cindy Grant

For the fourth straight day, the lawyer for the Saint John pension board continued his aggressive cross examination of John Ferguson. The CBC's Robert Jones is following the trial.

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What Makes That Movie Line Stick?

Posted by Cindy Grant

Some lines from movies stay with you, even if you've never actually seen the movie. Scientists are trying to figure out why that is.

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Pet Vet: Ticks And Fleas

Posted by Cindy Grant

While we are all welcoming the warmer weather coming our way, not so some of the conditions it brings to our pet. Dr. Sheila MacGowan has word on the early arrival of some pet pests.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial: Day 46

Posted by Cindy Grant

Former Saint John city councilor, John Ferguson, continued his testimony today under cross-examination at the defamation trial now going on, and on, Robert Jones has the latest.

 

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Business: Avoid The Tax Audit

Posted by Cindy Grant

The deadline to pay your taxes is fast approaching.  April 30th is D-Day, and once you've filed your paperwork, hopefully you can forget about it til next year.  That is, unless you get audited. Our business columnist Donna Guzik is here with some ways you can tighten up the paperwork and avoid an audit.

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Maritime Music Man: The Divorcees

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our maritime music man Bob Mersereau has the word on the latest release from The Divorcees.

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Shift Travel: Coach Tours

Posted by Cindy Grant

If you've been on a Coach Tour, you've likely been told to hurry up..take your pictures and get back on the bus...because it's time to hit the next landmark or cafeteria meal. But according to our travel guide Ellen Tucker, there is another way to see the world by coach tour.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial: Day 45

Posted by Cindy Grant

The lawyer for the Saint John pension board got into courtroom skirmishes with John Ferguson several times today. Ferguson is being cross examined at his defamation trial, accused of damaging the board's reputation. The CBC's Robert Jones is following the trial and has the latest. 

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Technology: Hologram Concert

Posted by Cindy Grant

The legendary rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered 15 years ago.  But this weekend, he performed at the Coachella Music Festival in California.  Or at least, he appeared to.  The artist was actually a hologram and the video of his performance became an instant sensation on the internet. Our technology columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty is here with the details.

 

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 44

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

John Ferguson is taking some hard shots - but remaining calm during cross examination at his defamation trial in Saint John. He's accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board, and the board's lawyer - Barry Morrison - made some accusations of his own.  He said Ferguson was responsible for dragging out the trial.  He also accused Ferguson of being an actor. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.


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Birding at Cape Enrage

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

yellow-rimped.jpgphoebe.jpgenrage.jpgOur Acadian Birder, Alain Clavette, checks in from Cape Enrage where he's hoping to track down a King Eider duck. But on his way to the Cape he's come across plenty of birds to get excited about, plus he has some news about a pair of Peregrine Falcons. (pictured from left, Alain Clavette's photos of a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Cape Enrage view and Easrtern Phoebe)

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NB Runner Top Canadian Woman in Boston!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Boston_paula-keating.jpgThe blistering temperatures in Massachusetts didn't keep Miramichi's Paula Keating from running the Boston Marathon, and running it very well! In fact, the family doctor took first place among the Canadian women in the race, and 14th among all women!

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Made in NB: Strong and Free

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

free.jpgDenise Dow noticed on road trips south of the border that the eagle emblem could be found everywhere! She remembers thinking that there was a distinct lack of such displays in Canada. So, five years ago she designed a maple leaf emblem that includes the line "Strong and Free" from the national anthem, and a brand was born! Janice MacPherson has the story.

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Controversial Pill Keeps ER Docs Alert

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sleep deprivation was once seen as a right of passage for young doctors and nurses. Now, it's recognized as a cause of medical errors that could put your life at risk. House doctor Brian Goldman says many health professionals are now turning to modafinil to stay awake and alert on the night shift.

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Home Grown: Mr. Tomato/ M. Tomate

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

m.tomate.jpgThose of you starved for something fresh and local might want to set up camp outside Patrice and Lise Finnigan's greenhouse in Rogersville. Last weekend, they ate the first organic cucumber from this spring's crop! The Mr. Tomato Market is a fixture in the village that has been known to claim the title of brussels sprouts capital of the world. They've been in the greenhouse business for 35 years, much of that time as a pesticide-free operation but last year they took the leap and got their organic certification!

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 38

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

John Ferguson was back on the witness stand telling his side of the story in a Saint John courtroom today. Ferguson is the former city councillor on trial for defamation, accused of damaging the reputation of Saint John's pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.


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Moon Implicated in Titanic Disaster?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Conditions were perfect for the Titanic's maiden voyage across the Atlantic, one hundred years ago. Still, we all know that the ship crashed in to a massive iceberg and slipped in to the deep, taking more than 15-hundred people with her. While human error was to blame, researchers are now suggesting nature may have led the liner to her tragic end. Michael Bhardwaj has that story.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 37

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

He's the witness everyone has been waiting for. John Ferguson took the stand in his own defense in his defamation trial in Saint John. He's accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the trial.

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Book: French Kids Eat Everything

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

french.JPGFor many parents, attempts to expand the standard Canadian kids menu beyond chicken fingers and grilled cheese can lead to major meltdowns. Author Karen LeBillon knows all about "picky eaters".  But after living in France for a year and watching how children there eat, she knew her kids' "finicky" eating habits could be conquered.  That transformation is described in her new book "French Kids Eat Everything."  

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Preparing for Higher Interest Rates

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canadians have enjoyed low interest rates for so long it's easy to forget the inevitable. What goes down, must come up. And many economists now predict that interest rates will be hiked sooner than you might like. Donna Guzik has some thoughts on how best to prepare.

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Airfare to Iceland and Travel Tips!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Last week Ellen Tucker answered a question from a listener who has plans to travel to Iceland. After the conversation we received a note from another listener who couldn't find the inexpensive airfares Ellen indicated were out there, so Ellen has some tips for finding those prices. Plus, some travel deals!

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Birding at the Sewage Lagoon?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sewage.jpgSnow over the weekend is keeping avid birder Alain Clavette closer to his home in Memramcook this week. But it's certainly not getting him down! He's hanging out at the sewage lagoon looking for Rudy Ducks. Plus, he has thoughts on which birds to look for this week and what equipment might be useful if you're heading out to take a look. For anything related to birds in NB: Tweet #nbbirds.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 36

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The showdown continued between two experienced lawyers at the defamation trial of former Saint John city councillor, John Ferguson. Ferguson's lawyer, Rod Gillis, has been getting under the skin of witness, John Nugent. Nugent is Saint John's city solicitor - and, was a member of the pension board. Ferguson is on trial for damaging the reputation of the pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones is covering the story.

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Home Grown: Medieval Hot Cross Buns!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sackville organic baker Marsha Lemos has taken the idea of tradition to heart, and she's rolling out hot cross buns based on a recipe she says dates back to medieval times! That's not all she has planned for Easter. She's always baking up something wonderful with the best local ingredients at her York Street bakery, Aliper's Hearth.

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Health Minister Opens the Door for 3T-MRIs

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It appears as though a couple of hospitals in the province could be getting what their doctors want in the form of diagnostic imaging equipment. Health minister Madeline Dube now says 3T-MRIs do have a place in the province's healthcare system, and the government will take advice from medical experts on where they should go. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the story.

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Saved Dog To Help Others

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rose.jpgRose was hit by a car, rescued by the SPCA and lost a leg in the process. She then found a family, but that family had to move and Rose couldn't come. Eventually she found a home with Julie Williams in Fredericton, and now she's been approved to for the pet therapy program run by St. John Ambulance!

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How Many Moons?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

moons.jpgHow many moons does the Earth have? If you guessed one - you're off - by a factor of a thousand. New research suggests there may in fact be many, many moons out there ... only they're too small for most of us to see. The Night Sky Guy, Andrew Fazekas, explains.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 35

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It was lawyer versus lawyer at the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson in Saint John today. On the witness stand:  city solicitor, John Nugent. And, conducting the cross examination - Ferguson's defense lawyer, Rod Gillis. Ferguson is accused of defamining the city's pension board in comments he made years ago. The CBC's Robert Jones is following the trial.

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Katimavik Volunteer Speaks Out

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Katimavik Photos.jpgThe news in last week's federal budget that the government was killing the youth program Katimavik came as a surprise to many people, especially those already enrolled in projects across the country. Irene Graham of Fredericton was involved in the program just last year and she says it made a massive difference in her life.

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Master And Madman

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

madman.jpgNearly 200 years ago a member of New Brunswick's Executive Council stood in the public square in Fredericton and declared that he was overthrowing the government. Anthony Lockwood then jumped on his horse and galloped through the streets brandishing a pair of sawed-off pistols and threatening his enemies. The story is now a book.  Nicholas Tracy is co-author of "Master and Madman: The Surprising Rise and Disasterous Fall of the Hon. Anthony Lockwood" published by Goose Lane.

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Music Man: Joel Plaskett

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

scrappy.jpgPerhaps the biggest name in east coast music won't be in Moncton for the East Coast Music Awards. But Joel Plaskett has just released a new album with the Emergency. It's called "Scrappy Happiness" and Bob Mersereau checks it out.

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What Does US Job Growth Mean for Canada?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

American job growth is key to Canada's financial health, and it's been on a tear for the past three months. So that means good news for us...right? Maybe not. Business columnist Donna Guzik looks at the issue.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 34

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The jury in the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson was shown a video of a controversial presentation he made to council in 2006. The event has been brought up over and over during the trial and is the cornerstone of the case against Ferguson. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.


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Travel: Iceland

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

iceland.jpgEllen Tucker tackles a listener's questions about an upcoming trip to Iceland. She says the scenery is not to be missed, the hot springs are a marvel and the nightlife is fantastic! She recommends checking out the Great Canadian Travel Company's Iceland Experience for details.

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Tumblr Hits a Milestone

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The massively popular social blogging platform now has over 50 million blogs active on their site. Tech columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty explains what's behind the platform's popularity.


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Who Helped Get Tepper Released?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Henk Tepper is home. The potato farmer from Drummond spent a year and a week in a Beirut prison accused of selling bad potatoes to Algeria. The Canadian government suggested it was working behind the scenes to get Tepper home. Tepper's family and his lawyers say they saw no evidence of that. We hear from all sides.

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Birding in Cape Tormentine, and Dealing with Geese!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

capetourmentine.jpgAlain Clavette spent the day birding near the Northumberland Strait in the Port Elgin-Cape Tormentine area where he's spied a few new arrivals and heard a few new songs. He's also concerned about some pretty invasive Canada Geese. (picture courtesy of Alain Clavette)

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Moose Accident Leaves Family Mourning

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Another family is dealing with tragedy after a car swerved to avoid a moose on the stretch of highway between the Confederation Bridge and Port Elgin. 52 year old Mike Pound was thrown from the car and later died in hospital. His daughter, who was driving, survived with just minor injuries. Leslie Buckley is Mike Pound's sister and she was on her way to Moncton to meet him when the accident happened.

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Should Older Drivers Face Restrictions?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's commonly accepted that ability to drive safely decreases with age. But an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says older drivers may be getting a bad rap. House doctor Brian Goldman takes a look at the issue.

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Ferguson Defamation Trial Day 33

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The final witness for the complainants was on the stand at the defamation trial of former city councillor John Ferguson. Ferguson is accused of damaging the reputation of the city's pension board. The witness in question is John Nugent, Saint John city solicitor - and, himself - a member of the pension board. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.

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Families Helping Families in Perth-Andover

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ever since the flood waters spilled into Perth-Andover, the community has pulled together to do what it can to help. Colleen Booth and her family are no exception. Their home is perched on a hill and avoided any damage, but they knew their neighbours were suffering. So, they opened their doors to Tamara Kaspar and her family.

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Life As Jake: Lucky Car Streak

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

palmerfleet.jpgJake Palmer thinks he's on a bit of a lucky streak when it comes to picking cars for his lovely wife. Somehow he seems to be picking winners for her, despite the fact that he does little research on these cars and generally goes with his gut.  

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Wine Guy: Pinot Grigio

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Pinot Grigio trend is stronger than ever, representing some of the biggest selling wines in Canada. Despite its popularity - there remains an argument whether pinot grigio is a good quality wine - or simply a wine for the masses? Craig Pinhey has his thoughts on the matter. His wine of the week is Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Grigio at $16.99 a bottle.

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Political Panel on Budget Week

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It could have been a one-two punch for New Brunswickers this week with the provincial budget and then the federal. It's fair to say public servants at both levels were feeling the pre-budget chill. It may take months or years for the full impact of this week's financial plans to unravel. The members of our political panel -- Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Luc Desjardins --- have been drawing their own conclusions.

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New Forest Management Plan

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government released its new management plan for what are called "Crown lands" -- forests that belong to the public. It's always a fine balance between preserving forest habitat and allowing enough logging to keep people in their jobs. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has all the details.

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