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June 2012 Archives

Homegrown: Everett Family Orchard

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

orchard.jpgIt seems only fitting that there is an Everett apple. Afterall, how could a farm that's been in the same family for eight generations not have a namesake variety growing in the orchard? Chuck Everett talks about running the Island View orchard with his family.

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NB Set to Raise Auto Injury Cap

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Nearly 10 years ago the province attempted to clamp down on insurance premiums by limiting the damages that accident victims could claim. Now the Alward government is talking about loosening those limits. The CBC's Jacques Poitras reports.

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Former MP Talks about Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When Andy Scott became an honourary witness for the truth and reconciliation commission, he made a commitment to share the stories he hears from residential school survivors. Scott also made it his personal goal to meet and listen to all New Brunswick first nations survivors of the schools.

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The Evolution of Music

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

You could call it survival of the funkiest! In a recent experiment, scientists applied Darwin's laws of natural selection to a random series of electronic loops, beats and sounds. They wanted to see if a song would evolve over time. Michael Bhardwaj has the story.

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When is it Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For many people pets are family, and it's painful when they get sick. Sometimes they get so sick that you might consider letting them go. Dr. Sheila MacGowan says that's when you need to sit down with your veterinarian for an honest discussion.

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Tepper Talks about Ordeal in Lebanon

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

tepper.jpgIt's been almost three months since Henk Tepper returned home. The potato farmer from Drummond spent over a year in a Beirut prison, accused of selling bad potatoes to Algeria. After months of silence, Henk Tepper sat down with the CBC's Harry Forestell.

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Oland Search Warrant Fight Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The legal skirmish over search warrants in the Richard Oland homicide investigation is not over yet. Lawyers were in court again for what was supposed to be a hearing into whether or not the documents should remain sealed for another six months. But the judge said he couldn't make a ruling until he hears the complete evidence. The CBC's Bobbi-Jean Mackinnon has the details.

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Music Man: Christina Martin

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

martin.jpgChristina Martin has a brand new CD called "Sleeping With A Stranger," and our own Bob Mersereau was asked to write the liner notes, so he's pretty familiar with what's on offer, and he likes it a lot!

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The End of Seniors' Discounts?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Baby boomers are hitting retirement age, and the coming tidal wave of grey seems to have prompted a decision by one bank to cut some no-fee accounts for older clients. Donna Guzik has some thoughts on whether TD's move could signal the beginning of the end for senior discounts.

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Residents Say Highway Exit is Dangerous

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A four-lane highway is being built from the border at St. Stephen east to Saint John and beyond. While it's under construction, travellers are passing through detours, and there's growing concern that the main exit to St. Andrews is not only confusing, but dangerous. Vaughn McIntryre is with the Charlotte Coastal Region Tourism Association.

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Northrup Flip-Flops on Pulp Ban

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

wood.jpgEarlier this month Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup ordered forest companies to stop harvesting pulp wood on crown land. It was part of a plan to save small, private woodlot owners. But JD Irving continued to cut pulp on crown land and a company spokesman saying the minister's office knew all about it. That left Bruce Northrup with some explaining to do.

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Fallen Gull Chick Returned to Nest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A gull chick was discovered on the ground at the Brookside Mall in Fredericton, and LeeAnn Haggerty got the call to get up on the roof of the mall and return the chick to its parents. She's the Director of Education and Training at the Fredericton SPCA and she tells the story.

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Travel Deals to NYC and More

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

skyline.jpgOur travel guide, Ellen Tucker, has a bunch of deals to share, including a great deal on airfare from Moncton to the Big Apple! (photo credit: Whitney Cox)

 

 

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3-D Printing Explained

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you want the perfect suit or dress, nothing beats having one tailor-made, according to your exact measurements. A new tech company called Shapeways is applying that thinking to what's known as 3-D printing. You send them a digital blueprint for almost any kind of object, and they'll build it and mail it to you. Anshuman Iddamsetty explains.


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No Money for Ferguson's Legal Bills, Yet

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The John Ferguson defamation saga continues long after the verdict. Justice William Grant has decided that Saint John's pension board will not be on the hook for Ferguson's legal bills, though there is still another hearing on costs down the line. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the story.

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Saying Goodbye to RCI

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Radio Canada International has ended its shortwave radio programming, turning off the transmitter site Sackville. RCI has broadcast signals from the Tantramar Marsh for 67 years to listeners around the world. The end comes as a result of budget cuts. Marc Montgomery was host of "The Link" and he said goodbye to his listeners as one of the last voices to be broadcast on the service.

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Dr. David Bird Talks Peregrines

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

peregrine.jpgOur birder, Alain Clavette, had the opportunity to interview one of his ornithological heroes this week. Dr. David Bird is an expert on raptors and Alain wanted to talk to him about the nesting Peregrine Falcons in Moncton.

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Sick Doctors Should Stay Home

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Doctors warn patients with colds and flus to stay home from work so they don't spread germs. But they don't always follow their own advice. A recent study says when it comes to their own sniffles. doctors don't know when to quit. House doctors Brian Goldman has that story.

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Wine Guy: Muscat

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

muscat.jpegMuscat is the oldest domesticated grape variety and there are over 200 known variations on the grape. Craig Pinhey is a big fan of Muscat in all its shapes and forms. His wine of the week is a muscat - Martini & Rossi Asti D.O.C.G. at $13.99 a bottle.

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Rothesay Votes and Grading the Government

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's pressure on to prove a point in the race to replace Margaret-Ann Blaney as the MLA for Rothesay. The members of our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - take a look at the race and what it means. Plus, the share their grades for the Alward government.

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Jake's Bad Luck With Boats

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

jake'sboat.jpgJake Palmer fancies himself a sensible man when it comes to making major purchases. But there is one area where he'll admit he hasn't always made a well-reasoned decision. He's had s string of bad luck when it comes to boats...but now he thinks he's finally got it right!


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Homegrown: Lavenhop!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lavenhop.JPGYou never know where a Sunday drive will take you. For Bill Rowe and Jackie Jarvis, it's ended in fields of lavender and hops and organic vegetables in Cambridge Narrows! The two investment advisors found themselves building what's now known as Lavenhop Farm. Bill Rowe talks about the massive undertaking.

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Yennah's Edge: Selling NB Tourism!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

yennawrap-concept.jpgYennah Hurley thinks New Brunswick has a lot to offer, and she thinks everyone needs to get involved in selling our province as a destination. She's about to start a two month trip around the province where she'll visit attractions, document her adventures and use everything she learns to push New Brunswick tourism. You can follow her progress on her webpage and on Facebook.

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Operator Error to Blame for Lepreau Water Spill

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Officials from Point Lepreau appeared before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to answer questions of about a heavy water spill at the plant. 300 liters spilled during testing that's required as the plant gets ready to fire up again this fall. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Hotel Rooms and Bacteria

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you're checking in to a hotel on your summer vacation, you might want to pack a few extra bottles of hand sanitizer. Scientists have found all sorts of nasty bacteria lurking in places you'd never expect ... like the tv remote. Science guy Michael Bhardwaj has that story.

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Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Heat

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Every year it seems we hear of tragedies involving dogs left in hot cars. Dr. Sheila MacGoawn has a warning, and some advice to help keep your pet safe this summer.

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New Company Picks up Major Infrastructure Projects

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Work on the One-Mile Interchange the Harbour Bridge ground to a halt in March when the company doing the jobs went into receivership. As Connell Smith reports, now a new company looks poised to take over.

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Health Affects of Fracking for Shale Gas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The New Brunswick College of Family Physicians has called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the province until more research is done on the possible health affects. Barbara Harris started looking into the health issue when land near her home was leased for exploration and she's in the province sharing what she's learned.

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Do Women Need a Different Financial Plan?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

During these rocky economic times, we've heard about the importance of paying down debt and socking away savings. While it's advice that everyone should listen to, according to business columnist Donna Guzik, women in particular need to pay attention. 

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Music Man: Heather Green

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

heather.jpgOur music man, Bob Mersereau, takes a look at a new release from Halifax-based Heather Green.

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1812 Flag Restored

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The New Brunswick Museum has unveiled an historic flag to commemorate the War of 1812. The flag is known as the Colours of the 104th Regiment. Six hundred soldiers from that regiment were ordered to march to Upper Canada, to help protect against a feared American invasion.

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Travel Guide: Saskatoon!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Saskatoon2.jpgWhen you sit down to plan a vacation, Saskatchewan may not immediately spring to mind as a travel destination. Well Ellen Tucker is betting she can change your mind! She's in Saskatoon for a conference, and while she's there she's taking in all the city has to offer. (photo courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon/ Gordon Taylor)

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Domain Name Game-Changer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Top level domains, such as .com or .net, are the basic signposts of the internet. Now, the organization that manages them is accepting applications for NEW names. Tech columnist Anshuman Iddamsetty explains why it matters.

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Jeff Rubin: The End of Growth

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

growth.jpgMany of the world's economies are stagnant or worse. According to Jeff Rubin, former chief economist for CIBC World Markets, it's all linked to the lack of cheap oil which is bringing about the end of the world as we've known it. His latest book, "The End of Growth," may sound ominous, but he speculates that we could end up with a more sustainable and healthier economy. 

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Blaney Appointment an Issue in Rothesay By-Election

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

One week to go before the provincial by-election in Rothesay, and the appointment of former PC MLA Margaret-Ann Blaney to head Efficiency New Brunswick remains an issue. But some voters seem to think the best way to protest the PC appointment is to vote PC. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has that story.

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Made in NB: Remsoft

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Janice MacPherson has the story of Andrea and Ugo Feunekes. They founded a software company in Fredericton that helps clients like forestry companies, large industries and governments deal with planning complex operations. Remsoft has been so successful, it's now part of the course curriculum in civil engineering and forestry management at various universities.

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A Painted Bunting, Turkey Vultures and More

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

painted.jpgA colourful Painted Bunting was spotted in the St. Stephen area this week, causing a great deal of excitement for local birders. Alain Clavette talks about that sighting, plus the increasing numbers of Turkey Vultures in the province and searching for Vesper Sparrow nests. (photo credit: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

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How to Complain in Hospital and Get Results

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A recent battle between the daughters of a patient admitted to a Newfoundland hospital and local health authorities became so intense that the parties ended up in court. With that in mind, our house doctor Brian Goldman has some advice about how to complain in hospital ... to help, not hurt your cause.

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The Omnibus Budget Bill, Plus Legislature Wraps

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For hours MPs voted on 871 amendments to the Conservatives' sweeping omnibus budget bill. All were defeated by the government majority, but the Opposition did win some attention to a budget bill that deals with a whole lot more than finances.  Meanwhile, our provincial MLAs were likely better rested than their federal counterparts as the legislature wrapped for the summer. Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Jean Saint-Cyr - looks at the issues.

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Oland Search Warrants Remain Sealed, For Now

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Just what is contained in the search warrants connected to the Richard Oland homicide investigation will remain unknown, for now. The judge who agreed to keep the documents sealed for 6 months has decided to extend the earlier order. Another hearing has been set for June 27th. The CBC's Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is following the story.

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Double-Lung Transplant Recipient Struggles to Pay for Medication

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

26 year old Heather MacInnis is recovering at home in Harvey Station after her double-lung transplant. The drugs she needs cost $10,000 a month, and more than a quarter of that is not covered. She tried to get help from the province, but for now - has given up. 

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Value Wine Awards

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey checks in from Calgary where he's judging affordable wines from around the world at the Value Wine Awards. His wine of the week is the Peoples Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand at $19.79 a bottle.

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Relaxing With A Little Hard Labour

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer's on the go a lot with his job, so it stands to reason that he needs a way to relax. TV? Nope. Beer on the deck? Nope. Jake swears there's nothing more relaxing than doing a little hard labour around the house, so long as it's not his house.

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Alward's EUB Promise Not Yet Tackled

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The session has come to an end, but a few items promised in the Speech from the Throne haven't yet made an appearance. One of them was was the promise of a full time, professional  Energy and Utilities board and a full time public advocate. So far - nothing.  The CBC's Robert Jones has that story.

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Home Grown: Farm Writers Tour NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Atlantic Canada Farm Writers Association is in the province swapping ideas and touring a few farms and food businesses. Allison Finnamore is a freelance farm writer based in Moncton. We spoke with her mid-tour at Coburn's Farm in Keswick Ridge.

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Science of Soccer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sport scientists are paying close attention to every strike, dash and goal during the Euro Cup. They want to use their observations to help their own teams score at the London Olympic Games. Science columnist Michael Bhardwaj has the story.

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The Multi-Cat Household

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

cats.jpgOne cat is great, so more must be better! That's not always the case for cats who like to have their own space. Our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has strategies for bringing a new cat into the house successfully.

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Who Pays for Defamation Lawsuit?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The verdict came down six weeks ago, tut the John Ferguson defamation trial won't really be over until the matter of who pays for it is settled. Lawyers for the former Saint John councilor and the city's pension board are arguing over costs, and the CBC's Robert Jones has that story.

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Woodland Angelica Taking Over

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

angelica.JPGOver the past few years this invasive plant has taken hold all along the St. John River, and it's notoriously tricky to get rid of. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is rounding up volunteers to tackle the plant this weekend on its property at Shampers Bluff. Stewardship rep Shawna Wallace has the details.

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Music Man: Sleepy Driver's Latest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

driver.jpgBob Mersereau has a preview of Sleepy Driver's carefully crafted new album, "In a Low Dark Light." It's been three years since the Fredericton group's debut but Bob thinks the follow up is well worth the wait.

 

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Canada Far From Meeting Emissions Targets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canada is on pace to fall well short of its commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. That's according to a new report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. President and CEO David McLaughlin takes a close look at why the country is so far off the mark.

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Predicting Oil Prices

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Back in January, analysts were predicting that oil prices would remain at historic highs. Instead, they're hovering at an eight-month low. Donna Guzik explains what that could mean for the summer driving season.

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Marching to Raise Money for Injured Soldiers

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

soldier.jpgCorporal Kate MacEachern is marching from Gagetown to Antigonish to bring attention to the challenges faced by soldiers wounded on the job. She's also raising money for Soldier On, a program which helps soldiers recover from serious injuries.

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Travel by Sailboat!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sail.jpgIf you've got the right connections, you can rent a boat and sail yourself into the sunset on the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. But if you don't, Ellen Tucker has some ideas on matching would-be sailors with ships and services around the globe.

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Online Map Wars

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you own a smartphone and need directions, your onboard map is your best friend. Google supplies most of the world's smartphones and tablets with that crucial service. But now Apple has announced its own map service, and it's booting Google from all of its mobile devices. Anshuman Iddamsetty has that story.

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UNB Prof Makes Plea for Research Facility

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lastfish06.jpgFor more than 40 years the ground-breaking research conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario has influenced public policy in water management in Canada and around the world. Now the Harper government has announced plans to close the facility. UNB biology professor Karen Kidd once worked at the ELA and she's one of many scientists trying to reverse the decision.

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Taking Care of Your Bird Feeders and Baths

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rose-breastedgrosbeak.jpgAlain Clavette loves birds, so it's no surprise that he has multiple feeders and baths on his property designed to attract all manner of bird to his backyard. But he says it takes a little work to keep the feeders attractive to feathered friends.

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Therapy Over the Phone

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

While talk therapy can be effective for people suffering from depression, sometimes patients are reluctant to take the time - and go the distance - to see a therapist. A recent study says the solution may be just a phone call away. House Doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

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Panel: Higgs Still Mum On Blaney, and Fisheries Act Changes

Posted by Elke Semerad

It has been difficult to pin down Finance Minister Blaine Higgs' opinion of Margaret Ann Blaney's appointment to Efficiency NB. And the changes to the fisheries act downloads many responsibilities to the province. Our political panel regulars, Michael Camp and Lisa Keenan, are joined by guest panelist Jean Saint-Cyr, editorial writer for L'Acadie Nouvelle.

 

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Bill C-31 Opens Borders to Wines from Across the Country

Posted by Elke Semerad

lafiole.jpgThe passage of the federal bill paves the way for wine to flow from one province to another.  To date, interprovincial trade barriers and other government regulations made it difficult for wine lovers, including our Wine Guy Craig Pinhey. His wine of the week is La Fiole Cotes Du Rhone, from France, $15.49.

 

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Ghost-Free Home Is Move-In Ready

Posted by Elke Semerad

haunted.jpgJake Palmer tells of the trials of selling a particular house which had to be relisted after an initial offer fell through. The big selling point now - it's not haunted.

 

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Home Grown: The Frilly Apron

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

garden.jpegTara MacKenzie isn't a chef - but she's certainly a lover of good food. So keen is her interest that a year ago she launched her own food blog called "The Frilly Apron." That's where she shares great recipes and mouth watering photographs of her culinary creations. Now she's expanded to include tales from her efforts to get back into vegetable gardening.

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Early Childcare Improvements

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government is putting 38 million dollars into the early childcare system. That money means the addition of ten thousand childcare spaces and more money for childcare workers. The CBC's Susan King has the details.

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All About Cats

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Cat fanciers gathered in Fredericton last weekend for a big cat show, and the whole event has our pet vet thinking feline. Dr. Sheila MacGowan has a look at some of the most common issues cat lovers encounter.

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Higgs Refuses to Voice Support for Blaney Appointment

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For more than six minutes in Question Period, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs refused to say he supports the appointment of Margaret-Ann Blaney to a patronage job. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Lawyer Cautions Abuse Victims

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Archdiocese of Moncton is offering potential victims of Father Camille Leger a meeting with retired Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache, who will assess claims and offer compensation. But lawyer Robert Talach says the offer benefits the church more than it does the victims.

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Music Man: Toronto Band Inspired by Young NB Artist

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

wyatt.jpgThree years ago Toronto band The Danger Bees came across a drawing of a cat while in the province that really struck their fancy. With a little detective work, they managed to track down the artist, a young man named Wyatt from Nackawic. Bob Mersereau has the whole fascinating story.

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Technology Distractions Tank Productivity

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

How many times a day do you check your smartphone, email, Facebook or Twitter account? Researchers say all that distraction is making us less productive at work, and at home. Donna Guzik has the details.

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Laptop with Voter Information Stolen

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thieves broke in to the Elections NB building and stole two laptop computers, one of which contained voters' personal information. This follows last month's breach - where the same data were mistakenly sent to MLAs and political parties. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Improving Inclusion in NB Schools

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The government is committing $62 million over the next three years to improve inclusion of children with special needs or behavioural problems in the education system.  The money - much of it reallocated - will pay for more teachers, and counsellors.  The CBC's Susan King has the story.

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Air Canada Vacations

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

brazil.jpgEllen Tucker has been flipping through some new brochures from Air Canada Vacations ... and the new packages to South America, Asia and the South Pacific have her really excited! She also has news about a new option some airlines are offering for long haul flights.

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Nintendo Comeback With Wii U?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

wii u.jpgIt's the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, the videogame industry's main event, and Nintendo has a lot riding on its latest product - the Wii U. Anshuman Iddamsetty explains.

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Business Saves, Residents Pay

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Six months ago, the government broke its contract with Enbridge Gas and ordered the company to file new, lower rates with the Energy and Utilities board. Enbridge has now filed those new rates, and they're considerably lower for business, but residential customers would pay much more. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Herons, Owls and Eagles!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Bald eagle.jpgOur bird-lover, Alain Clavette has a couple of stories this week. He's excited about a Yellow Crowned Night Heron that was spotted in the province. Plus, he's got owls in his neighbourhood and a story about a Bald Eagle that flew a little to close to a Peregrine Falcon nest.

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Farm Animals and Antibiotics

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

According to the World Health Organization, farm animals are fed half of the world's supply of antibiotics. It's intended to help the animals grow, and reduce infection ... but scientists fear it's making humans increasingly resistant to antibiotics.  Now the Canadian Medical Association Journal recommends strict measures to stop a growing problem. House Doctor Brian Goldman has the story.

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What's Really In Your Bottle of Olive Oil?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

olive.jpgFreelance writer Tom Mueller has written a new book that blows the lid off the olive oil industry. He claims that what passes as olive oil in some cases is anything but! The book is called "Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil."

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Wine Guy: FestiVin!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Craig Pinhey really does live the life! This week he's in Caraquet at FestiVin sampling wine and fabulous food. His wine of the week is  Dow's Colheita Port at $37.78 a bottle.

 

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Away From the Kids for a Night

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer took his wife to Halifax for a night to see Tom Petty in concert. It was the first time they had both been away from their two children since the eldest was born three years ago, and Jake admits he was a little nervous!

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Positive Reviews for Alward's Pension Changes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

David Alward's government announced the development of a new kind of pension plan - a hybrid of defined benefit pensions and defined contribution pensions. So far, reaction has been generally positive. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Breviro Caviar in Demand Around the World

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The product we're featuring on this week's edition of homegrown has to be one of this province's original local foods. Just about a year ago, Breviro Caviar began selling the roe from the shortnose sturgeon, a rare species found in Canada only in the St. John River system. Jonathan Barry is the company's managing director.

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Harmonizers Invade Saint John

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Barbershop choruses and quartets from all across the Atlantic are competing in Saint John this week for the right to represent the Maritimes at an International competition in the Fall. The Sea Belles are hosting the comptition and we hear from the local quartet, Nova Quatro, as well as event co-chairs Cheryl Sweeny and Judy McNabb. 

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NB-Born Filmmaker Takes 3D Movie to Cannes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's a great plot. A bunch of college kids accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons - called Zemons. Tim Doiron is the producer and writer of Dead Before Dawn 3-D. He's just returned from screening the movie for buyers in Cannes.

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Scientists Help Hollywood Make Better Sci-Fi

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Aliens are invading our movie theatres this summer with three blockbusters featuring creatures from space. Sci-fi fans may be delighted, but scientists often are not. Now, researchers are doing their part to help Hollywood get the facts straight. Michael Bhardwaj has the story.


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Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

As the weather impoves there's a good chance that you're spending some time in the garden, planting flowers and pulling weeds. Well, where yardwork is concerned, Dr. Sheila MacGowan says it's important to keep pets in mind.


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