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July 2012 Archives

Mount Allison Scientist Solves Titanic Mystery

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

LaroqueTitanic.jpegThe Mount Allison Dendrochronology Lab has a starring role in next week's episode of History Detectives on PBS. The researchers worked to determine whether a wooden picture frame was carved from a hand rail salvaged from the Titanic or from the Lusitania. Colin Laroque explains how they made the determination. (Photo: Colin Laroque with Elyse Luray of History Detectives and the frame)

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Welsford Bypass Project on Hold

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you've travelled Highway 7 lately, you'll have noticed that the massive construction project that will bypass Welsford has stalled. It turns out there's no money in the budget to finish the project. The CBC's Robert Jones has the update.

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A Coach for Your Health?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With chronic diseases taking up more than half of all health care spending, prevention's more important than ever. That's where a new kind of health professional comes in. Brian Goldman explains how a health coach can make a difference.

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Celebrating the Shorebird Reserve at Johnson's Mills

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JohnsonsMills08.jpgThree quarters of the semipalmated sandpipers in the world stop at Johnson's Mills, near Dorchester, each year. It's been 25 years since the area was recognized as a site of global importance when it comes to shorebirds. Supporters of the Nature Conservancy gathered at the Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre to mark the anniversary. Charles Duncan of the Shorebird Recovery Project was there. (Photo: Mike Dembeck)

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Summer Cocktails Made with Bitters

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

compari.jpgSummer is cocktail time, and a key ingredient of many of the classics is generaly some sort of bitters. Craig Pinhey enjoys bitters from time to time and he recommends Campari at $25.29 a bottle. (Photo: Compari)

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Jake Recharges at the Cottage

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When Jake Palmer needs a break, he heads for the cottage owned by his in-laws. But it turns out that Jake can't really leave work behind.

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Tasty Raspberries at Harper's U-Pick

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for rasp.pngWhat began nearly two decades ago as a little retirement project, is now seven acres of raspberries! Gerry Harper is the third generation on the family farm in Hillsborough and the berry lover behind Harper's U-Pick Raspberries.





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Biker Club President Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

bacchus.jpgLocal Bacchus President Matthew Foley plead guilty to manslaughter in the death of Michael Thomas Schimpf. His body was found on the sidewalk near the gang's Saint John clubhouse. The CBC's Matt McCann has the latest. (Photo: CBC/ Matt Bingley)

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Mayor Wants Silver Alert System

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

marthakelly.jpg73-year-old Martha Kelly went for a walk on June 8, and she never returned to her seniors apartment in Perth-Andover. Mayor Terry Ritchie believes the community would have had a better chance of finding her if they'd been notified that she was missing right away. (Photo of Martha Kelly: RCMP)

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Olympic Science

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for oly.jpgSports scientists will be glued to the action in London, to see if their work pays off. Some researchers believe athletes only have a real shot at gold if they have science on their side. Michael Bhardwaj has that story.

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What Makes a Good Working Dog?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Next week Saint John is hosting the Schutzhund Nationals, featuring German Sherherds showing off their skills. The whole event has Dr. Sheila MacGowan thinking about what it takes to be a true working dog.

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NB Power Partners with Siemens to Create 'Smart-Grid'

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NB Power unveils an agreement with Siemens to develop what's called a "smart grid" that the utility says will save energy and generation costs. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the details.

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MS-Sufferer Looking for Help With Drug Costs

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Maryanne Moore of Sussex Corner has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 20 years, and she's watched the disease slowly rob her of the things she used to take for granted. Now she's getting some relief from a new drug called Fampyra. But, the drug costs 600-dollars a month, and she's hoping to convince the province to help.

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Music Man: The Bore Music Festival

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Thumbnail image for bore.jpgBob Mersereau checks out the first Bore Music Festival in Hillsborough. The event will support the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. He also features one of the performers -- Nova Scotia's Steve Gates.

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What Do Corporate Earnings Say About the Economy?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dollars.jpgThere's s reason people are paying particular attention to second-quarter corporate earnings them this year. Analysts and investors are using them as they try to figure out if the economy is growing again, or sliding back into recession. Donna Guzik helps crunch the numbers.

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Yennah's Edge explores the Miramichi

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Yennah Hurley continues to criss-cross the province in hopes of boosting tourism to our region. This week she sleeps in a tree house at Camping Miramichi, visits the Irish Festival, learns about Tabusintac's most famous former resident, and a whole lot more!

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60 Percent of Canadians Retire With Debt

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Thumbnail image for pape.jpgRetirement is supposed to mean freedom. But a new CIBC poll shows that for more than half of us it doesn't mean freedom from debt. Gordon Pape is the author of "Retirement's Harsh New Realities" and he has some thoughts on the results.

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Airfares Increasing, Plus Travel Deals

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gardenphoto.jpgOne by one airlines south of the border are raising ticket prices again. Travel guide Ellen Tucker has some thoughts about what it means for your travel plans. Plus she has a couple of great deals to share and details on destination weddings. (Photo: Kingsbrae Arms)

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Made in NB: Martell Home Builders

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martell.jpgHomebuilder Pierre Martell had a rough start in the business, but today he has 250 homes to his credit. That figure includes a new development that will feature super energy efficient homes that produce as much energy as they consume. Our guide to what's Made in New Brunswick, Janice MacPherson, explains what makes The Martell Experience different.

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Handling a Whooping Cough Outbreak

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pertussis.jpgWhooping cough outbreaks have been reported in Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick. Two years ago a major outbreak in California led public health officials there to take steps to stem the tide. House doctor Brian Goldman says we can learn from their experience.

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Noise Turns Jake into Grumpy Old Man

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

noise-pollution.jpgUsually mild-mannered, Jake Palmer has been spending too much time this summer with his fists clenched, trying very hard to keep from losing his cool. He blames noise for sending him over the edge - and this car lover says motorcycles and motorboats are to blame! (Photo: Oxstyle)

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A Crisp Vino Verde in the Heat

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gazela.jpgWith the heat and humidity, it makes sense to turn to low alcohol, crisp and refreshing white wines that are served almost ice cold. A great choice is Vino Verde, a fruity wine made from indigenous Portuguese grapes. Craig Pinhey recommends 2011 Gazela Vinho Verde from Portugal at $10.49 a bottle.


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Ashfield Responds to Science Cuts Concerns

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ashfield.jpgFederal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield was at UNB to promote an artificial knee project, but he ended up answering questions about recent cuts to science programs -- including his department's toxicology contaminants team in St. Andrews.

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The Dune View Inn and Restaurant to Open Farm Store!

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carson.jpgWhat began as a kitchen garden for the Dune View Inn and Restaurant has grown into a fully certified organic market garden. And by next week, if you drop by the Inn overlooking Bouctouche Bay, you'll be able to shop at a new farm store! Chef Carson Edwards is our guest this week on Home Grown. (Photo: Chef Carson's Certified Organics)

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Three Years Late, But Early?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lepreau.jpgCrews at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Plant could have the operation up and running next month. If so, it could be a month ahead of the latest schedule. Of course in reality the refurbishment is three years behind schedule, and about a billion dollars over budget. The CBC's Robert Jones has the latest.

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Science Says Watch Out For Flip-Flop Fungus!

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flip-flop.jpgFlip-flops are the quintessential summer staple - right up there with sunglasses or sunscreen. But scientists don't care how cool or comfy they might be ... they say flipflops are downright gross! Michael Bhardwaj has the story.

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Camping With Your Pets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

camping.jpgOur pet vet may not be a natural camper, but Sheila MacGowan  certainly has some ideas to help make your camping trip with your pet safer and a lot more fun! (Photo: Camping w/Chris)

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Bluefire Jellyfish Found in Bay of Fundy

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bluefire.jpgA man found a Bluefire jellyfish while working at a weir in Bocabec Bay and he took it to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews. It took awhile to positively identify the creature, because it's the first recorded Bluefire found in the Bay! Genny Simard from the Huntsman tells the story. (Photo: Huntsman Aquarium)

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Police Chief Talks About Oland Case

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oland.jpgMore than a year after the death of prominent businessman Richard Oland, Saint John Police Chief Bill Reid sits down with the CBC's Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon to talk about where the case is headed. (Photo: Canadian Yachting Association)

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The Value of Olympic Advertising

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

oly.jpgThe London Summer Games is one of the biggest marketing and advertising opportunities on the planet. And as these are the first Olympics of the iPad era, there could be more people watching than ever. Donna Guzik explains the business of Olympic advertising. (Photo: Michael Pead)

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Resident says Perth-Andover 'Abandoned'

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Terry Shaw spent his lunchbreak snapping pictures of 27 homes and businesses that have been abandoned since the March flood. He's a member of the local flood victims' committee, and he's unhappy with the government's response to the disaster. (Photos: Terry Shaw)

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Yennah's Edge Makes Stops at Miscou, Tracadie and More!

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miscou.jpgThis week we catch up with Yennah Hurley in Tracadie. She's exploring the province's north as part of her Yennah's Edge project. She hopes to get the word out about the province as a tourist destination. (Photo: Yennah Hurley at the Miscou Island lighthouse)

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What is the Bacchus Club?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

iced.jpgA fatal shooting in Saint John involving a member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club has people asking a lot of questions about the group. We get some answers from St. Mary's University professor Steven Schneider. He's the author of "Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada."

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Lyme Disease Risk Increasing in NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Tickpic.jpgMount Allison University biology professor Vett Lloyd contracted Lyme Disease from a tick bite she received in her garden in Sackville. Now she's researching the issue and she's discovered that 40% of the ticks she's tested are infected with the bacteria that causes the disease. (Photo: Mount Allison University)

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Travel and "Live Like A Local"

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

guat.jpgSome people prefer a standard hotel and the usual tourist sites when they travel. Others want to get to know a place a bit more intimately. Some travel companies are now offering a chance to do that. G Adventures has a program called "Live like a local." Ellen Tucker has details. (Photo: G Adventure's Guatemala Local Living)

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Famed Naturalist Fostering Peregrine Falcon Chick

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chick.JPGA Peregrine Falcon chick tumbled from its nest at Hopewell Rocks, and park officials called naturalist Mary Majka for advice. She hoped the chick's parents would come to the rescue, but they didn't. After the chick fell into the water, it was delivered to Majka's house where it's being fostered until it can be returned to its family. (Photo: Mary Majka and David Christie)

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Are Med Schools Preparing Doctors for Practice?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

stethoscope.jpegTo become a physician, students spend a minimum of eight years studying. But when they enter medical practice, a recent study shows that they've missed out on some important lessons in their training.  House doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

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Lawyer Urges Food Safety Agencies to Be Open with Public

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romaine.jpgBill Marler is the top foodborne illness lawyer in the United States and the publisher of a daily, online newspaper called Food Safety News. That publication features an article about the struggle to get straight answers from public health officials on both sides of the border about the outbreak in Miramichi and a possible connection to California.

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Insider Wins Up at Atlantic Lottery

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alc.jpgThe Corporation's latest accountability report shows that 64 jackpots over $10,000 this past year went to someone with some connection to ALC. That's up from 44 jackpots over the previous year. The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the numbers. (photo: ALC)

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Wheat Beer for Summer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for blanchedechambly_.jpgThere are many forms of wheat beers, some of them too strong and hearty for summer. Craig Pinhey has some thoughts on the kind of wheat beers he drinks in summer and why. His beer of the week is  Unibroue Blanche De Chambly. A six-pack costs $14.82 at ANBL.

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They May be Older, But They Get the Job Done!

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thecuban.JPGWhen Jake Palmer needs to get work done around the house, he calls "The Cuban." That's the nickname of Jake's contractor, a man well-past retirement age who has more stamina than men half his age. He brings with him a crew of muscle - two guys who are in their 60s.


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Remembering Organic Pioneer Clark Phillips

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clark.jpgClark Phillips and his partner Susan Tyler have been stalwarts in the local farming, sustainable forestry and environmental communities since they set down roots in the province. Phillips died in June and this Sunday friends will gather at Whaelghinbran Farm to celebrate his life. Mark Connell will be among them. He's been a close friend of Clark's for 40 years. (Photo: ACORN)

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Fundy Singled Out In Report on Parks Under Threat

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fundy.jpgThe Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is warning that development and lay-offs at Parks Canada are putting pressure on plants and animals that are supposed to be protected. The groups say Fundy faces the challenge of being an isolated island of wild nature in a sea of clearcuts and tree plantations. Roberta Clowater explains. (Photo: Parks Canada, Fundy National Park)

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Why Do Mosquitoes Swarm Some People, and Not Others?

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mosquito.jpegSuch a Canadian question! Scientists are working to come up with a definitive answer, one that will help them develop a better repellant to keep mosquitoes away no matter how much they might love you. Michael Bhardwaj has the details.

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Water Safety for Pets

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dogs.jpgSome dogs love the water and seem born to it, while others need a little help getting their paws wet. Either way, Dr. Sheila MacGowan has tips to keep your pet safe in the water or on the boat this summer. (Photo: The Swimming Dog)

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Questions Raised about GeoSweep Investment

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geosweep.jpgNew Brunswick committed $2 million to bring "GeoSweep" to Atlantic Canada last June, even though the game had total sales in Britain of just a 100 pounds a day. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story. (Photo: ALC)

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Gaspereau to Swim Free in the St. Croix

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gaspereau.jpgGaspereau, or Alewives, have been prevented from swimming up the St. Croix for 17 years. Maine had ordered the fishways closed, largely because of concerns about the small mouth bass fishery. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the river open. Connell Smith has the story.

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Sackville Celebrates 250th Anniversary

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sackville.jpgThere are plenty of events going on in Sackville this summer to mark the town's big anniversary. Next week a play that tells the founding story hits the stage. Ron Kelly Spurles is the playwright, and he talks about the undertaking.

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Finding the Elusive "Dream Job"

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A job you love and a great paycheque. In an uncertain economy, that's a distant dream for many in the workforce. But, according to Donna Guzik, there's no need to give up on finding meaningful work, no matter what your stage in life!

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St. Andrews Prepares to Fight for Local Scientists

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biological.jpegThe St. Andrews Biological Station is facing the loss of more of its scientists and its brand new library. Mayor Stan Choptiany is a retired marine biologist and a member of the recently formed Save Our Ocean Scientists committee. He explains what's at stake. (photo: DFO website)

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Scientists Protest "Death of Evidence"

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death.jpgDr. Scott Findlay is one of the organizers of the "Death of Evidence" protest on Parliament Hill, and he explains why scientists are so concerned about the federal government's approach to science. (photo credit: Kady O'Malley)

 

 

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Yennah's Edge Hits Saint-Quentin, Edmundston and More!

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botanical.jpgYennah Hurley has made it her mission to get the word out about all the province has to offer as a tourist destination. The project is called Yennah's Edge and involves criss-crossing the province in an RV and documenting all the fun! This week she checks in from Bathurst. (photo taken at the Botanical Garden in Edmundston)

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Travel Deals to Portugal

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portugal.jpgEllen Tucker has a deal that could see you laying on the beaches and strolling through the shops in sunny Portugal!

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Rare Leatherback Turtle Spotted off Grand Manan

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Leatherback Turtle by Durlan Ingersoll.jpgA boat load of birders spotted a rare Leatherback Turtle during a tour of the Bay of Fundy over the weekend! Jim Wilson describes what he saw, and Don McAlpine of the New Brunswick Museum talks about the endangered animals. (photo credit: Durlan Ingersoll)

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Birders Thrilled to See Cory's Shearwater

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shearwater.jpgA boat full of birders had the thrill of a lifetime off the coast of Grand Manan on Saturday. They saw a Cory's Shearwater, a seabird that's only been seen in a province a few times! Alain Clavette was there, and he spoke with some of the happy birders! (photo credit: Alain Clavette)

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At-Home Test for HIV

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's estimated that 65,000 Canadians are HIV positive, and about 26 per cent of those infected don't know it, because they've never been tested. But a new test could change that - it's one you can take in your own home! House doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

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Wine Guy: The Heartbreak Grape

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heartbreak.jpgThey call Pinot Noir the Heartbreak Grape. Outside of Burgundy, France, it's almost impossible to grow. Craig Pinhey was at a tasting this week and met the man who wrote the book on Pinot Noir. His wine of the week is a Pinot Noir from Long Falt Destinations at $17.49 a bottle.

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The Sport of Grocery Shopping

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Thumbnail image for shop.jpgJake Palmer is picking up a new household chore. He's doing the grocery shopping, and he's turned the whole thing into a bit of a sport!

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Home Grown: Community Forests International

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The local branch of Community Forests International is behind the so-called living roof and the edible forest in Sackville. Daimen Hardie is the program director.

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This Little Piggie Ran All The Way To A Rescue

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blessingpig.jpgOn the holiday weekend, Bev and Kevin O'Neil found a bruised and injured pig wandering the highway. They stopped the car, picked up the little pig and took him home with them.

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Music Man: Ennis

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ennis_finalCD_sm.jpgAlthough one sister is no longer with the band, Bob Mersereau tells us, Ennis managed to improve on what was already a very good thing.

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Google Doodle Features Hartland Anniversary

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li-nb-hartland-google-620.jpgAaron Brindle works with Google Canada and tells us what was behind the decision to feature the world's longest covered bridge.

 

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Yennah's Edge Hits Southern New Brunswick For Canada Day Weekend

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Yennah Hurley is travelling the province this summer, creating an internet-based scrapbook to boost tourism inside the province.  Yennah's Edge

 

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One Tank Of Gas To Great Holiday Destinations

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 troutpoint.jpgTravel guide Ellen Tucker takes us to some incredible and luxurious resorts within driving distance.  

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Plankton At Risk From Too Much Rain

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An increase in rain and the resulting river runoff is threatening the plankton that live in the Gulf of Maine. Plankton is of course key to the survival of much of the fish and seafood we eat. Dr. Barney Balch is the lead author of this study.

 

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The Great Canadian Cocktail

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Craig Pinhey hopes you bought or mixed Canadian drinks for the long weekend. He has a few ideas for you, including the Crapple - one and a half ounces of Johnny Ziegler Apple Brandy from Winegarden Estate ($24.99 at ANBL), half an ounce of New Brunswick maple syrup, one ounce of cranberry juice, mixed with Picaroons Dooryard.

 

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Peregrine Falcon Rescue In Downtown Moncton

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falcons.jpgTwo chicks were not quite ready to fly away from their nest, and needed to be rescued and returned to their rooftop home. Shift's birder Alain Clavette was part of the rescue.

 

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Jake Palmer Learns To Be The Boss

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Jake Palmer is a boss for the first time in his life. But is he really the one in charge?

 

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