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September 2012 Archives

Dion on Electoral Reform

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former Liberal leader Stephane Dion believes our democracy is in desperate need of reform and goes so far as to say that our current system weakens Canadian unity. The Quebec MP is in the province this weekend for a political science conference and he joins our weekly political panel to explore the issue.

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'Indulge' Yourself Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

indulge.jpgThe Indulge Food and Wine Festival is coming up in beautiful St. Andrews from October 12th to the 14th, and we have the most amazing prize package to give away! It includes accommodations for two at the famous Algonquin, Hotel, a pair of tickets to Saturday's food and drink event (including food prepared by nine chefs), $100 worth of downtown dollars to spend, plus free shuttle service, 2 whale watching adventures and entry to the Fundy Discovery Aquarium! It's the ultimate indulgent weekend. If you'd like a shot at winning the prize, all you have to do is describe your guilty pleasure, the one time you threw caution to the win and indulged. It may involve chocolate, shoes, your children or the most amazing vacation. It really could be anything that made you feel as though you had truly indulged. Just call our talkback line at 1-855-ShiftNB and tell us your story. You can also send your story to shift@cbc.ca. The deadline to enter is noon on Monday, October 8th and we'll announce the winner during the show on Tuesday, October 9th. Come on...indulge!

Dalhousie Generating Station to Close

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dalhousie.jpgThat's it. Government officials say they tried, but couldn't find any way to keep the Dalhousie Generating Station open. The community's mayor, Clem Tremblay, reacts to the news.

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Population Dwindling

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's bleak. StatsCan says population growth in Atlantic Canada has all but stopped. Last year the region lost 8000 people, more than a quarter of them from New Brunswick. The CBC's Robert Jones reports.

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Chickadee Larder

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

chickadee.jpgStephanie Shanks has allergies, and so does her husband. She had such a tough time buying commercial sauces that wouldn't make them sick that she started making her own. Chickadee Larder was born, and now she's online and at the Boyce Market!

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Crafty Squirrels!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

squirrel.jpgScientists have been taking a closer look at the industrious squirrel, and it turns out that these little nut-lovers are some of nature's most crafty creatures! Michael Bhardwaj has that story.

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Separation Anxiety

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sep.jpgDog ate your homework? It could be a case of separation anxiety. Pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan has tips for dealing with your dog's anxious behaviour.

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Cabinet Shuffle

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

alward.jpgPremier David Alward has announced big changes to his cabinet, and the CBC's Robert Jones has the details. (Photo: CBC)

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Music Man: Kendra Gale Band

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

kendra.jpgBob Mersereau continues his look at Music NB Award nominees with the latest from St. Andrews' Kendra Gale Band.

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Work Nightmares?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Donna Guzik looks at work-related dreams and what your subconcious might be telling you about your job.

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Remembering Bruno Bobak

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

li-nb-bruno-bobak-molly-lam.jpgWith the death of Bruno Bobak, his widow Molly Lamb Bobak and Alex Colville are the two surviving members of the select group who were Canada's Official War Artists. 88 year old Bobak had lived and worked in Fredericton since 1960 when he was appointed artist in residence at UNB. As an historian of art and war at the Canadian War Museum, Laura Brandon has come to know the Bruno Bobak professionally and personally. (Photo: bobakart.com)

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Spying on Citizens

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

secretservice.jpgUNB history professor Greg Kealey is co-author of the book "Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America." He's giving a talk titled "The RCMP, CSIS and Spying: Canadians Under Surveillance."

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Cruising

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

regatta.pngTravel guide Ellen Tucker had a very fancy lunch aboard a cruiseship where cuisine is the main attraction. She talks about cruising, and a new flight connection from the province. (Photo: Oceania Regatta)

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Back to the WELL

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

An iconic online community has just been sold ... to the online community itself! It's called the WELL and it's one of the oldest virtual groups of its kind. Nora Young has the story.

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New Lepreau Delay

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

plepreau.jpgThe head of NB Power says Point Lepreau is still weeks away from getting back on-line. CBC News has learned that during tests to restart the plant, a transformer blew out. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story. (Photo: CBC)

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Family of Birders

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dicksisel.jpgAlain Clavette has manged to spread his love of birding to much of his family, inlcuding his mother! He took her to Grand Manan on the weekend to check out the fall migration. (Photo: Dicksisel by Alain Clavette)

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New Superbug

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Canadian doctors are keeping a close eye on a new and deadly superbug that has infected patients at one of America's most celebrated hospitals, killing seven. House doctor Brian Goldman has the story.

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83-Year-Old's Survival Story

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gaston.jpgBill Gaston spent two nights stranded in his truck on a back road in the woods after a trip to buy a pumpkin went awry. He was rescued Saturday morning, and now he's telling his story. (Photo: RCMP)

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Fall Weather Outlook

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fall.jpgDave Phillips of Environment Canada says after the beautiful summer we've had, we can expect a warmer than usual fall!

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Me and Joel

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

plaskett.jpgSt. Thomas University journalism student Meghan O'Neil had the opportunity to interview a musician she's admired for a long time during the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Here's the story of what happened when she finally got an audience with Joel Plaskett.

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The Shifting Palmer Fleet

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

shiftindicator.jpgJake Palmer has been making adjustments to the Palmer fleet over the past couple of months. He got rid of one car, picked up a big dumb truck and bought half a boat. (Photo: the truck's shift indicator)

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Ousted MLA Talks

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Jim Parrott talks about being dropped from the PC caucus, and about the controversial comments on health care in the province that cost him his party's support.

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Green Leader Joins Panel

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in the province this weekend as party members gather to elect a new leader in New Brunswick. She joins the regular members of our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Jean Saint-Cyr - to talk fracking, Point Lepreau and the state of our democracy.

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More Cheap Beer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

beer.jpgNB Liquor has been offering some discount beer brands over the summer, and they've proved so popular that the corporation is extending the sale. The CBC's Robert Jones has that story. (Photo: NB Liquor)

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Seed Saving

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

seedsave.jpgWhen it comes to gardening, it all starts with a seed. More and more people are looking to save local seeds that are adapted to our climate and growing conditions. Su Morin from Seeds of Diversity is giving a workshop on seed saving in Sackville on September 30th, and she explains what's involved. (Photo: Seeds of Diversity)

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Science's Silly Side

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

ignobel.pngThe Ig Nobel Awards celebrate some of the more unusual research scientists are conducting. Michael Bhardwaj looks at some of this year's nominees! (Photo: the Ig Nobel Awards)

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Treating Pet Arthritis

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

bouncingdog.jpgArthritis can make life painful for pets, but Dr. Sheila MacGowan says there are several treatments available that can help make your cat or dog more comfortable.

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Tough Sell

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

forsale.jpgIf you're looking to buy a house in New Brunswick, you've got an awful lot of choice these days, especially if you're looking in Saint John. Some say, there's a glut of homes on the market. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the story.

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Music Man: Jason Haywood

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

haywood.jpgWith the Music New Brunswick Awards just around the corner, music man Bob Mersereau is checking out some of the nominees. This week it's former Divorcee Jason Haywood with his new solo CD.

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Gold on the Rise?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

golg.jpgGold has been on a roll for years. Now, in the wake of the US Federal Reserve announcement of an open-ended stimulus program, many are expecting even bigger gains in the price of gold. Donna Guzik explains.

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Paul's Mom Turns 96!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Frances Castle has bounced back after a difficult year, and we give her a call to celebrate her 96th birthday!

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Winter Travel Ideas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen 002.jpgWe're just coming to terms with the end of summer! Still, our travel guide Ellen Tucker says if you want to save money on your Christmas or March break vacation, the time to think about booking is now!

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Made in NB: Corey Nutrition

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

holistic.jpgHe may have opted out of the family dairy farm, but Lee Corey has nevertheless made his living feeding animals. He started out feeding salmon and now he's expanded to pets. Janice MacPherson has the story of the Corey Nutrition Company.

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Watching the Birds

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

web_Paruline_des_prés2_2010_09_25.jpgAvid birder Alain Clavette shares what he's seeing, and hearing, during this year's Fall migration. (Photo of Prairie Warbler by Alain Clavette)

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Harvest Winner

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

trucks.jpgLinda Boyer is still on a Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival high! Her blues song won our annual contest and she talks about her amazing musical weekend. (Photo of Tedeschi Trucks Band performance from Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival)

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Political Panel: September 14th

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel takes on the province's planned property tax changes, the issue surrounding federal electoral boundaries and the need to refurbish the Mactaquac Dam.

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Wine Guy: Vinho Verde

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

verde.jpgCraig Pinhey has just returned from visiting the wine region of Vinho Verde in Portugal. His wine of the week is Twin Vines Vinho Verde Loureiro, Trajadura, Pedernã, Alvarinho at $12.29 a bottle. (Photo: Craig Pinhey)

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Jake's Worst Client

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer finally sold a property to the worst client he's ever had ... his dad.

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Open Farm Day

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

windyhillfarm.jpgAlyson Chisholm of Windy Hill Farm in McKees Mills is getting ready to welcome the public this Sunday as part of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick's Open Farm Day.

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No Brown Apples?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

arctic-apple-slices.jpgScientists in British Columbia have developed a genetically modified apple that doesn't turn brown when you bite into it. Michael Bhardwaj has the story of the Arctic Apple.

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Pet Allergies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Cat and Dog.jpgItchy skin and wheezing...our pet vet has thoughts on dealing with an allergic pet.

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Celebrating 50 years!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

derekoland.jpgDerek Oland has been in the family beer business for 50 years. Under his leadership Moosehead beer has become one of New Brunswick's most famous exports. Derek Oland sat down to talk about the role he's played in the company since he first walked through the brewery doors as an employee and the age of 23. (Photo: Moosehead)

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Property Tax Changes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fitch.jpgThe Alward government is proposing a number of changes to the province's property tax policy. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the details. (Photo: Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch making the announcement)

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Ross Neilsen Releases Solo CD

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

neilsen.jpgNew Brunswick bluesman Ross Neilsen is releasing "The Shack Up Sessions" at this week's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton. Our music man Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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A New Way to Fundraise

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fundraiser.jpgBake-sales, bike rides, and fundraising dinners...raising money for a good cause is never easy. But in the digital age of social media, one company wants to make it easier. Business columnist Donna Guzik explains. (Photo: My Unique Flowers)

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The State of the Liberal Leadership Race

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

In about six weeks, the New Brunswick Liberal Party will have a new leader. The race for the job has been quiet for most of the summer -- but things are starting to get a bit heated. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has that story.

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Avid Birder Keeps his Eyes on the Sky

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

alainthumb.jpegOur bird watcher has been on a bit of a maritime tour over the past couple of weeks, and of course he's been keeping a close watch on what's happening in the sky. Alain Clavette is back home and ready to share what he's seeing.

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New iPhone and the Future of Mobile

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nora.jpgApple is launching the latest incarnation of its iPhone, but the competition is intense on the mobile front. Our tech columnist Nora Young has a look at the future of mobile technologies. 

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Travel to PEI or Fiji?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ellen Tucker has a couple of island travel ideas - one close to home, and another much further afield.

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Real Food Connections

Posted by Cindy Grant

People in the Fredericton area have been looking to Real Food Connections for a while now to hook them up with locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and even cheeses. For the most part, these products have been offered in a weekly grocery box that's ordered each week. But, for the past couple of months, staff have been setting up a new retail outlet on Hanwell Road that will make access to local food even more convenient. Work on the new store is nearly complete, and owner Levi Lawrence is ready to host a big grand opening this Saturday. He's this week's Homegrown guest.

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Pet Vet: New And Different Pets

Posted by Cindy Grant

When most people think of getting a pet, it's cats and dogs that spring to mind. But there are certainly other choices. Whether you bring home a guinea pig or a lizard, Dr. Sheila MacGowan has thoughts on what it takes to care for your new pet.

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Widow a Suspect in Doyle's Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

doyles.jpgLast month Fredericton businessman Harry Doyle was murdered in front of his wife and son in the Philippines, where he had been living for several years. Now the police in the Philippines have accused his wife of having a role in the killing. The CBC's Jacques Poitras reports. (Photo: Harry and Jane Doyle, Facebook)

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Artist Loses Work in Sussex Fire

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Andrew Giffin was painting a number of works for the New Brunswick Military History Museum when fire destroyed the Broad Street building where he was working.

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You Could Win a Huge Harvest Prize Package!!!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

harvest.jpgWe're not just giving away tickets to the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton ... we're giving away an experience! We have a 'Deep Blues' package for two, which includes access to all the big shows from Wednesday through to Sunday night in the main stage tents and the Fredericton Convention Centre. You also get some backstage moments, along with dinner with an artist! That's not all! You also get your own personal tour guide to help out with your festival experience. We're not done yet. You also get four nights accommodation in Fredericton so you can enjoy the festival in style. Now, for a prize package this great, we're going to ask you to get a little creative. We want you to write a little jazzy or bluesy song, and make sure that you use the word 'Shift' somewhere in the lyrics. You can call our talkback line and sing us your entry. The number is 1-800-632-7743. Or, you can email your lyrics to shift@cbc.ca and we'll do our best to perform your song! Shift's music man, Bob Mersereau, will select the winning entry on Monday's show. You'll need to get your entry in by noon on Monday, September 10th. Let your inner blues singer out, and you could be the big winner!

Free Online Courses are the Latest Trend

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for nora.jpgIf you have a student in the house that needs some extra help, or you're itching to upgrade your own skills, there's a new trend in online learning that might be for you! Norah Young explains all about MOOCs.

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Beware of Travel Deal Promises

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Last week police in Fredericton issued a travel scam alert about discount travel clubs. Some people in the city attended a meeting where they were promised prizes and the potential for cheap travel in the future. Our travel guide Ellen Tucker says savvy travel shoppers must watch the fine print and do the math!

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94 Year Old Ziplines Across Gorge!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For many people, speeding across the Grand Falls Gorge, 230 feet in the air, on a zipline is a terrifying thought. Lorraine Roberge is not one those people. This summer she became the oldest person to zip across the gorge! (Click for YouTube video of the event)

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Apples and a Corn Maze at Belliveau Orchards!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

maze.jpgAt Belliveau Orchards in Memramcook you can u-pick apples, visit their bakery and even take a turn in their brand new corn maze! This year, owner Robert Bourgeois is looking at adopting some certified organic practices for the orchard. He is our guest this week on Homegrown. (Photo: Verger Belliveau Orchards)

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Fall Migration Underway

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

BrianDalzellcarbirding.JPGBirder Alain Clavette takes a look at Fall migration in the province. He also talks about a special memorial to recognize Brian Dalzell. (Photo of Brian Dalzell courtesy of Alain Clavette)

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Injured Seal Pup Successfully Released

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

seal.jpgThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for release.jpgA female seal pup has been recovering at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute after she was found with a deep gash down one side of her face and a missing eye. Now she's been successfully returned to the ocean. Pam Novak of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute has the story. (Photos: the pup before and during release, provided by the Atlantic Wildlife Institute)

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