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November 2012 Archives

Senator Pitches Maritime Union

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Maritime Union is an idea that's been floated -- and sunk -- since before confederation. But now, three Conservative senators from the region are publicly saying it's an idea that's never made more sense than right now. New Brunswick's John Wallace explains why.

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Farming Off-The-Grid

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

David Cozac and his wife Debbie Russell are organic pioneers in the province. They built their home and organic farm entirely off-the-grid 20 years ago. They use solar for electricity and wood for heat, and they sell their vegetables at Debbie's Fredericton store, True Food Organics.

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Municipal Funding

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government is changing the way municipalities get funding from the province. Cities that are growing will get less, while villages that need more will get more. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.

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BIG Christmas Display

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lights.jpgThere are people who go all out with their outdoor christmas displays. And then there is Dany Falle. We spoke to him last year when he'd decked the halls with thousands of lights and synchronized them to dance to the beat of a 45 minute Christmas soundtrack. This year he's tweaked things a bit and added a 16 foot animated nutcracker soldier that sings!

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RRSP Advice

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Registered Retirement Savings Plans are known as one of the best ways to save for your golden years. But according to Donna Guzik, there are circumstances when it's actually okay to take some of that money out before you retire.

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Throne Speech

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

throne.jpgThe CBC's Jacques Poitras has all the details from the Alward government's throne speech.

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Email Irritants

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The overuse of the "reply all" function is so irritating to many, that some businesses are trying to discourage its use or are getting rid of it altogether.  That has Nora Young thinking about whether email has outlived its usefulness.

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Campaign to End Homelessness

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

26.pngNearly all of the 26 people left homeless by a fire at the Issac's Way restaurant in Fredericton have been re-homed. But people who rallied to help want to make sure that there's not another crisis around the corner. They have a video called Next 26 Fredericton and they're looking to crowdfunding to raise money for safe, affordable housing. Tim Ross of the Community Action Group on Homelessness explains. (Click here to help)

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Saving 'Maude'

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for duck1.jpgduck2.jpgEmma Farlow spotted a duck that looked to be in rough shape just outside of her apartment in St. Andrews on Saturday. She took the duck home to recooperate from a neck injury and successfully released her the next day. (Photos: Maude when she was found, unable to life her head, and then when she was released!)

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Drugs and Grapefruit

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

grapefruit.jpgA study just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal warns that grapefruit can be deadly if combined with the wrong prescription drug. House doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

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Bobblehead Paul in Spain!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

spain.jpgIt's been ages since we've heard about the exploits of Bobblehead Paul. But the other day we received an email from Marcos Izquierdo near Barcelona, Spain! He told us all about finding Paul in a geocache. (Photo: BP taking a ride on Marcos' bicycle)

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Finally Sold!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sold.jpgIt took one year, five months and 19 days, but it's finally sold! Jake Palmer had such trouble selling this perfectly lovely home that he resorted to using a series of feature signs ('Not Haunted' and 'Indoor Plumbing' for example) that got him a lot of attention.

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NB Spirits Festival

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

scallopblackpudding.jpgCraig Pinhey checks out all the Fredericton festival has to offer! His whiskey of the week is 12 year old Balvenie Double Wood at $56.79 a bottle. (Photo: The scallop and black pudding dish Craig raves about)

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NB Drivers Pay Too Much

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Recently released figures show drivers in the province have overpaid for auto insurance by 800 million dollars over the past 9 years, including 70 million last year alone. Still, it remains an issue the government seems determined to ignore.  The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Adoptive Parent Support

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Peer_to_Peer_Logo.pngA year ago the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation launched a pilot project in Dieppe that provides adoptive parents with support from others who have been through it. Francoise Corbin-Boucher is the coordinator, and as the mother of four adopted children she has a lot of her own experiences to share.

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Winter Gardening

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

chester.jpgWe check back in with Helen Sawyer of Chester's Fields Farm near St. Antoine. She continues to grow kale, spinach and a whole lot more right through the winter months!

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Teen Adoption

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Half of the 512 children who are permanently in the foster care system in this province are 12 years of age or older. That's why the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation is working hard to find families for older children. We speak with 20 year old Zoe Bourgeois, who was adopted at 15, and 22 year old Kyla LaPointe, who aged out at 19, about their experiences in the system.

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Music Man: Becka deHaan

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

becka.jpgBob Mersereau checks out his first Christmas album of the season. This one's from Fredericton's own Becka deHaan.

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10 Years Promoting Adoption

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

nbadoptionLogo.jpgThe New Brunswick Adoption Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Before the foundation was formed, just 25 children a year were adopted out of care. Over the past 10 years, 900 children have found permanent homes. Executive director Suzanne Kingston explains the success.

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Seeing Music in Colour

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

syn.pngUniversity student Hannah Johnston has synesthesia, a neurological condition where the stimulation of one sense can result in the stimulation of a second sensory pathway. She explained what it's like to St. Thomas University journalism student Kaylee Moore.

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Free Software for Sandy Ravaged States

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sentinel.pngThe week Hurricane Sandy hit, Sentinel Systems president Denis Desrosiers was supposed to be in New York pitching his emergency management software. After seeing the destruction, Desrosiers has decided to go forward with the mission, but provide his product to customers in New York and New Jersey for free. (Photo: Sentinel Systems)

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Made in NB: Community Forests International

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

forests.jpgSackville native Jeff Schnurr started out helping people on the tiny island of Pemba plant trees, and the idea soon spread to Tanzania and beyond. When he returned to Canada he started Community Forests International, an organization that aims to restore ecologically degraded areas all over the world. Janice Macpherson has the story. (Photo: Community Forests International)

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Doctors Should Wash Hands

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Every year, more than 250,000 Canadians contract preventable infections in hospital. That number could be reduced if only health care professionals washed their hands. House doctor Brian Goldman says patients should demand it.

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Critters in the House

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer is always battling critters it seems who are intent on gaining access to his house! This year it's chipmunks.

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Beaujolais Nouveau

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The young wines from the current vintage have been released and wine guy Craig Pinhey takes a sip. His wine of the week is the Georges Duboeuf Brouilly at $20.29 a bottle.

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Lepreau Contracts Released

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The original contract between NB Power and Atomic Energy of Canada for the refurbishment of Point Lepreau has been released for the first time. The CBC's Robert Jones takes a look.

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Jeff's Best Buckwheat

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

buckwheat.jpgJeff Chamberlain saw a real market for naturally gluten-free buckwheat flour when he was working as the miller at Kings Landing. Now he's growing buckwheat at his farm in Cross Creek and selling his flour at the Boyce Market!

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Coming Home

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We check back with 73 year old Nancy Inferrera who has just heard that she can return to Canada with her 83 year old friend Mildred Sandford. Canadian immigration officials are giving her a 3 year reprieve.

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Saviour or Disaster?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's fair to say that the St. John River is healthier today thanks to Dr. David Schindler. His research on phosphates led to changes in wastewater treatment and detergents. He's in the province this week to talk about his work on the Alberta oil sands. The title of his talk is "The Oil Sands: Economic Saviour or Environmental Disaster."

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Stranded in Calais

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

ns-guysborough-ladies-8col.jpgTwo friends have been forced out of Canada after officials threatened to deport one of the women, who is an American. Nancy Inferrera has been caring for her 83-year-old friend Mildred Sanford in Nova Scotia for 5 years, but immigration officials say she has to leave and her friend refused to be left behind. We spoke with Inferrera from Calais. (Photo: CBC)

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From Seasonal to Full-Time

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There are lots of opportunties for seasonal work at this time of year, and not just in the retail industry. Donna Guzik has some advice on turning a short-term job into full-time employment.

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Music Man: Scotty and the Stars

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

scotty.jpgMaritime music man Bob Mersereau has something for young music fans this week! It's the latest from Fredericton's Scotty and the Stars, "Time to Get Up."

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Heard of Gamification?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Call of Duty: Black Op's-2 is out...but when it comes to games, it's not all about fun. Nora Young has a look at how video game principles are being applied to everything from education to business.


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The Un-Cruise

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

innersea.jpgInner Sea Discoveries pitches itself as the cruise for people who aren't cruise fans. It has smaller boats and emphasizes experiences in nature over shopping and shows. Ellen Tucker has the details. (Photo: Inner Sea Discoveries)

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Ring the Bells

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dotsnb.jpgIf Maureen Bilerman has her way, on December 7th bells will ring right across the province. She hopes the bells will help underline the need for better youth mental health services. (Photo: Dots NB)

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Mental Illness and Wait Times

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A new study looks at how long patients with mental illnesses wait in the emergency room for service. House doctor Brian Goldman has the results.

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Money, Bilingualism and Health Care

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The province's worsening deficit appears to be increasing tensions around two longstanding trigger issues: bilingualism and health care. Our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - weigh in on the debate.

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Alcohol and Online Shopping Don't Mix

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer learned that lesson when he went looking for tractors on Kijiji with his father, and after a few drinks they nearly purchased a steamboat!

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World Wine and Food Expo

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Wine guy Craig Pinhey is in Moncton this week for the big event! His wines of the week are Jost Tidal Bay at $19.99, or Domaine Parent les Epenottes at $42.48 for bigger spenders.

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Big Slow Food Event

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

slowfood.jpgThe Terre Madre and Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy are the olympic events of the international slow food movement. This year Diane Savoie was there! She's an artisanal chocolate-maker in Cocagne and founder of New Brunswick's first slow food convivium.

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Update: A listener sent us a link to this recipe for Salted Green Onions. Enjoy!

Eye Contact and Autism

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A scientist is developing what he hopes can be used as an early screening test to help diagnose autism. It involves Dungeons and Dragons, monsters and keeping a close eye on our eyes. Michael Bhardwaj has the story.

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Animals at War

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With Remembrance Day coming up, our pet vet Dr. Sheila MacGowan looks at how animals have supported our soldiers in combat.

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After the Election

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We speak with two Americans living in the province who voted in the U.S. election. Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert voted for President Obama, while Mark Morehouse put his support behind Mitt Romney.

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Judge Feud

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

While overturning a ruling by Saint John judge, Hugh McLellan, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal said his decision had "no basis in fact or law."  The CBC's Robert Jones has the story of this latest skirmish between the court and McLellan.

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New Trews!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

trews.jpgThe Trews have a new EP out called "Thank You and I'm Sorry." Maritime music man Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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Reduced Hospital Services in Perth-Andover

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

hospital.jpgThe province won't pay for anymore repairs to the flood-damaged hospital, and obstetrics won't return. We hear from people in the community and a former head of the River Valley Health Authority.

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Amtrak Adding Service to Brunswick

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

brunswick-station-train.jpgEllen Tucker has some great deals if you're interested in grabbing the train in Brunswick, Maine and heading to Boston or New York! She has a couple of other deals up her sleeve as well.

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Broken Fiscal Promises

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

David Alward promised that he would not increase the size of his cabinet and that he would provide quarterly fiscal upates if he became Premier. The CBC's Robert Jones looks at these broken promises.

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Doctors Taking Medical Marijuana?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

About 4000 Canadians legally use marijuana to help with medical problems. In the United States there is growing concern about doctors using it as well. House doctor Brian Goldman explores the issue.

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Liberal Leader, Fiscal Update and US Election

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Brian Gallant is the new leader of the provincial Liberals. Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Jean Saint-Cyr - weigh in on the selection, plus the province's ballooning deficit and the election south of the border.

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Dunhams Run Winery

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dunhams.jpgCraig Pinhey has word on a this new winery on the Kingston Peninsula that features some nice wines and meads! His pick of the week is Hopped Up, available at Dunhams Run Estate Winery for $16 a bottle. 

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Jake's Ready for Winter!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer is generally not a man who is prepared. He's a man who is caught off guard. This year, however, he's managed to get all of his fall work done and he's ready for winter for the first time ever.

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Disturbing Video Released In Ashley Smith Hearing

Posted by Cindy Grant

Rachel Cave has seen the disturbing video released as part of the coroner's hearing in the death of Ashley Smith and she has a report.

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Checking In On Harvest At Wellwood Farm

Posted by Cindy Grant

We hear from Amy Baker about her first harvest on Wellwood Farm in Saint John.

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Author Of New Zombie Book

Posted by Cindy Grant

A new book written by Fredericton's Corey Redecop, features a zombie as the main character, he tells us all about the gory tale.

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Music Man: Great Big Sea Birthday

Posted by Cindy Grant

Bob Mersereau is celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest acts to come out of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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