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December 2012 Archives

The Christmas Elf

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Each year Richard Mercer writes an amazing story that he reads for us at Christmas. This year's story is "The Christmas Elf."

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Political Hits and Misses

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - has lumps of coal and cups of Christmas cheer for politicians who made news this year.

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Drug Plan Premiums

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The government has released details about its new drug plan to cover  New Brunswickers who don't have coverage. But so far there's been little detail about the premiums people would be expected to pay. The CBC's Robert Jones crunches the numbers.

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Growing Garlic in Carleton County

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

garlic.jpgGeorge Peabody knows a thing or two about garlic. He figures he goes through about 300 bulbs a year. But he plants 3500! He grows 23 different varieties at Uphill Garden in Kirkland.

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Remembering Ken Maybee

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

maybee.jpgKen Maybee had an illustrious military career before taking over at the New Brunswick Lung Association nearly 20 years ago. His tireless work earned him an Order of Canada this year, but he did not live to receive it. He took his own life in October. His wife of 50 years, Joan Maybee, is talking about her husband and his struggle with mental illness in hopes of helping others. (Photo: McAdam's Funeral Home)

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Teddy Arrives in Maugerville!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

teddy2.jpgThe Christmas Mushkadoodle Express took little Teddy all the way from the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Maugerville. Doesn't he look cozy? We speak with his proud new owner, Christa Veinotte!

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Drug Report

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

During the 2010 election, David Alward promised to help people faced with catastrophic drug costs. Now the government says it is finally moving on its promise. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details on the report.

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Christmas Mushkadoodle Express

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

teddy.jpgA puppy named Teddy is on his way to the province from the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Most of the animals that end up at that SPCA are flown out to permanent homes around the maritimes, but over the winter months planes are off-limits to animals. SPCA volunteer Monica Surina explains how they managed to find a way for Teddy to get home.

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Zero Royalties

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

During the last two quarters the province has earned nothing in royalties from the McCully gas field near Sussex. In better times, the amount would have been millions of dollars. The CBC's Robert Jones explains.

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Selectbidder.com

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Liptay family of Great Northern Auctions in Moncton has been in the car auction business for years. But these days a lot of the action is taking place online. The Liptay sons have created a mobile auction app called selectbidder.com, and Janice MacPherson has the details.

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EI, F-35s and Old Debts

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - takes on the KPMG report on the true cost of F-35 fighter jets, the fact that Ottawa has no plans to soften Employment Inusrance reforms and the province's efforts to recover a 15-year-old debt of just $264.

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Alward Fails to Deliver on EI

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government took a beating in the legislature after Ottawa announced it will not make any changes to the EI reforms it announced in May. That was despite provincial PCs pre-emptively bragging that changes were on the way. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Helping After Sandy

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A few weeks ago we spoke with Denis Desrosiers. The Bathurst entrepreneur told us that rather than cancel a planned trade mission to New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, he decided to go ahead with the trip and offer his emergency management services for free. He's just back from the area, and his company - Sentinel Systems - was able to help.

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Tasty Cheese from Armadale Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

smyth.jpgIan Smyth married into a family of dutch cheesemakers -- six generations beginning in the Netherlands and for the past 20 years in Sussex. Now, Smyth makes all of Armadale's products himself. From gouda to feta to quark to cheddar -- he's your man! (Photo: Armadale Farm)

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Right Place, Right Time

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Ron Powers is attracting a lot of attention this week as the little guy from Minto who's fighting the government for trying to come after him for a 15-year-old debt. But it's not the first time he's played a role in a key moment in New Brunswick politics. The CBC's Robert Jones has that story.

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Lost Sheep in Bull's Creek

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

sally1.jpgSheep aren't known for their independence, so Linda Watson was surprised when she first spotted the black sheep on her property just outside Woodstock. The sheep kept coming back from July through the end of November. But she hasn't been seen in more than 10 days, and with the winter weather upon us, Linda Watson is worried.

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A Meaghan Smith Christmas

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

smith.jpgEvery week our maritime music man, Bob Mersereau, stops by with a look at something new that's caught his ear. But this week he's looking back a Christmas CD released last year that has real staying power...Meaghan Smith's "It Snowed."

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Capital Budget Revealed

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Alward government unveiled it's spending plans for building and fixing things this year. There's almost no money for any new projects. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the details.

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No Deal

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New Brunswick's Energy and Utilities Board has scuttled an agreement on petroleum prices negotiated privately between Irving Oil and the public intervenor. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Dog Rescue!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Matt MacDonald and his friend Dennis Atchison went to the rescue of a German Shepherd who'd gone through the ice on Fredericton's northside Saturday afternoon.

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NB Case to Supreme Court

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A grievance by an Irving Pulp and Paper worker made it all the way to Canada's highest court. The challenge began with a breathalyzer in 2006. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the story.

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Doctor Billing, Polls and Night Driving

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - look at the Auditor General's concerns about doctor billing, the polling that show the Liberals tied with Alward's Progressive Conservatives and the policy flip-flop on novice night driving.

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Cellphone Downgrade?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rotary.jpgJake Palmer is aparently due for a cellphone upgrade, but he's thinking what he really wants is to go back to a rotary phone!

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STU Student On Hockey And Head Injuries

Posted by Cindy Grant

St. Thomas University Journalism student, Chris Morehouse, has a story about head injuries and hockey.

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Home Grown: Sussex Ice Cream

Posted by Cindy Grant

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A 6th generation dairy farmer in Sussex decides to venture into the ice cream making business so he can provide a premier local product.

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Music Man: Ennis Sisters

Posted by Cindy Grant

Bob Mersereau features a new Christmas album from the Ennis Sisters. 

 

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Charlo Mayor Resigns

Posted by Cindy Grant

The Mayor of Charlo has decided he can't keep quiet anymore about behaviour he figures isn't becoming of village councilors. Jason Carter has resigned his position, and is speaking out about it all.

 

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Auditor General Report

Posted by Cindy Grant

The province's auditor general released her findings on how the province is spending your tax dollars, with an emphasis on billing in medicare, our provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has the details.

 

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Researcher Studies Off Grid Living

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

offgrid.jpgRoyal Roads University professor Dr. Phillip Vannini is working on a three year research project that looks at people who live off-the-grid. He's travelled to nine provinces and territories so far and he's met with nearly 140 people. This week he's heading to New Brunswick! (Photo: Public Ethnography)

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute Gets Money

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

eagle.jpgThe Atlantic Wildlife Institute has recieved a huge boost for their "Restoring Balance" program. The program combines education, traditional knowledge and a great deal more, it's just won $25,000 through Shell Canada's Fueling Change program. Pam Novak is with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. (Photo: Eagle release, December 01, 2012)

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Political Panel: Healthcare And Money For Municipalities

Posted by Cindy Grant

Michael Camp, Jean Saint-Cyr, and special guest on this week's political panel Bill Artiss all discuss the new plans to distribute equity in the healthcare system, and the new plans to distribute money to municipalities.

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Plan For Health Services In French

Posted by Cindy Grant

The Alward government is hoping it has put to rest the latest language controversy in the province. Health Minister Ted Flemming unveiled a five-year plan for health services in French. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has the story.

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