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January 2013 Archives

Winter Warmer and Stephen Fearing

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fearing.jpgOur maritime music man, Bob Mersereau, has a look at a relatively new winter music festival in St. Andrews. That's where Stephen Fearing will perform on Saturday - and he has a brand new CD called "Between Hurricanes."

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Federal Riding Changes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Minto and Chipman now find themselves in the federal election riding of Miramichi -- thanks to the final report of an independent commission. And, people there aren't very happy about it. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Abortion Debate in NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion. It's been over 10 years since New Brunswick's abortion laws were challenged in court, but there has yet to be a ruling. This province has one of the country's most restrictive laws on abortion.  St. Thomas University journalism student Cherise Letson takes a look at the continuing debate.

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Higgs Can't Balance Budget

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Two and half years into his mandate, David Alward's promise to balance the budget is officially dead. Finance Minister Blaine Higgs now says that it can't be done, and the goal now is for the province to avoid falling further into the hole. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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No Balanced Budget, Doctor Skirmish

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs has admitted that he won't be able to balance the province's books by the end of the government's four year mandate, as promised. Our political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - look at that, in addition to the deepening tensions between Health Minister Ted Flemming and the medical community.

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Jake Loves Old Homes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer laments the loss of one of the province's oldest homes to a fire, and he thinks about what it means to own a home that's been around for generations.

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Historic Home of Carter Family Burns

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

carter.jpgFire has claimed one of the province's oldest homes. The home at Carters Point on the Kingston Peninsula dated back to the 1770s. It contained the antiques, records and family memorabilia of the Carter family who bought the house in 1854. We hear from Stan Whelpley, who owned the home, and then Judith Baxter, who wrote a book about Eliza Cox Carter. (Photo: The CBC's Matt Bingley)

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NB's Organic Industry

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for acorn.pngPeople involved in the province's organic industry will gather in Fredericton on February 6th for ACORN's Organic Forum. They'll consider ways to deal with challenges like marketing and distribution, and they'll talk about ACORN's new Grow A Farmer apprenticeship program. Tegan Renner has the details.

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Tracking What You Buy

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Andreas Weigend is one of the brains behind the now commonplace ways companies track your day-to-day habits -- things like the way Amazon knows what books you read better than your own friends and family. But now the technology actually exists to follow your purchases as you stroll in and out of shops in your hometown. Andreas Weigend is the former chief scientist at Amazon.com and an expert in social technologies and consumer behaviour. He's was in Saint John for the Big Data Congress.

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Golden Eagle Causes a Stir

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It may be cold, but that's not keeping many anxious bird lovers from combing the Tantramar Marsh these days. That's where an elusive Golden Eagle was first spotted several weeks ago, and nearly every day since birders have returned to the area. Alain Calvette explains why this eagle is such a find.

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Generation Y Grows Up

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

St. Thomas University journalism student Bridget Yard looks at Generation Y as they move into adulthood and start looking for their place in the world.

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Music Man: Alan Jeffries

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

jeffries.jpgBob Mersereau checks out the debut CD from Fredericton's Alan Jeffries. He's playing the Bluegrass Brunch at the Shivering Songs festival with his band, 50 Shades of Blue.

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Second Guard Testifies at Ashley Smith Inquest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jurors at the Ashley Smith inquest heard more testimony from guards who were on duty the night the Moncton teenager died. The CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis has the details.

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Student Learns of Mi'kmaq Heritage

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

St. Thomas Journalism student Jackie Muise explains what it's like to find out that her family is Qalipu Mi'Kmaq, and how that revelation changes the way she views her grandmother and society.

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Snook Waives Bail Hearing

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For the first time since resigning from his seat on city council, Donnie Snook was back in court in Saint John. He's facing 8 charges stemming from his arrest on January 9th by the RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation Unit. The CBC's Robert Jones was in court and has the details.

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Jurors Watch Video of Ashley Smith's Death

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jurors at the Ashley Smith inquest watched surveillance tape of the Moncton teenager's final moments. She choked to death in a federal segregation cell five years ago. The CBC's Dave Seglins has the details.

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Breakthru Business Plan Competition

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our guide to what's made in New Brunswick, Janice MacPherson, talks about the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation's Breakthru Business Plan Competition. It provides aspiring entrepreneurs with an amazing opportunity to win investment, but also experience and support.

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New Election Map, Doctor Fight

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

There's a new election map, and the plan is to reduce to number of MLAs from 55 to 49. Our political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - looks at that issue and the increasing tension between the New Brunswick Medical Society and the provincial Health Minister.

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Jake Buys Yet Another Car

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

porsche.jpgIt wasn't long ago that Jake Palmer swore he was done with cars that are more project than transportation. He said he wanted more time to spend with his small children. But, when the right deal on a second Porsche (that does not move on it's own steam, mind you) presented itself, let's just say that Jake's resolve went right out the window.

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New NB Election Map

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A committee has released a proposed new election map for New Brunswick. The map reduces the number of seats from 55 to 49, and that means at least six members of the Legislature won't be back after the next election. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Inquest Jurors Tour Prison

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The coroner's jury that is looking into the case of Ashley Smith toured the prison where she died five years ago. The CBC's Ioanna Rumeliotis was one of two journalists who were permitted to accompany the panel on their visit to the federal Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener. She describes the experience.

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Artful Persuasion: A Crafters' Co-op!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

artful.jpgYou don't have to wait for a farmers' market or craft fair to pick up handmade mittens, jewelry, purses or toys in Fredericton. A group of crafters and artisans have opened a year-round store downtown called Artful Persuasion. It's a co-op run by its members. Sarah Smith-Stewart is one of its founders and she explains the idea.

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Shivering Songs Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

shivering.jpgThe organizers at the Shivering Songs Festival in Fredericton have put together a truly amazing line-up of talent for this year's event, running from January 25 - 27! The CBC's Jian Ghomeshi will be there, along with Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood, The Sadies, the Backyard Devils, Rose Cousins, Mo Kenney, Owen Steel and more! For the complete line-up and schedule visit the Shivering Songs website here. The talent is so great that while there are still tickets to individual shows, passes to the whole weekend of music are sold out! But, we got our hand on two! We'll be giving those passes to one lucky listener! And that's not all. Our winner will also receive two nights' accommodation at the Crowne Plaza and dinner for two both nights (one at the Terrace and one at the James Joyce Pub)! It's an amazing prize, and all you have to do for a chance to win is tell us about the song that makes you shiver, and why! Or, you could tell us about a song that warms you up! Either way, we want to hear about your connection to the song and why it makes you feel the way it does! Call your entry in to our talkback line at 1-855-ShiftNB, or email it to shift@cbc.ca. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, January 22nd at noon. We'll draw the winner from all of the entries that evening on the show!

Bank Decides SJ Man is Dead

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Steve Fudge of Saint John details an irritating series of mistakes his bank made with his chequing account. But he didn't know whether to laugh or cry when CIBC sent him a condolence letter for his own death!

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NB ECMA Nominees

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

myles.jpgOur maritime music man, Bob Mersereau, checks out who's nominated and who's not when it comes to New Brunswick artsists at this year's ECMAs.

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Council Asks Mayor to Resign

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Mayor Terry Ritchie of Perth Andover is at the helm of a village council that wants him out. He explains what he thinks is behind the move. Then councillor Dean McAllister explains why he voted in favour of getting Ritchie out of office.

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NB Jewelry Designer Pitches Celebrities

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

snaz.jpgMoncton's Nancy Allen was invited to spend three days showing her sterling silver, crystal and glass pieces to all the celebrities who visited the pre-Golden Globes gifting suite in Los Angeles! She tells us all about the experience what it means for SNAZ Designs.

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Snook Bail Hearing Delayed

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Saint John councillor Donnie Snook is facing 8 charges including  possession and distribution of child pornography. His lawyer, Dennis Boyle, told the court he needed more time to review the Crown's material and asked for an adjournment. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the latest.

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Point Lepreau Deferral Questioned

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

NB Power officials are appearing at the Energy and Utilities Board to answer questions about the billion dollars in the deferral account.  The money covers expenses that piled up during the refurbishment of the reactor.  But the truth is, the officials don't have to justify any of the money that was spent. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Chiefs Meet with PM, Idle No More Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Stephen Augustine joins the regular members of our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Jean Saint-Cyr - to talk about the meeting in Ottawa between some First Nations Chiefs and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the continuing Idle No More movement. Augustine is an elder from Elsipogtog and an hereditary Mi'kmaq chief.

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Leonard Cohen Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

oldideas.jpgIf you've listened to a Leonard Cohen song over the past, say, 50 years, no matter how much you loved it, I bet the lyrics had you wondering at some point. Very profound, yes. But what on earth is he talking about? Whole university courses have been devoted to the poetry and songs, but wouldn't it be wonderful if Cohen himself could provide the answers? At least that's what we were thinking as we came up with a great contest that could see you winning a pair of tickets to see Cohen in Saint John or in Moncton. If you haven't heard, Cohen is playing Harbour Station on April 15 and the Coliseum on April 17. Tickets go on sale on January 18, but CBC listeners can get them a day early through CBC Music. Just visit the CBC Music website for details. Here's the link. Or, you could win tickets right here! All you have to do is write or call and let us know which song you'd ask Leonard Cohen to explain if you got the chance to sit down and talk with the man himself. Tell us why, what your connection to the song is, and we'll play it! We'll put all the entries we receive into a draw for a pair of tickets to the show in Saint John or in Moncton. We'll be making the draw on Wednesday, January 16, so get those entries in. The deadline is the 16th at noon. Email them to shift@cbc.ca, or call 1-855-ShiftNB.

Snook Faces 8 Charges

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Popular Saint John councillor Donnie Snook has been charged with eight sex offences after an investigation by the RCMP's Child Exploitation Unit. The charges include the making, possession and distribution of child pornography. The CBC's Connell Smith has the details.

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Nick the Butcher

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

butcher.jpgNick Smith learned the art of butchery from an old school butcher in Vancouver. He's now returned to his roots in Hampton where he's started his own business at Kredl's Corner Market. He uses only local, grass fed meat and he commits to buying and using the whole animal. (Photo: Nick the Butcher)

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Cohen Returning to NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

cohen.jpgLeonard Cohen is coming back to the province for a pair of shows in Moncton and Saint John! Our east coast music man, Bob Mersereau, couldn't be more excited.

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'Victory' for Metis and Non-Status

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Federal Court has ruled Metis and non-status Indians fall under federal jurisdiction in the Constitution. That means Ottawa must recognize those groups as "indians" and cannot offload their concerns on the provinces. Metis National Council lawyers Jason Madden explains the impact.

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NB Figure Skaters Qualify for Nationals

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Three New Brunswick figure skaters will compete with the best in the country at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ontario next week. They are Kassie Costello of Fredericton, Kelsie McNeil of Salisbury and Gabrielle Cormier of Dieppe. Team NB leader Cynthia Benson talks about the skaters and the task ahead.

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Motts Landing Vineyard

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

motts.jpgFormer pilot David Craw crossed paths with environmental scientist Sonia Carpenter in Cambridge Narrows, and before they knew it, Motts Landing Vineyard was born! Sonia shares details about the company, and the product. (Photo: Motts Landing website)

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