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February 2013 Archives

Music Man: Harris and Crowell

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

harris.jpgOur maritime music man Bob Mersereau is back this week with a look at a new CD from a couple of country music legends. While Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell aren't from the region, there are two big maritime connections to "Old Yellow Moon."

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Keeping the Printing Press Alive

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

St. Thomas University journalism student Kayla Byrne recently attended a launch for an online book of poetry. It has her wondering about the future of the printed word. She quickly discovered a tight-knit community in Fredericton that continues to hang on to the printed word, and one man determined to keep the presses rolling.

 

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WorksafeNB Responds to Doctor's Concerns

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Barry Wecker has accused WorksafeNB of overriding the medical opinions of physicians, and denying the rights of injured workers. The CBC's Rachel Cave speaks with a spokesperson for WorksafeNB and another physician with concerns.

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Doctor Frustrated with Worksafe NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Dr. Barry Wecker says that he routinely sees Worksafe NB turn down people who have been genuinely injured on the job. The Plaster Rock area family doctor says his efforts to help his patients get the support he feels they deserve are often ignored. He spoke with the CBC's Rachel Cave.

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Hockey, Fighting and Head Injuries

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

After a career that spanned Major Junior A, professional and university hockey, Chris Morehouse hung up his skates earlier this month. He was a hockey player, but he was also a veteran of more than a 100 on-ice brawls. The St. Thomas University journalism student now has time to reflect on what fighting and concussions mean for the game...and for the rest of his life.

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Atcon and Graham's Resignation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - talk about Shawn Graham's resignation and the whole failed Atcon affair.

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Graham's Resignation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former premier Shawn Graham announcing he'll be resigning his seat as the MLA for the riding of Kent. The decision comes in the wake of a report which found him guilty of conflict of interest in the granting of loan guarantees to the failed company, Atcon. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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CUSO Recruits

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The international volunteer aid agency always has a host of postions to fill around the globe. Caroline spira works in volunteer recruitment with CUSO and she's in the province to talk about her own experience as a volunteer.

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Masterworks Contest: Painting Five

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Freud.jpgHere's the fifth paiting we're featuring this week in our Masterworks contest. It's Lucian Freud's "Hotel Bedroom."

 

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New Shale Gas Report

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A provocative new analysis of so-called unconventional fuel reserves in the United States concludes that the exuberant forecasts are simply unwarranted based on the facts of geology. In short, the hype around shale gas is just that. Hype. We speak with the author of the Drill Baby Drill study. David Hughes is a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

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Ashley Smith's Mother Testifies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Coralee Smith wrapped up two days of testimony at the coroner's inquest looking into her daughter's death. She spoke about her daughter's treatment in the corrections system which she first entered at the age of 15. The CBC's Maureen Brosnahan has that story.

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Muzzled Scientists?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Complaints that federally-funded scientists are muzzled by the federal government aren't new. But now, there's an effort to attach some hard facts to those claims. "Democracy Watch" and the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre are asking the Information Commissioner of Canada to investigate. The centre's Calvin Sandborn explains.

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Grow A Farmer

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

grow_a_farmer_logo4.jpgACORN has created a new apprenticeship program called Grow A Farmer for aspiring organic farmers. It's a farm school of sorts. Participants will get classroom instruction plus a lot of real world experience. Program coordinator Lucia Stephen has the details.

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Masterworks Contest: Painting Four

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Sutherland.jpgHere's the fourth painting we're featuring this week in our contest. It's Graham Sutherland's portrait of Lord Beaverbrook.

 

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Committee Fails to Dig Into Atcon

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

This week political scientist Don Desserud was telling MLAs that the public may have more faith in the system if elected members had a greater role in questioning officials and investigating problems at committee. The MLAs on the Public Accounts committee apparently didn't get the memo. They had a golden opportunity to dig deeper into the Atcon scandal, but they didn't. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Music Man: Two Hours Traffic

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

foolish.jpgThe band from Prince Edward Island released a brand new CD this week called "Floolish Blood." Our maritime music man Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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Masterworks Contest: Painting Three

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

graff3.JPGHere's the third painting we're featuring this week in our contest. It's "Merrymaking" by Cornelius Krieghoff.

 

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Snook Warrants Released

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former Saint John city councillor Donnie Snook faces charges of production, and distribution of child pornography, and sexual assault against a minor. Now a judge has unsealed four search warrants that were carried out after Snook was arrested. The CBC's Rachel Cave has been studying the documents.

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"Masterworks" contest: Second Painting

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

constable.JPGHere's the second paiting we're featuring in our contest this week. This is "Scene of Woods and Water" painted in 1830 by John Constable.

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Graham in Atcon Conflict of Interest

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Civil servants warned against giving Atcon a $50-million loan guarantee, but the government of Graham cabinet did it anyway. Atcon collapsed, and so far taxpayers have recouped just 341 thousand dollars from the bankruptcy. Now, a retired judge has ruled Shawn Graham was in a conflict of interest when his government said yes to the company.The CBC's Jacques Poitras has that story.

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Made in NB: Startup Kitchen

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

If you're interested in what's percolating in new business ideas in the maritimes, you might want to check out Startup Kitchen. The podcast and television show features interviews with the brains behind startup companies in the region. The idea was cooked up by a couple of co-workers at Chalk Media in Fredericton. Janice MacPherson has the details.

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Third Culture

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When parents take a job outside of their home country, their children must follow and adapt to major differences in culture and language. For these children, "Where is home?" can be a difficult question to answer. St. Thomas University journalism student Khairunnisa Intiar has this report.

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"Masterworks" contest: First Painting

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

romney.JPGEveryday this week we're talking about one of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's paintings that's featured in the new book "Masterworks." At the end of the week we'll ask a question about what you've heard, and if you know the answer you could win the book! It's a truly beautiful book that would compliment the home of any art lover. Here's today's painting - a portrait of Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond, by George Romney.

 

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Vote for NB's Best New Artist

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

votenow.JPGThe polls are now open in Shift's Searchlight competition! We're on the hunt for Canada's best artists, and the search begins right here in New Brunswick. Head to cbcmusic.ca/shiftnb to discover some great local talent.  While you're there, vote for your favourite new discovery. You can vote every day, once per day. Help one lucky act win the title of Canada's best new artist!

Higgs Talks About NB's Finances

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs has spent the past month consulting New Brunswickers about the next budget. The minister faces a lot of difficult challenges, including a runaway deficit, a stalled economy and many anxious voters. He sat down to talk about the issues with the members of our political panel.

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Alward Government's Fracking Rules

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The government has released the rules that companies will have to follow if they want to extract shale gas in the province. In a couple of areas, the province stood firm against industry requests that they soften the rules. In one area, the government gave ground. And either way, fracking opponents remain opponents. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Beaverbrook's "Masterworks"

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

masterworks.jpgSome of the best paintings in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's collection are touring as an exhibit of "masterworks." Goose Lane Editions and the gallery have put together a book as a companion to the show.  We speak with the gallery's chief curator, Terry Graff, about the book and the show.

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Bad Week for Liberals

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

First the party's popular former leader publicly disagreed with their position on shale gas. Then the Progressive Conservative and the New Democrats joined forces to fight patronage. Finally, they suffered a defection. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Fresh Earth Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

jayson.pngJayson Vaughn and his partner Ryan Arndt moved to the province less than a year ago, and yet they managed to get a veggie box program off the ground at their former horse property in Hopewell Hill last season! This season they've teamed up with friends to teach others about organic gardening at Fresh Earth Farm.

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McKenna Reality Check

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The buzz surrounding Frank McKenna's speech in Saint John this week continues. It was overwhelmingly positive - predicting that an oil pipeline from Western Canada and shale gas revenues would make the province one of the best places to be in the world. The CBC's Robert Jones takes a closer look at the speech and the claims.

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Music Man: Rob Lutes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

lutes.jpgRothesay-born Rob Lutes returns to the province this month to play some new songs for fans. He has a brand new CD out called "The Bravest Birds." Music Man Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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Minto Man Wins Battle With Government

Posted by Cindy Grant

Chapter two of the Ron Powers story, the story of a former New Brunswick welfare recipient who got a bill from the New Brunswick government 15 years after the fact.

 

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McKenna Says Hope In Shale Gas

Posted by Cindy Grant

Frank McKenna speaking at a board of trade luncheon today in his Hope Restored speech he urges New Brunswickers to get on board with shale and gas industry.

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Obstruction Of Justice Charges Laid

Posted by Cindy Grant

Jacques Poitras has the story behind the charges of obstruction of justice against a senior government official. 

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Political Panel

Posted by Cindy Grant

Our Politics watchers talk about Brazeau, Duffy, and the happenings surrounding Parliament's Upper House.

 

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Stranger Kidney Donation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Cyndi Joudrey of Quispamsis always wanted to find a way to be of service. So when she heard an interview about the Living Donor Paired Exchange program, it got her thinking. She signed up to donate a kidney. The recipient is not a friend or a relative, but a total stranger.

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Made in NB Brie!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Among the 13 thousand pounds of artisan cheese Joy Weir and her brown swiss dairy cows will turn out this year is the first New Brunswick-produced brie! Weir is the cheesemaker at Jolly Farmer in Northhampton and she spoke to us from the milking parlour.

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Mercury Victim's Family Speaks

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The family of a Fredericton woman who was poisoned to death is calling for a coroner's inquest after police announced that the case is "inactive" unless new information comes to light. Patricia Ann Kucerovsky died in hospital in 2008. Three years later, police ruled her death a homicide, saying she had died from mercury poisoning. Her sister, Lori Haggerty, remembers her last days.

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Point Lepreau Price Tag

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been been over two months now since Point Lepreau started producing power again. But the total price tag for rebuilding the reactor - which took three years longer than expected - still isn't known. The CBC's Robert Jones has that story.

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Music Man: Christine Campbell

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

campbell.jpgChristine Campbell is the hard rocking singer for the Halifax band Stone Mary. But her debut solo recording shows a much softer side. Maritime music man Bob Mersereau has the details.

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Dumont Doctors Want out of Vitalite

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Medical staff at Moncton's George Dumont Hospital want to separate from their health authority. They've voted to seek independence from the Vitalite Health Network to set up their own administration, budget and board of governors. Dr. Hubert Dupuis explains their position, and Health Minister Ted Flemming reacts to the news.

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Hey NB Musicians!!!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

searchshift.JPGWe're launching a new music contest in cooperation with CBC Music. It's called "Searchlight: the hunt for Canada's best new artist." The competition begins with a regional round, and Grant Lawrence has the details. (Click here for entry details)

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NB Liquor Profits Down

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Beer and spirit sales are down at NB Liquor, as are overall sales. Could the problem be that prices are just too high? The CBC's Robert Jones takes a look.

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Tax Increases, Health Levies and Innovation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs is on the road getting budget suggestions - and the talk is about road tolls, increasing the HST and a possible healthcare levy. Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - look at that and the Premier's new plans for funding innovation.

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Roller Derby Resurgence

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Roller derby is back in a big way. But not everyone thinks the sport is empowering. St. Thomas University journalism student Alyson MacIsaac heads down to the roller rink to speak with members of the Capital City Rollers.

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Generation Jobless

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

generationjobless_444-thumb-444x251-264374.jpgCanada's youth unemployment rate is double the national average. And according to the new CBC documentary, "Generation Jobless"  that means at least one in three university and college graduates is working a low-skilled job. We speak with Maria LeRose, the co-director of documentary.

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Hope Farm Organics

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

reiner.jpgReiner Zimmerman moved to this province from Germany in 1990 with a dream. He wanted to be an organic farmer. So, he bought a farm in St. Norbert, about 50 kilometres north of Moncton. It hasn't been easy, but now he's able to farm full time at Hope Farm Organics.

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Gillis Guilty

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Attempting to obstruct justice is a serious criminal offence. A high profile New Brunswick lawyer was found guilty of doing exactly that. The court says Rod Gillis of Saint John tried to stop some witnesses from testifying. The CBC's Marc Genuist has the story.

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