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March 2013 Archives

What the budget means for you

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Big personal income tax increases are on the way - about $180 million worth. But what does it really mean for you? The CBC's Robert Jones crunches the numbers.

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Higgs Raises Taxes

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The provincial budget is out, and Hinance Minister Blaine Higgs has decided to return personal income tax rates to 2006 levels. Still, he projects the deficit will rise to $479 million. Jacques Poitras has details.

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Panel Tackles Federal Budget

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jim Flaherty has released his government's budget and our political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - take a look at what's in there for New Brunswick, and what's missing.

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Juno Nomination for Fredericton Musician

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

woods.jpgMaritime music man Bob Mersereau found that the Juno-nominated band Woods of Ypres has a New Brunswick connection. Fredericton's Joel Violette plays the lead guitar, and he's the only member of the band left.

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NB Media Concentration

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Media coverage of the the Enbridge gas debate inspired Toby Couture to write an article called: "Without Favour: The Concentration of Ownership in New Brunswick's Print Media Industry".

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Made in NB: Silverwood Stone

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

silverwood.jpgJanice MacPherson has the story of Caleb Curtis. When the engineer discovered how much stonework would cost for his new home, he started his own cast stone company - Silverwood Stone.

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Point Lepreau Operating at 35%

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The refurbishment cost $2.4 billion, but just over four months after starting up, the Point Lepreau nuclear reactor has already developed engine trouble. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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22 Minutes is 20 Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

22 minutes.jpgThe hilarious cast members at CBC Television's The Hour Has 22 Minutes have been making Canadians laugh at the news for 20 years! Now we're offering to put you in the audience in Halifax! We have an amazing prize package that includes 4 tickets to the taping of the 22 Minutes season finale on April 1st, a chance to meet the cast, plus a night's accommodation at the Lord Nelson Hotel in downtown Halifax and a $100 gas card to help you get there! It's a fantastic Halifax getaway, and you get to watch one of Canada's most iconic television shows being made! All you have to do for your chance to win is tell us about the funniest person in your life, and what makes them so hilarious. It could be the uncle that tells jokes at every family function, the friend whose stories keep you in stitches, or the child who makes you laugh without even realizing it. We want to hear your story. Email your entry to shiftnb@cbc.ca. Or, call it in to our talkback line at 1-855-ShiftNB. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 22nd at noon. We'll draw the winning entry from the bunch that afternoon on the show.

Province Steps in to Replace Federal EI Extension

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The province has announced a new program that will provide 5 weeks of paid training to some unemployes New Brunswickers. The program will help replace a federal government EI extension program that ended several months ago. The CBC's Robert Jones has the story.

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Liberal Leadership and Worksafe NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The members of our political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - look at the liberal leadership race that doesn't appear to be much of a race these days. Plus, they wade into the politics of WorkSafe New Brunswick.

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EUB Releases Lepreau Decisions

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The cost is about 2.4 BILLION dollars. And, the time to pay it off is 27 years. The property in question is the Point Lepreau Nuclear reactor, and this week, the Energy and Utilities Board released decisions about Lepreau. The CBC's Robert Jones has all the details.

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Fackelmann's Chocolates and The Schnitzel Parlour

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

fackelmann.jpgUwe Kuester and his wife Beate opened a business selling pastries and handmade chocolates when they moved to Fredericton from Germany 13 years ago. They became famous for their homemade truffles and German kisses. A few years later they moved locations and added a restaurant, The Schnitzel Parlour! Uwe Kuester is this week's homegrown guest.

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Blaney Speaks About Patronage Appointment

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It's been ten months since Margaret-Ann Blaney left the Legislature for a patronage position -- a decision that provoked a loud outcry in the province. Blaney has not spoken publicly about the controversy, until now. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the details.

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More Snook Warrants Released

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Two more warrants have been released related to the child exploitation charges facing former Saint John city councilor Donnie. The CBC's Rachel Cave looks at what they reveal.

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John Jerome and the Congregation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

jerome.jpgMaritime music man Bob Mersereau is back from ECMA week in Halifax, where he caught this new collective rock band from Moncton. He checks out the band's new CD, "Ask Not What I Can Do For You, But What We Can Do Together."

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Worksafe NB Chair Responds

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Since our Worksafe NB coverage began just over two weeks ago, we've tried to get an interview with chair Sharon Tucker. She appeared at legislative committee hearings, and the CBC's Rachel Cave spoke with her.

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Dine Around Freddy Contest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dinearound.JPGFor the last five years restaurants in Fredericton have joined together to offer an amazing, and affordable, dining experience! From March 14 - 30, diners can enjoy three course meals at 10 participating restaurants for $29 a plate, and $1 per diner will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association. The restaurants involved this year are The Blue Door, BrewBakers, Caribbean Flavas, [Catch] Urban Grill, Chez Riz, Crepe Suzette, Terrace Dining Room, The Schnitzel Parlour, The Palate and Sam Sneads. We have an amazing prize package to giveaway! It includes a Dine Around Freddy experience for two at The Blue Door on a night of your choosing, plus one night's accommodation at the Crowne Plaza and entry to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery! It's the ultimate Fredericton getaway, and it could be yours. All you have to do is tell us about your most memorable meal! Call your entry in to our talkback line at 1-855-ShiftNB, or email it to shiftnb@cbc.ca. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 15th at noon. We'll draw a winner from all the entries we receive that afternoon on the show! So, what can you tell us about your most memorable meal?

Monarch Tagged in NB, Found in Mexico

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

butterfly.jpgJim Wilson managed to catch and tag a monarch butterfly late last summer at Point Lepreau. The chances that it would travel the 2600 miles to south-central Mexico where the tag was turned in were really, really very slim. But that's what happened! Jim Wilson shares the story.

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New Brunswick's Searchlight Finalist!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for horn.jpgIt was up to you to decide, and your votes made Tristan Horncastle and Southern Drive our CBC Music Searchlight finalist! We speak with Tristan about how it feels to come out on top, and now to face winners from across the country! Click here to vote.

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Amazing Chocolate from Choco Cocagne

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

eggs.jpgchoco.jpegGinette Ahier has travelled the world as a musician! Now, she's the mother of two toddlers with a chocolate factory in the basement of her house in Cocagne! She's this week's homegrown guest!

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Deal Kept Under Wraps

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

New Brunswick's public intervenor is coming under fire for trying to suppress the details of a deal he worked out with Irving Oil in December. The EUB eventually rejected the deal and last week imposed its own increases - much smaller than Irving wanted. It also announced plans to release details of the rejected Basque/Irving deal, but that hasn't happened. The CBC's Robert Jones has the details.

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Searchlight: The final Two of our Top 5

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We take a look at Louis & Let's get Going from Cocagne, and Derrick Paul Miller from Fredericton. They are the final two acts that your votes put in our CBC Music Searchlight Top 5.

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CEO of WorksafeNB Defends Agency's Record

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

For a couple of weeks now, we've been hearing from a growing number of doctors and injured workers who say they're being stonewalled by WorkSafeNB. We've also heard from labour groups and former politicians who say something isn't working. Now Rachel Cave speaks with the CEO and President of WorkSafeNB about the concerns.

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Music Man: Thom Swift

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

tswift.JPGNew Brunswick's Thom Swift is taking advantage of ECMA week to launch his new CD "The Fortunate Few." Maritime music man Bob Mersereau takes a listen.

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Searchlight: Another Member of Top 5

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

banded.jpgThis week we revealed your top five local contenders in the CBC Searchlight competition! Here we find out more about Sackville's Banded Stilts and their song "Out on the Sea." 

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Election Sign Charges

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

David Bishop of Rothesay says he was just trying to call attention to the province's out of control debt. Back during the 2010 election campaign Bishop posted a giant sign on the side of a parked transport truck that said "We live within our means - please tell Shaun Graham." It seems that was against the law. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the story.

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Searchlight: Two of our Top Five

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for horn.jpghaybabies.jpgWe've revealed your Searchlight Top 5! This week we'll be featuring each of the five remaining acts. Find out more here about Tristan Horncastle and Southern Drive and their song "She Brings The Beer." Then we feature Les Hay Babies and their song "Horse on Fire."

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The Covenanters

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

hay.jpgThe Covenanters were a minority religious movement that aarived here in the early 19th century. While the group here in in the maritimes lasted for the better part of a hundred years, it's fair to say they're not exactly a household name. Eldon Hay has just written a book called "The Covenanters in Canada: Reformed Presbyterianism from 1820 to 2012."

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Concern Surrounding WorksafeNB Continues

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

It started on with a family physician in Plaster Rock. Dr. Barry Wecker said WorksafeNB was overriding his opinion and that of other doctors. Since then we've heard from workers and from WorksafeNB. The CBC's Rachel Cave has the latest.

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Health Cuts, EI and the Senate

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - look back at the week in politics. The topics include four hundred job cuts in the Vitalite Health Network, continuing outrage regarding the changes to Employment Insurance and the on-going questions regarding where senators live.

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Reflecting on Catholic Faith

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Pope Benedict has retired, ending an eight-year, often scandal-plagued papacy. For believers like St. Thomas University journalism student Jackie Muise, the occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a Catholic ... and whether she feels complicit in the sins of the institution.

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Lewis Mountain Fresh Farm Sauerkraut

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Lewis family had a knack for making sauerkraut. They'd put up a bit for themselves and a few neighbours...but before long it seemed everybody wanted some. Last year they produced 100 thousand pounds of sauerkraut. Craig Lewis talks about the business he runs with his parents near Salisbury.

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