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April 2013 Archives

Alain Clavette says "no" to more wild turkeys

Posted by Cindy Grant

 

White-throated SparrowThe provinces talk about establishing a wild turkey population in the province has our birder Alain Clavette in a flutter ! In today's segment he also introduces us to the song of the white-throated sparrow shown above.

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Political panel talks NB health care and Federal leadership

Posted by Cindy Grant

The members of our political panel talk about a battle over healthcare in the province and a battle over leadership in Ottawa.

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Liberals calling for Olscamp resignation

Posted by Cindy Grant

Aquaculture Minister Mike Olscamp, alleging he interfered with an investigation into Deputy Premier Paul Robichaud's brother, and if he won't, Liberals argue the Premier should fire the minister. Our provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has the details.

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Final riding map?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

An independent commission has released its final report, creating 49 new constituencies for the New Brunswick Legislature. It means fewer members from rural areas. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.

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Wild Boar raised in New Brunswick!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

boar.jpgRinie Pijnenburg moved to the province from Holland with his wife to set up New Brabant Wild Boar. Together they're raising some 300 free-range animals on 140 acres near Sussex!

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4-H Public Speakers!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

11-year-old public speakers Caroline LeBlanc and Isaac Gilbert left us a PSA about the 4-H public speaking competition this weekend, and we were so impressed we called them up for some tips!

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Health battle going to court

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The New Brunswick Medical Society is filing a lawsuit against the Alward government. It wants the courts to declare the cap on Medicare billings illegal. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.

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Dealing with cyberbullies

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Politicians are looking at changing the criminal code to fight cyberbullying. In the meantime, teens are finding ways to protect themselves. And websites like needhelpnow.ca are trying to help.

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Music at the Frye Festival!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

leif.jpgOur maritime music man, Bob Mersereau, checks out some of the great music you can hear at this year's big book event, the Frye Festival in Moncton! He features something new from Leif Vollebekk.

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Message in a bottle

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Alexa Wray found a message in a bottle when she was fishing on the Shubenacadie River last weekend. The message was written 11 years ago by two teenaged girls she thinks may have been from New Brunswick.

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Bird sounds of spring!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for Pied-Billed Grebe.jpgBirder Alain Clavette has been in the marshes and the woods checking out the spring arrivals. He shares what he's seeing, and he brings along some sounds to help nature-lovers identify what they're hearing. (photo: Pied-billed Grebe by Alain Clavette)

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Real Food Connections

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Thumbnail image for rfc.jpgOur guide to what's Made in New Brunswick, Janice MacPherson, talks about Levi Lawrence. In just a few short years, and with a lot of help from family, he's tripled the size of his local food business.

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Political panel looks at pension anger

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Retired public servants are worried about upcoming changes to their pensions. They've shown up in large numbers at angry meetings with Finance Minister Blaine Higgs. Our political panel tackles the issue.

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NB woman in Boston-area lockdown

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

We spoke with Memramcook's Anita Hebert during the lockdown in the Boston area. She lives in Waltham, just 15 minutes from Watertown where much of the search was being conducted for the marathon bombing suspect.

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Jake starts over

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

With all the talk about the job market, Jake Palmer thinks back just a few years to when he lost his job. For him, it was a blessing in disguise.

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Local food creates jobs

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Buying local is a great way to secure jobs, but when it comes to food there are a number of barriers that prevent more locally produced food from getting to consumers. Levi Lawrence of Real Food Connections explains the issues.

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Pension anger grows

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

pension.JPGHundreds of angry retired civil servants are showing up at meetings with Finance Minister Blaine Higgs to find out about changes to their pensions. The CBC's Robert Jones looks at the issue. (photo: Saint John meeting)

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Defending Temporary Foreign Workers

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has a message for the federal government...don't rush to change the country's Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Corinne Pohlmann is the VP of National Affairs.

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Remembering Rita MacNeil

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

rita.jpgThe musical community is honouring Cape Breton's Rita MacNeil who died this week at the age of 68. Music man Bob Mersereau says it would be difficult to overstate her role in developing the east coast music scene.

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Making your own job

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jennifer Clowater had a tough time getting her foot in the door when she was looking for work. Eventually she turned to a family recipe for help and Jen's Sweet Treats was born!

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Murphy Safe in Boston

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Former Liberal cabinet minister Mike Murphy and his wife Moira were on the sidelines at the Boston Marathon, cheering on their son, Tim. They were close to the bombs, but they are all safe.

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Landslide Liberal Victory in Kent

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Brian Gallant won this week's Kent byelection for the Liberals by a wide margin. The Conservatives finished last, suffering one of the worst by-election defeats ever by a sitting government in this province. Robert Jones has the story.

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From unemployment to entrepreneur

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

When Stephanie Shanks lost her job with Radian 6, she decided to take her weekend business to the next level. Now she's a full time entrepreneur working to get her Chickadee Larder products into stores.

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NB Runners in Boston

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Just a couple of hours after 2 bombs went off near the Boston Marathon's finish line, we managed to track down Garth Millar. He'd organized a bus trip from New Brunswick and he told us everyone with him was safe.

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Black Scoters and American Woodcocks

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

scoter.jpgThe birds are returning for the spring, and Alain Clavette is certainly ready for them! Today he talks about some very noisy Black Scoters as well as finding American Woodcocks.

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Liberals call for leak investigation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The opposition Liberals want an investigation to find out how a letter that originated in the Attorney General's office was leaked to the media. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the details.

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Temporary workers and Efficiency cuts

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Jean Saint-Cyr and Lisa Keenan - talk about the temporary foreign worker issue, the Kent byelection and the cuts at Efficiency NB.

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Witnesses recount bus attack

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

A Maritime Bus driver is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by a passenger. A 27 year old man is in custody. We hear from two bus passengers and two people who helped the driver after the attack.

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Miel N-Bee Honey in Charlo

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

honey.jpgRetired teacher Jacques Levesque has turned his busy hobby into a thriving enterprise. His 200 hives produce 20,000 pounds of honey products a year and he even invites the public in to watch the bees at work at his Charlo Honeyhouse.

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Shale Gas Leases Not Materializing

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The expected boom in companies locking up rights to shale gas resources in New Brunswick does not appear to be developing. The price of natural gas is low and the number of leases is shrinking. Robert Jones has the story.

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Music Man: Paddlefest!

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

paddlefest.jpgBob Mersereau previews the first music festival of the season - Paddlefest on St. Andrews! Plus he has a song from one of the band's in the line-up, Folly & the Hunter.

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Inspiring Others in Learning

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Moncton's Freda Geldart is working on her high school diploma, 30 years after she left school. She's one of 6 adult learners being honoured for their stories encouraging others to do the same.

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RBC and Foreign Workers

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

The Royal Bank of Canada is on the defensive over reports that it's employing foreign workers to replace staff in Toronto. We speak with labour and human rights lawyer Fay Faraday.

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Remembering Reveen

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

reveen.jpgPeter Reveen has died at the age of 77. He was a childhood hero of Moncton mentalist Kevin Robart who had the opportunity to meet and becomes friends with the man they called Reveen.

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Why taxpayers are paying Graham's legal bill

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Taxpayers are on the hook for the $72,000 Shawn Graham's lawyer was paid to defend the former premier in the Atcon conflict of interest investigation. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has new information about why we're stuck with the bill.

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Job numbers and electoral cooperation

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - looks at the latest dismal job numbers and the interest in electoral co-operation among centre-left parties to defeat the Conservatives.

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Jake's Car-Buying High Jinks

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Jake Palmer's quest to buy a sensible family wagon found him roaming through Quebec and Ontario. It all ended with police and a sniffer dog!

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NB Scientist Mourns Closure of Experimental Lakes Area

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

UNBSJ biology professor and Canada Research Chair Karen Kidd tried to save the world-renown facility from closure ... but despite the best efforts of scientists across the globe the federal government has closed the ELA.

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Nature's Route Farm

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

nature's.jpgKent Coates and his wife Ruth left the navy for the farm! When they started filling vegetable boxes at Nature's Route Farm in Point de Bute they served 28 families. This year it's 400, plus two farmer's markets!

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Mt. A Researcher Reading Weathered Tombstones

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

gasp.jpgtomb.jpgMount Allison anthropology professor Grant Aylesworth is using digital photographs and 3-D software to read names on monuments in the Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site. One stone has revealed the name of a British soldier who died in 1755.

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Gillis Sentencing Hearing

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Well-known lawyer Rod Gillis was in court for his sentencing hearing following his conviction on obstruction of justice charges. The CBC's Jennifer Choi was there.

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"Still Mine" Premieres in NB

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

mine.jpgThe film tells the story of St. Martins' Craig Morrison who wanted to build a home for his ailing wife, but bureaucracy got in the way. We speak with the acclaimed writer and director Michael McGowan about the story.

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Music Man: Amelia Curran

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

curran.jpgAmelia Curran has a show at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton this weekend, then she's off to the Junos where her latest CD is up for an award! Bob Mersereau has the details.

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Pipeline Edges Closer to Reality

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

pipeline.JPGTrans Canada Corp is looking for crude oil producers to bid for space on a possible west-east pipeline. Politicians held excited news conferences in Saint John and Ottawa, and Robert Jones has the story.

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Dumfries Maples

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

dumfries.jpgNathan Scott and his sister Jane are the latest in four generations of the family to work the sugar bush near Mactaquac. In their hands, Dumfries Maples has grown to several thousand taps and a range of products.

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Panel Tackles Provincial Budget

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Our political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - tackles the fallout from the provincial budget including a new spat between the Health Minister and the Medical Society.

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