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January 2015 Archives

Weekend entertainment

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Entertainment columnist, Pat Parise, guides us through a weekend's worth of activities.

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Saving energy

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The push is on to get more people in Moncton to switch up their routines to help save energy in NB Power's 'Beat the Peak' challenge.

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Putting a stop to racism

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A group of students at Mount Allison University say that racism is rampant at their school and not enough is being done to stop it.

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Funding imbalance at hospitals

Posted by Terry Cottreau

There's more money for the French hospital network than its English counterpart and the CEO of Horizon wants to know why.

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The premier's address

Posted by Terry Cottreau

In his "state of the province" address, Premier Brian Gallant says New Brunswick needs to be the "smart" province. We have reaction from two people connected to the business community.

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Let's get physical

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Reporter Bridget Yard on the loss of basic physical literacy skills in the province and the work that's being done to change that.

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"Sticking it" to breast cancer

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The Mother Puckers hockey league says its 10th anniversary is an opportunity to "stick it" to breast cancer. Jonna talks with player Sarah O'Brien.

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Gas prices on the rise

Posted by Troy Poirier

Our CBC Gas Guru predicts an increase of 1.5 cents for a litre of regular unleaded.

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The perfect message

Posted by Troy Poirier

Tech columnist Jesse Hirsh tells Jonna about a new company that promises to compose emails that can persuade almost anyone, of anything.

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On the road

Posted by Troy Poirier

Cpl. Chantal Farrah talks about what RCMP officers saw during the storm.

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Alzheimer's update

Posted by Danny Deveau

Dr. Michelle Conrod joins Jonna to talk about what women in their 40s need to know about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

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No return to grade 1 immersion

Posted by Danny Deveau

The province says it won't bring back grade 1 French immersion in September. Bob Bernier, who speaks for the group Canadian Parents for French, shares his reaction.

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A choice part

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Riverview actor Jason K. Roy tells us how he landed the lead role in an adaptation of a Stephen King short story.

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The ripple effect

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our workplace specialist, Pierre Battah, talks about emotional contagion in the workplace.

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Getting ready for MHS move

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Principal Mike Belong talks about how last minute preparations are going ahead of Friday's move to the new Moncton High School.

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U de M video a hit

Posted by Terry Cottreau

An update on l'Universite de Moncton's controversial French kiss recruitment ad from director of communications, Marc Angers, after the video went viral and generated media attention across the country.

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More of Patrick's picks

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our entertainment columnist shares his suggestions for the upcoming week.

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Marshall on manners

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Marshall Button takes a look at the ways etiquette is evolving among young people.

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Covering RCMP costs

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Will anyone help Moncton pay for the costs involved in the RCMP shootings and subsequent manhunt? CBC reporter Marc Genuist says no one is rushing to help pay the $4 M bill.

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Dieppe buys a drone

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Division Chief Marc Cormier talks about the Dieppe Fire Department's new drone.

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Staging mental illness

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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An enlightening look back at the way New Brunswick used to treat its mentally ill in a one-woman play being staged this weekend in Moncton. Jonna`s guests are the star and the director of 'Mary: Beyond The Asylum.'

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U de M kiss continues to spark debate

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Students at an NBCC marketing class weigh in on l'Université de Moncton's new promotional video that's gone viral.

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Rallying for CBC and Radio-Canada

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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We hear about a special concert Sunday at Moncton's Capitol Theatre in support of public broadcasting. Jonna talks with organizer and on-air Rad-Can host Jimena Vergara.

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New rules for snowbirds

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Dan Noel, our personal finance watcher, explains some of the changes that affect how long Canadians can stay in the United States before being considered a resident.

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Worry pas!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The story behind a made-en-Acadie version of Disney's 'Let it Go.' Dieppe librarian Nathanie Brun, who wrote the lyrics for the parody, was Jonna's guest in studio.

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Devil in the details

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Daniel LeBlanc wants the public to know more about what's going on with big ticket projects that are on the drawing board in Moncton. His new website will track costs and details of projects worth over a million dollars.

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Film flap

Posted by Terry Cottreau

How many independent movie houses can Moncton support? Hugh Murphy of Far Out East Cinema talks about what it takes to run one and how much demand there is.

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City controversy averted

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Moncton city council tries to diffuse a tense situation between the YMCA and residents who don't want a home for young, pregnant women in their neighbourhood.

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Designing the ideal neighbourhood

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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The City of Moncton is holding a public workshop Monday to brainstorm ideas for developing the perfect neighbourhood. Sébastien Arcand (left) is Senior Urban Planner for the city and Jim Scott is with Trace Planning & Design.

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Lights and more action

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A new film co-op is trying to get off the ground in the Moncton area. Jonna gets the details from organizer Donald Langis.

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School for scandal

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Working through the shame - columnist Pierre Battah talks about surviving workplace scandal.

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Learning from tragedy

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A conversation with Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown about what the RCMP will change after the release of the review of the Moncton shootings.

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Criminologist welcomes review

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A criminology professor, who five years ago recommended high-powered rifles and training for RCMP officers, reacts to the MacNeil Report on the Moncton shootings.

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Patrick's picks

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Entertainment columnist Patrick Parisé has some suggestions for you arts & entertainment choices this week.

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Department store meltdown

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Target is going the way of Zellers - shutting down all operations in Canada. Jonna speaks with with economic development consultant, David Campbell.

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Off Target

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Shoppers in Moncton react to the demise of the Target store after fewer than two years in operation.

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Researchers hope to help abused women

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Researchers in New Brunswick are looking for 150 women who are in an abusive relationship to test a new internet tool that could help women better protect themselves.

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The price of cheap oil

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our personal finance watcher Dan Noel share his thoughts on the falling oil prices.

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Alberta un-bound

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Long-distance commuters talk about job prospects in Alberta now that oil prices are tanking and companies are laying off employees.

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Riverview school meets Hogwarts

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Halloween may be more than nine months away but students at Riverview Middle are getting into the spirit early by turning their school into Hogwarts from Harry Potter. Jonna is joined by student John Lee (left) and teacher Armand Doucet.

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Get yer tickets!

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marshall Button and Kim Rayworth talk up the Capitol Theatre's seat sale on several upcoming events, including the Hubcap Comedy Fest.

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Get off the bus?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A think tank study says the $65 M bill to bus students to school in New Brunswick is too high.

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Police shooting investigated

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Our Bathurst reporter, Bridget Yard, joins Jonna with the latest on the investigation into the death of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer Monday.

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Roscoe's rehab

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Stacey Butler and Cory Bembridge brought along Roscoe, their Newfoundland puppy, who has received a second hip-surgery and lots of support from the community. Butler and Bembridge give an update to Jonna about what lies ahead in Roscoe's rehabilitation.

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Neighbourhood opposes grocery store

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Marc Genuist reports on why many residents in the Fox Creek neighbourhood of Dieppe don't want a major grocery chain to open in their neighbourhood.

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Woman scores with job campaign

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A woman who started her own social media campaign to find a job in Moncton found one!.Jonna talks to Kentucky-born Kathryn Basham and the person who hired her, Paul Boomhower.

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Keep calm and carry on

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Our workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah talks about managing in times of uncertainty.

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Helping homeless people

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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When it comes to helping people who are homeless, should donations and handouts or permanent shelter take priority? Jonna discusses that question with Sue Calhoun, community development officer with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee, and Charlie Burrell, founder of The Humanity Project in Moncton.

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Picks from Parisé

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Patrick Parisé, our entertainment columnist, talks about up-coming entertainment choices...and starts things off with his joke of the week.

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Solidarity for France

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Two people attending a vigil in Dieppe and a Toulouse-born Moncton lawyer share their thoughts about the terrorist shootings in Paris this week.

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Vickers named Irish ambassador

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Miramichi hails the good news that native son Kevin Vickers, the sergeeant-at-arms, who gunned down the Ottawa terrorist several weeks back, will be going to Ireland as Canada's ambassador.

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Gilbert Finn: 1920-2015

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The former NB Lieutenant Governor, rector of University of Moncton and head of Assomption Life dies at age 94. Jonna talks to former Radio-Canada journalist and executive Louise Imbault about his life and legacy.

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Time to lock in?

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Rising interest rates could be headed this way sooner than later. Our personal finance watcher....Dan Noel....has some thoughts on what that means.

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Icy danger from trucks

Posted by Terry Cottreau

What responsibility do truck drivers have for making sure snow and ice is cleared from their vehicles? Jonna talks with the executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association about the potential dangers of ice on tractor-trailers.

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No funding, no therapists

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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A youth counselling centre in Riverview is cutting back its hours and services because of a lack of stable funding. Jonna talks with (from left) Lesley Smythe, Danielle Whalen and Laurie Fisher.

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New museum generates lawsuits

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Moncton's Resurgo Place, which houses the Moncton Museum and the Transportation Discovery Centre, may finally be open but the legal bills are adding up. Several companies say they were never paid. Reporter Marc Genuist has the details.

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Godin considers retirement

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Bathurst-Acadie NDP MP Yvon Godin says he'll make a decision next week about whether to re-offer in the next federal election.

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Moncton game developer looks ahead

Posted by Terry Cottreau

A new year brings new possibilities for a Moncton-based game developer. We'll hear from the folks behind Kinder Guardian, a new platform that helps parents keep track of mobile spending by their children.

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Waiting for answers

Posted by Terry Cottreau

It's been more than three years since a Moncton man was shot in the head while he was sleeping at his home in Iqaluit and he is still fighting to find out how it happened.

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Getting a sneak peak

Posted by Terry Cottreau

Members of the student government at Moncton High School toured their new school yesterday. Julia Owen, the yearbook editor and member of grad council shared her first impressions with Jonna.

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CBC/HubCap Open Mic Standup Contest

Posted by Karin Reid LeBlanc

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This could be your big break!


Our CBC Open Mic Standup Contest is back to kick-off the HubCap Comedy Festival, and we want to see you stand and deliver your funniest material.

Competition day is Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Pump House Brewery.


To enter for a chance to compete live on stage, email your contact information (name, address and phone #) and a youtube link to a 2 or 3 minute video of your funniest material to info@hubcapcomedyfestival.ca


Deadline to enter is noon on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.


Once accepted and approved, the Festival will upload contestant videos for viewing and fan votes to the competition's Facebook Event Page.


Online voting takes place from 6 a.m. Friday, January 23th until noon on Friday January 29rd.


Based on fan votes and the panel of judges the top ten amateur comics will be identified to move on to the live competition on stage at the Pump House Brewery, Tuesday, February 3rd at 7 p.m.


Contest Details:

  • Contest is open to all (funny) Maritime residents.

  • Submissions received from January 2, at 6:00 am, until the submission deadline of Noon on Wednesday, January 21st.

  • If you're selected as of the Top Ten for the stage competition, then you need to have a polished stage routine that should be no less than three minutes and no longer than seven minutes (points will be deducted for going under or over your time allocation).

  • All material must be original content only. Competitors will be disqualified for using non-original material (i.e. other performer's jokes or internet jokes).

  • The Top Ten contest starts February 3rd at 7 p.m., but Contestants need to check in at 6:30 p.m. to receive their performance position.

  • Material will be judged on originality, your stage presence and audience response.

  • CBC 106.1 FM will broadcast highlights, so try and keep it radio-friendly.

  • Along with bragging rights, the winner will receive a promotional gig with the pros during the HUBCAP Comedy Festival on Saturday, February 7th.

  • The top three winners will be awarded tickets to various HubCap Comedy Festival shows.

  • To enter, send your material to info@hubcapcomedyfestival.ca

    For more information, contact Karin Reid-LeBlanc,
    Executive Producer, CBC Moncton 106.1 FM Moncton
    (506) 853-6633

The recognition factor

Posted by Terry Cottreau

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Workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah says maximizing recognition efforts in the workplace needs to be a goal in 2015.

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Debating downtown

Posted by Terry Cottreau

What will a revitalized downtown look like for Moncton in 2015? We'll hear from a city councillor and two business owners.

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Counting birds

Posted by Terry Cottreau

The Christmas bird count wraps up today. It's the longest-running citizen science survey in the world and birder Roger LeBlanc gives us an update.

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Comedian lands in N.B.

Posted by Danny Deveau

U.K. comedian James Mullinger took a big leap last year and moved to his wife's native New Brunswick to raise their family and forge a new comedic path.

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A greener 2015

Posted by Danny Deveau

Sackville based writer Geoff Hendry talks about going green, one turtleneck at a time.

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