Vanessa Blanch

Reporter

Vanessa Blanch is a reporter based in Moncton. She has worked across the country for CBC for more than 20 years. If you have story ideas to share please email: vanessa.blanch@cbc.ca

Latest from Vanessa Blanch

Festivals large and small celebrate return to 'normal' in-person events

For festival organizers, the past two years have been an unavoidable series of disappointments but 2022 is shaping up to be the rebound they've been hoping for.

ECMAs about musical camaraderie and connections, not just awards

Flo Sampson knows better than most what it means for music-lovers to be together. This weekend at the ECMAs she will celebrate with fellow musicians and industry-types as her late-night after-party, dubbed 'the Flo-case,' returns.

Saint Andrews man shares 'scary' schizophrenia journey, offers hope to others

Matthew Dickson developed schizophrenia at the age of 22. It was the early 1990s, he was at the University of New Brunswick and had just finished a cross-country bicycle tour. His diagnosis began a 27-year battle, the worst of which he believes is finally behind him.

Frontline groups pitch new, barrier-free programs to help 'sick community'

The Humanity Project in Moncton and Ensemble Moncton are two of many not-for-profits and charities in the province looking for funding to introduce new programs they believe will help to fill the gaps when it comes to treating people who struggle with addictions and mental health problems.

Move to 4-day work week has 'clear benefits' for N.B. organizations

The past two years have challenged the way we do everything, and for some businesses and organizations that includes how many days a week we work. While the Town of Quispamsis prepares to try out the four-day week for the summer, one Moncton company has wrapped up a three-month trial and plans to continue.

Parents, teachers worry as N.B. stands pat on schools free of COVID rules

With all restrictions gone since March 14, masks are becoming a rare sight in New Brunswick schools. While the other Atlantic provinces have maintained masks in classrooms, Dr. Jennifer Russell is not recommending the return of any safety measures here.

Lack of support for long COVID patients leaves N.B. woman feeling 'abandoned'

Sonia Aubé, a social worker with New Brunswick's Department of Social Development in Bathurst, feels she has gone from hero to zero in the span of a year.

Pandemic silver linings: isolation spurs creative new projects

Two years of COVID restrictions have forced many to re-evaluate their lives and change course. Meet three New Brunswickers who have embraced that extra time at home, and taken on the challenges of isolation by starting new projects.

Mental health advocate challenges province to make good on promise

A longtime advocate for people suffering with mental illness hopes 2022 will be the year the New Brunswick government finally makes good on a promise to appoint a mental health advocate.

Retired family court judge graduates from Santa school

Bruce Noble has been a Santa's helper for more than 40 years — dressing up and visiting schools and nursing homes during the holidays. But the retired New Brunswick judge wanted to improve, so he went to Santa school in Michigan.

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