Join us for Information Morning in the Summer

This summer, Information Morning in New Brunswick will bring you something a bit different. You will hear a province-wide show in July and August. The regular show hosts will be back in their chairs after Labour Day.

Regular shows return after Labour Day

This summer, Information Morning will bring you something a bit different. You will hear a provincewide show in July and August with guest hosts Khalil Akhtar and Colleen Kitts-Goguen taking turns at the mic.

The regular show hosts, Jeanne Armstrong, Jonna Brewer, and Julia Wright will be taking time to get out and about to visit communities in the province. You'll hear them on the morning show throughout the summer as they share stories about the interesting people they meet and the places they go. The hosts will be back in their chairs after Labour Day.   

Meet your summer guest hosts, Khalil Akhtar and Colleen Kitts-Goguen

Colleen Kitts-Goguen and Khalil Akhtar will take turns at the mic on Information Morning in the Summer. (CBC)

Khalil and Colleen are both familiar voices to New Brunswickers. Khalil is a producer with Information Morning in Moncton and Colleen is a news editor-presenter and fill-in host based out of Fredericton.

What you may not know is how much they both love summer in the province. Here's how they'd spend a perfect New Brunswick summer day.

Get to know Khalil

Khalil's perfect summer day involves some combination of cycling, reading and food. Most days, Khalil's bike rides consist of commutes to and from work. But if he's looking for something a little longer and a bit more fun, he'll head out to the riverfront trail that connects Moncton with Riverview and Dieppe. One of Khalil's favourite ambitious rides takes him all the way out to Pré-d'en-Haut, to visit fantastic local fruit growers, always with a book in hand for a well-deserved rest under a shady tree before the return trip home. 

A perfect summer evening for Khalil is devoted to cooking, ideally with local seafood. A favourite camping staple is paella cooked over an open fire, made with a little bit of everything from the nearest seafood market–fish, mussels, octopus, calamari. Add a little chicken or rabbit and chorizo if you've got it. Lobster, if it's payday.

Coffee or tea to start the day? Always tea, and you'll find a pot on his desk all day (most days).

Hear Khalil on Information Morning in the Summer throughout July and at the end of August.

Get to know Colleen

As a lover of hot but not humid weather, Colleen's perfect summer day involves a saltwater beach, a comfy lounging chair with a good book or two, and a mouth-watering al fresco order of local fried clams (whole clams only please!). Colleen spent many perfect days on the shores of the Northumberland Strait growing up in southeastern New Brunswick, where she became an ace jellyfish spotter-dodger, a handy skill to have when trying to escape the summer heat. 

The only way to get to the beach from Colleen's home in Fredericton is to go on a road trip, another one of her favourite summer activities. There may be detours along the way to visit a friend or to find a used book store, but one thing is for sure, she will most certainly be grooving to a '70s playlist that she takes along for the ride.

Coffee or tea to start the day? Coffee! A nice local medium roast, in a great big pottery cup (see photo above).

Hear Colleen on Information Morning in the Summer during the first three weeks of August.

Weekly giveaways

We're going to have fun this summer with weekly themed giveaways featuring local New Brunswick items along with much sought-after CBC swag. Whether you like to hike, read, cook or just simply relax in your own backyard, tune in to find out how to get your hands on these cool summer prizes. 

August 15-19: Plan your next adventure with this Waterfalls of New Brunswick book, by Nicholas Guitard; a Yanky - a locally-produced sport hanky (sweat towel) that clips on so it's handy; and a CBC "test pattern" retro shoulder bag.

Stories you may have missed the week of Aug. 8:

Kids on Grand Manan are grabbing their brain buckets and spending their days doing boardslides, anchor grinds and benihana's. We'll visit the island's new all-wheel park with CBC host Julia Wright.
Three children wearing helmets and colourful T-shirts and shorts stand on a playground. Two are holding skateboards while one holds a scooter.
Kids like Summer Haynes, 9, Anthony Haynes, 6 and Skyler Mott, 11, are enjoying a summer of skateboarding, scootering and biking at the new all-wheel park on Grand Manan. Like many rural communities, the island hasn't always had many free activities for kids. (Julia Wright /CBC)
UNB invited a Ukrainian legal scholar to Fredericton to conduct research this summer, away from the conflict in her own country. We hear the story of how a Facebook post led Marta Hlomb to New Brunswick.
There's a place in Albert Country, off the Albert Mines Road, that provides a sanctuary for hummingbirds and other pollinators. And it's made out of beanstalks. Kim Wilmot of Curryville shares the story of her House Guest Cottage and Retreat and beanstalk sanctuary.
Kim Wilmot's son Oliver Bavis when they first started growing scarlet runner beans in 2014. (Submitted by Kim Wilmot)
The New Brunswick wrestling team at the Canada Games noticed their competitor was missing some teammates, six athletes to ONE. So they invited her into their huddle and did the famous "Yukon cheer" together. The CBC's Jeanne Armstrong brings us that story.

Stories you may have missed the week of Aug. 1:

On Esgenoôpetitj First Nation kids are spending the week learning their mother tongue and their culture. Candida Nickerson, an Esgenoôpetitj Council Member tells us more about the a Mi'kmaq language immersion camp and it's importance to the community.
Rachel Cave has a powerful story about a woman who lost her baby at 35 weeks after a night in the emergency room at the Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton.
Black male athlete in wheelchair in a gymnasium
After a motorcycle accident, Yeobanny Becerril lost a leg, but not his love of sports. (Mike Heenan/CBC)
Being good at tennis seems to run in the family for the Nadeaus of Quispamsis. CBC guest host Colleen Kitts-Goguen speaks with the brother and sister who are both on their way to the Canada Games next month.
Folks on Grand Manan have done it all to try to get Scotiabank to reconsider it's decision to close the island's only bank. CBC host Julia Wright heads to the island to hear from some of the people who will be affected by the closure.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 25:

What's the best thing you've read lately? This week, Hillary Leblanc brings us Esi Edugyan's enlightening book of essays "Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling".

​Have you ever heard of murderball? Murderball is another name for wheelchair rugby. Julia Wright went to the Nick Nicolle Community Centre in Saint John to check it out and meet some of the athletes.
This log cabin is now the marina's new clubhouse and gift shop. It was built by a local company Riverbend Log Homes, and finished construction in the spring. (Jeanne Armstrong/CBC)
A new history tour in Fredericton is laid out on a map of GPS locations​, ​so geocachers can go for a treasure hunt and learn about hidden moments of Black history in the capital. Jeanne Armstrong went on the tour.
Salome's Tub is a big stone tub on the side of the road near Penniac, north of Fredericton. Local historian Graham Nickerson says it has a ton of significance in understanding Black history in this province.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 18:

The town​ of Nackawic​ is working on an ambitious new waterfront plan, and is hoping they can attract more visitors to what they think is the nicest spot on the Wolastoq.​ Jeanne Armstrong spoke with deputy mayor Greg MacFarlane.
Tappan Adney, photographed in 1944. His cabin in the woods was filled to the rafters with books, papers and model canoes. (Time Magazine)
(Icehouse Poetry)
Corey Richard tells the story of how his passion for barbecue unexpectedly became his new career.
What's the best thing you've read lately? Christie Walker keeps the ball rolling for this week, with a bestseller called The Paper Palace.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 11:

Tappan Adney​ was a journalist, writer and artist and naturalist. He may have lived in the late 1800's until the 1950's​, ​but he continues to inspire people today in Woodstock. Jeanne Armstrong ​takes us to Woodstock where the man's legend is alive and well​.​
Neqotkuk First Nation Chief Ross Perley announced a resolution to make Wolastoqey the official language of the community. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC) (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
A Moncton doctor ​has ​return​ed​ from a medical mission to Ukraine. Dr. Carolyn Baer spent three weeks helping out in medical clinics in the war-torn country.
Ukrainian newcomers fleeing war at home are finding support in New Brunswick​ they never expected. Dmitriy Gulchuck​ and Susan Fullerton​ tell their story.
Khalil Akhtar and Miles Kinnee discuss Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan.
Tom Johnson says the map is a way to showcase Indigenous knowledge and the continued presence on the land. (Submitted by Tom Johnson)

Stories you may have missed the week of July 4th:

Neqotkuk First Nation Chief Ross Perley and the band council passed a resolution last week to make Wolastoqey the official language of their community. Khalil Akhtar spoke with Darrah Beaver, a language planning advisor for Neqotkuk First Nation.
​Tom Johnson has been working on ​an interactive map of Indigenous Place Names of New Brunswick. Much of his work builds on the work of early cartographer William Francis Ganong.

Julia Wright gets the ball rolling for this first week​ of our summer book club. Her book club pick​ ​"What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami.

How to listen

Hear Information Morning in the Summer on CBC Radio One or on CBC Listen, in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.