Vanessa Blanch


Vanessa Blanch is a reporter based in Moncton. She has worked across the country for CBC for nearly 20 years. If you have story ideas to share please e-mail:

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'It's a big-time gift': Mi'kmaq speakers create new immersion curriculum

They may be a small minority, but first-language Mi'kmaq speakers are trying to make a big difference at the Alaqsite'w Gitpu School on the Listuguj First Nation.

'This is my lifelong dream': Elder revives Mi'kmaq language, medicine

As we drive along the shore of the Bay of Chaleur to the Aboriginal Heritage Garden in Ugpi'Ganjig, Rebecca Labillois is picturing her grandmother walking along that same beach as a girl, crying.

Middle school students ask, 'What can we do about truth and reconciliation?'

Beth Weatherbee's Grade 7 and 8 students managed to stump her this year when a class discussion about Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended with a tough question for the longtime teacher.

Moncton woman lodges complaint about nursing care during 'nightmare' hospital stay

Patty Musgrave, who has osteoarthritis, has had four joint replacement surgeries since 2013 and has seen nursing care for patients at the Moncton Hospital go steadily downhill.

'I had goosebumps': Miramichi Raptors fans take in Game 2 of NBA Finals in Toronto

On most Sunday nights, Josh Lewis and Dylan Dickson would be stocking shelves at the Atlantic Superstore in Miramichi, but last night they were sitting three rows away from former U.S. president Barack Obama, cheering for the Toronto Raptors at the NBA Finals.

Forest school raises free-range, resilient kids and happy moms

At Hawthorn Hill Academy outside Moncton, children splash in a stream, climb trees and build a campfire as part of the forest school's programs that allow them freedom to explore.

Backstage pass: Top 5 secrets of Moncton's Capitol Theatre

As Moncton's Capitol Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary, staff and volunteers who know every nook and cranny of the landmark building agreed to take CBC New Brunswick behind the scenes and reveal some of the secrets of the historic theatre.

Nominee pulls out of Top 20 Under 40 competition because Enbridge Gas a sponsor

Krysta Cowling was thrilled to make the short list of nominees for Greater Moncton's Top 20 Under 40 list, but on Tuesday she withdrew her name after finding out Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is one of the sponsors.

Lost story of teenage speed-skating sensation subject of new play

A world champion speed skater, born in Sackville more than 100 years ago, is the subject of a new play that will premiere in his hometown on Wednesday as part of the Bordertown Festival.

Mother says hospital ERs unprepared for measles patients

A Moncton mother is warning emergency rooms are unprepared to deal with outbreaks of measles. It comes as a second case of measles in a month was discovered in the Saint John area this week — the first reported cases in the province since 2017.

Moncton pianist sharing lessons of her 'uphill battle' with performance anxiety

Moncton pianist Emily Logan, a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, wants to help music students better cope with performance anxiety.

Moncton High student donates $1,000 toward new football field

Five years after Moncton High opened at its new location, principal Mike Belong has his fingers crossed that the Purple Knights will be playing football on a brand new "high performance" field by this fall.

Elsipogtog rocker Hubert Francis receives lifetime achievement ECMA

Hubert Francis of Elsipogtog will be recognized for his "profound and lasting effect" on the Atlantic Canadian music industry at the East Coast Music Awards on Sunday in Charlottetown.

'It turns you into an animal': Recovering addict climbs out of crystal-meth misery

Dave Mitchell, 48, is recovering after a lifetime of drug addiction. He worries about the rise in the use of crystal meth in New Brunswick and recalls the euphoric highs that were soon replaced by anger and self-hatred.

Crystal meth 'taking over' in province, and detox services can't keep up

Crystal meth is flooding the streets of New Brunswick, and many worry the province's detox and drug treatment programs aren't enough to help people trying to fight their addiction.