NB: Information Morning (Fredericton)

 
 

NB: Information Morning (Fredericton)

Information Morning Fredericton is your daily survival guide. We bring you the top stories from the city, the province - and around the world. We run the stories that matter to you.

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Municipal election a pressing issue

Margot Cragg is executive director of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick,  She explains the growing need to fill local vacancies. 

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Trail safety

Deborah and Will van den Hoonaard of Douglas were victims of a cyclist pedestrian collision on the trail system. Andre Arsenault, president of the Fredericton Trails Coalition, tells us about efforts to improve safety.

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Pandemic update: Testing and masks

Just two weeks into the school year, parents are running into issues getting their kids tested for COVID-19. Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health, updates us on testing and mask use.

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Remembering Brenda Robertson

A trailblazer in New Brunswick politics has died. We hear more about the life of Brenda Robertson from Senator Percy Mockler, who served in the Legislature with her.

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Conductor quarantines for audition

Martin MacDonald is a candidate for the job of conductor and music director of Symphony New Brunswick. We talk to him about his upcoming audition as he nears the end of his 14 day quarantine in Saint John.

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Does dry weather affect fall colours?

LoÏc D'Orangeville, a professor in the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management at UNB, explains how weather conditions can influence the fall foliage.

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Pandemic response

What does it mean to make protecting Canadians against COVID-19 'priority number one'? We talk to infectious disease expert Dawn Bowdish about what needs to be done at the federal level to get us through any future waves of COVID-19, and whether Canada can avoid major lock-downs this fall. 

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Lobster dispute

We talk to Pam Palmater about the increasing tensions between commercial lobster fishers and Mi'kmaw fishers in St. Mary's Bay.

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Pandemic throne speech 

What does the country need to hear from a throne speech during the pandemic. Professor Suzanne Hindmarch is a political scientist at UNB specializing in global health policy.

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Land development consultations

It's time to have your say on the NBEX grounds development. Andrew Steeves is chair of the Joint Land Development Committee.

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Lobster standoff

What will it take to calm tensions in Nova Scotia's lobster fishery? Chief George Ginnish of the Natoaganeg First Nation and Shane Perley-Dutcher of Negotkuk First Nation share their thoughts.

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Watching Hurricane Teddy

EMO and NB Power officials update us on what they're doing to prepare for the storm, and what we can do at home.

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Rapid testing

Six months into the pandemic and rapid test kits are still not available here in Canada. Dr. Ann Collins, President of the Canadian Medical Association, talks about the difference they could make.

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Crisis text line

A pilot project to help first responders and public safety professionals deal with on-the-job trauma. Michael Johnston is a former paramedic and the founder of New Brunswick-based organization Hope 4 Heroes Canada. www.facebook.com/hope4heroescanada/

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Can businesses survive?

Business owners in the city are looking ahead to a fall and winter of challenge.  Krista Ross is CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.

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Homecoming

Fredericton's own David Myles has moved back to the city.

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Bear update

Three bears wandering around Fredericton this week met an unfortunate end.  Kristian Moore is executive director of the Natural Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development.

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Bubble trouble

We speak with Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard about life next to a region of Quebec where the COVID-19 alert level is rising.

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Record number of women elected

Out of the 27 Progressive Conservatives elected Monday night, nine of them are women, the highest number ever for the provincial PCs. We talk to Beth Lyons, executive director of the New Brunswick Women's Council about what having more representation for women might mean for the next four years. 

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Election lessons

New Brunswick's chief electoral officer Kim Poffenroth talks about what she learned managing the country's first general election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Buying local from home

Fredericton markets have moved online to marketbasket.ca . Stacey Russell is the manager of Fredericton Tourism.

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Election reaction from Indigenous leaders

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs may have a new mandate, but his government will continue to face a call for an inquiry into systemic racism. Chief George Ginnish is Chief of the Natoaganeg First Nation and Chief Ross Perley is the Wolastoqey Chief of Tobique First Nation.

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Opposition parties

Kevin Vickers announced he's stepping down from leading the Liberal party after disappointing results on election night.  The Green party managed to hang on to it's 3 seats in the legislature. We speak to Kevin Vickers and David Coon about last night's results, and what's ahead for the parties.

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PC's win majority government

Blaine Higgs' gamble paid off. The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government with  27 seats.

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Fredericton North riding

Fredericton North was thought to be a riding where the results might mirror what to expect in the rest of the province once votes were counted.  Progressive Conservative Jill Green was chosen last night by voters as the MLA for Fredericton North.

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Smart meters

The meters that caused concern over their cost and necessity when NB Power first proposed them in 2018,  are now on their way. NB Power got the green light for the 110 million dollar project last week from the Energy and Utilities Board.

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Election day

With election day here, Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth talks about how the campaign went. 

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Corn maze tribute

Chip Hunter and his family are paying tribute to the people many are calling the real heroes of the pandemic with a maze in their cornfields in Florenceville-Bristol. This year's edition honours nurses working the front lines and features a huge portrait of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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Disavowed candidates

The ballots are printed now so the names and party affiliations of candidates "disavowed" this month by the Progressive Conservatives, People's Alliance and the Liberals will not disappear. Joanna Everitt says being cut loose for derogatory comments on social media doesn't prevent those candidates from winning the ridings. 

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Fredericton North candidates - Part 3

A discussion with the five candidates running for office in Fredericton North. Today's question "Why did you want to run for MLA?" The candidates for Fredericton North are: Incumbent Stephen Horsman for the Liberals, Jill Green for the Progressive Conservatives,  Luke Randall for the Green Party, Allen Price for the People's Alliance, and Mackenzie Thomason for the NDP.

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Polls check

Eric Grenier is watching the polls as we head into the last weekend before Election Day Monday. He's a senior writer and the CBC's polls analyst.

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Fredericton North candidates - part 2

A discussion with the five candidates running for office in Fredericton North. Today's question "What does Fredericton North want and need?" The candidates for Fredericton North are: Incumbent Stephen Horsman for the Liberals, Jill Green for the Progressive Conservatives,  Luke Randall for the Green Party, Allen Price for the People's Alliance, and Mackenzie Thomason for the NDP.

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Checking in on the election campaign

New Brunswickers who haven't voted yet head to the polls in five days for the country's first general election since Covid-19  appeared on the scene.  Political scientists Erin Crandall and Jamie Gillies have been watching the campaign.

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Flu vaccine

Health Officials are more concerned than normal about people getting the flu vaccine. We speak to Dr. Ann Collins, president of the Canadian Medical Association about what some are calling the Twindemic, Flu and Covid 19 circulating at the same time.

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Fredericton North candidates - part 1

We talk to the five candidates running for office in Fredericton North. Incumbent Stephen Horsman for the Liberals, Jill Green for the Progressive Conservatives, Luke Randall for the Green Party, Allen Price for the People's Alliance and Mackenzie Thomason for the NDP.

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High schools reopen

High school principals have been working together on plans to reopen safely. We talk to three principals in the Fredericton area, Stephanie Underhill Tomilson, Jeff Holder, and Kevin Inch.

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Are schools ready for students?

Most students will be going back to class tomorrow, for the first time in 6 months.  We talk to the deputy minister of education, George Daley about what has been done to prepare.

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Longtime politicians retire

We talk to two longtime New Brunswick MLAs who did not re-offer this election, about life after politics.  Bruce Northrup of Sussex and Brian Kenny of Bathurst.

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Parent panel: Back to School

A lot has changed in 6 months. We check in with parents who are getting ready to send their children back to school about any concerns they may have. We talk to Joey Johansen-Morris, Allison Butcher, and Mohammed Bakhash.

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Student panel: Back to School

It's back to school tomorrow after months of being off.  We ask high school students from around the province what concerns they have about going to school in a pandemic. Our guests are Amanda Zhang, Lauren Dykeman, and Seth Foster.

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Weather prediction

Sweater weather is officially here. We find out what the Farmers' Almanac predicts for this winter. Pete Geiger is the editor of the Canadian Farmers' Almanac.

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Inaccessible returning office

Kim Poffenroth, N.B.'s chief electoral officer, answers questions about the lack of accessibility at a returning office for Fredericton-West Hanwell.

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Fredericton South candidates - part 3

Today's question for the candidates, Why do you want to be the MLA? Participating in the discussion are Nicole Picot for the Liberals, Dr. Brian MacKinnon for the Progressive Conservatives, Geoffrey Noseworthy for the NDP, and the incumbent, Green Party leader David Coon.  

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Fredericton south candidates - part 2

Today's question for the candidates, What does Fredericton South need and want?  Participating in the discussion are Nicole Picot for the Liberals, Dr. Brian MacKinnon for the Progressive Conservatives, Geoffrey Noseworthy for the NDP, and the incumbent, Green Party leader David Coon.

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Is healthcare an election issue?

We examine New Brunswick's health care system and it's shortage of doctors and nurses with Paula Doucet and Dr. Chris Goodyear.

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Jake Allen traded

Fredericton's Jake Allen talks about his trade to Montreal.

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New Fitch book

Sheree Fitch has a new book for kids - celebrating the joys of bare feet in summer.

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Following the election campaign

Some poll numbers are out, party leaders are on the hustings, and just 11 days until the vote. Our New Brunswick election watcher,s political scientists Erin Crandall and Jamie Gillie,s are back with their impression on where things are heading.

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Fredericton south candidates - part 1

Today's question for the candidates, What is this election about?  Participating in the discussion are Nicole Picot for the Liberals, Dr. Brian MacKinnon for the Progressive Conservatives, Geoffrey Noseworthy for the NDP, and the incumbent, Green Party leader David Coon.

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Racism inquiry

Will New Brunswick's snap election deliver the public inquiry into systemic racism that Indigenous leaders want? We check in with Mi'kmaq Chief George Ginnish of the Natoaganeg First Nation, and Wolastoqey Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation.

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Overcoming racism

UNB student and athlete Cierra Thomas is sharing her experience growing up as a woman of colour, and how people can become allies.

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Atlantic Ballet collaborating with indigenous artists

The Atlantic Ballet of Canada is collaborating with dancer and choreographer Possesom Paul of St. Mary's First Nation.  The project will feature music composed by Jeremy Dutcher of the Tobique First Nation. Susan Chalmers-Gauvin and Igor Dobrovolskiy are with Atlantic Ballet of Canada. 

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Back to school phone-in, part 2

The phone in continues, with George Daley and David McTimoney answering your questions about the return to school.

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Small business recovery

The numbers are coming in from small businesses in the province. Louis-Philippe Gauthier speaks for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in New Brunswick.

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Johnny's treasure hunt

John Leroux has been taking us on a summer long art-history treasure hunt in the city. Today is the final tour, he's in a bomb shelter on York Street.

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Back to school phone-in, part 1

Many parents, students and teachers have questions about back to school rules, and how to keep everyone healthy while attending classes in the midst of a global pandemic. We opened the phone lines to get your questions about back to school answered by Anglophone School District West Superintendent David McTimoney and the Deputy Minister of Education George Daley.

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Vote early, vote safely

Kim Poffenroth, New Brunswick's Chief Electoral Officer, is finding ways to get out the vote during a global health crisis.

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Virtual Harvest

Brent Staeben and the organizing committee are bringing The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival 29.5 into your home and some downtown businesses, virtually.

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What are the political costs of holding an election during a pandemic

Suzanne Hindmarch is a political scientist who says barriers to voting will likely have an effect on the election outcome.

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Black and Indigenous election issues

Amanda Myran and Husoni Raymond talk about why Black Lives and Indigenous Lives matter in this year's election.

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Right Whale research

Kim Davies tells us about a new project to help protect the North Atlantic Right Whale.

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Tips to de-stress your children

Many parents and children are dealing with the normal stress and anxiety that comes with a return to the classroom.  Add a global pandemic and the current social issues and some may be feeling extra stress.  Michael Ungar is a professor, and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience.

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N.B. Song project - cut 14

Mike Bravener has been sharing stories and music of his journey exploring the songs of the province. This is the final cut on his album, Depends Upon the Pay, Peter Emberley.

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What do New Brunswick cities want from the next government?

The cities association is hoping to make municipal issues part of the election. It's seeking municipal reform and increased infrastructure spending. Adam Lourdon is mayor of Miramichi and president of the Cities of New Brunswick Association.

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Homeschooling tips

More people are making the move to a home classroom full-time this fall. We get some advice from veteran homeschooler Sarah Litson of Edmundston for families considering keeping the kids home during the pandemic.

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Election watchers on snap election

Who benefits from a snap election call during a public health emergency, and an abbreviated campaign? Political scientists Jamie Gillies and Erin Crandall join us.

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Erin O'Toole chosen to lead Conservative party

Conservatives across the country chose their new leader by mail-in ballot last night.  We talk to longtime friend and party loyalist Brian MacDonald who rented a movie theatre last night to share the big moment.

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Johnny's Treasure hunt

John Leroux has been taking us on a summer long art-history treasure hunt in the city.  Today he takes us to school.

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Geology of N.B.-Part 4

Hear Part 4 of our conversation with the authors of a new field guide to the geology of New Brunswick, Sandra Barr and Martha Hickman Hild.

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Voluntary testing for school staff

We get the latest on the province's plan for restarting the school year from New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell.

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Online art show

St. Andrews based artist Allana Baird tells us about a new exhibit at the George Fry Gallery that you can see from your living room.

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New Brunswick's economy

Richard Saillant is an economist and says every voter should be asking who has a solid economic plan to lead the province's recovery out of the pandemic.

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Need for affordable housing

Developers are building lots of units. So why are so many people in Fredericton unable to find places to live? We explore that question with the chairs of the city's affordable housing committee, councillor Kate Rogers and Marchell Coulombe.

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Low water levels in N.B. rivers

We've had above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation resulting in low water levels in our rivers. Antoin O'Sullivan studies the rivers in this province and is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick, he says we've had levels this low before.

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Restaurants struggle, grateful for support

We check in with local restaurants to see how the pandemic has affected their summer season. Jennie Wilson is co-owner of 11th Mile, Shawna Foster is co-owner of MOCO Downtown, and Patti Hollenberg is owner of Chess Piece Patisserie on Queen Street.

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NB Song project - cut 13

Mike Bravener tells the story behind the song, The New Brunswick Waltz.

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Preparing for an election

New Brunswickers will be going to the polls September 14.  We talk to Kim Poffenroth, New Brunswick's chief electoral officer, about the plan to keep voters safe during the pandemic.

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NBTA reacts to the return to school plan

We check in with the New Brunswick Teachers Association on the province's plan for returning to the classroom. Rick Cuming is president of the NBTA.

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Geological history of N.B. - part 3

Part 3 of our conversation with the authors of a new field guide to the geology of New Brunswick, Sandra Barr and Martha Hickman Hild.

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Johnny's Treasure hunt

John Leroux is taking us on a summer long art-history treasure hunt in the city. Today, he's on Barker Street in Devon.

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Are New Brunswickers headed to the polls?

Discussions to avert an election broke down when Liberal leader Kevin Vickers walked away from the negotiations. To answer questions about what happened, we talk to Premier Blaine Higgs, Liberal leader Kevin Vickers, Green Party leader David Coon, and Kris Austin, leader of the People's Alliance.

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Back to school

David McTimoney, superintendent of ASD-West, tells us what students and parents can expect when schools reopen in September. Changes include some smaller class sizes, masks, and a plan for remote learning should schools need to close.

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Space for affordable housing

Is it possible to use land at the exhibition grounds to end homelessness in the city? We ask city councillor Bruce Grandy.

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Accessible transit

The New Brunswick division of the CNIB is urging the province to reconsider federal transit funding, calling for accessibility upgrades for the visually impaired. Brad McPherson is chair of the CNIB Foundation's New Brunswick board.

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Deal or no deal?

As New Brunswick's four political leaders gather to discuss the premier's proposal to avert an election, we explore what's at stake for the parties and the public with Jamie Gillies. He teaches communications and public policy at St. Thomas University.

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Social isolation

Albert Banerjee is a researcher at St. Thomas University, looking for ways to ease the burden on seniors dealing with social isolation, even after the pandemic. 

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Heat difficult for homeless

The pandemic is making it difficult for people who are homeless to stay cool during the heat of summer. Dr. Sara Davidson works with Fredericton's vulnerable populations at the Downtown Community Health Centre.

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N.B. Song project - cut 12

Mike Bravener tells the story behind the song, "The Miramichi Fire".

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In need of affordable housing

We take a closer look at housing in the province with Eric Weissman.  He studies homelessness, housing and social policy in Canada and the US.

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Perseids peak

Turn an eye to the night sky tonight to see the Perseid meteor shower at it's peak.  Chris Curwin is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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Fossil footprints

Scientists have found signs of animal life that goes back over three hundred million years at Cape Enrage. Matthew Stimson is the Assistant Curator of Geology and Paleontology at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John. Jim Campbell is the manager at Cape Enrage.

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Geological history of N.B. - part 2

Building New Brunswick, one rock at a time. Part 2 of our conversation with the authors of a new field guide to the geology of New Brunswick, Sandra Barr and Martha Hickman Hild.

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Art-history tour

John Leroux has been taking us on a summer long art-history treasure hunt in the city.  Today he's at St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease in downtown Fredericton.

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Vogue Theatre lost to fire

The loss of the Vogue Theatre is a big hit to the history of Miramichi. Shaun O'Reilly is president of the Miramichi History Museum. 

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Parents panel - Back to school

Parents have questions about sending their children back to school, but they're being given few answers. Lauren Barrett, Mohammed Bakhash, and Jennifer Mabie Heffernan have children expected to be back in the classroom this fall.

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Hay shortage

The heat and dry weather has been bad news for farmers, and it's led to a hay shortage in the province.  Lisa Ashworth is president of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick.

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Obesity treatment

Are the new guidelines for treatment of obesity in adults a step in the right direction? Stephan Dombrowski is a professor in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, specializing in behaviour and weight loss management. 

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Rooming house closure

30 people are going to be left without a place to live after the closure of a rooming house in Fredericton. Warren Maddox is the executive director of the Fredericton Homeless shelters.

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UNB, STU prepare for fall semester

George MacLean is Vice President Academic at the University of New Brunswick and Jeffery Carleton is the Associate Vice-President of Communications at St. Thomas University.  They discuss the situation for international students, changes to classes and residence, and the mask policy.

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N.B. Song project - cut 11

Mike Bravener tells the story behind the song, "The Scow on Cowden Shore".

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UNB Covid research

Shawn MacLellan, a biologist at the University of New Brunswick, talks about the covid research projects being funded at UNB.

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Pandemic assessment

Colin Furness is an infection control epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. We get a six month assessment on how the region has been managing the coronavirus.

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Making masks mandatory

Sara Holyoke is the general manager of Delta Fredericton where wearing a mask is now required in public spaces.

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Geological history of N.B. - part 1

Sandra Barr is a geologist and professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Martha Hickman Hild has a PhD in earth sciences. They are the authors of a new field guide to the geology of New Brunswick.

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Communities connected

The province has expanded its travel bubble to include two border communities in Quebec. Darcy Gray is the chief of Listuguj First Nation, and Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin is the mayor of Campbellton.

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Effects of low water on Nashwaak River

Low water levels along the Nashwaak River means high stress for fish. Jillian Hudgins is a project coordinator with the Nashwaak Watershed Association.

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Digital activism in Saint John

Would online activists be more effective if they became part of the political landscape. The CBC's Jacques Poitras takes a look at how online activism is heating up in Saint John.

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Low water level in SJ river

We check in with Phil Landry, NB Power's executive director of generation and engineering, about how the long dry spell is affecting water flow to NB Power's largest dam.

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Senior Donations

Some New Brunswick seniors are giving their federal grants to charities, and they're asking people across Canada to join them. Dave Ferguson is one of the founders of the Seniors Giving Back Challenge.

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Officers' Square dig

Brent Suttie is the provincial archaeologist and the director of archaeology and heritage.  He describes what archaeologists have unearthed in downtown Fredericton.

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NB Song Project - Cut 10

This morning on our New Brunswick folk song adventure with Mike Bravener, Depend's Upon the Pay.

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Election plan

Kim Poffenroth is New Brunswick's Chief Electoral Officer. She tells us what an election during a pandemic might look like.

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COVID-19 fatigue

New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell talks about the effort to deal with COVID-19 fatigue.

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Unlikely Roommates

Casey Gaunce is the program manager at The Ville and project coordinator for Intergenerational Living, a program bringing young and old together under one roof.

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Johnny's Treasure Hunt

John Leroux takes us on a summer long art-history treasure hunt in the city, this time he's in Sunshine Gardens.

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Could there be a snap election this fall?

The E word has been surfacing in New Brunswick lately. We weigh the pros and cons of a snap provincial call with our election watchers, Erin Crandall and Jamie Gillies. 

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Serious Incident Response Team

New Brunswick doesn't have its own independent unit to investigate serious incidents involving police. New Brunswick has been close to developing such a unit before, but it hasn't happened yet.

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Healthcare challenges

Dr. Anne Collins was voted president of the Canadian Medical Association, and she'll be the fourth Fredericton-area doctor in recent weeks to close her practice.

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Student devices

The Department of Education announced students will be expected to use their own electronic devices starting this fall. There is a program in place to help low and middle-income families with the cost.

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Cyanobacteria

A biologist from the University of New Brunswick is warning the province about the reappearance of a dangerous toxin in the St. John River between Fredericton and the Mactaquac dam.

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Racism inquiry

Many of New Brunswick's most influential voices on Indigenous and legal issues have put their names to an open letter urging the provincials government to call a public inquiry into systemic racism in the policing and justice system.

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Basketball postponed

Kylee Speedy had planned on starting her university basketball career in the fall, but COVID-19 has changed those plans. Now she has to wait for that first game. 

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Phoenix Square

It's played host to famous figures such as Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, and Babe Ruth. John Leroux gives the history of Fredericton's Phoenix Square.

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Environmental impact

A plan to use a pesticide containing the chemical rotenone to kill the invasive fish and help preserve Atlantic salmon has generated controversy over the past year. Jeff Carr is New Brunswick's Minister of Environment and Local government.

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Plant closes

The Village of McAdam got word that the local gypsum wallboard manufacturing plant will close. CertainTeed Canada announced it would shut down its operation by February, putting 59 people out of work. 

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Dead zone

Art O'Donnell of Doaktown says "spotty and non-existent" is not exactly the kind of internet service anyone wants during a pandemic. But the village councillor says that's exactly the kind of service people in Doaktown and communities along the highway between Fredericton and Miramichi are forced to live with.

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Tourism rebate

The provincial government is giving a little back to New Brunswickers who vacation at home this summer. Tourism minister Bruce Fitch says that through the Explore NB Travel Incentive program, New Brunswick residents could be eligible for a 20 per cent rebate on travel expenses until the end of September.

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Poisoned lake

Over the past year, Daniel Houghton and other cottage owners on Miramichi Lake have been concerned about the possible use of chemicals in the water and have been waiting for a decision. Some groups that are trying to protect salmon populations have proposed using noxfish in the lake. 

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Teaching Indigenous languages

Children in New Brunswick could soon learn Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqey at school. A bill on Indigenous languages in schools won unanimous support from a committee of MLAs. Dominic Cardy is the minister of education for the province.

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Covid-19 Midway

Nathan Smithers of East Coast Amusements is planning to go ahead with the midway at the Exhibition grounds in Fredericton, despite the COVID-10 pandemic.

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Soccer disrupted

Amanda Zhang's final season of soccer isn't what she expected. She won't be able to play in games or have regular practices in her Grade 12 soccer season.

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UNB tuition

Students are pushing back at a 2 per cent increase in tuition at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. George MacLean, vice-president Academic at UNB, explains why he feels there is a need for the increase.

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Drug decriminalization

Police chiefs across the country passed a resolution last week calling on Ottawa to decriminalize simple possession of hard drugs. Dr. Sara Davidson says the change is long overdue.

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Meeting with the premier

Indigenous chiefs from across the province met again with the Premier and his officials to discuss systemic racism yesterday and walked away disappointed. Chief Gabriel Atwin is the Chief of the Kingsclear First Nation.

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Community Services

Groups such as food banks, community kitchens, and homeless shelters were left scrambling to come up with ways to serve their clients, thanks to COVID-19. They've had to continue to adapt as restrictions change.

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Airport help

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin says it's time to get answers about the future of airlines flying in and out of the Fredericton International Airport. 

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COVID-19 Update

House Dr. Peter Lin talks about the latest updates on COVID-19.

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Playhouse program

The Playhouse is giving performing artists and directors a chance to stage their dreams. The theatre is offering a new residence program called interMISSION.

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Atlantic Bubble

Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart talks about the first weekend at the border of the Atlantic bubble, and why some vehicles were let through while others were stopped.

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Contract cancelled

Pro basketball player Erik Nissen was playing in Japan when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, cancelling his contract and forcing him to travel back to Canada.

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Shooting death

The family of Chantal Moore is calling for the removal of the police officer who killed her daughter. The 26-year-old was shot during a wellness check on June 4. Michael Boudreau is a criminologist and professor of criminal justice at St. Thomas University.

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App concerns

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans for a nation-wide, voluntary app that will help trace possible COVID-19 transmission, it probably made some people feel more secure. But for others, it may have sent off some alarm bells. Charles Murray is New Brunswick's ombud and information and privacy commissioner.

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Atlantic Bubble rules

While the Atlantic Bubble came into effect on July 3, there are still some restrictions when it comes to crossing the borders. Carl Urquhart is the minister of public safety for New Brunswick.

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Tourism bubble boost

Tourism operators across Atlantic Canada are hoping a Maritime province will give their businesses a boost.

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Fredericton Airport

Air Canada is suspending all of its flights out of Fredericton to Ottawa and Halifax. It's not the kind of news Johanne Gallant the CEO of the Fredericton International Airport wanted to hear, but not totally unexpected after the impact of COVID-19 this year on airlines.

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Air Canada Cuts

Air Canada is suspending 30 flight routes within the country, indefinitely. The Airline says it expects the industry's recovery will take at least three years. John Gradek is a Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Global Aviation Leadership Program at McGill University.

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Provincial Tourism

Things are looking slightly more positive for New Brunswick tourism with news of an Atlantic Bubble opening Friday. Carol Alderdice is the president and CEO  of New Brunswick's tourism industry association.

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Olympic dreams

Athletes from across the province are dealing with the fallout of sports being cancelled and postponed. Samantha Stewart was hoping to go to the Olympics this summer, but now that dream is on hold.

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Campbellton border

Premier Blaine Higgs responds to calls for a bubble with border community Listuguj First Nation in Quebec, and plans for New Brunswick to open to the rest of the country.

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