NB: Information Morning (Moncton)

 
 

NB: Information Morning (Moncton)

Information Morning is the essential source of news and information for radio listeners. The station broadcasts to the eastern half of New Brunswick from Campbellton to Cape Tormentine, and covers the cities of Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst, Dieppe and Campbellton. Join the Information Morning Moncton team every weekday.

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After crews clear up a tent camp in Moncton, an advocate for the homeless says a permanent solution is needed

Codiac RCMP, Moncton Bylaw officers, CN Rail and work crews helped clear a small homeless tent camp on Wednesday. Lisa Ryan is the community development coordinator with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee. She spoke with Jonna Brewer about why permanent solutions still haven't been found.

Download After crews clear up a tent camp in Moncton, an advocate for the homeless says a permanent solution is needed
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The latest young adult romance at the movie theatres explores big ideas

The Sun Is Also A Star is a new young adult love story hitting movie theatres. Tara Thorne went to see it and shared her review with Jonna Brewer.

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Will free transit boost bus ridership in Greater Moncton?

Dieppe is trying to get more young people to use public transit. It will offer youth, 17 or younger, free public transit service for 12 months starting in July. The goal is to boost ridership. But will it work? Jonna Brewer convened a panel of transit users to find out. Jesse Kerpan and Mark Higgins live in Moncton. Pascale Paulin lives in Dieppe.

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Moncton man qualifies for an international toastmasters competition

Kevin Robart is heading to Denver this summer. That's where the Toastmaster's International World Speech Competition is being held. Kevin joined Jonna Brewer to explain how competetive public speaking works.

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A Calgary physician says it's time to step up the fight against Lyme disease

Dr. Ralph Hawkins hopes to sway minds about the threat of Lyme disease. He's been treating patients from across the country, and says he has a message for decision makers and the medical community here in New Brunswick. Dr. Hawkins joined Jonna Brewer before giving a speech in Fredericton organized by the provincial Green Party and the New Brunswick Lyme Disease association.

Download A Calgary physician says it's time to step up the fight against Lyme disease
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What it's like to work in the province's tissue donation program

A former nurse in the New Brunswick Organ & Tissue Program is speaking out about the working conditions in the tissue donation program. Parise Léger says the long hours and emotionally-challenging work drove her to leave her job in 2017. She's speaking out following the death of 16-year-old Avery Astle. His parents hoped to donate his organs and tissues, but say they were told no one was available. The CBC's Karissa Donkin spoke with Parise Légere.

Download What it's like to work in the province's tissue donation program
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Moncton says no to a major downtown office building owner's request for more parking

Moncton city council voted against a request to increase surface parking downtown. Slate Office REIT owns the Blue Cross Centre on Main Street. The company say tenants need more parking to cut back on a 500-vehicle waitlist. Staff recommended going ahead, but council said no.

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Bob Osbourne solves your gardening dilemmas

Even though the chilly spring continues, gardeners are still full of questions. Bob Osbourne of Cornhill Nursery dropped by to take calls.

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Future Floods: Is climate change to blame for New Brunswick flooding?

This spring saw the second major flood in the Saint John River valley in as many years. In part one of the series Future Floods, the CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras tries to answer the question: is climate change leading to more floods?

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An accounting mistake cost NB Liquor and the province more than $400,000

Last year, when senior executives at NBLC lost track of when their fiscal year ended cost the agency - and the province - more than $404,000 over seven days. The CBC's Robert Jones has been digging into this story. He spoke with Jonna Brewer about what happened.

Download An accounting mistake cost NB Liquor and the province more than $400,000
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A new play tells the story of Chester Cole

Chester Cole was a teenage speed skating sensation in the 1920s. He was from Sackville, New Brunswick. And that's where a new theatre production about his life premiers on Wednesday, May 22. Charlie Rhindress is the director of the play. Ron Kelly Spurles wrote it. They both joined Jonna Brewer to tell the story.

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The lowdown on the summer music festival scene in New Brunswick

There is an impressive list of music festivals happening all over New Brunswick this summer. Jean Surette is the executive director of Music NB. Jonna Brewer asked him to take us through the roster.

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A new marathon event is planned for September

Organizers of Legs for Literacy announced last week they would be taking a break this year to reorganize. But the Greater Moncton Running Club has stepped up to put on a certified marathon September 8. Jonna Brewer spoke with two of the organizers, Colin McQuade and Lindsay Laltoo about plans for the Resurgo Marathon.

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A mother in Moncton is questioning how health officials handled her familiy's measles scare

A Moncton mother says hospitals brushed off her concerns when she told them her son might have the measles. Her 5 year old, Isaiah, came down with with a fever, runny nose and spreading rash. All of them are key symptoms of measles. Kathleen Gunn spoke with reporter Vanessa Blanch about the response she got when she called the hospital.

Download A mother in Moncton is questioning how health officials handled her familiy's measles scare
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Parlee Beach gains a "blue flag" certification for high water quality, despite years of concerns

It might be a busier tourist season in Shediac. Parlee Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag designation. The international standard is given to beaches that meet strict criteria for water quality. The designation comes after two years of water-quality problems at the beach. Ron Cormier is the president of the Greater Shediac Chamber of Commerce and operator of Shediac Bay Cruises. And Bill Ross is a cottage owner and part of the group raising concerns over water quality. Both spoke with Jonna Brewer

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Anne Hatheway and Rebel Wilson are con artists in The Hustle

The Hustle is a reboot of the 1988 Michael Caine and Steve Martin film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Our film reviewer Tara Thorne took a look.

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How a national database could protect against the spread of viruses like the measles

Health officials have confirmed two cases of measles in the Saint John area. But there could be more. It's an open question because it's so difficult these days to determine who's immune...and who's not. Dr. Joanne Langley says there's a cure for that. She spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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The population of New Brunswick is growing

According to a new report by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, New Brunswick has seen its highest rates of growth since the early 1990s. That's a welcome change in a province that has seen declines in recent years. Fred Bergmen is the Senior Policy Analyst for the council. He spoke with Jonna Brewer about what the population rise means.

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How members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra ended up at one of the most prestigious and biggest music festivals in the country

Members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra are in Ottawa for MusicFest Canada. The prestigious festival has been going on for almost 50 years and hosts thousands of Canada's best musicians. Jude Melanson and Courtney Strugnell are two members of the NBYO at the festival this year. Sarah Devlin is the orchestra manager. All three joined Jonna Brewer.

Download How members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra ended up at one of the most prestigious and biggest music festivals in the country
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Moncton comic book artist Nick Bradshaw contributes to Marvel Comics anniversary issue

Marvel Comics is calling it an "epic comic book story" to celebrate the publisher's 80th anniversary. Marvel Comics #1000 will feature the work of dozens of comic creators from every generation, including Moncton artist Nick Bradshaw. Nick dropped by the studio to talk to Jonna Brewer.

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What to do if you find a tick

Last month the Public Health Agency of Canada published a report describing the growing risk of tick-related infections in Canada. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj joined Jonna Brewer to talk ticks and what you should know as we head into summer.

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Are universites in New Brunswick prepared to replace all retiring nurses over the next five years?

320 nurses are eligible to retire in each of the next five years in New Brunswick. The pressure is on nursing programs in the province to churn out enough grads to replace them. Petra Hauf is the vice-president at UNB's Saint John campus. Jonna Brewer asked her about the challenges.

Download Are universites in New Brunswick prepared to replace all retiring nurses over the next five years?
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Florida start-up that claims it can convert seawater to hydrogen energy is facing two investigations

NB Power has spent $13 million to license a mysterious technology, which some say is too good to be true. A Florida start-up claims to have discovered a process to convert seawater to hydrogen energy in order to create the first zero-carbon emissions power grid. But the company is facing two investigations. Karissa Donkin is a reporter in our Atlantic investigative unit, and she's been looking into the story.

Download Florida start-up that claims it can convert seawater to hydrogen energy is facing two investigations
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NB Power is investing in a company that says it can make power from seawater without emitting carbon

The Florida company Joi Scientific has a hard-to-believe promise. The company is developing technology to transform seawater into electricity. And it's promising zero emissions. NB Power is investing millions in a partnership with Joi Scientific. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has been looking into the claims and spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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Bob Osbourne takes gardening questions

It might be a cold week, but the gardeners don't care. Bob Osbourne, the owner of Corn Hill Nursery, dropped by to answer listeners' gardening questions.

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Riverview pianist who struggled with stage fright offers help to performers

The New Brunswick Music Teachers' Association is offering a symposium for teachers and students in Moncton on May 25. One of the aims is to help performers deal with stage fright, or performance anxiety. Vanessa Blanch brings us the story.

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What does Aboriginal title mean for Elsipogtog First Nation?

Ottawa and Elsipogtog First Nation are planning talks about Aboriginal title in New Brunswick. The First Nation filed a claim in 2016 to Aboriginal title that would cover a third of the province. To explain what's at stake, Jonna Brewer spoke with Ken Coates, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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The Peter McKee Community Food Centre celebrates a 3-year anniversary

The Peter McKee Community Food Centre has been serving the community for three years. Chantal Senecal is the executive director of the food bank, community kitchen, garden and thrift store. She joined Jonna Brewer to mark the anniversary.

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Elsipogtog and the federal government to explore recognition of Mi'kmaq title to a third of the province.

Ottawa will begin talks with the Elsipogtog First Nation about its claim to Aboriginal title in New Brunswick. Kenneth Francis is a Mi'kmaq elder who filed the claim along with Chief Arren Sock. He spoke with reporters about it. And Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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Education Minister Dominic Cardy says the education system needs to be improved

The province will keep the French immersion entry point at Grade 1, for now. But Education Minister Dominic Cardy says the current system is failing to graduate bilingual students. He joined Jonna Brewer to talk about what can be done to fix it.

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Moncton High School students set to get a proper football field

When the new Moncton High School was built in 2015, it didn't get a playing field big enough for football. That's been a problem ever since. That will soon change. Vanessa Blanch visited the school to find out more.

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New Brunswick's ombud responds to a new report on safety and psychiatric care at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campellton

The province's only psychiatric hospital has been under the lens this year. New Brunswick ombud Charles Murray released a highly critical report on the hospital in February. Health Minister Ted Flemming responded by hiring an independent mental health expert to look into care at the hospital. That report was tabled yesterday. It recommends keeping the centre open with some improvements to safety and services. Jonna Brewer spoke to Charles Murray for his take, along with Jacques Duclos from the Vitalité Health Network.

Download New Brunswick's ombud responds to a new report on safety and psychiatric care at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campellton
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Looking ahead to cannabis edibles in Canada

The federal government has set October for the roll-out of cannabis infused food and beverages. Professor Sylvain Charlelbois of Dalhousie University in Halifax is leading a research team studying the arrival of edibles. Charlebois is a professor of food distribution and policy. He spoke with Jonna Brewer about his findings.

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Our film critic takes a look at a new rom-com featuring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are a comedic odd couple in the latest romantic comedy. Tara Thorne joined Jonna Brewer to talk about Long Shot.

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A grieving mom says the organ donation system let her down

Last month, four teenagers died after a car crash in Miramichi. Among them was sixteen-year-old Avery Astle. In the hours after the crash, his family wanted to ensure his organs were donated. But that didn't happen. Investigative journalist Karissa Donkin tells the story.

Download A grieving mom says the organ donation system let her down
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The Moncton Magic prepares for its first game in the National Basketball League Finals.

For the first time, the Moncton Magic is in the National Basketball League Finals. Joe Salerno is the head coach. He joined Jonna Brewer ahead of the big game.

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Family Matters: When common-law couples call it quits, there's a lot to consider

Family Matters is a new column on Information Morning. Sheila Cameron is a family lawyer and she'll be joining us every month to talk about the many issues facing families today. She joined Jonna Brewer to explain the legal nuances of common law relationships.

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What are the health effects of fasting during Ramadan?

Many Muslims around the world have started fasting as part of the holy month of Ramadan. They avoid eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. For his take on fasting for religious reasons, Dr. Raj Bhardwaj joined Jonna Brewer.

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One of the oldest residents at the Magnetic Hill Zoo dies

A white-handed gibbon at the Magnetic Hill Zoo died over the weekend. Her name was Molly and she was almost 44 years old. Jill Marvin is the director of the Magnetic Hill Zoo. She spoke with Jonna Brewer about Molly.

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Heritage advocates speak up for a modernist church

Moncton city council voted to rezone the Saint-Louis-de-France church property. An apartment complex is proposed for the site. Heritage advocates say the loss of the church will be a blow to the city's character.

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How New Brunswick could become Canada's next green economy hub

The non-profit organization Green Economy Canada is trying to make the country's business community more environmentally friendly. And New Brunswick could be a leader by becoming a green economy hub. Charles Thibodeau is the network's program coordinator. Jonna Brewer met him in Moncton.

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A mental health iniative aims to help people feeling lonely

This week in Moncton, mental health volunteers are ready to listen. A project called Sidewalk Talk is a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick and Breelove Counselling. Kayla Breelove-Carter is a licensed counselling therapist and Sidewalk Talk leader with the Moncton chapter. She told Jonna Brewer about the initiative.

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Bob Osbourne answers gardening questions

It's been a cold spring so far. But as the weather begins to improve, our thoughts are finally turning to the garden. Bob Osbourne of Corn Hill Nursery joined Jonna Brewer to take your springtime gardening questions.

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A volunteer firefighter battles cancer and calls for better compensation

A volunteer firefighter in Dorchester is calling on WorksafeNB to improve compensation. Paul Bragg has neck and tongue cancer -- and he's ineligable for compensation from WorksafeNB. Tori Weldon spoke with Paul Bragg at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

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Riverview's All World Super Play Park rebuild set to begin

When Becca Schofield was a little girl, she loved to play at the All World Super Play Park in Riverview. Now, that park will bear Becca's name. She was 18 when she died of cancer last year. Her legacy will live on once the park is renovated by volunteers this summer. Jonna Brewer spoked with Becca's parents, Darren and Anne Schofield and one of the project organizers, Sean Rollo.

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An Indigenous artist, activist and educator says New Brunswick teachers can help with Truth and Reconciliation.

Anishinaabe artist, educator and activist Eddy Robinson addressed thousands of teachers Friday at their professional development conference at the Moncton Coliseum. Robinson talked to the teachers about Truth and Reconciliation, and how they can help create a space for the Indigenous narrative. He joined Jonna Brewer for a preview of his presentation.

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The Able Sail program expands in time for sailing season

A program that helps people with physical and mental disabilities learn to sail is expanding this summer. Able Sail has a new boat equipped for a quadriplegic para sailor. Mark Bridges is on the board of directors. He told Jonna Brewer all about it.

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Active transportation advocates in Moncton weigh in on the proposal to reduce the number of sidewalks in the city

When Moncton city staff proposed the idea of reducing the number of sidewalks in the city, it got a lot of people talking. Antoine Zboralski and Krysta Cowling are two of them. Zboralski is the president of a student environmental group at l'Universite de Moncton and Cowling is an active transportation advocate in Moncton. Jonna Brewer joined them in downtown Moncton.

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Nurses wanted, patience needed

Patients and those who work in healthcare in New Brunswick are feeling the impact of a growing shortage of nurses. Jonna Brewer speaks with Geri Geldart, VP Operations for the Horizon Health Network about the challenges and the remedies.

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Chiac speakers wanted

One of Moncton's unique linguistic quirks is under the microscope. A University of Ottawa master's student is aiming to document the complexity of Chiac in a new research project. Priscilla Hebert Breton is a student in the department of linguistics at the Univerisity of Ottawa. Jonna Brewer spoke with her.

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An epic conclusion for the Avengers

One of the biggest movies of the year is leaving an impression with many movie goers. But not necessarily our film reviewer, Tara Thorne. She joined Jonna Brewer to talk about Avengers: Endgame.

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Testimony wraps up at the trial of Patrick Cole

The jury in the trial of Patrick Cole heard the last bit of testimony this week. Cole is the Riverview man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of 19-year-old Nicole Novak. CBC reporter Shane Magee has been covering the trial. He joined Jonna Brewer to explain what the jury heard in the courtroom.

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A lifetime achievement award for musician Hubert Francis

Hubert Francis of Elsipogtog First Nation is in the spotlight at the East Coast Music Awards this week. He'll receive a lifetime achievement award Sunday in Charlottetown. Jonna Brewer spoke with Hubert Francis.

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A man recovering from a crystal meth addiction says being sentenced to treatment instead of jail time changed his life.

Drug rehab beds are hard to find in New Brunswick. The province offers just 24 beds for long-term rehab. The waiting list is as long as 6 months. But there are faith-based programs offered - including a nine month program at Harvest House Atlantic in Moncton. Dave Mitchell just graduated. He spoke with the CBCs Vanessa Blanch about his life of crime and addiction.

Download A man recovering from a crystal meth addiction says being sentenced to treatment instead of jail time changed his life.
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A new study suggests that women who use antibiotics are at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.

A recent U-S study has found a link between long-term antibiotic use in women and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The research suggests that long-term use of these medications could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Doctor Raj Bhardwaj joined Jonna Brewer to explain the findings.

Download A new study suggests that women who use antibiotics are at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.
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Moncton business community reacts to the upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags

Shoppers in Moncton will soon have to remember to bring reusable bags everytime they go shopping, and businesses will be switching to paper bags. A plastic bag ban is expected to come into effect next year. Jonna Brewer spoke with John Wishart, the CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

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Treatment programs struggle to keep up with the rise of crystal meth use

A survey by the New Brunswick Community Alliance recently asked "What is the biggest change you have seen in the drug scene in your city?" The overwhelming response was the increased use of crystal meth. The CBC's Vanessa Blanch has been looking into the impact of the drug.

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Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe move closer to a ban on plastic bags

Greater Moncton will soon join the growing list of communities banning single-use plastic bags. A bylaw could be in place by the end of June. Dieppe mayor Yvon Lapierre joined Jonna Brewer to explain how the bylaw will likely work.

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From rural New Brunswick to Rideau Hall

Roméo LeBlanc was Canada's Governor General from 1995 to 1999. He grew up in a Memramcook and spent his final years in Grande-Digue. His journey from small-town New Brunswick to a viceregal life is told in the new children's book "A boy from Acadie: Roméo LeBlanc's Journey to Rideau Hall". The book is being presented at this year's Frye Festival in Moncton. Author Beryl Young joined Jonna Brewer.

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Is major flooding the new normal for New Brunswick?

Big floods in parts of New Brunswick seem to have become a way of life. Blair Feltmate is the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. Jonna Brewer spoke with him about what New Brunswickers ought to be doing to adjust to the new reality.

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Miramichi mourns the loss of four teens

The loss of four teenagers in a vehicle crash last weekend shocked the province. Jonna Brewer speaks with Paddy Quinn, a well-known member of Miramichi's heartbroken community.

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Car loans

Defaulting on car loans is a growing trend, according to Information Morning's personal finance watcher, Dan Noel. He discusses the consequences with Jonna Brewer.

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First responders: "Seconds seemed like hours"

Deputy chief Brian Cummings of the Miramichi Police talks about the tragic accident that took the lives of four teenagers from the Miramichi area.

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Tracking ticks

A biology professor has created an online platform using citizen science to monitor ticks. And eTick.ca is expanding to New Brunswick. Jonna Brewer speaks with Jade Savage of Bishop's University about her project.

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Where the sidewalk ends

A geographer at Mount Allison University says a proposed policy to remove and phase out some sidewalks in Moncton will create hardship for some citizens. Leslie Kern tells Jonna Brewer it also sends an implicit message that cars are the prefered method of getting around the city.

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Music for the planet

Moncton musicians Judith Snowdon and Andrew Creegan talk to Jonna Brewer about their new composition and arrangement, Voice Of The Earth. It will be performed for the first time this Saturday at 7 pm by the Greater Moncton Chorale and the Tutta Musica orchestra at the Community Peace Centre on Church Street in Moncton.

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Tara Thorne reviews Teen Spirit

Elle Fanning turns from actor to actor-slash-singer in the new movie Teen Spirit.

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The city of Moncton might remove some sidewalks to save on maintenance costs

City of Moncton staff proposed a plan to reduce the number of sidewalks in some neighbourhoods. The aim is to save money on maintenance costs. Alcide Richard is director of design and construction for the City of Moncton. He says some streets would retain a sidewalk on one side. Others would go down to no sidewalks at all. City councillor Blair Lawrence says the idea is worth considering.

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Shift-workers might have an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Shift work might be putting us at increased risk for a wide variety of health problems. Turns out, working at night and sleeping during the day can raise your risk of developing some serious diseases. Our regular health contributor Raj Bhardwaj told Jonna Brewer how to reduce the health risks of working shifts.

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The costs versus the benefits of events such as concerts at Magnetic Hill

Country star Like Bryan is set to play Magnetic Hill this summer. And part of the bill is being footed by the city. David Campbell is an economic development consultant and president of Jupia Consultants Inc. in Moncton. Jonna Brewer asked him whether events like this are a good use of taxpayer money.

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PEI chooses a Progressive Conservative minority

PEI voters went to the polls Tuesday and ended up making history. Voters chose a Progressive Conservative minority with the Greens as the opposition. Jonna Brewer spoke with political scientist Don Desserud about the unprecedented result.

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The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre gets a four-legged staff member

The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre has plenty of human staff members. Now a canine is joining the ranks. Marielle is a trauma support dog. She joined Jonna Brewer in studio, along with the centre's director Kristal LeBlanc.

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How to say "no" to your boss without getting fired.

When the boss asks you to take on a new challenge at work, do you have to say 'yes'? Not necessarily, according to our workplace columnist Pierre Battah. He joined Jonna Brewer to explain how to say 'no' effectively on the job.

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Students and staff at two Miramichi high schools grieve the tragic deaths of four classmates

Four teens were killed in a weekend car crash near Miramichi. And now, students and staff at the two high schools they attended are trying to cope. Grief councillors are on hand to help this week. Mark Donovan is the superintendent of the Anglophone North School District. He spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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Students leading the charge for a plastic bag ban in Moncton.

A group of grade six and seven students at Birchmount School in Moncton are hoping to more of us go plastic-free. They've launched something called The Plastic Bag Grab Challenge. They have a Facebook and Twitter account, they're doing a blitz of TV and radio interviews, and they're even buying a billboard. Jonna Brewer met with Olivia Richard, Phoebe Brander, Lily Broadfoot, Bailey Legere and Reilley Foran in their classroom.

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Four teenagers die in a weekend crash in Miramichi

Four teens are dead following a car accident on Saturday, April 20th. The vehicle the teens were in left the road, and flipped, ending upside down in deep water. The high school students were mourned at a candlelight vigil over the weekend. Adam Lordon is the mayor of Miramichi. He spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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Environmentally-friendly tips on protecting your property from erosion.

Take a walk along a beach or waterfront and you'll see a myriad of ways people are trying to keep the water from eating away at their property. Some people use large rocks or concrete barriers. Rosmarie Lohn-es is an Ecological Restorationist in Nova Scotia, specializing in mitigating shoreline erosion. She says there might be some natural solutions to the problem of erosion. Jonna Brewer met up with her during a recent visit to Shediac Cape, New Brunswick.

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From toxic stew to thriving urban ecosystem

Marsh Creek in Saint John used to be a toxic eyesore. The creek flows from the city's east side into Courtenay Bay. On a warm day, the creek contributed to the famous smell that was a hallmark of life in Saint John for decades. But, those days are gone, thanks in a large part to the work of the Atlantic Coastal Action Program in Saint John. Graeme Stewart-Robertson is the current executive director of ACAP Saint John. He spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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A residents' rights advocate reacts to the latest court proceeding in the nursing home contract dispute.

We still don't know whether almost 4000 nursing home workers will be allowed to walk off the job. Workers voted in favour of a strike last month, but a court order prevented it from happening. On April 17th, New Brunswick's court of appeal heard arguments on whether that order should be overturned. For now, the order stands -- the judges reserved decision. Cecile Cassista is the executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents' Rights. She spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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The Frye Festival joins forces with the City of Moncton on a new a poet laureate program.

Many cities across the country have one. But Moncton will soon have two. A new poet laureate program will kick off in the city this fall. One English and one French poet will be chosen for the roles. It's an initiative spearheaded by the Frye Festival. Emilie Turmel is executive director of the Frye Festival. She spoke to Jonna Brewer about it.

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It's not a total bore! The important place of Bore Park in the history of Moncton.

If you live in Moncton, you've likely driven by Bore Park more times than you can count. But have you ever actually stopped to watch the tidal bore? Maybe it's time to give it a shot. James Upham thinks you should. He is in charge of public programming at Resurgo Place and he says the local importance of Bore Park can't be understated. James calls Bore Park the real heart of Moncton and told Jonna Brewer why it's so special.

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Moncton Archbishop Valery Vienneau reflects on the fire that destroyed the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Parisians -- and people around the world -- are mourning the damage to the centuries old Notre Dame Cathedral. Jonna Brewer invited Moncton Archbishop Valery Vienneau to our studio in Moncton to talk about the significance of what's been lost. He also talked about what's in place to protect Moncton's Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral from a similar fate.

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Addiction, exhaustion and other mental health problems are taking a toll on musicians

The East Coast Music Association is recommending changes to support mental health in the music industry. This after a Mental Health Survey of 50 musicians, volunteers and other professionals in the East Coast music industry between May and August last year. The survey suggests that an environment of touring, late nights, readily available alcohol (and other substances) and financial instability requires a specific set of supports for people involved in the industry. Alex Madsen is a musician in the band "The Divorcees". He spoke with CBC reporter Tori Weldon.

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Doctors are seeing some unusual side effects of regular cannabis use

Colorado's experience with cannabis is providing many insights into the larger impact of legalization. A new study from the state reports that regular users of cannabis require higher doses of sedative meds when they go for procedures like colonoscopies. That research caught the eye of our regular medical contributor, Dr Raj Bhardwaj. And he joined Jonna Brewer to explain what it might mean here in Canada for both recreational and medicinal cannabis users.

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Live music returns to Magnetic Hill, how much it will cost taxpayers isn't being disclosed

It's been four years since the last concert at Magnetic Hill. This summer, country star Luke Bryan will bring the site back to life. The show will also feature Kelsea Ballerini, Sons of Daughters, and more artists still to be announced. But how much public money is being spent to host the show remains a mystery. Isabelle LeBlanc is director of communications for the City of Moncton. She spoke with Jonna Brewer.

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A New Brunswicker living in Paris mourns the damage at Notre-Dame Cathedral

The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral is extinguished. Now, the investigation into how the fire started begins And so do plans to rebuild. Katia Blanchard Lapeyre of Caraquet is in Paris, where she now lives. She's an events manager at the Louvre. She spoke with Jonna Brewer this morning following the fire.

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Rolling up the welcome mat at the Aulac tourist information centre

The familiar A-frame visiter information centre in Aulac is set to close under cuts to the province's tourism budget. The PC government cut the budget by 8-million dollars in its drive to balance the budget. That includes reductions in marketing programs and the closure of visitor information centres at two entrances to the province in Woodstock and Aulac. Nancy Oulton was the supervisor at the visitor information centre in Aulac.

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Spring has sprung and gardening guy Bob Osborne is back

With temperatures finally hitting the double digits, your green thumb is probably beginning to itch. Bob Osboune's certainly is. He's the owner of Corn Hill Nurseries.

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The province cuts nursing programs, but questions remain

The New Brunswick government is cutting nearly 9-million dollars in funding to nursing programs at l'Université de Moncton and UNB. Trevor Holder, the minister responsible for the programs says there aren't enough students. Paula Doucet is the president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union. She says the decision doesn't bode well for the future.

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Mothers take legal action

A Moncton woman is urging other mothers to come forward to join a proposed class-action lawsuit against Horizon Health Network and nurse Nicole Ruest. Jayde Scott is the plaintiff representing women who were allegedly given a labour-inducing drug at Moncton Hospital without their knowledge or consent, and required emergency Caesarean section. Lawyer John McKiggan is with the firm that filed the lawsuit.

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What May Come of Our Darkness : A Series of Short Stories

Musician turned writer Robin Anne Ettles talks about her book What May Come of Our Darkness : A Series of Short Stories. The book launch takes place at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on Saturday (April 13).

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Concerns continue over Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Hundreds of patients have received letters from the Horizon Health Network telling them they've potentially been exposed to a rare and deadly brain disease through cataract surgery. Horizon says the risk of contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is low. Jeff Deloughery received one of the letters and is having a hard time getting more information.

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Controversial waterfront project in Riverview stirs debate

Two 10-storey residential towers are a step closer to construction in Riverview. The town's planning committee met last Wednesday night and approved a number of variances to allow construction of what would be the town's tallest buildings. However, the plans are drawing a mixed response from residents.

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Tara Thorne reviews SHAZAM!

With a single word, a 14-year-old boy becomes a superhero : Tara Thorne reviews the latest movie adaptation from DC comics.

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Black holes and why they don't suck

An international team of more than 200 people spent more than a decade working to capture the first-ever image of a black hole. What exactly is a black hole, anyway? Catherine Lovekin, an assistant professor of physics at Mount Allison University, explains.

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Concerns over rare brain disease at the Moncton Hospital

Horizon Health officials say they've identified two 'probable' cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at the Moncton Hospital after the patients had cataract surgery. The CBC's Tori Weldon reports.

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Must run in the family

Three siblings from Moncton are running the Boston Marathon next week. The CBC's Jonna Brewer meets the Myers.

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Report Card on Immigration Part 3

Getting recognition for foreign credentials and training can be a big obstacle for newcomers. What can be done to make the process easier? That's the topic of the third part of Information Morning's Report Card on Immigration: What are we doing right and where do we need improvement?

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A dramatic change to Riverview's skyline

Cordova Realty wants to build two 10-story residential towers on Coverdale Road, where the Chocolate River Station is located. Shane Thomson is director of economic development for the Town of Riverview.

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The importance of healthy eating

According to a recent study, 1 in 5 deaths around the world could be attributed to poor diets. Our House Doctor, Raj Bhardwaj, tells us what sorts of food choices we should be making.

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Report Card on Immigration Part 2

When it comes to attracting and retaining immigrants, Moncton is doing well compared to many Canadian cities, especially for its size. Today we bring you the second part of Information Morning's Report Card on Immigration: What are we doing right and where do we need improvement?

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Fighting for access to Spinraza

There are increasing calls to add a drug for spinal muscular atrophy patients in Canada to federal and provincial drug plans. The drug nusinersen is marketed as Spinraza. It's covered for some, but not others. Brittany Roberts of Shediac has SMA, but does not qualify for the drug. This is her story.

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Still stampeding

More than fifty years on and The Stampeders are still performing and touring. Rich Dodson is lead guitarist with the band. He spoke to Jonna about the days when they were one of the biggest rock bands in Canada. They will be performing on April 11 at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton.

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The high cost of prosthetics

A man from Pointe-du-Chêne thinks he'd qualify for a higher quality prosthetic if he lived across the border in Nova Scotia. Is New Brunswick dealing with amputees on the cheap? The CBC's Tori Weldon brings us that story.

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Report Card on Immigration part 1

New Brunswick is facing an aging population and a shrinking tax base. Our future lies in immigration to help our population growth and boost our economy. This week on Information Morning we begin our series: Report Card on Immigration - What are we doing right and where do we need improvement?

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The story of Moncton's tartan

Tartan Day is held every year on April 6th. While people tend to associate tartan with families or clans, few realize that the City of Moncton has its own tartan. It was created by Alena MacAlasdair about twenty years ago.

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The sweet maple season

Maple syrup producers in the province are hoping for a sweet season this year. Louise Poitras is the executive producer of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Producers Association.

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Train derailment in NB

Investigators are looking into the cause of a train derailment that happened Thursday near Coal Branch. Two cars of a Via Rail train bound for Halifax derailed about 46 kilometres northwest of Moncton. Luckily, all 94 passengers and 15 crew members are safe and no one was hurt.

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Last call for Plan B

One of Moncton's most popular music venues has closed after ten years. Plan b Lounge hosted music seven days a week at the corner of St. George and Lutz. Ryan Hillier and Brock Gallant are two musicians with close ties to the venue, they tell us what Plan b Lounge did for the Moncton music scene.

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50 years of harmony

La chorale Les Jeunes chanteurs d'Acadie are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Kim Rayworth of the Capitol Theatre and Nadine Hébert, the choir director, tell us all about a special concert coming up.

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The right stuff

Athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 are invited to come out to l'Université de Moncton on Sunday (April 7th). Sports scientists will assess their body type, strength, speed and endurance. They're looking for people with the raw talent that could make them well-suited to certain Olympic sports. Our guest, Hannah Vaughn, a retired national team kayaker from Nova Scotia, will be there.

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Allison's battle: the family of 6-year-old girl who is deaf calls for greater access to sign language

New Brunswick has fallen behind when it comes to helping families with hearing-impaired babies,according to the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force. The CBC's Rachel Cave spoke to one mother who says there's a need for better access to sign language support.

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Businesses concerned about the new carbon tax

The head of Greater Moncton's Chamber of Commerce, John Wishart, says the business community supports efforts to fight climate change. However, he says the new carbon tax that came into effect this week puts New Brunswick companies at a disadvantage.

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The Beach Bum

Tara Thorne, our movie reviewer, talks about the new Matthew McConaughey movie. Spoiler alert : she hated, hated, hated it!

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The domino effect of the fall of Fort Beausejour

The historic event in what is now southeastern New Brunswick helped change the world forever. James Upham of Resurgo Place talks about the fall of the French fort to the British in 1755.

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Moncton's parking paradox

Moncton city council will consider a proposal for a 365-space parking lot that appears to contradict the city's own vision for the downtown. The CBC's Shane Magee joins us with the details.

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Do you know CPR?

What would you do if a family member collapsed at home? If you're not sure, our house doctor Raj Bhardwaj tells us what new research says about the effectiveness of hands-only CPR.

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Moncton council accepts affordable housing plan

Councillors voted to accept a consultant's report containing 57 recommendations on how to boost affordable housing in Moncton over the next ten years.

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Moncton temporary shelters close

About a hundred people who spent the winter at two Moncton emergency out-of-the-cold shelters packed up their belongings Monday as the shelters closed their doors. The CBC's Vanessa Blanch spoke with several people who had to move on.

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Congratulations Renous!

The town of Renous has won the Hockeyville competition for 2019. The community rallied around the movement after several deaths in the area in 2018. Those included the death of Thomas Dunn, a 14-year-old boy who played hockey in Renous. Jonna speaks with his aunt, Sheri Dunn, along with teacher Ashley Hallihan, one of the local organizers for the Renous bid.

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Touchdown for Moncton!

Moncton will host a CFL game August 25 at the stadium at Université de Moncton. Two people applauding the news are Wray Dunn and Andy Jardine, hosts of the First Down Sports podcast.

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Homeless shelters close

Two emergency "out of the cold" homeless shelters close Monday after four months of operation. Dr. Susan Crouse is executive director and co-founder of the Salvus Clinic and Lisa Ryan is director of outreach services for the Greater Moncton YMCA. Charlie Burrell is the founder of Moncton's Humanity Project.

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More buses needed

Moncton High's remote location is being blamed for an increase in anxiety and depression among its students. Most of the students take school buses to the school making it nearly impossible for most to take part in after school activities. Mike Belong is principal of the high school, and Alice Campbell and Madeleine Platt are co-presidents of the student council.

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Pot holes in Moncton

After a long winter, pot holes seem to be bigger and more numerous than in previous springs. Jonna asked Moncton's public works foreman, Jeff Scott, why that is and what's being done.

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Former Maritimer weighs in on Brexit

After living in New Brunswick for many years, actor and filmmaker David McClelland is back home in England. He shares his perspective on the whole Brexit affair.

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Craft cannabis

The cannabis industry is hoping to follow in the footsteps of craft beer. Rod Wilson spoke with Radio-Canada's Nicholas Steinbach about his plans to pioneer the "craft cannabis" industry.

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Affordable housing and the federal budget

Federal Health Minister and Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview M.P. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, talks to Jonna about the recent budget and how Ottawa is hoping to increase affordable housing.

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Jordan Peele's "Us"

Our movie reviewer Tara Thorne tells us what she thought of Jordan Peele's latest thriller, "Us".

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Federal funding for affordable housing

Jonna spoke with Canada's minister for social development, Jean-Yves Duclos, to clarify the subject of the federal government's affordable housing fund.

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Carbon tax in New Brunswick

On Monday, April 1st, taxes on fossil fuels will increase by a significant amount in New Brunswick. The CBC's Robert Jones tells us why and gives an idea of what to expect.

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Meet Randy Black

The CBC's Vanessa Blanch introduces us to the man who goes above and beyond his job description to help the residents living under his roof. Randy Black is the superintendent at Sunset Rooming House in Moncton.

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Ionospheric performance art

New Brunswick artist Amanda Dawn Christie describes her latest art project as "ionospheric audio and image mixing" and the transmissions are streamed live from Alaska. The project is called "Ghosts in the Air Glow" and she spoke with Jonna about it.

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No tuition support program for NB students with learning disabilities

Since 2004, Nova Scotia has had a tuition support program that helps send children with learning disabilities to private schools. Some educators and consultants would like to see New Brunswick adopt a similar system. Here is Jonna's conversation with New Brunswick education minister Dominic Cardy.

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Sunset Rooming House

Rooming houses can be a first step to getting people off the streets and into safe, affordable housing. CBC's Vanessa Blanch visited Sunset Rooming House in downtown Moncton and met some of the people who live there.

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"Tanks" a lot, Moncton

In this edition of "Ask Resurgo Place", James Upham explains Moncton's connection to military tanks.

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Virtual medicine

Dr. Raj Bhardwaj speaks with Jonna about virtual doctor's visits, an experience Canadians may or may not be ready for.

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Access to health information

A new collaboration between The New Brunswick Health Council and New Brunswick Public Libraries will give New Brunswickers better access to health information like reports and other publications.

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Tuition support program

Paul Bennett is the director of Schoolhouse Consulting, an independent educational consulting practice in Halifax, and he'd like to see New Brunswick adopt a tuition support program similar to the one offered to students in Nova Scotia.

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Nursing home letter to families

In anticipation of a strike at the province's non-profit nursing homes, families are being asked to consider volunteering to help take care of their relatives. We hear from both Chris Mackay and Stuart Lyon who have parents at nursing homes.

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Municipal tourism tax

Moncton's Deputy Mayor Greg Turner explains the proposed amendment which allows municipalities to set their own tourism tax rates.

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Calling all local artists

Moncton's Festival Inspire is looking for more artists from the maritimes to apply for this year's event.

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Problem solving in the workplace

Our workplace issues columnist, Pierre Battah, shares his advice on how to foster a team of great problem solvers.

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Single-plate system

New Brunswick's PC government plans to move to a one licence plate per vehicle system. Wayne Gallant, the president of the New Brunswick Chiefs of Police Association, speaks with Jonna to discuss why the association disagrees with the plan to eliminate front license plates.

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Carbon pricing plan in New-Brunswick

Lois Corbett, the executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, speaks with Jonna Brewer about the Progressive Conservative government's new industrial carbon pricing plan.

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Riverbend day school program to close

Riverbend Community School, which specializes in teaching kids with learning disabilities, will put an end to its day school program in September, citing lack of financial support from the province as the deciding factor.

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Rebecca Schofield Fund

Anne and Darren Schofield have partnered with the Friends of the Moncton Hospital to establish the Rebecca Schofield Fund in their daughter's memory. The money will go towards helping other cancer patients in Moncton.

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Minister defends social development budget

The provincial government will spend less on child welfare and disability support and housing programs than was spent in 2018-19, but Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard refuses to call it a budget cut.

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Fighting poverty through literacy

A new report says that if we want to reduce poverty in Canada, we need to build literacy. The report was produced by Frontier College, a Canadian literacy organization. Stephen Faul is president and CEO.

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Five Feet Apart

Tara Thorne reviews the teen love story about a young couple who both have Cystic Fibrosis.

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Dealing with floods

Several residents of two Moncton neighbourhoods want the city to revisit how it plans to deal with flooding in their area. On Monday, city council approved a plan that calls for new sewer lines and water holding ponds. Staff outlined the plans at a meeting Wednesday night.

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Night owls

Starting next month, more than 100 volunteers will head into the woods to listen for owls and document the sounds for the annual Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey. Amy-Lee Kouwenberg is the owl survey coordinator with Bird Studies Canada.

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Budget day in New Brunswick

The NB government has presented its provincial budget; the province is projecting a surplus and plans to pay down some debt. For an analysis of the economic and social implications, we're joined by Richard Saillant, an economist in Moncton, Pauline Gallant, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice and John Wishart, CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

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Salut, that's me!

The robins and the snow birds are starting to return. Flowers, barbecues and patios won't be far behind. With his thoughts on the change in season, here is our favourite blue-collar-philosopher, Lucien.

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Finance Minister Ernie Steeves on the NB budget

The Higgs government has introduced what it's calling a new beginning. A budget that ensures the province lives within its means. Finance Minister Ernie Steeves talks about his plans to get the province's fiscal house in order.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Some people have a genetic disposition to getting blood clots, others develop them after an injury. Our house doctor Raj Bhardwaj explains Deep Vein Thrombosis, more commonly known as blood clots.

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Cannabis edibles

Ottawa has promised to authorize the sale of cannabis edibles no later than October 17th. However, it's a long road ahead for people and businesses who want a piece of that market. The CBC's Rachel Cave has more.

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Will NB budget include affordable housing plan?

Moncton South MLA Cathy Rogers hopes to see plans to deal with New Brunswick's homelessness crisis in the provincial budget.

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Fighting for the right to strike

Sharon Teare is president of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions. She talks about the latest developments in the labour dispute between the province and nursing home workers.

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Red Cross helps Moncton fire victims

Dan Bedell is the communications director for the Red Cross in Atlantic Canada. He explains how they help people displaced by fires like the one that affected 30 people in Moncton on Monday.

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The importance of vaccines

According to the Department of health, 87 percent of kids entering school are vaccinated against measles. Dr. Gabriel Girouard is an infectious disease specialist in Moncton. He says that number needs to be higher so more children will be protected from serious illness.

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A time to heal

People are still trying to come to terms with the mass shootings in New Zealand; 50 people were shot and killed as they gathered in two mosques for Friday prayers. Riaz Akhtar is with the Muslim Association of Moncton. He spoke to us about how people here are impacted by the tragedy.

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Patient overflow

The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre has been struggling to keep up with patients. The hospital's bed occupancy rate is exceeding 100 percent. Gilles Lanteigne is president and CEO of the Vitalité Health Network.

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Blending musical traditions

William Beers is a musician who grew up in Kent County. His parents are Irish, and he converted to Islam 20 years ago. He talks about the differences and similarities of these two cultures, as well the inspiration behind his Irish take on the Syrian folk song, Ya Aba Zahra Ilyya.

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Moncton nurse injured in attack at hospital

Norma Melanson is the mother of the nurse who was seriously injured at the Dr. Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre on Monday. She spoke with the CBC's Tori Weldon. Maria Richard is vice-president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union.

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Cellphones in school: a tool or a distraction?

Ontario plans to ban cellphones in classrooms in September, except for educational purposes. How do local school districts deal with the issue? Bryan Ouellette is the subject coordinator for numeracy and science with the Anglophone East School District.

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Meet Captain Marvel

Brie Larson dons the super suit in Captain Marvel. It's the first Marvel movie to feature a woman in the lead role. Our movie reviewer Tara Thorne gives us her impressions.

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Housing the homeless

The CBC hosted a well-attended community forum about homelessness and affordable housing in Moncton Tuesday night. Hear more from that event, along with a story about a group in Saint John that's helping the homeless find a place to live.

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Coastal erosion

People with waterfront homes try different ways to keep the water from eating away at their land: rocks, cement walls, even old gravestones. Rosmarie Lohnes says there are more natural ways to protect your property. She's an ecological restorationist in Nova Scotia, specializing in mitigating shoreline erosion.

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Maple sugar season begins

Boiling sap, wrapping maple candy, making maple butter... all things that are described and illustrated in a new book called "What-Cha Doing?" by author Kim Renton.

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Producing power from garbage

Southeast Eco360 produced its 10-millionth Kilowatt-hour of electricity recently by capturing and burning methane gas that comes from a landfill. That's enough power to service 700 average homes annually, all while reducing Co2 emissions by 66,000 tonnes. Gena Alderson, Waste Diversion Coordinator with Eco360, joins us in studio.

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Discussing homelessness

The CBC forum on homelessness and affordable housing took place in Moncton on Tuesday night. Community leaders, concerned citizens and people struggling with homelessness all showed up to be part of the discussion. Here are some of the highlights.

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The dangers of Tetanus

This past week, the Centers for Disease Control in the U.-S. published the case of an unvaccinated young boy who contracted Tetanus. Our house doctor Raj Bhardwaj tells us why vaccinations are so important.

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Attitude is everything

Fourteen local teens are participating in a sixteen-week interactive leadership program. To find out more, we spoke with Matthew McKeigan, Program Director of the Riverview Boys and Girls Club and leadership coach Stephen Daniels.

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Affordable housing

Rooming houses are often the only option for people living on a low income. Paul Robichaud has been a rooming house landlord for the past 25 years. He says more can be done to increase the number of affordable rooms, but landlords can't do it alone.

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Remembering Peter deMarsh

Peter deMarsh was a passenger on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday. We spoke to Morris Green, a former minister of natural resources about deMarsh's impact on the province's woodlot community.

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Waiting for a home

Imagine living outside with everything you own in a shopping cart. Misty MacFarlane shares her experience of living on the streets of Moncton.

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Waiting for a housing plan

Despite millions in federal funding, outreach workers, city officials and homeless people are still waiting for a provincial housing plan. With emergency shelters closing at the end of the month, many worry they will be scrambling to keep people warm again next winter. The CBC's Vanessa Blanch brings us an update.

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The faces of homelessness

We'll meet a brother and sister who have both experienced homelessness. Julie Radcliff, her baby and her fiancé now have an apartment of their own. But her brother, Thorton Crowley is in a more precarious situation.

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No strike for now

It's back to the bargaining table for the NB Association of Nursing Homes and the union which represents more than four thousand nursing home workers who voted to take strike action. On the weekend, the government won a 10 day delay in court before the workers can strike. We're joined by Cecile Cassista, executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents' Rights in the province.

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Keeping racism off the ice

The Acadie-Chaleur Senior Hockey League has new rules to keep racist, sexist and homophobic behavior out of the rinks. The decision follows a racist incident last weekend in Tracadie, one of several the league has had lately. Radio Canada sports reporter Francois LeBlanc spoke to two players from Elsipogtog who play on the Baie-Sainte-Anne team about their experiences.

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Seeking shelter

Over the next few days, we'll be sharing the stories of people who are struggling with homelessness. Today, we bring you the story of Edward Aucoin. He eats, sleeps and volunteers at the Humanity Project, and he says sometimes, all it takes is for one person to care.

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The consequences of a possible strike

How are people with family members in nursing homes preparing for a possible strike? And do they think those employees should even be able to take job action? Stuart Lyons's mother is in a nursing home and he's warning both nursing home workers and the government not to jeopardize residents' care.

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Repairs at the Detoxification Unit

The Mapleton Road detox centre in Moncton will close on Monday (March 11) for twelve weeks for renovations. We're joined by Jill LeBlanc-Farquharson, director of Horizon Health's Addictions and Mental Health Services in the Moncton Area.

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Greta

A young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City befriends a lonely widow, but things take a dark and deadly turn. Tara Thorne reviews the movie Greta.

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Trouble in Tracadie

Jeff Carr, New Brunswick's minister for local governance says if the mayor of Tracadie isn't happy, he can resign. That's in response to Denis Losier's request for the province to place the regional municipality under its trusteeship. The CBC's Gabriel Fahmy spoke to Tracadie's Deputy Mayor Jean-Yves McGraw and Minister Carr spoke to reporters in Fredericton Wednesday.

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International Women's Day

Heather Fraser, chair of the Moncton Region Women's Committee with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, joins us to talk about celebrating the 30th anniversary of International Women's Day.

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Gate guards of Moncton

They're an impressive sight; a jet, an anchor and a locomotive at the entrance to Centennial Park. But why are they there? James Upham is in charge of public programming at Resurgo Place, he joins us with the story.

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Can nursing home staff legally strike?

More than 4000 nursing home workers across the province are holding a strike vote on Thursday March 7th. However, there is some disagreement on whether these workers are legally allowed to strike. The CBC's Shane Magee explains.

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When you gotta go...

Why are public washrooms so crappy? That's the question behind a new book. Lezlie Lowe is a journalist in Halifax and the author of 'No Place to Go: How public toilets fail our private needs'.

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The signs of a stroke

Actor Luke Perry died Monday after suffering a massive stroke last week. Would you know if a loved one was having a stroke? Our house doctor Raj Bhardwaj explains what to watch for, and why.

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Whooping Cough

Health officials have declared a whooping cough outbreak at Moncton High School. To find out what's being done to deal with the outbreak, we're joined by Dr. Yves Leger, medical officer for the eastern region of the province.

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Spring forward...

Spring isn't far off, even though it might not feel that way. What can we look forward to this spring and summer? Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips has the answers.

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Kevin Vickers

He's not officially part of the race, but pundits have been touting the former Canadian ambassador to Ireland for months as the next big hope for New Brunswick's Liberal party. Now he's back home in Miramichi and pondering his future.

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You say Tomayto, I say Tomahto...

Lisa and John McLaggan make up Tomato Tomato. The award winning couple are married with a young daughter and they join us to talk about their latest album, Canary in a Coal Mine.

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There's no crying in baseball!

Numerous studies and even some classic movies have identified our most common workplace emotions, how we display them, and the trouble they can create. Pierre Battah is our workplace issues columnist, he's a human resources management specialist based in Moncton.

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Skewed survey?

Social media is buzzing with questions about the government's recently launched French immersion survey. Isabelle Agnew is a UNB master's student working on data analysis, she says the survey is clearly designed to steer respondents towards the result the government wants.

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What to do during March Break

If you have children and you are wondering how to keep them busy this week during March Break, there is no lack of options in the Greater Moncton area. Jenna Morton joins us with some ideas and inspiration, she is the founder of the parenting website, Pickle Planet Moncton.

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Extraordinary Care Part 1

The Moncton Hospital Foundation's Extraordinary Care Campaign is wrapping up soon. Part of the money raised will go towards a new Maternity and Newborn unit. Jonna Brewer recently took a tour with the Moncton Hospital's chief of staff and obstetrician Dr. Ken Gillespie.

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Moncton's immigration strategy

Immigration Greater Moncton has released its final report on its four-year immigration strategy. The author of the report is David Campbell, president of Jupia Consultants Inc. He talks about what it found, and what the next steps will be.

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Risk of a strike

Staff at 45 nursing homes across the province are warning residents' families to prepare for a labour disruption. The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions will hold a strike vote on March 7th. Patrick Roy speaks for the union which represents more than 4,100 workers.

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Extraordinary Care Part 2

In part 1, Jonna Brewer took a tour of the current obstetrics and neo natal care unit at the Moncton hospital. It's a temporary unit, until a new maternity and newborn unit opens, but that will likely take about two years. Here is part 2 of her conversation with Dr. Ken Gillespie, Moncton Hospital's chief of staff.

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Recruiting abroad

We follow up yesterday's story about how Cape Breton University has increased its international student enrollment. Dannie Brown is Crandall University's first Dean of International Academic Programs.

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Airport security

Christine Langlois of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority talks about what you can and can't take on a plane.

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Fighting With My Family

Tara Thorn reviews the true story of a working class British woman's rise to the top of the professional wrestling world.

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Reevaluating French Immersion

Education Minister Dominic Cardy plans to hold public consultations on the province's French Immersion program. We also discuss the issue with George Daley, president of the New Brunswick Teachers' Association.

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Drive safe

High winds, blowing snow and slippery roads. Driving instructor Karl Stoetereau drops by with some winter driving advice.

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Working in the cold

Laragh Dooley of WorkSafe NB shares some tips for those who have to work outside during the winter. She also reminds employers of their responsibilities when they send employees out into those frigid temperatures.

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A world of difference

Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia is seeing a dramatic rise in international student enrolment. The tendency is changing the campus and the community, and leading a trend right across the country. The CBC's Nicole MacLennan has produced a series on the phenomenon.

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Enforcing a Code of Conduct

Moncton City Council is considering hiring an Integrity Commissioner; an outside contractor to police the council's Code of Conduct and look into complaints from the public, city staff or fellow councillors. However, not everyone supports the idea.

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More than just a number

A new public health campaign in the U.K. advocates knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers "like your PIN code". Our house doctor, Raj Bhardwaj, thinks that might be a bit off-target.

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Fire in Cap-Pelé

Cape Bald Packers has had a rough couple of weeks: a fire at the Richibucto Village plant and over the weekend, the plant in Cap-Pelé was destroyed by fire. What's next for the employees? Joanne Losier is a spokesperson for Cape Bald Packers.

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Controversial campground

CBC's Shane Magee speaks with the developer who wants to build a large new campground in Shediac and with someone who still has a lot of questions about the project. Luc LeBlanc is with Shediac Camping, Arthur Melanson is with a group of Shediac area residents and cottagers called the Red Dot Association.

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Celebrating Acadian culture

This year, the Congrès Mondial Acadien is being held in southeastern New Brunswick and on Prince Edward Island, and it's celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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The challenge of reducing poverty

The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation is renewing its 5-year poverty reduction plan. Jean-Claude Basque, the provincial coordinator for the Common Front for Social Justice, shares his concerns.

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Albert's Coffee Corner

Albert Elliott is a crossing guard in Moncton and a volunteer with the Humanity Project. He is so popular there, he has his own nook with a sign that reads Albert's Coffee Corner.

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Local governance update

A controversial report in 2008 called for a major shake up of local governance in the province. Ten years and four governments later, not much has changed. Former commissioner of local governance, Jean-Guy Finn, weighs in.

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Remembering Brady Francis

This Sunday, friends and family of Brady Francis will gather to rememember him. The 22-year old died after he was struck by a vehicle while he was waiting for a ride home from a party on February 24, 2018.

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New Brunswick youth mental health

Psychiatrist Dr. David Addleman wonders what happened to the "concrete" plan the province developed more than 10 years ago to take care of the mental health needs of youth in New Brunswick.

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End of Confucius Institute program

Radio-Canada reporter Nicolas Steinbach speaks with the education minister Dominic Cardy on the decision of pulling the plug on a Chinese culture and language program in New Brunswick schools.

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