NB: Shift


NB: Shift

Shift is an energetic two and a half hours that connects people in the province with the events of the day and with each other.

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Bird Talk

We hear from our birder Alain Clavette. He's doing a little camping and will tell us what he's seen.

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National Parks Column: pollinator garden

In our Parks column this week, we head to Fundy National Park to hear all about its pollinator garden from ecologist Becky Graham. 

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Beirut Vigil

Many Lebanese Canadians are struggling after the devastating explosion in Beirut this week. Lamia Chami is a member of the Moncton Lebanese Association. Tonight, the group gathered to try and combat the feeling of helplessness. 

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Homegrown: New Garden Organics

Shanghai business-man Tony Tang moved to Canada four years ago, and went from working in an office to working with his hands. He's the owner of New Garden Organics up near Moncton, and he's our Homegrown guest this week. 

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Cycle NB: Acadian Peninsula

Our cycling columnist Chris Foster has been talking about biking up on the Acadian Peninsula for quite some time now. We'll hear more about why the area is a cyclist's dream. 

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Beirut reaction 

More reaction to the news out of Lebanon yesterday. A devastating explosion killed and injured hundreds of people, and displaced thousands from their homes. We speak to a Lebanese woman living in Moncton about the impacts it's having here in Canada. 

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Free to Grow releases new album

The Fredericton 10 piece band releases Imperfection. We spoke with Jeff Patch about the release.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Smelly situation

We talk to Pam Novak about a smelly situation she found herself in recently. Read: skunks. 

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Cooking Column: Mushrooms! 

Karen Mersereau went foraging in the woods this week, and she found a whole bunch of lobster mushrooms! She shares tips for picking, storing, and of course cooking them.

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Great Fundy Coastal Clean-up 

Like most things, the Great Fundy Coastal Clean-up is going virtual this year! To find out what that will look like, we reach Laura Douglas with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

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Mount Allison/Sackville bubble 

Mount A president Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau and Sackville Mayor John Higham share the plans to keep students, staff and community members safe as Mount Allison students prepare to return to Sackville.

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Quebec Bubble reaction

Residents of border communities in New Brunswick and Quebec will be able to travel back and forth starting tomorrow. We check in with Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard. 

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Torch Be Yours 

As you know, this is a long weekend - Monday is a holiday meant to celebrate New Brunswick! Karen Hunter is asking people to celebrate in a unique way. She's the founder of the Canadian Remembrance Torch, an initiative that aims to remember veterans all year long.

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Parks Canada: Hidden gems 

This week on our National Parks column, we go to Kouchibouguac to talk about one of the park's hidden gems with interpreter Phillipe Andre Colette. 

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Bird Talk: Cool off!

It's been HOT in New Brunswick this week. Our birder Alain Clavette fills us in on how our feathered friends stay cool. 

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Homegrown: Fermentation Station

Today on Homegrown, we check in with Philippe Gervais of Valk Fermentation about his sriracha and kombucha operation in Moncton. 

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Monarch migration

Initially it looked like it might be a bad year for monarch butterflies, but they have been arriving in the province in recent weeks. We speak with naturalist Jim Wilson about what he's seeing.

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Fredericton Chamber supporting local 

The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce signs onto a national initiative designed to support local businesses. We found out about Canada United from Chamber CEO Krista Ross.

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Sanctuary trouble 

The Wallflower Animal Sanctuary for neglected and unwanted farm animals has been struggling financially due to the pandemic. We'll hear why they're having to turn some animals away from co-founder Meg Hadley. 

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Music: Cedric Noel

Cedric Noel was a big part of the Fredericton music scene just a few years ago. These days he's in Montreal, and he's just released a new single about exploring identity.

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Ballet by the sea

The Atlantic Ballet company is taking its latest performance piece outdoors - as a way to practice safe distancing while getting back to dancing. We'll hear more from CEO Susan Chalmers-Gauvin. 

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Isolation and addiction

Diane Kearns with Avenue B says people with addictions and mental health problems are increasingly struggling due to the pandemic, and there's no help in sight. 

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Rare frogs

Technical director Danielle McCreadie goes frog hunting at the Fredericton Botanic Gardens - two rare frogs have been spotted there this past month. 

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Cooking Column: Holy Mackerel! 

Karen Mersereau is cooking up a storm, as she usually does on Tuesday's. This week, she talks all about mackerel, and some heat-free methods to eat the fish. 

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School concerns

We check in with the New Brunswick Teachers Association on how its members are gearing up for September. NBTA Presiednt Rick Cuming joins us. 

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Shark attack 

A deadly shark attack in Maine is raising concerns. We talk to a shark expert at the New England Aquarium, Dr. Nick Whitby. 

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Swamp Bear Art 

Chainsaw artist Joel Palmer had a challenge on his hands with his latest creation in Florenceville-Bristol. He shares the story.

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NB Archives 

We head to the NB archives to find out about the journals of the House of Assembly. They've got them dating all the way back to the beginning of the province!

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Tourism Check-in 

Entering week 4 of the Atlantic Bubble, we check in with a handful of tourism operators - the Acadian Village, the Algonquin Hotel and Hardings Point Campground  - on how this month has been, and whether they've seen any positive impacts. Long story short: not as many as they were hoping.

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UNB COVID research 

We'll find out about some research at UNB that could result in a low-cost, portable diagnostic test for COVID-19 from researcher Conner Flynn.

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Bird talk: young birder 

The sandpipers are beginning to arrive at Johnson's Mills. Our birder Alain Clavette visited the area this week with an impressive young birder - he's just nine years old.

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Metric mishap

Turns out we might not be as tall as we think we are. That's according to new research out of UNB. Ismael Foroughi is one of the scientists behind the research. He's a post-doctoral fellow at UNB. 

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National Parks: Fundy's 70th birthday

Every week this summer, we're checking out New Brunswick's two national parks. This week, we head to Fundy National Park to talk about history, a big anniversary, and more.

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Homegrown: Bouctouche Market 

It's been a few weeks since farmers markets around the province were given the go-ahead to open. We touched base with Rachelle Richard-Collette of the Bouctouche Farmers Market today on Homegrown. 

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Cycle NB: Family trips 

Chris Foster with Velo New Brunswick joins us every week to talk about getting out and about on two wheels. Today, he'll talk about the best trails in the province for families to check out.

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Chris Curwin of Astronomy by the Bay joins us to talk all about the comet named Neowise, and how to best spot it before it disappears for thousands of years. 

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Hartland Trails 

Volunteers have been working very hard over the past couple of months clearing new trails in the Hartland area. They've formed the Becaguimec Trail Association, and are creating space for mountain bikes and hikers to explore the local area. We talked to volunteer Becci Taylor.

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Electronic education

New details on the upcoming school year were released today. High schools students will be expected to bring their own electronic devices - laptops, tablets - to the classroom come September. Education Minister Dominic Cardy joins us to explain.

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Science East: Endemic animals 

Michael Edwards with Science East has been looking at the new Nature Conservancy report on species that exist only in Canada. He'll share some of the highlights. 

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Pandemic Election

Our provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitrais joins us to break down the possibility of a provincial election during a pandemic.

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Music: Wolf Castle 

Mi'kmaq rapper and producer Wolf Castle has a big hit on his hands with his latest EP. The man behind the music is Tristan Grant from Pabineau First nation - we reached him today in Bathurst.

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Jellyfish in Bathurst 

Lion's Mane jellyfish are not unusual in these parts, but people frequenting a beach in the Bathurst area have reported far more than usual. We'll speak with a jellyfish expert about what's going on.

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Gagetown March 

To Halifax and back. That's the distance members at Base Gagetown have been trekking - virtually - for the past six weeks to show solidarity with neighbouring Nova Scotia after a series of tragedies in that province this summer. We'll hear more about the challenge from one of the base's chaplains, Harold Boomhower. 

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Cooking Column: raspberries 

It's raspberry season! Our food columnist Karen Mersereau of Hotel Paulin joins us with her favourite ways to use the tart berry.

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Indigenous language concerns

A legislative committee voted unanimously to support teaching Indigenous languages to all students in the province, but not everyone is on board. St. Thomas University professor Andrea Bear Nicholas is concerned this idea will stretch language resources and make it more difficult to get an immersion program off the ground.

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Finding an accessible way to the beach 

It can be tough for people who use a wheelchair to enjoy the beach, but some new wheelchairs are helping fix that.

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Finding LGBT titles at the library

This summer we're asking the experts - librarians - to share some great summer reading suggestions.

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Ringette coach 

Cap Pele's Mark Beal is the new head coach of Canada's junior ringette team. We talk with him about his passion for the sport - and the challenges ahead.

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National Parks Column: Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland 

Today on our National Parks Column, we're heading to Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland, a national historic site located on the Chignecto Isthmus. Park interpreter Juliette Bulmer will join us to talk about the fort's history. 

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Bird Talk: Kedgwick River

Our birder Alain Clavette joins us for part 2 of his journey down the Kedgwick River, an area that is just thick with beautiful birds.

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Beaubear's Island tour 

You likely think of Beaubears Island as a place to explore the province's history, but it's also home to a rather unique ecosystem. This Saturday that part of the island will be featured in some special tours. We'll get the details from tour guide Jim Saunders. 

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Cycle NB: touring 

Chris Foster with Velo NB joins us to talk about all things cycling. This week, he'll share some tips on cycle touring: what you need to pack, and where to go.

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Homegrown: Haskap berries 

This week on Homegrown, we'll learn all about the haskap berry: what they taste like, where to find them. We're joined by farmer Kevin Armstrong, who started growing the berries a few years ago at Weatherbys Peak Berry Orchard in Barnesville.

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Cancer patients impacted by COVID

A new survey done by the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network has produced some concerning results. COVID-19 has triggered a disruption of cancer care that the organization is calling another public health crisis. We speak with president Jackie Manthorne. 

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Tourism rebate 

Good news for staycationers this summer: you might be able to save a few bucks through a new provincial rebate program. We'll hear all about the initiative from Carol Alderdice with TIANB.

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CPAWS report 

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's latest report has some recommendations for New Brunswick. We speak with executive director Roberta Clowater.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: ducks and geese 

Pam Novak with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute has a warning about geese and some ducks at this time of year. Many of them are unable to fly - either because they're too young, or they're molting. She explains the issue. 

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Levee at the Lake 

We've heard of drive-in concerts, but how about boat-in? That's the plan for a summer concert in Sackville this weekend. We talk to Levee on the Lake organizer Shelley Chase. 

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Top-up wages 

Haley Flaro with Ability NB joins us to talk about changes to wage top-ups and what that will mean for private home care workers. 

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Cooking Column: Clams

Karen Mersereau joins us with her tips for cooking clams, including where to find them, what to pair them with, and how to dig for them safely. 

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Indigenous languages bill 

A bill that would add Indigenous languages to the public education curriculum has made its way to the Legislature. We talk to the MLA behind the bill - Megan Mitton with the Greens - about why she brought it forward and what the bill aims to do.

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Nature Conservancy expansion

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is expanding one of its coastal nature reserves on the Acadian Peninsula. Paula Noel with the NCC joins us to talk about the importance of the area to birds like the great blue heron.

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Old timey tourism

Britany Sparrow of the provincial archives describes some tourism brochures that show New Brunswick has been a hunting destination for over 100 years.

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Summer reading picks - graphic novels

Moncton librarian Chantale Bellemare recommends a few graphic novel gems for your summer reading list

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Potato growing pains

Matt Hemphill of Potatoes New Brunswick tells us about the ongoing wait for relief funding to trickle down to farmers.

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Acadian Driftwood

Nova Scotian author Tyler LeBlanc went on a genealogical search for his Acadian roots and was so inspired by what he found he ended up writing a book about it.

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IPV app

UNB nursing prof Kelly Scott-Storey tells us about a new, free smartphone app for Canadians experiencing intimate partner violence.

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Fundy Hiking

Fundy Park interpretative supervisor Daniel Sinclair tells us about three lesser known hiking trails: Coppermine, Peregrine and Goose River.

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Chiefs meet with Premier Higgs 

First Nations Chiefs sat down with the Premier today, renewing their call for an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick. We talked with Alan Polchies, Chief of the St. Mary's First Nation about that meeting. 

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Cycle NB: Road Safety

Chris Foster with Velo NB joins us for our summer cycling column to talk all about road safety. 

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Homegrown: The Lupine Market

The Lupine Market is a new night market in Hampton that will feature local farmers, makers, bakers, and more, all with a focus on sustainability. We talked to co-founders Gill Cormier and Liz Malatestinic during our Homegrown segment today. 

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Border traffic holding up truckers 

Bubble trouble at the border is causing headaches for truckers in the region. We'll speak with the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association.

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Inquiry into wellness checks 

A group of Parliamentarians is calling for an inquiry into what they say is an increasing number of deaths during wellness checks. Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin is part of that group, and she joins us today on Shift. 

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A Saint John biologist has studied plastic in the waters of the Bay of Fundy in his area - we'll hear about his findings.

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Science East

Ever wondered what's so wise about wisdom teeth? Or the real application of the appendix?Apparently, our bodies contain many appendages and such that we no longer really need. Our science columnist Michael Edwards is here to tell us more.

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Mi'kmaq Heritage Path tour 

The Elsipogtog First Nation is ready to welcome tourists this summer, with the opening of its Mi'kmaq Heritage Path Tour. The tour takes guests on a guided learning experience, to gain a deeper understanding of Mi'kmaq culture. To tell us more we've reached Anna Marie Weir with the Mi'kmaq Cultural Centre in Elsipogtog. 

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Phillip Lee: Restigouche

A new book about the Restigouche river looks at the storied history of the long and wild waterway. We have a conversation with author Philip Lee about the past -and the future of one of New Brunswick's most magnificent natural wonders.

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Cooking column: Strawberry season 

Our cooking columnist Karen Mersereau with Hotel Paulin joins us this week to talk about what to do with all those sweet strawberries that are now in season. 

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Nursing home agreement 

The province's nursing home workers have voted largely in favour of a new collective agreement. To get the details of that agreement, we talk to Sharon Teare with the NB Council for Nursing Home Unions. 

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A new study aims to provide the first-ever estimate of the quantity of micro-plastics in the ocean in Atlantic Canada. We'll speak with one of the researchers at the Coastal Action group.

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Seniors isolation 

Social isolation is the new norm for a lot of people. We'll talk with St. Thomas University researcher Albert Banerjee about a new study looking into the effects of isolation in seniors.

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Winter Road

Author Wayne Curtis joins us to talk about and read an excerpt from his new book, Winter Road. 

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Parks Canada column: Endangered plants 

We have a new summer column starting today on Shift exploring the province's two national parks. We'll talk with biologist David Mazerolle about all the kinds of rare plants at Kouchibouguac, and what Parks Canada is doing to help protect them.

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Bird talk: Trichomoniasis

Our birder Alain Clavette joins us to talk about a seasonal disease sweeping the avian population: trichomoniasis.

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Bubble borders 

The Atlantic bubble starts tomorrow. To find out what they;re looking forward to, and what plans their towns have put in place, we've reached Mayor John Higham of Sackville, and Mayor David Kogon of Amherst, just a couple of kilometres away. 

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Cycle NB: Training 

We're hitting the road on two wheels this summer on Shift. Velo NB director Chris Foster joins us to talk about all things cycling. This afternoon, we'll find out what kind of training you should be doing to prepare yourself before heading off on trails around the province. 

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Homegrown: Rabbittown Tea 

It's tea time for a small New Brunswick beverage company. We'll hear how Stephanie Loukes of Rabbittown Coffee Co. created -and is now selling - her own unique brand of iced tea.

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Election Speculation 

Political Science professor Jamie Gillies will join us to talk politics, including the potential for a fall election in the province.

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Cooking Column: Grilling Fish

Karen Mersereau joins us this week to talk about the do's and don'ts of grilling fish, including a tale of how she caught her own bass this past weekend. 

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Domestic violence legislation

Victims of violence can now end their leases early - making it somewhat easier to escape an abusive situation. We'll find out more about this change and the impact it will have when we speak with Cathy Holtmann with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence.

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Atlantic Book Awards 

New Brunswick's Goose Lane Editions scoops up two prizes at the Atlantic Book Awards. We'll speak with writer Amy Spurway, who won the best first novel prize for her book Crow.

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Boom! goes bust

Mitchell Goodine, AKA Amour Love, a local drag performer, has an emotional discussion with host Colleen Kitts-Goguen about the closure of Fredericton's only gay club, Boom!, and what it means for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Immigration Panel 

The pandemic has been isolating and hard to adjust to for many of us. For people who just moved to New Brunswick from abroad, or from other parts of Canada, getting to know their new communities while under lockdown has been even more challenging.To talk about all of this, we've invited several people to talk with host Colleen Kitts-Goguen today. Myriam Mekni is the executive director of MAGMA in Moncton. Moncef Lakouas is the President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, and Li Song is with PRUDE, a multicultural association based in Saint John. 

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Birder Alain Clavette tracks down a Willow Flycatcher

Listen as Alain explores Wilkins Field in Fredericton

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A North Atlantic right whale is found dead off the coast of New Jersey

It's the first recorded death for the endangered species this year. There are only about 400 right whales left, since 2017, 31 have died.

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Campbellton moves into the next phase of Covid recovery

That means some businesses are able to open their doors again. But there is still come concern about how many customers they'll see.  

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On Homegrown we hear about a mushroom in a basement

Samuel Jones is growing all kinds of gourmet mushrooms - not on longs, but on bags of sawdust in his basement. While he's been doing it for the last three years, this is the first year he's selling at a local farmer's market.

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Low salmon returns concern conservationists

The Atlantic Salmon Federations' annual report shows last year's adult salmon returns to North America were some of the lowest on record. 

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New report finds four North Atlantic Right Whales were likely killed by vessel strikes in 2019

The report, compiled by the Marine Animal Response Society and Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, says vessel strikes caused four out of the five whale deaths investigated last year.A total of nine right whales were found dead in and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2019.

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Big Bonuses raise questions

The body in charge of managing New Brunswick government pension plans - an  organization known as Vestcor - paid its employees a record $5.3 million in bonuses  in 2019. The money  includes $2.1 million in bonuses to its top four executives who as a group have seen their pay quadruple over the last 14 years.  

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Cooking Column: greens

It's too hot to turn on the oven or the stove, so our cooking columnist Karen Mersereau joins us to talk all about greens and salads. 

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Moose drowns 

Pam Novak with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute shares her concerns about a moose that drowned at Parlee beach on Monday. 

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Atlantic First Nations Water Authority 

Carl Yates with the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority joins us to discuss a monumental step forward for autonomy in Indigenous communities.

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Virtual ECMAs

The ECMAs were supposed to be held in St. John's this year - until the pandemic hit. But not all hope is lost. In July, they'll be hosting a virtual ECMA event, live streamed on the CBC.

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Transit changes

Austin Henderson with the City of Moncton walks us through some changes coming to public transit next week in Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton, including mandatory masks.

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Wellness checks 

Mary Ann Campbell talks about a new Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team in Saint John, and how it will help de-escalate mental health crises, in light of recent deaths during wellness checks. 

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NB Archives

The provincial archives building remains closed to the public right now - in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean you can't access records for research or lesson plans. Thomas McCaffery with the provincial archives joins us to explain. 

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Nursing homes back open 

Paula Donovan is the Director of Nursing at the Tabusintac Nursing Home. Today they're allowing in-person visits inside their facility, a welcome change for the 30 residents who have been isolated from family and friends.

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Nursing safety 

An assault against a nurse at the Miramichi Regional Hospital late last week has Paula Doucet with the New Brunswick Nurses Union concerned. She wants to see the government implement more protections for nurses. 

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Bird Talk: swallow decline 

Our birder Alain Clavette joins us to talk about the declining population of bank swallows in New Brunswick - in part because there are fewer places for them to nest. 

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Political Panel: Bill 11, Atlantic Bubbles and Goodbye

We say goodbye to our political panel for the summer today. On the agenda for our discussion: Minister Cardy's failed vaccine bill, the next phases of recovery - including a potential "Atlantic Bubble," and what's ahead for our panelist this summer. 

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We talk to Sebastian Roy, the co-owner of Distillery Fils du Roy in Petit Paquetville, on how he's adapting to a summer without tourists. 

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Cottage owners return 

Wayne Perry is one of the many cottage owners excited to return to New Brunswick for the summer, thanks to loosened restrictions at the border.

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Indigenous history

Andrea Bear Nicholas has concerns about the inaccuracies and errors in the existing Indigenous history and culture curriculum in New Brunswick. Andrea Bear Nicholas is Wolastoqey from Tobique First Nation and is a professor emeritus at St. Thomas University. 

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Vaccination bill defeated

Proposed legislation to strengthen mandatory-vaccination rules for schoolchildren in New Brunswick has been defeated in the provincial legislature. Education Minister Dominic Cardy's bill was defeated 22-20 in a free vote among all four parties in the legislature.

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Investigating Police

The Quebec agency that's probing two fatal police shootings in New Brunswick has come under scrutiny for its lack of diversity. Of the 45 investigators within the specialized police force, only four identify as members of a cultural or ethnic community. Criminology professor Michael Boudreau discussed what challenges that presents.

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Diverse Education

The New Brunswick Chapter of Black Lives Matter is calling for the government to ensure Black and Indigenous stories are heard in classrooms. Honorary Research Professor Alan Sears and PhD candidate James Rowinski discuss what it will take to make these changes happen.

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Neutralizing chemical weapons

Sarin, VX and other chemical weapons have been illegal for almost 100 years, but that hasn't stopped some from using them.  UNB professor Barry Blight is hoping his research can help. He's created a way to safely store, and neutralize these nerve agents.

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Cooking Column: all about rhubarb

Karen Mersereau joins us to share the best ways to cook rhubarb - which is actually a vegetable! You learn something new every day. 

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Drive-in graduation

The Sussex Drive-In is hosting two high-school graduations this week. We talk to Ken Darling, who's son is graduating from JMA Armstrong, on what the event will look like, and what it means for his family.

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Rewriting history 

We'll hear what it was like for student Olivia Rowinski, a young Black woman whose history was not taught in the classroom.

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Guidance from Grandmothers 

Wolastoqewi Grand Chief Ron Tremblay wants the Wabanaki grandmothers at the table when it comes to police reform.

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NB Archives

The provincial archives get some pretty interesting requests...But Josh Green had one recently that he thought he had very little chance of tracking down.The photo archivist was asked about some very particular boats that may have been used on the St. John River more than a century ago.

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Pandemic food program comes to an end 

An emergency food program is winding down in Saint John. We speak with one organizer, Dustin LeClerc with the Carleton Community Centre, about what it took to deliver 1800 food packs with more than 50,000 meals over the last three months.

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Black Lives Matter starts N.B. chapter

A group of people advocating for change in New Brunswick are organizing a chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement here in the province. We speak to one of the organizers, Husoni Raymond. 

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Bird Talk: Robin's Nest

Our birder Alain Clavette visited a bird's nest in a very unusual place this week. And Radio-Canada fans will certainly recognize the property owner Alain interviews!

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Political Panel: Chantel Moore, systemic racism, and Maritime Iron

Our political panel is back this week to discuss the news of the week, including the death of Chantel Moore, and what New Brunswick's political leaders have to say about systemic racism in the province. 

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Dominic Cardy on September changes

Education Minister Dominic Cardy joins us to answer some more pressing questions around what September will look like for New Brunswick students.

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Parent concerned about September plans 

Moncton mother Heather May has three school-aged children, one who has ADHD and dyslexia. She's concerned about how her son will get the support he needs come September.

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New Brunswick Book Awards

The winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards were announced last night in a virtual event. The award for a book of fiction went to Sarah Xerar Murphy for her book "Itzel I: A Tlatelolco Awakening." It's set during the Mexico student movement of 1968, and Sarah was actually in Mexico at the time.

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Homegrown: U-Picks gearing up for summer season 

At Walker's Strawberry Farm in the Sussex area they are preparing for a bit of a different u-pick season. There will be protocols in place to keep everyone safe. We'll talk to owners Brian and Linda Walker. 

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Civil liberty expert raises concerns over Bill 49 

Michael Bryant with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned about the province's plan to increase police power during a state of emergency, with its recently introduced Bill 49.

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Free tutoring for struggling students

Learning at home is not easy for some students. Four friends who met in high school here in New Brunswick decided to create a website to help out. School Saviours pairs students with a university student who can tutor them - for free. We talk to Moncton-based tutor and founder Marc-Olivier Comeau.

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Poley Mountain opens bike trails for summer 

The news from Poley Mountain yesterday is like music to the ears of mountain bikers like John McNair. The ski hill in the Sussex area announced they've been working hard to clear and build trails for use of the site during the summer months. They'll be open later this summer to mountain bikers, hikers as well as ATV's. 

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Potatoes NB still waiting for federal funding

Matt Hemphill with Potatoes NB says the $50 million promised to the agriculture industry by the federal government a month ago hasn't been doled out to farmers yet, and New Brunswick's billion dollar potato industry is at risk.

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Music: Jean Surrette on virtual concerts

The NB At Home concert series is coming to a close at the end of this month. For our music column this week, we talk to Jean Surrette, executive director of Music NB, about what these virtual concerts have meant for musicians during the pandemic. 

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Restigouche region speaks out 

Mayors in the Zone 5 area, where there is a large cluster of COVID-19 cases, say they're being treated unfairly as a result of these cases and they want it to stop. Brad Mann is Chairman of the LSD for the Restigouche Region.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Tangled in gear 

Fishing is a popular activity for people who love to be outside. But according to Pam Novak with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, there was a stark reminder this week that being careless with equipment can create real hazards for wildlife. A male Mallard swallowed a fish hook, and the story did not end well.

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Cooking Lobster

Parts of the province are simply awash in lobster these days. Karen Mersereau is the owner and chef at Hotel Paulin in Caraquet, and she has some tips for cooking lobsters.

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Queer theatre

A Fredericton theatre festival is going digital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual Plain Site Theatre Fest aims to create more visibility for queer stories and artists. 

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Lives Matter

African American poet, playwright and performer Clyde A. Wray shares his thoughts and poetry since the death of George Floyd.

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Cycle to break the cycle

Instead of putting together a festival, organizers of Folly Fest decided to turn their attention to women's shelters in New Brunswick. Cycle to break the Cycle is a virtual bike-a-thon.

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Bird Talk: Killdeer

Our birder Alain Clavette visits with a woman in Memramcook who has a killdeer nest in her pasture.

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Black Culture Panel: Movies, podcasts and music to learn about racial inequality

As people around the world protest the killing of George Floyd and other recent police-involved deaths, many of us are looking for ways to educate ourselves and to further the conversation on racial injustice. For some suggestions, we reached Marcus Marcial, co-host of the podcast Black in the Maritimes, and Allon McCall a musician with the band Echo 7 and owner of WeDotMusic studios in Moncton.

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Indigenous community reacts to death of Chantel Moore 

Chantel Moore, an Indigenous woman from B.C., was killed by a police officer in Edmundston on Thursday. We hear from Elsipogtog council member Ruth Levi on her feelings around the death, as well as Judith Sayers, the president of the Nuu Chah Nulth Tribal Council in B.C.- of which Chantel was a member.

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Werewolf Adventure Guild

Well, tonight is a full moon...a common astral phenomenon for some. But not for the Werewolf Adventure Guild. Once a month, when the moon is full, the group heads outside for an adventure in the woods, in their neighbourhoods, their parks. Luke Tudor is the founder of the group. He says it's all about seeing things in a new light, if you will. 

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Homegrown: Aaron Shantz

La Bikery in Moncton is hosting a plant and bike parts sale this Sunday. Interesting combination. Four farms will be represented - including L'Hirondelle Farm in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent. Aaron Shantz is our guest this week on Homegrown.

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COVID-19 racism in New Brunswick

The doctor at the centre of a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Campbellton - Dr. Jean Robert Ngola - says he's been the target of racist harassment online. That caught the attention of other Canadians who are deeply concerned about what they call "COVID-related racism.” The CBC's Rachel Cave explains.

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First COVID-19 death in Atholville

We hear from the son of Daniel Ouellette, an 84 year old man who died from COVID-19, after the virus hit a long-term care home in Atholville. We also speak to the Mayor of Atholville, Michel Soucy, who's sister is also a resident at the Manoir de la Vallee. 

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Science East: Shopping cart psychology 

Michael Edwards with Science East joins us to talk about a new study on why some people don't return their carts to the corral after shopping, and the psychology behind that decision.

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Rescue, and reward for a Miramichi lobster fisherman

Gary Robichaud and three others managed to pluck a 10 year old boy out of the water last week. This week, he caught a rare blue lobster!

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Intersection between racism and finances

It is hard to see our own racial bias. But it is easy to see the impact it can have on the financial well-being of people of colour. CBC Money Columnist Bruce Sellery joins us to talk about the connections, as well as offer some resources for white people to learn about their own inherent biases. 

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NBCC announces plans for fall semester

Come the fall semester, classes at NBCC campuses will be a mix of online and in-person. Things like theory and learning the basics will be done online, while the practical, hands-on learning NBCC is best known for will happen in "dedicated" classrooms, labs and workshops. For more details on just what that will look like, we've reached Ann Drennan. 

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Fredericton Black Lives Matter march 

Today, a Black Lives Matter march in Fredericton drew hundreds of people. We speak to Yusuf Mohamed, the president of the New Brunswick African Association, and one of the organizers of the rally, on the importance of holding these events. 

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Food column: Fiddleheads

Our food columnist Karen Mersereau shares her tips and tricks for finding, washing and eating New Brunswick delicacy, fiddleheads! 

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Federal funding for municipalities 

New federal funding has been announced for cities and municipalities to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis. We talk to Adam Lordon, the mayor of Miramichi, and the President of the Cities of New Brunswick Association, and what that money will mean for New Brunswick cities. 

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Caterpillar conundrum 

It seems we may be due for a summer of tent caterpillars in New Brunswick, after some were spotted this weekend. We talked to Drew Carleton with the Department of Natural Resources about what to expect this summer. 

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Campbellton care home residents getting tested 

It was a tense weekend for Ian Comeau and his family. His father is a resident at Manoir de la Vallee in Campbellton, where 4 residents and one employee have all tested positive for Covid-19 at the residence

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Provincial Archives: Pride month and the AIDS crisis 

Today marks the beginning of Pride month. It's in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969. In New Brunswick, community organizations like Ensemble - formerly AIDS Moncton - were formed as a result of the crisis. Many of their records are in the provincial archives - and Meredith Batt has been doing some research.

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Anti-racism protests 

Thousands are filling the streets - in America and across the world - in reaction to a police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota. It's a tipping point, as many people stand up against racism and police brutality. But Canada isn't exempt - racism happens here too. We talk to KJ Conyers-Steede about his experiences. 

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Thank you to family caregivers

At some point in their lives, nearly half of all Canadians will provide care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs. Dr. Iris Gorfinkle, a family physician and our regular health contributor, says the COVID-19 pandemic is placing new and unprecedented challenges on these caregivers.

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Campbellton Mayor reacts to new cases

Public Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 today, including one case involving an employee at a long-term care facility in the Campbellton region. For more details, we talk to Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin, the mayor of Campbellton.

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Political Panel: Cluster conundrum

Our political panel joins us to talk about this week's top news, including the COVID-19 cluster in Campbellton, the unexpected adjournment of the Legislature, and the Premier's big ratings boost. 

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Bird Talk: Strange spring-time sounds 

This week our birder Alain Clavette has been listening to some interesting spring sounds. One unusual - and the others, perhaps less than pleasant?

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Campbellton MLA reacts to new COVID cluster 

A doctor who didn't self isolate after returning to New Brunswick from Quebec has been linked to a number of new COVID-19 cases in Zone 5, the Campbellton region. It's a setback that is having an effect on the entire province, including at the Legislature. We talk to Campbellton-Dalhousie MLA Guy Arsenault.

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Theatre panel: COVID's impact on performing arts centres 

It's a whole new act for performing arts centres during this pandemic. We'll check in with the Fredericton Playhouse, the Capitol theatre and the Imperial theatre to find out how they're coping during this time.

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Vitalite closes Campbellton Hospital, increases testing for employees 

Vitalite Health Network CEO Gilles Lanteigne shares some details on what the Campbellton Hospital is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, after a doctor who saw patients there tested positive.

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Rhodes Scholar puts plans on hold 

A New Brunswick Rhodes Scholar is questioning whether she can - or should - move to England next fall to study at Oxford. We talk to Elizabeth Tuck about what impact COVID-19 is having on her prestigious study opportunity.

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Getting back in shape

It's soon going to be back to ellipticals, rowers and steppers. Gyms will be opening in New Brunswick. Personal trainer Maureen O'Hara tells us all about getting back into the workout routine.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute talks porcupettes 

Pam Novak with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute is caring for a pair of baby porcupines, also known as porcupettes! They are adorable creatures in every way - though these two have been very unfortunate this early in life.

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J-school prof reacts to BNI closures

Yesterday, BNI announced it would be closing the offices of its nine weekly papers. To discuss the significance of this decision, we've reached Kim Kierans. She is a professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax.

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In-person grads given green light

High school graduations can go ahead in person, given they follow guidelines put out by the department of education today. We speak to education minister Dominic Cardy about the guidelines, and to two graduating students Tara Gover and Camilla Drost. 

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Food Column: crab cakes

Karen Mersereau, the owner and chef at Hotel Paulin in Caraquet joins us for the summer to talk about what meals she's cooking lately. This week is all about crab. 

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Public art for Phoenix Square 

The City of Fredericton has put a call out to artists in the province. They're looking to spruce up the area outside city hall - a space they're hoping to turn into a bustling public square this summer, with chairs and tables, a piano and more. We speak to the city's Cultural Development Officer, Angela Watson.

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Swim teams get ready to start splashing again 

Swimmers are ready to dive in as soon as pools are able to re-open in New Brunswick, and sports teams get back together. We'll talk to the head coach of a swim team in Moncton about what it's going to take before they are able to start training again.

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Sussex Rotary finds new ways to fundraise

Getting creative when it comes to fundraising. We speak with a member of the Sussex Rotary Club about some unique ways they've come up with to keep their events going during the pandemic.

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N.B. Archives: John Hooper 

We take a trip to the provincial archives - by phone - to learn a bit about John Hooper, the artist behind the colourful wooden pieces around Market Square in Saint John.

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People with disabilities adapting

We hear from Haley Flaro with Ability NB about how people with disabilities are dealing with COVID-19 related cancellations and delays, especially the loss of summer programming geared especially for them. 

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Sports starting up soon

Starting May 29th, 'low-impact team sports' can start happening again, after a long hiatus. We speak to Athletic NB's executive director Julie Loparco on what they're doing to make sure track athletes in the province stay safe.

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Friday panel: Phase yellow 

Our weekly panel talks about phase yellow, the flip on temporary foreign workers and the province's changing financial picture.

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Strawberry Hills Farm reacts to TFW reversal

The Premier has decided to allow temporary foreign workers in the province after all. We speak to Tim Livingstone about what this new change means for his upcoming season. 

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Bird Talk: Duck trouble 

Some of our most beloved ducks in the province are not doing very well. Our birder Alain Clavette has been speaking with a young researcher on the subject.

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Trouble in paradise 

A Saint John man shares his story of his unusual animal encounter uptown, and his search for the owner of a missing tropical bird.  

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Farmer's Union concerned for the future 

Premier Higgs' decision to ban temporary foreign workers from entering New Brunswick continues to draw criticism from industries that rely on those workers. We speak to Rebeka Frazer Chiasson, the president of the New Brunswick National Farmers Union. 

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Fund created for Saint John tenants

There's no doubt the pandemic has been difficult financially for many people. A property management company in Saint John is helping to relieve the burden a bit. Peace of Mind Management has put together a fund for its tenants. The fund has raised $17-thousand so far, thanks to client donations.

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Science of scents 

Some scents just make you happy - like freshly mowed grass, or baking bread. Those make some sense - they're associated with pleasant things. But what about scents like  gasoline? Michael Edwards of Science East joins us with a little scent science.

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On the spectrum 

For families with children who are on the autism spectrum, this pandemic has meant they are facing big challenges. Kim MacKeagan with the Stan Cassidy Autism Team in New Brunswick shares some advice for those families. 

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Ready to open, but no employees 

Businesses are re-opening across the province but some of them are struggling to find employees. We'll speak with an owner who says none of her staff are coming back to one of her retail locations.

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Tourism troubles 

John Albretch with See Sight Tours in Saint John and Janet Clouston with the Albert County Tourism Association speak about what their summer seasons will look like.

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Summer camps prep for potential reopening 

Summer camps across the province are working to figure out if they're able to open this season or not. We speak to John Savage, the director of Camp Centennial in Moncton, and Shilo Boucher with the YMCA in Saint John operates Camp Glenburn, an overnight camp in the Kingston area.

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Teens working in fish plants not unheard of, says historian

Although some might be surprised to hear that school aged kids will be filling jobs in fish plants this summer, it's not new to New Brunswick, according to Clarence LeBreton, a retired historian with the Village Historique Acadien.

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Friday panel: Pressures of phase orange

Border restrictions are making some people frustrated, as restrictions within the province start to ease. Our panel is here to talk about this week's news. 

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Bird Talk: A rare sighting 

We reached our birder Alain Clavette on Grand Manan today, where he tells us the story of a rare bird sighting: the Townsend Warbler. 

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Tourism travesty

Gloria Loree with Destinations Canada says New Brunswick's tourism industry could lose thousands of jobs and billions of dollars this summer due to COVID-19 border, and some operators may not be able to bounce back.

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Sussex Drive-In opens for the season

The Sussex Drive-in is opening for the summer season tomorrow. Owner Don Monahan says there will be changes, of course, but he's excited to provide some much-needed entertainment. 

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Fish Harvesters' Federation reacts to federal funding 

Ottawa is providing some help to fish harvesters, to the tune of $470 million. Melanie Sonnenburg, president of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters' Federation, is glad to see the industry get some help. 

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Excellence NB 

There's a new way to support local in the province. Excellence NB director Carole Holmes tells us all about a new project that is one-stop shopping for all things New Brunswick.

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Craft alcohol cooperation 

Come May 15th, NB Liquor will allow craft alcohol producers with a licence to sell products from any other producer in the province. And there may also be good news for the reopening tap rooms in the future. We talk to Christine Comeau with the New Brunswick Craft Alcohol Producers.

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Tuition troubles

The fall semester could look very different for university students in New Brunswick. Patrick Hickey and Emelyana Titarenko, two leaders in the student movement in the province, join us to talk all about the financial burden students are facing.

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Portugal pilgrimage 

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime but like everything else, cancelled because of Covid-19. We talked to two women in the Edmunston area who decided if they couldn't travel to Portugal to trek over 200kms, they'd recreate their journey here in New Brunswick.

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Physiotherapy practices 

On Friday, the province gave a number of health service providers the green light to re-open offices and start booking appointments. Among them are physiotherapists. We spoke to two physiotherapists - Sarah Roberts and Julie McGivery - about the changes they've put in place.

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Back to the dentist

Good news for anyone who's been nurturing a toothache for the past couple of months. Dentists have been given the green light to open their practices again. Paul Blanchard with the NB Dental Society tells us what that first visit post-Covid 19 closures is going to look like.

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Elections on hold

New Brunswick's municipal elections would have taken place today, if it weren't for COVID-19. The mayors of Sackville and Saint John tell us what it's been like leading their city during a pandemic.

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N.B. food bank recognized nationally

Chantal Senecal, executive director of Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton, isn't used to being under the spotlight. She's being recognized nationally by Cheerios and the Canadian Olympic Association for her work, and she's one of five food bank workers being recognized in Canada.

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