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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In the musical spotlight this week: Colin Fowlie

Fredericton's Colin Fowlie has released three songs on a new EP. It's called Harmony. And he's hitting the road for the first time as a solo act.

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Our weekly update from the Atlantic Wildlife Institute

Vanessa talks to Pam Novak at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute about a porcupine that's getting a second chance after a collision.

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Miramichi landmark severely damaged by fire

Historian Shaun O'Reilly talks to Vanessa about the former Chatham train station. It was severely damaged in a fire but he hopes it can be rebuilt.

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Indigenous artefacts on the Fundy Trail Parkway

When Cecilia Brooks saw the ancient tools and other artefacts uncovered as part of the work on the Fundy Trail Parkway, she knew they had a story to tell. The Parkway is a long term project nearing completion - it will link St Martin's to Fundy National Park. During work near Sussex this summer, a number of tools and implements were uncovered from the soil.

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Nb cities want a share of pot revenue

Cannabis NB is expecting $45 million dollars in sales its first fiscal year -- and that's going to create significant tax revenue. New Brunswick's cities want to make sure they get a fair share of those dollars. 8 Cities NB is calling on the province to distribute that money fairly to all regions of the province. Miramichi mayor Adam Lordon is president of the group.

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In praise of NB's 23rd premier, John B. McNair

Do you have a favourite premier? Britany Sparrow at the Provincial Archives certainly does! She explains why McNair is the best premier ever.

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Gray Kingbird and the search for a Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Alain Clavette continues his birding adventure with his mother. She gets her 300th lifetime bird - and it's a Gray Kingbird. That's a first confirmed sighting in New Brunswick!

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Homegrown: Lesson in Soil and Compost

Rosemary Tayler has been teaching biodynamic culture and gardening since 2013.She'll be in Cogagne for a workshop Oct. 20 called "Soil compost and biodynamic preparations". She speaks with host Vanessa Vander Valk about how to get the best from your soil.

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Panel of political observers on latest power plays and pot

Rosella Melanson, Duncan Matheson and Michael Camp share their thoughts on the latest efforts to lead New Brunswick's minority government, and what changes when cannabis is legal in 5 days.

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Not your grampy's radio

You might think of hamm radios as a thing of the past, but with the way we rely on technology these days the importance of hamm radios might make a come back. Mike Johnson is with the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club, and he's also the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management coordinator.

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The Science behind earworms

Michael Edwards of Science East explains why some songs get stuck in your brain and how to get rid of them.

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Beyond Shelters

A new book offers insights into how homeless shelters operate in Canada. "Beyond Shelters" includes perspectives from shelter employees and govenment officials. Brian Duplessis is the former executive director of Fredericton Homeless Shelters, he wrote a chapter titled Advocacy Centre.

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Beyond Shelters

A new book offers insights into how homeless shelters operate across the country. "Beyond Shelters" includes perspectives from shelter employees and govenment officials. Brian Duplessis wrote a chapter titled Advocacy Centre. Duplessis is a former Executive Director of the Fredericton Homeless Shelters.

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Shift's Political Panel: Provincial politics remain in flux

The election recounts are done with no changes. Still, the province is kind of in flux. The political panel discusses the latest news from the party leaders, as well as the issue of proportional representation. It also touches on the legalization of marijuana, which is two weeks away.

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Bird Talk: Birding on Grand Manan

Birder Alain Clavette visits Grand Manan with his mother, who has arrived from Montreal for her annual visit. And his uncle has joined the family birding trip as well.

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Home Grown: A wild rescue of wild bees

Tavis Marr of Marrs Sweet Syrup is in the honey business and every so often, he is asked to put his expertise to work. Just this week, he embarked on a bee rescue mission in the Woodstock area.

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Anti-Liberal text campaign creates concerns for years to come

Cybersecurity expert David Shipley says the Proud NB campaign is a sign of worse things to come and it's time the province prepare for the next election, because other groups with more malicious intent or more serious issues may use the same tactics in the future.

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Music: Nobie Jones cover band nominated for Music NB award

Music New Brunswick added a new category for its music awards this year: best cover band! The Nobie Jones Band, named after singer Noemie Auffrey-Jones, is one of three nominees. The band is also nominated for Fan's Choice and Member's Choice.

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A famous bodybuilder and his connection to a local apple

Strong, hardy, esthetically pleasing. All that and more was said about the once strongest man in the world, Eugen Sandow. Incidentally, some of the same characteristics were also used to describe a Canadian apple, the Sandow, which grows at Sandow Farms in Keswick Ridge. St. Thomas University history professor Carey Watt has been studying the connection between the man and the apple.

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Steel and aluminium tariffs hurting local brewers

New Brunswick breweries and distilleries are feeling the pinch after tariffs on steel and aluminium remain in place under the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Sebastian Roy, owner of New Brunswick's Distillerie Fils Du Roy, says the tariffs not only impact the cost of aluminium cans but steel equipment prices are also going up.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Heartfelt memories of Margaret Ann Ireland

Famed concert pianist and documentary producer Margaret Ann Ireland was born in Winnipeg in 1928. She toured the globe and travelled extensively but eventually settled in Saint John in the 1980's. She actively supported the arts and served on the first New Brunswick Arts Board. Ireland passed away just this past June, but had donated several personal items to the provincial archives. It's a favourite collection of sound and moving images of archivist Elena Cobb.

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Bird Talk: Mom is visiting

Alain Clavette has been freed up to get out in the field lately. And it's great timing because his favourite birder is on the way for a visit.

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Shift's Political Panel: Who's courting who?

People's Alliance leader Kris Austin met with the Lieutenant Governor to indicate his party will provide stability for a Progressive Conservative government. Then, Liberal leader Brian Gallant came out to say the legislature will be back by Oct. 23. He's talking with the Green Party. Meanwhile, the Progressive Conservatives say they're not happy with the idea of working with the Alliance.

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Single use plastics not as easy to get rid of

Much of the focus for reducing single use plastics has been on bags and straws. But the produce section of the average supermarket is full of plastic: strawberries come in a clam shell, and mushrooms in a plastic tub with cellophane wrap. But changing that is not as easy as one may think, says Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Dalhousie University working on food distribution and policy.

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Promoting NB's Indigenous music talent

Indigenous musicians from around the province are meeting in Fredericton this weekend to participate in a three-day recording session. The project was organized by Arts NB and a travelling recording studio called Musique Nomade. Program coordinator Corrina Merasty-Gallant hopes the project will promote the province's Indigenous talent to a greater audience.

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What makes a coalition government work?

Gregory Marchildon was the former cabinet secretary for the Government of Saskatchewan and helped broker a deal for a minority government in that province in the '90s. He is now a Professor and Research Chair with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and shares his thoughts on where New Brunswick's politics may be heading.

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Home Grown: It's time for preserves

It's a busy time of year for Riverview's Cheryl Scott. She's cooking and canning preserves every day. For the last five years it's been her full-time job. That's when she started Jems Preserves.

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Chemicals not labelled in your shampoo's ingredient list

The chemicals that make most popular personal care products smell good are not listed as ingredients on their labels. A new report published this week is looking at some of the unlisted ingredients and found not all of them may be good for our health. Muhannad Mulas is a program Manager of Toxics at Environmental Defense Canada, which partnered in the study.

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Acadian groups, mayors reject possibility of coalition with People's Alliance

Several mayors and Acadian organizations have signed a letter rejecting the possibility of a coalition between the New Brunswick People's Alliance and another party to govern the province. Cyrille Simard is the Mayor of Edmundston, one of several community leaders who signed the letter.

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Book: New Brunswick Underwater

The Saint John River Flood earlier this year was the worst this province had seen in more than 50 years. New Brunswick journalist Lisa Hrabluk now released a book on the flood, mixing photographs and facts with the personal stories of the volunteers, evacuees and first responders.

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Science: Do Aliens exist?

Some of us can spend hours staring up at the stars and planets. Science East in Fredericton has a planetarium for just such a purpose. And recently a young visitor asked the big question: Do aliens exist? Executive director Michael Edwards says there's some new thinking on that.

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Music: Josh Peters revives the old-time country tune

If you ever got a tattoo in Saint John, chances are pretty good that Josh Peters was the artist. But his creativity is more than skin deep. He's also an old school country crooner, with a new album called Pages of My Heart.

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Confused by the 2018 election? Here's what happens next...

If you're still processing last night's election results, so are the party leaders. The PC party won the most seats with 22 but that's not a majority. The Liberals won 21 seats and leader Brian Gallant says he will try to keep governing. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras explains what happens next.

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Shift's Political Panel: The day after the election

Now that the election is over, Liberal leader Brian Gallant will get the first crack at winning the confidence of the legislature. If that fails, PC leader Blaine Higgs will give it a try. Either party will have to look for support from the other parties, leaving the Green Party and the People's Alliance holding the balance of power.

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Bathurst veteran's memorial suffers from vandalism

Members of the Bathurst legion are upset after someone stole plaques and flags from a veteran's memorial in the community. Project organizer Jordan Chiasson says the Flags of Remembrance project pays tribute to Canadian veterans by flying 128 flags, and placing plaques with the names of veterans in several communities each year.

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Political 'speed dating' at the United Nations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. The leaders from 193 countries are there to discuss international development, world peace, and security. Elliot Tepper, professor of international relations at Carleton University, says they may also be mobilizing support for Canada's campaign to become a non-permanent member of the security council.

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Stephen King's 'Popsy' to be filmed in Fredericton

A new adaptation of one of Stephen King's short stories will be filmed in Fredericton. 'Popsy' first appeared in King's 1993 collection 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes.' Filmmaker Jon Mann is based in Halifax, but he knew Fredericton was perfect for this project, because he was born here.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Digitizing provincial record

If you are looking for information about your great-great-grandparents, or perhaps the original spelling of your name, chances are they have what you need at the provincial archives. Right now, you still have to comb through the records. But Joanna Aiton Kerr, manager of services and private sector records, says that's about to change, thanks to a major digitization project.

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Political leader interviews: Brian Gallant, Liberal Party

The CBC's Harry Forestell sat down with the leaders of New Brunswick's five major parties to talk about their platforms, and their vision for the province. In this episode, Harry talks to Brian Gallant, the leader of the provincial Liberal Party.

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Poitras: A last look at the 2018 election campaign

The party leaders are beginning their final sprints to the finish line before the election. The CBC's provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras takes one last look at the campaign.

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Shift's Political Panel: Election draws to a close

The 39th New Brunswick election is nearing its close. So who's been most effective this campaign? What issues have resonated with voters? And what issues have been largely ignored?

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Waves of Change: New technology looks to recycle, not bury, plastic

Peter Vinall and his investors spent tens of millions of dollars to build an experimental waste treatment plant near Chester, Nova Scotia. If it works, it could make burying garbage a thing of the past. And Vinall hopes to one day deploy the technology worldwide, in an attempt to keep plastic waste out of the ocean. The CBC's Jack Julian has more on this from the G7 summit on climate change, oceans and clean energy.

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Political leader interviews: David Coon, Green Party

The CBC's Harry Forestell sat down with the leaders of New Brunswick's five major parties to talk about their platforms, and their vision for the province. In this episode, Harry talks to David Coon, the leader of the Green Party.

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Senior and nursing home care remains an important election issue

During this election campaign, families who are worried about providing care for an elderly parent or grandparent will likely zero in on what the parties have to say about senior care. The CBC's Rachel Cave has been looking into this, including the case of a woman who's been following her mother's nursing home care through a webcam.

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Home Grown: Picking leftover food for a good cause

A grape grower in the province has more grapes than he can process. Rather than let them go to waste, he's contacted Fredericton Food Rescue. Volunteers will be spending their evening picking the leftover grapes. The groups' organizer Susanne White says the grower will get a third, the volunteers another third, and the last third will go to community groups.

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Immigrants key to economic growth - NB Multicultural Council

The top issue in the provincial election may be the economy. But it seems no one wants to talk about the role immigrants will play. Alex LeBlanc with the New Brunswick Multicultural Council has been touring 15 communities in the province to talk about their hopes and concerns for attracting newcomers.

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Political leader interviews: Jennifer McKenzie, NDP

The CBC's Harry Forestell sat down with the leaders of New Brunswick's five major parties to talk about their platforms, and their vision for the province. In this episode, Harry talks to Jennifer McKenzie, the leader of the New Democratic Party.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: A young eagle takes flight

Is there anything more beautiful than watching a once injured young bald eagle take to the skies again? Pam Novak of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute recently had the pleasure.

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Music: Jeremy Dutcher on his Polaris Music Prize, and reviving Wolastoq language

Imagine you're working on your first album. You decide to focus on songs from the past, in the Wolastoq language, gathering dust in a museum archive. Mix in your own background in opera, and the result is unique, incredible to listen to, and now, as in the case of Jeremy Dutcher, award winning.

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Mystery jelly on Grand Manan beach

Squid eggs, whale snot, the blob from outer space? Jan Vertefeuille took a walk on the beach at Grand Manan this morning and stumbled upon something strange, long and slimy. Luckily, Jamey Smith, executive director at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews had two suggestions for what the mysterious jelly could be.

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Riding profile: Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton

The riding of Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton encompasses a big part of the city of Fredericton, surrounding rural communities, a Maliseet First Nation and Base Gagetown. With the riding's long-time MLA Jody Carr leaving politics, five new candidates are vying for the seat. The CBC's Julia Wright has been following the race.

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Political leader interviews: Kris Austin, People's Alliance

The CBC's Harry Forestell sat down with the leaders of the 5 major parties to talk about their platforms, and their vision for the province. In this episode, Harry talks to Kris Austin, the leader of the People's Alliance.

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Political leader interviews: Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservatives

It's only one more week until election day. The CBC's Harry Forestell sat down with each of the province's five major party leader to talk about their platforms, and their vision for the province. The first interview is with Blaine Higgs, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Harry began by asking him to describe the financial situation the province is in now, and how much responsibility Higgs is willing to accept.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Old school photos - Part II

If your grandparents, or great-grandparents, went to school somewhere in New Brunswick. Chances are pretty good that you can find their class photo in the provincial archives. Photo archivist Josh Green dug out some school photos to share. From teams, to playground activities to nursing school graduates in uniform - it's all in there.

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Tales of tall Swedes, and how to play the nyckelharpa

Have you ever heard of an instrument called a nyckelharpa? Kirsty Money is playing the instrument at schools in the Sackville area this weekm as part of the Festival of Early Music. She says the nyckelharpa is going through a bit of a revival these days.

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HIV on the rise in Fredericton and Oromocto area

Health officials noticed a spike in HIV cases in the Fredericton-Oromocto area. The Horizon Health Network says there's been 16 new reports of HIV since January, which translates to a 175 per cent increase in the area. Regional medical officer of health, Dr. Nakoshie Lamptey, is urging people to get tested.

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Shift's Political Panel: Election debate and promises

The first leaders debate ended with an affidavit and a suggestion that PC leader Blaine Higgs was offered the chance to continue on as Finance Minister under the Gallant government four years ago - a suggestion Gallant denied by producing his own handwritten notes from the meetings. Beyond that back and forth, voters are getting a better idea of where the parties want to take the province.

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Bird Talk: One in 5 Canadians is a birder

One in five Canadians is a birder, according to research by Environment Canada in 2012. But what motivates birders to get up well before dawn and head for the woods, or stake out a sewage lagoon? Birder Alain Clavette looks at a new survey to answer some of those questions.

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Home Grown: Farmers open their businesses to the public this weekend

A number of farms across the province are opening their gates this weekend to give people a good look at where their food comes from. Sunday is Open Farm Day, organized by the New Brunswick Agricultural Alliance.Marco Boonstoppel and his family own Overlake Holsteins, where they'll introduce the public to robotic milking.

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Science: Odd facts about coffee

Many of us look to coffee for that burst of energy that keeps us going. Michael Edwards of Science East can't stomach the stuff but he is interested in the science behind it.

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Music: Ross Neilsen returns to province for Harvest festival

Ross Neilsen moved to Saskatchewan not long after releasing his last album - Elemental. But for now, he's back in the province for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Transgender writer highlights struggles of navigating health care system

Five writers from across Canada made the shortlist for the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize. Lee Thomas was nominated for the story: True Trans. It's a personal story about a moment when they had to convince a skeptical doctor to approve a transgender top surgery, or breast removal. The doctor's reaction brought out an anxiety that Thomas was working hard to overcome.

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Riding profile: Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West

To give you a sense of how long it's been since the last time Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West elected anyone but a Liberal MLA: Bachman-Turner Overdrive was still topping the charts, and Pierre Trudeau had just won a third term as prime minister. The riding has been Liberal since 1974. The CBC's Julia Wright takes a look at the candidates in the running there.

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PETA takes aim at New Brunswick plant

PETA is taking aim at a New Brunswick plant processing lobster shells. They plan to fly a banner outside the offices of Omera Shells in Richibucto to put an end to the killing and eating of the popular crustaceans. But Fernand Gaudet, director of sales for Omera, says the company has nothing to do with 'killing' lobsters and the PETA campaign is not only upsetting but damaging the business.

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Charlotte County's woodpile artist returns

Last year, Brian Golding built a giant fish out of his wood pile in Charlotte County. This year, he made a giant crouching tiger.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Old school photos

It's the second week of school, and everybody's starting to get back into the routine. It's nothing new, of course. Kids have been going to school in the province for ages. The photographic evidence is available at the provincial archives, where archivist Josh Green is discovering old class photos and pictures of school hockey teams from the 1930's.

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New stamps honour First Responders

Canada Post is unveiling a new series of stamps, honouring First Responders and their work across the country. The first stamp was revealed at the Ambulance New Brunswick headquarters in Fredericton. It depicts the work of paramedics. Chris Hood, president of the Paramedic Association of Canada, says the gesture means a great deal to first responders.

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Many incidents of sexual violence remain underreported

The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission has released an updated Guideline on Sexual Harassment. It's meant to eliminate discrimination and help people understand their rights and responsibilities under the province's Human Rights Act. Still, commission chair Nathalie Chiasson says many incidents of sexual violence remain underreported.

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Shift's Political Panel: Leaders, promises and the 2018 election

By now, you've likely had a local candidate knock on your door. And party leaders are plenty busy, making promises and laying out their vision for the province's future. There are now six parties vying for your vote. Michael Camp and Duncan Matheson take a look at the last few weeks of election coverage and campaigning.

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Bird Talk: The tricky relationship of whimbrels and blueberry producers

Some blueberry producers on the Acadian Peninsula are becoming a little more comfortable with a blueberry eating bird called a whimbrel. Birder Alain Clavette says a new research project that measures how many berries the birds eat now found the whimbrel also eat a lot of insects that damage the fruit.

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Home Grown: No apples at Ferme Marcel Goguen Farm

Many people are planning their annual visit to a local orchard to pick some fresh Cortlands or Honey Crisps. But no one will be picking at Ferme Marcel Goguen Farm in Cocagne. Farmer Bernadette Goguen says after the spring's frost, there are hardly any apples to be had.

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Combined homerooms help communication among diverse Grade 8 students

Fredericton's George Street Middle School is taking a new approach to helping students of diverse backgrounds interact and create a sense of belonging. Principal Pierre Plourde said classes remain separate but starting this school year, kids from Grade 8 French Immersion and English Prime will go to combined homerooms.

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Music: Christina Martin on fentanyl and the death of her brother

Christina Martin has created pop music in the Maritimes for years. But her brand new album, Impossible to Hold, comes with a song close to Martin's heart. It's called Lungs are Burning and was born from her experience losing her brother from fentanyl.

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New healthy food policy an unwelcome surprise to vending machine owner

The province's new healthy food policy is causing a headache to not only parents and cafeteria staff but also some business owners. Adam Larlee of Atlantic Canada Organic Vending is the owner of a healthy vending machine business, who just discovered his products are no longer considered healthy.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: A heron with a holy beak

At least 50 animals recovered at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute enough to try life on their own. One of the released animals is a Great Blue Heron that arrived with a hole in its beak.

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Free tuition program an efficient way of expanding education system, says education expert

New Brunswick's Liberal leader Brian Gallant announced that his party wants to improve its free tuition program, covering tuition for students from low-income families. Alex Usher says the program is better than other programs that previously existed, and other countries are creating similar programs to reduce barriers for students who may otherwise not have the money to pay for tuition. Usher is the president of Higher Education Strategy Associates in Toronto and an expert in student financial aid.web T

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Book: The best of Canada's Great Trail

Michael Haynes has been hiking and exploring nearly all of his life. He's written numerous trail guides. But when he decided to take on the Great Trail, once known as the Trans Canada Trail, he figured he might need some help. Trail groups in each province pointed out some of the best stretches to explore, and he laced up his boots. The result is his new book - the Best of the Great Trail.

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Riding profile: Saint John Harbour

The hotly-contested riding of Saint John Harbour is one to watch in this provincial election. It spans very different neighbourhoods - rich and poor, industrial and residential. The CBC's Julia Wright visited the riding for a profile of its candidates, political issues and residents.

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How watching for dense breasts could save lives

Two years ago, Kathy Kaufield stood in the oncology department of the Saint John Regional Hospital, after completing months of chemotherapy as part of her treatment for breast cancer. She later learned that she has dense breasts, tissue that can obscure a mammogram image. She also learned the denser the breast, the better the chance of developing cancer. She spoke to CBC host Rachel Cave.

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Villiage investigates after fireworks display goes sideways

The village of Dorchester is conducting an internal investigation after the fireworks display veered into the crowd last Saturday. Shift guest host Rachel Cave spoke with Deborah Jollimore who was at the event with her children and the mayor of the village JJ Bear.

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Village invesitgates

The Village of Dorchester is investigating after weekend fireworks veered into the crownd. Shift's guest host Rachel Cave's speaks to a mother who was there with her children and the mayor of the village.

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Bird Talk: Birds may love your backyard shrubbery

Sometimes, what may look like an invasive plant species can make for a cozy home or dinner for birds. Birder Alain Clavette talks about wilder backyard plants, and why we should keep them.

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Saint John woman involved with first national poverty reduction strategy

The federal government has announced the country's first national poverty reduction strategy. It includes reduction targets for 2020 and 2030, and officially defines poverty in Canada. Seventeen people from across the country were selected to help round out the strategy. One of them is Brenda Murphy, executive director of Saint John's Women's Empowerment Network.

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Live Bait Theatre celebrates 30 years

In the summer of 1988, Charlie Rhindress had just graduated from Mount Allison University and was heading to Toronto to find his way as an actor. He and some friends knew that the campus theatre would sit unused during the summer. So they decided to put on a few shows. Now, Live Bait Theatre is celebrating it's 30th anniversary.

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Capturing the world's wild horses

Wild horses are on display at Saint John's Gallery Hop this weekend. Photographer Jennifer Irving is displaying images from trips to California and Sable Island, Nova Scotia, after setting out on a journey to capture 20 of the remaining wild horse populations around the world.

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Home Grown: Bees wax wraps instead of plastic

Jillian Brown of Jillibee's Wax Wraps originally planned to make bees wax wraps to raise funds for a mission trip to Bolivia. But now, she's turned her project into a small business.

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Back to the 50's - with champagne and caviar - in St. Andrews

A stylish '50s soiree with champagne and caviar is coming to St. Andrews. And the venue itself sparkles. The DaySpring estate, the former home of Lady Beaverbrook, is having an End of Summer Gala. Program coordinator Taylor Lee says it's a chance to get dressed up and enjoy the gallery and grounds of the former Oppenheimer and Prager residence.

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Bikers meet in Shediac to help sick children

The 16th annual Shediac Motorcycle Rally is in Shediac this weekend. There'll be more than 400 bikes, hearty food, music and fun activities. And a lot of guys and gals raising money for the Children's Wish Foundation. Rally president Joanne Roach says you don't need to ride a bike to join in on the fun, and that it's one of the best rally's in the region.

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Tale of a copper whale

Five years ago, Michael McQuay got stuck on a whale of a project: He was asked to make a whale. It's 16 feet long, and made from copper.The whale now decorates the roof of a boat house somewhere in New Brunswick. McQuay can't say where it is but hopes it will help him get some even bigger artist gigs in the future.

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Campobello residents survey lack of ferry service

Residents of Campobello Island never had a year-round ferry service to the island. And the seasonal ferry that was available is privately owned and operated. That ferry has not made a single run this season. Brent MacPherson says the status quo is just not sustainable. He is the chair of the Year-Round Ferry Development Committee, which just started circulating a survey about the lack of ferry service.

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Music: Michelle Thibodeau returns to Moncton with first album

From high school musicals to her first album: Michelle Thibodeau put in her time at performance college in Victoria, B.C.and at shows in Toronto. Now, she's coming back to Moncton to launch her first CD of all-original material.

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150-kilometer Nepisiguit trail opens to NB hikers

If you're looking for a place to hike, the Nepisiguit Mi'gmac Trail might be an option. The volunteer group restoring the trail just announced they're about to complete their work. But trail master Jason Grant says they're already looking ahead at economic and tourism opportunities.

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Through the lens: research project wants Muslims and Christians to open up

A new research project at the University of New Brunswick hopes to engage young Muslims and Christians in discussions about their religion using photos. It's one of five projects going on across North America but this is the only one at a Canadian university, says Cathy Holtmann, associate professor of sociology at UNB.

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Moncton charity Big Hearts, Small City is shutting down

Big Hearts, Small City is closing down in September. The Moncton charity helped people displaced by fires or struggling with poverty since 2012. But founder Jason Surette says they don't have enough funding or volunteers.

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Architects win prize for cultural tourism pitch

An architectural firm in Saint John just won the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, a first for New Brunswick. Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp are behind Acre Architects and the award is an opportunity to travel and study architecture around the world. Their pitch for the award was based on the idea of cultural tourism in New Brunswick .

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Purity Ice Cream

If your grandparents or great-grandparents grew up in New Brunswick, chances are they could have finished an evening meal with a nice dish of Purity Ice Cream. The company started just as milk pasteurisation was becoming the law, and it quickly expanded. Mary-Ellen Badeau found out about the company while searching through a collection of architectural drawings at the provincincial archives.

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Online tool wants to help NB voters

Vote Compass is an online quiz that asks voters 30 questions about election related issues such as tax rates, healthcare, immigration - and suggests the party their views align with most. Dan McHardie, digital senior producer for CBC New Brunswick , says it's the first time they make it available in New Brunswick.

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Fighting wild fires in Alberta

British Columbia is in its fifth day of a province-wide state of emergency and smoke from more than 500 fires is spreading into neighbouring Alberta. That province has its own fires raging through the northern parts of Alberta. And that's where wild land firefighter Wesley Currie is. Wesley is from Fredericton but landed a job with the Alberta government earlier this spring.

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14-year old log roller on her way to Boisetown

Some of the finest lumberjacks and lumberjills are gathering in Boisetown to show off their skills at the annual Lumberjack festival. The competition will no doubt be fierce in categories like axe throwing, bow saw and vertical chop. But there will also be a demonstration from world renowned log roller, 14-year-old Alyssa Casey.

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Bird Talk: Common Nighthawks begin their migration

Birder Alain Clavette has been noticing Common Nighthawks lately. They are preparing for migration.

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Seeing the stars at Moncton High's observatory

Did you know Moncton High School has its own observatory? We had a chance to learn a bit about what that means for students, and the community from Emile Cormier with Astronomy Moncton and teacher James Mosher.

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What about mayo?

Lovers of sandwiches served with a dollop of mayonnaise, brace yourselves. Earlier this week, a columnist at a Philadelphia Magazine wrote a piece on the death of mayo. Writer Sandy Hingston blamed its demise on the millennial generation, and the rise of "identity condiments." But chef and food writer Claire Tansey says there is still much to love about mayo - and it's not dead.

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No more cliff-edge sites at iconic Grand Manan campground

With its campsites right on the cliff's edge next to the sea, the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground on Grand Manan is the place to see a sunrise or hear whales blow in the night. But come September, sleeping on the cliff will no longer be an option. Karen Wishart says her family has decided to reduce the campground's sites, closing all of the ones along the cliff.

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Home Grown: Considering farming? It's not for everyone

Many people hope to get into farming. It's always hard work and often a dream come true. But sometimes, it also doesn't work out. Three years ago, Jason Beaton of Maplehurst Farms wanted to try farming cows, pigs and sheep full time. But he's come up against something he calls Farmer's Math and decided farming for profit isn't for him.

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Free rides for first responders

Following last week's shooting in Fredericton, many people are looking for ways to help or show their support. Robb Hartlen is organizing free rides into Fredericton for emergency responders arriving at the airport for Saturday's regimental funeral.

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Elections NB takes on fake news

With the provincial election coming up, Elections New Brunswick is guarding against the spread of so-called fake news. Chief electoral officer Kimberley Poffenroth says the government agency has created ads and is offering tools to help people question information shared on social media.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: A crow that wears it's feathers black and white

Pam Novak is fostering a young crow with an interesting feather discolouration. The director of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute says the bird also proved to be a bit of an escape artist.

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Remembering the art and life of Mary Pratt

Artist Mary Pratt has died at the age of 83. The New Brunswick woman was well-known for turning ordinary household objects into beautiful and highly-realistic works of art. Art historian Anne Koval at Mount Allison University is working on a biography of the late painter.

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Music: Funk fusion band Morohubu releases debut EP

Woodstock band Morohubu just released their debut EP, Get Up and Dance. The band members are John Morris, Randy Ross, Steve Hubbard and Andrew Bull - so drummer Randy Ross says it's not difficult to guess where the band's name originated. But there's more of a story to it, nonetheless.

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Moncton hospice charity gets funding for 10-bed residence

The province announced Tuesday, it's spending $1 million to help create a 10-bed hospice in Moncton, to support people and their families at the end of life. Pam Mansfield is a palliative care physician with the Moncton Hospital Horizon Health Network and an advocate with Hospice Greater Moncton. She says plans for the hospice have been 14 years in the making.

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New forest management strategy receives mixed reactions

The Liberal government is increasing the amount of Crown land set aside for conservation, while also maintaining its timber allocations to industry. But Roberta Clowater, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's New Brunswick chapter, doesn't believe the forest eco-system can sustain the increased pressure on public land.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: The history of Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill has long been one of the province's most visited tourist attractions. But how did it become the attraction we know today? Heather Lyons is the manager of reference services and public programs at the provincial archives, and has been looking into finding an answer.

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Home Grown: Have you heard of fire weed jelly?

Aaron and Shelley Shantz have been homesteading in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent for several years. But only now, they've decided to try farming at L'Hirondelle Farm full time.They're growing vegetables and raising chickens. But the most curious among their produce is not grown but foraged - fire weed - and they're making jelly out of it.

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Student petitions for plastic bag ban in New Brunswick

Plastic and its impact on the environment has been in the news for some time. There's been a big focus on straws lately. But Lavalee Forbes is looking at plastic bags. The UNB student recently spent time in Morocco, where the production and use of plastic bags has been banned since 2016. Now she is petitioning New Brunswick to ban the bags here too.

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Fuze festival matches classical musicians with Sleepy Driver

The New Brunswick Summer Music Festival is underway in Fredericton. And for a number of years there's been a festival within the festival. Fuze is a collaboration between classical musicians and a local band. It's the brainchild of Fredericton native Greg Harrison. And this year, Sleepy Driver has signed on.

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Fredericton arborist competes in international tree climbing championship

The International Tree Climbing Championship just wrapped up in Columbus, Ohio. Fredericton arborist Thomas Blight says it's less about speed than showing off your skills and being inventive. The organizers also film some of the climbers, in case they come up with a new technique that can be taught.

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Science: Accidental inventions and how they happened

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. Mold on one of his petri dishes appeared to be inhibiting bacterial growth - and that's how antibiotics were born. But Michael Edwards of Fredericton's Science East says that's far from the only example of accidental invention.

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Honouring the founder of Theatre New Brunswick

Eleven New Brunswickers are receiving the Order of New Brunswick this year, for their incredible contributions to the province. One of them is Walter Learning, the founding artistic director of Theatre New Brunswick. Long-time friend Ilkay Silk not only lived in his basement but also got her first job with him, and remained involved with TNB for the last 48 years.

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Family horse inspires new children's book

New Brunswick educator and author Kelly Cooper is hitting the road this month. She recently published her first children's book. It's called If a Horse Had Words, and is loosely based on her experiences growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan.

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What's your story? Woven Cultures encourages NB youths to think about identity

Woven Cultures is a group of young immigrants teaching children about identity and inclusion. But rather than just telling them about it, co-organizer Khairunnisa Intiar says they're visiting classrooms and encourage students to share their own stories and hear about others.

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Art gallery fundraises for Moncton painter who lost art in fire

A Moncton gallery is helping a professional artist whose house in Hunters Home was destroyed by a fire last month. Ian Saxby suffered burns on his arms and legs during the blaze, and remains in hospital. He also lost many of his paintings in the fire. Buff Slaney of Moncton's Starving Artist Gallery is now fundraising for the painter and selling some of Saxby's remaining art.

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Bird Talk: Owl migrations in the Maritimes

Birder Alain Clavette visits the southern tip of Nova Scotia, where researchers have build a bird observatory in Clare - in particular to study migratory owls.

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Blue-green algae killed three dogs who played in or near river

Provincial officials say blue-green algae is to blame in the deaths of three dogs that played in the St John River, or along the shore. The dogs died in late July, and Dr. Jim Goltz, the province's top veterinarian, said two necropsies were performed last week, on a dog from each site.

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Meet Maple Man - a New Brunswick superheroe

You've likely heard about Superman, Wolverine or Deadpool. But how about Maple Man and his team of animal sidekicks? They're a new edition to the list of Canadian superheroes and were created based on a comic book script writing workshop by Peter Breau of the Fundy Comic Arts Society.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cancel Harvest performance

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cancelled their performance at Fredericton's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. The band's producer and Nathaniel's mentor has died and the funeral will be held during the festival. That leaves Harvest with a big hole to fill six weeks out, but festival director Brent Staeben says they're already contacting potential replacements.

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Cooking with some of New Brunswick's best ingredients

This Saturday is Food Day Canada, an annual celebration of all of the local ingredients available in the country. Chefs at some of the best restaurants put their best foot forward to show off what's fresh and tasty in their region. At the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews, chef and owner Chris Aerni is kicking it up a notch for this special event.

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How changes to the federal carbon tax plan could effect New Brunswick

The federal government is making changes to its carbon tax plan for industry. Louise Comeau, director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Research Centre at UNB, has been looking at how that will effect businesses in the province.

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Grand Manan bird sanctuary grows with donated land

Bird lovers rejoice! A Fredericton couple have donated their land on Grand Manan. And Paula Noel, provincial program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, says the land will become part of the island's migratory bird sanctuary.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Baby squirrels and baby eagles

A lot of baby animals arrive each spring at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. But just as those orphans grow up and can be released, director Pam Novak says a second wave starts showing up. This time, it's baby squirrels and birds galore.

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Music: Steve Haley, formerly of Banded Stilts, releases solo album

A few years ago, Sackville's Banded Stilts made it to the top five in CBC's Searchlight competition. The driving force behind the band was Steve Haley. Now, after a bit of a break, he put out a new album - this time, under his own name.

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Not just music at SappyFest

Sackville's SappyFest is celebrating it's 13th edition this weekend, naturally with lots of incredible acts. But creative director Steven Lambke says there's a lot more to the festival than just music, including a new dance workshop and dance performances.

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Jail vegetable garden benefits Edmundston food bank

The Edmundston food bank is getting their fresh vegetables from a rather unconventional place these days, the nearby Madawaska Correctional Centre. Food bank director Yves Sevigny said his clients are very pleased with the produce they're getting, and the prisoners benefit from growing vegetables with a purpose.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Photos to attract tourists

Photo archivist Josh Green and provincial archives' summer student Emily McLeod have been sorting through boxes full of photos taken to promote the province as a destination over the last 80 years.

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Promoting Atlantic Canada's best women

Sometimes bad news can spur something positive. Take Vanessa Paesani for example. The Fredericton woman got inspired by the MeToo movement and created Amplify East, a website to highlight the stories of successful women in Atlantic Canada, and hopefully inspire others.

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A corn maze for Miramichi

John and Nathalie Fletcher grew up in the Miramichi region. When they graduated, they were anxious to get out and see a bit of the world. But for the last few years, they've been looking for a way to get back. So when the forest fires hit their home in Fort McMurray in 2016, they started putting a plan together. Now they're back in New Brunswick and getting ready to open a big corn maze.

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Hammond River residents return from 4 days of marching in Nijmegen

It's been just over a week since Janet Colwell of Hammond River completed The International Four Day Marches in the Netherlands for the second time. It's the largest multiple day marching event in the world and Janet participated in the civilian march with five members of her family.

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Developing maps to help with future floods

Everyone wants to avoid the kind of flooding we saw this spring. But what can the province do, and how quickly can it act? A team at UNB's Forest Watershed Research Center is developing in-depth maps of our provincial waterways and wetlands. Professor Paul Arp says these maps will also give the province and developers a better idea of where to build.

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Can you throw that?

If you've never seen someone toss what is essentially a tree around, this weekend you'll have your chance. The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is on in Fredericton. One of the big draw is the heavy events, organized by Joe Hall, where people can see everything from the hammer to the caber toss.

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Bird Talk: Sandpiper Festival takes off in Dorchester

Last week, our birder Alain Clavette was celebrating the return of semipalmated sandpipers at Johnson's Mills. This week, he's getting up close and personal at the annual Sandpiper Festival in nearby Dorchester.

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The truth behind the Outlander series

Between the time travel and the romance, there's a lot of real Scottish history in the popular Outlander series. James Finnie is a re-enactor, better known perhaps as Jacobite James. His group The Gallus Gael will be in Fredericton this weekend for the Highland Games with a workshop called Outlander - Facts Behind the Fiction.

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Creative ice cream and a truck that takes you back to the 70s

Queen Street Creamery is a new ice cream truck run by Patti Hollenberg, the owner of Fredericton's Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Cafe. Hollenberg started the truck this summer, and her ice cream has two main ingredients: Produce bought at local farms and a good dose of imagination.

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Tour of Hope starts in Edmundston

The Tour of Hope started in Edmundston and some 140 cyclists already covered some of the most difficult terrain in the province. It's a 650-kilometre-long fundraiser for the Tree of Hope campaign, ending in Moncton by suppertime on Sunday. Dr Carole Williams is the president of the 2018 tour and says they're raising funds for women's health.

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Moncton's Y appeals to young people for community jobs

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is looking for young people interested in helping out the community while gaining some important job skills. The Y is one of 10 locations across the country piloting the YMCA Community Action Network (or YCAN). Coordinator Kayla Cruickshank says the program is geared toward people between the ages of 15 and 30.

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Shad students seek to help with natural disasters

Students from across the country have been thinking about how they could help communities deal with natural disasters. It's the topic of this year's Shad enrichment program. Colin Cyr of Fredericton is participating in the program at Mount Allison, and Jackson Weir of Saint John is in Newfoundland at Memorial University.

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Living longer near water - study

A new study found that people living near natural water may live longer lives. Dr. Dan Crouse at the University of New Brunswick said he found a 12 to 17 per cent reduction in mortality rates.

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About 100 dancers compete at Fredericton Highland Games

The Highland Games are on in Fredericton this weekend. There will be lots of amazing feats of strength at the heavy events, as well as music and workshops - and a big Highland Dance competition organized by Nicole Odo of the Nicole Odo School of Highland Dance.

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Science: The magic of fireflies

There's something magical about watching fireflies in the summer. They wiggle about, all aglow. But as Michael Edwards of Science East is fond of saying: "There's nothing magical about it - that's science!"

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Province suspects blue-green algae may be cause of 3 dog deaths

The province now suspects that blue-green algae may be the cause for the deaths of three dogs that visited the St. John River in recent days. Veterinarian Katie Bell says the algae can cause death. She also warns about overheating and dogs consuming too much fresh water at once during the hot summer days.

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Farmers experience another year of hay shortages

Beef and dairy producers are hoping for some rain. Paul Gaunce owns Sugar Hill dairy farm in Passekeag, near Sussex. He says a cold and frosty spring, followed by dry weather has kept the grass from growing, leading to a shortage in hay.

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Right whale with NB roots visits Iceland

An Icelandic whale watching crew came across a North Atlantic Right Whale. It's not unheard of to see the endangered species in the area. But it's rare. And Philip Hamilton, a research scientist with the New England Aquarium Center for Ocean Life, says this particular whale has roots in the Bay of Fundy.

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Researchers track giant spruce budworm migration clouds

A group of researchers with Natural Resources Canada have launched a helikite to fly with migrating spruce budworm moths near Rimouski, Quebec. Lead researcher Yan Boulanger says they're using it to fly into large clouds of the migrating insects to collect samples, and learn more about the destructive species.

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2 dogs die mysteriously in Fredericton park

A Fredericton man is looking for answers after his two small dogs died following a Sunday evening visit to a city park. Jeff Wilhelm says he and his girlfriend were taking their four dogs for a walk in Carleton Park on the city's northside. He says two of the dogs got very sick and died shortly after playing in the water.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: A trip to mystery crater

There used to be another tourist attraction in the province, involving an optical illusion like Magnetic Hill, but with tartan tour guides. Heather Lyons is the manager of reference services and public programs at the provincial archives, and spent a lot of time researching the Mystery Crater.

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Ocean gliders track right whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Scientists have sent out underwater gliders to document the movement of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The data could help save the endangered whales and provide a more accurate description of their food and environmental need, said Fred Whoriskey, executive director of the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University.

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A turquoise frog wanders Fredericton's gardens

A turquoise frog showed up in a Fredericton garden. Donald McAlpine, head of the zoology section at the New Brunswick Museum, says it's a Leopard Frog - a common widespread species, but one less frequently reported as blue or turquoise.

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Rescued beluga reappears

A beluga whale that was rescued from the Nepisiguit River last year has shown up again. Tonya Wimmer with the Marine Animal Response Society says belugas in the St. Lawrence are an endagered species. The rescuers had hoped the whale would integrate with one of the beluga pods there, but now he's somewhere completely different.

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Special Olympics begin 50th anniversary celebration with Global Day of Inclusion

The Special Olympics summer games are in Antigonish this year, beginning on July 31st. Two of the people heading to the games are Jane McKeown, the program director of Special Olympics New Brunswick, and Lennie Porter of Oromocto. He is on the provincial basketball team.

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Bird Talk: Sandpipers return to Johnson's Mills

The sandpipers are back in the province and our birder Alain Clavette has news about Johnson's Mills, one of the best places to see thousands of the shorebirds during their migration.

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