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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Provincial speed skaters go to World Cup

For the first time in nearly 20 years, two New Brunswick athletes will represent Canada at a short track speed skating World Cup. Courtney Sarault of Moncton made the Canadian team last year. But for Fredericton's Rikki Doak, it's a World Cup debut.

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Theatre: A comedic take on Joe Clark's time as PMO

Theatre New Brunswick's latest show is called 1979 and takes the audience back 40 years, for a comedic look at the Canadian politics of the day. Natasha MacLellan is directing 1979, and planned the play just in time for the election.

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No need to rake the leaves this year

This weekend, the leaves will be off the trees, accumulating on lawns and in flower beds. If you're not anxious to spend your weekend raking, Andrew Holland with the Nature Conservancy of Canada makes a pitch for putting off your clean-up.

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Music: Saying goodbye to The Chieftains

The Chieftains are heading back to New Brunswick. It's part of a goodbye tour, after 57 years representing Irish folk music to the world. The band has won six Grammy awards, and served as cultural ambassadors around the world. Paddy Moloney was there for every bit of it.

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Science: The purpose of belly buttons

Michael Edwards of Science East talks about belly buttons, who has them, and why they exist.

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Bird Talk: Looking for fall vagrants

Birder Alain Clavette is looking for fall vagrants; birds that are not common to the province. And he continues his review of birding terms, so you can talk like a pro with the binocular set. 

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Lack of access to Fredericton abortion clinic problematic for many women

The impending closure of New Brunswick's only privately-funded abortion clinic in Fredericton means women in the region are losing a vital service they may otherwise not be able to access, said Beth Lyons, executive director with the New Brunswick Women Council.

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Two 15-year olds find fossils at Grand Lake cottage

Rowan Norrad and Luke Allen found a deposit of 300-million year old fossils in the Grand Lake area. They're now working with Matt Stimson, the assistant curator of geology at the New Brunswick Museum, who is examining the fossils.

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Turkey cooking tips for the weekend

This weekend many in the province will sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner. There are as a many strategies for preparing a meal, as there are families it seems. Chef and caterer Brian Matheson in Miramichi has some tips for both meat eaters and vegetarian dinner guests.

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Home Grown: Time to enjoy family, and friends, and good food

A couple of years ago, Trueman Blueberry Farms in the Sackville area expanded to include a farm stand and bakery. That's where Amanda Estabrooks works, filling tons of Thanksgiving orders for pie.

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Hundreds join mental health walk in Miramichi

October 10 is Mental Health Awareness Day. And every year, Beatrice Loggie invites people in Miramichi to join her for a walk to raise awareness about mental health issues. Loggie is the director of the Caring Friends Activity Center, which serves people with mental health issues in the community. 

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Green paper on education: Changes to second language teaching

Joseph Dicks, the director of the Second Language Research Institute of Canada at UNB, said he supports Dominic Cardy's proposal to start second language training for students earlier. But he disagrees that the French immersion program has led to serious classroom composition challenges.

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Curious Crumbs: Vegetarian food... with a side of music

Bistro Coeur D'artishow in Petit-Rocher serves vegetarian food, and sometimes one of the owners sings. This is part four in a series on restaurants serving unconventional dishes in New Brunswick by the CBC's Viola Pruss.

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A plea for more safety improvements at rail crossings

Three years after Steve Harel died at a railway crossing in downtown Moncton, a lawsuit over his death has been resolved. His family's lawyer, Brian Murphy, said for the family is was always about safety improvements, and he hopes that message lives on.

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Sustainability Week is underway at UNB Fredericton 

The university is hosting several events focused on making better choices for the environment. There are also opportunities to share knowledge and concerns, and a pledge asking students to consider making some changes toward a plastics-free university.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: The ufologist's collection (Part 1)

In the months leading up to his death, nuclear physicist and ufologist Stan Friedman started donating his vast collection of records to the provincial archives. Archivist Joanna Aiton-Kerr shares some of the pieces that caught her eye.

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The problem with relocating nuisance deer

The Union of Municipalities in New Brunswick has passed a resolution, asking the province to relocate nuisance deer in urban areas. Energy and resource minister Mike Holland said government is working on options for dealing with the deer, but relocating them is not an option.

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Bird Talk: Lifer, peeps and what's a butter butt?

Alain Clavette continues his course on birding lingo, and gives an update on what birds you can expect to see around this time of year.

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Friday Panel: Farmers weigh in on the federal election campaign

New Brunswick is one of the most rural provinces in Canada. The panellists discuss the issues facing farmers - including trade, labour and climate change - and what they are hearing from candidates.

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Green paper on education: More freedom for teachers

New Brunswick's education minister recommends giving teachers more freedom to talk about their work. UNB education professor Ken Brien said the change would allow teachers to share more information relevant to parents, the public and school districts. But there are also concerns, including around confidentiality.

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Catching big bass in Fredericton this weekend

It's the first time New Brunswick is hosting the B1 Fishing tournament. And that's a big deal for Canadian anglers, who find smallmouth bass in the province make for an especially challenging and rewarding catch, said tournament director Donald Paterson.

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Child obesity rates not an awareness problem, says researcher

Close to 4 out of 10 children in New Brunswick are overweight or obese. Kim Raine, a researcher at the School of Public Health in Alberta, said one big issue is the influence the food industry has on people's choices and lifestyle.

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The Grande Grouille turns 10 years old

New Brunswick's Botanical Garden in Edmundston is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Grande Grouille in style. There are carved pumpkins, lights, creatures and characters galore.

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Building hope and relationships with First Nations communities

Five communities in northern New Brunswick are holding vigils and marches this month, to raise awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The events are part of a larger outreach and reconciliation effort organized by Shelley Francis.

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Home Grown: Electrician turned farmer in the Hammond River area

Pete and Sarah Adams of Magnetic Gardens started planting vegetables five years ago on a half acre. Now they supply 50 families with weekly boxes.

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Watch the Moon on Fall Astronomy Day

Saturday is Fall Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon night. Chris Curwin of Astronomy by the Bay explains what that's all about.

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Sussex looks to geothermal energy for economic growth

The town of Sussex just concluded a major study, looking at using its decommissioned potash mine to produce geothermal energy. The town's CAO Scott Hatcher said it would take an investment of about $14.4 million, but would revitalize the region's economy and provide meaningful jobs for a long time.

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Science: The year's weirdest science and unusual inventions

Michael Edwards talks about this year's Ig Nobel awards, which celebrate unusual scientific research and imaginative inventions.

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The history of Residential Schools told through music, poetry and sound

How do we Listen is a collaboration between musical scholars and Indigenous musicians and storytellers. The project weaves Indigenous music with early western European music, and includes the story of Wolastoq Angela Acquin’s grandmother, whose sister drowned at the Shubenacadie Residential School.

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Durham Bridge athlete honoured by Special Olympics Canada

Special Olympian Jesse Canney was named Male Athlete of the Year. Canney competes in track and field, basketball and bowling, and won three gold medals and a silver in swimming at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. His mom Pam Moxon said she had a knack for sports from an early age.

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Curious Crumbs: Pasta made from scratch at the Octopus's Garden Cafe

A small restaurant in Alma serves homemade pasta, for a taste of Italy in New Brunswick. This is part three in a series on restaurants serving unconventional dishes in New Brunswick by the CBC's Viola Pruss.

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Book Talk: Too Dumb For Democracy?

David Moscrop is a writer, academic and political theorist. His new book has the provocative title 'Too Dumb For Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions, and How We Can Make Better Ones.' But Moscrop doesn't really think people are dumb. Instead, he finds we're a clever species that routinely makes bad decisions and gets stuck living with the consequences.

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Bird Talk: What's a 'lifer' in birder lingo

Birder Alain Clavette talks about some unusual birds spotted in the province, and explains some birder lingo.

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Friday Panel: Climate change and the upcoming election

Climate change and policy proposals to counter it are emerging as major topics in the upcoming federal election. The panelists discuss policies, public perception and what needs to happen on a local level.

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Go to Miramichi, see some flying pumpkins

It's the Fall Harvest Fest this weekend, which means 16 schools will bring catapults to compete in the annual pumpkin throw. Coordinator Kevin Gallant with the Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick said the school that gets a pumpkin closest to the target wins.

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Program for kids with autism returns to Fredericton library

One of the organizers of Sensory Circuits, Rebecca Wurm, said the program ran out of funding in June but another organization since stepped up to foot the bill. The program is one of the few in the city that takes children into a public space, she said.

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Home Grown: Turning leather into art

We're off to Woodstock, where Ashley Brown spends most of her day creating items out of repurposed leather. She sews wallets and bags, but also creates artistic pieces including feather-shaped earrings, which she sells under the name Hammerthreads.

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A chat with Bryan Potvin of the Northern Pikes

Iconic Canadian band the Northern Pikes are known for a string of hits, from Teenland to She Ain't Pretty. Now they're back with their first new album in more than 15 years. It's called Forest of Love, and marks the first album after Kevin Kane of the Grapes of Wrath joined the band.

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Defaced election signs should not deter women from politics

Someone defaced Liberal Karen Ludwig's election signs. It's not the first time this happened and some argue it's directed against female politicians. But former Liberal candidate Susan Holt said that should not deter anyone from running for public office.

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The risk of misinformation in the digital age

A series of lectures at the University of New Brunswick examines cyber security and its influence on life and politics. The first speaker in the series, professor Nasir Memon of New York University, looks at misinformation and the integrity of digital media.

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UNB researcher wants to reduce domestic murder-suicide rates

New Brunswick has some of the highest rates of murder-suicide in the country. UNB researcher Cathy Holtmann wants to reduce the deaths, specifically for four vulnerable populations, by talking to survivors, their friends and family members.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Bald eagles recover after colliding with car

Director Pam Novak talks about a couple of bald eagles that were released this week, after months at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute. Both birds suffered serious injuries from collisions.

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Saint John mayor pushes for action on mental health concerns

Saint John Mayor Don Darling said his community is hurting after four people took their lives in recent weeks. He said more resources and political will is needed to provide people with timely and compassionate access to better mental health services.

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Music: The Gregories are a little 80s but 'still pretty contemporary'

Moncton band the Gregories are nominated for two Music New Brunswick Awards for their album Offal Truth. Singer and guitarist David Gregory talks about the band, their influences and how they write their music.

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Long-term solutions needed to improve mental health supports in Saint John

Counselling services in Saint John are getting a boost to help those affected by recent suicides in the community. But Katina Feggos, clinical case manager with Family Plus, said there is a need for more long-term solutions, including a single point of entry system to quickly assess and refer a person based on their mental health needs.

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Travel agent says Thomas Cook bankruptcy shows need for more governance

Thomas Cook Travel Group went out of business this week, stranding hundreds of thousands of people. Ellen Tucker of Saint John's Freedom Travel talks about what that means for the industry, and the need for more regulation.

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Curious Crumbs: In love with bread at the Napan Baykery

The small Napan Baykery in Miramichi is so popular with some customers, owners Kerstin and Werner Pesch once sent an order for bread all the way to Labrador City. This is part two in a series on restaurants serving unconditional dishes in New Brunswick by the CBC's Viola Pruss.

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New Brunswick cities want to become regional centres

The mayors representing the eight major cities in the province met in Dieppe to discuss their shared priorities for the coming year. First on the list: creating strong regions across the province, each with a city at its core, said Adam Lordon, the Mayor of Miramichi and president of the Eight Cities Association.

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Moncton serves eviction notice to tent city residents

The city served the notice to about 20 homeless people living in tents on Albert Street, urging them to move to shelters. Lisa Ryan with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee said the decision came as no surprise, and a community plan is in place to create more housing for the city's homeless in the long-term.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Canoeing with a handmade camera in the 1860s

George Taylor was among the first photographers in New Brunswick. Based in Fredericton, he travelled around the province in the 1860s, taking some of the first photographs of communities such as Hartland, and much of the countryside.The provincial archives has about 900 of his glass negatives.

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Bird Talk: Where are all the birds?

Birder Alain Clavette reacts to an article reporting the loss of three billion birds in North America since 1970. He also provides an update on his Kedgwick River tour with a photographer from National Geographic.

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Bathurst family organizes blood drive for toddler with rare disease

Mavrik Hampe was only six months old, when he was diagnosed with X-linked agammaglobulinemia or XLA - a rare disorder that affects the body's ability to fight infection. But medication made from plasma donations can help, said his mother, Diane McKiel.

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Sackville university celebrates new Indigeneous Garden

The garden at Mount Allison University will include medicinal plants, traditional vegetables and native species. Project coordinator Jesse Popp said the goal of the garden is to educate, while preserving the plants and their uses.

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Writer reflects on telling stories in dark times

Carrianne Leung is not someone who generally struggles to find words. But lately, the educator and writer of fiction found telling stories to be a challenge. She's put her thoughts on the subject together in a lecture called Writing in a Dangerous Time, which is part of Fredericton's Word Feast.

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U.S. groups call for ban on Canadian snow crab imports

American environmental groups want the U.S. to ban Canadian snow crab imports, to pressure Canada into doing more to protect the North Atlantic right whale. Environmentalist Sean Brilliant of the Canadian Wildlife Federation said the groups' demands are not entirely unfounded, but said collaboration is needed between both countries.

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Science: An eel is an eel... or is it?

Michael Edwards of Fredericton's Science East said there's a lot we don't know about electric eels. For example: While they may all look the same, scientists now discovered there are three distinct species. And they're technically not really eels, either.

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Music: Sackville celebrates the sound of early music

The Sackville Festival of Early Music is celebrating its 15th anniversary. To mark the milestone, organizers have three major concerts planned, including an experience that will blend European and Middle Eastern medieval sounds, said artistic director Linda Pearse.

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Wheelchair Challenge comes to Saint John

Ability New Brunswick is holding its Wheelchair Challenge in Saint John this weekend. Director of development Elizabeth Murphy said it's an opportunity for people to learn what life using a wheelchair would be like.

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Curious Crumbs: Maison de la Fondue

A small restaurant in Tracadie specializes in a variety of fondue dishes, and has done so for many years. The first part in a series on restaurants serving unconditional dishes in New Brunswick by the CBC's Viola Pruss.

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Legendary folk singer Valdy tours the province

Valdy has been performing across the country for some 50 years. This week, he's back in New Brunswick for a number of shows. Including a fundraiser on Friday night in Riverview that wants to help keep Becca Schofield's legacy alive.

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Time to consider invasive species in the water... and your yard

Before you pull that boat from the water, consider what might be attached to it. That's the message from the New Brunswick Invasive Species Council. Project coordinator Kristin Elton said they are rolling out a new program to educate people about invasive species, and how to stop them.

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Fisherman rescues one big Great White

Most people would be worried about getting too close to a Great White shark. Not so William Hanley. He rescued one from his fishing nets in Back Bay near St. George on Sunday.

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Immigration fraud targets Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Alex LeBlanc, executive director of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, said it's a shame that the integrity of Canada's immigration system is being called into question because of a few people not following the rules.

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Music NB Awards nominations are out

It's the event's 10th anniversary and organizers have made some big changes. Including cutting down on the number of awards to be handed out, said Jean Surette, executive director of Music New Brunswick.

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When technology develops too fast to keep up

Wes Finck is a Schulich Leader at UNB, studying electrical engineering. The Schulich Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships to young leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. On Saturday, Finck is giving a talk on technological disruption at a networking event in Fredericton.

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New Brunswick sailor competes at Mobility Cup Regatta

Alyssa Belliveau is with the Able Sail program in Shediac, a non-profit that teaches sailing to people with disabilities. This week, she's been racing at the Mobility Cup Regatta in Ottawa. Mark Bridges, who is on the Able Sail board of directors, was there with her.

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Bird Talk: Searching for eagles in the Restigouche area

Birder Alain Clavette is spending time with UK photographer Richard Taylor, who is visiting the province for a project with National Geographic. They sent this dispatch from northern New Brunswick.

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Homegrown: Sackville farmers market news

This time of year farmers markets all over the province are hives of activity. The Sackville farmers market has a lot going on right now. Manager Michael Freeman tells Shift host Vanessa Vander Valk about how the market is involved in food security in the community and much more!

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AWI: Coping with many animals and no power

The power is back on now at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, but is was out for three full days! Luckily, the generator kept them going. Pam Novak speaks Shift host Vanessa Vander Valk about what else it took to keep going.

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Solving a mystery at the archives

The provincial archives secured two small sketchbooks over the summer. The books contain rural scenes from the province dating back a hundred years, there's no name on the book to identify the artist. Vanessa Vander Valk spoke with photo archivist Josh Green, and summer student Dana Durnford.

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NB Chimney sweep at meetings in Italy

An Elgin man is participating in an international gathering of chimney sweeps in Italy this week. Patrick O. Cormier joined some 1,300 chimney sweeps from all over the globe and he tells Shift Host Vanessa Vander Valk all about it.

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Birders spy wire on bird

Many birders have noticed more and more Lesser Black-Backed Gulls in our region. They're not supposed to be here. A couple of weeks ago Alain Clavette's seabird safari spotted one of these gulls in the Bay of Fundy with what looked like a wire sticking out of its back.

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Homegrown Apple Season and Yip Cider

This Saturday Mackay Apple Orchard in Long Reach will open its u-pick. And they have something to celebrate as well. Four of their Yip ciders recently picked up medals at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition in Grand Rapids Michigan. Joe MacKay is the co-owner and cider maker at Yip.

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New Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick appointed

Brenda Murphy will take on the role as the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. Murphy a long-time social justice advocate, has made serving the public, advancing gender equality, and ending poverty her life's work. She speaks with host Vanessa Vander Valk about the appointment.

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Insurance rates on the rise

New Brunswick's Insurance Board which oversees auto insurance rates in the province has its hands full. The board is dealing with applications from 5 separate companies that want to raise rates on drivers 24% or more in the next few months. The CBC's Robert Jones has all the details.

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Seniors back to school advice

Residents of the Kings Way LifeCare Alliance in Quispamsis were asked to share their knowledge. Megan O'Hara is the director of community relations for the Kings Way Lifecare Alliance she speaks with Shift host Vanessa Vander Valk about the project.

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Getting students out to vote

Canadians will be heading to the polls this Fall, and student leaders want to make sure that young people vote. A national student-lead Get Out the Vote Campaign launches today. Husoni Raymond is the president of the St. Thomas University Students' Union, he speaks with Shift host Vanessa Vander Valk. .

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Riverview's Matt Kinnie brings home gold

Canadian athletes won 60 medals during 10 days of competition at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. All four New Brunswick athletes who competed for Canada are coming home with hardware. Riverview's Matt Kinnie brought home a gold medal in paracycling, he tells host Vanessa Vander Valk all about it.

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Millennial Mom is a fantasy

Many people have an image of the modern mom, but Darlene Baker says it's all rather impossible. She's a mother of four in Rothesay who grew tired of the pursuit of perfection and the image of what she calls 'Millennial Mom'. She created a series called "Millennial Mom : I Have a Problem with Fantasy"

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Royal visit remembered

It's been 80 years since the 1939 Royal Visit. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made their way across much of the country that spring. On June 12th they stopped in Doaktown for tea. Valerie O'Donnell is the manager of the Doak Historic Site, she tells host Vanessa Vander Valk how they are remembering the royal visit.

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Fredericton man takes a long walk

Fredericton's Dan Luton finished University last year, but instead of starting work right away, he decided to fufill a dream. He hiked the Appalachian Trail. The trail, more than 3500 km, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. It took him 116 days.

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Birding on the Bay of Fundy

Our birder Alain Clavette chartered a boat and filled it with bird enthusiasts last weekend. They headed out into the Bay of Fundy looking for seabirds.

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Homegrown: Distillerie Fils du Roy building malt house

Distillerie Fils du Roy, is building the first malt house in the province.The plan is to use barley from local farmers and transform it into malt to use in their beer and whiskey production. Sebastian Roy is the co-owner of New Brunswick's Distillerie Fils Du Roy, he speaks with host Vanessa Vander Valk.

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Moncton athlete heading to national tryouts

Moncton's Jacob LeBlanc competed for Canada in Switzerland this summer in wheelchair racing. Tonight the 17-year old leaves for Calgary to try out for the national para hockey team. Shift host Vanessa Vander Valk spoke with him before he heads west.

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Emerald Ash Borer found in Moncton

The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in the north end of Moncton. The invasive beetle attacks and kills all species of ash trees.The Emerald Ash Borer was initially confirmed in Edmundston last year, and this summer it was found in Oromocto. Dan Hicks is the director of Parks and Leisure Operations for Moncton.

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Young beaver spends summer at AWI

A young beaver was certainly eager to get back to the wild last week. She spent the summer at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute after she was found wandering alone in the Riverview area. Pam Novak did a lot of hand feeding to get the beaver ready to be on her own, she tells host Vanessa Vander Valk all about it.

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Ellie the pig home safe

A 200-pound pig wandered from her home in Benton near Woodstock two months ago. Bonnie Weaver and her family looked for Ellie for weeks, and she never really gave up. Well yesterday two months after Ellie went missing, she found her way back home. Weaver spoke with the CBC's Phil Drost.

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Invasive smallmouth bass shows up in Miramichi

Conservationists and scientists are working to stop smallmouth bass from establishing a population in the Miramichi River. Neville Crabbe with the Atlantic Salmon Federation said its almost impossible to contain invasive aquatic species, so the only option is to get rid of them.

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Newcomer organization welcomes provincial population growth strategy

Moncef Lakouas, president of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, said integrating people has to go beyond giving people jobs, and making sure they also feel welcome and happy in their new home. He said government seems willing to achieve that.

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Canadian lobster fishermen benefit from U.S.-Chinese trade war

U.S. lobster exports to China are down, which in turn has led to consistent sales and a steady market in Atlantic Canada, said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada. But he also cautions that could change quickly if the Chinese market collapses, and that stable, predictable markets boost the industry more than volatile trade markets.

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Don't fear the Great White in Passamaquoddy Bay

A video of a shark catching a seal in Passamaquoddy Bay is drawing people's attention on social media. UNB biologist Steve Turnbull said there may be more sharks visiting the area this summer, because of a growing seal population. But he said people shouldn't worry about being in danger.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: A summer of restoring old photographs

It's tough to keep old photos in pristine condition. Often they're stored in boxes, stuffed in musty basements. Damage can and does happen. But Kathleen Pond, a summer student working at the archives, has taken to digitising and then restoring them, almost to their original look.

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Chatham Ironmen turn national champions

The team won the men's championship in Miramichi over the weekend, in front of a hometown crowd. Assistant coach Kevin Bowes said the the stands were packed to see the team take on Nova Scotia.

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Bird Talk: A visitor from England

This week, birder Alain Clavette spent much of the week with writer and nature enthusiast Simon Barnes from the United Kingdom. He sent a dispatch of their travels.

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Amateur pilots show off their skills at Moncton competition

This week. eight pilots from across Canada were vying for the Webster Memorial Trophy at a competition in Moncton. Mike Doiron, the event's public relations manager, said the pilots have to write an exam and show their flying skills. Organizers also hope the event will drum up interest in the profession among younger people.

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UNB students concerned about change to part-time tuition rules

Starting September 1, students who take nine or more credit hours per term are now considered full-time. That means they are expected to pay higher fees for the fall and winter terms. Vice president academic George MacLean said the change was made to be in line with regulations at other universities.

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Stargazing in the province: Here's what you'll see this weekend

A number of free stargazing events are planned for communities from Saint John to Kouchibouguac National Park. Chris Curwin of Astronomy by the Bay tells us where to go, and what to expect.

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New Brunswicker teaches music to youth in Iqaluit

Sistema New Brunswick has sent a teacher to Nunavut, to help teach music at a special summer camp for local youth. The camp is held every summer. But this is the first time that Swan Serna, director for the Sistema centre in Richibucto, travelled to the remote northern community.

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Home Grown: Gyotaku, or the art of making fish prints

Alanna Baird uses fresh fish and ink to make prints on rice paper. She's inspired by a Japanese art form called Gyotaku, and also teaches others how to make the prints.

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Saint John councillor proposes tax levy as new revenue source

The province has rejected a proposal to place highway tolls on roads leading into Saint John, The tolls were supposed to help the city, which faces millions in cuts to services by 2021. Deputy mayor Shirley McAlary said she'd like to see a levy added on to the property tax bills of people in communities around Saint John instead.

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What you can see at the Fundy Fringe festival

If you haven't been to the Fundy Fringe festival yet, there's still time. Festival director Sarah Rankin talks about what to expect, from comedy to horror, to shows that tackle issues of the day.

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New research on the trouble with rats, and how to get rid of them

Kaylee Byers studies rodents and how people and cities should deal with them and the diseases they can carry. She is the deputy director with the British Columbia chapter of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. This week, she's in Fredericton as part of a conference led by the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and the Entomological Society of Canada.

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Science: Why lobsters turn red

Michael Edwards of Science East explains why lobsters turn red when you cook them.

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St. Stephen plant announces 65 layoffs

The Arauco plant in St. Stephen is shutting down its particleboard operations by the end of the year. Mayor Allan MacEachern said the announcement came as a shock to the small community. But he said the town is ready to help the employees find new work.

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Miramichi hosts men's baseball championships

The Men's National Baseball Championships are about to begin in Miramichi. Host committee chair Jody MacDonald said teams have started arriving, and it all kicks off with a home run derby.

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Dairy farmers welcome trade deals' compensation package

The federal government has announced $1.75 billion over eight years to help Canadian dairy farmers deal with losses sustained through two new trade agreements. Paul Gaunce, chair of Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, hopes the money will be enough to help provincial farmers. But he also warned that Canadian farmers may suffer from seeing their products replaced by foreign ones.

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Hiking solo on the Nepisiguit trail

The Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail is 147 kilometers long, connecting Mount Carleton and Bathurst. The trail was restored in recent years, and Louis Cormier of Memramcook just finished hiking it solo.

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Could a global recession be right around the corner?

Last week, stock markets plummeted, and trade tensions continue to ramp up between the United States and China. Ian Lee, associate professor at the Sprott School of Business, said he expects a recession is likely going to happen.

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LGBTQ group calls for ban on conversion therapy

In recent years, a push to ban conversion therapy has been growing. In New Brunswick, River of Pride has called on the provincial government to follow suit. Project coordinator Charles MacDougall said laws need to be in place, to protect young LGBTQ people from the practice, which aims to 'cure' people of their homosexuality.

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Saint John native returns home with horror show

Andrew Gaunce was very involved in Saint John's theatre scene back in 2010, when he left for school. He since relocated to Toronto and co-founded Aberrant Theatre. Now, he's returning to the port city for the Fundy Fringe Festival, with a horror show.

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Karaoke singer from Shediac headed to Tokyo world championships

Katey Day-Reick just returned from the national competition for the Karaoke World Championships in Calgary. She took home first place, and a ticket to the finals in Japan this November, where she will represent Canada.

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Bird Talk: Northern winds announce departure of birds

Birder Alain Clavette is beginning to see some signs of migration. He also has word on a rare bird spotted in the Moncton area.

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Edmundston-Madawaska bridge is getting a replacement

Construction of the new bridge is expected to start next year. Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard said the bridge is an important link between the communities, and weight restrictions in recent years, put in place because of the bridge's age, have caused headaches for many businesses and drivers.

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More than burgers: Miramichi newcomer barbecue helps with immigrant retention

The mayor of Miramichi is hosting another barbecue to welcome newcomers and connect people. Adam Lordon said the community is working hard to provide new residents with the resources and support they need, and to feel welcomed and integrated.

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Sandra Hom finds solace in creating Tiffany's Tipsy Treats

Sandra Hom lost her beloved dog about two years ago, and dealt with her grief by indulging in her love of cooking! She's created all kinds of jams, jellies, sauces and baking with a 'boozy' element.

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Acadian exhibit opening

A new multi-media exhibit about the Acadian settlement of Pointe Sainte Anne opens for a preview at the Fredericton Region Museum. We spoke with research director Stephanie Pettigrew.

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Music: Hat Fitz and Cara take on Maritimes with blues, soul and roots music

The Australian-Irish duo is touring Canada and the U.S. this summer. Hat Fitz is a veteran blues musician from Australia. And Cara Robinson is from Ireland, with a background in soul. They've been playing together for 10 years.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Saving a chipmunk from botfly larvae

Director Pam Novak talks about an unfortunate chipmunk that underwent surgery to remove two very large botfly larvae that were growing under its skin.

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How a Gagetown couple changed their home to weather more floods

The Village of Gagetown is celebrating its resiliency this weekend with a second High and Dry Festival. As part of the festival, the owners of Lang House Bed and Breakfast will give a tour of their house. Marian Langhus said they want to show others the changes they made to continue operations.

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'Northern' music features at New Brunswick music festival

This year, the New Brunswick Music Festival offers a musical contrast to the sweltering summer days. Artistic director Richard Hornsby said the festival features the music of northern countries - particularly Scandinavia.

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Paramedics union says staff shortage is getting critical

Medavie introduced double overtime pay for some the province's paramedics to help with staffing shortages during the summer months. But Norma Robinson, president of CUPE Local 1252, said this could lead to issues with burnout and high stress, and that overtime pay is not a solution to dealing with recruitment and retention issues.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: Donations that entertain and surprise

Ruth Savidge and Anne Touchie are summer students working at the provincial archives. They are processing donations that include everything from letters to ufologist Stanton Friedman, to old drug prescriptions, and even some personal files of former Premier Richard Hatfield.

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Book talk: The Lookout Tree

Back in 1989, Diane Carmel Leger wrote a book about Acadians during the time of the expulsion. It focused on a single family that hid in the woods. Her story, The Lookout Tree, was taught in schools for years. But until now, it was never published in English.

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Bird Talk: Monarch picking in the backyard

There's no doubt Alain Clavette is passionate about birds. But that's not where his interest in nature ends. This week, he has something a little different, from his own yard in Memramcook.

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A musical production for a thesis project

Matilda the Musical opens next week at the Playhouse in Fredericton. Director Ben Smith is a St. Thomas University student who pitched the production as his thesis project.

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Fun run and Oktoberfest honours Const. Robb Costello

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the tragic shooting on Fredericton's northside. Several events are planned in the coming days and months in memory of the four victims, including an run and Oktoberfest in honour of Const. Robb Costello.

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People asked to collect seeds... because most ash trees could soon be no more

Ash trees in the province are under attack by the invasive emerald ash borer. Since the trees only produce seeds every five to seven years, the National Tree Seed Centre in Fredericton is asking for people's help to collect the seeds, to preserve them for the future while staff expect the worst.

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Fredericton prepares for emerald ash borer infestation

Fredericton city forester Mike Glynn gave an update on the invasive emerald ash borer at city hall. The emerald ash borer has been found in Oromocto, and could be in Fredericton any day now. Glynn has been working on a response plan for the city.

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Home Grown: What to expect when you try Malagasy food

People in Saint John have been learning a little about the food of Madagascar thanks to Romy Lai. She moved to the city about three years ago, and recently opened Sweet Vanilla, sharing her cooking and baking skills.

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Woodstock teen returns from Arctic tour

Kenzie Auger just returned from a two week expedition to Greenland and Canada's North, where she learned about different cultures, biodiversity and climate change. The 17-year old was part of a group of international students, scientists and artists, travelling with a Canadian charity called Students on Ice.

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What's happening in the night sky this weekend

Chris Curwin, who runs the popular Facebook page Astronomy by the Bay, talks about two events happening this weekend: the moon will be placed closely to Jupiter and Saturn, and the Perseids meteor shower is passing by.

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Saint John home to one of best '30 under 30' classical musicians

CBC Music just published its annual list of 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30. And Jillian Bonner is on it. She is a mezzo-soprano from Saint John, who will make her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra next January.

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Want to fly a drone? Safety first!

Certified drone pilots and transportation safety officials are trying to get the word out about new safety regulations for drone users. Since June 1, anyone who wants to fly a drone has to first pass a test and get a licence. The CBC's Jennifer Sweet visited drone flying lessons in Fredericton.

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Science: Can hot tea help cool you down?

There are many theories and strategies for keeping cool. For example, the rather counter-intuitive idea that drinking hot beverages can cool you off on a warm summer day. Michael Edwards of Fredericton's Science East has been looking at the evidence.

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Humble giver: John Wood receives Order of New Brunswick

Oromocto's John Wood was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of fourth. But nothing has stopped him from working to improve the lives of others and raising money for New Brunswickers with significant physical disabilities, said Randy Dickinson, a friend and vice-president of the The John Wood Foundation.

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Fourth New Brunswicker joins Canadians at ParaPan games

New Brunswick athletes already set a record with three people qualifying to represent Canada at the ParaPan American Games in Lima. Now, we can add a fourth! Danielle DuPlessis of Fredericton will be replacing an injured member of the Women's Wheelchair Basketball team.

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Gentleman naturalist: Jim Wilson receives Order of New Brunswick

Jim Wilson fell in love with the natural world growing up in Gondola Point, and has been involved with numerous committees and projects ever since - including Nature NB, the New Brunswick Bird Records Committee, and the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory. Birder Alain Clavette calls Wilson the gentleman naturalist.

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Birder - banding and weighing sandpipers

Alain Clavette just happened to be at Johnson's Mills when researchers arrived to catch, weigh and band semi-palmated sandpipers. He caught it all on tape.

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Paying more interest on your credit card could mean less debt

Quebec has raised its minimum credit card payment to five per cent. Tamara Kelly, director of education with Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada, said paying more interest will make people think twice about how much they spent, and can help keeping debt down.

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Jake Allen visits with Stanley Cup, leaves with canoe

Hockey star Jake Allen won't be leaving New Brunswick without also taking a canoe with him, made for him by Norm Betts, the owner of Miramichi Canoes.

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Home Grown: A different wild thing every week

Aaron and Shelley Shantz of L'Hirondelle Farm in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent have a wild corner at their stall at the Bouctouche Market this year, where they sell foraged fruit, mushroom and herbs.

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British nurse welcomes provincial strategy to hiring more people like herself

Pascia Birch said the provinces plan to attract more nurses educated overseas, and streamlining the process to get their credentials recognized is a good start. She graduated from a nursing program in England and promptly moved to Fredericton, where she's been waiting for employment for more than a year.

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Getting up close and personal with butterflies

The Sustainable Development Group of Pays de Cocagne is holding a free butterfly identification workshop at the Cocagne hiking trail. Guide Louis-Emile Cormier said he's noticed a lot of monarch caterpillars, which spells good news for the species.

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Music: A homecoming for Shotgun Jimmie

Sappyfest is this weekend in Sackville, and an old friend will be there: Shotgun Jimmie. He's launching his latest album at the festival.

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How many rhymes can you rap about Perth-Andover?

Quite a few, it seems. The local Baptist Church youth group just released part two of their 2012 hit, the Perth-Andover Rap. Pastor Michael Fredericks said the community is quite fond of the song.

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute: Animals are off to a new start

Director Pam Novak has been busy releasing animals this week, including ducklings, a bittern, and even a bear.

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Even the fish get too hot in this weather

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is telling anglers not to fish on the Nepisiguit River and in several salmon pools on the Miramichi. Management officer Frédéric Butruille said the temporary closure helps protect stressed fish, who suffer from high water temperatures.

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Teens learn to paddle on Musquash Estuary

The Nature Conservancy of Canada partnered with Saint John's Teen Resource Centre and the Fundy Baykeeper to organize a paddling trip for 14 teenagers, some of whom were newcomers to Canada. Organizer Jennifer White said they wanted to foster a sense of wonder and caring for the environment with the youth.

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Former N.B. Olympian stars in Cirque du Soleil ice show

Shawn Sawyer of Edmundston competed on the world stage for years, making it all the way to the Olympics. Now, he is performing as part of Cirque du Soleil's upcoming shows in Moncton and Saint John. He and Moncton's Janie Mallet, a publicist for Cirque du Soleil, describe the on-ice show.

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Miramichi corn maze honours The North Shore Regiment

The owners of Fletcher's Farm recently revealed drone footage of their new corn maze, showing a soldier's face and the numbers 1944 and 2019. John Fletcher said it honours the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and The New Brunswick North Shore Regiment.

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'Deplorable' Route 114 gets partially fixed

Embarrassing and a danger to both people and cars. That's how people describe Route 114 leading from Sussex to Fundy National Park. The road is getting a makeover this summer. That's welcome news to Alma business owner Jane Chrysostom.

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Province announces strategy to deal with nursing shortage

The provincial government has outlined a strategy to deal with New Brunswick's nursing shortage. Nurses Association of New Brunswick president Maureen Wallace said she is pleased with the government's decision to "take ownership of the issue."

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New Brunswickers shine at Track and Field Championships

The Canadian Track and Field Championships wrapped up in Montreal over the weekend. And several New Brunswickers emerged with medals, or high in the rankings. It was a proud weekend for both the athletes and Steve LeBlanc, the high performance coordinator for Athletics New Brunswick.

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St. Leonard man competes in para-badminton in Lima

August is going to be a big month for New Brunswick athlete Bernard LaPointe. He'll be off to Lima, Peru to compete for Canada because his sport - para-badminton - is making its ParaPan American Games debut.

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Riverview local represents Canada at Parapan American Games

Matt Kinnie recently made the para-cycling team. He purchased his first road hand-cycle in 2012, and has been competing ever since. But he said competition to get on the team is fierce.

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The Summer of 1685 in Miramichi

An event in Miramichi called The Summer of 1685 is commemorating the establishment of Fort Sainte Croix in 1669 by administrator, fur trader, and fisherman, Richard Denys. It's a story researched by several local groups, including Carrefour communautaire Beausoleil.

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Province misses out on promoting covered bridges, says conservation group

Ray Boucher, president of the New Brunswick Covered Bridges Conservation Association, said the province is missing out on a tourism opportunity by not preserving and promoting its covered bridges. This week, the group is getting support from a visiting association from the United States.

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Bird Talk: Sandpipers return to Dorchester

The Sandpiper Festival returns to the village of Dorchester this weekend, and birder Alain Clavette has all the details on the festival and the birds.

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Chiefs say they're open to talks with Premier Higgs

Chief Bill Ward of Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation and Chief Ross Perley of Tobique First Nation say it's troubling Premier Blaine Higgs does not know how to consult with First Nations, following his saying that the duty to consult Indigenous people on resource projects remains vague and undefined.

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Two Judas' for Jesus Christ Superstar

The Kennebacasis Valley Players are preparing to launch a production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The role of Judas Iscariot will be played by Jaryd Stanley and Jeff McAloon.

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Home Grown: What to do with garlic scapes

They look a bit like chives, or green onions, but a lot of people aren't quite sure how to handle them. Duncan Godfried has lots of them. He owns Hampton Hill Family Farm in Lakeside.

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How food was used as punishment at the Dorchester Penitentiary

Mount Allison University student Grace Wilson is researching the history of food and power dynamics at Dorchester Penitentiary.

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Detecting 'toxic' genes in blue-green algae bacteria

UNB biology professor Janice Lawrence has developed a faster method to discover neurotoxins in cyanobacteria found in New Brunswick lakes.

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Wedding planners donate stained glass to Bas-Caraquet church

Natasha and Paul Tobias-Cooper are a pair of wedding planners in Saint John, who happen to own a church. And they're offering up their stained windows to replace those lost in the fire of the historic St. Paul's church in Bas-Caraquet.

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Refurbishing old phones to help the blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind is helping clients get access to new technology by collecting used ones cell phones. In New Brunswick, the organization is getting ready to drop off the first batch of refurbished phones to their clients, said Christine Kennedy-Babineau, Manager of Program and Resource Development for CNIB in New Brunswick.

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Science: What makes ice cream?

A popular treat on a hot summer day, making ice cream seems pretty simple - some cream, some sugar, some ice. Not so though, says Michael Edwards of Science East.

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Music: Cole Hatty finds her voice through music

Singer and songwriter Cole Hatty of St. Mary's First Nation said music allows her to get in touch with her culture and history. But it also allows the 17-year old to voice her thoughts and concerns on difficult issues, including suicide or the murder of Indigenous women and children.

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N.B. students lacking in climate change education, finds study

A new study out of the University of British Columbia and Lund University in Sweden finds many Canadian students aren't getting a comprehensive education on climate change. And New Brunswick students work with some of the oldest curriculum documents, said lead author Seth Wynes.

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Fredericton playwright highlights dark history of Gay Purge

The Notable Acts Theatre Festival includes a play that focuses on the much talked about, yet dark chapter in Canadian history. The Fruit Machine, directed by Alex Rioux, retells the stories of Gay Purge survivors.

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New Brunswick Highland Games are getting bigger

Highland Games chair Chris Gallant said the festival is now four days long, with more musical acts and competitors attending.

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How to retrofit your 100-year old home

Garth Hood doesn't worry much about extreme heat, extreme cold, or power outages - despite the fact that his house is over a hundred years old. He managed to retrofit it into a passive home, and is giving workshops on how to do it.

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Tales from the Provincial Archives: History of the Risteen building

The old Risteen building on Queen Street in Fredericton is the province's first stone cut building. As archivist Heather MacDonald (called Campbell in error) discovered, Joseph Campbell Risteen bought the building in the 1870s and turned it into a sash and door factory. He left behind personal diaries, as well as notes from the business.

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Food source movement related to whale deaths

Rescuers were finally able to spot and tag a third entangled whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At the same time, more news of dead whales found during surveillance flights. Research scientist Philip Hamilton with the New England Aquarium said the whales follow their food, which ended up close to shipping lanes this year.

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St. Andrew hosts future singers of Canadian Opera

Students from all over Canada are in the province this summer to learn from the best, including New Brunswick-born soprano Wendy Neilsen. Neilsen spent 25 years performing on international stages before becoming the Head of Voice at the University of Toronto. This year marks her 25th anniversary of teaching at the opera workshop in St. Andrews.

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