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    Bond brings Becca, biology and blood donations together

    • Times & Transcript
    • 24 Feb 2018

    Harrison Trimble High School students congregated around tables Friday morning, eating and chatting. It was a regular high school scene, but for the bright red Band-Aids each sported mid-arm.

    More than 25 students boarded Canadian Blood Services “life buses,” happily missing class to donate blood in what has become a school tradition.

    "It has become the school's culture to support becoming a blood donor," said Jacqueline Alain, territory director…

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    Feds consider easier pardons for minor pot offences

    • Times
    • 24 Feb 2018

    The federal government plans to make it legal for adults to possess small amounts of pot later this year, which has Moncton lawyer Christian Libotte fielding questions from clients.

    Not from people charged with possessing marijuana, but from individuals previously convicted wondering if they can get it wiped from their criminal record.

    "I've had 10 to 15 calls from clients asking me if they can get a pardon," said the lawyer, who previously…

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    Ice rider spars with judge

    • TIMES & TRANSCRIPT
    • 24 Feb 2018

    A Moncton man who made headlines for driving golf balls in a city park a few years ago was charged with several offences on Friday, the day after he rode an ice chunk down the Petitcodiac River.

    Michael Edward Delahunt, 34, of Lutz Street, appeared in provincial court Friday morning and almost immediately got into an argument with Judge Denise LeBlanc. The judge was trying to read Delahunt’s new charges, but he didn’t want her to hear them.

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Business

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    'Genuine carnage' in global markets following Dow drop

    • The Washington Post
    • 06 Feb 2018

    BEIJING • Global markets fell sharply on Tuesday following a volatile day in U.S. trading, renewing questions about whether the long-running global stock rally is heading for a rout and potentially testing President Donald Trump.

    The hard tumble began Tuesday in Asia. Japan's Nikkei stock index closed down nearly 4.7 per cent, recovering from a precipitous 7 per cent plunge earlier in the day. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index closed down 5.1 per…

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    WOMEN annual general meeting looks to improve opportunities for Miramichi women

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 04 Feb 2018

    Miramichi's women's business community say they're hoping to make 2018 the best year yet for women in business. 

    The Women of Miramichi  Entrepreneurial Network (WOMEN)  held their 2018 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Miramichi Naturopathic Health Clinic in Douglastown. Around 30 women from around the river came together to talk about the organization's future plans, reflect on the past year and discuss what could be…

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    New discount airline won't touch down in N.B.

    • TIMES & TRANSCRIPT
    • 02 Feb 2018

    Swoop, WestJet's new low-fare, no-frills spinoff airline, won't be flying into New Brunswick.

    The airline unveiled plans Thursday for its first summer in the skies in media events in Hamilton and Abbotsford, B.C, promising to "to change Canadian air travel forever."

    It offered a splashy promotion of $0-fares on the first 2,000 seats it sells online for each of its routes.

    Halifax is the only Atlantic Canadian destination now on Swoop's schedule. 

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Sports

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    Miramichi to host Special Olympics N.B. Winter Games

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 23 Feb 2018

    Roughly 300 athletes will compete for provincial medals, a shot at the nationals and bragging rights next year in Miramichi.

    Plans were announced Thursday at Beaverbrook Kin Club for the city to host the 2019 Special Olympics New Brunswick Winter Games next February.

    "This is a big deal for all the athletes," Gayle Waye, Special Olympics Miramichi co-ordinator, said after the announcement.

    "They're all looking forward to participating in their…

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    Photos: Titan host Olympiques in QMJHL action

    • The Northern Light
    • 23 Feb 2018

    The Acadie-Bathurst Titan suffered a 4-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Thursday night at the K.C Irving Regional Centre.

    The team is back on home ice Friday to face off against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at 7 p.m. at the centre. 

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    Veteran blueliner looking for long playoff run with Titan

    • The Northern Light
    • 23 Feb 2018

    A veteran blueliner is hoping to bring leadership and his playoff experience to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

    Olivier Galipeau, 20, has spent the past five years lacing up in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has a President's Cup and a solid run at the Memorial Cup under his belt in a short span. 

    Speaking with The Northern Light prior to the Titan's regular season game against the Gatineau Olympiques at the K.C Irving Regional Centre Feb.…

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Opinion

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    Cartoon

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 22 Feb 2018

    Greg Perry's take on the Phoenix pay system.

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    Editorial cartoon

    • Contributed
    • 20 Feb 2018

    Cartoonist Greg Perry's on the reactions to marijuana legalization being delayed. 

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    Editorial: Feds need to look at drastic measures on Phoenix

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 20 Feb 2018

    We are now precisely two years removed from the introduction of the Phoenix pay system and even without the added clarity of hindsight, it’s been apparent for some time that the system is broken.

    The numbers and the stories speak for themselves. From the outset of this saga, there were consistent reports that federal public sector staff were not receiving their pay accurately or on time.

    Predictably, this situation has created widespread levels…

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Entertainment

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    Black Panther sets new benchmark for Marvel films

    • Bugle-Observer
    • 19 Feb 2018

    PG. Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children

    Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis

    Screenplay by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole

    Directed by Ryan Coogler

    Runtime: 134 minutes

    Doug's Grade: A

    It has been nearly 20 years since Blade became the first blockbuster superhero film with a…

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    Peter Rabbit disrespects the classic children's books

    • Bugle-Observer
    • 12 Feb 2018

    Rated G

    Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste

    Screenplay by: Rob Lieber and Will Gluck

    Directed by: Will Gluck

    Runtime: 93 minutes

    Doug's Grade: C-

    We aren't even two months into 2018, and already there are two live-action adaptations of beloved British children's books. After last month's Paddington 2, we now have Peter Rabbit, a film adaptation…

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    My funny Valentine: Butler to bring community together for V-Day comedy show

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 08 Feb 2018

    Tired of the same old chocolates and flowers you get every year from your special someone?

    Why not take them to a comedy show and tickle their funny bone this Valentine’s Day?

    Miramichi funny man Joe Butler is hosting another fun night of laughs with the Midlife Crisis Tour, hosted by Villains of Comedy. It’s open to everyone, singles and couples alike.

    “This is kind of a big show,” said Butler. “This is the first show that we’re putting…

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Life

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    In search of whiter slopes, N.B. skiers head north

    • The Victoria Star
    • 22 Feb 2018

    For Julie Couturier, a three-and-a-half-hour drive is completely worth it if it means getting to ski on a slope packed thick with snow.

    Which is why she, along with her husband and two children, makes the drive up to Edmundston from Quispamsis every two or three weeks to hit the hill at Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre.

    Sitting surrounded by the rich brown hue of the wooden walls inside the centre's lodge, Couturier and her husband, Marc-Antoine,…

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    Home of the Week: Custom bungalow sits on one hectare

    • Times & Transcript
    • 22 Feb 2018

    35 Boundry Drive, Moncton

    PRICE: $409,900

    EXTERIOR FINISH: Vinyl siding

    STOREYS: 1.5

    AGE: 9 years

    SIZE: 2,113 square feet

    HEATING: Forced air, heat pump

    COOLING: Air exchanger, central air conditioning 

    FLOORING: Ceramic tile, hardwood

    BEDROOMS: 4

    BATHROOMS: 2

    DESCRIPTION: This custom bungalow sits on a one-hectare treed lot. Three bedrooms, plus a loft bedroom. The main level features hardwood floors, a propane fireplace and cathedral ceilings.…

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    'Just be kind and that's it, that's all you have to do': family friend reflects on Becca's legacy

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 22 Feb 2018

    Rachel Bernard remembers Rebecca Schofield as a person who loved to play practical jokes, finding good puns and did whatever it took to make people smile.

    "She was happy-go-lucky and she just had this positive infectious outlook on life," said Bernard.

    Bernard, close friends with Becca's parents, said she had the honour and the privilege of watching Becca grow up.

    "The person that you saw in front of cameras and on social media is exactly who she…

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Arts

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    ECMAs calling: Miramichi artist en route to awards show

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 09 Feb 2018

    One local music group have gotten itself some East Coast Music Awards nods.

    City Natives, who will be joined by performing local band Lionsault, will be making its return to the award show stage this spring, in the hopes of bringing some hardware home to the Miramichi.

    The rap group, featuring Natoaganeg First Nation's Blake Francis, is up for group recording of the year, rap/hip-hop recording of the year and Indigenous artist of the year for…

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    Fun times at folklore park

    • Miramichi Leader
    • 09 Feb 2018

    A good time was had by all at the recent Thursday Nite Jam at Miramichi Folklore Park, with the father and daughter team of Steve and Kali Nicholson leading the show.

    All singers and musicians are welcome every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. Two dollars or any donation is appreciated, and a light lunch will be served.

    This Saturday, the park will debut the band Nowhere Road, made up of Zach Sullivan, Dan MacVicar and Todd…

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    And jazz hands! White and Gold dinner and concert entertains yet again!

    • Special to the Miramichi Leader
    • 06 Feb 2018

    It was another successful White Gold Dinner and Concert when the annual event returned to the Miramichi on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre.

    This sold out event brought with it a fun night of music featuring local and guest entertainers, as well as special guest and tenor Leander Mendoza.

    Also part of the evening performances were: Lalla McFarlene accompanied by David Bunnell, The Villagers, Bob McCallum and Jimmy Lawlor, Kimberly…

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