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How a $5 roadside tortoise turned into a Halifax icon

At 95 years old, Gus is slow-moving. But that's in his nature, seeing as he's a gopher tortoise. And although he's often sitting idle in his enclosure, Gus has been captivating visitors to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History for more than seven decades. "As time has gone on, he's become more and more…

Bomb scare at Windsor cultural centre turns out to be forgotten...

It turns out a small black box with a dangling red wire and little blue light investigated by Windsor's bomb squad Tuesday isn't actually dangerous — at least to the living. The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit were called to Mackenzie Hall around 7:15 p.m. to investigate a suspicious package. Police determined the package was "safe" and that there…

Bomb scare at Windsor cultural centre turns out to be forgotten...

It turns out a small black box with a dangling red wire and little blue light investigated by Windsor's bomb squad Tuesday isn't actually dangerous — at least to the living. The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit were called to Mackenzie Hall around 7:15 p.m. to investigate a suspicious package. Police determined the package was "safe" and that there…

Tired of Winter White and Longing for COLOUR….?

Are you tired of winter? And looking at white? As a quilter and a gardener, I find myself longing for some colour! Yes, I do have lots of colour in my fabric stash, and I've been browsing some gardening catalogues, dreaming of which new perennials to add to my garden this summer. I guess that…

Judges’ seats to be filled soon, federal justice minister says

The federal justice minister says she will soon fill three vacancies on New Brunswick's Court of Queen's Bench, including two that are the subject of transfer requests by Chief Justice David Smith. "I expect to fill the vacancies in New Brunswick in short order," Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a written statement released to CBC News…

Charity tries to keep seniors and dogs together as long as...

A canine charity in Fredericton is trying to ease the workload for seniors who want their most loyal companions to stay in their lives.    ElderDog Canada Inc. pairs seniors unable to do dog-related chores with people who will walk, bathe, transport, clean up and care for the animals. All free of charge.  "It's just to provide the…

Erbil, Seattle, Vancouver: why one asylum seeker walked across the border...

On a rainy day last November, 38-year-old Ribwar Omar woke up in a Seattle hotel room and packed all his worldly belongings into a backpack he'd brought with him from Erbil, Iraq. He boarded a train, then three buses, momentarily lost before arriving in the town of Blaine, Wash., just south of the Canadian border. Omar had landed in New…

Electrical fire on board Porter flight leads to emergency landing in...

An electrical fire on board a Porter flight led to an unexpected landing at the Fredericton airport Saturday morning, and more delays for some 70 passengers eager to start their March Break.  The 8:50 a.m. flight was headed from Halifax to Montreal when passengers noticed sparks and smoke in the cabin. Porter confirmed in an email to…

Weird, cute big-eyed sugar gliders: the new pet craze

Giant, wide-set eyes. Twitchy little noses. Long fluffy tails. Sugar gliders — named for their love of sweet food and flying-squirrel-like gliding abilities — have a cartoonish cute factor. Introduced to the North American pet trade in 1994, they've recently been gaining popularity on the East Coast. Unlike other marsupials, they're legal to keep in all…

Fewer than 25 per cent of New Brunswick children benefit from...

A program meant to help low-income families pay for post-secondary education hasn't really caught on in New Brunswick — much to the dismay of Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long. But a professor who helped design the program says there are many obstacles to participation beyond just being aware of its existence. The Canada Learning Bond is…

Fredericton teen profits from digging people out of storms

While some students were lucky enough to go south for March break, the week was all business for a Fredericton teen trying to profit off Thursday's nor'easter. "A lot of the people were just away on vacation … in the nice warm weather, and they don't want to come home to a full snowed-in house," said…

New Brunswick adds 5,100 jobs in February

The New Brunswick economy added a total of 5,100 full and part-time jobs in February as the province saw its unemployment rate fall from January, according to Statistics Canada's monthly labour force report. The unemployment rate fell 0.9 percentage points, to 8.2 per cent, in February. In February 2017, the rate was 8.7 per cent. For the most part, the unemployment rate…

How Ozzy Osbourne helped a pizza delivery driver after car theft...

Josh Cook hauls black T-shirts and sweaters from his dresser, handful after handful, with an incredulous grin on his face. As he piles them on his bed, the logos become visible, each shirt emblazoned with skulls and bold white letters. Cook then starts going through CDs and vinyl records, before reaching his most prized possession — a personalized and…

Bathurst, Miramichi areas likely to bear brunt of storm

One snowstorm down this week — another one to go. A major winter storm is expected to dump up to 30 centimetres of snow over northeastern and eastern parts of the province this weekend, starting Friday night.  The storm will also bring strong winds, causing blowing snow and poor visibility Friday night into Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a winter…

Thousands of homes involved in last year’s property assessment scandal now...

Thousands of New Brunswick properties hit with "fast track" assessment and tax increases by Service New Brunswick last year have been getting a heavy proportion of assessment and tax reductions this year, but the agency insists that's not a sign of widespread mistakes it made in 2017. "I wouldn't say there are errors in that…

Sisson mine seeks permit to dump waste water in fish-bearing brooks

The company behind the proposed Sisson mine project is seeking a permit from the federal government to be able to dump waste water into fish-bearing brooks and compensate for the loss of fish habitat. Environment and Climate Change Canada will host a public consultation about Sisson Mine Ltd.'s request on March 15 at the Upper Nashwaak Lions Club in Stanley…

Your stories: the women who inspire you

At CBC New Brunswick, we bring you stories about amazing New Brunswickers every day. In honour of International Women's Day, we turned the reins over to you. We asked our readers, viewers, listeners and followers to tell us about the women who have made a positive difference in their lives — mothers, colleagues, mentors, wives, best friends, bosses…

Keep your shirt on: St. John’s business launches T-shirt protesting FHRITP...

When a St. John's judge ruled Justin Penton didn't break the law by yelling a vulgarity at a reporter, one business decided to change the script. Living Planet Studio, a screen printing and embroidery business, posted a new shirt to its Facebook page Monday, with the slogan "F--k Him Right In The Patriarchy." The letters form…

Want to be Edmonton’s goat boss? Now is your chance

The city is looking for a candidate with the right kind of gruff to become Edmonton's first official "goat co-ordinator." No kidding. The new employee will be responsible for tending the city's official weed-eating herd as part of the city's GoatWorks pilot program. "Working both independently and as part of a team, you will be…

Tory election hopes lifted by 2 high-profile candidates

Progressive Conservative election hopes are getting a boost this week with two high-profile candidates coming forward in two days. Keith Ashfield, a former federal and provincial cabinet minister, will attempt a political comeback by running for the PC nomination in Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton. His announcement Tuesday night came 24 hours after prominent Moncton lawyer Moira Kelly Murphy told…

Work, travel disrupted as nor’easter whips province

A nor'easter bringing up to 20 centimetres of snow to New Brunswick on Thursday forced some businesses, stores and government services to close early, created dangerous highway conditions and left thousands without electricity at times. Power has been restored to most of the 2,000 NB Power customers in Charlotte and Madawaska counties who lost electricity in the morning.…

Long before Google, Winnipeggers found answers in library’s Where File

There's a wonderfully quirky and little-known information archive in downtown Winnipeg that predates Google and probably has more hidden secrets than the search engine giant. It's a rich resource for researchers, a rabbit hole for history lovers and a trivia buff's bonanza. Did you know: Winnipeg's first civic holiday was observed Sept. 16, 1874? That Winnipeg's first professional photographer offered…

Visiting Cliff Turner at the Artists’ Project

I’ve decided to share more stories from previous issues of the magazine, including some photos and  behind-the-scenes stuff that didn’t make it into the final draft. Visiting artists in their spaces is one of my favourite parts of CreatedHere, and sharing them is probably my next favourite! Let’s start with Cliff Turner. Studio visit with…

How Ozzy Osbourne helped a pizza delivery driver after car theft...

Josh Cook hauls black T-shirts and sweaters from his dresser, handful after handful, with an incredulous grin on his face. As he piles them on his bed, the logos become visible, each shirt emblazoned with skulls and bold white letters. Cook then starts going through CDs and vinyl records, before reaching his most prized possession — a personalized and…

PostSecret: The Show explores the humour and humanity of our secrets

Coming to the Playhouse on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., PostSecret: The Show is an immersive and poignant theatrical journey. This performance is based on the internationally renowned community art project PostSecret, a blog featuring anonymous secrets sent in on postcards. PostSecret: The Show explores the humour and humanity of the personal stories we…
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