Category Archives: WRITING

The Irvings: Whitegate refinery’s secretive new owners

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At first glance, Cork would seem the perfect place for the Irving family to get their feet wet on the eastern side of the Atlantic.

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(Courtesy: hydrocarbons-technology.com)

Irving Oil’s home city of Saint John (not to be confused with St John’s, Newfoundland) lies on the southern coast of the small Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Saint John often plays second fiddle to the provincial capital of Fredericton, and it has its own distinctive character, climate and attitude.

Continue reading here:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/the-irvings-whitegates-secretive-new-owners-414281.html

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The Brexit effect on Ireland

My last assignment for CBC News after seven years with Canada’s national broadcaster. Below are the radio file and a link to the written piece.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/brexit-effect-ireland-border-1.3657173

Two sisters with the same name meet for the very first time

It was a rare privilege to witness such a powerful moment.

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Watch the video and read their story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/sisters-reunion-fredericton-south-africa-1.3642701

Cannabis makes up 22% of veteran drug payments

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More than one-fifth of the money paid to veterans by the federal government for prescribed drugs in the fiscal year 2015-16 went toward medical cannabis. That’s up from just 0.5 per cent in 2013-14.

Read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/cannabis-veterans-drug-payments-1.3598954

Mother calls for province to start publicizing teacher discipline

Two mothers say their children had to move schools after the result of a teacher discipline case was not made public.

Read here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/oromocto-teacher-discipline-secret-1.3587223

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Unpublicized earthquake study sparks nuclear safety reassessment

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A 2014 study of historical earthquakes in the area surrounding Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, and a change to how NB Power calculates earthquake probabilities, has triggered a reassessment of seismic hazards at the power plant.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/point-lepreau-safety-earthquake-1.3562509

Man says impact of ‘brainwashing’ remains 3 years after leaving Plaster Rock church

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Greg Comeau left the Family Worship Center church in Plaster Rock three years ago and he says he experienced what he considers “brainwashing” that still impacts his life today.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/plaster-rock-church-family-worship-center-1.3430927