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

Suspended police officers paid over $400K in 2 years

image (1)The Fredericton Police Force has spent more than $1.35 million on disciplinary actions, including salaries for suspended officers and legal fees, in the past decade.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/suspended-fredericton-police-salaries-1.3648502

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

Horsing around town

When you’re assigned to do a one-minute “rant” to camera about a meeting that hasn’t even happened yet, the challenge is to make it not suck.

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

Watch here:

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

Tent City

I went to meet some of the people who live on a riverbank during the warmer months of the year.

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

Staying on the wagon

How beer money helped this woman to stay on the wagon.