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Join us for Information Morning in the Summer

This summer, Information Morning will bring you something a bit different. You will hear a provincewide show in July and August with guest hosts Khalil Akhtar and Colleen Kitts-Goguen taking turns at the mic.

The regular show hosts, Jeanne Armstrong, Jonna Brewer, and Julia Wright will be taking time to get out and about to visit communities in the province. You’ll hear them on the morning show throughout the summer as they share stories about the interesting people they meet and the places they go. The hosts will be back in their chairs after Labour Day.   

Meet your summer guest hosts, Khalil Akhtar and Colleen Kitts-Goguen

Colleen Kitts-Goguen and Khalil Akhtar will take turns at the mic on Information Morning in the Summer. (CBC)

Khalil and Colleen are both familiar voices to New Brunswickers. Khalil is a producer with Information Morning in Moncton and Colleen is a news editor-presenter and fill-in host based out of Fredericton.

What you may not know is how much they both love summer in the province. Here’s how they’d spend a perfect New Brunswick summer day.

Get to know Khalil

Khalil’s perfect summer day involves some combination of cycling, reading and food. Most days, Khalil’s bike rides consist of commutes to and from work. But if he’s looking for something a little longer and a bit more fun, he’ll head out to the riverfront trail that connects Moncton with Riverview and Dieppe. One of Khalil’s favourite ambitious rides takes him all the way out to Pré-d’en-Haut, to visit fantastic local fruit growers, always with a book in hand for a well-deserved rest under a shady tree before the return trip home. 

A perfect summer evening for Khalil is devoted to cooking, ideally with local seafood. A favourite camping staple is paella cooked over an open fire, made with a little bit of everything from the nearest seafood market–fish, mussels, octopus, calamari. Add a little chicken or rabbit and chorizo if you’ve got it. Lobster, if it’s payday.

Coffee or tea to start the day? Always tea, and you’ll find a pot on his desk all day (most days).

Hear Khalil on Information Morning in the Summer throughout July and at the end of August.

Get to know Colleen

As a lover of hot but not humid weather, Colleen’s perfect summer day involves a saltwater beach, a comfy lounging chair with a good book or two, and a mouth-watering al fresco order of local fried clams (whole clams only please!). Colleen spent many perfect days on the shores of the Northumberland Strait growing up in southeastern New Brunswick, where she became an ace jellyfish spotter-dodger, a handy skill to have when trying to escape the summer heat. 

The only way to get to the beach from Colleen’s home in Fredericton is to go on a road trip, another one of her favourite summer activities. There may be detours along the way to visit a friend or to find a used book store, but one thing is for sure, she will most certainly be grooving to a ’70s playlist that she takes along for the ride.

Coffee or tea to start the day? Coffee! A nice local medium roast, in a great big pottery cup (see photo above).

Hear Colleen on Information Morning in the Summer during the first three weeks of August.

Weekly giveaways

We’re going to have fun this summer with weekly themed giveaways featuring local New Brunswick items along with much sought-after CBC swag. Whether you like to hike, read, cook or just simply relax in your own backyard, tune in to find out how to get your hands on these cool summer prizes. 

July 25-29: Let’s get cooking with this week’s prize, which includes a Flavours of New Brunswick cookbook, a locally-sourced hardwood cutting board from JMN Enterprises in Saint-François de Madawaska, a bag of Saint Martins Sea Salt, along with a CBC apron and hat. Congratulations to this week’s winner Denise Miller.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 25:

Information Morning – Fredericton10:35Book club – Esi Edugyan

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately? This week, Hillary Leblanc brings us Esi Edugyan’s enlightening book of essays “Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling”.

Information Morning – Saint John7:48​Murderball, come have a go​

​Have you ever heard of murderball? Murderball is another name for wheelchair rugby. Julia Wright went to the Nick Nicolle Community Centre in Saint John to check it out and meet some of the athletes.

Black male athlete in wheelchair in a gymnasium
After a motorcycle accident, Yeobanny Becerril lost a leg, but not his love of sports. (Mike Heenan/CBC)

Information Morning – Fredericton11:07Black history geocache​

A new history tour in Fredericton is laid out on a map of GPS locations​, ​so geocachers can go for a treasure hunt and learn about hidden moments of Black history in the capital. Jeanne Armstrong went on the tour.

Information Morning – Fredericton9:19Salome’s Tub

Salome’s Tub is a big stone tub on the side of the road near Penniac, north of Fredericton. Local historian Graham Nickerson says it has a ton of significance in understanding Black history in this province.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 18:

Information Morning – Fredericton9:49Nackawic marina

The town​ of Nackawic​ is working on an ambitious new waterfront plan, and is hoping they can attract more visitors to what they think is the nicest spot on the Wolastoq.​ Jeanne Armstrong spoke with deputy mayor Greg MacFarlane.

This log cabin is now the marina’s new clubhouse and gift shop. It was built by a local company Riverbend Log Homes, and finished construction in the spring. (Jeanne Armstrong/CBC)
Tappan Adney, photographed in 1944. His cabin in the woods was filled to the rafters with books, papers and model canoes. (Time Magazine)

Information Morning – Saint John10:14Beer Daddy Barbecue

Corey Richard tells the story of how his passion for barbecue unexpectedly became his new career.

Information Morning – Moncton10:24Book club – The Paper Palace

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately? Christie Walker keeps the ball rolling for this week, with a bestseller called The Paper Palace.

Stories you may have missed the week of July 11:

Information Morning – Fredericton13:44Woodstock’s Tappan Adney

Tappan Adney​ was a journalist, writer and artist and naturalist. He may have lived in the late 1800’s until the 1950’s​, ​but he continues to inspire people today in Woodstock. Jeanne Armstrong ​takes us to Woodstock where the man’s legend is alive and well​.​

(Icehouse Poetry)

Information Morning – Moncton8:43​Ukraine Mission

A Moncton doctor ​has ​return​ed​ from a medical mission to Ukraine. Dr. Carolyn Baer spent three weeks helping out in medical clinics in the war-torn country.

Information Morning – Saint John8:44​Ukrainians arrive in SJ

Ukrainian newcomers fleeing war at home are finding support in New Brunswick​ they never expected. Dmitriy Gulchuck​ and Susan Fullerton​ tell their story.

Information Morning – Moncton12:08Summer book club – Alden Nowlan

Khalil Akhtar and Miles Kinnee discuss Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan.

Neqotkuk First Nation Chief Ross Perley announced a resolution to make Wolastoqey the official language of the community. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC) (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

Stories you may have missed the week of July 4th:

Information Morning – Fredericton10:16N.B. community adopting new official language

Neqotkuk First Nation Chief Ross Perley and the band council passed a resolution last week to make Wolastoqey the official language of their community. Khalil Akhtar spoke with Darrah Beaver, a language planning advisor for Neqotkuk First Nation.

Tom Johnson says the map is a way to showcase Indigenous knowledge and the continued presence on the land. (Submitted by Tom Johnson)

Information Morning – Moncton9:56Indigenous map project

​Tom Johnson has been working on ​an interactive map of Indigenous Place Names of New Brunswick. Much of his work builds on the work of early cartographer William Francis Ganong.

Information Morning – Saint John10:12What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Julia Wright gets the ball rolling for this first week​ of our summer book club. Her book club pick​ ​”What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami.

How to listen

Hear Information Morning in the Summer on CBC Radio One or on CBC Listen, in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.

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