Maritime Magazine with Pauline Dakin

Coming out in Cape Breton

Posted by Christina Harnett

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What's the most commonly asked question after a baby is born?
"Is it a boy or a girl?"
But sometimes the answer's not that cut and dried.
Reporter Joan Weeks brings us a story about shifting genders - young people who feel they were born in the wrong body.

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Faith, Culture and whether to cover your head...

Posted by Christina Harnett

There's been a lot of debate lately concerning Muslim women...what they wear on their heads, when they wear it and why. And where and how they worship, and what that means.
Arabic is the second most commonly spoken language in some parts of the the region, yet the Muslim world, and especially the place women occupy in it, remains a mystery to many Atlantic Canadians.
That's why the CBC's Margot Brunelle brought together three women from Halifax to talk about some of the debate swirling around their faith and culture.

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The Ordination of Helen

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Helen McFadyen always felt a pull to religious life...a calling.
So it makes sense that she was recently ordained as a minister.
But, as you'll hear on this week's Atlantic Voice, her journey to the pulpit has been extraordinary.
From seven year old heretic, to ex-Catholic - to perhaps the only ministry student in her class who was also a committed atheist.
And not all of Helen's challenges's have been spiritual.

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Six Months in the Life of a Military Family

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Last July, HMCS Toronto pulled away from a Halifax jetty, headed for the Black Sea on a six month deployment.
Martin Caya was one of the people on board...his wife Tammy and their girls Gaby and Jillian, left behind to deal with his absence.
Even though Canada is no longer at war, military people are still being sent out on missions, often to dangeous places.
Reporter Stephen Puddicombe was curious about how families handle those periodic separations...and how they handle going from a two parent household to one.
He spent six months visiting with Tammy and her daughters.

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On the Move - How and Why We Travel for Work

Posted by Christina Harnett

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We know that people in this region often work in one place but live in another.
People on the Alberta "turn-around," flying in and out every few weeks is the obvious example.
There are also truckers, construction workers, military personnel, fishermen, nurses...the list goes on and on.
But even though more Canadians than ever seem to be on the move for their jobs, there's almost no information about who they are, or what effect this mobility is having on our communities and our economy.
The On the Move Partnerhip is a seven year, multi-million dollar, multi-province research project that's trying to answer some of those questions.
Pauline spoke with project director Dr Barbara Neis from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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"Answer back, brother."

Posted by Christina Harnett

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It's been more than two years since Chris Metallic disappeared.
He was a student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, four hours south of his home on the Listuguj First Nation in Quebec.
Chris left a party one night in November 2012 - and vanished. He was 20 years old.
Since then his family has tried to cope with their grief, while maintaining their hope.
His brother Spencer still writes him letters, ending each one with the tagline, "Answer back, brother."
That's the name of Vanessa Blanch's documentary about the Metallic family.

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Til Death Do Us Part

Posted by Christina Harnett

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We've all heard the stories...couples who can't seem to live without each other.
One spouse dies and the other goes as well, within weeks, days or even hours.
There's even a name for it, Broken Heart Syndrome.
Caroline Hillier tells us about the science behind the phenomenon.
And tells us two remarkable tales of true love.

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Another Hand

Posted by Christina Harnett

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This Sunday, February 15, our friends at Land and Sea will air their documentary "The Winter Shrimp Fishery."
It's the story of a man named Mike Newell who had a vision for a winter fishery that would help his community. Now his son Alen is carrying on his Dad's dream.

We first brought you this story back in 2013.
The CBC's Eileen Mcinnis spent time on the water with Alen and his crew...and found out why they often feel there is "another hand" working with them on the boat.

Here's the radio doc that inspired the TV story.


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Something Big - The Aftermath of Protests at Fredericton High

Posted by Christina Harnett

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2014 was the year when feminism and how women are treated came roaring into public discourse.
It was also the year that a group of Fredericton High students walked out over their school's dress code.
The protest - and the punishment that followed made headlines.
And began a discussion about gender politics, morality, sexual assault - and free speech and the right to protest.
The CBC's Jacques Poitras takes us through those events last fall, in his documentary Something Big.

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House Concerts

Posted by Christina Harnett

Performers around the region - and across the country - are turning to house concerts as a place to perform.
It's a practice that goes back centuries, when most live music was performed in private homes. And it's a trend whose time has come again.
As Shelley Thompson tells us, these days it's about both the music - and the setting.

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