Maritime Magazine with Pauline Dakin

Blood Ties

Posted by Christina Harnett

In 2011, the Federal government created the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation, a brand new, landless band.
Members would be recognized as status Indians and be entitled to benefits.
More than one hundred thousand people applied, shocking government officials.
Now, thousands of people who say they can prove they are of Mi'kmaq ancestry, are having their applications rejected.
Hector Pearce is one of them, and he's leading the group's bid for recognition.
Leigh Anne Power brings us the story...

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D-Day Anniversary

Posted by Christina Harnett

This week on Atlantic Voice, memories from the Invasion of Normandy.
Amid all the official ceremonies and events this week to mark the seventieth anniversary of D-day, we'll hear stories from men who were there, members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, many of whom were just teenagers in 1944.
Former CBC reporter Rob North recorded their stories more than ten years ago. This week we are re-playing his documentary from 2003.


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Hidden Horrors

Posted by Christina Harnett

This week the CBC's Angela MacIvor brings us a project in conjunction with CBC Investigates.
It's about two nurses from Truro, Nova Scotia who began counselling victims of what they call "non-state torture" about twenty years ago.
Now they want the Criminal Code changed to recognize what they say those victims are facing.

"Without Seal There Would Be No Me"

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Billy Gauthier is a celebrated Inuit carver from Labrador.
In fact, he can hardly work fast enough to keep up with demand from the galleries that sell his art.
But this spring, Billy and his girlfriend, Kara, are taking the slow road to creating something they've never made before.
It began with a day out on the ice, hunting seal the traditional way, with a harpoon.
The CBC's John Gaudi brings us their story.

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The Case of the Disappearing Small Towns

Posted by Christina Harnett

This week on the show we look at how some towns, villages and outports are reacting to their shrinking populations - and declining tax bases.
Resettlement has come up again in some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. That's where people are basically paid to leave their homes forever.
And in several Nova Scotia communities, councillors have voted to give up their town status.
Pauline speaks with three guests for a sense of the challenges facing towns in rural Atlantic Canada.

Searching For Their Roots

Posted by Christina Harnett

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This week we meet some people who are struggling to find out more about their "first chapter", their origins.
All three are adopted, and they want access to their original birth certficates and adoption records.
But the law surrounding access to that information differ in each Atlantic province.
The CBC's Jennifer Henderson has our story this week.

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A Friendly Invasion

Posted by Christina Harnett

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This week we go from a retirement community in a Florida trailer park - to an abandoned US Military base in St Anthony, Newfoundland.
We hear how the influx of American servicemen to outport communities decades ago, had an effect that's still being felt today.
The CBC's Caroline Hillier brings us the story.

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Changing Trains

Posted by Christina Harnett

Motherhood can be a maze of complex emotions, from euphoric highs to crushing lows.
It's been called the best job in the world...and the toughest.
Sometimes it's both, at the same time.
The CBC's Sarah Keaveny Vos brings us the story of a mother from Charlottetown who was forced to face her deepest fear, and ended up learning the greatest lessons of her life.

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* Catherine will be starting her new blog this week. We'll post a link when it's ready.

Bàocháng (Quid pro quo) Chinese Students in Halifax

Posted by Christina Harnett

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This week the CBC's Margot Brunelle brings us a story about why universities in the region are courting foreign students, and what those students bring to the cities in which they live.
Halifax has six universities, and the largest population of Chinese-born students in Atlantic Canada.
As you can imagine, that's something to which local businesses are paying close attention.


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A House Built To Last

Posted by Christina Harnett

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This week Pauline visits Larry and Sally Messenger at their fully accessible home in Mineville, Nova Scotia.

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