Maritime Magazine with Pauline Dakin

Year End Reporter's Notebook

Posted by Christina Harnett

This has become an annual event for us, and actually one of our favourite shows of the year...we ask our colleagues at CBC/Radio Canada to reflect back on the year that was, and tell us about something that happened to them.
Not necessarily the stories themselves, but the people they met or the things they learned while they were out in the field.
After all, for a lot of us that's the best thing about being a reporter...getting to meet scores of interesting people, go to places you wouldn't normally get to, and tell stories that might otherwise go unheard.

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The Art of Conversation

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Earlier this year the Walrus Foundation held an event at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick called The Walrus Talks:The Art of Conversation.
It featured some of the most interesting and accomplished women in Canada.
Speakers included journalist Sally Armstrong, historian Charlotte Gray, author Lisa Moore and RCMP superintendent Marlene Snowman...who was the spokesperson for the force during the shootings in Moncton last June.
There were others as well, and we wish we could included them all!
To see more go to The Walrus.
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Left Behind

Posted by Christina Harnett

You would probably be surprised by the number of families in our region dealing with the mysterious disappearance of a loved one...
People who were living ordinary lives, doing routine things, until it would seem they simply - vanished.
Left behind are the families... fathers, mothers, children, siblings, and friends.
Reporter Yvonne Colbert has covered missing person stories for years, and always wondered what happened after the cameras and microphones left.
This week on Atlantic Voice, she introduces us to three families in that situation.

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Stranger In The Kitchen

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For much of the last three decades, Laura Uhlman and her family have spent most nights sharing their home with strangers.
The Uhlmans are from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Laura, a mother and a grandmother, has a habit of inviting people in need to sleep at her place.
Sometimes it's just for a night, sometimes longer.
Reporter Mary-Catherine McIntosh introduces us to Laura and her family in this week's documentary.


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O Christmas Tree

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This Christmas people in Alberta, in New York and in Panama will gather around a tree grown here in the Maritimes.
During November, more than a million trees left Nova Scotia alone, bound for markets across North America, and into the Carribean.
It's been that way for decades, though growers have been through some tough times, as the high Canadian dollar cut into their profits.
Now, with the loonie down, prospects are looking up.
This week the CBC's Jennifer Henderson heads into the woods for a look at the challenges, facing the Christmas tree industry, and why some growers think this is their year.

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"What can we do better to have education be the great equalizer it was meant to be?"

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Many parents are making a financial sacrifice for their children's education, either through private tutoring - or private schools.
However Dean of Education at Memorial University, Dr Kirk Anderson, says public education in this country is solid.
Pointing to the recent minister's review on Education in Nova Scotia, Dr Jamie Metsala says some parents are, however, clearly unhappy with the education their children are getting.
Dr Metsala is the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities at Mount St Vincent University in Halifax.
Pauline Dakin spoke with her and Dr Anderson on this week's Atlantic Voice. We also heard from high school teacher - and public education advocate - Ben Sichel.

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Shift in Expectations

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(Kids at Riverbend School in Moncton)

There have been private schools in Atlantic Canada for generations, mostly used by wealthy families or people with strong religious ties.
But this week, the CBC's Vanessa Blanch tells us why some middle and lower income parents are taking a financial hit to avoid the public education system.
And she takes us to some of the new private schools that have opened to meet that demand.

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Mind the Gap

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Every year students across the region take standardized tests to check on their math skills, their literacy levels and outcomes in science.
Then the results come out and governments and school boards wring their hands about the scores, announce some reviews and make new plans.
Meanwhile some educators and administrators continue to quietly work away, trying to solve the problem of the "achievement gap" - why some kids succeed at school and some just don't.
It turns out the answer to that question has a lot to do with what happens to a child before he or she even gets to school.
Next week we'll hear why so many parents are turning away from the public system.
But this week we bring back Lezlie Lowe's documentary from September 2011.

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Her Father's Spirit

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David J. Brooks made a name for himself as one of the first contemporary Mi'kmaq artists in Nova Scotia.
He dedicated his life to art, and shared his passion with his two daughters, Sarah and Chelsea.
Although, he never wanted his creative vision to shape theirs.
David's sudden death deeply affected this close-knit family.
And marked a turning point in his eldest daughter's life.
Now, Chelsea Brooks is committed to making a living from her art while bringing her own flair to the canvas.

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You can see more photos of Chelsea and her dad on the Atlantic Voice Facebook page.

The Smell of Money

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Jobs versus the environment...wealth versus health.
For generations that's the choice many rural communities across the region have had to make.
This week guest host Harry Forestell looks at the tricky issue of balancing economic growth with protecting the environment.
We also hear a report from Pictou, Nova Scotia, where this past summer residents decided they could no longer put up with emissions from the local pulp mill.

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