May 2011 Archives

At Home - Chez Soi

Posted by Christina Harnett

In Moncton, an ex-federal cabinet minister, a young researcher and an unemployed truck driver are at the centre of an initiative that might just make a difference in the lives of people with mental illness, and no place to live.

The CBC's Vanessa Blanch tells us about the "At Home-Chez Soi" program.

(Please note: this version of the documentary has been altered due to rights issues.)

At Home-Chez Soi

Sound and Fury -The Race to Bring Big-Name Acts to the Maritimes

Posted by Christina Harnett

It's hard not to love a massive outdoor summer concert, but in the past five years, government pursuit of these events has left a costly legacy for some taxpayers.

While Moncton seems to have found a winning-formula for big outdoor shows, in Summerside, PEI, city officials claim they were conned into giving more than a million dollars to a California company, for a rock concert that never happened.

And in Halifax, an auditor is expected to report this week on how the mayor and his staff secretly bet millions of taxpayer dollars on money-losing events.

Freelancer Richard Foot explores how cities in our region got caught up in the costly race for the world's biggest entertainers.

Sound and Fury

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A Man Most Ordinary (the story of Clifton Stewart)

Posted by Christina Harnett

This week we were saddened to learn that Clifton Stewart passed away at his home in Charlotttetown. He was 91.

Many of you may remember our documentary about Mr Stewart, and his activities during the Second World War.

Mr Stewart was recruited by the British Military for his radio operating skills.

He was one of several hundred allied troops trained at a special covert facility in southern Ontario called Camp X.

It wasn't something he spoke about for many years, but in 2008 he told his story to the CBC's Laura Chapin.

A Man Most Ordinary

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Anatomy of a "Break-Through." Dr. Jock Murray Interview

Posted by Christina Harnett

It was the biggest health story to hit the airwaves in that an Italian doctor had pioneered what appeared to be a break-through for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Canadian patients flocked to overseas clinics for the treatment, and pressured their governments to pay for it here. Meanwhile neurologists shook their heads - and asked for more research.

Now, even some of the treatment's initial supporters are backing away.

This week on Maritime Magazine, Dr Jock Murray, one of the country's leading experts on MS, looks at the frenzy surrounding Paolo Zamboni's controversial findings.

Dr Jock Murray

Waiting for the Mid-Wife

Posted by Christina Harnett

Midwifery is hardly a new practice, but it has never been a part of the public health care system in this region.

Recently all three Maritime provinces have been looking at ways to bring mid-wifery into the mainstream.

The government of Nova Scotia has come closest, enacting legislation to regulate the practice of midwives and bring them under the auspices of district health authorities.

Yet many women in the province say it's a failed experiment, that it's more difficult than ever to deliver their babies with the help of a mid-wife.

Norma Jean Macphee brings us the story.


Language of the Mind

Posted by Christina Harnett

Every year thousands of people arrive in Canada unable to read or write in English.

What many of us don't realize is that a significant number of those immigrants never learned to read or write in their OWN language either.

But a unique program in Halifax is taking a whole new approach towards learning english as second language. And it's garnering attention across the country.

The CBC's Margot Brunelle introduces us to some of the people enrolled in the Halifax program.

Language of the Mind