October 2012 Archives

Farmer Dave

Posted by Christina Harnett

As the harvest comes in, farmers are taking stock of their growing season, tallying up the figures and deciding if they can make a go of it for another year.

For more and more people that answer is no...according to Statistics Canada, the number of farms in the country is shrinking and the ones left are becoming larger and more corporate.

Meanwhile the average age of farmers is fifty-five or older.

This week on Maritime Magazine we'll meet a man who's bucking both trends.
Freelancer Lorne Daltrop brings us a profile of New Brunswick's Dave Wolpin.

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North Mountain Hippies

Posted by Christina Harnett

It's been about forty years since a wave of - mostly American - young people came up to live in the woods of Atlantic Canada.
They settled in remote parts of PEI, New Brunwsick,...and on the North Mountain in Nova Scotia.
They came to get away from a government they'd lost faith in, a war they didn't believe in, and a society they felt had grown too commercial.
This past summer, Maritime Magazine host Pauline Dakin attended a reunion of the North Mountain Community....group of former "Back to the landers" who had lived there communal style in the 1970s.


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Walk the Talk

Posted by Christina Harnett

A generation ago, most children walked to school. Now, in some communities, it's fewer than two out of every ten kids

There are plenty of reasons for the change...and this week reporter Lezlie Lowe looks at several of them.

She also takes us along on something called a "walking school bus", and finds out how walking can affect a kid's happiness.

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Where There's Smoke....

Posted by Christina Harnett

The death last spring of well-known activist Raymond Taavel sent the city of Halifax into mourning.
Grief turned to anger when news broke that his accused killer may have been out of a forensic hospital on a temporary pass, the kind of pass many patients request so they can smoke.
Now the province says it will allow smoking again on those hospital grounds, a decision critics maintain is a step backward.
In her documentary, reporter Mackenzie Grisdale looks at one suggestion for another way forward.


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