January 2014 Archives

Dr C

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Nikhil Joshi should have spent the last several months enjoying his work and life like any other 27 year old.
He was a resident in internal medicine in St John's, and had a busy, active social life.
But last fall Nikhil found out he had cancer...and so the intervening months have been spent getting chemotherapy, and dealing with his diagnosis.
He has also spent the time talking to Canadians about his experiences, on his blog and on the radio.
And as more and more people engaged in a dialogue with him, he became more and more open.
Here is his story, from diagnosis to the end of treatment.

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Atlantic Kon Tiki

Posted by Christina Harnett


An obscure but heroic page of Canadian maritime history will soon be commemorated at Halifax Harbour.
The developer of a condominimum project called "Kings Wharf" in Dartmouth, plans to make sure residents and visitors don't forget a man named Henri Beaudout.
Beaudout was the skipper of a daring transatlantic raft crossing in 1956, from Halifax to Falmouth, England.
The feat, accomplished in 88 days, is not celebrated in Canada.
Beaudot recently met with Kings Landing developer,Francis Faras,who promised to install a plaque at the site where the raft departed.
St. John's producer Marie Wadden has also met Beaudout, and learned there's more known about his voyage in England, where he landed, than here in Canada.

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Perilous Wait

Posted by Christina Harnett

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In many places - including Newfoundland and Labrador - people who want gender reassignment surgery can get some part of it covered under the provincial health plan.
But in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, people have to travel for the procedures, and pay for it themselves.
That can cost about ten thousand dollars - at a minimum.

The issue heated up recently in Nova Scotia after the former NDP government said it would NOT pay. And then said it would.
Last fall's election put that promise on hold.
Meanwhile, people who want the surgery continue to wait...something that statistics suggest can be very dangerous.

Freelance reporter Maggie Rahr brings us the story...

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Deer Island Love Story

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Averosa Esperagoza-Leslie never expected to marry a Canadian.
But then she never expected to wind up in Deer Island, New Brunswick either.
Averosa is one of dozens of Filipino immigrants who've come to work at the lobster processing plant on Deer Island, in the Bay of Fundy.
As the population of the Island has declined, the plant has had trouble finding local workers.
Now it's thriving, and the community - including Averosa's husband Grant - has welcomed its new residents.
The CBC's Matthew Bingley spent time on Deer Island this past fall.

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Family of Fathers

Posted by Christina Harnett

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Today we are welcoming listeners from Newfoundland and Labrador!
We are so pleased to have you with us, as we bring you documentaries and stories from reporters across Atlantic Canada each Sunday morning, and here on the web.
For our listeners in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia...it's the same show, just a different name to reflect our growing audience and the stories from those communities we hope to share.

To start things off we go to Happy Valley Goose Bay, in Labrador, behind the counters of the busiest coffee shop in town, and into the living rooms of the growing Filipino community there.
Workers come to start a new life for themselves in Newfoundland and Labrador, a province that's actively encouraging immigration.
But as many Atlantic Canadians already know, the sacrifice of leaving home for a better paying job is no small matter.
The CBC's John Gaudi got to know a group of men, fathers all, who are dealing with the reality of watching their children grow up - over Skype.

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New name, Same program, Wider audience!

Posted by Kathy Large

Don't change that URL.... you have found the home for what has until this week been known as Maritime Magazine. Our audience is expanding to include Newfoundland and Labrador on a weekly basis so we needed to update our name. Voila - Atlantic Voice. We'll still be bringing you the wonderful stories and documentaries created by CBC journalists now with the expanded territory in mind. And given the legendary storytellers in Newfoundland and Labrador, we can promise something that is even better. Perk up your ears - there's lots more ear-catching radio to come this season!


You will hear us at the same time on Sunday morning. That's at 8:32 a.m. in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and most of Labrador and 9:02 a.m. in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador.