May 2014 Archives

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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