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The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

Designed to ease Calgary commuters' transitions from the end of the workday back to their families, The Homestretch offers an entertaining and lively blend of news and information.

  • 07:58
    It's a cliche that dates back to Winnie-the-Pooh and beyond: bears love honey. It's a growing problem for the Fallentimber Meadery near Water Valley. Co-owner Kevin Ryan looks after 25 bee yards, with more than 400 bee colonies, right in the middle of bear country. He's seen an increase of bear activity on his property over the years. Jay Honeyman is a human/wildlife conflict biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks. He's part of a team working to help landowners bear-proof their properties in southern and central Alberta. Jay Honeyman joined host Doug Dirks
    May 23, 2018
  • 07:01
    "They say you can get lost in a good book, but it's worse to get lost in a bad one..." Those are words from a spooky, one-man show from New Zealand called The Bookbinder. It's one of this year's performances at the 2018 Calgary International Children's Festival. Ralph McCubbin Howell is the Kiwi playwright and performer in the show. He joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    May 23, 2018
  • 07:01
    How much do you know about the human brain? It's grey, it weighs approximately three pounds... but do you have any idea how it works? 17-year-old Michael Potemkin has made it his business to understand the inner-workings of the human brain. He's the Calgary winner of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Regional Brain Bee. The grade 12 Westmount Charter School student is headed to Hamilton, Ontario, to compete in the Canadian National Brain Bee. But first, Michael Potemkin joined host Doug Dirks on the line.
    May 23, 2018
  • 05:16
    A 50 pound tortoise is on the lam, in a rural area near Okotoks. The pet, named Khoopa, somehow escaped from his backyard pen a few days ago. His owner Jody Jorden has put the word out in hopes of tracking him down. She spoke with host Doug Dirks.
    May 23, 2018
  • 08:03
    Today, NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus proposed a new bill on suicide prevention. The legislation calls on the government to develop a national action plan, including Canada-wide guidelines on prevention and training for front-line workers. Mara Grunau is the Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention here in Calgary.
    May 22, 2018
  • 08:37
    Two of the Calgary Zoo's most popular former residents have been successfully reunited at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Keepers are hoping elephants 'Spike' and 'Marahani' start a family in their new digs, and that got Brian Keating thinking about some of his favourite elephant love stories.
    May 22, 2018
  • 08:01
    In just a few months it will be legal to smoke, vape and eat marijuana. Our Homestretch series, Pot 101, is aimed at getting us up to speed on everything we need to know before legalization comes into affect. We've looked at the rules, the different types of marijuana we can buy, how to grow it and how to cook with it. Today, we're talking about weed in the workplace. Dan Boucher is with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta and he has led research for the industry group.
    May 22, 2018
  • 06:48
    British Columbia's Attorney General is taking Alberta to court. The B.C. government filed a statement of claim in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench today, over legislation that allows Alberta to restrict oil and gas shipments to B.C. Bill 12 passed last week in the Alberta Legislature in response to B.C.'s continued opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Nigel Bankes is a law professor and is the chair of natural resources law at the University of Calgary. He joined host Doug Dirks in studio to discuss the legal footing on which this case is based.
    May 22, 2018
  • 05:42
    Waterton Lakes National Park is back in business for the summer season but many signs remain of the wildfire that burned 190 square kilometres last fall. The historic Northland Lodge celebrates its 90th anniversary in the park. Stacey Tangren is the owner of the lodge. We spoke to her last fall when the fire started, and host Doug Dirks reached her on the line for an update.
    May 22, 2018
  • 07:39
    When's the last time you caught an octet in concert? How about a Juno-nominated, Western Canadian Music Award-Winning Jazz octet that plays tango and classical music to boot?? Well tonight, you can do just that as the Alberta spotlight series continues at Studio Bell. Kent Sangster founded the Obsessions Octet back in 2005 with his wife Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, who is a classically-trained violinist. They've gone on to produce three studio albums and perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City and around the world. They joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    May 18, 2018
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