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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.

  • 05:41
    Young Alberta athletes hoping to make it to the Olympics have a shot at making their dreams come true tomorrow. The RBC Training Ground program is happening at the Olympic Oval this weekend. It's a bit of a Canadian idol for sports. Athletes will compete for the chance to earn funding and training support. 100 top young Alberta athletes will perform in front of officials from 14 Olympic sports tomorrow. Olympic gold medallist Justin Kripps is one of the mentors involved in the program. He won gold in two-man bobsleigh at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Apr 20, 2018
  • 07:29
    British Columbia author Janet Dunnett called her story The Dwindling. Calgary author and U of C drama professor Clem Martini titled his book The Unravelling. Both writers penned their memoirs about taking care of their aging parents around the same time. Tomorrow, they're going to share their stories with Calgarians at Shelf Life Books. Janet and Clem joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Apr 20, 2018
  • 12:57
    Jill Dextrase is the owner of Sit Happens. She's appearing at Pet Expo in Calgary this weekend. She joined Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe in studio.
    Apr 20, 2018
  • 06:13
    With such a great weekend forecast ahead of us, you may want to break out a bottle of wine to celebrate the end of winter. Good thing it's house wine Friday on The Homestretch. This month we're tasting a bottle of Cuma Malbec Rosé 2017. Joining Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe in studio is our tasting guide Laurie MacKay. She's a Calgary-based sommelier and our wine expert here on The Homestretch.
    Apr 20, 2018
  • 07:36
    When Cristina Mittermeier started taking photos of her work as a marine biologist, she never imagined she'd wind-up in the pages of National Geographic. Nowadays she's better known for her work as a photojournalist and it's taken her all over the world. She was named Adventurer of the Year last month by the long-running magazine for her conservation work. Cristina's in Calgary on Sunday and Monday as part of the National Geographic Live speakers series.
    Apr 20, 2018
  • 08:50
    There are many benefits to a good night's sleep: it can help keep your heart healthy, help reduce stress, and ward off depression. The trouble is, getting enough sleep may become tougher with age. A new study says night owls who stay up late may not live as long as early morning risers. Our longevity columnist says that shouldn't make you lie awake at night. Sharon Basaraba joined host Doug Dirks with tips on getting more zzzzz's.
    Apr 19, 2018
  • 05:48
    This week, accused killer and gang leader Nick Chan walked away from three charges -- including first degree murder -- after a Calgary judge found his rights were violated. Justice Paul Jeffrey released the reasons for his ruling today. He found it took too long between Nick Chan's arrest and his trial. The ruling is rooted in a 2016 Supreme Court decision. The CBC's court reporter Meghan Grant joined Doug Dirks in studio with more.
    Apr 19, 2018
  • 06:46
    Spring is finally in the air and while it's going to be wet with all the melting this weekend, many people will be venturing out for the first time this year, to start their spring yard clean-up. Before you know it, all sorts of bugs will be buzzing around. Some are helpful to the garden Others? Not so much... With so much going on, it's the perfect time to bring our gardening columnist back into the mix! Chelsie Anderson is a natural gardener here in Calgary and co-author of 'The Three Year Gardener's Gratitude Journal.' She joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Apr 19, 2018
  • 07:26
    It wasn't the ruling beer and wine lovers were hoping for. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously today that Canadians cannot take an unlimited amount of alcohol from one province to another. Provinces and territories have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of goods across provincial and territorial borders. This became known as "free-the-beer" case after a New Brunswick man was fined for buying and bringing cheaper liquor home from Quebec. Stephen Anderchek is the general manager of Village Brewery here in Calgary. He spoke with Doug Dirks.
    Apr 19, 2018
  • 08:03
    The children's book The Secret Garden is more than a century old, but Theatre Calgary is breathing new life into the story this week, with a musical production featuring two young Calgary actors. 13-year-old Greer Hunt plays the role of Mary Lennox, the orphan who discovers the garden. 8-year-old Lucian-River Mirage Chauhan plays Colin Craven, Mary's cousin who is bed-ridden. Artistic Director Stafford Arima has stepped into the Director's Chair for this show. All three of them joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Apr 19, 2018
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