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Past Episodes: April 2010 Archives

May Day

Has the power of labour unions taken a hit because of the recession? Edited version of a Cross Country Checkup with guest host Ann Medina. Part 2. Profile of a man who pioneered social security legislation in Canada and fought successfully for old age pensions and the right to join a union. James Shaver Woodsworth (1874-1942) was a Methodist minister, a labour organiser, a politician, a pacifist and the founding leader of the CCF, forerunner of today's NDP. MUSIC from The Travellers and a Chicago meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

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Farewell to the farm, back to the land

Gilles Losier's family farm lies idle, surrounded by new subdivisions. He goes back to tear down the old barn. When Stacey Loewen's father died, one of the most precious things he left behind was his daily diary of life on the farm. Ian Reid's parents left him in charge of their farm to go on vacation. He has no experience of farming and it's lambing season! Judith Toib returns to the agricultural commune where she once lived to put some emotional 'ghosts' to rest. Hillary Lindsay left a city job and bought an old family farm to find the farmer who'd retired was watching her every move. Harry Rudolfs is a truck driver and self confessed dreamer. He set out to investigate how "back to the landers" live because he's jealous of them!

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The things people do!

Paddy McMahon was a wrestler but his whole life is a collection of the strange and the dangerous. Amanda Buckewitz loved pillow fighting as a kid and now she does it professionally. Perry Gladstone goes for the national record for holding your breath under water. Graham Stewart tries to entice the Loch Ness monster up from the depths. Cara Sullivan competes at the international whistlers' convention. Sam Pane takes to the skies, just, in a powered paraglider. Julia Grant invites friends and family to help plan her funeral. Sue Hickey writes fond letters of appreciation to a composer who's been dead for four hundred years.

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