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June 2013 Archives

Nova Scotia's best beaches

Posted by Alex Mason

Thumbnail image for Macleod's campsite beach.jpgAfter Nova Scotia was shut out of a top ten list of Canadian beaches in the Globe & Mail, we asked our listeners to help us identify Nova Scotia's best beaches. They came up with a list dominated by provincial parks, but we also heard about a few places you might not be familiar with. If you're planning a roadtrip or two this summer, here are some possible additions to your itinerary. Don't forget your sunblock. And maybe a wetsuit!

 

PROVINCIAL PARKS:

 

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park on the eastern shore

Martinique Beach Provincial Park on the eastern shore

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park south of Halifax in Sambro

Queensland Beach Provincial Park west of Halifax, just before Hubbards

Mavillette Beach Provincial Park on the French shore near Yarmouth

Melmerby Beach Provincial Park on the Northumberland shore

Pomquet Beach Provincial Park on the Northumberland shore

Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park in Richmond County, Cape Breton

West Mabou Beach Provincial Park in Inverness County, Cape Breton

 

OTHERS:

 

Carters Beach in Queens County in Port Mouton on the south shore

Crescent Beach in Lockeport on the south shore

Hirtle's Beach in the District of Lunenburg on the south shore

MacLeod's Beach (pictured above) near Inverness, Cape Breton

Cabots Landing Provincial Park is a place to start exploring the beaches at Aspy Bay, on the northern tip of Cape Breton

Sal Kahn approach to math comes to NS

Posted by Alex Mason

The Nova Scotia government and some local business leaders are spending a million dollars on a pilot project to augment the teaching of math in junior high schools. Almost three-hundred grade seven students in four different school boards will take part. They will be provided with tablet computers so they can watch video tutorials on the internet. Stephanie talked to Jim Spatz about this.

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This is an approach to teaching math that was made famous by Sal Khan. He was the subject of a documentary by Paul Hunter on The National last month.

 

And here's a link to the Khan Academy library of four-thousand educational videos:

 

Peter MacKay in a Chevrollac

Posted by Alex Mason

This sculpture by Fenn Martin is on display until the end of June in New Glasgow, at 195 Forbes Street in front of the Celtic Circle. Stephanie talked to Fenn on June 3.

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