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December 2012 Archives

SpinTime - Todd MacLean

SpinTime Todd MacLean.jpgTodd MacLean is a well-known multi-instrumentalist on PEI - you may have read his reviews about concerts and show - and when he's not teaching music or organizing big events like tomorrow's food and warmth show. Todd's thinking about how to solve the world's big problems. So we gave him the challenge of picking 3 songs as our Spin Time DJ.

Bloodbuzz Ohio - High Violet
Carpenter's Son - So Someone Will Remember
What's Going On - Very Best of Marvin Gaye

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Sarah Crosby - Mainstreet on the Map

Sarah Crosby 3.jpgEvery other Wednesday we add travel miles to the Mainstreet account and check in with an Islander living or traveling elsewhere. 18 year old Sarah Crosby will be celebrating Christmas in Spain this year. She's on a Rotary sponsored one year exchange. Kerry Campbell reached her in Madrid.

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Toy Story for Christmas Campaign

Mainstreet Banner.jpgIt's been a busy few days for people at Murphy's Community Centre. The group at the centre has collected twice as many toys, games and books as last year as part of its Toy Story for Christmas campaign. This is the second year the centre has been collecting gently used and new gifts for kids. Families that are having a hard time at Christmas pick up what they need, so everyone has something under the tree.

Maggie Brown went to the Centre to take a look...and spoke with Tracy Lynn Elsworth. She's the supervisor of Teen Zone, the after school program at the Murphy Centre.

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Boyde Beck - First Community Cookbook

Boyde Beck Cookbook 3.jpgBack in 1897 they celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, it's the last time we've celebrated a diamond jubilee here in the British Empire. Former British Empire. Until this year. So back in 1897 as part of the jubilee celebrations here on PEI they published a cookbook, it's the first community cookbook ever printed on PEI and as we wrap up celebrations of THIS diamond jubilee, there's a new reprint of that very cookbook available. Boyde Beck joined Kerry Campbell in the studio.

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Yalda celebration - Susan Behi

Mainstreet Banner.jpgPeople in Iran honour the winter solstice with a celebration called Yalda, it's a tradition that dates back to ancient days, and it's one that's recently been transplanted here on PEI, along with a recent influx of immigrants from Iran. This Thursday night there'll be a Yalda celebration taking place at the Murphy Centre in Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome to attend. To find out more I spoke with one of the founders of the new Iranian Association of PEI, Susan Behi.

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Frugal Holidays - Liz Mackay

LizMacKay3.jpgChristmas can certainly be difficult on a household budget. Even forgetting about Christmas gifts for a moment, the latest video games and that kind of thing... there's the food. Lots of good food. We eat more of it than we would without all the celebrating. We eat more than we should, that's for sure. We'll talk about diet and exercise in the New Year. For now, our host Karen Mair had a chat with our frugal columnist Liz Mackay about stretching your holiday food budget.

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Fun Hunt Ambassador - Lacey Koughan

FunHuntLaceyKoughan3.jpgWell it's official. PEI has earned the title of "The Most Fun Place in Canada." I knew we had it good here but I didn't know we had it that good. And I guess we should offer thanks and congratulations to our Fun Hunt Ambassador, Lacey Koughan.

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Spring Park School - Christmas Donation

Spring Park School 3W.jpgEach Christmas during the turkey drive, we get to meet children from across the Island as they drop in, often with their schools, to make their donations. And if we're lucky they often bring more than turkeys to our door. That was the case on Friday, December 14, when we recieved this visit.

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Turkey Time - Kate McKenna

Paul and Harvey Larkin.jpgIt's an iconic Christmas image. A family circled 'round a giant bird, thankful for each other's presence and, of course, The turkey. But for some islanders, turkey time is a year-round thing. Kate McKenna spoke with a local turkey farmer about the cyclical nature of turkey farming.

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Jean-Sébastien Morin - Sommelier

Jean-Sébastien Morin 3.jpgThis is the season when we're going to house and office parties - giving gifts - and probably enjoying a glass of wine. And all of the above works nicely into our pre-Christmas visit with our sommelier. Jean-Sebastian Morin is the wine category Manager with the PEI Liquor Control Commission and he joins me now.

09443Z Graffigna Pinot Grigio (Argentina/White) $14.29
08616Z Zonin Primitivo Salento (Italy/Red) $14.98
10656Z Tomassi Lugana (Italy/White) $17.99
 
- Wine by Style (Fiona Beckett)
- Oz Clarke's Encyclopedia of Grapes: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavors (Oz Clarke)
- Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (Kevin Zraly)
- The Oxford Companion to Wine (Jancis Robinson)
- The World Atlas of Wine (Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson)


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White Gifts Christmas Program - Judy Cheverie

Judy Cheverie 3.jpgI popped into the Fitzroy Centre Clubhouse today in Charlottetown. It's a centre run by the Canadian Mental Health Association. The kind of place where everyone knows your name - and they really know and love Judy Cheverie. One of the things Judy does is co-ordinate the White Cross Christmas Gift Program. They're still looking for donations.

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Boyde Beck - Acadian Deportation

Boyde Beck Acadian Deportation.jpgTomorrow there will be services and events marking the Acadian Day of remembrance. It's a time to mark the struggles and journeys of the families forced to leave Acadie by the British. The Acadians were deported from Nova Scotia New Brunswick starting in 1755 and from PEI in 1758. The expulsion separated many families, and they were loaded onto ships bound for the Colonies or France. Today and tomorrow mark tragic anniversaries in the deportation story and historian Boyde Beck tells us the story.

Image courtesy of Aline Cormier / www.acadian-roots.com

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Giving at the Gray - Shelley Mann and Amanda Spidel

Giving at the Gray3.jpgFor many students the countdown to holidays is underway. But for many kids school provides a home away from home. For those students there may not be a lot of presents under a tree - let alone a tree or a turkey dinner. Many schools find ways to make Christmas more pleasant for those who have little. At Colonel Gray High School - some of the Santa's helpers got in touch because they need some help providing gifts this year. I stopped by Colonel Gray to talk with Shelley Mann the special education co-ordinator and resource teacher Amanda Spidel.

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Big Brothers of PEI - Heather Doran

Big Brothers of PEI.jpgGiving is a big focus at this time of year, but it doesn't have to be stuff. With a new year around the corner - some people already know their resolutions and one of those might be giving more of your time. One way to do that which really works no matter how busy your life - is with Big brothers Big Sisters. Heather Doran is the Communications and Development Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI.

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Gracie Finley - The Montgomery Theatre

Gracie Finley 3.jpgGracie Finley is the epitome of Anne of Green Gables - so it's no wonder she played Anne for the longest run in the Charlottetown Festival. That gig started in 1968 when she was all of 16. These days Finley calls Buckinghamshire England home. She returns to PEI in the summers and over recent years she's been getting involved in another theatre - The Montgomery Theatre in Rustico. Next year Gracie Finley will return to the stage in an original production. Gracie Finley was home for a few days and stopped by for a visit.

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Richard Raiswell - CRA poll

Richard Raiswell CRA Poll 3.jpgThe Fall session of the PEI legislature wrapped up on Monday. It was a season where the Plan B project dominated much of the headlines - where the two parties outside the rail made lots of noise. PC Leader Olive Crane stood up to a challenge at the party's AGM - and then last week she decided to step down as Leader. Our political columnist Richard Raiswell has been looking at the CRA poll and what it might reveal.

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Dr. Stacey MacKinnon - More Joy, Less Stress at Xmas

StaceyMacKinnon3.jpgChristmas can be a joyful, happy time but it is also a time of stress. Dr Stacey MacKinnon dropped by to help us keep more of the joy and less of the stress. Dr. Stacey MacKinnon also teaches in the psychology faculty at UPEI.

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Lion's Club - Ronnie McIntosh

CBC PEI Turkey Drive 3.jpgThe Souris foodbank may be small but it certainly does a lot to help hundreds of people in the area every month. In the basement of the legion, the foodbank operates out of one very cramped room - packed full of food that keeps people going all year round.

Now the foodbank is gearing up for it's special Christmas boxes. The Lion's Club donates hampers to families - the Souris foodbank gives out hampers to those who may not have large families or children. Ronnie McIntosh spoke with Karen Mair about how things are going at the foodbank.

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The Mark Haines choir - CBC Turkey Drive

Souris Foodbank 3.jpgThere was a large crowd gathered at MacPhee's Save Easy in Souris to witness Karen Mair dancing in the grocery isle, and talking with Mark Haines Choir. His choir performed a couple of classics - all to support the CBC Turkey Drive.

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Dutch Thompson - Bygone Xmas Presents

Dutch Thompson Bygone Days 3.jpgLooking for an unusual Xmas present? Dutch Thompson has us skinning eels, whipping up a batch of fertilizer, hiding new watches in candy and going rum-running.

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Year of the Babies - Anne Van Donkersgoed

Anne Van Donkersgoed 3.jpgGiving Up is not in Anne Van Donkersgoed's vocabulary. After 10 miscarriages the Valleyfield woman continued believing in her life's wish to be a Mom. These days she is. She and her husband Ed are the proud parents of three beautiful girls Grace, Emma and Sarah. It's a story Anne is sharing in a book called Year of The babies - A Journey Through Loss, Childlessness, Adoption, and Cancer. The book is being launched this weekend. Anne Van Donkersgoed joined Karen in the studio.

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Mainstreet on the Map - Jonathan MacWilliams

Jonathan MacWilliams 3.jpgWe're heading off Island for another installment of Mainstreet on the Map. Today someone who not only grew up on the Island but also kind of grew up in our station. Today we're heading to Utah for a visit with Jonathan MacWilliams.

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The Wizard of Oz - Wade Lynch and Glenda Landry

WizardofOz3.jpgMany Islanders will be off to see the wizard at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in the coming days. The mainstage show features an enormous casts - dogs - fire and flying. The story about Dorothy trying to get home to Kansas is a classic piece of writing and TV. To hear more about the stage production, Director Wade Lynch and Wicked Witch Glenda Landry joined Karen Mair in the studio.

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Clarence Arnold Moase Sentencing - Reporter Brian Higgins

Clarence Arnold Moase Sentencing.jpgThe drunk driver who killed a tourist from Alberta this summer has been sentenced to six years in prison. Clarence Arnold Moase of Kensington killed Elizabeth Sovis when he hit her with the van he was driving. Sovis was cycling on the Island at the time. Moase had four prior drunk driving convictions. Brian Higgins talked with defense lawyer Michael Drake and with crown attorney John MacMillan today.

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Montague Food Bank - Mary Bryand

Montague Food Bank.jpgLeading up to our LIVE broadcast this Friday in Souris, which is a celebration of the CBC turkey drive, we decided to take a tour of some of the places that will be benefiting from all of these turkeys. The Southern Kings and Queens foodbank....also known as the Montague foodbank, has been operating out of its new location at the edge of Montague for three years now. Mary Bryand is from Victoria Cross, and volunteers at the food bank. Lindsay Carroll met up with her, to see how full the cupboards are going to be for the upcoming Christmas hampers.

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Richard Raiswell - Maritime Union

Richard Raiswell MaritimeUnion3.jpgLots of people are still talking about or dismissing the notion of a 3-way union among the Maritime provinces. It's an old topic that gets revived every now and then. Most recently an historian in Moncton discussed it in an academic paper. Then it hit the press thanks to Conservative Senator Mike Duffy from Charlottetown. And now Mainstreet's political columnist Richard Raiswell has his say.

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Arthritis Society - Jim Jenkins and Sarah Drew

Jim Jenkins Sarah Drew3.jpgIf you're one of those people who feels a damp day like this in your joints - you may be one of the thousands of Islanders affected by arthritis. Tomorrow many in the community will be coming together to raise important funds for the Arthritis Society along with some holiday cheer. Board chair Jim Jenkins and staff member Sarah Drew stopped by to tell us more.

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OneofaKind - Overman Jewellry and Love Charlie

oneofakind3.jpgThis weekend many people will be shopping for Christmas presents and two Islanders are in the middle of the mecca of craft shows. The One of A Kind Show and Sale is in its 38th year on the Toronto waterfront. Everything is made by hand and artisans are juried before getting the One of a Kind green light. Alisha Stephans makes hats, fascinators and jewelry under the label Love Charlie and Matt Bowness creates jewelry pieces by re-purposing vintage and industrial materials. He operates Overman Jewellry and Art. I reached Alisha and Matt earlier as the doors were opening at One of A Kind.

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