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Science gives us even more reasons to love blueberries / Phone-in with the Globe & Mail's Roy MacGregor : "What's the best way to prevent hockey violence ?"

You always knew they were tasty, and - bonus - they were good for you.
But research is now showing that those simple round blueberries you sprinkle on your cereal or fold into muffins are an incredibly complex little fruit with hugely diverse health benefits.
Dr Wilhemina Kalt is a food chemist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Kentville. She and her team have been focusing on the nutritive qualities of blueberries for some time, and she told us about her latest research and findings.   


Thursday, our guest was John Lanchester. He's written a book called "IOU" about the practices that led to the financial crash of 2008. And when he talks about the out-of-control wheeling & dealing of financial companies that led to bankruptcies, he says "These did not happen in a vacuum; they happened in an environment".
The same might be said for the elbow-shot that Patrice Cormier inflicted on Mikael Tam in a QMJHL game (click here). It left Tam convulsing on the ice - a disturbing image that couldn't be shrugged off as easily as, say, the image of Swedish Junior Anton Rodin nursing a nose bloodied by another Cormier elbow-shot just a few weeks previously. (To see that less-publicised attack, click here).
The two incidents show just how fine the line can be between an elbow-hit that bloodies your nose and one that jars you into convulsions (or - neurosurgeons will add - to cause permanent brain damage or even death).
Cormier has been suspended for the rest of the season because of what he did to Mikael Tam. His team is appealing that because it thinks the sanction is too severe.
But this phone-in isn't about that single incident or about Patrice Cormier. It's about the environment of hockey, a sport in which the goal of thousands of young men who play it is to be drafted to an NHL team.    
The NHL, of course, is the professional sports league in which referees - unlike those in soccer, basketball, or football - stand back and let opponents punch each other out.
Because of the many components in hockey's "environment" - owners, coaches, fans commentators,etc. - some observers say it's inevitable that a player will be killed one of these nights. And because of that, they say it's time for more criminal charges.
But others say suspensions are quite enough - that they send the message about what's unacceptable.
We were joined by Roy MacGregor, a columnist with the Globe & Mail. He's won numerous journalism awards, is the author of nearly 40 books - including the Screech Owls Mystery series for young readers and "Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey", which was nominated for the Governor-General's Award.
Our question again : What's the best way to prevent hockey violence ? 
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