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Head of CBC Sports responds to criticism that Don Cherry promotes environment of violence in hockey / Art Irwin's tips for keeping your home oil line from freezing / Phone-in : The Science of Everyday Life

Hockey Night in Canada is an institution. Its coverage of NHL games reaches more than a million Canadians each Saturday night. But do its commentators have a special responsibility to cover hockey in a way that doesn't glorify violence ?
Globe & Mail columnist Roy MacGregor was our guest on Friday's phone-in when we asked  "What's the best way to prevent violence in hockey ?"  
The pretext was Patrice Cormier's elbow-hit to the head of an opponent that left Mikael Tam convulsing on the ice. The discussion didn't so much focus on this incident, but rather on the "environment" fostered at the professional level - the NHL, which Cormier and others aspire to join. There was also discussion of how the NHL is presented & interpreted by the entertainment media.
Roy MacGregor explained why he doesn't like the "rock 'em, sock 'em" approach that Don Cherry, the star of Coach's Corner, brings to HNIC (and Martin Patriquin of Maclean's is even more pointed in this piece ).
We spoke with Scott Moore, Executive Director of CBC Sports, and General Manager of Media Sales and Marketing, about the criticisms.  

Maritime Noon's home heating consultant Art Irwin pulled on a balaclava and muffler and braved the frigid temperatures to join us in studio Monday to take your calls about conserving energy while getting the most from your heating system. Producer Deborah Woolway joined us with Art's response to an email we received after the phone-in.
Richard Gilbert of Halifax wrote that he'd recently upgraded his outdoor oil tank to a fibreglass model and placed it on the original pad. He says the tank's oil line has frozen three times so far this winter, and he wanted to know if the installation procedure for fibreglass models is different than for steel tanks. He also wanted to know how to get the water out of the tank, and wondered if he could use methyl hydrate.
Deborah read Art's helpful response - which is timely, considering that we're into the coldest week of the winter so far.

And how cold is it ? Minus 16 in East Point, PEI; -17 in Economy, Nova Scotia; -24 in Edmundston, New Brunswick at showtime. If you woke up from a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep of 20 years, and stuck your head out the door, your re-orientation would be immediate. You'd know you'd woken up in the middle of the Maritime winter.
And while the week-to-week or day-to-day conditions can vary, we can always recognise the broad strokes of a season.
Well, at least the seasons in this part of the world.
Our science panel was physically separated by half of that world, but brought together through the magic of radio : Mary Anne White in the Maritimes and Richard Wassersug in  Melbourne, Australia, where he's doing research during a sabbatical from Dalhousie University, where he & Mary Anne teach. They answered your questions about The Science of Everyday Life.
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