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Coastal action groups can't get commitment from Ottawa on funding for final year / How to help with the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas / Phone-in : Emily White, author of "Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude"

Back in 1991, Environment Canada saw an urgent need to repair damaged coastal environments. That's why it launched the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP), to get ordinary citizens involved. And by all accounts, the program has been working well. Sixteen groups throughout the Atlantic provinces have leveraged Environment Canada's money through matching funding sources and volunteers.
The program is set to wind up. But in the meantime, ACAPs  were expecting to continue their work for the coming fiscal year. Despite sending repeated questions to Environment Canada though, they haven't heard a peep in response. But they have learned that a similar program in Quebec already has stable funding for the coming year.
We spoke with Tim Vickers of ACAP Saint John and Stephen Hawboldt of the Clean Annapolis River Project.

It's the mid-winter in the Maritimes - perhaps the ideal time to start thinking about butterflies. Because some professional scientists want to enlist you as Citizen Scientists this spring and summer. The purpose ? To begin work on the first comprehensive Maritimes Butterfly Atlas.
John Klymko is a Zoologist with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre at Mount Allison University in Sackville. He gave us the pitch.

Loneliness has been called everything from "the fear of life" to "the cure for vanity".
You can be lonely in a crowd, or perfectly happy with no one else in sight. And while we tend to think of loneliness as a mood - something that comes over each of us from time to time - that doesn't do justice to the ache of longing that can come with chronic loneliness.
It is a psychological affliction that affects 1 in 4 Canadians, researchers say.
Our guest was Emily White, the author of  "Lonely: Learning to Live With Solitude".
She was a successful lawyer, with good friends and a supportive family. But she's spent much of her life concealing her battle with debilitating loneliness. She now works in the area of Seniors' Policy.
We invited you to call with your insights into, or experiences of, loneliness.

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