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Teacher who survived sinking of the Concordia / Problems with oversight in drug research / Ideas for revitalizing the centres of Maritime cities ? Phone-in : Better Business Bureau of the Maritimes

Ashore and Alive : The 64 students and crew who survived the sinking of a Nova Scotia-based sailing ship are back on Canadian soil. Last week, their ship capsized off the coast of Brazil, leaving them stranded in life boats for nearly 40 hours.
The students were part of the Class Afloat program run by West Island College International of Lunenburg. Most had left Canada in September to spend a semester at sea.
Mark Sinker is one of the survivors. He's a history and english teacher.
He spoke with the CBC's Anne Marie Mediwake about his experience:

The Hollow Urban Core : Since World War 2, Maritime cities have seen residents and businesses move to the outskirts of town - with the incentives of lower municipal taxes, free mall parking and the cheap gas that fueled a commuter existence. For traditional city centres, the consequence of that shift has been a lot of shop windows sporting a "For Lease" sign.
The economic development group Downtown Moncton is holding roundtables to come up with ideas to reverse the increasing vacancy rate on its Main Street. And it's not alone : last week, several of the region's most concerned players joined us : the Executive Directors of Downtown Moncton & the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the General Manager of Uptown Saint John. They talked about what it would take to transform the down-at-the-heels state of formerly bustling commercial districts.
Following that discussion, you called in with your observations.

Mind If I Take A Look ? When it comes to pharmaceutical research, who's overseeing whom ? We've been playing excerpts from a February 15th panel discussion on the influence of commercial interests in medical research, organized by Situating Science and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs. In today's podcast, Jocelyn Downie of Dalhousie University's Faculties of Law and Medicine and Françoise Baylis of Dal's Department of Bioethics responded to a question from an audience member.

Buyer, Go Online : Nobody wants to spend hard-earned money on a contracting job, used car or cellphone contract and then be disappointed with the results.
That's where the Better Business Bureau of the Maritimes comes in in. It provides free information on  how businesses are conducting themselves with their customers, suppliers and other businesses.
BBB's online service fielded more than 263,000 requests from Maritimers last year - more than double the number in 2008. Don MacKinnon, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of the Maritimes, and Jill Atkinson, the BBB's Director of Communications and provincial administrator for CAMVAP - the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan joined us to answer your questions about how to deal with a business that didn't provide satisfactory service.
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