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Mayor of Halifax apologizes for the 1960s demolition of Africville / What the lack of ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence could mean for seals and hunters / Phone-in: "What's the most significant Olympics story for you ?"

A Long Time Coming : In Halifax today, an historic apology was made to the people of Africville and their descendents.
For decades, Africville had been hemmed in by undesirable land uses - from a city landfill to an abattoir - and finally, in the late  1960s, the houses and institutions of the close-knit African-Canadian community in the city's north end were bulldozed in the name of urban renewal.
It's hard to imagine the mindset of people living at a different point in our history. So before we heard today's apology, we played an excerpt from a 1962 CBC documentary called "Close-up: Figure Your Colour Against Mine".
On the weekend, the Africville Genealogy Society accepted an offer to create a new church and interpretive centre to commemorate the community in Halifax's north end. Tuesday night, February 24th, council approved the deal. About an hour before we went to air, Peter Kelly, the Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality made the official apology to members of the  community and their descendants.

Where's the Ice ? Researchers haven't seen ice conditions like this winter's since 1969. The lack of ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence and along the north side of Prince Edward Island will have major implications for seals that give birth on the floes. We spoke with Dr Mike Hammill, a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Mont-Joli, Québec who specializes in harp seals.

Olympian Ambitions
: In a culture where 8-year olds at the local rink can spit out slogans like "Impossible is nothing" and "Failure is not an option", we shouldn't be surprised that the Canadian Olympic Committee dreamed up "Own the Podium". Yes, it had more than a whiff of hubris - the kind of excessive ambition and pride that go before a tragic fall.
The phrase made many Canadians cringe inside, but "inside" is the operative word. When your nation adopts that brash a motto for Olympic planning, the people in charge clearly don't take kindly to any public quibbling - quibbling which might include questions like : is there any evidence that whoever spends the most money will get the most medals ? Does pure attitude translate into better results ?
The gap between medal expectations and reality is being documented in great detail, of course. But the saturation coverage - of events, of personalities, of family stories -  has given each of us a lot to react to over the past few weeks : superb efforts, heartbreaking disappointments, and even revelations that we could react so positively to obscure winter sports you don't see practiced anywhere in the Maritimes.
Dr Peter Donnelly is Director of the Centre for Sports Policy Studies at the University of Toronto. He's the author of an article entitled "Own the Podium or Rent It ?" which appeared in the magazine Policy Options a few months ago. CBC broadcaster John Hancock owns the morning sports slot.
We asked "What's the most significant Olympics story so far ?"





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