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Family's dream trip to the tropics evaporates when carrier goes out of business / Jail time for pharmaceutical industry figures ? Dissent over the Africville deal / Veterinarian Eric Carnegy on pet care

Some beach, somewhere, without Maritimers : The Southern Vacation has been one of the marketing success stories of the past few decades - especially among Maritimers seeking a break from the Canadian winter. Prices have been low enough that thrifty people with modest incomes could save up for a week on a warm beach in the Caribbean.
But it seems that every winter, just as travelers are packing their swimsuits, one of the providers leaves hundreds in the lurch.
Wednesday afternoon, Halifax-based Go Travel South announced that it was shutting down due to "economic circumstances."
Erica Wagner of Charlottetown was part of a family group of seven that got the bad news.

Not So Fast
: Wednesday's public apology by the Mayor of Halifax to the former residents of Africville and their descendants was heralded as long-overdue. The expropriation and demolition of homes and institutions in the late 60s has been a sore point for nearly 20,000 African-Nova Scotians - many of whom trace their roots to black refugees from the War of 1812.  
Aside from the apology, Mayor Peter Kelly announced $3 million for an interpretive centre, museum and a reproduction of the church that was razed. Ottawa contributed $250,000 to set up the Africville Heritage Trust, which would plan, construct and operate the buildings.
But yesterday's announcement wasn't embraced by everyone in the African-Nova Scotian community.
Reed "iZrEAL" Jones is poet, writer, spoken word artist and film director who was raised in Hammonds Plains, NS. He's posted his objections to the deal on Youtube, and we played some of his critique.
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The Pharmaceutical Balancing Act : Bringing new drugs to market is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that involves the difficult feat of generating private profit and serving the public good.
Lately, we've been playing excerpts from a public forum I moderated, which was sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and Situating Science. Panelists and audience members explored the influence of commercial interests on health research in Canada.         
Producer Deborah Woolway read an email from Dr Brian Joseph of North Sydney about the lack of transparency and accountability in drug company dealings.
Then we played the final excerpt from the panel, which featured Jocelyn Downie of Dalhousie University's Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dr Chris MacDonald, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at St Mary's University (who writes The Business Ethics Blog),  Dr Francoise Baylis of the Department of Bioethics at Dal, and Dr Don Weaver of Dal's School of Biomedical Engineering.

Shuffling Off the Mortal Coil : Regular exercise for the dog, keeping the cat away from the hazards of traffic and better nutrition is keeping pets alive longer.But like all living things, they eventually die. The illnesses of animals that may have been companions for 10 or 15 years are always difficult to bear. And the emotional attachment can lead pet owners into denial and expensive end-of-life treatments.
Veterinarian Eric Carnegy operates the Carnegy Animal Hospital in Halifax. He discussed those issues and answered questions about the health and care of your pet.


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