| Bookmark and Share

Cosmetic pesticides : should the Maritimes be on the same page ? Students learn how indiscreet messages can backfire / Public services you'd live without to balance the books / Phone-in: Questions about hearing loss

Variety Is The Spice Of Legislation: Mild weather has sent people's minds into fast forward when it comes to lawns and gardens. But this season promises to be different in more ways than temperature or the amount of rain. Different jurisdictions in the Maritimes are taking a variety of approaches - from guidelines to legislation - to reduce or eliminate many chemicals which have been used to kill bugs or weeds.
But retailers continue to stock many of those banned or restricted substances.
To get an overview of the latest developments, we contacted Tony Reddin of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Sierra Club of Canada in Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island, and Chris Benjamin, the Healthy Lawns Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, part of Pesticide-Free Nova Scotia Coalition.

OMG ! WDYT ? When it comes to texting, is there a communication gap between those who do and those who don't ? Especially when it comes to privacy issues that young people don't understand ?
TextED is offered to Grade 7 students in 200 schools across Canada. It's designed to sensitise young people to the ways that thoughtless messaging through cellphones, Facebook or other social media can mushroom into major problems with peers, parents, schools and even the police.
The CBC's Angela Chang spoke with three students who've taken the TextED course in Fredericton : Victoria Keats, Kassie Costello, and Taylor Dunn from Bliss Carman Middle School.
Angela began by asking if they knew of any examples of texting that led to unhappy consequences.
[And if you really want to decipher those acronyms that keep thumbs flying, click here to look it up on TextED's Acronictionary. G2R].

The Big Public Tradeoff: If it's unpopular for a government at any level to raise taxes, how will it finance the essential programs and services that people want ? A recent Ekos poll confirmed suspicions: only 14% of Canadians would agree to tax hikes as a way to fight deficits.
But with deficits in this year's budgets - and the spectre of future interest charges on growing debts - that leaves finance ministers with one option for keeping costs under control : reduce or eliminate spending and services.
On Friday's phone-in, we asked which government services you'd be willing to do without. Producer Deborah Woolway joined me to go through the many responses that poured in after the show.

Come Again ? If you've caught yourself turning up the radio or asking people to repeat themselves more frequently, you could be suffering from hearing loss. One in ten Canadians suffers from some kind of hearing impairment and that actual numbers are likely to rise as the population ages. Hearing impairment is now the third most prevalent disability in Canada, after hypertension and arthritis. As well, work-related hearing loss claims are on the rise (the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia received more than 5000 claims for hearing loss in the last decade at a cost of more than $40 million).
Our guests were Greg Noel, director of audiology at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, and an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, and audiologist Nona Fuller, President of the Hearing Institute Atlantic. We invited you to call with questions about hearing loss and treatments.
Click to download podcast