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Your comments on Fed funding cuts to Maritime women's groups / Phone in: What's helped you most in dealing with cancer?

Not-So-Suble Messages: Every government has a few standard methods of shaping society. First, it can make a policy, and then it can either spend or withhold public money to achieve the desired effect. Women's groups in the Maritimes say they're reeling from a one-two punch from Ottawa.
Beginning in 2006, the federal Status of Women stopped funding groups that specialised in advocating on certain women's issues. Many of those groups then adapted and began delivering more direct services, such as teaching low-income women the basics of economic literacy or better ways to support their children. But now, even those groups have lost federal funding.
Yesterday on Maritiem Noon, we heard from two women who are alarmed at what's been happening. Lucille Harper is executive director of the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association. She says the women served by at least nine groupss that have had their funding cut are adversely affected. Johanne Perron is the executive director of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, and she's concerned about the political climate faced by women's groups, perhaps articulated most concisely by Senator Nancy Ruth in her now infamous "STFU" advice. Following those interviews, we heard from you.

The Healing Circle: A cancer diagnosis is a personal landmark. But what happens after a diagnosis of cancer isn't just a medical story, and it doesn't just affect the person who's been diagnosed.
Dr Rob Rutledge has gained a fuller appreciation of that during his 20 year career as a radiation oncologist. He's focused much of that career exploring ways in which science, wisdom and compassion are linked in the medical, psychological and spiritual journey taken by cancer patients and their families. The result is a book called The Healing Circle, which Dr. Rutledge has co-authored with psychotherapist Timothy Walker. Our question: what seems to have helped you most in dealing with cancer?

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