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The case for a regional approach to oil and gas development in the Gulf of St Lawrence / Researchers find a sugar to replace petroleum compounds in paint and cosmetics / Phone-in : What's your most memorable soccer experience ?

Are Regional Politicians Missing The Big Picture ? As the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico unfolds, one fact in that murky mess has come into crystalline focus : the world's eco-systems are inextricably linked - and we ignore that truth at our peril.
So what happens when we shift our eyes from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of St Lawrence ?
It touches all three Maritimes provinces, and Newfoundland & Labrador and Quebec, too.
But when it comes to oil and gas development in the Gulf of St Lawrence, all those political boundaries lead to a hodge-podge of provincial and federal regulations and conflicting agendas.
The Mayor of the Municipality of the Magdalen Islands thinks the disaster down south should be a wake-up call for politicians to adopt a cooperative, regional approach to proposed drilling in the Gulf. We reached Joel Arseneau in Toronto, where he's attending the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Sweet ! Petroleum & its byproducts have seeped into every corner of modern life - from the dial on your radio to lipstick and even some foods. But researchers at the University of Guelph have found an environmentally-friendly substitute for petroleum compounds in products such as paints & cosmetics : and that replacement is sugar.
Dr John Dutcher teaches physics at the University of Guelph. He was in the Maritimes for the 6th annual scientific conference of the Advanced Food and Materials Network.

GO-O-O-O-O-OAL !!!! In a few weeks' time, all the fancy footwork on soccer fields around the Maritimes will be linked to a global phenomenon which Canadians have been relatively slow to acknowledge : the World Cup is the one sporting championship with the power to attract the attention of people in all nations.
John Doyle has known about this since childhood. The Globe & Mail columnist has been allowed off the leash of his regular TV critic's duties from time to time to write about the sport, its fans, rivalries, stars, losers, culture and rituals. That fascination has culminated in his book "The World Is A Ball : The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer", which comess complete with a guide to World Cup 2010, set to begin in South Africa next month and broadcast on CBC Television.
We invited you to call and tell us about your most significant soccer experience (and yes, we know it's called football in most of the world).

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