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Remembering Doug Harkness, dean of harness racing writers in the Maritimes / Sir John Houghton on exploiting oil in high risk areas / Phone-in: Home energy consultant Art Irwin on air conditioners

Life In The Fast Lane: He was witty and provocative and irreverent and no one knew more about harness racing in the Maritimes. For almost 40 years, Doug Harkness was the sport's greatest chronicler and promoter in this part of the world. He died last Friday after a lengthy illness.
Ross Galbraith knew Doug Harkness well. Mr. Galbraith is a director of StandardBred Canada, the body that regulates harness racing in this county, and a board member of Horse Racing New Brunswick. Bill Semple is a former Sports editor of the Journal Pioneer in Summerside and a life long friend of Doug Harkness. They reminisced about the remarkable journalist.

A Teachable Moment in the Gulf ? In any discussion of Climate Change, Sir John Houghton is a central figure. He was co-chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's scientific assessment working group. He was a professor in atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford, and founder of the Hadley Centre, the UK's foremost climate change research facility.
Sir John once wrote that "The only way humans will act is if there's been an accident".
Well, we're seeing a terrible accident unfold in the Gulf of Mexico in the pursuit of a carbon-based fuel. But in Canada, we're also seeing BP & other companies keenly interested in drilling for oil in the Arctic, and a government that's keen on royalties.
In Part 2 of our conversation (to hear Part 1, click here), I asked Sir John if he sees an accident like that in the Gulf having any effect on questions about whether we should be exploiting these fuels in high-risk environments.

Sir John is also chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an organisation dedicated to "connecting Environment, Science and Christianity". On Monday, he told us how his scientific research and religious beliefs reinforce one another, since they both suggest being good stewards of the earth and alleviating human suffering. We received some emails on this, producer Deborah Woolway read them.

It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity : You know the circle of life in the average Maritime dwelling : dry air in the winter, humid air in the summer. Now that the furnaces have gone silent, the question remains : how do you deal with the heat & humidity when they strike ? Art Irwin operates Irwin Energy Consulting Services in Halifax, and he returned with advice on heating and ventilation.

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