More Maritime volunteers needed for major regional study on cancer rates / Phone-in : Your thoughts on effects of English becoming the global language
Get Out The Toe Nail Clippers: It's something you'll never see trumpeted in a tourism ad for Atlantic Canada : "We have the highest cancer rates in Canada !" But it's a sad truth that we have to face, attempt to understand and try to change.
That's why the Atlantic Path was launched - an ambitious multi-year study which hopes to enlist the help of 30,000 Atlantic Canadians in discovering why our cancer rates are so high.
The study began in Nova Scotia, but it's now expanding throughout the region. And Dr Louise Parker wants to recruit you.
Dr Parker is the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Population Cancer Research at Dalhousie University. She heads the Atlantic Path : Partnership for Tomorrow's Health. She brought us up to date on the study.
And if you want information on how to become a volunteer in the study - clip a few toenails, answer a few questions to help researchers understand why cancer rates in the region are the highest in Canada - click here.
Frankenstein or Friendly Giant ? How would you feel to learn there's something that's "contagious and adaptable" circulating through human populations ? Politically, how do you deal with a force that's "populist and subversive" ?
We're not talking about a scary new virus or a new insurgency, but rather a word coined by a French writer in 1995 : "Globish".
Robert McCrum thought that word was a perfectly good title for his new book "Globish : How The English Language Became the World's Language". Mr. McCrum has retraced the roots of English, but also the many modern hybrids blossoming around the world - hybrids which allow someone at a call centre in Bangalore, India to sort out your computer problems at 2 in the morning, or diplomats in Morocco & Spain - who don't speak each other's languages - to de-escalate a crisis while communicating with an American mediator in English.
The ascendancy of English can make someone born Anglophone feel at least lucky, and perhaps smug. Why learn any other languages if everyone in the world is learning mine ? And think of all the Maritime college grads paying off their student loans by teaching English in South Korea or Japan. On the other hand, that rising tide of English-speakers means that if there's a job which doesn't require you to be in a particular place - say, sweeping the street in your hometown - it might be more advantageous for an employer to outsource it to Singapore or China.
Robert McCrum was our guest as we asked for your thoughts on the consequences of English becoming the global language.
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