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As tensions escalate on the Korean Peninsula, Ted Barris revisits the stories of Canadians who fought in the Korean War / Bell Aliant's explanation for sky-high executive salaries / Phone-in: Your recommendations for summer reading

Back to the Future ? In the strongest language it's used to date, North Korea says it will respond "with military force" if the United Nations attempts to punish it for what it calls a "fabricated accusation" that it attacked and sank a South Korean vessel in March. An international investigation has concluded that the North sank the corvette, killing 46 sailors.
The sabre-rattling has focused attention on a long-standing antagonism whose genesis many Canadians don't know much about : the Korean War of 1950-1953.
For Maritimers like Don Fleiger of Saint John, though, that war was all too real. Historian Ted Barris has documented the contribution of veterans like Mr. Fleiger and the legacy of that war in his book Deadlock in Korea. It's been re-released to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

 

We're In The Wrong Jobs: Hey, when the show is on, it's lunch time in the Maritimes. Have you earned your $5000 yet ?
Probably not - unless you're a top corporate executive.
But how much is too much and how much is just right when it comes to salaries for that class ? That question was raised at the annual meeting of BellAliant in Halifax on Wednesday. The company's Chief Operating Officer, Karen Sheriff, was paid $2.8 million in salary and performance bonuses last year.
Bill Gorman is a BellAliant unit-holder who worked out Ms Sheriff's salary to about $10,000 per working day and concluded ("Nothing personal", he clarified) that she's overpaid. Mr Gorman told Siim Vanaselja, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the company's Income Trust Fund, that he thought they could offer less and still attract competent managers.
We heard Mr Vanaselja's explanation.

So Many Books, And Finally, Some Time: There are some book reviewers with the power to make writers and publishers quiver in fear. A withering review can scare away potential readers and divert that first printing straight to the remainder bins. But a positive review can send readers to bookstores and to online sellers in droves. Ultimately, though, those make-or-break reviews are just one person's opinion.
We invited you to become part of a swarm of reviewers - someone who wants to share your literary finds with fellow readers around the Maritimes. Our guests were Christine McLean (who teaches journalism at St Thomas University and will be hosting Information Morning in Fredericton for part of the summer), Laurie Brinklow (publisher of Acorn Press on Prince Edward Island), and Sue Goyette (who's on the Faculty of Creative Writing at Dalhousie University. Her poetry collections include The True Names of Birds and Undone; she's written the novel Lures, and Sue also won the 2008 CBC Literary Award for her poem "Outskirts").

Here's a list of books mentioned:

Galore - Michael Crummey
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
The Law of Dreams - Peter Behrens
Murderland (Part 1) - Garrett Cook
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Three Cups of Tea (and sequel, Stones into Schools) - Greg Mortenson
Come Thou, Tortoise - Jessica Grant
Look Out - John Steffler
Pigeon - Karen Solie
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
Good to A Fault - Marina Endicott
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization - Jeff Rubin
World War Z - Max Brooks
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Millenium series) - Stieg Larsson
The Failure Of Global Capitalism: From Cape Breton To Colombia And Beyond - Gary Leech
The Fall - Albert Camus
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Gardens of the Moon - Steve Erickson
Loose Pearls and Other Stories - DC Troicuk
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Birth House Ami McKay
Thank You for Coming - Mara Altman
A Forest for Calum - Frank MacDonald
Fionavar Tapestry - Guy Gavriel Kay



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