A Tribute to Irwin Barker/A Celebration of Adult Learners/ The Renovations Phone In.June 21, 2010 2:32 PM
Irwin Barker was one of the most intelligent, inventive and unique voices in Canadian comedy. He died June 21st after a lengthy illness.
A Comic's Comic:Canadian comedian and comedy writer Irwin Barker has died. Although he lived in Toronto, he had roots in the Maritimes, and was well known here. Irwin was a contributor on the CBC TV program "This Hour has 22 minutes, and performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival. When he was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer three years ago, he joked that his doctor had given him 12 months to live but that his lawyer "was working on getting it down to eight". His fight with cancer was the subject of a documentary called "That's My Time, " and he kept performing throughout his illness with his trademark understated and self-deprecating humour. Guest host Jean Laroche spoke with stand up comedian Mark Farrell about his friend and colleague.
Something to Celebrate: When Wilma Huffman's children started school, she wanted to be able to help them with their homework as they grew older. But, like many other Maritimers, Wilma had never finished high school, and she knew she needed help with her reading and math skills One day she walked through the doors at her local Learning Network, and took the first step to a high school diploma. This past weekend, Wilma and more than a hundred other people were honoured as part of the Nova Scotia's first celebration of adult learners, held in Wolfville. It was organized by the Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organizations, which is made of up local literacy groups offering free programs throughout the province. Freelance reporter Philip Moscovitch was at the celebration, and brought us the story.
The Renovations Phone In: Now that summer is officially here - it's time to get busy with all those renovations you've been putting off. After all, that leaky roof isn't going to fix itself, is it? This may even be the year you finally build that dream deck you've always wanted. But before you grabbed a hammer and started pounding nails - you put your questions to Sydney-based contractor Alan Keating.
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