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Urban affairs reporter: Why allow container trucks on Victorian-era streets in Halifax ? A Fredericton nurse returns from working with malnourished children and their mothers in India / Phone-in: Cancer diagnosis and treatment

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: The Maritimes boast some of the oldest incorporated cities in the country. And part of that legacy is blocks of Victorian architecture in city centres - the kind of buildings which tell visitors, "You're not in Mississauga any more".
And while the businesses in those downtown buildings have continued to evolve, something else hasn't : the streets, which in many cases, come in pre-Victorian widths with no room for expansion. That's fine for a horse & cart, but what happens to businesses and customers when a substantial part of traffic is comprised of large trucks ?
Christopher Hume writes on Urban Affairs for the Toronto Star, and on his most recent visit to Halifax, he was struck by something he hasn't seen in other older urban cores.
If you want to read his more detailed report on the effects of truck traffic on downtown Halifax, click here.
What are your thoughts on this ? Is traffic where you live manageable, or is there so much that it makes the area unattractive as a place to shop or work ? Call our answering machine: 1-800-565-5463.

Malnutrition Hotspot: Working with Doctors Without Borders was always a dream for Anne MacKinnon of Fredericton. With her children grown up, and the encouragement of a supportive spouse, she leapt at the opportunity to put her nursing skills to work with the humanitarian agency. They sent her to Bihar, India, a state where problems of poverty and malnutrition have been pervasive for so many generations that they're almost "invisible".
Anne just returned from that 6-month assignment with Doctors Without Borders, and joined us from Fredericton to tell us about her work.
To see the striking documentary "Invisible", created by the VII Photo Agency's Stephanie Simpson to illustrate efforts to combat malnutrition among families in Bihar, click here .

What Helps On The Cancer Journey ? During his 20-year career as a radiation oncologist, Dr Rob Rutledge has gained a great appreciation of the effect of a cancer diagnosis - not just on patients, but on the people who love and care for them.
He's concluded that science, wisdom and compassion are all linked in the medical, psychological and spiritual journey taken by cancer patients and their families.
Dr Rutledge specializes in breast, prostate and pediatric cancer, and teaches at Dalhousie University. He's also co-author - with psychotherapist Timothy Walker - of The Healing Circle. Dr Rutledge joined us to answer questions about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer...and, we'd like to know what's helped you most in dealing with cancer ?


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