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Neglect charges in NB highlight need for better federal animal welfare legislation / Comments on urban truck traffic, new labour market realities / Phone-in: Terry Punch on genealogy and the census

Protecting Those Who Can't Speak For Themselves: Two sisters living in New Brunswick have been charged with failure to provide adequate food, shelter and veterinary care for 38 horses. The charges against Sandra and Beverly Tomalin were laid Tuesday under the New Brunswick SPCA Act. A year ago, the sisters were banned from ever owning or caring for dogs in Ontario after they pleaded guilty to one count each of failing to provide care for their animals. The Ontario SPCA said at the time that more than 100 dogs were seized.
But in both of these cases, charges were laid under provincial acts. There is animal cruelty legislation in the federal Criminal Code, but as Dr Alice Crook explained, it's widely seen as ineffective. Dr Crook is co-ordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, and a past member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. It's worked for years to toughen federal animal welfare legislation.

Trucks and Jobs: On Tuesday's show, we heard about a clash between the past and the present. Christopher Hume, who writes on urban issues for the Toronto Star, told us he was astounded to see huge container trucks rumbling back and forth along the narrow Victorian-era streets of downtown Halifax. He thinks this makes a significant part of the city uninviting for people and business, and can't understand why there wasn't - or isn't - better planning to deal with the truck traffic generated by the location of the container port. We heard one idea for tackling the problem.
You want to continue a conversation that began on a phone-in last week. It was about how to bridge the disconnect between Maritime employers and recent community college & university grads entering the labour market. We played your latest calls.

The Way We Were: Ever since Canada started keeping census records in 1871, it's provided a snapshot in time, placing people and family members in a definite place and context. Census data can be a genealogist's best friend, and help unlock family stories when other sources have disappeared or are non-existent. Terry Punch explained how to compare one census with another to unlock family secrets. He also had tips on tracking down information about ancestors.



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