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US skipper will never return because of treatment by Canada Border Services / Deposit on coffee and tea containers ? Phone-in: Sound, hearing,and The Science of Everyday Life.

 
US skipper will never return because of treatment by Canada Border Services / Deposit on coffee and tea containers ? Phone-in: Sound, hearing,and The Science of Everyday Life.

An American sailor says he was so shaken by the intimidating treatment he received at the hands of Canada Border Services agents in Nova Scotia, that he's never coming back.

Welcome to Canada - May We Intimidate And Threaten You ? We Canadians like to congratulate ourselves for having a reputation as a friendly people. But what about the people who represent Canada officially ? Dan Leger, the director of news content for the Chronicle Herald in Halifax, has recounted a story of an American skipper who sailed his 35-foot sloop from the Azores to Canso, Nova Scotia earlier this summer, and who then received abusive and high handed treatment from Canada Border Services.

Coffee, Tea, and a 10 Cent Deposit?: Michael Furlong of Fredericton says it's time to enact a law requiring a deposit on "take-out" coffee, tea and specialty drink cups, whether plastic or cardboard. With concerns about the environment, and the need to reduce government debts, Mr Furlong believes it's an over-looked gold mine of tax revenue. If someone wants to purchase coffee, tea or specialty drinks "to-go", he says there should be a 10 cent deposit on the container, as there is on most other beverages. He says such a deposit would help clean up streets, parks, school gounds, mall parking lots and retail establishments, and that organizations holding bottle drives would also benefit.
What do you think ? Is a deposit on takeout beverage containers an idea whose time has come ?

Listen Up: You know the old riddle : "If a tree falls in the forest and there's nobody there to hear it, does it create a sound ?" The phenomenon of sound and its relationship to our sense of hearing have kept people thinking for centuries.
Sound can used to seduce or to intimidate. Hearing can alert us to danger or to impending pleasure - you know, the kind of excitement you feel when you hear the Maritime Noon theme ? Not a good example ? Well, you probably have one of your own. Our Science Panel of Drs Mary Anne White and Richard Wassersug explained the fascinating crossover between sound and hearing, and they answered your questions about The Science of Everyday Life.

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