Why one Maritime community has been burying its powerlines for decades / Phone-in: What guides you in scheduling your child's extracurricular activities ?September 9, 2010 4:55 PM
- The discussion of scheduling children's extracurricular activities branched into a far-ranging conversation about modern family dynamics
Underground Power : In the wake of Hurricane Earl's trip through the Maritimes - and outages caused by lightning strikes as recently as last night in parts of Nova Scotia - there's been renewed talk about the possibility of burying electrical lines to prevent power losses caused by falling trees.
Wednesday, we heard from economist Dave Sawyer. He's the co-author of a 2007 study that explored the costs and benefits of overhead versus underground power lines for new subdivisions. He concluded there were long-term financial and environmental benefits. But in the absence of solid policy direction from government, all of the various interests - and that would include the power utility, the developer and the homebuyer - would try to avoid the up-front cost.
We decided to check in with a Maritime town that has provided that kind of policy direction for decades, and as a result, nary a power line can be seen in Oromocto. Fred Hackett is the planning officer for the town.
Enriching Or Conflicting ? This is the month when families with children get back on a "regular" schedule.
In fact, it's more accurate to say that those households are just beginning to find out what the brand new schedule will mean to everybody's lives.
If you have young people in your house, that schedule could includes your child signing up for basketball, or dance class, or swimming lessons, or band or the school musical...or maybe several of the above.
But as eager as you or your children might be to make these activities part of your lives, how do you figure out whether you're headed for a year of fun and personal growth or a year of stress : impossible turnarounds, a playoff game on the same night as the school concert, no time for homework and, well - no down time for the family to enjoy each other's company.
We asked you to share tips with other parents on how to schedule your child's extracurricular activities.
Our guest was Dr Michael Ungar, a professor of social work at Dalhousie University and author of books such as Too Safe for Their Own Good and The We Generation.
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