December 2010 Archives

Terry Punch Awarded/ 2010 Top Book Picks

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Terry Punch Awarded:  Today, Terry Punch, our resident genealogist, was on the show, but not for the phone-in.  On Thursday, Punch was named to the Order of Canada.  We got his reaction to this great honour and we also heard a bit of his story.  He told us where his interest in genealogy began, some of his research successes and about his own roots.

2010 Top Book Picks:  On the phone-in, Colleen Kitts, a freelance broadcaster and Paul MacDougall, an instructor in Health Studies at Cape Breton University and a writer, shared the books they loved reading in 2010 and you called in with yours.

Collen Kitts's Book RecommendationsWolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel; Alice Monroe's Best: Selected Stories, by Alice Monroe; Mini Shopaholic: A Novel, by Sophie Kinsella; Going Fast, by Elaine McCluskey; The Warrior Series, by Erin Hunter; Flock of Shoes, by Sarah Tsiang

Colleen Kitts also recommends the website Mousetraps and the Moon for kid picks.

Paul MacDougall's Book RecommendationsThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (series), by Stieg Larsson; Stone's Fall, by Iain Pears; Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan; The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne; The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

The Books You Loved to Read in 2010:  Fob Doc, by Ray Wiss; "Distinction Earned": Cape Breton's Boxing Legends 1946-1966, Paul MacDougall; Millions of Souls, by Philip Riteman and Mireille Baulu-MacWillie; Imperium, Robert Harris (the first book in Harris's trilogy; the second book is Lustrum; another book by Robert Harris that was recommended is The Ghost); Spat the Dummy, Ed Macdonald; Elizabeth Lefort: Canada's Artist in Wool, by Daniel Doucet; Many Shades of Green, by Deny Dallaire; Thai Die, by Monica Ferris; Room, by Emma Donoghue; The Ancestor's Tale, by Richard Dawkins


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Aid for NB Flood Victims/ Polar Bear Swims/ On the Phone-in: Adventures!

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Aid for NB Flood Victims: Kathy Rogers told us how flood victims in Charlotte County, NB, have been left out to dry by insurance agencies.  More than 150 people find themselves homeless, their homes unsalvageable and without insurance (since the flood has been deemed an act of God by their insurance agencies).  So Rogers decided to do something about it.  Now, as the chairperson of the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund, she 's already helped raise more than $25,000 for flood victims.

If you want to donate money to the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund email: krsw@nb.sympatico.ca.  You can also donate at your local Red Cross office.

Polar Bear Swims:  We also heard two courageous souls, Jason Lee and Stephen Swimmer, share their annual New Year's tradition - braving the icy cold blue for a quick dip.  If you're interested in taking the plunge in Charlotettown, just show up on Saturday at 10:30, near the Charlottetown Yacht Club.  For more info you can check out the PEI Polar Bear Club Group on Facebook.  If you're near Yarmouth, and feel like jumping into Lake Milo, call Stephen Swimmer at 902.742.5697.

Adventures:  On the phone-in, Kristin Roe, the first Nova Scotian to swim the English Channel, and David Hood, who last fall hiked the Himalayas, shared their 2010 achievements and you told us about your big adventures this year.


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Spring Floods/ Costas's New Career/ Phone-in: Customer Service Stories

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Spring Floods:  The Maritimes have been battered with wind, rain, and/or snow over the past few weeks.  Although it'd be nice to think the worst was over... Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, told us not to hold our breath.  Certain areas may be in danger of flooding this spring as winter thaws.

Costas's New Career:  We heard CBC's Pauline Dakin's interview with former Maritime Noon host, Costas Halavrezos, on mainland Nova Scotia's edition of Information Morning.  Costas has bowed out of broadcasting to put a little spice in his life....literally.  Now, he sells spices at the Historic Halifax Farmers' Market every Saturday. 

Customer Service Stories: Today on the phone-in, Anne MacKeigan, our customer service expert, took your calls and gave some advice about how to stay cool even in the face of very bad service.


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The Christmas Card of the Air

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Listeners from around the Maritimes joined us to share greetings with loved ones near and far.
Merry Christmas to all!


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Wild Birds of the Maritimes

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Weather for the Birds: It's been a heck of a few months if you keep a keen eye out for wild birds of the Maritimes. The Christmas Bird Count is in full swing, and we re-convened the Maritime Noon Birders Panel to share what they've been seeing. Ian MacLaren is a biologist and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University. Dwaine Oakley is past president of the Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island. Jim Wilson is a board member of Nature New Brunswick and a regular contributor to the New Brunswick Reader.


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Storm Encore/ Phone In: Parenting 101

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Storm Encore: High winds are battering the Maritimes once again. There's flooding along coastal areas, particularly along the Northumberland Strait. The Confederation Bridge has now re-opened, but authories are warning restrictions may be placed on what type of vehicles can make the crossing. We checked in with CBC news reporters around the region, and opened the phone lines to hear your stories.

Parenting 101
: Well, storms of a very different sort can swirl through many families this time of year. Children's expectations are sky high, fueled by the promise of gifts under the tree, and a steady diet of cookies and candy. The holiday season can bring out the worst - and the best - in children. So how do you manage their expectations? Dr Patrick McGrath is a child psychologist and Vice President-Research at the IWK Health Centre. He answered your questions about parenting


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A Community Christmas Feast/ Phone In : Dietician Mary Sue Waisman

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The Gift of Sharing: A trend has been emerging in several Maritime towns over the last few years - a trend that will restore your faith in people, and in the strength of communtities. Communities like Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. People there are preparing for their Second Annual Community Christmas dinner. As freelancer Philip Moscovitch tell us, they've found out that the "needy" aren't just those without money.

On the Phone In: Professional Cook and dietician Mary Sue Waisman answered all yiur calls about eating healthy this time of year.


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Anxious Airport Wait/ The Gardening Phone In with Marjorie Willison

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Anxious Waits: one of the world's busiest airports is a mess again today. A snowstorm closed all but one runway over the weekend at London's Heathrow airport. In an attempt to clear up the backlog from all those cancelled flights, officials ordered all incoming flights to be diverted elsewhere. Flights are coming and going again today, but clearing up the backlog will take at least a week. Among those who were hoping to be home for the holidays is Catriona Kaiser-Derrick, who's studing in Edinbugh. She made it as far as London, which is where we've reached her. Her Dad, Archie Kaiser was Halifax.

On the Phone In: Marjorie Willison answered all your gardening questions.


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Maritime Noon Food Bank Show

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We celebrated the season with music and stories, and raised money for a good cause - Maritime food banks. The mega-talented singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing entertained us, and Carmen Klassen and Pauline Dakin joined us to read a seasonal story. Thanks to all of you who listened in, or joined us in person at the Radio Room. 
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Climate Change Challenge/ Phone In: Woodlot management

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Climate Change Challenge: Wild winds, flash flooding, communities cut off after bridges collapse or rivers rise - is the recent severe weather the Maritimes has experienced one-time anomalies, or part of a broader pattern linked to changes in our climate? And, if it is climate change, many Maritimers are wondering just how prepared the federal government is to deal with its long term effects. Scott Vaughn is the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and is appointed by Canada's Auditor General. Last week, in his yearly report to Parliament, Mr Vaughn said that Ottawa hasn't done enough to prepare for the change that is coming.

On the Phone In: all your questions about managing your woodlot.


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River Rising/ Stairwells with a Difference/ Phone In: decorating ideas

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River Rising: Many of you are still picking up the pieces, or trying to dry out following a windy and wet start to the week. Karl Wilmot is the Riverwatch Coordinator at New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization. He explained why the Riverwatch line wasn't working yesterday.

Stairwells With a Difference: What comes to mind when you think about stairwells in office buildings or apartments: ugly, possibly dirty, and often hard to find? A class at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design wants to change the way we think about stairwells - and certainly how they are designed. They have partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to come up with new ideas for stairs worth walking up and down. Nadine Purdy is a fourth year student at NSCCAD, and Fran Dunn is physical activity specialist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Christmas Lights in Sitansisk:
Residents of the St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton go to extraordinary lengths to decorate their properties. Jon Collicott captured the over-the-top display of Christmas cheer and the community's gift of light in a documentary called "Sitansisk."

All That Glitters: Neville MacKay of My Mother's Bloomers, and Pam Goold of Goold's Flowers in Sussex answered all your questions about decorating for the holidays.


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December Flood: Maritimers clean up after a powerful wind and rain storm / Phone In: Our Renovating experts answer your questions just in time to save a couple of flooded basements!

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Oh the Wind and the Rain: Maritimers mop up after 180 millilmetres of rain, and strong winds carved a path from New Brunswick to Cape Breton. We speak with the man who called a state of emergency in St. Stephen NB, and a man watching the water levels rise outside his home in Restigouche.

Phone In: Just in the nick of time! Our renovating experts give you advice on bailing out that flooded basement, and sealing up those drafty windows. Alan Keating is a carpenter and operator of Keating Construction in Sydney. Eric Tusz-King is with Energreen Builders Co-op in Sackville, which concentrates on building affordable, energy efficient housing.


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The Great Convention Centre debate / Phone In: Geneologist Terry Punch sheds light on your family tree

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How many convention centres does it take to screw in a lightbulb? The multi-million dollar projects are a hot commodity in our region. Fredericton is gearing up for a grand opening in the new year, Charlottetown has started work on its convention centre, set to open in the Fall 2012. Municipal officials in Halifax formally announced their support for a 160-million dollar facility in the heart of downtown.
But that project is facing stiff opposition from a heritage group. Now a public interest group is echoing that concern. Chris Majka authored a report on the Halifax Convention Centre for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Phone In: Terry Punch, our resident geneologist puzzles over your family history, to trace the family tree back to its roots.


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Bottled Milk/ Phone In: Dr Robin Walker and Children's Health

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Bottled Milk: Nostalgic for the days when you could reach for an ice cold bottle of milk? You may soon get that chance again. Fox Hill Farm in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is just getting ready to start up its brand new, state-of-the-art milk bottling plant. We checked in with co-owner Jeanita Rand.

Tis the season for coughs and sneezes.: On the Phone In Pediatrician Dr. Robin Walker, answered all your questions about children's health.


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Education Cuts and School Boards/ Energy Bill break in Summerside/ Phone in: The Science Panel

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Cutting Costs: School boards in Nova Scotia have been told to start working up plans to shave 22 per cent from their budgets over three years. The government says something has to change given student enrolment is on the decline and education spending keeps going up. The NS School Boards Association estimates that the cuts would mean closing 70 schools, and laying off 2,000 teachers, as well as support workers, bus drivers, and janitors. Would reducing the number of school boards in the province save money? New Brunswick went through that process several years ago. We spoke with Dennis Cochrane, who was a provincial school board superintendant at the time. He's a former deputy minister of education in Nova Scotia, and now President of St Thomas University in New Brunswick.

Whichever Way the Wind Blows: Citizens of Summerside who invest in special, ceramic space heaters will soon pay less for the energy they use. The heaters use electricity generated by wind turbines during the overnight, non-peak hours, and dissipate that heat during the course of the day. Citizens who buy the heaters will be charged six cents a kilowatt hour less for the first 25-hundred kilowatt hours. The CBC's Laura Chapin dropped in on Summerside city administrator Terry Murphy to find out more.

Seeing Clearly: On the phone in, Drs Mary Anne White and Richard Wassersug explained our sense of sight, and answered all your questions about the science of everyday life.


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The Howard Hyde Inquiry/ Phone In: Volunteer Boards

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The Howard Hyde Inquiry: It's been the longest fatality inquiry in Nova Scotia's history, and its recommendations could have far reaching implications for the way the mentally ill are treated in custody. 45 year old Howard Hyde was schizophrenic. He was arrested after going off his medication. He was tazered by police and later died after in custody after a struggle with corrections officers. The CBC's Rob North joined us to go through the report. We also heard from Stephen Ayer, the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Schizophrenia Society.

Volunteer Boards: Considering joining a volunteer board? Have a listen before you make the leap. Doreen Pensgracs is the author of "Before You Say Yes". It's a guide to the pleasures and pitfalls of volunteer boards. You called with questions about your responsibilities and legal obligations as a decision maker.


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Microscopic Munchers Devour the Titantic/ Phone In: Managing Debt

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Small but Hungry: It may be microscopic, but it's currently chewing through what's left of the once mighty Titantic.The bacterium called halomonus titanicae was recently discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in icicle-like structures which have attached themselves to the ship's wreckage. Dr Henrietta Mann is a civil engineering adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, and she's been studying the bacterium since they were were brought back from the ocean floor.

Opening Late: The Nova Scotia government has come up with a plan to address the chronic problem of emergency room closures. Many ER's in smaller communities have been forced to close sporadically over the last few years because of a shortage of doctors and nurses to cover off overnight and weekend shifts. Dr. John Ross, who was hired by the Nova Scotia government to identify the problems and make suggestions for improvement, recently reported that many people who now use ERs would be better cared for at properly staffed clinics that stay open into the evening. Today, Nova Scotia's health minister Maureen MacDonald announced her government's decision to proceed with that recommendation.

Managing Debt: John Eisner, the President of Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada, answered your questions about managing debt.


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Memories of the School for the Blind/Phone In: Art Irwin & Home Heating

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Growing up, Dennis McCormack knew his life wouldn't be easy. He was told repeatedly that because he was legally blind, he'd have to try harder and work harder, in order to succeed. Now he's written a memoire about his experiences, and he credits much of his success to the education he and many other Maritimers received at the long-closed Halifax School for the Blind.

On the phone in: if you want the most out of your home heating system, you'll have to do more than just turn up the thermostat! Art Irwin answered all your questions about getting the most out of your system.


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Christmas Tree Woes/ Cider Fire Follow/ Phone In: What's the one movie you'd recommend this year?

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Christmas Tree Woes: This is not an easy year for Christmas tree farmers in the Maritimes. Many are feeling the impacts as an influx of American trees, a strong Canadian dollar, and high production costs eat away at their bottom line. Scott MacKinnon owns Elite Balsam Products in St Andrews, Nova Scotia. David Kirkpatrick owns Lo-Hi Farm Christmas Trees in Hoyt, New Brunswick.

Heartache to Heart Warming: It's been an emotional roller coaster ride for David Coburn and his family. On November 22nd, fire destroyed their apple storage facility in Keswick Ridge. Coburn's Sweet Apple Cider is a holiday staple for many people in New Brunswick. We check in with David Coburn, who's been overwhelmed by the support he's received.

Picks for Flicks: Looking for some great DVDs to give as gifts this year? From Hollywood blockbusters to the latest Indie flicks, there's an avalanche of choices out there. Sharing their picks for flicks were our guests Ron Foley MacDonald, a senior programmer at the Atlantic Film Festival, and Hugh Murphy, who runs Far Out East Cinema in Moncton. Our question: What's the one movie you'd recommend this year?

We heard Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from Ron Foley MacDonald, and Annie Hall, Diva, and Working Girl from Hugh Murphy .

Your recommendations were: A Christmas Story, A River Runs Through It, Bye Bye Blues, Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage, Gigo, Incendies , It's a Wonderful Life, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Network, Of Mice and Men, Ordinary People, Sherlock Jr., Shutter Island, The Anniversary, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Shawshank Redemption, The Usual Suspects, The Wild Bunch and Who Has Seen the Wind.


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Advice for NB Premier/ What's the best way to keep young people in the Maritimes?

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Free Advice: New Brunswick premier David Alward is getting plenty of advice these days. His government is deep in deficit and promising modest government-wide cuts this year and next as a way to start digging the province out of that fiscal hole. A prominent Maritime economist says he'll have to do more than that. Donald Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration at L'universite de Moncton. Savoie says Alward should abandon his election promise NOT to raise taxes.

Making Opportunities: Young people complain about the lack of opportunity here in the Maritimes. Parents grumble about their children moving away to find jobs and build lives elsewhere.The populations of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are aging, and retirement is around the corner for many people. Unless we can find a way to stem the tide of young people leaving this region, there will be fewer workers to do the jobs we vacate, not to mention fewer people to pay taxes to fund the services we need. Our guests were Stephen Lund, the head of Nova Scotia Business Incorporated, and Tim Coates, who leads a group in New Brunswick called 21inc. It helps young people develop leadership skills.

Our question: What can we do to keep young Maritimers here?


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Ferry Funding/ Somebeachsomewhere/ Phone in: Newsmaker of the Year

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Ferry Funding: Ottawa has decided to continue funding ferry service between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. This extra $51 million will keep the ships running just three more years. For reaction, we reached three people who have been lobbying hard for ferries: Thom MacMillian is President of the Tourism Industry Association of PEI, Harold Theriault is MLA for Digby Annapolis in Nova Scotia, and Ross Jefferson is Executive Director of Saint John Destination Marketing.

Somebeachsomewhere: Somebeachsomewhere is a champion racehorse from Truro, Nova Scotia. He won 20 of 21 races, earned close to $3.5 million, and capped off his career by winning the 2008 Breeder's Crown. Somebeachsomewhere is now enjoying retirement at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. We check in with Bridgette Jablonski, a veterinarian who looks after "The Beach."

Phone in: Newsmaker of the Year: A look back to try to determine what events or people left the biggest mark on our region over the past 12 months. Who do you think deserves the top newsmaker title in your province? Our guests were Sandy Smith CBC's morning news editor in Nova Scotia, Alan White senior producer for news assignment in New Brunswick, and Angela Walker news editor in Charlottetown.


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