January 2011 Archives

U2 in Moncton, Royal Visit, Cold Call, Handwritten Letters

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We break the big news that U2 will play Magnetic Hill this summer, and we talk to a mega fan. Our royal watcher on a possible visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton. We make a cold call on the possibility of a federal election this Spring. Plus, your thoughts on handwritten letters -- and smashed mailboxes.


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Yarmouth Ferry, Boxing Buddies, Challenger Disaster and Marriage Prep

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Pastor speaks out about the loss of the Yarmouth ferry, 40-year-old buddies face off in the boxing ring, remembering the Challenger space shuttle disaster and we ask: "Are we doing enough to prepare for marriage?"


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Toy Stories, Art Gallery Auction, Giant Snowman and Bridge Tolls

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Your stories about favourite toys and why the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton has to send three paintings to auction. We meet a man who built a snowman in Saint John that's two stories tall. Plus, find out why it's going to get more expensive to cross the harbour between Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Find the podcast below the photos!

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Autistic Man Mistreated, NS Skating Oval, Twitter How-To and a Cold Call

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The Minister of Community Services responds to the treatment of an autistic man at a special care home in Sydney. We hear how likely it is that the speed skating oval will remain in the region after the Commonwealth Games, we get a primer from a Twitter expert, and we pick up the phone and make our first cold call.


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PEI Concert Scandal, NB Power Freeze and Mandatory Helmets

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Hear about the concert that never was in Summerside, PEI, find out why NB Power is asking customers to turn the heat down, and we ask: "Should helmets be mandatory on the ski slopes?"
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ATVs, Coyotes, and Student Debt

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An ATV enthusiast responds to being booted off the Trans Canada Trail, the latest on the hunt for a coyote that attacked a man in an urban environment, and we ask: "Is a university or college education worth the debt?"


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Hobo heads to Sundance / Phone In: Best live Concerts

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From Dartmouth to Sundance: We catch up with Jason Eisener as he prepares for the first screening of his film "Hobo with a Shotgun" at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Phone In: We're asking you: What was your all time favourite live concert in the Maritimes?


Handing over the torch: Jean Laroche bids farewell, and welcomes new host Norma Lee MacLeod. Maritime Noon is re-launching Monday January 24th. Be sure to tune in!


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Who's watching those surveillance cameras? A new security company comes to Halifax / Phone In: Education Cuts

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Under the Watchful Eyes of the UK: Ever walk into a store and notice a tiny camera above the counter.....and wonder if anyone's watching...and if they are - who are these people? Well, if you're in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, you could be under the watchful eyes of someone in the U-K. A new web-based surveillance program called "Internet Eyes", and it's being launched in the Halifax-area this week.


Phone In: Nova Scotia's school boards are bracing for budget cuts. We're joined by former Education Minister Jane Purves, and UPEI Dean of Education Tim Goddard as we ask: How can you spend less on schools...without sacrificing quality in the classroom?


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Cutting Budgets: One group wants the province to start with MLAs pensions. / Phone In: Beer & wine making with Bonnie Adams

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Budget solutions: One not-for-profit group says the government could save millions if it wanted... by shrinking MLAs pensions. Kevin Lacey is the Atlantic Canada Director of the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation explains why he believes provinces should be examining their own coffers.

Phone In: Dreaming of those lazy summer days, with a crispy beer on the patio? Taking a stab at making your own beer or wine at home? Bonnie Adams answers your questions.


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Farmland Re-purposed? / Phone In: Pet Care with Dr. Eric Carnegy

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Farmers vs. farmers: The debate over 380 acres of farmland in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley comes to a head. Five farmers applying to re-zone the land will soon find out if they have permission to do so. We speak with Peter Elderkin, a farmer who says he can't keep farming unless he can re-develop his property, and David Daniels , a lawyer in Kenvtille, representing the opponents; he says, if Kings County Council approves the deal, they may be acting illegally.

Phone In: The doctor's in! Veterinarian Dr. Eric Carnegy answers all of your pet care questions.


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2011 Winter Games fever! / Phone in: Are judges handing down sentences that are just?

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Countdown to Canada Games: In just a few weeks, athletes, coaches and spectators will storm Halifax for the 2011 Winter Games. We check in with CEO Chris Morrissey to find out how preparations are going.

Phone In: Law professor Archie Kaiser is launching a new lecture series to help the public understand sentencing. In light of recent stories in the news, such as the Rehberg brothers' sentencing for burning a cross on the lawn of a bi-racial couple in the Annapolis Valley, we're asking: Are judges handing down sentences that are just?


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Clearing out the voicemail, and inbox: Your perspective on this weeks' stories / Phone in: Art Irwin answers your home heating questions

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Your turn: Time to get YOUR perspective on the stories we broadcast this week. Talkback on our discussion with the three maritime premiers, Karen Casey's decision to cross the floor, and of course, 25 years later: Dire Straits' lyrics are in the spotlight again.

Phone In: The ever-practical, ever-reliable Art Irwin answers all your questions about home heating.


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Dire Straits' 25 year old hit deemed 'unacceptable' for Canadian audiences / Phone In: Getting and staying fit in the new year!

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Dire Straits Controversy: More than 25 years after 'Money for Nothing' was released, a regulating board for Canadian private broadcasters rules the song unacceptable for Canadian audiences, because of its use of the word 'faggot'. Gay actor and activist Hugo Dann, and Q104 Program Manager J.C. Douglas discuss the context, and the ruling.

Staying Fit: Our fitness experts, Stephanie Knickle-Currie, and Darren Steeves answer all of your questions about keeping those healthful New Years' resolutions.


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Crossing the Floor: Scott Brison looks back on his decision to defect / Phone In: Who should have a say, when elected officials leave their party?

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From one party to another:
Liberal MP Scott Brison knows all too well what recently minted Liberal MLA Karen Casey is going through. Brison walked away from the Conservative party years ago. He's been re-elected several times, in his home riding, under the Liberal party banner. In light of Casey's move, Brison looks back on his own decision to jump ship.

Who should have a say?:
When an elected official crosses the floor, who should have a say? Dalhousie Political Science Assistant professor Lori Turnbull and NDP MP Peter Stoffer answer your questions.


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Tourism NS, NB and PEI, together? Considering a shared tourism agency / Phone In: Taking a leap. Our lifestyle coaches help you prepare for big changes.

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One Maritime Tourism board? :
Universite de Moncton professor Donald Savoie suggests we eliminate the provincial tourism departments. But how do people who actually work in the industry feel? We talked to Real Robichaud, Exectuive Director with the Tourism Association of New Brunswick, and Don Cudmore, Executive Director for theTourism Association of Prince Edward Island.

Life Changes:
Whether it's giving up smoking, or moving across the country, the new year often prompts change... but how can we stick to our plans and follow through? Our guests, Fred Connors, of FRED Beauty Salon in Halifax, and Heather Wilson, a life coach in Charlottetown, take your questions, and listen to your stories.


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Three Maritime Premiers discuss the challenges laying ahead in 2011, and on the Phone in: What do you think are the biggest hurdles in our region in the coming year?

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Facing Challenges: 2011
This is not going to be an easy year.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are all projecting deficit
And the tap been turned off when it comes to all that infrastructure money that's been pouring in from Ottawa.
Premiers Robert Ghiz, David Alward, and Darrell Dexter give us thier perspective on the coming year.
On the Phone In: Discussing the biggest challenges facing the Maritimes in 2011, with CBU professor Tom Urbaniak, and Susan Holt, with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.


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Feasting on Feedback/ Phone-in: Terry Punch

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Feasting on Feedback: From food trends, to outdoor rinks, to your most adventurous experiences, we air your thoughts on our recent stories.

Phone-in: Geneologist Terry Punch is our guest as we bust some geneological myths and answer your questions about tracing your family history.


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Weathering the Storm, Who to Call and What to do in the Wake of Last Month's Wonky Weather

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Disaster Assistance in New Brunswick: The wind howled, the waves pounded our shorelines, and the rain came down in sheets. Last month brought a string of severe storms to the Maritimes. In their wake, wharfs were destroyed, tree were toppled, and businesses and homes were flooded. Now that the holidays are over, people are picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how to clean up Mother Nature's mess.
New Brunswick announced an assistance program within days of the most severe flooding. To tell us more about that program, we spoke with the director of emergency services, Ernie MacGillivray, in Fredericton.

Disaster Assistance in Nova Scotia:
New Brunswick announced its disaster relief program within days of the December storms; but in Nova Scotia, it can take up to two months to put similar programs in place. To talk about what is happening in Nova Scotia, we reached Ramona Jennex. She's the minister of the Emergency Management Office.

Phone-in: In the Wake of the Storm
: The Holidays were not the least bit restful or very joyous for many Maritimers this year. Heavy rains forced rivers to overflow throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Strong wings combined with high tides also caused serious damage along PEI's north shore and on the province's western tip. Today on the phone-in, two experts answered your questions about getting back on your feet after your home or your property has been damaged. Alan Keating is a carpenter and operator of Keating Construction in Sydney. Marlene Landry is manager of consumer and industry relations at the Insurance Bureau of Canada.


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The Joys of Skating Outdoors/ The Bluenose II, or should it be III? / Phone-in: Food Trends

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The Joys of Skating Outdoors: Tens of thousands of Nova Scotians have flocked to the Halifax Common in recent weeks to try out what has quickly become the city's hottest attraction - an outdoor skating oval. The rink is just one of the benefits of the city's decision to host the Canada Games next month. The plan is to take down the oval this spring after the games and after skating season ends, but there's growing pressure to leave the ice just where it is. So, we thought we'd check in with a couple of cities elsewhere in our region which maintain outdoor rinks-- though admittedly without the help of high-tech chilling equipment.

The city of Bathurst has several outdoor skating surfaces located in the heart of the city. So does the city of Moncton. To talk about what those rinks means to those cities, we reached the mayor of Bathurst, Stephen Brunet, as well as Dan Hicks , the supervisor of Parks and Grounds for the city of Moncton.

The Bluenose II, or should it be III?
If you walked the docks of the Halifax Harbour in recent years, you may have climbed aboard the Bluenose II for a tour. But the ship was hauled out of the water last year. It's now on dry land, in the midst of a 15 million dollar restoration...or is it a rebuild, or has it morphed into a new ship altogether? The CBC's Phlis McGreggor recently toured the restoration site. She described the extent of the makeover for us, as well as some of the concerns surrounding the renovations.

The Nova Scotia government has installed a webcam so anyone who's intereseted can take a first hand look at the work being done on the Bluenose II.

Food Trends: Have you added something new to your menu? Craig Flinn is the owner and chef at Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax. He's also the author of three cookbooks including his latest: "Fresh & Frugal". He shared his thoughts on your suggestions about the latest trends in food.


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Brunswick Mines Lives a Little Longer/ Doug Bethune Car Questions

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Brunswick Mines Lives a Little Longer: Nine hundred employees of what was once the largest lead/zinc mine in the world may get to keep their jobs a little longer.
Production at the Brunswick Mines outside of Bathurst has been winding down for years.
And this year was supposed to be the last year that ore would be brought to the surface.
But, it turns out there's still some life in the old mine yet. We spoke with Roger Clinch, the director of corporate affairs for Brunswick Mines which is owned by mining giant "Xstrata ".

On the Phone-in:
Automotive expert Doug Bethune offered tips on how to keep the winter weather from wearing down your vehicle, and he answered all your car-care questions.


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