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The Last Waltz

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We were so happy to see biologist Bob Bancroft back in fighting form after a bout with a mysterious illness this summer. he answered questions about Wildlife of the Maritimes - from skunks to owls and cougars. And then, some...

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The 19th century journals of a man who saved part of aboriginal culture from extinction / Gerry McConnell on running an international mining company from the Maritimes / Phone-in : What qualities do we need in the next generation of Maritime leaders ?

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From Canoes To Caribou: Tappan Adney isn't the best known name in Maritime history. But he's one of the most extraordinary people ever to hike, paddle, sketch and snowshoe the region. He was home tutored by his father, a college...

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Your reaction to our story about new fees for getting cellphone bills in the mail / Phone-in : Your ideas for genuine Maritime movies

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Pay And Pay Again: Roaming charges; locked phones; inflexible, expensive plans. We covered a lot of ground on Monday's phone-in, when our guests, David & Alexa Lemstra of cellplanexpert.ca  provided advice on navigating your way towards the most economical cell...

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New fees for receiving bills in the mail / Phone-in : Jim White answers questions about using paint, stain or wallpaper

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Paying To Pay: People used to compain about getting nothing but bills in the mail. But as more of us pay online, there are fewer & fewer bills slipping through the letter slot.Well, many Maritimers are finding out this month...

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David and Alexa Lemstra sort out wireless confusion by answering questions about cellphone plans

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Demystifying Cellphone Plans : Expecting an important call ? You don't have to sit at home waiting beside the phone any more. Neither do you have to boot up your computer to use the internet or turn on the TV...

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Early results for the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas / After August highs, Atlantic Coast water temperatures take a dive / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison on gardening and storing the harvest

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Float Like A Butterfly, Observe Like A Zoologist : We learned this summer just how surprisingly controversial a census can become. But in this part of the country, there was one that turned out to be a quiet success.Earlier this...

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Why one Maritime community has been burying its powerlines for decades / Phone-in: What guides you in scheduling your child's extracurricular activities ?

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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...

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Who would benefit and who should pay if we want electrical utility wires underground / Phone-in: Jim Lindner with advice on how to preserve your personal audio-visual collection or migrate it to digital form

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Power Up Or Power Down ? Every time there's a forecast of heavy weather in the Maritimes (even well below hurricane level) people in many communities ask themselves two questions : when will the power go out and how long before...

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Art Irwin on what needs to be checked now to keep your home heating system running smoothly this winter

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Hello, Down There : During last week's heatwave, it was probably the furthest thing from your mind. But you know it's down there, lurking in the basement, covered in dust and cobwebs, ignored for months : your furnace.Believe it or...

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Mailbag: Customers with "issues", proposal for deposits on take-away coffee cups, and Canada Border Services / Phone-in: Janice Murray Gill on pickling

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Having Your Say: Our recent phone-in on the occasionally testy relations between customers and front-line service sector workers ( "Is the customer always right ?" ) prompted a flurry of emails. So did the suggestion from one listener that there...

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International award for animated film by Halifax students on energy conservation / Phone-in : Historians David Frank and Nicole Lang : Labour landmarks of the Maritimes

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A Bright Idea From Bright Grade 5s: Welcome, pardners, to the tumbleweed-infested Wild West town of Squander. Imagine that it's High Noon - the traditional time for a showdown between good guys and bad guys. But in this movie, the shoot-out is between energy-efficient...

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How visitors and tourism operators on PEI are coping with this year's crop of mosquitos / Tick removal 101 for humans and pets / Phone-in : Marjorie Willison on gardening

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Buzz Off : They bother, they make a whiny noise, and worst of all - they bite. But if you want to enjoy Maritime summers, you have to learn to live with mosquitos. For a variety of reasons, it turns...

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Maritime cyclists want safer roads, more training opportunities / Phone-in: Would you favour year-round education ?

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Who Cares Whether Gas Prices Go Up Or Down ? On Wednesday's show, you shared your favourite rides around the Maritimes - and we heard about some beauties. But many of you expressed concerns about the state of the roads...

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More collective wisdom as you complete the sentence, "The older I get, the more I realize..." / Phone-in: favourite cycling routes in the Maritimes and advice on improving infrastructure

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Can You Crowdsource Wisdom ? Well, we've been doing it for years on the phone-in, but we tackled it more directly Tuesday when we asked you to complete the following sentence : "The older I get, the more I realize..."...

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Phone-in - Terry O'Reilly of "The Age of Persuasion" : What's the Most Effective Ad You've Seen Lately ?

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I'm Not On A Horse: Let's say you have a product that you want to sell. It doesn't matter whether it's new or something that's been around for a long time and lost significant market share - how do you get...

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Phone-in: Veterinarian Helen Douglas - Stories about significant animals in our lives

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It's Complicated : The relationships we develop with animals can become as nuanced as any human entanglement, with one overwhelming difference : we can decide the fate of the animals in our care. Their habits become part of our routines, and...

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ViewPoint Gallery / Halifax

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Graham Ward's "Camera Obscura" until the end of August

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Maritime company grows to meet global demand for a particular size of wind turbine / History repeats itself with cheap food imports squeezing out locally-produced items / Phone-in: Advice on solving computer performance problems

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Small But Mighty : When it comes to the wind power industry - that is, companies that build all those turbines - there's a perception that the real action goes on outside the Maritimes. But a regional company has been...

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Live from Moncton !

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Escucha live at our Moncton show

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Norm Miller of Corridor Resources on pursuing oil and gas in the Gulf of St Lawrence / Frustrations of trying to buy local food / Phone-in: Dave Holland on pest control

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Oil, Gas & Our Gulf : With the Gulf of St Lawrence surrounded by the four Atlantic Provinces and Québec, you can imagine the kind of complications that arise when you talk about developing oil & gas reserves. Exploration there has been...

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What keeps Maritimers from buying more local food in supermarkets / How George Wendt (Norm from "Cheers") settled on a run of "Hairspray" in Charlottetown / Phone-in: Art Irwin on ventilation, heating & energy conservation

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The "Choke Point" At Your Supermarket : The old challenge "put your money where your mouth is" seems tailor-made for the issue of Maritime consumers supporting local food producers. Because despite all the talk about the importance of buying locally,...

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Phone-in: Marjorie Willison on herb gardening

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The Thyme Is Now ! This week's stark warning about the excessive amount of salt in our diet might have the effect of turning more of us into herb gardeners.Herbs - whether fresh or dry - add flavour to meat, fish,...

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Unanswered questions about the controversial new "liberation" treatment for MS / Feedback on how to encourage more young people to stay and work in the Maritimes / Phone-in: Dan and Darren Steeves answer questions about how to pursue a healthier lifestyle

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More And Less Than Meets The Eye : Once upon a time, if you played a word association game with Canadians and said "Zamboni", they'd link it to the machine that resurfaces ice in hockey rinks. But these days, the...

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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

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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...

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Urban affairs reporter: Why allow container trucks on Victorian-era streets in Halifax ? A Fredericton nurse returns from working with malnourished children and their mothers in India / Phone-in: Cancer diagnosis and treatment

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time: The Maritimes boast some of the oldest incorporated cities in the country. And part of that legacy is blocks of Victorian architecture in city centres - the kind of buildings which tell visitors, "You're not in...

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Moncton memories of the World Track and Field Championships / Why young Maritimers leave for jobs and what employers could do to make it more attractive to stay / Phone-in: how to manage a woodlot

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Knocking It Out Of The...Stadium ? By all accounts, Moncton hosted a successful IAAF Track and Field Championships that brought together the best 19-and-under athletes in the world. Together with 1700 volunteers and overwhelming community support, the local organizing committee...

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Aside from Moncton, where can Maritime track and field athletes find decent facilities ? / A world "first" for NB as Amber Alerts move onto Facebook / Phone-in: Questions about The Science of Everyday Life

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Every Second Counts: An "Amber Alert" is designed to mobilise a community to look for a missing child - whether the child has wandered away from the backyard or been abducted.Since time is of the essence, authorities have tried to...

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Mihira Lakshman on Maritime hopes at the Junior World Track and Field Championships / Tintype tale / Phone-in: What should Maritime employers do to attract younger workers ?

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Humidex of 27 And 24 Laps To Go : The pace is blistering and so is the track. Hot, humid weather is playing a role at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton. It's great for athletes in...

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Meet an international journalist (and some excited visting fans) at the World Junior Track and Field Championships / Phone-in: Rosemary Beckett on antiques and collectibles

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All Roads Lead To Moncton: They're away to the races at the World Junior Track and Field championships - the biggest sporting event ever hosted in the Maritimes. Fifteen hundred athletes from more than 170 countries, an army of volunteers,...

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Could move towards earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's have unintended consequences ? Phone-in: Dr Kenneth Rockwood on Alzheimer's and other varieties of dementia

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Is Earlier Necessarily Better ? We all know that you can't begin medical treatment until you get a diagnosis. And in many cases, the sooner you get the correct diagnosis, the better your chances of either curing or delaying the...

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Your thoughts on the future of the forest industry / Phone-in : Marjorie Willison returns to answer your questions about gardens and lawns

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees : There are few topics we deal with on Maritime Noon which ignite as much passionate debate as how to manage and care for our forests.On Thursday, we spoke with two players in Nova...

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The battle for hearts and minds on the future of forestry heats up / Phone-in: Duff Conacher, head of "Democracy Watch" : What would improve the health of democracy in Canada ?

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Not Out Of The Woods Yet : When is a clearcut not a clear cut ? Is the use of herbicides justified if it means protecting an industry that's worth billions ? Those are some of the high stakes questions...

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Health implications for babies who aren't weaned from the bottle after 15 months / Money-losing Co-Op Atlantic store looks to other successful turnarounds in the region for inspiration / Phone-in : Jim White on using paints and stains

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Suck It Up...But Not For Too Long : Having a baby immediately triggers a whole new set of decisions. And making the best decision for your baby now doesn't mean it'll still be good six months from now.Take the decision...

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Phone-in: Jim Lindner with advice on saving personal audio-visual materials and migrating them to digital formats

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Time Is NOT On Your Side : No matter how much you cherish that audio cassette of grandmother reminiscing about life on the farm, the photo slides of that once-in-a-lifetime trip, or the VHS of your baby's first steps, Father...

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Stranded cows and flooded roads in NS/NB border area / Ottawa's decision to drop mandatory long-form census could eliminate best source of unbiased information / Phone-in: Doug Bethune on automotive problems

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How Now, Wet Cow? Highway shoulder washouts, road closures, and bellowing cows in water up to their bellies : it's been quite a weekend in the Amherst area. It was drenched in 43 millimitres of rain on Sunday with more in...

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Mail call ! Your thoughts on the "time crunch" and securing a safe supply of fresh water / Phone-in: Dr Nick Giacomantonio answers questions about preventing or managing heart disease and strokes

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When To Call 9-1-1: Having a stroke is a medical emergency. But recognizing and responding quickly to warning signs can significantly improve your ability to survive it, and aid in recovery. If the stroke has been caused by a blood...

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As tensions escalate on the Korean Peninsula, Ted Barris revisits the stories of Canadians who fought in the Korean War / Bell Aliant's explanation for sky-high executive salaries / Phone-in: Your recommendations for summer reading

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Back to the Future ? In the strongest language it's used to date, North Korea says it will respond "with military force" if the United Nations attempts to punish it for what it calls a "fabricated accusation" that it attacked...

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More Maritime volunteers needed for major regional study on cancer rates / Phone-in : Your thoughts on effects of English becoming the global language

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Get Out The Toe Nail Clippers: It's something you'll never see trumpeted in a tourism ad for Atlantic Canada : "We have the highest cancer rates in Canada !" But it's a sad truth that we have to face, attempt...

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Fire destroys the legion branch in Oromocto and a chapter in the history of local veterans / Forget swings and monkey bars - Dartmouth kids get a nature-inspired playground / Phone-in : Marjorie Willison answers gardening questions

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Irreplaceable : Hearts are heavy in Oromocto. An overnight fire destroyed the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion - a fire the RCMP deem "suspicious".The CBC's Angela Chang reached Harold Perrin, a Korean War vet, and president of Branch...

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How Ottawa's MEPs filter requests for information from government politicians or civil servants / Phone-in: Donald Savoie, author of "Power : Where Is It ?" "Where does real power lie in Canada ?"

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"Can I Get Back To You On That ?" : One of the notions closely related to power is control. And in this uncertain world, people with power have always done what they can to control people and events...

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Why bodychecking at Peewee level of hockey is bad for your kid's health / Candid look at the uneasy relationship between politics and science / Phone-in: What's a must-see destination or event in the Maritimes this summer ?

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To Check or Not To Check ? That's been the choice for every minor hockey league in Canada. And they've all made choices over the past decade, as evidence about concussions and serious injuries - especially among players 12-and-under -...

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NB's McNulty-O'Dell family channels grief to end drunk driving / What happened when a superior went snooping through an employee's personal email account in a town office / Phone-in: Should your boss have the right to monitor your computer use ?

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Not An Accident : For the McNulty-O'Dell family of New Brunswick, everything changed one autumn afternoon more than three years ago. The car the family was travelling in was hit by a drunk driver, just outside Salisbury. The children survived,...

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Maritime scientist in Gulf of Mexico explains controversial decision to inject dispersant chemicals to break up BP's leaking oil / Phone-in: Mary Anne White & Richard Wassersug on the sense of smell and The Science of Everyday Life

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Disperse - But How Far ? For several weeks, Maritime scientist Dr Kenneth Lee has been helping monitor attempts to contain and clean up oil leaking from BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr Lee is with the Centre...

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Decommissioned sub with bleak future in the Maritimes becomes tourist attraction in Québec / Phone-in: Bonnie Adams of Barley, Malt & Vine on making beer or wine at home

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Up Periscope & Up Paid Admissions: Promoting tourism in the Maritimes - or anywhere else in Canada - is always a challenge. Every region looks for something new and interesting to attract visitors.Well, how about taking a decommissioned East Coast submarine and turning...

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Safer shelter for survivors of Haitian earthquake / Why Maritime entrepreneurs are stockpiling used flourescent lights / Phone-in: Cleo Paskal : What's the most effective thing world leaders should do about environmental change ?

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Disaster and Design: The last time we spoke with Neil Bauman, he was about to fly to Haiti. He's an architect and shelter co-ordinator with the Red Cross, based in Saint John. He was leaving to assist in the relief effort, following...

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Tattoo artist thinks Maritime governments should outline and colour in her industry with health regulations / Remembering Doug Harkness / Phone-in : installing and maintaining septic systems

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Missing the Point ? More and more Maritimers are dropping their pants, exposing their bellies and rolling up their sleeves - for tattoos and piercings. The demand for all that ink and metal has created a boom for entrepreneurs who...

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Remembering Doug Harkness, dean of harness racing writers in the Maritimes / Sir John Houghton on exploiting oil in high risk areas / Phone-in: Home energy consultant Art Irwin on air conditioners

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Life In The Fast Lane: He was witty and provocative and irreverent and no one knew more about harness racing in the Maritimes. For almost 40 years, Doug Harkness was the sport's greatest chronicler and promoter in this part of...

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Sir John Houghton on climate change,science and religion / Junior high science whizzes / Phone-in: Genealogy

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What We Know and What We Believe: For many, there is no balance between faith and scientific evidence. The scientist might dismiss notions of heaven or hell for lack of evidence. A creationist interpreting the Bible in a particular way...

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The case for a regional approach to oil and gas development in the Gulf of St Lawrence / Researchers find a sugar to replace petroleum compounds in paint and cosmetics / Phone-in : What's your most memorable soccer experience ?

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Are Regional Politicians Missing The Big Picture ? As the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico unfolds, one fact in that murky mess has come into crystalline focus : the world's eco-systems are inextricably linked - and we ignore...

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Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador on the call that led to the removal of a priest from a PEI parish / Canadian astronomers excited about new radio telescope in South America / Phone-in: Jason Brown on math & statistics in daily life

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Who Knew What And When ? More details are emerging about the sequence of events that led to the removal of a Catholic priest from his parish on Prince Edward Island. Rev. George Smith was working at St. Malachy's Church...

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Lobsters cruise in style to markets in Europe / Phone-in: botanist Marian Munro answers questions about edible wild plants of the Maritimes

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Bon Voyage: Lobster is the region's most valuable seafood export, and it's enjoyed all over the world, from the United Kingdom to Korea. When lobster from Atlantic Canada goes overseas, it usually takes a jet plane. It's packed in boxes...

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Maritime women's groups alarmed by pattern of federal funding cuts / CB musician Gordie Sampson's view of disastrous Nashville floods / Phone-in: Laura Penny, author of "More Money Than Brains". Question: Is society getting smarter or more stupid?

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Shut Up Or Speak Up ? It's been a long while since access to abortion was a central issue in Canadian political discourse. But it's resurfaced, thanks to the federal government's refusal to include funding for any part of the G8's maternal...

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Head of the Canadian Pain Society: "We're wasting billions" by not having comprehensive strategy on chronic pain /Phone-in: Mary Anne White & Richard Wassersug on The Science of Everyday Life.

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Scattershot approach: There have been many advances in understanding the nature of pain. But medical professionals are just beginning to pull together the bits & pieces of what they've learned. This week, for instance, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published...

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Maritime designer believes system he's developing would succeed in Gulf of Mexico where conventional technology has failed / Update on (possibly) toxic wild plants / Phone-in: Genealogist Terry Punch on names from Arabic-speaking countries

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When Containment Booms Go Bust: The worst fears surrounding offshore oil extraction have been realized. Following the explosion which killed 11 workers in April, the rig Deepwater Horizon sank and ever since, oil has been gushing from the floor of...

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Q&A With Contestants in "The Next Big Question" / Phone-in: Chefs Flinn and Willum answer your cooking questions

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Fuel For Thought: Questions drive scientific research - whether it's pure or applied. Now and then, a question attracts creative minds from many disciplines - a scientific question whose answer could make a noticeable change to the lives of many....

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Advice for Maritimers with travel plans involving Europe : get philosophical / Contenders for the Next Big Question for Canadian scientists / Phone-in: What would improve transportation between Maritime communities ?

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Flying The Ash-filled Skies - Or Not: Keep your reservations and hope for the best. That's the advice Maritimers with international travel plans are getting. They're nervously watching what's happening in the skies over Europe, where ash from a still-erupting...

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Certifying a fishery as sustainable can still leave you with questions at the seafood counter / Phone-in : Should people who post online comments have to identify themselves ?

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Is There A Catch to the Catch ?: Wal-Mart Canada has laid claim to a role of a big-box promoter of sustainability. The chain plans to sell only eco-friendly seafood within three years. Wal-Mart, and other major grocery chains, are...

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Humility and generosity from winners of the 2010 Atlantic Book Awards / Animal stories from the backyard wilderness / Phone-in : Bob Bancroft on Wildlife of the Maritimes

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A Deep Pool of Talent, A Shared Love of the Written Word : The writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers who've created the region's best books over the past year converged in Dartmouth on April 14th for the 2010 Atlantic Book...

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NS court case zeroes in on people who posted certain comments on The Coast's site / Petiticodiac River and Bay of Fundy to mingle for first time since 1968 / Your comments on widowhood / Phone-in : Wild birds

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Lifting The Veil Of Anonymity : If you've ever read a news story on a website, you may have scrolled down to the "Comments" section. That's where your fellow readers post their two cents' worth on the topic. Occasionally, you'll read...

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Evidence that Maritime Noon has the brainiest listeners / Phone-in: Experiences of being a widower

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This Is Your Brain On Maritime Noon: From time to time, I mention that we can be followed on Twitter. It's a free internet site ( Twitter.com ) that allows you to interact - through very brief messages, or "Tweets"...

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Feds' termination of Energy Retrofit programme already causing job losses in PEI / New online tool helps non-profits decide whether to apply for charitable status / Phone-in : Pitch the Publishers

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Fallout From Fed Cut To Energy Conservation Programme: When the federal government abruptly canceled the eco-Energy Retrofit programme on the afternoon of March 31st, it caught the Maritime Provinces off-guard. As partners, they've had to scramble to find a new...

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What's the key historical lesson for Canadians from World War 1 ?

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In the second decade of the 20th century, a complicated web of diplomatic alliances among European nations failed to achieve a balance of power. Then, some 70 million troops massed on battlefields with modern weapons to establish dominance in the...

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MD who examined emergency medicine system says some problems can be fixed without additional money / Phone-in: Jim White answers questions on using paint or stain - indoors or out

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Not An Open & Shut Case: If you want to create a political firestorm anywhere in the Maritimes, try shutting down a local Emergency Room. Even staffing a rural ER on weekends or coping with long wait times in an...

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Unsafe wharf could jeopardize whale-watching season in NS community / Reactions to ideas for reducing drug plan costs / Phone-in: George Iny of the APA on best buys in new and used cars

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Whales, Watching & Wharves : It's hard to think of a tourism ad for a Maritime Province that doesn't include a nod to whale-watching. What you won't see in an ad is rotting planks and a sign that says "Not...

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New regional group wants to save drug plan members from rising costs / Phone-in: Bill Consolvo and Dave Schulein with advice on maintaining your bicycle

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Rattling the Drug Supply Chains : If you're going to spend a dollar on some part of your health care, how do you make sure you spend it where it'll do the most good ? That's an especially pointed question...

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Sudden end of federal eco-Energy Retrofit program has heating contractor shaking his head / Why NB environmentalists want to make the scruffiest pieces of urban land "ground zero" for wildflowers / Phone-in: genealogist Terry Punch

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Lights Out : Canadians in all economic groups used it for years to make their homes more energy efficient.Through the the eco-Energy Retrofit program, you could get up to $5000 from the government to help you seal & insulate your...

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PEI and NB react to Ottawa axing program that helps homeowners cut energy costs / Former residents of PEI orphanage disappointed in Supreme Court of Canada decision on liability for alleged abuses / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison with advice on gardening

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Out In The Cold...Again : For years, the eco-Energy Retrofit program has been incredibly popular - and for obvious reasons. You could get up to $5000 from government to increase the energy efficiency of your home, which would in turn,...

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NS decision on gas pricing means customers near border will continue to head to NB for fill-ups / Refugee groups on Ottawa's new policies / Green plastics / Phone-in: your 2009 income tax return

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Cross-Border Gassing : It looks as if gas station operators in the Amherst area will continue to see their neighbours' licence plates disappearing into the distance on the road to Aulac or Sackville, New Brunswick. The Utilities and Review Board...

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Forestry at the crossroads : what's the highest use for trees ? A driver safety course designed for seniors / Phone-in: Mary Anne White and Richard Wassersug on The Science of Every Day Life

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Newsprint, Houses, or Biofuel ?  So far, Nova Scotia's forest industry has dodged the bullet. In the past decade, more than 200 pulp and paper mills across North America have closed - many of them in neighbouring New Brunswick, Québec...

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Switching struggling Maritime forest companies to energy producers / We dig deeper into the root cellar idea - for houses and institutions / Phone-in: Art Irwin with advice on damp basements and answers to home heating questions

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From Energy Consumer To Energy Producer ? A drop in lumber exports to the US, industry consolidation, and layoffs and closures at pulp mills have all added to uncertainty in one of the region's most venerable business sectors. But is...

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Cattle producers sue Ottawa over the 2003 BSE crisis / The search for authentic Maritime foods / Phone-in: Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity - your ideas for a more sustainable life

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See You In Court: On May 20th, 2003, at the height of the BSE scare, the US closed its borders to Canadian beef. The action threw this country's cattle industry into crisis.   The public feared that bovine spongiform encephalopathy could...

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What's the most important point for you in the failed deal between NBPower & Hydro-Québec ? And... Does the public have the right to know when soldiers are wounded ?

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The Maritimes' Energy Future: The deal might have been abruptly unplugged, but the debate continues to arc and spark across the region. The $3.2 billion plan to sell some NB Power assets to Hydro-Québec officially went dark on Wednesday. Premier...

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Collapse of the proposed deal NB Power-Hydro Quebec deal / Phone-in : From savages to spiritual icons, Hollywood has played fast and loose with native culture. How have movies shaped perceptions of aboriginal people ?

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Unplugged : It was described as a "game-changer" in the Eastern Canadian energy scene.The proposed deal to sell NB Power assets to Hydro-Québec caught New Brunswickers, regional utilities and Atlantic Premiers unawares last October, and provoked a ferocious political backlash.Premier...

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Maritime projects to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions : injecting CO2 into concrete and trimming methane emissions from dairy herds / Phone-in: "Do you think carbon-trading will reduce greenhouse gas emissions ?"

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Today's Show Is Brought To You By The Element Carbon... and the gas molecules that include it. We explored ways that the Climate Change issue has penetrated some very traditional businesses in the Maritimes - creating opportunities, but also some...

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Cosmetic pesticides : should the Maritimes be on the same page ? Students learn how indiscreet messages can backfire / Public services you'd live without to balance the books / Phone-in: Questions about hearing loss

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Variety Is The Spice Of Legislation: Mild weather has sent people's minds into fast forward when it comes to lawns and gardens. But this season promises to be different in more ways than temperature or the amount of rain. Different...

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As older Maritimers give up their driving licences, how will they get around ? Phone-in : Which reduction or elimination of a government service would you be willing to accept ?

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Put Yourself In Jim Flaherty's Shoes : You know, the traditional new pair of shoes the federal finance minister buys and puts on during the photo op before delivering the budget.For that matter, put yourself in the shoes of any...

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We list water as our most important natural resource, but why do we waste so much ? Phone-in : Would you support a driving retirement program for seniors ?

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From Morning Shower To Brushing Before Bed : Our days start with water consumption and continue in one way or another until we turn in at night. We drink water, wash dishes and clothes in it, and flush away our...

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Acadian Lines' proposed cuts to NB and NS bus service get rough ride from passengers / Ottawa's about-face on C@P cuts / Shifting constellations / Phone-in : buying or selling real estate

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You Can't Get There From Here : From Port Hawkesbury in Cape Breton to Pennfield and Miramichi, New Brunswick, bus service is often the only link between small communities and cities - where government offices, post-secondary institutions and medical facilities...

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What will federal funding cuts mean to Maritimers who depend on C@P sites ? Your thoughts on diversity and multiculturalism in the region / Phone-in : questions about stars, constellations, planets and any object in the night sky

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Cut Adrift From The Online World : When you need to apply for a tax credit or passport application or pension benefit, and an official tells you to "download the online form from the government website and print it off",...

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Multiculturalism - threat to a strong, unified society or word for what's always existed : a changing mix of ethnicity, race and culture that ultimately enriches the country ? What do you wish to make of Canada's increasing diversity ?

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What Will It Mean To Be Canadian in 2010 ? What do "we" look like and sound like ? Do we subscribe to a set of shared values ?  Should we ? Did we ever ?Those sensitive and complex questions...

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NS steel fabricator unhappy about millions in public money for new competitor / Interview about 1963 airline crash inspires memorable response / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison answers gardening questions

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New Kid on the Steel Block : Green energy might come from natural elements like wind and tides, but harnessing it depends on something else : cold, hard steel.Towers and blades for windfarms and underwater bases for tidal turbines generate...

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As Maritime rinks slump at Brier, region's fans find new team to cheer / Will change in federal budget make it easier for Maritime entrepreneurs to attract foreign investors ? Phone-in: Doug Bethune answers your automotive questions

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I'se The B'y That Sweeps The Ice : It's the Holy Grail of Canadian men's curling - the Brier.And the quest has led the top curling foursomes from across the country to Halifax this year. But for Maritime rinks, this...

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Clearing up mixed messages about Ottawa's commitment to help the most innovative Maritime companies / Phone-in: your questions about filing 2009 income tax returns

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Well, Do You Want To Fund Innovation or Not ? "Innovation" was one of the key words in the latest federal budget. Now, innovation is all well and good, but it involves more than turning good ideas into great products...

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Locked-in pension ? Need money ? You might be in the crosshairs of a scam artist / Phone-in: how to care for people with dementia (and support the caregivers)

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Are You The Target of This Scam ? Let's say that early in your work history you had a job with a company and put away money in RRSPs. After changing employers, those funds became "locked in".All right - what...

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How a 1963 airline crash provides insights into Canadian society of the era / Phone-in: Genealogist Terry Punch

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Then and Now - What An Airline Crash Can Reveal : On November 29th, 1963, five minutes after taking off from Montréal, Trans-Canada Airlines flight 831 crashed nose-first into the bush near the town of Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville. The crash killed 118...

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Ottawa tables a budget that's long on austerity and short on new spending. Phone-in : what do you like - and not like - about the federal budget ?

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Slaying the Deficit Dragon or Wishing Upon A Star ? When it comes to federal budgets, "recalibration" can apparently be translated as"boring". The latest from Ottawa is all about reining in Canada's deficit - $54 billion dollars this year -...

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Large egg producers withdraw request that Marketing Council reduce size of free-range flocks / Phone-in: Dietitian and cookbook author Mary Sue Waisman answers questions on how to plan a diet that meets your needs for nutrition and energy

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Small Farms in the Big Picture [Eggs] :The egg is such a staple of our diet, that refrigerators come with special trays for them.But the eggs we put in those trays can have very different pedigrees. We can buy cheaper,...

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First up : the Maritime Noon Herb Garden sprouts into action / Phone-in : Sara Iverson and Boris Worm answer your questions about the current state and future of the oceans

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Thyme's Up ! The Maritime Noon studio might have a lot of microphones and weather gauges and a laptop and electronics buttons, but it also has lots of natural light. Which had been going to waste, in a way. So...

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HMCS Halifax crew returns from Haiti / NS Premier : "If it's good for Moncton, it's good for Halifax" / Phone-in : Mary Anne White and Richard Wassersug answer questions about The Science of Everyday Life

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Safely Home : The 225 crew members of HMCS Halifax are happy to be home after a six week humanitarian aid mission to Haiti. The ship and crew were hastily deployed after the earthquake that pulverized the impoverished nation on...

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Delivering from farm gate to urban consumers / Restaurateur who wants to "Buy Local" can't get reliable supply / Phone-in: Dan Steeves - sharing advice and stories on how to quit smoking

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Cutting Out the Middlemen : In varying degrees, many beef, pork and poultry producers in the Maritimes are struggling these days. Everything from cheap imported meat to more centralized processing (see February 26th show) are making it hard to remain...

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Will closure of fresh pork line at Larsen's provide opportunity for other processors ? The Oak Island obsession : what keeps people searching for buried treasure ? Phone-in: Art Irwin on preventing "ice dams" and keeping your house warm

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Hog Heaven or Hog Hell ? Despite the fact that large populations don't eat it for religious reasons, the most popular meat in the world is pork. Nevertheless, the pork industry in the Maritimes has seen an astounding decline over...

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Family's dream trip to the tropics evaporates when carrier goes out of business / Jail time for pharmaceutical industry figures ? Dissent over the Africville deal / Veterinarian Eric Carnegy on pet care

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Some beach, somewhere, without Maritimers : The Southern Vacation has been one of the marketing success stories of the past few decades - especially among Maritimers seeking a break from the Canadian winter. Prices have been low enough that thrifty...

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Mayor of Halifax apologizes for the 1960s demolition of Africville / What the lack of ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence could mean for seals and hunters / Phone-in: "What's the most significant Olympics story for you ?"

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A Long Time Coming : In Halifax today, an historic apology was made to the people of Africville and their descendents.For decades, Africville had been hemmed in by undesirable land uses - from a city landfill to an abattoir -...

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Does Big Pharma have a moral obligation to fund independent medical research ? Could better transit revitalize the retail cores of Maritime cities ? Phone-in: Bob Bancroft on wildlife of the Maritimes

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He Who Pays the Pipette : At a recent public forum sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and Situating Science, panelists were challenged by an audience member who said he thought  the pharmaceutical industry did not...

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Teacher who survived sinking of the Concordia / Problems with oversight in drug research / Ideas for revitalizing the centres of Maritime cities ? Phone-in : Better Business Bureau of the Maritimes

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Ashore and Alive : The 64 students and crew who survived the sinking of a Nova Scotia-based sailing ship are back on Canadian soil. Last week, their ship capsized off the coast of Brazil, leaving them stranded in life...

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Recruiting memories from a new generation of veterans / Response to show on Snow Days / Phone-in: Dr Toby Mandelman on the care & health of your eyes

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They're all gone now : Canada's last veteran of the First World War died on February 18th. John Babcock was never on the front lines, because the military found out that he had lied about his age to get in....

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PEI's untapped tourist market...in NB and NS / Confidentiality and pharmaceutical company-sponsored health research / Phone-in: Should teachers have to go to school to work on snow days ?

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Can you turn neighbours into tourists ? Most of the tourists who visit Prince Edward Island are from the other two Maritime Provinces. But while many people from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick do visit the Island, there's a large...

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The pharmaceutical industry and its influence on health research / Phone-in: Terry O'Reilly - host of the show - and now co-author of the book - entitled "The Age of Persuasion" on effective advertising

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It's hard to think of a single aspect of health that doesn't present a knot of public and private interests. Even walking, the most basic of healthy activities, poses a question with commercial implications : "Should I  walk with or...

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A whole new mindset : will a gaming facility, energy plant and additions to reserve lands transform a New Brunswick First Nation ? Phone-in: P3 - What are the pros and cons of public-private partnerships ?

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Can a gambling facility be one of the pillars of a stable community ?That's the hope of Metepenagiag's Chief, Noah Augustine.  On February 12th, he announced that the First Nation had been the successful bidder for an Atlantic Lottery Corporation...

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How can Maritime cities get businesses back into the urban core ? Your thoughts on a Nova Scotia hostel's decision to fire its manager / Phone-in: Rosemary Beckett answers questions about antiques or collectibles

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Once upon a time, a shopping trip in a Maritime city was a no-brainer : you simply headed to the centre of town and you could find everything you needed within a few blocks. But the late 20th century saw...

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Manager of hostel in Wentworth cries foul over the way he was fired; president says firing was deserved / Phone-in: Anne Hunt and Sheree Fitch : What's the most memorable children's story or poem in your life ?

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Hostel Hostility ? Disputes between employers and employees arise on a regular basis. Sometimes, they end with an unpleasant parting of ways.When your place of work is also where you live, things get especially tricky. And when the person who...

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MD's insight leads to better care in nursing homes & less pressure on ERs / A shift in plans for Donkin Mine could conflict with lobster fishery / Phone-in: What's the most important information you need when buying or selling property?

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Some of the most frail men & women in the Maritimes live in nursing homes. In the Halifax area alone, it amounts to more than 2000 people. And with the aging population, that number is rising. A year ago, when...

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Coastal action groups can't get commitment from Ottawa on funding for final year / How to help with the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas / Phone-in : Emily White, author of "Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude"

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Back in 1991, Environment Canada saw an urgent need to repair damaged coastal environments. That's why it launched the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP), to get ordinary citizens involved. And by all accounts, the program has been working well. Sixteen...

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Ottawa explains cutting assistance for literary magazines in the Maritimes and across Canada / Highlights from a major Maritime fundraiser for Haiti / Phone-in: Would it be easier to give if there were fewer charities ?

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It may be a drop in Ottawa's budgetary bucket, but to the editors of two small Maritime magazines where many Canadian writers get their start, it's what keeps them alive. It's the subsidy they used to get from the federal...

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NB not acting on suggested Family Court reforms / Why NS is putting an end to permits for private citizens to cut firewood on Crown land / Phone-in: Genealogist Terry Punch on tracing your family tree

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It's rare for a judge to speak publicly about government policy.But on Friday, February 5th, Justice Raymond Guerette told an audience of the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Bar Association - including two former ministers of justice - what...

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Could new deal with US on "Buy American" mean more work in Canada for a Maritime firm ? Cape Bretoners prepare to return west as tar sands projects resume / Phone-in: Jim White's advice on using paint, stain or wallpaper

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When the US launched its massive $800 billion stimulus package last year, the so-called "Buy American" provision shut out Canadian bidders from much of the work.But today, Ottawa has announced a deal to ease those restrictions. It also gives companies...

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NS Auditor-General on problems with P3 schools' contracts / Irving-supplied gas stations close in Massachusetts / Phone-in: Doug Bethune answers automotive questions

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When Public-Private Partnerships were all the rage in the 1990s, provincial governments sold the concept as a way to construct and operate schools more cheaply than they could on their own. The efficiency of the private sector, it was argued,...

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Raj Patel, author of "The Value of Nothing : Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think". Phone-in : "In our society, are there things more important than price ?"

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"Free cellphone with our 3-year plan." "Six months free digital cable if you switch to us." "No money down, no payments until 2011." Every day, we swim through an ocean of tempting commercial offers, like fish looking at tasty morsels...

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Head of CBC Sports responds to criticism that Don Cherry promotes environment of violence in hockey / Art Irwin's tips for keeping your home oil line from freezing / Phone-in : The Science of Everyday Life

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Hockey Night in Canada is an institution. Its coverage of NHL games reaches more than a million Canadians each Saturday night. But do its commentators have a special responsibility to cover hockey in a way that doesn't glorify violence ?...

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Ganong Panel report on NB/Québec power deal / George Iny's advice for Toyota owners / Rock 'em, sock 'em responses to phone-in on hockey violence / Phone-in : Art Irwin on new regulations for oil tanks and answers to heating system questions

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The most divisive political issue in New Brunswick - and one which ripples into the whole region - is the proposed power deal with Hydro-Québec. The political uproar was so loud that Premier Shawn Graham appointed a 6-person panel chaired...

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Science gives us even more reasons to love blueberries / Phone-in with the Globe & Mail's Roy MacGregor : "What's the best way to prevent hockey violence ?"

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You always knew they were tasty, and - bonus - they were good for you. But research is now showing that those simple round blueberries you sprinkle on your cereal or fold into muffins are an incredibly complex little fruit...

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Concerns about cuts to literary magazines that showcase Maritime writers / Phone-in: John Lanchester, author of "I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No-one Can Pay". Question : Do you believe the financial system is safer than it was before the crash ?

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From time to time, when John Lanchester is cruising down a traffic-free country road, he entertains a curious thought : what would happen if he suddenly threw the gearshift into reverse ?Well, you don't have to do much imagining to...

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Literary journals in the Maritimes to lose federal assistance / Your support for regulating the home inspection industry / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison on plants and how to start an indoor herb garden

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The federal budget hasn't been announced, but the cuts have already begun.Publications with a paid circulation of 5000 or fewer copies won't be eligible for any assistance from the new Canadian Periodical Fund (which replaces two funding streams : the...

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Return of sea lice to Fundy salmon farms has researchers looking for a new fix / Maritimers by choice, but for very different reasons / Phone-in : Prevention, diagnosis & treatment of diabetes

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They knew the day would come.This past summer, sea lice - parasites kept under control in Bay of Fundy fish farms for years - showed that the treatment used to fight them wasn't effective any more. And since they had...

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From suspected DUI to international incident on the Maine-NB border / Maritime contractor calls for regulation of the housing inspection industry / Phone-in: Eric Tusz-King and Alan Keating answer home repair and renovation questions

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Recently, we examined cross-border issues which have cropped up where New Brunswick and Nova Scotia meet. But a cross-border issue of a very different sort has just come to light where New Brunswick meets the State of Maine.A spokesperson for...

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A Maritimer heads to Haiti to help build secure homes / Comments on NS/NB cross-border shopping / Phone-in : Cleo Paskal, author of "Global Warring"; What do you think will be the most likely cause of future conflicts ?

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Neil Bauman has left the comfort and security of Saint John for Haiti. Mr Bauman is an architect and takes on the kind of assignment that many of us couldn't imagine. He's a Shelter Co-ordinator with the Red Cross, and...

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Can Amherst businesses compete with bargains across the border in NB ? Biggest tender for oil and gas development in NB's history in play / Phone-in: Dr Gabor Maté : How can parents establish a loving and lasting relationship with children ?

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We all call a particular province home. But where you live in that province could test your identity - and your wallet.The border town of Amherst, Nova Scotia is fighting for its economic life, and  results from a recent on-line...

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It's new, but is it improved : latest version of the controversial NB/Québec energy deal / Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page's advice on returning to balanced budgets / Phone-in: Should governments raise new tax revenues to balance budgets ?

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There's been a significant shift in the deal to sell NB Power assets to Hydro-Québec.The changes were announced Wednesday morning by Premier Shawn Graham.According to this version of the deal, Hydro-Québec will purchase the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station only...

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The Irvings' proposal for a new way of moving electricity around the region / Why politicians are tip-toeing around potential sources of tax revenue they need to balance budgets / Phone-in : dietitian Maureen Tilley's advice on low- and no-salt recipes

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There's nothing symmetrical about the electricity business in the Maritime Provinces.We come in all different sizes, with different sources of generation and a mix of public and private utilities.The electrons that flow through those wires to homes and businesses and...

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The lowdown on the degree of risk involved in new airport scanners / Why are so many teenaged girls physically inactive ? Phone-in : "What made you decide to live in the Maritimes ?"

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The botched attempt to blow up an American jetliner on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has had a huge impact on airport security around the world. Many airports have introduced - or will introduce - full body scanners for...

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Phone-in: Judge Harvey Brownstone - author of "Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court"

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Going to family court when a relationship ends is like going to a war in which nobody wins. The battlefield is populated by immature combatants often blinded with hatred, and bent on vengeance. The psychological wounds from these battles never...

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Are Halifax's container terminals in the wrong place ? Preparing for life with Alzheimer's / Phone-in : your questions about the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia

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One of the great natural assets we have in the Maritimes is year-round ports. Unlike ports along the St Lawrence Seaway through Quebec & Ontario, they don't shut down for the winter or require icebreakers to extend their season.But the...

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People involved in Haitian relief effort and Maritimers waiting to hear from relatives there / Phone-in: Judith Andrew of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business : red tape you could do without

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It's an impoverished nation whose people have been burdened by decades of government corruption, terrorized by violence, and battered by hurricanes. Now, Haiti is dealing with the effects of a 7.0 earthquake, which struck close to the capital city of...

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Fire, power outages, floods and mopping up in downtown Halifax / The Uncool Factor : Why teenage girls take a pass on exercise / Phone-in: What are the best or worst ads in circulation today ?

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So, where's the plague of locusts ? People who live and work in downtown Halifax were wondering they took stock of a triple whammy of fire, flood damage and power outages on Tuesday morning.Fire broke out in a building that...

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New Brunswick hospitals prepare to take patients from Nova Scotia in the event of strike / Your comments on transportation stories / Phone-in: veterinarian Dr Eric Carnegy answers questions about family pets

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Plans are being made around Nova Scotia to accommodate patients who might be affected if 3,000 health care workers go on strike on January 18th.The strike would affect 33 hospitals in eight district health authorities outside Halifax. But if the...

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How vulnerable are you to storm damage ? Comments on Stephen Harper's style and tactics / Phone-in: Our fitness panel answers questions on getting in shape and avoiding injury

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Extreme weather events in the Maritimes and associated damage are becoming more frequent. The insurance industry is treating climate change as a fact - not a debatable point : just ask the actuaries.Last weekend's storm surges nailed communities in all...

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Despite critics, NS firm says it can harvest rockweed sustainably in Maine / Phone-in: Politics, prorogation and governing : What do you want to see happen between now and the next Federal election ?

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The brown and green waving fronds of rockweed that cover intertidal rocks along the Maritime and Maine coast are at the centre of a dispute. It's between those who regard the nutrient-rich seaweed as a renewable resource worth exploiting, and...

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A Maritimer's tale of the new security regime when flying to the US / Some Mainers want NS company to reduce rockweed harvesting / Phone-in: automotive expert Doug Bethune with advice on maintaining your vehicle

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Traveling by plane isn't the carefree experience it used to be. And in the wake of a single incident on Christmas Day, security protocols have been ratcheted up several more notches - leading to additional hassles for anyone traveling to...

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Is it time for a revival of the Halifax to Boston ferry ? More stories of storm surge destruction / Phone-in: Genealogist Terry Punch on family health histories

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Yarmouth to Portland. Saint John to Digby. North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques. Wood Islands to Caribou. Recent news stories about ferry routes in the region haven't been especially happy ones.They've tended to focus on the ferries' heavy dependence on public subsidies...

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Maritimers in coastal communities reflect on damage from latest storm surges / What you need to know if you use a gas generator as an electrical backup / Phone-in : Art Irwin on when not to replace a furnace

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The past weekend's unexpectedly high storm surges in several parts of the Maritimes forced  people from their homes, tore cottages off their foundations, and have many reconsidering the security of where they live.One of the hardest hit regions was in...

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