In the Field | Dec 18, 2012 | 25:00

Christmas comes to Thunder Bay, Calgary and charitable gift givers

The holidays on In The Field as a couple of facebook friends help out families in Thunder Bay who've lost all their decorations, as Torontonians debate giving a charitable donation in someone else's name (instead of actual gifts), as Prairie folks agonize over whether or not to send Christmas cards and as a nice Jewish girl in Calgary tries to decide whether or not to put up a tree and lights this year.

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In the Field - February 21, 2012 Part 2Feb 21, 2012 | 27:28In the Field February 21, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field February 21, 2012 Part 2 Feb 21, 2012 | 27:28If you live in Saint John New Brunswick, or listened to your car radio while passing through, you may have heard a remarkable voice beaming over the airwaves. Because whether or not you've read Clyde Wray's poetry or seen one of his stage productions, it's hard not to remark on his voice.
In the Field - Grace under pressure - Part 1Nov 27, 2012 | 27:30In the Field Grace under pressure - Part 1 Audio
In the Field Grace under pressure - Part 1 Nov 27, 2012 | 27:30There's a lot of talk about the growing problem of dementia in Canada. For the most part, those who have it are shut away and held under tight supervision. But not in Denmark. Dementia patients are free to travel, keep up on their hobbies and stay as independent as possible for as long as possible.
In the Field - Fighting Student Apathy (August 2012 Encore)Aug 14, 2012 | 27:28In the Field Fighting Student Apathy (August 2012 Encore) Audio
In the Field Fighting Student Apathy (August 2012 Encore) Aug 14, 2012 | 27:28In part two of this episode. In Moncton, a couple of teachers were at wits end. When they looked around their classroom they saw groggy teenagers spending their free time typing the most mundane details of their lives into a laptop, or a smart-phone. Updating their friends about how long it took to brush their hair this morning, or what they had for supper. Those two teachers decided they were going to fight back against student apathy.
In the Field - January 3, 2012 Part 2Jan 3, 2012 | 27:28In the Field January 3, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field January 3, 2012 Part 2 Jan 3, 2012 | 27:28It's January. The Christmas holidays are over and the kids are back in school.A chance for the students to keep up their good grades or to pull up their socks and improve on a less than stellar beginning. It's a time alive with acadmic possibility. But for some children, all that promise just doesn't pan out. Provincial governments across the country have long tried to figure out why some students barely scrape by, fail classes or drop out of school, while others flourish. What they've found is that the gap between ambition and achievement isn't so easy to close.
In the Field - January 3, 2012 Part 1Jan 3, 2012 | 24:58In the Field January 3, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field January 3, 2012 Part 1 Jan 3, 2012 | 24:58There's an RCMP officer who's been rubbing the residents of Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula the wrong way for the past few years. His reputation for handing out tickets to anyone and everyone has resulted in the nickname The Supercop. We'll take you to Marystown to find out who this legendary police officer is and what the locals think of him.
In the Field - January 10, 2012 Part 2Jan 10, 2012 | 27:29In the Field January 10, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field January 10, 2012 Part 2 Jan 10, 2012 | 27:29No one knows for sure how many of Canada's former soldiers are living on the street, couch-surfing or camping out in makeshift shelters. We'll bring you the story of a grassroots organization called Veterans Emergency Transition Services or VETS Canada. It's mission, to find homeless or troubled veterans and steer them towards help.
In the Field - January 10, 2012 Part 1Jan 10, 2012 | 24:58In the Field January 10, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field January 10, 2012 Part 1 Jan 10, 2012 | 24:5850 somethings pretending they are 65 to get a seniors discount. 10% off, on the second Monday of the month at the department store; $4 not $8 for a ride on the commuter train; $9 not $15 for a movie. Respectable, more than middle aged citizens, are back to their adolescent tricks, lying about their age.
In the Field - January 17, 2012 Part 2Jan 17, 2012 | 27:28In the Field January 17, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field January 17, 2012 Part 2 Jan 17, 2012 | 27:28When it opened in 1921, the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children was the only institution in Halifax that would accept black children. Built and run by the African-Nova Scotian community, it's long been considered a source pride and a symbol of independence. But, as with so many institutions, former residents have been coming forward with stories of abuse and neglect.
In the Field - January 17, 2012 Part 1Jan 17, 2012 | 24:58In the Field January 17, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field January 17, 2012 Part 1 Jan 17, 2012 | 24:58Even when the boy grows into the man that doesn't always mean old hobbies get forgotten. The bones may be more fragile and the clothes may not be so hip but the love of whizzing around on four little wheels is still alive. We catch up with a group of 30 something skaters,in Calgary, who haven't let their jobs, or kids stop them from doing 'Kickflips'.
In the Field - January 24, 2012 Part 2Jan 24, 2012 | 27:29In the Field January 24, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field January 24, 2012 Part 2 Jan 24, 2012 | 27:29It's a good thing the crime rate is falling because the new boss of the RCMP has plenty of things to worry about. Low morale, allegations of systemic sexual harassment and the force's tarnished reputation. The Mounties were one of the last police forces in the world to welcome female officers. So the 32 women inducted into the force in 1974 were the first rank. We'll bring you their story.
In the Field - January 24, 2012 Part 1Jan 24, 2012 | 24:59In the Field January 24, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field January 24, 2012 Part 1 Jan 24, 2012 | 24:59The scientific name is Echinoderms. But for most of us calling them Sea Urchins will do just fine. The winter months are prime season for this unusual fishery that provides a livelihood for several hundred British Columbians. Sea Urchins under appreciated in Canada but elsewhere in the world they are a delicacy. We'll take you to dock in Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.
In the Field - January 31, 2012 Part 2Jan 31, 2012 | 27:29In the Field January 31, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field January 31, 2012 Part 2 Jan 31, 2012 | 27:29When humanitarian workers go abroad they do so with the idea of helping those in need. Anything else, politics, greed, self-interest, it's all supposed to fall by the wayside. Trouble is that it often does not. Every day aid workers around the globe have to make challenging, controversial, life-altering decisions. Doctors Without Borders, is marking its 40th anniversary with a collection of stories about life in the field.
In the Field - January 31, 2012 Part 1Jan 31, 2012 | 24:59In the Field January 31, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field January 31, 2012 Part 1 Jan 31, 2012 | 24:59In the 1940's, W.T. Hawkins Limited was a North American salty snack food giant. The Chicago based company shipped boxcars full of potato chips and popcorn across the continent. Then one of the owners invented Cheezies. It was going to be the next big thing.But the company made some disastrous business decisions and the whole thing went bust. But then a Canadian company came to the rescue. We'll have the story of Hawkins cheezies.
In the Field - February 7, 2012 Part 2Feb 7, 2012 | 27:29In the Field February 7, 2012 Part 2 Audio
In the Field February 7, 2012 Part 2 Feb 7, 2012 | 27:29Canadian mining companies have been conducting business in Guatemala for the past 50 years ,right through the 36 year long civil war, a war that killed two hundred thousand people, most of them indigenous Mayans. Now, the anti mining forces are fighting back in a new way.Guatemalans are launching law suits in Canadian courts against Canadian mining companies. The latest is a multi-million dollar claim against Hud Bay Minerals filed by 11 Mayan women allegedly raped when they were cleared off the land 4 years ago.
In the Field - February 7, 2012 Part 1Feb 7, 2012 | 24:59In the Field February 7, 2012 Part 1 Audio
In the Field February 7, 2012 Part 1 Feb 7, 2012 | 24:59Quebec's language laws dictate that French is the main language at all francophone schools.For most Quebec kids, and that includes immigrants, spending the day learning English is simply just not an option. So parents who want their children to be bilingual have to find other opportunities. One of them is 'La Grande Aventure en Anglais' - and English immersion camp in the Laurentian mountains just an hour north of Montreal.

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