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February 2011 Archives

Radio Noon CrossTalk - How safe you feel travelling these days?

There was the explosion at the resort in Mexico that killed 8 people. The Ontario man who was killed on holiday in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. The Canadian woman who says she was gang-raped in a police station in Mexico. Warnings to get vaccinated for cholera before going to the Dominican Republic. O f course there was also the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. And the unrest in the Middle East. These are all the sorts of things you pay close attention to if you’re planning a trip. FT Danger.jpgSo how safe do you feel travelling these days?

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Radio Noon Crosstalk ...how do you stay active at this time of year?

Towering snowbanks, slippery sidewalks…exercising outside isn’t much fun in February. And fighting through stormy weather to get to the gym can get pretty old. Antony Card is director of Memorial University’s department of Human Kinetics and Recreation. T.A. Loeffler Professor of Outdoor Recreation at MUN and is attempting to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents. Listen now as they share with us their tips on winter fitness.

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How many people are installing car seats properly?

It might look simple. But how many people are installing car seats properly? The numbers might surprise you. An organization in St. John’s says as many as *80-percent of car seats are strapped in all wrong. *The Brighter Futures Coalition wants to put a dent in that number. They’re planning to hold weekly inspections to get the message out. Deborah Capps is one of the events Organizers.

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It's "stand up to bullying" day

This is “Stand Up to Bullying Day”…. The culmination of a week long series of Anti-violence activities in schools across the province. This morning, Radio Noon Producer Jessica Doria-Brown spoke with a victim of bullying from Grand Falls.

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Snowmobiling Fatality

*There has been another snowmobiling fatality in the province. * This time, it happened in Flower’s Cove on the Northern Peninsula. A 53-year-old man went over an embankment that runs through the community. Acting Sgt. Daniel Murrin is with the Northern Peninsula R-C-M-P

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Coming up on Crosstalk - Friday February 25

*How do you stay active this time of year*.** Maybe you do sit ups in front of the TV, Or maybe you’ve just mastered the art of bundling up and braving the outdoors… Join our guests Antony Card and TA Loeffler.
Both are with the department of Human Kinetics at MUN. Phone in with your thoughts tips on staying fit amidst the snow, wind, and cold.

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MP Todd Russell holds a virtual town hall

Hundreds of people from all over Labrador got together last night to talk about Muskrat Falls…without leaving their homes. They took part in a virtual town hall, organized by Labrador Liberal MP, Todd Russell. It’s something new for the MP, and he was overwhelmed by the response.

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Mayor Sam Slade on carbonear storms aftermath

For months after Hurricane Igor, stories of the damage and destruction that storm caused were heard across the province. But for many communities, the damage didn’t stop there.. December in particular saw almost a week of relentless rain and wind in some areas, which caused even more damage. Carbonear was one area hit. Now, mayor Sam SLade says individuals and towns need more help from government in situations like that..

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Mun students protest in support the Libyan people

Today a group of people began congregating in front of the clock tower at Memorial University.

They’ve come out to support the Libyan people, as they continue to face the violence unleashed by their government.

The event was organized by the Libyan and Muslim communities at MUN.

We’re reached one of the students who’s taking part in the rally.

He’s from Libya, and has been living in Newfoundland for just over a year.

He doesn’t want to be named for fear his comments could put his family back home in danger.

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Radio Noon Crosstalk with guest Mahmoud Haddara

Our guest on the show today is Mahmoud Haddara, who spent many years in St. John's as a professor of engineering and as an imam at the local mosque.

He now lives in London, Ontario these days.

But very recently, he was on a visit back to his home country of Egypt.

And he happened to witness the historic protests that led to the fall of Hosni Mubarek.

 

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Coming up on Crosstalk - Thurs Feb 24th, 2011:

How closely are you following the incredible events in the Middle East?  What do they mean for the world?  Will they have an impact here in Canada?   Ramona's guest is Mahmoud Haddara, well-known for his time as a professor at Memorial University, and as the former imam of the mosque in St. John's.  He just happened to be in Egypt during the historic protests.  Phone in with your thoughts about the protests in the Middle East.

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Vic Toews announced money for troubled students program.

Federal Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews announced additional money for a program that aims to keep troubled students from dropping out of junior high and high school.

The Alternative Suspension Program started in Quebec, and has been operating in Corner Brook since last Spring.

The Northeast Avalon YMCA in St. John's will start one of the programs.

And Jennifer Oates of the YMCA will help get it started.

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Change is in the air on Fogo Island.

Tuesday's elections mean there will be one regional municipal council instead of five town councils. Gerald McKenna used to be the mayor of the town of Fogo. Now he's a ward councillor for the new entity known as the Town of Fogo Island, which represents 27-hundred people in all the communities on Fogo Island.

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Radio Noon Archives - Sir Frederick Banting

In today’s archive feature, Christine Davies will be here with a look back to a wartime plane crash outside Musgrave Harbour that claimed the life of the co-discoverer of insulin, Sir Frederick Banting.

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Vince MacKenzie -NL Association of Fire Services.

The Nfld and Labrador Association of Fire Services says it’s beyond time to be a lot less dependent on fundraisers to drum up money for new equipment. The proceeds from those fundraisers go to raise money for hoses, trucks and other equipment. Vince Mackenzie is the president of the association, and the fire chief in Grand Falls-Windsor.

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Libyan government cracks down on protesters

The world is watching as the Libyan governmentt cracks down on protesters.These are obviously anxious times for people with family and friends in Lybia. Dr. Ahmed Bashaga is from Libya, and he’s been working as a doctor in this province for the past four years. We’ve reached him on the phone in Bay Roberts.

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Crosstalk - Guest Dave Lane

On Tuesday’s Crosstalk, Ramona spoke with guest Dave Lane about how the city of St. John’s is being developed. There’s been dramatic change over the past several years, and there’s no sign it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

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Crosstalk - Ryan's Fancy

Crosstalk phone-in on Radio Noon. Today on the show, we’re talking about one of the best-known Irish bands. Ryan’s Fancy. Fergus O’Bryne, Denis Ryan and the late Dermot O’Reilly all left Ireland as young men. Made their way to Canada, and then to Nfld and Labrador. Before long, Ryan’s Fancy had their own national TV show. You might be surprised to know they were only together for 13 years. Ryan’s Fancy is still legendary to this day. And there’s a new double album out. Called “What a Time: A Forty Year Celebration”.

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Radio Noon - February 10, 2011

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RNC update on hit and run on Topsail Road in St. John's
 
Two women are in hospital after pick up truck struck them last night in St. John's. The truck carried one of the women a couple hundred feet along Topsail Road. he driver then collided with another pick up truck on Columbus Drive, and later hit 3 vehicles at the intersection of Hamlyn Road. The 21 year old woman who was carried along by the pick up truck might not make it. The driver is due in court this afternoon. Constable Suzanne Fitzpatrick speaks for the RNC.
 
 
Team Gushue loses its newest addition.
 
Curling legend and Alberta native Randy Ferbey is off Team Gushue. They parted ways last week following an event in Oshawa. Brad Gushue says he thought it was on good terms. But Ferbey is throwing stones. He says Team Gushue quit on him. In fact, he says he wouldn't even call it a team, but rather a bunch of individuals. Plus Randy Ferbey says skip Brad Gushue is too controlling.
 
 
Hlinka Column
 
Our Business Columnist Michael Hlinka took a look at January's Employment Report,  and Canada's rising unemployment rate. He's wondering if we would be further ahead if we never collected that data in the first place.
 
 
CROSSTALK: Remembering Tommy Sexton
 
Today on the show, the late, great, incredibly talented Tommy Sexton. One of the stars of the Wonderful Grand Band (WGB) show and the youngest member of Codco. Tommy Sexton died too young of an AIDS-related illness; he was 36 when he died in 1993. His older sister, Marina Sexton, is in studio with me today. And so is musician Sandy Morris, who knew Tommy from their WGB days.

 

 

 

Radio Noon - February 9, 2011

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A 12-year old boy in Kilbride faces a plight. He and his dad are raising some hens, on an acre of land. Thirteen chickens, to be exact. But someone's complained to the city of St. John's. It turns out there's a by-law on the books that each household is only allowed three chickens.  My guest on this issue, Merv Wiseman, the past president of the NL Federation of Agriculture. 
 
 
Today we're focussing on fire safety. Do you have questions about how safe your wood stove is, or your space heater? Or whether you've got enough smoke detectors in your house? Or whether you should get a carbon monoxide detector. Or whether it's okay to leave the dryer running when you go to bed. He's Richard Murphy, who is a former fire chief in Conception Bay South. And a past president of the Provincial Association of Fire Services.  

Radio Noon - February 8, 2011

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As we told you recently, Service Canada is closing 13 community outreach offices in the province. Two offices close at the end of March, the remainder close on March 31st 2012. Those communities will now be serviced by outreach visits two days a month by workers with the Canada Employment and Immigration Union workers (CEIU). Denise Richey is the National Vice President of the CEIU for NL. 
 
 
 
Yesterday on the show, we brought you the first part of a documentary by CBC producer Heather Barrett. It's about our aging population. She went to Garnish on the Burin Peninsula, which is just one example of a greying community and the issues that come with it. Here's part two of "This Old Town".
 
 
 
Tuesday means time to welcome Christine Davies to the studio. She's here each week with a sound recording from the CBC Radio Archives. Today, the brain drain out of Nfld and Lab in the sixties.
 
 
 
Would you support a guaranteed annual income in Canada? It would mean that the government would make sure Canadians would receive the same base amount of money. But with every dollar earned, a dollar would be claw-back. Conservative Senator Hugh Segal believes it's time to start talking about a guaranteed annual income.
And he's my guest on Crosstalk this afternoon. 
 
 

Radio Noon - February 7, 2011

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Kathy Dunderdale shared breakfast this morning with some of the best and brightest women entrepreneurs in this province. She spoke at a gathering of NLOWE - the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs. Here's part of the address she gave.
 
 
 
CBC Radio's The Current has a series called "Shift". It's looking at how populations are changing across Canada. They just took a look at rural Newfoundland and Labrador because it's aging faster than anywhere else in Canada.  CBC producer Heather Barrett recently spent some time in Garnish, on the Burin Peninsula. Where a greying population in a community where almost everyone is town is over 55 and that's a real issue. Here's part of one of Heather's documentary, This Old Town:
 
 
 
Today on the show, we've got Canada Reads on our minds. Jian Ghomeshi kicks off the first hour of debate in two hours from now right here on CBC Radio One. But we thought we'd start our own debate in the meantime. One that hits nice and close to home. If there were a NL Reads competition, what books would you nominate? My guest in our Corner Brook studio is Darrell Squires, who is an Assistant Manager with the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Division of the public library system. 

Radio Noon - February 4, 2011

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Since December, ten people have been arrested for drinking and driving in Labrador West.
 That's way above the norm. The RNC say in a normal year they arrest a total of 22 to 30 drivers. Add in the horrible accident in Wabush on the fifth of December. When a couple walked home instead of driving, because they'd had a few drinks. Instead of getting home safely, they themselves were struck by a vehicle. Shane Mercer later died of his injuries.
 And Leisa Penney is still recovering from hers. The police have charged 29-year old Jeremy Shannon Reid of Wabush with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death, and other charges. What's behind the increase in drinking and driving in Western Labrador? That's a question that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is grappling with. Josephine Gaulton Rowe is the volunteer president of MADD in Labrador West. She joins me on the line now.
 
 
 
The whole reason the Waste Management Committee of the Great Humber Joint Council was put together was to do something about people dumping car wrecks and old washing machines and the like inside municipal boundaries. But the problem's not going away.
 In fact, thanks to satellite technology, the Committee's been able to identify 13-hundred pieces of junk dumped in the woods. And there are fears even more will be dumped in the future. Tony Oxford chairs the committee. He's also the mayor of Cox's Cove.
 
 
 
Today on the show, Search and Rescue Response times. Do you think they're fast enough?
 Military search and rescue personnel in Gander need to be in the air within 30 minutes of the call coming in. That's if it comes in weekdays, between 8 and 4 p.m. Otherwise, two hours is the window of time to get airborn. The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence has been holding hearings on the issue. It follows from the crash of Cougar Flight 491 in 2009. The crash that killed 17 people. On that dark day in March, the search and rescue Cormorants stationed at Cdn Forces Base Gander were in Greenwood, Nova Scotia on a training mission. It meant a one-hour delay in getting a Cormorant to the scene. Search and rescue response times have been an issue for fishermen as well. Some examples:  the sinking of the Ryan's Commander in 2004, and the Melina and Keith in 2005.  Are search and rescue response times fast enough? My guests in studio today are both members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence: St. John's East N-D-P M-P Jack Harris. And the Liberal M-P for Bonavista-Exploits, Scott Simms.
 
 
 

 

Radio Noon - February 3, 2011

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This week police laid charges in a fatal hit and run in Wabush. The suspect is  29-year old Jeremy Shannon Reid of Wabush. He faces 6 charges including impaired operation of a vehicle cuasing death. The accident happened on the 5th of December. Shane Mercer later died from his injuries, and Leisa Penney is still in hospital. Depsite the tragedy, police have charged 5 people with drinking and driving in Western labrador in January. Ron Barron is the mayor of Wabush and we've reached him for his reaction.
 
 
 
Two insurance companies say they shouldn't have to pay up if a man wins a lawsuit against the Catholic Church. The suit was filed by a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in Trepassey. Video Journalist Glenn Payette joins me know with more on this.
 
 
 
Many Canadians grew up playing hockey, wearing the skates and equipment made by Bauer.  There's lots on the go with the company these days. Here's our Business Columnist Michael Hlinka is here with the latest.
 
 
 
We're talking about trappers and their families. The men who are such a vital part of Labrador's history. My guest on the show is Chesley Lethbridge, who was born in Paradise 
River, Labrador. And who spent over 20 years trapping full-time, starting at the age of 13.
He loves it when people ask him questions about the things he experienced as a trapper, so don't be shy.

Radio Noon - February 2, 2011

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The situation in Egypt is still volatile. Opponents and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak are holding rallies today. In same cases, throwing stones at each other. Here in St. John's, Egyptian Canadians are holding a rally at Memorial University. Mohammed Sarhan, is from Egypt but he's been in Newfoundland since 2006. He's doing his PhD in immunology at MUN. He's at the rally and he joins me now
 
 
 
Winter will last another 6 weeks. Today is groundhog day. And both Shubenacadie Sam and Wireton Willie saw their shadows this morning. And that means ... lots more winter. But according to local folklorist Philip Hiscock, the groundhog wasn't always the predictor of winter weather ... it was the bear. Philip Hiscock joins me now.  
 
 
 
We want to know what you're seeing drivers do out there on the roads. Especially stuff that bothers you now that we've finally moved into winter. My guests in studio are Constable Dennis Hann of RCMP Traffic Services in Clarenville. And Constable Doug Barrett of the RNC's Traffic Enforcement Section.What examples of bad driving are you seeing out there on our roads?
 

Radio Noon - February 1, 2011

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Botwood deaths

There should have been a family celebration for Isabel Sheppard of Botwood yesterday. It would have been her 66th birthday. But a tragic highway crash took her life on Saturday, along with her 69-year old husband, Jim. And in a town as small as Botwood, everyone is grieving. Including Deputy Mayor Scott Sceviour, who is on the line now.

 

Labrador weather

It's a nice, crisp day here in St. John's at minus 11 ... It's a wee bit colder in Labrador City at ... minus 29. And that's all people in the Big Land are talking about - how cold it is. Mike Power is a reporter in Labrador City. He joins us now. 

 

Archives with Christine Davies

Time to say hi to Christine Davies. She joins me at this time each week with a sound recording from the CBC Radio Archives. Today, she's here to talk about caribou.

 
 
What impact will the labour dispute have on the future of the transit service for people in Mount Pearl and St. John's? St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe has warned people to expect bus services to be reduced if ridership levels are low in these weeks following the strike. Two Memorial University students who joined us earlier in the strike. They're both with the students' union there. Meghan McCarthy is the director of campaigns. And Michael Walsh is the director of advocacy.