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March 2011 Archives

Crosstalk / Snowmobile trails

Today on the show, the issue is snowmobile grooming. And the fact that not enough people seem to be willing to pay for the service. You pay 100 dollars—and that’s only 80 dollars if you buy an early bird ticket. And you get a trail sticker that gets you through the snowy season. But this year there was a huge drop in the number of people buying them. Down to 7-thousand, about half as much as usual. So today on Crosstalk, we’re asking if there should be more enforcement of snowmobile trail stickers? What do you think? My guest is Gloria Knowlton, who chairs the Nfld and Lab Snowmobile Federation.

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Seniors Summit / Dr. Patrick O'Shea

About 30 doctors, nurses and social workers held a summit in St. John’s yesterday on the needs of seniors. And how to meet those needs in the near future, when the number of seniors here will increase dramatically. It was organized by the Nlfd and Lab Medical Association. Dr. Patrick O’Shea is the president.

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Oil Spill / CNLOPB

There’s been a sizable spill of synthethic-based drilling mud. On Monday, over 26-thousand litres spilled from the drill rig Henry Goodrich onto the ocean floor. Sean Kelley is the spokesperson for the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. He joins me on the line now.

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Crosstalk / Alzheimers

Today on the show, we want to know if Alzheimer’s disease has touched your life. There are 500-thousand Canadians living with some form of dementia. For John Trend, that figure hits close to home. His vivavious wife, Jean, was diagnosed when she was only 61. That was just a few years ago. John provided care as long as he could, but last year, Jean moved to a long-term care home in Botwood. John Trend lives in Grand Falls-Windsor. And he’s in our studio there today. With me in St. John’s, Shirley Lucas, the executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nfld and Labrador.

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Black Widow Spider in Corner Brook

A family in Corner Brook left home suddenly after finding what they believe to be a black widow spider early this morning. They called the police; The police called Lloyd Hollett, the owner of the Newfoundland Insectarium in Deer Lake. And he joins me now on the line from Corner Brook.

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Ombudsman's report into psychiatric care for inmates / Billy Earle

For Billy Earle of St. John ‘s, the ombudsman’s report into the psychiatric care for inmates in Nfld and Lab hits very close to home. His 20-year old son Jeffrey recently spent time at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, on an armed robbery conviction. Citizen’s Representative Barry Fleming has concluded that Dr. David Craig often takes inmates off psychiatric drugs. Billy Earle says that’s what his son experienced.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Wed March 30, 2011

 

alzheimers.jpgHalf a million Canadians are living with some form of dementia.  We want to know if the most common one--Alzheimer's Disease--has touched your life.  It definitely has for John Trend, whose wife, Jean, has the illness.  He'll be Ramona's guest, along with Shirley Lucas of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.  Phone in with your stories.

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12:35-1:30 pm Nfld / 12:05 pm-1:00 Lab

Radio Noon Archives with Christine Davies

Christine Davies.jpgToday, she has even more on a story we've been telling you about over the past couple of weeks. The shipboard explosion and loss of the sealing vessel S.S. Viking  along with 27 passengers and crew off Horse Islands in 1931.

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Business Columnist Michael Hlinka

 

hlinka.jpgMillions of Canadians travel to the United States every year to get cheap flights to other parts of the world.
Including here in St. John's, where some people  take the flight from St. John's to Newark before travelling on to Europe.
Many people think that's a problem.
But our Business Columnist Michael Hlinka isn't one of them.

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People in Sheshatshui take action against Drugs

sheshatshiunatuashishmap.jpgPeople in Sheshatshui say they have a major drug problem.
And they're taking action.
There have been four community meetings so far, and there's another one set for this afternoon.
Jack Penashue is the social health director for Sheshatshui.
And he joins me on the line:

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Crosstalk: Tues Mar 29, 2011

 

dany_dunder.jpgFormer Nfld and Lab Premier Danny Williams has decided not to go to a tribute dinner in his honour this weekend.  Exactly why isn't clear.  Our question on Crosstalk:  Do you want to know what's causing the distance between Williams and Premier Kathy Dunderdale?  Todays guest was Senior Producer Mike Rossiter.

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Radio Noon Crosstalk

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Our guest this afternoon is Amanda Bittner, who is an associate professor of political science at Memorial University. Today on the show, the issue is the federal election. And whether you think this is the right time to have it. We’re going to the polls on the 2nd of May, whether you want to or not. It’s the 4th election in 7 years.
Do you think this is the right time to have one? If so, why? If not, what would you propose? There’s lots of talk about the possibility of another minority government. In that context, does the timing of the election make any difference?

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Vote Compass

 

vote compass.jpgCBC has a new tool on-line.
It's called VoteCompass.
And web editor John Gushue is here to explain a bit more about how it works.

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Detective Paul Krawczwk (CROFF-check) Child Exploitation Section, Sex Crimes Unit, Toronto Police Service

Robin Barrett.jpg In December 2009, the police raided Anglican priest Robin Barrett’s House in Conception Bay South looking for child pornography. No one could have been prepared for what they found: Over 30-thousand pictures and 34-hundred videos.
The youngest children in the images were only 6 months old. And of the 25 children who were being abused, 22 were right here in North America.
Barrett pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But when he was first arrested, the police had no idea that it would lead to a year-long international investigation called “Project Sanctuary”.

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Crosstalk / Election Call

Today on the show, the issue is the federal election. And whether you think this is the right time to have it. We’re going to the polls on the 2nd of May, whether you want to or not. It’s the 4th election in 7 years. Do you think this is the right time to have one? If so, why? If not, what would you propose? There’s lots of talk about the possibility of another minority government. In that context, does the timing of the election make any difference? My guest this afternoon is Amanda Bittner, who is an associate professor of political science at Memorial University.

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Provincial Public Sector Pensioners'

pension.jpg For years, the Provincial Public Sector Pensioners’ Association has been asking for an increase in benefits, especially for those workers who don’t have indexed pensions.
Nfld and Labrador Employers Council is saying there’s no way they should ever get an increas.

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Radio Noon Crosstalk: Mon March 28, 2011

So we're in an election campaign.  What do you think:  Is this the right time for a federal election?  Phone in with your opinions.  Ramona's guest was Memorial University political scientist Amanda Bittner. 

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Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

 

maude barlow.jpgThe Council of Canadians says the federal government essentially privatized water rights when it settled the NAFTA claim with Abitibi Bowater.
We spoke with Maude Barlow .
She's the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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Volunteer Operator of the Year Award.

Earlier this week, we told you that there are about 230 towns in this province on a boil water order. The community of Brighton in Green Bay, relies on volunteers to make sure the water system is running safely. And Edmond Fudge and John Braye have received the Volunteer Operator of the Year Award.
We spoke with John Braye from a conference on Clean and Safe Drinking Water that's just wrapped up in Gander.

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Shane Hisock's contact with Elizabeth Taylor.

 

taylor.JPGWhen he was fifteen, he had a lot on his mind.

He was in Grade Nine, and still in the closet.

And hearing lots of nasty talk about AIDS.

So Shane Hisock wound up writing a letter to Elizabeth Taylor.

 

 

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Home Heating Oil goes up

oil.jpgThe price of home heating oil keeps going up.
And one of the questions was Whether people who heat with oil should think about converting to an electric furnace.
We spoke with Peter Upshall of Nfld Power on the line.

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Crosstalk: Thurs March 24, 2011

 

daycare.jpgThere was a promise in Monday's provincial throne speech for a comprehensive child care strategy for Nfld and Lab.  We're asking is improving day care is important to you?  Ramona's guest is Lana Payne, the president of the Nfld and Lab Federation of Labour. 

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Labrador has lost a legend - Uncle Jim

jim anderson - fiddle.jpgUncle Jim - who’s real name was Jim Andersen - died today at the age of 92 in Happy Valley Goose Bay. Uncle Jim had life-long love of photography. For over 50 years he catalogued life in Makkovik. Here’s a conversation Uncle Jim had with Weekend AM Host Angela Antle in May, 2008. He was in town for the opening of his photography exhibit at the Rooms

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Lori Chynn press conference in Ottawa

Her husband, John Pelley, died along with 16 others when the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed into the Atlantic.

She spoke at a news conference organized by St. John's East MP Jack Harris, and Dennis Bevington, the MP for Western Arctic

Here's part of what Lori Chynn had to say.

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Federal budget cuts for Atlantic Canada.

budget cuts.jpgThe federal budget handed down yesterday includes some cuts for Atlantic Canada. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans would lose a total of 56-million dollars by 2014. Marine Atlantic five million dollars. And ACOA fifteen million. Now of course, there’s lots of speculation that the budget will never be implemented because it’s looking like an election will be triggered within the next few days. But what message is the federal government sending to Atlantic Canadians in its budget? Elizabeth Beale is the president of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. To download this and other interesting rdio Noon Podcasts go to :

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Radio Noon Crosstalk - Are oil and gas prices affecting you?

The cheapest gas going in Nfld and Labrador is 130 a litre.

And it's been one of the most expensive seasons ever for home heating oil.

gas pump.jpgOur guest was George Murphy of the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices.

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Radio Noon Archives - Viking Disaster

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In today's archive feature, we'll hear about the effort to rescue survivors of the 1931 explosion aboard the sealing vessel S.S. Viking off Horse Islands....

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World Water Day

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Today is world water day.

The United Nations uses this day to draw attention to fact the over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water.

Sure, the vast majority of those people live in developing countries.

But here's a reality check:

About 230 communities in the province are under boil water orders.

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Jack Parsons - Eco Energy

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Lots of people are waiting to hear what’s in the federal budget, which will be handed down later today. A few items are already known. One of them being that the home energy retrofit program will be re-instated. Jack Parsons is the president of Heat Seal Limited, a company that specializes in making homes more energy efficient.

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Tues Mar 22, 2011

We want to know if bullying has affected your life, or someone you know.  Ramona's guests have seen both sides of the issue:  Holly O'Neill bullied others when she was younger.  Travis Walsh was bullied when he was in school.  Phone in with your stories. 

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Whistleblower protection at City Hall

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Formal protection for whistlerblowers may soon be coming for workers with the City of St. John’s. Right now, city employees who report wrongdoing by their coworkers are covered under an informal policy. But that doesn’t sit well with Councillor Danny Breen. Mr Breen chairs the city’s audit committee. He joins me in studio.

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Clyde Rose a well-known retired publisher is on trial for sexual assault

A well-known retired publisher is on trial for sexual assault. And there’s lot’s of intrigue. Including a suggestion that there nay have been an attempt to blackmail Clyde Rose. Azzo Rezori has been covering the trial.

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Blue Puttees has rough day at sea...

 

blue puttees.jpgIt was a very rough Gulf crossing for the new Marine Atlantic ferry, The Blue Puttees on Friday night.
So rough there are reports some passengers were injured.

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Crosstalk: Mon Mar 21, 2011

 

 

naturopathic.jpgFrom liver tonics to figuring out whether eating alkaline or acid foods make a difference, do you have questions for a naturopath?  Ramona's guest is naturopathic doctor Kathleen Mercer of St. John's. 

 

 

Cain's Quest Winners

Cain’s Quest - that gruelling Labrador & Quebec snowmobile race - has a winner. The team from Maine - Rob Gardner and Rich Knipping - crossed the finish line ahead of Labrador City brothers - Gary and Chris Traverse. Yesterday we spoke with Gary Traverse on the show. He was in Churchill Falls, getting ready to set out on the last leg of the journey to Labrador City. He had some harrowing stories. We’ll hear from him again in a minute. But first we’ll hear from Rob Garnder from Maine. Reporter Jeremy Eaton spoke with him after he was met by his family and support team.

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Women in Prison / Jocelyn Greene

There’s been an increase in the number of female prisoners in Nfld and Labrador. But they’re not getting the help they need. That’s one of the findings coming out of a gender and justice conference in St. John’s. Jocelyn Greene is the Executive Director of Stella Burry Community Services. And she’s one of the organizers.

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Libya / Ehab Sherif

Big developments in Libya. First the United Nations Security Council declared a no-fly zone over Libya. And now Libya has announced a cease fire. Ehab Sherif owns a pizza place in downtown St. John’s. He’s from Benghazi.

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Michael Hlinka, Business column

The whole watching what is happening in Japan with the damaged nuclear power plants. But according to our Business Columnist Michael Hlinka, no matter what happens - you can be sure that nuclear power is here to stay. Here’s Michael:

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Labrador Trapper / Ken Mesher

Trapping is a thing of the past for most people in Labrador. But at the age of 75, Ken Mesher has gone back to trapping near Paradise River. Labrador Morning’s Tara McLean pulled on her snowshoes and went for a boil up with Ken Mesher.

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Cain's Quest / Gary & Chris Traverse

Cain’s Quest is gruelling 25-hundred kilometre crosscountry snowmobile race. Since it started on March 11th, 12 of the 26 teams have officially dropped out. Those remaining are getting ready for the last leg of the race. From Churchill Falls to Labrador City. Gary Traverse and his brother Chris are known as Team 6. They’re from Labrador City, so they know the terrain. And Gary is at the checkpoint in Churchill Falls.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Fri March 18, 2011:

Scientists believe that meditation changes the way the brain deals with stress.  And lots of people are trying to cut down on stress these days.  So, to our question:  Do you meditate?  Ramona's guest is mental health nurse and meditation instructor Mary Campbell of Halifax.  Phone in!

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12:35 Nfld /12:05 Lab

 

Newfoundlandisms / Dave Paddon

Yesterday on Crosstalk, the phone-in was all about the regulations for cutting firewood on crown land. My guest was Gonzo Gillingham of Bishop’s Falls, who says the large number of rules and regulations leave common sense behind. Enter Dave Paddon of St. John’s. He’s known for his recitations and his sense of humour. Here’s his satirical take on where all those rules and regulations are taking us. This piece is called, “Newfoundlandisms under attack:”

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Blood Infection / Ann Roberts

Streptococcus is a common and normally benign bacteria. However, in rare cases it can be deadly. This weekend, it claimed the life of a 9-year old girl from Gillams. And now anyone who came into prolonged contact with the girl is being treated with anti-biotics. Dr Ann Roberts is the acting medical officer of health at Western Health.

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Newfoundlander in Bahrain / Anita Carroll

A Newfoundlander living in Bahrain is scrambling to leave the country. Sunni rulers have declared martial laws to crack down on Shia protesters who are calling for reforms. There’s chaos and fear today. The protesters in the capital of Manama faced tanks and tear gas. The police killed at least three people. And medical staff at nearby hospitals say soldiers have been threatening them and firing at them. Anita Carroll’s family lives in a suburb not far from the protesters.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Thurs March 17, 2011

It's a Paddy's Day celebration on Crosstalk.  Phone in your requests for a terrific Irish tune, and tell us why you want to hear it!

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12:35 pm Nfld / 12:05 Lab

 

 

Corner Brook artist helps ID WWI soldier / Christian Corbet

Canadian Private Thomas Lawless of Calgary died in battle 94 years ago at Vimy Ridge. Today, at long last, he was buried with full military honours in Vimy, France. His remains were found near Vimy Ridge in 2003. But his identity was a mystery for a long time. An artist living in Corner Brook played a key role in identifying his remains. Christian Corbett is in France, and he attended the burial service.

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Archives / S.S. Viking / Christine Davies

Christine Davies is here with the story of an explosion at sea, 80 years ago — and a sound recording of a man who helped with the rescue.

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Pregnant Newfoundlander in Japan / Susan Mercer

One of the Nflders living in Japan has been busy working to rescue the pets displaced by the disaster. And even though she’s 6 months pregnant, Susan Mercer is not planning to leave Japan anytime soon. We reached Susan Mercer in Tokushima prefecture.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Wed Mar 16, 2011

The NHL's plan to reduce concussions includes possible penalites for teams and coaches.  What do you think:  Will the NHL's 5-point plan mean fewer concussions?  Ramona's guest is Carl Lake of The Sports Page (www.thesportspage.ca)  Phone in with your opinion!

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12:35-1:30 pm Nfld / 12:05-1 pm Lab

St. John's cabbie attacked / Colin Hanames

A St. John’s taxi driver says he was attacked on the job early Friday morning. Colin Hanames alleges an intoxicated male passenger had him drive around town and then he refused to pay. Once out of the vehicle, Hanames says the passenger kicked his car. Hanames got out to check the vehicle and says that’s when the man assaulted him with a knife. Hanames spoke with reporter Natalie Kalata.

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NL Child Advocate Carol Chafe

The Child Advocate in Nfld and Labrador has joined her counterparts aross the country to oppose Bill C-4. It’s part of the Harper government’s tough-on-crime agenda. The bill would change the way the courts handle young offenders. Last week, Child Advocates presented their position to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Carol Chafe was in Ottawa for that presentation. She spoke with CBC reporter Andrew Brown.

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Elizabeth Matthews / CNLOPB

The big local story of the day is news that Elizabeth Matthews is pulling her name out of the running for vice-chair of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. Matthews served as communications director to former premier Danny Williams. The provincial government nominated her for the position on the CNLOPB. But much controversy followed, with the opposition parties questioning whether Matthews was qualified for the job. This morning she issued a statement to the media, explaining her decision to withdraw her name from the nomination process. Here’s the CBC’s Kathryn King, reading the statement from Elizabeth Matthews.

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Coming Up on Crosstalk: Tues March 15, 2011

People gathered in Bishop's Falls last week to complain about woodcutting regulations.  They used to get free permits to cut on Abitibi land.  But now that it's been expropriated, the province subjects them to the same rules as everyone else.  Which leads to our question:  Should people in Central Nfld have to pay for permits to cut firewood on the old Abitibi land?  Ramona's guest is Gonzo Gillingham of Bishop's Falls, who says people who just want to get a bit of firewood for their homes are being over-regulated to the extreme.

12:35-1:30 pm Nfld /12:05-1 pm Lab

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Crosstalk Fri march 11, 2011 / SHAKESPEARE

Today on the show, we turn it over to the Bard, William Shakespeare. Are there lines from Shakespeare that you love? That you’ve memorized? Do you have a favourite play? A favourite production? Is there a performance you’ve seen that you’ll never forget? A movie? Have you ever acted in a Shakespeare play? Do you think Grade 9 students can truly appreciate Romeo and Juliet, or do you think reading it at such an early age could turn students off an appreciation for Shakespeare? Do you still read the plays yourself? My guests are theatre critic Gordon Jones. And Danielle Irvine, one of the founders of Shakespeare by the Sea. To listen to this item click the link. http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?54#ref54

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Japan Quake / Deir, Ishiwata

We have two people in studio with us who have close connections to Japan. Miki Ishiwata moved from Japan to Newfoundland in 1974. Her sister still lives in Japan - in Chiba (CHEE-bah) prefecture - not far from Tokyo. And Glenn Deir is a CBC reporter who has worked in Japan for NHK, the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation from 2005 until 2007.

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Japan Quake / Melissa Lane

Japan is reeling from the terrible earthquake and Tsunami that hit the North East coast . It started Friday afternoon local time, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan: magnitude 8 point 9. It’s now after midnight in Japan but reports of devastation are still pouring in. Hundreds of people are confirmed dead; Tens of thousands are missing. Homes, cars, boats have been swept away. There’s even a report of a missing passenger train.
An oil refinery is on fire and there’s a state of emergeny at a nuclear power plant. 4 million people are estimated to be without power in and around Tokyo. Melissa Lane is a St. John’s native living in Japan. To listen to this item click the link.

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Coming up on Crosstalk: Mon March 14, 2011

Should more communities follow Fogo Island's lead, and form regional governments?  We want to hear your opinions. Our guest is Churence Rogers, the mayor of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity, and the small towns director for Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. Call in with your opinions!

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12:35-1:30 Nfld/12:05-1 Lab

 

let's talk Shakespeare

Our guests this Friday are Theatre critic Gordon Jones and Daniel Irvine, one of the founders of Shakespeare by the Sea. Phone in with your favourite lines or to talk about your favourite play. Why is Shakespeare still so popular … or is it. Call in at 1230 on the island or 1200 in parts of Labrador. 722-7111 or 1800-563-8255WS.jpg

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Should MUN Tuition be free

mun student.jpg Today we’re going to talk higher education and tuition on Radio Noon Crosstalk. As many parents and students know, higher education can be very expensive. But here in this province, we have a bit of a break. Tuition fees at Memorial University are on the lower end when you look across the country But there are those who think tuition here should be free like it was in the 1960s We want to know what you think; Should tuition fees be free for students in Nfld and Lab?

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One man is in custody and another in the hospital after a stabbing on the Memorial University campus yesterday.

ivan muzychka.jpg One man is in custody and another in the hospital after a stabbing on the Memorial University campus yesterday. The victim was stabbed in the chest, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Both men are international students. Ivan Muzychka is the Director of Communications at MUN.

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Adria Vasil - talking about sustainable food issues

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We have a treat today for our eco-friendly listeners. You might remember our next guest from past editions of Radio Noon. Adria Vasil was in town to speak at Memorial University’s sustainability week. She is an author and a weekly columnist for Now Magazine

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Blanche Lacey is turning 104 years old today

and the town of Grand Falls-Windsor is giving her a special gift. She’s one of three pioneer citizens who is having a street named after her…and she’s the only one of the three who is still around. Blanche Lacey lived in her own apartment until she was 99, but is now a resident of Carmelite House. Blanche Lacey.jpgOur own Caroline Hillier dropped by there to get her story.

 

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There's another twist in the fight to allow snowmobile access through Terra Nova National Park.

Four people are now facing 10 charges for using their machines in the park. But these charges don’t stem from the protest in mid-February where a group of snowmobilers took a ride through the park. They come from a week earlier, when it’s alleged some residents were grooming trails for the protest. Robin Spracklin of the Charlottetown Heritage Rights Committee snowmobile.jpg

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Crosstalk: Wed March 9, 2011

lower churchill.jpgGuest host Kathryn King focuses on the proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric development.  Environmental impact hearings are underway in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.  What do you think of the proposed Lower Churchill development?  Kathryn's guest is Leo Abbass, the mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

 

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There's plenty to look out for when you're driving on the highway.

There’s plenty to look out for when you’re driving on the highway. Slabs of concrete aren’t usually on the top of that list. But that’s what caused an accident on the Trans Canada near Foxtrap yesterday. Constable Stephane Remillard has been working on the case.

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Pre-Tanning Increases The Risk Of Skin Cancer

Lots of people are heading south to get some sun. And many of them are getting a base tan before they leave.They visit tanning salons, believing that a base tan will allow them to spend more time on the beach without getting burned. But the Canadian cancer society and many experts believe nothing could be further from the truth. They say pre-tanning increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Dr Ian Landells is a dermatologist in St. John's. He joins Ramona on the line.

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Price Increase For Beer

beer.jpgFood and grain prices are rising world wide. In part that's what fueled the uprisings in the middle east. While there may not be revolution brewing here, price increases are just a matter of time. And that includes how much you're going to pay for beer. Dave Rees is the CEO of Quidi Vidi Brewery.He joins Ramona in the studio.

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Crosstalk: March 08, 2011 Root Vegetables

root veggies.jpgA celebration of root vegetables on Radio Noon Crosstalk. At this time of year, they're reliable, affordable and local. Ramona's guest is Kathy Jaeger, the chef at The Hungry Heart Cafe in St. John's. 

 

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Our Sound Recording From The Radio Archives

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In today’s archive feature, the hard, hard times in Newfoundland and Labrador in the dirty thirties.

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Brook Causes Mess In Trout River

 

 

trout.jpgFour families are mopping up their homes today in Trout River. The Manuel's brook backed up and caused quite a mess there. Paul Matthews is the Mayor of Trout River. He joins Ramona on the line.

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Crosstalk: Mon March 7, 2011

nancy hart.jpgmarkshrimpton.jpgLots of people are profting from the oil developments off Nfld and Lab. But when it comes to jobs for women, there’s a long way to go. Our question: Why aren’t more women working in the oil industry? Ramona’s guests were Nancy Hart of Nalcor, and industry consultant Mark Shrimpton.

 

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A Serious Need For More Affordable Housing In St. John's

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The MHA for Kilbride says the city of St. John’s has to take some of the blame for the shortage of affordable housing.

John Dinn is well-known for the years he spent as a city councillor.

But now he’s in provincial politics.

And he says some of his constituents have serious housing problems.

But that too many rules and regulations are getting in the way.

John Dinn joins me in studio

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A Warning From The Bank Of Montreal

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It’s no secret that housing prices in St. John’s have jumped dramatically over the past few years.

Lots of people are wondering if we should expect a market correction.

The Bank of Montreal has just released a study looking at housing prices across Canada, and how those increases compare to people’s income.

And St. John’s is definitely singled out for attention.

Dave Macdonald is a regional manager with B-M-O.

He’s on the line from Nova Scotia.

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16-year old Nathaniel Hamlyn is on the cusp of an adventure.

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He’s on his way to Port Hope-Simpson. And once he gets there, he’s going to drive a dog team 150 miles. It’s to raise money for a scholarship with the College of the North Atlantic in memory of his late grandmother, Alma Notley. Nathaniel spoke to the CBC’s Jeremy Eaton in Labrador City not long before he hit the road.

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MUN Smoking Policy - Diretor Sheila Miller

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There’s a proposed new policy for people who smoke on any campuses of Memorial University. If it’s approved, it would have smokers going to designated smoking areas. Sheila Miller is the director of health and safety at Memorial

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CNLOPB Appointment - Reaction with Mario Levesque

mario levesque.JPGThe news that Danny Williams’ former communications director - could be the next Vice Chair of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is getting lots of reaction. Mario Levesque teaches political science and environmental studies at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. We’ve reached him for his analysis:

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MACK FURLONG - TRIVIVA

Coming up on Crosstalk - Fri March 4, 2011: Mack Furlong. Trivia. Need we say more? Looking forward to your calls on all sorts of topics, from Captain Beefheart to Captain Kidd! MACK2.jpg Crosstalk starts at 12:35, 12:05 in Labrador Call 722-7111 or 1-800-563-8255

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Violence awareness - Guest Rick Boland

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It’s not very often that a social event is organized around the theme of preventing violence. But that’s what’s happening Sunday night in St. John’s. The Avalon East Chapter of the Coalition Against Violence is holding an evening called, “A Mile in These Shoes”. Several well-known performers will take part, and there will be lots of stories about what it’s like to be exposed to violence. The line up includes Mary Walsh, Amy House, Berni Stapleton and Siochana. Rick Boland is em-ceeing the evening.

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Bullying - Guest Debra Pepler

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A new study on bullying is challenging some common presumptions about who bullies are. Many people consider bullies to be troubled young people who don’t have a lot of friends. But apparently a lot of bullies are the popular kids at school. Debra Pepler is a a Professor of Psychology at York University. She studies bullying, violence and agression. She joins me on the line from Whistler, British Columbia.

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Crosstalk: Thurs March 3, 2011

wallofcds-thumb-550xauto-55775.jpgWe're asking whether the CD is dead.  Lots of people have transferred their Compact Discs onto MP-3 players, or onto their computers.  And it's not as easy to buy a CD player these days.  What do you think the future of the CD is?  Ramona's guests weare musician Matthew Hornell and Shelley Chase of Garrison Hill Entertainment.

12:35 pm Nfld/ 12:05 p.m.Lab

51 communities offer composters at reduced prices.

mmsb.jpgComposting might be the furthest thing from your mind, with all this snow on the ground. But spring is not that far away. And 51 communities in Nfld and Labrador are going to offer composters to their residents at reduced prices. It’s being done in conjunction with the MMSB. Leigh Puddester is the chair and CEO.

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Conservatives spending practices - in the 2006 federal election.

nl-downey-cynthia-20080422.jpgCynthia Downey ran unsuccessfully for Conservatives in the riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s - in the 2006 federal election. During the election, the national conservative party put money into her campaign account. She thought she’d won the jackpot … because her campaign could use the money. A few days later her officials were told the money had to be transferred back to national party headquarters. Ms Downey had a problem with that. And so did Elections Canada.

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Crosstalk Wed March 2, 2011: Council Pay

chfinal.JPGThere's a debate at the City of St. John's over whether councillors should get the equivalent of full-time pay for their efforts.  Which had us asking whether you think municipal councillors across Nfld and Lab deserve more pay (bearing in mind some of them don't get any at all!). Ramona's guests were St. John's City Councillor Debbie Hanlon, who says representing her constituents is a full-time job.  And Port Aux Basques mayor Brian Button, who says better renumeration would attract more people to municipal politics.

 

 

 

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Jamie Merrigan on Newman bail

justice.jpgA man facing new charges, on top of a charge of murdering his former spouse, is free on bail. 33-year old Raymond Gerald Newman faces the 2nd degree murder charge in connection with the death of Chrissy Predham Newman She was stabbed to death in her apartment in 2007. After Raymond Newman was charged in connection with her death, he was released on bail. Then in February, he faced new charges: of assaulting a man and uttering death threats against him. Raymond Newman wound up in custody. But yesterday, he was granted bail on those charges. To help explain the legal principles at play, we have Corner Brook lawyer Jamie Merrigan. He’s a director of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers:

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Christian Corbet creator of Bullyalarm.ca an anti-bullying website.

bullyfinal3.JPGBullying has been a cruel fact of life for a long time. A man in Corner Brook wants to do his part to stop it. Christian Corbet has launched his new website - it’s called Bullyalarm.ca And it’s set up so that people can report on bullies

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Radio Noon Archives...the Fisheries Broadcast turns 60.

cbc radio archive.jpgThis weeks featurefishfinal5.jpg from the CBC Radio Archives. Christine Davies is here with a sound recording — today she’s marking a special anniversary

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Crosstalk Tues March 1, 2011: Ask a Nutritionist

man-balancing-junk-food-on-back.jpgWe had two nutritionists in studio to answer all your questions about getting the most out of your food: Margie Coombs and Lesley Burgess are both regional nutritionists with Eastern Health.

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