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December 2011 Archives

RADIO NOON - FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2011

Shanneyganock play way up north - Two local bands got to play where the sun doesn't shine ... at least at this time of year. The Fables & Shanneyganock recently play at Canadian Forces Station Alert on Ellesmere Island.  We speak with Chris Andrews.    

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Labrador Moravian missionary speaks about Christmas Eve - Just before Christmas, we sampled a radio program from 1960 narrated by the late Reverend Siegfried Hettasch.  He was a Moravian missionary in northern Labrador from 1938 to 1970.
In that piece, he described  the holiday traditions practiced by the Moravians in Inuit communities on the north coast of Labrador. Here's Reverend Hettasch talking about New Year's Eve.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY DECEMBER 29, 2011

St. Louis out of gas: The few hundred residents of St. Lewis, Labrador are in quite the predicament. The town's only service station has run out of gas.  We speak with Gerald Chubbs, the owner/operator of St. Lewis Enterprises. 

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Under the Radar: In 1953, an American B-36 bomber went down near Nut Cove, not too far from Burgoyne's Cove.  All 23 men on board died.  Tom Drodge of Clarenville has always been intrigued by the crash.  So much so that he's written a book about it, called "Under the Radar".  And I've got Tom on the line now:

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Crosstalk: Your picks for top news stories of 2011 

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2011

Volunteering in the arts:

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Crosstalk - your favourite cultural events of the year:

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY DECEMBER 23, 2011

Your calls to Santa!

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Part two:

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY DECEMBER 22, 2011

MUN Day Care closure - Lots of parents with children at the childcare centre on the campus of Memorial University are in a big scramble right now.  The centre will be closed until the end of January for repairs, and that's affecting about one-hundred children.  We speak with father, Jim Tranquilla.

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Memorial University's Holiday Hosting Program - MUN's Holiday Hosting program matches international students with local families who will invite them to join their families for a festival meal during the Christmas season. Each year, 30 to 40 students and about 15 host families take part. We speak with Luis Adrian Moreau from Caracas, Venezuela. He's an E-S-L student, and his host, Shannon O'Dea Dawson. She's invited Luis to share Christmas dinner with her family: 

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2011

St. Paul's Fire - Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused the massive fire at Gros Morne Resort in St. Paul's Tuesday night.  The resort was built in the mid-nineties near the north end of Gros Morne National Park. Bill Bennett is the fire chief in St. Paul's.

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Feat of Cohen - It's a concert that's become a Christmas week tradition in St. John's. Feast of Cohen number 12 will be at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre next Tuesday and Wednesday. Vicky Hynes and Des Walsh will be onstage.  They speak with the CBC's Maggie Gillis.

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CROSSTALK - TALKING TURKEY

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2011

Fire destroys Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church in St. Shotts. Albert Molloy is the fire chief in St. Shotts. He's also a parishoner at the church. Ramona reached him by phone.

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RADIO NOON ARCHIVES: From the CBC Radio Archives, Christine Davies is here with a snapshot of Christmas in Northern Labrador.

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CROSSTALK: Today we're asking if we should call them concussions or if we should call them brain injuries. The Canadian Medical Association Journal has come out with an editorial calling for a ban on all forms of intentional head hits in hockey, including fighting. What do you think?

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

Shearstown Fire: A couple from Shearstown is lucky to be alive. Their house was completely destroyed by fire at about 4 AM on December 19.  That fire hit too close to home for the members of the Bay Roberts fire department. That's because the man who lived in the house is a member of that volunteer fire department. We speak with Bay Roberts Fire Chief Clarence Russell.
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The fall of Kim Jong-Il: The death of North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il has people wondering what will happen next.  World leaders are calling for calm, given the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons.  Meanwhile, South Korea is on high alert. The CBC's Adam Walsh has lived South Korea, and he joins us now:
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CROSSTALK: Your Christmas traditions
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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2011

There'll be NO "no checking Hockey league": Efforts to start a no-checking league on the Avalon Peninsula for young hockey players have failed. Ramona contacted Don Power, president of the Northeast Minor Hockey League to help explain why.

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Metrobus wants to bring in campus-wide bus passes to get post-secondary students using the service: But the student union at MUN says not so fast. Ramona is joined on phone with Michael Walsh, Executive Director of External Affairs, Communications and Research for Memorial University's Student Union.

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CROSSTALK: Do you think of the weather in Celcius, but your weight in pounds? Do you buy carpet by the metre but measure your height in feet and inches?  We're going to have some fun with this show.  Our main question: Do you use the Metric system, the Imperial system, or both?  Ramona's guest is Dave Rudofsky, who sold Metric conversion calculators back in the '70s.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY DECEMBER 15, 2011

The Nunatsiavut government lifts a ban on uranium mining in Labrador: Aurora Nunatsiavut Flag.jpgEnergy is a major player in the uranium industry.  Ramona speaks on phone with Andrea Marshall, public relations for Aurora Energy.

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The Metric System in Newfoundland: Gus Cochrane is the man who led Nfld and Lab into metric conversion during the 1970's. At the time, he was far from the most popular man.
He joins Ramona on phone to share his memories.

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CROSSTALK: Our question du jour: What are you seeing in the way of bad driving?  We're sure you can come up with a long list in mere seconds! Ramona's guests are RCMP constable Stephan Remillard and CBC's traffic reporter, Cecil Haire. 

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2011

Living Donor Paired Exchange Program: Sheri Sheppard is a dialysis nurse in Corner MAP.jpgBrook, and her mother, Marina Park, lives in nearby York Harbour. They both took part in the Living Donor Paired Exchange Program.http://www.ccdt.ca/english/ldpe/results-to-date.htm

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How hard is it to find affordable housing in St. John's: Nicole Wilson is one of the members of "St. John's Citizens for Affordable Housing". Ramona speaks with her on phone.

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CROSSTALK: The federal government now requires all women to show their faces at Cdn citizenship ceremonies, but many Muslim women say it's against their religion. Should women should be allowed to cover their faces at citizenship ceremonies? Our guest is Kaif Khan, the VP of the Muslim Students' Assn at Memorial University.

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY DECEMBER 13. 2011

Radio Noon Archives: Christine has some remarkable tape of a CBC Radio Christmas time visit to Greenspond, Bonavista Bay over 50 years ago.

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Should women be allowed to cover their faces at citizenship ceremonies?   Dr. Mohamed Boodhun is a neurologist in Grand Falls-Windsor. He is also the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Nfld and Labrador.  

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CROSSTALK: If the House of Assembly were open, what issues should the politicians be debating? Ramona's guest is political scientist Alex Marland, who has some interesting thoughts on this one. 

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY DECEMBER 12, 2011

Marconi Anniversary: Hardy members of the Marconi radio club are on top of a very chilly Signal marconi_signalhill_200.jpgHill as I speak, getting ready to celebrate what he did 110 years ago today.

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Lise Boucher says the community spirit in Western labrador has changed in a way she doesn't like: She speaks on Phone with Ramona dearing. 

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CROSSTALK: It's the time of year when it doesn't hurt to pay extra attention to fire safety. Put your questions to Richard Murphy. He's the former fire chief in Conception Bay South, and he's got some solid advice for you.

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2011

Jenna Maloney sings for us: 9-year old Jenna Maloney is one of the performers at the Folk ArtsBraeden and Jenna Maloney wth Santa Claus.jpg Society Christmas Wassail on Sunday, starting at 2 at George St. United Church. 

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CROSSTALK: It's a Trivia Day with Mack Furlong.  Get your weekend heading in the right direction.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY DECEMBER 8

nl-fpi-line-workers-file.jpgProtestors chain the gates of Ocean Choice International Plant in Port Union: About 70 people gathered at the front gates of OCI this morning. They are there to protest it's pending closure. Peggy Stagg is one of them. Ramona reached her by phone.

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There aren't many men like Jack Ford: Jack is a WW2 survivor of Japanese prisoner of war camps. He is now going on 93. Ramona reached him by phone to get his reaction to the latest apology from Japan.

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CROSSTALK: The economy of the Northeast Avalon is doing just fine.  But what about everyone else? Is rural NL being left out of the economic boom?  Ramona's guest is Churence Rogers, the president of Municipalities NL. 

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7, 2011

How often should women get mammograms? Starting at what age? Is there any pworkflow_eng.pngoint to doing self-exams? Lots of women are asking, given the latest guidelines to come out. Ramona's guest is Dr. Richard Birtwhistle of the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Haealth Care. http://www.canadiantaskforce.ca/ Are you confused about the guidelines for breast cancer screening?  Tune in.

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY DECEMBER 06, 2011

Archives feature: Christine Davies with Christmas from the past!                 

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Crosstalk: Does the Montreal Massacre still resonate with you?                  

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY DECEMBER 05, 2011

Fires in Trepassey: We speak with Trepassey town council member Rita Pennell about two recent fires in the town.

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Silver for Nain Volleyball team: The Senior Boys Volleyball team at Jens Haven Memorial School got a huge welcome home in Nain. The team won the silver medal in the Provincial Triple-A Volleyball championships this weekend in Wesleyville.                  

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Crosstalk: Books for young people

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY DECEMBER 02, 2011

Concert for Scott Kelly: Musicians are pulling together in St. John's to take care of the family of one of their own.

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Crosstalk: Your favourite gadgets

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2011

The Movember movement has taken off all across Newfoundland and Labrador. Men have been growing moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer research. At J.R. Smallwood middle school in Wabush, the students are a little too young to grow a moustache. But their male teachers aren't. Yesterday some of them got to shave the teachers' Movember growth. Labrador Morning's Mike Power dropped by to check it all out.

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A call for dining establishments to adjust their menus for seniors: Ramona speaks on Phone with guest John Colborne from Portugal Cove.

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CROSSTALK: We have two different phone-ins for you: 

The Canadian Medical Association Journal says hospital parking fees go against the Canada Health Act. But is it realistic to expect free parking at hospitals? St. John's City Councillor Debbie Hanlon will be in studio with Ramona.

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Also, did you notice all those moustaches this Movember? Tolson Chapman grew one.  He's with the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group. He lets us know what those 'staches stand for. 

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