CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

January 2012 Archives

RADIO NOON - TUESDAY JANUARY 31, 2012

RADIO NOON ARCHIVES:  Christine Davies brings us some tape from 1951. Just months before she became Queen a young Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were on a five-week Royal Tour of Canada with a brief side-trip to the United States. St. John's was their last stop.

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CROSSTALK: Who knows who set the first snares in Nfld and Lab, but you can be sure it was to catch some badly-needed food. Fast-forward to modern times: Should hunters still use snares?  Ramona's guest is well-known author and former wildlife enforcement officer, Earl Pilgrim.

RADIO NOON - MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2012

li-gas-prices.jpgGasoline prices may soon shoot to a dollar-forty a litre: Ramona is on phone with George Murphy. He's with the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices. He's also the MHA for St. John's East.

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CROSSTALK: Certain words seem to trigger an instant reaction these days, and "feminism" is one of them. We're asking if "feminism" is becoming a bad word. Our guests are Linda Ross of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women. And Kira Petersson-Martin, who is doing her MA in Women's Studies. 

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY JANUARY 26, 2012

Another big retail development is slated for the St. John's area: Do we have enough retail development for a relatively small city? Ramona speaks with Nancy Healey, the CEO of the St. John's Board of Trade.

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CROSSTALK: Do you love poetry, or loathe it? We want to hear from you. Our guests just might convert some doubters. They're poets Tom Dawe and Nick Avis.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY JANUARY 26, 2012

occupy NL pic.jpgThe Occupy NL movement protest at the Confederation Building: They are calling on Premier Kathy Dunderdale to Open the House of Assembly. Maggie Gillis is with the protesters. She joins us live from the steps of the Confederation building.

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The Auditor General raises some flags about spending with the Western School District: It turns out the RCMP were called in to investigate the goings-on at one school, including money spent on alcohol. Ramona is on phone with Ross Elliott the Director of Education for the Western School District.

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CROSSTALK: There's been a big increase in the number of vehicles in Nfld and Lab. We've got 500,000 people compared to 633,000 vehicles. Do we have too many cars?  Ramona's guest has a good few himself. He's Mark Wood, who wrote the automotive columns for the Independent newspaper.

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RADIO NOON - Wednesday January 25, 2012

Plant workers in Wareham, Bonavista Bay watch raw product being shipped out. They should be processing sea urchins but there's no work at the plant because outside buyers are offering high prices to fishermen. Syd Hounsell is a Plant worker in Wareham. He joins us on phone.

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A new study says more specialists are staying in Nfld and Labrador: We're joined on phone with Memorial University researcher Maria Mathews oversaw the study.

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 CROSSTALK:  We're asking... is there is such as thing as a good death? Our  guests are Carmel Collins, a nurse-practitioner who works in palliative care with Eastern Health and Dr. Susan MacDonald, the medical director of palliative care services.

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 2012

Kaetlyn Osmond.jpgKaetlyn Osmond wins Bronze: Figure Skater Kaetlyn Osmond is only 16 but she skated powerfully well last weekend in Moncton, picking up a bronze medal at the Cdn women's figure skating compeition.  Ramona speaks with her by phone.

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Radio Noon Archives: The Salvation Army plays an important role in the history of Nfld nad Lab. Christine Davies brings us some rare CBC archival tape feature celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Salvation Army in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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CROSSTALK: Today all the talk is about whether it's time to say good-bye to the commercial seal hunt. Our question: Is the seal hunt worth the grief? Ramona's guest is Jim Wellman of The Navigator.http://www.thenavigatormagazine.com/index.asp 

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY JANUARY 23, 2012

Firefighers in Corner Brook edge closer to walking off the job: The Firefighters Union held a news conference todayto say Monday the 30th of January is the strike deadline. Peter Daniels is their union representative. He joins Ramona on Phone.

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Trinity Loop update: The Trinity Loop used to carry passengers from Clarenville to Bonavista and is an important part of the history of the Newfoundland Railway. Stephen Bonnell is trying what's left of it before it's too late.

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CROSSTALK: Is the education system leaving boys behind? Our guest is teacher and author, Michael Reist. His latest book is "Raising Boys in a New Kind of World", and he argues we need to make boys feel better about going to school. Phone in with your opinion.

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2012

William's Harbour, Labrador: For the first time in a few years, it's been a fairly normal winter on the coast of Labrador. Ramona checks in with George Russell by phone.

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CROSSTALK: He's baaaack! Mack Furlong, that is, with another edition of Trivia. In fact, his first of the new year. He'll have questions for you on a diverse number of topics, ranging from pop culture to Nfld & Lab history. And he loves your questions for him.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2012

li-nl-lyubov-orlova-620.jpgRussian ship Lyubov Orlova has finally been sold. Will the crew collect the thousands of dollars in wages owed to them? Gerard Bradbury of the International Transport Workers Federation has been helping the crew all along. We  reached him by phone in Halifax.

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CROSSTALK: St. John's City Councillor Bruce Tilley says we need a lot more education for pedestrians about keeping safe. He's even suggesting the police should ticket those pedestrians who break the rules of the road. Do you agree on that point? He joins us in studio with Ramona.

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 2012

A teenager in St. John's is making a plea for the return of her late great-grandmother's prayer beads: Emily O'keefe is from St. John's and someone stole her prayer beads from the family car on January 8th. Emily was quite close to her late great-grandmother, Louisa. She joins Ramona on phone.

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CROSSTALK: You've heard people on the Burin Peninsula speak up about relatives with Alzheimer's being restrained for up to 15 hours a day because there aren't enough secure units for them. We're asking what you think? Is it acceptable to restrain dementia patients for long periods every day? Ramona's guests both have relatives who've been restrained at times, for their own safety. John Trend is in our CBC Studios in Grand Falls - Windsor and Julie Mitchell joins us on phone from Marystown.

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 2012

scan0001.jpgRADIO NOON ARCHIVES: From the CBC Radio Archives, Christine Davies is here with with more from the late Stephen Hewitt of St. John's, who was one of the first "soldiers" of the Salvation Army in St. John's and an Army band master to boot!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corner Brook firefighters vote to go on strike : Last night 93 per cent of the firefighters rejected a tentative agreement with the City of Corner Brook. Neville Greeley is the Mayor of Corner Brook. He joins us on phone.

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CROSSTALK: Our question is whether we're rushing the Muskrat Falls hydro project. David Vardy is the former chair of the Public Utilties Commission in NL and he says YES. Former Natural Resources minister Shawn Skinner says NO. They are our guest' today. 

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RADIO NOON - Monday January 13, 2012

Homicide in Bonavista Bay: People in Trinity, Bonavista Bay are in shock following a death on the weekend, which has turned into a homicide investigation. We speak with Churence Rogers the Mayor of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity.

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Pellet gun vandalism continues in Corner Brook: There were more incidents over the weekend. A business and a vehicle were targetted and this is proving to be expensive and scary for Corner Brook residents. Ramona speaks with City Councillor Leo Bruce.

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CROSSTALK: With all the sniffling and sneezing, it can be tough to stay healthy at this time of year. Do you use home remedies? What are your tried and true tonics? Are you concocting cures in the kitchen? Our guests are pharmacist Brian Healy and MUN research Professor John Crellin.

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13

MARINE ATLANTIC RATE HIKES: Fares, accommodations and food on board Marine Atlantic are all going up. That means a one-way ticket for a family of four travelling from Port aux Basques will now cost $224.77, up 4% from $209.38 last year. Peter Fenwick owns the Inn At The Cape, http://www.innatthecape.com/ at Cape St. George. He joins Host Maggie Gillis on phone.

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FRIDAY THE 13TH: Ever wonder why Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day of the year. We are joined on phone with MUN Folkore Professor Dr. Philip Hiscock.

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CROSSTALK: We're casting off into the cozy world of knitting today, with the one and only Shirley Scott. She's a top notch knitter and designer, with a passion and enthusiasm that's hard to match. How does knitting benefit you? What do you get out of it...besides a snug new hat or handy homemade Christmas gift? What are you working on right now? 

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY JANUARY 12, 2012

An interview with Jeff Goodyear, who's wife Barbara is waiting for an MRI: The story of a cancer patient from Fortune touched a nerve with another couple.  Sylvia Letournel has colon cancer. She was told she'd have to wait months for an MRI.  But she complained publicly - and now she's getting her MRI today.  Barbara and Jeff Goodyear also had frustrations waiting for an MRI and Letournel's plight prompted them to speak out.  Jeff Goodyear joins us.

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Developer proposes a hydroponic lettuce growing operation: A new condo development, hydroponic lettuce and a laundromat - all three are part of a proposal for 61 Hamilton Avenue in St. John's.  It's an unusual plan - and it caught our attention.  It's Chris Snellen's proposal and he joins us.

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11, 2012

Driver stikes RNC officer: An RNC officer had a close call Tuesday night.  She and her partner had stopped a vehicle in the Tim Horton's parking lot on Portugal Cove Road in St. John's.  But the driver tried to get away and the officer was struck several times.  Constable Suzanne Fitzgerald of the RNC talked with reporters Wednesday morning about the incident.

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Crosstalk: Are we getting too "wimpy" about the weather?

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RADIO NOON TUESDAY - JANUARY 10, 2012

Plantworkers from Marystown and Port Union Protest: Last month, Ocean Choice International announced it's closing the two plants. Today, bus loads of workers showed up at the company's headquarters in Paradise. We are joined by Radio Noon Producer Heather Barrett and then by Protester Myrtle Street who has worked at the Port Union Fish plant for 37 years.

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RADIO NOON ARCHIVES: Christine Davies brings us some fantastic tape from an interview in 1964 with then 100 year old Stephen Hewitt. He recalls his time spent as a fishermen and the "S.S. Greenland" sealing disaster of 1898.

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CROSSTALK: Nfld and Lab already has the highest rate of diabetes in the country. It's estimated that in 10 years, 1 in 3 people here will either have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Our guests today are Endocrinologist Dr. Carol Joyce and Carol Ann Smith of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

RADIO NOON- MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2012

New Dental Program for Adults: Do you qualify for the new dental program for adults? We'll explain how it works.

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A Plant Worker in Port Union tries to figure out what to do Now? A month ago, dozens of people Port Union ran a chain across the front of the fish plant. They were protesting OCI's decision to close it. One of the people there was long-time plant worker Peggy Stagg. At the time, she said she was an optimist, and that she believed the plant would reopen. We've got Peggy Stagg on the line to check back in.

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CROSSTALK: People used to phone each other for chats all the time. But these days there are lots of alternatives, such as texting. And lots of people seem too busy to gab on the telephone. Which leads to our question: Do you still talk on the phone as much as you used to? Our guests are Jan Dymond and Chris Sheppard. One uses the phone all the time. One hardly ever. Pick up the phone and give us a shout!

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY JANUARY 6, 2012

The provincial government is taking a hard line with Ocean Choice International: The company wanted a permanent exemption to ship unprocessed redfish and yellowtail flounder out of the province. Fisheries minister Darin King held a news conference in St. John's this morning and he says the provincial government has no intention of granting such an exemption. Brian Callahan of the Fisheries Broadcast joins us for an update.

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The town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay got a loud and clear message at a public meeting last night: People don't want camps for temporary housing built near residential areas. The town council held a public meeting last night to see if work camps should be allowed to be built in commercial zones. Ramona is joined on phone with Leo Abbass the Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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CROSSTALK: The Provincial Government is refusing grant Ocean Choice International a permanent exemption to ship unprocessed fish out of the province. In return, the company was offering to create more than 1-hundred jobs at its plant in Fortune. What do you think? Did the provincial governmnent make the right decision? We are joined in Studio with Brian Callahan of the Fisheries Broadcast  and Fisheries Minister Darin King.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY JANUARY 5, 2012

Are there foods you can eat to avoid getting Cancer? Jason George is a dietician at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John's. Ramona reached him by Phone.

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There's controversy over a proposed camp for workers in Happy Valley Goose Bay. CBC Reporter John Gaudi speaks with Elizabeth Rice about her concenrs over a proposal to house hundreds of workers in a camp on a Main Drive.

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Crosstalk: Sunshine is at a premium this time of year. Do the short days affect you? They certainly affect Ramona's guest. Ted Jablonski is a family Doctor in Calgary who has Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka the winter blues. He's cycled across Canada to raise awareness about S.A.D., and he's got lots of advice on how to get through this time of year.  We're interested in hearing what's worked for you as well.

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4, 2012

A survey from the Alzheimer Society that shows many people ignore the early signsAlzheimers Society.jpg of dementia.  Shirley Lucas is the executive director of the Society in Nfld and Labrador. Ramona reached her by phone.

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CROSSTALK: Our guest is writer and former broadcaster Winston White, who has a deep love for The Big Land. He's got stories of his own, and he's sure looking forward to yours. We want to hear your stories and questions about Labrador.

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY JANUARY 3, 2012

Radio Noon archives: Christine Davies kicks off the New Year with some terrific seasonal tapeKate Aitkens.jpg from the 1950"s. Kate Aitkens, Canada's homemaking guru of her day.

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An American family stranded in Gander since before Christmas: Greg and Tracey Braddy and their ten children were on a flight that was unexpectedly diverted to Gander last month. They are still there! Ramona reached Greg Braddy by phone to get an update on their situation.

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