CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

February 2012 Archives

RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Government is cutting over a million dollars in funding to the FFAW: Calvin Letto is an inshore fisherman in Lanse au Clair, Labrador. Ramona reached him by phone.

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Radio Noon Archives: Almost 65 years ago to this day, anti-confederate Peter Cashin gave a speech that led to a libel suit against him. Our archival whizz Christine Davies features an excerpt from that speech.

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Our question for you today: are you getting too many calls from telemarketers? Our guest has lots of expertise on what's allowed and what's not, and what you can do to cut down on unsolicited and unwanted telemarketer calls. He's John Lawford of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Radio Noon - Tuesday February 28, 2102

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nl-placentia-bridge-2006fil.jpgAn inspector has declared the lift-bridge in Placentia unsafe for vehicles over 13-thousand kilograms. Ramona is joined on phone with Jane Hynes, owner of the Three Sisters Pub and Restaurant in Placentia.

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The Ceiling collapsed at William Gillett Academy in Charlottetown, Labrador on Monday. We are joined on phone with students Garreth Kippenhuck who is in Grade 12 and Evan Powell who is in Grade 5.

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Crosstalk: Did you see the program CBC Marketplace did on the cost of eyeware? (http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/) What do you think? Are you paying too much for glasses? Ramona's guest is community activist Marie White.

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2012

Snowmobilers rescued - A lucky break saved the day for a couple of snowmobilers on the weekend.  They got separated from their group when a storm came up - but a short break in the weather made all the difference.  Gerry Clarke is a volunteer with the with Ground Search and Rescue for Stephenville, Kippens and Port au Port.

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Moose detection system still not working - Tom Hedderson speaks with Ramona about the status of the moose detection system outside Grand Falls.

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CROSSTALK - Arthritis: Rheumatologist Sean Hamilton and Brenda Kitchen, the executive director of the Arthritis Society in Nfld and Lab.

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Radio Noon - Wednesday February 22, 2012

A family of four are left homeless after dryer lint catches fire. Fabian St. Croix is the fire chief for the Witless Bay Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the call. He speaks on phone with Ramona Dearing.

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The provincial government is trying to reduce wait times in emergency departments and for joint replacement surgeries. This morning Health Minister Susan Sullivan spoke with reporters about the bottlenecks in the system and some of the ways they hope to address it. Here's part of what she had to say.

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Crosstalk. Are too many able-bodied people taking disabled parking spots? Ramona's guests are Cecilia Carroll of the Independent Living Resource Centre and Michelle Murdoch of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilties. What are you seeing? 

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Radio Noon - Tuesday February 21, 2012

The experimental moose detection system near Grand Falls-Windsor still is not working. To find out more, Ramona speaks with Eugene Nippard, a founding member of the Save Our People Action Committee - the group that pushed for the detection system.

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Almost a hundred years ago to the day, the SS Florizel went aground off Cappahayden, taking more than 90 people with it. Christine Davies brings you archival tape of one of the rescuers.

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Crosstalk: Municipalities want more money from the province, including the possibility of an extra percentage on income tax, or the HST. Do you support their call? Ramona’s guests are St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and Churence Rogers of Municipalities NL .

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Radio Noon - Monday February 20, 2012

In light of the finanicial crisis in Europe, members of the local Greek community worry about their relatives living away. Ramona speaks with John Kufudi, a local businessman and president of the Greek Community of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Archdeacon Francis Buckle was a proud son of Labrador. As he’s laid to rest, his friend and protoge Chesley Lethbridge remembers his work.

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Crosstalk: In the wake of the Burton Winters tragedy, should Labrador have its own dedicated search and rescue squadron? Our guests were Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds, and St. John’s East MP Jack Harris.

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Radio Noon - Friday February 17, 2012

Burton Winters, the boy no one can stop thinking about: The reaction to the the loss of Burton Winters contimues to resonate throughout Labrador and the country. Ramona speaks on phone with Jan Dymond of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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Muslim Students' Association at Memorial University will hold a fundraiser for the people of Syria: It takes place this Sunday. We are joined in studio with Kaif Khan is the vice-president of the Association.

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Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the Truxton and Pollux disaster:  From our Archives we are replaying an interview with Gus Etchegary on how that day one of the American sailors died in his arms.

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Crosstalk: Bill C-30 would give police the right to get information from your telecommunications company, including your e-mail address, IP address and phone numbers. Here's our question for you: Should the police be able to track what you do on-line without a warrant? Ramona's guest is NL Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring.

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2012

How to keep your basement free of mold: Lots of people on the Avalon had big basement cleanups after this weekend's flooding. Now more heavy rain is in the forecast. We've reached Le Doan, a consultant with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Moncton.

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tommy hunter.jpgCrosstalk:Canada's Country Gentleman, Tommy Hunter is our guest today. Join us for a memorable crosstalk. We hope you enjoy it.

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Radio Noon - Wednesday February 15, 2012

Students at Gonzaga High School held their annual Ocean Ranger Memorial service: St. Pius the Tenth Church was jammed with people. 84 candles flickered away at the front of the church. This is what the service sounded like.

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Susan Dodd, who lost a brother on the Ocean Ranger has just written a book about the disaster: It's called, "The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil". Susan Dodd joins host ramona dearing in studio.

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Crosstalk: It's been 30 years since the Ocean Ranger went down, taking 84 men with it. Our question for you is whether the disaster still matters. In studio with Ramona, former CBC national radio reporter, John Calver.

Radio Noon - Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Radio Noon Archives: Christine Davies has some archival tape to mark the 30th anniversary of the Ocean Ranger disaster.

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Crosstalk: What's the key to a good relationship? Listening skills? A willingness to take on household duties? Or those little surprises, such as chocolate and flowers? Ramona's guest is the one and only Marg Kearney.

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Radio Noon - Monday February 13, 2012

li-feb-storm-460.jpgPeople in the St. John's area are mopping up. Residents were pummelled  was 65 millimetres of rain driven by 95 kilometres winds. Drivers are already noticing the big potholes that opened up and the spots where road shoulders washed away. A lot of people are going to be dealing with the aftermath of flood damage for a long time.  Craig Langille is the owner of Winmar - St. John's and he has had a lot of calls for help. He joins us on phone.

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An off-duty volunteer firefighter is being hailed as a hero.  Robert Doyle is a volunteer fire chief who happenned to be in the right place at the right time early Sunday morning. To fill us in we are joined on phone with Don Byrne, who is the Shift Supertendant with the St. John's Regional Fire Department.

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Crosstalk: On our crosstalk phone-in today we're taking a closer look at living in a "have" province. New subdivisions, more traffic, higher rents. Those are just a few of the changes that go along with a booming economy. Has prosperity changed St. John's? Our guests are actor and writer Greg Malone and businesswoman Nikki Temple.

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2012

hi-makkovik-protest-20120210-2col.jpgThe Parents of 14 year-old Burton Winters speak publicly for the first time. As well, Kathy Dunderdale on the death of 14 year-old Burton Winters and Search and Rescue's response.

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The debate over Muskrat Falls will be back in the spotlight next week. On Monday, public hearings on the hydro-electric development start in St. John's. The Public Utilities Board will hear presentations from Nalcor and Manitoba Hydro. So who's there representing our interests? That job falls to consumer advocate Tom Johnson, a lawyer appointed by government to look out for ratepayers.

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CROSSTALK: I'm Maggie Gillis sitting in for Ramona Dearing. Canada Reads is over and Radio Noon is back to its' regular time today. This is Trivia day with our very own trivia treasure Mack Furlong. 

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9,2012

PEYTONBIO-thumb-115x115-169612.jpgGander Native Brad Peyton has a big-budget Hollywood movie opening tomorrow: Brad Peyton has taken his career all the way from Gander to Hollywood. It started with his short film Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl. It got noticed by Tom Hanks and now he's the director behind a big budget adventure film, Journey 2 Mysterious Island. Host maggie Gillis reached Brad by phone. http://www.themysteriousisland.com/

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There's labour strife at Ocean Choice International: FFAW members were locked out earlier this week and now replacement workers are aboard the off-shore trawler the Newfoundland Lynx. What do you make of the labour situation at OCI? Is the use of replacement workers just part of doing business or should there be anti-scab legislation?

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2012

CARP-Hands-Off-OAS-540.jpgLabour rally to "Tell Harper: Hands off OAS: Host Maggie Gillis speaks on phone with Karen White, President of the St. John's and District Labour Council and one of the organizers of tomorrow's protest rally. http://www.carp.ca/category/advocacy/campaigns/hands-off-oas/ 

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CROSSTALK: The student sprayed with Febreeze in Twillingate has made national news. Today we're asking is it parental over-reaction or did the teacher go too far? Our guests are David Pretty and Denise Pike. They're both parents and also members of the Federation of School Councils. What do you think? 

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RADIO NOON - TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Thumbnail image for li-gfw-fire-20120207.jpgExplosions litter the sky in Grand Falls - Windsor. Flames completely destroyed A and R Trailer Repair on Duggan Street. It was a tricky fire to fight, as explosions littered the sky throughout the morning. We speak on phone with Vince Mackenzie the Fire Chief in Grand Falls - Windsor.

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CROSSTALK: We're well into snow storm season and slippery roads go along with the territory. But after a year-long debate, the province has decided AGAINST making snow tires mandatory. We're wondering if you agree. Host Maggie Gillis' guest is Lloyd Hobbs, Manager of Traffic Safety with Safety Services Newfoundland and Labrador. Should winter tires be mandatory?

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RADIO NOON - MONDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2012

li-blockade-bay-roberts-20120206.jpgUnionized trawler workers hold the line at the wharf in Bay Roberts:  Roland Hedderson is the staff representative for the Fish Food and Allied Workers' in Bay Roberts. Host Maggie Gillis reached him by phone for an update on Locked out FFAW employees.

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CROSSTALK: Radio Noon starts half an hour later this week due to the Canada Reads feature with Jian Gomeshi. Today we've decided to run our own Newfoundland and Labrador Reads. Guest host Maggie Gillis will be joined by Darrell Squires, the Assistant Manager of public libraries for western Newfoundland. We want to know what fiction or non-fiction books YOU would put on a Newfoundland and Labrador Reads list?

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RADIO NOON - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2012

Eastern School District cafeteria workers could go on strike right now: Chartwells  provides cafeteria service to about 40 schools in the Eastern School District. They've been trying to work out a new contract with their workers. The workers have voted 93 per cent in favour of going on strike. They could have legally walked off the job today but chose not to. Ed White is the national rep. for CUPE Local 4885. Brian Callahan reached him by phone.

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A Canadian company plans to run fibre-optic cable from Clarenville Iqaluit: It's the first leg of an ambitious plan by Artic Fibre to bring high-speed internet to Canada's North. It could mean big changes in Nain and Voisey's Bay. Doug Cunningham is the President of Arctic Fibre. Ramona reached him by phone.

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CROSSTALK: There's no grey area with this question: do you love winter? If you don't, fair enough. But our guests love to get outside at this time of year. They are Carolyn Staple, who makes igloos and has tried all sorts of winter activities including kite-skiing. Also, Roxanne Notley, who loves a good boil up.  Call in, with guest host Brian Callahan!

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RADIO NOON - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2012

DSCN4360.JPGMHA for Torngat Mountains questions why a military search and rescue helicopter didn't join the search until Tuesday:  On Sunday evening a 14-year old boy went missing on a snowmobile. On Wednesday, searchers found his machine, and later, his body. Randy Edmunds is the MHA for Torngat Mountains. He joins us in studio by phone.

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CROSSTALK: The report from Manitoba Hydro is out, saying Muskrat Falls is the cheapest source of power for Nfld and Lab, but with the caveat that more information is needed, and that the cost overruns could be significant. Should we go ahead and develop Muskrat Falls? Ramona's guest is Nalcor CEO Ed Martin.

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RADIO NOON - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2012

Suzanne Woolridge.jpgCBC Producer and Arts reporter Suzanne Woolridge died yesterday: Today on the show, we celebrate the accomplishments of one of the bright lights here at CBC. Suzanne Woolridge passed away last night and today the arts community is remembering her contribution. We are joined in Studio with Amy House and Sandy Morris.

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Manitoba Hydro gives a cautious thumb's up to the Muskrat Falls project: Manitoba Hydro's report on Muskrat Falls has just been released.The report concludes that the Labrador link is a lower cost option than other alternatives. BUT Manitoba Hydro's endorsement comes with some words of caution. CBC Reporter David Cochrane caught up with Kathy Dunderdale this morning at Memorial University.

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CROSSTALK: There's a debate over the value of early detection of prostate cancer. That's just one of the many questions you can put to our experts: Darrell Yetman of the Prostate Cancer Awareness Network, as well as urologist Christopher French and radiation oncologist Jinka Sathya. 

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