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Crosstalk - Royal Wedding

Today on the show, we’re talking about the big event of the day. The marriage of Prince William and Kate, who is now the Duchess of Cambridge. We want to know your thoughts on the royal wedding. Did you watch it? What did you think of the dress? What about all those hats? What do you think the wedding means for the public perception of the royal family? Our guests on the show got up very early this morning: Barbara Young and Lorraine McGrath.

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Turner Report - Captain Mark Turner

The report into how prepared we are for an oil disaster off the coast of Nfld and Labrador is out. And it’s calling for significant changes. Everything from a more transparent Canada Nfld Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. To a recommendation that offshore regulators have contingency plans in the event of a blowout like we saw in the Gulf of Mexico last year. And a recommendation that we look at burning oil if there is a major spill. The provincial government appointed Captain Mark Turner to write the report.

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Adams Memorial - Andrew Brown

A memorial ceremony was held today on the Trans-Canada Highway. It was for 18-year old Danika Adams. She died last year near the Avondale Access road as a result of a moose vehicle collision. Our reporter Andrew Brown was there.

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Dare To Dance - Terry French

There’s a challenge on called “Dare to Dance”. And the challenge from “Dance Newfoundland and Labrador” is to dance for 5 minutes at some point during the day. Which got us wondering what Culture Minister Terry French will be shuffling his feet to.

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Crosstalk - Youth Vote

During the 2008 election, voter turn out across the country was the lowest ever, at 59 per cent. And here in Nfld and Labrador, it was even lower, at 48 per cent. In fact, historically, people in Nfld and Labrador have had some of the lowest turnouts in the country. There’s been lots of talk during the campaign about getting the vote out. Today on Crosstalk, we’re asking if Canadians take voting for granted. There is encouraging news: The advance polls—both nationally and provincially—showed much higher turnout than in the last federal election. And there’s hope that social media will encourage young people to get out and vote. Some students are getting involved in vote mobs. Jessica McCormack organized one in St. John’s. She’s in the incoming chair of the Cdn Federation of Students in Nfld and Labrador. And Remzi Cej, who has a keen interest in getting the vote out for a few reasons: One being that he lived in Kosovo during the war, and saw people deprived of their right to vote, and he’s a policy analyst with the provincial government on the issue of youth engagement. And also because he’s long had a long interest in human rights.Do Canadians take voting for granted.

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Michael Hlinka - Tim Horton's

Our business columnist Michael Hlinka is a coffee drinker and a donut lover. And he’s also come across some information on how much money a Tim Horton’s franchisee will make.

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Impaired Transport Driver - RCMP Sgt. Mike Ouellette

Just before midnight last night a tractor trailer went off the road near Butterpot Park. The truck was heading east, and ended up in the median. When police arrived the driver was still on the scene. The 42-year old man said he swerved to avoid a moose. But he subsequently failed a breathalyzer. Sgt Mike Ouellette is with the Holyrood Detachment of the RCMP.

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Oceanex- Corner Brook Reaction

Oceanex has stopped shipping goods in and out of Corner Brook for at least the rest of the summer. The company says the amount of goods it’s bringing into port have dropped by thirty per cent. And that exports are down seventy per cent. What will happen instead is that goods will go to the Oceanex facility in St. John’s, and then be trucked to Corner Brook. Oceanex says it will actually mean beter service, as those trucks will be on the road every single day, instead of the once-weekly shipment into Corner Book. Keith Goulding is the president of the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.

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Crosstalk - Books for Young Readers

Today on the show, we’re talking about great books for young people. All the way from picture books to teen novels, and everything in between. We’re looking for your recommendations. And my guests can offer up some of their own. They’re both with the Nfld and Labrador Public Libraries. Melissa Feaver is in our studio in Corner Brook. She specializes in teen fiction. And children’s librarian Beth Maddigan is here in St. John’s. They’ve brought some books to give away. And they’re looking forward to hearing your suggestions for really good books for young people. And of course they can offer up some of their own.

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Tire Recycling - Leigh Puddister

Last week came news that the MMSB has a plan to get rid of the stockpile of almost 2-million used tires in Dunville. They’ll go to two cement companies in Quebec, where they’ll be burned as a source of fuel for the plants. But now another recycler in New Brunswick is speaking out. Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation says it wanted our tires. And that it would have turned them into roofing shingles instead of burning them. Leigh Puddester is the Chair and CEO of the MMSB.

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Green Party Candidates - Tanya Gutmanis, Robert Miller

Pundits and polls have everything from the NDP surging, to the Conservatives inching towards majority territory and the Liberals holding steady. But there’s another national party with full slate of candidates running in this province. Although they haven’t had much attention. And that is the Green Party of Canada. Robert Miller is running in St. John’s East. Tanya Gutmanis (GET-manis) is running Random-Burin-St. George’s.

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Crosstalk / BIRDING

Today on the show, we’re talking about birds and birding. We want to know if you’ve seen anything interesting. There have been some unusual visitors already this year. And Jared Clarke is here to tell you about some of them. He can also answer questions about local birds. And we’ve also got some birdsongs to try on you. We’ll play them, and you can phone in and tell us what you’re hearing. Crosstalk goes to the birds today! Phone in your questions and stories.

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Bell Island Fuel Line Cut / Corp. Trevor O'Keefe

A fuel line at a Convenience store was cut on Bell Island this weekend. 950 Litres of oil spilled onto the ground and into the basement of the building and the RCMP say this was no accident. Corporal Trevor O’Keefe is the RCMP Bell Island Detachment Commander. He joins me on the phone now.

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Cancer Funding / Karen Young

There are four types of cancers in Canada that desperately need more research funding. That’s according to a Toronto based non-profit group that analyses charities. The group is called Charity Intelligience. It says pancreatic, stomach, lung and colorectal cancers are underfunded relative to the number of deaths they cause. Karen Young is a Cancer Research Analyst with Charity Intelligience. She’s on the line from Toronto.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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