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Radio Noon - January 14, 2011

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Yesterday's cabinet shuffle put a new woman in charge of Child, Youth and Family Services...Joan Burke is out, Charlene Johnson is in. One of the big jobs for the new minister is to complete the restructuring of the department. Brian Wentzell is a St. John's lawyer who represents troubled children and their families in court, and he joins me on the line now.
Slushy streets and snowy sidewalks are making things even more difficult for Metrobus riders today. Many have been forced to walk to make their way around town since the strike started over two months ago. Well, some MUN students are getting ready to brave the snowy streets agian today. They're marching to the Confederation Building to present government with a petition calling for an end to the strike. Radio Noon's Roger Samson is at Memorial University, where the marchers are gathering. 
Bullying is a big problem for many young people. Being bullied because of your sexual orientation is especially difficult. Across North America in 2010 media reported a number of young gay people taking their own lives because of bullying. That launched the celebrity video campaign - It'll get better. Comedian Rick Mercer added his voice to that project. Here in St. John's, students at Bishop's college are trying to make a difference. This is Purple week at the school. That's when students show their support against bullying - based on sexual orientation - by wearing purple. Yesterday, the school's gay straight alliance held an awareness rally about anti-gay bullying. And Radio Noon's Andrew Walsh was there.
If you're planning to stop working at the age of 65, you're in the minority. A new poll suggests most of us plan to work into our traditional retirement years. But that can bring an unintended consequence. Here's our business columnist Michael Hlinka.
You lose your job, you get the blues. Your sweetie falls out of love with you, you get the blues. Your dog runs away, you get the blues. Yes it's raw and heartwrenching, But the blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and having fun. Were singing the Blues on the show today...and we've got two of the province's best-known blues musicians in studio to help us do it. Denis Parker and Scott Goudie. Phone in and tell them why you love the blues. Tell us about great shows you've seen. Maybe listening to the blues helped you through a tough spot. Tell us about albums you've got in heavy rotation. Speaking of albums, Dennis and Scott have come bearing gifts...so we have CD's to give away ...