This Old Town
We're heading to Newfoundland this morning as part of our project, Shift. Newfoundland and Labrador -- along with Nova Scotia -- has the oldest average population in Canada.
More people die every year than are born. The population shift is most extreme in rural Newfoundland. And that's where the CBC's Heather Barrett is taking us this morning. Her documentary is called This Old Town.
Artist: "Mississippi" John Hurt
Cd: "Mississippi" John Hurt: Make Me a Pallet
Cut: Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
Centenarian: Estelle Bulger
People over the age of 100 are the fastest growing demographic in Canada. And as part of our project Shift, we are seeking out Canadian Centenarians. Estelle Bulger is 101. She grew up in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island. And she was the first female barber in PEI.
In the 1920s, a barbershop was deemed to be no place for a woman. But Estelle Bulger didn't let that stop her. Mitch Cormier, the Host of Island Morning, CBC Radio's local morning show, Island Morning in PEI spoke to Estelle Bulger about her career as a barber. We aired an excerpt.
Estelle Bulger retired from the barbershop at the age of 87. She lives on her own, shops for groceries every week and walks her dog a couple of times a day.
If you know a centenarian or you are one, contact us and tell us your story.
Last Word - Melting Ice Promo
We ended this morning with a preview of a documentary that will be on The Current in the days ahead. Alanna Mitchell is a well-known environmental writer who has been on this program several times. She traveled to the Antarctic with a group called Students on Ice to see the effects of climate change on the glaciers, oceans and wildlife. We asked Alanna to record her thoughts as the trip progressed. And she has prepared a documentary called Melting Ice. We aired an excerpt from it.
Other segments from today's show: