March 16, 2011

Host Jeff Gilhooly has the harrowing story of seven-year-old Olivier Prescott's four hour burial in a snow bank. He was playing near his home in Longueuil, Quebec, when a snowplow operator, who didn't see him, dumped a load on the little boy. After his disappearance, police conducted a door to door search, but Olivier's mother insisted her son would not disobey her and wander off. A neighbour started digging around where the boy was last seen, and found him alive. From Vancouver, the story of Jan Berube, an Afghan war veteran whose life was turned upside down by post traumatic stress disorder, and reaction from Japanese students in British Columbia to the earthquake and tsunami that have so devastated their country.

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Part Two

Two nods to those who celebrate St. Patrick's Day tomorrow. First, an interview with Philippe Custeau, a musician in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with a group called "Jake and the Leprechauns". Their quirky, beautifully rendered songs, are gaining notice internationally. From Bell Island, Newfoundland, an interview with Irish Descendant fiddler, Kelly Russell, who has been helping to bring a community radio station to this struggling rural community.  Jeff also has the story of a middle-aged skier from Newfoundland named Shirley Granter-Button who explains there's no age limit on fitness. She just won a silver medal for women aged 50-57 at the Masters World Cup in Cross-Country Skiing in Vernon, British Columbia. Elk are being fed by residents of Prince George, British Columbia, and this worries wildlife authorities.

 

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