June 1, 2011

Ted Blades takes us outside on this edition of "The Story from Here" with stories of the many ways Canadians are celebrating this time of year. But first, we meet the Winder family of California who are joined by Quebec cyclists for a sombre bike ride. They return to the scene of the fatal bike crash that killed their father and husband, Bruce Winder, a year ago. A special memorial for Bruce is mounted on the roadside, in the hope motorists will respect all highway users.  Regina tornado hunter Greg Johnson is rethinking a move he planned to make. He was househunting in Joplin, Missouri, until he saw the tornado damage there. Frank Teuton of Pointe Claire just wants to compost in peace, but the municipality won't let him. He'd enjoy living in one of James Buduhan's "Zen" houses. The Manitoba designer has sold his first such house, which is environmentally sustainable, right down to the composting worms kept in a kitchen cupboard.


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Part two

Hear how CBC listeners in Kelowna, British Columbia, helped scientists locate a rare western screech owl. Wildlife biologist Tony Chubbs takes us birdwatching in Happy Valley, Goose Bay. And Crystal Simmons of the Wildlife Rescue Association in British Columbia tells us that a bird's first flight is usually a crash landing, so maybe we should not intervene, because there's usually a protective parent nearby. Rene Baertschi of Venise, Quebec, can barely contain his emotion as he speaks of the many volunteers who are coming to help him reclaim his RV campground from spring floods that have engulfed it. New Brunswick artist Glenn Hall finds inspiration near his off-the-grid cabin, despite the fact suburbia is creeping closer and closer to his front door.

 

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