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The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

Designed to ease Calgary commuters' transitions from the end of the workday back to their families, The Homestretch offers an entertaining and lively blend of news and information.

  • 05:45
    The Alberta government has announced new support to help fight whats being called an opioid crisis in Lethbridge. The city will get a new $11M housing complex for homeless adults with substance abuse issues. Another $1.6M will mean 30 new intox spaces in the city. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips made the announcement today. Chris Spearman is the mayor of Lethbridge and joined host Doug Dirks on the phone.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 05:34
    Alarms have been raised for years about an over-stressed ambulance system in Alberta and today the province announced a funding boost. It's spending $29M for additional ambulances and another 100 paramedics. Michael Hennig is with the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, the union that represents paramedics.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 09:11
    Two of Canada's most decorated luge athletes will officially slide into retirement this weekend. Alex Gough and Sam Edney will say farewell at this weekend's world cup luge event at Winsport. They represented Canada internationally for years with their careers both culminating in an emotional silver medal performance at the 2018 Olympics as members of Canada's mixed relay team. They both joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 07:12
    The CP Holiday Train is rolling through southern Alberta as we speak. It's been travelling across the country, collecting donations for local food banks and is scheduled to arrive in Medicine Hat Friday afternoon. Musicians Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott are riding the train in this province, getting ready to jump off and perform at the different stops. Host Doug Dirks caught up with Kelly earlier today.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 07:39
    There are a lot of things people get passionate about this time of year. Traditions are one. Presents are another. And food is definitely near the top of the list when it comes to things people look-forward to -- and get passionate about around the holidays. With that in mind, our Homestretch director Tracy Fuller joins me in studio with an idea she baked-up this week.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 12:14
    Our house wine sommelier Laurie MacKay generously donated a three litre bottle of Taittinger Reserve Brut Champagne NV to our 2018 CBC Calgary Food Bank Drive, which started today. Our goal is to reach $1M by December 20, 2018. The champagne magnum went to the first person who arrived at CBC Calgary with a $500 donation to the food bank. In honour of that donation, we sampled a mini version of the champagne. Laurie guides host Doug Dirks through a tasting.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 08:31
    It's that time of year when family is top of mind, music is everywhere and people are thinking about sharing and giving -- in ways that leave a lasting impression. It's fitting, then, that East-coast singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett is in town for a show with his dad, Bill Plaskett. Joel credits his father as one of his earliest musical influences and has gone on to earn dozens of awards and nominations over the years -- from the Juno's to the Polaris Prize to the East Coast Music Awards. Last year, Joel and Bill released their first album as a duo, called 'Solidarity' and before they hit the stage at the Bella tonight, Bill and Joel Plaskett joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Dec 7, 2018
  • 09:15
    Bottle pickers don't always get a lot of love in Calgary. But there's more to the people salvaging bottles and cans from back alleys than meets the eye. Nigel Kirk is a former bottle-picker. He wanted to share the stories and experiences of his community, so he teamed up with Downstage Theatre and project coordinator Lara Schmitz and created 'The Bottle Picker Monologues.' The show will be performed -- with a Christmas FLARE -- on December 13th at the New Central Library. Nigel and Lara joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Dec 6, 2018
  • 05:28
    Alberta's economy is sometimes described as a roller-coaster. Back in 2015 and 2016 we plunged into a recession, the worst in a generation. In 2017, we started to climb back up marking the beginning of a recovery. But now it seems like we're hitting a bit of a flat spot. The CBC's Robson Fletcher has been crunching the latest numbers and he joined host Doug Dirks in studio to tell us what it all means.
    Dec 6, 2018
  • 06:18
    It's a dream that's closer to coming true for Calgary soccer player Kyle Steenstra. The 15-year-old is the only Albertan this year invited to train in Spain with Real Madrid - one of the best soccer teams in the world. Ewan Fisher is his coach in Calgary. They both joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Dec 6, 2018
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