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Eastern Townships: February 2014 Archives

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Imagine one day your shoulder or hip suddenly pops out of its socket for no apparent reason. You feel crippling pain all through your body - but no one is able to tell you what's wrong. 
It's a scenario several Quebecers have faced and many are still dealing with. Our Townships reporter Alison Brunette has been speaking with several people across the province who suffer from EDS. Pictured left, Catherine and Robert Sones.
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There are more than seven thousand rare diseases - in many cases they are difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat. In part one, we heard about sisters Catherine and Michelle Sones, who, along with their father Robert, all suffer from EDS. Now, we hear about what happens once a diagnosis is made.

We also find out more about another form of the disease, vascular EDS, and can be fatal. Hear the stories of Gail Ouellette and France-Valérie Roy.
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Since we first broadcast these stories, some listeners reached out to us. Quebec City resident Alisha Nicholson posted a comment on our Facebook page, and Alison got in touch to find out more.

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Stay or Go?

LOW-RES STAY OR GO IMAGE.jpgMore on an exclusive CBC poll "Stay or Go", where we look at what keeps Quebecers here and what drives us to leave. The CBC poll was conducted by Ekos Research, which interviewed 2,020 Quebecers. 
Today, we looked at response from our listeners who are staunchly in the "Stay" category. Among them was a call from David Northcliffe, who lives in Birchton, just outside of Cookshire-Eaton in the Eastern Townships.
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We also hear from two people in the Baie des Chaleurs region: Wendy Dawson and Shino Muraki. We first met Shino Muraki during our special broadcast from Cascapedia-St-Jules in January 2013. You can hear what she had to say about making her life in Caplan, Quebec here.
Have something to say? You can weigh in however you like: on our Facebook page, via Twitter, via email at, or by giving us a call at 418-691-3476.

Robots at Richmond Regional High School

High school students from around the province are getting ready to do battle next month... but don't worry, they won't be duking it out with each other! They're building robots to do the dirty work for them.

It's part of what is called the F.I.R.S.T Robotics competition

Our Eastern Townships reporter Alison Brunette visited the workshop at Richmond Regional High School where a group of students have been building their robot.
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