NS: Information Morning

 
 

NS: Information Morning

Information Morning kick starts the day on mainland Nova Scotia with news, survival information, compelling stories and opinions from all perspectives in the province.

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Christian charity Gospel for Asia sued by Nova Scotia donors for alleged misusing of funds

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Halifax against the Christian charity Gospel for Asia. Donors allege that money raised didn't go where it was supposed to. And that Gospel for Asia "defrauded or made negligent misstatements." CBC Reporter Angela MacIvor has more.

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The shift in taking harrassment complaints more seriously

The women who stepped forward to speak out about Harvey Weinstein may have started the MeToo movement, but it went far beyond their stories. We talk about yesterday's court victory, and what else needs to happen to stop abuse and harassment at work.

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The latest on the Coronavirus

Health officials are still monitoring the spread of the COCID-19 virus. We get the latest from Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed.

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Healthcare Hacks #53: When to turn to your pharmacist for prescriptions

Information Morning's health-care columnist, Mary Jane Hampton, offers advice for patients now that Nova Scotia pharmacists can write prescriptions for certain conditions.

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N.S. woman teaches refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border the joy of photography

For 15 years, Susan Tileston has been teaching photography to people who live in villages near the Thai-Myanmar border. Many of her students are Karen refugees who live in Thailand because they are threatened with persecution.

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Rail blockade effects on NS economy

The RCMP have offered to remove their officers from Wet'suwet'en land, providing hope for a breakthrough in the standoff. Nova Scotians share the economic impacts of the blockages.

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Breakthrough Cystic Fibrosis drugs difficult to access

Chantelle Lindsay died from Cystic Fibrosis on Wednesday morning, after fighting to access a breakthrough medication that's only available in the United States. From lengthy approval times to prohibitive costs; why access to rare disease drugs is still so difficult here in Canada.

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The legality of the Wet'suwet'en protests

Wayne MacKay looks at the legality of the protests gripping the country.

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Early adopter of outgoing MyHealthNS on what's lost without the service

Dr. Michel Chiasson, a rural family physician in Cheticamp, N.S., spoke with host Portia Clark about the province's decision to pull the plug on the digital patient management program at the end of March.

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Support group for parents of gender diverse kids

Navigating parenthood with transgender or gender diverse children can be challenging. We hear about a growing support group on the South Shore that's connecting families and educating the community.

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Healthcare Hacks # 52: Prescription for exercise

Mary Jane Hampton looks at the growing trend to think of exercise as medicine.

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Check twice before renting online

With vacancy rates low, it's prime time for rental scams in Halifax. One man is speaking out after he nearly fell victim to an attractive offer from a distant landlord. The CBC's Erin MacInnis has the details.

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A for Adventure: Rolling with the Lobster Crawl

L is for lobster. Our A for Adventure team tells us about a festival on the South Shore honoring the lobster.

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Aknute'n: The seven sacred teachings of the Mi'kmaq

This week, Information Morning's Mi'kmaw culture columnist, Trevor Sanipass, looks at a fundamental part of Indigenous people's worldview: the Seven Sacred Teachings.

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Atlantic Gold vows to be environmentally responsible

Atlantic Gold responds to concerns that their proposed Cochrane Hill gold mine could harm wild Atlantic salmon. Jim Millard is the company's manager of environment and community.

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Desmond Cole: The Skin We're In

Desmond Cole discusses the persistent problem of racism in Canada, and his new book; The Skin We're In.

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Minister of Lands and Forestry confident N.S. taking right approach with biomass

MIT professor John Sterman told us earlier this week that his research indicates that wood burned for heat or energy generates the same amount or more CO2 than burning fossil fuels. Iain Rankin, Nova Scotia's minister of Lands and Forestry, responds.

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Fighting food insecurity in Nova Scotia

Nick Jannery from Feed Nova Scotia and Mike Davis from Davis Pier tell us about an innovative way to help families who need to stretch their food budgets every month. It involves buying your groceries for the month when you pay your rent...

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A review of the new Viola Desmond play from Viola's sister, Wanda Robson

A review of Neptune Theatre's new Viola Desmond play "Controlled Damage," from her sister Wanda Robson.

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Connecting University of Kings College to the slave trade

University of Kings College did some digging into its past... and found links to slavery. Shirley Tillotson is a professor emeritus of history at the school, and one of the authors of the report.

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Ground breaking salmon video shows fish spawning near proposed gold mine site

A team of photographers have captured endangered Atlantic salmon spawning in a brook that feeds into the St. Mary's River. It's in the same location as a proposed gold mine.

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Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Bernadette Jordan

South Shore MP - and federal Fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan - drops by to talk about salmon farming on the West Coast - and why the rules are different in Nova Scotia. And the gear innovation summit.

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MIT prof says fossil and wood fuels should be replaced by solar energy

In the second part of our interview with Professor John Sterman, he says burning wood for energy or heat accelerates climate change.

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Burning biomass could speed up the climate crisis, warns MIT prof

John Sterman, a professor of management at MIT, says burning wood for heat and energy increases our carbon footprint, even more than coal, oil and natural gas.

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Healthcare Hacks #51: Deciphering pathology reports

A website that helps you to understand the technical information contained in your pathology report.

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Solving the labour shortage at Glen Haven Manor

Many long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia have a hard time finding and keeping continuing care assistants. Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow has found a solution.

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Where the whales are...new research on the Pacific coast that could prevent ship strikes here, in the Gulf of St Lawrence

A researcher in Boston has been studying whale populations in the Pacific. She says the results might help endangered Right Whales here.

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What N.S. can learn from research on the West Coast about whales and ship strikes

Jessica Redfern of New England Aquarium in Boston is looking at changes in shipping traffic in the Pacific Ocean, and mapped the location of whale populations. She spoke with host Portia Clark about her new findings published recently in the scientific journal Frontiers.

Download What N.S. can learn from research on the West Coast about whales and ship strikes
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Halifax library opens photo exhibit dedicated to black fathers

The exhibit at Halifax North Memorial Library is running until the end of February.

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Addressing high rates of HIV for black people in NS

Black people have disproportionately higher rates of HIV and AIDS, but many are not accessing the testing or care that they need. Retired physician David Hawz told us about new efforts to raise awareness around prevention here in Nova Scotia.

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Viola Desmond play premiers at Neptune Theatre

Andrea Scott's "Controlled Damage" opens tonight. Portia Clark spoke with Scott and Viola actress Deborah Castrilli.

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Health Coalition calling on province to release QEII hospital plans

A P3 hospital could be much more expensive for taxpayers than anticipated… but the province hasn’t released the documents it’s using to make decisions on the project.

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Newcomers to Canada share culture and find connection through food

A new project called Taste of the World launched this week in Halifax. It brings together women who are newcomers to Canada, who are unemployed, and feeling isolated in their new homes. Host Portia Clark spoke with organizer Sylvia Gawad and participants Omnia Mohamed and Alphonsine Masika.

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Giving young lobster fishermen a boost into industry

Getting into the lobster fishing business is costly - something that can be prohibitive to new fishermen. The CBC's Paul Withers reports on how the Nova Scotia government is working to alleviate that.

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A for Adventure: Skiing in Cape Breton

Chris Surette and Jan Sebastian LaPierre call in from Cape Breton Island, where they're enjoying the snow... and surf... on their latest adventure!

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Head of Nova Scotia aquaculture association responds to criticism

The head of the aquaculture association of Nova Scotia says there's misinformation out there about open-pen salmon farming. Tom Smith is the Executive Director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia.

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Healthcare Hacks #50: What a recreation therapist can do for you

Mary Jane Hampton looks at what she considers one of the more overlooked health professions: recreation therapy.

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Count Us In plan to address racial inequity

Street checks, inequal opportunities in education and jobs, blantant and subtle discrimination. They are all symptoms of systemic racism that our province is still trying to overcome. The Nova Scotia government has been trying to come up with a way to address race-based inequalities here...with something called Count Us In.

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How a court decision could change hockey

An Ontario man was recently awarded over $700,000 for injuries from a recreational hockey game. According to Information Morning's legal columnist, that decision could change the game forever.

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Aknute'n: Why Mi'kmaw communities hold an auction after a funeral

Information Morning's Mi'kmaw culture columnist, Trevor Sanipass, tells us how community members come together when a friend or family member passes away.

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January 31st marks a historic day in Nova Scotia: Bracing for economic fallout with the closure of Northern Pulp and thoughts from the Pictou Landing First Nation on the return of A'Se'k

Portia speaks with Gary Nowlan, Information Mornings community contact in the town of Pictou. Jill Graham Scanlan, President of the group Friends of the Northumberland Strait. And CBC Reporter Paul Withers interviews Captain Allan Grey. He's the President and CEO of the Halifax Port authority. Portia interviews Tammy Goodwin Scotsburn who is the Executive Director of the YMCA of Pictou County. And we hear from Gerald Battist, who owns a trucking company.

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January 31st marks a historic day in Nova Scotia: Bracing for economic fallout with the closure of Northern Pulp and thoughts from the Pictou Landing First Nation on the return of A'Se'k

In the final part of the show Portia talks to Lorrie Wile. Her and her husband own a trucking company. Plus Premier Stephen McNeil talks about Northern Pulp.

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January 31st marks a historic day in Nova Scotia: Bracing for economic fallout with the closure of Northern Pulp and thoughts from the Pictou Landing First Nation on the return of A'Se'k

In the second hour of Information Morning Portia talks to Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Kyte. Warden of Pictou County Robert Parker and students from the Pictou Landing First Nation. CBC Reporter Nic Meloney spent some time at Pictou Landing First Nation.

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Autism community protesting anti-vax film

A film that many say stigmatizes autistic people will air tonight in Bedford. Alex Kronstein says he's appalled the city is allowing it to happen.

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Aquaculture minister on open-pen fin fish farms

Keith Colwell responds to concerns and protests around new Nova Scotia salmon farm operations.

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Desmond inquiry update

The Desmond Inquiry is underway in Guysborough this week, Brett Ruskin is there and he joined us with an update.

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Digby district council says no to salmon farming

Digby district council voted on whether there should be more fish farms in St. Mary's Bay. David Tudor is on the council.

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Healthcare Hacks #49: Wash your hands!

How often are health-care workers washing their hands? The good news is in Nova Scotia, the rate is pretty high. The bad news ...it's not 100 percent. Mary Jane Hampton tells us why that's crucial, especially with the coronavirus on the march.

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What it is like to live with FASD

Francis Perry, an advocate for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, gives a first-hand account of living with FASD. He didn't get diagnosed until he was 19.

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Our tech columnist explains the risks of Facebook quizzes

Why finding out which Dr. Seuss character you resemble, could leave you vulnerable to fraud. Our tech columnist Nur Zincir-Heywood looks at the downside of taking Facebook quizzes.

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An update on the case of a Halifax woman who says a criminal investigation has been seriously mishandled

Last fall we told about the case of Carrie Low, a Halifax woman who says the criminal investigation into her allegations of abduction and rape has been seriously flawed. Reporter Maggie Rahr gave us an update.

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Not just foresters feeling the impact of Northern Pulp shutdown

Many people in the forestry industry throughout the province are feeling the impact of the Northern Pulp shutdown. Jeff Black told us how truckers are losing business. People who sell forestry equipment are also taking a hit. Jason Monk is the technical sales rep at M-C Power Equipment Ltd in Lower Truro.

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Meet the N.S. born musician who performed at RuPaul's DragCon

ECMA award-winning musician Denique Leblanc rocked the crowd at RuPaul's drag convention in London, England last week.

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Halifax neuropsychologist overwhelmened by number of people seeking FASD diagnosis

Robert McInerney is one of the few people who diagnoses fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Nova Scotia. He says more education and supports are needed for families in the province.

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N.S. parent says province needs more FASD services

Nova Scotia is behind when it comes to supports for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Vicky Morinville shares her experience raising three adopted children with FASD.

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Legal questions around Walmart incident

Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the arrest of a young woman at a Halifax Walmart. Our legal columnist Wayne MacKay talks about some of the issues this case may raise.

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Online shopping? Double check your currency

If you buy online, wear your patriotism on your sleeve and make sure you can see the maple leaf.

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A for Adventure: Get out and enjoy winter

W is for winter. Our A for Adventure team has some ideas to get you out of the house.

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What it means for you that the coronavirus in China can spread between humans

The coronavirus has hit nearly 200 people, killing three, and has spread to Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, told host Portia Clark what you need to know about the virus.

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Former N.S. lieutenant-governor says racial profiling 'alive and well' in the province

A young black woman says she was racially profiled while shopping last week. Our former Lieutenant Governor says it's more common than you might think.

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Beware of gift card scam

Why some local video stores are keeping an eye out for people buying lots of gift cards.

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Why the Honour Song is sacred to the Mi'kmaq 

You may have heard the Mi'kmaq Honour Song at powwows, community events or in classrooms across the province. Information Morning's Mi'kmaq culture columnist, Trevor Sanipass, is here to explain why the song is sacred.

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Councillor says 5 developers ready to build in Halifax's newest heritage district, 'Old South Suburb'

This week, Halifax Regional Municipality approved a plan to designate part of the city's downtown as a heritage district. Schmidtville and Barrington will be joined by the "Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District." Waye Mason, the councillor for the area, joined Portia Clark to talk about that area's future.

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When donors cross the line: Charitable sector grapples with sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement has swept through industry after industry — including entertainment, sports, education, and politics. Now, some people involved in fundraising and non-profits are talking openly about sexual harassment in those sectors.

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Why the tolls continue on the Cobequid Pass

The bill is paid but the tolls remain. CBC reporter Jean Laroche chats about the past, present and future of Nova Scotia's only toll road.

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Cermaq still considering fish farms off Nova Scotia

The fish farming company Cermaq responds to concerns about its proposal to set up salmon farms in St Mary's Bay in Digby County.

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An update on the text-a-tree project

Project creator Julietta Sorensen Kass gives us an update on the Text-a-Tree project in the Halifax Public Gardens.

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Worries about a fish farm in St. Mary's Bay

The seafood company Cermaq wants to set up salmon farms in several locations along Nova Scotia s coast. Some people are opposed to the proposal. We hear their concerns.

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Halifax resident wants regulations for car booting companies

If you've ever had your car booted, you'll understand the frustration of pleading your case to get the boot removed. A Halifax man says regulations need to be in place after he waited over 5 hours for his car to be freed.

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Healthcare Hacks #48: Preventing seniors falls

Falls are a really big hazard for older people and they don't just happen at home. On this week's Health Hack, Mary Jane Hampton talks about preventing falls that happen in hospital.

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Sexism and the stage: Playwright Hannah Moscovitch on finding success in an industry dominated by men

Hannah Moscovitch, one of Canada's most acclaimed and prolific playwrights, spoke with host Portia Clark about working in an industry riddled with sexism.

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The politics of Northern Pulp

Northern Pulp is closing at the end of the month. But it's not necessarily all over for the company. All Nova Scotia political reporter Brian Flynn talks about the next step for the mill and the province.

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Iranian community continues to mourn and wonder why

Two days after the Tehran plane crash that claimed 176 lives, we hear from two members of Halifax's Iranian community.

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Ecology Action Centre reacts to province removing Owls Head from protected plan

The "globally rare" ecosystem on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore was quietly removed from the provincial government's protected parks plan. Karen McKendry, wilderness outreach coordinator at Ecology Action Centre, spoke with host Portia Clark. We also heard from Environment Minister Gordon Wilson.

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Why this Dalhousie professor is boycotting the 2020 AIDS conference

Jacqueline Gahagan, a professor of health promotion at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is joining people from around the world in boycotting the 2020 International AIDS Conference. This year, it's being held in the United States, a place some people think isn't welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community and others who are disproportionately impacted with HIV/AIDS.

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A time of mourning

The CBC's Jack Julian brings us stories about some of the people from Nova Scotia who died on that Ukranian plane crash in Iran.

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Halifax Canadian-Iranian theatre director Shahin Sayadi reflects on US-Iran tensions

Halifax Canadian-Iranian theatre director Shahin Sayadi reflects on US-Iran tensions

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N.S. luxury resort overcharges customers, then ignores them

Watch those credit card bills closely. How several people found unauthorized charges after booking hotel rooms with Oceanside Resort, a luxurious getaway in Musquodoboit Harbour east of Halifax.

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A for Adventure: Seeking silence and solice

Advice on slowing down with nature as your guide.

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A retired pilot says two runways at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport need better landing technology

It's a wake up call. That's the reaction of a retired air pilot after an airplane skids off the runway on landing at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Norm Murnaghan says only two of the airport's four runways have precision landing technology. Murnaghan says ALL of the airport's runways need ILS (Instrument Landing System).

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Forensic sculpting could help solve missing persons cases

A new partnership between a U.S. art school and the RCMP is tackling unsolved missing persons cases.

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Healthcare Hacks #47: Protecting yourself from medical mistakes

Advice on how we can protect ourselves against a common kind of medical mistake.

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Iconic Chester bar for sale to right owner

Looking for a new opportunity? Maybe you'd like to own one of the province's oldest pubs. But you have to pass muster with the current owners first.

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This retired Dal professor's invention is still orbiting earth — 20 years later

The MOPITT — short for Measure of Pollution in the Troposphere — was supposed to be a five-year mission. But much to the surprise of its inventor, James Drummond, it's still sending data down to earth. Drummond is a professor emeritus of physics and atmospheric science at Dalhousie University.

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A boy moves past his horrifying childhood in Guatemala thanks to a family from Nova Scotia who adopted him as a young man.

We met a young man who barely survived his horrific childhood in Guatemala, and the Nova Scotian woman who became his mother. Now they're hoping he'll become a Canadian citizen.

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CAO of Truro reacts to racist incident at Tim Hortons

We follow up with the town of Truro after after our conversation with a Bible Hill resident who experienced racist harassment at a local Tim Hortons

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Do you have a mean punt kick or ground flick? The Halifax Gaels is looking for recruits

Halifax is hosting the Eastern Canadian championships of the Gaelic Athletic Association Games in September. Emma Cullen and Luke Short play for the Halifax Gaels.

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Chewing through the facts and myths about intermittent fasting

For many people, with the start of a new year comes the start of new eating habits, our food columnist gave us the scoop on intermittent fasting.

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Planning for Climate Change in Advocate Harbour

We've been talking about ways that communities are bracing for sea-level rise along the Bay of Fundy. Residents in Advocate Harbour are taking a different approach.

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Healthcare Hacks #46: The Future of NS Health Care

In this week's health hack, Information Morning's health care columnist Mary Jane Hampton has some ideas about what's likely to happen this year in Nova Scotia's health care sector.

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Halifax nursing home goes high-tech to empower residents and free up staff

The CBC's David Burke brings us the story of how new technology is helping staff and residents at Northwood in Halifax, N.S., have fewer injuries, and more independence.

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Texas woman whose family was separated by slavery traces roots to N.S.

Pamela Bailey, an author and creator of the Big Family Search project, is searching and reconnecting with family all over the United States, and she's found branches of her family tree in Nova Scotia.

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Loggers are racing to cut as much as they can before Northen Pulp shuts down

Northern Pulp plans to close its mill at the end of January, but because of the backlog of inventory, the last day to deliver wood to the mill is today.Suppliers spent Christmas frantically cutting to make the deadline, and much of the wood may never make it to the mill. The CBC's Jack Julian spoke to David Meister, a woodlot owner and Information Morning's community contact in New Ross

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Aknute'n: The power and purpose of the smudging ceremony

As Halifax gets ready to host the North American Indigenous Games in July, Information Morning is making some time to get to know the First Nation to inhabit this land. Trevor Sanipass will be our guide over the coming months.

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Premier Stephen McNeil on the closure of Northern Pulp

It's been a weekend of quiet celebration at Pictou Landing First Nation, and anger and anguish for mill and forestry workers. We spoke with Premier Stephen McNeil about what happens next.

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Tips for having a green Christmas from the organizer of Coastal Climate Collective

Melanie MacDonald is a co-administrator of the Facebook group, Coastal Climate Collective, and she's spent the last year doing daily challenges to make her life more environmentally friendly.

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Any Northern Pulp decision will have legal implications for the province

Later this morning Premier Stephen McNeil will announce his decision about the future of the Boat Harbour treatment plant. No matter what the premier decides there could be legal implications. Our legal columnist Wayne MacKay tells us more.

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Court martialed Navy officer speaks out about abuse at Ohio State

A former naval officer tells us how his decision to desert his post was triggered by sexual abuse. Derek De Jong traces his decision to desert his naval post back to an earlier sexual abuse.

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'A very magical experience': Dickens' books come to life in tiny Christmas village

"Dickensville" at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool has been a seasonal attraction in recent years, and now it's a permanent part of the museum's collection. Director Linda Rafuse spoke with Portia Clark about why the tiny festive village draws such big crowds.

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An incident at a Tim Horton's in Truro has one woman speaking up

A woman who lives near Truro says there's racism in the town -- and she says not many people are willing to speak out against it. We speak with Levina Austin.

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Chief Andrea Paul applauds Province's request for more information

Northern Pulp wants to continue to send its effluent to Boat Harbour -- past next month's deadline when the treatment facility must close. Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul and her community have been staunchly opposed to that idea. We get her reaction to yesterday's developments.

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Meet the new boss of Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia has a new music director, the first woman to hold the post.

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Want to join the crew of the Bluenose II? Now's your chance!

The Bluenose II has opened applications for its 2020 crew of deckhands. Responsibilities include sail handling, knot tying, standing watch, steering the ship. Emily Sollows and Devyn Kaizer spoke with Portia Clark about what it's like to be a deckhand.

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Acadian forest threatened by invasive species

Three tree species in Nova Scotia s Acadian forests are in trouble because of invasive insect pests. Staff at Kejimkujik National Park have a plan to help fight one of those insect pests.

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Healthcare Hacks #45: The importance of supporting caregivers

Giving the gift of time and support. In this week's health hack, Mary Jane Hampton talks about a different kind of Christmas present.

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Don Connolly: Farewell Trigger

We lost a part of our family on the weekend. Don Tremaine was the host of Information Morning almost from the beginning of this show. He died at the age of 91.

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Lorraine's Island: Remembering the matriarch of Pictou Island

Lorraine MacMillan grew up on Pictou Island in the Northumberland Strait — and hardly ever left. She died at her home on the island this September at the age of 92. Now the community she quietly shepherded through many changing decades is left wondering what life will be like without her.

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Bioethicist looks at future of CRISPR a year after birth of genetically modified twins

Lulu and Nana are still babies but already they're known around the world. They are the first humans to be born with the help of CRISPR technology. Since then, a number of things have happened that make this kind of birth in the future very unlikely. Francoise Baylis, a research professor of medical ethics at Dalhousie University, explains why.

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Task force to look into racism in hockey

Hockey Nova Scotia has created a task force to deal with incidents of racism. We speak with Levi Denny a member of that task force.

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Healthcare Hacks #44: Stopping antibiotic overdose

It's been said before, but worth repeating; don't take antibiotics unless you have to. Mary Jane Hampton tells us why.

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These 3 Nova Scotia municipalities want a moratorium on clearcutting

More municipalities are asking the province to stop logging on crown land in their communities. The towns of Lockeport and Shelburne plus Shelburne County are all calling on a halt to industrial forestry.

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IWK says staff does everything it can to provide breastfeeding

People don't know as much as they think about breastfeeding. We ask what the IWK is doing to educate them, and help mother and babies who are struggling to do it.

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Introducing Akinute'n: Meet Information Morning's new Mi'kmaq culture columnist

As Halifax gets ready to host the North American Indigenous Games in July, Information Morning is making some time to get to know the First Nation to inhabit this land. Trevor Sanipass will be our guide over the coming months.

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Automakers not required to report vehicle fires

Imagine driving down the highway and your vehicle catches fire. It's happened to several drivers and the companies don't have to report it. CBC Consumer Reporter Yvonne Colbert has the details.

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Red scarves mark new way to commemorate the Halifax explosion for families of victims

We spoke to author Marilyn Elliott about why there will be a number of people wearing red scarves at Halifax Explosion events today.

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Adoption rights advocate unhappy with province's survey on access to adoption records

In March, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan announced the department would begin consultations on whether to open up adoption records. Those consultations have now taken the form of an online survey. But many adoption rights advocates, such as Mike Slayter, are unhappy with it.

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Nova Scotians don't know as much about breastfeeding as we think we do

Never let the facts get in the way of a good opinion. A researcher at Mount Saint Vincent says Nova Scotians don't know very much about breastfeeding - though we think we do.

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Murder charge in Cassidy Bernard's death brings hope to her family

We get reaction to the laying of charges in the death of Cassidy Bernard. Annie Bernard-Daisley is Cassidy's cousin.

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Chef Michael Howell pays tribute to Leo Christakos

Leo was a much-loved champion of Nova Scotia's slow food movement. Leo Christakos died on December 1, 2019. He was 59.

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Staff at federal correctional facilities sounding the alarm

The union that represents parole officers says cuts to staffing and programming could put workers and the public at risk. They're calling for immediate action from the federal government.

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A look at an arrest in the Montreal subway, and what it means for all Canadians

A Supreme Court ruling involving a woman on an escalator, and the police officer who ordered her to hold the handrail. Our legal columnist Wayne MacKay tells us why that case has implications for all of us.

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Why this professor says a real apology is about more than just saying sorry

Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella issued a historic apology to the African Nova Scotian community last week for street checks. Amy Thurlow teaches communications at Mount Saint Vincent University, and has looked at what goes into an effective apology.

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New book delves into dark online life of woman who plotted Valentine's Day massacre in Halifax

Texas-based writer Rachel Monroe has written "Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession." One of the stories is about Lindsay Sounvannarth, who is serving a life sentence for her part in a thwarted mass shooting at the Halifax Shopping Centre in 2015.

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Healthcare Hacks #43: Doing our part to fight opioid crisis

Opioid addiction affects millions. Our healthcare columnist Mary Jane Hampton looks at what regular people can do to help mitigate the opioid crisis.

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Black doulas hope to guide expectant parents through childbirth

The non-profit Women's Wellness Within launched a program to provide doula training for black women on the weekend. The three-day course prepares participants to begin working and volunteering as birth doulas. The CBC's Elizabeth McMillan spoke with Barb Hamilton-Hinch, who co-chairs Promoting Leadership for African Nova Scotians in Health, and Kilah Rolle who works in marketing and PR and is now a trained doula.

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Halifax council creates first Women's Advisory Committee to get more female voices in municipal politics

Guest host Preston Mulligan spoke with District 4 Councillor, Lorelei Nicoll, who is spearheading the initiative, and Halifax's new Deputy Mayor, Lisa Blackburn.

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The impact of police officers breaking the law

Breaking the law instead of upholding it. Several Halifax police officers have been accused of crimes during the last few years. The CBC's David Burke looks at how that affects public trust in the force.

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‘I just don’t understand it’: What locally owned small businesses think of Black Friday

As the big box stores welcome hordes of shoppers on Black Friday, we checked in with 2 smaller, locally owned businesses to see what the day means for them. Kurt Bulger is the owner of Jennifer's of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden, and Mark Smith owns Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique.

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Unique inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children may bring significant change

The Restorative Inquiry on the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children released its final report on Thursday.

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Not raking leaves is good for insects — but that also means ticks 

Vett Lloyd, a biology professor in the tick lab at Mount Allison University, told Information Morning how to keep leaf litter that's good for declining insect populations — without putting yourself at risk

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Halifax District RCMP Commander addresses questions about how the force is repairing its relationship with the African Nova Scotian community

Chief Superintendant Janis Gray of the RCMP responds to the Wortley report

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