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NS: Mainstreet Halifax

A vibrant blend of top news stories, local weather, traffic reports, comedy, local music, and interviews about politics, science and culture. Tune into Mainstreet on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

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N.S. law profs call on premier to commit to inquiry into April's mass shooting

Elaine Craig and Richard Devlin from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University spoke with host Jeff Douglas about why they issued an open letter to the premier calling for an independent, public inquiry into the mass shooting.

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Gunman's neighbour warned police of his violent behaviour years before mass shooting

Brenda Forbes, a veteran of the Canadian Forces, lived next to the man who murdered 22 people in this province last month. She spoke with host Jeff Douglas about what she witnessed and why she warned the RCMP in 2013. Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, the co-founders of Persons Against Non-State Torture, also spoke with Douglas about why they want a public inquiry into the events and their connection to intimate partner violence.

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Halifax Gay Men's Chorus brings comfort to a province in pain

The group has posted a video online of the 25 members singing "I will always love you." Tim Callahan-Cross, president of the choir, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the project.

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The extensive search for 3-year-old Dylan Ehler in Truro

The CBC's Paul Withers is in Truro for the latest on the search for the boy who went missing Wednesday afternoon. Host Jeff Douglas also spoke with Cathy Hinton, councillor for ward 3 in Truro as well as Serena Lewis, a bereavement, grief and wellness coordinator with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Download The extensive search for 3-year-old Dylan Ehler in Truro
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How to identify if someone in your life is a victim of domestic violence — and what you can do to help

Last month's mass shooting brought the issues of femicide, misogyny and intimate partner violence to the forefront. Johannah May Black, the bystander intervention coordinator at the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about what we should all be looking out for — and what we can do to help.

Download How to identify if someone in your life is a victim of domestic violence — and what you can do to help
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Friend remembers Corrie Ellison as a 'beautiful soul' who always helped others

Ashley Fennel says her friend Corrie Ellison was her hero and a "beautiful soul." Ellison was one of the 22 people killed in last month's mass shooting.

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Saddened but not surprised: The link between mass violence and domestic violence

In the wake of the deadly shooting rampage, Johannah May Black with the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the link between mass violence and misogyny and femicide.

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Part 2: A conversation with Afua Cooper and Sue Goyette about the power of poetry

Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Halifax's incoming poet laureate Sue Goyette and outgoing poet laureate Afua Cooper — plus a poetry cameo by Mainstreet's own Diane Paquette.

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Part 1: A conversation with Afua Cooper and Sue Goyette about the power of poetry

Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Halifax's incoming poet laureate Sue Goyette and outgoing poet laureate Afua Cooper.

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Nova Scotia's mass shooting started with domestic violence. Why this advocate says we have to talk about it

Cheryl MacIsaac, the program coordinator with Adsum for Women and Children, spoke with Mainstreet's Diane Paquette about the mass shootings connection to domestic violence.

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Friends remember 2-time cancer survivor Gina Goulet for her kindness and joy

Gina Goulet was a mom, a two-time cancer survivor and a lover of music, dancing and travel. The 54-year-old was killed on Sunday during the mass shooting that began in Portapique, N.S. Host Jeff Douglas spoke with her friends, Karen Dean, Gail Huybers and Ashley Ballam.

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RCMP expert weighs in on police decision not to issue emergency alert during mass shooting

Author Paul Palango has written extensively about problems within the RCMP in three books. He spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the force's move not to issue an emergency alert, a decision that's been criticized by many.

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Hear author Sheree Fitch read her poem, 'Because We Love, We Cry'

Author and poet Sheree Fitch, who lives in River John, N.S., spoke with host Jeff Douglas about grief and why she was compelled to write a new poem this week called, 'Because We Love, We Cry.'

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'The light in the room': Colleague remembers Lisa McCully

Lisa McCully, a mother of two and a teacher at Debert Elementary School, was among those killed in this weekend's shootings in rural Nova Scotia. Gina Barrett White, a friend and fellow educator, shared some of her memories with host Jeff Douglas.

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How to talk to kids about the N.S. shootings

Stan Kutcher, a former director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy, says it's important for children to feel safe, validated and reassured during these difficult and uncertain times. Those who need someone to talk with can call the province's toll-free Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167 and the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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Jason Spurrell on the legacy of Menz and Mollyz

Menz and Mollyz on Gottingen Street in Halifax has not only been a nightclub for many people in the queer community, it has been their refuge. Now, it has closed permanently.

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Dr. Lisa Barrett looks at what COVID-19 projections can tell us — and what they can't

Federal health officials project the country could see between 11,000 and 22,000 deaths over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help put these numbers in perspective, host Jeff Douglas was once again joined by Dr. Lisa Barrett, an assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Dalhousie University.

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Small business owner has big concerns with the province's rent deferral program

Malcolm Norton, owner of Thumpers in downtown Halifax, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about surviving Dorian and his concerns with the rent deferral program.

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Without resources, Nova Scotia's homeless are more at risk for COVID-19

Cindy MacIsaac with Direction 180 spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the challenges that shelters face in ensuring people are protected from COVID-19.

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Global Voices: Paris, Cyprus and Spain

Host Jeff Douglas is speaking with people from all around the world about how they're coping with COVID-19. In this instalment, he spoke with Erica Sand, a Canadian expat living in Paris, Christina Makrides who lives in Cyprus and Kyle Millar in Madrid, Spain.

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Global Voices: Colombia, London and Sweden

Host Jeff Douglas is speaking with people from all around the world about how they're coping with COVID-19. For his first Global Voices conversation, he spoke with his sister-in-law Paula Diez in Medellin, Colombia, Denise Mordue on the outskirts of London and Robert Arnesen in Sweden.

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Education minister says plan for school year during COVID-19 coming 'very soon'

Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia's minister of Early Education and Childhood Development, responds to calls for more information about what the rest of the school year will look like.

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Grade 12 students anxious for answers about how they'll finish school during COVID-19

Grade 12 students Makye Clayton and Jessica Ambrose joined host Jeff Douglas to talk about the impact the pandemic is having on their school year. Mainstreet also spoke with Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

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This Lunenburg couple tested positive for COVID-19. Now they're urging all recent travellers to self-isolate

Duncan and Pam Crowdis of Lunenburg have been self-isolating at home since they returned from a trip to Texas on March 18. They spoke to host Jeff Douglas about why they're encouraging other Nova Scotians to self-isolate immediately after returning home.

Download This Lunenburg couple tested positive for COVID-19. Now they're urging all recent travellers to self-isolate
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Dr Lisa Barrett takes your calls about COVID-19, the March 20th & 23rd phone-ins combined

Lisa Barrett is an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at Dalhousie University's School of Medicine. She also works with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She speaks with Mainstreet's host Jeff Douglas, and answers questions from Mainstreet listeners.

Download Dr Lisa Barrett takes your calls about COVID-19, the March 20th & 23rd phone-ins combined
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More tips from an infectious disease prof on how to stay safe from COVID-19

Mainstreet's host Jeff Douglas puts your questions about COVID-19 to Dr Lisa Barrett, an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at Dalhousie University's School of Medicine. She also works with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Download More tips from an infectious disease prof on how to stay safe from COVID-19
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Anxieties about grocery shopping, social distancing, and other tips on staying healthy

4 stories... Dr Lisa Barrett addresses concerns about going to grocery stores, about whether playdates with other kids are okay (she says it's better to avoid them!)... then, tips on social distancing... why exercise boosts your immunity... and Diane Paquette finds inspiration in the way some small business owners in Nova Scotia are dealing with COVID-19.

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How is COVID-19 affecting Nova Scotians on Monday, March 16?

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette spoke with a number of Nova Scotians on Monday about how they're coping with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Sickboy podcaster reacts to #boomeremover & assumptions COVID-19 doesn't threaten young people

"Were all going to be affected by this -- this is a community issue," Jeremie Saunders tells Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas. Jeremie is one of the creators of the Sickboy Podcast, and he lives with cystic fibrosis.

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811 delays frustrate some Nova Scotians calling with COVID-19 concerns

A Halifax man who went to Disney World in late February returned to Nova Scotia and promptly got sick. He spoke with host Jeff Douglas about what happened when he tried to call 8-1-1.

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Cancellation of world women's hockey event 'devastating,' says former player

The spread of COVID-19 has derailed this year's World Women's Hockey Championships, which was scheduled for later this month in Halifax and Truro. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette spoke with Shannon MacAulay, a former competitive player in the Canadian Women's Hockey League and an assistant coach of the Dalhousie Tigers women's hockey team.

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SlushFest continues with 4 competitors, 5 crazy carpets, 1 skateboard, and a hill badly lacking snow

In an event that illustrates the futility of trying to plan anything in March, Jeff Douglas, Colleen Jones, Ryan Snodden, and celebrity guest Ben Caplan try to crazy carpet at The Pit in North End Halifax.

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Tips for keeping you and your family safe from COVID-19 this March Break

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette dropped by the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at the IWK in Halifax to talk with Dr. Scott Halperin about his research into COVID-19. 

Download Tips for keeping you and your family safe from COVID-19 this March Break
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'The gift of life': Truro woman receives costly CF drug from parents who lost daughter

Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Nicole Turple about the gift she received from Mark Lindsay, whose daughter Chantelle died of Cystic Fibrosis last month.  

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What can we learn about dealing with COVID-19 from Nova Scotia's response to the Spanish Flu?

Allan Marble, the president of the Medical History Society of Nova Scotia, joined host Jeff Douglas to talk about his research into the Spanish Flu. He gave a lecture to the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society last fall called the Great Influenza Pandemic 1918-1920.

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A conversation with Bay City Rollers lead singer Les McKeown

The Bay City Rollers were once heralded as one of the biggest bands since the Beatles. And nearly 50 years later, the group that sprang from Edinburgh, Scotland is still going. Les McKeown spoke with host Jeff Douglas ahead of the band's concert in Halifax.

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4th annual Halifax Black Film Festival gets going this weekend

Mainstreet's Carsten Knox caught up with two of the filmmakers during their visit to Halifax West High School on Friday.   

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Halifax marathon runner puts dream on hold amid coronavirus cases in Japan

Halifax's Maurice Vienneau spoke with Mainstreet's Diane Paquette about his quest to collect his sixth major marathon medal.

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'A warmer world is a sicker world': Why pandemics affecting marine life are on the rise

With so much of the world's attention on the emergence of the novel coronavirus, we asked our oceans guy, Boris Worm at Dalhousie University, about the possibility of a pandemic affecting marine life.

Download 'A warmer world is a sicker world': Why pandemics affecting marine life are on the rise
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