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    Premier Tim Houston promised to fix health care. He says progress takes time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 19:42


    Premier Tim Houston spoke with host Jeff Douglas about this week's changes to the health-care system and what's next for his government as it tries to tackle the crisis.

    The Health Minister's prescription for improving the speed and effectiveness of emergency care

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 12:08


    Legislature reporter Jean Laroche tells Jeff about the range of initiatives the government is hoping will improve emergency care.

    How virtual care has worked at this Truro ER

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 16:27


    Dr. Jan Sommers, medical lead in emergency at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about how VirtualEmergencyNS works and what it means for patients and health-care providers.

    N.S. youth breathe new life into old clothing as a way to express themselves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 7:37


    Mainstreet's Alex Guye checked back in with youth who are taking part in a 'fashion hacking' program for LGBTQ+ youth and allies at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth.

    Meet 2b theatre's new artist-in-residence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 7:44


    For the next two years, Jackson Fairfax-Perry will be 2b theatre company's emerging artist-in-residence. He's a member of the indie pop group Hillsburn, but what you might not know is that Jackson also works in theatre as a sound designer.

    N.S. business hopes to get more young people of colour involved in the outdoors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 8:40


    A Nova Scotia business called Different Rooute aims to get youth of colour more involved in outdoor activities and spaces. Mainstreet's Alex Guye speaks to founder Fawn Logan-Young about why representation is important.

    Researchers looking for participants for study about cohousing and friendship

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 11:50


    Laura Eramian, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University, studies friendship and wants to know why some people are choosing to buy homes or split rent with their friends.

    Writer and broadcaster Jesse Wente talks about truth and reconciliation in new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 21:15


    Jesse Wente's bestselling memoir is “Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Indigenous Resistance.” He speaks with host Jeff Douglas about the meaning of truth and reconciliation and coming to terms with his own background.

    These sea salt farmers are building a thriving queer-owned business on the South Shore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 7:21


    Onya Hogan-Finlay and Kim Kelly are the owners of OK Sea Salt in LaHave Islands. Onya spoke with Mainstreet about the importance of being an open and proud queer-owned business in rural Nova Scotia, and why the company has been extra busy this year.

    Are the F-35 jet fighters a suitable replacement for Canada's aging CF-18s?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 15:44


    Ken Hansen, a former naval commander who writes for The Globe & Mail, shares his thoughts on the F-35 jet fighters replacing our air force's aging CF-18s.

    Why vintage video games are having a moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 14:29


    Can Pac-Man be compared to a finely aged wine? Mainstreet's Spencer McPhee tells us why some video games are timeless.

    'The system is obviously broken': Nova Scotia man calls for change after wife's death in the ER

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 10:52


    The family of a 37-year-old woman who died after waiting more than six hours to see an emergency department doctor in Amherst, N.S., is demanding answers from the provincial government. Reporter Nicola Seguin joined us in Studio A to share Allison Holthoff's story.

    Daniel Murray on cross country skiing in Nova Scotia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 8:57


    Daniel Murray, coach of the Nova Scotia cross country ski team, says the sport remains popular in the province. He tells Jeff about how the sport has grown and changed over the years.

    Meet the arena announcer who was the voice of the world juniors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 5:48


    Isabelle Germain was the arena announcer for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships that wrapped up in Halifax last night. She spoke with Mainstreet's Emma Smith about what it was like to be the voice of the tournament for spectators.

    YWCA report looks at risk factors behind sexual exploitation of youth in Nova Scotia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 18:07


    A new report by the YWCA Halifax, called Hearing Them, details why some youth in this province are vulnerable to exploitation. The goal is to understand and address those risk factors in order to keep children and youth safe. Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Dametre Samuels, Charlene Gagnon and Lila Pavey to learn more.

    Shelter from the storm: Meet the volunteers behind a rescue service for people escaping family violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 18:22


    Freelance producer Amy Grace introduces us to some of the people behind Shelter Movers. It's been operating in Nova Scotia since 2019 and is the only service of its kind in Canada. It provides moving and storage services to individuals and families fleeing abuse.

    A resilience expert shares his advice for living life to the fullest when the days are shortest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 10:33


    Michael Ungar, Canada research chair in child, family and community resilience at Dalhousie University, shares ideas on how to set yourself up for a great winter, without forking out hundreds or thousands of dollars on new exercise equipment.

    Halifax advocate wants fines increased for drivers who abuse accessible parking spots

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 21:27


    Accessibility advocate Paul Vienneau sees a lot of drivers in downtown Halifax parking in spots reserved for people with disabilities. Sometimes they admit to him that they are fully able bodied. We hear from him and Victoria Horne, director of parking services with the Halifax Regional Municipality.

    Some good ocean news from 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 9:44


    2022 had its fair share of bad news, but there was also some really good news that was was overshadowed, according to our oceans guy Boris Worm. He studies the oceans at Dalhousie University and dropped into Studio A to start off our new year on an optimistic note.

    After their pride flag was vandalized, this Nova Scotia business was flooded with support

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 8:13


    The pride flag of a recently opened business in the Annapolis Valley has been vandalized four times. But the businesses owner say after an outpouring support, "the love far outweighs the tiny little bit of hate.”

    Grief specialist Serena Lewis on coming together after tragedy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 21:49


    The community of Barrington, N.S., is mourning the loss of one of its residents who went overboard off Cape Sable Island on Boxing Day. Grief specialist Serena Lewis joined Jeff Douglas to talk about processing grief at this time of the year.

    Harana Singers perform at the Carols by Candlelight service

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 6:22


    Earlier this month, First Baptist Church on Oxford street held their annual Carols by Candlelight service. Mainstreet's Alex Guye went to hear about the Filipino choir, Harana Singers of Nova Scotia, who were the guest performers at the event.

    Bernie Francis stops in for a year end visit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 15:20


    Bernie Francis talks memories of Christmas' past in Membertou and a gift of music for Mi'kmaq children.

    "We hope we can be Iranian again," Mitra Mansouri tells Jeff Douglas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 9:39


    Usually in Iran, the winter solstice would be marked with a celebration called Yalda Night. But on December 21st, Mitra Mansouri of Halifax posted this on social media: "Yalda is not always smiling pomegranate and watermelon. Yalda is sometimes a fight to celebrate freedom." She speaks with Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas.

    'Jane Kansas was an icon': Tara Thorne remembers her late friend

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 17:03


    Halifax storyteller and activist Jane Kansas is being remembered for her writing, her wit and the path she paved for members of the LGBTQ+ community. She died on Dec. 18 from chronic kidney disease.

    Michael Ungar shares tips on how to not just survive the holidays — but thrive

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 21:39


    Michael Ungar, the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University, talks about how to approach the holidays to make sure they're merry and bright.

    East Coast Carolling spreads comfort and joy during holiday season

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 10:12


    John Lindsay-Botten and his roster of carol singers have been performing around the province — and beyond — for nearly two decades. They're called the East Coast Carolling Company.

    The Inuit Games and Winter Feast

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 9:13


    The Inuit Games and Winter Feast take place this weekend at the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre. Mainstreet Host Jeff Douglas stopped by the centre to learn about high kick and knuckle jumping.

    New Minas family competes on Family Feud Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 11:24


    The Smith family of New Minas faced off against the Wabano family in Wednesday's Family Feud Canada. Martina Kelades spoke with host Jeff Douglas about what she calls an "extraordinary" experience.

    Meet the team assembling and delivering holiday food boxes in Spryfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 7:56


    Host Jeff Douglas visited Chebucto Connections in Spryfield to meet the many volunteers who are assembling and delivering holiday food boxes as the need grows.

    What's happening behind the scenes at Feed Nova Scotia as Christmas draws near

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 8:31


    Nick Jennery from Feed Nova Scotia updates host Jeff Douglas on the need the organization is seeing this year, and how people are stepping up to help.

    Elder Daniel Paul receives Wel-lukwen Award from Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 15:40


    The 2022 Nova Scotia Human Rights awards were held at the Halifax Central Library Friday morning. The ceremony began with the song Strong Woman performed. Elder Dorene Bernard received the inaugural Wel-lukwen Award on behalf of the Grassroots Grandmothers. Elder Daniel Paul also received a Wel-lukwen Award and spoke to Mainstreet's Jeff Douglas.

    Nova Scotia's first human trafficking prosecutor reflects on her 2 years in the role

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 9:14


    Senior Crown attorney Josie McKinney spoke with Mainstreet about her role and the difference it's making.

    Pre-primary kids in North Preston spread Christmas cheer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 8:32


    Pre-primary students at Nelson Whynder Elementary in North Preston are preparing for their school's Christmas concert. Host Jeff Douglas stopped by to find out how it's going and he was greeted with a spontaneous group hug.

    New cultural safety training for health-care providers rooted in two-eyed seeing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 12:10


    A new online course rooted in the concept of two-eyed seeing is teaching health-care providers about cultural safety so they can better serve Indigenous patients. Mainstreet spoke with two people who've been working on this for years.

    Wildfires to become Nova Scotia's biggest climate threat by 2050

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 9:17


    Ellen Whitman, a forest fire research scientist with Natural Resources Canada, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the risk assessment released by the province this week. It looks at how climate change will bring fiercer floods, fires and extreme weather.

    How 2 advocates are making HIV testing more accessible in Indigenous communities

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 7:53


    As Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week gets underway, Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas spoke with two advocates who have been working to get more people tested for HIV. Dave Miller and Sean Rourke told Jeff about the outreach work they've been doing in First Nations communities across Atlantic Canada with i-am.health .

    As flu cases rise dramatically, Strang urges Nova Scotians to get vaccinated

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 11:06


    Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about cases of influenza more than doubling in Nova Scotia since the last reporting period.

    'My Home, My Rights' project shares experiences of Nova Scotians with disabilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 12:04


    Sheila Wildeman, a professor at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, and researcher Simon Snyder spoke with Mainstreet about the project that details Nova Scotians' experience with disability, and how they understand their human rights.

    Dartmouth students prepare affordable meal kits to help feed their community

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 10:03


    Mainstreet visited North Grove in Dartmouth where Grade 7 students from John Martin Junior High were helping to package affordable meal kits for the centre's market. North Grove functions as a community hub, and is a place where people gather to grow, cook and share food.

    The birth of Anita LandBack

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 12:52


    Athanasius Sylliboy, a two-spirit Mi'kmaw nurse practitioner working in Millbrook, has been performing as Anita LandBack at drag shows throughout Halifax.

    Here is what the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia has planned for World AIDS Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 9:07


    December 1st is World AIDS day, and executive director of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, Chris Aucoin, lays out planned events and what the future of HIV testing could look like in the province.

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