Wed November 4, 2009 at 2:00 AM
Today's highlight comes to us from Toronto's Metro Morning. Last week, the show put a special focus on the Regent Park area of downtown Toronto. It's one of Canada's oldest and largest social housing communities and it's in the middle of a dramatic transition. One billion dollars will be spent over 15 years to replace old housing complexes with new subsidized apartment buildings and condos. Aziz Rahman has lived in Regent Park for about 13 years.
Tue November 3, 2009 at 3:00 AM
She's only 20 but she's ready to take on the world... well, at least Europe, for starters. Ontario singer Melissa Bel is about to unleash her talent with her debut CD called "Brave." It's being launched in five European countries. Melissa Bel spoke with Mary Ito on the Ontario program Fresh Air.
Mon November 2, 2009 at 3:00 AM
Ian Rankin is the man behind the best-selling Rebus series of novels. That series has finished, after two decades, and Rankin has now turned his attention to a new character, Malcolm Fox, in his latest novel, The Complaints. Host Alan Neal spoke with Ian Rankin onstage at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. They talked about his new character, a cop who works in the Complaints and Conduct Department in Edinburgh, investigating other cops.
Fri October 30, 2009 at 3:44 AM
The 20th annual St. John's International Film and Video Festival kicked off earlier this month with a feature film called Love and Savagery. It was written by poet, screenwriter and Newfoundlander Desmond Walsh. Love and Savagery is a love story about a Newfoundland poet exploring the Burren region in Ireland and an Irish barmaid. The film was shot in Western Ireland and Eastern Newfoundland and was directed by Quebecois Oscar-nominee John N. Smith.
Wed October 28, 2009 at 3:00 AM
For a few weeks now, CBC Radio's political affairs program, The House, has been looking into the effects of higher energy costs on a number of different policy areas. This week, the show had a look at the food in your fridge. The CBC's Louise Elliott brought us a look at what the end of cheap oil means for agriculture. After that, we'll hear from farmer and teacher Rick Monroe of Kingston, Ontario.
Tue October 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM
Dutch Thompson has a weekly column about the old days on Prince Edward Island that airs on CBC Charlottetown's program Mainstreet.
Last week, Dutch opened up the mailbag and answered a few requests from listeners who had some questions about the bygone days. Here he is with Mainstreet host Matt Rainnie.
Mon October 26, 2009 at 2:33 AM
Singer Mary Jane Lamond has been nominated for the 2009 Portia White Prize. The award recognizes an artist who's left a lasting mark on Nova Scotia's creative landscape. Lamond is nominated in recognition of her use of modern instrumentation and arrangements to frame Nova Scotia's Gaelic traditions. Recently, she performed and chatted about her nomination on a live edition of CBC Cape Breton's program, Mainstreet.
Fri October 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM
Catherine Sutherland wants us to rethink the ways we adorn our bodies. She's a jeweller who uses only recycled metals and much of her work is done with smashed glass from vandalised bus shelters. After meeting her, we'll meet Silas Birtwistle, who is also using his work to bring attention to the environment. He just finished his tour of the BC coast, looking for driftwood to build a table and 12 chairs. He'll add that to driftwood collected from three other "corners" of the earth.
Wed October 21, 2009 at 3:43 AM
Author Jessica Grant's new book "Come, Thou Tortoise" is fresh, funny... and longish - about 310 pages. 300-year-old Winnifred - she's the tortoise - plays a supporting role in the novel. On the other end of the scale, there's Wedge. He's a mouse. Along with these two characters is Audrey Flowers. She's coping with her father's death. Author Jessica Grant joined host Shelagh Rogers from St. John's, Newfoundland to talk about the story.
Tue October 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM
The family that seances together stays together. That seems to be true for the Aykroyds, anyway, and yes, we do mean comedy legend Dan Aykroyd and his father Peter Aykroyd. They were in Studio Q last week to talk about Peter's new book, A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Seances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters.