Thinking Out Loud with Sheldon MacLeod

Thinking Out Loud with Sheldon MacLeod

It's not always easy to get the story behind the story. Journalism is about the Five W's that report the facts but to Sheldon, context is key. It's not just how, but how come. In this show, he talks to the people behind the headlines to find out why we should care. And in the digital age, nothing tells a story better than the voice of the person involved, or the people who can look at it critically and speak about it. We hope to tell the stories that can help us understand not just why something happened, but why it matters.


November 28, 2022 14 min
Tim Houston's government says it is making progress in key areas of health care, but still have work to do. And ask any Nova Scotian about the state of our primary health care system, and you'll hear about wait times, or access to a family doctor. Brendan Maguire is the MLA for Halifax-Atlantic. He's the Liberal's Health and Wellness shadow minister, or critic. And today the opposition member says the average wait t...
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Francene Cosman has held many positions over her life. Cabinet Minister, Mayor of Bedford and business woman. But her first career began after graduating from nursing school in New Brunswick. And that chapter of her life right out out of high school is the focus of 'Nurse! a memoir' (OC Publishing). She discusses the way nurses were taught and the types of things they had to do in the 1960's, long before technology took...
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November 24, 2022 10 min
In July, 24-year old Andrew Beaver of Halifax was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A few weeks later, he found out about a clinical trial in Toronto involving a drug usually used to treat psoriasis and Cron's disease. Researchers say two of the four people that have completed the 18-month trial have eliminated the need for insulin. Andrew is now a few weeks into his trial and he doesn't know if he's on the drug or a plac...
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November 23, 2022 12 min
It's a first for two Nova Scotia Universities as they move to help First Nations students on campus. Emily Pictou-Roberts has been named Resident Nsukwi’ (Auntie in Residence) at University of King's College and Mount Saint Vincent University.She is from the Mi’kmaw community of Millbrook First Nation.The role goves her the opportunity to provide cultural, emotional, and spiritual support for Indigenous and other students ...
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November 22, 2022 10 min
On Monday, the federal government announced a program that will help provide funding to switch over from oil heat to a heat pump. Today, they announced a carbon tax that will see the price of gasoline, diesel and heating fuel rise next summer. For a perspective on these two issues, we speak with Chris Benjamin. He is the Energy Efficency Coordinator with the Ecology Action Center.
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November 21, 2022 13 min
According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), an average of 11 fish harvesters per year don’t make it home as a result of unsafe working conditions, and practices on board and around fishing vessels. And they say the vast majority of fishing fatalities are avoidable. The TSB has released Watchlist 2022 which identifies the key safety issues that need to be addressed. Over the last 30 years, the TSB has issued 49 recommendatio...
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November 18, 2022 11 min
More than 200 Black men are expected to come together this weekend in an event that promotes health and wellness among men of African descent. It's the first time since the pandemic that they'll be able to gather without any public health restrictions, something Duane Winter is excited by. He is the Community Liaison Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Brotherhood Initiative. The event is a safe space for Black men to be able ...
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November 17, 2022 11 min
It is a big move for Vicky Levack. The spokesperson and human rights advocate is no longer living in a nursing home. She is in a new apartment because of the Shared Services Project. That's where persons with physical disabilities can live independently in the community with 24-hour support. It's through Independent Living Nova Scotia (ILNS) and is a project four years in the making. Eventually, the group is hoping to find ...
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November 16, 2022 11 min
Food inflation in Canada dropped in October, the first drop since October of 2021. But at 10.1%, it's still going to cost you more to fill the cupboard and fridge. And during waste reduction week, Halifax Regional Municipality is trying to educate us on food waste. According to Statistics Canada, 63% of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten. That's about 140 kilograms of food worth around $1,300. And processin...
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November 15, 2022 16 min
For some people, it's all about finding a way to laugh and have fun. But for others, there can be some topics that just aren't funny. Stand-up comedy has been a way for comics to poke fun at the rich and powerful. Or to bring a different perspective to a situation to show how absurd or ridiculous they might be. Carolyn Davis is a stand-up comedian in Halifax. And she was gracious enough to talk about the environment she and...
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November 14, 2022 14 min
It started as a way for a shy 22-year old to show her appreciation to a stranger. And now, eight years later "We Are Young" (WAY) is a social enterprise connecting people to seniors in their community. Katie Mahoney is the co-founder of the charitable group in Halifax. They had been granting wishes to seniors for a few years prior to the pandemic lockdowns before they had to change up their action plan. And this holiday, th...
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November 10, 2022 20 min
MLA's are heading back to their constituencies after the fall sitting of the Legislature wrapped up late Wednesday night. And while Premier Tim Houston heralded the work of modernizing government and protecting Nova Scotians from large power rate increases, the opposition has a different take. Claudia Chender is the Dartmouth South representative and leader of the NDP. She says government has left families waiting for direct he...
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November 9, 2022 15 min
It was hard to escape the noise and fury that is American Politics in 2022. And with our largest trading partner facing a divided population, the midterm elections were called both a referendum on the US President and on democracy itself. What do the results mean to Canada-US-relations? For a look into that issue Dr. Don Abelson joins the conversation. He is the Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Cha...
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November 8, 2022 17 min
It all started as a way to open the floor to questions about race and racism because people were listening to dubious sources. Ajay Parasram is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University. He and Mount Saint Vincent University Professor Alex Khansnabish came up with an idea to offer what they called Safe Space for White Questions. That ended up becoming a YouTube Channel and led them to their new book published by Fernwood. "...
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Do you know who William Barker was? Are you aware of Brianna Ricketts and her accomplishments? Did you know Captain Jennifer Casey was the driving force behind Operation Inspiration? You will get a chance to learn about these and other Canadians who are a part of Pathway to the Stars. That is a special podcast production celebrating Canadian aviation in partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force Foundation. It's created by E...
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The rest of that quote is "I don’t know where people find the time to hate.” It's attributed to Imam Hamzah Mangera and it's something he said during the funeral service for seven children, victims of a devastating Spryfield house fire in 2017. The Barho family and their loss is a focal point of a new book called "Eye of the Ocean - Stories of Love, Hope and Empathy" (Pottersfield Press). Janice Landry is a stor...
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November 3, 2022 11 min
A social media post from a concerned mother raised the issues of a packed Emergency Department at the IWK. She was directed to take her child in after calling the medical 811 telephone line. And she says prepare for a long wait to get treatment. Doctor Emma Burns Interim Chief of the Emergency Department at the IWK. She says there are likley several reasons for the uptick in cases. And she adds they've changed up their primary ...
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November 2, 2022 16 min
The President of the union representing Halifax Police Officers says he was surprised by the level of engagement, but not the outcome. And the members voted almost unanimously to say they've lost confidence in Chief Dan Kinsella. Sergeant Dean Stienburg is with the Halifax Regional Police Association. And he says this isn't about popularity, it's about their operations and how the members feel there isn't a focus on...
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November 1, 2022 12 min
It was a small gesture of kindness for the people in the wing of the nursing home where she was volunteering. And from that first year, Nicole Martelle has been able to grow it from a handful of donated blankets, to more than 600. The Bedford woman has been accepting homemade and store bought blankets to hand out to people in long term care facilities in Halifax since 2017. And the campaign that was just kicked off runs from Novemb...
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October 31, 2022 13 min
We all know the price of everything has been going up over the last year. But post-secondary students say we have more to learn about how big their struggle is. Students from across the maritimes are launching something they're calling "More than Tuition". Lydia Houck is the Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia. She says when the maximum amount you can get to cover rent is $500 a month, that means something somewh...
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