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The Homelessness Marathon, a radio broadcast featuring voices and stories from the homeless in multiple communities, will be airing for its 14th year and CHMA will be presenting all 14 hours of this year’s marathon. Tune in tonight at 6PM (AST) for the beginning of the marathon which will air until 8AM (AST) tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 24). If you are unable to tune in for the beginning you will have plenty of time to catch other portions of the marathon.

Many thanks to the staff of CIVL community radio in Abbotsford, BC for coordinating this year’s marathon.

Regular CHMA programming during this time period will be pre-empted, but the normal Tuesday night/Wednesday morning schedule will return next week.

Each year CHMA throws a programmers and volunteers party to show how much we appreciate all the hard work they put into their radio shows. Here’s a few photos of the folks behind the microphones at your campus and community radio station showing off their gold record awards. Photos taken by lovely and talented photographer Kim McMillan.

Photos from the party

Attic Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (CHMA-FM) held its Annual General Meeting Last Night.

Staff and financial reports were presented and can be obtained by contacting the station manager at

Annual elections were also held. Elected to the Board of Directors were: James Sutherland, Mallory Burnside-Holmes, Michael Freeman, Louis Marquette, Connor Simpson and Linda Rae Dornan. Tori Weldon and Matt Tunnacliffe remain on the board to serve the second year of their two-year terms.

The Baked Ham Community Speaker Series

With Special Guests:

Frances Dorsey:  Indigo – The Search for Blue
Doug Key:  An Introduction to the Multifaceted Hobby of Model Railroading

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Royal Canadian Legion

On Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm, the Baked Ham Community Speakers Series will present talks by Frances Dorsey (Halifax) and Doug Key (Sackville).  The Baked Ham lectures feature two 30-minute presentations on divergent topics, seemingly unrelated.  A question and answer period will conclude the evening, encouraging the audience to make connections and conversation.  This event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion and is open to the public.

Frances Dorsey is an artist who lives and works in Halifax where she is a professor in the Textiles Department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Exhibited nationally and internationally, her artwork has focused on warfare, initially inspired by her father’s notes about his combat experience in WW II, later about the Vietnam War, and most recently about our human interactions with our planet.  Fran has a long history with natural dyes and a particular interest in indigo.  As Fran writes, “The colour and power of indigo is embedded in many world cultures. Blue collar, blue jeans, having the blues, indigo bunting, are a few familiar terms that we all know here in North America. But, what is indigo? This talk inspects lore, processes, ideas related to blue, from growing plants to dyeing in a sustainable way, with strange facts, props, and samples in between.”

Doug Key is retired from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a clinical veterinary virologist who worked in the poultry and livestock industries in Canada and the USA for over 30 years.  Having lived in Sackville during the late 1970’s, Doug and his wife Gayle, an avid quilter/gardener, have returned to enjoy their retirement.  Doug’s interest in trains and model railroading date back to his earliest childhood when he would wake to the whistles of steam engines in the night.  During his 30’s he became involved in the vibrant world of model railroading in the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo area of Southwestern Ontario.  Since then, he has expanded his interests in the railroad and mining histories of Ontario and Pennsylvania to include the railways of the Atlantic Provinces. Through images and demonstration materials, his presentation will touch on the origins and history of model railroading and outline changes that have made it into the technically advanced hobby that it is today.

The Baked Ham Community Speaker Series aims to create a casual environment to share ideas and conversation on a variety of topics.  Admission is $5.00 by donation, and open to the public, though it is a licensed event.  Baked Ham is supported by the Owens Art Gallery and CHMA radio, 106.9FM.  For more information contact: Leah Garnett ( or John Murchie (

Door opens at 7pm; talks begin at 7:30pm.

The Annual General Meeting of Attic Broadcasting Co. Ltd.  Will Be Held Tonight, April 7, 2015 in Room G-12 of the Avard-Dixon building. The Meeting will begin at 7:30 pm and will include the presentation of annual reports, the presentation of financial reports, and the election of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. ALL PROGRAMMERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE STATION MANAGER:

CHMA spoke with Elijah Manchester, who moved back to New Brunswick after spotting a listing for a vacant church in Dorchester. The asking price was under $60,000, prompting Manchester to dream about a home with lots of space for projects, a music venue, a workshop. Manchester says he was excited to build something that could have injected some life into the shrinking village of Dorchester, and eventually attract more young people to relocate there. “Places like Austin and Portland used to look like Dorchester,” he says, “before they became cultural hubs…”

The whole thing fell through when the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation denied him insurance for the mortgage, on the grounds that the church building didn’t look like a traditional residential property.

“I wasn’t scared of the challenge. The bank said ‘We’re good for the money if it’s insured, but otherwise it’s just a risky investment that we’re not interested in.” says Manchester.

“The story isn’t over. I really like the idea of bringing a younger crowd to a community like Dorchester… The future of Dorchester looks really bleak at this point, but I think that it’s cheap enough for someone like me to make it work… the added bonus of maybe attracting more people my age (I’m in my late 20’s, by the way) really appeals to me.”church

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the Inuit activist who credited with launching the first international legal challenge against climate change and dedicated her life to advocating for the ecological interests of Northern peoples , returned to Sackville yesterday to launch her memoir, The Right to Be Cold. The majority of the writing for the book was done while Watt-Cloutier was a visiting scholar at Mount Allison University in 2011.

We asked her what she’s been up to since retiring from her career in international politics, and what hope she has for the future of carbon emissions regulation. Watt-Cloutier says that the Council of Parties of the United Nations has been slow to create binding legislation, and may even be an “obsolete” vehicle for change. She says micro-scale, regional and national interventions to slow the pace of climate change are a source of hope.

Watt-Cloutier commented on the student-led campaign at Mount Allison University to divest the school’s endowment from fossil fuels. She says that it is important for people to take principled stands, even if they may not see immediate results.


We spoke with JJ Bear, Mayor of Dorchester, on the morning after the first public session in the Anglophone East School District’s sustainability study, which could lead to the closure of the school later this year. The District made a presentation on Monday, March 9, to an audience of more than 100 community members, including data on projected expenditures, enrolment, and academic performance at the school.

Bear says he’s concerned with the timeline of the sustainability study, with the District Education Council slated to provide a final recommendation related to school closure to the Minster of Education and Early Childhood Development on April 22nd, 2015.

“There hasn’t been a promise that all members of District Education Council will be present at the next meeting; there were only three last night. They’re going to be making a major decision in April, only 8 days [after] the public consultation,” Bear says. “I’ve been working for government for many years, and nothing happens that quick. It leads to a perception that they’ve already made up their minds.”

Wade Settle says that if the District Education Council decides to close Dorchester Consolidated School, Dorchester students will lose access to the school breakfast program.

Dorchester resident, parent, and long-term volunteer with Dorchester Consolidated School’s breakfast program, Settle is a member of the ad-hoc committee that formed last week to try to save Dorchester Consolidated School, a K-8 facility in the village of Dorchester, New Brunswick. The school is currently subject to a sustainability study that will evaluate whether or not the school will remain open. Anglophone East District Education Council chair Tamara Nichol said in an interview last week that the sustainability study came about when the Minister of Education encouraged districts to “look for efficiencies” and reduce spending.

Settle says he’s concerned that the logistics of bringing students who live in Dorchester to neighbouring Sackville for school would prohibit them from being involved in the before-school breakfast program, or after-school extracurriculars. “As it stands,” says Settle, “my high schooler’s bus arrives at Tantramar High after the bell rings.” He’s also concerned that the above-average rate of parental involvement in enrichment activities, which enables art activities, concerts, and a survival skills class, is jeopardized by the potential transfer of Dorchester Consolidated’s 66 students to Sackville-area schools.

“I believe that this is an attack on rural New Brunswick,” says Settle. “It’s not for the good of the students, its about the province’s bottom line.”


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