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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.

Thinking Out Loud with Sheldon MacLeod SaltWire Network

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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.

    Emergency Responder mental health conference

    Emergency Responder mental health conference

    As a society we've been able to shed some of the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness in our communities. But that work is far from over. There are men and women who work as emergency responders who may be struggling who also may not be comfortable talking about it with friends and family. And managing the work-related trauma in their lives can be a daunting task. There's a group working to ensure first responders and their families have the support they need to understand, navigate and manage the potential for that trauma and it's impact. The First Responders Steering Committee is putting together a conference to provide a space to bring these workers and volunteers, along with their employers and managers, to network. They'll also be given a chance to hear from experts in the field of mental health and traumatic psychological injury. Mike Sears is a Captain with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. He is also involved with the steering committee working at putting on the conference that will happen in Halifax on September 13th and 14th. He is working hard at the goals to help save lives and eliminate stigma for fire, police, corrections, paramedic and other emergency responders and their families.

    • 11 min
    Restorative Justice explained

    Restorative Justice explained

    It was a headline that received a lot of reaction. "Convicted murderer sent to Restorative Justice for first time in Nova Scotia" offers up more questions than answers. The article was based on a recommendation by a Supreme Court Judge who also was quick to note this is about parole ineligibility, not about avoiding consequences. Professor Jennifer Llewellyn is the Chair in Restorative Justice with the Schulich School of Law. She explains the process of restorative justice and what the goals are. And she also comments on the significance that this is the first time this initiative has been applied to an offender convicted of murder in Nova Scotia.

    • 13 min
    Red Cross accommodation crunch

    Red Cross accommodation crunch

    We've all read or heard about people who are displaced by a fire or other serious emergency situation and the Red Cross is called in to help. And in many cases, people find family or friends to stay with for the long term. But what happens in those first few hours? And how is the current tourism season and accommodation crunch affecting the work of these first responders? Bill Lawlor is the director of Atlantic government and strategic relations for the Red Cross. He says with hotels at capacity, they've been turning to short-term accomodations like AirBnB and campgrounds. For events like what is happening with potential evacuations because of the forest fires in Newfoundland and Labrador, they take a different approach. But there's no shortage of people who want to help, even when there's a shortage of accommodations.

    • 11 min
    Fighting for wetland protection

    Fighting for wetland protection

    Clear cutting has started on a parcel of land in Dartmouth that a group of residents has been trying to protect. Bill Zebedee is the President of a group called Save Our Southdale Wetland Society. They are also the same people involved in the Protect Eisner Cove Wetland. And Zebedee says he's started the process to appeal the permission granted to allow for wetland to be infilled as the housing development continues. He says the Housing Task Force the Progressive Conservative government has established is pushing ahead projects without listening to the concerns of residents and other concerned community members. And he says they are going to keep on fighting to be heard. A group of them were protesting at the Mount Hope Avenue entrance to the proposed development on Tuesday as they look to protect trees, nesting sites and endangered or at risk species.

    • 11 min
    Halifax Transit troubles

    Halifax Transit troubles

    Since the start of August, Halifax Transit has had to cancel dozens of trips because of a shortage of drivers. And the president of the union representing workers says it's going to get worse if things don't change. Shane O'Leary with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 508 says it's one thing to hold a recruitment campaign to try and bolster the numbers of operators. But he says there's little chance the new employees will stick around with forced overtime, split shifts and a wage that is not competitive. And they are urging council to get involved since the members of the ATU local have been without a contract for a year.

    • 11 min
    Rick Howe on health and happiness

    Rick Howe on health and happiness

    A cancer diagnosis kept him from his goal of working 50 years on the radio. But only by a few months. Rick Howe grew up with a passion for broadcasting and reporting. And he's gathered a lot of stories in the 49 years in the business. He's taken time between his ongoing treatments to write his memoir "Behind the Mic Five Deacades Covering the News in the Maritimes" (Pottersfield Press). He also writes and discusses, for the first time publicly, his treatment for rectal cancer and his ongoing health concerns. He's found a quiet spot next to the ocean in rural Nova Scotia where he's combing through his old notebooks to keep sharing stories. His next book is already written to be published in 2023. It's a journey from the first moments he opened the mic and the newsroom hi jinks and characters he met over the years, to his last broadcast and what lies ahead.

    • 18 min

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