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A vibrant blend of top news stories, local weather, traffic reports, comedy, local music, and interviews about politics, science and culture. Tune into Mainstreet on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Add your voice by calling us at 1-888-686-MAIN (6246) or e-mail

A vibrant blend of top news stories, local weather, traffic reports, comedy, local music, and interviews about politics, science and culture. Tune into Mainstreet on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Add your voice by calling us at 1-888-686-MAIN (6246) or e-mail


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A vibrant blend of top news stories, local weather, traffic reports, comedy, local music, and interviews about politics, science and culture. Tune into Mainstreet on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Add your voice by calling us at 1-888-686-MAIN (6246) or e-mail




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Nova Scotia family makes COVID-inspired music to raise our spirits during lockdown

Adam Huffman and his daughters Isla and Ivy have made a new video, 'Get Down in Lockdown' to inspire Nova Scotians to stay strong during the third wave.


Cole Harbour woman speaking out about harassment over Accessible Parking permit

Nicole Sparks wears a prosthetic arm and uses an Accessible Parking permit to help with tasks like getting groceries back to her car alone... but since registering for the permit, she says she's being harassed by strangers in the parking lot on a weekly basis... something she attributes to stigma around invisible disability.


'It's a great day for hockey,' says Percy Paris of NHL's first all-Black line

The Tampa Bay Lightning started an all-Black line in a game against the Panthers this week. We called up former politician Percy Paris who played on a line of all African Nova Scotians forwards when he played for the Saint Mary's Huskies in the 1970s.


How PrideHealth's navigator program helps transgender patients find the right care

Jennifer Lane, a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University's School of Nursing, helped some transgender patients get care months sooner than they otherwise would have. She spoke with host Jeff Douglas about her work as the PrideHealth navigator.


UN committee calls on Canada to respond to claims of racist violence against Mi'kmaw fishers

Mi'kmaw lawyers Rosalie Francis and Pamela Palmater were part of the team that authored the submission on behalf of Sipekne’katik First Nation to the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


Psychologist on move to e-mental health services during pandemic

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley talks about the transition to e-mental health services - and how they've been a critical tool for maintaining mental health services in Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic.


"Butterflyway Ranger" plants garden to save pollinators

When the David Suzuki Foundation put the call out for home gardeners to plant more native species to support pollinators like butterflies and bees... Charlene Meisner MacDonald answered! She's been spending the pandemic planting all sorts of interesting things with 4-year-old granddaughter Alixa Lohnes by her side.


Young Black men say they need to talk about mental health, and be heard doing it

Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas connects with Keonté Beals at his home in North Preston, Nova Scotia, and Keonté shares parts of conversations he recorded with Andreas Robinson and Kanaar Bell. Kanaar is the spoken word artist who started the podcast Let Your Soul Talk. Andreas is the social entrepreneur and community builder behind Live Infinitus.


Dalhousie bioethicist says poorer countries need better access to COVID-19 vaccines

Françoise Baylis, a bioethicist and research professor at Dalhousie University, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the fact that 83 per cent of vaccines have so far been administered in high and upper-middle income countries — and why Canadians should be concerned about this.


Why Delvina Bernard says the case for reparations in N.S. is not a difficult one to make

Delvina Bernard, a member of the band Four the Moment, is working on a PhD thesis about reparations and economic development at Saint Mary's University. In this extended interview, she speaks with host Jeff Douglas about what reparations for slavery could look like for people of African descent in Nova Scotia.


Why Dr. Lisa Barrett is frustrated by what she's seeing during this 3rd wave

Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist and a member of Nova Scotia's expert vaccine panel, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about how the variants are impacting young people and why she's worried people aren't understanding the new risks.


IWK psychiatrist outlines the education health-care providers receive to care for transgender patients

Dr. Suzanne Zinck, a staff psychiatrist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, spoke with host Jeff Douglas about the difficulty some transgender people have accessing health care, and the education that's taking place among practitioners.


How to think about slavery, three months from the first official Emancipation Day in Nova Scotia

"It's always treated like this completely ancient history," says poet, educator and journalist El Jones in a candid conversation with host Jeff Douglas about the legacy of slavery in Nova Scotia. Jeff also speaks with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, and we knit together excerpts from both women with material from the CBC archives.


Do vaccines protect people from variants? Dr. Lisa Barrett is back to answer your COVID questions

Dr. Lisa Barrett, infectious disease specialist, joins us once again to answer your COVID-19 questions as Nova Scotia begins another lockdown.


As N.S. enters another lockdown, Dr. Lisa Barrett answers your COVID-19 questions

On Tuesday, Premier Iain Rankin announced a two-week, province-wide lockdown to deal with the record-high cases of COVID-19. Host Jeff Douglas called up Dr. Lisa Barrett, infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University, to answer questions about the third wave.


YWCA trains male supervisors how to better recruit and retain women in skilled trades

Miia Suokonautio, executive director of the Halifax YWCA, tells host Jeff Douglas about Shift Change, a project to bring more women into the skilled trades. We'll also hear from Tim Manuel from O'Regan's Automotive Group who participated in the training, as well as trainer Steve Law.


Cape Breton family calls for province-wide school closures amid rising cases

Lisa Bond from North Sydney, N.S., has two sons who attend Memorial High. She wants the province to close schools in Cape Breton like they've done in Halifax. Host Jeff Douglas also spoke with Education Minister Derek Mombourquette.


Minister Tony Ince remembers his late aunt Clotilda Yakimchuk, a woman of many firsts

Clotilda Yakimchuk, one of Nova Scotia's first Black nurses, died last week of COVID-19. For her contributions to Nova Scotia and beyond, she was called to both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. She was 89.


NSCAD student plays matchmaker with AIs to learn what makes them tick

NSCAD student Adi Fleisher spoke with host Jeff Douglas about her master's thesis exploring human connection and artificial intelligence.


Sipekne'katik returning commercial lobster licences, relaunching its treaty fishery in June

Chief Mike Sack of Sipekne'katik First Nation and Megan Bailey from Dalhousie University spoke with host Jeff Douglas about plans for phase two of the band's treaty fishery.