Recipient of experimental Multiple Sclerosis treatment doing remarkably well (radio Q&A)

Five years ago, medical student Alex Normandin made a decision that could have helped his Multiple Sclerosis, or could have killed him. He decided to let doctors in Ottawa use chemotherapy to destroy his immune system in an effort to reboot it.

His gamble had unexpectedly positive results, and his treatment stopped his condition in its tracks.

Normandin is now a doctor in Montreal. Nick Ashdown reached him in his clinic over the phone.

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Advocates criticize Canada’s refugee policies at Refugee Night (radio documentary)

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney wasn’t very popular at last Friday’s Refugee Night, held at the University of Ottawa.

Doctors and lawyers told a packed auditorium what they think of Canada’s new refugee laws, and they didn’t mince words. They are concerned about a new measure cutting medical care to refugee claimants.

Nick Ashdown was at the event.

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Tessum Weber, arctic adventurer (radio Q&A)

Tessum Weber was raised for the cold.

The twenty three year-old Wakefield native recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest person to ski to the North Pole.

Weber’s family operates the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Canada’s most northerly resort.

He tells Nick Ashdown about his family’s long history in Canada’s far north.

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Ottawa cop awarded for saving lives during Haiti earthquake (radio Q&A)

As the world literally came crashing down around him, Martin LeBlanc became a hero.

The Ottawa police sergeant found himself in the epicentre of the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Despite the risk to his own safety, LeBlanc saved several people’s lives that day.

He recently received a medal for his actions.

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Local foundation supports young classical musicians (radio documentary)

The Young String Performers’ Foundation supports young classical string musicians in Ottawa.

Violinist Joan Milkson started the Foundation a decade ago to help performers under the age of 18 develop their skills.

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, they had their first performance of the year at the First Unitarian Congregation on Cleary Avenue.

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