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NCPR News Staff: Lucy Martin

Ottawa Correspondent
Lucy Martin covers regional news and events from her home in rural Ottawa. Her radio roots go back to the early years of Hawaii Public Radio, where she had many roles, including news anchor and station announcer. A family move traded ordinary Honolulu for exotic Canada in 1999. Lucy enjoys village life with her husband, Craig Miller. When not editing sound or text on her laptop, she likes to garden, read, travel and play outdoors. E-mail

Stories filed by Lucy Martin


Dion names "Shadow Cabinet"

Canada's Liberal party controlled the government for 13 years straight--until they unraveled in the wake of a corruption scandal, losing to Stephen Harper's Conservatives in 2006. With their second-place showing, the Liberal party became 'the official opposition'. New Liberal leader Stéphane Dion just named his 'shadow cabinet' yesterday. Lucy Martin has more on what that is--and why it matters.  Go to full article

Gerald Ford: remembered in Ottawa

Gerald Ford is leaving the U.S. Capitol one last time. His casket will be taken this morning to Washington National Cathedral, where President Bush will be among those offering tributes. Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, will attend. The practice of signing a "book of condolences" is common in diplomatic circles. It's an opportunity to write a personal message in an official book dedicated to a particular event. The passing of former President Gerald Ford is being marked in this way, at the U.S. embassy in Ottawa. Correspondent Lucy Martin spoke with Canadian Tony Birke after he stopped by to sign.  Go to full article

Through rain, sleet, snow: the morning paper route

Even after TV and the internet, for many, the morning paper remains a familiar ritual. Making sure that paper is there -- on time -- can be quite the daily chore--especially on the worst days of winter. There's a small army of delivery people out early every day, doing their best. People like Eva Clement. Last December, Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin asked if she could tag along on Eva's rounds. It happened to be the first snow storm of the winter.  Go to full article
Wheeler Army Air Field at Pearl Harbor during attack. <i>National Archives</i>
Wheeler Army Air Field at Pearl Harbor during attack. National Archives

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Sixty-five years ago today, Japan executed a brilliant surprise attack on military bases across the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Pacific Fleet was left crippled in Pearl Harbor--and an unprepared nation was thrust headlong into World War Two. 16-year-old Charles St. John was hiking in the mountains near Pearl Harbor when things started exploding that morning. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin spoke with her uncle from his home in New Jersey.

Note: Young Charles St. John joined the army out of high school. He saw action in Pacific campaigns in the 27th Division of the New York State National Guard. He was sent to join Company G, after it suffered casualties of 90% during the Battle of Okinawa. St. John ended up on General MacArthur's Honor Guard during the occupation of Japan. Like thousands of other returning servicemen, he continued his education on the GI Bill. Married for 56 years, the retired mechanical engineer is a proud father and grandfather. His old uniform still fits.  Go to full article

Dion chosen as Canada?s new Liberal leader

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin stepped down as head of the Liberals after the party lost to Stephen Harper's Conservatives, last January. It's taken almost a year for the party to elect a new national leader. This past weekend, 4,600 delegates converged in Montreal. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin reports on the conventions surprising outcome.  Go to full article

Holiday spirit during the busy shopping season?

It's Black Friday - retailers hope it brings an overheated buying frenzy and ushers in a profitable holiday buying season. But does holiday spirit follow? An Ottawa-area minister has been thinking about our culture's relationship to things and happiness. Lucy Martin spoke with the Reverend Shawn Ketcheson in Manotick last December.  Go to full article
Candidate signs along Ontario road
Candidate signs along Ontario road

It's election day in Ontario

Ottawa's mayoral race headlines municipal elections today in Ontario. The city has a population of nearly million, and budget of just over two billion dollars. The main issues are no surprise - managing taxes and growth while maintaining services. But the three-way contest is a surprise. Bob Chiarelli had looked like a safe bet for a third term. But polls now show the incumbent now trailing two challengers. Lucy Martin reports.  Go to full article
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.

Canadian vets talk about their wars, and this one

November 11th goes by different names. The former Armistice Day has become Veteran's Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. For at least a week before hand, many Canadians won't leave home without pinning on a small plastic flower. School children still recite "In Flanders Field," hurriedly written in 1915 by a weary field doctor. Canadian John McCrea's poem immortalized the common red poppy, which sprang up across battle fields and graveyards in the wishfully-named "War to End All Wars." In this atmosphere, correspondent Lucy Martin wondered what older Canadian war veterans might be thinking about Canada's current campaign in Afghanistan. She caught up with some during a recent ceremony at an Ottawa Veteran's Home.  Go to full article
Peggy Bakker
Peggy Bakker

Rural Ontario market offers global crafts and culture

What if your family could combine a love of travel with a knack for shopping, and turn it all into a big, shared adventure? That's the attraction of "The Third World Bazaar," a popular fall happening outside of urban Ottawa. Pegger Bakker, her husband Dick, and their two teens tend their bazaar in an unheated barn that's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. All four Bakkers travel extensively on buying trips. They make a point of getting to know their suppliers, to practice something called "Fair Trade." They regroup in the fall, selling their harvest of global crafts and culture for just six weekends in October and November. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Quilt marathon in Ontario

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month in the US and Canada. The odds are similar no matter which side of the border you're on. In Canada, one woman in nine will be diagnosed with breast cancer over her lifetime. And one in 27 will die from it. While researchers seek better treatments -- perhaps even a cure -- regular folks find their own ways to help. Lucy Martin dropped by a 30-hour "Quilt Marathon" in rural Ontario that managed to raise $32,000 for cancer support programs.  Go to full article

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