Season 2 P.O.V. #7 [3:10]

CBC’s Ottawa Morning aired this P.O.V. on March 19, 2008.

This week 5/6JS and 5/6NT read an article about a cell phone company in Europe that is marketing its phones to 5 year old kids. We read the article and watched several news stories about the issue of when children are old enough to have their own cell phones. Listen to hear our opinions on the subject.

Here are our sources:

  • article about a cell phone for 5 year olds by Susan Merkle, M.D.
  • CBS (KTVA11) video about cell phones being allowed in middle schools
  • Kevin Leman’s, PhD, video about what ages is appropriate for children to have cell phone

Season 2 P.O.V. #6 [3:30]

On these days when buses are cancelled, those of us hardy enough to come to school have been asking the question: Is it better to stay in town or go away during March break.

The students behind Portable Radio have some opinions about this question.

Season 2 P.O.V. #4 [2:10]

We have been learning about different drugs and their effects on the body. One of the drugs we have been studying is nicotene, the drug that is found in cigarettes.

Last week there was a story on the news about odourless cigarettes. We had a discussion in class about whether or not we thought this was a good idea.

Season 2 P.O.V. #3 [3:08]

We read in the Ottawa Citizen about how Winnipeg is trying to get the title of World’s Longest Skating Rink. Ottawa currently holds this title in the Guiness Book of World Records. In the winter, a portion of the Rideau Canal becomes a 7.5 kilometre skateway in downtown Ottawa. Winnipeg currently has 6 kilometres of skateway. They are hoping to have 8.5 kilometres by the end of January.

Our students have some opinions about this issue.

Here is a portion of the article that we used:

Winnipeg wants to ice rink record River trail would be longer than Rideau Canal’sDave Rogers, Canwest News Service

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008

In a little more than a week, Winnipeg expects to have bragging rights to the world’s longest skating rink, beating Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway by a kilometre.

Paul Jordan, manager of The Forks market in downtown Winnipeg, said eight university students with snow shovels have been working for three weeks, clearing a six-kilometre trail along the Red and Assiniboine rivers through the city core.

By Jan. 25, Winnipeg officials expect to have an 8.5-kilometre ice trail, bettering Ottawa’s 7.8-kilometre skateway.

In 2007, Winnipeg’s River Trail was only four kilometres, but Jordon figured it wouldn’t take much effort to make it longer than the Ottawa skateway. Winnipeg temperatures have been steady around -30 C this winter and there is about 25 centimetres of snow — ideal conditions for making ice. Jordan is so confident of success by Jan. 25 that he has called Guinness World Records to have Winnipeg’s rink registered as the world’s longest.

Season 2 P.O.V. #2 [3:28]

Today we learned about Ottawa’s royal swans and an issue surrounding them. Queen Elizabeth II gave the swans to Ottawa as a present in 1967. It turns out that the swans’ winter shelter needs to be replaced and it would cost $430 000.

Take a listen to our Portable Radio Point of View. We are divided on this one!

CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning (91.5FM) aired this segment on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. You hear CBC host Hallie Cotnam introducing us.

Here are our sources:

Here’s an excerpt from the Ottawa Citizen:

Budget leaves swans out in the cold
Councillors say no to funding construction of new winter home

Patrick Dare, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, December 14, 2007

Ottawa’s famous Royal Swans could soon find themselves without a winter home because the City of Ottawa doesn’t want to build one.

At a Dec. 12 budget meeting, council decided not to pay for a new swan home, which would cost $430,000. Councillors said the city can’t afford to be building things for swans. Council’s budget for the coming year brought in increases in bus fares, recreation user fees and a 4.9-per-cent increase in taxes.


As part of our research we watched a video of the swans from spring 2007. This let us see what their shelter looks like and learn a little bit about the royal swans.

We also visted the Ottawa Humane Society website and found out more information and their opinion on the swan shelter that is being used now.

Season 2 P.O.V. #1 [2:47]

This is our first Portable Radio Point of View. In this episode you will hear our response to a story that came out this week about a brawl involving two hockey teams in Guelph, Ontario. The kids involved were eight years old.Our challenge is to summarize the story and, as a class, record our opinion, all within a day or two of the story.

What do you think of this news story? Leave comments using the comment link below.

We hope to make more Portable Radio Point of View episodes on news stories that matter to us. Our next regular episode of Portable Radio should be ready in a week or two.

Guess What? CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning (91.5FM) liked this segment so much they played it on their show on November 29. You hear CBC hosts Kathleen Petty and John Hancock comment on our work.