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The Consequences Of Hoarding

Fionn Kidney
Excessive hoarding can cause emotional distress and isolation from friends and family.

What might start out as simple collecting or the inability to throw something out, can eventually lead to overloading a home or apartment with stacks of unwanted junk. And that can eventually result in isolation, unsafe conditions and even squalor.

Mike Ohler and Brooke Hadwen, members of the Chittenden County Hoarding Task Force, discuss the consequences of hoarding and how someone can break the cycle. And we hear from Vermont State Director  of the Humane Society of the United States Joanne Bourbeau about animal hoarding.

Also on the program, the ongoing Charbonneau Commission and the recent
Project Clemenza roundup has put Mafia activity in Quebec back in the public spotlight. Montreal Gazette Crime Reporter Paul Cherry provides an update on recent Mafia revelations.

Broadcast live on Thursday, July 10 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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