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November 2013 Archives

Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Grant Lawrence reads from his new book, The Lonely End of the Rink, tonight at Pressed Cafe, along with live performances by Andrew Vincent and Chris Page
  • Lindi Ortega's show at the NAC is sold-out, but her new album Tin Star is available now

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Keep Me On Your Radar" by Chris Page, from the album Date with a Smoke Machine
  • "Sweetwater" by the Matinee, from the album We Swore We'd See the Sunrise

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Oak Tree" by Mark Berube, from the album Russian Dolls
  • "Home in the Country" by Melwood Cutlery, from the album Home in the Country

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Long Time Gone" by Norah Jones & Billy Joe Armstrong, from the album Foreverly
  • "Tin Star" by Lindi Ortega, from the album Tin Star
  • "Hard as This" by Lindi Ortega, from the album Tin Star

Political panel, Nov 29: BlackBerry Messenger secrecy concerns

A government watchdog is hung up over the government's potentially secretive use of BlackBerry Messenger -- and speaking of secrets, critics of the Tories say there are plenty where it concerns the senate scandal. That and more, on this week's political panel.

 

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Grant Lawrence's Lonely End of the Rink

LonelyEndRink.Cover_FINAL.pngCBC Radio Music's Grant Lawrence has just published his second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie. And in it, Grant describes broadcasting rink-side for the Hockey Summit of the Arts, which featured the somewhat, er, ragtag team the Ottawa Songbird Millionaires.

 

About watching the tournament, Grant writes, "I thought of how much of a thrill it was watching those teams play, how inspiring I found it." Inspiring because Grant's relationship with hockey in his younger years wasn't always thrilling...He joined us in studio to explain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Keep a Song in Your Soul" by Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five, from the album Bison Ranch Recording Session
  • "Wedding Band" by the Fiftymen, from the album Fiftymen
  • "The Fast Lane" by the Fiftymen, from the album Fiftymen

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Oregano" by Gonzales, from the album Solo Piano

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Loner" by the Beaches, from the album the Beaches
  • "Rodeo's Over" by Corb Lund with Ian Tyson, from the album Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

Corb Lund and Ian Tyson, touring cowboys

lanandcorb__large.jpgOne's a legendary songwriting cowboy; another's a younger descendant of cowboys. Corb Lund and Ian Tyson have teamed up to tour Canada, and they joined us ahead of their show this weekend at the NAC.

 

 

 

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How much should an employer accommodate a medical marijuana user?

rcmp-cpl-ronald-francis.jpgAn RCMP officer in New Brunswick is on desk duty right now. Cpl. Ron Francis has a prescription for medical marijuana, and his employer says he can't smoke while in uniform, in public. In fact, the RCMP has reportedly taken his uniform away.
 
The issue has many people wondering how work places accommodate employees who use medical marijuana. Eugene Oscapella is an Ottawa lawyer who teaches courses on drug policy at the University of Ottawa, and he joined us with his perspective. 

 

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • See separate post for D is for Dinner/fondue info
  • Tonight's meeting on safety in the Gloucester-Southgate area is at the Greenboro Community Centre, starting at 7:30
  • More info here about Canada Reads
  • For more info about winning a sledge hockey lesson from Herve Lord or other great "dream" prizes, see this post

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "You Don't Love Me Anymore" by Lynn Miles, performed by the Claytones, from the album Reserva
  • "Chez-moi" by Emilie-Claire Barlow, from the album Seule ce Soir

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Luxury" by High-Klassified, from the album Flexury
  • "Jackson Stomp" by Sheesham & Lotus & Son, from the album 1929

Concerns with the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Vince Li beheaded a Greyhound bus passenger. Guy Turcotte killed his own two young children. Both men were deemed Not Criminally Responsible, and both have been granted conditional releases since committing these crimes.

 

They're the kinds of high-profile stories that raised concern for the Conservative government.
Earlier this week, a contentious bill was reintroduced in parliament -- the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. The goal? To keep violent, "high-risk" offenders in custody for longer. Under the bill, mental health review boards would review an offender's case every three years, instead of annually. And the victims involved would be notified when an offender is released -- and where they intend to live.

 

NDP MP Wayne Marston sat on the justice committee last spring when the bill was being studied. But his family also has a personal experience with the not-criminally-responsible issue. Marston joined us in studio.

 

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D is for Dinner: fondue from Absinthe

fondue2.JPGAbsinthe Restaurant has begun offering Monday-night fondues -- an oil pot for cooking, and cheese and chocolate for dipping. And we hear at All in a Day can attest to the fact that the smell of the cheese fondue alone brings all the CBC folks down to the studio...

 

Below, you can hear chef and owner Patrick Garland talk about his fondue tips -- and you can find his recipe for cheese fondue here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Common People" by Pulp, from the album Different Class
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
  • "Suicide Blonde" by INXS

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Fingerprints" by Leonard Cohen, from Death of a Ladies' Man

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Tubthumbing" by Chumbawamba, from the album Tubthumper

 

Saddi Khali's lens

For Saddi Khali, taking photos isn't just about making beautiful images. It's about empowering people. It began with photographs he took of women he was dating, and the reaction they got from other black women. He's in Ottawa this month as Artist In Residence for 3Dreads and a Baldhead, and he spoke with Alan about his art.
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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • If you have information about the recent string of thefts targetting Asian restaurant workers, call police at 613-236-1222 x2638 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS)
  • See separate post above for info on our Hopes & Dreams contest and the prizes you could win
  • Rubina Ahmed-Haq spoke about consumer debt, and her web site is Always Save Money
  • "I Can't Believe It's Not..." starts tonight at the Manx, featuring the music of the Strokes, and gets underway around 10:30
  • And if you want to share an old diary entry with us, we'll be reading them on the show tomorrow (Tues)...Call 613-288-6519 and read a short entry to us from November 26th of whichever year you'd like...

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Aman" by Bombino, from the album Nomad
  • "Chickadeesong" by Christine Graves, from the album Wreckless Daughter
  • "Rotten Tooth" by Brock Zeman, from the album Rotten Tooth

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Voodoo Mama" by Lindi Ortega, from the album Tin Star

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Patch in Your Jeans" by Matthew Barber, from the album Matthew Barber
  • "Hard to Explain" by the Strokes, from the album Is This It
  • "Alone, Together" by the Strokes, from the album Is This It

Rockstar: patent protector, or bad for innovation?

rockstar-nortel-patent-company.jpgWhen people talk about Nortel these days, it's normally in the past tense. But the ghost of Nortel lives on, in the company that owns its patents. That company is called Rockstar, and it's making huge waves in the high tech world -- going after Google, Samsung and other giants, accusing them of stealing its intellectual property.

 

We talked about Rockstar's recent lawsuits on this program a few weeks ago. The company has offices here, in Kanata -- filled with people who used to work for Nortel. Now they protect the Nortel patents, and say they're writing a happy ending to the Nortel tragedy. But others aren't so sure it's a happy ending -- in fact, some go as far to call Rockstar a patent "troll". All in a Day's Susan Burgess joined us to explain why.

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Police warn of thieves targeting homes of Asian restaurant owners

Ottawa Police say thieves have broken into the home of yet another Asian restaurant owner. That makes 12 similar cases in the past month. If you have information about the recent string of thefts, call police at 613-236-1222 x2638 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS). Staff-Sgt. Kal Gadbhan gave Alan an update on the investigations. 

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Hopes & Dreams contest: donate to a great cause, and help a person's dream come true!

shepherds.jpgThis year we're once again holding our Hopes & Dreams contest -- that's where we make some listeners' dreams come true, in exchange for their (and your) donations to Shepherds of Good Hope.

 

You may remember that last year, we helped listeners fulfil dreams of crushing a car, meeting Mr. Darcy, becoming a stand-up comedian...And this year, we have 6 finalists vying for the chance to have their dreams come true too.

 

Our finalists have less than a week to fundraise as much as they can for Shepherds, and the top finalists will have their dreams fulfilled with our help. And you can help them too -- by donating to Shepherds, and choosing whichever dream you'd like to support. Just click on the finalist's name to donate!

 

Our finalists are:

  • Colin, who wants to try out being a "rampy" at the Ottawa Airport
  • Lisa, who wants to be a forensic investigator for a day
  • Bailey, who wants her own cooking show
  • Adam, who wants his girfriend Heidi's art to hang at the National Gallery for a day
  • Alicia, who wants to find out her true ethnicity
  • Chris, who wants to overcome his fear of heights by climbing a tower

You've got until Nov 24th at midnight to support one of our dreamers!

 

 

Here's Chris and Lisa making their pitch to Alan.

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Here's Adam and Colin making their pitch to Alan.

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Here's Bailey and Alicia making their pitch to Alan.

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Peter Scotchmer's diary-writing workshop this weekend is now sold out, but you can check out other OPL writing programs here
  • There are a few Typhoon Haiyan-related fundraisers coming up -- here's a quick overview:
  1. Our guest Regina Sosing talked about the Save Typhoon Haiyan's Victims fundraiser. That takes place on Sunday starting at 2pm at Dominion University College (96 Empress St. in Chinatown) with a ecumenical prayer service, and then a concert from 3-5. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Red Cross, as well as donations of other items such as non-perishable food and clothing.
  2. The Zumbathon Philippines Charity Event is November 30th from 5-6:30pm at the St. Laurent Complex (525 Cote St.). Tickets and reservations: 613-263-4794 or worldfusionfitness@gmail.com
  3. Block Love is at Orange Art Gallery on December 3rd from 4:30-8pm; it's a holiday block party with funds going to UNICEF.
  4. Lorraine and Henry Fernando are organizing Philippines Forward to take place on December 4th from 5-10pm at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Art will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to UNICEF.
  • The Balconies play at Canterbury High School tonight; doors open at 7

 

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Advice on Bioluminescent Bears" by BOATS, from the album A Fairway Full of Miners
  • "The Last Bar" by Rachel Davis, from the album Turns

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Puson Bato" by Alon

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Gravy Train" by Soul Motivators, from the album Soul Motivators
  • "The Slo" by the Balconies, from the album Fast Motions

Political panel, Nov 22: And yet more senate scandal

What exactly did the Prime Minister know about the Mike Duffy scandal? It's the question that reporters and opposition have been firing for weeks now, and this week, those questions have intensified as the RCMP expanded its probe into the $90,000 the PM's chief of staff gave to Senator Duffy.

 

But what was the Prime Minister's role when it comes to the senate committee report, and the relationship with Deloitte? Joining us now to talk about what has been another very busy week in politics was our political panel -- this week, Glen McGregor and Elizabeth Thompson.

 

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Prayer service and concert for Typhoon Haiyan victims

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It's been two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the eastern seaboard of The Philippines and its central islands. Today, officials say the confirmed death toll has passed the five-thousand mark. 

On Sunday afternoon, Tinig Pinoy co-presents a fundraiser here in Ottawa to help those who affected by the natural disaster. All money collected will go to the Canadian Red Cross. 

Regina Sosing, co-organized the event, and joined Alan in studio with the details. He also reached Jennifer Navarro Egloff at her Ottawa home as she prepared to send care packages to her relatives in West Samar.  

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "It's Dark" by Paul Langlois, from the album Not Guilty
  • "Retirement" by Paul Langlois, from the album Not Guilty
  • "Take the High Road" by Peter Hum Quartet, from the album Boy's Journey

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  • "So Danco Samba" by Bet.E & Stef, from the album Bet.E & Stef: Remix Deluxe
  •  "Take the High Road" by Peter Hum Quintet, from the album Everybody Smokes in Hell

Robert reviews Eat Sleep Die

The European Union Film Festival is underway, and Robert Fontaine took a look this week at Sweden's offering, Eat Sleep Die.

 

 

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Order of Ottawa's Roberta Della Picca

After 35 years of being a community volunteer and advocate, Roberta Della Picca is being invested into the Order of Ottawa. Alan caught up with her before the ceremony.
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Remembering squash player Adrian Dudzicki

adrian.jpgYesterday, squash player Adrian Dudzicki died after being struck by a car in Toronto. His friend and first coach, Johnny Wilson, told Alan Neal what Adrian was like on and off the court. 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • John Allaire and the Confederation play tomorrow (Thu) night at the Mayfair Theatre, and the new collaborative album is called Peace Love and Understanding Vol 1
  • See separate post for D is for Dinner and Parang event info
  • More info here about MPP Randy Hillier's recall legislation

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Better Run" by John Allaire with Shannon Rose, from the album Peace Love and Understanding Vol 1
  • "You Ain't Got the Nerve" by John Allaire with Al Wood, from the album Peace Love and Understanding Vol 1
  • "We Parangin' Song" by Los Pajaros
  • "Parang Bassman" by Los Pajaros

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Rainy Saturday" by Hayden, from his new album Us Alone
  • "Guardian" by Pony Girl, from their new album Show Me Your Fears
Between 5 & 6:

  • "Are You Flying with a Different Bird?" by Elwins, from their album And I Thank You
  • "That's All" by Diana Panton
  • "There's A Beast and We All Feed It" by Jake Bugg, from his new album Shangri La

John Allaire's new supergroup

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On Thursday, John Allaire's new supergroup, The Confederation, launches its new album at the Mayfair Theatre. The concert is a fundraiser for a place John got to know well three years back -- the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

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D is for Dinner: Celebrating Parang with coconut sweet bread

sweet-bread.jpgParang is a style of music and a time to celebrate in the communities of Trinidad and Tobago. And we brought the celebration right to our studio, as we invited Resa Solomon-St. Lewis of Baccanelle catering and Ingrid John-Baptiste to share some Trini treats ahead of a Parang event this weekend.

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Click here for Resa's recipe for coconut sweet bread.

 

And if you're inspired to check out more treats and music, head to Ottawa City Hall this Sunday starting at 1:30pm for a Parang celebration. Tickets available at Mugena's on Richmond Rd, or by calling 613-834-4282.

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "I'm not Falling Asleep" by Andy Shauf, from the album Bearer of Bad News
  • "Little Bug" by Gabrielle Papillon, from the album Little Bug
  • "The Little Things" by Delbert & the Commotions, from the album Let Me See Ya Dance

Between 4 & 5:

  • "To Love Somebody" by the Bee-Gees, performed by Bobby Banzini and Serena Ryder
  • "One For Gerry" by Steve Boudreau & Garry Elliot, from the album Pre-Dawn Skies

Gatineau chef wins Gold Medal Plates

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The owner of Chez Edgar, a tiny restaurant in Gatineau, has just won a place at the Canadian Culinary Championships table. Marysol Foucault told Alan all about how she pulled off her foodie feat with the help of some brown butter rabbit liver mousse.

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The story of the Investigator's search for the Franklin expedition

franklin.jpgA new book called Lost Beneath the Ice by Andrew Cohen looks at the story of the HMS Investigator and its search for Franklin and his crew. 

 

Now, Parks Canada is on its own search for the Franklin ships.  And as part of that project they found the H-M-S Investigator in 2010. Marc-AndrĂ© Bernier is the chief underwater archeologist with Parks Canada, and he led the team that dove down to the site of the long-lost ship.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • Diane Koven's book on adoption is called Who Am I Really?
  • Ottawa Nav is the new commuter app by the City of Ottawa
  • Positive Change is holding a vigil at 7pm on Parliament Hill for to remember the 50 Somali-Canadian victims of gun violence, and then screening a gun violence film afterward in the Senate Room (083) of the University of Ottawa's Tabaret Hall
  • Author Lauren Oliver is at the OPL's Centrepointe branch tonight at 7
  • Jason Tetro's new book is the Germ Code

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Funny 'Bout Love" by Ray Bonneville, from the album Bad Man's Blood
  • "Rock n' Roll Song" by Valdy

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Blue Gold" by Franky Selector, from the album Under the Midnight Sun

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Sparks" by Boreal Sons, from the album Threadbare
  • "Mean Streets" by Tennis, from the album Small Sound

Lauren Oliver's cure for love

lauren.JPGYoung adult literature fans have fallen for the works of Lauren Oliver, whose Delerium triology chronicles a world where love is banned, leading to revolution. Oliver's in town tonight for an OPL event at the Centrepointe branch, and she joined us for a sneak preview of her new book Panic.

 

 

 

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • The Scotland Tonight concert, featuring a special tribute to Michael Bleakney, takes place tomorrow night at the Bronson Centre
  • More infomation here about the campaign by the National Association of Federal Retirees
  • Malcolm Fraser's book Wooden Stars: Innocent Gears will be launched at Raw Sugar Cafe at 5pm on Sunday
  • The show featuring Joe and Joel Fafard is, unfortunately, sold out!

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Scots Wha Ha'e" by the Canadian Celtic Choir, from the album Here's to Song
  • "Dh'Fhalbh mo Nighean Chruinn, Donn" by Mary Jane Lamond, from the album Gaelic Songs of Cape Breton
  • "Today I Sing the Blues" by Melissa Stylianou, from the album Silent Movie\

Between 4 & 5:

  •  "Agonies of Hell" by the Wooden Stars

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Jericho" by Souljazz Orchestra, from the album Solidarity
  • "Balloon Boys" by Raleigh, from the album New Times in Black and White
  • "Ain't No Grave" by Joel Fafard and Joel Schwartz

Political Panel, Nov 15: tension between the provinces and the feds

The provinces and the feds are butting heads on a lot of issues these days. First, the thorny question of the Senate, and the federal government's push for reform; we talked earlier this week about the Supreme Court hearings on that topic. But that's not the only bee in the provinces' bonnet.

 

The premiers met as a group today to talk about many other points of contention, from job training programs to foreign investment. Meantime, back on Parliament Hill, preparations are underway for several byelections - including one in Ford country.

 

And speaking of elections...a judge lifted a publication ban today in the case of misleading robocalls in the 2011 campaign. Our political panel is in to help us sort through it all...

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A tribute to Michael Bleakney

bleakney.jpgWhen Ar n'Oran takes to the stage at the annual Scotland Tonight concert this weekend, a voice will be missing.

 

Michael Bleakney was a member of the choir, and he was one of six people killed two months ago in the collision between an OC Transpo bus and a VIA rail train. And tomorrow, Ar n-Oran, including Bleakney's wife and daughter, will pay tribute to him.

 

Beth Bisaillion is the pipe major for the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band and the concert organizer, and Randy Waugh is the leader of the Ar n-Oran Gaelic Choir. Both joined us with memories of their friend.

 

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All in a Day Hopes & Dreams 2013: your dreams come true, and you help a great cause too

What have you always wanted to do? Star in a play? Get a master class with a bakerPlay a big church organ? Crush a car?

 

We made all those things happen for All in a Day listeners last year, in exchange for their fundraising efforts for the Shepherds of Good Hope. And they had quite the experiences -- just look at our car crusher!

 

 

The Shepherds is once again the chosen charity for CBC Ottawa's annual day of giving on December 6th. And to build up to that, we're going to make more listeners' dreams come true.

 

Over the next few days, we want you to share your dreams with us. Then, at the end of this week, we'll choose five finalists, based on originality of the idea and our ability to actually make it come true. If you're one of our finalists, you'll have until midnight on Thursday, November 21st to raise as much money as you can for the Shepherds of Good Hope. Our top fundraiser will have their dreams come true!

 

You give, we give - and the Shepherds wins too. It's the perfect formula.

 

So here's the drill:

 

1. Write a description of your dream. Feel free to include some background information and a little something about yourself, but be sure to keep it to a maximum of 200 words.

 

2. Take a photograph of yourself depicting your dream, in whatever creative way you can come up with.

 

3. Send both to us at allinaday@cbc.ca by no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

 

Full rules and regulations after the jump.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • Pete Hammond is one of the songwriters performing at tonight's Voices benefit concert for mental health programs at the Royal; it's at the NAC 4th Stage at 7:30
  • See post above for Hopes & Dreams contest info!
  • The documentary Bite Me screens tonight on Doc Zone
  • You can see the presentation/report on women's safety here

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Lonely" by Loudlove, from the album Seven Days to Shine

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Hard Miles" by the Stanfields, from the album For King and Country

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Superhero" by Groenland, from the album The Chase
  • "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt, from the album Luck of the Draw

Robert reviews Our Man in Tehran

 

 

Argo may have been based on the story of the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, but it upset people for minimizing the role of the Canadians in the "Canadian Caper." The documentary Our Man in Tehran aims to tell the whole story, and Robert reviewed it for us.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

We're literally phoning it in today, as we broadcast from payphones in downtown Ottawa, to draw attention to the CRTC's request for public comments on the future of payphones.

  • To send your comments to the CRTC about the future of payphones, go here
  • East India Company delivered takeout to us at a phone
  • We spoke to Operation Come Home about the importance of payphones to that organization; their number is 613-230-4663
  • CITIG is the organization looking at phones in emergency situations
  • Jason Tetro is the "germ guy"
  • Ian Tamblyn sang our phone booth song

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Old Ma Bell" by Downchild Blues Band, from the album It's Been So Long
  • "Phone Booth" by Kevin Fox, from the album Songs for Cello & Voice

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Memphis" by Chuck Berry
  • "Last Payphone in Parkdale" by Creaking Tree String Quartet, from the album Sundogs

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Hanging on the Telephone" by Blondie
  • Live performance from a Chelsea phone booth by Ian Tamblyn 

 

 

All in a Day, the phoning-it-in edition

alan on phone.jpgSo today we decided to send Alan to various payphones in the downtown area, and make him broadcast from there. And heck, why not have all of our guests call in from payphones too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And why, you ask? Well, the CRTC is asking for Canadians' input into the future of payphones -- namely, would you miss the last payphone in your community if it disappeared? Do they even matter anymore, in an age of cellphones and constant connectivity? We decided to find out ourselves.

 

Our payphone journey began, naturally, with the CRTC. Barbara Motzney called us from a payphone to explain why the commission is looking at this issue.

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Next, we couldn't pass up our usual Wednesday D is for Dinner feature. We asked the East India Company to deliver to the payphone where Alan was stationed...

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payphone OCH.JPGPayphones are a lifeline for some people. Operation Come Home joined us to explain why the phones matter to its clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday's show - info, links & music

 

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Sufficiently Suffonsified" by Wordburglar, from the Sufficiently Suffonsified single
  • "Mister Roboto" by Styx, from the album Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)

Between 5 & 6:

  • "You've Got A Hold On Me" by Smokekiller
  • "I Got Everything I Need Almost" by Downchild Blues Band, from the album Oh What A Feeling
  • "Can You Hear The Music" by Downchild Blues Band, from their new album Can You Hear The Music

 

Mandatory minimum sentences ruling

Ontario's Court of Appeal ruled today that mandatory minimum sentences are a form of cruel and unusual punishment in some cases. Namely, for charges of unlawful gun possession. Judges looked at six cases to make the ruling, including one involving an Ottawa man charged in a string of grocery store robberies. Alan spoke with criminal lawyer Solomon Friedman about the ruling and its implications.

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Colin Mochrie fools with the classics

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Actor and comedian Colin Mochrie messes with masterpieces of literature in his new collection of short stories. He dropped by the All in a Day studio to talk with Alan Neal about Not Quite The Classics.

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Monday's show - links, info & music


Music 

Between 3 & 4:
  • "Remembrance Day" by Bobby Watt, from the album Watt Next
  • "Please Do" by Pony Girl, from the album Show Me Your Fears
  • "Party Too Long" by Lynn Miles, from the album Downpour
  • "The Gentle Rain" by Astrud Gilberto, from the album The Gentle Rain
Between 4 & 5:
  • "Weather Vane" by David Francey, from the album So Say We All 
  • The Bug" by Terry Gomes, from the album Shh
Between 5 & 6: 
  • "Waitin' For The Bus" by ZZ Top, from the album Tres Hombres

Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Shad plays Ritual nightclub tonight
  • More info about fundraising for Phillippines typhoon relief here
  • The "Surf and Turf" festival takes place at Irene's Pub this weekend -- more info here

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "More than a Hero" by Karyn Ellis, from the album More than a Hero
  • "Shake It (Like it's on Fire)" by Fiftymen, from the album Fiftymen

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Y'all Know Me" by Shad, from the album Flying Colours
  • "Thank You" by Shad, from the album Flying Colours
  • "Dil e Naalaan" by the Mushfiq Ensemble
  • "Sirenia" by Rykka, from the album Kodiak

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Wealthy Poet" by Geoff Berner, from the album Victory Party
  • "A Plethora of Pinatas" by the Reverb Syndicate
  • "Shiver Me Timbers" by Fuad and the Feztones

Political panel, Nov 8: scandals of the Ford, senate and Trudeau "ladies night" sort

Another week, another spate of scandals for our political panel to sort through...Well, more like the scandals that just won't go away, when it comes to the senate and to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and one smaller one involving how a Justin Trudeau fundraiser was advertised.

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Shad's flying pop culture references

shad.JPGShad's got a great new album out called Flying Colours -- and "flying" is a good way to describe how quickly and deftly the pop culture references are tossed off his tongue. Ahead of his show at Ritual tonight, Shad joined us in studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • The youth addiction program we spoke about is S.T.E.P.
  • More info here about the Memory Project for war veterans' stories
  • Hannah Georgas plays the NAC tonight and tomorrow (but tomorrow is sold out!)
  • If you have information about missing man Jehangir Balsara, call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext 2355

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Along the Line" by Grounders, from the album Wreck of a Smile
  • "I Lost Myself" by Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk, from the album Over Land and Sea

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Waiting Game" by Hannah Georgas, from her iTunes session EP
  • "Stay" by Rihanna, performed by Hannah Georgas, from her iTunes session EP

Between 5 & 6:

  • "John, I'm Only Dancing" by David Bowie, performed by Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, from the album Paper Bag Records vs. the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Robert reviews Enders Game and Escape from Tomorrow

Robert Fontaine has 2 films up for review this week: First, the somewhat surreal, Disney-unapproved Escape from Tomorrow...

 

 

And then Robert has a few thoughts on Enders Game too.

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Premier Wynne on the fall economic statement

Premier Kathleen Wynne joined us today to give the details behind the province's fall economic statement, which includes tax incentives for big businesses to spend, a long-term infrastructure plan law, and a promise to balance the books by 2018.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • Tim Cope is the author of On the Trail of Gengis Khan, and he's speaking about the book tonight at 7 at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library
  • See separate post below for our D is for Dinner feature on "TV Dinners" at ZenKitchen
  • Ottawa Lawyers Feed the Hungry's production of Still Looking for Paradise opens tonight at Ottawa Little Theatre
  • Sultans of String play the Black Sheep Inn this weekend

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "The Road" by The Matinee, from the album We Swore We'd See the Sunrise
  • "Commes des Enfants en Cavale" by Alexandre Poulin, from the album Le Mouvement des Marees

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Bright Lights" by Matchbox 20, from the album More Than You Think You Are
  • "Road to Kfarmishki" by Sultans of String, from the album Symphony!
  • "Emerald Swing" by Sultans of String, from the album Symphony!

Senators explain their voting on the suspension process

The Senate scandal reached new and unprecedented heights last night, with the three Senators at the centre of it all getting the boot. The Senate voted to suspend senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau over questionable spending; all three lose their pay cheques but keep their medical benefits. It is the first time any senator has been sanctioned in this way without being convicted of a criminal offence.

 

We were joined by two senators who took part in that vote last night -- James Cowen is the Liberal Leader in the Senate, and he abstained on all three votes. Scott Tannas is a Conservative Senator who voted in FAVOUR of all three suspensions.

 

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D is for Dinner: what does Downton Abbey taste like?

ZenKitchen_DowntonAbbey-10.jpgToday on D is for Dinner, Zen Kitchen executive chef Kyle Mortimer-Proulx brought in a meal inspired by Downtown Abbey. It's part of their new monthly "TV Dinner" series, where they attempt to represent shows in a more, well, delicious format. Kyle joined Alan to explain, and share his recipe for a beetroot salad.

 

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Understanding Rob Ford

Ford.jpgThe mayor of Toronto shocked everyone this week by admitting he'd used crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor." It's led many to call on him to get help for his problem. Michael Bryant is one person who'd like to see that happen. He's a former attorney general of Ontario who's written about his own addiction to alcohol in a memoir. Alan spoke with him about his thoughts on Rob Ford.

 

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Lawyers and police take to the stage for a good cause

lawyer play.jpgFor weeks over at the Ottawa Police Station, there's been an ongoing conflict that went from the police gym, into the boardroom, as lawyers and police, both officers and the chief, faced off on an unusual subject: Shale gas.

 

It's because those lawyers and police are all in the play, Still Looking For Paradise -- a production of the company Ottawa Lawyers Feed The Hungry. They fundraise for the kitchens at the Ottawa Mission.

 

Among those on stage will be Paul Gallant -- in real life, an Ottawa Police inspector, but on stage, the president of Green Futures International. Inspector Gallant joined us in studio for a preview, as did lawyer and playwright Ian Stauffer.


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Photo: Police Chief Charles Bordeleau gets "arrested" on stage

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "He's My Woman" by Louise Burns, from the album The Midnight Mass
  • "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen

Between 4 & 5:

  • "I Can't Stand It" by the Split, from the album The Split
  • "Brave New World" by Saxsyndrum, from their album Flying Fortress

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Yall Know Me" by Shad, from his new album Flying Colours

Toy testing kids

kid testers.jpgIan and Colleen Sanders are a couple of lucky kids. Each year, they get to play with some of the hottest new toys, to pick the best ones of the year for the annual report of the Canadian Toy Testing Council. Alan spoke with them - and their mother Carrie, who happens to be the chair of the council's evaluation committee - about their newest favourites.

 

 

 

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Ain't My Day" by Head of the Herd, from the album By This Time Tomorrow

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Lightning Tent" by Wildlife, from the album On the Heart

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Dancing Spines" by Still Life Still, from the album Mourning Trance

November book panel: Giller predictions, picks and pans

For this month's book panel, Ann Archer and Sean Wilson tried their best to predict the Giller winner. And -- spoiler alert -- they weren't especially successful. But they had great opinions and insights into the 5 shortlisted books.

 

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The intimate relationship between women and alcohol

drink.jpgExperts from across Canada are in Ottawa this week, for the national conference of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Marijuana, prescription painkillers and harm reduction programs are all on the agenda - just as they are often in the headlines. But Ann Dowsett Johnston is here to speak about a more hidden epidemic: alcohol abuse, by women in particular.

 

Dowsett Johnston's new book is called Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. It's about her own troubled relationship with the drug, and the rise of risky drinking by women as a group - especially well-educated and successful women. She joined us with more detail.

 

 

 

 

 

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How a passion for helping Somali youth turned into an award

It was 1996, the year Mohamed Islam moved to Canada from his home in Somalia. He was only thirteen years old -- and he arrived by himself. He knew next to nobody. And he wished there was more support for newcomers.

 

Fast forward 17 years later -- and Mohamed is receiving an award for his work, helping newcomers like him adjust to Ottawa. He's one of the recipients of tonight's Community Safety Awards in Ottawa, and he joined us in studio.

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • The Great Mo-Ments in Bytown exhibit is on now at the Bytown Museum
  • CSV Architects is receiving a Heritage Canada award for renovating the Old Ottawa South Community Centre

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Moustache is King" by Jack Pine & the Fire
  • "(So Long) Charlotte" by Rueben DeGroot, from the album Rocket Surgery

Between 4 & 5:

  • "This New Country" by the Skydiggers, performed by Angela Desveaux, from the album She Comes Into the Room
  • "What Do I Get?" by Cuff the Duke, from the album In Our Time Part II

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Venus at Your Back" by Hilotrons, from the album At Least There's Commotion
  • "Universally Known/Already Forgotten" by Wild Domestic, from the album Wild Domestic
  • "Cursed Wind" by Kashka, from the album Bound

Political panel, Nov 1: senate senate senate, and the Conservative convention

It seems there's ALWAYS more to this story about Senate expenses...whether we've heard enough or not. No doubt the prime minister's had HIS fill, after a second helping of Mike Duffy on Monday. But alas, it's not Stephen Harper's lot to curl up under a blanket at 24 Sussex this weekend. He's in Calgary, with The Base we keep hearing about - you know, those people to whom Senate expense rules were "inexplicable." Now, some of them are calling for an explanation of the whole affair.

Our political panel is following the drama in Calgary from afar this week, but there's plenty to monitor in Ottawa as well. In court documents obtained by CBC News, the RCMP allege that Senator Pamela Wallin committed fraud and breach of trust by making inappropriate expense claims between 2009 and 2012. For a look at the latest developments, we were joined by Julie van Dusen and Susan Delacourt.

 

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Historical moustachioed men for Movember

great moments.jpgWhen Grant Vogl set up his latest exhibit at the Bytown Museum, he used handlebars, bulletheads, and mutton chops...all for a study of Ottawa's history in moustaches.

 

It's an exhibit in honour of Movember, the annual campaign where men raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research by growing moustaches and getting sponsors.
Regular participant Vogl, Bytown's collections and exhibitions manager, decided to raise funds at the museum, with a box set up in a little room where he has posted archival photos of men in Ottawa's past who do indeed sport some pretty impressive staches. It's called "The Great Mo-Ments in Bytown", and Alan got a preview this week.

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