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December 2013 Archives

Ringing in the New Year with a pow wow

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Instead of raising a glass of bubbly at midnight, why not ring in the new year with a pow wow. Amanda Fox and her brother David Charette are two of the people behind Dancing in the New Year Traditional Pow Wow and Round Dance Social. They joined guest host Rebecca Zandbergen in studio to share the details.

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Amanda Fox and David Charette are organizers of the Dancing in the New Year Traditional Pow Wow and Round Dance Social, which is open to the public.

Marilou Moles dropped by our studio with some tips on dressing fashionably for a chilly New Year's Eve. You can find her blog here.

Silkken Laumann is playing a New Year's Eve show at Babylon tonight, where they're releasing their new CD.

Music

  • "Down Rideau Canal" by James Hill, from his album Flying Leap
  • "What are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Terra Hazelton, from her album Gimme Whatcha Got
  • "Fractured Moon Street" by Loon Choir, from their album Fire Poems
  • "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" by All and Chain, from their album Honky Tonk Blues
  • "Having a Party" by Sam Cooke
  • "Ya Basta" by Souljazz Orchestra, from their album Solidarity

Sparkling Wines for New Year's

natalie-maclean-wine-glasses-2013-lo.jpgOttawa journalist Natalie MacLean is editor of Ontario's largest wine review site. She shared her favourite bubblies with us for New Year's, whether you're heading out to a party, hosting one or staying in for a quiet evening.

Gift for the hostess: Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut ($29.95), or Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Champagne ($68.00).

When you're the host: Zonin Prosecco ($13.95) or Segura Viudas Reserva Cava Sparkling ($14.25).

For a special home dinner: Roederer Estate Brut ($24.90) or Steller's Jay Brut Sparkling Wine Sumac Ridge 2008 ($24.95).

Champagne Shabby-Chic Combos: Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne ($74.95) or Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Rose ($49.95).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday's show - links, info & music

Your chance to pick Canada's next great hockey song ends tonight at midnight. You can listen to all the tracks and vote here.

Check out Kate Porter's year-in-review of CBC Ottawa's in-depth stories here.

You can find out more about Popular Science Magazine's annual Invention Awards here.

Music

  • "Danse" by Hotel Morphee, from their album "Des Histories De Fantomes"
  • "Nyce 2 Know Ya" by K'Os from his latest album Black on Blonde
  • "I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind" by The Hornettes, from their self-titled E.P.
  • "Stranger to My Happiness" by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, from their forthcoming album Give the People What They Want 
  • "Promise Not To Think About Love" by Basia Bulat, from her latest album Tall Tall Shadow
  • "Water Under the Bridge" by Imaginary Cities, from their album Fall of Romance
  • "A Cold Road" by Danny Michel, from his latest album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
  • "Don't You Want Me" by Bahams & Weather Station, from the soundtrack to the new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • "Slippery" by Joel Fafard, from his album And Another Thing

Ottawa man recovers from sixth kidney transplant

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Back left to right: Philippe LaFrance, Jules LaFrance, Lise Kingsbury, David LaFrance
Seated on floor, Monique Damus

Receiving a kidney transplant can be a game changer. For people whose kidneys have failed, it's an opportunity to live a normal life again. Ottawa's David LaFrance knows the feeling. At 54, he's had six kidney transplants.Three of them came from his immediate family. He received his most recent transplant earlier this year. The CBC's Rebecca Zandbergen visited David, his three siblings and his father in Kanata earlier this year. David started by telling Rebecca how his kidneys failed when he was just 8 years old.
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Happy holidays from All in a Day

Christmas-Light-1[1].jpgIf you're celebrating Christmas or Kwanzaa this week, we hope you have a very merry one. Please note that we have no shows on Dec 25th, 26th, or 27th, so we'll be back on your airwaves on Dec 30th. Thanks, as always, for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Fontaine's Christmas Eve Review

Looking for some holiday entertainment? Film critic Robert Fontaine reviewed two new releases this week; Saving Mr. Banks and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. He shared his take on both movies with guest host Rebecca Zandbergen.

 

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Canada's Olympic women's hockey team finalized

The official roster for the Canadian Olympic women's hockey team was announced today. Lori Dupuis is a former member of that team -- she won gold with the national team at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. She gave guest host Rebecca Zandbergen her thoughts on the team this afternoon.

 
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Monday's show - links, info & music

More here about the Ottawa Kwanzaa Festival

More here about photographer Christophe Ledent's collection of Christmas lights photos  


Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Winter Days" by Doug Paisley, from the album Winter Days
  • "North Star" by Shannon Rose & the Rose


Between 4 & 5:

  • "Snow Miser Song" by Freelove Fenner
  • "I'm A Little Mixed Up" by Betty James
  • "Rain and Snow" by Be Good Tanyas from the album, Littlest Birds
Between 5 & 6
  • "You Already Know" by Arcade Fire, from the album Reflektor
  • "Economy Xmas" by Jeremy Fisher
  • "Love Song to Canada" by Jason Collett, from the album To Wit To Woo

Friday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about the Haunted Walk's special Christmas-themed tours

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Time Bomb" by the Weber Brothers
  • "Winter" by Craig Cardiff, from the album Floods & Fires

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Read the Stars" by Kellylee Evans
  • "Rideaux Luniaires" by Gozales, from the album Solo Piano II

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Holding on for Life" by Broken Bells, from the album After the Disco
  • "Lovin' Up a Storm" by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sex worker reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on prostitution

Today, the Supreme Court struck down all three laws around prostitution, ruling they're unconstitutional. Those laws include the prohibition of: keeping a brothel, living off the avails of prostitution, and street solicitation. The justices unanimously agreed that the laws violate the Charter guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.

 

The federal government has until December 2014 to re-write the laws if it chooses....so that they are compliant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

 

Caroline Newcastle (a pseudonym) has been working as an indoor sex worker for the past three years here in Ottawa. She's a member of P.O.W.E.R., which is an advocacy group for local sex workers, and we reached her for her reaction.

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • The Toronto Queer Zine Fair Collective's "Winter Survival Tour" stops at Pressed tonight
  • Ottawa Police are asking anyone with information about the murder of Amy Paul to call the major crime section: 613-236-1222, ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Something for All of Us" by Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs, from the album Stand Together, Fall Together
  • "Sure as the Weather" by Amos the Transparent, from the album Goodnight My Dear, I'm Falling Apart
  • "Ragtime" by Neko Case, from the album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Power Lines" by Telekinesis
  • "Winter Weather" by Diana Panton, from the album Christmas Kiss

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Five Hundred Miles" performed by Justin Timberlake, from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack
  • "I'll Keep You in My Heart" by Quartette, from the album Rocks and Roses

The safety of wood structures, continued

On yesterday's show we talked to the Canadian Wood Council, for their response to the massive Kingston fire that engulfed a wood structure. Today, in response to talk about the safety of wood structures, and the call to increase their maximum allowable height, we were joined by the Cement Association of Canada for its perspective.

 

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Robert reviews Inside Llewyn Davis

It's the latest from the Coen Brothers, this time focusing on the folk scene of NYC in the sixties...

 

 

Robert joined us with his thoughts on Inside Llewyn Davis.

 

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest finalists "Hit the Ice" by Rebecca and Gabrielle Murphy, and "Spirit of the Pond" by Jamie Ferguson
  • "Angie" by the Rolling Stones, from the album Goats Head Soup

Between 4 & 5:

  • "You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave)" by Ball & Chain, from the album The Hank Sessions
  • "Funk in Deep Freeze" by Chase Sanborn, from the album Sweet & Low

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Deep Freeze" by Sue Foley, from the album New Used Car
  • "Rave On" by Buddy Holly 

How safe are wooden structures?

kingston-fire.jpgWhen the fire broke out on Princess Street yesterday, many people said they saw it coming. Long before the blaze, some Kingston residents were calling the student housing complex a tinderbox, and taking their concerns to city council. Mayor Mark Gerretsen says he had misgivings of his own. He and others are raising concerns about the safety of constructing tall buildings out of wood. At the same time, advocates have been pushing for the building code to allow even TALLER wooden buildings. At Queen's Park, there's a private member's bill to increase the height limit from four to six storeys - and it passed second reading last month.

 

Michael Giroux supports that change to the building code. He's the president of the Canadian Wood Council, which represents Canada's wood products industry, and he joined us with his perspective.

 

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D is for Dinner: A Zimbabwean Christmas

sadza3.jpgThis weekend, the Zimbabwean Ottawa Community Association -- or ZOCA -- is holding a Christmas party, complete with musical entertainment and lots and lots of traditional food.

 

For a sample of what to expect, we invited ZOCA member Rumbidzai Vere to join us with some sadza. You can find the recipe here.

 

And if you'd like to taste some more, the ZOCA party is this Sunday at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall (1000 Byron Ave). Doors open at 5pm and tickets are $35.

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • The CBC Hockey Song Quest contest finalists we spoke to were Sal Piamonte and Furious Gord, and you can vote for them here
  • Luke's Gastronomy in Kingston will be closing on January 7th

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • Hockey song contest finalists "Best Game in Town" by Furious Gord and "Lay it on the Line" by Sal Piamonte

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Oh, Nelson" by Back-Talk Organ Trio, from their album Black Flower

Between 5 & 6:

  • "You're My Best Friend" by The Once
  • "Down the Boozer" by Mahones, from their Irish Punk Collection

Sleepless in Ottawa, thanks to LRT construction

All day and all night, a machine called a roadheader is carving out a tunnel for light rail beneath downtown Ottawa. And that's leading to sleepless nights for some of those living in an apartment building at Bronson and Albert, just above the construction. Stu Mills spoke with deputy city manager Nancy Schepers about the noise and the city's plans for residents.

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A banjo makes history

banjo.jpgHow do you get a five-string instrument to tell you a war story? The long, strange tale of a very old Canadian expeditionary force banjo discovered overseas will now be told at the Canadian War Museum. Stu Mills spoke with Alec Somerville, a banjo player and the finder of this interesting artifact.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday's show - links, info and music


 
  • Keenan Wellar's fan page for the Ottawa RedBlacks is here

 

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "I Think I Love You" by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, from their latest album That's It
  • "Comin Home Baby" by Emilie Claire Barlow, from her album Haven't We Met?

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Hair Baby" by Krista Muir, from her new album Guten Tag Gemini

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Driftin' Snow" by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, from the album South
  • "Only You" by Kellylee Evans from the album I Remember When

The RedBlacks draft a team

Ottawa-RedBlacks-Featured.jpgThe excitment for the Ottawa RedBlacks is growing more tangibly now. This morning, General Manager Marcel Desjardins announced Ottawa's first round CFL expansion draft picks.

 

Keenan Wellar spent much of his day tracking the CFL draft -- he's a RedBlacks season ticket holder, and come the summer, you'll find him parked in Section D, Row 27 of the new stadium at Lansdowne Park. He joined us with his analysis of the picks.

 

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Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Bison" by Loon Choir, from the album Fire Poems
  • "Paradise Here Abouts" by Howe Gelb with Voices of Praise, from the album Sno Angel Like You
  • "Dance Cry Dance" by Fevers, from the album No Room For Light

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Fleur des Bles" by Debussy, performed by Julie Nesrallah & Caroline Leonardelli, from the album Panache

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Cold Snap" by Weeping Tile, from the album Cold Snap
  • Live recording of Kathleen Edwards, Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard and Calexico performing "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show

Political panel, Dec 13: A year-end wrap-up

For the last political panel of 2013, Susan Delacourt has a theory: that the entire year in politics can be summed up with 5 Days in May (yes, it's a nod to Blue Rodeo...). Find out why below.

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • The class in "How to win an argument", taught by philosophy student Bejamin Miller, is tonight, offered through the Westboro Brainery

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Speedboats" by Grounders, from the album Wreck of a Smile
  • "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • "This Little Light of Mine" by Ernie Cox, from the album One More Time

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Hot Toddy" by Chet Atkins

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Marie les Bleus" by Jimmy Hunt, from the album Maladie d'Amour
  • "Allentown" by Billy Joel, from the album Nylon Curtain

Robert reviews Out of the Furnace

It has a star-studded, award-winning cast (Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe) and is directed by Scott Cooper...

 

 

...And our film reviewer Robert Fontaine has his thoughts on Out of the Furnace below.

 

 

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Do you really lose most of your body heat through your head?

hi-cold-weather-01968071.jpgIt's cold out. How cold it feels to you personally varies, but we can put a number on the temperature: about minus 10 on Thursday afternoon in Ottawa.

 

What's less certain is how to stay warm. We've probably all been told to put on a hat when we step outside on a day like this -- we're told a large percentage, somewhere between 40-80% of our body heat, is lost through the top of our head. But is that true?

 

We called up Ollie Jay for the answer. He's a professor at the University of Ottawa who studies human survival in extreme environments.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • The NAC Orchestra's FanFair is Sunday in the main foyer of the NAC, featuring live music and a singalong and a bake sale to benefit the Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank
  • See separate post below for info about our D is for Dinner guests and local holiday food markets
  • You can see "Hopes & Dreams" contest winner Heidi Bisch's painting in the Canadian galleries of the National Gallery tomorrow (Thu), as part of a special seasonal evening

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Take it Nice" by Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers, from the album Southland
  • "What I Got to Give" by MonkeyJunk, from the album All Frequencies
  • "Ordinary Love" by U2

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Gonna Have a Jubilee" by Deep Dark Woods, from the album Jubilee
  • "Frozen" by Daniel Lanois, from the album Belladonna

D is for Dinner: homemade treats from local Christmas markets

black-garlic-dec-11-2013.jpgFor a lot of people the Christmas season is about tradition. But that's not true of all the vendors at the upcoming local holiday markets. Our D is for Dinner guests this week are selling bold experiments in new flavours, for holiday menus and stocking stuffers.

 

Andrew Craig has been experimenting with black garlic. In fact he's raising money on the website Kickstarter, to make it more available to Canadians. He's also appearing at the Flavours of Ottawa market in Westboro this weekend (market info here). Also appearing is Tyler Steeves. Tyler will be selling some of the first bottles of his Treewell Sparkling Maple Sap drink. Both joined us in studio for a preview taste.

 

You can find Andrew's recipe for baked bananas with black garlic here.

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about iBeacon, the new technology talked about today by Dan Misener
  • The Auditor General of Ontario's annual report is viewable on her web site
  • Paul Wells' new book is The Longer I'm Prime Minister, and tonight he's signing copies (so too are Susan Delacourt and Brad Lavigne with their new books) at Hy's restaurant from 6-8pm

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Canned Goods" by Jeremy Fisher, from the album Mint Juleps
  • "Cape Breton Medley" by Leahy, from the album Leahy

Between 4 & 5:

  • "You Ain't No Good" by CanadAfrica, from the album Where's the One? 

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "End of the Road" by Gladys Knight & the Pips

The case of the missing Spiderman tray

Spiderman.JPGLong long ago, Alan ordered a vintage Spiderman TV tray to give as a gift. But it took a rather extended journey from the Ebay seller in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Luckily, Alan made the best of it, and got a lesson in the workings of Canada Post - just in time for the busy Christmas package delivery season.

 

 

 

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Paul Wells' portrait of Harper

wells.jpgThe new book by Macleans writer Paul Wells, The Longer I'm Prime Minister, paints a portrait of Stephen Harper for both supporters and detractors, a portrait that aims to explain his years in power and the secret to what some call a surprising success. Wells joined us in studio for a chat about the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • THANK YOU, All in a Day listeners -- you helped us raise over $136,000 for Shepherds of Good Hope!
  • The CMAJ is the publisher of the editorial on veterans and PTSD
  • Tomorrow is the Niigaan Winter Gala, featuring guest speakers on the topic of what's next for the Idle No More movement
  • The Mandela tribute we mentioned takes place tomorrow (Tues) at 1:15pm at the Human Rights Monument
  • Dawn McEwen is the Olympics-bound Ottawa curler on Jennifer Jones' rink

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Give a Little to Get a Little Back" by Mike Plume Band, from the album 8:30 Newfoundland
  • "Keeping it Real" by the Barra MacNeils, from the album All at Once

Between 4 & 5:

  • "We Made a Pact" by Hey Rosetta, from the album Into Your Lungs

 Between 5 & 6:

  • "I Can't Stand It" by the Velvet Underground, from the soundtrack CBGB
  • "Let Love Stand a Chance" by Charles Bradley, from the album Victim of Love
  • "Meaning of Love" by Two Hours Traffic, from the album Foolish Blood

Niigaan - a conversation about where Idle No More is headed next

niigaan.jpgMany credit Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat's hunger strike last year with igniting the early sparks of the Idle No More movement. Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the strike, and over at the NAC, an event will look back on where Idle No More has been during the past year, and where it's headed.

 

Joining us for a preview of that discussion were two guests -- Wab Kinew, director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg, and Jocelyn Formsma, law student at University of Ottawa and an organizer of Niigaan: In Conversation, at which Wab will speak tomorrow (details here).

 

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Hopes & Dreams overall winner: The Rampy

colin 1.jpgOur grand-prize winner in the Hopes & Dreams contest, in terms of overall money raised for Shepherds of Good Hope, was Colin Carson -- he raised almost $7,000! For that effort, we managed to convince the Ottawa Airport and Porter Airlines to let him be a "rampy" for the day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopes & Dreams second-place finisher: The Painter

hiedi.jpgAdam Seaby entered the Hopes & Dreams fundraising competition because he wanted to see his girlfriend, Heidi, get her dream of having a painting at the National Gallery come true. That's no small feat, but they managed to raise about $4800 for Shepherds of Good Hope, so we were up for the challenge...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopes & Dreams third-place finisher: The Ethnicity-Seeker

alicia.jpgComing in third place in our Hopes & Dreams fundraising contest, with over $2000 raised for Shepherds of Good Hope, was Alicia Bowler-Haddad. She wants to find out her true ethnicity, which is a mystery to her because she is adopted. We sent her DNA in for testing...

 

 

 

 

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Hopes & Dreams finalist #3: The TV Show Chef

Our third finalist in the Hopes & Dreams fundraising contest for Shepherds of Good Hope has always wanted her own cooking show. So we hooked her up with CBC TV's Our Ottawa program to see what we could do...

 

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Hopes & Dreams finalist #2: The Forensics Investigator

Our next Hopes & Dreams finalist is Lisa Vaters, who has always dreamed of working in forensics. And thanks to RCMP headquarters here in Ottawa, we were able to make Lisa's dream come true for the day...

 

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Hopes & Dreams finalist #1: The Climber

For the past few weeks we've been telling you about our Hopes & Dreams contest, where our listeners fundraised for Shepherds of Good Hope in exchange for us trying to make their dreams come true. One of our finalists is Chris Saunders, who has a fear of heights. And so, logically, he wanted to conquer it by climbing something really high...

 

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Celebrating the Shepherds

Today CBC Ottawa is raising money for the Shepherds of Good Hope, a shelter and social service organization in Lowertown. The CBC's Jeanne Armstrong has been gathering the stories of the people who make up the Shepherds community - the clients, the staff and the volunteers.

The Grocery and Clothing program at the Shepherds opens its doors twice a week to the surrounding neighborhood. Men and women in the area depend on the program for donated canned goods, bread and the odd piece of clothing. And while the donations keep coming, managers say the lineups are getting longer.




Ten years ago, Andre Parent was homeless.Fast forward to today, his life has turned around, and he works full-time repairing furniture. Since we first spoke with Andre last year, he's persuaded other Shepherds clients (including Guy, who's in the picture below) to pick up woodworking. Jeanne caught up with the group as participants were sanding down their latest project: walking canes.




The Shepherds' dedication to the chronically homeless is obvious when you visit the first floor of 256 King Edward Avenue. That's the home of a new program called TESP, which stands for Transitional Emergency Shelter Program. Jeanne went for a tour with social worker Paul Power.
  



We also have a sad update for you about a Shepherds client CBC told you about last year. Gary was an alcoholic and part of the Oaks' Managed Alcohol Program. He also suffered from Parkinson's and chronic lung disease, and in October, he passed away. Jeanne brought us the voices from his funeral service.




Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Night Night Stars" by Jane Monheit, from the album The Heart of the Matter
  • "Born to be Blue" by Mel Torme and Robert Wells, performed by Jane Monheit, from the album The Heart of the Matter
  • "Great Lakes" by Harlan Pepper, from the album Young and Old
  • "Battle Suite" performed by Souljazz Orchestra live at House of Paint

Between 4 & 5:

  • "He's My Baby" by Good2Go, from the album C'Mon

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Asimbonanga (Mandela)" by Johnny Clegg & Savuka, from the album Third World Child

Robert reviews Frozen and the Book Thief

Two reviews from Robert Fontaine this week. First up, Disney's Frozen...

 

 

And next, Robert has throughts on the Book Thief too.

 

 

You can hear his thoughts on both films below.

 

 

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Political Panel, Dec 5: Memories of Mandela

Our political panel this week reacts to the breaking news that former South African leader Nelson Mandela has died. Julie van Dusen and Susan Delacourt reflected on his political influence worldwide.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • See post above for how to win one of our fabulous prizes, including a recording session with Bova Sound, in our Day of Giving contest
  • See separate post for more info on the sufganiyot (donuts) brought to us by the Rideau Bakery
  • Steve Hill plays the NAC on Thursday

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "I've Rationed Well" by July Talk, from the album July Talk
  • "Trouble in Mind" by Ernie Cox, from the album One More Time
  • "Fluff" by Kelly McMichael, from the album Liminal

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Waves" by Skydiggers, from the album Northern Shore

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Money, That's What I Want" by Steve Hill, from the album Solo Recordings Vol. 1-1/2
  • "Long Road" by Steve Hill, from the album Solo Recordings Vol. 1-1/2

Steve Hill's one-man band

steve.jpgSteve Hill didn't set out to play the drums, guitar and harp all at once, by himself on stage. But now he's got an album, an EP, and another album on the way. And on December 5th he has a show at the NAC Fourth Stage. He dropped by the studio for a chat with Alan about his interesting musical journey and all the instruments that keep him company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bus brouhaha on Scott Street

People living on and near Scott Street aren't crazy about the idea of Transitway buses rumbling by throughout construction of the LRT. And they say what's worse is the city hasn't even talked to them about their views. Alan spoke with deputy city manager Nancy Schepers about the plan, and the epic meeting where residents aired their concerns.
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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Our tech columnist has more info here about the MPs' web site report cards and the "Digital Makeover" series he mentioned
  • Check out the the Capital Critics Award Circle for more theatre winners from last night
  • The OECD's report on education, math in particular, is here
  • Melanie Heroux is one of the finalists for a Celebration of People award, which get given out tonight
  • See post above for more info on the dream prizes we're offering up, in exchange for donations to Shepherds of Good Hope

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "High Hopes" by Bruce Springsteen, from the album High Hopes
  • "Home Sweet Home" by the Strumbellas, from the album We Still Move on Dance Floors
  • Live performance of "Hound Dog" by Jackie Richardson
  • "Please Don't Drive Me Away" by Sam Cooke, from the album Night Beat

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Ride On" by Scarlett Jane, from the album Stranger
  • "Canadian Shield" by Meredith Luce, from the album Creatures

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Corrina, Corrina" by Kruger Brothers, from the album Remembering Doc Watson
  • "Maiden" by Ukrainia, from the album Maiden
  • "Waltz for Luba" by Edwin Orion Brownell, from the album Journey of the Spirit

A Special Olympian, awarded for her work

celebration of people melanie.jpgMelanie Héroux has won gold, silver and bronze medals in her time swimming at the Special Olympics. But when she was born, doctors thought she'd never walk or talk.

 

Today Melanie is nominated for a Celebration of People Award. Every year, the awards mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. They recognize people in the community working to build a more accessible and inclusive Ottawa. Melanie is one of those people, and she joined us in studio.

 

Update: after our interview, at the awards, Melanie won in the sports category -- congrats to her!

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • You can read more about babies and allergen exposure on the Canadian Paediatric Society web site
  • See separate post above for our Shepherds of Good Hope fundraiser information
  • Chris Hadfield will be at the Merivale Costco from 5-8pm tonight
  • See separate post for our book panel's Christmas shopping suggestions

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Oh Brother" by Frank Turner, from the album Tape Deck Heart
  • "Blow Me a Kiss" by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, from the album South

Between 4 & 5:

  • Excerpt from "Sun Goes Down" by Level 42

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Grain of Salt" by Kashka, from the album Bound
  • "Living with the Blues" by Leon Redbone, from the album Red to Blue

Our book panel's holiday shopping picks

Our book panel, Sean Wilson and Ann Archer, was in today to give rapid-fire reviews of 10 books for all sort of people on your Christmas list.

 

Books for young readers:

  • Ann: Northwest Passage, illustrated by Matt James and lyrics by Stan Rogers
  • Sean: The Tree of Song from the Perilous Realm Trilogy by Thomas Wharton

Books for history buffs:

  • Ann: The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith
  • Sean: The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Fiction:

  • Ann: Road Ends by Mary Lawson
  • Sean: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Non-Fiction:

  • Ann: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  • Sean: Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

Misc. lifestyle/philosophy/self-help category recommendations:

  • Ann: The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  • Sean: Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

 

 

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Chris Hadfield's guide to life on earth

hadfield.JPGWhat it's like to walk in space is just one of the things covered in Chris Hadfield's new book,  An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Throughout, he's able to put you in the boots (and spacesuit) of those who've gazed upon the wonder of space, as well as in the station itself -- "There's an Alice in Wonderland moment where you pause to decide which way will be up", he writes, "it's subjective and no longer dependent on the law of gravity".

 

Among other things Alan learned as he read through the book: "Spitting is a very bad idea without the force of gravity to help stuff go down the drain and stay there"...the reason why part of the International Space Station is painted salmon...and how Chris Hadfield's nail clippings ended up being launched into the face of the commander for Expedition 34.

 

In the midst of quite-brilliantly described space stories, the former commander of the Space Station explains how all those experiences apply to life back on Earth. Including toilet fixing. About five times in the book he refers to the space toilet breaking down. Hadfield is of course back on earth now and in the midst of the book tour, and he joined us for a chat.

 

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Ian Rankin, in conversation with Alan

rankin.jpgScottish crime writer Ian Rankin appeared at the Ottawa Writers Festival this past weekend -- and Alan got to interview him on stage. You can hear the whole conversation below, including the part where a lucky All in a Day listener acted out a scene from the most recent Rebus book of Rankin's -- because the character she was playing was actually named after her...

 

(Want your name in a Rankin book? It's one of the prizes up for grabs this week in our fundraiser for Shepherds of Good Hope.)

 

 

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