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January 2014 Archives

Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Laugh Out Loud is taping in Ottawa as part of the Cracking Up the Capital comedy festival
  • Miguel de Armas and Tracey Brown will perform together on Sunday at the Almonte Old Town Hall at 3pm; tickets are available at Mill Street Books in Almonte
  • Yohanan Demeke is one of the winners of community builder awards for Black History Month; the awards will be given out at Library and Archives Canada from 2-4pm tomorrow
  • Jully Black plays the NAC tonight, but unfortunately it's sold out

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Cryin' Shame" by Lyle Lovett, from the album Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
  • "How Can You Turn Around" by Northcote, from the album Northcote
  • "To Drive the Cold Winter Away" by Barry Phillips, from the album Beautiful Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Between 4 & 5:

  • live music by Miguel de Armas and Tracey Brown
  • "My Life Be Like" by Grits

 Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Etta's Tune" by Roseanne Cash, from the album The River and the Thread
  • recording of Jully Black performing Blue Rodeo's "Cynthia"
  • "Leave the Lights On" by Jully Black, from her upcoming record Made in Canada

Political panel, Jan 31: The no-longer Liberal senators

The big news in politics this week was of course Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's decision to kick Liberal senators out of the caucus. Julie van Dusen and Susan Delacourt joined us with their analysis of that bombshell, as well as how well Minister Julian Fantino handled the veterans in his portfolio at a scheduled meeting.

 

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Yohanan Demeke's award-winning dance classes

yohanan.jpgOK, so Alan needs to work on his hip hop poses. But Yohanan Demeke is a natural, because she's got lots of experience teaching hip hop dance to newcomer youth at the Catholic Immigration Centre. Yohanan is only 14, but her dedication to helping and inspiring new Canadians has netted her a Black History Month award. She joined us to celebrate.

 

 

 

 

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Jully Black reveals details of her upcoming new album

jully allan.jpgIt's been a long wait for Jully Black fans -- 4 months since her last record. But fear not -- a new one is really and truly on the way. Jully revealed all the details when she stopped by the studio on the eve of a sold-out NAC show.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Hudson Girl" by Jon Brooks, from the album Delicate Cages
  • "Cape Mercy" by Ian Tamblyn, from the album Connected: Songs from the Students on Ice

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Off the Main Drag" by Leif Vollebekk, from the album North Americana

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Pink Emerson Radio" by Kathleen Edwards, from the album Back to Me
  • "Young at Heart" by Cameron Wallis, from the album Calling Dexter

E-petitions: Not just for deporting celebrity bad boys

A petition on the "We The People" website has attracted so many signatures, the White House will be forced to officially respond to a demand that Justin Bieber be deported. But NDP MP Kennedy Stewart says e-petitions can be put to much more noble uses. His private member's motion to bring them to Canada's Parliament passed this week by just a couple of votes. He spoke with Alan about his campaign
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Brent Butt stops in Ottawa

brent and alan.jpgWe're not totally sure what's going on in that photo of Brent Butt and Alan there, but we do know that it was a pleasure to welcome Brent Butt on the show again. Before he got talking about his new film and his latest comedy tour, however, Alan felt the need to reflect back on what happened during their last conversation....

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert reviews My Stuff

The premise: a man puts all of his belongings in storage, and allows himself to retrieve only one item per day (yes, that includes underwear and food). How does he fare? That's what the documentary My Stuff explores.

 

 

Film reviewer Robert Fontaine shares his thoughts on My Stuff below.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • See separate post below for recipe and info on the "Happy Chef"

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Mountain Climber" by Jack Pine & the Fire, from the album Jack Pine & the Fire
  • Excerpt of "Queen of the Furrows" by the Tragically Hip

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Renata" by Glen Hansard, from the album Drive All Night

Trudeau removes senators from Liberal caucus

This morning, Justin Trudeau kicked all 32 Liberal senators out of caucus. He says it will combat patronage and partisanship in the Senate. For reaction, Alan reached newly independent Senator Jim Munson.

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Ukraine protest on Parliament Hill

Demonstrators marched in Ottawa today in support of people in Ukraine, where anti-government protests have turned violent. Alan spoke with demonstrator Lada Roslycky about what Ukraine needs from the international community.

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D is for Dinner: the Happy Chef in Kingston

happychef.jpgHe calls himself the "Happy Chef", but "happy eater" could describe the people who get to eat the creations of chef Jack Francis. Those folks include all sorts of musicians, as Francis cooks for the Bathouse Studio, owned by the Tragically Hip.

At the studio recently, Francis showed Alan how to make a very pretty salad -- you can find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Olivia Chow chats with Alan at Centretown United Church (507 Bank) tonight at 7
  • The interim privacy commissioner's special report to parliament is available here
  • Vincent Massey school was one of the winners of an Aviva Fund grant

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Little Bird" by Old Man Luedecke, from the album Proof of Love
  • "Turn Turn Turn" by Pete Seeger
  • "Get a Real Job" by George Thorogood

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Digital Witness" by St. Vincent, from the album St. Vincent

Between 5 & 6:

  • An excerpt of "Slow Drive" by Kenneth and Angus Mackenzie
  • "Wanna Know Your Name" by The Beaches, from their self titled EP

Monday's show - links, info & music

  • The restaurants with water woes we spoke to are Kaffe 1870 and Fauna
  • John Leslie is the Arnprior snowboarder headed to the Paralympics

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Freedom" by The Lion the Bear the Fox, from the album We'd Be Good Men
  • "Out Here" by John Wort Hannam, from the album Brambles and Thorns

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  • "When Snow Flurries Fall" by Stompin' Tom
  • O du Mein Holder Abendstern/Romanze by Wagner, performed by Louis Lortie, from the album Liszt at the Opera
  • "Windy" by Astrud Gilberto

Spying on the spies

While Canada's spy agencies are watching you, the federal privacy commissioner is calling on Parliament to do a better job watching them. Interim commissioner Chantal Bernier came by the studio to talk about the details.
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Sex workers call on police to stop human trafficking visits

Last week, the police took part in a cross-Canada operation targeting human trafficking. They scoured online escort sites, looking for girls and women they suspect may have been trafficked. They posed as Johns and set up appointments. No arrests were made. 

 

Caroline Newcastle (a pseudonym) says taking this approach when combating human trafficking does more harm than good. Newcastle is an independent escort, and she's also a member of POWER, the local sex worker advocacy group.

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "North" by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, from the album South
  • "If I Fell" by the Beatles

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Janis Steprans, from the album New Morning
  • "Star of Rabbie Burns" by Peter Dempsey, from the album Scottish and Irish Songs 1920-1937

Between 5 & 6:

  • "My Last Map" by Her Harbour, from the album Winter's Ghost
  • "Les Yeux Ouverts" by Laura Elena Inostroza
  • "Dead of Winter" by Adam Washburn, from the album Beautiful Things

Human Library - Muslim Woman and Imam books

This Saturday (January 25), the Human Library returns to Ottawa between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Last year, Michelle Walrond signed out the Imam book and she hasn't put him down since.

 

Here's Mohamad Jebara's book jacket:

As a boy, Mohamad Jebara committed the entire Qur'an and many Classical manuscripts to memory. Today he is Ottawa's only Canadian-raised Imam and the author of dozens of books. Mohamad is the founder and headmaster of Cordova Academy and Andalusia College. In December 2012, he was ordained the official representative of the National Capital Region for the Canadian Council of Imams.


This year, Michele Walrond is also a Human Library book. Here's her book jacket:

Michelle was raised in an era of social activism in Philadelphia. She embraced Islam in the late 1960s. Now this convert and great-grandmother leads poverty-elimination campaigns. She's also the founder of the National Islamic Sisters' Association of Canada.
 
You can sign-out the Imam and Muslim Woman books for a one-on-one conversation at the Main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Alan Neal is on hold for you as well. Alan spoke with Michelle and Mohamad about their Human Library experiences.

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Political panel, Jan 24: Chuck Strahl's resignation, and the PM in Israel

This week on the All in a Day political panel, Susan Delacourt and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the late-breaking news of Chuck Strahl resigning from the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the PM's visit to Israel, and a photo-seeking opportunity by MP Mark Adler.

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Jody Morris photography and book launch

JodyMorris.JPGJody Morris has captured some of the world's best skateboarders on film, including world famous Tony Hawk.  His photos have appeared in ads for everything from Converse shoes to Red Bull energy drinks.  Jody lives in California now, but his career began here in Ontario 20 years ago. Tonight, he's marking that milestone with a book featuring 2 decades of photos called 20 Plus:Photography by Jody Morris. . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert reviews Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese's newest film, about excess on Wall Street in the '80s, clocks in at 3 hours long...

 

 

...So is that TOO long? Our film critic Robert Fontaine weighs in on whether the time flew, or whether he wants those three hours back...

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about this Saturday's Human Library
  • You can read the recommendations for crude oil transport by rail on the TSB web site

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "To My Soul" by Ian Tamblyn, from the album Connected: Songs from the Students on Ice
  • "Shapeshifters" by Sam Roberts Band, from the album Lo-Fantasy

Between 4 & 5:

  • "'Til the Wheels Come Off" by Sarah Jane Scouten, from the album Magpie Waltz
  • "Man-Eating Cats" by Craig Pedersen Quartet, from the album Days Like Today

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Whoville" by Stephen Fearing, from the album Sixty Second Songs
  • "C'est si bon" by Eartha Kitt

Human Library - Foster Parent book

This Saturday, January 25, you can sign out Foster Parent Marie Fortier for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library. Marie will be on the shelf at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

 

Over the years, Marie and her husband have cared for close to 40 boys in their home. Here, she recalls their first foster child.

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Before Marie became a foster mom, she was a sergeant with the Canadian Forces. She credits her career with preparing her to be a foster parent.

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Marie describes unravelling the mystery of why one of her foster kids kept throwing the gifts she gave him back at her.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • Math resources for parents here, courtesy of Jo-Anne Lefevre
  • See separate post for our "D is for Dinner" feature on the pizza-making students of Longfields-Davidson
  • More info here about this Saturday's Human Library
  • Ken Friesen is the multi-talented producer we spoke to

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Let the Money Run Dry" by Autumns Cannon, from the album Open Letter
  • "Esperanza" by Mamselle
  • "Groove Merchant" by Oliver Jones & Hank Jones, from the album Pleased to Meet You

Between 4 & 5:

  • "He Shoots He Scores" by Washboard Hank

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Metropolis" by Monogrenade, from the album Composite
  • "You Make a Mess" by Monkeyjunk, from the album All Frequencies

Award-winning Ottawa music producer and technician Ken Friesen

Ottawa blues band MonkeyJunk picked up 5 awards at the Maple Blues Awards earlier this week. Ken Friesen produced their album, All Frequencies, which won recording of the year.

 

There's no shortage of other artists Ken's worked his magic with as producer or engineer: The Tragically Hip, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hawksley Workman, Chris Brown and Kate Fenner, Gordon Lightfoot... We got to know the man behind the board.

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Affirming researcher-participant privilege

In 2007, two University of Ottawa professors surveyed around 60 people about the sociology of sex work. It turns out one of them was alleged killer Luka Magnotta.

 

When one of their students told police about the interview, it launched a legal battle over whether police can access academic research done under the promise of confidentiality. Yesterday, the judge ruled Colette Parent and Chris Bruckert's research will stay out of the hands of police.

 

Colette and Chris joined us in studio to talk about this precedent-setting decision.

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Human Library - Paralympian book

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This Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Jean Labonté for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library.

 

Jean (and Alan) will be on the shelf at the Main branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Here's what Jean's book jacket reads:

 

In 1990, after a bout with cancer, 20-year-old Jean Labonté had his left leg amputated above the knee. While recovering in hospital, he read an article about the emerging sport of sledge hockey. Six years later, Jean was so good he was invited to wear the national team jersey. This four-time Paralympian captained the Canadian team at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics and carried the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremonies. He retired from competition later that year.

 

Jean dropped by the studio to chat with Alan in advance of the Human Library.  

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D is for Dinner: the pizza-making skills of grade 10s at Longfields-Davidson Heights

pizza.jpgThis week on D is for Dinner, we visited the grade 10 culinary arts class at Longfields-Davidson Heights secondary school, run by chef Kent van Dyk. They're gearing up for their annual "Food for Thought" fundraiser, where they, under the direction of a several local chefs, prepare a pretty fancy meal to benefit the Parkdale Food Centre. It takes place on January 30 -- if you want tickets, call Jane Lovsin at 613-843-7722 x2005.

 

As preparation, pizza-making is a pretty good team-building exercise. That's what was happening as we visited the school today -- and you get can their recipes for ricotta, sauce and dough over here.

 

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about this weekend's Human Library
  • More of tech columnist Dan Misener's thoughts on privacy policies here
  • Gatineau snowboarder Caroline Calve is headed to Sochi
  • Ottawa's Envirocentre wants to hear from businesses about starting a program for businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, modelled on the work of Sustainability CoLab
  • The memorial for Tom Hogan is on Jan 29th at 11am at the Oaks

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Radio Girl" by Doug Paisley, from the album Strong Feelings
  • "Cold Day" by Gabriel Minnikin, from the album Parakeets with Parasols
  • "Minor Swing" by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Carry On" by Fortunate Ones

Between 5 & 6:

  • "White Pine" by Esmerine, from their album Dalmak

Remembering Tom Hogan

Tom.JPGTom Hogan  spent years panhandling on Elgin Street. He also struggled with alcohol addiction, which led him to the Managed Alcohol program at the Shepherds of Good Hope. But his friends also remember him as a brilliant artist. We looked back on the life of Tom Hogan with his good friend, Jo-Ann Oosterman.

 

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The road to problem gambling

This week Father Joseph LeClair, the former priest at Blessed Sacrament church, pleaded guilty to defrauding the church of tens of thousands of dollars. He also admitted to being a pathological gambler. Alan spoke with Paul Welsh, the executive director of Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services about problem gambling - how it consumes people, and the challenges of fighting the addiction.

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Human Library - Recovering Compulsive Gambler book

This Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Recovering Compulsive Gambler book Ken for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library. Ken will be on the shelf at the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Here, Ken describes how as a child he used pinball as his escape from reality.

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Ken recalls the pull of the casino every time he drove by the bridge to Hull on King Edward Ave.

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Ken explains how a couple of Hollywood films and an unlikely knock at the door help him find the road to recovery.

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Monday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Drive to the Moon" by Missy Burgess, from the album Play Me Sweet
  • "Pavement Puddle Stars" by Jason Collett, from the album Idols of Exile
  • "Cold Ottawa Wind" by North Lakes, from the album Cobra

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Write Me Away" by Jenny Whiteley, from the album Dear
  • "Dance with Me" by Sea State, from the album Boy with a Gun

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Oh, My Darling" by Basia Bulat, from the album Oh, My Darling
  • "White Pine" by Esmerine, from the album Dalmak

Assessing the security risk in Afghanistan

Employees of a company in Gatineau are grieving the loss of two co-workers in Afghanistan. Martin Glazer and Peter McSheffrey were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber and two gunmen attacked La Taverna du Liban restaurant in Kabul. Both men worked as auditors for Samson and Associates, and they were in Afghanistan to assess projects delivered by non-governmental organizations.

 

Their deaths are a powerful reminder of the dangers of living and working in Afghanistan. They also come at a time when the last Canadian troops are preparing to leave the country. Roland Paris is director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. He joined us with his perspective on the security risks in Afghanistan.

 

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Human Library - Drag Queen book

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This Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Zelda Marshall for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library.

 

Zelda will be on the shelf at the Orleans branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

 

Here, Zelda describes why moving back and forth between her male and female forms brings her joy.

 

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Zelda recalls how she prepared to step out in heels and a skirt for the first time.

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Zelda remembers her debut on stage at her first drag show.

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Get Up and Get Out" by Sharon Jones, from the album Give the People What they Want

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Good Enough Day" by Royal Wood, from the album Good Enough Day
  • "Not this Time" by Amanda Rheaume, from the album Keep a Fire

Between 5 & 6:

  • "She Used to Love Me a Lot" by Johnny Cash, from the album Out Among the Stars
  • "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel, performed by Michael Cavanaugh

Political panel, Jan 17: waiting on a Keystone answer

This week, Julie van Dusen and Susan Delacourt discuss Justin Trudeau's erroneously claimed expenses, the government's waiting game on an answer from the U.S. about Keystone XL, and a certain Canadian rock star comparing the oil sands to Hiroshima.

 

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Human Library - Former Mixed Martial Artist

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On Saturday, January 25, you can sign out Former Mixed Martial Artist Nick Denis for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library. Nick will be on the shelf at the Orleans branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

 

Here, Nick recalls his first fight in Japan at the Sengoku Championship.

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He eventually landed a five fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Though after two fights, he shocked his fans by announcing his retirement. Nick explains why he made the decision.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Hot Tonight" by Tokyo Police Club, from the album Forcefield
  • "Little Voice" by Rebekah Higgs, from the album Odd Fellowship

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Remedy" by Michael Kaeshammer, from the album Michael Kaeshammer

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Wedding Band" by the Fiftymen, from the album Fiftymen
  • "The Moon Song" by Karen O, from the soundtrack to Her
  • "Gimme Love" by Harlan Pepper

Robert reviews Her

Her is the new film by Spike Jonze, featuring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with his operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

 

 

Film review Robert Fontaine shared his thoughts on the film, and its Oscar chances.

 

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A son's life celebrated, and death mourned, in tweets

christophermoran.JPGIt began as a sad update from an Ottawa father on Twitter, a few days before Christmas. It was about his son, Christopher.

 

"Living something horrible just now," he tweeted. "My 20-yr-old son was hit by a car, has head trauma."

 

The tweets that followed became something of a personal journey for Francis Moran and his family. He tweeted from Christopher's bedside -- from updates on his condition to the way the sunrise looked through the hospital window.

 

On January 7th, Christopher died, and the family celebrates his life this weekend at a memorial. Francis Moran joined us for his thoughts on celebrating and mourning a life on social media.

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Human Library - Chef book

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On Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Chef book Luke Campbell for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library.

 

He'll be on the shelf at the Main branch of Ottawa Public Library.

 

Here, Luke describes how he earned the nickname Cake as a boy growing up in Jamaica.

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Luke remembers how together plate of chicken liver and a hungover supervisor landed him his second job in Ottawa.

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In the late 1970s, Luke took over a restaurant on Prince of Wales called the Canadian Chef. Later on, he would relocate to Bank Street and re-name his restaurant Spicy Luke's. He says his restaurants became local hubs for the neighbourhoods.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • The Art Battle happens this evening at Arts Court
  • See separate post below for our D is for Dinner feature with Das Lokal
  • More info about the Human Library here
  • Tonight's "de-extinction" talk at the Museum of Nature is sold out, but you can find out more info about its lecture series here
  • Rational Youth plays Zaphod's on Saturday

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "I Can't Stand It" by the Split
  • "Love is Red" by Lynn Miles, from the album Downpour

Between 4 & 5:

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Between 5 & 6:

  • "Saturdays in Silesia" by Rational Youth

D is for Dinner: Das Lokal

das lokal.jpgToday on D is for Dinner, we were joined by the co-owners of new German-cuisine-inspired restaurant Das Lokal, and a very tasty spaghetti squash dish. More info and recipe here.

 

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Art Battle pits painter against painter

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It's an unconventional competition.  Twelve local artists are coming together at the Arts Court Theatre tonight, with 20 minutes to create a winning piece of art.  
Art Battle host Jamil Keyani, ad two of tonight's competing artists - Angela Hillier and Steven Whiffen visited the studio today. 













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Human Library - Chinese Adoptee

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On Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Chinese Adoptee book Maryfrances Carton for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library.
 
Maryfrances will be on the shelf at the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Here, Maryfrances describes what she actually does know about the first year of her life.

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Maryfrances explains why as a young girl, she dreaded the first time she told her classmates where she was born.  

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about the Human Library on January 25th

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Muskox" by M.O. and Geothermal MC
  • "Big Thaw" by Joel Fafard, from the album Rocking Horse

Between 4 & 5:

  • "The Downward Road" by Kacy and Clayton, from the album The Day is Past and Gone

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Can't Dance" by Fred Eaglesmith, from his 20th album Tambourine
  • "North Star" by Rural Alberta Advantage, from their album Departing
  • "Weight of the World" by Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk, from thei album Over Land and Sea

For stateless Tibetans, a new life in Ottawa

Tibetans.JPGSeveral years ago, the Dalai Lama asked prime minister Stephen Harper to allow some stateless Tibetans living in India to immigrate to Canada. Harper agreed, and a local group began raising money to bring some of them to Ottawa.

The first newcomers arrived this fall. Lhakpa Tsering was among them.  Lhakpa is 28 years old, and for now at least, he's living with the family of Pema Namgyal - a fellow Tibetan. Alan met Lhakpa at his new home, with Pema and Cornelius von Baeyer, a volunteer with the Tibetan Resettlement Project Ottawa.

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Human Library - Urban Inuk book

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On Saturday, January 25, you can sign-out Urban Inuk book Mosha Folger for a one-on-one conversation at the Human Library.


Mosha will be waiting on the shelf at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Here, Mosha describes listening to hip hop as a boy, and then fast-forwards two decades to his first time performing hip hop in front of an audience.

 

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Mosha remembers what it was like growing up in the small village of Apex, just outside of Iqaluit.

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Mosha talks about why he's turning his video camera lens on his mother's branch of the family tree.

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What's the bill for your personal health care?

A hospital CEO in Windsor wants patients to be able to see how much their doctors are billing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan on their behalf, to provoke a more educated debate about the cost of health care in the province. Alan spoke with two Ottawa doctors about what they think of that idea. 
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The dispute over a 18th century farm in Trenton

85-year-old Frank Meyers is rooted in rural life -- for decades he's been running the farm in Trenton that's been in his family for more than 2 centuries. But that family legacy is coming to an end; in November, after seven years of negotiation with the Department of National Defence, Meyers signed over more than 200 acres for a new headquarters for Canada Special Forces Command.

 

Meyers says, however, that he has pressured into signing. And now, he has supporters at his farm blocking construction and demolition equipment from DND. Frank joined us on the phone to explain what happened.

 

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During the interview, we received this response from Captain Christopher Daniel at DND:

I would like to address your query about CFB Trenton's northern property.

Expropriations are not the Government of Canada's preferred course of action and this measure was only undertaken as a last resort after lengthy negotiations reached an impasse.

The Department of National Defence has gradually established a presence in the portion of the property that has been expropriated while remaining respectful and non-confrontational with Mr. Meyers. The men and women of our department remain sensitive to Mr Meyer's concerns and we have provided him ample time to remove his equipment and livestock -- as well as harvest his crops -- before putting up signage and securing the portion of the area in question.

As background, on May 29, 2012, Mr. Meyers received from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) the Notice of Possession under Section 19 of The Federal Expropriation Act, which means that the expropriation of the property was effective starting that date. Mr Meyers has received an offer of compensation for his interests.

8 Wing CFB Trenton/CFB Trenton conducted a physical possession of the expropriated property, on August 29, 2012. The Wing gradually undertook this activity while remaining respectful of Mr. Meyers.

The inspection of the property involved taking a photographic record of the property's condition upon possession; an initial inventory of livestock, materials and buildings on-site; and an assessment of the materials and manpower needed for the installation of signage and fence.

Following the inspection of the property, Mr. Meyers had requested for an extension in order to find a suitable place for his livestock and to harvest his crops; this request was granted.

In February 2013, Mr. Meyers provided the Government of Canada a schedule for removal of his equipment and animals from the property. At that time a license agreement was entered into between the DND as the landlord and Mr. Meyers as tenant for the use of the land until September 30, 2013.

In August 2013, Mr. Meyers requested the Government of Canada to extend his license agreement; the request was not granted because the initial work for construction could not be delayed any longer.

On September 12, 2013 Mr. Meyers made a further request to gain access to the property following the October 1st deadline in order to harvest the crops he planted in summer 2013; his request was accepted.

Because Mr. Meyers will remain in his residence, he therefore remains to be our neighbour and we continue to be respectful to him and his family.

Monday's show - links, info & music

  • Kellylee Evans, A Tribe Called Red and Amberwood Entertainment are among the local nominees of Canadian Screen Awards
  • Avaya is the tech company we spoke to that's providing the telecom network to the Sochi Olympics
  • The Human Library takes place on January 25th
  • This city page has more info about the candidate donation rebate program
  • "Name Tag" is the facial-recognition app we discussed
  • See separate post below for info about our book panel

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • Live recording of Kellylee Evans performing "My Name Is" by Eminem
  • "Slippery" by Ray Brown, from the album Something for Lester

Between 4 & 5:

  • "So it Goes" by Hollerado, from the album White Paint
  • "Lulu My Darling" by Old Man Luedecke, from the album Proof of Love

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Bread and Cheese" by A Tribe Called Red, from the album Nation II Nation 

January book panel

Ann Archer's picks

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Kicking the Sky by Anthony de Sa

 

Sean Wilson's picks

  • The Mongoliad Trilogy by various authors & contributors
  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

 

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Human Library returns to Ottawa


HumanLibrary_FB_350x240.pngThe Human Library returns to the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday, January 25. CBC Ottawa and the OPL have stocked the collection with many new stories.

Alan spoke with the OPL's Dorothy Jeffreys about the compelling Human Books on hold for you.

 

 

 

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Jeffrey Buttle is the choreographer of the "Canada Skates! 100 Years of Champions" program on this weekend at City Hall's Rink of Dreams -- for more info about the skating championships and celebrations in Ottawa, click here
  • For more info on the Tales of the Wizard of Oz cartoon we talked about, there are a few videos on Youtube, and there's more info on the series on IMDB
  • Ottawa parent Clive Packer has started a blog to connect parents who want to discuss math education and the Ontario curriculum.

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "However Long" by Brendan Canning, from the album You Gots 2 Chill
  • "Bells of Cologne" by Imaginary Cities, from the album Fall of Romance

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Alberta Gold" by Matt Andersen, from the album Weightless
  • "Wintertime in Ontario" by Brock Zeman, from the album Live @ the Acoustic Grill

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Hello" by Angelique Kidjo, from the album Eve
  • "Lord Here Comes the Rain" by Jay Malinowski, from the album Bright Lights and Bruises

Tales of the Tales of the Wizard of Oz

This week, actor Larry D. Mann died. If you don't recognize his name, you may remember his voice -- he was several characters on the animated shorts from the '60s, Tales from the Wizard of Oz. Remember this?

 

 

This show was actually created right here in Ottawa. Alan tracked down animators Barrie Nelson and Blake James, and cel-inker Sandy Crawley, and reminisced about the shorts.

 

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Political Panel, Jan 10: back to work, 24/7

The House isn't back til the end of the month, but our political panel has returned for the first time in 2014. This week, Glen McGregor and Susan Delacourt discuss PM Harper's new "24/7" videos, and new allegations against former Liberal senator Mac Harb.

 

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At odds on math

Sandals.jpgOntario education minister Liz Sandals has announced new spending to improve math education in the province. Alan spoke with her about her plans.

 

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After that interview we heard from many of our listeners, with their thoughts on Ontario's math curriculum and the state of math education in schools. We shared some of those thoughts on the air, then convened a panel of parents to talk about their concerns.

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • More info here about this weekend's figure skating championships
  • More info here about the suspect in 3 related sexual assaults

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Deja Vu" by Mo Kenney, from the album Mo Kenney
  • "Run" by the Strumbellas, from the album We Still Move on Dance Floors

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Shake" by the Head & the Heart, from the album Let's Be Still
  • "Melting Snow" by Joey Wright, from the album Camp
  • "Sun" by Caribou, from the album Swim

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Deliliah" by Tom Jones
  • "Don't Want to Go" by Wax Mannequin, from the album No Safe Home

Should you be worried about the bird flu?

Yesterday, the health minister announced that Canada has its first confirmed death as a result of H5N1, commonly referred to as bird flu. Although the virus has travelled to this country for the first time, experts emphasize that the risk of contracting it is very low. Microbiologist Jason Tetro, known as the "germ guy," joined us for a runthrough of what people need to know about H5N1, and explained how there are other viruses we should probably worry about instead.

 

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Robert reviews American Hustle

American Hustle has racked up a few Golden Globe nominations, especially for its stellar cast...

 

 

...And Robert joined us with hia thoughts on whether the film is worth the awards hype.

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • See separate post below about Flapjack's "Panwiches"
  • More info here about Skate Canada's championships being held in Ottawa
  • CBC news' story on organic produce and pesticides is here
  • The Paper Planes festival is happening now -- and check out this video of Darcy Whyte and his newspaper "tumble wing" tutorial below

 

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Black Ice" by Ohbijou, from the album Beacons
  • "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" by Doris Troy
  • "Heartbeats Accelerating" by Coeur de Pirate, from the album Trauma
  • "Big Joe Mufferaw" by Stompin' Tom Connors

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Get Happy" by Rimbombante, from the album Maria Has Lost Her Soul
  • "Cold Outside" by Ruth Moody, from the album Garden

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Paper Planes" by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, from the album Circle
  • "Airport Lines" by Rosie June, from the album Listening Post 

D is for Dinner: the mighty Panwich

flapjackowners.jpgThe Flapjack Pancake Shack is now open in the Glebe (in the alley behind Mrs. Tiggywinkle's), a rather hardy decision for this January deep-freeze. The name of the truck gives a partial clue as to what's on offer, but not completely...The guys behind the shack have as a specialty "panwiches", and Alan visited the shack today to have a taste.

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Sending Strange Weather" by Brock Zeman, from the album Rotten Tooth
  • "Tom Amour est Passe de Mode" by Les Soeurs Boulay, from the album Le Poids de Confettis
  • "Winter Freeze" by Sharlene Wallace, from the album Journey of Shadows

Between 4 & 5:

  • "We Got a Love Like That" by Suzie Vinnick and Rick Fines, from the album Nothing Halfway
  • Excerpt of "Shevchenko Shuffle" by Ukrainia, from the album Maiden
  • "Beach Dream" by Jets Overhead, from their latest album Boredom and Joy

Between 5 & 6s

  • Excerpt of "Colapso" by Kite Trio from their new album Strange Beast
  • "Heartbreaker" by JW Jones from his album Seventh Hour

Corporate donations for candidates: Yes or No?

Should municipal election candidates be able to accept donations from corporations or unions? Ottawa mayor Jim Watson says "yes," but Kitchissippi candidate Jeff Leiper says "no." But regardless of the rules, some city councillors have been elected with few or no corporate donations. Alan spoke with councillors Diane Holmes and Mathieu Fleury.

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Come on Children Let's Sing" by Mahalia Jackson
  • "The Baron" by the Craig Pedersen Quartet, from the album Days Like Today

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Give a Little" by Erin Costelo, from the album We Can Get Over
  • "Lone Wolf" by Jadea Kelly, from the album Clover

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Pretty as You Please" by Tif Ginn, from her self-titled album

How best to fall in these icy conditions

If you were on foot at any point today, you probably slipped and slided through some giant icy puddles, slush and snow -- the result of a bout of freezing rain followed by a steep temperature drop.

 

Slipping is inevitable, and perhaps falling too. So if you're going to fall, and you feel yourself losing your footing, is there a right way to do it?

 

We have just the expert to answer this question...Andre Givogue is a stunt performer, and he's been paid to fall a lot. Just take a look:

 

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Andre joined us on the show to demonstrate proper falling technique.

 

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Friday's show - links, music & info

This Sunday is the premiere of the new CBC TV program Four Rooms.

Dwayne Brown is the creator of the Love Ottawa photography project.

Luke Howard is hosting a mass smoking-cessation hypnosis event this Saturday, to mark World Hypnotism Day.

 

Music

Between 3 and 4

  • "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" by Aretha Franklin, from her album Jazz to Soul
  • "Time In My Mind" by Emilie Mover, from her album Mighty Time

Between 4 & 5

  • "Asleep All Winter" by Rebekah Higgs, from her album Little Voice

Between 5 & 6

  • "Somewhere Near Thunder Bay" by Tony Dekker, from his album Prayer of the Woods
  • "Back It Up" by Caro Emerald, from her album Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor

 

At the top of the world, at the bottom of the world

Antarctica.jpgOttawa native Sandra Leduc has scaled the highest peaks on six continents. Her last journey was to Antarctica. Rebecca Zandbergen spoke with her about the climb, and about setting foot on parts of the earth yet untrodden.
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Robert Fontaine's year in review

Robert Fontaine helped us bring in the new year with a look back at the best and worst movies of 2013.
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Lights out on incandescent bulbs

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It's the end of an era. As of New Year's Day, store shelves are no longer stocking 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. 40-watt and 60-watt versions are soon to disappear as well. That's because of new federal rules for improving the energy-efficiency of the bulbs we use. Guest host Rebecca Zandbergen spoke to two people about this: Michael Murr, the executive director of the EnviroCentre and Richard St. Jacques. He's the CEO of the local LED company Rimikon.

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Thursday's show - links, music & info

Chris Henderson's new book about clean energy projects in First Nations communities is called Aboriginal Power.

Music

  • "Cold Winter Wind" by Joanna Barker from her new E.P. A Sudden Flame
  • "The Little Things" by Delbert & The Commotions from their debut album Let Me See Ya Dance
  • "There's A Beast And We All Feed It" by Jake Bugg from his new album Shangri La
  • "Out By the Trees" by Express and Company, from their album Ontario
  • "The Bones of Winter" by Said the Whale
  • "Strathcona Park" by Dean Pallen, from the album of the same name

 

 

 

Robert Fontaine's year in review

Our film reviewer Robert Fontaine helped us say good-bye to 2013 with a look back at the best and worst films of 2013.

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