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March 2014 Archives

Monday's show - links, info & music

  • A Tribe Called Red just won the Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year
  • Vote for Ottawa-area entries in the Searchlight contest here!

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Different Heroes" by A Tribe Called Red, from the album Nation II Nation
  • "Black Crow" by Catherine Maclellan, from the album Silhouette

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Lullaby" by Jill Barber, from the album Mischievous Moon
  • "Up Jumped Spring" by Oliver Jones, from the album Speak Low, Swing Hard

Between 5 & 6:

  • "So Easy" by Emm Gryner, from the album Torrential
  • Excerpts of Searchlight entries by Miguel de Armas, Mo Primo, and Sandra P Bunga
  • "Let Me See Ya Dance" by Delbert & the Commotions, from the album Let Me See Ya Dance

A Tribe Called Red wins Juno

atcr juno.jpgLocal DJ group A Tribe Called Red won a Juno last night for Breakthrough Group of the Year. We caught up with DJ Ian Campeau as he was still audibly beaming from the win...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Move Together" by Big Soul Project, from the album Dancing in the Joy
  • "Tin Star" by Lindi Ortega, from the album Tin Star

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Mr. Postman" by Renee Landry
  • "The Moment" by Steve Berndt with Brian Browne, from the album All Over Again

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Baby, I Love You" by Aretha Franklin
  • "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones, from the soundtrack to Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus
  • "That'll Be the Day" by Linda Ronstadt

Are You Being Served? Phil and Christine at Loblaws

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In our final installment of our Are You Being Served series, we meet two fantastic retail workers at Loblaws, Phil and Christine. Listen to their stories (and the whole series) here.

 

Political panel, March 28: The Fair Elections Act and Harper in Europe

For weeks now, debate has been swirling on Parliament Hill over the changes proposed in the Fair Elections Act -- changes often justified by the federal Conservatives using a report written by elections expert Harry Neufeld. Well, yesterday, Neufeld spoke out about the way in which his report is being used. He says it's being misinterpreted, and the bill -- if it isn't amended -- will have serious consequences for voters.

 

But Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre has remained firm on the Fair Elections Act. He isn't open to amendments, and his party wants to see the bill passed by the summertime. So what IS the fate of the Fair Elections Act? And do opposition parties and electoral experts have any chance of influence over its contents? Our political panelists joined us with their take.


 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • See our entire Are You Being Served? retail series here
  • Andrew WK plays Mavericks tonight
  • The Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth are meeting for the St. Patrick clean-up on Saturday at 1pm at the New Edinburgh Pub

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Party Hard" by Andrew WK, from the album I Get Wet
  • "Head Bang" by Andrew WK, from the EP Party All Goddamn Night

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Stylin'" by Shad, from the album Flying Colours
  • "Voyageur" by Don Ross, from the album Upright and Locked Position

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Those Deviant Kids" by Green & Gold, from the album The Body Knows
  • "I'll Let You Know" by Lunch at Allen's, from the album More Lunch at Allen's
  • "Blue Smoke" by Dolly Parton, from the album Blue Smoke

Andrew WK spreads the gospel of party

andrew WK.jpgReleased in 2001, but still the soundtrack to many a college party, "Party Hard" is what first made Andrew W-K a household name, and a pop-culture embodiment of the term "life of the party." But there's a lot more to Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier than his dirty white jeans and nosebleeds.

 

For example: did you know that for a while, he was the US Cultural Ambassador to Bahrain?
Or that he holds the world record for "Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store?"....24 hours! In his varied pursuits, there's been one common theme -- promoting positivity, and a sense of celebration -- and tonight, Andrew WK is bringing his party to Mavericks. He joined us first in studio.

 

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Clean-up commemorates Rwandan genocide

CARy.JPGTo mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth has planned a spring clean-up of St Patrick Street. It's this Saturday at 1 p.m. The meet-up spot is the New Edinburgh Pub at 1 Beechwood Avenue.

 

Tantine Umurerwa and Louise Umutoni are two members of the clean-up crew. They joined Alan in studio to make the connection between St Patrick Street and Rwanda.

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Are You Being Served? Venessa at Future Shop

venessa future shop.jpgNext up in our series of profiles of great retail workers, Are You Being Served?, we meet Venessa, a very dedicated employee at Future Shop. You can listen to her story, and all the stories from our series, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert reviews Habanastation

The Latin American Film Festival is for the next couple of weeks, and one of the films being screened is Habanastation.

 

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • Our entire Are You Being Served? series featuring great retail workers can be found here
  • See separate post below for D is for Dinner recipe and info
  • Carol Wainio is the Ottawa painter who's been honoured with a Governor General's award for visual arts
  • Roca is the Boston-based organization in Ottawa to explain their violence/crime prevention program

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Don't Owe You a Thing" by Gary Clark Jr., from the album Bright Lights EP
  • 2nd Movement (Larghetto) of Mozart's Concerto N27, performed by Angela Hewitt and the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, from the album Mozart: Concerto N17/N27

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Grace, Too" by the Tragically Hip, performed by Justin Rutledge, from the album Daredevil

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Hanging on the Telephone" by Blondie, from the album Blondie: Greatest Hits
  • "Ten Tigers" by Bonobo, from the album The North Borders 

 

Are You Being Served? Devon at LCBO

LCBO.jpgNext up in our continuing series of great retail workers, we profile Devon at LCBO -- someone who, as you'll hear at this link, studies up on current events to have lots of conversational material with his customers.

 

D is for Dinner - Locro

locro.jpgToday's D is for Dinner recipe is a meat-lover's dream come true. Sausage, porkbelly, pancetta, beef...it's all in Victor Mazzola's Locro. Mazzola will be serving bowls of his traditional Argentinian stew this Saturday at ¡Fiesta Latina! over at the Library and Archives of Canada.  Read up on ¡Fiesta Latina! and Mazzola's Locro recipe here.   

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Kevin Page's youth-vote event, part of iVote-jeVote, is today at 4pm in the social sciences building of the University of Ottawa
  • Vote for local Searchlight entries here
  • See all our great retail workers, as part of our Are You Being Served? series, here

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Mecaniques Generales" by Patrice Michaud, from the album Le Feu de Chaque Jour
  • "And Still We Move" by Crissi Cochrane

Between 4 & 5:

  • "It Can't Be You" by Basia Bulat, from the album Tall Tall Shadow
  • "City with no River" by Basia Bulat, from the album Tall Tall Shadow

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Some Think" by Royal Streets, from the album Kings and Queens
  • "Green Stripe" by Paul Deslauriers Band, from their self-titled album
  • "Coming Home" by Amos the Transparent, from the album Goodnight My Dear, I'm Falling Apart
  • Are You Being Served? Benny at Kiddie Kobbler

    kiddie kobbler.jpgAs part of our continuing series about great retail service, Are You Being Served?, we profile Benoit at Kiddie Kobbler. Listen below, or check out our whole series here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Monday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Knocked Down" by Clair
    • "Half of the Houses" by Kobo Town, from the album Jumbie in the Jukebox

    Between 4 & 5:

    •  "Duvido" by Quantic, from the album Magnetica

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Love is the Answer" by Aloe Blacc, from the album Lift Your Spirit

    Human trafficking in Ottawa

    Tonight on CBC News Ottawa at Six, Judy Trinh takes a look at the state of Human Trafficking in Ottawa. There are a three ways people are trafficked: victims can be exploited for labor or for the extraction of organs, but overwhelmingly it involves forcing women and girls into prostitution.

     

    A new study by PACT Ottawa has identified more than 140 young women forced into the sex trade (here in Ottawa) in the last year alone. The youngest was just 12 years old. Helen Roos is the past-chair of the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and a current consultant who has interviewed two dozen local victims. She joined us with her advice on how to spot and tackle the problem.

     

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    Father-son books explore shared theme of a social conscience

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    It's a family affair at Octopus Books this week. Tonight at 7, a book launch by one Bush Senior, and tomorrow at the same time, a launch for his son.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Steven Bush is a writer and actor, and the former Artistic Director of the GCTC. His book, Conversations with George Luscombe, documents the philosophies and teaching methods of the late Toronto theatre director.

     

    Liam Barrington-Bush, meanwhile, will launch Anarchists in the Boardroom tomorrow. It's an activist's guide to influencing organizations to become more creative, flexible, and human. Both Steven and Liam joined us to talk about the shared themes in their respective works.

     

     

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    Are You Being Served? Oscar at Novel Idea

    novel idea.jpgIn our continuing series featuring great retail workers, Are You Being Served?, we profile Oscar Malan from Kingston's Novel Idea bookstore. You can listen here to Oscar and the entire series of people who go out of the way to help a shopper out.

     

     

     

     

     

    Friday's show - links, info & music

    • Liz Winkelaar's piece "Spasticus" debuts tonight as part Propeller Dance Company's 3 Wrx in the Wrx; the event is sold out, but more information about future Propeller dates available here
    • "Plane Wrong" airs on Marketplace tonight
    • Radio Radio plays Ritual tonight

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Spasticus Autisticus" by Ian Dury
    • "Cold Dry Hands" by Magnolia, from the album Magnolia

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Bell Will Ring" by Lynn Miles, from the album Chalk this One Up to the Moon

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Dream Never Dies" by Cooper Brothers
    • "Dettes" by Radio Radio, from the album Ej Feel Zoo

    Political panel, March 21: Reaction to the Nadon rejection

    It's been a week of political upsets in Ottawa and beyond. The Supreme Court has rejected Harper's choice for Supreme Court Justice, and the Prime Minister had to pick a new Finance Minister after Jim Flaherty's resignation this week. Those are just a couple stories our political panel is here to talk about -- Susan Delacourt and Glen MacGregor joined us in studio. 

     

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    Are You Being Served: Inaas at Milk

    inaas.jpgOur retail series, Are You Being Served?, continues today with a profile of the great -- but blunt -- service of Inaas at the clothing boutique Milk.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Spasticus premiere

    Liz Winkelaar of Propeller Dance used Ian Dury's protest song Spasticus Autisticus as inspiration for her first choreography project.  She dropped by Studio 12 to tell Alan all about the new work which premieres at Arts Court this weekend. Both performances are sold-out.

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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    • Tungasuvvingat Inuit's equinox celebration is tomorrow starting at 5pm at Rideau High School
    • Our Are You Being Served? series can be found here

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Fender Stratocaster" by Jonathan Richman
    • "Hey Hey" by Sweet Alibi, from the album We've Got To
    • "Please Do" by Pony Girl, from the album Show Me Your Fears

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Nobody's Friend" by Fred Eaglesmith, from the album Tambourine

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Neverride" by Jennifer Castle, from the album Castlemusic
    • "Spring Song" by Mose Allison 

    Robert reviews Pompeii

    It's not just about the overflowing volcano...the new big-budget film Pompeii manages to squeeze in extra plots about an evil Roman senator, lovers who must be reunited, and a full-scale war...

     

     

    Robert crams as many Latin references into his review as possible as he shares his thoughts on Pompeii...

     

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    Are You Being Served: Andy at Kettleman's Bagels

    andy kettlemans.jpgOur series profiling great retail workers, Are You Being Served?, continues with Alan meeting Andy Stone, a manager at Kettleman's Bagels. Listen below to hear why Andy has stayed at Kettleman's for 17 years, and click here for our entire retail workers series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    An Inuit celebration of spring

    Spring Equinox Poster-page-001.jpgBelieve it or not, today is the first day of spring -- astronomical spring, anyway -- and Ottawa's Inuit community is getting ready to celebrate with a feast Friday night at Rideau High School.
    Charlotte Qamaniq is a cultural worker with Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and Laakkuluk Williamson is the MC for the event, and one of several artists who have flown in from the north to entertain the participants. They both joined us for a preview of the festitivies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    • See separate post below for details on our D is for Dinner Persian new year recipes
    • Colin White's Confectionaries series is on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "He Thinks I Still Care" by Emilie-Claire Barlow, from the album Beat Goes On
    • "Desire Trails" by Gramercy Riffs, from the album Desire Trails

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "That Home" by Cinematic Orchestra with Patrick Watson, from the album Ma Fleur
    • Fender Strat tunes, as requested by listeners: "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix, "Sultans of Swing" by Mark Knopfler, "Lenny" by Steve Ray Vaughan, "Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix, "Barracuda" by Heart, "Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson, "Red House" by Buddy Guy, "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos, "Rise and Fall of Fingel Bunt" by The Shadows, "Pride and Joy" by Bonnie Raitt, "Thing Called Love" by Bonnie Raitt, "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Reaction to Father Joe's sentence

    Father Joe Leclair, former priest of Blessed Sacrament, has just been sentenced to one year in jail and one year probation. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the church of $130,000 over five years. Joining us with reaction to the sentence were Leclair's lawyer, Matthew Webber, and Blessed Sacrament parishoner Joanne Licari.

     

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    D is for Dinner: Celebrating Persian New Year

    herbed-rice-and-fish1.jpgNowruz aka Persian New Year arrives at the exact same time as spring: 12:57 (and 7 seconds) tomorrow.

     

    In celebration, for D is for Dinner this week we invited Ensieh Namazikhah of Shaliz Catering to share a Persian feast of herbed rice and fish -- recipe available here. That's also where you'll find information on some of the Nowruz events happening this month.

     

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    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    • The "intelligent plants" talk tonight is sold out, but in a couple of days you'll be able to view it here
    • You can keep up with paralympian Caroline Bisson here
    • See our entire Are You Being Served? retail series here

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Blizzard Baby" by Inlet Sound
    • "Song for Dee" by Broken Social Scene, from the album Lo-Fi for the Dividing Lights
    • "Bandits" by Rae Corcoran

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Grand Canyon" by Timber Timbre, from the album Hot Dreams

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Prettiest Girl" by Mike Ritchie
    • "Sommet En Sommet" by Souljazz Orchestra, from their new album Inner Fire

    Flaherty steps down

    Jim Flaherty, who's been Prime Minister Stephen Harper's only finance minister, is resigning from cabinet. Alan spoke with the CBC's national affairs editor Chris Hall about Flaherty's legacy, and who might replace him at the head of the Department of Finance.

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    Are You Being Served? -- Irina at Canada Beading Supply

    irina.jpgAll this month we're celebrating fantastic retail workers in our series Are You Being Served?. Our next nominee is Irina Balabanova, who knows everything there possibly is to know about beads, in her work at Canada Beading Supply. Listen to her story, and check out our whole series, at this link.

     

    Crisis in the Wakefield ER

    Health officials in west Quebec say the numbers of people coming to Wakefield Memorial Hospital for emergency medical care are so huge, it demands the attention of candidates in the provincial election. Alan spoke with Michel Lafreniere, president of the health authority called the Centre de sante et des services sociaux des Collines.  
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    Caroline Bisson's back

    Para-nordic skier and biathlete Caroline Bisson had to put down her rifle to sign autographs at the Ottawa airport, as she headed home to Aylmer from Sochi. Alan spoke with her about her paralympic debut.
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    Monday's show - links, music and info

    Clarence Eckerson is looking at the benefits of "sneckdowns," piles of snow along the curb that affect traffic flow

    You can find out more about a new report about Nortel's demise here

    Music

    Between 3 & 4

    • "Caught Up," an entry by Ottawa musician Kate Schroder in the CBC Music Searchlight competition
    • "Irish Heartbeat" by Van Morrison with the Chieftains, from their album of the same name

    Between 5 & 6

    • "Greatest Secret In the World" by Rich Aucoin, from his album We're All Dying to Live
    • "Rutland's Reel" by J.P. Cormier, from his Mandolin Collection album

     

    Distracted driving penalties

    Fines are going up for distracted driving on Tuesday. And if Ontario's minister of transportation has his way, the penalties will get even stiffer. He's tabled legislation that would allow fines as high as a thousand dollars, and demerit points for those convicted of distracted driving offences. Alan spoke with Sgt. Mark Gatien of the Ottawa Police's traffic enforcement division about what he thinks of the proposed new penalties, and his own encounters with texting drivers.
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    Lessons from Nortel

    A new report about Nortel's demise offers up advice for others hoping to avoid corporate failure. One highlight: mind the gap between senior management and the employees on the ground. Alan spoke with Prof. Jonathan Calof of the Telfer School of Management about the study.
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    U of O names new Task Force for Respect and Equality

    The University of Ottawa is responding to concerns about "rape culture" on campus by naming a new task force. Alan spoke with Caroline Andrew, the chair of the new task force as well as the director of the University's Centre on Governance, and with task force member Miroslav Kljajic, a Master's student in economics.
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    Are You Being Served? Part 3: Natalie at Go Green Baby

    Alan surprised Natalie George of Go Green Baby in Kingston with a call, telling her that one of our listeners had singled her out for recognition in our series spotlighting the work of outstanding retail workers. Alan also spoke with Michael Mulvey of the Telfer School of Management, about the state of employment in the retail sector.

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    Friday's show - links, music & info

     

    Music

    Between 3 & 4

    • "Down the Boozer" by The Mahones, from their Irish Punk Collection
    • "Winter Hours" by The Good Lovelies, from their album Live at Revolution

    Between 4 & 5

    • "Reason Why" by Ron Sexsmith, from his album Long Player Late Bloomer

    Between 5 & 6

    • "She Got Kick" by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, who will be among the headliners at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
    • "Me and Molly" by Sneezy Waters

     

    Political panel - Friday, March 14, 2014

    How fair is the Fair Elections Act? Our political panel, Julie Van Dusen and Susan Delacourt, looked at growing opposition to the proposed legislation, as well as the new free trade agreement with South Korea and Stephen Harper's impending visit to Ukraine.
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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    • The screening of The City that Fun Forgot is sold out, but we're told future screenings are being planned
    • See all of our fantastic retail workers here, and if there's a great retail worker you want to nominate for our series, email us

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Goodnight" by Fevers, from the album No Room for Light

    Between 4 & 5:

    •  "I Took to You" by Amanda Bon, from the album Down the Road

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Ride On" by Scarlett Jane, from the album Stranger
    • "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon, from the soundtrack to Mr. Peabody and Sherman
    • "C'est Pour Ca" by Robert Charlesbois, from the album 50 Ans, 50 Chansons

    Robert Fontaine reviews Mr. Peabody and Sherman

    Remember the Wayback machine? Then you'll remember Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, too. They've joined the long list of cartoon and TV show icons from the 60s to be brought back to life on the big screen. Robert Fontaine came by the studio with his review of Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
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    Are You Being Served? Part 2: Tristan at Focus Scientific

    tristan retail.jpgWe're spotlighting great retail workers (see all of our profiles here), and today Alan met Tristan Young at Focus Scientific, who was nominated by listener Susan Goods. Listen below to find out Tristan's secrets for great service, and why he's so passionate about selling telescopes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Did fun forget Ottawa?

    Fun forgot image.jpgA couple of local filmmakers explore that question in a new documentary called The City That Fun Forgot? And with tonight's premiere sold out, it seems to be a conversation people in the city want to have. Alan spoke with filmmakers Amen Jafri and Nathan Hauch as they got ready for the screening at HUB Ottawa.
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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    • The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario's report on professor workloads is here
    • See separate post below for Scotch eggs/D is for Dinner info
    • WalkScore is the company that evaluated Ottawa's transit system

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Too Cold" by Current Swell, from the album Long Time Ago

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Rush of Your Wings" by Ann Vriend, from the album For the People in the Meantime

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Woody" by Hayden, from the album Elk-Lake Serenade

    Should professors be teaching more?

    When universities try to bring in more dollars, the methods are often controversial --think tuition hikes, or private sector funding for research. Well, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is adding another hot potato to the pile: it's suggesting professors can help out with the cash crunch by teaching more courses.

     

    Harvey Weingarten is the council's president and CEO, and also a former president of the University of Calgary, and a professor of psychology. He joined us to explain the recommendation.

     

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    Ottawa's transit, rated

    oc transpo.jpgIf you're standing outside waiting for a bus right now, you might not be in a mood to count your blessings. But "it could be worse" is the message from a new ranking of transit service in major Canadian cities. It's the first such ranking from Walk Score, a Seattle organization that promotes walkable neighbourhoods and good public transit.

     

    Ottawa's score? 49. That put us behind Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg, but we're ahead of Edmonton and Calgary. For a closer look at our number we were joined by Matt Lerner, a co-founder of Walk Score.

     

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    D is for Dinner: Scotch eggs from foodiePrints

    scotch eggs.jpgDon Chow is a well-known Ottawa foodie; his blog foodiePrints reviews restaurants and offers recipes and commentary on the local food scene. Tonight, he'll be appearing on the CBC TV show Recipes to Riches, and as a preview he joined us in studio. You can listen below, and find his recipe for Scotch eggs here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Nowhere to Run" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, from the soundtrack to Good Morning Vietnam
    • "Hats" by Samantha Savage Smith, from the album Tough Cookie
    • "So Easy" by Matt Andersen, from the album Weightless

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    • "Metal Girls" by Jim Bryson, from the album Falcon Lake Incident
    • "My Guarantee" by Rah Rah, from their album Going Steady

    Meet our co-host for a day

    Julian.JPGAlan had a co-host with him in the studio on Tuesday. Julian Dolce bid 900 dollars in a charity auction for the chance to be a part of our show, and today was his All In A Day debut. Listen for his dulcet tones in many of the interviews from Tuesday's broadcast.

    Magic of Narnia comes to Ottawa

    The lion Aslan from C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia is a larger-than-life character, to be sure. In fact, to bring him to the stage at Centrepointe Theatre this week will require multiple actors. Alan spoke with them, as well as the actor bringing Queen Jadis to life in a new production of The Magician's Nephew. Also note the special appearance by Alan's co-host for a day, Julian Dolce. 

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    Students address rape culture

    Recent events on the University of Ottawa campus have provoked a national discussion about "rape culture" on campuses. The university administration has promised a task force, but students have announced their own plan as well. Alan spoke with Seamus Wolfe, External Commissioner for the university's Graduate Students' Association.
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    Monday's show - links, info & music

    • Craig Calhoun is the winner of the Broken Pencil Deathmatch contest, and you can read his winning story here
    • Enter your song in the Searchlight competition here
    • For our "Are You Being Served?" series, email us with your story of great retail service you've received recently

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Afterlife" by Arcade Fire, from the album Reflektor
    • "Leave to Land" by Liv Wade, from the album My Great EP
    • "Easy Money" by Kyp Harness, from the album Armageddon Blues
    • "Honey, Honey" by Milk Carton Kids, from the album The Ash & Clay

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Prettiest Girl" by Mike Ritchie, from the album Wheatland Heartwood

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing" by Sneezy Waters, from the album Sneezy Waters
    • "Wonderkind" by Language Arts, from the album Wonderkind
    • "Infinite" by Sweatshop Union, from the album Infinite

    Are you being served? Nominate a fantastic retail worker!

    cameron hawtin).JPGSo Alan admits he was somewhat taken aback not long ago when, shopping in Kiddy Town, he was helped out by a teenaged boy who was way more informed about various strollers than most adults. But Cameron Hawtin was polite, enthusiastic and smart, and that got us thinking about other great retail workers around the city. So, we're turning to you: who gave you great service lately? Tell us your story, and we'll try to shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to help you out in a store. And listen below to hear the story of Cameron at Kiddy Town.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Political panel, Mar 7: Canada's response to Ukraine

    Canadian politicans have spent the last week speaking out against Russia's military action in Ukraine. And yesterday Russian soldiers in Canada were told they had 24 hours to leave the country. Our political panel joined us to dive into the situation between Russia and Ukraine -
    and fill us in on the other big political stories of the week.

     

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    Friday's show - links, info & music

    • More info about World Prayer Day for Egypt here; for local events contact lise.gauvin(at)rogers.com
    • CBC coverage of the Paralympics here
    • More on the CBC series Work Shift here, and the two entrepreneurs we talked to today were Marie-France Marquis from Half Full Glassware and Accessories, and Jarrod Goldsmith from Sax Appeal 
    • If you'd like to nominate a retail employee from whom you've received exceptional service, email us with your experience

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Sing for You" by Wanting, from the album Say the Words
    • "I Am Fine" by Sharon Nunzati
    • "Those Were the Days" by Wild and the Wind, from the album Wild and the Wind

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Precious, Precious, Precious" by Joel Plaskett, from the album Three
    • "Stolz" by Kurt Weill

    Between 5 & 6

    • "Somewhere, Nowhere" by David O'Meara & Michael Dubue, from the album Sing Song
    • "Song for Zoe" by Hawksley Workman
    • "Headphones" by Mounties

    These three people are planning a BIG surprise.

    TuplingsDan and Alice Tupling knew their daughter Zoe (she's in the picture Alan is holding) was one of the biggest Hawksley Workman fans alive. So when they heard one of the prizes in our Hopes and Dreams contest was the chance to have Hawksley Workman write a song for them, they entered our contest for their daughter. And they won.

    Hawksley has just finished writing the song. So Alan had Dan and Alice come into studio to surprise their daughter with the final product...

     

     

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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    • More on The Orenda and the other Canada Reads finalists over at CBC Books

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Heavy Love" by Bobby Bazini
    • "Keep it Alive" by Matthew Barber, from the album Matthew Barber
    • "Mockingbird" by Ruffled Feathers, from the album Oracles

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Control" by Broken Bells, from the album After the Disco

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Be Embraced, Ye Millions!" by the Nautical Miles, from the album Ode to Joy

    U of O president on new task force to address sexual misconduct scandals

    This morning University of Ottawa president Allan Rock spoke about two recent highly-publicized sexual incidents involving U of O students. In one, four male student leaders resigned from the students' federation after making sexually aggressive comments about a female colleague online. In another, the men's hockey program was suspended amid allegations of a sexual assault involving some of its players who were in Thunder Bay for games.

     

    In response, Rock announced he's launching a task force about respect and equality, and he joined us in studio to explain.

     

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    Robert reviews Non-Stop

    It's the latest in a line of somewhat mixed-quality airplane crisis films...

     

     

    And you can hear Robert Fontaine's thoughts on Non-Stop below.

     

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    The challenges of finding work after 50

    Today, a long-term Parliamentary study is being launched into the problem of youth unemployment. But here in Ottawa-Gatineau, another age group is struggling too. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in our region has almost doubled among those aged 55 and over since 2010.

     

    Marc Lavoie falls into that category; he's a former Nortel employee looking for work, and he's 57. Kurtis Kitagawa used to work for the Conference Board of Canada and is also now unemployed at the age of 52. Kurtis reflects the findings of a post-recession study which showed that 15 per cent of job seekers aged 45 and over have been out of work for more than a year.

     

    David Gray wrote that study. He's a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, and he joined us in studio along with Marc and Kurtis.

     

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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    • See separate post below for info about this week's D is for Dinner soup recipe
    • One of the local productions up for a Canadian Screen Award is Rob the Robot

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Take Me Out" by the Wooden Sky, from the album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun
    • "Let's Make Some Soup" by Hawksley Workman, from the album Almost a Full Moon

    Between 4 & 5:

    • no music

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Donna" by Stella Ella Ola, from the single of the same name
    • "Peter and Jenny Lee" by Del Barber, from the album Prairie O Graphy

     

     

    D is for Dinner: Soup for Great Bowls of Fire

    soup.jpgThis week we invited Thyme & Again owner Sheila Whyte in to share with us a great soup recipe that she'll cooking up for the Great Bowls of Fire fundraiser. You can find the recipe and more info about the event over here, and you can also listen to the segment below.

     

     

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    A call for action on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, from a Loretta Saunders relative

    saunders vigil.jpgShe made it her mission to research and draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Now, she's the catalyst for change under devastating circumstances. Loretta Saunders went missing last month in Halifax. Two weeks later, the St. Mary's University student's body was found along the Trans-Canada Highway west of Moncton.

     

    Holly Jarret is Loretta Saunders' cousin. She was at a vigil on Parliament Hill to call for a national public inquiry into the crimes against aboriginal women, and she joined us with her thoughts.

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    Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    • Helene Hutchings is an anal cancer patient who runs the support group "Anal Cancer - A Bum Rap". Today, she's volunteering at the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada's information booth at Bayshore Shopping Centre. Find the booth on the ground level, in Centre Court, near the Bay until 9 tonight.
    • More here on Apple's "Car Play"

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Gloire du Matin" by Alexandre Desilets, from the album Fancy Ghetto
    • "In Spite of Ourselves" by John Prine and Iris Dement, from the album In Spite of Ourselves

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Are You With Me Now?" by Cate Le Bon, from the album Mug Museum
    • "If a Heart Could Tell" by Nudie, from the album Remember This

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Pick Me Up" by Kalle Mattson, from the album Someday, The Moon Will be Gold
    • "Years" by Amelia Curran, from the album Spectators
    • "Flame" by I Am Robot and Proud, from the compilation album The City Won't Have Time To: Remix

    Former curator Brydon Smith receives GG honour

    brydon.jpgThree coloured stripes on a canvas...Equally-spaced...Dark blue on either side, with a bright red band down the middle.

     

    You probably know what we're talking about -- Voice of Fire by American artist Barnett Newman. And you probably remember that when it was bought in 1990 -- for more than the National Gallery of Canada had ever spent on a work -- the public was scandalized.

     

     

    The man behind that acquisition was Brydon Smith, curator at the Gallery from the late sixties until 1999. Today, it was announced that Smith is a recipient of a Governor General's Award for his contributions to visual art. We were joined by Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, to talk about the significance of Smith's work.

     

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    Photo: Brydon Smith with Barbara Steinman's Becoming: Is. Was, 2006, collection of Brydon Smith. Photo courtesy of Canada Council for the Arts / Martin Lipman

    Monday's show - links, info & music

    • More on our "Work Shift" series here
    • See separate post below for our book panel's March picks

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Heart Goes" by Tara Holloway, from the album Sins to Confess
    • "I am a Weary Immaterial Labourer in a Post-Industrial Wasteland" by Livingston, from the album Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada Vol. 1

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Black Orchid" by Souljazz Orchestra, from the album Inner Fire

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Don't Fail Me Now" by Jim Bryson, from the album Where the Bungalows Roam
    • "Close to Me" by the Cure, performed by Lou Canon, from the album Lou Canon 

    March book panel

    Ann Archer's picks:

    • Country Girl by Edna O'Brien
    • Intolerable by Kamal al Solaylee
    • Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

    Sean Wilson's picks:

    • Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu
    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

     

     

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    An update on Ukraine, from a Canadian delegation

    ukraine-protests.jpgThe United Nations Security council is holding an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine right now (Mon late aft). Russia's envoy Vitaly Churkin says Ukraine's ousted leader Vicktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Russian President Vladmir Putin. Churkin says Yanukovich requests Putin use the Russian military to restore law and order in Ukraine.

     

    Churkin quoted from the letter:
    "Under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terror and violence. People are being persecuted for language and political reasons."

     

    Also today, the European Union and the United States warned Russia to scale back its military presence in the Crimea region. Thousands of Russian troops control ports, airports and other strategic locations in Crimea. And today they seized control of Ukraine's border guard station at the ferry crossing between Russia and Crimea.

     

    Taras Zalusky, executive director of the Ukranian Canadian Congress just returned from a trip to Kyiv last night, as part of the Canadian delegation with foreign affairs minister John Baird. He joined us to describe what he saw there.

     

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    Photo: Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press