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February 2012 Archives

St-Lambert author Peter Dash's thriller "ZUrabia"

zurabia.jpgPeter Dash has travelled and worked around the world but he came back to the town he grew up in, Saint-Lambert. He wrote his first novel there and it's a book that has nothing to do with the leafy green streets of a south shore village.

ZUrabia is a new thriller about international finance, terrorists, espionage and a Harvard University associate professor with a taste for danger. His name is Sands - Adrian Sands -and he was once a spy.

His creator, Peter Dash, has also worked at Harvard at the Center for International Affairs and spent many years abroad as a corporate trainer in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and China, among others.

Peter Dash spoke to Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec - Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your to-do activity list for the weekend.

Butterflies go free at Montreal Botanical Gardens

Snowboard Jamboree in Quebec City

La Classique dogsled race on I'Isle-aux-Coudres

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Columnist Ross Murray

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgWith such turbulence in the labour market these days, you might find yourself prepping for a job interview. Our columnist Ross Murray has been there himself and has gleaned some observations on surviving the ordeal.

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Canadian Black comedians go beyond race in "The Underground Comedy Railroad"

The history of Thumbnail image for Main-Darkshot2-Edited.jpgthe Underground Railroad is not something to make light of, usually. That network of safe houses and secret routes brought slaves to Canada, and freedom, in the 19th century.

But the comedians with the Underground Comedy Railroad want you to bust a gut. They say it's the first group tour of black Canadian stand-up comics. The tour kicks off Sunday night in Montreal and performer Andrew Searles dropped by All In A Weekend before the big show.

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Nuit Blanche: Up all night

We wanted to check in to see how last night's Nuit Blanche went. Art installations were all over the city, both undergruond and outdoors. For Aaron Boothby, the annual all nighter was just winding down when Sonali Karnick spoke to him early Sunday morning.

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L'Epicerie: pancake mixes and citrus fruit

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Caroline Paulhus from Radio-Canada's l'Epicerie spoke with Sonali Karnick about their latest product test. She takes the lid off of pancake mix to see how it stacks up against homemade. Also, Caroline talks about the more unusual citrus fruits available in winter.

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Nuit Blanche: In the shadows

Shadows come out at night.

That's what Maya Ersan is hoping for. She is with the Mere Phantoms art collective. They do shadow puppetry and they have an interactive installation as part of Nuit Blanche for Saturday night.

Maya spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio about how the installation works and how she stays up at night.

For all of the activities at Nuit Blanche, click here.

 

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Tourism Quebec - Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec spoke with Sonali Karnick about skating outside of the typical arena.

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Grosse Ile the musical

An original musical drama took the stage this week at the CEGEP St. Lawrence in Quebec City. It's a musical called Grosse Ile.

It tells the story of the island in the St. Lawrence that served as a quarantine station for immigrants to Quebec. From 1832 to 1937, immigrants were screened there for disease before being granted entry to Canada. Thousands upon thousands passed through, staying days at a time. The island is also the burial site of the more than 5 000 of them, mostly Irish immigrants who died of typhus in 1847, either on the island or aboard ships en route to Grosse-Ile.

This new musical is dedicated to the late Marianna O'Gallagher who made it her life's work to preserve Irish history in the Quebec City area, and on Grosse Ile itself.

This script was co-written by Margaret Forrest, Hubert Radoux and John Halpin.

John Halpin -- the Dean of Faculty at CEGEP St Lawenrece - was one of three co-writers.

He also plays the Catholic priest on the island - Father Charles.

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon met with him and some of the other cast members at a rehearsal.

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Personal finance: The RRSP deadline is approaching

There are just a few days left before the deadline for Registered Retirement Savings Plan contributions and there's so much financial advice out there telling you how to deal with your money, whether you're in the black or the red. It's not a one-size-fits-all situation. Hilary Doyle is CBC Radio's personal finance columnist. She spoke to Sonali Karnick about some ways to make the process a little less painful.

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The Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

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When it comes to competitive sports, Quebec athletes are some of the best freestyle skiers in the world. If your children are interested in becoming the next Alexandre Bilodeau or Jennifer Heil or if they just want to have fun on the moguls, our ski columnist Kevin Gasior has some tips on how to get them started.

If you're interested in getting involved as a coach or parent in the townships, you can contact information for the Orford Freeriders here.

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Photo album from Dave Bronstetter's farewell show

Last Saturday we said goodbye to our host Dave Bronstetter. After 33 years at the CBC, he decided to retire. Friends, family and colleagues dropped by the studio to say goodbye and reminisce. Here are a few photo memories from the event (courtesy of Paul Cowan):

 

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(Above) Dave chats with host Sonali Karnick, Elias Abboud, and Nancy Wood.

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(Above) Connie Kaldor wrote Dave his own going-away song. Apart from being a fond listener, Connie was also Dave's first guest on the old 'Café Dave' segment on Homerun.

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(Above) Dave's first day on CBC as a sports reporter was opposite Katie Malloch, who now hosts Tonic on Radio 2. Katie will be retiring soon after Dave. On Saturday morning, she was his Girl Friday. 

Canspell: can you spell... pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

canspell.jpgThe top 50 elementary school students in Quebec will face off Sunday at the Canspell spelling bee. Two young spellers in the competition spoke with Sonali Karnick before the bee.

Madison McLauchlan is a grade six student at Edinburgh School. Francesco Balassone is a grade six student at Saint John Fisher Senior school.

Both have been practising hard for Canspell and even took up Sonali's surprise spelling challenge in studio.

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Superfans celebrate 500th show of The Simpsons

simpsons-500th-episode.jpgAmerica's most famous animated family marks a milestone Sunday night. The Simpsons airs its 500th episode. The award-winning show is the longest-running American sitcom in history.  The show is broadcast in more than 100 countries and 50 languages.

Psychiatrist Dr. James Ross and Sergeant Ian Lafrenière, who works with the communications team for the Montreal police, are both big fans of the show. Sonali Karnick was all too happy herself to chat about the cartoon family.

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Dr. Mike Evans : the viral health video

Dr. Evans.JPGThere is a video on the site "Youtube" that is very popular but has nothing to do with celebrities, animals doing funny things or amazing kids. Believe it or not, it's a health video, called "23 ½ hours."
It's had nearly 2 million views and it's also been the number one educational video in all of Youtube land.  Dr. Mike Evans is responsible for the spread of this "viral video" and spoke with Sonali Karnick about the idea behind it.

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Ross Murray on public speaking

pubilc speaking.jpgColumnist Ross Murray steps up to the microphone.

This week, he looks at public speaking from his own point of view.

 

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Tourism Quebec - Sunday Update

Pee-wee_hockey.jpgThere's nothing wee about Quebec City's International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.  Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec looks at the biggest events in the province.

Activity links:
Montréal en lumière, Through the 26th
Valcourt snowmobile Grand Prix, Ends today
Peewee hockey tournament, Ends today

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Dave's Farewell Show (8:30 - 9:00am)

Dave's party 2.jpgDave's special last edition of All in a Weekend draws to a close - along with 33 years at the CBC. Colleagues and friends gather 'round.

Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent tells an infamous story about the early days with Dave. Wiretap's Jonathan Goldstein talks about Dave's coffee-making skills. Former sportscasters Tom Harrington and Rick Cluff call in from Toronto and Vancouver to give Dave a bit of a ribbing. Even Dave's daughter Fiona joins us to talk about her dad.

Singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor wraps up Dave's last show with a short but touching song about the Dave listeners have loved.

(Photo: Dave Bronstetter stands in front of images from his past.)

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Dave's Farewell Show (8:00 - 8:30am)

Dave's party.jpgToday we're celebrating Dave Bronstetter's 33 years with the CBC. As the former host of Daybreak, Homerun and All in a Weekend, he covered everything from politics to culture to sports. And he made a lot of friends along the way.

A steady stream of colleagues and friends join us in this half hour, including Tonic host Katie Malloch, Melissa Kent (now working in New York City for the CBC), national reporter Nancy Wood and Brendan Kelly, cultural reporter for The Gazette (and Daybreak's arts columnist too). We'll also hear some of your letters to Dave.

(Photo: Dave Bronstetter and Sonali Karnick )

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Dave's Farewell Show (7:30 - 8:00am)

In this half hour, Dave's former colleagues Yvon Huneault and Maura Keeley join Sonali Karnick, Katie Malloch, and Dave of course. Shawn Lyons, Quebec City reporter and news editor, calls in too. And then, two familiar voices, CBC newsmen Frank McCormick and Laurent Lavigne - both retired - have some retirement advice for Dave.

(We'll hear from a caller from St-Endormie, the idyllic little town where the weather is usually great. "Kevin" was it?)

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Dave's Farewell Show (7:00 - 7:30am)

After 33 years at the CBC, Dave Bronstetter is hanging up his microphone.

After an early start as a sports reporter, he went on to host Homerun, Daybreak and All in a Weekend.

In this half hour, Dave chats (and quips) with the woman he met on his first day on the job - Tonic host Katie Malloch. At the time, she was hosting CBC Radio's afternoon show in Montreal.

We'll also hear some of your letters to Dave.

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Dave's Farewell Show (6:30 - 7:00am)

Sona and Dave return to his old Rec Room with the tatty sofa and the goldfish bowl - and the great music!

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Dave's Farewell Show (6:00 - 6:30am)

After 33 years at CBC Radio, Dave Bronstetter is retiring.

In our first half hour of the show (which never made it to air!), Dave takes Sonali Karnick around his old radio Rec Room.

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A cuppa for Ross Murray

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgOur columnist Ross Murray is getting a little misty-eyed about tea.

Or maybe that's just the steam rising from his cup of Earl Grey....

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has a to-do list for Sunday including a zip-line adventure and some ideas for a special Valentine's Day.
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Freaky Sundays: Nature vs. Nurture

asgoodasitgets.jpgJack Nicholson's character in the movie As Good As It Gets, Melvin, wrestles with some pretty big personality issues.

But was Melvin genetically predetermined to develop OCD? What role is played by his environment, and what the world projects back at him?

Dr. Roberta Palmour is fascinated by these questions.  She's a professor of psychiatry and human genetics at McGill University, and she's the  latest guest in All in a Weekend's "Freaky Sunday" series.

This Friday, she'll be giving the Freaky Friday lecture at the Redpath Museum, titled "Nature versus Nurture: Do genes determine your personality?"
Dr. Roberta Palmour spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Jill Hennessy takes on Stephen Leacock's mother

Jill Hennessey.JPGIt's been 100 years since the publication of Stephen Leacock's classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. On Sunday night, that little town comes to life on CBC TV. 

The film features an all-star cast, including Colin Mochrie, Sean Cullen, Gordon Pinsent, and Montrealer Jill Hennessy.(You may remember her from the TV shows Law and Order and Crossing Jordan. She's also starring in HBO's new series Luck.)

Jill Hennessy spoke with Sonali Karnick about taking on a new kind of role and wearing a corset!

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Dave's Faves: The Tea Hunter

Kevin Gascoyne.jpgWe've gone back into the All in a Weekend archives and pulled out one of Dave Bronstetter's best-loved interviews from the past year. 

Kevin Gascoyne is the co-owner of Camellia-Sinensis, a tea importer based in Montreal and Quebec City. Every spring Kevin and his partners get to set off across the world hunting for new and exciting teas to bring back to their shops.  Last April, Dave reached Kevin on the phone in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Here's an excerpt of that conversation.  

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Whitney Houston's legacy

whitney houston from cbc.jpgHer voice was the benchmark for vocalists of all music genres around the world. Whitney Houston died Saturday at 48 years of age.  She was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton. The cause of her death is unclear but no one can deny the tragic turn her life had taken. 
Houston leaves behind an incredible legacy: 170 million albums sold, numerous No. 1 hits, including the biggest-selling U.S. single of all time, "I Will Always Love You."  Sonali Karnick spoke about Whitney Houston's career with CBC music columnist Duke Eatmon.

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The Teenage House Party Dilemma

David Eddie.jpgSomewhere tonight ...  maybe right next door to you .. teenagers are having a house party.
Whether the teens, or the house, emerge unscathed can depend on how the parents handle the question: "Do you mind if I have a few friends over?"
Or if that question gets asked at all. 
It's a rite of passage for teens and parents everywhere...one that David Eddie just survived.
He's an author whose most recent book is called  'Damage Control'.
David spoke with Sonali Karnick about his son's "friendly gathering."

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The Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin has some travel tips for those planning a ski getaway for the family for winter break and the day's conditions on the slopes in Quebec. 
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The Puck Drops Here

Hockey Day logo.pngIt's Hockey Day in Canada today. People are strapping on their skates across the country in their own communities to celebrate the national game.
The centre of it all this year is Prince Edward Island but there are games and events going on everywhere, including right here in Montreal. CBC Montreal, in partnership with the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, wants to get kids moving! We've been collecting your new or used skates to be used as loaner skates at the four free outdoor community built by the foundation.
But the celebration is from coast to coast with some great NHL hockey games in between.
Scott Russell from CBC Sports Weekend spoke with Sonali Karnick from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Dave's Faves: Georges Laraque

Georges Laracque.jpgWith Dave Bronstetter's impending retirement, we've gone back into the All in a Weekend vault and plucked one of his best-loved interviews from the past year. We're revisiting a chat Dave had with Georges Laraque. Most people will remember Georges from his hockey days as a rough and tough enforcer in the NHL, but after competing in the "Battle of the Blades", a television show that paired up figure skaters with hockey players, Georges found a new life on the ice.  



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A fancier rink for shinny hockey

It's being billed as the only outdoor hockey arena in North America.
Two former professional hockey players have transformed a parking lot in Levis, near Quebec City, into a regulation-sized hockey rink.
It's complete with bleachers, lighting towers, warm-up tents and, of course, beer service.
The CBC's Peter Black got the tour from co-owner Patrick Couture.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Icewine takes centre stage in Rougemont, wood sculpture in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli and if you want to stay warm, an indoor activity from Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec.
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L'Épicerie Food Column: The non-chocolate Valentine's Day

L'Epicerie - cream puff.pngValentine's Day is coming up on Tuesday and let's face it, the way to everybody's heart is through their stomach.

Caroline Paulhus from the hugely popular Radio-Canada food show l'Epicerie  spoke to Sonali Karnick about making a romantic dinner on the big day. Caroline takes us back to some classic and classy dishes that anyone can whip up for Tuesday night.

And she's issuing a special challenge to all you men out there to get in the kitchen! (See her recipe for cream puffs by clicking on "more".)
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Dave Bronstetter retires

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After 33 years in broadcasting, Dave Bronstetter has decided to retire.
 
He will be back for one last show on February 18. Please help us celebrate Dave's career with your memories and messages for Dave as he heads into retirement. 

Leave your stories and thoughts for Dave in the comments field at the bottom of this post.
 
Sonali Karnick will be hosting All in a Weekend for the rest of the season.

All In A Weekend's Super Bowl Panel

SUN_DannyMaciocia.jpgIt all comes down to the Pats and the Giants tonight. Super Bowl 46 pits the favoured New England Patriots against the underdog New York Giants.  It's a rematch of the stunning upset of the 2008 Super Bowl. In that game the Giants took down the Patriots who had not lost a single game that season. All In A Weekend assembled a panel of experts to weigh in on the big game.

Brian Chiu played centre with the Montreal Alouettes and won two grey cups with the team.  Now he's the head coach of the Concordia University Stingers. Glen Constantin coaches the Laval University Rouge et Or. He's taken the team to five Vanier Cup titles in the last nine years. Danny Maciocia is a former coach general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup 2005 with the team. He's now head coach of the University of Montreal Carabins football team.

The trio of football coaches spoke with Sonali Karnick about who has the edge in the biggest game of the year.

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Freaky Sundays: Oxytocin, the love hormone

SUN_JB_Freaky.jpgIt's called the "love hormone", an aphrodisiac that floods our brains, making everything warmer and fuzzier.  But it turns out that oxytocin is just as complicated as love itself.

Jennifer Bartz is a professor of psychology at McGill University, and she's lecturing this Friday as part of the Redpath Museum's "Freaky Friday" series.


Her lecture will be followed by a screening of The Notebook. 
She's our latest guest in All In A Weekend's Freaky Sundays.
Professor Jennifer Bartz spoke with Sonali Karnick about Oxytocin.

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Ross Murray: Worst dad ever

ross murray headshot.jpgOur columnist Ross Murray is the father of teenagers. Which means that, at least in the eyes of two people living under his roof, he is a strong contender in the "worst father ever" award race.

But he's willing to share the credit -- with everything from the Internet to some guy named Rocco.

 

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Dave's Faves: Comic book artist Lynda Barry

SUN_lynda_barry.jpgWe've gone back into the All in a Weekend archives and pulled out one of Dave Bronstetter's best-loved interviews from the past year. Today's "Dave's Fave": One of the most successful comic book artists in North America,

Lynda Barry is the creative mind behind the syndicated comic strip "Ernie Pook's Comeek." Last January she joined Dave to talk about her book Picture This, which explores the practice and power of drawing.

 

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Tourism Quebec - Sunday Update

Sun_Pond Hockey.jpgIf you can't make it to the Quebec City winter Carnival, Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has suggestions for your Sunday outings, including a pond hockey tournament.

Panoramas and Paintbrushes
(Le Massif Charlevoix) Sunday only
Ste-Rose en blanc (Ste-Rose Laval)
Ends today
Pond Hockey (Lac Beauport)

 

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Dave's Faves: Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky


yanofsky.jpgWe've gone back into the All in a Weekend vault and plucked one of Dave Bronstetter's best-loved interviews from the past year. We revisit a chat Dave had with the Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky in April of last year. Dave and Joel discuss Joel's latest book, a highly personal memoir entitled Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism.

 

In this part of Dave and Joel's chat, Joel talks about the ups and downs of his son's autism and what dealing with the illness has taught him about parenting. 

 

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Tourism Quebec - Saturday Update

Qc Carn.JPGMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has details on some of the winter festivals in Quebec, complete with ice slides and a sugar shack!

Activity links:
Winterlude (Gatineau, Outaouais),
Through February 20th
Carnaval Glisse et Glace, Ile des Moulins, Terrebonne (Lanaudière) Ends Sunday
Saguenay en Neige (Parc de la rivière des sables, Jonquière, Saguenay, Lac St-Jean)
Through February 12th

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGWith the season well underway, not to mention March Break coming up, Kevin Gasior has the low-down on ski trips for the whole family or for smaller groups of adults on the Ski Report.

 

 

 

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Ice Canoe Race

JC_Qc.jpgThe Quebec City ice canoe race is on Saturday. Ice canoe racing is a seriously tough sport and unique to Quebec. A few weeks ago, Jacqueline Czernin, host of CBC's Breakaway in Quebec City, accompanied a team on a practice. The Bonjour Quebec team is going to see how all the practicing paid off.


Have a listen to what some of what Jacquie heard that day.
The voices you'll hear are those of David, Sam and Justine Blair and of Evan Price.
Jacquie learned just how tough you have to be just to get the canoe moving, let alone racing in one.

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A healthier Super Bowl menu

Superbowl - Bryan Chiu.jpgIt's Super Bowl weekend, and for a lot of us, that means fatty Super Bowl party food: chicken wings, nachos and maybe even some ribs. If the way you usually prep for the big game is to drill another hole in your belt, hold it right there. Caroline Paulhus is a writer for Radio-Canada's TV show L'Épicerie and she spoke with Sonali Karnick about ways to cut back on the bad stuff.  

 

Caroline also talks about the long and even illustrious history of the preferred beverage for the big game: beer.

 For Sonali's grandmother's recipe visit our Facebook page.

 

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Basya Shechter: Everything "oud" is new again

Basya_S.JPGThe music of Basya Schechter defies description. Her psychedelic world-beat sound has been called archaic yet contemporary, raw yet sophisticated, spiritual yet terrestrial. Schechter was born in Brooklyn, New York but she has traveled the world to study musical traditions. Schechter's band is called Pharaoh's Daughter. They're in town for an unplugged show at the Dorshei Emet Synagogue in Hampstead.

Basya Schechter spoke with Sonali Karnick and even played the Oud.

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