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September 2012 Archives

Stress, Part 5: stress and social status (and teens)

Well-stressed.jpgIt's time for Part 5 of our series on stress - how we figure out what stresses us and what we can do about chronic stress.

Dr Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal, which combines research with public outreach.

Dr Lupien is also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal. Her latest book is called "Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic."

This week, Dr Lupien will take a look at our how our social status - particularly in the case of teenagers - affects our stress levels.


 

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She's Canadian, eh?

shes-canadian-2-r1.jpgDeAnne Smith and Eman are Montreal stand-up comediennes and are performing this week in the comedy showcase "She's Canadian, Eh?"  .

Their credits include everything from The Debaters to Just for Laughs to The Comedy Network.

DeAnne and Eman come from very different backgrounds but they both love to make people laugh. 

They spoke and giggled with Sonali Karnick about women in comedy.

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An Illustrated History of Quebec

illustrated history.jpgBetween student protests and the election, this year has already been an historical one for Quebec - and it's not even over yet.

This kind of excitement and controversy is pretty much par for the course, however. A new book on the history of this province proves it.

An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity takes us from the fur trade to the soccer player who made headlines for wearing a hijab.

Concordia professor Peter Gossage and J.I. Little from Simon Fraser University are the authors.

Peter Gossage spoke with Sonali Karnick about what is in the book and what he had to leave out.
 

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Montreal's Griffintown: En Route up-and-comer

EnRoute_Octobre-2012-1.jpgAnyone who's seen real estate prices in the southwestern Montreal neighbourhood known as Griffintown would agree that something is going well.

Once an industrial area with a dwindling residential population, it now boasts chic new condo projects, cafés, boutiques and restaurants.

En Route magazine just named Griffintown one if Canada's up-and-coming neighbourhoods.

Laura Osborne complied the list and she tells Sonali Karnick why.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec is back to help you plan your weekend:

1) Balade Gourmande des Bois-Francs (Centre-du-Québec)
    Through October 7th (weekends only)

2)  Garden of lights, Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
      Through November 4th 
 
3)  La Grande Virée des couleurs au Mont Sainte-Anne  (Québec)
      Through October 8th (weekends only)

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures visit: http://www.bonjourquebec.com  or call toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

 

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Run for McGill dental outreach clinic

McGill Dentistry Outreach.jpgWe often hear about runs to raise funds for a good cause.

But sometimes there's a good cause that not many people know about.

This weekend in Montreal, there's a run to support free dental services for people who would otherwise never see a dentist. It's the McGill Dentistry annual Run for Outreach.

And third-year dental student Lauren Vredenburg - also an event organizer -tells us more about the cause.

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The Peppermaster: taking the fear out of chillies

greg-with-scorpion-chilli-pepper.jpgAt 9:00 this morning,  the First Annual Chile Fiesta gets underway in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

It will be presided over by a man who's known as the Peppermaster.

His real name is Greg Brooks. He's the owner and executive chef of his own line of Peppermaster hot sauces in Rigaud. And Greg says he's been eating, working with and selling hot chillies since he was 8 years old in the Bahamas.

This morning he's here to demystify the chilli pepper for those of us who fear them.

**Once you've finished listening, go to Greg's Pepper Popper recipe on the next page!

(Photo of Greg with scorpion chilli pepper; courtesy of Greg Brooks)

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Dr Mike Evans: dealing with insomnia

Dr Mike Evans.jpgWere you up early this morning because you couldn't sleep?  Or perhaps waking up was a struggle because you had such a hard time getting to bed? Maybe you wake up several times every night. If any of this sounds familiar, you may suffer from insomnia.

Insomnia is a growing concern among Canadians. And that's what our house doctor, Dr Mike Evans, is talking about this weekend.

 

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Monkey Ranch: Julie Bruck's new book of poetry

Monkey Ranch.jpgThe latest book of poetry by Julie Bruck grabs your attention with the cover-art first.

There's a baby monkey in a dress and a big blue polka-dot ribbon on her head.

She looks smart - and human - and she's looking straight at us. Hmmm...

The collection of poems is called Monkey Ranch.

And it's filled with stories about the small dramas of everyday life - set against the big chaotic world.

The Globe and Mail calls Julie Bruck's prose poems "deceptively chatty" - and  "poetically powerful."
Or as a fellow poet said: "she sees everything we do; she just seems to see it wiser."

Julie is a former Montrealler, now based in San Francisco. But she's back in town and in our studio this morning.

**Check out this link, if you're interested in the Trois Rivières poetry festival this weekend.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has suggestions for season activities in the province this weekend.

Balade Gourmande des Bois-Francs   (Centre-du-Québec)

Garden of lights (Space for Life, Montreal)

La Grande Virée des couleurs au Mont Sainte-Anne  (Québec)

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Inspiring teenage girls to get fit

Claudine Labelle started out as an athlete. But she's built her career around inspiring others to get active - in particular, teenage girls.

She spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about the FitSpirit program that provides mentoring and inspiration in schools in Quebec and Ontario.

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Derek Bocking's harvest menu

Derek Bocking's cinnamon chicken.jpgAfter a long sultry summer, this week, we finally felt that chill in the air. It's officially the fall.

We might not all be thrilled about the change in temperature. But along with cold weather, comes cold-weather food. And THAT is something to get excited about.

Our resident chef Derek Bocking is back to give us a couple of recipes to make this seasonal transition a little easier.

Derek's the sous-chef at the Montreal restaurant Ma Grosse Truie Cherie. And he writes a food blog called Derek's Kitchen.

Today he shows us how to make Cinnamon Chicken with Buttercup Squash -  and for a starter, Homemade Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts....

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Meat Cove : serialized crime novel by brothers

Canadian playwright and Governor General Award-winning playwright Kent Stetson has written a crime novel with his brother Paul, a retired RCMP Staff Sergeant. It's called Meat Cove.

But you can't buy it at a store and you can't download it - at least not yet.

Starting Monday, it's going to be released chapter by chapter online, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (The first one is free.)

The two brothers spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about their modern twist on Charles Dickens' approach to publishing.

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Stan Unger one of Senior Stars, 65 +

Stan singing at Steven's wedding.jpgFrank Sinatra was the idol and inspiration for Stan Unger when he was growing up.

Stan later became a physics teacher at Vanier College in Montreal, always doing a bit of theatre and music on the side.

But this week, the retired teacher gets a second crack at his early dream.

The Senior Star competition is a chance for singers 65 and over to take the spotlight.

The provincial finale takes place on Wednesday - with a bonus prize of $5000 and a shot at the Canada-wide competition in Niagara Falls in November.

Stan Unger spoke with Elizabeth Robertson in-studio.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

Here's what Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec suggests for your weekend:

1) Festival des oiseaux migrateurs de la Côte-Nord (Tadoussac through Forestville)
    On today

2)  Le rendez-vous des papilles  (Ste-Hyacinthe, Montérégie)
     On today

3)  Tour des ateliers des artistes dans leur milieu (Chelsea and Wakefield, Outaouais)
     Through September 30th (weekends only)

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The Girls in the Band: women in jazz

Girls in the Band.jpgLil Armstrong was an amazing jazz musician and composer, but she's most remembered for being the wife of Louis Armstrong.

She's just one of the many talented women featured in an award-winning documentary called "The Girls in the Band".

It shines a light on the women who were professional musicians, composers, arrangers and conductors in the golden age of jazz.

The film shows not only their unsung talent - but the sexism and racism they faced, and the attitude that women musicians were just a novelty act.

The documentary is playing tonight at the Montreal International Black Film Festival.

Director and producer Judy Chaikin spoke with Elizabeth Robertson.

 

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Celebrity cook Stefano Faita: preserving autumn

Stefano Faita on CBC TV.jpgThe big question for cooks at this time of year is how to take advantage of a short, savoury season of local vegetables.

To help us answer it this weekend, we've invited in Stefano Faita.

He's the host of "In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita" on CBC TV and the author of three best-selling cookbooks. And at his Montreal cooking school Mezza Luna - and at home - he celebrates Italian cuisine.

Stefano says there are three vegetables that Italians preserve at this time of year - tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant.

He spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about how they do that.

Basic tomato Sauce recipe 

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Saguenay dragon at marionnette festival

Saguenay dragon.jpgOne of the biggest puppets in North America will take the stage for the last time tonight in Saguenay.

It's a giant fire-breathing dragon, operated by forklift.

And it's the centrepiece of the Saguenay International Marionnette Festival.

Over the past two weeks,  the dragon has been performing alongside a cast of actors and acrobats. Spectators line the opposite shore of the river to watch the pyrotechnics at night, in a park in Jonquière.

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon met with Montreal puppeteer Louis Gagné behind the scenes - and met the Saguenay dragon face to face...

 

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Tourism Quebec : Saturday update

Fall colour.jpgMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has some ideas for fall foliage activities.

1) La Flambée des couleurs Magog-Orford (Eastern Townships)
   Through Thanksgiving weekend (weekends only)

2)  Festival des couleurs de Mont-Saint-Sauveur (Laurentides)
     Through October 14th (Weekends only)

3) Belles fins de semaine d'automne (Saint-Donat, Bas-St-Laurent)
   Through Thanksgiving

**Check out the Tourism Quebec leaf-colour map throughout the next few weeks to find out the hot colour regions!
 

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CBC Books: Fall reading list

Sleeping Funny.jpgOur book columnist Erin Balser from CBC Books is eager to get her hands on the new fall books.

There are some big names releasing new novels this fall. But in between those wordy block-busters are a few hidden gems that Erin says are definitely worth looking into.

Sonali Karnick spoke with her about the must-reads and maybe those that can be left on the shelf.

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Stress Part 4: chronic stress

Well-stressed.jpgThis week, Dr.Sonia Lupien looks at how we figure out what stresses us and what we can do about chronic stress.

Dr. Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal, which combines research with public outreach. Dr Lupien is also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal. Her new book is called "Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic."

Dr. Lupien examines our stress profile; how we as individuals react to stress and whether men or women react more strongly to stress.

 
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Escaping the Iron Curtain: hockey players in NHL

pinchevsky.jpgSpeed, scoring and strength were how the Stasny brothers made their name in the National Hockey League in the 1980's and became a sensation but the hard work on the ice was nothing compared to what they risked to escape from their country - then communist Czechoslovakia.

The Stasnys were part of a group of hockey players who sacrificed their own safety and that of their families back home.

Tal Pinchevsky is the author of a new book called  "Breakaway: from behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL. The untold story of Hockey's greatest escapes." He spoke with Sonali Karnick about some of the incredible stories of players who defected to North America.

 

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Acadian and Quebecois influences for Vishten's new album

cd-mosaik.jpgThey're from Prince Edward Island and the Magadalen Islands, and they sing original and traditional music of the French diaspora, from their own islands to Louisiana.

Vishten's new  album is called "Mosaik."

Two members of the band, Pascal Miousse and Pastelle Leblanc, spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has ideas for an eclectic Sunday in Quebec.

Les Jardins du précambrien - (Val David, Laurentides)

Tall Ships (Montreal)

Piknic Électronik Gatineau (Outaouais)

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Metachroma Theatre's Richard III

Metachroma Theatre- Richard III, women 2.jpgDeception, manipulation and hired hitmen. 

This could be the plot of a big-screen, modern-day political thriller,  but it best describes Shakespeare's Richard III.

It's coming to the stage at the Segal Centre in Montreal, presented by a new theatre company called Metachroma that offers its roles to actors who are visible minorities.

Jamie Robinson plays Richard III and Lucinda Davis plays Lady Anne. They both spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio this morning.

(Photo by Andrea Hausman; l-r, cast of Richard III: Tamara Brown, Julie Tamiko Manning, Lucinda Davis. with Jamie Robinson in centre)

 

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Apple picking and baking at Quinn Farm

apple.jpgWe really shouldn't miss any opportunity to go to the market, pick or buy fresh apples at this time of year.

Macintosh, Lobo, Cortland...they're all out there now.

So we called up Stephanie Quinn, the manager of Quinn Farm on Ile Perrot, to talk about apples and the Quinn family recipes for Dutch apple pie and apple crisp.

 

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Pierre Landry: girls' night at ADISQ 2012

Coeur de Pirate CD.jpgNominations were announced for this year's Quebec's music awards earlier this week.

Coeur de Pirate had the most nominations of anyone, but Quebec women singers, songwriters, music producers and musicians, in general, dominated list.

We'll talk about some of them, as well as the bilingual album controversy, and the English album nominees with the CBC's Pierre Landry.

 

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance presents music-based events in the province this weekend.

Quebec International of sacred music (Quebec City)

Festival  international de la chanson de Granby (Eastern Townships)

Festival Western de St--Tite (Mauricie)

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"The Geek Show" showdown at Comiccon!


Montreal_comiccon.jpgIt's cool to be a geek these days. The Comic-Con events across North America are proof of that.
The big fan conventions for comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and gaming draw more and more star power from Hollywood and TV and lots of mainstream media attention.

Montreal Comiccon opens next week at the Palais des congrès. Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and Malcom McDowell are some of the big names coming here.

Comedians Mike Patterson and Dan Bingham will be there too. They're celebrating geek culture in a comedy show called "The Geek Show". They spoke with Sonali Karnick about getting their "geek" on.

 

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Stress, Part 3: stress and our brains

Well-stressed.jpgPart 3 of our series on stress this week looks at how stress affects our brain.

Dr Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal. She's also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal.

Her new book is called "Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic."

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Gold-medal paralympians Benoit Huot, David Eng

benoit-huot-8col.jpgThe Paralympics close today in London, England.
And Montreal swimmer Benoit Huot will carry the flag for Canada at the closing ceremonies.

Huot leaves London with a medal of each colour. His total Paralympic medal haul is 19, including 9 gold.
Quebec athletes were among the top performers for Canada. Canada's wheelchair basketball also captured gold against Australia. The co-captain of the wheelchair basketball team, Montreal's David Eng, along with flag-bearer Benoit Huot, spoke with Sonali Karnick just a couple of hours before the closing ceremonies.

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Vladimir Horowitz Piano in Montreal

Vladimir Horowitz.jpgAs you heard last week on the show, Vladimir Horowitz's Steinway grand piano is in Montreal.  Horowitz is considered one of the greatests pianists of the 20th century. He was legendary for his tone and technique as well as his excitement when performing live.  Steinway pianos gave Horowitz the instrument in 1941 as a wedding gift and was the instrument he used the most in his career.

The famed grand piano  will be played by Concordia music instructor Yaron Ross on September 16th at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall.
Steinway has allowed the piano to tour North America and only a select few concert pianists will get to actually perform with it.
Yaron Ross told Sonali Karnick what it meant to him to be able to play the Horowitz piano, which has a personality of its own.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Sunday activity list.

Yesteryear festival (Fête d'antan) (Aylmer section of Gatineau, Outaouais)

Happening de peinture de Tadoussac (Manicouagan)

Fête des Arts et Traditions de Berthier-sur-Mer (Chaudière-Appalaches)

**NEW! Tourism Quebec is now on Twitter:

In English: https://twitter.com/tourismquebec 

In French:  http://twitter.com/tourismequebec


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The Mile End Cookbook

Noah and Rae Bernamoff.jpgThe Mile End Delicatessen and the Mile End Sandwich shop have been on all kinds of Top 10 lists in the past couple of years. But they're not in the trendy Montreal Mile-End neighborhood. They're in New York City and Brooklyn.

The Delicatessen and Sandwich Shop serve classic Jewish comfort food but also updated and recreated dishes.
Everything is cured, smoked and pickled in-house - though they do ship in the bagels from the St-Viateur bakery in Montreal's Mile End!

Now co-owners Noah and Rae Bernamoff  are letting us in on their secrets. Their Mile End Cookbook, just launched this week. (Photo of the Bernamoffs, above, by Taylor Wallick; courtesy of Random House)

Noah called in from one of their prep kitchens in Brooklyn.

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Canadian weather trivia calendar

2013WeatherTriviaClndrOct.jpgDid you know that a really good sneeze can have the same force as a Category 2 hurricane?

That's just one of the bits of weather-related trivia you can find in David Phillips' latest calendar.

It's called the Canadian Weather Trivia calendar. And it's the most popular calendar series in Canada.

It's also David's 25th calendar, so he's stuffed it with his best 365 stories.

David Phillips is a senior climatologist with the Meteorological Service of Canada. He spoke with Sonali Karnick about some of those bits of weather trivia. (Photo from 2013 Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar, courtesy of Fitzhenry and Whiteside)

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Preparing trees and gardens for winter

OP_GardenInWinter_Flickr.jpgFall isn't just the season for looking at pretty leaves, it's also the season for planting new trees and for putting your other plants to bed for the winter.
The Morgan Arboretum at the western tip of Montreal is offering a workshop to help you get ready.
John Watson will be giving the 3-hour talk.
He's been the forest manager at the Arboretum for 35 years - and he was actually born there among the trees!
Sonali Karnick spoke with John Watson.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has a list of ideas for a gastronomic tour of Quebec.

Week-ends gourmands de Rougemont    (Montérégie)

La Fête des vendanges Magog-Orford  (Eastern Townships) 

Festival Oktoberfest des Québécois   (Parc Lebel, Repentigny, Lanaudière) 

**NEW! Tourism Quebec is now on Twitter:

In English: https://twitter.com/tourismquebec 

In French:  http://twitter.com/tourismequebec

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance has details on some unique festivals happening this weekend in Quebec.

Le Festival de Magie de Québec (Nouveau St-Roch, Québec)  

Carrefour mondial de l'accordéon    (Montmagny, Chaudière-Appalaches)

Les Fêtes Victoriennes    (Victoriaville, Centre-du-Québec)
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Registered to Joke: comic take on Quebec election

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Derek Seguin.JPGFrom corruption to healthcare to sovereignty, it's been an interesting Quebec provincial election campaign with some heavy issues, to say the least.

So why not have a sense of humour about it? 
On Sunday night, the Quebec election will be cannon fodder for a group of Montreal comedians at an event called "Registered to Joke: A Pre-Election Standup Show" at the Comedy Nest in Montreal.

Peter Radomski and Derek Seguin are two comedians who will be riffing on the political landscape tonight and they spoke with Sonali Karnick before the show.

Stress, Part 2: stress and our bodies

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In this weekend's installment of our stress series with Dr. Sonia Lupien: how stress affects our bodies--and why we're still running from that woolly mammoth.

Dr Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal, which combines research with public outreach. She's also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal.

In 2003 she was voted one of the Top 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference by MacLean's Magazine.

Benoit Aubin wrote this about her: 
"In the rarefied circles of research on how hormones can affect the brain and influence our behaviour, health and happiness -- that's psycho-neuro-endocrinology -- Lupien is a star.

She has established clinically to international acclaim what many of us know intuitively: stress can make us sick."


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Montreal filmmakers keep it short and sweet

Mark and AJ 2.jpgIf your attention span runs to the short side, you may want to check out a short film extravaganza Saturday, September 1 at 7 pm on CBC Television called "Montreal Short Stop."  

Montreal filmmakers Mark Slutsky and AJ Korkidakis  are both featured in Montreal Short Stop. They joined Sonali in studio to talk about their short films "Sorry, Rabbi" and "The Perfect Apartment" -- and how they couldn't have happened anywhere else but Montreal. 

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Eastern Townships food traditions

farmer's market.JPGFrom organic bison burgers to maple syrup pies to duck... the food of the Eastern Townships is legendary. And filmmaker Carrie Haber is quickly becoming an expert on the topic. She's producing a documentary series on the culture of the Townships, and she's been going from farmers' markets to food shops to roadside stalls along the country roads looking at the varied foods of the region. 

Carrie joined Sonali in studio to introduce us to the colourful food culture she's discovered. Do you have a food story, source or delicious tip about the Townships to share? Go visit Carrie Saturday and Sunday at the CBC Booth at the Brome County Fair
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Going green for back-to-school

gill-deacon-home.jpgNow that the kids are heading back to school, you may be finding yourself stocking up on a landfill's worth of drinking boxes, pre-packaged string cheese and yogurt tubes. And that's just the lunch box! 

For many of us, the back-to-school shopping list and the habits we fall into once the school year starts can take a real environmental toll. But eco-expert Gill Deacon, the author of the book Green for Life, has some tips to help save the environment -- and save money. 

Sona talks to Gill about some smart ways to lessen our back-to-school footprint.
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Mo Rocca and "Electoral Dysfunction"

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What does the U.S.A. have in common with Chechnya, Libya and Iran? Turns out none of them include the right to vote in their constitutions. The quagmire that is the U.S. electoral system is the subject of a new documentary called Electoral Dysfunction. It's playing this weekend at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Mo Rocca is a humourist and correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." He's the host of Electoral Dysfunction and-- just in time to make us feel really good about our own provincial election--he joined Sona to break down the muddy waters of voting in the United States.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance has your weekend activity list:

The Montreal World Film Festival

Les Délices d'automne (Trois-Rivères/Mauricie)

Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau  (Outaouais)  

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