Exodus -- no revelations. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's epically terrible month continues, with the sudden departure today of two key members of staff.
Let him be perfectly Frank. Back in the day, one magazine would have made a meal of all these political scandals -- and not coincidentally, the founder of Frank is laying out the silverware.
The buck stopped there. Senator Marjory LeBreton says she understands why her Conservative colleagues in the House are perturbed with the Senate -- but that the PM's right-hand man acted alone in giving Mike Duffy ninety thousand bucks.
Keep your friends close, and never mind your enemies. The government has repeatedly said it will stop patronage appointments -- presumably right after naming a bunch of people with Conservative ties to a new tribunal.
Let's not cross that bridge when we come to it. I'll speak with Alex Robinson, who spends his days driving people across a bridge in Maryland -- because they're too scared to do it themselves.
And...a tempest next to a teapot. It's a subject so divisive it has driven people to politely disagree with each other -- but now, one British researcher has bravely come forward with the formula for the perfect amount of cream and jam to put on a scone.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that believes beauty is more than scone deep.
Toronto's embattled mayor continues to insist that it's "business as usual at city hall." Even though there's a surplus of evidence to the contrary.
Today, Mayor Rob Ford's press secretary and the secretary's deputy both quit. Their resignations come four days after Mayor Ford fired his chief of staff.
But even so, personnel issues look like the least of the mayor' worries. He continues to be dogged by reports of a video showing him smoking a crack pipe. There are also reports that Toronto Police have questioned an unnamed staffer in the mayor's office.
Don Peat is the city hall bureau chief for the Toronto Sun newspaper. We reached him in Toronto.
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It's like a recurring dream -- or a recurring nightmare. Depending on whether you're in the Opposition or the government.
Mike Duffy's bad expenses, and the fact that they were paid off by the Prime Minister's then Chief of Staff, will be back before the Senate tomorrow. The Internal Economy Committee is going to meet for the first time since their colleagues ordered them to redo their initial investigation of Mr. Duffy's books.
The Opposition has been calling for investigation number two to be held in public, in the hopes that we might all find out why Nigel Wright gave Mr. Duffy those ninety thousand dollars -- and who in the government was involved.
Marjory LeBreton is the Government Leader in the Senate. We reached her in Ottawa.
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Alex Robinson makes his living from people who are scared.
Their fear -- crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Those who can't bear to white-knuckle it over the seven-kilometre-long span in Maryland can call Mr. Robinson. And he -- or one of his staff -- drives them over.
Today is Memorial Day in the United States. And that marks the start of Mr. Robinson's busy season, as people cross over from Washington and Baltimore to the shore.
We reached Alex Robinson at the bridge.
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Remember "Frank"? Well, Conservative Senator Mike Duffy certainly does.
Years before he became a senator, he sued the muckracking, satirical Frank magazine for libel and defamation. And now, with scandal swirling around Mr. Duffy, the man behind the Ottawa edition of Frank says the time is right for the magazine to be resurrected.
From 1989 to 2004, Frank stuck it to the Canadian political establishment with sharp wit and no mercy.
Michael Bate is the former -- and possibly future -- founder, publisher and editor of Frank. We reached him in Ottawa.
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It's been almost three years since Dorian Barton was beaten near Ontario's legislature while taking pictures of a G-20 protest.
Today, he finally got his day in court. The assault trial for Toronto police constable Glenn Weddell began this morning with Mr. Barton's testimony.
Since the G-20 meeting, Toronto Police's Special Investigations Unit opened, then closed, then re-opened their inquiry into Mr. Barton's treatment. The officer was arrested shortly after the Toronto Star identified him at his house -- but colleagues of Constable Weddell were unable to identify him, even in photographs taken shortly after the alleged assault occurred.
"As It Happens" spoke with Dorian Barton the day Constable Weddell was charged, in June, 2010. Here's part of that interview, from our archives.
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It is a controversy we've covered here at "As It Happens" before. And now science is stepping into this bitter rivalry over the sweetest of things: the "cream tea".
For those of you who stick to coffee and danishes, a "cream tea" is tea -- that's the "tea" part -- served with scones, clotted cream, and jam. But for centuries, the counties of Cornwall and Devon in England have been at each other's throats over what to put on the pastry first. The Cornish say jam; Devon folk say cream.
Well, now, one mathematician -- Eugenia Cheng, from the University of Sheffield in England -- has waded into the controversy, with a formula for the perfect cream tea scone. We reached Ms. Cheng at her home in Sheffield.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.It will have a hotel, cable cars, a heliport -- and a nearby military airfield will be turned into a civilian hub to handle the millions of tourists who want to ski at the about-to-be-opened Masik Pass Skiing Ground.
So said North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, as he surveyed the construction site from an observation platform, adding that it would have been "more fantastic" to see snow on the ground.
Technicians are apparently working on this, even though it's almost June.
Mr. Kim also ordered the immediate domestic production of skiing equipment, so that North Koreans could actually use the hundred-plus kilometres of downhill runs at the proposed resort.
That's because very few North Koreans actually know how to ski, as a U-N embargo forbids the import of luxury goods -- like skis and snowboards -- into the hermit kingdom. And since nobody is allowed to leave the country unauthorized, not many families are vacationing in the Alps.
None of that seems to faze Mr. Kim, however. He's ordered the construction, being done by what the state news agency calls "soldier-builders", to be finished by fall. The domestically-made ski gear should be ready by then as well.
And then, Mr. Kim added, quote: "a skiing wave will seize the country." Unquote.
Forget the Memorial Cup or the Stanley Cup playoffs.
What the students and fans of Canada's Game are talking about today is Hockey Canada's decision on Saturday to ban bodychecking for players at the Peewee level. Those are players who are usually 11 and 12 years old.
Organizers of Peewee hockey across the country say they will abide by the ban.
But the vote was no hit with the delegation from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association that attended the Hockey Canada summit in Charlottetown.
Theirs was the lone dissenting vote against the bodychecking ban. For the record, here are some thoughts on the hitting ban from families and players attending a peewee hockey tournament in Regina yesterday.
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They were half a country away from their hometown -- but they obviously weren't suffering from jet-lag.
That's the sound of exuberant Halifax Mooseheads fans pouring onto the streets of Saskatoon last night. Hundreds had flown in from Nova Scotia to watch the team play against the Portland Winterhawks for the Memorial Cup. And with an impressive last-minute goal, the Mooseheads took it.
And then, today, the House of Commons heard the following ode to the pride of Halifax.
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They came to office saying they'd take aim at the problem of government patronage. But their aim's a little iffy.
Recently, the federal government appointed members to the newly created Social Security Tribunal -- the body which now hears appeals for Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security.
But the Globe and Mail has done some research, and found that a large number of the appointed members are connected to the Conservative Party.
Gloria Galloway is the Globe's parliamentary reporter. We reached her in Ottawa.
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And now...Quote/Unquote.To an intrepid criminal, there's no technique as valuable as misdirection. But now, an Akron, Ohio man has employed a technique even more cunning: mis-misdirection.
Here's what I mean: on April eleventh, a thirty-seven-year-old man named James Kilmire was released on bond, after being arrested for breaking and entering. One of the conditions of his release was that he would be overseen by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, and he would have to wear an ankle monitor.
At this point, Mr. Kilmire's Moriarty-level genius revealed itself. Over the course of the next several weeks, he would commit more than twenty break-and-enters, while wearing the ankle monitor. He must have brilliantly surmised that the monitor would place him at all the scenes of the various crimes -- but that police would assume there was no way anyone could be such an idiot.
Either that or he's an idiot.
Which is the conclusion of Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards. After Mr. Kilmire was arrested in a Walmart parking lot last Friday, Lieutenant Edwards told the press, quote:
"This rises to the level of not the most brilliant person."
Many generous Canadians help fund the construction of medical facilities in developing countries. But sometimes even with the best intentions, things can go wrong.
That's the case with a group of Edmontonians who donated personal time and money to a health centre in Nepal.
It turns out the doctor in charge of the clinic wasn't a real doctor -- and he was cooking the books. Wanda Vivequin is the owner of Hi-Himalayas Treks and Tours, and she was managing the project.
She spoke to Edmonton-A-M host Rick Harp this morning.
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Dateline: Tokyo, Japan.The Japanese mayor who said Japan's use of sex slaves during the Second World War was necessary has apologized -- but not for what you might think.
Earlier this month, the Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, outraged many with his comments about so-called "comfort women" -- women and girls from Korea and China forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. The Mayor said, quote, "For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, if you want them to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. That's clear to anyone." Unquote.
We told you about that. But what we didn't mention was in that same speech, Mr. Hashimoto also addressed a different topic -- sexual assualts by US servicemen stationed in Japan's island prefecture, Okinawa.
Mr Hashimoto said that to reduce these attacks, American servicemen should, quote "make better use of the sex industry", unquote.
It is for that statement the Osaka Mayor apologized at a Tokyo press conference today. If you were waiting for him to apologize for his comments on comfort women -- keep waiting.
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The unnamed victim was just chilling, walking a path near town, listening to some tunes -- when suddenly, he was jumped.
But it wasn't your run-of-the-mill mugging. Because the town happened to be Banff. And the attacker was a cat. A very large cat.
Bill Hunt is the resource conservation manager for Banff National Park.
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Everybody hates lines. Is there anything more annoying than standing in line for the ATM, while someone struggles to remember his password, and then deposits four cheques, and accidentally hits "Cancel" and has to start over? Or -- oh, everyone hates this -- you're standing there in line, your beard encrusted with ice, while someone ahead of you struggles to summit one of the highest mountains in the world. I mean, hello -- I'm trying to realize a life dream here!
This is the frustration facing the hundreds of people who climb Mount Everest every year: they get to what's called the Hillary Step. It's one of the last serious obstacles facing any Everest climber. And they find a bottleneck.
In the June issue of National Geographic, journalist Mark Jenkins writes that, while he was on Everest, some people had to wait for two hours in a line-up at the Hillary Step. Which, I'd have to guess, is more annoying than my ATM scenario, insofar as it takes place near the top of a dangerous mountain, where the wait could actually be more fatal than frustrating.
Well, according to articles in two British newspapers, one possible solution is being suggested: a ladder.
Yes, I did just say "a ladder". But I hasten to add that the people suggesting a ladder on Everest are fairly highly-placed. Occasionally literally. The head of Nepal's Expedition Operators Association says the idea is being discussed seriously. And it's getting some support: the president of the International Mountaineering and and Climbing Foundation says, quote, "It's for the way down, so it won't change the climb." Unquote.
I haven't yet seen a ladder you can only climb down. But if even a small one helps, I say put it up. Maybe even two rungs will make a right.
This is Timber Timbre, with "Like A Mountain".
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