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June 2013

Friday: High River Flooding, Football Player Girl, Michael Palin and more

Highlights Include: Part One: * Football Playing Girl. 12-year old Madison Baxter, fights back after she's sacked from her school's football team by an administrator...

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Michael Palin drops by the As It Happens studio

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society honoured former Monty Python member Michael Palin with a gold medal for his contribution to geographic literacy. In 1988, Mr....

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Thursday: Nazi coins, Senegalese rappers, Zimmerman trial and more

Highlights Include: Part One:* Nazi Coins. A wealthy Canadian who died in 2004 wanted close to a million dollars from his estate gifted to an...

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Rights groups are trying to stop Canadian gold coins going to a U.S. neo-Nazi group

The American neo-Nazi group, the National Alliance, is in line to inherit an estate from a former Canadian supporter, valued at as much as a...

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First-ever woman wins Big Fish prize at noodling tournament

On June 22, 19-year-old Lucy Millsap took the Big Fish prize, along with the $1500. purse, at the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma....

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Wednesday: Rights for Same Sex Couples, Loch Ness Scandal, New Montreal Mayor and more.

Highlights Include: Part One:* Rights for Same Sex Couples. The US Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act - so married same-sex people...

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TV Chef Paula Deen Apologizes on Live TV for Using Racist Language

Disgraced celebrity chef, Paula Deen, has apologized on live TV today for using racial slurs. The multi-millionaire TV chef had her Food Network shows cancelled...

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Scottish Town Divided by Loch Ness Monster Dispute

A dispute on the shores of Scotland's Loch Ness has led to resignations from the local Chamber of Commerce and musings about legal action.A Loch...

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The Gay Pride Episode

We'll hear from Constance McMillen, a Mississippi high school student who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom. To prevent the couple from attending, school authorities...

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Tuesday: Alberta Floods Hydrologist, Cosmo Restaurant Murder, Oregon Bee Deaths

Highlights Include: Part One: * Alberta Floods Hydrologist. As the flood recovery effort takes hold in Alberta, top water and climate change scientist, John Pomeroy,...

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Tony Koulakis, Owner of Famous Montreal Restaurant "Cosmo" is Murdered

Tony Koulakis, also known as Captain Cholesterol, ran the greasy spoon restaurant, Cosmo, in the heart of Montreal.  And it was his character, as well...

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Lawyer Pat Shea on Edward Snowden, surveillance and civilian oversight

Edward Snowden upset a lot of people when he blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's  PRISM surveillance program. He leaked NSA documents revealing...

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Mass bee deaths in Oregon linked to insecticide use

In the past week and a half, tens of thousands of bumble bees have died in at least two large kills, in Oregon. The largest...

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Monday: Calgary Flood Volunteers, Bobby Blue Bland, Pakistan Climbers --

Highlights Include: Part One:*Calgary Flood Volunteer. Pollster Brian Singh uses social media to marshall a 2,000-strong volunteer clean-up crew.*Edward Snowden & the Church Committees. Edward...

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Saskatchewan's Metis Await Return of Historic "Bell of Batoche"

The "Bell of Batoche" was taken from the M├ętis by Canadian soldiers after the 1885 North-West Rebellion. And now the bell is believed to be...

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Friday: Calgary Flood Rescue, Bell of Batoche, Semple on Afghanistan, Ira Glass on David Rakoff and more

Highlights Include: Part One:*Calgary Flood Rescue: Safe from the surge-waters, Corine Haggart and Maggie Martell tell their story of rescuee and rescuer.*Bell of Batoche: Louis...

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Some truths about the 'Killer' Bee from a hive removal company in Arzona

A 'Killer Bee' is an Africanized Honey Bee.  The creature is the result of more than 40 years of experiments, aimed at creating a faster and...

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Radio Host Ira Glass on David Rakoff's Posthumous Rhyming Novel

A month before his death from cancer last year at 47, Canadian writer David Rakoff finished his final book. Written entirely in rhyme, it's called...

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Thursday: Jason Kenney: Syrian Refugees, Canmore Flooding, Yemeni Gay Activist and more

Highlights Include: Part One:*Kenney: Syrian Refugees. As the UN looks to resettle some of the million-plus people who've fled the war in Syria, Immigration Minister...

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Wednesday: Bob Rae Resigns, 7/11 Immigrants, Michael Hastings Obituary and more

Highlights Include:Part One:* Bob Rae - Carol's exit interview with the former interim federal Liberal leader and provincial NDP premier, as he announced he is...

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Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings Killed in Car Accident

Michael Hastings gained international recognition as a journalist after his Rolling Stone article, "The Runaway General," resulted in the resignation of U.S. General Stanley McChrystal....

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Barrie, Ontario Newspaper Thwarts Spin Story Attempt by Prime Minister's Office

On Monday, Laurie Martin, editor of the Barrie Advance weekly newspaper, received a call from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The caller was Erica Meekes,...

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Tuesday: Taliban Peace Talks, Greece ERT Ruling, Brazil Protests and more

Highlights Include:Part One:* Taliban Peace Talks. The Taliban opens an office in Qatar, to ostensibly facilitate peace talks in Afghanistan.* PMO - Barrie Advance. A...

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Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum Facing Multiple Corruption Charges

The mayor of Montreal, Michael Applebaum, was arrested yesterday morning. He faces 14 corruption-related offences. Mr. Applebaum was appointed to the position just last November,...

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Monday: Montreal Mayor Charged, Iran Election Follow, OED Favourite New Words

Unmoored, enmired, and un-mayored. Montreal awoke this morning to the news that Mayor Michael Applebaum -- who'd sworn to sweep the city clean of corruption...

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Second City and SCTV Co-founder Bernie Sahlins' Tribute to Artists

The Second City opened in Chicago, in December,1959, and quickly became one of the most influential comedy venues in the world. Much of its success...

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Friday: Rehtaeh Parsons Report, Syria-US Latest, Happy Birthday Lawsuit

Highlights Include:Part One:*Rehtaeh Parsons Report. A report looks into the role the school system may have played in the suicide of the Nova Scotia student,...

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Fighting to make Happy Birthday song a public property

The singing of 'Happy Birthday' has brought us all a bit of joy, and perhaps annoyance, at least once a year, going back as long...

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Privacy Fears Prove a Huge Draw for Anti-NSA Search Engine, DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, a small web search site that doesn't track its users, has seen a record rise in traffic in the last week. That's likely due...

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Changes to online version of Scrabble lead to international backlash

At the end of May, Electronic Arts took over the online version of Scrabble from Mattel. Along with tweaks to the aesthetic of the platform...

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Thursday: Agent Orange Report, Lego Faces Study, Connecticut Flight Bill, Iran Election and more.

Highlights Include: Part One:*Agent Orange Report. After claiming it never used Agent Orange, Ontario accepts a report showing workers were doused in the defoliant. We...

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Quebec Minister Veronique Hivon introduces "Dying with Dignity" Bill

Veronique Hivon, Quebec's Minister of Social Services, has introduced a bill in the National Assembly that would allow patients with terminal conditions to have their...

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Wednesday: Quebec End of Life, Greece Public Broadcaster, Irish Prime Minister, and Bear, Llama and Goat.

Highlights Include: Part One:* Quebec End of Life. Quebec cabinet minister Veronique Hivon explains how her government's new bill will allow doctors to help patients...

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Moonwalking internet superstar, Socks, the Shetland pony, swims loch for love

Socks, the Shetland pony, is back in the spotlight.Already an internet rock star for the mobile phone ad which features the pony moonwalking his way through...

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Quebec Youth Soccer Team Dons Turbans to Protest Ban

The under-14 boys team from Brossard, Quebec, recently donned loaner turbans from a local Sikh temple, to protest the ban on the religious head wear...

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Tuesday: Turban Protest, Syria Rights Group, Giant Mosquitoes

Highlights Include: Part One: *Soccer Protest. A Quebec Under-14 team responds to the ban on turban-wearing players by turning up at a game dressed in...

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Simon Fraser University honours Indian actress and activist Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi is one of India's most respected actresses and a tireless human rights advocate. For decades she has campaigned for women, the poor and...

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Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian Finalist Readings: Williams

Ian Williams has earned a spot on the The Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 International and Canadian shortlist for his his poetry collection, Personals. He's one...

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Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian Finalist Readings: McFadden

David McFadden has earned a spot on the The Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 shortlist for his poetry collection, What's the Score?. Founded in 2000, The Griffin...

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Scottish writer Iain Banks dies at 59

Iain Banks, the highly regarded novelist who earned fame as a mainstream literary writer and a cult following as a science-fiction author, died on the...

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Monday: NSA Spying, "Ici" Reversal, Everest Helicopter

Highlights Include: Part One:*NSA Spying: Edward Snowden fears his former colleagues at the CIA, after revealing a telephone and e-mail survillance program. We'll hear from...

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Veteran Italian climber creates first dedicated air rescue service on Everest.

Mount Everest has become a different place over the past couple of decades. The slopes are busier than ever, as more and more guiding and...

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Ottawa wants to rename and change the mandate of the Museum of Civilization.

The Conservative government wants to introduce a range of changes to the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, including a name change. If the plans go ahead,...

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Civilization Museum, Spanish Civil War Monument, Chocolate Price Fixing, and Global Swarming 2013.

Highlights Include: Part One:* Museum of Civilization. Victor Rabinovitch, the former head of Canada's museum warns that the federal government is making fundamental changes to...

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Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian Finalist Readings: Pollock

James Pollock has earned a spot on the The Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 International and Canadian shortlist for his his poetry collection, Sailing to...

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A Winnipeg Theatre group sets Julius Caesar in the October Crisis of 1970.

Winnipeg theatre company 'Shakespeare in the Ruins' is putting on a unique version of Julius Caesar. Instead of being set in ancient Rome, the Shakespeare...

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ICI vs ICI, Fernando Alonso, Homeless Chicken Manure, Leibovitz Collections

Highlights Include: Part One:* ICI vs. ICI. Radio-Canada's plans to rebrand itself as 'ici' hit a snag when another broadcaster set to open in Montreal...

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American Atheists Plan a Monument to Non-Belief in Florida

Atheists in Florida are hoping to erect -- what they claim -- is the first public monument in the United States celebrating non-belief. It would...

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City of Abbotsford, BC, dumps chicken manure on homeless campsite.

Homeless advocate and journalist, James Breckenridge, says the city of Abbotsford, BC, has been 'hunting' its homeless people for months, confiscating their few belongings, tearing down...

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Afghan Plea, ICI-Radio Canada, Russian Economist, Ontario Government Deletes Emails.

Highlights Include: Part One:*Afghan Plea. U.S. soldier Robert Bales pleads guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians, to avoid the death penalty. *...

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Senator David Tkachuk on Senate Expenses

The Conservative chair of the Senate's Internal Economy Committee, David Tkachuk, gives us his take on the $90,000 pay-off of Mike Duffy's bogus expense claims...

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Liberia's War Dead

Twenty years ago, militia fighters gunned down and hacked to death hundreds of refugees at Carter Camp. Today, the site of the massacre is a...

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Egyptian Court Convicts 43 Non-Governmental Organization Workers

On Tuesday, an Egyptian court convicted 43 NGO workers of operating illegally in the country -- a charge they vehemently deny. Many of the accused...

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Tuesday: Ankara Doctor, Richmond Hill 4s, Medgar Evers Story, and Alexandre Despatie

Highlights Include: Part One: * Ankara Doctor. Turkey's government apologizes to injured protestors, while doctors treating the wounded in the capital say they are being...

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Veteran Storm Chaser Perishes in Oklahoma Tornado

For 30 years, Tim Samaras devoted his life to documenting the world's most powerful storms. On Friday, in Oklahoma, he found himself in the path...

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Monday: New Cell Phone Rules, Storm Chaser Deaths, Manning Trial

Highlights Include: Part One:*New Cell Phone Rules: Canadian phones will be unlocked and will roam more freely under a new code announced by CRTC Chairman...

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Retired U.S. Colonel Ann Wright on Bradley Manning trial

Soldier Bradley Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of pieces of classified information to WikiLeaks. The leak included 250,000 diplomatic cables, the Iraq and Afghan war...

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