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September 30, 2009

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Stepping down -- and then further down. Days after Raymond Lahey submits his resignation, the former bishop of Antigonish is arrested on child pornography charges.*

Shoot first, repress questions later. Guinea's military government bans mass protest after more than a hundred-and-fifty demonstrators are killed by soldiers.

Devastation in Samoa and Indonesia. Two earthquakes tear two countries apart -- and kill hundreds in the process.

You've come a wrong way, baby. Ontario is the latest province to chastise Big Tobacco with a king-sized lawsuit.

The silk of human kindness. Our story about a tapestry made of spiderwebs leads Talkback to generously unspool its own tales.

And...giving an outdated policy das boot. The Pentagon opts to stop running silent about the idea of female mariners running deep.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows sometimes it's an overdue compliment to be called "sub-standard."

Stepping down -- and then further down. Days after Raymond Lahey submits his resignation, the former bishop of Antigonish is arrested on child pornography charges. *

*Correction: An arrest warrant has been issued on charges of child pornography.


ANTIGONISH BISHOP CHARGED Duration: 00:09:43

A former bishop of the Roman Catholic Church is facing charges of distributing and selling child pornography. And it's not just any bishop. Raymond Lahey is the very person who sat across a table from people who'd been victims of sex abuse at the hands of priests. He helped broker a class action settlement on behalf of the Diocese of Antigonish, in Nova Scotia.

Bishop Lahey resigned suddenly this weekend, saying he needed time for "personal renewal". We've now learned that officers of the Canada Border Services Agency arrested him two weeks ago at Ottawa Airport, after they performed a random check of his laptop computer and found images of child pornography.*

Father Paul Abbass is speaking on behalf of the Diocese of Antigonish. We reached him at St. Mary's Parish.

*Correction: Bishop Lahey was detained at the Ottawa airport and an arrest warrant has since been issued.


DOUBLE X Duration: 00:00:30
Album: WE DIDN'T EVEN SUSPECT THAT HE WAS THE POPPY SALESMAN/TIELLI, MARTIN
Label: SIX SHOOTER, SIX03
Persons/Roles:
MARTIN TIELLI - COMPOSER
MARTIN TIELLI - VOCALS
MICHAEL PHILLIP WOJEWODA - PRODUCER

SAMOA TSUNAMI Duration: 00:04:52

Yesterday, massive waves hit Samoa with deadly force. The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake near the tiny South Pacific Island. It levelled villages and swept cars out to sea. Dozens were killed when the tsunami landed on shore of the tiny south Pacific island. Today, the survivors are picking up the pieces.

Chris Booth and his wife Wendy own the Sea Breeze Resort on Upolu in Samoa. We reached Mr. Booth there.


INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE Duration: 00:04:38

It's early morning in Indonesia. And with the light will come the numbers of injured and dead.

Less than twenty-four hours after the tsunami in Samoa, another underwater earthquake hit western Indonesia. Up to two hundred may have died, and thousands are trapped under rubble. The earthquake's magnitude was just shy of that which caused the deadly tsunami in 2004.

Adjie Fachrurrazi is the emergency coordinator for CARE International in Indonesia. He was in Jakarta earlier today when we reached him.


DARK CIRCLES Duration: 00:00:14
Album: BELA FLECK: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS
Label: WARNER BROS, CDW 47332
Persons/Roles:
BELA FLECK - COMPOSER
BELA FLECK - BANJO

WOMEN ON SUBMARINES Duration: 00:06:33

It's one of the last frontiers for women in the war for workplace equity. The battlefield is a dark, damp, confined space with often-substandard air quality. And there are no corner offices to covet. But this week, top Pentagon officials, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, argued that a ban on women serving on submarines in the U.S. Navy should be lifted.

There are, so far, only a handful of countries in the world that allow female submariners. And, since 2002, Canada happens to be one of them. And Leading Seaman Stephanie Russell happens to be one of those female submariners. She serves aboard HMCS Corner Brook, which is currently tied up in Halifax.


CLOSING WEDNESDAY

We're going to return to the surface for a few minutes while you listen to the news. But we'll be back in just a few minutes with more As It Happens, and when we return:

Violence and silence. After more than a hundred-and-fifty protestors are shot by soldiers in Guinea, the government immediately declares a protest-free period of mourning.

A flu in the ointment. Concern about flu shots and H1N1 has reached a fever pitch -- so we'll coolly appraise the situation.

Saved by the ball. Last year, an Edmonton man was given CPR by two soccer players -- and last weekend, he finally got to thank them.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


AIH PHONE THEME Duration: 00:00:30
Album: AS IT HAPPENS
Label: DEMO
Persons/Roles:
JEFF ULSTER - COMPOSER
JEFF ULSTER - PERFORMER

RETURN WEDNESDAY Duration: 00:00:51

Hello again, I'm CO.

And I'm BB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.

Coming up:

The government of Ontario fires the latest salvo in the war on Flavour Country.

And a spider-silk tapestry helps clear the cobwebs out of Talkback.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


GUINEA PROTESTS Duration: 00:07:06

The West African nation of Guinea is officially in mourning today. At least one hundred and fifty-seven people are dead -- killed when soliders opened fire at a demonstration on Monday. More than a thousand others are wounded.

The period of quiet was ordered by Guinea's military leader Captain Moussa "Dadis" Camara -- the very person that protest leaders say is responsible for the bloodshed.

Sidya Toure was injured and arrested at Monday's rally. The opposition politician has since been released from jail -- and we reached him in Guinea's capital, Conakry.


TENSE Duration: 00:00:09
Album: REQUIEM FOR A DREAM FILM
Label: NONESUCH, 796112
Persons/Roles:
KRONOS QUA - COMPOSER
KRONOS QUA - ENS INSTR

FTR - BESSON ON POLANSKI Duration: 00:01:33

You could say that one man is out of harmony with the chorus.

On one side, you've got Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and Monica Bellucci -- just some of the film industry figures who've signed a petition calling for the release of Roman Polanski.

Also on that side, you've got written requests to U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton from Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.

So Luc Besson is a voice in the wilderness.

Today, the famed French film director gave a radio interview to RTL Soir in France. And he suggested that Mr. Polanski might actually have to face the law for his actions more than thirty years ago.

For the record, here is part of Luc Besson's interview with RTL today.


MONSTER Duration: 00:00:20
Album: BETWEEN LAST NIGHT AND US/AUDREYS
Label: TRUE NORTH, TND 451
Persons/Roles:
DANIKA COATES - COMPOSER
TAASHA COATES - COMPOSER
TRISTAN GOODALL - COMPOSER
AUDREYS - POP GROUP
AUDREYS - PRODUCER
SHANE O'MARA - PRODUCER

TOBACCO LAWSUIT Duration: 00:07:35

Wanna sue a cigarette company? Get in line.

Ontario is the latest province to file a mega-million-dollar lawsuit against Big Tobacco, in an effort to recoup healthcare costs -- costs the government says are linked directly to the demon weed.

With this suit, Ontario is jumping on a bandwagon that's already occupied by several like-minded provinces, including Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island. But the province that built that wagon in the first place was British Columbia.

In 1996, then-Health Minister Joy MacPhail was the first provincial cabinet minister to suggest that tobacco companies pony up for medical costs related to smoking.

It's been more than a decade, and that B.C. case is still pending. We reached Joy MacPhail -- who's also a regular member of our As It Happens political panel -- in Vancouver.


CHILDHOOD Duration: 00:00:10
Album: AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004
Label: UNION SQUARE, MANTDCD223
Persons/Roles:
BAWOT - COMPOSER
KROKE - ENSEMBLE

FTR: GOAT SILK Duration: 00:02:56

Do I hear webbing bells?

Well, Talkback did, after last night's conversation with Nicholas Godley. Mr. Godley, along with a friend, spent ten years and half-a-million bucks creating the rarest piece of cloth on Earth: a stunning golden tapestry made of spider silk. And after that interview, some of our listeners decided to spin their own tales about novel uses for spider silk.Edward Spencer from Mississauga, Ontario, wrote:

"You may be interested to note that spider silk was used to make the cross-hairs in surveying telescopes. I used a transit that belonged to my wife's grandfather, which he used from 1900 to at least 1909, surveying boundaries in the Western provinces. I used it to survey my lot in 1977. One acquired the silk from spider webs found in the field."And this e-mail came to us from Frank Lawson of Winnipeg:

"Thought you might be interested to know that, about ten years ago, a small Canadian company discovered a method of replicating spider silk --

hope you're ready for this -- via the milk from a small herd of genetically modified goats. Yeah, you think I'm pulling your legs."

We certainly did, Mr. Lawson. But then we looked in the As It Happens archives and we came across this interview from 1999.


SPIDER-MAN, TELEVISION MUSIC/THEME Duration: 00:01:32
Album: BABALU/BUBLE, MICHAEL
Label: CUSTOM, BABA1999
Persons/Roles:
ROBERT HARRIS - COMPOSER
PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER - COMPOSER
MICHAEL BUBLE - PRODUCER
MICHAEL BUBLE - VOCALS

H1N1: POLICY vs. SCIENCE Duration: 00:07:47

It seems the only thing more contagious than the swine flu is the confusion surrounding it.

Last week, there were reports that Canadian scientists had found preliminary evidence that getting a regular, seasonal flu shot may actually increase the risk of catching the H1N1 virus. As a result, most provincial health authorities have now decided to delay their seasonal flu vaccination programs until after they've administered the H1N1 vaccination. However, the study in question was leaked to the press and public health authorities before it was published and, most important, before the results had been reviewed by other scientists.

And, because it's the only study ever to have found a link between seasonal flu shots and the swine flu, it's reasonable to question whether or not provincial health authorities may have jumped the gun on this.

We'll put that question to Dr. William Leiss. He's a researcher with the McLaughlin Centre for Public Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa. We reached him at his office.


PALE DRESS Duration: 00:00:31
Album: BETWEEN LAST NIGHT AND US/AUDREYS
Label: TRUE NORTH, TND 451
Persons/Roles:
DANIKA COATES - COMPOSER
TAASHA COATES - COMPOSER
TRISTAN GOODALL - COMPOSER
AUDREYS - POP GROUP
AUDREYS - PRODUCER
SHANE O'MARA - PRODUCER

FTR: DALAI LAMA Duration: 00:02:17

It was a classic Western greeting for an esteemed visitor from the Far East.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, was welcomed in Calgary today with the traditional white cowboy hat. It was his first visit to the city in thirty years. Fifteen thousand eager supporters filled the Calgary Saddledome to hear him spread his message -- a message that included his suggestion that he's just a regular Buddha "kinda guy".

Here is the Dalai Lama speaking today, for the record.


ROAD HOCKEY Duration: 00:00:28
Album: THREE HENS ESCAPE OBLIVION/FAFARD, JOEL
Label: CUSTOM, JFI-3
Persons/Roles:
JOEL FAFARD - COMPOSER
JOEL FAFARD - GUITAR
JOEL FAFARD - PRODUCER

EDMONTON AUTISTIC SUICIDE Duration: 00:06:10

It's taken a murder and a suicide to shine a light on a longstanding problem: the lack of resources for families in need of help.

In Edmonton, a father killed his eleven-year-old son, and then killed himself. Their bodies were found on Sunday. The boy was autistic, and the family was having difficulty dealing with him. It appears the father took matters into his own hands.

Karen Phillips knows the family. She's the Program Manager for the Autism Society of Edmonton Area.


STEPHANE VISITE APART' Duration: 00:00:33
Album: SCIENCE OF SLEEP, SOUNDTRACK
Label: ASTRALWERKS, 09463 70922
Persons/Roles:
JEAN-MICHEL BERNARD - COMPOSER
JEAN-MICHEL BERNARD - PERFORMER

FTR: NB LT. GOVERNOR Duration: 00:02:23

Holding an eagle feather in one hand, Graydon Nicholas today became the first Aboriginal to hold the title of Lieutenant Governor in New Brunswick.

At his installation ceremony in Fredericton, Mr. Nicholas spoke of leading a life of "firsts." He was the first Aboriginal to earn a law degree in Atlantic Canada. And he went on to become New Brunswick's first Aboriginal judge. But, as His Honour Graydon Nicholas told a crowd earlier today, it may have been hard to predict his success at an early age.

Here's part of what he had to say, for the record.


PAROLES D'ARBRE Duration: 00:04:32
Album: PAROLES D'ARBRE/DONIS, GUY
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
GUY DONIS - COMPOSER
FRANCOIS DAUPHIN - PERCUSSION
GUY DONIS - BANJO
GUY DONIS - PRODUCER
FREDERIC GRENIER - DOUBLE BASS
STEPHANE GRIMM - PRODUCER

EDMONTON RESCUE REUNION Duration: 00:07:31

In July of 2008, three Edmonton residents who had never met before came together. When they parted, Thomas Varughese's life had been saved -- and it was thanks to Michelle McMorran and Erin Findlay, the two people who gave Mr. Varughese CPR.

As you can imagine, the drama unfolded very quickly -- so quickly that none of the three had a chance to learn each other's names.

For more than a year, Mr. Varughese searched for his rescuers. At last, his searching paid off: over the weekend, the three came together under much less urgent circumstances, to celebrate at Mr. Varughese's home.

We reached Mr. Thomas Varughese in Edmonton.

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