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October 7, 2009

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Being taken for a fluoride. For twenty-five years, one disgraced Winnipeg dentist just pretended to treat special-needs patients while they were anaesthetized.

Lead down the garden path. And everywhere else. The town of Buchan, Newfoundland, reels from revelations that a local mine has contaminated residents.

When the network ordered a hit show, this is not what it had in mind. A TV crimebuster in Brazil is on the run, accused of orchestrating some of the murders he covered.

No more unto the breach. Douglas Campbell -- a legend of the Canadian stage and screen -- dies at the age of eighty-seven.

Oh, reason not the needle! Despite the World Health Organization's pooh-poohing, several provinces stick to their policy on de-fluing.

And...'henging their bets. Barriere, B.C.'s plans for a replica of the world's most famous standing stones are smart as a box of rocks.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that would not feel so all alone -- everybody must get Stonehenge!


MANITOBA DENTIST Duration: 00:07:40

Dr. Ronald Boyar was a well-respected dentist in Manitoba. He was the Medical Director of Oral Health at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He was a department head at the University of Manitoba's dental school. He taught. And he performed dentistry on very vulnerable patients.

Or at least, these patients were told that they had received treatment. But they were misinformed: the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has found that Dr. Boyar actually faked procedures on some of these patients.

Dr. Brock Wright is the senior vice-president of critical care for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. We reached him in Winnipeg.


RISE Duration: 00:00:27
Album: SPACE BETWEEN US/ARMSTRONG, CRAIG
Label: VIRGIN, 7243 8 44979 2 7
Persons/Roles:
CRAIG ARMSTRONG - COMPOSER
CRAIG ARMSTRONG - PRODUCER
CRAIG ARMSTRONG - VOCALS
RICHARD T NORRIS - PRODUCER

BRAZIL TV FUGITIVE Duration: 00:06:42

The paradox of making your career as a righteous law-and-order type is that you rely on continuing violence and crime. When lawlessness dips, and peace reigns, you're out of a job.

Brazilian TV personality Wallace Souza turned his on-air success as a fiery anti-crime figure into success as a fiery anti-crime MP for the city of Manaus, in the state of Amazonas. But, apparently, he got worried that his demands for justice and police accountability might outstrip the supply of violent, unsolved crimes. Because Mr. Souza allegedly started ordering murders himself -- and then covering them on his TV show.

Tonight, Mr. Souza is neither hosting a show nor sitting in the assembly. Because tonight, he's on the run from the law.

Andrew Downie has been covering the story for the Christian Science Monitor. He's in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


RAINY DAY IN EAST L.A. Duration: 00:00:23
Album: III X 13 (THREE BY THIRTEEN)/DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA
Label: STRAVINGUS
Persons/Roles:
GEOFFREY GALLEGOS - COMPOSER
DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA - PERFORMER

FTR BRAIDWOOD SUMMATION 2 Duration: 00:02:36

You might think that facts are not debatable, but just try convincing a lawyer.

Today, at the Braidwood Inquiry, there was considerable debate about the circumstances around the death of Robert Dziekanski. He died at Vancouver International Airport after RCMP officers shot him with a Taser, or conducted energy weapon.

Ravi Hira is the lawyer representing Kwesi Millington -- the Mountie who deployed the Taser. Here's part of Mr. Hira's summation today, and his exchange with Commissioner Thomas Braidwood...for the record.


NOCTURNE Duration: 00:00:31
Album: MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD: COMBUSTICATION REMIX EP
Label: BLUE NOTE, 7243 4 99503 2 0
Persons/Roles:
BILLY (BATT/PERC) MARTIN - COMPOSER
JOHN MEDESKI - COMPOSER
CHRIS WOOD - COMPOSER
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD - ENS INSTR

OBIT: DOUGLAS CAMPELL Duration: 00:07:07

He was a big man. He played big roles. And his contribution to Canadian theatre was enourmous.

Douglas Campell -- actor, director and crusader for Canadian theatre -- died yesterday in Montreal. He was 87.

In the limelight, Douglas Campell was known for his rip-roaring performances as Shakespeare's Falstaff and Sir Toby Belch. And behind the scenes, he was one of a group of actors who worked relentlessly to bring Canadian theatre to the world stage. He was there on the opening night of the inaugural season of the Stratford Festival in 1953. His last performace at the festival was in 2001 -- as Sir John Falstaff. And he remained a working actor until the end.

Like Falstaff, Douglas Campbell was "as virtuously given as a gentleman need be; virtuous enough; he swore little; he paid money he borrowed, he lived well and in good compass."

Christopher Plummer worked alongside Douglas Campbell during the 1950s and 60s. We reached Mr. Plummer at his home in Connecticut.


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

CLOSING

Well, we're about to take a break so that you can hear the news. But there's a lot more As It Happens still to come. We'll be back in just a few minutes with these stories:

A poisonous environment. Residents of a Newfoundland town are stunned by revelations of toxicity from a long-defunct mine.

The storm after the calm. A period of silence ends in Guinea -- and evidence of atrocities begins to be heard.

Drumming fans have had their Phil. Phil Collins, that is -- who is quitting the kit, because of a pounding backache.

Stay tuned. I'm CO.

And I'm BB.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

W.H.O. spells "Who?": Ontario won't change its flu-shot policy, despite the World Health Organization's dubiousness.

And in the wake of the Raymond Lahey case, Talkback finds little to celebrate about priests remaining celibate.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


TOXIC BUCHANS: GRANDPA Duration: 00:07:27

Twenty-five years. That's how long ago a former mining operation in Buchans, Newfoundland was shut down. But it was only last night that local and provincial government officials held a town meeting, to inform the town's residents that they might have lead contamination. Now, young children and pregnant women are being encouraged to get their blood tested.

Mark Hiscock has raised his family in Buchans. His entire family, including two young grandchildren, will have to get their blood tested. We reached him at his home.


MOSEM-E-GOL Duration: 00:00:28
Album: B-MUSIC: DRIVE IN, TURN ON, FREAK OUT
Label: FINDERS KEEPERS, FKRCD021CD
Persons/Roles:
PARVA - COMPOSER
PARVA - VOCALS

DATELINE: EGYPT BANS NIQAB Duration: 00:01:42

Dateline: Cairo, Egypt.

One of Egypt's most prestigious schools is about to do an about-face.

Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the country's top Islamic cleric, is planning to ban female students wearing a face veil -- also known as a niqab -- from entering the schools of al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's premier institute of learning. He made the announcement on a weekend visit to a Cairo school. On that visit, he asked a female student to remove her niqab, insisting that the face cover has nothing to do with Islam, and is only a custom.

Many women in Egypt wear the hijab, which is a head scarf covering their hair. The niqab -- a full face cover, with an opening for the eyes -- is more common in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, and in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. But in the past years, the niqab has been becoming more visible in Egyptian society, a development the government and moderate religious leaders view as the manifestation of a growth in Islamic extremism.

Other Egyptian institutions have tried to ban the niqab, but those efforts have for the most part fallen on their faces.

In this instance, police have been given orders to turn away any female students who come to al-Azhar's middle and secondary schools, and various universities, with their faces covered And if this niqab ban works at the schools, Islamic extremists will come to find it a real slap in the face.


BANJO AND VIOLIN Duration: 00:00:22
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

H1N1: ONTARIO CMO Duration: 00:07:36

Late last month, provinces across the country suddenly changed tactics on how to protect people from the flu.

Most provinces are now holding off on giving out seasonal flu shots until after they've administered H1N1 shots. The sudden change came about after the mysterious appearance of an unpublished study that suggests people who get seasonal flu shots are at slightly higher risk of getting the H1N1 virus later on.

Despite the study's influence in Canada, the World Health Organization announced earlier this week that it doesn't believe the study's findings are particularly convincing. But it seems the W.H.O.'s opinion won't change the minds of provincial health authorities.

Arlene King is the Chief Medical Officer for Ontario. We reached her in Toronto.


INVOCATION OF THE DUKE Duration: 00:00:08
Album: UNFINISHED SYMPHONY/DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA
Label: KUFALA
Persons/Roles:
GEOFFREY GALLEGOS - COMPOSER
DAKAH HIP HOP ORCHESTRA - PERFORMER

SC/MUSIC: PHIL COLLINS DRUMMING Duration: 00:02:26

It's 1981. You've got the radio on while you're polishing your stemware. And then suddenly, you hear this:

You drop the stemware, it shatters, and your set of margarita glasses is rendered incomplete. And for the rest of your life, you never forgive Phil Collins.

What you heard in 1981 -- and just now -- was the point at which Mr. Collins's hit song "In the Air Tonight" changes from atmospherically eerie to poundingly intense. And that was Mr. Collins himself on the drums, from his debut album Face Value.

Long before that first solo album, before his pleasant moon face became an MTV staple, before he starred in "Buster" -- Phil Collins was a drummer.

A good drummer. An in-demand drummer. Along with his regular job as the drummer for Genesis -- behind then-lead singer Peter Gabriel -- Mr. Collins played with artists including Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, John Cale, and Robert Fripp. Did I say "artists"? I meant "artistes".

Those collaborations happened a long time ago. And their like will never come again -- not for Phil Collins, anyway. Late last month, he told a British newspaper that he will never drum again. Apparently, after a half-century of sitting behind a kit in the same position, the fifty-eight-year-old has developed a spinal condition that makes it too painful to even hold drum sticks.

It's sad news for music snobs. As is Mr. Collins' insistence that he can still sing.

So tonight, those snobs will dig out their old LPs, including Brian Eno's 1977 album Before and After Science. You may have noticed that, on "In The Air Tonight", Phil Collins plays no cymbals at all.

So, lest you doubt his skills, here he is playing only cymbals -- on Brian Eno's "Backwater". You may safely polish your remaining margarita glasses.


BACKWATER Duration: 00:01:10
Album: BRIAN ENO II: VOCAL/ENO, BRIAN
Label: OPAL, ENOBX 2 7243 8 39114
Persons/Roles:
BRIAN ENO - COMPOSER
RHETT DAVIES - PRODUCER
BRIAN ENO - GUITAR
BRIAN ENO - PIANO
BRIAN ENO - PRODUCER
BRIAN ENO - VOCALS

EMAIL/SOD CELIBACY Duration: 00:06:16

"But what more could I have done?"

That's the question Father Kevin Molloy left hanging in the air last night on As It Happens. He's the priest who acted as confidante to Shane Earle twenty years ago. Shane was a teenager when he revealed he'd seen pornography in the home of another priest, Raymond Lahey.

Carol spoke to Father Molloy last night, who explained that he reported what he'd heard to his Archbishop, and also told Raymond Lahey himself. He assumed the matter would be resolved within the church. But two decades later, the former Father Lahey-- who'd been promoted to Bishop -- is facing charges of possession and importation of child pornography.

We received e-mails in response to Father Molloy's what-could-I-have-done question.

Mary-Sue Haliburton of Ottawa wrote:

"Your guest had just called up Ray Lahey to mention that his private stash of porn had been noticed. He said that he didn't do anything else because he expected an intelligent educated person with a PhD should be able to figure out that he should deal with his problem.

"I suppose the old-boy network has its own protocols. But if the only comment on the receiving end was that Lahey wanted to be notified if the information became public, it sounded as if Molloy was agreeing to hush up the story. Why else would he be asked to call again only if it became known? As it has now, of course.

"It was quite astonishing to hear this priest ask what more could he have done.

"Um, isn't porn, like, a sin?

"So what if it's not technically a crime. Wouldn't Molloy and Lahey both realize that indulgence in this sin would weaken their spiritual ministry to the people in their faith community?

"To help a brother priest to overcome this secret vice, wouldn't it have been proper, logical and a gesture of support for Molloy to have got down on his knees and prayed for Lahey?

"At least he could have done that much! Ask any Catholic. Wouldn't they have the same expectation?"

That's from Mary-Sue Haliburton of Ottawa.

Lesley Hall writes from Port Elgin, Ontario:

"What an outrage. The Catholic Church is unequivocal and doctrinaire when it comes to celibacy, ordination of women, birth control, or whatever. Yet a young child comes to a Catholic Priest -- a trusted adult -- with information that should set off all kinds of alarm bells, and he waffles and baffles his way through what amounts to no action whatsoever.

"If he can honestly say he did everything he could to protect children, then what a sorry lot these church representatives are."

That's from Lesley Hall in Port Elgin, Ontario.

Andy Vine sent this email from Vancouver:

"Having listened to two nights of your interviews on the Bishop Lahey case, I am compelled to ask why you are not exploring the possibility that the sexual deviancy of the Catholic priesthood is a systemic problem.

"Only if we start viewing it this way will we realize that Father/Bishop Lahey is also a victim."

That was from Andy Vine of Vancouver.

Don Ross has personal experience with vows of celibacy. He's now an award-winning guitarist living in Halifax, but Don Ross once wanted to be a priest. He delivered this commentary to CBC Radio in Halifax, and it's our Sound of the Day.


PAPER SMILE Duration: 00:00:39
Album: FRAGILE STATE/VOICES FROM THE DUST BOWL
Label: BAR DE LUNE
Persons/Roles:
NEIL COWLEY - COMPOSER
FRAGILE STATE - POP GROUP

GUINEA FOLO Duration: 00:05:59

It has been ten days since soldiers in Guinea attacked protestors gathered in a stadium in the west African nation's capital, Conakry. And slowly, more details of the viciousness of the assaults are emerging.

Last week, we spoke to Guinean opposition leader Sidya Toure, who told Carol he saw soldiers raping women.

That was Guinean opposition leader Sidya Toure speaking on As It Happens last week. Since then, images taken on cellphones have circulated, backing up his account.

The international community is calling on the leader of the country's military regime, Moussa Dadis Camara, to account for the atrocities. Captain Camara took control of Guinea in a coup last December.

Florent Geel has been in daily contact with human rights groups on the ground in Guinea. He's with the International Federation for Human Rights. We reached him in Paris.


Y AHORA TU Duration: 00:00:36
Album: NINJA CUTS: FUNKJAZZTICAL TRICKNOLOGY
Label: NINJA TUNE
Persons/Roles:
BAKA FOREST PEOPLE - COMPOSER
D EIN FELL - COMPOSER
RUPERT MOULD - COMPOSER
UP BUSTLE & OUT - POP GROUP

FTR: 2009 MAN BOOKER Duration: 00:02:20

A juror for one of the world's biggest literary prizes didn't mince words this year. Michael Prodger, the literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph, said that after surviving the "endurance test" of judging for the Man Booker Prize, he announced he was losing the will to live. Ouch.

The experience, he said, proved that some authors merely string words together, while others genuinely can write.

It seems Hilary Mantel can write. She's this year's Booker Prize winner for her novel Wolf Hall -- a book that's been described as "rich" and "ambitious". It's also been credited with renewing interest in historical fiction -- something she downplayed in an interview with the BBC. Here is Hilary Mantel, for the record.


RORO Duration: 00:03:57
Album: LURCH/GOOD, JIM
Label: CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
OLIVER SCHROER - COMPOSER
MARK EMERSON - ARRANGER
MARK EMERSON - VIOLA
JIM GOOD - ARRANGER
JIM GOOD - FLUTE
JIM GOOD - PRODUCER
TIM HARRIES - ARRANGER
TIM HARRIES - DOUBLE BASS

BLUE STONEHENGE Duration: 00:07:32

Who knew Stonehenge had a suburb?

British archaeologists have discovered a new 'henge that's an integral part of the Stonehenge complex. The site is located on the River Avon, nearly two miles away from Stonehenge proper -- and is called "Blue Stonehenge", because it was built with blue dolerite stone. Although, long ago, it was probably known as Riverview Heights.

It's believed to be the place where ancient pilgrims began a journey to Stonehenge, with the ashes of their dead.

Michael Parker-Pearson is a professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in England.


CEMENT STONEHENGE Duration: 00:04:03

And if hearing that story left you with a sense of Druid-envy, wishing we had our own Canadian Stonehenge -- get ready to get your rocks on. A discovery in Barriere, B.C. could bring Canadians a Stonehenge we can call our own. Well, sort of.

The discovery is that a park in Barriere, B.C. is on the exact same latitude as Stonehenge. So the council there wants to build their

own replica of the big, awesome pile of rocks.

Virginia Smith is a Councillor in Barriere, British Columbia.

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