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November 17, 2009

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What's wrong with these pictures. A B.C. Grand Chief demands the RCMP release video footage showing the death of Clayton Willey in custody.

Sore luger. A back-and-forth with the man who's carrying all of India's Winter Olympic hopes on his slender shoulders.

What's a woman to do? Officials with American Preventive Services cause an uproar with their conclusions on mammograms.

Starved for ideas. The head of Oxfam says the U.N. World Food Summit was a "wasted opportunity".

Re-inventing the exercise wheel. If you've always envied your pet rodent his living quarters, book a room at a French hotel called "La Villa Hamster".

And...the Louisiana church pass. A two-hundred-year-old Nova Scotia church is dismantled and moved South, in not-so-mysterious ways.

As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that's not trying to sneak anything bayou.


CLAYTON WILLEY CASE Duration: 00:07:36

Clayton Willey died in terrible circumstances. No one would dispute that.

The Metis man was picked up by police at a shopping mall in Prince George in July 2003 for causing a public disturbance. The officers took him to the station, where they knocked him to the ground, hog-tied him, pepper-sprayed him, and Tasered him. He died a few hours later of a heart attack.

The officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing at a coroner's inquest, which found Mr. Willey died of a cocaine overdose.

But now First Nations leaders and civil rights groups in B.C. are raising new questions about Mr. Willey's death. They have viewed surveillance video from the day he died, and are demanding it be made public.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has viewed the tape. We reached him in Vancouver.


THIS IS HOW WE WALK ON THE MOON Duration: 00:00:19
Album: ANOTHER THOUGHT
Label: ORANGE MOUNTAIN, OMM 0027
Persons/Roles:
ARTHUR RUSSELL - COMPOSER
ARTHUR RUSSELL - VOCALS
DON CHRISTENSEN - PRODUCER

MAMMOGRAM STUDY Duration: 00:07:12

For years, it's been the conventional wisdom of cancer prevention: early detection of the disease saves lives.

But increasingly, various medical bodies are calling into question that wisdom. Yesterday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was the latest to issue its new mammography guidelines. They're saying women under fifty should not bother with mammography exams -- and after that they should only do one mammogram every two years. Their hope is that the new guidelines will help prevent harm being caused by false positives.

Heather Chappell is the Director of Cancer Control Policy at the Canadian Cancer Society. We reached her in Toronto.


HIPPOS Duration: 00:02:06
Album: YEAR OF THE HIPPO/MICHALIK, TODD
Label: GOOSEBERRY
Persons/Roles:
TODD MICHALIK - COMPOSER
TODD MICHALIK - VOCALS

BY THE NUMBERS - NOV 17 Duration: 00:02:50

And now, for those of you who find comfort in statistics, here is how the world looked today, by the numbers:One: As in "We're Number One". Transparency International declared that Canada is perceived as the least corrupt country in the Americas. We get a score of eight-point-seven out of ten. By comparison, the U.S. gets a score of seven-point five.

And, the further south one goes, the further south the scores go -- bottoming out in Venezuela, which scored a miserable one-point-nine out of ten, a mere point-nine of a point above the worst scoring country in the world: Somalia.

Two: According to the Lonely Planet's "One Thousand Ultimate Experiences Guide," Montreal is the second-best city in the world in which to party. The Number One city, according the guide, is the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Which can be explained, in part, by another number: the number one million. That is the volume, in litres, of beer consumed during Belgrade's four-day-long Beer Festival, this past August. Ziveli!

Eleven: Tokyo now ranks as the world city with the most Michelin-rated three-star restaurants. Eleven of them. That beats out long-standing first-place city, Paris, which has but ten. In all, Toyko has two-hundred-and-sixty-one Michelin stars shared by one-hundred-and-ninety-seven restaurants. Itadakimas!

Ninety-Nine: The number of Euros that will get you a night at the hamster-cage themed "Villa Hamster" in Nantes, France. Sawdust included. More details to follow, a little later in the show.

One-thousand: The library at Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona recently received a cheque from a former student for a thousand dollars. The sum covered the late fees for two books that were borrowed in 1959 -- which were dutifully returned, along with the cheque.

Twenty-five hundred: The elevation, in meters, of the village of Vashisht in the Indian Himalayas, where the Indian luger, Shiva Keshavan, was born. We'll hear from him later in the show as well.

Seven-thousand-three-hundred-and-twenty-two: the distance, in kilometers, between Vashisht, India and Reading, England.


TREIZE ANES POUR OVIDE Duration: 00:00:16
Album: SUR LE TOIT DES VOISINS/GADJI-GADJO
Label: MANGE-TA-MAIN, MTMGG002
Persons/Roles:
IVAN BAMFORD - COMPOSER
GADJI-GADJO - FOLK ENSEMBLE
GADJI-GADJO - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
GADJI-GADJO - PRODUCER
ROBERT LANGLOIS - PRODUCER

HAMSTER HOTEL Duration: 00:01:13

Those of you who remember the TV detective Columbo will remember that he had a trick. He would seem to have finished his interrogation of a suspect, and turn to leave. And then, as if as an afterthought, he would turn back and say, "Just one more thing..." And that one thing would blow the case wide open.

Well, here at As It Happens, we have our very own Columbo: a producer named Ben Edwards. Every day, right near the end of the As It Happens story meeting, Ben delivers his own version of "Just one more thing" -- raising his hand and pitching a story so ridiculous that it boggles the mind.

Today, this is our "Ben" story. It's about a hotel in France. A hotel that offers its guests the chance to live...like hamsters.

"La Villa Hamster" in Nantes provides its paying customers with their own cages, and all the hamster-style amenities you would expect. We reached Yann Falquerho, the owner and one of the designers of La Villa Hamster in Nantes, France.


MONSIEUR FRED HAMSTER Duration: 00:01:36
Album: NATHALIE SIMARD: UNE FEMME... UN ENFANT
Label: PGC, PGC-CD-9350
Persons/Roles:
JEAN-JACQUES DEBOUT - COMPOSER
JEAN-JACQUES DEBOUT - WRITER
NATHALIE SIMARD - SINGING

CLOSING

RETURN TUESDAY Duration: 00:00:51

Hello again, I'm CO.

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

Coming up:

We'll always have parish? Not in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia -- where an old church is being taken apart and shipped to Louisiana.

Hail to the chafed: a P.E.I. woman sets out to take part in a ten-K race in Greece -- but ends up running a lot longer than that.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


NS TUNA FINE Duration: 00:07:54

Tuna populations are down to less than fifteen per cent of pre-industrial fishing levels. Scientists with the International Commission for the Conservation of Tuna -- or ICCAT -- have urged drastic action, immediately. And yet, this week, ICCAT refused to ban the fishing of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Instead, the Commission has decided to lower the annual catch quota by roughly one-third -- a move that conservation groups claim will encourage under-reporting of catches and illegal fishing, threatening these already-fragile tuna fish stocks.

Illegal fishing of bluefin tuna is already an unfortunate reality, as a court ruling today in Nova Scotia highlights.

Ivy Fisheries Ltd., a Sambro, Nova Scotia-based company, has been fined more than eight-hundred thousand dollars and banned from tuna-fishing for a year. The fine and ban are for illegally catching a hundred-and-thirty-five bluefins, in a case that dates back to the year 2000.

Those who rely on fishing for a living believethat the verdict is too little, far too late. We reached Jim Crawford, a harpoon fisherman, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


DON'T BE AFRAID TO SING Duration: 00:00:14
Album: HEART
Label: ARTS & CRAFTS, A&C 003
Persons/Roles:
TORQUIL CAMPBELL - COMPOSER
EVAN CRANLEY - COMPOSER
AMY MILLAN - COMPOSER
PAT MCGEE - COMPOSER
CHRIS SELIGMAN - COMPOSER
STARS - POP GROUP
CHRIS SELIGMAN - PRODUCER
PAT MCGEE - PRODUCER
AMY MILLAN - PRODUCER
TORQUIL CAMPBELL - PRODUCER
EVAN CRANLEY - PRODUCER

INDIAN LUGER Duration: 00:06:41

At least the members of the legendary Jamaican bobsled team had each other.

This is the story of an underdog who'll stand alone at the 2010 Olympic Games, representing a country that's not exactly known for athletes who excel at winter sports: India.

Shiva Keshavan will be competing in February against the best in the world in his sport, the luge. We reached him in Calgary, where he'll be warming up at the World Cup competition.


MEETING BY THE RIVER Duration: 00:00:15
Album: MEETING BY THE RIVER
Label: WATER LILY ACOUSTICS, WLA-CS 29
Persons/Roles:
RY COODER - COMPOSER
RY COODER - GUITAR
V.M. BHATT - GUITAR

GG FICTION WINNER Duration: 00:06:52

The journalist and biographer Gene Fowler once said, "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

You can guess that's how Kate Pullinger felt, during the twelve years it took her to write her latest novel. But today, all her torment paid off: her book, The Mistress of Nothing, won this year's Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.

We reached Kate Pullinger in Montreal, where she picked up her twenty-five-thousand-dollar prize this morning.


DIVERSION Duration: 00:01:19
Album: VERSION/RONSON, MARK
Label: SONY BMG, 88697080032
Persons/Roles:
MARK RONSON - COMPOSER
MARK RONSON - INSTRUMENTALS
MARK RONSON - PRODUCER

NS CHURCH MOVED Duration: 00:08:19

Throughout the first half of the eighteenth century, Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley was simply the place to be. Back then, the bustling town of Annapolis Royal was the capital of the then-colony of Nova Scotia -- back before Halifax stole its thunder. In those halcyon days, the Annapolis Valley had a booming economy, a burgeoning population and a bright future.

But times have changed. The town of Annapolis Royal now has a population of just over four hundred. The rest of the valley is even more sparsely populated. And so, in recent times, those who remain are stuck with the task of maintaining costly buildings that are unused. Among these properties are several historical churches, dating back to the early seventeen-hundreds.

The Reverend Canon Ken Vaughan is in charge of the Annapolis parish of the Anglican Church. He and his parish have just sold the All Saint's Anglican church, which will be shipped, in pieces, to a distant parish that currently doesn't have a church of its own.

We've reached Canon Vaughan in Annapolis Royal:


DON'T SELL IT, DON'T GIVE IT AWAY Duration: 00:00:07
Album: GEOFF MULDAUR AND THE TEXAS SHEIKS
Label: TRADITION & MODERNE, T&M 045
Persons/Roles:
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
BRUCE HUGHES - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - PRODUCER
GEOFF MULDAUR - VOCALS
TEXAS SHEIKS - FOLK GROUP

S.O.D.: PUTIN RAP BATTLE Duration: 00:02:41

In Russia, as in North America, some hip-hop artists believe their job is to speak truth to power. It's just that the truth some Russians want to speak is: "Oh my God, Mr. Putin, you are so totally awesome."

Last month, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was faced with a vertiginous plunge in his approval ratings. He learned, to his horror, that he is approved of by a mere sixty-six per cent of his countryfolk. It was a crushing blow -- one that other world leaders were deeply envious of.

Immediately, he began a charm offensive. In the past, such attempts to win over naysayers consisted of Mr. Putin taking his shirt off and going fly-fishing with photographers. But this time, in a dramatic break with tradition, he approached a younger demographic, and he did it fully clothed.

On Friday, he appeared on the TV show, "Battle For Respect" -- a government-sponsored music contest that pits rappers against one another, presumably in some kind of battle for respect. And it's meant to convince kids to stay off drugs. Footage of the program shows Mr. Putin, clad in a cream-coloured turtleneck and grey-ish zip-up sweat shirt, standing squarely in the middle of a crowd of enthusiastic hip-hop fans. And when I say "squarely", I mean "squarely".

But however L-7 he appeared, that crowd was squarely behind him. When he went up onstage, the audience listened closely as he talked about one of the four elements of hip-hop: break-dancing.par

"Break dance", Mr. Putin says, "is really something special. It is really a promotion of a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to imagine break dance being combined with alcohol or drugs. When people perform with acrobatic elements, it really calls for respect."

His young audience was rapt. And the winner of "Battle for Respect" -- an M.C. calling himself "Roma the Thug" -- had some choice words for the Russian PM.


SOD: ROMA THE THUG Duration: 00:01:01

Here's the translation: Roma the Thug said "I'm glad I've won the Battle for Respect. But it would be cool to invite Mr. Putin to record a joint track. Because this man is a legend, he's our icon. So make a lot of noise, so the whole world can hear."

So, apparently, this is how Russian rap fans mark the twentieth anniversary of the Public Enemy song "Fight the Power": with a government-sponsored hip-hop party that may as well be called "FĂȘte the Power".


LOVELIGHT Duration: 00:00:26
Album: LOVELIGHT/KAESHAMMER, MICHAEL
Label: ALERT, 6152810428
Persons/Roles:
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER - COMPOSER
RON LOPATA - COMPOSER
JOEL PARISIEN - COMPOSER
CHRIS GALE - SAXOPHONE
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER - PIANO
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER - VOCALS
RON LOPATA - PRODUCER
MARK MCLEAN - DRUMS
MARK MCLEAN - PERCUSSION
MARC ROGERS - DOUBLE BASS
WILLIAM SPERANDEI - TRUMPET

UN FOOD SUMMIT FAILURE Duration: 00:07:20

The first clue might have been that they issued their "final declaration" on the first day of a three-day summit. The second might have been that the U.N.'s food agency chief wasn't even in the room when the declaration was issued. So it's not much of a surprise that many are calling this week's World Food Summit a failure.

Gawain Kripke is the Policy Director for Oxfam America, and was the head of Oxfam's delegation to the summit. We reached him at the conference in Rome.


LONELY ONE Duration: 00:00:12
Album: SLING BLADE, SOUNDTRACK
Label: ISLAND, 314-524 388-2
Persons/Roles:
TIM GIBBONS - COMPOSER
TIM GIBBONS - PERFORMER

PEI MARATHON RUNNER Duration: 00:06:59

Esteemed Canadian runner Jerome Drayton once said that describing the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain colour to a person who was born blind.

Maybe that's why most people who undertake the more-than-forty-two-kilometre race spend months, or even years, in training, preparing their bodies and minds for the grueling challenge.

And then there's Catherine Dickson.

To tell us about her experience, we reached the 47-year-old mother of four in Charlottetown.


MUSIC: VELVET REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY/G'BYES Duration: 00:00:32

Today, Czechs are marking the twentieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule. On the weekend, American singers Renee Fleming, Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega and Lou Reed performed this song, Baez's "Oh Freedom" at a concert celebration in Prague.

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