An explosive development. Wiebo Ludwig is taken into custody in connection with the bombings of sour gas pipelines. Again.
More coverage of possible uncoverage. France considers banning the
niqab -- and one author tells us why she's all over that idea.
An omen for Yemen. A botched terror attack put Yemen on most Americans'
radar -- but it was on the American military's radar before that.
Trying to halt the progress of text-nology. A host of Canadian writers go up against an Internet behemoth: the mighty Google.
Everything you always wanted to know about shacks. Frigid Winnipeg
skaters are provided cozy new places to warm up -- and some like it hut.
And...themes like old times. When it comes to the brass sounds you're
hearing right now, Talkback forms a Pickett line -- a Wilson Pickett
line, that is.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio on the horns of a dilemma.
Today -- after fifteen months, six bombings and one open letter --
police have finally made an arrest in conection with the bomb attacks
that have targetted a sour gas pipeline near Dawson Creek, B.C.
There are reports that Wiebo Ludwig -- who served eighteen months in
jail for charges including the bombing of a facility owned by Suncor --
has been charged with extortion. (**Update: Wiebo Ludwig was released
without charges the following day.**)
Back in September, when Mr. Ludwig wrote the aforementioned open
letter to the bomber, he spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC's The
Current, explaining his reasoning for writing the letter. For the
record, here's part of that conversation.
Andrew Nikiforuk is a journalist and author of "Saboteurs: Wiebo
Ludwig's War Against Big Oil." We reached him in Calgary earlier today.
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Since a corpse was found in the rubble of a burned-out house in
Shamattawa, Manitoba earlier this week, there have been many questions,
and much finger-pointing.
An eleven-year-old boy named Edward Redhead is missing from the First
Nations community. The remains are believed to be his. Police have
arrested a teenager in connection with the fire, now considered an
The night the house burned down, the RCMP say they tried to contact the local fire department, but got no answer.
Last night, we spoke to Curtis Smith, the head of the Manitoba
Association of Native Firefighters. He explained that fire departments
in many remote First Nations communities in the province have inadequate
equipment and no 9-1-1 service. He argued the problem was underfunding
by the federal government.
That prompted this response from a listener in Saskatchewan, who asked
that her name be withheld for fear of reprisal. She writes:
"Give me a break. I live on a reserve. The reasons our fire truck can't respond to fires are:
1. The battery has been stolen (again).
2. No one filled the tank (again) .
3. The fire fighter equipment is stolen (again).
4. Where are the keys?
5. Who is the fire marshall this week?
6. The tires are flat.
7. There is no system of staying in community when you are on call. Oops, there is no on-call system.
"It isn't money. We have three small towns near the reserve. All have
volunteer firefighters. These communities and volunteers fundraise for
equipment such as pagers and training. Volunteers carry pagers.
"I am sure they would be thrilled to get the money we get from Indian
and Northern Affairs Canada. One has an ancient truck, and has responded
to our fires and billed us for the service.
"Don't let the smoke get in your eyes, CBC. I am amazed at how folks
are cowed when First Nations play the victim or race card and, then,
refuse to ask the hard questions."
That note came from a listener in Saskatchewan. Her name has been withheld.
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Move over Afghanistan and Pakistan -- America's Number One priority
now seems to be Yemen. But it turns out that the U.S. has been involved
in Yemeni politics long before the botched Christmas Day attack that was
linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Days before Christmas, President Obama ordered cruise missile attacks
on two locations in Yemen. And while those attacks were meant to kill
Al-Qaeda operatives, it seems that dozens of Yemeni civilians lost their
Glenn Greenwald is a journalist with Salon.com.. We reached him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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For forty years, one song has signalled the beginning of As It
Happens: Moe Koffman's "Curried Soul". And several times a week for all
of those forty years, we've received calls and letters from listeners
about that piece of music.
Most of those calls and letters fall into two categories. First, "Your
theme song is the greatest!" Or second, "Your theme song is the
greatest...affront to human ears in the history of recorded sound!"
But occasionally, we get a call or letter that falls into a third
category. These calls or letters express the belief that "Curried Soul"
is something else. Not in the slang sense: the correspondents really
believe the song is something else.
Some believe it's a rip-off of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction". But
most people point out that Moe Koffman's composition bears a remarkable
resemblance to a song by "Agent Double-O Soul" -- the late, great Edwin
Starr. The song in question is called "Twenty-Five Miles", and it
sounds like this:
So that's Edwin Starr's 1969 hit, "Twenty-Five Miles". Which does sound
like Moe Koffman's song "Curried Soul" -- also released in 1969.
We've acknowledged the resemblance many times over the years. But
we've never acknowledged the resemblance of both "Curried Soul" and
"Twenty-Five Miles" to another song entirely.
Yesterday, David Owen of Pemberton, B.C., wrote us an e-mail to inform
us of a 1967 Wilson Pickett song, entitled "Mojo Mamma". So we found
"Mojo Mamma" and -- well, listen for yourself.
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You're listening to our closing theme, which we're pretty sure sounds
nothing like any Wilson Pickett song. And then you'll hear the music
that introduces the news. After that, we'll be back with the rest of
tonight's show. When we return:
Sour drapes. A British journalist applauds France's proposed plan to ban the niqab for Muslim women.
Cast into darkness. The cast of the play "Night", that is -- which
addresses the troubled relationship between Canada's North, and Canada's
The love shack is a little old place where we can skate together.
Winnipeg gets ready to introduce some hot huts to the frozen river
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm BB.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm BB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
When Winnipeg's Cody Starr was murdered on New Year's Day, the city lost one of its brightest young artists.
And a gaggle of Canadian authors struggle in a legal wrangle with Google.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
As we told you last night, France is planning to introduce a
controversial new bill that would outlaw the niqab -- a full Muslim body
covering, which also hides a woman's face. And on last night's program,
we spoke with a Muslim woman in France, who told us about her concerns
with the proposed bill.
author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, however, supports the ban. In her column
today in the British newspaper The Independent, she called the niqab a
"virus" spreading throughout Europe. We reached Ms. Alibhai-Brown at her
home in London.
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He lived through one of the most horrific explosions in the history of the world. And then -- he lived through another.
Tsutomo Yamaguchi, the only official survivor of both the atomic
blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War, died this
week. He was ninety-three.
When the first bomb dropped, Mr. Yamaguchi was on a business trip to
Hiroshima. The resultant explosion left his upper torso badly burned,
and his eardrums ruptured. After spending the night in a Hiroshima bomb
shelter, Mr. Yamaguchi returned to his hometown to recover from his
wounds. His hometown was Nagasaki.
Having endured these harrowing experiences, Mr. Yamaguchi was
philosophical about his survival. In August last year, he told the
Mainichi Daily News of Japan, "I could have died on either of those
days. Everything that follows is a bonus."
In his later years -- the bonus years, he might have called them --
Mr. Yamaguchi became a critic of nuclear weapons, campaigning for them
to be banned -- even writing a letter to President Obama on the subject.
year, Mr. Yamaguchi spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's
morning radio show "A.M." about his experiences. Here is an excerpt from
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During the deep mid-winter, the far North is cloaked by the longest of
nights -- months of twenty-four hour darkness. That darkness is the
setting for a new, ground-breaking play that premiered at the National
Arts Centre last night. And it also represents the relationship between
those who live in Canada's North, and those who live in the South.
The play is called "Night", and it explores the sometimes-ugly
consequences of misunderstandings in that troubled relationships.
Christopher Morris is the playwright. And the star of the show is a
sixteen-year-old from Pond Inlet, Nunavut named Abbie Ootova. We reached
them both in Ottawa.
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Canadian authors are banding together to do battle with a monolithic foe: none other than Google.
The internet giant has been busily scanning books from around the
world. Google intends to use content from the books in its search
results -- and even to sell the books alone. That raises all kinds of
questions about copyright -- questions that are being negotiated in
court. It has also sparked protests that an American company should not
have the right to take content from books that weren't published in the
Katherine Gordon is one of the people leading the charge against
Google. She's an author and, as it happens, formerly a lawyer in
contract law. We reached her in Gabriola Island, B.C.
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Cody Starr beat the odds growing up on the tough streets of North
Winnipeg. He evaded being recruited into street gangs, avoided drugs
and shunned the endemic violence he was exposed to. Instead, Mr. Starr
blossomed into a talented young artist who, in recent years, had
developed a reputation as a talented painter.
Mr. Starr was killed on New Year's Day. It's not clear yet whether he
was the victim of a beating or a hit-and-run. In either case, Winnipeg
lost one of its most promising young talents.
Stephen Wilson is the Executive Director of Graffiti Art Programing,
where Cody Starr trained as an artist for several years. We reached him
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Sudan is a country divided. North against South. Muslims against
Christians and Animists. The peace that exists between these groups is
relatively new, and extraordinarily fragile.
And so, this past weekend, after a tribal clash in southern Sudan left
a hundred-and-forty people dead, international aid groups are concerned
that the 2005 peace agreement between the north and south may be
deteriorating. The government of southern Sudan is blaming the north for
fomenting the clash, in order to destabilize the region before this
spring's coming election.
It's a widely-held belief in Southern Sudan. Which is not to say it's necessarily accurate.
Zachary Vertin is a specialist on Southern Sudan with the International Crisis Group. We reached him in New York City.
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Baby, it's cold outside. And that's especially true in the home of the
world's longest ice-skating trail -- Winnipeg, Manitoba.
It's so cold there that smooching skaters could find themselves fused
at the mouth. So, to prevent these uncomfortable lip-lockings -- and to
provide comfort to non-smoochers, as well -- new shelters are being
introduced. They're funky and functional, and Winnipeggers are calling
them "love huts".
Paul Jordan is the chief operating officer at The Forks, and one of people behind the idea. We reached him in Winnipeg.
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