More than a week after the earthquake in Haiti, aid is only now
trickling into Jacmel on the island's southern coast. Hundreds there
died in the quake -- and many of the survivors are now living in
The roads connecting Jacmel to the capital, Port-au-Prince, are
blocked by rubble. o relief supplies only began to arrive a few days
ago, delivered by aid groups and the Canadian and American military.
The staff and students of Jacmel's film school, Cine Institute, have
been documenting the tragedy. Here is part of one of their recent
reports, for the record:
We reached the school's program director, Jocelyne Firmin, in Jacmel earlier today.
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As an artist, Paul Quarrington led many lives. He was an award-winning
author and screenwriter. And he was a successful singer and songwriter,
starting in 1980 with the hit single "Baby and the Blues" -- and more
recently as frontman for the Toronto-based country-and-blues band, the
Pork Belly Futures.
Mr. Quarrington died early this morning from lung cancer. He was fifty-six years old.
Mr. Quarrington penned ten novels, the most famous of which was his
1989 work Whale Music. It won the Governor-General's Award for fiction
-- not to mention a ringing endorsement by Penthouse Magazine as "the
greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written". His other books include King
Leary, and two Giller-Prize-nominated novels, Galveston and The Ravine.
also won two Genies for screenwriting, one for the film adaptation of
Whale Music, and another for the 1991 screenplay, Perfectly Normal. In
addition, his work on the Canadian TV series Due South was nominated for
In October last year, just prior to being honoured at a special
celebration of his life's accomplishments, Mr. Quarrington spoke with
Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto's "Here and Now". He discussed having
eventually reached acceptance of his fate, after receiving his
diagnosis that spring. Here is part of that conversation, for the
Stuart Laughton plays guitar and harmonica, among other instruments,
for the Pork Belly Futures. We reached him at home in Burlington,
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On Monday, Brian Dunn will become the new bishop of the Antigonish
diocese. He'll have his work cut out for him. The last man to hold that
role was Raymond Lahey -- who is currently facing charges of possessing
and importing child pornography. The position has been empty since Mr.
Lahey resigned last September.
But Dunn's appointment has drawn attention to another controversy.
Based on a long-standing tradition at St. Francis Xavier University,
whomever is bishop of Antigonish automatically becomes chancellor of the
A group of students, however, is saying that tradition needs to end.
They've started a Facebook campaign to abolish the policy.
Kurt Andresen is a third-year English major at St. Francis Xavier
University and organizer of the group. We reached him in Lake Ainslie,
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"My decision to support military action in respect of Iraq was the most
difficult decision I have ever faced in my life." Those are the words
of former British Foreigner Secretary Jack Straw, spoken today at the
Chilcott Inquiry -- an inquiry into the U.K.'s role in the Iraq War.
Mr. Straw is the most senior person to appear at the inquiry so far.
And in his testimony, he said that he made his decision to support
military action based on "the best evidence available at the time." He
also claimed that, if he had opposed the war, the U.K. would not have
However, despite having committed Britain to President's Bush's
"coalition of the willing", Mr. Straw was critical of the American
regime change policy -- and admitted the decision to intervene in Iraq
had haunted the British government ever since.
Here's an excerpt from Jack Straw's testimony today.
If you think taunting a fish is fine because they only have three-second-memories, then think again: that's a red herring.
A new study out of Australia claims that fish actually have pretty
decent memories. So next time you mock an African Butter Catfish, a
Double Lipspot Mouthbrooder or a Scot's Fairy Wrasse, be warned. They'll
remember you. And they'll find you. If you live near water. Otherwise,
Dr. Kevin Warburton studied the behaviour of Australian freshwater
fish for Charles Sturt University's Institute for Land. We reached him
in Albury, Australia.
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This week, Quebec has hosted a succession of benefit concerts for
victims of the earthquake in Haiti. And last night, at one of those
concerts, one Haitian-Canadian author received a standing ovation.
Dany Laferriere was in Port-au-Prince during the earthquake. Once the
applause died down, he thanked the audience, and suggested their
applause was actually for Haiti itself -- and that he was only a simple
metaphor for the devastated country. He gave a speech in French -- and
here's some of what he had to say, for the record.
It is a dramatic image: a reporter who is also a qualified medical
doctor springing into action to perform first aid on someone hurt in the
Haiti earthquake -- and in some cases, going as far as to perform
surgery. All of it during a news report.
And while a physician correspondent giving medical assistance to those
injured in a natural disaster is commendable, it does raise some
ethical issues about the role of journalists.
Gary Schwitzer is the Publisher of Health News Review-dot-org, a
health-journalism watchdog group that rates news coverage for accuracy
and balance. He's also a Professor of Journalism at the University of
Minnesota. We reached him in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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Over the past decade, you may have noticed that an increasing number of
bars and restaurants have a common item on their menu... and it isn't
Video lottery terminals -- or VLTs -- are like electronic slot machines
or scratch tickets. And in most of Canada, they can be found anywhere
from your local casino to your local Royal Canadian Legion.
But while the chances of winning are slim at best, the chances of
Canadian women with gambling problems using VLTs is significantly
higher. A new study by University of Manitoba researchers suggests that
-- of all the means of gambling available -- these terminals are
associated with the greatest likelihood of problem gambling for Canadian
As such, the research group is calling on governments to remove VLTs from bars, restaurants and legions across the country.
Tracie Afifi is the study's lead researcher. We reached her in New York.
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Dateline: Campania region, Italy.
This cheese just won't cut it. Italy's trademark buffalo mozzarella
cheese is a dairy delicacy typically made with buffalo milk. But when
it's made with ordinary cow's milk, well, that's cause for curdled
This week, reports leaked to the media caused a lot of whining when
random samples of cheese in the Campania region of Italy were found to
contain more than a third cow's milk - which isn't nearly as exotic as
buffalo's milk. Luigi Chianese may have been the man who cut the cheese.
He runs a dairy and ironically, is head of an organization designed to
promote and protect the quality of buffalo cheese.
A quarter of the mozzarella tested last November contained cow's milk.
But Chianese says its all just a cheesy rumor. The Italian Agriculture
Ministry refused to comment, saying only that people should continue to
enjoy fine slices of Italy's south.
Theories about how buffalo's milk came into use are about as full of
holes as a different kind of European cheese. Fossil evidence suggests
the creatures could be native to the region, or they may have been
introduced by Arabs at the start of the second millenium.
Annual buffalo cheese consumption currently brings 300 Euros into the
Italian economy. But officials fear scandals such as this one could
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Chances are, when you hear that song by OK Go, you can't help but think of treadmills.
Not because it's on the mixed tape you use at the gym, but because the
video for the song -- featuring a single shot of the band doing a
choreographed routine on eight treadmills -- was a YouTube sensation
back in 2006. It has received almost 50 million hits. It went " viral",
as they say. And thus the song was a hit, and the band's label made
heaps of money.
But in the past four years, the music industry has changed, and now,
thanks to a deal between music labels and YouTube, you're no longer able
to share OK Go's videos by posting them on your own website or blog.
You can only access their YouTube videos on YouTube.
This week the band's frontman, Damian Kulash, posted an open letter on
the band's website, criticizing the move and apologizing to fans.
We reached Mr. Kulash on tour, in Brussels.
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