Shooting down shooting up. The federal government announces it's going
all the way to the Supreme Court, in an effort to close Vancouver's safe
The realty of the situation. Canada's Competition Bureau says it's time the national Real Estate Association gets real.
The current intuition: students will be out tuition. After its federal
and provincial funding is pulled, it looks like school's nearly out for
the First Nations University of Canada.
The asbestos of both worlds. Indian construction workers protest
against the importation of the toxic material -- most of which comes
April is the coolest month. That's why April Wine is called "April
Wine" -- and it's why the band is finally being inducted into the
Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
And...committing hara kiri-oke. Regrets, you'll have a few, if you belt
out "My Way" in the Philippines -- where singing that old chestnut can
get you killed.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that understands the official policy to be "Ankas away!"
It's a good news/bad news scenario. Only problem is, the good news came last month -- and the bad news came today.
In January, supporters of Vancouver's safe injection drug site,
Insite, were celebrating a B-C Court of Appeal ruling. The court ruled
that Insite had a constitutional right to exist.
But today, federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says the government
will appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court. He says that the B-C
Appeal Court ruling raised questions about the division of powers
between the federal and provincial governments. He also says that one of
the judges held a dissenting opinion, and that the government needs
clarification on some of the issues involved.
Larry Campbell is the former mayor of Vancouver, and a staunch
supporter of the injection site. We reached him on his farm on Galiano
Island in B.C.
The First Nations University of Canada has been dealt yet another blow. And now its future is in question.
The federal Minister of Indian affairs, Chuck Strahl, has announced
that Ottawa is cutting off funding to the school, which has been plagued
by allegations of financial mismanagement. That announcement came just a
few days after the Saskatchewan governement withdrew its share of the
As soon as the province withdrew its funding last week, the Federation
of Saskatchewan Indian Nations dissolved the university's board. But
that decision appears to have been "too little, too late" for Ottawa.
Chief Guy Lonechild is the head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. We reached him in Saskatoon.
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Recently, one man has been causing a bit of a stir in British
politics... and what's more, he's an American. An American who has been
dead for nearly a hundred years.
name is architect William Robert Ware. Aside from designing some of
Boston's most beautiful buildings and monuments, Mr. Ware did some
dabbling in voting systems. And during his brief flirtation, Mr. Ware
created one system that is currently on the lips of every politician in
the U.K.: "Alternative Voting".
Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants a referendum on the subject
following the country's election this spring. But where some see
legitimate electoral reform, others see cynical electioneering.
Michael Binyon is an editorial writer for the Times of London.
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Dateline: The Philippines.
Like in much of Southeast Asia -- and, indeed, much of the world --
karaoke has become immensely popular throughout the Philippines. It's
fair to say its an unofficial national pastime of sorts. And for good
reason: there's nothing more relaxing that belting out your favourite
Peter Cetera songs and Neil Diamond ditties to a receptive crowd of your
closest friends. But when that crowd isn't quite so supportive, things
can get a little disharmonious.
Recently, the Philippines has seen a rash of karaoke-related killings.
And there seems to be a pattern emerging -- that is, other than
excessive amounts of alcohol and access to illegal weapons. It turns
out an inordinate number of people are murdered during, or after, a
performance of the Paul Anka song, "My Way."
This particular pattern of homicides is so prevalent that they've been
dubbed the "My Way Killings." Recently, one man in the city of San
Mateo was shot in the chest by a security guard, who apparently
criticised the victim for singing the song out of tune.
There are several theories about the root cause of the "My Way
Killings". Some people feel it's a matter of statistics: "My Way" is
the most frequently performed in Philippine karoake bars. So the chance
of trouble breaking out when this song is being performed is simply
higher. That has prompted huge numbers of karoake bars to take the song
off their playlists.
But we favour an alternate theory. We think it might be something in
the song itself -- some undertone that drives listeners mad. And we're
going to put that theory to the test right now. Be careful. Here is Old
Blue Eyes doing it his way:
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We're not facing the final curtain. But we are going to retire to our
dressing rooms for a moment while you listen to the news.
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.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest is greeted by protesters in India -- who
are sick and tired of working with his province's asbestos.
The mouse that warred: a nerve-wracking new report reveals the dangers of upcoming cyber-warfare.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
The rules of the game may be about to change for anyone who's buying or selling a home.
The head of the federal Competition Bureau says the Canadian Real
Estate Association has too much control over the way the market
operates. Melanie Aitken wants to see things loosen up, in order to
have, in her words, some "good old-fashioned market competition".
Steve Neil blew the whistle on this industry, and he's a real estate
agent himself. Mr. Neil is the Managing Broker of
HomeBuyAndSell-dot-com. We reached him in Vancouver.
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Tonight, part of Canada's heritage is nothing more than a heap of ashes.
The oldest wooden grain elevator on the Prairies has burned down, in
Fleming, Saskatchewan. It was constructed in 1895 -- and remained an
important symbol of settlement in the West. This particular Prairie
Sentinel was the harbinger of thousands of grain elevators just like it.
was also one of the last wooden elevators -- which are rapidly being
replaced by giant concrete grain terminals. But Fleming had no interest
in seeing the elevator just collapse -- in fact, the town was in the
process of restoring the elevator when it went up in flames.
Phillip Hamm is the mayor of Fleming, and president of the local
historical society. He spoke with Dan Kerslake of CBC Saskatchewan's
program "Blue Sky", for the record.
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What is too dangerous for us, is just fine for them.
Asbestos is both a dirty word and a dirty secret here in Canada. The
once-ubiquitous construction material has more or less disappeared as a
consumer commodity and for good reason: it's made up of countless
microscopic fibres. Those fibres make their way into the lungs of the
people who work with the stuff. And that, as we all know, can lead to
serious diseases like lung cancer. Hence the severe regulations in most
developed nations, including Canada.
However, that concern doesn't seem to extent to developing countries.
Canada -- mainly Quebec -- exports over four-hundred million dollars
worth of asbestos to India each year, where it is largely unregulated.
This was the focus of a protest earlier this week held in Delhi, by
several groups representing Indian construction workers. They were
hoping to get the attention of Quebec Premier Jean Charest who was in
town, attending a conference on sustainable development.
Anup Srivastava is a member of the Building and Woodworkers International. We've reached him in New Delhi.
No mistake on As It Happens will go unavenged. Or uncorrected, anyway.
Last night, we played the theme to the TV show "The Avengers" along
with our obituary of composer Sir John Dankworth. However, it was not
the theme written by Sir John. It was a later version composed by Laurie
Johnson. You're listening to Sir John's "Avengers" theme now. Thanks to
Richard Hildreth in San Francisco for pointing out the error.
There's an old French legend about a fellow named Andre Pujon. The
story goes that he became obsessed after he discovered his name was an
anagram for "pendu a Rion" -- meaning "hanged in Rion". So obsessed, in
fact, that he was driven to travel to that town and commit an
unspecified crime, for which he was eventually hanged. I have no idea if
that's true. Still, it's an interesting illustration of the power of a
Take the name "Frost", for example. What does it make you think of?
Given that we're in the thick of winter, it might conjure up images of a
mischievous sprite who nips at your nose, and is partial to creeping up
to your house in the middle of the night, and leaving intricate
crystallized patterns on your windows.
If your last name is Frost, you've no doubt heard no end of
frosty-themed jokes in your lifetime, especially in the dead of a
Canadian winter. Nevertheless, I could see how it might infuse you with a
sense of empowerment, how it might inspire you to conduct yourself in a
frolicsome, mischievous manner -- to surrender fully to the name and
all its impish implications. Maybe sneak over to the neighbours' in the
middle of the night, say, and leave some subtle, enchanting sign of your
I have no idea if these thoughts ever entered the mind of one Byron
Wayne Frost. But when I read the details of the Manitoba man's arrest, I
must admit I felt a little chill.
On Sunday evening, police in Selkirk, Manitoba responded to a call of a
break-and-enter in progress. When they arrived at the scene, they
observed the residence had been broken into. They also noticed a trail
of footprints, leading from the residence to another one nearby. There,
they recovered a small amount of stolen jewelry. They also recovered
Byron Wayne Frost -- who had apparently taken the jewelry, and left the
Mr. Frost was subsequently charged and scheduled to appear in court.
OK, so if it was an unconscious attempt to embody the spirit of his
spritely namesake, it was a hopelessly backward one -- but, dare I say,
From, "Modern Times", here's "When the Deal Goes Down", by Bob Dylan
-- who, significantly, produced the album himself, under the name "Jack
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An epidemic is sweeping across Mumbai -- and it's taking dozens of teens with it.
Facing increased academic pressure, more and more of the city's youth
are choosing to end their lives. In January alone, there were more than
thirty-two suicides -- some as young as eleven years old.
Johnson Thomas is the director of Aasra, a helpline in Mumbai, which is where we reached him.
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Around this time of year, when you look out the window and see snow,
it's hard not to think, "Wow... wouldn't it be great if I could just
pack up everything and move south?"
But while such longing is a Canadian tradition, it's become a reality for another group outside the country.
Thanks to global warming, a colony of fur seals -- previously unique
to the Galapagos Islands -- have abandoned their home in Ecuador,
relocating south to an island just off the coast of Peru... a mere
sixteen-hundred kilometres away.
Carlos Yaipen-Llanos is director of the Organization of Research and
Conservation of Aquatic Animals -- or ORCA -- Peru. We reached him in
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Do you remember the movie "WarGames" with Matthew Broderick? You know,
the one where he plays a teenaged hacker who breaks into the Pentagon
computer and plays a game called "Global Thermonuclear War"? In case you
haven't found the time to see that movie in the twenty-seven years
since it was released, spoiler alert: turns out he nearly leads the
world into "mutually assured destruction".
Well, even all these years later, a new report out of London's
Institute of Strategic Studies suggests the film's plotline may not be
so far-fetched. Mutually assured destruction might be overstating things
slightly -- but the institute warns cyber-warfare is going to be a
serious threat in the future. A threat that could have serious
implications for all of us.
Nigel Inkster is the Institute of Strategic Studies' Cyber-Warfare expert. We reached him at his office in London, England.
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You heard Myles Goodwin, lead singer of April Wine. He likes to rock.
He likes to rock. And the great thing is that a lot of people like it
that he likes to rock. And now, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences has announced that it likes the way April Wine likes to
rock -- so much so, that it would like April Wine to like to be inducted
into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this April.
People who did not grow up listening to classic-rock radio are
probably befuddled by the band's induction. In fact, they're probably
befuddled by the band's name. "April Wine?" these people are snickering
into their smoothies. "But in this hemisphere, wine grapes are harvested
in the late summer and fall!"
But the people who did grow up listening to classic-rock radio know
that it's past time April Wine was inducted into the Hall of Fame, for
being a relentless Canadian hit-making machine. And these people also
understand a simple rock-and-roll truth: the band is called "April Wine"
just because, back in 1969, the band members thought "April" and "Wine"
sounded cool together.
That was forty years ago. Since then, April Wine -- still led by Myles
Goodwin, the only remaining original member -- has sold millions of
albums. They had a hit with the sock-hop slow-dance "You Won't Dance
With Me". They stormed the charts with the sort-of-scary,
sort-of-incomprehensible "Sign of the Gypsy Queen". They startled
hung-over teenagers awake with the clanging "Oowatanite". And they made
Canadians everywhere raise their lighters, with the power ballad "Just
Between You And Me".
And there were other hits -- lots of them -- none of which the critics
cared for. But this Hall of Fame induction proves that critical
dismissal plus time equals "Whatever, critics." So in honour of April
Wine, we're going to uncork this song and let it breathe. From their
1980 album Harder...Faster, this is "Say Hello".
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