Raising the issue of a razed community. The city of Halifax apologizes
for bulldozing Africville -- an apology many have awaited for nearly
half a century.
Dearly deported. Another delayed apology -- this time, from the British
government to tens of thousands of so-called "home children".
The sins of the sons are visited upon the father. Two young men are
charged for the cross-burning in Nova Scotia -- and their father is in
Operating at a loss. The case of a doctor who performed two unnecessary
mastectomies may reveal systemic problems in our hospitals.
We'd like to offer a plug to Zanzibar. But since the African country
has been without power for two months, it really wouldn't do much good.
And...it's hardly a first-come, first-surfed situation. But at long
last, Tofino, British Columbia is named the surf capital of the
continent -- leaving Americans crest-fallen.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that expects some cross-border cross boarders.
That's the Mayor of Halifax Peter Kelly, speaking today. He was at a
ceremony in Halifax, apologizing to former residents of Africville and
their descendents -- and asking for forgiveness.
In the nineteen-sixties, four hundred or so of those residents had
their homes bulldozed, in that community on the outskirts of Halifax.
After they packed all of their belongings, the city relocated them, in
The lives of the people of Africville would be forever changed -- and
their community replaced by the A. Murray MacKay bridge, suspended high
above their former home.
As part of the city's apology, the council has also voted on a
multimillion dollar compensation package -- something Irvine Carvery has
been fighting for for years. Mr. Carvery is a former resident of
Africville, and the President of the Africville Geneaology Society.
Irvine Carvery spoke with Carol shortly after today's ceremony.
Since our interview about the cross- burning in Hants County, Nova
Scotia -- which you just heard about -- charges have been laid. Two
brothers were in court today, charged with public incitement of hatred,
mischief and uttering threats. Their father had just learned about the
charges when we reached him earlier today.
A warning to listeners, there is strong language in this interview.
Granville Rehberg is in Halifax.
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It's a precedent that has freedom-of-speech advocates terrified. Today,
three Google executives were convicted in Italy of breaking privacy
laws, by allowing a movie of students bullying an autistic child to be
posted on the Google Video website. Even though the offending video was
taken down immediately after police asked Google to remove it.
The case has some wondering just how responsible companies like Google
and Facebook should be for content that is publicly posted on their
Jeff Jarvis is one of those people. He's a prominent internet-rights
blogger, a journalism professor at City University of New York, and the
author of What Would Google Do? -- a book about Google's business model
and the future of the Internet. We reached him in Sun City Center,
Well, CBC Sports Update from Vancouver is next on CBC Radio. And then
you'll hear a CBC News update. And then -- more As It Happens. When we
An ounce of prevention. After a Windsor, Ontario, doctor performs two
unnecessary mastectomies, some people see malpractice -- and some see a
Wings of desire. Fragmenting forests are causing songbirds to evolve
quickly -- changing their wings so they can start a long-distance
That one with the Tribbles...oh, I'm done. But one "Star Trek" fan has
remained unphasered, while listing every single episode of the original
series in record time.
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.
We'll talk to Elsie Hathaway -- a ninety-four-year-old "home child" -- about the British government's long-awaited apology.
And with an investment of six-thousand-ish dollars, you could terrify
your family by playing the "Doctor Who" theme in your own living room.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
They were grievous errors certainly, but they may also be egregious.
Last week, the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario,
apologized, after discovering that one of its surgeons had mistakenly
performed a mastectomy on a patient who didn't need the operation.
Hospital officials said that it was the only mistake of that type Dr.
Barbara Heartwell had ever made. But today, a second woman came forward,
saying that she also had a breast unneccessarily removed by Dr.
Heartwell, in 2001. The hospital, which is now reviewing Dr. Heartwell's
surgical record, announced today that there are other "cases of
The discomforting question is how these kinds of errors can happen --
and what can be done to prevent them. Dr. Mark Fleming is a medical
errors specialist at St. Mary's University in Halifax. We reached him
at his home.
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It was an Olympic competition in which nobody was thinking about medals.
Canadian Joannie Rochette competed in the women's figure-skating short
program last night -- just days after the death of her mother, Thérèse
Rochette. She died of a sudden heart attack shortly after arriving in
Vancouver to watch her daughter compete.
Joannie Rochette skated her program flawlessly, then broke down in
tears after she finished. The crowd gave her a standing ovation as she
skated off the ice into the arms of her coach.
The impact of the event was felt far outside the Pacific Coliseum. The
CBC's Stephanie Mercier spoke with some people in Vancouver, shortly
after they watched the performance.
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It was a day of belated contrition.
Earlier in the show, we heard about Halifax mayor Peter Kelly
apologizing for the razing of the black community of Africville in the
nineteen-sixties. Well, across the pond today, the British government
finally offered a "full and unconditional apology" to the
one-hundred-and-thirty thousand so-called "home children" sent abroad,
under the country's Child Migrant program. Many of those children were
separated from their families, and suffered years of abuse.
Last November, when Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized
for his country's role in the program, guest host Derek Stoffel spoke
with Elsie Hathaway. Ms. Hathaway was sent to Canada in 1922, where she
worked in the homes of various families. Here's part of that
conversation, from our archives.
To hear her reaction to today's news, we reached the ninety-four-year-old Ms. Hathaway in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.
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Since fewer Canadians than expected seem to be owning the podium, it
might be time for more of us to consider owning a surfboard. And we
don't even have to leave the country.
Outside Magazine -- a magazine devoted to outdoorsiness -- has named
the village of Tofino, British Columbia the continent's surfing capital.
As the magazine puts it, "The best surf town in North America is in
Canada. Who knew?'
Well, among many others, Peter Devries knew. Last fall, the Tofino
resident beat out a hundred-and-forty international competitors to win
the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in front of his hometown fans. It was the
first time a professional surfing competition was held in Canada -- and
Mr. Devries became the first Canadian to win a professional surfing
Since then, the popularity of Tofino as a Canadian surfing destination
has snowballed. According to a Tofino tourism website the growth of
surf culture there can be attributed to a number of essential factors,
including: surfing is fun; surfing is cool, and everyone looks better in
a wetsuit. To which we respond: who knew? Besides Stockwell Day.
Whatever the reasons, we are thrilled that Tofino B.C. is riding the
wave of surfing. Once the current influx of tourists are through
watching Olympic officials hanging medals on athletes, we strongly
encourage them to stop by Tofino and try hanging ten. After some lessons
and a wetsuit-fitting that is. We are also thrilled to have an excuse
to play some surfing music. Here's Dick Dale with "Miserlou".
War may be hell -- but that hell doesn't cease once soldiers are off the battlefield.
Modern militaries are starting to recognize the profound psychological
consequences soldiers deal with as result of waging war -- severe
anxiety, profound mood swings, crippling depression and suicide. There's
an assumption those most at risk of post-traumatic stress are those who
endured the trauma. But a new study suggests that's not the case.
Shira Maguen is a psychologist with the San Francisco V.A. Centre, and the study's lead author.
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The allure of of Zanzibar in Africa is clear. The tropical island
nation boasts powder-white beaches, tranquil blue waters and the
dazzling beautty of the ancient city of Stone Town - a world heritage
site. These idyllic scenes, and the delicious local cuisine, have long
made Zanzibar a popular destination for tourists.
But before you rush out to book your trip, just a warning: take some
batteries with you. Or even a small generator, if you think you can get
it past security. Zanzibar has been without power since December 10th.
Frederica Boswell is a freelance journalist based in Zanzibar.
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There are sci-fi geeks and there are sci-fi geeks. And then...there are real sci-fi geeks.
I'm not using that term pejoratively. It's a rare fan of science
fiction -- or "speculative fiction" as a lot of people prefer -- who
doesn't self-identify as a "geek". These are people who are already
working on translating their wedding vows into Na'vi. People who are
still putting together petitions to get "Dollhouse" back on the air. And
if you have no idea what I'm talking about, well, I guess it's all geek
to you. Incidentally, that joke was first made decades ago, by a geek.
Of course, there's one science fiction universe that requires all
geeks to boldly go where all geeks have gone before: "Star Trek". It's a
mammoth universe, consisting of the four different series, and eleven
films. Although nothing has really supplanted the original show --
featuring William Shatner as Captain Kirk.
Which is why Mack Elder decided to memorize the names of every one of
the seventy-nine original episodes -- and set a world speed record for
listing them, in order. He accomplished that earlier this month, at
Joe's Pub in New York. And it sounded like this.
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When your neighbourhood changes, you have to adapt. And if your
neighbourhood is the woodlands of eastern North America, and you happen
to be a songbird, you'd better change your wings. Or at least, hope that
you inherited longer, pointier wings.
André Desrochers is a Professor of Woodland Science at l'Université
Laval. He's been studying a variety of songbirds in the boreal forest.
We reached him at l'Université Laval, in Québec City.
It is one the most iconic themes in television history; for decades,
millions of children around the world have run to hide behind couches as
it came on, signalling another episode of "Doctor Who".
The British science-fiction drama about the time-travelling man who
simply goes by the title, 'Doctor', has been on since 1963, making it
the longest-running, and most-viewed, science-fiction series of all
But for many, the experience of watching the Doctor began with the
theme, which was initially made using only found sounds -- which were
then recorded onto tapes, which were stretched and warped to created the
eerie noises, in a basement room in London called the BBC Radiophonic
But in the 'Seventies, a device called the synthesizer came along, and made recording the theme considerably easier.
And now, thanks to eBay, you can own that machine, and make variations on that theme at home to your double-heart's content.
However, it's not the synthesizer you've come to imagine: the
synthesizer used to make the theme from "Doctor Who" is a big wooden box
that opens up, revealing lots of knobs and levers and dials -- just
like the Doctor's famous TARDIS. Except, of course, that it's the same
size on the inside as it is on the outside.
So if you have six thousand dollars to spare -- at least as the bidding stood today -- it might just be yours.
Assuming you have the time and space for it.