Echoing gunshots. The paramilitary-style execution of a member of the "Real IRA" reverberates through Northern Ireland.
Arms and the man. Remembering Henri Salmide -- a German officer who
became a French hero when he detonated a Nazi munitions depot, and saved
The remains of the Dave. Scandal-plagued New York governor David
Paterson's political career is all but dead, after he announces he's
dropping out of the election.
The dim pre-recesses of our memory. As Parliament prepares to return,
we revisit the nearly forgotten issue of Afghan detainee transfers, and
An uptick in the stalk market. British rhubarb growers are no longer
stewing, after Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is given protected status by the
And...they've finally found a house they wouldn't foreclose on. Wall
Street bigwigs are transfixed by Olympic curling -- and seek
explanations from a Haligonian curling skip-turned-bank-CEO.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that goes at it hammer and tongues.
Just days after the people of Northern Ireland were shocked by a car
bomb, the province is facing another reminder of its darker past -- in
the form of a paramilitary-style execution.
Kieran Doherty's stripped and bound body was found near the Irish
border on Wednesday. He'd been killed by two shots to the head. Today,
the dissident Republican paramilitary group The Real IRA claimed
responsibility for the killing. The group says he was one of their own
The brutal murder has outraged the local community, and drawn
condemnation from the province's politicians. Martina Anderson is the
Sinn Fein MLA for Derry, where Mr. Doherty lived. She has been speaking
for the Doherty family. We reached her in Derry, Northern Ireland.
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A bronze medal never felt so good.
Last night, Canadian Joannie Rochette dazzled the judges, inspired
Canadians, and skated off with the bronze in women's figure skating.
That event is a tremendous challenge for anyone -- but her success is
all the more impressive when you consider what she has been dealing with
off the ice. Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, Ms. Rochette's
mother, Therese, died suddenly on Sunday morning. Despite her loss,
Joannie Rochette decided to compete. And she turned in a medal-worthy
Earlier today, Ms. Rochette spoke with journalist Beverly Thomson on
CTV's "Olympic Morning. She talked about the impact of her mother's
death and what this week has been like for her. Here is part of their
Last night was also a good one for the Canadian women's hockey team --
which won the gold medal. But I.O.C. president Jacques Rogge snowed a
bit on their victory parade -- even before the parade got started.
A few hours prior to Canada's gold medal game, Mr. Rogge made some
comments about the viability of the sport. He says that everyone agrees
that there is a discrepancy in women's hockey, and that the situation
needs to improve.
But Jacques Rogge wasn't the only one with things to say about women's
hockey. Before the I.O.C. head's comments, Mississauga, Ontario mayor
Hazel McCallion spoke to Rick Cluff, host of CBC Radio Vancouver's "The
Early Edition". The eighty-nine-year-old mayor is a longtime supporter
of women's hockey -- and once played for a professional women's team in
Montreal. Here's part of what she had to say.
You wouldn't necessarily think Wall Street financiers would have a lot
of time to get obsessed with the Winter Olympics. With all those
stocks, bonds and derivatives to be traded and sold, and eyes to be kept
on the Hang Seng indices...things can get pretty hectic. So when the
day ends, these men and women have some venting to do. They need some
way to get their rocks off, so to speak. And for the last two weeks,
they've literally been getting rocks off, or watching them, anyway.
For some reason, the sport of curling -- yes, curling -- has captured
the imagination of those at the centre of the financial universe.
Following the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, hundreds of
traders have been glued to TV monitors, watching the Olympic skips,
seconds and sweepers do their thing.
To explain this, we reached Bob Kelly. He's a Haligonian. A former
curling skip. And the Chief Executive if the Bank of New York Mellon, on
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Well, we're going to slide on out of here for a few moments. Next up is
a CBC Sports Update from Vancouver, and then the non-Olympic news. Then
it's right back to more of As It Happens.
Stay tuned. I'm BB.
And I'm CO.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm BB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
Where were we? Oh yeah: before Parliament was prorogued, we were talking about Afghan detainees and torture.
And a clunky vehicle is dropped with a clunk. That beloved and despised monstrosity, the Hummer, ceases to hum.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
He was born Heinz Stahlschmidt, and as a German navy officer in World
War II, he was an enemy of France. But by the time of his death on
Tuesday in Bordeaux, at the age of ninety-two, he was Henri Salmide,
As the war was ending, the Germans planned to blow up the Bordeaux
port before retreating from the town. But Mr. Salmide, a junior naval
officer at the time, made a decision that would save the port and
countless lives, and change his own life forever.
For his act of defiance, he was subsequently hunted by the Gestapo and
the French police. He was never caught, thanks to a woman in Bordeaux
who hid him in her home.
Alain Moga is the deputy mayor of Bordeaux. He's also the grandson of
the woman who hid Mr. Salmide. We reached Mr. Moga at home where we
spoke to him through an interpreter. To save time, we have removed the
translations of Carol's questions.
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Six weeks have passed since the earthquake that devastated Haiti,
leaving tens of thousands dead and even more sick and homeless. By this
point, most of the dead and missing have been accounted for -- but there
are still people waiting to have their loved ones returned to them.
Jocelyne Bitton is one of those people. She is the mother of
thirty-six-year-old Alexandre Bitton, who is still missing in the rubble
of the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince. Ms. Bitton and her husband
Ralph say that Canadian authorities have not been helpful -- that she
calls every day for information, and comes up against a wall of
bureaucracy. And if they don't get answers soon, the Bittons say they'll
go to Haiti themselves to retrieve their son's body.
Earlier today, Jocelyne Bitton spoke with CBC journalist Steve
Rukavina, on the "Daybreak Montreal" morning show. Here is part of that
conversation, for the record.
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He is the first legally blind state governor in the United States, and
the first black Governor of New York. David Paterson's tenure began
accidentally in 2008, when he took over the reins from a disgraced Eliot
Spitzer, who was forced to resign amid a prostitution scandal.
Today, Governor Paterson's own political future is in doubt. Here he is, speaking at a press conference in New York.
Those "actions" he just spoke about involve a domestic abuse scandal
linked to his top aide -- and possibly involving the Governor himself.
Wayne Barrett is the author of a number of books on New York politics.
He's also a blogger for The Village Voice newspaper. We reached him at
his home in New York, where he's snowed in.
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You know what's crepuscular? Trying to build your vocabulary. Well, it
may or may not be crepuscular. I didn't have time to look up
"crepuscular" before I started talking just now. Dictionaries are so
discouraging. They have all these definitions, and examples of how a
word is used in context, and I mean, come on! It's the twenty-first
century. The world moves so quickly that I don't have time to learn any
new adjectives. I just describe everything as either "good", "bad",
"silly", or "crepuscular". And I'm pretty sure I'm using that last one
But you know what's good? A new website called "Ten Word Wiki". That
site's founders clearly understand the constraints on our time. Because
on "Ten Word Wiki", every definition is only ten words long. You want to
know what photosynthesis is? "Ten Word Wiki" says:
"How chlorophyll creates carbohydrates from C02 and water in plants."
You want to know what carbohydrates are? "Ten Word Wiki" says:
"Sweet chemical compound of carbon and hydrogen, essential to life."
And then you get some definitions that are more silly. Like this one, for "book":
"Bundle of wood pulp and pictures/words; doesn't need batteries."
Or this one, for radio:
"Television without the pictures, used for news, music, traffic updates."
Wait. That one seems...what's the word? Bad. Very bad.
Maybe you could come up with a ten-word definition of "radio" that's
more good. Give Talkback a call at 1-866-481-5718, or e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and give us your definition of radio, in exactly ten words.
And brownie points for everyone who leaves out the word "television".
Oh, and for all of you who are wondering: news and traffic updates are coming up shortly.
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Well, the last few months certainly have been something haven't they?
Back in December, there was the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
And then there was the lead-up to the Winter Olympics, and all the
athletic excitement of the last couple of weeks. There's been so much
going on, I had to be reminded that, at the end of last year, there was a
bit of a kerfuffle in Ottawa over...what was it again? Oh yeah -- the
potential transfer of Afghan detainees by Canadian soldiers to prisons
where they may have been tortured. But just as the discussion about
that subject was heating up, the Harper government decided to prorogue
Parliament -- which brought the inquiry into those tranfers to a
So, with Parliament recommencing next week, we thought a bit of a
refresher was in order. Jim Travers is a columnist with The Toronto
Star. We reached him in Ottawa. And Paul Koring is The Globe and Mail's
correspondent in Washington, D.C.
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It's been more than a week since the SV Concordia sank off the coast
of Brazil. And although all sixty-four crew members on board were
rescued, there are still a lot of questions about why it seemed to take
between six and fourteen hours for the ship's automated distress signal
to be picked up by the Brazilian search-and-rescue services. Under
normal circumstances, the signal should be picked up almost instantly,
and relayed to the appropriate search-and-rescue authorities.
To explain how this is supposed to work, we reached Cheryl Bertoia.
She's the principal operations officer for Cospas-Sarsat, the
international agency that handles and relays maritime distress calls.
She is in Montreal.
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Champagne, Parma Ham and even Napoli's Neopolitan pizza have made it
onto the exclusive list of foods that are legally protected by the
European Union. And now, a new member has been put on that list -- and
its inclusion is bittersweet.
It's called "Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb". It really is. It's grown by
just twelve Yorkshire farmers in an area known as "The Rhubarb
Triangle". And despite the fact that I just heard of it twelve seconds
ago, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has a long history -- and is the result of
a meticulous growing process.
Janet Oldroyd-Hulme is a member of the Yorkshire Rhubarb Growers' Association. We reached her in Yorkshire, England.
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In an old commercial for the gigantic truck-van-tank-thing known as
the Hummer, a giant Godzilla-like lizard who's destroying a city meets a
giant heroic robot. The two fall in love. In one shot, they're
reclining romantically under a full moon. In the next, the giant lizard
is pregnant. You think I'm making this up, but I'm not.
Anyway, in the commercial, the child of the giant destructive lizard
and the giant heroic robot is...a Hummer. The proud parents watch their
monstrous baby drive off, and then the tagline comes up: "Hummer: Like
I mention this commercial for two reasons. First, because it
demonstrates the pride Hummer manufacturers and owners take in the
vehicle's boxy gigantism and gaseous emissions.
Second, because the ad is now a museum piece. The Hummer is dead. It's
not "like nothing else" anymore -- it's just like nothing.
Last year, General Motors filed for Chapter Eleven. The American,
Canadian, and Ontario provincial governments bailed the company out. So
GM has been under some pressure to make better cars and some money. To
that end, last October, GM announced it would sell the Hummer brand to a
Chinese company called Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery,
for a hundred-and-fifty million bucks.
This was a bit of a blow to some owners, because the Hummer brand was
fundamentally American. One small-scale study published last year
indicated that American Hummer owners actually bought the behemoths
because they thought they were "defending American moral ideals".
But even stalwart patriots were probably relieved that the Chinese
deal would keep Hummers on the road -- despite the fact that Tengzhong
had announced plans for a "green" version.
Well, deal's off. Because no banks -- Chinese or Western -- would give
Tengzhong the money. On Wednesday, GM announced it would be shutting
down the brand -- barring some divine, or demonic, intervention. It's
sad news for devotees, but we can only hope they'll maintain their sense