Chile is still struggling with the after-effects, and after-shocks, of Saturday's catastrophic earthquake.
Although many areas of the country survived relatively unscathed,
those in the central region, near the quake's epicentre, have seen
monumental damage. And, just like in Haiti, damage to roads and bridges
is hampering aid efforts.
Michael Black is World Vision's operations manager in Chile. We reached him Santiago.
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From bad to worse...to worse still.
Today, three senior members of the Canadian agency Rights and
Democracy were fired. The official reason was that they had led a staff
rebellion against a new board of directors.
Rights and Democracy was established by the federal government in 1988
as an arm's-length organization to protect and promote democracy
abroad. But in recent months, the organization has been riven by
tensions, arising from claims that the Harper government has stacked
the board with members aligned to the government's foreign policy
Payam Akhavan resigned from the board of Rights and Democracy in
January, to protest against the Harper government's new appointments to
the organization. He is a professor of international law at McGill
University, and we reached him in Montreal.
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It is safe to say that politics in Northern Ireland will never be the same again.
Today, Ian Paisley -- the often outspoken, hard-line voice of Unionism
-- announced he would be stepping down from his North Antrim seat at
the next election. He has held that seat for the Democratic Unionist
Party for the past forty years.
Ian Paisley's political career has been long, intense, and
controversial. Once famous, and infamous, for his vehement "No" to any
talk of power-sharing with Republicans, Reverend Paisley famously
changed his tune -- and, in 2006, set up a new -power sharing coalition
with his former enemies. The following year, he became the province's
Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, Paisley's one-time foe and subsequent
assembly deputy, reacted to Reverend Paisley's announcement with these
words: "Ian Paisley has played a very powerful role in the course of the
politics of the north of Ireland. I think that he will be fondly
remembered by the people of Ireland -- north and south -- for the very
courageous leadership that he showed."
In 1982, Ian Paisley visited Canada, and during that visit he spoke to
As It Happens' host Elizabeth Gray. Here is an excerpt from that
Is it a case of a few isolated mistakes -- or a pattern of incompetence?
That's what provincial officials in Ontario intend to find out. The
Ontario government has announced it will be reviewing thousands of
pathology tests performed over a two-year period at three hospitals in
Windsor. The investigation is a response to the revelation that two
women were given mastectomies at Windor's Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital --
even though neither had breast cancer.
The Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, meanwhile, has already begun its own
review of pathology tests. That review began last November -- and will
see the re-examination of fifteen thousand tests dating back to 2003.
Paul Harte is a medical malpractice lawyer who thinks the Hospital is
mishandling its internal review. And he's been receiving calls from
patients who are worried their tests might be under investigation. We
reached Mr. Harte earlier today, at his office in Richmond Hill,
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His assassination was one of the catalysts of the 1994 genocide in
Rwanda. Soon after President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane was shot down, a
violent campaign began against Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the
country. An estimated one million people were murdered.
Now, Mr. Habyarimana's widow has been arrested, for helping to plan that genocide.
Agathe Habyarimana was arrested in France, just a week after French
president Nicolas Sarkozy visited Rwanda for the first time.
Linda Melvern is an investigative journalist, and the author of
several books on the Rwandan massacre. We reached her at home in London,
So this chimp walks into a bar, plunks down on a barstool and says to
the bartender, "I'll have a tenth-of-a-pint of fruit juice, if you
To which the bartender replies, "Wait, is this some kind of joke?"
That's not much of a punchline -- but it's not really a joke, either.
Because, while chimps can't speak English -- as far as we know --
scientists have just proven that chimps can make mental measurements of
various quantities of liquid.
Dr. Michael Beran is a senior research scientist at Georgia State
University who pours drinks for chimps. We reached him in Atlanta.
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It's not surprising that most frogs go through life without
experiencing a major gender identity crisis. What's surprising is that
The cause, in this cases, is a weed-killing chemical called atrazine
that's commonly used on corn crops in Canada. Biologists in California
discovered that some male frogs exposed to the weed killer turned into
females -- and even mated with other male frogs.
We reached the lead researcher, Tyrone Hayes, at the University of California Berkeley.
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He's picking up where he left off.
After a two-month break, Stephen Harper is getting ready to
un-prorogue Parliament and there's a lot of business to get 'round to.
There's this week's budget, the continuing saga of the Afghan detainees
dispute, and, of course, dealing with the opposition's complaints about
his having suspended Parliament in the first place. But, before any of
that, Mr. Harper's first order of business is the Throne Speech -- and
observers are keen to know his plans for the country.
Weeks before the Prime Minister's first throne speech in 2006 Michael
Van Pelt made some astute predictions. So we reached him again, earlier
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When you're poised for a fight, there's no one like a brother to back
you up. Except when your fight is with the brother who just won't get
off your back.
Those of you with siblings know the feeling. Blood is thicker than
water, sure, but it's quicker to boil too, when those who share it are
And that feeling was palpaple last night in Saint John, New Brunswick,
at a city council meeting. Ivan Court is the city mayor. His younger
brother, Bruce, is councillor for Ward Four. Here, for the record, is
part of an exchange between the two -- during a discussion about hiring a
consultant for Saint John's upcoming two-hundred-and-twenty-fifth
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I guess there's a reason it's called "Orange County", and not "Green County" -- at least in an environmental sense.
The famous, arid southern California district is suing a local couple
because they removed their lawn and planted drought-resistant foliage.
Which they did for environmental reasons -- to save hundreds of
thousands of gallons of water they said was wasted in a vain effort to
keep their grass green.
Quan Ha was in court this morning. We reached him later at work, in Irvine, Californiaar
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Quan Ha lives in Orange County, California.
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Next Monday, a nation will sit transfixed as people argue over books on
CBC Radio. It's called "Canada Reads" -- and it pits five celebrity
readers against one another. Each makes the case for his or her chosen
book. Arguments ensue. And every argument will begin in the most erudite
manner imaginable, before descending into schoolyard taunts. It's
This week, As It Happens is featuring readings from each of the five
celebrities. Tonight, it's the turn of writer and cultural critic Michel
Vézina. He picked a book called Nikolski by Nicholas Dickner, which was
translated into English by Lazer Lederhendler.
Here now is Michel Vézina, reading from the very beginning of Nikolski.