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March 2, 2010

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INT CHILE QUAKE: WORLD VISION Duration: 00:07:06

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.


BUCKETS OF RAIN Duration: 00:00:17

Album:BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

Label:COLUMBIA, CK 33235

Persons/Roles:
BOB DYLAN - COMPOSER
BOB DYLAN - VOCALS

INT RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY FIRINGS Duration: 00:07:31

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 objectives.

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.


IAN PAISLEY RETIREMENT Duration: 00:07:12

DALET: IAN PAISLEY RETIREMENT


CLOSING



BASIC SPACE Duration: 00:00:16

Album:XX/XX

Label:XL, YT031CD

Persons/Roles:
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - COMPOSER
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - LYRICIST
BARIA QURESHI - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - LYRICIST
JAMIE SMITH - COMPOSER
JAMIE SMITH - PRODUCER
XX - POP GROUP

SEQ FOA PAISLEY ON AIH/INT PAISLEY RETIREMENT Duration: 00:03:17

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 First Minister.

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 interview.


INT WINDSOR HOSPITAL MALPRACTICE Duration: 00:07:53

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, Ontario.


ARE YOU STILL IN VALIDA Duration: 00:00:25

Album:NO. 2/JJ

Label:SINCERELY YOURS

Persons/Roles:
JJ - COMPOSER
JJ - POP GROUP

INT RWANDAN WIDOW ARREST Duration: 00:06:15

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, England.


INT CHIMPS AND LIQUIDS Duration: 00:06:28

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 please."

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.


BLUE JUICE Duration: 00:01:12

Album:BLUE BREAK BEATS

Label:BLUE NOTE, CDP7991062

Persons/Roles:
UNKNOWN - COMPOSER
JIMMY MCGRIFF - ORGAN

INT PESTICIDE FROG STUDY Duration: 00:07:07

It's not surprising that most frogs go through life without experiencing a major gender identity crisis. What's surprising is that some do.

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.


QUARTET N2/GROOVE CANON Duration: 00:00:28

Album:

Label:BLACK BOX, BBM 1097

Persons/Roles:
MARC MELLITS - COMPOSER
DUKE QUARTET - STRING QUARTET
JOHN METCALFE - VIOLA
LOUISA FULLER - VIOLIN
RICK KOSTER - VIOLIN
SOPHIE HARRIS - CELLO
HARVEY BROUGH - PRODUCER
DUKE QUARTET - PRODUCER

INT THRONE SPEECH PREDICTIONS Duration: 00:07:20

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 today.


KING OF YOU Duration: 00:00:25

Album:PSAPP: THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED

Label:DOMINO, DNO 095

Persons/Roles:
PSAPP - COMPOSER
PSAPP - WRITER
PSAPP - ENS IN-V

FTR: NB COUNCIL BROTHERS Duration: 00:02:05

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 involved.

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 anniversary celebrations.


CHRONICLES OF SARNIA Duration: 00:00:25

Album:HAS A GOOD HOME

Label:BLOCKS, XXX XXX

Persons/Roles:
OWEN PALLETT - COMPOSER
FINAL FANTASY - POP GROUP

INT LAWN LAWSUIT Duration: 00:07:09

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

DALET: LAWN LAWSUIT

BB:

Quan Ha lives in Orange County, California.


I HAD MY CHANCE Duration: 00:00:25

Album:YES

Label:RYKODISC, RCD 10320

Persons/Roles:
MARK SANDMAN - COMPOSER
MORPHINE - POP GROUP
MARK SANDMAN - PRODUCER

CLIP TAPE: CANADA READS: VEZINA Duration: 00:02:29

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 awesome.

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.


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