Canada's Economic Inaction Plan. The federal budget shows that the
government took two months off, and returned with a "wait-and-see"
They were promised haste -- and are lamenting at leisure. Haitian
immigrants were told that Canada would fast-track their requests -- but
that was a month-and-a-half ago.
A Band Aid solution. Twenty-five years ago, a hungry Ethiopia received
millions in aid -- but a BBC investigation shows much of that money was
spent on weapons.
A town's reach should not exceed its grass. Across the U.S., bylaws
insist on well-tended lawns -- even as water shortages worsen.
It seemed perfectly armless. But a nude Venus de Milo made of snow provoked a flurry of complaints in New Jersey.
And...drafting an army of mosquitoes. In Burkina Faso, a study shows
that the biting pests wear tiny beer googles -- because they're more
attracted to a dude drinking brews.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that rests its case.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered a budget and a message today: both were "stay the course".
He is promising to restrict salaries for MPs and public servants and
to allow more foreign investment. But he also signalled there are no
major shifts ahead. No tax hikes. And no significant cuts in spending.
Instead, Ottawa will rely on economic growth down the road to balance
the books -- even though his own Parliamentary budget watchdog says that
strategy is unrealistic.
We reached Minister Flaherty in Ottawa.
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You know when you do a story about Americans' Second Amendment right to
bear arms, you're going to start a firefight. Figuratively speaking.
And last night's story was no exception.
Yesterday, Californian podcast host David Julian talked to Carol about
his dream of a day when it will be as easy for him and his fellow
citizens to carry concealed weapons as it is for them to carry weapons
openly. But not everyone shares Mr Julian's brand of California
Melody Derrick sent us this email from somewhere in cyber space:
"Carol, why didn't you ask Mr Julian about everyone else's right to
not be intimidated by the presence of guns in establishments? What about
my rights? What about the rights of businesses in the vicinity that
won't allow guns? Gunshots will penetrate their walls too."
That email is from Melody Derrick. And Montreal's Anne Woolgar also disagrees with Mr Julian. She writes:
"If every American is like David Julian, I pity them. What's the point
of having police if everybody is carrying a gun? What happens if
someone insults him? Does he shoot first and talk later? I'm sick and
tired of this generation of people who are so mistrustful that they feel
the need to carry any weapon."
That email is from Anne Woolgar in Montreal. If you'd like to comment
on anything you hear on this program, please feel free to email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call our toll-free Talkback line. The number is
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During the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and '85, millions of dollars in aid
money was spent, and thousands of lives were saved. But a BBC
investigation suggests that a large portion of that aid actually ended
up funding the purchase of weapons by rebel groups in the region.
Aid groups have vehemently denied the claims, as has the current
Ethiopian administration -- which now includes many former members of
those rebel groups.
Martin Plaut is the man behind the BBC investigation. We reached him in London, England.
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It's not that I'm anti-science, or have against anything modern
medicine, but I just hate hearing about studies like this. It turns out
that there's a perfectly legitimate reason --oh, it just kills me to say
this -- a perfectly legitimate reason not to drink beer. At least if
you're in the company of malarial mosquitos.
Theirry Lefebvre is a biologist at Emory University in Atlanta and one
of the scientists who conducted the study. We reached him at his lab.
We're going to take a short break so that you can listen to the news,
but there's a lot more As It Happens to come right after that. When we
Fade to emigrés. The Canadian government promised quick help for
would-be Haitian immigrants -- but that quick help is slow in coming.
Parch and parcel. Across the U.S., municipalities insist their
residents maintain lush lawns -- ignoring dwindling water supplies.
Snow pants. A New Jersey family builds an exquisite Venus de Milo out of snow -- prompting much huffing and puffing.
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.
Across the United States, local laws demand green lawns -- but that avidity runs counter to increasing aridity.
And a snow objet d'art becomes the object of darts -- because it happens to be a classical nude.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
Four days after the earthquake in Haiti, Canada's Citizenship and
Immigration Minister promised to fast-track requests for people wanting
to come here.
Six weeks later, some groups that work with Haitian immigrants say they've seen no signs of progress.
Marjorie Villefranche is the Director of Programs for Maison D'Haiti. We reached her in Montreal.
Renald Gilbert is the Director General of International Operations with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He's in Ottawa.
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For a story about coping with drought, it's proven remarkably fertile.
Two nights ago, As It Happens spoke with Quan Ha. The Orange County,
California resident had been fined by authorities because he had torn up
his lawn and replaced it with drought-resistant plants. He ran afoul of
a bylaw that demanded forty per cent of his yard be covered with grass
-- even though removing his lawn saved him almost a million litres of
Fortunately for Mr. Ha, media coverage of his story caused the county
to back down, and drop a planned lawsuit. But there are still a lot of
municipalities all over the United States that force people to grow
lawns -- even as parts of the U.S. face water shortages.
Paul Robbins finds this disconcerting. He's the head of the Geography
Department at the University of Arizona, and the author of Lawn People:
How Grasses, Weeds and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are. We reached him in
Earlier in the program, we heard Finance Minister Jim Flaherty defend
his government's plan to restore "fiscal balance" to Ottawa. It relies
heavily on economic growth -- and eschews tax hikes and spending cuts.
For their reaction to the budget, we reached two economists. Finn
Poschmann is with the C.D. Howe Institute. Armine Yalnizyan is with the
Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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It has been a dramatic week for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadic, accused of war crimes,
concluded his opening statements at his trial in The Hague, in the
Netherlands. And on Monday, the former president of Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Dr. Ejup Ganic, was arrested at Heathrow Airport by British police. An
international warrant for his arrest had been issued by the Serbian
office of Interpol. Serbia alleges that, as deputy president at the
onset of the Bosnian war, Mr. Ganic ordered the murder of Serbian troops
withdrawing from Sarajevo.
Robin Harris is a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, and a good friend of Dr. Ejup Ganic. We reached Mr. Harris in London.
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Five books enter. One book leaves. It's CBC Radio's "Canada Reads". And it's just a few days away.
Next week, a panel of five celebrities will debate the merits of five
different works of Canadian fiction. This week, we've been previewing
the competition with readings from each of the five books. Tonight, it's
the turn of Vancouver broadcaster Simi Sara. She is reading from Good
to a Fault by Marina Endicott -- the story of a middle-aged,
middle-class woman who takes a homeless family under her wing.
In this excerpt, the young daughter, Dolly, is exploring a neighbour's house on the sly.
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This is the story of a police cover-up in the state of New Jersey. Well, sort of.
Recently, Elisa Gonzalez, her daughter and her son sculpted what they
thought was a masterpiece out of snow, right in their front yard. But on
Saturday night, the same day they built their chef d'oeuvre, the police
told Ms. Gonzalez she had to cover it up, or tear it down.
We reached Elisa Gonzalez in Rahway, New Jersey.
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If you have ever wondered, 'Gee, I wonder how men behave around
attractive women?', but had no way of finding an answer -- relax. A
group of Australian scientists have an experiment you might want to try.
Here's what you do. You organize a group of skateboarding dudes. You
take them to a skatepark, and you give them an audience--- just a
regular audience of dudes, watching other dudes pulling off "sick
tricks". That's skateboarding jargon.
Now, you might find that the next part of the experiment is, well, a
little risky. You must tell the audience of dudes to leave. And then you
bring in a new audience, which is comprised of beautiful women. The
skateboarders should now perform those same tricks.
That's the science part. Because suddenly, everything is different.
The skateboarding men take more risks. The tricks are now so sick,
they're keeling over. There are more crash landings, wipeouts, and
And now you have discovered what those scientists discovered, in
defiance of all common sense: that men tend to become hopeless show-offs
when they see that attractive women are watching them.
It's really science, because it's exactly what the real scientists
from the University of Queensland in Brisbane did. To compound their
controversial new insight on human male behaviour, the researchers
swabbed the skateboarders' saliva, and found that there were higher
levels of testosterone when they were performing dangerous flips and
spins in the presence of the attractive dudettes. It's evolutionary, and
it's called "sexual display strategy". Apparently, it was once useful
in attracting a mate.
These days, the behaviour is just dangerous. Especially if men show
off in fast cars, or by getting into a bar fight. But however outrageous
the conclusion of this study, however sick the actual experiment,
remember: it's science.