Along with the euphoria Democrats are feeling after Sunday's landmark
vote on healthcare in the U.S. is another emotion: fear. Several
Democratic lawmakers have received death threats and been the targets of
vandalism after supporting the legislation.
One of these Democrats is Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, U-S
Representative for New York's twenty-eighth District. We reached her in
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What did he know, and what did he do? These are questions being asked
about Pope Benedict, by victims of sexual abuse by priests.
Today, members of the U.S.-based Survivor Network of those Abused by
Priests demonstrated at the Vatican. They want the Pope to open up files
from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith -- the Vatican
department that judges cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Before he became Pope Benedict, then-Cardinal Ratzinger headed the
department from 1981 to 2005. The victims want to know how he handled
the abuse cases -- in particular, the case of a priest in Milwaukee,
Father Lawrence Murphy. He's been accused of sexually abusing as many as
two hundred deaf boys.
Barbara Blaine is the President of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP. She is in Rome.
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Last night, we told you the story of a Moncton woman who was reunited
with her family. Today, her children are saying they're celebrating a
A publication ban is now in place, so we can no longer identify the woman, or her family.
RCMP say the fifty-four-year-old was held in a basement apartment
before escaping and flagging down a Purolator truck for help yesterday,
Sixty-two-year-old Romeo Jacques Cormier has been charged in
connection with the case. Today, he had his first court appearance in
Moncton, where he was charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement,
stealing money using violence, assault using a knife, uttering a death
threat and sexual assault.
Today, the rescued woman's family spoke with reporters at the Codiac RCMP detatchment in Moncton.
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During a recreational inline hockey game -- which is hockey played on
rollerblades -- Stanley Ho went headfirst into the boards, and
everything changed. The accident left the twenty-one-year-old partially
paralyzed. Doctors say he may require the assistance of a wheelchair for
the rest of his life.
Stanley was required to pay for personal injury insurance coverage as
part of his registration fee, before he could play in the Vancouver
Inline Hockey League. But now, eight months since the accident, Stanley
has not received any insurance settlement. And he and his family want
to know why.
James Ho is Stanley Ho's Father. We reached him in Vancouver.
Shama Naz is in the minority in her province -- in more ways than one.
Many people in Quebec -- including the government -- argue that the
niqab is oppressive. But she begs to differ. Ms. Naz is one of a handful
of women in the province who wears the face-concealing garment.
Yesterday, Quebec introduced a new law that would bar Muslim women
like her from covering their faces when going to school, to the
hospital, or to a government office.
We reached Shama Naz at her home in Montreal.
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It's fair to say if you had a cow on your roof, you'd have a some
serious problems to solve. First among them: getting the cow off your
Well, that's not quite the problem Jacques Leary is having. Yes, he
has a cow on his roof. But he doesn't want it to come down.
We've reached Jacques Leury at the Cheddar Et Cetera cheese shop in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans.
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Maybe, just maybe, you will recognize this voice:
Well, one thing is for sure, health care reform didn't take five years.
So now, a couple of guys from Brooklyn, New York are holding Mr.
Limbaugh to his word. In fact, they're vowing to help the controversial
radio host leave the U-S-of-A by setting up a website called
a-ticket-for-rush-dot-com. Mike and Patrick are accepting one-dollar
donations to buy the radio host a first-class ticket to Costa Rica.
Mike is in New York and Patrick is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Stephen Harper signed it -- but he'll have the Liberal trade critic to thank for sealing the deal.
Canada reached a free trade pact with Colombia in 2008 -- at least on
paper. But it was always contingent on ratification from Canada's
Parliament. Back then, the Liberals opposed the deal, along with the NDP
and the Bloc, who still do -- citing concerns over Colombia's
But now the Liberals are on board, providing the votes required for
the bill to pass. Trade critic Scott Brison provided the clincher, with
his proposed amendment to the pact. It would require an annual review
between the two governments of the deal's impact on human rights, in
Dr. Daniel Garcia-Pena is the former High Commissioner for Peace in
Colombia. He currently heads Planeta Paz, a peace organization based in
Bogota, where we reached him on his cell phone.
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Silvio Berlusconi is a lovely, energetic young fellow. He's popular;
he has a carefree attitude and a head of thick, jet-black hair. He's
respectful, and humble, and -- oh, wait. I should probably mention I'm
not talking about the Prime Minister of Italy. No, I meant Silvio
Berlusconi, the four-year-old boy who lives in the town of Modena,
Italy, with his father, Anthony Boahene. It's easy to get confused. You
know, because of the name.
Funny enough, it's no coincidence.
You see, Silvio Berlusconi's dad -- that's Silvio Berlusconi, the
little boy -- likes Silvio Berlusconi -- the Italian Prime Minister --
so much that he recently re-named his son after the politician. Now, the
choice may strike you as a little odd, particularly since Mr. Boahene
is a fairly new immigrant from Ghana. And Silvio Berlusconi -- the Prime
Minister -- is known for his restrictive immigration policies. But Mr.
Boahene's admiration has nothing to do with policy. In fact, he admits
he doesn't really follow Italian politics. His admiration is based on a
more visceral impression. Mr. Boahene -- and I'm quoting here from the
Resto del Carlino newspaper -- has said: "I like the way Berlusconi
talks and the way he moves. He's a great leader and a great person. He's
got a lot of style."
Now there's more to Mr. Boahene's vocal admiration than mere flattery.
You see, he has plans for young Silvio. Big plans. He says he'd like to
see the boy become ruler of either Italy or Ghana. Or, who knows, maybe
Anyway, Silvio -- the boy -- is already off to a great start.
Apparently, the one thing he likes watching on TV more than Silvio
Berlusconi's soccer team, A.C. Milan, is the Prime Minister himself --
who, apparently, the boy believes to be his real-life grandfather.
It's a little odd. But it could be worse. Apparently before Mr.
Boahene settled upon the name Silvio Berlusconi he was considering the
names of two other world leaders: Tony Blair and -- I'm not making any
of this up -- George Bush.
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The principal issue: whether parents can be principals.
Earlier this week, a German mother and father appeared before
Alberta's Immigration and Refugee Board. They were there to request
asylum, on the grounds that they would be persecuted in Germany for
home-schooling their children. They claim that they risk being locked
up, and losing their children, if they return to their homeland. A
decision is not expected for several weeks.
The case comes on the heels of a similar one we told you about earlier
this month, in which a German homeschooling family was granted asylum
in Tennessee. U.S. authorities are now appealing that decision.
Defending the family in the current Canadian case is Jean Munn, the family's lawyer. We reached her in Calgary.
Sometimes the banana doesn't fall far from the tree.
Yesterday, Carol spoke with Ken Bannister, founder of the
International Banana Club and Museum -- whose landlords were telling him
to make like a banana and split. But before he closes shop, Mr.
Bannister shared some tidbits about his favourite fruit, as well as a
couple of recipes.
And as you can imagine...Talkback was golden.
It seems that Britain's 2010 Budget will be most remembered for one
thing. Not income tax, or stamp duties...not even gas costs. No, this
year, the budget will be remembered for cider -- the alcoholic kind that
Cider lovers across the country are livid, after the Chancellor's
decision to increase taxes on the drink by ten per cent. In protest,
angry cider drinkers have started an online petition on the government's
own website and a "Leave Our Cider Alone" Facebook campaign has already
attracted more than twenty-five thousand members. As well as putting a
dent in their own wallets, many are worried that the tax hike could
seriously damage the U.K. cider industry, which is mostly made up of
small producers, locally sourced.
Simon Russell is a spokesperson for the National Association of Cider
Makers in the U.K. We reached him in Bristol, England.
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