Rio in ruins. Torrential rains lead to mudslides and flooding in Rio de
Janeiro -- and the city's hillside slums bear the brunt.
Rahim and reason. A Toronto newspaper pieces together the night Rahim
Jaffer was arrested -- possibly better than Mr. Jaffer himself could
He refused to judge not -- so he'll be judged. Baltasar Garzòn has
pursued human-rights abusers around the world -- but now the Spanish
judge is accused of abusing his power.
The great rock 'n' roll swindler. Remembering Malcolm McLaren, the Sex
Pistols manager who was as full of hubris as he was empty of shame.
What is this quintessence of dust? Well, if researchers are digging in
the right area, it might actually be Shakespeare's Bardily waste.
And...I squid you not. A B.C. magazine apologizes, after an untrue
article about murderous giant squid off the coast gives the mayor of
Nanaimo that sinking feeling.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that always says: calamari in haste, repent at leisure.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is literally slipping away.
This week, after record-breaking rains and torrential floods, the
ground is giving way, creating mudslides that have killed dozens of Rio
de Janeiro's poorest. Yesterday, the death toll rose again after a
massive slide tore apart a shanty-town in the neighbouring city of
Paulo Cabral is a BBC correspondent in Brazil who has been covering
the disaster. We reached him earlier today at a hotel in Rio de
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Today is the first day of the annual seal hunt. At this time of year,
the Baie Verte Peninsula in Newfoundland is usually bustling. Boats are
preparing to set sail, with hunters checking their equipment and
stocking up on last-minute supplies. But this year, with the low price
of seal pelts, many boats remain tied to wharves, and a lot of hunters
have put away their guns and laid down their clubs. The demand just
Mark Small has been hunting seal for fifty years -- but this year he's
staying home. We reached him in Wild Cove, Newfoundland.
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Depending on your point of view, a change to the Ministry of Health's
privacy rules in Saskatchewan could be just what the doctor ordered. Or
it might make you sick.
On last night's show, we told you about the new rules, which will
allow hospital foundations access to patient names and addresses for
Following that interview, Talkback happily donated its two cents.
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Some bad ink about a giant squid has Nanaimo's mayor worried that scuba tourism in his city could take a dive.
A recent magazine article claimed that a diver was killed by giant
Humboldt squid off the coast of Nanaimo, B.C. It appeared in a recent
edition of "Western Sportsman" magazine -- which bills itself as the
authority on hunting and fishing in Western Canada. And it was entitled
"Attack of the Giant Squid".
But the thing is -- the story is a tall tale. It just plain didn't happen.
John Ruttan is the mayor of Nanaimo.
Well, we're going to take a short break so that you can hear the latest
news, but there's a lot more As It Happens to come. When we return:
Another roadside attraction. If you wanted to know what happened before
Rahim Jaffer's car was pulled over, a Toronto reporter will fill you
Balls of doom. You know those desk things where the little balls clack
back and forth? Yeah, well, one day one of those things could be a
Some like it haughty. British researchers find that middle-class people
fall down laughing at things that elevate their social standing.
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.
A crusading Spanish judge is indicted himself -- charged with overstepping his legal bounds.
And remembering the punk-rock showman who brought a bunch of British malcontents into his Malcolm tent.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
It's a story that has all the makings of a classic "Law and Order"
episode. Not the "Law and Order" with Ice-T. The Sam Waterston one.
It starts with a dinner in a swanky downtown restaurant, a couple of
business associates, and some hookers. It ends with one of the
businessmen -- who just happens to be a former politician -- getting
busted on a D-U-I with cocaine in the car. Oh, and did we mention that
the former politician is married to a current politician, who just
happens to be a player in the government of the day?
But don't look to Dick Wolf to tell you the rest of this story. This particular tale took place right here at home.
In today's Toronto Star, reporter Kevin Donovan investigates what
happened one night last September when the former Conservative M-P Rahim
Jaffer -- husband to the Tory Minister Helena Guergis -- was arrested
for drunk driving.
To tell us the story, we reached Kevin Donovan in Toronto.
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He's known for targeting international figures for their roles in
alleged human rights abuses. Taking advantage of universal jurisdiction,
Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon has called for the arrest of Osama bin
Laden, gone after American officials for alleged torture at Abu Ghraib
and Guantanamo Bay, and was responsible for Chilean dictator Augusto
Pinochet's arrest in London in 1998.
But now, his name is being connected with a different kind of abuse.
This week, Judge Garzon was ordered to stand trial on charges of
knowingly overreaching his power.
Reed Brody is the spokesperson and counsel for the European division of Human Rights Watch. We reached him in Brussels.
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Dateline: Mulheim, Germany.This is a short story about a long snake. It
has a mostly happy ending. "Not for the snake," as one of the people in
the story put it, "but for us."
About three weeks ago, the snake, a foot-long monocled cobra --
so-called for the circular marking on the back of its hood -- escaped
from its home. That home, which it clearly didn't like, was in a reptile
tank, inside the somewhat larger home of its human owner. The human's
home was an apartment, inside a building full of many other apartments,
where other humans made their homes. When the humans learned the snake
was at large, they grew very worried.
Luckily for them, other humans came to help -- special humans skilled
at fighting fires, and finding snakes. While they searched for the
missing cobra, the special humans told the regular humans to leave their
homes. Then they ripped up the apartment of the snake's owner, tearing
up walls and floor in an effort to find the pet-gone-AWOL. They also set
a trap of sticky tape, before finally sealing off the building.
Every day, they returned to look for the snake. And finally, late last
week, they found it. It couldn't move, because it was stuck on the
sticky tape. And also, because it had died while trying to become
But now all the humans could return to their homes. Except for the
snake's owner, whose home is destroyed. And whose bank account will now
also be destroyed, because he's being charged for the damage: more than
one-hundred-and-thirty-thousand dollars. Expensive, but not as expensive
as it was for the monocled cobra.
Which just goes to show, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt once observed,
that "divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of
the warm-hearted in different scales". Never more so than when you're
cold-blooded with scales of your own.
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Remember back in the 'Eighties, when it was cool to have a Newton's
Cradle on your desk? It was a little frame that suspended a bunch of
ball bearings. You pulled the one on the end back, let it go, and the
balls would swing back and forth, until you stopped playing with it
because it became so annoying. And kinda useless.
Well, it turns out it wasn't entirely useless after all. Scientists
have figured out a way to harness the sound waves generated by a
Newton's Cradle, to either therapeutic or devastating effect.
Chiara Daraio is the researcher behind the project. She's a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena.
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And now, it's time to look at a long standing, and a high standing
debate, by the numbers:One - the number of super-high mountains in this
story. That singular peak is Mount Everest, generally agreed to be the
world's highest mountain. But just how high is it? Well, that's a
complicated question. Which leads us to...
Two - the number of countries that share the mountain. Those countries
are China and Nepal -- and they've been arguing about the height of the
mountain for years.
Four - that's the number of metres that China and Nepal have been
arguing over. The Chinese have argued that Everest should be measured by
its mountain height -- that is, the height of the actual rock.
But Nepal says it should be measured by its snow height, which is four
metres higher. And this week the long-running disagreement has come to a
conclusion. But before we tell you about that, how about a little
Nineteen fifty three - that's the year Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and
Edmund Hilary became the first people to climb Mount Everest. They
inspired people around the world to follow in their snowy, steep
Two hundred and sixteen - that's how many people have died trying to
climb the world's highest mountain -- at least, that's the number of
deaths on official record.
Two thousand, seven hundred - is the approximate number of people who climbed Everest and lived to tell the tale.
Twenty-five thousand - American dollars. That's the price tag for the very expensive permit to climb Everest.
Ok, ok, enough procrastinating - we've been ascending to this point:
Eight thousand, eight-hundred-and-forty-eight - That's the agreed-upon
height of Mount Everest, in metres. The Chinese have now accepted the
measurement that the Nepalese have been using all along. And just when
you thought it was all settled, there came the number...
Three - as in a third country. Or as in three's a crowd. As in India.
Geologists say that, eventually, the height of the mountain will have to
be remeasured, because the continental plate under India is pushing
underneath China and Nepal, and causing the mountain to rise.
So while the dispute over its height has finally been put to rest, it
seems that Everest will never rest. And that's Mount Everest, by the
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Britain's middle classes have often tried to distinguish themselves
from their lower order counterparts by presenting themselves as
"cultured", "sophisticated" -- people who appreciate the finer things in
life. Well, according to a new report from the University of Edinburgh,
this cultural snobbery has now spread to the world of comedy, an area
of the arts previously looked down upon by "culture vultures" as being
Sam Friedman is the author of the report, and we reached him on his
cellphone while he was waiting for a train in Bristol, England.
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Dateline: Rome.When you're the leader of a country, sometimes you just
need a little time to get your work done. But someone's always trying to
take up chunks of that time -- whether it's the opposition getting all
opposite, or some special-interest group demanding you become especially
interested, or some judge focusing on your possible corruption.
That's why, today, Silvio Berlusconi is the envy of all other world
leaders. Even the ones who think he's an imbecile. Which is most of
them. Because today, the Italian Prime Minister's legal troubles have
been put on hold -- legally.
About a month ago, we told you about Italy's "legitimate impediment"
law. At the time, it had just passed through the country's parliament.
That law says that the Prime Minister can decline to appear in court if
he has some job-related reason to be elsewhere. That is, if he has some
state business, or he has to be at the opening of a new Olive Garden, or
if he's sort of tired from making inappropriate jokes.
The reason that's good news for Mr. Berlusconi is that he's currently
on trial on two different corruption charges. One of them involves tax
fraud, and the other involves allegations that he bribed someone to lie
for him in another corruption trial, a long time ago.
Yesterday, Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, signed the
"legitimate impediment" bill into law. So both of Mr. Berlusconi's
trials have been put on hold. He celebrated by declaring the new law
would allow him to govern "serenely", and declaring the judges in both
cases "Communists". Neither is true.
The opposition has vowed to fight for a referendum on the new law. But
that could take a long, long time. And the law will also likely be
challenged in Italy's Constitutional Court. Which will take more than a
year -- during which time, Mr. Berlusconi intends to reinstate a law he
previously introduced that would make him immune from prosecution. Which
will take another long, long time to fight.
Of course, Mr. Berlusconi once said that homeless survivors of a
deadly earthquake in L'Aquila should think of their stay in a temporary
tent city as "a weekend of camping." After which he asked a local female
councillor, "Can I fondle you?" So he'll find other ways to get in
trouble. And to get out of it.
Shakespeare scholars are forever digging up some new tidbit about him.
We happen to know, for example, that he married a woman twice his age --
and that he only left her his second-best bed.
Well, carrying on this theme of number twos, researchers at the
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust believe they may soon discover something
that will shed a whole new light on the Bard. Richard Kemp is the
development manager with the organization. We reached him in
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