The non-pardoner's tale. The Minister of Public Safety explains why
he's proposing to make criminal pardons a thing of the past.
A tale of two prisons. For prisoners at a secret, second detention
facility on Bagram air base, it is always the worst of times.
Absence does not make the court grow fonder. Iran sentences journalist
Maziar Bahari to thirteen years in jail -- so it's a good thing he's in
Arsenic and old race. The legendary Australian thoroughbred Phar Lap
died suddenly after a victory in Mexico -- and now, scientists know why.
she almost blows. When a Scottish fisherman hauls in a live Second World
War mine with his catch, there's a pretty significant catch.
And...hot on their heels. A footwear-coveting fox is once again
stealing shoes in Germany -- and his victims are feeling the agony of de
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows there are no
atheists in a foxhole -- but there's at least one fetishist.
He's been the subject of a lot of discussion, but he hasn't spoken
publicly in years. But even while holding his peace, Graham James
sparked new outrage in many Canadians last month, when it was revealed
that he'd been quietly pardoned in 2007.
Back in 1997, the former hockey coach pleaded guilty to sexually
assaulting two of his teenaged players, including ex-NHL-er Sheldon
Kennedy. And earlier this year, former pro Theo Fleury alleged that he,
too, had been sexually assaulted by Mr. James.
Tonight, in a joint CBC/Globe and Mail investigation, "The National"
will air a documentary that includes a short interaction with Graham
James, who now lives and works in Mexico. Here's some of that
conversation, for the record.
In April, when it was revealed that Mr. James had received a pardon,
there was a public outcry for changes to Canada's pardon legislation.
Vic Toews is the Minister of Public Safety, and yesterday he tabled
the bill outlining his proposed changes. We reached Minister Toews in
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If he were in Iran, he'd be receiving seventy-four lashes before being sent to prison for thirteen years.
Fortunately, Maziar Bahari is in England. The Canadian-Iranian
reporter for "Newsweek" has now been sentenced in absentia, for his
reporting on the protests that followed the Iranian elections. After
four months in the notorious Evin prison, Mr. Bahari was released on
bail, and allowed to leave Iran to be with his wife for the birth of
their daughter in England. And that's where he has remained ever since.
We reached Mr. Bahari in London.
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Some people are very different from me. For example, unlike Andrew
Innes, I am not a prawn fisherman from Shandwick in Scotland. But that's
just a minor difference. The major difference between me and Andrew
Innes is that, if I caught a live World War Two mine in my night, I
would definitely not dismantle it.
Mr. Innes did. And then police evacuated the village of Shandwick.
We reached Andrew Innes at home.
That music means we're about to take a break from As It Happens so you
can hear the latest news. But we'll be back in just a few minutes with
more -- including these stories:
A "black site" comes to light. The American government said it was
cleaning up a prison at an Afghanistan air base -- but now its dirty
secret is exposed.
They're not even leaving enough sand to draw a line in. Singaporean
officials are importing tonnes of sand from other countries -- and it's
eroding more than international relations.
Kelpful and helpless. It seems that seaweed isn't just the result of coral destruction -- it's actually responsible for it.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm DJ.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm DJ. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
Taking a grain check: Singapore is importing sand to expand its girth
-- but it's getting fat at the expense of the environment.
And residents of Föhren, Germany, beware: a thief is after your shoes
-- so long as they bring out the orangey-brown in her fur.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
For many Afghans, the name "Bagram" has become synonymous with abuse.
The U-S airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan was the site of a jail notorious
for allegations of prisoner torture. After those reports emerged, the
United States government promised changes. And last year, the American
military opened a new detention facility at the base. But that hasn't
put an end to the allegations of abuse. A BBC investigation has heard
new stories of torture from prisoners who say they were held at a
separate, so-called "black jail".
Hilary Andersson is the BBC reporter who has been investigating the detention facilities at Bagram Airbase.
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It's easy to relax if you live by the ocean. But not if you live in it.
And that's always been the case. I mean, first, there was the
Leviathan. Referred to in the Bible, it was a giant, fire-breathing sea
monster with a heart as firm as stone. Then, there was the Kraken, a
mythic dragon-like creature rumoured to haunt the waters of Scandinavia.
Finally, when we managed to get rid of all those large, free-loading
sea monsters, killer sharks took over, and nearly ate Richard Dreyfuss.
the latest underwater threat seems positively banal. It's just seaweed,
after all. But we underestimate it at our peril. Its victim is coral,
but humans might end up paying the price.
Mark Hay is a professor, and is also the Harry and Linda Teasley Chair
in Environmental Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. We
reached him in Atlanta.
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Once you develop an addiction to shoes, it's a hard habit to break. And
before you know it, you're just snatching up any pair that isn't too
rank to carry in your mouth.
At least, we assume that's the approach taken by the footwear-filching fox of Föhren, Germany.
Last summer, we told you about the fox, who had been stealing shoes
from residents of the German village for months. Its cache of ill-gotten
loot was discovered on the estate of the local count, who promptly
returned them to the townsfolk.
But getting busted didn't stop the fox. So we reached Count Rudolf von
Kesselstatt on his cellphone, on the road to Budapest, to explain.
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Charlie Francis was a national sprint champ who made it to the Munich
Olympics in 1972. But he didn't become a household name in Canada until
years later -- as the man who coached Ben Johnson to gold on the track,
and to use drugs to get there.
Charlie Francis died of cancer earlier today in Toronto.
Mr. Francis coached the sprinter to victory at the 1988 Olympics in
Seoul. For a short time, the nation was elated. Then, very quickly, it
was disillusioned, when Mr. Johnson tested positive for steroids.
The runner denied using drugs to win. But, on March 1, 1989, at the
Dubin Inquiry into the scandal, Mr. Francis contradicted the athlete's
claim. Here is part of Charlie Francis's exchange with Inquiry counsel
Robert Armstrong that day, for the record.
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If I asked you to name a valuable natural resource, you might say oil,
or diamonds or maybe even elephant tusks. But sand probably wouldn't be
at the top of your list.
But if you're a tiny, booming nation-state located on an island, sand
is a precious commodity. Singapore can't expand its territory without
it. So, for decades now, it has been, in a sense, eating away at the
coasts of its neighbours.
According to a new study, the sand trade is a dirty business. George
Boden works for the NGO Global Witness. We reached him in London.
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Today, the small community of Saint-Jude is grieving.
Last night, almost a full day after a landslide plunged a farmhouse
underground, rescue workers found the bodies of the Prefontaine family,
sitting together on the couch in their basement.
Among those in mourning today are classmates of the youngest member of the Prefontaine family -- nine-year-old Anais.
Earlier today, CBC Radio's Jeanette Kelly spoke with Chantal Chagnon,
the principal of Anais's school, Ecole au Quatre Vents, about how the
students are dealing with the loss of their friend. Here's part of that
conversation, for the record.
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It's one of the enduring stories of British naval history: the
competition to find an accurate way of measuring longitude at sea. The
competition was won by self-taught clockmaker John Harrison, who trumped
dozens of scientists and astronomers with his simple marine
chronometer. Now, the long-hidden archives of the committee overseeing
the competition, the Board of Longitude, are now going to examined.
Simon Schaffer is a professor of History and the Philosophy of Science
at Cambridge University, and he's leading the research. We reached him
in Brighton, England.
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Equipped with ripened meat, a carefully constructed burrow, and foot
clamp, Gary Smith is a premier coyote trapper. And, as you heard on our
program last night, the province of Nova Scotia has a bounty on coyotes
-- which means there's a market for Mr. Smith to teach Maritimers how to
outsmart the clever canids. But trapping wild animals is not a sport
for the faint of heart or faint of stomach.
Talkback wanted us to know how much it appreciates the icky stuff Gary Smith deals with.
There aren't many songs about horses that can make grown men cry. But
that's one that will invariably get even the toughest "Crocodile
Dundee"-type welling up: "Phar Lap -- Farewell To You", by the late
Australian singer Jack Lumsdaine.
In Australia and New Zealand, Phar Lap is an equine hero. He was named
for the Thai word for lightning. And in the gloomiest depths of the
Great Depression, the chestnut gelding raised human spirits, by racing
to victory in thirty-seven of his fifty-one races. He even got better as
he went on; of his final thirty-five races, he won a stunning
thirty-two. The last of his victories took place at a track called Agua
Caliente, in Mexico -- where he won the biggest cash prize ever awarded
in North America, to that date.
On April sixth, 1932, news arrived in Australia that Phar Lap had died
-- just two weeks after his galvanizing win at Agua Caliente. And in
the Antipodes, his death is remembered with the same sense of shock and
sorrow that North Americans felt at the death of President Kennedy.
It happened so suddenly that most people assumed foul play. After all,
before a Melbourne Cup race in 1930, someone staged a drive-by, firing a
double-barreled shotgun at Phar Lap. The shot missed -- but the attempt
demonstrated that there were people who wanted him dead.
Today, the conspiracy theorists are chattering once again. Because two
scientists have proven that Phar Lap died of arsenic poisoning. And
they got their evidence straight from the horse's mouth.
Not literally, of course. Literally, they got their evidence straight
from the horse's neck. The stuffed body of Phar Lap occupies a glass
case at Museum Victoria, in Melbourne. So the scientists took a hair
sample, and found it contained arsenic. And because arsenic may have
been used in the process of stuffing the thoroughbred, they also took
hair samples from various taxidermized animals, including horses, from
the Museum of Scotland. They also contained arsenic. But the scientists
were able to differentiate the arsenic that had been applied externally,
in the cases of the Scottish animals, and arsenic that had been
ingested, in the case of Phar Lap.
Of course, that doesn't bring us closer to knowing who killed the
horse -- or even whether it happened by accident. It's been theorized
that gangsters administered the dose -- but it's also been said that
Phar Lap's loving trainer, Tommy Woodcock, unwittingly provided him a
Whatever the case, the revelation will lend even more poignancy to a
trip to the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra, where Phar Lap's
heart is on display. A heart which, incidentally, is nearly twice as big
as that of a normal horse.
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