Whose ooze is it anyway? The U.S. Congress begins holding hearings on
the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- and Representative Henry
Waxman has some tough questions for BP.
Reporting a fire hazard becomes a firing hazard. When an Iqaluit fire
chief expresses concerns about conditions in a local jail, he's
Clemency and inclemency. The John Howard Society is unforgiving toward
the government's proposed tougher rules on criminal pardons.
Plowed under. On her way to volunteer as an organic farmer, a
twenty-year-old woman is searched at the U.S. border -- and then denied
Uneasy lie the heads that bestowed the crown. The Lib Dems were
kingmakers in the U.K. election -- but their arrangement with the Tories
may become a royal pain.
And...how to de-toot your bedroom suite, toute de suite. The inventor
of the Better Marriage Blanket tells us how his flatulence-dampening
product will ensure that behind every great man, a great woman will
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that believes in the vow "'Til death do us f--"...uh, "part."
Human error, a history of negligence and "a calamitous series of equipment and operational failures".
These are the judgements being passed on British Petroleum by U.S.
politicians, as the Senate begins hearings into the sinking of the
Deepwater Horizon -- and the subsequent oil disaster it unleashed in
the Gulf of Mexico.
The goal of the hearings is to find out precisely why the accident
happened and, perhaps more importantly, to discover who is to blame.
Henry Waxman is the Democratic Chairman of the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce. We reached him at his office in Washington, D.C.
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His solution: no absolution.
On last night's program, we spoke with the Minister of Public Safety,
Vic Toews. This week, he tabled a bill to replace our current system of
pardons with the newly named "record suspensions." Under the proposed
bill, some sex offenders and repeat abusers would not be eligible for
record suspensions. And former prisoners would have to wait longer to
In response, we received this email from Brian Wiles of Wakefield, Quebec. He writes:
"Minister Toews presents the issue as an 'either/or' choice: either
you support the victim or you support the criminal. The implication is
that we are obliged to take one side or the other.
"Just as victims of crime are wounded, so are the criminals. In a
truly compassionate society, we would be just as concerned with healing
the wounds of the criminal as with those of the victim. To invoke the
support of victim organizations as a justification for this legislation
has nothing to do with compassionate justice, and everything to do with a
desire for revenge."
That email came from Brian Wiles.
Among the critics of the new bill is Dr. Craig Jones, the Executive
Director of the John Howard Society of Canada. The John Howard Societies
work to rehabilitate and reintegrate former prisoners into community
life. We reached Craig Jones in Kingston, Ontario.
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It was a whale of a job. Literally.
Two years ago, a team of grave-digging biologists dug up a blue-whale
corpse that had been buried twenty years earlier on Prince Edward
Island. If you're thinking, "Oh dear, I wonder what that looked like,"
you're in luck. The twenty-five-metre skeleton is on display today, as
the University of British Columbia officially opens its Beaty
Biodiversity Research Centre.
Back in 2008, when scientists were plotting the excavation, we spoke
with Andrew Trites from UBC's marine mammal unit. From our archives,
here's his description of the preliminary dig... and the sweet smell of
Once in a very rare while, someone comes up with an invention that is
so useful and clever that we wonder how we ever managed before it
existed. Think Velcro. The lobster bib. The Internet.
And now, Frank Bibbo, a science teacher in New York State, has come up with a truly indispensible creation. Listen to this:
You may be forgiven for thinking that this commercial, making the
rounds on YouTube, is a joke. But I can tell you, most assuredly, that
it's not. Frank Bibbo is the inventor of the Better Marriage Blanket,
and we reached him in Roxbury, New York.
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From his album "For My Love", Adam Thomas with "Ill Wind (You're
Blowin' Me No Good)". And on that all-too-appropriate note, we'll take a
break for the news. But we'll be back with more "As It Happens" right
after that -- and these stories:
Inflammatory comments. When an Nunavut fire chief reports that an Iqaluit jail is a fire trap, he's fired.
Totally hosed. An Australian physics professor finds that the O.E.D.'s
definition of "siphon" is wrong -- and has been for nearly a century.
Going back to their roots. A Minnesota community celebrates its so-called "Honking Tree" -- cut down before its time.
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.
We'll ask Equatorial Guinea's U.N. ambassador why the country's
president gives millions to UNESCO with one hand -- and takes from his
people with the other.
And we'll find out why a Japanese-American student started at UCLA in
1941 -- and is finally getting a degree from the school this Saturday.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
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This June, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization -- better-known as UNESCO -- will award someone a
three-million dollar prize for scientific research that improves the
quality of human life. But, as we reported on Monday, there's a problem
with the quality of the prize. It's being sponsored by Equatorial
Guinea's President Obiang - a man human-rights groups claim has severely
damaged the quality of life of his own people.
Despite oil riches, and a GDP per capita equal to that of Italy or
South Korea, more than seventy-five per cent of Equatorial Guinea's
population lives in poverty. Many have no access to basic amenities such
as clean water.
Twenty-eight human-rights groups have released a joint letter condemning UNESCO's alliance with the dictatorial President.
Anatolio Ndong Mba is Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the UN. We reached him in Washington DC.
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The United Kingdom is coming to terms with its first coalition government for nearly seventy years.
Today, the Conservative-Lib Dem Cabinet had its first meeting, after
which Prime Minister David Cameron said he was expecting "great things".
But many in the U.K. are still wondering how this coalition will
operate, and whether the two parties can overcome some major policy
Liberal Democrat Limbet Opik was a candidate in the recent election,
but failed to retain his seat. We reached him in London, England.
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Twenty-year-old Nina Vroemen was supposed to head south of the border
for a few sunny weeks. But instead of Calfornia dreaming, what she got
was a border nightmare.
We reached the Concordia Drama student in Ottawa.
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Time now for a little game of "Definition". See if you can guess what
the following describes. From the Oxford English Dictionary:
"A pipe or tube of glass, metal, or other material, bent so that one
leg is longer than the other, and used for drawing off liquids by means
of atmospheric pressure, which forces the liquid up the shorter leg and
over the bend in the pipe."
If you guessed "siphon", give yourself a point. Now give yourself an
extra point if you also guessed "mistake". Because that definition --
which hasn't changed in ninety-nine years -- is wrong.
Stephen Hughes was the first to discover that the OED entry for
"siphon" well, sucked. He's a lecturer of physics at Queensland
University of Technology in Brisbane.
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Masaye Nakamura always wanted to go to the University of California,
Los Angeles. And in 1941, she began her freshman year. But after the
bombing on Pearl Harbour, everything changed.
The Japanese-American teenager was asked to leave the school, and was
sent to the assembly centre at Santa Anita Race Track with her family in
the spring of 1942. Her parents and sister were sent to an internment
camp in Wyoming until the end of the war, but Masaye was able to
continue her studies in Missouri, a thousand miles away --
geographically and metaphorically. She went on to graduate with a degree
in English, and later got her masters from Columbia.
Now, the eighty-six-year-old will add another degree to that list. On
Saturday, UCLA is awarding honorary degrees to former Japanese-American
students who left the school because of internment.
We reached Masaye Nakamura in Orinda, California.
About a year ago, if you traveled down the Two-Harbours Expressway in
Minnesota, your dominant hand would have been twitching. And then, about
a mile from town, you would have unleashed an enthusiastic tooting of
your horn. In honour of...a tree.
The "Honking Tree" -- or "Charlie's Tree", as the residents of Two
Harbours called it -- was a lone, majestic, twenty-three-metre-tall
white pine. And it was a monument in the small community of Two
Then something terrible happened. Vandals took a chainsaw to the Honking Tree, and cut it down.
When that happened, "As It Happens" spoke to John Bray, from
Minnesota's Department of Transport. Now, a year has passed, and the
vandals still haven't turned up. And this week, residents of
Two-Harbours are commemorating the friend they used to serenade from
their cars. So we reached John Bray again, to get the scoop on what's
new with the Honking Tree.
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