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Getting heavy over a levy. Defying consensus in the international
community, Canada steps up its campaign against a global bank tax.
Erin, on the side of caution. Ireland demands Google delete a bunch of
ill-gotten information -- and Google sheepishly complies.
Paper cuts. When a newsprint mill is shut down in Gatineau, three-hundred-and-fifty workers may be left feeling ripped off.
What not to swear. In Pennsylvania, the thin blue line is ticketing
people who swear a thick blue streak -- and the ACLU doesn't like it.
To err is human -- so let's forgive de vine. A British scientist finds
that ivy, much-maligned for putting the squeeze on buildings, comes
through in the clutch.
And...separating the men-dacity from the boys. A new study reveals that
when your half-pint utters a half-truth, it's not half-bad --
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that takes issue with minor fabrications.
They're spreading out and spreading the word. Today, several cabinet
ministers from the Harper Government are on the road, taking their
message to the international community: that Canada does not support the
growing push for a global bank tax.
They're in the minority: the proposed tax is backed by the U.S., the
European Union and the International Monetary Fund. As proposed, it
would be applied to global financial institutions, to counteract
economic volatility, and create a global fund to deal with future
economic crises. But the Harper Government argues that the tax would
unfairly punish Canadian banks, which weathered this past financial
storm admirably. So they're proposing a different measure -- one that
would hold bank shareholders responsible for financial bail-outs, rather
It's a good idea, according to Paul Martin, Canada's former Prime
Minister and Finance Minister. But he argues that it's still not the
right solution. We reached Paul Martin in Montreal.
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Generally speaking, no news is good news. But that's not the case in Gatineau, Quebec.
Sagging newspaper circulation and advertising have meant trouble for
the newsprint business. And as a result, yesterday, AbitibiBowater
announced the indefinite closure of a major newsprint mill in Gatineau,
Quebec. And with three-hundred-and-fifty jobs on the line, that's bad
news all around.
Dave Coles is the national president of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union, the union that represents the mill workers. We
reached him in Ottawa.
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There's a famous story about George Washington and a cherry tree.
Apparently, when he was six years old, the future American president
hacked up his father's favourite cherry tree with an axe. When
confronted, the young boy admitted to his misdoing, bravely saying, "I
cannot tell a lie."
That story is usually used as an example of moral righteousness. But
it might actually be a sign that George was a little slow. A new study
suggests lying is an important benchmark in a child's development.
Victoria Talwar is an Associate Professor of Human Development at
McGill University, and the lead author of the study. We reached her in
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Unlike a lot of countries, Zimbabwe enjoys friendly relations with
North Korea. Well, "friendly" might not be the right word. What I mean
is that, while leaders from around the world tend to impose sanctions
on, and make damning speeches against, the two regimes, Kim Jong Il and
Robert Mugabe seem to get along just fine. In fact, they have a long
history of sending each other elaborate gifts. The problem is, these
gifts tend to be cruel, awful, or outright murderous.
For instance, back in the 'eighties, North Korea generously trained
the Zimbabwean Army's Fifth Brigade -- which later massacred well over
twenty thousand people in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland region -- most of whom
supported Mugabe's political opponent at the time.
Now Robert Mugabe is returning the neighborly gesture with a
moderately less appalling, but equally offensive gift. Mr. Mugabe is,
apparently making preparations to send two of every species of wildlife
found in Zimbabwe's famed Hwange National Park to North Korea. And
there's a lot of wildlife in Hwange National Park -- more than a hundred
species of mammals, including elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes,
cheetahs and zebras. There are also at least four hundred species of
The menagerie will apparently be flown to North Korea. That has
wildlife groups upset. For one thing, North Korea's zoos are not held in
particularly high esteem. For another, among the animal "gifts" are two
eighteen-month-old elephants, which are not expected to survive the
long flight -- since elephants usually continue to nurse until they are
around four years old.
All of which is both heartbreaking and infuriating. And it makes you
wonder why they couldn't just send some flowers, or an e-card.
And now, to lighten things up somewhat, here's British comedian and
former As It Happens guest, Eddie Izzard, on the subject of arks.
We're going to take a short break so you can hear the latest news -- and then As It Happens will be back, with these stories:
Where the streets have too many names. Google gathered a lot of
information when it put together its Street View project -- and Ireland
is the first to demand satisfaction.
The scene and the herd. The Department of Homeland Security wants to
seize part of a Vermont dairy farm -- but the farmers have another idea.
The folly and the ivy. A British researcher dispels some clinging myths about the destructive properties of climbing vines.
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.
Why a Vermont dairy farmer is putting his boot down when it comes to a demand from the Department of Homeland Security.
And how an unbelievably complex mathematical model might predict the success of your marriage.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
A search engine giant has crossed an online line.
Yesterday, we told you how Google, during the process of creating its
"streetview" maps, had done more than take a few snapshots. It also
downloaded data from the personal wi-fi networks the camera-operating
cars could connect to while driving through urban neighbourhoods around
the world. Google has maintained the data collection was accidental.
Now, the government of Ireland has become the first to formally
respond to what most say is a clear violation of privacy laws.
Gary Davis is Ireland's deputy privacy commissioner. We reached him in Rosenallis, Ireland.
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The Rainville family's dairy farm, in northern Vermont, is a
picturesque, two-hundred-and-twenty acre spread, right near the Quebec
border. And smack-dab on the northern edge of their property is the
Morses Line border crossing.
Since September 11th, Department of Homeland Security officials have
been reviewing border security. And they've identified Morses Line as a
weak point. So they've decided to update that facility, and they want
to use part of the Rainville farm to do it.
But the Rainvilles aren't going to sell their land without a fight.
We reached Brian Rainville at his home in Randolph, Vermont.
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If you've been through a divorce, chances are you blamed it on your
ex-spouse -- and not on a poor grasp of math. But your lousy math skills
may actually have been the culprit. So before you marry, or re-marry,
it might be wise to acquaint yourself with the work of Spanish
mathematician José-Manuel Rey. He's just published an article with the
following title: "A Mathematical Model of Sentimental Dynamics
Accounting for Marital Dissolution".
Mr. Rey's examination of love has very little in common with that of
Shakespeare, or John Donne, or indeed any human being who has ever felt
an emotion. "Whereas the initial stage of romantic love seems to be
controlled by chemical processes," Mr. Rey writes in his introduction,
"the issue of maintaining a sentimental relationship may rather belong
in the realm of rational decisions."
Not necessarily something you'd write in a Valentine's Day card, unless you dotted the i's with little hearts.
And it gets even more clinical, when Mr. Rey refers to something he
calls "the second law of thermodynamics for sentimental relationships".
By which he means the fading of initial love -- which must be
counteracted by "optimal effort" for the marriage to survive. At this
point, the article begins to fill with complex equations in which
various letters fill in for feelings, and are mapped on graphs so
complicated they look like someone dropped a half-finished game of cat's
cradle into a bowl of alphabet soup.
Here's the caption under a graph that supposedly depicts the
deterioration of a relationship: "The intrinsic instability of
sentimental dynamics obeying the second law causes the piecewise
decaying trajectories to move further and further away from the target
trajectory, and eventually to cross the threshold level 'X-min'."
That's one way of putting it. I suppose it's more elegant than "he refuses to put the toilet seat down."
The upshot is that Mr. Rey's model will help you decide if you should
marry your current paramour. Provided you have a Ph.D. in applied
mathematics, and have a slide-rule where your heart should be. But keep
it to yourself: if you tell your fiancé he or she equals X, then he or
she will end up equaling ex.
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In situations where a person looks unprepared, we usually say they "got
caught with their pants down". The expression perfectly captures that
feeling when you forget something you really, really ought to know --
like your boss's husband's name, or the words to the Canadian anthem
before a hockey game -- or, worse yet, the physical characteristics of
our solar system's largest planet. This last situation specifically
pertains to us.
Last night on our program, we told you that Jupiter had lost its
large, red belt. Well, just like this now belt-less planet, we seem to
have been caught with our pants down. And the wind is chilly.
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In the time between the moment you're pulled over and the moment you
roll down your window and say, "What's the problem, officer," you may
indulge yourself for a second or two. That indulgence may take the form
of spitting out a series of four-letter words. But in Pennsylvania, that
colourful language has been causing offense among police with sensitive
ears. And they've actually been ticketing offenders, with some zeal.
Mary Catherine Roper is a senior attorney for the American Civil
Liberties Union in Philadelphia. Her organization believes that
Pennsylvanians should be allowed to swear as much as they da----darn
well please, and that police have no business slapping tickets --- and
potential jail sentences --- on the swearing public.
We reached Ms. Roper at her office.
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Stop me if you've heard this before.
Today a member of the U.S. House of Representatives resigned his seat,
after admitting to an extramarital affair with a member of his staff.
Mark Souder, a congressman from Indiana, made the announcement only
weeks after winning his G.O.P. primary.
Here is part of Mark Souder's resignation statement, for the record.
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For a climbing plant, ivy's reputation has long been in free-fall.
To many, the plants are leafy menaces out to crush buildings with
their clingy tendrils. But it's time to embrace the vilified vine, just
as it embraces our garages.
Heather Viles is a professor at Oxford University's School of
Geography and the Environment. Three years ago, the British government
commissioned her to get to the root of the allegations against ivy. And
she found out that while the plant is indeed a bit creepy, it's also
kind of heroic.
We reached Professor Viles at her home in Oxford, England.
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Thirty years ago, today, a cloud of ash hung ominously over the American Northwest.
On May eighteenth, 1980, Mount Saint Helens, in the state of
Washington, erupted. The volcanic blast was the deadliest and most
destructive recorded in U.S. history.
From the As It Happens archives, here's guest host June Callwood
speaking to Washington State Patrol Captain Michael Feldhausen, the day
after the blast.
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Catholic churches in Cape Breton and the rest of the Antigonish diocese are preparing themselves for the worst.
The diocese is trying to raise money to pay settlements totalling
eighteen million dollars to victims of sexual abuse. So far, parishes
have contributed thousands of dollars -- St. Mary's Parish in Mabou was
asked to give more than a hundred-and-ten-thousand on its own -- but it
hasn't been enough. So now, the diocese is looking to liquidate its
A few years ago, the people in Big Pond, Nova Scotia raised enough
money to build a new fire hall, after theirs burnt down. But the station
stands on twenty-five hectares of diocese-owned land. Earlier today,
Kevin Short, who's with the Big Pond volunteer fire department, spoke
with CBC Reporter Joan Weeks about his concerns.
Here's part of that conversation, for the record.
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You know, sometimes around here people call me "The Queen of As It
Happens." One person who usually calls me that is me, when I'm doing my
daily affirmations in between interviews. It hasn't really caught on
with the rest of the crew, despite my best efforts.
But my point is that my co-host this week has already got lots of
experience with at least one queen. So I can tell you that he'll be
absolutely regal in his upcoming role in the musical version of "The
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
The stage version of the 1994 film is coming to Toronto this fall --
and C. David will play the role of Bob, the hunky mechanic who falls for
the transsexual drag performer Bernadette. And after the Canadian run
of the road-trip adventure story ends, David and the show will go on a
road trip themselves -- to Broadway.
So, David, congratulations. We're happy for you, and thrilled that the
rest of the world will finally get to see you as we see you every time
you fill in: dancing around in a pink kangaroo costume.
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