A storming at sea. At least nine people are killed, when Israel
launches an attack on a flotilla of ships attempting to defy the Gaza
Everything you always wanted to know about the Airbus scandal -- and
less. A final report on that most Canadian of brouhahas reaches a most
Canadian conclusion: that someone was "inappropriate".
A world turned to mud. Tropical Storm Agatha wreaks havoc on Central
America -- and leaves more than a hundred thousand homeless in
Best-ditch effort. Remembering former Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin -- the man who dreamed up Winnipeg's Red River Floodway.
In a word? No. At Oxford, the single-word essay exam has always been succinct -- but now, alas, it's just sunk.
And...the pet and the pendulum. Since her cat, Dusty, got lost on a
flight between Calgary and Saint John, Jillian Zwicker has experienced
some mood swings.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that knows sometimes it's more of a problem where the fur lands than when it flies.
Last night, a six-ship convoy set out from Cyprus to deliver ten
thousand tonnes of aid to Gaza. The delivery would involve a very public
violation of the blockade -- which, of course, was partly the point.
And since Israel had repeatedly warned the flotilla that it would not be
allowed to reach Gaza, some kind of showdown was a foregone conclusion.
But the one that transpired came as a shock.
When the flotilla was about sixty-four kilometres out to sea, in
international waters, Israeli troops launched an attack. As we go to
air, at least nine people have been confirmed dead, and dozens are
In a few minutes, we'll get reaction from the Israeli government. But first, we go to Turkey.
Many of the activists aboard the ships were from Turkey -- and in
Istanbul, thousands have gathered to express their own anger against the
Israeli action. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused
Israel of committing "inhuman state terror".
Selim Yenel is the Deputy Under-Secretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We reached him in Ankara, Turkey.
Mark Regev is the official spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, which today released video taken last night, which
seems to show that Israeli soldiers are being attacked by those on the
Mavi Marmara. We reached him in Jerusalem.
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Dateline: Oxford, England
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Souls of all Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford" is a
very difficult place to get into. It's also a difficult thing to say,
which is why it's more often just called: "All Souls College." It's the
most highly-esteemed of Oxford University's thirty-eight colleges and
so, contrary to its name, All Souls doesn't just let anybody through its
gates. Some years just one lucky soul makes the cut. Lucky and clever.
Very, very clever.
You see, you must first be invited to apply to the college. And in
order to be invited, you must have graduated with top marks from
Oxford's undergraduate program, which more or less rules out the thick.
But that's the easy part.
The hard part takes the form of a written exam. An exam which is said to be the hardest in the world.
What makes the exam so hard is a section called, quite simply:
"Essay." It's comprised of a single word -- a random one -- newly
chosen, each year. And candidates have three hours to write a
fully-developed essay on that word. In past years, topics have included
"water", "style" and "mercy."
Whatever you think of the "Essay," it's one of those charmingly
esoteric Oxford traditions. Or it was. This year, All Souls announced
its "Essay" was being dropped. The head of the college said it was no
longer a useful way of testing what it was looking for in candidates,
namely: "exceptional analytical ability, breadth and depth of knowledge,
independent-mindedness and clarity of thought and expression."
Fair enough. But that doesn't mean the "Essay" didn't test candidates'
abilities to do something else. It seems likely that it was an
exceptionally good way of testing their ability to spew forth a
believable and coherent arguement on, well just about any subject --
whether they knew what they were talking about or not.
There's a word for that. A compound word actually. Top marks if you can guess which one.
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It's often said that curiosity killed the cat... but for Jillian
Zwicker of Calgary, Air Canada baggage handlers are of far greater
On Friday, we played you tape from the CBC New Brunswick program
'Shift'. Jillian Zwicker was telling host Paul Castle how Air Canada had
lost her eleven-kilogram cat, "Dusty", en route from Calgary to Saint
John. "Dusty" was lost on Wednesday, and by the time the interview
aired, there was still no sign of Dusty... and no word from Air Canada.
The real-life cliffhanger upset Stephen Cooper of Strathroy, Ontario. He sent us an email that read:
"Looking forward to your update on this story. Particularly
reprehensible here is the woman from Air Canada who promised to call the
next day and didn't. She has caused even more upset for these owners
than if she had at least called to say they were still looking."
Well, two days have passed since we aired that tape. So we called up
Jillian Zwicker in Saint John, New Brunswick to get the latest on Dusty.
What a relief not to leave Dusty in the wind. Although we're about to
breeze out of here, to make room for the people who bring you the news.
We'll be back in just a few minutes with more As It Happens, and these
Brian damage. Commissioner Jeffrey Oliphant tells the former Prime
Minister, "You had an option, sir" -- and scolds him for selecting the
The Duff got going. Looking back at the career of the late Duff Roblin
-- and the ditch he proudly left around Manitoba's capital.
They can't keep their business out of its nose. French and British
Concorde fans come together to rev up the legendary plane's engines.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm CH.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm CH. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
We'll speak to a friend of Kevin Neish -- who was on one of the boats on its way to Gaza yesterday.
And how two Group of Seven lovers tracked down the locations where the artists set up their easels.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
A former Prime Minister. Envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars in
cash, handed over in hotel rooms. After a two-year,
sixteen-million-dollar public inquiry, today we can be sure of one
thing. The whole thing was "inappropriate".
That's the conclusion of Justice Jeffrey Oliphant, who, this
afternoon, released a report on the dealings between Brian Mulroney and
jailed lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber.
The report is more than a thousand pages long. Still, some questions
about the transactions between the men remain a mystery.
Richard Wolson was lead commission counsel at the Oliphant Commission. We reached him in Ottawa.
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Earlier in the program, we heard reaction from Israel and Turkey to
last night's attack on the six-ship convoy headed for Gaza.
Kevin Neish is a Canadian who was a part of that convoy. Barbara Hay
is a longtime friend and colleague of Mister Neish. We reached her in
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When former Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin suggested building a giant
trench around the city of Winnipeg to protect it from flooding, he was
mocked and ridiculed. But today, more than forty years after the Red
River Floodway opened, it remains Mr. Roblin's greatest legacy. "Duff's
Ditch", as it became known, was used as recently as yesterday to protect
the Manitoba capital from a cresting Red River.
Duff Roblin died yesterday at a Winnipeg hospital. He was ninety-two.
Before entering politics, Mr. Roblin was a car salesman and also a
member of the RCAF. But in 1958, he led the Progressive Conservative
Party to a minority government, and went on to serve as Manitoba premier
for the next nine years. It was early in his tenure as premier that he
proposed the Red River Floodway.
Mr. Roblin also reformed Manitoba's education, welfare and hydro
systems. Gary Filmon looked to Duff Roblin thoughout his career. We'll
hear from Mr. Filmon, a former premier of Manitoba, in a moment. But
first, here is Duff Roblin, appearing on the CBC Radio program
"Assignnment" in January 1964. He spoke with interviewer Jed Adams about
his life in politics, for the record.
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The rains are tapering off, but the death toll is still rising.
At least a hundred-and-thirty-one people are dead, and dozens more
missing, after Tropical Storm Agatha hit Central America on Saturday,
bringing landslides and flooding to the region. In Guatemala, the
hardest-hit country, more than a hundred thousand people have been sent
Reyna de Contreras is the National Director of World Vision Guatemala. We reached her in Guatemala City.
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Adolescence isn't easy. Your voice cracks, you sweat a lot, and your
parents don't understand you. Sometimes it seems like you just can't do
Well, this Saturday, three teens in Saint John, New Brunswick overcame
the vicissitudes of youth to do something very right. They rescued a
twenty-five-year-old man from drowning in Tredwell Lake.
For the record, here are fifteen-year-old Josh Doyle,
thirteen-year-old Randy White, and fourteen-year-old Jared Laming
describing their adventure to CBC reporter Sarah Trainor.
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It was considered the creme-de-la-creme of aircraft: an ivory plane
with a distinctive nose that could fly twice the speed of sound. The
Concorde was the flagship of both the British Airways and Air France
fleets. But its reputation was destroyed after a crash in France, in
2000, in which 118 people died. Three years later, both British Airways
and Air France retired the supersonic jet.
Now a joint project by French and British Concorde enthusiasts is
hoping to bring the airplane back. This weekend, those enthusiasts
performed some tests on one of the passenger jet's engines.
Ben Lord is the Vice President of the Save Concorde Group. We reached him in Bury St. Edmonds, England.
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Most people haven't given zero-gravity dance too much thought. But
Jeanne Robinson did. And she managed to turn those thoughts into a Hugo
The dancer, writer, choreographer and Buddhist lay monk has died at the age of sixty-two.
Jeanne Robinson was born in Boston, and discovered dance at an early
age. Her first performance was at the age of five; she had her first
stint as a choreographer at eleven; and she was teaching by fifteen.
Around that time, she discovered modern dance and a career was born.
After moving to Nova Scotia in 1972, she founded Nova Dance Theatre --
the first and only professional modern dance company in Nova Scotia.
She met science fiction writer Spider Robinson in the woods of Nova
Scotia. They married and became creative collaborators. Out of that
collaboration came the concept of zero-gravity dance. Ms. Robinson wrote
the novel "Stardance" with her husband, and the book went on to win a
Hugo Award, among others. The two turned the work into a trilogy -- with
the sequels "Starseed" and "Starmind".
And at one time, Ms. Robinson almost had the chance to make weightless
dance a reality. She once made the list for NASA's civilian-in-space
program and planned to become the first zero-gravity dancer -- but that
program was ended after the Challenger disaster.
For the last ten years, Spider and Jeanne Robinson lived on a small
island off the coast of B.C., a home where a website bio said "they
raise and exhibit prize hopes." And decades earlier, the couple were
part of the back-to-the-land movement. In December, 2007, they looked
back at their 'seventies lifestyle with the CBC's Marcy Markusa on CBC
Radio Manitoba's "Weekend Morning" program.
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Many young artists have dreamed of following in the footsteps of the
artists known as The Group of Seven. But few people have actually,
literally, followed in their footsteps.
For the past thirty-three years, Jim and Sue Waddington of Hamilton
have travelled deep into the Canadian wilderness to find the original
places of inspiration for Group of Seven paintings. Their photographs of
the actual sketching sites are now on display at the McMichael Canadian
Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario -- displayed beside the original
We reached Jim Waddington at his home in Hamilton, Ontario.