Guards acted with restraint -- and that may have killed him. A Nova
Scotia inquiry attempts to unravel the case of a mentally ill man named
Howard Hyde who died in jail.
The coldest cut of all. When a Subway Restaurant employee gives away
sandwiches to victims of a fire, she gets off on the wrong footlongs.
His mind wasn't blown, so much as his nose. Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmedinajad compares new U.N. sanctions to a "used handkerchief".
Matter over mines. Federal police storm two Mexican mines to break a
powerful union overseen by a man living in British Columbia.
Keeping up with the Jones. We asked for some information on the star of
some good old-fashioned horse operas -- and Talkback threw the Buck at
And...aroma wasn't built in a day. Over the weeks-long course of the oil
spill, seafood has been exposed to lots of crude -- so trained experts
are brought in to sniff out problems.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that finds odour in chaos.
Since his death in November of 2007, many questions have arisen about how, exactly, Howard Hyde died.
The musican from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia had a long history of
schizophrenia and run-ins with the law. In 2007, after allegedly
assaulting his wife, Mr. Hyde had a struggle with police. He was shocked
several times with a stun gun. And when he began showing signs of
distress, he was taken to hospital. A day later, Howard Hyde died, after
being returned to a correctional centre.
Today in Halifax, the inquiry into Mr. Hyde's death wrapped up. Dan
MacRury is the Chief Crown Attorney for Cape Breton and lead counsel at
the inquiry. We reached him in Halifax.
|SPANISH WAITER/HOPKINS, MIKE|
|MIKE HOPKINS|| - ||COMPOSER|
|RYAN FAIRHEAD|| - ||PRODUCER|
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|MIKE HOPKINS|| - ||PRODUCER|
On Sunday night, Mexican state police stormed the country's largest
copper mine, after a three-year-long strike. Hours later, Mexican
paramilitary troops in another state took over a coal mine that was no
longer in operation. They expelled family members who were still working
to recover the bodies of loved ones lost in a 2006 explosion.
These two raids have one man in common: Napoleon Gomez, the leader of a
Mexican miners' trade union, two-hundred-and-eighty thousand strong.
But Mr. Gomez is nowhere near either mine. He fled Mexico in 2006 for
his current home: Burnaby, B.C.
That's where we reached him.
|BELA FLECK: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS|
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|BELA FLECK|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BELA FLECK|| - ||BANJO|
All kinds of super high-tech gadgets have been deployed to prevent oil
from reaching the American Gulf Coast -- with varying degrees of
success. And now, the United States government is dispatching a popular
gadget that's as old as they come: the nose.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is training a battalion of
smell-sensitive food screeners to test whether seafood has been exposed
to crude oil. One of the first smell experts to be trained was Bill
Mahan. We reached him in the city of Apalachicola, off the Gulf coast of
|QSF PLAYS BRUBECK/QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO|
|DAVE BRUBECK|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ANDREA LIGUORI|| - ||PRODUCER|
|QUARTET SAN FRANCISCO || - ||STRING QUARTET|
Never underestimate the collective wisdom of Talkback.
Last night, Carol interviewed Sue Bigelow of the Vancouver Archives
about an old movie poster the group had just restored. It was for a 1924
flick called Western Luck. And it starred one Charles "Buck" Jones.
Neither Carol nor Sue were all that familiar with the work of Buck Jones. So Talkback rounded up some facts for us.
No, thank you, Ralph. We got lots of mail about Buck too.This note came from Vern Flatekval:
"Carol, I can't believe you do not know all about Buck! Why, he could
gallop past a train, looking in train windows for who he wanted to
save. Or jump off the train and gallop away! You should have seen him
sliding down a shortcut hill to catch the train. He was better than the
That's from Vern Flatekval.And Fred Haeseker wrote:
"I'm sure you'll get hundreds of calls and e-mails about Buck Jones, but here's some info from a retired movie reviewer.
"Charles 'Buck' Jones served in the First World War, then worked as a
cowboy in Oklahoma, where he began a Wild West show with a partner. He
moved to Hollywood in 1918 and became one of the top cowboy actors along
with Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix and Ken Maynard. He eventually appeared in
more than a hundred-and-sixty movies.
He was also a consultant to Daisy Outdoor Products, which named its top-end air rifle after him.
Hooray for Hollywood!"
That note came to us from Fred Haeseker.Eric Wrate also sent his memories of Buck. He wrote:
"I can't believe that you have not heard of Buck Jones. I have sitting
in front of me two DVDs, each containing fifteen episodes of The
Phantom Rider, which starred Buck Jones. It ran at our Kids' Saturday
Matinee in 1936. I was seven years old, at the time, and was a regular
at the Gaumont Cinema in Rosehill, Carshalton, Surrey, U.K.
"Along with this would be Shirley Temple and other serials. The kids
would shout and scream so loud throughout the screenings, nothing could
be heard from the soundtrack."
That's from Eric Wrate.And, finally, this note came from Randy Kumpf. He says:
"Just listen to some old Bill Cosby records, When I was a Kid specifically; he will tell you a little about Buck Jones."
Alright, Randy, we will.
Now that we're experts on Buck Jones, it's time for us to reflect on
our new knowledge. We'll do that while you listen to the news, and then
we'll be back with more As It Happens. When we return:
Drawing a line in the sandwich. A Subway restaurant worker finds out
the hard way that there's no such thing as a free lunch -- no matter
who's getting it.
He doesn't travel light -- but then again, he doesn't do anything
light. A gray whale undertakes a surprisingly quick world tour.
The prefix menu. We've got "mega", "tera", and "yotta" -- and since we
need a new way of expressing enormous numbers, we may be on the highway
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm TA.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm TA. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
More than a century ago, a South African soccer team travelled to
Europe to play against England -- on the eve of the Boer War.
A Canadian man nearly comes up snake eyes -- figuratively speaking --
when his dog ends up in a snake's mouth -- literally speaking.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
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|MIKAEL JORGENSEN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JEFF TWEEDY|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JIM O'ROURKE|| - ||PRODUCER|
|WILCO || - ||POP GROUP|
|WILCO || - ||PRODUCER|
The stars of the soccer world are now congregating in South Africa for
the 2010 World Cup, which starts tomorrow. But a little more than a
hundred years ago, South Africans weren't waiting for soccer's stars to
come to them. Instead, a team of trailblazing South African footballers
decided to test their prowess against the game's then-élite: the
In 1899, the first South African team ever to play overseas began a
four-month tour of soccer clubs in Ireland, France and, surprisingly,
the U.K. I say "surprisingly" because, one month after the team's
arrival, the two nations became embroiled in a long and bloody conflict
that would claim the lives of thousands. But it wasn't the percolating
international tensions that captured the Victorian public's imagination;
it was the fact that every player on the South African team was black.
Dr. Chris Bolsmann has recently published a book on the history of the
South African game -- and has researched the team's 1899 tour. We
reached him in London, England.
|JEREMY MOYER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JEREMY MOYER|| - ||ERHU|
|JEREMY MOYER|| - ||PRODUCER|
That's actually a recording of Michael Caine and Katherine Ross, in the
Irwin Allen disaster movie "The Swarm". They're urging the citizens of
Marysville, New York to save themselves from the killer bees that are
due to arrive. But, with the exception of the air-raid siren, it sounds
almost exactly like a recording of me, made in the mid-'seventies at a
family barbeque. I saw two bees and panicked. And I sounded almost
exactly like Katherine Ross.
I wasn't alone. Starting in 1974, people all over the world started
freaking out about an imminent invasion of killer bees. And it was all
because of one man with a knack for blending science fact with science
fiction, and baking them together at very high temperatures.
The man who wrote "The Swarm" -- among many other books. His name was
Arthur Herzog the Third, and he has died, at the age of eighty-three.
Mr. Herzog started out as a journalist, and remained a prolific writer
of non-fiction throughout his career. It was with a work of non-fiction
that he first made his mark: 1965's "The War-Peace Establishment",
which was about nuclear disarmament. He went on to write "A Murder In
Our Town", about class and crime in Connecticut; and "Vesco", about a
fugitive financier who absconded with two-hundred-and-forty million
Interspersed with his works of non-fiction were novels. They were
pretty quick reads -- and pretty quite writes, if we're to judge by Mr.
Herzog's 1995 book, "How To Write Almost Anything Better -- And Faster!"
if you took one of these books on holiday, you might end up barricading
yourself in your room. Not just because you wanted to finish it without
distractions, but also because you would be utterly convinced that
something -- killer bees, an earthquake, a vengeful killer whale, or
scientists -- wanted to kill you.
First came "The Swarm", which made you scared to go outside, lest you
be murdered by bees. Then, in 1977, "Orca", which kept millions away
from the beach because of the killer whale avenging the death of its
wife and child by eating tourists. There was "IQ 83", in which
scientists goofing around with our DNA accidentally unleashed a virus
that made people stupid. And there was "Heat" -- which was based on the
outlandish premise that an excess of CO2 was causing something called
"climate change". Where did he come up with this stuff?
In 1975, Arthur Herzog published an article listing the ten world
catastrophes most likely to occur. He explained some of the terrible
possibilities to Barbara Frum on this program. And an unsettled Ms. Frum
asked him the following question.
|DEVENDRA BARNHART: REJOICING IN THE HANDS|
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|DEVENDRA BANHART|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DEVENDRA BANHART|| - ||SINGING|
It was an unplanned tribute after an untimely death.
Last night, members of a California high school orchestra played a
small concert at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The performance
came just days after the death of their seventeen-year-old bandmate,
Daniel Cho, who fell to his death after climbing over the railing of a
viewing platform at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Instead of cancelling their trip after the tuba player's death, his
classmates decided to stay, saying that they wanted to use the music to
Aragon High School's string orchestra started off the night with a
'concerto grosso' by Vivaldi. Here's part of that performance.
|ARAGON HIGH SCHOOL STRING ORCHESTRA IN VICTORIA|
|ANTONIO VIVALDI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ARAGON HIGH SCHOOL STRING ORCHESTRA || - ||ORCHESTRA|
|TOWA TEI: LAST CENTURY MODERN|
|EAST WEST, 8573-82962-2|
|TOWA TEI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|HIMAWARI KIDS || - ||CHOIR|
|TOWA TEI|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
This Saturday will mark one year since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
won a disputed election in Iran. And the U.N. Security Council has
mustered up a last-minute anniversary gift: a fourth round of sanctions
against the country.
Tehran has so far refused to stop its nuclear enrichment program. So
the U.N. is imposing new measures that will restrict supply lines,
toughen bank transactions and add more people and companies to a list of
accounts that can be frozen. Today, Tehran responded by saying it will
reconsider its relations with the nuclear watchdog, the International
Atomic Energy Agency.
President Mahmoud Ahmeadinejad was a little less diplomatic. He compared the sanctions to a "used handkerchief".
Nader Mokhtari is a conservative columnist with the Kayhan newspaper. He's in Tehran.
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The continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be the largest
environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. But it's also threatening to
become a political wreck, as tensions grow between the United States and
the United Kingdom.
This week, President Barack Obama said that if it were up to him, he
would have fired BP's CEO, Tony Hayward. Yesterday, American law-makers
called on BP to withhold paying out dividends until after the oil
company had paid for the cleanup. And today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
accused the oil giant of lacking integrity.
The bottom line is that all this talk is affecting BP's bottom line.
The company's shares has fallen more than forty per cent since the
Deepwater Horizon disaster. This, in turn, has has taken a toll on
British pension funds, which have traditionally invested heavily on BP
All of this has some people in the U.K. resenting U.S. politicians.
Among them, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. For the record, here is
Boris Johnson defending BP's reputation.
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|JOHN DARNIELLE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE || - ||INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE|
|ANDREW BURASHKO|| - ||PIANO|
|ROBERT CARLI|| - ||CLARINET|
|ROBERT CARLI|| - ||SAXOPHONE|
|JONATHAN GOLDSMITH|| - ||PRODUCER|
|MARGARET JORDAN-GAY|| - ||CELLO|
|ELISSA LEE|| - ||VIOLIN|
|JIM MCGRATH|| - ||ARRANGER|
|STEVEN PAGE|| - ||VOCALS|
|JOSEPH PHILLIPS|| - ||DOUBLE BASS|
|ROB PILTCH|| - ||GUITAR|
When you're in trouble, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Except when there isn't.
Last night, we told you about the federal government's efforts to
offload hundred of lighthouses across the country to individuals,
municipalities, and non-profit groups who want to take them over. That
story cast a shadow over our listeners.
Tom Gallant from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia wrote:
"Lighthouses represent one of the few altruistic acts of humans as
social beings. We saw one too many shipwrecks, and decided to put a
light where the danger was, to save lives, to make navigation safer.
Many are engineering marvels. All of them are beautiful. And they cost
those whom they were serving nothing."
"I am a deep water sailor, and the loss of these lights hurts me
deeply. When all the electronic marvels that aid navigation fail -- and
they do -- I still have a compass, and I still had the lights. But no
That email came from Tom Gallant in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Thanks for all your calls and emails.
And just to clarify: according to the director of navigation services
with the Canadian Coast Guard, the lights will remain, but the
structures will be sold. To quote Daniel Breton, they'll be "allowing
the structures to be owned by other interests while the light continues
to be used for navigation purposes." And if anyone can explain how you
can have someone run a lighthouse light while someone else owns the
lighthouse, we'd love to be illuminated.
To that end, As It Happens has requested an interview with the
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea. We'll keep you posted.
|BEIRUT: GULAG ORKESTAR|
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|REALPEOPLE || - ||COMPOSER|
|REALPEOPLE || - ||WRITER|
|BEIRUT || - ||ENS IN-V|
When you picture a world traveller -- one of those free-minded
individuals who's always eager for adventure, and hates to be tied down
-- you probably picture someone with a filthy backpack, a stack of
dog-eared "Lonely Planet" guides, and possibly dreadlocks. A human, in
other words. What you don't picture is a grey whale. But this week, it
is just such an ungainly-looking marine mammal that's grabbing headlines
for its jet-lag inducing travel schedule.
Nicola Hodgins is the Species Program Lead for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. We reached her in Bath, England.
|JORDAN OFFICER/OFFICER, JORDAN|
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|JORDAN OFFICER|| - ||GUITAR|
|JORDAN OFFICER|| - ||ORIGINATOR|
|JORDAN OFFICER|| - ||PRODUCER|
There's nothing like moving to a small village for some peace and
quiet. Unless of course your village is infested with hungry pythons.
Former Ottawa school teacher Robert Stearns had his peace and quiet
disrupted recently by just such a ravenous predator -- although his dog
Phoebe bore the initial brunt. We reached Mr. Stearns in the village of
Tsam Chuk Wan outside Hong Kong.
|UPHILL CITY/I AM ROBOT AND PROUD|
|SHAW-HAN LIEM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|I AM ROBOT AND PROUD || - ||POP GROUP|
In the old days, people knew how many things there were, and how to
tell other people about it. Questions like "How much corn dja get this
year?" or "How many cases dja go through on the weekend?" or "How long
did it take you to grow that mullet?" would be met with sensible answers
like "Enough to last us til April." "Don't remember" and "What mullet?"
here in the digital age, with its pixels and bytes and phones, the old
numbers like ten, or a million, or six billion, five hundred, thirty-two
million, seven hundred and forty-one thousand, one hundred and six,
point two nine, just aren't big enough.
That's why it was necessary to come up with what are now called SI
prefixes. The "SI" stands for Systeme Internationale d'Unites, or
International System of Units. Even if you didn't know it, you've
almost certainly used SI prefixes. The most common is the smallest of
the modern age - adopted in 1960: "Mega". As in megapixels, megabytes
and megaphones. "Mega" is an SI prefix that is short for one thousand
squared, or one million.
Now, way back in 1960, the folks who decided what to call a whole lot
of things had some foresight, and they knew that it wouldn't be long
before a million anything wasn't very much at all. So they also came up
with names for one billion - Giga - and one trillion - Tera.
Since then, as the world has gotten smaller and numbers bigger, the SI
folks added prefixes for a quadrillion, a quintillion, a sextillion and
a septillion: peta, exa, zetta and yotta - as in: "I couldn't afford
the 56 yottabyte card and now I have to wait all day just to download
the first seventeen seasons of 'Law and Order'!"
But now, it seems, even the mighty yotta just isn't enough. So Austin
Sendek -- a student at UC Davis -- has launched a campaign for the
acceptance of a new SI Prefix for one octillion, which is a one followed
by twenty-seven zeroes.
The word is one that's already being used, albeit in a more casual
manner: Hella. Hella is a very efficient contraction of the phrase "a
hell of a lot of" as in "My girlfriend Imelda has hella shoes but it's
never enough." or "I ordered hella pizza to watch the finals tonight."
According to Sendak, this prefix could make things much, much clearer.
If you were, say, measuring the energy blasted out by the sun, instead
of a clumsy three hundred yottawatts, you'd have a lithe and infinitely
practical 0.3 hellawatts.
The idea is getting some support. There's a Facebook petition with
60,136 folks on board so far -- or 0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 060,
So far, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, which makes
such decisions hasn't commented. But a representative for the current
biggest number has. Quoted from the inside of a very large computer, it
said to the upstart Hella - "Why you, I oughtta."
|NO DOUBT: HELLA GOOD (FORMAT COURT)|
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