It's in the black -- which may put it in the red. BP's fortunes fall as
number of gallons of spilled oil rises -- and British pensioners may be
among those who suffer.
Labour pains, Part One. In the last few weeks, we've learned a lot
about problems in Chinese factories -- which is something of a mystery
Labour pains, Part Two. We'll hear from both sides of a fight that's flared up over control of a Mexican copper mine.
When push comes to Chevy. When General Motors issues an edict banning
the abbreviation of "Chevrolet", there are serious transmission
When push comes to Chavez. The Venezuelan president gives U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a not-so-affectionate nudge -- in
And...she put her best footlong forward. On Wednesday, a fired Subway
restaurant employee lost that oven feeling -- but today, her career is
toast again. In a good way.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that knows: in some jobs, being "sub-standard" is actually a plus.
Today, BP announced that it may hold off paying out dividends to its
stockholders until the spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been fully paid
for. The announcement follows fierce pressure from the Obama
Administration to do so -- pressure which has led to a massive drop in
BP's share price.
The impact of this is being felt in the U.K., where BP stock accounts
for a significant portion of pension funds. Yesterday, we heard London
Mayor Boris Johnson's thoughts on the matter: he's critical of what he
feels is an unfair attack on BP by American politicians. But while
Stateside pressure has undoubtedly driven down the company's share
prices, some people feel the responsibility for the weakened pensions in
the U.K. lies with investors.
Louise Rouse is the Director of Investor Engagment with the charity, Fair Pensions. We reached her in London.
|AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004|
|UNION SQUARE, MANTDCD223|
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Heidi Heise decided to give away a sandwich to a couple of people --
come what mayo. And that decision did not cut the mustard with
Last night we told you about the cost of Ms. Heise's kindness. She was
fired from her job at the Subway restaurant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,
for giving that free sandwich to two people who had lost their apartment
in a fire.
That toasted Talkback's buns. Connie Wright wrote to us from somewhere out in cyberspace:
"I am tired of good people being punished for doing good things. I
heard the story of the girl fired from Subway. I hope they relocate her
to a different store."
And Bill Wilson in Sherwood Park, Alberta sent us this message:
"I listened with complete disgust at the mean-spirited and miserly
firing of Heidi. In a sympathetic gesture, I vow to not set foot in any
Subway for one year. I guarantee that will lose Subway a lot more than
the cost of a footlong sub! Shame."
That came from Bill Wilson in Sherwood, Park, Alberta.
Today, we called Heidi up to get an update on the situation.
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Over the last number of weeks, labour practices in China have come
under increased scrutiny. First, there was a string of suicides at
Foxconn, a Taiwanese factory contracted by Apple to build iPhones and
iPads. Then, there was Honda -- whose factories in China have faced
three strikes, which are typically not allowed by the Chinese
government. Some are wondering whether these events are the start of a
sea change in normally oppressive world of Chinese labour.
Mary Gallagher has been following the events closely. She's a
professor at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of
Michigan. We reached Ms. Gallagher in Ann Arbor.
ALBUM: SOUND BETWEEN SKY AND WATER
TRK 2 RUNS: 4:26
PRODUCER: HUANG SHIH
DISTRIBUTOR: KWANG HWA MASS COM.
There was a time when a man professed his love with music. Whether it
was a minstrel serenading his beloved from the bushes, or John Cusack
holding up a stereo, a little song-and-dance went a long way in wooing
It's no wonder then, that politicians have adopted similar methods, with the hopes of winning adoring fans.
It began slowly, with former politicians obstensibly singing for the
benefit of others, and with the benefit of accompaniment. Politicians
like former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who sang with Israeli singer
Liel during Shimon Peres' 80th birthday celebration, back in 2003.He
certainly wasn't. In 2009, Pervez Musharraf, the former president of
Pakistan, was on the run from the law -- but that didn't stop him from
becoming an Internet sensation after performing a duet with a famous
Sufi singer.Later that year, our own Prime Minister joined in, with a
little help from his friends -- including Yo Yo Ma.But while all these
politicos have dabbled in the limelight, there is one man who needs no
help from his friends: Hugo Chavez.
The president of Venuzuela is well known for breaking into song during his televised speeches.
Which is exactly what he did this week. After criticizing Hillary
Clinton -- who is currently touring South America -- Mr. Chavez broke
into an impromptu ditty about his feelings toward the American Secretary
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|RODRIGO SANCHEZ|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|RODRIGO SANCHEZ|| - ||PRODUCER|
Here's an excerpt from the radio show "Rin Tin Tin" back in 1955 --
which related the adventures of a heroic, brilliantly intelligent German
In that episode, entitled "The Ambassador", the dog saved Mexico or
something, with the mostly useless help of his catastrophe-prone owner,
Rusty, and the largely impotent Lieutenant "Rip" Masters. At every turn,
in every radio show and movie, "Rinty" -- that was his nickname -- was a
step ahead of all the humans, good and bad. In fact, without Rinty,
Rusty and "Rip" would have died about forty seconds into the first
episode. Such was their utter dependence.
Well, that all happened in the last century. And if you believe your
twenty-first century pooch is capable of saving Mexico, well -- no way,
José. According to Australian scientists, the modern-day dog is
incapable of thinking for itself. It's as dependent on a human as Rusty
once was on Rin Tin Tin.
Psychologist Dr. Bradley Smith of the University of South Australia
put three kinds of canines through a problem-solving test: dingos,
wolves, and domesticated dogs. The test was this: he put some food
behind a fence. To get to the food, the animals had to walk along that
fence, nose their way through a swinging door, and then double back. For
the dingos and wolves, no problem. On average, the wild dog-things took
only twenty seconds to get their snouts into the kibble. But the
efforts of the domesticated dogs were unimpressive.
They just sort of lamely pawed at the fence and barked for help. When
none was forthcoming, they weighed their options -- and then barked some
Dr. Smith says that domesticated dogs have become remarkably social
animals, especially when humans are involved. But when it comes to
problem-solving, they're out to lunch -- or out of lunch, in this
particular case. To put it in human terms, wolves and dingos are like
those people who wear half-glasses and chuckle to themselves while
they're finishing the cryptic crossword in pen -- and pet dogs are like
people who stare blankly at the word jumble before they're distracted by
a rerun of "Full House".
Now, obviously, I'm not talking about your dog. Your dog is really
smart, practical and intellectual. It's everyone else's dog that's just
not that clever. So let's think back to the long-gone likes of Rin Tin
Tin, a dog who saved a fictional kid, way back when. It's probably still
true that every dog has his day -- it's just that most of them no
longer have a clue what to do with it.
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|FRED J EAGLESMITH|| - ||WRITER|
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I'd just like to reiterate to everyone who's listening right now: your
dog is very bright. Quite possibly a genius. It's everyone else's dogs
who are not so clever.
Exactly. It's our listeners' neighbours' dogs who are yappy and unable to fend for themselves.
Having established that, I'll give you our Talkback number, so you can
complain about your neighbour's dog: 1-866-481-5718. Or you can email us
We'll be back right after the news with more As It Happens -- including these stories:
Who's getting the shaft? Union battles management over a copper mine in Mexico.
The plot thickens. Why a Civil War veteran's Nova Scotia grave went
unmarked for nearly a century -- and what's being done about it now.
A fan's fan of Bafana Bafana. We'll speak with a man so dedicated to
South Africa's soccer team, you could call him a "vuvu-zealot".
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.
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans attempts to illuminate the government's plans for Canada's lighthouses.
And if you're bald and Taiwanese, prepare to wig out: China has changed its law preventing you from getting a visa.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
A mining company in Mexico has made its message clear: the strikers at Cananea mine are not welcome.
Three years into the strike at the country's largest copper mine,
Grupo Mexico is now trying to send in non-unionized workers. This comes
after a raid on Sunday night, when hundreds of state troopers stormed
the mine to break up the strike.
Manny Armenta is with the United Steelworkers in Arizona. He has been
visiting Cananea regularly to support the union miners, and was at the
mine during the Sunday night raid. We reached Mr. Armenta on his way
back to the Cananea mine.
Grupo Mexico, the company that owns the copper mine has been the
subject of a lot of scrutiny --- not only by the Mexican miners' union,
but also the United Steelworkers both in the U.S. and in Canada.
Armando Ortega is a lawyer at Grupo Mexico. We reached him in Mexico City.
|ROMY MADLEY CROFT|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|BARIA QURESHI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|OLIVER SIM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|OLIVER SIM|| - ||LYRICIST|
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The wait is over. World Cup 2010 has begun.
Before hosting the first match of the tournament today, there was a
showstopping performance at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. And
from now on, that stadium belongs to the fans -- thousands of whom will
attend games there over the coming month, while millions more tune in
around the world.
It's just possible that none of those fans will be watching as
passionately as Sadaam Maake. He holds the prestigious title of South
Africa's Number One Fan -- and is also believed to be the man
responsible for introducing the vuvuzela to the game -- the long trumpet
that has become so synonymous with South African supporters.
We reached Sadaam Maake at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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| BORIS BERGMAN|| - ||ADAPTOR/LYRICIST|
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|MARIANNE FAITHFULL|| - ||VOCALS|
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| ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE|| - ||PRODUCER|
| MARIANNE FAITHFULL|| - ||PRODUCER|
It was an idea that went over like a rock.
Earlier this week, General Motors sent an memo to its employees. Their
goal -- to promote "brand consistency". And one of the little tune-ups
suggested to present a consistent brand image was to stop saying
"Chevy". Employees were asked to cease and desist using the popular
nickname, and, instead, to "communicate the brand as 'Chevrolet' moving
forward". That's right, all three syllables.
As you can imagine, once word got out, it didn't take Chevy owners and
fans of the vehicles long to get all revved up about the memo -- or to
express their displeasure over the move. But General Motors did not let
this turn into a "New Coke" fiasco. Officials backed away from the
levee, and issued a statement that the memo was "poorly worded" and a
They explained that they would never discourage customers from using
the term "Chevy". The memo is now back in the proverbial shop. Hopefully
still under warranty.
To commemorate brand inconsistency, we decided to put together a
musical salute to the Chevy and its many appearances in song. Let's take
it for a spin. Now you would think a song about a Chevy truck would be a
perfect ending to our Chevy salute -- but then we found this gem by
Sammy Johns. This song was a million-selling hit in 1975, and was also
featured in the soundtrack to the 1977 motion picture "The Van".
It's the heart-warming story of a man who uses his college savings to
buy a customized van, complete with a waterbed, as a way to pick up
women. You say "Chevy" -- we say Oscar. No one else did, unfortunately.
Here's Sammy Johns with "Chevy Van".
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|RAY MARTIN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ARNOLD BROTHERS || - ||VOCAL TRIO|
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|CRAIG FOTHERINGHAM|| - ||PRODUCER|
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|HAVE A NICE DECADE: THE '70'S POP CULTURE BOX, DISC 5|
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|BILL INGLOT|| - ||COMPILER|
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|GORDON SKEENE|| - ||COMPILER|
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|CLAPTON ERIC || - ||MALE VOCAL|
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|FOOLS THAT TRY/GERBER, ALAN|
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|ALAN GERBER|| - ||PRODUCER|
|ALAN GERBER|| - ||VOCALS|
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|GORD BAMFORD|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BLAKE BELL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|GORD BAMFORD|| - ||VOCALS|
|BART MCKAY|| - ||PRODUCER|
Talk about being left in the dark.
As we told you earlier this week, the federal government is looking to
offload one thousand lighthouses to individuals and communities across
the country. But with this news came concern from smaller communities,
who worried they might not be able to afford the costs associated with
caring for these iconic structures.
Gail Shea is the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. We reached her in St. John's, Newfoundland.
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And now, to illustrate the story I'm about to tell, an excerpt from the film "Canadian Bacon".
A scene from the snicker-inducing Michael Moore film, "Canadian Bacon"
-- in which a band of American misfits attempts to take over Canada, to
improve the waning popularity of the president.
Now, Australia hasn't set its sights on the CN Tower just yet --
although that may change when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gets to Toronto
in a couple of weeks for the G20 Summit. But the country's largest
packaged-foods company has appropriated that most famous of Canadian
Primo Foods has been fined more than four hundred thousand Australian dollars for calling Canadian bacon, "Australian Bacon".
This isn't one of those cases where Canadian bacon is such a
recognized commodity -- like, say, champagne -- that it has to be made
in Canada to be called Canadian bacon. Although we certainly think this
is something that should be considered.
No, in this case, Primo Foods was just importing bacon from Canada,
and repackaging it with labels that said it was "one-hundred-per-cent
Which, when you think about it, is even more insulting. Not only were
they effectively not giving Canadian bacon its due, they were suggesting
that people would be more likely to buy Australian bacon -- whatever
that is -- over the world-standard Canuck brand.
Which is a peameal-brained idea. And total hogwash.
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|CARLOS GOMEZ|| - ||PERCUSSION|
|PAUL GONSALVES|| - ||T SAX|
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|CHRIS WHITE|| - ||CONTRABASS|
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A federal bill is still winding its way through the Senate. And if it's
ever passed, it will have a significant effect on the language used by
judges. Make that the languages.
C-232 would make it mandatory for Supreme Court judges to be able to
understand English and French without the assistance of an interpreter.
During a debate this week, Yukon Senator Dan Lang opposed the bill. He
says it is discriminatory, divisive and unfair for Canada's smaller,
For the record, here is Senator Lang speaking with CBC Radio in Whitehorse.
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|CHRISTOPHER FAIUMU|| - ||DESIGNER|
|DALLAS TAMAIRA|| - ||DESIGNER|
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If you went looking for the grave of Ben Jackson today, you'd have a
hard time finding it. But tomorrow, that's going to change -- and it's
After ninety-five years, Ben Jackson will finally be honoured with a
headstone at his grave in Lockhartville, Nova Scotia. To find out why,
we reached St. Clair Patterson, a historian who helped organize
tomorrow's ceremony. We reached him in Lockhartville.
|OPERATION INFINITE JOY/TIELLI, MARTIN|
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|MARTIN TIELLI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JON GOLDSMITH|| - ||PRODUCER|
|MARTIN TIELLI|| - ||VOCALS|
Dateline: Taiwan.For those of us that are follicularly challenged --
and I include myself amongst them -- there are a number of options we
can employ to disguise our baldness. Some are so sophisticated that the
untrained eye would never detect one's carefully disguised baldness.
Perhaps the most impressive -- and usually least effective -- is the
comb-over. This technique requires a man simply to grow his hair long on
the side or back of his head, and then weave it into a scalp-concealing
tapestry over the bald patch. It's simple, and, done right, it can
completely hide any sign of baldness. For example, you may not realise
that Donald Trump is actually bald. But he is, despite that golden-hued
haystack perched expensively on his skull.
Another option is to simply spray on some fake hair -- again,
indistinguishable from normal hair, except when it isn't. Or employ a
hairpiece. Yes, Elton John is one of us too.
Now, you may be sitting there with a luxurious coiffure wondering what
I'm going on about. Why would men need to conceal their baldness at
all, you wonder. Easy for you to say, Fabio. The truth is, bald men face
discrimination at every turn, everywhere. But especially in China. And
especially if you're Taiwanese.
For some time now, Taiwanese men have been able to travel back and
forth from Taiwan to mainland China on a one-year multi-entry permit.
But not all men. Only the ones with combs and hairdryers. Bald men are
barred from entering China on this visa, because Chinese authorities say
it is easier for bald men to disguise themselves.
Which is hogwash -- because the truth is that for every convincing
hairpiece, like that of Burt Reynolds, there are dozens that look like
desiccated squirrels. Like the one Burt Reynolds used to wear.
No one is sure just how many Taiwanese men have been denied entry to
China because of their baldness. But what is clear is that among Chinese
immigration authorities, prejudice against the hairless is rife.
Or at least, it was. This week, China finally relinquished its ban and
the Taiwanese hairless male is now free -- or as free as one ever is
where China's concerned -- to come and go, just like anyone else. Or, to
put it another way: there is no longer any need to toupee from Taipei.
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For Todd Herman, all in all it's not just another brick in the wall.
That's part of Todd Herman's sales pitch to sell one ordinary brick.
The Edmonton entrepreneur put that bit of persuasion together for
advertising giant OgilvyOne's contest to find the world's greatest
salesman. And it bought him a position as one of the contest's three
finalists. Now he'll be travelling to France for the Cannes Lions
Advertising Festival on June twenty-first, to compete in one final
We reached Todd Herman in Edmonton.
That brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday, June 4th.
This is when we thank the people who helped to put this program
together. The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Ben Edwards,
Daemon Fairless, Kent
Hoffman, Adam Killick, Morgan Passi, John Perry, Kate Swoger. Our intern
is Daniel Guillemette. Our technicians this week have been Brian Dawes,
Reynold Gonsalves and Tim Lorimer. The show director is Kevin Ball.
Chris Howden is our writer. Robin Smythe is the Senior Producer. And the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Lynda Shorten.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week:
Bob Murphy in Halifax, Kathy Gagne, Brent Michaluk, Lorne Shapiro and
Adrian Shuman -- all in Toronto, Ken Lima-Coelho in Calgary, Yvonne Gall
in Vancouver, Cheryl Kawaja in Whitehorse, and Guy DeLauney in Phnom
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. I'm CH. Good night.
And I'm CO. Have a good weekend.