The spy who came in from the heat. The head of CSIS weathers blistering
attacks from MPs, and stands by his statements about "foreign
influence" on Canadian politicians.
Census and sensibility. When the government changes the Canadian
long-form census, the academic community's short answer is "What? No!"
Nickel back. After a bitter dispute that lasted nearly a year, mine
workers in Ontario reach a tentative agreement with the Brazilian
Seeking an oil-access pass. After being rebuffed by the people in
charge of the clean-up, American journalists start monitoring censorship
of the BP story.
The feel-bad hit of the summer. A documentary about dolphin slaughter
in Japan gets an unsurprisingly un-warm reception in Japan.
And...wurst-case scenario. It's not just the processed hog snout that's
tough to stomach at the annual Coney Island hot-dog eating contest --
it's the behaviour of a competitive consumer known as "The Tsunami".
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that's the last of the red-hot lovers.
It was one of those non-apology apologies: he's sorry for the way he went about saying it, but not for what he said.
the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Richard Fadden,
testified before a special parliamentary committee in Ottawa about
comments he made last month in an interview on CBC Television. In that
interview Mr. Fadden voiced concerns that municipal and provincial
politicians and public servants were being influenced by foreign
interests -- including those of China.
comments were both a breach of protocol and breach of discretion. CSIS
is supposed to direct security concerns to Ottawa -- specifically to the
Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office -- not to the
general public. Critics are concerned that Richard Fadden's comments
have done nothing but whip up public fear and distrust. And there is
growing demand for his resignation.
during the Public Safety Committee meeting, Bloc MP Maria Mourani
pressed that point and, rather facetiously, accused Mr Fadden of giving
his interview under the influence. Here, for the record, is that
exchange between Maria Mourani and Richard Fadden:
Don Davies is a Member of Parliament with the NDP and chair of the Public Safety Committee. We reached him in Ottawa.
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It has been one of the longest and embittered labour disputes in
Canadian history. But today, it appears as though a deal has finally
been reached between Brazilian conglomerate Vale and its nickel-mining
employees in Ontario.
On July 13,
2009 the United Steel Workers went on strike in both Sudbury and Port
Colborne. And this week. they'll vote on a new five-year contract that
may end the often-hostile year-long labour dispute .
Wayne Fraser is the Director of the United Steel Workers for the Sudbury area. We reached him in Toronto.
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That's a clip from the 2009 film "The Cove": a shockingly moving -- and
saddening -- film which won the 2009 Academy Award for "Best
Documentary". It details the capture and slaughter of thousands of
dolphins in a small Japanese fishing village. Filmed with hidden
underwater cameras, it shows dolphins being driven into a fenced-in cove
and then caught -- either to be sold to aquariums or butchered for
Now, for the first time, the
film is being released widely in Japan. And that release is being met
with brickbats and large protests.
O'Barry is the man whose voice you heard in that clip from "The Cove."
He was known as the dolphin trainer who trained "Flipper," but over the
last few decades, he has been a committed campaigner against dolphin abuse. He's just returned from Japan, and we reached him at home in Miami, Florida.
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The man who solved the Poincare conjection is considered almost as complicated and difficult as the math problem itself.
Perelman is a middle-aged, Russian mathemetician who lives at home with
his mother. And he figured out the solution to a riddle that eluded the
world's best minds for almost a century. It's a question so complex
that it took those less clever than Mr. Perelman -- but way smarter than
most of the rest of us -- years, just to confirm he'd got the answer
In any case, people
have been so impressed by Grigory Perelman's achievement, they can't
stop throwing prestigious prizes at him. Awards, however, do not seem to
interest Mr. Perelman as much as equations.
in 2006, he spurned the Oscar of the math world, the Fields Medal. And,
as we told you back in March, he was debating whether to accept a
million-dollar prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge.
It Happens guest host Robert Harris spoke to Jim Carlson, the head of
the institute, about Mr. Perelman's then-impending decision.
Well, I can do enough subtraction to realize that we're about to run out of time.
Yeah, there's only eight minutes left in the first part of the show.
Less than a minute, actually, Chris.
Oh. Well, I won't accept that million-dollar prize either.
That's for the best. We'll be back right after the news with these stories.
Brevity is the soul of Canadians. The feds do away with the long-form census -- which some experts say is nonsensus.
One blackout is prompting another. American journalists are doing more
than just complaining about censorship by the people in charge of
cleaning up the Gulf.
Can I speak frankly? Joey Chestnut wins another fourth-of-July hot-dog
eating contest -- but has his thunder stolen by a competitor who won't
even eat his words.
Stay tuned. I'm PA.
And I'm CH.
It's a process that most of us dread: filling out the census forms that
arrive every five years. And, in every census, a much smaller group of
Canadians is required to fill out a much longer, more detailed
description of their lifestyles and expenses.
now, that is. Statistics Canada has quietly announced that it is
dropping the longform census questionnaire, in favour of a voluntary
form, and that the change will be in effect for next year's census.
while those of you who have had to fill in the long form may cheer at
that policy change, there are many academics, economists, and policy
experts -- not to mention genealogists -- that say an invaluable source
of data about Canadian society is being lost.
Armine Yalnizyan is one of those people. She's the senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Toronto.
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When it comes to the BP disaster, there's been nearly as much ink
spilled as oil. But even though coverage has been extensive, American
journalists are worried that they're not doing a decent enough job of
covering the oil catastrophe. And it's not due to a lack of public
interest or a lack of motivation on the journalists' part -- but a lack
There have been
several reports that the organization overseeing the clean up, the
Unified Command -- a body comprising the Coast Guard, several United
States government departments and BP itself -- is withholding
information and, in some cases, preventing reporters from reaching sites
affected by the spill.
response, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, or
AFTRA -- the national labour union representing U.S. broadcasters -- has set up a body to monitor access to and censorship of stories surrounding the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and its aftermath.
Mary Cavallaro is the Assistant National Executive Director for News and Broadcast with AFTRA. We reached her in New York.
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A frank appeal from the crowd at Nathan's annual hot-dog eating contest on Coney Island yesterday.
that event -- the Super Bowl of competitive hot-dog eating -- Joey
"Jaws" Chestnut beat out fifteen other contenders by eating fifty-four
franks in ten minutes. But the real drama began after he was declared
the winner. His arch-rival, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan -- also known as
the Tsunami -- was barred from competing, due to a contractual beef. He
was arrested and carted away by police after rushing the stage at the
end of the contest.
George Shea is the chairman of Major League Eating, the host of the event. We reached him in New York City.
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Today marks a Silver Anniversary from a Golden Age of cinema. Or maybe the "hair mousse" age.
to the Future" was released twenty-five years ago. The time-travel
flick, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as
Doc Brown, was the most successful movie of 1985. In case you've
forgotten, the plot of the film can be summed up like this.
DALET: BTF2: DELOREAN 4 secs Well, there's more to it than a silver
Delorean. It involves flux capacitors and jigawatts. But what do you
think would happen if we tried to explain all that time travel? It would
be more than our flux capacitors could handle. And it would inspire
questions like "If Einstein the dog is sent to 1:21, wouldn't he -- in
theory -- live out that minute as Doc and Marty are living out that
minute so that when Marty and Doc naturally arrive at 1:21, the Einstein
that is sent a minute into the future would be at 1:22?"
the kind of question that requires grandfather paradoxes, alternative
universes, and echo theories to explain. And/or gin.
those issues did not stop some of the film's fans from suggesting that
today -- July fifth, 2010 -- was the date Doc Brown punched into his
time machine when he expressed a desire to travel twenty-five years
ahead. And then, of course, in no time at all, other fans were tweeting
that he didn't enter today's date at all.
than weigh in on the debate we have decided to musically explain the
time travel theory that the more things change the more they stay the
same. Here's what people sang about in 1985 -- from the "Back to the
Future" soundtrack. And now we'll flash forward to our time -- and a
song by the thoroughly futuristic Lady Gaga. Twenty-five years later the
game has changed but it's still about the love, man -- and it's still
strong and sudden and cruel sometimes. So even if a bunch of film lovers
got together and almost rewrite movie history because of their deep
feelings for a great movie. Isn't that really the power of love?
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