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July 5, 2010

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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 behemoth Vale.

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.


FTR: RICHARD FADDEN Duration: 00:01:28

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.

Today, 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.

His 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.

Today, 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:


CSIS HEAD TESTIFIES Duration: 00:06:13

Don Davies is a Member of Parliament with the NDP and chair of the Public Safety Committee. We reached him in Ottawa.


LLORNA Duration: 00:00:15

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VALE STRIKE DEAL Duration: 00:07:04

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.


IWACU Duration: 00:00:17

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CLIP: THE COVE/ JAPAN 'COVE' CONTROVERSY Duration: 00:08:10

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 meat.

Now, for the first time, the film is being released widely in Japan. And that release is being met with brickbats and large protests.

Ric 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.


DAN NO URA Duration: 00:00:21

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HOORAY! HOORAY! HOORAY! Duration: 00:00:23

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FOA: MATH GENIUS SAYS NYET Duration: 00:02:24

The man who solved the Poincare conjection is considered almost as complicated and difficult as the math problem itself.

Grigory 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 right.

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.

Back 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.

As It Happens guest host Robert Harris spoke to Jim Carlson, the head of the institute, about Mr. Perelman's then-impending decision.


CLOSING MONDAY

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.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



STATSCAN LONG FORMS Duration: 00:06:30

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.

Until 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.

And 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.


TAKE ME HOME Duration: 00:00:17

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OIL SPILL MEDIA ACCESS Duration: 00:07:25

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 of access.

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.

In 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.


L.Y.G. Duration: 00:00:12

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FTR: FREE KOBI/ HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Duration: 00:07:35

A frank appeal from the crowd at Nathan's annual hot-dog eating contest on Coney Island yesterday.

At 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.


MILKSHAKE Duration: 00:00:34

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SMALL FOUR Duration: 00:00:28

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BACK TO THE FUTURE ANNIVERSARY Duration: 00:02:23

Today marks a Silver Anniversary from a Golden Age of cinema. Or maybe the "hair mousse" age.

"Back 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?"

That's the kind of question that requires grandfather paradoxes, alternative universes, and echo theories to explain. And/or gin.

But 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.

Rather 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?


POWER OF LOVE Duration: 00:00:08

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LOVEGAME Duration: 00:00:10

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