A census of fair play. An economist backs up the Harper government's
decision to scrap the mandatory survey, arguing the penalties that go
with it are unjust.
A voluntary census? Non-census. That's what the Americans concluded after they tried dropping their own compulsory long-form.
The war on drug laws. A group of AIDS workers pushes governments around
the world to end the criminalization of drug use to put an end to the
Oil things considered. An MP explains why she and her colleagues spent
months investigating oilsands pollution -- only to kill the resulting
The bear jar. Wildlife officers near Thunder Bay find evidence of a
happy ending to the tale of a bear with some Winnie-the-Pooh-like
And . . . A kangaroo-dimentary find. Paleontologists in Australia are
hop-ful they've hit the mother lode, after discovering a trove of
ancient marsupial skeletons.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio with a bone-a fide belief that everyone should get in touch with their 'roos.
It's becoming an urgent matter of census and sensibility.
federal government's decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census
questionnaire in favour of a voluntary form has met with outrage. The
criticism has come from economists, academics, social policy planners
and others who say they rely on the data to make important decisions
about everything from health care to public-transit routes.
there is at least one economist who supports the demise of the census
long form. Niels Veldhuis is the senior economist at the Fraser
Institute. We reached him in Vancouver.
we just heard, in 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted a test where
their long-form equivalent, the American Community Survey, was made
voluntary. The results were less than satisfactory, and the survey was
made mandatory again.
Louis Kincannon served as the director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 2002 to 2008. We reached him in Washington, DC.
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Today brought more bad news for the family of a newspaper seller killed during last year's G20 protests in London.
Tomlinson was walking away from a riot-squad when he was assaulted by a
police officer and shoved to the ground. He picked himself up, but
moments later, the forty-seven-year-old collapsed and died.
the Crown Prosecution Service in Britain has announced that no charges
will be laid against the offending officer, because, it said,
conflicting medical evidence makes a conviction unrealistic.
are Mr. Tomlinson's sons, Richard and Paul King, and their lawyer,
Jules Carey, responding to the decision on the BBC, for the record:
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Looking back over the past few months, one thing probably stands out in
Helena Guergis's mind: all the mud her name has been dragged through.
Now that's not to say the former Harper cabinet minister hasn't
contributed to the be-smirching of her own reputation. There was the
infamous temper tantrum at the Charlottetown airport and the
not-so-great optics that resulted from a praise-heavy letter campaign
lead, ostensibly, by one of her constituents, who, in the end, turned
out to be Ms. Guergis's aide.
But the really damaging blows came from the prime minister himself. In
April, Stephen Harper forced Helena Guergis's resignation and ordered
an RCMP investigation into allegations that she and her husband, former
MP Rahim Jaffer, had some shady business dealings.
Yesterday, the RCMP cleared both Ms. Guergis's and Mr. Jaffer, saying there was nothing behind the allegations.
Adams is the managing editor of the Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin,
the newspaper in Ms. Guergis's riding. We reached him in Collingwood,
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Think of it as the great escape.
we told you about a young bear near Thunder Bay, Ontario, whose head
had been jammed into a plastic jar, stopping it from eating or drinking.
Wildlife officials had tried to free the bear, but the animal had
Today, the bear is still nowhere to be seen, but officials believe the tale may still have a happy ending.
Johnston is a conservation officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources. Here's part of his conversation with CBC Thunder Bay, for
Well, bear with us while we take a break now for the news. But we'll be
back in a few minutes with more As It Happens. When we return:
Things that go bump in the night . . . and in the morning . . . and in
the middle of the afternoon. A Vancouver man explains what it's like to
have a roof that also acts as an unfortunate landing pad.
And . . . Dirty deeds. Fed-up with filthy-minded pranksters stealing
their village signpost, an English hamlet installs a large bolder
engraved with its name instead. Find out why when we come back. I'm HM.
And I'm DJ.
When it comes to drugs, just saying "yes" may be the best policy.
the stance of a number of scientists, medical practioners and public
health officials pushing for the legalization of illicit drugs. This
week, at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, they launched a
campaign calling on governments around the world to end the war on
drugs, in order to win the war on HIV and AIDS.
Wood is the founder of the International Centre for Science in Drug
Policy and he's the co-chair of the group that has drafted what is being
called the "Vienna Declaration." We reached him in Vienna.
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For the MPs looking into the environmental damage caused by Alberta's
oilsands, it seems to have been a case of oil or nothing.
A few nights ago, we spoke with Andrew Nikiforuk, the author of Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
. He described how Members of Parliament destroyed a report on the
oilsands. For over a year, the Standing Committee on Environment and
Sustainable Development had been investigating pollution caused by the
industry. The results of their investigation painted a bleak picture.
But, in the end, there was no consensus among MPs. And, for some reason,
the final draft went up in smoke, never to see the light of day.
Linda Duncan is on that committee. She's the NDP Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona. We reached her in Edmonton.
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He ended up with a broken femur, but you could still call it a lucky
break for a paraglider who survived a crash onto the roof of a house in
North Vancouver. Firefighters used a crane to rescue the injured man and
he was taken to the hospital.
are a familiar sight in the area near Grouse Mountain, so for the man
whose roof became a landing pad, it's just the same old, same old.
Here is how Mike Clendenning explained it to CBC Vancouver, for the record:
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Nobody wants to skeletons in their closet.
skeletons in a cave are a different matter altogether -- especially
when they're fifteen-million-years-old, belong to a an extinct group of
marsupials, and are in mint condition.
Black is perfectly happy to have those. She's a paleontologist with the
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the
University of New South Wales. We reached her in Sydney, Australia.
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Some names can just cause a ton of headaches. Take mine, for instance. A
couple of weeks back, I thought I'd been appointed governor general.
Turns out, it was another David Johnston. And let's just say security
didn't take kindly to me trying to move into Rideau Hall.
But that's nothing compared to the problems caused by the name of one hamlet in England.
of Shitterton in Dorset have had many a battle over their name. But
lately the biggest problem has been their sign. Every time the local
council erected a signpost for the village, pranksters ran off with it.
Shitterton happens, you
might say. But after the umpteenth sign had disappeared, residents
decided enough was enough. So they passed the hat and now a ton and a
half boulder proudly displays the hamlet's name.
residents of the village are lucky -- or not -- depending on your point
of view, to have the name at all. Back in 1994, attempts were made to
change the name to something less controversial. But when villagers
found out, well, the Shitterton really hit the fan.
the time, As It Happens host Michael Enright interviewed local resident
Diana Phillips. Here is an excerpt of that interview, from our