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July 22, 2010

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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 disease.

Oil things considered. An MP explains why she and her colleagues spent months investigating oilsands pollution -- only to kill the resulting report.

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 habits.

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.


VOLUNTARY CENSUS ADVOCATE Duration: 00:06:58

It's becoming an urgent matter of census and sensibility.

The 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.

But 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.


US CENSUS CHANGE Duration: 00:06:44

As 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.


INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, FILM MUSIC/THEME Duration: 00:00:24

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FTR: NO G20 CHARGES Duration: 00:02:26

Today brought more bad news for the family of a newspaper seller killed during last year's G20 protests in London.

Ian 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.

Now 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.

Here are Mr. Tomlinson's sons, Richard and Paul King, and their lawyer, Jules Carey, responding to the decision on the BBC, for the record:


ISOLATE Duration: 00:00:22

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GUERGIS FUTURE Duration: 00:07:05

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.

Ian Adams is the managing editor of the Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin, the newspaper in Ms. Guergis's riding. We reached him in Collingwood, Ontario.


PHENOMENA Duration: 00:00:22

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FTR: BEAR IN JAR FOLO Duration: 00:01:22

Think of it as the great escape.

Yesterday, 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 eluded them.

Today, the bear is still nowhere to be seen, but officials believe the tale may still have a happy ending.

Ross Johnston is a conservation officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Here's part of his conversation with CBC Thunder Bay, for the record.


CLOSING THURSDAY Duration: 00:00:31

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.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



AIDS AND DRUGS Duration: 00:06:59

When it comes to drugs, just saying "yes" may be the best policy.

That's 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.

Evan 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.


ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE Duration: 00:00:29

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OILSANDS REPORT FOLO Duration: 00:07:07

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.


LONELINESS OF MAGNETS Duration: 00:03:43

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FTR: PARAGLIDER HOUSE Duration: 00:01:34

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.

Paragliders 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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REALLY OLD MARSUPIALS Duration: 00:05:39

Nobody wants to skeletons in their closet.

But 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.

Karen 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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FOA: SHITTERTON Duration: 00:02:15

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.

Residents 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.

But 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.

At the time, As It Happens host Michael Enright interviewed local resident Diana Phillips. Here is an excerpt of that interview, from our archives.




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