A definite explosion over a possible explosion. A leaked document that
says Canadian soldiers were killed by friendly fire ignites a firestorm
Clement's inclemency. While opposition MPs demand the government come
to its senses, the Industry Minister insists people will not be forced
to come to the census.
An ad homonym attack. Toronto police apprehend a Somali-Canadian
suspect named Sharmake Abdi -- but he's not the Sharmake Abdi they were
Memento Maury. Remembering one of Canada's great character actors, Maury Chaykin -- who has died on his sixty-first birthday.
A toast to the boaster who's tossed the most coasters. A British man
raises the bar at the bar, shattering the record for flipping the most
beer mats at once.
And...you know that age-old question about bears and woods? Well, in
this story, the answer is "Yes" -- except that this bear did it behind
the wheel of a stolen car he'd just crashed.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that figures he should have left himself and the car in park.
Last night on As It Happens, we brought you the story of a leaked document from the U.S. military.
The document describes a friendly fire incident, when American forces
dropped a bomb on Canadian soldiers. The log is dated September 3rd,
2006 -- just a few days into one of the biggest Canadian-led operations
in Afghanistan. It was called "Operation Medusa".
U.S. military log says four Canadian soldiers died that day. Seven
others were wounded, along with an interpreter. The Canadian government
has since called the document a mistake. And the families of the
soldiers who died that day say their loved ones died in combat fighting
Taliban insurgents -- a view that is also supported by the Canadian
However, the fact
this document even exists raises a lot of questions. Last night, we
heard from a former Canadian Colonel. Tonight, we get the view from the
other side. Janis Karpinski is a former United States Brigadier General.
We reached her earlier today in New Jersey.
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Sharmake Abdi was wanted for murder. The Toronto Police were on the
lookout for the twenty-six-year old Somali-Canadian -- one of two
suspects in the death of a third man, who died after being thrown out of
a moving car earlier this year. Last Thursday, the police got their man
-- a 26-year old Somali-Canadian named Sharmake Abdi.
He had the right name -- but he was the wrong guy.
We reached Sharmake Abdi -- the entirely innocent Sharmake Abdi -- in Toronto.
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Maury Chaykin was the quintessential character actor. One of those
performers whose names you may not recognize -- but as soon as you see
them on the screen you immediately think: "Hey! I love that guy!"
while character actors often go unrecognized on the street, Maury
Chaykin was recognized with Gemini and Genie Awards, and was well-loved
and well-respected by his fellow actors and audiences alike.
Maury Chaykin died this morning, on his sixty-first birthday.
Chaykin played a role in several landmark TV series, including "The
King of Kensington," "Night Heat," "Street Legal" and "Due South." On
the big screen, he appeared in films big and small, including Dances
With Wolves, My Cousin Vinny, The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica.
Maury Chaykin is probably most recognized for his role as an eccentric,
lonely rock star in Whale Music. It was based on the novel by the late
Paul Quarrington -- and presented a fictionalized version of the life of
the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Mr. Chaykin won a Genie for that
performance in 1994.
Most recently, he was part of the ensemble cast of the HBO Canada series "Less Than Kind."
February, Maury Chaykin appeared on CBC Radio's Q, to discuss the
second season of "Less Than Kind." Here's part of his conversation with
Q host Jian Ghomeshi, from our archives.
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When Ben Story found out his car was stolen, the seventeen-year-old
resident of a small Colorado community found the crime mind-boggling.
And he was right.
We reached Ben at his family home in Larkspur, Colorado.
He's out to save Canadians from an invasive, threatening force. Its name: the long-form census.
Industry Minister Tony Clement budged not at all on the government's
decision to make the census voluntary. He was appearing before a
Parliamentary committee that was debating that decision. Mr. Clement
defended his party's controversial position -- saying that some
questions on the long-form census were too personal, and that people
shouldn't be threatened with jail time for failing to fill it out.
Liberal MP Anthony Rota took exception to that reasoning. Here's part
of his exchange with Minister Clement today, for the record.
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He has admitted to his crimes. He's apologized for them. But he won't accept his sentence.
we reported that the U.N.'s Khmer Rouge Tribunal had sentenced former
jailer Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known as Comrade Duch. He oversaw
the torture and execution of thousands of prisoners at the infamous Tuol
Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, during the Cambodian genocide of the
nineteen-seventies. Comrade Duch will spend the next nineteen years in
prison for his crimes -- much to the anger of many in Cambodia who feel
the sentence is far too lenient.
for the man convicted, the sentence wasn't lenient enough. Today,
Duch's lawyer announced that the former Khmer Rouge jailer would be
appealing his sentence -- prompting a tribunal spokesman to comment, "He
would have appealed a sentence of even one day."
fact that Comrade Duch sits in prison at all is largely due to the
efforts of photographer and author Nic Dunlop. Back in 1998, Mr. Dunlop
decided to track down Comrade Duch -- and found him the following year
in Northwestern Cambodia. We reached Nic Dunlop in Devizes, England.
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Hans Blix didn't mince words. Today, at the Chilcot Inquiry into the
Iraq War., the United Nations' former chief weapons inspector described
the justifications for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as "absurd".
Blix led the U.N. investigation into whether Saddam Hussein's regime
had weapons of mass destruction. Much to the frustration of supporters
of the invasion, he failed to discover any.
his testimony today, Mr. Blix said that, at the time, he told both U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair
that there might not be any "smoking guns" in Iraq. And that he had
asked the British PM: "Wouldn't it be paradoxical if you were to invade
Iraq with two-hundred-and-fifty thousand men and find very little?"
Here is an excerpt of Hans Blix speaking to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War earlier today, for the record.
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As the sporting world was focused on the outcome of the Tour de France
-- and Alberto Contador's impressive third victory in four years -- the
achievements of one world record breaker seem to have gone largely
Dean Gould of Felixstowe, England smashed three world records last week,
but you're unlikely to find his picture adorning the sports pages of
your daily newspaper. That's because Dean Gould broke the records in
'Beer Mat Flipping' - one of Britain's best-loved pub pastimes. Just
place a pile of coasters in front of a British relative and you'll see
what I mean.
We caught up with record-breaker Dean Gould at his home in Felixstowe, England.
We all have to face a painful truth from time to time. But whether we
decide to ignore that truth, or slap it across its snarky,
bleach-toothed British mug -- that's entirely up to us.
the truth does sometimes come in guise of a smug Brit with a fake tan.
His name is Simon Cowell. And he's made a fantastic living out of
telling the untalented about their lack of talent in precise and cutting
detail on the TV shows "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent."
we told you last night, when an aspiring singer named Emma Amelia Pearl
Czikai found herself on the receiving end of the talented Mr. Cowell's
merciless evaluation, she decided to sue him for being mean.
That prompted Talkback to get a little judgy itself.
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Now, some of you might not be familiar with the musical stylings of
Florence Foster Jenkins. After all, her career hit a high note -- which
is more than you can say for her voice -- about sixty-five years ago.
let a much kinder Brit tell you about Ms. Foster Jenkins. In 2001,
Chris Ballance spoke to As It Happens about a play he staged about her.
From our archives, here's his description of Florence Foster Jenkins:
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