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August 4, 2010

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WEDNESDAY BILLS Duration: 00:01:40

Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.

Good evening. I'm Dara McLeod.

This is As It Happens.

Tonight:

Challenging the rules of engagement. A U.S. district judge declares California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional -- and overturns Prop 8.

A wall for the AWOL. The Harper government tells immigration officials to flag any American military deserter who tries to cross our border.

Courage under water. A Calgary woman wins an award for heroism, after saving two canoeists from drowning in a frigid lake.

Casting votes -- and a backward glance. Kenyans vote on a new constitution -- returning to polling stations for the first time since the disputed election of 2007.

Hearts content. A new study finds that, thanks to surgical intervention, more Quebec octogenarians are surviving heart attacks than ever before.

And...vis-à-vis visas. An Ontario soccer team made up of refugees may finally be headed for a British tournament, after clearing up some document trouble.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows you don't go messin' with the sons of the pitch.


PROP 8 DECISION Duration: 00:07:00

'Til appeal do they part.

Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 -- California's ban on same-sex marriage -- is unconstitutional.

Robin Tyler was a petitioner in the California Supreme Court case that initially overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in May 2008. A month later, the Winnipeg-born activist and her partner Diane Olson became the first gay couple to be legally married in the state. We reached Robin Tyler in Los Angeles.


WHAT A RELIEF Duration: 00:00:27

Album:INTO YOUR LUNGS/HEY ROSETTA

Label:SONIC, 2-953288

Persons/Roles:
TIM BAKER - COMPOSER
HEY ROSETTA - POP GROUP
HAWKSLEY WORKMAN - PRODUCER

STAR OF COURAGE RECIPIENT Duration: 00:07:39

We'd all like to think that if ever tested, we would be capable of performing heroic acts. But sometimes, when you're confronted with a life-and-death situation, you just freeze.

Two years ago, Casey Peirce of Calgary faced a dangerous situation, in which the lives of two stranded canoeists hung in the balance. And she froze. But that's because she leaped into action.

This week, her act of heroism earned her the Governor General's Star of Courage medal.

We reached Casey Peirce in Calgary.


3:10 TO YUMA, FILM MUSIC/WHO LET THE COWS OUT? Duration: 00:00:33

Album:3:10 TO YUMA, SOUNDTRACK

Label:LIONSGATE, LGM2-0010

Persons/Roles:
MARCO BELTRAMI - COMPOSER
MARCO BELTRAMI - CONDUCTOR
JAMES MANGOLD - DIRECTOR

KENYA CONSTITUTION VOTE Duration: 00:07:09

Tensions are high -- but there's hope for a peaceful ballot.

The last time Kenyans lined up to vote, it was for the national election of late 2007. The outcome was grim. More than thirteen hundred people were killed in ethnically-charged post-election violence.

Today, Kenyans went back to the polls for the first time since that violence. This time, they are voting in a referendum. The choice: whether to adopt a new constitution, which addresses corruption, ethnically-charged politics, and land reforms.

Amboka Andere is a journalist and former editor of the Kenya Times. We reached him in Nairobi.


BRIDGE TO 'BAMA Duration: 00:00:31

Album:DOIN' SOMETHING/SOULIVE

Label:BLUE NOTE, 7243 5 27936 2 4

Persons/Roles:
ERIC KRASNO - COMPOSER
BOB BROCKMAN - PRODUCER
ALAN EVANS - DRUMS
ALAN EVANS - PRODUCER
NEAL EVANS - KEYBOARDS
NEAL EVANS - PRODUCER
YARON FUCHS - PRODUCER
ERIC KRASNO - GUITAR
ERIC KRASNO - PRODUCER
JACQUES SCHWARTZ-BART - SAXOPHONE
SOULIVE - JAZZ GROUP

DA: RCMP GOOGLE TRANSLATING Duration: 00:03:02

Dateline: France -- and New France, or Canada, eh?

Voltaire once wrote: "Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life."

Of course, that's not what he really said. However you say that in French is what he really said. And as French is not my forte, I admit I'm simply trusting that this particular translation faithfully represents the spirit of the original message.

Given that assumption, I also trust that were Voltaire alive today, he would have a few bon mots for the makers of various fancy pieces of communication gadgetry, who endeavour to render the wondrous subtleties of his mother tongue more accessible to the masses. And some more for the masses who rely on them.

Two technology stories currently making headlines -- one out of France, and one from what Voltaire knew as Nouvelle-France, -- would surely have escaped neither his eye, nor his wit.

The first centres on the town of Lourde, spelt L-O-U-R-D-E, in southern France. With just ninety-four residents, this quiet hamlet nestled in the Pyrenees typically doesn't attract a lot of visitors. But lately, a number of tourists have descended on the village, drawn not by their faith in God, but rather by their faith in their global positioning systems. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these tourists are Catholic pilgrims seeking the holy site of Lourdes, spelt the same as Lourde, except for a pivotal 'S' at the end. Lourdes with an 's' is a full ninety kilometres to the west of Lourde without an 's'. An easy enough mistake to make, and one most G-P-S's are not equipped to pick up on, unfortunately.

Locals lament that even French people number among the strays -- but as one villager offered, "even without an 's', we are still a nice village."

As I mentioned, the other story concerns Canada -- in particular, the province of British Columbia. This week the N-D-P Official Languages Critic was fuming over a directive by B.C.'s R-C-M-P that Canadians wishing to view department news bulletins in French, should rely on Google Translate for interpretation.

Mr. Godin insisted every effort must be made to ensure that all Canadians are afforded the same quality of language service, no matter where in the country they live.

What I think he's really saying is that the spirit of some expressions just can't be accurately conveyed through Google Translate. Like, for example, the expression "Pardon my French".


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:20



CDA WAR RESISTER RULE Duration: 00:06:49

When things go south, deserters should think twice about heading north.

The Canadian government has told immigration officials to take a closer look at American military deserters who are seeking asylum or applying for permanent residence in Canada. Officials in charge of military-deserter files must now consult their superiors on how to handle these applications. Critics say this won't just create problems for people wanting to enter the country -- it will also create problems for American U.S. Iraq War deserters who are already here, waiting for their refugee and sponsorship applications to go through.

Lee Zaslofsky is a Vietnam war deserter and a coordinator with the War Resisters Support Campaign. We reached him in Toronto.


WEDNESDAY CLOSING Duration: 00:00:33

And we're about to take a short break so that you can hear the news, but we'll be back in just a few minutes with more As It Happens. And we'll return with these stories:

Resistance borders on futile. Canada is about to become much less hospitable to American war resisters.

Still in circulation. A new study shows that more and more Quebeckers over eighty are thriving after heart attacks.

The cleated elite get a chance to compete. Hamilton, Ontario's United FC are finally ready to head to a British tournament -- thanks to an outpouring of generosity.

Stay tuned. I'm LL.

And I'm DM.


PEACETIME RESISTANCE Duration: 00:00:22

Album:DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE/KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

Label:VIRGIN, 50999 3 06840 2 7

Persons/Roles:
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - COMPOSER
ERIK GLAMBEK BOE - COMPOSER
ERLEND OYE - COMPOSER
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - PRODUCER
ROBERT JONNUM - PRODUCER
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - POP GROUP
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - PRODUCER

FTR: BLOOMBERG GROUND ZERO MOSQUE Duration: 00:02:55

Surrounded by religious leaders, and with the Statue of Liberty as his backdrop, yesterday the mayor of New York City spoke out in defence of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reacting to a unanimous decision by the city's Landmark Preservation Commission not to extend landmark status to a building on Park Avenue, five blocks from the site of the September 11th attacks. That decision removes one obstacle for the establishment of the mosque -- but the proposal is a topic of fierce debate across the United States.

Mayor Bloomberg addressed the debate as a test of the separation of church and state. Here's an excerpt of his speech, for the record:


THIS WORLD Duration: 00:00:23

Album:ZERO 7: SIMPLE THINGS

Label:PALM PICTURES, QMG 5007-2

Persons/Roles:
HENRY BINNS - DESIGNER
SAM HARDAKER - DESIGNER
ORVILLE WRIGHT - DESIGNER
ZERO 7 - ENS IN-V

SENIOR HEART ATTACK SURVIVAL Duration: 00:06:05

It's generally accepted that with age comes a myriad of health problems. Which means it's generally accepted that, with all those accumulated aches, pains, disorders, and ailments, a severely traumatic event like a heart attack pretty much spells the end for an elderly person.

Well, sometimes things that are generally accepted are wrong. And this is one of those things. A new study out of McGill University has found that, in Quebec, more people in their eighties are surviving heart attacks than ever before.

Louise Pilote is a cardiovascular epidemiologist, and the senior author of the study. We reached her in Montreal.


SQUEEZIN'S Duration: 00:00:23

Album:SOUNDTRACK/CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET

Label:CUSTOM, ABJ 0303

Persons/Roles:
ANDREW COLLINS - COMPOSER
CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
BILL VORNDICK - PRODUCER

SOCCER TEAM FOLO Duration: 00:05:45

For the United FC, today was a day of relief and renewed hope.

On Monday's program we spoke with Leo Johnson, the coach of the Hamiton, Ontario soccer club. United FC is made up almost entirely of refugees. And last Thursday they were on their way to London, England for a youth tournament hosted by the soccer team Arsenal.

But despite their best efforts, eight team members were held up at Toronto's Pearson Airport for not having the proper travel visas.

Today, the team is back on track. We reached Leo Johnson earlier today en route from Ottawa to Toronto.


XL-30 Duration: 00:00:24

Album:INSPIRATION INFORMATION

Label:LUAKA BOP, 000024

Persons/Roles:
SHUGGIE OTIS - COMPOSER
SHUGGIE OTIS - VOCALS
PAUL HECK - COMPILER

E-MAIL: DEAF SCHOOL CLOSES Duration: 00:01:39

Is it a victim of politics, or just a casualty of a changing culture?

This week, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that it would close the Newfoundland School for the Deaf. It's the only school in the province specifically designated for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The province cited lack of enrolment for the closure.

Yesterday on the program, we spoke with John Reade, a former teacher at the school. He said the school had long been a target for closure, even when enrolment was strong.

That prompted this e-mail from J. Stephen Lentz in Richmond Hill, Ontario:

"Mr. Reade clearly avoided the question as to whether the decrease in enrolment was due to the availability of cochlear implants. While I cannot speak specifically for Newfoundland, in general the answer is a definite yes. Cochlear implants have entirely changed the lives of the hearing-impaired.

"The vast majority of the lay public has no idea as to what degree cochlear implants have allowed hearing-impaired individuals to lead relatively normal lives in the mainstream of society. The question is not whether the old style schools for the deaf using sign language will gradually close, which is inevitable, but whether governments choose to adequately fund the use of cochlear implants.

"Society should support the use of cochlear implants, as they allow the hearing-impaired to lead much more economically productive lives than was previously the case."

That e-mail was sent by J.Stephen Lentz in Richmond Hill, Ontario.



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