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Forfeiting rights in the wake of a wrong.
After an oil spill, an American Congressman claims Enbridge has
pressured Michigan residents into giving up their right to sue.
First the flood, then the drought. Facing a dearth of donations to
Pakistan, the Minister of International Cooperation urges Canadians to
Intensity in Tent City. A ban on urban camping in Victoria may force a
makeshift community of homeless people to pull up stakes.
We'll just check in to see what position the opposition is in. After a
summer on the barbecue circuit, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff stops
by for a different kind of grilling.
Name that tomb. Now that you can have your ashes embedded in a vinyl
record, Talkback explains how it would get into the groove.
And...fry me to the moon. You'll always remember where you were when I
said the following: a Texan genius has found a way to deep-fry beer --
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows it's rare when both an inventor and his invention are stout of heart.
just one of the words used to describe Enbridge's actions, following
the July oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and other Michigan waterways.
Today, members of the U.S.
Congress are outraged that the energy company may be pressuring victims
of the spill to give up their legal rights -- and, in other cases,
asking them to sign over complete medical records.
Mark Schauer -- whose district is located in the area where more than
eight-hundred-thousand gallons of crude oil spewed into the river -- is
one of the members who is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to
investigate Enbridge's claims practices.
We reached Congressman Schauer on the road near Jackson, Michigan.
Terri Larson is a spokesperson for Enbridge. We reached her today in Marshall, Michigan.
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It's time to put down the barbecue tongs, head back to Ottawa and park the bus.
summer, opposition leader Michael Ignatieff has traveled across the
country on his Liberal Express bus tour. And while he says the tour has
changed him, many Canadians still question whether he has what it takes
to be leader -- and whether he has what it takes to stand up to Stephen
We reached Michael Ignatieff at the Sydney Airport in Nova Scotia.
Hello again, I'm Laura Lynch.
Good evening. I'm Robert Fisher.
This is As It Happens, Part Two.
So far, Canadians have been slow, or downright unwilling, to donate any money at all for Pakistani flood relief.
to a new Angus Reid poll, thirty-eight percent of Canadians donated to
earthquake relief for Haiti -- but only four percent have given anything
for Pakistan. The report calls this difference in contributions
"staggering". And what's even more surprising is that donations remain
minimal, even after the federal government's pledge to match every
dollar donated by Canadians.
Bev Oda is the Canadian Minister of International Cooperation and we reached her in Orono, Ontario.
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A few nights ago, we asked you to respond to a pressing issue: what would you like to be your vinyl testament?
a fee of about three thousand dollars, a British company called "And
Vinyly" will create a old-school LP record, embedded with your ashes,
after you die. And you can get just about anything you want recorded
onto it -- your own voice, someone else's or, of course, a song.
So we asked, "How would you make an ash of yourself?" -- or rather, "What would you like made out of your ashes?"
note came from David Brown, somewhere out there. Out there in
cyberspace. Not "out there" beyond this mortal coil. At least as far as I
know. Mr. Brown writes:
a big fan of Neil Young's music, his song 'Long May You Run,' quickly
came to mind. But I couldn't help but wanting to add The Crash Test
Dummies' 'Funeral Song.' Then the memorial disk would do double duty as a
keepsake AND an invitation!"
David, you only get one death. And you only get one song request on As
It Happens. So let's go with your first instinct for your final tribute.
Here's Neil Young with
"Long May You Run", the title track to his 1976 album with Stephen
Stills and a tribute to his first car -- a Buick hearse named "Mortimer
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That's Neil Young, with "Long May You Run". Which couldn't be less
fitting, because there are mere seconds left before we make way for the
news. And then we'll be be back with more As It Happens. When we return:
of water, a trickle of donations. We'll speak with Minister Bev Oda
about Canadians' slow financial response to the floods in Pakistan.
Tent flap. Victoria city council's proposed crackdown on camping is aimed at busting up a tent city of homeless people.
What has Mark Zable invented, and will it save the world? The answers are: deep-fried beer...and yes.
Stay tuned. I'm LL.
And I'm RF.
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When most of us think about camping, the idea of pitching a tent or
sleeping in a city park probably doesn't cross our minds. But then
again, most of us aren't homeless.
a bylaw was struck down two years ago prohibiting camping in city
parks, the 900-block of Pandora Avenue in Victoria has become the site
of a makeshift tent city -- home to dozens of otherwise homeless people.
This week, the city will
decide whether to ban "boulevard camping" -- which would effectively
evict the homeless residents of the tent city.
Robert Randall is the chair of Victoria's Downtown Residents Association. We reached him in Victoria.
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This past Saturday, American TV host Glenn Beck invited everyone to the
Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for a rally, which was called
"Restoring Honor". And it was a great success.
on the rally on his Fox News program this week, Glenn Beck said the
following:In other words, it's nearly last call -- not the bar kind --
and God has a train, with seatbelts in it, which you should fasten,
because something bad is going to happen that won't affect trains, or at
And also, the "Restoring Honour" rally was about "the truth", of which
Mr. Beck believes there is a shortage in the United States -- which Mr.
Beck himself can counteract, because he has a surplus of the stuff,
which he generously dispenses at will.
Mr. Beck has said, repeatedly, that half a million people turned up to
restore honour at "Restoring Honour". As evidence, he points to some
photographs of the event -- aerial photographs that depict the scale of
the crowd. One photo, in particular -- the one Mr. Beck describes humbly
as "iconic" -- certainly shows an enormous group of supporters. You
could say, without fear of contradiction, that the pictures show
"plenty" of people. Pressed further, you could probably place the number
of people as somewhere between "a fair number" and "a whole bunch". But
Mr. Beck would insist that you were definitely seeing photos of five
hundred thousand people. Minimum.
The media types at CBS News disagree. They asked some experts to
provide an estimate of attendance at the rally. And those experts -- who
consist of a company called AirPhotosLive-dot-com, and a
Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and professor with his own slightly
different crowd-estimating methodology -- came up with slightly less
impressive numbers. The company said eighty-seven thousand people were
at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. The professor said eighty thousand.
Margin of error of both estimates: nine thousand people.
thousand people is a lot of people. It's just a significantly smaller
number than five hundred thousand. Still, Glenn Beck isn't going to
defer to bean-counters. Here he is, speaking on Fox News on Monday.
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Some inventions change the course of history and send all humanity
soaring forth on the wings of progress. Think: the printing press, the
steam engine and penicillin.
And now, deep-fried beer.
grandchildren will obviously take the combination of beer and
super-heated grease for granted. But it's new to us. So we've reached
the Johannes Gutenberg, the James Watt, the Alexander Fleming of
deep-fried beer: Mr. Mark Zable. He's the inventor of the...uh,
food...or drink...or whatever it is exactly. And he's so proud of his
invention, he's entering it in the Big Tex deep-fried food competition
at this year's Texas State Fair.
We reached Mark Zable in Dallas.
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At As it Happens we consider it our daily duty to round up some of the
day's most interesting voices from around the world. And once in awhile,
one of those voices stands out from the herd enough to warrant another
Philip Prantle is one such
voice. He was just eight years old when we first heard from him two
summers ago -- one of that rare and lucky breed who found his calling
early on in life. His calling happens to be imitating cows. And boy,
does he know how to milk it.
spoke to him just after he won the Wisconsin State Fair's world-famous
mooing contest, Moo-la-Palooza. From our archives, here's part of that
conversation from August, 2008.