* Elie Wiesel. The Nobel Prize-winning author is returning an award from Hungary, because he says the country is "whitewashing" its history.
* Pro-Refugee Health. The Director General of Health for Citizenship and Immigration Canada responds to doctors concerns about cuts to health services for refugees.
* Pakistan Polio Vaccine. A Taliban commander is denying access to polio shots, because of anger that the CIA used the immunizations in its operation to capture Osama bin Laden.
* Peacock study: There's more to a peacock's show than meets the eye -- because they keep the soundtrack so low that humans can't hear it.
* Greece Reaction To Germany. A Greek Economics prof responds to the German advisor who wants debt-ridden Greece out of the Eurozone.
* AB Caterpillars. Forest tent caterpillars have invaded parts of central and northern Alberta.
Hello, I'm Carol Off.
Good evening, I'm Jeff Douglas.
This is As It Happens.
State of denial. Eight years ago, Elie Wiesel accepted a major award from Hungary -- and tonight, he'll tell us why he's renouncing the honour.
Calling back the shots. A Taliban commander cancels planned polio vaccinations for tens of thousands of children in Pakistan.
RSVP-ing to the TPP. That's the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- which Canada has just been invited to join, after a feverish charm offensive.
A complicated bill of health. Amid controversy and protests, the head of Citizenship and Immigration's Health Branch defends government changes to refugee medical care.
Behind frenemy lines. Last night, we heard a German banker say Greece should leave the Eurozone -- and tonight, our Greek guest has some choice words in response.
And...shake a tailfeather. Or a whole lot of them. Humans can't hear the vibrations that peacocks make with their plumage -- but the sound can drive a peahen wild with lust.
As It Happens, the Tuesday Edition. Radio that wonders what it's like to have someone under your thrum.
In 2004, Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel was presented with the Grand Cross Order of Merit by Hungary. Now he's sending it back.
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the Hungarian parliament, Laszlo Kover, Mr. Wiesel protested against what he called the "whitewashing" of the country's past.
We reached Mr. Wiesel in New York.
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It's the most important international trade deal you've never heard of.
Earlier today, Canada was invited to join the Trans Pacific Partnership -- a free trade agreement between eleven nations, many of them developing economies in Asia. And, as far as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is concerned, it will play a major role in developing the Canadian economy.
Laura Dawson thinks so too. She's an independent economic advisor. She's also a member of the International Economic Policy Advisory Council with the C.D. Howe Institute. We reached her in Ottawa.
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There has been an outcry from medical workers across Canada.
Yesterday, doctors and other medical staff took to the streets in fourteen cities to protest changes to the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides health care to refugees and refugee claimants.
Last week, Dr. Philip Berger told us what he thought the changes meant.
In response to that interview, As it Happens and Dr. Berger received a letter from Dr. Danielle Grondin, who is the Director General of the Health Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In response to that letter, we received another letter from Dr. Berger.
To help settle the debate, we reached Dr. Grondin of Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa.
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You wouldn't think this light Herbie Hancock jazz piece from the early 'eighties could cause controversy and, even, a police investigation.
But earlier this month it did -- in a roundabout sort of way -- in a small UK town called Laleham.
It started when a sharp-eyed local licensing officer spotted a promotion at a local pub called The Feathers, promising live music "from 4 A.M.". Well, in Laleham, it would be illegal for any pub to start any show at four in the morning. So, just after ten PM on the night before the gig, two police officers and three licensing officers descended on the pub. And they had some stern words for the woman who runs The Feathers regarding rules for public houses.
That woman, whose name is Kate Dillon, was at first confused, and then angry, when the authorities came barging in. For her part, she saw nothing wrong with offering live music starting around nine p.m. by a two-piece band called "4 A.M." That's why she had put up posters advertising a night featuring music "from 4 A.M." A band, incidentally, named after this Herbie Hancock piece.
As it turns out, neither the quintet of officials, who left -- too ashamed to stay and face the music.
Tens of thousands of children in Pakistan were supposed to get the polio vaccination starting tomorrow. They live in the region with the highest rate of the crippling disease in the world.
But now that won't happen. You could call it fall-out from the so-called "war on terror".
A Pakistani Taliban commander in North Waziristan has banned the polio shots until American drone strikes in the region stop. He also said he fears the CIA could use the program to spy.
Last year, the CIA used a Pakistani doctor performing immunizations to infiltrate the compound where Osama bin Laden was living.
Heidi Larson has been watching this closely. She worked for years for UNICEF, trying to dispel rumours that the CIA was using polio eradication programs as a cover. Now she studies the problem at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We reached her in New York.
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Ottawa-Edmonton tensions were already running high. Now Jason Kenney has pressed the button -- the "reply all" button.
Alberta's Deputy Premier, Thomas Lukaszuk, is planning a visit to Ottawa. And last Wednesday, an Alberta Conservative MP emailed his colleagues, including Mr. Kenney, whether they would play host to Mr. Lukaszuk.
Mr. Lukaszuk's Progressive Conservatives won a majority in April's Alberta election, defeating their rivals on the right, the Wildrose Party. Some of Mr. Kenney's colleagues in the federal Conservatives' Alberta Caucus had backed the Wildrose. There've been tense times between Ottawa and Edmonton ever since.
Mr. Kenney and Mr. Lukaszuk also have a history. Thomas Lukaszuk used to have Alberta's immigration portfolio. He used his position to criticize Mr. Kenney for failing to bring enough immigrants into Alberta.
So it may come as no surprise that Mr. Kenney wasn't keen to play host to Mr. Lukaszuk.
The way he chose to express his disinterest did come a surprise, however.
Mr Kenney, assisted by that "reply all" button, sent a message to every single member of the Alberta Caucus and their staffs, which is today's Quote, Unquote:
"I say a definite 'no' to Lukaszyk. I don't think it makes sense to create a precedent to do a special caucus meeting for every visitng minister from the provincial government. Plus, he is a complete and utter asshole."
Adding insult to insult, Mr Kenney misspelt Mr. Lukaszuk's name.
Mr Kenney has now apologized.
"Subtle" is not a word typically associated with peacocks. But it turns out there's a very understated score accompanying their outrageous spectacle -- a sound so low we humans can't hear it. But other peafowl sure can.
Angela Freeman is the University of Manitoba graduate student who made the discovery. We reached her on her cell phone in Kent, Ohio.
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It's the kind of promising news that we're all too happy to share with you.
Last night, we spoke with British oncologist Kevin Harrington. He's the lead author of a study in which a common cold virus was used to treat people suffering from advanced bowel cancer. It's called reovirus therapy, and it uses a virus to attack cancer cells.
That interview moved Carey Johnson in Calgary to send us this email:
"This is certainly a good news story worth sharing. What is striking is the omission of a discussion of the Canadian connection. "Kevin Harrington and the U.K. group has been brought into the Reovirus project after the pioneering work of Canadians Matt Coffey and Patrick Lee, who first discovered the peculiar habit of Reovirus killing cancer cells in the late 'nineties. Matt Coffey and others have continuously progressed in the understanding of Reovirus, and now are on the brink of a direct understanding of the true anti-cancer possibility for this virus.
"Virtually all of the groundwork for this important discovery was laid by Canadian researchers. It is not that common that Canadian researchers produce epochal changes in medical understanding....but this is such an occasion. They deserve some of the accolades."
Thank you Carey Johnson in Calgary for writing to us, and helping us give credit where it's due.
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A horse-racing controversy that was left unsettled for forty years has finally been put right.
That was a recording of the 1973 Preakness. The horse Secretariat won the race, with Ron Turcotte from Grand Falls, New Brunswick in the saddle.
A great win -- but there was a problem with the electronic timing. And ever since, many have questioned the official race time of just under one minute, fifty-five seconds. They believe Secretariat was faster than that, and actually won in record time.
Well, today they were proved right. The Maryland Racing Commission reviewed the race. And nearly forty years later, they have verified the official time as one minute and fifty-three seconds flat. That makes Secretariat's ride a track record. And it also means a triple-crown record for Secretariat, says Mike Hopkins of the Maryland Racing Commission. He says, "Secretariat broke the record in the Derby and he broke the record at the Belmont. There's no other horse to break all three."
Well, as we said, New Brunswick's Ron Turcott was in the saddle that day. And he gave us this reaction earlier today.
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When Michigan state representative Mike Callton spoke with The Detroit News, he was still in shock at his colleague's foul mouth. "What she said was offensive," Mr. Callton said, possibly while dabbing delicately at his forehead with a handkerchief. "It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company."
What word was it that so shook him? Well, here's Lisa Brown, a Michigan Democrat, speaking last week on the House floor. See if you can guess which word made him tumble onto the fainting couch.
Ms. Brown was speaking about a Republican bill that would restrict abortion rights in Michigan when she said "vagina".
And in response to her unacceptable use of an actual word that is the actual, anatomical name for a part of the actual female body, she was barred from speaking the next day in the House. And her Democratic colleague, Representative Barb Byrum, was also barred from speaking about her proposed ban on vasectomies, which she was proposing to make a point.
Which leads us to the scene yesterday night outside the Michigan Capitol Building.
That's the sound of some three thousand people chanting "Vagina" yesterday. They were there because Eve Ensler, the author of "The Vagina Monologues", said she wanted to rally support for Ms. Brown and Ms. Byrum. So Ms. Ensler joined female Democratic legislators on the steps of the Capitol Building.
They performed "The Vagina Monologues", and generally to use the word "vagina" as often as possible.
Lisa Brown also took the opportunity to remind her supporters of the bill she had originally spoken out against.
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The anatomy of an epidemic is never easy to grasp. And in the case of cholera in Haiti, the stakes are high when it comes to understanding where the disease came from.
Since the earthquake, cholera has killed more than seven thousand people and left half a million sick. Most researchers -- and many Haitians, too -- believe the epidemic is the result of a strain brought in by Nepalese troops. That has led to a lawsuit claiming negligence against the United Nations.
But new research is muddying the waters: Rita Colwell, from the University of Maryland, and her team found a second, unrelated strain of cholera. We reached Ms. Colwell in San Francisco.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And where art is concerned, sometimes one's opinion of beauty depends on where it's being beheld.
Take, for example, graffiti. An Edmonton artist called D-P has sparked a debate about the line between art and vandalism. At an exhibit of his work at the Paint Spot Gallery, aficionados of D.P.'s work were joined by the police -- who were not there to admire the art. They were there to seize various works, because they're allegedly linked to illegal street graffiti created by someone who signs the work as "Daft Punk."
The CBC's Matthew Kupfer spoke to the owner of the Paint Spot, Kim Fjordbotten.
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We reached University of Athens economics professor and former Greek government advisor Yanis Varoufakis in Athens, Greece.
Well, it's not just Germany and Greece that are getting cranky over economic issues. G20 leaders are meeting in Mexico this week. And Europe's financial woes have been taking centre stage. Leaders have been urging Europe to act on the issue.
Yesterday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was asked by a journalist why North Americans should risk their assets to help Europe. And the E.C. President's response was a little testy.
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Imagine sitting on your back deck, relaxing on a quiet summer night with a glass of your favourite beverage in hand. And then imagine feeling something crawling up your leg. And another something crawling on your arm. And imagine that a formerly soothing breeze has sent various small crawling things flying through the air into your hair, and -- most unfortunately -- into your drink.
Well, that's what the back deck experience is like for many Albertans this summer. Forest tent caterpillars have invaded parts of central and northern Alberta, including Peace River, Grande Prairie and Whitecourt.
Mike Maximchuk is a forest health officer with Alberta Environment, and he spoke with CBC host, Rick Harp, on Edmonton AM. Here's what he had to say about the infestation.