* TPP Folo. A leaked portion of the Trans Pacific Partnership suggests national interests may play second fiddle to corporate interests.
* Breivik Trial Ends. Norwegian judges now have to decide on the sanity of the man who admits to killing 75 people last year.
*Del Mastro Spending. An update on the Elections Canada investigation into the PM's Parliamentary Secretary.
* Human-Powered Helicopter. Da Vinci dreamt of a flying machine powered by the human body. Now, a team of Maryland engineering students is almost there.
* Mexico Yo Soy 132. A student member of a new youth movement in Mexicot City talks about her country's political scene.
* The Last Lesson. A classic Fireside Al reading of Alphonse Daudet's short story about the Franco-Prussian war's impact on one student.
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The multi-national anthem. Some people are singing the praises of Canada's potential membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- but a leaked document shows the deal may put corporate interests first.
Conflicting chequing accounts. Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro said he didn't know he was being investigated over election spending -- but various people beg to differ.
The defense and prosecution rest -- a country does not. In Norway, the trial of confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik ends, and now a panel of judges has to decide whether he's sane.
The road to helicopter is paved with good inventions. An American team has created a record-breaking human-powered helicopter -- and has its sight set on an even loftier goal.
Mr. Sandman, bring me a meal. Researchers discover the secret of the super-slow, not-especially-scary Greenland shark: it sneaks up on sleeping seals.
And...one-man hive mind. We're on patrol with Police Officer Anthony Planakis, who's in charge of handling New York City's problems with roving gangs of...bees.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that gives you a cop who's running an anti-sting operation.
It's definitely a big deal for Canada. But it's not yet clear whether or not it's going to be a good deal.
As we told you earlier this week, Canada has been invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That's a massive international free-trade agreement that's being billed as "NAFTA 2.0".
Earlier in the week, we spoke with Laura Dawson, an economic advisor with the C.D. Howe Institute. She argued that the partnership is vital to Canada's economic interest. However, new documents have raised concerns that that the deal may put the interests of multinational corporations ahead of national interest.
Lori Wallach is the Director of Global Trade Watch for the Washington D.C.-based N.G.O., Public Citizen. Earlier this month, Public Citizen received a leaked copy of part of the Trans Pacific Partnership.
We reached Lori Wallach in Washington, D.C.
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Conrad Black is a convict no longer. But he's still plenty full of conviction.
In his first public appearance since being released from a Florida prison, Mr. Black addressed a Toronto business crowd earlier today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto. The seventy-dollar-a-plate luncheon was hosted by the Empire Club of Canada.
Mr. Black spoke at length about Canada's historic development, and its relationship to the United States and Britain. He also outlined the expanded role he believed Canada could begin to assume on the world stage.
For the record, here is some of what Lord Black said in his address to the club, earlier today.
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There's no doubt he did it. But was he criminally responsible?
Today the trial of Norwegian mass killer, Anders Behring Breivik, has come to an end in Oslo. Anders Breivik has admitted to killing seventy-seven people in a bomb attack and shooting rampage on July twenty-second last year. Now a panel of judges has to assess his sanity at the time of the attacks.
The trial has dominated headlines in Norway over the last ten weeks. And Tomm Kristiansen has been covering it all for Norwegian public broadcaster, NKR. We reached Mr. Kristiansen in Oslo, Norway via Skype.
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For Officer Anthony Planakis, it's looking like it will be a busy summer in New York City. He's really the only guy on the city's police force who deals with a particular kind of call -- the honey bee emergencies. And he's been the sole officer standing between bee order and bee chaos since 1995.
We reached Officer Planakis in New York City.
Dean Del Mastro has gone from being the defender to being defended.
The Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary spent months responding to opposition allegations of election tampering in the Robocall Affair. That became harder for him to do on June sixth. That's when news broke that Elections Canada is investigating Mr. Del Mastro himself for breaking the elections laws.
Mr. Del Mastro said he was outraged by the investigation, and insisted that he'd just learned about it through a journalist. But now, there's evidence that Mr. Del Mastro may have known for months.
Glen McGregor is an Ottawa Citizen reporter. He, along with his Postmedia colleague Stephen Maher broke the story of the Del Mastro investigation. They're also the duo who broke the Robocalls story. We reached Glen McGregor in Ottawa.
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Sharks. They're the stuff of nightmares and horror movies.
The Greenland shark, though, is a bit different. It's slow. So slow, in fact, you'd think you might be able to outswim it to safety.
But researchers found that a significant portion of the Svalbard seal kept ending up in the stomachs of these giant sluggards.
Kit Kovacs is co-author of a new study on the Greenland shark in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. We reached her on vacation on Gran Canaria Island, off the northwest coast of Africa.
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Ever since Leonardo da Vinci imagined it -- and probably long before that -- people have been dreaming of creating a flying machine powered entirely by the human body.
Now, a team of engineering students in Maryland is almost there.
So far, they've managed to keep the Gamera II, their prototype human-powered helicopter, aloft for forty seconds -- setting a new world record, and leaving them only twenty seconds shy of winning the coveted Sikorsky Prize. That's a quarter-of-a-million-dollar award for the first team that can keep a human powered 'copter aloft for a minute.
In the thirty years the award's been available, nobody's been able to achieve that.
Colin Gore is a Ph.D student in materials science, and the pilot of the Gamera II. We reached him in College Park, Maryland, earlier today.
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You're listening to "No Turning Back" by Montreal-based South African singer Lorraine Klassen.
One of countless local artists who over the years frequented the pages of the free cultural weekly paper, the Montreal Mirror.
Today -- citing financial troubles -- Sun Media Corporation announced that the current June twenty-second issue will be the paper's last.
First printed on June 20, 1985, the Mirror was Montreal's last English-language alternative weekly.
María José López is a student in Mexico City. And when she showed up with dozens of other students to protest presidential frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto's speech at her university, she didn't know it would catapult her -- and thousands of other young Mexicans -- to the forefront of the election campaign.
Now they're members of an important student movement, which calls itself "Yo Soy 132", or "I am one-hundred-and-thirty-two". That name refers to the number of students involved in that original protest.
This week, the movement held an online debate in which all presidential candidates participated. All but one, that is: Mr. Peña Nieto -- whose lead has been steadily diminishing -- declined to attend.
We reached María José López, who has become one of the spokespeople for the movement, in Mexico City.
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In launching a lawsuit, the Toney family will have to relive the death of their five-year-old, Janessa, yet again. But for Al Toney, Janessa's father, it's worth it.
In September of 2008, the family was out on their boat on Lake Newell, near Calgary. Their boat hit a rock, and they called for help. But then the rescue boat capsized, throwing everyone -- the family and the rescue officials -- overboard. Janessa became trapped under the capsized boat. She later drowned.
Al Toney and his family has just launched a lawsuit against the RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife, both of which were involved with the rescue. We reached him in Calgary.
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School's almost out for the summer, and students across the country are looking forward to the weeks away from their lessons, and their teachers.
But it wasn't so for Franz, the central character of "The Last Lesson", a short story by French writer Alphonse Daudet. An announcement from by his stern teacher, Monsieur Hamel, makes Franz see his books, lessons and teacher in a whole new light.
"The Last Lesson" was published in 1873, and it's read by the late, great As It Happens host Al Maitland. It first aired on CBC Radio on September thirteenth, 1990. Here's Fireside Al, with "The Last Lesson".
This brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday, June 22nd.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Kevin Ball, Ben Edwards, Diane Eros, Daemon Fairless,
Natasha Fatah, Adam Killick, David McDougall, Kevin Robertson and Kate Swoger. Our technician is Mark Thibodeau. The show director is Reynold Gonsalves. Chris Howden is our writer. And, our intern is Asher Greenberg.
John Perry is the Senior Producer. And the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Sean Prpick in Regina, Laura Lynch in London, Mary Lynk in Halifax, Marie Wadden in St. John's, Loren McGinnis and Yannick Dumont Baron in Toronto and Keith Hart at Radio Archives.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday.
I'm JD. Good night.
And, I'm CO. Good night.