* Naked Protester. John Brennan is not guilty of public indecency after he got naked to make a point about airport security.
* Tape: Parade Marshal. 78-year-old Motown legend Jack Ashford leads Edmonton's Capital Ex Parade.
* Inuit Suicides. A new report confirms that the suicide rate among Canada's Inuit youth is 30 times higher than for children in other parts of the country.
* Stroke Insole. A physical therapy professor has developed an insole to help stroke patients regain their balance.
Hello, I'm Helen Mann.
Good evening, I'm Jeff Douglas.
This is As It Happens.
Rail to the chief. The runner-up in yesterday's AFN election tells us why she thinks the re-elected National Chief hasn't fought hard enough for First Nations.
Crisis in the north. A new report shows that children and teenagers in Inuit communities are still much more likely to commit suicide.
The crack up. When an enormous chunk breaks off a glacier in Greenland, experts see a dangerous portent.
Best in shoe. With a single, inexpensive, specially-designed insole, an American scientist thinks he can help stroke victims recover.
The man who's nude too much, Part One. A man known as the Naked Rambler finally walks free from a British prison, case closed -- but probably not clothed.
And...the man who's nude too much, Part Two. John Brennan was arrested for stripping down to protest against overzealous airport security -- but a judge rules he was within his rights to be without his clothes.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that's barely legal.
In Toronto today, Shawn Atleo began his second term as National Chief with some tough talk.
Chief Atleo won yesterday's AFN election handily, overcoming criticism that he had cozied up to Ottawa instead of fighting for First Nations rights.
The National Chief certainly took a more aggressive tone when reporters asked him about how he would handle contentious issues like the Northern Gateway Pipeline, for the record.
Pam Palmater was one of the National Chief's staunchest critics throughout the campaign. She was the runner-up on yesterday's final ballot. We reached Ms. Palmater in Ajax, Ontario.
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Imagine a slab of ice twice the size of Manhattan. Now picture it breaking off a glacier into the Arctic Ocean.
That's just what's happened on the northern coast of Greenland. And it wasn't just a nature documentary-worthy incident -- it may be an ominous one.
It certainly caught the attention of Andreas Meunchow. He's one of the scientists who first noticed the event. We reached him at the University of Delaware.
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"Can I see your boarding pass? Do you have a laptop or any liquids in your bag? Please remove your shoes. Would you take off your belt? Any shampoo?"
And on and on it goes, as airport security gets tighter and tighter. Sometimes it feels like eventually we'll just be asked to strip naked to get through the check and onto the plane.
And if that happens, John E. Brennan will be considered a pioneer.
While he was attempting to get through security at Portland International Airport, he got naked. And then he got arrested.
But the charges didn't stick. Yesterday, Mr. Brennan was found not guilty of public indecency.
We reached John E. Brennan in Portland, Oregon.
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It hasn't always been called the Capital Ex Parade. But in one form or another, the parade is an Edmonton tradition.
Today's was the eighty-eighth such parade since 1903. And aside from the floats and marching bands, it was the Capital Ex Parade's marshal who was the main attraction.
Seventy-eight-year-old Jack Ashford is an original member of the Motown band, The Funk Brothers. He led the procession through the city's downtown. And Rick Harp, host of the CBC program "Edmonton AM", had a chance to speak with Mr. Ashford earlier today.
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The disparities are deeply dispiriting.
A report released yesterday by Statistics Canada shows that the suicide rate among children and teens in Inuit communities is thirty times that of children in other parts of the country. And while the youth suicide rate is declining in the rest of Canada, it's climbing among the Inuit.
The numbers aren't new, but it's a problem that continues to plague Canadian Inuit communities.
Terry Audla is the President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami -- the I-T-K -- which is the organization representing Canada's Inuit. We reached him in Ottawa.
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When a person has a stroke, the recovery can be very difficult. Stroke victims are often left with one side of their body considerably weaker than the other.
But a physical therapy professor named Alexander Aruin, with the University of Illinois at Chicago, thinks he has a cheap, and simple way to make the recovery process a bit easier. He has developed...an insole.
We reached Professor Aruin at his office, in Chicago.
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Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to lay bare the truth.
And, for the last six years -- and, indeed, for much longer than that -- Stephen Gough has been doing that.
The man known as "the Naked Rambler" was released today from a Scottish prison, after serving six years for refusing to wear any clothes in public.
In 2003, Mr. Gough -- a former Marine -- decided to walk the length of Great Britain, from Land's End in the south of England to John 'o Groats in the north of Scotland. He apparently decided to do this, incidentally, after spending some time in Canada.
Despite being arrested numerous times, he enjoyed his trip so much he decided to do it again, starting in 2005, arriving in John 'o Groats in February -- yes, February -- 2006.
"As It Happens" guest host Susan Ormiston spoke to him right after he arrived. Here's part of their conversation, from our archives.
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The play is satire -- and trying to produce it has been nothing but drama.
Michael Healey spent eleven years as the Tarragon Theatre's playwright-in-residence, in Toronto. And then he wrote "Proud." It's the third in a trilogy of plays about "Canadian societal values."
But when a board member suggested Mr. Healey's play might defame Stephen Harper, the Tarragon -- worried about legal action -- decided not to produce it.
So Mr. Healey quit. He has since told his story to the arts commmunity. And now readings of the play have been staged across the country.
David Bloom is the director of the latest reading of "Proud," in Vancouver, and that's where we reached him.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.
Diamonds may or may not be forever. But tattoos of diamonds are. So when you're getting inked, it's best to make absolutely sure that that diamond tattoo -- or whatever it is -- is something you want to be there for the rest of your life.
For example, when fifty-four-year-old Jerri Peterson went under the tattoo gun, she didn't take the decision lightly. She said, quote:
"I always wanted to have a tattoo, but I never felt quite passionate about any one thing to have it put on my body permanently. So when I was selected for this wonderful honour, I thought, that's it - I'm ready to have my tattoo."
The honour of which Ms. Peterson speaks is being named an Olympic torch bearer. Even though she's originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she carried the torch on behalf of the hotel she was working at in Derby, England.
An honour, to be sure. And she wanted to commemorate it. So she put her fate in the hands of an accomplished tattoo artist. Who, unfortunately, wasn't an Olympic-level speller.
Jerri Peterson's tattoo reads, "OY-lmpic Torch Bearer".
That's O-Y-L-M-P-I-C-S... OY-lmpics.
The embarrassed tattoo artist did offer to fix the error. But Ms. Peterson won't have it.
She says, quote:
"It's the OY-lmpics -- it's as unique as I am."