* Haida Geoengineering. The federal government claims the geo-engineers who dumped a hundred tonnes of iron dust into the Pacific broke the law.
* Nude Men Posters. Posters for a nude male art exhibit in Austria create a little excitement and a whole lot of controversy.
* XL Foods Critic. A food scientist says Canadians should demand more action from those responsible for the E.coli outbreak at XL Foods.
* FTR: Travers Debate. Journalists and politicians square off for an evening of lighthearted debate and self-deprecating humour.
* Chihuahua Muzzled. City of Windsor officials declare a teacup chihuahua a dangerous dog.
* Shock Pants. The inventor of electric pants explains how they help people with spinal cord injuries.
The iron and the fire. Controversy continues to swirl around the dumping of a hundred tonnes of iron dust into the Pacific - with the Canadian government claiming the geo-engineers behind the project broke the law.
The meat of the matter. As a Brazilian multinational takes over operations at the XL Foods Plant, one American foods scientist warns Canadians don't know enough about what they're eating.
An awkward welcome. The United Nations elects Rwanda to its Security Council - a day after a UN report is leaked, accusing the nation of commanding a rebellion in the D-R-C.
Sea of trouble. A warming of ocean temperatures is blamed for a severe depletion in Nova Scotia's lobster harvest.
For his latest act, he takes on a-hundred-forty characters at a time. Veteran actor Gordon Pinsent treats Vancouver listeners to a live reading of their tweets.
And...putting the exhibition before the exhibit. After public outcry over promotional billboards that feature naked male soccer players, a Vienna museum engages in a bit of artful dodging.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that loves a good cover-up story.
It may to be a case of good intention gone wrong. On Tuesday, the president of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation told As It Happens that government agencies-- including the Department of Fisheries and the Department of the Environment -- had been involved in the dumping of one-hundred tonnes of powdered iron into the Pacific Ocean.
The controversial First-Nation-sp onsored geo-engineering project, known as ocean fertilization, created a ten-thousand-square-kilometre plankton bloom. The theory behind the plan is that the bloom will attract wildlife while absorbing carbon dioxide. The company plans to sell carbon credits based on the C-O-2 absorbed -- if any.
But a spokesman for federal environment minister Peter Kent says the company has broken the law. Moreover, he says it was warned in advance that dumping the iron contravened international treaties -- of which Canada is a signatory -- against ocean fertilization for profit.
But John Disney, the president of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, says that Canadian law doesn't apply to the Old Massett village's project.
We reached John Disney in Old Massett, on Haida Gwaii.
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Too big for our own good.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission surprised Bay Street this afternoon by rejecting Bell Globe Media's bid to buy Astral Media. The deal would have created an internet, wireless, radio and television monster that, by some estimates, would have controled 40 percent of the English language market.
Jean-Pierre Blais is the man who made the call. We reached the Chair of the CRTC in Gatineau, Quebec.
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Tonight, an exhibit entitled "nude men" opened at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria. It's a look at the portrayal of nude men in art from the eighteen hundreds to present day.
The posters promoting the exhibit caused a bit of excitement in the city. Well, a few bits, actually.
Klaus Pokorny is the spokesperson for the Leopold Museum. We reached him in Vienna.
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When you have the iconic Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent as a guest on your show, you make the most of it. And yesterday, the CBC Vancouver radio program On the Coast did just that. They had Mr. Pinsent read tweets sent in by listeners.
Gordon Pinsent reading tweets is our Sound of the Day.
Since E. coli-tainted beef was discovered at XL Foods, there's been plenty of hand-wringing -- worry over the reputation of Alberta beef and the farmers who raise the cattle; consumer trust in the inspection system; even the fate of the company itself.
Well, one U.S.-based food scientist says Canadians should be more concerned about what's on their plates -- and what they don't know about what they're eating.
Doug Powell teaches food safety at Kansas State University and runs a website called barfblog. We reached him today in Brisbane, Australia.
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Hot weather may make be good for beach goers, but it's deadly for lobster caught and stored by fishermen. And that's because of warmer waters. The rise in temperature killed hundreds of thousands of lobsters this past summer, which were being kept in holding tanks off the coast of Cape Breton.
Low prices for lobster and delays in getting them to market proved costly to processors such as Victoria Co-op Fisheries...the only lobster processing plant in Cape Breton.
Today, Osborne Burke, the co-op's general manager, told his story to a legislative committee at the Nova Scotia legislature in Halifax.
For the record, here is some of what he had to say.
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It's a proud day for the tiny African nation of Rwanda.
Perhaps less so for the United Nations Security Council.
Today, Rwanda was elected to the fifteen nation Security Council -- just one day after a leaked report by the Council's own panel of experts. It accuses Rwanda of commanding a violent rebellion in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
In recent months, the M23 militia -- as it is known -- has displaced nearly half a million civilians, killing and raping its way through eastern Congo. Bosco Ntganda, its official leader, is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
Atoki Ileka is the special envoy to the United Nations for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We reached him in Kinshasa.
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On Tuesday, a group of journalists and politicians gathered together in Ottawa. As may have been predicted, a battle ensued, but it was all for a good cause.
The Travers Debates honour the legacy of journalist James Travers, who died last year. It's a night of lighthearted debates between members of the media and members of parliament. Among those debating were journalists Chantal Hebert and Kady O'Malley, and NDP MP Nathan Cullen and Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae. Their topic of debate:Twitter and the future of journalism.
Here's part of Bob Rae's argument that Twitter is not journalism's death knell, for the record.
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City officials in Windsor, Ontario say Molly is dangerous.
Molly is a dog. And her owner, Jason Scott, says Molly couldn't hurt a flea. OK, maybe a flea, but nothing much bigger.
To explain, we reached Mr. Scott in Windsor.
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Mohammad Mahjoub obtained his official government certification twelve years ago. But it's not the kind he -- or anyone -- wants.
Since 2000, Mr. Mahjoub has been the subject of a security certificate -- during which he has continually been held in detention or under house arrest.
He is accused by the Canadian government of being a terrorism suspect.
Cases like Mr. Mahjoub's are of particular interest to Ben Emmerson. He's the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism. He'll be speaking in Canada tomorrow, but today we reached him in New York City.
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It may be true that "good fences make good neighbours". But most of us would like to believe otherwise.
Residents in the community of Boutilier's Point in Nova Scotia are angry after learning that one of their neighbours, Kevin Arthur Whiting, was charged with breaking into their houses. He's due in court next week.
But he won't be the only one there. Verne Sklafsky, a resident of Boutilier's Point, has invited the whole community to join him in what amounts to a "good olde public shaming".
Today, Verne Sklafsky spoke with Norma Lee MacLeod, host of CBC radio program, Maritime Noon.
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This next story is about shocking underwear.
And I mean that quite literally. I'm talking about underwear that administer shocks to the wearer.
But you may want to hold your laughter on this one.
Vivian Mushahwar is a researcher with the University of Alberta. She came up with an idea for electric underpants almost a decade ago.
Well, they've just passed the first-stage clinical trials. And they're no novelty item -- in fact, they may just save health care agencies around the world billions of dollars.
We reached Vivian Mushahwar in Edmonton.
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That was the opening of the 1974 French movie "Emmanuelle."
It also marked the start of the career of the woman who played Emmanuelle -- Sylvia Kristel. And it was the first film to bring sex to mainstream theatres.
Sylvia Kristel died of cancer last night. She was sixty.
Ms. Kristel was a twenty-one-year-old Dutch model when the film's director cast her as Emmanuelle, a bored housewife living in Bangkok who embarks on a sexual adventure.
She never thought the movie would become a hit. In 2005, she told a Dutch newspaper: "Love dictated what I did." Her husband at the time persuaded her to take the job, telling her the trip to Thailand would be fun and that nobody in the Netherlands would ever see it.
"Emmanuelle" has since been seen by tens of millions of people around the world. It even played at one Paris cinema for eleven years straight.
As a result of that success, Ms. Kristel had a hard time escaping the role and others like it. She starred in two more Emmanuelle movies before trying to make it in Hollywood. She often found herself type-cast there. She began drinking and using drugs.
But she recovered. And, in 2006, she was awarded a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for an animated film she directed.
And she had no regrets about Emmanuelle. Here's what she said to The Guardian in 2001 about the role:
"Because of her I went on to work solidly for many years, travelled the world and met thousands of people. I worked with directors like Claude Chabrol, Walerian Borowczyk and Roger Vadim. I would say to them: 'Well, you know I can't really act?' And they would say: 'It doesn't matter, come with us and make a movie, we'll have lots of fun!' That's what I miss about film-making in those days, the fun."
Here now is the title song from the soundtrack to the final part of the Emmanuelle trilogy, "Goodbye Emmanuelle."
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