* Salmon Virus. We get two views on the the infectious salmon anemia outbreak, called ISA.
* Narwhal Hunt Expanded. Canada's northern-most community gets the okay to hunt more narwhal to feed the community.
* Protecting Marriage. An odd alliance of anti-gay marriage advocates and pro-gay marriage proponents.
* Ed Koch Obituary. We remember New York's longtime and colourful mayor.
* Giant Toboggan. Alberta's Lakeland College sets a new unofficial record for the world's biggest toboggan.
* Dateline: Stalingrad. The Russian city formerly known as Stalingrad will once again be Stalingrad... for a few days.
Well, they're telling us it's a fine kettle of fish. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some infected salmon is fit for eating -- but not everyone's buying it.
Going past extremes. The death of a snowmobiler casts doubt over the safety, and the future, of the X-Games.
I now pronounce you...whatever you want. David Blankenhorn used to be against same-sex marriage in the U.S. -- but now he's changed his mind.
Multi-tusking. This year, hunters in the northernmost community in Canada will be able to bring home more narwhals -- and they consider that a very good thing.
Dentally down the stream. Windsor, Ontario has decided its water should be fluoride-free -- but the head of the Ontario Dental Association predicts some serious tooth problems.
And...no country memorabilia for old men. Or for anyone at all, now that the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins, Ontario has closed.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that guesses -- in her hometown, anyway -- the reign of Twain is plainly on the wane.
The idea of eating a fish that was exposed to a virus probably isn't that appetizing. But that could be the reality at some dinner tables soon.
That's because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is allowing 240-thousand salmon -- exposed to the flu-like ISA virus -- to go to market.
The fish were infected at a fish farm in Nova Scotia.
Bill Taylor heads the Atlantic Salmon Federation -- a group that fights to protect wild salmon on the East Coast. He thinks allowing these fish to be harvested is a very bad idea.
We reached him in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick to find out why.
Now we go to Charlottetown for a very different perspective on the matter.
Doctor Larry Hammell is a professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of PEI. He was recommended to us by Cooke Aquaculture -- the fish farm where the ISA-infected fish are from. We reached Larry Hammell at home.
We did request an interview with someone from the CFIA -- the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Unfortunately, no one was available for a one-on-one interview.
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Mohammad Mahjoub is a free man today. Well, free-er.
Mr. Mahjoub has been the subject of a Canadian Security Certificate since 2000, and has been in detention or under house arrest for the past twelve years. He is accused by the Canadian government of being a terrorism suspect.
Mr. Mahjoub's lawyers have asked the Federal Court to end proceedings against him, drop the Security Certificate designation -- and free him. The Court is expected to rule on the case soon.
But in the meantime, the Court did rule most of the conditions imposed on Mr. Mahjoub be lifted, pending the final outcome of his case.
So, as of today, Mr. Mahjoub is now able to use the internet, use a cell phone, travel without accompaniment, know that his mail will no longer be read automatically, know that his phone conversations will not be recorded automatically, live without surveillance equipment inside his home -- and more.
Here's what Mr. Mahjoub said as he removed a GPS-tracking bracelet outside Federal Court earlier today in Toronto:
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There are some places in this country where eating local is not just preferable -- but essential.
Grise Fiord is one of them.
At more than a thousand kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the Nunavut hamlet is the most northerly place you can live in Canada.
This week, people who call that community home are celebrating. They've been given permission to hunt many more of the unicorn-tusked whale -- the narwhal -- which they hope will help feed their isolated community.
Jaypetee Akeeagok is a narwhal hunter, and chair of the local Hunters and Trappers Organization. We reached him in Grise Fiord, Nunavut.
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In the town of Timmins, Ontario, the Twain has left the station. No, wait: in Timmins, Ontario, there is no gravy Twain?
Nope, neither of those puns really makes sense. But as it turns out, neither did the Shania Twain Centre -- built in Ms. Twain's hometown at an estimated cost of ten million dollars.
The Centre opened on June thirtieth, 2001, to deafening fanfare -- despite the fact that Shania didn't show up. And she wasn't the only one: in grant applications to the Ontario government, Timmins officials projected fifty thousand visitors a year would visit to look at the memorabilia -- but over its life, the Centre usually attracted less than ten thousand visitors a year.
Today, the Shania Twain Centre closed its doors for the last time. And pretty soon, the sleek, ultra-modern building will be demolished and become part of an open-pit gold mine.
As I mentioned, the building cost ten million dollars. It was sold to a company called Goldcorp for five million.
Don't worry about Shania herself, though: she's been performing to sell-out crowds at Caesar's Palace in Vegas. And if you're wondering how fancy her show is, here's a hint -- at different points, she rides two different stallions onto the stage.
Unfortunately, no one rode in on a white stallion to save the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins. And now, residents are about to lose their Twain of thought.
I know, I know. That one didn't work either.
Now here's Shania Twain with "I'm Outta Here".
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When is extreme too extreme? That's the question the world of extreme sports is asking itself today.
Yesterday, Fans of the X-Games -- the Mecca of extreme sports -- were saddened to hear of the death of snowmobiler Caleb Moore yesterday. Mr. Moore had miraculously walked away from a crash after attempting a back-flip. The flip came up short, and he was launched over the handlebars and run over by his machine.
But later, he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Darryl Tait knows what it's like to survive a snowmobile crash. He's a Canadian extreme snowmobiler, and in 2009, he crashed attempting a similar trick. Now he's paralyzed from the waist down.
Mr. Tait was there when Caleb Moore crashed at the X-Games.
We reached him in Whitehorse.
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Everyone's entitled to change their opinion -- especially when founded on good solid reasoning.
Take our next guest, David Blankenhorn.
Mr. Blankenhorn was formerly a well-known opponent of same-sex marriage -- and a staunch supporter of California's anti-gay marriage ballot option, Proposition 8.
But this week, Mr. Blankenhorn is launching a campaign to promote matrimony for everyone -- gays and straights alike.
It's called A Call for a New Conversation on Marriage.
And to hear his reasoning, we reached him in New York City.
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Ed Koch was a New Yorker to the end...and beyond.
The iconic Big Apple mayor died this morning, but not before he ensured that his remains would not be defiled.
"I don't want to leave Manhattan," he said, "even when I'm gone. This is my home. The thought of having to go to New Jersey was so distressing to me."
Mr. Koch had never shown much faith in the existence of life beyond the boroughs. In 1982 he ran for governor of the state of New York. A reporter asked him whether a win would mean he'd be spending more time outside the city. Mr. Koch's response: "Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life!"
He lost the election.
But Ed Koch kept winning in New York City. First elected in 1977, the cost-cutting Democrat won credit for turning around a city on the verge of bankruptcy. He won again in 1981, and in 1985 he took an unprecedented three-quarters of the votes.
Then came the corruption scandals and the racial tensions. The famously outspoken mayor became infamous in some communities.
In 1989, Mr. Koch lost to New York's first-ever African-American mayor, David Dinkins. Mr. Dinkins was a fellow Democrat, but that didn't guarantee him Ed Koch's support when he ran for re-election in 1993.
Here is Ed Koch speaking to "As It Happens"' Michael Enright in October of that year, from our archives.
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It is, perhaps, the most Canadian of Guinness World Records.
Today in Vermilion, Alberta, the students and staff at Lakeland College broke the unofficial world record for the world's largest toboggan.
So how big is it? Well, it's almost eleven metres long by nearly three metres high. In short, or rather, long, it's big enough to fit dozens of people.
This morning, before the big run, event organizer Phil Allen spoke with host Rick Harp on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM. Here's Mr. Allen describing the giant toboggan with pride.
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When it comes to fluoride, there's a gaping cavity between those who think it should be in our drinking water and those who don't.
On Wednesday, we spoke with the mayor of Windsor, Ontario, Eddie Francis, about why his city has decided to get rid of fluoride in its water. He argued that it was an unecessary and possibly toxic chemical.
That hit a nerve with Talkback.
Dr. Arthur Worth is a dentist and president of the Ontario Dental Association. He made a presentation to the city council in Windsor. We reached Dr. Worth in Toronto.
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Dateline: Volgograd, Russia...or should I say: Stalingrad, Russia?
Sometimes it feels as if Perestroika never happened.
In a unanimous vote yesterday, the local government in the Russian city of Volgograd decided to restore the Communist-era name of Stalingrad -- for six days each year.
Tomorrow, the city will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the victory in Stalingrad against the Nazis in 1943. A victory that's credited for turning the tide of World War Two.
So as part of those celebrations the city will be officially named Stalingrad. Then, Volgograd will again become Stalingrad on five other days that recognize the then-Soviet Union's victory in World War Two.
As you can imagine, Russian liberals and other critics are outraged, pointing out the obvious: Stalin was a despot.
But the Volgograd city lawmaker behind the measure says, quote:
"Excuse me, but Peter the First was also a despot, just as bad as Stalin, but the name Petersburg has been preserved."
He adds that the name change is not about Stalin, but rather about honouring the millions of Soviet soldiers who fought, died and won at Stalingrad.
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It is called the Bermuda Triangle of pigeons. By humans, anyway.
For decades, people have speculated about the fate of thousands of the birds that have mysteriously vanished near Ithaca, New York.
There have been countless theories. Some believe they are the victims of a secret military experiment. Others suggest they have simply flapped into a parallel dimension.
Jonathan Hagstrum, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has done more extensive research on the pigeon Bermuda Triangle than anyone else. And now he believes he may have solved the mystery.
We reached him at work in Menlo Park, California.
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Yesterday, the council members of the Shubenacadie First Nation in Nova Scotia were given an update about the band's ongoing forensic audit. The Band's past operations and financial issues are being investigated for allegations including mismanagement of funds. And for the past year the band has been under co-management.
But in November, the Band elected a new chief. And he's vowing to correct past mistakes and work to make the community prosperous.
Rufus Copage is the Chief of the Shubenacadie Band, which includes four communities. We reached Chief Copage in the largest of those communities, the Indian Brook First Nation.
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It was detective work worthy of Sherlock Holmes -- if Sherlock Holmes had decided to conduct an exhaustive investigation of a trivial incident.
On February twenty-second, 2011, in Plymouth, England, a man named Roger Moore got caught travelling eighty-two kilometres per hour in a sixty zone in a car he'd borrowed from a mechanic. And he was given a speeding ticket for about ninety bucks.
Now, if you don't want to pay a speeding ticket, you usually just show up in court and hope the officer who ticketed you doesn't show up, and then you walk. But Mr. Moore arrived with audio-visual material to prove his innocence: a DVD of some CCTV footage taken outside his house.
It was date-stamped the day of the ticket. And it featured his car. Mr. Moore said that proved he'd returned the borrowed car to the mechanic -- and that someone from the garage must have been speeding in that car.
You can put the next part of the story down to crack police work. Or to the possibility that maybe British police don't have enough to do. But something about Mr. Moore's footage seemed wrong. So Plymouth police paid a visit to Mr. Moore's home in February of last year. They took some photographs. They compared the shadows in those photographs to the shadows in Mr. Moore's CCTV images. The shadows didn't match. And further investigation of the defendant's DVD showed that the date-stamp had been altered.
The result of this weirdly thorough investigation: Mr. Moore has now been ordered to pay a fine of more than three thousand dollars -- more than thirty-five times what he would have paid if he'd just admitted he'd done it in the first place.
And there you have it: a man convicted beyond the shadow of a doubt, because of doubtful shadows.
And now, here's Rufus Wainwright, with "Shadows".
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Before we say goodbye tonight, we'd like to offer a special goodbye to one of our longtime listeners.
Elsie Picone was the owner of Picone's Food Market in Dundas, Ontario, and for years Mrs. Picone has been not only an As it Happens listener, but a huge supporter of CBC Radio.
Elsie Picone was a tiny woman with a huge heart. Her father-in-law started their food market back in 1915, and ever since, Picone's has been a central part of the Dundas community. Mrs. Picone is a former Dundas Citizen of the Year. She was the worthy recipient of a Queen's Jubilee Medal. And she's well-known for giving her homemade pies to campaigning politicians, including former Prime Minister Paul Martin and Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay.
Her daughter, Lisa Picone, says her childhood memories include the sound of the rolling pin working while CBC Radio played in the background.
Elsie Picone was diagnosed with cancer last December. She died on Tuesday at the age of eighty-four.
Thanks for listening, Elsie.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Marc Apollonio, Kevin Ball, Natasha Fatah, Chris Harbord, Adam Killick...
David McDougall, Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez, Kate Swoger and Tomas Urbina. Our technicians this week are John Lewis, Nima Shams, and Mark Thibideau. The show director is Reynold Gonsalves. Chris Howden is our writer.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Marie Wadden in St. John's, Mary Lynk in Halifax, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, Elizabeth Hay in Ottawa, Keith Hart, Michael D'Souza and Brent Michaluk in Toronto, Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg, Sean Prpick in Regina, Michael O'Halloran in Calgary, Gillian Rutherford in Edmonton, Yvonne Gall in Vancouver and Derek Stoffel in Cairo.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. I'm Carol Off. Good night.
I'm Jeff Douglas. Have a good weekend.