* Cyprus Crisis: Nicosia bailout bank levy has a resident economic historian looking to make a withdrawal.
* Retiring Prostitutes: 2 Amsterdam twins call it quits after 50 years and 355,000 served.
* Muzzled Scientists: UVic students urge Ottawa to free public service scientists to speak.
The objections hasn't been withdrawn -- but the money has. To meet the terms required for a bailout, Cyprus plans to impose a levy on people's savings -- which leads, unsurprisingly, to an ATM SOS.
You're gonna need a better boat. In response to concerns about possible oil spills at the B.C. end of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the federal government announces new measures to make oil tankers safer.
An unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area is about to lose its federal funding -- and now, scientists are being told they can't even finish their research there.
In the newspaper business, you're always trying to get a leg up. But the Globe and Mail may have taken that idea too literally, and too far, with its front page photo of seventeen year-old figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond.
One fluid gesture. A San Francisco man gives us some foodlessness for thought: he's nine weeks into a new regimen of drinking all his meals -- and, ironically, he thinks it's a solid idea.
And...it's a very long "Dear Johns" letter. I'll speak with twins Martine and Louise Fokkens in Amsterdam about their new memoir -- which looks back on fifty years working in the oldest profession.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that was never co-ordinated enough to do the Double Dutch.
"Let us help you. But first, give us your money."
That's what many Cypriots feel the European Central Bank is telling them.
Over the weekend, the government in Cyprus announced it plans a six to ten per cent "levy" on all savings being held in Cypriot banks. In exchange, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund will deliver a bailout worth thirteen billion dollars.
Maybe unsurprisingly, the citizens of Cyprus do not seem at all grateful for the deal. And in the rest of Europe, there's now anxiety over the idea of a similar levy spreading.
Alexander Apostolides is an economics historian who specializes in financial crises. We reached him at his home in Nicosia, Cyprus.
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Freshwater research in Canada may be about to suffer a drought.
Today, scientists learned they would not be allowed to continue their research at the Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario this summer. As of a few days ago, cabins at the site were being dismantled.
At the end of this month, federal funding will end for the research station, also known as the ELA. The ELA is the only freshwater research centre of its kind in the world.
The government says it wants to find a new owner for the ELA, but so far, it's been unsuccessful.
Britt Hall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Regina. She's been doing research at the ELA since 1992. We reached Britt Hall in Regina.
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Fifty years is a long career in any field. Especially when you work with your twin sister. So Louise and Martine Fokkens are deservedly proud of having spent so long working together. But they're probably also relieved to be calling it quits -- now that they're unquestionably the longest-working prostitutes in Amsterdam's Red Light District.
The Fokkens sisters are seventy years old -- and they estimate a combined total of three-hundred-and-fifty-five thousand clients.
They've documented their experiences in a new book called The Ladies of Amsterdam. And we reached Louise and Martine Fokkens in Almere, the Netherlands.
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In recent weeks, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been grabbing all the headlines. But while that debate continues on both sides of the border, another one is going on in British Columbia. And that has the federal government working to convince people that proposed pipelines to the B.C. coast are safe.
Today, Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver and Minister of Transport Denis Lebel announced the government's plans to bolster monitoring and inspection of oil tankers off the B.C. coast -- with an investment of a hundred-and-twenty million dollars over five years.
The move is a response to outcry from the public and First Nations communities aboutthe risks of a major oil spill, like that of the Exxon Valdez off Alaska's coast.
The proposed plan addresses one of the five conditions B.C. Premier Christy Clark said must be met before her government considers approving any pipeline.
Terry Lake is British Columbia's Minister of the Environment. We reached him at his office in Victoria.
That was British Columbia's Environment Minister, Terry Lake. We reached him in Victoria.
Now, Carol just mentioned our interview last week about the Kalamazoo. The Michigan river is still looking spotty, more than two-and-a-half years after millions of litres of diluted Alberta bitumen spewed out of an Enbridge pipeline.
Last week, the U-S Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Canadian company to dredge its gunk out of Kalamazoo. That's dredge, as in to scoop up from the bottom -- a word that seems to have brought out the activist in Talkback.
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Apparently, neither country is ready to apologize.
Last week, we told you about the tensions between India and Italy. Specifically, we told you that India's Supreme Court had ordered Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini not to leave the country. That's because two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen more than a year ago had been allowed to go home to vote -- but never came back.
Today, the court told Ambassador Mancini that if he was thinking of playing the diplomatic immunity card ... well, he can't.
India's Chief Justice says that because the ambassador went to court and gave his word the two marines would return, he's not only lost India's trust, but also his right to legal immunity.
So, for now, Ambassador Mancini remains in India, with the threat of contempt charges hanging over his head. And as for the marines, they technically have until Friday to re-appear.
Kaetlyn Osmond had a stellar weekend at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.
She finished eighth, guaranteeing Canada two spots at the Sochi Olympics. So it's fitting that her image would be splashed across the front page of today's Globe and Mail.
But the exact image of Ms. Osmond might not be the one you would have gone with.
It shows the seventeen-year-old skater with one bare leg raised high...in a pose that struck many as more revealing than athletic.
Barb MacDonald is Director of Corporate Communications at Skate Canada. We reached her in London, Ontario.
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Jason Molina made a lot of good music. Since 1997, as the leader of the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., and under his own name, he released nineteen albums.
There's only one reason someone puts out that much music -- because he has to. And you could hear that need to write, that need to sing, in every song.
What's more remarkable about Mr. Molina's output is that he spent much of that time struggling with severe alcoholism. He spent a long time in treatment -- but in the end, it couldn't save him. On Saturday, he was found dead at his home in Indianapolis -- technically, of "natural causes". Jason Molina was thirty-nine.
Even at the beginning of his career, when he was just in his early twenties, his songs conveyed hard-won wisdom, and experience far beyond his years. And he developed with remarkable speed. His first project, Songs: Ohia, moved from spooky, sparse ballads to full-on rock-and-roll in the space of just a few years.
And his next one, Magnolia Electric Co., evoked comparisons to Neil Young -- partly because it combined Mr. Molina's plaintive voice and lyrics with a band that could go from crashing to contemplative in the space of a single song.
There's another reason to compare Neil Young and Jason Molina: the catalogues of both men are impossible to sum up in a short time. And any song we play will be representative only of one phase in a career of restless exploration -- although every one of those phases was marked by his distinctive voice.
Here's the Magnolia Electric Co., from the album "Fading Trails", with "Talk to Me Devil, Again".
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For awhile, their plan really seemed to be taking off. But it landed them right back where they started -- behind bars.
As you may have heard on the news, a brazen helicopter jailbreak from a Quebec prison yesterday afternoon ended hours later, with all four suspects in custody.
The attempt began when two men, reportedly posing as tourists, commandeered a helicopter from Passport-Hélico, a heli-tour operator. Holding the pilot at gunpoint, they demanded he fly the chopper to the Saint-Jérome Detention Centre northwest of Montreal. The two accomplices then lowered ropes to the awaiting two inmates in the prison's courtyard.
After touching down in a nearby field, the overloaded helicopter continued to a hotel, where the fugitives transferred to a white Cadillac. They took refuge in a cottage near the town of Chertsey, after exchanging fire with police -- who surrounded the building, apprehending three of the four suspects.
The fourth surrendered hours later after being cornered in a sugar shack.
Yves Le Roux, president of the heli-tour company, Passport-Hélico, spoke with CBC Radio reporter Justin Hayward earlier today. Here is some of their conversation.
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It is not a thin document. To say the least.
The Enviromental Law Centre at the University of Victoria has presented a one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page report documenting what they call the muzzling of government scientists. They've given the report to Canada's Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, and asked her to investigate their claims.
On As it Happens we've talked about researchers silenced on the topics of salmon farming, the Arctic Ocean and polar studies among others. And now environmental lawyers are hoping they can change what they see as an unacceptable trend.
Chris Tollefson is the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre. We reached him today in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
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Imagine taking all that time you spend buying, preparing, and eating food, and putting it toward other things.
You may not find any of those things too time-consuming. But apparently Rob Rhinehart did. He's a twenty-four-year-old software engineer from San Francisco. And he's started an experiment based on the question: "What if I take all of the nutrients, vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, et cetera, et cetera, that make up a healthy diet -- and put them in a big drink?"
We reached Rob Rhinehart -- nine weeks into his new lifestyle -- in San Francisco, California.
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Workers digging London, England's newest rail line have uncovered a chilling reminder of the city's past: a mass grave that may contain tens of thousands of victims of the Black Plague.
Jay Carver is an archeologist for the Crossrail project. We reached him in London.
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He was a former cop who teamed up with a talking car to fight crime. He was a former Navy SEAL who teamed up with other lifeguards in undersized bathing suits to run around in slow motion. And then we was a singer whose hit song brought Germans together before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
All those people are the same guy: David Hasselhoff.
Now, in North America, it would just seem weird to people if The Hoff lent his support to your campaign for . . . well, for pretty much anything, really. But when he showed up in Berlin on the weekend to lend his support to the campaign to stop the demolition of part of the Berlin Wall, it was heartwarming. And just a tiny bit weird.
As we told you at the beginning of this month, there's serious controversy over plans to take down what's called the East Side Gallery -- one of the last remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. Because it's covered with murals, and has become a memorial for the days of a divided Berlin, thousands of people have demonstrated against its destruction.
David Hasselhoff is now among them. Back in 1989, his song "Looking For Freedom" became a huge hit, and an anthem for those who wanted the Wall torn down. And on New Year's Eve of that year, Mr. Hasselhoff himself performed it to an audience of millions, from atop the Wall itself.
Yesterday, he appeared in the German capital to stand with those who believe the East Side Gallery should remain intact. And here's some of what he had to say, and sing.
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