* NFLD Budget. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are in for some belt-tightening, thanks to lower-than-expected oil prices.
* Rob Ford Intoxicated? The mayor of Canada's largest city spars with Canada's largest paper over allegations of alcohol abuse.
* Halifax Police Blotter. Halifax police make the records of all their calls public.
* Drawing New York. We check in with an artist on a mission to draw every person in the Big Apple.
* Ryan White Oral History. Remembering the 12-year-old barred from school in 1985 after being diagnosed with AIDS.
* "Iconic" Ban. A newspaper editor in Wisconsin says the ...um... iconic word is being overused.
They went all-in -- and now a lot of people are out. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador gambled heavily on the price of oil -- and as the job cuts in today's budget show, it bet wrong.
Just the Halifax, ma'am. The police force Nova Scotia's capital becomes the first in the country to make its blotter of crimes, misdemeanours, and treed cats available to the public.
Sometimes he wields the influence -- and sometimes he might be under it. According to the Toronto Star, Mayor Rob Ford was asked to leave a gala dinner last month because he appeared to have had one too many.
What a child taught them. Historians in Kokomo, Indiana, compile an oral history project on Ryan White, the twelve-year-old boy who was prevented from going to school after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1985.
I mean no offense when I say he's extremely sketchy. Artist Jason Pollan has a plan to draw every single resident of New York -- and after five years, he's already point-two-four per cent of the way there.
And...like any reporter, he just needs a pen and a pad of paper to do his job. Unlike any reporter, he also needs a lot of Wet-Naps. We'll get hold of Daniel Vaughn -- the newly-appointed Barbecue Editor for a Texas magazine.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that has some advice for Mr. Vaughn: don't let the basters grind you down.
They are words that Newfoundland and Labradorians will have to get used to hearing: "deficits", "belt-tightening", and "job cuts".
For many years the province was riding high on oil revenue. But government projections that oil prices would remain high turned out to be way off-base.
So today, the Progressive Conservative government of Kathy Dunderdale brought down a budget with deep job and spending cuts.
Carol Furlong is the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees. We reached her in St. John's.
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The mayor of Canada's largest city has had -- to put it mildly -- a less-than-cordial relationship with Canada's largest newspaper.
From the beginning of his term in 2010, the Toronto Star has doggedly chronicled Rob Ford's many missteps and embarrassments -- to the point where the mayor has refused to speak to the newspaper's reporters.
And, today, the Star published another damning story. It claims that the mayor has battled alcohol abuse, and was kicked out of a military ball because he was impaired.
Mayor Ford's response was swift. Here's what he has to say.
Robyn Doolittle is the Toronto Star reporter who broke that story. We reached her in Toronto.
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There was a collective groan across the United States as thousands of men -- and some women -- learned about the dream job they didn't land.
The man who did land it is Daniel Vaughn. He's the very first Barbecue Editor for Texas Monthly magazine. It's the first known barbecue editing job for any magazine in the U.S.
In the South, they take their barbecue seriously. You might even say it's a religion. In fact, Daniel Vaughn is the creator of a blog entitled Full Custom Gospel Barbecue. We reached him in Dallas, Texas.
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Every day in cities and towns across the United States, the police share their "blotters": compiled lists of the number, and types, of phone calls they receive in the run of a day, including everything from cats in trees to serious offences.
When American reporter Tim Bousquet moved to Canada in 2004, he was surprised to find that police in Halifax don't do the same. And that, in fact, no police departments in Canada share public blotters.
Tim Bousquet is the news editor at The Coast, Halifax's weekly alternative newspaper. We reached him at his office in Halifax.
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Timing is everything.
Last night, we aired an interview with Sun News Network Vice-President Kory Teneycke. Carol spoke with Mr. Teneycke about host Ezra Levant's apology to Canada's Roma community for comments he'd made last year.
Mr. Teneycke said the timing of Mr. Levant's apology had nothing to do with a police hate crime investigation into his comments -- but that it did have something to do with the Sun News Network's appeal to the C-R-T-C to be carried on mandatory basic cable, rather than as a specialty channel.
That interview earned many comments from our listeners.
Junia Mason of Toronto sent us this e-mail:
"I liked the way you handled Mr. Teneycke. Your manner was 'respecfully insistent'. Mr. Teneycke certainly tried to spin the story. However, which way you sniff it, it still reeks of racism. Thanks for asking the hard questions."
Steve Allen of Toronto added this:
"Mr. Teneycke's mild rebuttal of Levant's comments says as much about the Sun Media as it does about Ezra Levant. Of course Carol Off would have been fired if she had made the disgraceful comments about the Roma people that Levant made.
"Levant's half-baked apology, months after he made the comments because a complaint has been lodged and because the Sun Media is applying to be included in basic cable coverage, is hypocritical. I have written to the CRTC recommending that Sun Media be denied its request."
Daniel Wilson of Crow Lake, Ontario, wrote:
"I was somewhat disappointed that the overall pattern of commentary on Sun News, and particularly by Mr. Levant, was not raised. As disgusting as his comments concerning the Roma people are, his smears against First Nations and others are regular features that also deserve attention in the context of their application to be provided as mandatory coverage in Canadian homes."
And Matt Groth of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had this to say:
"The Sun apologized immediately after the comments happened, they are now apologizing again, and he admitted that the timing of this apology was to adhere to the requirements of the CRTC application. He was forthright and transparent. Ms. Off did not seem to be satisfied with that, and I feel that she should have been.
"In this day of opaque, confusing messages, I felt that Mr. Teneycke's comments were refreshingly open and honest."
Thanks for all your letters - that's just a small, reflective sample of the correspondence we received. As always, write about anything you hear on the show, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you missed the interview with Kory Teneycke, or would like to hear it again, it's up on our website at cbc.ca/asithappens.
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Newfoundland and Labrador elder statesman John Crosbie has come to the defense of former Federal Minister Peter Penashue.
Mr. Penashue resigned his Labrador seat, after being dogged for months over misspending and illegal corporate donations to his last election campaign. He's currently running in the by-election to try to reclaim his seat.
John Crosbie recently left his job as Newfoundland and Labrador's lieutenant governor. In that position, he had to hold his tongue on political matters. But today, the former cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney's government had this to say about Mr. Penashue on CBC Newfoundland and Labrador's Radio Noon.
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There are eight-point-two million people living in New York City. And Jason Polan wants to draw every one of them.
Mr. Polan is an artist whose illustrations have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, among other publications. And five years ago, on March twenty-third, 2008, he launched "Every Person in New York", which is also a blog. On it, he posts the drawings he's done so far, including illustrations entitled "Man at Taco Bell 14th Street" and "Woman Reading on 6 Train."
We reached Mr. Polan -- on a rare day when he's not sketching New Yorkers -- in Franklin, Michigan.
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The drama continues, and so does the fear-mongering.
Today, North Korea declared its military is in "Combat Mode". In an announcement broadcast on North Korea's state television -- with the usual weird, and kind of scary, flare -- the presenter referred to the country's strategic rocket and long-range artillery units as, quote, "assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam...as well as the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity."
Here's how it sounded, for the record:
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We've heard about scientists and librarians allegedly being muzzled by the Harper government. And today we heard about muzzling within the Conservative caucus itself.
This morning in the House, Conservative backbencher Mark Warawa rose to complain about not having his chance to make a members' statement -- which is also known as an S-O-thirty-one. Members' statements allow MPs to speak about events or issues in their ridings
Here is part of Mr. Warawa's statement to the Speaker, For the record.
And after Conservative Party whip Gordon O'Connor rebuffed that complaint, a second Conservative backbencher stood up. Here is Leon Benoit, for the record.
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This afternoon, Michelle Hyacinth attended the funeral of her twenty-three-year-old son, Zoltan.
It's not clear how or why Zoltan Hyacinth was killed in the parking lot of a Burger King in North End Toronto last week. Toronto's Special Investigations Unit is investigating. And the SIU will only say there was an interaction between police and a man -- and that, a short time later, the man, quote, "sustained a gunshot wound", unquote.
Michelle Hyacinth didn't find out her son had been killed until two days later.
According to Ms. Hyacinth, the only effort the SIU made to tell her about the death of her son was to leave a business card in her door.
This morning, on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, host Matt Galloway spoke with Michelle Hyacinth. Here is part of their conversation.
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It's not rewriting history, but a new project is recording it anew.
Back in 1984, Ryan White, a hemophiliac, was diagnosed with AIDS, after receiving a blook transfusion. In1985, the school board in Kokomo, Indiana, blocked him from going to school, fearing he might infect others. Ryan White and his family fought the decision and won.
Now, a historical society in the town has completed an oral history of the controversy over Ryan White -- conducting interviews with people who had a connection to the case and its reverberations.
Allen Safianow is a professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Kokomo. He led the project, and we reached him in Kokomo.
And here is an excerpt from one of the interviews conducted for the project.
This is Wanda Bowen Bilodeau, who was the sister of a friend of Ryan White's.
She recalls some of the treatment Ryan received when he returned to school.
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In the lexicon of journalistic clichés, one word has grown iconic: the word "iconic".
A quick search of today's news reveals the following things are "iconic": the Lovell Telescope; the paintings on a remaining section of the Berlin Wall; eighteen sandwiches at different Milwaukee restaurants; and Cher.
There are two things wrong with using the word "iconic" to describe any of the above. First: if you're going by the dictionary definition, none of them is iconic. Second: no one ever uses the word "iconic"... except journalists.
Last week, George Stanley, the managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, sent an email to his staff. It reads, in part, quote:
"It has been brought to my attention that we are seriously over-using the word 'iconic.'...Let's try not to use it unless it is truly the best possible word for that sentence. Thank you!"
That brief note has already become icon-...um, people like it quite a lot. And it prompted Carlos Lozada, the editor of the Washington Post's Outlook section to share a list of words and phrases he asks contributors to avoid. Here are just a few:
"Critics say"; "Probe (as a substitute for investigation)"; "Begs the question (unless used properly -- and so rarely used properly that not worth it); "stinging rebuke"; "hot-button issue"; "grizzled veteran"; "tightly knit community"; and "shine a spotlight on (unless there is a real spotlight that really shines)".
That list instantly became icon-...um, people agreed with it. So much so that the Post has asked other journalists to contribute their own most hated clichés on Twitter, using the hashtag bannedphrases.
You can see the Washington Post list on our Facebook page. And we know some of you in the tightly knit community of "As It Happens" listeners are grizzled veterans at shining a spotlight on language misuse. So tell us what overused phrases are a hot-button issue for you. Call Talkback, toll-free, at 1-866-481-5718, email us at email@example.com, or go to our website -- cbc.ca/aih -- and click on "Contact".
Now, a singer who's prone to stinging rebukes: Morrissey, with "Dial-A-Cliché".
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