* Bangladesh Factory Collapse. Dozens die when a factory, where Canadian labels have clothes made, collapses.
* ELA Saved. Ontario says it's rescuing the Experimental Lakes Area from destruction by the federal government.
* RCMP-FBI Arrests. A reporter says the FBI is frustrated the RCMP rushed the terror plot arrests and compromised a US probe.
* Bird Attack Couple. Things turn weird for a Shropshire family when a menacing pheasant named Phil arrives on their lawn.
* Kosovo Deal. The EU is cautiously optimistic about a new deal between Serbia and Kosovo.
* Obituary: Shamshad Begum. Remembering one of the greatest "playback singers" from Bollywood's Golden Age.
E-L-A-ted. The world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area was shut down by the federal government -- but will now re-open, thanks to the intervention of the Ontario government.
The price of cheap T-shirts. The collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh kills at least eighty-seven people -- and reveals once again the true cost of our bargain fashions.
Putting the "cross" in "cross-border". The timing of the RCMP's announcement of a terrorism plot may have seemed suspiciously convenient to some Canadians -- but apparently it was extremely inconvenient for the FBI.
Concession is good for the soul. After compromises on both sides, Kosovo and Serbia have finally reached a deal that will ostensibly normalize their relations.
Get with the program -- against the programmed. Just because your Roomba looks adorably harmless vacuuming your living room doesn't mean it's too soon to look to the future, and join the Campaign Against Killer Robots.
And...a bird out of hand. Sally-Ann Hudson is terrified to leave home, because of a violent intruder known, chillingly, as "Phil" -- who is an unpleasantly omnipresent pheasant.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio with a guest who's honest about being off nests.
A garment factory building in Bangladesh has become a death trap.
Yesterday, managers in the building told workers to leave because of a large crack in the wall. This morning, they ordered them to return. Not long afterward, the eight-story structure near the capital, Dhaka, collapsed. Now more than eighty people are dead. Others are still trapped inside.
And as the injured were being pulled from the wreckage, so was evidence that clothing destined for Canadian stores was being made inside.
Kalpona Akter is the head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. She lives in Dhaka, but today we reached her in Seattle.
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It's considered a research site without peer in the world, and scientists say it contributes immeasurably to our knowledge of freshwater ecosystems.
But as of March thirty-first, Ontario's Experimental Lakes Area was shut down by the Harper government. The government said it fell outside the mandate of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Critics said the Tories didn't like the climate change research coming from the area, located near Kenora.
Today, however, the Ontario government offered a lifeline. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that her government would provide "operating support" to keep the area open while a new arrangement is worked out so it can stay open permanently, operated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
This is no doubt welcome news to Diane Orihel. She's a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, who had been doing her research in the Experimental Lakes Area. She also led a movement to save the E-L-A. We reached Diane Orihel on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.
One of those on hand at today's announcement was Laurel Broten, Ontario's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. We reached Laurel Broten in Toronto.
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This morning, I went back in time. To high school. When they posted the exam results outside the office -- and I felt this sensation of rising dread as I scanned down the list, and the posted marks got lower and lower, and I still hadn't found my name.
I had that exact sensation of rising dread this morning, as I made my way down a list of The Top 200 Jobs of 2013.
The list is compiled by a website called CareerCast, a job-finding site. The list-makers used a methodology that reviewed four criteria: work environment, income, outlook -- that is, whether the future of the job is promising -- and stress.
According to this year's list, the best job is: actuary. That is, quote, "interpreting statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters."
Clearly, "hilarity" was not a criterion.
The Number Two job is "biomedical engineer", followed by "software engineer", "audiologist", and "financial planner".
So I'm flipping through the pages, and realizing my job is not in the Top Ten. Or the Top 20. Or even the Top 100. The dread is really creeping in by now. And by the time I find "Broadcaster", I'm in a cold sweat.
"Broadcaster" is Number 184.
I hardly notice that the worst five jobs are -- in order -- "oil rig worker", "actor", "enlisted military personnel", "lumberjack", and -- at Number 200 -- "newspaper reporter".
That's right, print journalists. You'd be better off getting yourself a literal axe to grind.
But I can't get over being 184th. Apparently, even when I'm working hard, it's hardly working.
You know what, though? You can't quantify the kind of job satisfaction I get from saying the following words: Everybody's "Working for the Weekend". Here's Loverboy.
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Here in Canada, the government and the RCMP have been getting a lot of questions about the timing of the arrests of suspected terrorists Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier.
And now there are questions coming from south of the border as well.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that its sources say the FBI wanted the RCMP to hold off on making the arrests. The sources say the American agency wanted more time to investigate suspects in the U.S. who are possibly connected to the men arrested in Canada.
Alistair MacDonald is a Toronto-based journalist with the Wall Street Journal. We reached Mr. MacDonald in Toronto.
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It sounds like something from a sci-fi film: a new campaign calling for a ban on "killer robots".
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is targeting fully autonomous robotic weapons -- essentially, machines capable of choosing their own targets and firing of their own accord. The ban is pre-emptive, because, at this point, no army actually has fully autonomous killer robots -- but campaigners argue the technology is not so far away.
Noel Sharkey, is a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. He is also a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield. We reached Professor Sharkey in London, England.
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At first, the Hudson family didn't take any notice of the pheasant that started loitering on their property. But it didn't take long before the realised there was something very different about Phil, as he would come to be known.
We reached Sally-Ann Hudson from the safety of her home, in Shropshire, England.
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The biggest challenges still lie ahead for Serbia and Kosovo. But now, at least, there's an agreement in place.
For the first time, Serbia is recognizing that the government of Kosovo has legal authority over its entire territory. That includes the northern enclave -- where Kosovo Serbs are a majority.
In turn, the government in Kosovo, grants the Serbs in the north their own police and justice representatives.
The European Union's High Representative, Catherine Ashton, mediated the ten rounds of talks that led to the agreement. She's praising the leaders on both sides of the divide as "brave", and is calling the deal "historic".
Maja Kocijancic is Catherine Ashton's official spokesperson. We reached Ms. Kocijancic in Brussels.
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They were told they could stay. Then told they couldn't.
They much preferred the first answer.
A German family that was granted asylum in Tennessee back in 2010 was in court yesterday -- defending themselves against a subsequent reversal of that decision. They're arguing that the original acceptance of their bid should stand.
The Romeikes are devout Christians who homeschool their children. But in their country of origin, Germany, the government is clear -- school-aged children must do their learning in school. So they don't want to be sent back.
The Romeike family's lawyer says the case is the first of its kind in the United States. His name is Michael Donnelly, and he's with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. We reached him in Florence, Kentucky.
"Afflicted with a form of collective amnesia".
That's the conclusion of Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission about the Surrey Police.
The commission was looking into the Surrey force's failure to investigate the hacking of thirteen-year-old murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone, by the News of the World in 2002 -- which disgusted Britain when it came to light in 2011.
Today, the commission castigated Surrey police for not acting. The commission believes all levels of the police force knew about the allegations of phone hacking -- but no action was taken for nearly a decade. The commission also noted that Surrey police had an "unhealthy relationship" with the media.
But these damning conclusions won't mean much for the officers. Craig Denholm led Surrey police at the time, and the commission believes he was well aware of the hacking. But when representatives tried to probe for more info, the commission says senior police officers seemed to suffer from amnesia.
As a result, all Mr. Denholm will receive are - quote - "words of advice". The lowest form of sanction available.
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Today, people the world over are marking the two-year anniversary of an event that brought us Winkelhimer Smith, the famous painting squirrel. Or at least, we're marking it.
As a young squirrel, Winkelhimer was disabled by an animal attack. But she didn't just put her enormous tail over her eyes and give up. Instead, she became a nonhuman art prodigy.
Shyla Mouton is Winkelhimer's rescuer and current owner. We reached her in Austin, Texas.
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Shamshad Begum was one of Bollywood's greats -- even though she stayed away from the silver screen.
She was one of the industry's most famous so-called "playback singers" -- vocalists who sing the songs that movie actresses then lip-sync along to.
Shamshad Begum died last night. She was 94.
Born in Amritsar in 1919, Ms. Begum began singing publicly in the 1930s. And it wasn't long before her distinctive deep, clear voice got the attention of Indian filmmakers.
Her songs were featured in numerous Bollywood hits during the 'forties and 'fifties, until her self-imposed retirement in 1965. And even after that, she would lend her voice to favourite directors, who would ask to use her unique talent one more time.
Shamshad Begum was proud of her voice, but shied away from the limelight. Her daughter said today, she, quote, "kept away from the glamour of the industry… She wanted to be remembered for her songs".
Today, India's film industry has been paying tribute to Ms. Begum and her captivating voice. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said, "The golden voice of Shamshad Begum, playback singer of great eminence in some of the most historic film songs… now silent. RIP'. And Bollywood's National Award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "Shamshad Begum can truly be called the Indian nightingale. She'll be immortal because of her songs".
Here's one of the songs that made her immortal. From the 1948 film, "Anokhi Ada", this is Shamshad Begum with "Nazar Mil Gayee".
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