*Senate Audit Report. Senators Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb must pay back taxpayers money they wrongly expensed, plus interest.
*Lobster Blockade. Atlantic Canada lobster fishermen say they're barely breaking even, and in protest, hundreds refuse to set their traps.
*Newfoundland Autism Case. Charmaine Noble wants to take care of her severely disabled son, but needs the province's help.
*3D Guns. After 100,000 blueprints are downloaded, an Ontario printer gives us their take on the future of the controversial firearm.
*Quebec Corruption. Longtime former mayor of Laval Gilles Vaillancourt is one of 37 Quebecers facing corruption charges.
*Bill Langstroth Obit. We pay tribute to the respected performer and producer.
Red faces in the Red Chamber. An independent audit finds that three Canadian Senators improperly billed taxpayers for tens of thousands of dollars in living and travel expenses.
Struggling to stay afloat. Lobster fishermen across the Maritimes say they're barely getting by on the price for their catch, prompting many in P-E-I to join a blockade.
A whole new set of charges. U-S prosecutors reveal how a highly sophisticated cyber-network of thieves stole millions of dollars from automatic teller machines in just a matter of hours.
Fire up the presses? In just days, downloads of the blueprint for a 3-D printed gun have surpassed one hundred-thousand.
Still not purr-fect, but he's feline much better, thank you. Joe the Cat was born with no eyelids -- but the good news is he's just returned from the Big Apple where he underwent highly-specialized surgery for his condition.
And...losing their religion. At the Sunday Assembly in London, England, you'll hear plenty of pop songs, but few psalms or hymns -- and the "Him" with a capital 'h' has Himself left the building.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio you can believe in.
There was a frenzy this afternoon outside, of all places, the Canadian Senate.
The Red Chamber's Internal Economy Committee had just released the results of an audit into the expense claims of three senators. Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, Former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, and up to that point Liberal Senator Mac Harb, were all found to have cashed in on tens of thousands of dollars worth of illegitimate claims.
There was also a leaked letter. It suggested that Mr. Duffy might have been tipped off about his audit by a Conservative colleague -- the Chair of the investigating committee, Senator David Tkachuk.
So when James Cowan, the Liberal Leader of the Opposition in the Senate stepped out into the media glare, he faced a lot of questions.
For the record, that was Liberal Senate Leader James Cowan, speaking to reporters this afternoon.
Shortly after that, we got word that Mac Harb had left the Liberal caucus, and has hired a lawyer.
We contacted David Tkachuck, the Conservative Chair of the Internal Economy Committee, but he was not available for an interview.
We have reached N-D-P MP and Ethics Critic Charlie Angus in Ottawa.
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Lobster boats are tied up all across the Maritimes today.
Fishers are fed up over the low price being offered for their catch. Many say they can no longer even break even.
On Prince Edward Island, fishers have taken things a step further by blockading seafood processing plants.
Josh Quarry is one of them.
We reached him outside the Seafood 2000 plant in Georgetown, PEI.
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And now, an update on a story we've been following quite closely for a number of months. Today, in a joint announcement, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the International Institute for Sustainable Development announced a memorandum of understanding for the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area.
According to the statement, the agreement, effective immediately, will allow the I-I-S-D to begin taking over the administration of the area, in Northwestern Ontario.
Scientists working in the E-L-A tell us that they've been told they will now be allowed back into the area to continue their ongoing experiments.
In the history of bank heists, the take was monumental.
Earlier this year, thieves made off with forty-five million dollars over the span of a few hours.
But there was no tunneling into vaults or masked robbers demanding cash.
Today, federal prosecutors in New York unsealed an indictment revealing details of the massive world-wide cybercrime operation, in which thieves used fake A-T-M cards to withdraw millions.
Mark Rasch is former head of the U.S. Justice Department's computer crime unit.
We reached him in New York City.
Charmaine Noble has been a devoted mother for a long time. But she's not sure how much longer she can keep it up. Her nineteen-year-old son, Cody Boone, has severe autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and requires around-the-clock supervision. Despite these demands, Ms. Noble wants to continue caring for him, but says she needs the government-funded twenty-four-hour support. Which won't happen as long as Cody lives with his mother. The province requires that Cody live in his own home.
So Charmaine Noble is sharing her story -- partly inspired by Amanda Telford. We spoke to the Ottawa mother last week, after she gave her 19-year-old son to the province of Ontario because she couldn't manage his care anymore.
We've reached Charmaine Noble at her home in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland.
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Putting the clamps on The Liberator.
Earlier this week, a Texan by the name of Cody Wilson uploaded his design for the first ever 3D-printed handgun called, The Liberator.
Anyone armed with the document and access to an appropriate 3-D printer could, theoretically, make one for themselves.
As of today, the blueprint had been downloaded more than one-hundred-thousand times.
But then -- as of this afternoon -- Mr. Wilson's website said that the files have been removed at the request of the US government. And that it quote, "claims control of the information."
It appears as though US officials believe access to the Liberator design could breach certain export laws.
To get her perspective on the future of the 3-D printed firearm, we reached Mona Louca.
She speaks for a printing company called "Anubis 3-D" which is based in Mississauga, Ontario.
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O Come, All Ye Faithless.
An atheist church might seem like a contradiction in terms, but in effect, that's exactly what started up in London a few months ago. Emma Wallis recently checked out a service of the Sunday Assembly, as the organizers like to call it.
Here now, as part of our Ear To The Ground series, is Emma Wallis in London.
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In the sea of ska and reggae music, Cedric "Im" Brooks was a really big fish.
This week, we learned Mr. Brooks died last Friday after a prolonged illness. He was seventy years old.
Like so many of his contemporaries, Brooks began his musical training as a young boy at the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica. Established as a "school for wayward boys" in 1880 -- and still run by Catholic nuns -- the school has earned a prestigious reputation for musical education, and for producing a number of influential reggae artists. Initially Brooks studied clarinet, but in his late teens took up the tenor saxophone and flute.
Brooks first achieved commercial success in the late 'sixties -- after teaming with a fellow Alpha School alumnus, trumpeter David Madden -- as Im and David. He built a reputation as a session musician, performing notably on Burning Spear's debut single, "Door Peep".
In 1970 he teamed with Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie, first as Im and Count Ossie. The two later formed The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. Eventually he formed his own band, Light of Saba.
Brooks began performing and touring with legendary ska band The Skatalites in the late 'nineties -- after the death of their original saxophonist, Rolando Alfonso. He continued to perform until about three years ago, when he became ill.
Here now is Cedric "Im" Brooks, with his friend and fellow Alpha Boys student, David Madden, performing "Sea Breeze".
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Currently eight-hundred-and-fifty writers are imprisoned around the world. And as dismaying as that is, it shows they're doing something right.
That's according to essayist and free-expression advocate John Ralston Saul. He says writers wind up in prison for exposing what the powers-that-be would prefer to keep hidden.
Mr. Saul is the president of PEN International, an organization devoted to literature and global freedom of expression. He also focuses attention here at home on the rights of aboriginal peoples and the importance that ALL Canadians recognize how fundamentally this country is connected to their heritage.
On Saturday, in Toronto, John Ralston Saul was one of several featured speakers at "Get Up! Stand Up!" -- an event that brought together speakers from various fields to talk about the importance of speaking out in a democracy. It was moderated by the CBC's Gillian Finlay and our own Carol Off.
Here, now, is part of John Ralston Saul's speech. This is for the record.
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Quebec's anti-corruption squad says that both the charges, and the list of accused, are unprecedented.
Dozens of officers picked up thirty-seven people this morning: engineers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and municipal officials. They are accused of fraud, fraud toward government, conspiracy, breach of trust, corruption in municipal affairs, proceeds of crime, and...gangsterism -- a charge most commonly associated with biker gangs.
The first name on the list of accused belongs to the man once known as the King of Laval. Gilles Vaillancourt was mayor of the Montreal suburb for twenty-three years. He stepped down last fall, as the municipal contracting scandal began to boil around him.
Jacques Duscheneau is a member of the Quebec National Assembly for the Coalition Avenir Quebec. He is a former corruption investigator. We reached Mr Duscheneau in Quebec City.
The gangersterism charge against former Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt comes with a potential penalty of life in prison. That certainly isn't the mayor seemed to think he deserved when he stepped down last November. From our archives, here is Mayor Vaillancourt relinquishing the chains of office, six months ago.
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Joe was a cat with a problem. He was born without eyelids. But then he found Birte Klug. She's a veterinarian in Selkirk, Manitoba. And she set out to get Joe fixed up.
Here's Ms. Klug earlier today explaining what happened to Joe the Cat to CBC Manitoba's Marilyn Maki.
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Violence has once again bloodied Pakistan's election campaign.
Earlier today, gunmen attacked a political rally. They shot into the crowd surrounding the candidate -- the son of a former prime minister. Then they abducted him -- dragging Ali Haider Gilani into a car and driving away. At least one person is dead.
It is not yet clear who is responsible, but it follows a string of other attacks on politicians -- most of them from secular parties -- by the Pakistani Taliban. Since April, more than a hundred people have died.
Haroon Bilour was targeted three weeks ago by a suicide bomber. He survived and is continuing to stand in Saturday's election. We reached him in Peshawar.
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Many Canadians were introduced to Bill Langstroth as a performer on and co-host of Singalong Jubilee, the CBC television show that ran from 1961 to 1974. It also introduced Canadians to a rising star from Nova Scotia, singer Anne Murray. Mr. Langstroth became her manager and the two would eventually marry, and later divorce.
Bill Langstroth died on Wednesday, in Moncton, New Brunswick. He was eighty-one.
Despite his talent as a performer, Mr. Langstroth was first and foremost a producer. After getting his start with CBC Halifax in the 'fifties, he went on to produce "The Don Messer Show", and also worked as producer on Singalong Jubilee, in addition to his on-air role.
His legacy earned him a spot in 2011 in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, which described him as, quote ,"one of the country's first and best industry leaders".
And according to longtime friend and colleague Ron Macnutt, he never lost his love for the job. The two recently returned to the studio to collaborate on a project.
Well, from all those years ago, here's Bill Langstroth with the Singalong Jubilee chorus. This is "Hi Jolly".
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