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Wednesday: Libs win in BC, Senate Ethics, AP Phone Records and more

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Highlights Include:

Part One:
* BC Liberal Win. Former Langley mayor and new MLA Peter Fassbender talks about the surprise majority win.
* Calgary Council Jargon. Alderwoman Druh Farrell introduces a "plain language policy" to eradicate bureaucratic language.

Part Two:
* Lobster Company. An executive with the world's largest lobster buyer explains his offer price to fishermen this year.
* Keene Robin Hoods. A group of self-described Robin Hooders who feed parking meters in the nick of time are sued.

Part Three:
* AP Phone Records.  First Amendment lawyer James Goodale says Obama is as bad as Nixon when it comes to press freedom.
* Syria: Rebel Video. A gruesome act caught on video has become a shocking and questionable symbol of the civil war.  

Show:AS_IT_HAPPENS
Date:2013/05/15
Time:17:30:01

PART ONE


LIBS WIN IN BC Duration: 00:06:27

Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender had a couple of reasons to be surprised this morning.

Contrary to what the polls had predicted, Mr. Fassbender's Liberals won yesterday's BC election.

And, contrary to what the polls had predicted, Mayor Fassbender will be part of that government.

We reached the newly-elected MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood at Langley City Hall.


MANIC Duration: 00:00:16
Album:AZARI & III/AZARI & III
Label:LOOSE LIPS
Persons/Roles:
ALIXANDER III - COMPOSER
DINAMO AZARI - COMPOSER
FRITZ HELDER - COMPOSER
STARVING YET FULL - COMPOSER
ALIXANDER III - PRODUCER
AZARI & III - POP GROUP
DINAMO AZARI - PRODUCER

TALKBACK/EMAIL: FROGS Duration: 00:02:54

Here's a little advice when dealing with a noisy neighbour: look for leapers, before you leap to conclusions.

Yesterday on As It Happens, Carol spoke to Debbie Alsip. Wisconsin police have twice knocked at Ms Alsip's door -- concerning a noise complaint against her. A noise that turned out to be from the amorous frogs in her garden.

That interview had people hopping to talkback.


CATHODE GIRLS Duration: 00:00:23
Album:GALACTIC MELT/COM TRUISE
Label:GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL, GI-138
Persons/Roles:
COM TRUISE - COMPOSER
COM TRUISE - SYNTHESIZER

OBIT: RAY GUY Duration: 00:07:02

Today Newfoundland is feeling a big loss.

Ray Guy died yesterday at the age of seventy-four, after a brief battle with cancer.

Mr. Guy was a satirist and writer. In a career spanning more than fifty years, his hundreds of newspaper columns -- not to mention his work in pretty much every other communication medium -- made him a household name in the province.

Born in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, Mr. Guy grew up in Arnold's Cove, eventually moving to St. John's.

He wrote his last column in March of this year for The Northeast Avalon Times.

Ray Guy was also a great collaborator. Our next guest knew him well -- both at work and at play.

Mary Walsh is an actress, comedian and social activist. She's also a Newfoundlander. We reached Mary Walsh at her home in St. John's.


TAPE: RAY GUY Duration: 00:02:07

Mary Walsh is a Canadian actress, comedian and social activist. We reached her at home in St. John's, Newfoundland.

And as Mary Walsh mentioned, Mr. Guy's commentary was a regular feature on the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador TV news program, "Here And Now".

Here is Ray Guy from February, Nineteen Ninety-Five:


CAMERA OBSUCRA Duration: 00:00:30
Album:CALLITHUMP/PAPERBOYS
Label:CUSTOM, 7 78224 26402 6
Persons/Roles:
GEOFFREY KELLY - COMPOSER
TOM LANDA - ARRANGER
JOBY BAKER - PRODUCER
TOM LANDA - PRODUCER
PAPERBOYS - POP GROUP

CALGARY COUNCIL JARGON Duration: 00:06:39

The municipality of Calgary, as represented by City Council and the Aldermen elected to that Council, henceforth may no longer, now that the plain language policy known as P-F-C-2013-0234 has been approved by the members of the priorities and finance committee, who recommend that city representatives approve a plain language policy -- which would require that they no longer, for example, refer to a swimming pool as a "flat water amenity" -- adopt syntax that is unnecessarily confusing and/or verbose.

In other words, a Calgary City Council committee today approved a new policy mandating clear and simple communication.

Alderman Druh Farrell brought forward the idea. We've reached her in Calgary.


PART TWO


SENATE ETHICS Duration: 00:07:46

The Prime Minister's Chief of staff must be a generous guy.

Nigel Wright revealed this morning, through a spokesperson, that he had given a gift to Mike Duffy. Mr. Duffy is the Conservative Senator who's in hot water for making about ninety thousand dollars worth of illegitimate residence claims. Mr Wright's gift was a cheque for ninety thousand dollars, and he gave that gift, according to our colleagues at CTV, following negotiations with Senator Duffy who otherwise wouldn't have been able to repay his debt.

Canada's Ethics Commissioner announced an investigation this afternoon.

That would just be a start if Duff Conacher had his way. Mr Conacher is the co-founder of the independent watchdog group, Democracy Watch. We reached him in Toronto.


MONTREAL-40°C Duration: 00:00:21
Album:L'ETE SHOW DU ROSEQ 2006
Label:ROSEQ, 000021
Persons/Roles:
JULIEN MINEAU - COMPOSER
MALAJUBE - ENS IN-V

LOBSTER COMPANY Duration: 00:07:33

This season, lobster fishermen in the Maritimes are having a tough go of it.

The price being offered by processors and buyers for their catch has sometimes not been enough to allow them to break even.

For almost a week, thousands of them tied their boats up in protest. And fishermen we've talked to have put much of the blame on a small group of very big global companies that have come to dominate the lobster market.

One of the biggest of those is East Coast Seafood. Spiros Tourkakis is the company's Executive Vice President. We reached him in Lynn, Massachusetts.


LAGRIMAS MEXICANAS Duration: 00:00:20
Album:LAGRIMAS MEXICANAS/FRISELL, BILL
Label:EONE, EOM-CD-2110
Persons/Roles:
VINICIUS CANTUARIA - COMPOSER
BILL FRISELL - COMPOSER
VINICIUS CANTUARIA - VOCALS
BILL FRISELL - GUITAR
LEE TOWNSEND - PRODUCER

KEENE ROBIN HOOD Duration: 00:06:13

In a state where the motto is 'Live Free or Die,' you'd expect to find people who take their liberty pretty seriously.

And in the city of Keene, New Hampshire, a group of residents is fighting for an as-yet unrealized freedom: the right to park for free.

To the city's great frustration, concerned citizens have been shadowing parking enforcement officers, feeding parking meters that are about to expire.

Ian Freeman -- and yes, that is his name -- is one of those citizens.

We reached him in Keene, New Hampshire.


ELECTRIC WORM Duration: 00:00:31
Album:MIX-UP/BEASTIE BOYS
Label:CAPITOL, 09463 94085 2 8
Persons/Roles:
MIKE DIAMOND - COMPOSER
ADAM HOROVITZ - COMPOSER
MARK NISHITA - COMPOSER
ADAM YAUCH - COMPOSER
BEASTIE BOYS - POP GROUP
BEASTIE BOYS - PRODUCER

PART THREE


CLIP: HOLDER Duration: 00:00:36

To hear U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tell it, the Justice Department's massive sweep of phone records from the Associated Press was completely justified.

Here's Mr. Holder defending the seizure:


AP PHONE RECORD Duration: 00:06:47

Others don't see it that way.

Earlier today, Mr. Holder was grilled by Congressmen from both sides of the House of Representatives over the decision to seize the phone logs of twenty office and personal lines of AP reporters and editors.

James Goodale is a First Amendment lawyer who acted for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers. He's also the author of a new book on press freedom. We reached him in New York.


WALKABOUT Duration: 00:01:03
Album:AUSTRALIAN RHYTHMS
Label:SONY MUSIC DIRECT, TVK 24083
Persons/Roles:
DAVID HUDSON - COMPOSER
DAVID HUDSON - INSTRUMENTAL

MINI - SYRIA Duration: 00:00:19

Coming up, we have the latest from Syria. The world has seemingly been numbed by the length and brutality of the war there -- but now, a single gruesome act caught on video has shown we can still be shocked and horrified. We'll reach a Syrian photojournalist who has spent time with the rebel commander behind the act -- a little later in the program.


TAPE: OSAKA MAYOR Duration: 00:00:42

A Japanese Mayor is refusing to back down over controversial comments he made about "comfort women" --- women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during the Second World War.

On Monday, Toru Hashimoto, claimed that comfort women were, quote: "necessary" for the Japanese army. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say, in translation, from al-Jazeera.


COMFORT WOMEN Duration: 00:05:58

Despite backlash from lawmakers and human rights groups, Mayor Hashimoto today reiterated his thoughts -- adding that the comfort women system must be understood in the context of the times.

Dongwoo Lee-Hahm is the chair of the board for the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women. She's been campaigning on the issue since 1992.

We reached Dongwoo Lee-Hahm in Hernando, Florida.


RIOT ON AN EMPTY STREET Duration: 00:00:37
Album:DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE/KINGS OF CONVENIENCE
Label:VIRGIN, 50999 3 06840 2 7
Persons/Roles:
ERIK GLAMBEK BOE - COMPOSER
ERLEND OYE - COMPOSER
DAVIDE BERTOLINI - PRODUCER
ROBERT JONNUM - PRODUCER
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - POP GROUP
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - PRODUCER

SYRIA: REBEL VIDEO Duration: 00:06:56

After more than two years of carnage, there is tragically little in Syria that still has the power to shock. Savage massacres of entire families and children now go unreported.

But this week, one gruesome act of barbarism by a rebel commander in the Free Syrian Army has horrified people around the world.

The commander in the video apparently committing the act was identified yesterday as Khaled al Hamad.

Mani is a freelance photojournalist who spent time with Khaled al Hamad while on assignment for Channel 4 News in Syria. We are withholding his real name for his protection. And a warning: the content of this interview is disturbing and graphic.

We reached Mani in Paris.


EVOLUTION Duration: 00:00:41
Album:DELHI 2 DUBLAND EP/DELHI 2 DUBLIN
Label:CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
RAVI BINNING - COMPOSER
SARA FITZPATRICK - COMPOSER
JARON FREEMAN-FOX - COMPOSER
ANDREW KIM - COMPOSER
TARUN NAYAR - COMPOSER
SANJAY SERAN - COMPOSER
RAVI BINNING - PRODUCER
DELHI 2 DUBLIN - POP GROUP
SARA FITZPATRICK - PRODUCER
JARON FREEMAN-FOX - PRODUCER
ANDREW KIM - PRODUCER
TARUN NAYAR - PRODUCER
OKA - PRODUCER
OKA - RAPPER
SANJAY SERAN - PRODUCER

DATELINE: WINDSOR CHICKENS Duration: 00:01:39

Dateline: Windsor, Ontario.

Why did the chickens cross the road? Well, according to the owner of a Windsor auto-body shop, they never have. As a matter of fact, people cross the road to see them.

But the city's saying the chickens must go just the same.

Frank Gobbato is the owner of Formula One Collision Centre on Tecumseh Road. As he told the Windsor Star, he acquired his flock of ten chickens and one rooster more than three years ago. They help to bring in a little business, and provide him a modest helping of eggs, which he shares with friends and customers. And in return, Mr. Gobbato houses them in an immaculately maintained coop, on a five-acre stretch of land.

And even though the birds have attracted a lot of attention from clients and passersby, they've managed to fly under the radar of city officials. Until now, that is.

Windsor's bylaw enforcement officers recently paid a visit to Mr. Gobbato's shop, and informed him that the live poultry on his property constitutes a violation of a city ordinance.

It would seem that the chickens have come home to roost, so to speak. Which, in this case, means Mr. Gobbato actually needs to find them another home in which to roost. He has until the end of May to comply.

So, while customers may no longer be able to count on chickens at Formula One Collision, they'll be guaranteed of one thing, more than ever: im-peck-able service.

And now, one of the very few songs ever written that touches on both chickens and automobiles. This is "Chicken Truck", by Ernest Monias.


CHICKEN TRUCK Duration: 00:03:25
Album:ERNEST MONIAS: GREATEST HITS
Label:SUNSHINE, SSCD-4262
Persons/Roles:
UNKNOWN - COMPOSER
NESS MICHAELS - PRODUCER
ERNEST MONIAS - VOCALS

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