*Rob Ford Update. Jaye Robinson, a member of the Toronto Mayor's executive committee, says it is time Mr Ford addressed the drug allegations against him.
*London Attack. Local politician, Barbara Barwick, tells us how people from the London neighbourhood where a soldier was knifed to death yesterday are coping with the tragedy.
* BC Landslide Homes. Residents of Johnsons Landing, BC, are told they're still at risk after last summer's landslide, but that doesn't mean the government will pay them compensation if they have to leave their homes.
* Body Fungus. Dermatologist, Dr Heidi Kong, the researcher behind a new human body fungus profile, explains that fungi prefer to congregate on the feet.
* Oklahoma Planned Parenthood. Oklahoma State Senators have approved a bill that would strip funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.
* Raptor Cull Revelation. The British government sanctions the killing of an endangered species of hawk in order to safeguard pheasant hunts.
Only a handful of people have seen it -- but it's still a viral video. Toronto is unwell -- and a member of Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee says things won't improve until he addresses allegations about a cellphone video that reportedly shows him smoking crack.
Grounds for dismissal. Last summer, a landslide in Johnsons Landing, B.C., killed four people -- and now the people who live there are being told many of their houses are uninhabitable.
Brutality in broad daylight. A councillor in Woolwich, South London describes the aftermath of the horrific murder of a British soldier, in front of dozens of people.
Disaster preparedness. Two days after the tornado, the Oklahoma State Senate quietly passes a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood -- and the agency is bracing itself for things to get worse.
Among his tough opponents: a pair of boxers. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner reveals he'll be running to become mayor of New York City -- after a scandal that had him revealing more run-of-the-mill ambitions.
And...foot traffic. A new study shows that our feet are home to a truly alarming number of communities of fungi -- proving that the rules of fungal real estate are "location, location".
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that tells you everything you always wanted to know about socks -- but were afraid to ask.
Toronto City Council has a lot of tough, important items on its agenda. The problem is, right now, no one seems to care.
Today, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford fired his chief of staff -- who has only said he offered the mayor some advice. That advice may have had something to do with the subject that has dominated the conversation in Canada's largest city for almost a week. The Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker have both reported seeing a short cellphone video that appears to show the mayor of Toronto smoking from a crack pipe.
The CBC hasn't seen the video, and can't verify any of the claims being made about it.
Since then, reporters have been chasing Mr. Ford around. And an online crowd-sourcing campaign to buy the cellphone video is closing in on its goal of two hundred thousand dollars.
Jaye Robinson is a Toronto city councilor and a member of Rob Ford's executive committee. We reached her in Toronto.
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Today, in the London neighbourhood where two men with knives hacked a soldier to death, people are still trying to absorb the grisly details.
Lee Rigby was off-duty yesterday, walking on a busy street in Woolwich in south London, when the attackers butchered him in front of dozens of people.
Barbara Barwick is a local city councillor for the area where the killing happened. We reached her in London earlier today.
Barbara Barwick is a local city councillor for the area where the attack on Lee Rigby happened. She was in London.
One woman saw more than most when yesterday's slaying unfolded. Ingrid Loyau-Kennet jumped off a bus passing by when she saw that something was wrong. Here is how she described what happened next to Lorraine Kelly of ITV's Daybreak program.
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Anthony Weiner is taking another shot.
The former Congressman, who resigned two years ago after accidently Tweeting a photo that suggested he was interested in another kind of congress, was out at a subway stop this morning, asking New Yorkers to vote for him for mayor.
Here's part of his pitch, from a new campaign ad:
But it's not clear whether New York is ready to give Mr. Weiner a second chance.
To explain, we reached New York Magazine writer Chris Smith.
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He made the complex art of songwriting seem simple.
Georges Moustaki, a singer-songwriter with a gift for ballads, died today, at the age of seventy-nine.
He was born to Jewish-Greek parents, and raised in Egypt. But he made his home in Paris -- and he became a fixture of the Parisian scene in the 1950s, when he began writing songs for Edith Piaf.
Mr. Moustaki went on to write hundreds of songs for dozens of French singers -- including himself.
One of those songs, "Le Meteque", is a ballad about an immigrant and his hardships... a ballad, in fact, about himself. Here is that song interpreted by Montreal singer Martin Leon. This is "Le Meteque".
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There are still scars on the mountainside in Johnsons Landing in BC, from a landslide last July. It claimed the lives of a father, his two daughters and a friend.
Today, the Regional District of Central Kootenay released its report on the landslide. It outlines the high risk of future landslides to the homes in the community, and advises against building in the area.
And that has homeowners like Harvey Armstrong feeling like they're between a rock and a very hard place.
We reached Mr. Armstrong at home in Johnsons Landing.
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The mother of a Nova Scotia teenager who was kidnapped, kept in chains and sexually assaulted last September spoke out today. And she did so after facing one of the two men accused made an appearance at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater.
David James Leblanc pleaded guilty to a range of charges related to the kidnapping.
Mr. Leblanc and another man, Wayne Alan Cunningham, fled to Ontario after the teen escaped. Mr. Cunningham was eventually found dead.
For the record, here is the mother of that Nova Scotia teenager, speaking to reporters outside the courtroom today. She cannot be named due to a publication ban on details that would identify her son.
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There's a fungus among us.
In fact, there are hundreds, and they're all over our bodies.
Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health have created the first genomic map of the fungus on the human body. But there's one part of the body that's head and shoulders above the rest -- at least in terms of fungus. And it's neither your head nor your shoulders.
Dr. Heidi Kong is a dermatologist with the National Cancer Institute. She co-authored a study published this week in the journal Nature. We reached her in Bethesda, Maryland.
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When Marjory LeBreton takes a dislike to you, watch out -- and get out your dictionary.
The Conservatives' leader in the Senate was on the defensive last night. Her government has been hard-pressed to explain why the Prime Minister's then-Chief of Staff paid off ninety-thousand dollars' worth of Mike Duffy's bogus expense claims.
Senator LeBreton wasn't exactly contrite though. She stood up in the red room and suggested that her Conservatives should be applauded. After all, if they hadn't, as she put it, "flung open the door and revealed what was going on", there'd be no crisis at all. But is anyone clapping, even a little? No. And that frustrates Senator LeBreton. She said, quote:
"I am not surprised. I am a Conservative and I know more than most that around this town populated by Liberal elites and their media lickspittles, tut-tutting about our government and yearning for the good old days, that we are never given the benefit of the doubt and rarely given credit for the good work we do."
We read that and our investigative minds got to work on the question: What's a lickspittle?
We called Senator LeBreton. She didn't call back. So we grabbed the OED.
Turns out that a lickspittle is a four-hundred-eighty-four-year-old term referring to a parasite, a sycophant or a toady. So...not a compliment. The OED folks found its roots in a 1629 play with the snappy title "Davenant's Albovine". From the play:
"Lick her spittle / From the ground. This disguiz'd humilitie / Is both the swift, and safest way to pride."
That's spittle as in spit and lick as in lick. It can also be used as a verb.
Well, once you've learned a new word, it's a shame not to use it. So: not to lickspittle Senator LeBreton, but maybe we'll find a way to use her fancy word in our coverage of her colleague, Mr. Duffy, who's been made all-but impossible to fire -- because the folks who wrote the constitution wanted to make sure our senators were more than just lickspittles to the Prime Minister of the day.
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There is finally a financial settlement from the Christian Brothers for survivors of Newfoundland's infamous Mount Cashel orphanage.
Today, the Irish Christian Brothers agreed to give more than 16.5 million dollars to more than four hundred of their victims from across North America.
Approximately 150 are surivors of the St John's school where Reverend James Hickey molested boys. He was tried and convicted in 1989. The inquiry that followed led to more charges against more Christian Brothers. Eventually there would be evidence of decades of abuse, cover-ups, and failed investigations. It changed the way people around the world think about the Catholic Church and the vulnerability of children.
From our archives, here is some of our coverage back in September, 1989. This is from our coverage during the first week of the public inquiry into the abuse. Here's former As It Happens co-host Alan Maitland.
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While much of Oklahoma is busy with the recovery from Monday's tornado, the State's Senate quietly passed Bill 900.
In short, the bill would defund Planned Parenthood -- a private agency that provides health services to women in the state, including prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
The bill passed the Oklahoma Senate yesterday by a vote of 33 to 8.
Anita Fream is the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. We've reached her in Oklahoma City.
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Get your motor running -- head out on the highway. And then maintain a moderate speed, while looking for adventure and whatever comes our way.
Last night, we told you about a move in Germany to put speed limits on the country's autobahn. And after hearing from you --- maybe that's a good thing.
Devora de Jonge from Chelsea, Quebec sent us this story.
"Several years ago my husband and I drove from Holland to Cologne on the autobahn. We had borrowed a small car from a relative which couldn't go over 120 kilometres per hour. We kept to the right, only passing trucks going 80.
"My husband got tired so I took over -- but not without this caution: 'if you get behind a truck and want to pass...if there's a car far behind in your mirror, get up as close to the truck as you can and pass immediately. Then get back to your lane immediately when safe to do so -- because the car that seemed far behind will be right on your..."
At this point Ms. De Jonge uses a slang term for "rear bumper".
"He was right. Needless to say it was not the most pleasant drive."
Thank you for that tale, Devora.
And now, from autobahn to autocorrect. Talkback schooled us on our German history.
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It's true that England's Buteo Hawk is a majestic species of raptor that awes and delights when it's seen soaring through the skies. Also true: the UK's Buteo population is clawing its way back from near-extinction, and is a protected species.
But, it seems, neither of these facts will stand in the way of British pheasant hunters and their pheasants.
Recently released documents revealed that a British government agency licensed the secret destruction of four Buteo hawk nests because it was feared that the endangered hawks were eating pheasants.
Andre Farrar is with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. We reached Dr. Farrar at home in Sandy, England.
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Joe Cantor made it his mission to make sure his customers were getting the biggest bang possible for their buck. His store -- Cantor's Quality Meats and Groceries, which he ran with his brother Oscar -- has been a fixture in the neighbourhood of Weston, in Winnipeg, for nearly seven decades.
Mr. Cantor died on Saturday from a heart attack. He was 88.
Mr. Cantor's father Edward opened a grocery store in Winnipeg's North End shortly after moving to Canada from Europe. After his death in 1944, Joe and his brother took over, and moved the business to its present location on Logan Avenue at Quelch Street.
In the 1980s, Mr. Cantor successfully petitioned to get rid of the minimum price on milk in Manitoba. And soon after, he took on the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation -- the federal agency that regulates freshwater fish sales throughout the province -- for the right to deal directly with fishermen.
On January 12th, 1988, he spoke to former "As it Happens" host Michael Enright about his fight. Here's part of their conversation, from our archives.
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Dateline: Madrid.When you're designing a submarine, it's easy to get hung up on one goal -- that the thing has to be able to go underwater. It's really the key thing.
But apparently, it's possible to focus a little too heavily on a submarine's ability to sink, and not enough on a less-heralded, but equally important ability: the ability to float, when necessary.
Well, the Spanish ship-building company Navantia has just admitted that the four submarines it's designing for Spain's defence department are going to be great at the diving, and the sitting on the ocean floor -- but not so hot on the resurfacing. The company estimates each sub is about a hundred tonnes too heavy.
That was embarrassing for Navantia. And also for the Spanish defence department, which has so far spent seven hundred million dollars on what are essentially four really huge, super-high-tech bricks.
Whatever the solution is, Spain's government is going to have to sink a lot more money into the project. But there might be a bright side to all this negative publicity. Maybe it will get people more excited about the new submarines. Because without this controversy, let's face it: the whole story would have been a big splash -- and then nothing.
Now, here's the unofficial anthem of the Spanish navy. This is Metric, with "Breathing Underwater".
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