*Morgentaler Obit. Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the man who led the battle for legal abortion in Canada, dies at the age of 90.
*Stephen King. A best-selling author excludes millions of readers from his new book because it won't be published as an e-book.
*CBC Ads. The author of Saving the CBC, explains his objections to the CRTC decision to allow ads on CBC Radio 2.
*Fowler Ransom. An internal al-Qaeda memo reveals that a ransom was paid for the release of two Canadian diplomats.
*Councillor Guilty. Former Saint John city councillor Donald Snook pleads guilty to child porn and sexual assault charges.
*Laura Clarke. A poetry reading from Laura Clarke's collection of poetry, Mule Variations. She won this year's Bronwen Wallace Award.
Canada's most reviled hero -- or most admired villain. Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who fought tirelessly for abortion rights in Canada -- despite prison time and death threats -- dies at the age of ninety.
Ads subtract. A staunch opponent of the newly approved commercials on CBC Radio Two shares a few words about a few words from their sponsors.
From the folks in the Red Chamber to the folks in the Red Serge. A Senate committee agrees that it's time for the RCMP to look into Senator Mike Duffy's controversial expensive claims.
Finding the cost of freedom. Canadian diplomat and former hostage Robert Fowler has said he has no idea whether a ransom was paid to free him, but according to a letter from al Qaeda, one was -- and it was big.
Bachmann turns her overdrive off. Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann -- who often blurred the line between "off the cuff" and just off -- announces she won't seek another term.
And...it's bound to be terrifying. And bound is the only way you'll be able to get the latest pulp novel by Stephen King -- because, to the horror of e-reader fans, it will come only in the form of an ancient object known as a "paperback".
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that knows where Stephen King is concerned, it's only fitting that spines get cracked.
When you talk about safe access to abortions in Canada, you talk about Dr. Henry Morgentaler.
Dr. Morgentaler died earlier today of a heart attack at his home in Toronto. He was ninety years old.
Dr. Morgentaler spent his career fighting for abortion rights. He received the Order of Canada for his efforts -- but he also received death threats and prison time.
Dr. Morgentaler spent most of 1975 in prison after being found guilty of an illegal abortion charge in Quebec .
On January 26th, 1976, Dr. Morgentaler was set free. "As It Happens" spoke to him the very next day. Here's part of the conversation between host Barbara Frum and Dr. Henry Morgentaler, from our archives:
2013 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as the Morgentaler decision. The Court held that the abortion provision in the Criminal Code of Canada violated a woman's right to security under the Charter.
Dr. Morgentaler's lawyer for that case was Morris Manning. We reached Mr. Manning in Toronto.
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They've called the cops on Mike Duffy.
The PEI Senator is in hot water for collecting $90,000 worth of bad expense claims. His former colleagues in the Conservative Party are finding that awkward, because the ninety grand was paid off by none other than the Prime Minister's former Chief of Staff.
Last night, the Senate's Internal Economy Committee began its second investigation into the matter. After learning that, sometimes, the Senator had claimed for Senate work when he'd actually been out on the hustings for his party, the committee voted to send the matter to the RCMP.
Garry Clement is a former RCMP Superintendant. We reached him in Colborne, Ontario.
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If you're one of the millions and millions of people who are fans of Stephen King, and you're one of the millions and millions of people who read their books on a Kindle or a Kobo, you're about to be disappointed.
Because Mr. King's newest book, out next month, will not be available in electronic format.
Charles Ardai edited "Joyland". He's also the founder of Hard Case Crime, the publisher of the novel.
We reached Charles Ardai in New York City.
Some of you are feeling jangled about jingles.
Yesterday, Carol spoke with CBC president Hubert Lacroix about the C-R-T-C ruling that will allow CBC Radio Two and L'Espace Musique to air up to four minutes of commercials per broadcast hour. Mr. Lacroix said the revenue from the ads is needed to maintain the level of broadcasting offered by CBC Radio.
That had some of you adding some words of your own. Hugh Copeland from Whitehorse, Yukon wrote,
"I love Radio Two (and Radio One as well of course) but I will definitely turn off when commercials start, no question. I will seek online commercial-free music sources there are lots out there, but nothing will compare with the fine programming on Radio Two.
"The CBC president didn't discuss any alternatives that were looked at to raise the six-to-ten million dollars that commercials will bring in. I would gladly donate a hundred dollars a year to Radio Two to maintain it commercial-free. It would only take 60,000 others doing the same to reach six million dollars. Sounds like a viable alternative that should be explored. Please save commercial free-CBC all round."
That was from Hugh Copeland in Whitehorse, Yukon.Drew Meikle of West Vancouver added his thoughts:
"Mr. Lacroix did not sound like a tenacious defender of public broadcasting. Instead, he welcomes commercials as an unobtrusive way to maintain the status quo. Such tepid, lukewarm advocacy suggests complicity with the executioner.
"If this weren't the case, he would have stirred CBC supporters, inviting them to become paid members of a commercial -ree network, as is done throughout the United States."
That e-mail was from Drew Meikle, of West Vancouver.
Our next guest feels some sympathy for the listeners who called and wrote in. Wade Rowland is an Associate Professor of Communications Studies at York University, and, most recently, the author of "Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service".
We reached Wade Rowland in Port Hope, Ontario.
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In 2009, Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said this:That same year, she said this:In 2011, Michele Bachmann said this about the HPV vaccine:Last year, Michele Bachmann told an audience in New Hampshire this:All of those things, in one way or another, and to varying degrees, are inaccurate.
But let's assume, despite all the preceding evidence, that this announcement Congresswoman Michele Bachmann made today is not inaccurate.Yes, in a development that disappointed supporters and fact-checkers alike, Michele Bachmann -- four-term Congresswoman and one-time Presidential candidate -- has announced she won't run again.
Ms. Bachmann was a favourite of the Tea Party for her conservative politics. And there were those in the Republican Party who saw her potential to be a star. But she proved too extreme for voters -- in part because of her unfortunate habit of speaking off the cuff, and sometimes just not knowing what she was talking about.
Ms. Bachmann says she's not not running because she couldn't win. She also says she's not not running because of allegations of financial funny business during her 2012 Presidential campaign. She's not running because -- well, something to do with how eight years is long enough, and she doesn't consider public office to be "an occupation".
And she's the only one who can fact-check that.
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Robert Fowler has said he doesn't know whether a ransom was paid. But apparently Al Qaeda does.
In a letter sent between Al Qaeda-linked fighters, the militant Islamist organization itelf says that a ransom was indeed paid to free Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay. The diplomats were taken hostage in late 2008 in Niger, and held for four months.
The letter was found in a building in Timbuktu, Mali -- a building which had been previously occupied by militants linked to Al Qaeda.
Rukmini Callimachi found the letter. She's the Associated Press's West Africa Bureau Chief. We reached her in Dakar, Senegal.
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For the second day now, the As it Happens email and Talkback number have been at the pinnacle of what can only be described as an impassioned national debate about a certain pastry -- and the pronunciation thereof.
That pastry is the scone. Or the "scawn." Or, complicating matters further, Robert Wayland from Toronto left us this message.
And Jim MacLean wrote to us to say:
"I'm sorry to burst the bubble of all the callers you've had for the correct pronunciation of scone. Jeff Douglas is correct, it is pronounced scOne, not scawn.
This is Canada, not the U.K. This is how we pronounce things. If you don't like it, there are planes leaving the country every day.
Stay strong Jeff!"
Thank you for all your calls and email, especially you, Mr. MacLean. I hope I can still get a refund on my plane ticket.
If you feel compelled to get in touch with us, our toll-free Talkback number is 1-866-481-5718. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit our website and click on "Contact". Our Twitter handle is cbcasithappens.
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Girls across Kenya are feeling a little bit safer today.
Yesterday, the High Court of Kenya ordered police to properly enforce laws to investigate charges of rape -- charges which, in the past, have been all but ignored.
We first brought you this story back in October, when a group of a hundred-and-sixty girls marched to the High Court in Kenya, demanding their rape cases be taken seriously.
Mercy Chidi has been a key player in helping a group of eleven girls launch their case against the government. She's the director of the Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre. We reached her at her home in Meru, Kenya.
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At the time they were preyed upon and made victims, the boys were between the ages of five and 15. And the offences contniued over decades.
Today, a Saint John, New Brunswick, city councillor named Donald Snook, a man known for his work on behalf of children, pleaded guilty to 46 counts of offences against children, including touching a child for sexual purposes and producing child pornography.
Detective Paul Krawczyk's work led to Mr. Snook's arrest. Detective Krawczyk works with the Toronto Police Department's child exploitation section. We reached him in Toronto.
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One of Canada's most controversial prisoners, Omar Khadr, has been moved from Ontario to Alberta.
The former Gunatanamo Bay inmate was transferred to a maximum security prison in Edmonton yesterday, after his life was threatened by another inmate in Ontario.
The twenty-six-year-old Khadr pleaded guilty in a U.S. military court to war crimes committed as a 15-year-old in Afghanistan.
Dennis Edney is Omar Khadr's lawyer. Here he is speaking to reporters today in Edmonton, for the record.
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They're making the maximum effort to get a fair minimum wage.
Today, thousands of garment workers were once again in the streets of Phnom Penh. They're demanding factory owners honour a government-ordered increase to the minimum wage. Which is not happening at the Sabrina Garment Manufacturing company, just west of the Cambodia capital.
The protests continued despite despite a violent police crackdown on Monday, in which twenty-three people were reportedly injured. One of those injured was a woman who was three months pregnant -- and who miscarried after an altercation with police.
Sokny Say is the secretary of the Free Trade Union in Cambodia. We reached her at home in Phnom Penh.
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You gotta hand it to Laura Clarke -- she's got a way with words. And that's precisely what the jury of the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award has done -- hand it to her -- along with the accompanying reward of five-thousand dollars.
Ms. Clarke beat out a hundred-and-thirty-four other blind submissions to take the top prize for her collection of poems, entitled Mule Variations. The award, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada, alternates annually between poetry and fiction. It was established in 1994 in memory of poet and short story author Bronwen Wallace -- and it honours writers under thirty-five who have yet to publish their first book.
In its citation, the jury of three poets said of Mule Variations, quote: "Something both hip and ancient is given full rein in these poems: hard limits slurping in the sun, Aristotle and police reports, electric fences and pick-up lines, subway riders have donkey heads. These alternating voices speak without fluff. A washed-out sardonic tone delivers a sure push that is humane and celebratory."
Here now is Jeff, reading "Dead Mule Zone V: Fall into Subterranean Cavity" from Ms. Clarke's winning collection.
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