For Brent Rathgeber, the party's over. The Alberta MP leaves the Conservatives to sit as an independent -- saying his old party is opposed to transparency.
Disperse the homeless? Consider it dung. The city of Abbotsford, B.C. apologizes, after spreading chicken manure on the site of a makeshift encampment for homeless people.
Someday her prints will come. Someday soon, in fact, after a Toronto family arranges for two thousand Annie Leibovitz photographs to hang permanently at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Out of the red, into the black, thanks to Jack White. A historic Detroit concert venue is saved from foreclosure by an enormous donation from the rock star who grew up in the Motor City.
Let X equal cheese, and Y equal toast. The British Cheese Board seeks a perfect formula for cheese on toast -- and either it's exponentially harder than it sounds, or I just got them off to a good start.
And..."Ici" come, "Ici" go. Radio-Canada goes tête-à-tête with a Montreal TV station over which should be allowed to call itself "Ici", which means "here" in English -- and only one will be "Here" to stay.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that wishes everyone could have a peaceful "Ici" feeling.
Something unusual happened in Canadian politics today. You know, just for a change.
Last night, Conservative MPs voted to file down the teeth on their colleague Brent Rathgeber's transparency bill. And that was the final straw for Mr. Rathgeber. He announced he would no longer sit as a Conservative.
But by the time Mr. Rathgeber walked into his Edmonton constituency office this morning, it sounded like he had left behind more than just some caucus colleagues.
The man explaining his decision to reporters wasn't voicing the pat outrage and crafty evasions that we're used to hearing from Ottawa. There was the ring of a man testing his new freedom to speak truth about power.
We pick up with the very end of Brent Rathgeber's prepared statement, for the record.
Michele Rempel is the Conservative MP for Calgary Centre-North. We reached her, with the help of the Prime Minister's Office, in Ottawa.
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This weekend, the international Formula One circuit stops in Montreal.
It's the Grand Prix, and that means that thousands of spectators, journalists, and team members are landing in Canada for an annual June visit. And for Formula One drivers, there's generally one thing to discuss at the Montreal Grand Prix -- as Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso told reporters today.
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We may have to a while to find out which "here" is here, and which is there.
Yesterday, Radio-Canada announced plans to change its name to "Ici"...French for "here". CBC's French counterpart says it's a whole new brand, across its services: Ici Musique; Ici Radio; Ici TV.
But there's a kink in the plan.
A Montreal-based broadcaster set to open this summer is also called "Ici" and it says it was "here" first.
And now the two would-be "Icis" are locked a trademark dispute.
Sam Norouzi is the man behind ICI, the TV station. We reached him in Montreal.
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Maylee Todd does a lot of stuff. But what's depressing to those of us who are kind of lazy is that she does a lot of stuff well.
I'm talking about her tonight because her single "Baby's Got It" is nominated for a major songwriting award. She's also an artist. She works at a playschool. She collaborates with an eclectic assortment of other musicians. And she has an alter ego, Maloo, that she uses to explore electronic music.
Oh, and she's big in Japan.
From her latest album, "Escapology", this is "Baby's Got It" -- it's one of five nominees for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize.
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There are many ways to tell people they are unwanted. And this week someone at the City of Abottsford chose an especially unsubtle way to send a message to the city's homeless population.
A load of chicken manure was ordered to be spread at a site where homeless people gather and camp.
The act was revealed by homeless advocate and journalist James Breckenridge. We reached Mr. Breckenridge in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
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Wrong, but not legally liable.
Today, the UK goverment announced a settlement for thousands of Kenyans who'd been tortured by British colonial authorities. The abuses came at the time of the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.
That uprising was intended to end British rule in Kenya. And it prompted a harsh response from the colonial government.
Tens of thousands of people were killed in the fighting. Many more were jailed. Many of them tortured.
In recent years, former Mau Mau fighters have fought the UK government in the courts, trying to get compensation. And today, Foreign Secretary William Hague made the UK government's first official acknowledgement of the torture and the suffering it caused.
He says his government "sincerely regrets" the abuses, and announced a payout of twenty-million pounds to the victims.
After that, however, Mr. Hague went on to affirm that, while the abuses were wrong, the current British government cannot be held legally responsible for them.
For the record, here is William Hague speaking today in the British Parliament.
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Dateline: Wangaratta, Australia.
When I can't get decent cellphone service, it's impossible for me, as an extremely lay layperson, to guess why. If pressed, I'll probably mumble something about an potential electrical disturbance in a nearby bank of clouds, or a bottleneck of lasers in the fibre-optic network. I mean, I have no idea -- but I guess it's something hopelessly complex.
But sometimes, it's a beer fridge.
Recently, residents of Wangaratta were experiencing interference with their mobile service. So engineers with the Australian cellphone provider Telstra went out with specialized antennas to track down the source of the interference.
And they found it in Craig Reynolds's garage.
Apparently, a faulty light in Mr. Reynolds's beer fridge was generating what's called "radio frequency noise". The engineers disabled the light, and cellphone service was restored immediately.
Even if you already knew how vulnerable cellphone networks were, this is a chilling reminder.
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There's a hunt going on in the UK. But instead of a shotgun or a pack of hounds, you'll need a grill pan and a good purveyor of cheese. The lactose-intolerant need not apply.
The British Cheese Board has teamed up with the Royal Society of Chemistry in a search to find the perfect recipe for cheese on toast.
Ruth Neale is the Royal Society of Chemistry's Science Executive. And she will also be one of the panel judging the recipes. We reached Mr. Neale at her home in Cambridge, England.
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If life were a movie or play, then you could argue that graduating from university is the end of the first act. And now those students are looking for direction.
Which may be why the University of Alberta invited Oscar-nominated Canadian film director Deepa Mehta to make the commencement address.
The CBC's Ashley Viens met with the filmmaker before she addressed the students, and this is part of their conversation.
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It's official. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the new permanent home for a collection of work by the renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The collection is reportedly valued at twenty million dollars and it includes more than thousand prints. And it's headed to Halifax thanks to the Mintz family of Toronto -- who recently acquired the collection directly from Ms. Leibovitz herself.
Harley Mintz is the Vice Chairman of Deloitte, a private financial services company. He also speaks for the Mintz family. We reached him in Toronto.
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It's becoming an issue of seismic proportions.
On Tuesday, we spoke with the former chief of the Elsipogtog First Nation in eastern New Brunswick. She said the provincial government wasn't upholding its treaty requirements. That's because it's allowing a company called SWN Resources to do seismic testing for shale oil gas in its territory. That same day, members of the First Nation impounded a truck belonging to one of the company's subcontractors. Yesterday, three people were arrested in a protest over the testing.
Craig Leonard is New Brunswick's Energy and Mines minister. We reached him in Fredericton.
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From hardship in Uganda to the stage in Canada.
Right now, the Watoto children's choir is performing across the country. All its members are children who've lost parents, either to war or disease.
Today they performed in St. John's, Newfoundland. For the record, here is one choir member speaking to the audience.
In Winnipeg tonight, the theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruins will premiere its new production of "Julius Caesar". But if you're expecting togas and laurels, you'll be sorely disappointed.
To get an idea of the new setting, try to imagine Ottawa as ancient Rome. Now imagine Pierre Trudeau as Julius Caesar. And the October Crisis as the Battle of Philippi.
Sarah Constible is the play's director. We reached her in Winnipeg.
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Usually, nostalgia is free. But sometimes it comes at a cost. And sometimes that cost is a hundred-and-forty-two thousand bucks U.S.
Detroit, Michigan, is home to the world's biggest Masonic Temple. It hosts all kinds of festivals, galas, and rock concerts. But recently, it ran into some serious financial trouble: it owed a lot of money in back taxes. And if the money wasn't paid, the historic venue would have gone on the auction block.
People contributed money -- enough for the Temple to make a ten-thousand-dollar payment in April. And then, some mysterious benefactor paid the remainder in full -- amounting to a hundred-and-forty-two thousand dollars. The Masonic Temple was saved.
Now it turns out that payment out of the blue actually came out of the White. Jack White -- former member of The White Stripes, current solo artist, and proud son of Detroit. In his honour, the Temple will now be known as the Jack White Theater.
In 2009, Mr. White also contributed a hundred-and-seventy thousand dollars for the restoration of a baseball field he'd played on as a kid.
So it seems the best strategy for raising a lot of money in Detroit, fast, is to convince Jack White he was ever in the place, or involved in the thing, you're trying to raise money for. Good luck.
Now, from his first solo album, "Blunderbuss", here's Jack White, with "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy".
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