*Soccer Protest. A Quebec Under-14 team responds to the ban on turban-wearing players by turning up at a game dressed in loaner turbans from the local Sikh temple.
*Turkey Protests. The authorities vow to crack down on demonstrations day and night until they are gone. We hear from an activist who vows the protests will continue.
*Syria Rights Group. The opposition-linked Syrian Observatory for Human Rights publishes the gruesome image of a 14-year-old boy they say was executed by rebels.
*Caribou Action Plan. Fed up with what they see as inaction by the BC government, the West Moberly First Nation takes the ambitious step of trying to save caribou themselves.
*Shabana Azmi: She's one of the most successful actors and social activists in India. We hear from Shabana Azmi as she receives an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University.
*Florida Gallinippers. Residents of the sunshine state brace for the annual hatching of a dreaded species of giant mosquito.
They can't wrap their heads around it -- so they wrapped it around their heads. To protest a ban on players wearing turbans, a Quebec under-fourteen soccer squad shows up for a game wearing loaners from the local Sikh temple.
Last week, no one knew the name Mohammad Katta. But today, some are calling the murdered fourteen-year-old the symbol of the brutality of the Syrian uprising.
Circling the square. Police in Istanbul aggressively clear Taksim Square, the centre of anti-government protests in Turkey -- but tonight, a protester tells us the demonstrations are far from over.
Scarcely seen, and not a herd. The caribou population has dwindled to almost nothing in one B.C. First Nation -- so the community hatches its own action plan to bring the beasts back.
Hulk not smash. Fox News interviews Lou Ferrigno about the whistleblower who exposed the extent of American government surveillance because Mr. Ferrigno once played The Incredible Hulk. No, I'm serious.
And...from green chests to greenbacks. The U.S. Congress re-opens the debate over the future of the dollar bill -- and many believe the big change to small change is long overdue.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that doesn't want to hurt anyone's legal tender feelings.
The PQ government has finally taken a stand on the Quebec Soccer Federation's turban ban.
After days of silence, Premier Pauline Marois and her ministers have been making it clear that they're concerned about the athletes -- the athletes who may now be unable to compete in their chosen sport.
Not the turban-wearing athletes though.
The ban has prompted the Canadian Soccer Assocation to suspend the Quebec Soccer Federation. Quebec teams may no longer be invited to play interprovincial matches.
That injustice had Bernard Drainville, the Minister for Democratic Institutions, and Marie Malavoy, the Minister of Education and Amateur Sport, out in front of the cameras this morning in Quebec City.
The boys of Brossard's under-fourteen soccer squad have a different approach to the ban. On Saturday, they had their first game since the ban was put in place.
All 18 players took to the pitch wearing bright orange turbans.
We reached their coach, Ihab Leheta, earlier today in Montreal.
|LIVING WITH YOURSELF/MCGUIRE, MARK|
|MARK MCGUIRE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|MARK MCGUIRE|| - ||VOCALS|
Earlier today, Taksim Square was cleared -- despite the best efforts of those who wanted to stay.
The square in central Istanbul has become the centre of anti-government protests that have spread across Turkey over the past two weeks.
Reports say many of those cleared today tried to take the square back from police. But as night fell, clouds of smoke and tear gas filled the area as police re-took control.
Merve is a protester who spent most of today on the streets of Istanbul. We agreed to withhold her last name out of concern for her safety. We reached her at her home earlier, as the day came to an end in Istanbul.
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Dateline: Hessen, Germany.To sleep, perchance to dream. Or perchance to erroneously send over two-hundred-and-twenty-two million Euros to a pensioner's bank account.
Aye, that was the rub for one German banker.
According to a recent labour tribunal case, last April, a German bank employee tried to catch a few Z's -- or zeds, if you prefer -- at the office. But unfortunately, those Z's became twos, after the slumbering employee's finger took a prolonged snooze on the number two key.
Well, the result was outrageous fortune for one retiree. Their bank credit of 62.40 Euros became a credit of 222,222,222.222 --- or just over 300 million Canadian.
Sadly, all those twos were a tease: the pensioner was not allowed to keep the money. And while the error was corrected pretty quickly, it's a cautionary tale about what can happen when you're too tired. Too too too too too too tired.
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|YVES DESROSIERS|| - ||CREATOR|
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It's a bill about bills. Or, more correctly, a bill that would eliminate dollar bills.
The U-S Congress is currently debating bipartisan legislation that would phase out the dollar bill, and replace it with a coin -- like most other countries in the G-8. But, as always, passage of bills -- even passage of bills eliminating bills -- is fraught with lobbying and legislative roadblocks.
Economist Aaron Klein is pushing for the coin option. He's the Director of the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, in Washington, D.C.
The world was introduced to Mohammad Katta in the most appalling way.
On Sunday, the fourteen-year-old coffee seller from Aleppo was publicly executed by Syrian rebels for blasphemy. He was shot through the neck and mouth. And the image of his body was then publiciZed by a London-based organization called the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
It is the same activist organization that has spent the last two years diligently documenting atrocities committed by the Syrian government.
Mataz Suheil works with the Observatory. We reached him in London.
|ASTOUNDING EYES OF RITA/BRAHEM, ANOUAR|
|ANOUAR BRAHEM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ANOUAR BRAHEM|| - ||OUD|
|MANFRED EICHER|| - ||PRODUCER|
|KLAUS GESING|| - ||BASS CLARINET|
|BJORN MEYER|| - ||DOUBLE BASS|
|KHALED YASSINE|| - ||DARABUKA|
Since Sunday, everyone has been asking the same question: is Edward Snowden, the man who leaked confidential information about American surveillance programs, a hero or a villain?
Now, when I say "everyone", I mean everyone in the media -- who are asking that question, or one like it, about every twelve seconds. "Edward Snowden: Hero or Criminal?" asks the Los Angeles Times. "Edward Snowden Debate: Traitor or Hero?" queries the ABC News blog The Note. "Is Snowden a traitor or public servant?" USA Today demands to know.
It is, admittedly, a complex question. And Fox News recognizes that the line between hero and villain is never quite as clear as we'd like it to be. Although neither is the line between a fresh, unexpected approach to the story and sheer baffling ridiculousness.
Here's the opening of a segment from the program "Fox & Friends" this morning. This tape has not been altered.
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|COLIN YOUNG|| - ||COMPOSER|
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Year after year, a small B.C. First Nations community has watched as the local caribou herd has dwindled -- to the point where it can hardly even be called a herd.
Fed up with what they see as inaction by the provincial government, members of the West Moberly First Nation have now taken the ambitious step of trying to save the caribou themselves.
Roland Wilson is the community's chief. We reached him in West Moberly, British Columbia.
|UPHILL CITY/I AM ROBOT AND PROUD|
|SHAW-HAN LIEM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|I AM ROBOT AND PROUD || - ||POP GROUP|
It's not always easy being a poet. But praise like this probably makes you feel like you're doing the right thing. Quote:
"David W. McFadden is the most readable poet on the planet... He reminds you to be yourself, to be yourself in the world, and give it a chance to amaze you. While reading his beautiful clear language, you sense that he is a trickster, but you cannot help believing every stanza he writes. If there is any such thing as an essential poet, here he is."
That's part of the judges' citation from the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. It's Canada's most lucrative poetry award, one for which David McFadden has once again been shortlisted, in 2013 -- this time for his collection called What's the Score? 99 Poems.
There are three Canadians among the seven finalists for this year's prize, which, since 2000, has awarded excellence in English-language poetry. Each of the seven finalists will receive ten-thousand dollars, and two winners -- one Canadian and one international poet -- will be awarded an additional sixty-five thousand dollars each, at a ceremony at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Thursday.
And in the build-up to that announcement, we're presenting poems from each of the three finalists. Last week, Jeff read "Radio", by James Pollock. And now, he reads from Mr. McFadden's collection. From What's the Score? 99 Poems, this is "Wet-Mopping The Stairs".
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|MICHAEL BOGUSKI|| - ||COMPOSER|
|SHAWN CREAMER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DEREK DOWNHAM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DARIN MCCONNELL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DARIN MCCONNELL|| - ||LYRICIST|
|PAUL PFISTERER|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JUD RUHL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BEAUTIES || - ||POP GROUP|
|MARTIN DAVIS KINACK|| - ||PRODUCER|
At first glance, it looks like the American presidential seal. But then you notice the differences.
The words around the seal don't read "Seal of the President of the United States". They read "Tommy / Johnny / Joey / Dee Dee". And the banner over its head doesn't read "E Pluribus Unum" -- it reads "Hey Ho Let's Go".
It's the logo for The Ramones, designed by a man known as the "fifth Ramone" -- the band's creative director, Arturo Vega. Without whom there might have been no Ramones at all.
Mr. Vega died on the weekend. He was 65.
Back in the 70s, Mr. Vega opened his apartment to The Ramones. They rehearsed there, and it became a second home to the band.
And his logo played a role in their ascendancy: it was a perfect visual complement to their American punk rock sound.
Even after the band came to an end -- and Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee died -- Arturo Vega continued to serve as their archivist, and continued to believe in their music. He once told Fringe Underground magazine, quote, "I have mixed feelings about it because the problem is that the Ramones T-shirts turned out to be more popular -- are right now more popular -- than the music itself. But that is the sorry state of rock and roll at large." Unquote.
The Ramones apparently played 2,263 times. Mr. Vega once said he'd seen them 2,261 times. And he probably regretted missing those two shows.
From their 1977 album "Rocket to Russia", here are The Ramones, with "Teenage Lobotomy".
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|JOEY RAMONE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JOHNNY RAMONE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|TOMMY RAMONE|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|RAMONES || - ||SMALL VOCAL GROUP|
For half of her career, Shabana Azmi has been one of the most beautiful, dignified and talented women in Indian cinema. For the other half, she has been a tireless advocate for the rights of women, the poor and the under-represented in India.
She has served as a member of the Indian federal parliament and as a United Nations goodwill ambassador. And for her efforts for women both on-screen and off, tomorrow she will receive an honourary degree from Simon Fraser University in BC.
We reached Shabana Azmi in Vancouver.
|BALLAKE SISSOKO & VINCENT SEGAL: CHAMBER MUSIC|
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|BALLAKE SISSOKO|| - ||COMPOSER|
|FASSERY DIABATE|| - ||BALLAFON|
|MAHAMADOU KAMISSOKO|| - ||LUTE|
|VINCENT SEGAL|| - ||CELLO|
|BALLAKE SISSOKO|| - ||KORA|
When it comes to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, city councillor Jaye Robinson hasn't pulled her punches.
As a guest on this show, she called the mayor's administration a train wreck, and called for him to take a leave of absence.
Well, yesterday, the one-time Ford ally paid the price, when the mayor turfed her from her position on his executive committee.
Today, Ms. Robinson answered reporters' questions at City Hall. Here is part of what she had to say, for the record.
|THIS SIDE/NICKEL CREEK|
|SUGAR HILL, 2 49188|
|SEAN WATKINS|| - ||COMPOSER|
|ALISON KRAUSS|| - ||PRODUCER|
|NICKEL CREEK || - ||POP GROUP|
And now for a correction to a story we brought you last night.
We spoke with Manisha Kheterpal, a librarian who lives in Hobbema, Alberta. She wants to build a public library for the troubled First Nations communities there.
In that interview our guest said that according to StatsCan's Household Survey, quote: "fifty percent of Aboriginal children are in foster care". Unquote.
What she meant was that fifty percent of children in foster care are Aboriginal. An important distinction. And thank you to Jamie Wilson, the Treaty Commissioner of Manitoba, for catching that -- and for alerting us to our error on Twitter.
There's just not enough of the wild Atlantic salmon pie to go 'round -- and now, Greenland has decided its taking a bigger slice.
For years, Greenland has foregone opening a commercial salmon fishery in the name of conservation. Now, its changing that policy. And that decision will not be good for wild Atlantic salmon in Canadian waters.
Bill Taylor is the head of the Atlantic Salmon Federation -- a Canadian group dedicated to protecting wild Atlantic salmon. We reached Mr. Taylor in Montreal.
|COTTONWOOD MOON/RAKISH ANGLES|
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|SIMON HOCKING|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DAN RICHTER|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|COURTNEY WING|| - ||PRODUCER|
"[Ian] Williams is a musician. His words sing like brooks and streams through a virgin forest, laugh like waterfalls, startle and delight along the way with hidden eddies and boils. Mr. Williams is also an artist. His images fly like kites in the wind, with whistling somersaults. He blends personal emotion with historical tension, tradition and modernity, ordinary and magical so seamlessly. When he pulls the strings of contradictions: light and heavy, hilarious and serious, I can't help but dance like a happy puppet in the masterful hands."
That, in a nutshell, is how Wang Ping -- one of the judges of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize -- sees Ian Williams. Mr. Williams is one of three Canadians shortlisted for the prestigious award, for his collection, Personals. Each of the seven finalists will receive ten thousand dollars. And as I mentioned earlier, two of those seven poets -- one Canadian and one international -- will collect an additional sixty-five-thousand dollars each, when they are crowned the winners of the competition this Thursday. That announcement will follow a Wednesday night reading by all seven poets at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
In the lead-up to that reading and Thursday's announcement, "As it Happens" has been airing selections from each of the Canadian finalists' collections. We've already heard Jeff read from David McFadden's What's the Score? 99 Poems, and before that, from James Pollock's Sailing to Babylon. And now, our final reading, from Ian Williams' collection, Personals. Here's Jeff, with "Missed Connections: Walmart automotive dept -- w4m -- (Lunenberg MA).
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|TOM TERRELL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|DONALD MACLENNAN|| - ||VIOLIN|
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|ADAM PYE|| - ||DOUBLE BASS|
|ANDREW SNEDDON|| - ||GUITAR|
|TOM TERRELL|| - ||GUITAR|
|TOM TERRELL|| - ||VOCALS|
When I tell you about the gallinipper, you might chuckle. "Ha ha," you might say. "What a quaint and hilarious name for what is surely a quaint and hilarious creature."
Well, listen up. The gallinipper is not quaint. It is giant. It is a giant mosquito. And it is mercilessly draining the blood of the people of south-eastern Florida.
State media there are abuzz with gallinipper news. One broadcaster has even predicted that, quote, "Gallinippers will invade the sunshine state."
But Gary Goode says the giant mosquito is misunderstood, and a regular part of the Florida ecosystem. Mr. Goode is an environmental analyst with the Palm Beach County Mosquito Control Division. We reached him at his office.