Rain of terror. The province of Ontario apologizes to those it exposed to enormous amounts of Agent Orange in the 'sixties and 'seventies -- which is some solace to our guest, who fought for the truth to come out.
Righting a wrong, or wronging the Wrights. Wilbur and Orville do barrel rolls in their graves, when the state of Connecticut passes a bill saying the first airplane flight actually took place in -- drum roll, please -- Connecticut.
Dozens of guns, dozens of arrests -- but everyone wants to know about one man who hasn't been charged with anything. Police execute raids targetting guns and gangs -- and it's overshadowed by questions about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
He doesn't just want to save face -- he wants to save life. We'll speak with the man behind the effort to get a crab trap off the mouth of an ailing fin whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Replacements' surprise placement. After twenty-two years, one of the most beloved American bands that never made it big announces it will reunite and top the bill at three big concerts this summer.
And...he'd like to thank all the little people who got him here. But a New Zealand researcher is concerned about how those little people's faces have changed -- and what the effect of a bunch of scowling Lego figures might be on a generation of kids.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that has no trouble placing faces -- but has a little trouble with plaything faces.
Government of Ontario employees weren't just exposed to Agent Orange. According to a new report, they were drenched in it.
Today, Ontario's Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti formally apologized to the two hundred or so workers who were exposed to as much as six hundred times the acceptable limit of the cancer-causing herbicide.
Today's news is a huge victory for Don Romanowich. If it weren't for him, the province might still be claiming to have never used Agent Orange.
We reached Mr. Romanowich in Ridgeway, Ontario.
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It was a massive, early morning raid that targeted dozens of Toronto addresses. Police busted down doors, seized drugs and guns -- and arrested more than forty people.
But what has everyone talking is the connection between the addresses raided, the people arrested, and the ongoing allegations of crack cocaine use against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
One of the buildings targeted was said to be the hiding place of a video that allegedly shows the mayor smoking crack.
Bill Blair is Toronto's police chief. We reached him in Toronto.
Mayor Rob Ford did answer reporters' questions about the raid today. Here is some of what he had to say.
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They live on pirate ships, they pilot space ships, and occasionally, they lose their heads.
I'm talking about those little yellow plastic Lego people. And now, one researcher now thinks their changing facial expressions over the years can tell us something about the workings of our grown-up society.
Christoph Bartneck is an Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury. We reached him in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Was it the first flight, or a flight of fancy?
A bill passed by the Connecticut legislature says the first airplane flight wasn't made by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903. The first flight -- according to the legislature -- was made two years earlier by German-born aviator Gustave Whitehead. In -- you guessed it -- Connecticut.
Larry Miller is the Republican State Representative for Stratford, Connecticut, and he's behind the bill. We reached him today in Westchester, Pennsylvania.
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For women susceptible to a particular type of breast cancer, it's a moral victory. In the debate over the patenting of living tissue, it's a watershed decision.
Today, the U-S Supreme Court ruled that Utah-based Myriad Genetics did not have the right to patent two human genes that indicate an elevated risk for breast cancer. The court, in a unanimous decision, said that nobody has the right to patent unaltered DNA that comes, quote, "straight from nature," unquote.
The decision is vindication for a long list of plaintiffs, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who challenged the patents when they were issued in 2009.
When the court challenge was announced, Carol spoke to Doctor Wendy Chung, who is the director of the clinical genetics program at Columbia University, and one of the plaintiffs in the case.
Here's part of their conversation, from our archives.
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She's known as "Captain Hook". But she doesn't cause trouble -- she's in it.
Captain Hook is a fin whale. For the past three weeks, she's been in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with a crab trap stuck around her mouth and face, which -- as you can imagine -- makes it difficult for her to eat, or move.
A group of tourboat operators and marine biologists is working round the clock to find a way to rescue her before time runs out. Robert Michaud is a marine biologist who's leading the group. We reached him in Tadoussac, Quebec.
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Music nerds are always telling you some band or other was the greatest band in the world. And oftentimes, it can seem like the main reason that band was so great is that no one heard of them.
But listen -- and don't tell the music nerds this, because they'll be really smug about it -- sometimes, the music nerds are right. Take, for example, The Replacements -- who, on any given night while they were together, might actually have been the greatest band in the world. Depending on how drunk they were.
Now, The Replacements didn't exactly break up. They put out seven albums ranging from sloppy punk to more refined rock and roll -- and ranging from good to fantastic. They toured non-stop. They flirted with mainstream success, but were too self-destructive. In 1990, they released their last album -- and went their separate ways.
There was no official split. But today, it was revealed that there will be an official reunion.
Now, granted, it won't be a full reunion. Original guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1995, and drummer Chris Mars may or may not be in. But singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson are confirmed for at least three shows. They'll be in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto at a festival called Riot Fest. And the Toronto show comes first -- meaning they'll be playing their first show in 22 years in Canada.
If you're a music nerd, you have your fingers crossed that we're about to play a particular Replacements song. We hope this is it, but it probably isn't. From the 1985 album "Tim", this is "Kiss Me On The Bus".
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The search continues for Nova Scotia fisherman Philip Boudreau.
Today, divers with the RCMP were back in the water near the small fishing community of Petit-de-Grat searching for Mr. Boudreau -- who went missing on June first, and is presumed dead. Three other fisherman from Petit-de-Grat have been charged with second-degree murder.
Now, more details are emerging about what might have happened on June first, the last time Mr. Boudreau was seen.
Billy Joyce is a local radio broadcaster in Petit-de-Grat. He knows all four men. And he's been busy speaking to many people in the area about the case. We reached Mr. Joyce at home.
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It's hard not to wince when you see the photo.
On Tuesday, Ontario's ombudsman delivered a report on the abuse of Ontario prisoners by their guards. It came with pictures.
One shows the horribly swollen face of an Ottawa man named Jean-Paul Rheaume. The photo was taken at the the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre in October 2010. According to the ombudsman, Mr. Rheaume was handcuffed, shackled and held on the ground by five guards. Then another guard kicked him in the head two or three times. In the language of Ontario's prisons, Mr. Rheaume had been "stomped."
Jean-Paul Rheaume already had a history of brain injury. CBC Ottawa's Judy Trinh asked his mother, Therese Charron, what went through her mind when she saw that photo.
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Looking ahead to Iran's presidential election tomorrow, it's hard not to remember the violence that erupted after the last election, four years ago.
That time around, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won his second term in office, amid widespread criticism that the vote was rigged.
This time around, nearly seven hundred people hoped to run. But only six made the official list of candidates.
Sadeq Zibakalam teaches political science at the University of Tehran. We reached him in Tehran.
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After two weeks of flooding, an enormous portion of central Europe is still underwater.
More than twenty people have died so far, in a disaster that has hit a half-dozen countries and is threatening others.
Jan Starkebaum is a television reporter with NDR Broadcasting in northern Germany. We reached him in the flooded town of Hitzacker.
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Prepare yourselves curators, we are going commando.
Last week we told you about the government's new mandate for the Canadian Museum of Civilisation. The museum's old boss warned Carol that the Heritage Minister is threatening to strip the life out of the place and turn it into a delivery vehicle for history lessons.
Wondering what that'll mean? Well, the museum had put down a 70,000 deposit to bring over an exhibit from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It's called "Undressed". The exhibit chronicles 350 years of bloomers, boxers, bustiers and ever-so-brief briefs. It's about underwear. And Canadians are not going to see it.
Canada's top-drawer museum has decided it would be more comfortable going without, thank you very much. VP Jean-Marc Blais explained: "When there is a change in focus, afterward there is a change in" pants.
Sorry, that was "plans" -- change in plans.
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