*Rehtaeh Parsons Report. A report looks into the role the school system may have played in the suicide of the Nova Scotia student, after she was allegedly sexual assaulted and then bullied.
*Anti-NSA Search Engine. Don't want your searches being monitored by the U-S Security Agency? We'll speak with the founder of the US company, DuckDuckGo, who says he has a solution.
*Syria Latest. Obama's red line has been crossed in Syria, but just as the US says it will provide military support to the rebels, some question whether it's too late.
*Aboriginal Juries. Today the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the conviction of a First Nations man because there were no First Nations people on the jury that judged him.
*Scrabble Backlash. Changes to the online Scrabble app spark a revolt among die-hard Scrabble fans. We'll speak with one from Sheffield who says the game has changed his life.
*Doily Yarn Bomb. Out of nowhere, a giant crochet doily has appeared hanging under a Bristol bridge. It's the talk of the city and no one seems to know where it came from.
It's been two months -- but you could still call today's report "long-awaited".
Back in early April on As It Happens, we spoke with Leah Parsons, just days after her daughter -- Rehtaeh -- took her life.
She told us about how horrified she was two years earlier when her daughter told her that she had been raped by four teenage boys.
Here's part of Carol's interview with Leah Parsons, from our archives:
Not long after that, the police re-opened their investigation -- and the Nova Scotia government appointed two experts to review the policies and protocols of the Halifax Regional School Board, as they relate to Rehtaeh's death.
Penny Milton is one of those experts. We reached her in Halifax.
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Right at the beginning of her journalistic career, Pamela Wallin worked for CBC Saskatchewan's radio noon show. But that didn't seem for count much with listeners of her radio alma mater today.
Here are some of their reactions to the senator's interview last night with Peter Mansbridge -- on CBC Saskatchewan's Blue Sky, hosted by Garth Materie.
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Unless you live in a cave -- in which case this story won't be of interest to you anyway -- you've likely heard by now that the National Security Agency in the U-S has been collecting data on people who use major Internet companies like Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, and, of course, Google. Which means that the searches you make are quite possibly being tracked by what is called the PRISM program.
That is, unless you use a search engine that can't be tracked -- and DuckDuckGo is just that. Which may be why the small web search site has seen its use rise dramatically in the last week.
Gabriel Weinberg is the founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo. We reached him in Paoli, Pennsylvania.
|BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY|
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|SCOTTY (CHANT/GUIT) MORRIS|| - ||WRITER|
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It's a little ditty that brings us joy -- and perhaps annoyance -- at least once a year.
Let me give you a flavour...ahem: Haaaappy biiiirth --
Wait, I just got a text from our legal department. Turns out if I continue that song, it might cost "As It Happens" a bundle of money.
That's because -- as you might know, and as filmmaker Jennifer Nelson found out recently -- the song "Happy Birthday" is owned by Warner Music. And now, Ms. Nelson is fighting that in court.
Her lawyer is Mark Rifkin. We reached Mr. Rifkin in New York City.
The line, whatever it is, has been crossed.
But one day after President Barak Obama confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and pledged U.S. military support to Syrian rebels, the question of what happens next is far from certain.
The country is already in ruins. In barely over two years, more than ninety-three-thousand people have been killed. That's according to a new UN tally that does not include a substantial number of unreported deaths.
And the uprising itself is deeply divided, and possibly crumbling.
Backed up by thousands of fighters from Hezbollah, there are signs that the Syrian regime may be on the verge of a major military victory.
Andrew J. Tabler is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. We reached him in Washington, DC.
|AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004|
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you want to make a lot of cash, become a poet.
Last night, David W. McFadden scored big when he won the Griffin Poetry Prize. It's Canada's most lucrative poetry award, given out each year to the two best collections of poetry written in or translated into English.
Mr. McFadden has been shortlisted in the past, and won this year for his collection called "What's the Score? 99 Poems". And his score in this case is the respect of his peers, and also sixty-five-thousand dollars.
Here's David W. McFadden now, reading "It's Not Funny Anymore" this past Wednesday night, from his prize-winning collection, "What's the Score? 99 Poems".
|THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA: THE JAZZ AGE|
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|BRYAN FERRY|| - ||WRITER|
|ALAN BARNES|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
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|SARAH CHAPMAN|| - ||ALTO INSTR|
|KATY COX|| - ||CELLO|
|ROBERT FOWLER|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
|COLIN GOOD|| - ||PIANO|
|CHRIS LAURENCE|| - ||CONTRABASS|
|EMMA OWENS|| - ||ALTO INSTR|
|EMMA PARKER|| - ||VIOLIN|
|FRANK RICOTTI|| - ||PERCUSSION|
|MALCOLM EARLE SMITH|| - ||TROMBONE|
|VICTORIA SUTHERLAND|| - ||VIOLIN|
|JOHN SUTTON|| - ||DRUMS|
|ENRICO TOMASSO|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
|MARTIN WHEATLEY|| - ||BANJO|
|MARTIN WHEATLEY|| - ||GUITAR|
|RICHARD(SAX/CLAR) WHITE|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
The jury is out.
Today, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the conviction of Clifford Kokopenace for the 2008 stabbing death of Taylor Assin. The groundbreaking ruling was based on the fact that the jury in the trial of Mr. Kokopenace -- who's from the Grassy Narrows reserve in northern Ontario -- had no aboriginal members.
Alvin Fiddler is Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation -- the nation had intervenor status in the trial.
We reached Mr. Fiddler in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
|AMPLIFIED: A DECADE OF REINVENTING THE CELLO/APOCALYPTICA|
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|LARS ULRICH|| - ||COMPOSER|
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I don't know what you were doing when you were twenty-three, but I can tell you what I was doing. Or rather, what I wasn't doing: writing songs that got nominated for major songwriting awards.
Mo Kenney is 23. She is writing songs that get nominated for major songwriting awards. And she's able to do that for a couple of reasons. One is that she's just talented. Another is that she's been writing songs for about a decade already.
I was not writing songs at 13. Anyway.
Ms. Kenney's album was nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year at this year's East Coast Music Awards. And she was named one of the Best Singer-Songwriters of 2012 by iTunes.
Two other things I hadn't done by the age of twenty-three, and still haven't done at the age of...not 23.
But let's stop obsessing about her age, and obsess about her music. Last week, the five nominees for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize were announced, and Mo Kenney made the list for a song from her debut, self-titled album. Here's that song. This is called "Sucker".
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|JOEL PLASKETT|| - ||PRODUCER|
When you mess with a treasured tradition, you're bound to upset some people. But few could have anticipated the massive and passionate backlash against the changes made to the online version of the board-game Scrabble.
At the end of May, a company called Electronic Arts took over the Scrabble app from Mattel, and that's when the changes started.
All over the world, people have signed an online petition -- and more than twenty-five-hundred have joined a Facebook group called "Bring Back The Scrabble We Love" to demand that those changes be reversed.
John Lewis started both the petition and the group, and he says playing Scrabble online changed his life. We reached him in Sheffield, England.
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He's only eleven years old, but Sebastien De La Cruz knows how to stand tall and to rise above the din.
The young Mexican-American performer was invited to sing his country's national anthem for Game Three of the N-B-A finals, between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Country singer Darius Rucker was originally scheduled to perform, but failed to make it in time for the opening -- so the young native of San Antonio, Texas, stepped in as his replacement. And he proved himself more than capable of handling the pressure -- during, and after, his performance.
His rendition of the anthem was a hit in the stadium, as you'll hear in a moment -- but it also drew some nasty, racist remarks from some online trolls, via Twitter. Mr. De La Cruz, however, used the opportunity to show he knows how to make himself heard in ways other than singing:
"Please do not pay attention to the negative people," he tweeted, later expanding at a news conference "...it's just...how they were raised. My father and my mother told me that you should never judge people by how they look. You should judge them on the inside. And the saying that I go by is never judge a book by its cover."
And now, here is Mr. De La Cruz , performing "The Star Spangled Banner", our Sound of the Day:
|BRAZIL CLASSICS 3: FORRO ETC.|
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|DAVID BYRNE|| - ||PRODUCER|
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The government has changed its mind about a group of crime and mental health researchers.
The Justice Minister had been using part of a report by the researchers to make the case for Bill C-54. That bill would make it harder for offenders found not criminally responsible to seek release.
But the researchers made a mistake. And when they fixed their stats, the government scrapped their report entirely. Now Julie Di Mambro, the Justice Minister's spokeswoman, is accusing the researchers of "misinforming the debate."
We contacted Ms. Di Mambro, but she wasn't available for an interview.
Patrick Baillie is the past Chair of the Advisory Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. We reached him in Calgary.
|DIFFERENT MOZART; A CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION/|
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|FRANZ XAVER SUSSMAYR|| - ||ORIGINATOR|
|DAWN ATKINSON|| - ||PRODUCER|
|STEVE ERQUIAGA|| - ||ARRANGER|
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Dateline: Brandon, Manitoba. There are things simply too grand ... too much ... for this world. Things too pure for the pedestrian concerns of day-to-day life. And when those things do take form in the here and now, they are, inevitably, burned by the harsh light of reality.
Such was the fate of the T-Rex burger...a menu item that could be found in only one location on planet earth: a Wendy's restaurant in Brandon, Manitoba.
The T-Rex was a nine-patty burger. It affords the consumer 3,000 calories, two hundred grams of fat and 6,000 milligrams of sodium... which is enough to fuel an adult human for four days.
The T-Rex sold for $21.99 and the Brandon Wendy's says it sold an average of two to three such burgers a day.
But, alas, the world can be an unkind place. And this week, the Brandon Wendy's put an end to the T-Rex. A statement from the restaurant said the T-Rex is over because, quote -- for obvious reasons, Wendy's of Brandon neither condones nor promotes the idea of anyone consuming a nine-patty burger in one sitting. Unquote.
|SMART KID/CLUMSY LOVERS|
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In the city of Bristol, an odd sight has appeared under a local bridge. A sight both weird and weirdly elegant.
Gail Boyle has seen it. She's a curator of the Bristol Museums and Archive.
|COME AND TRIP IT; INSTRUMENTAL DANCE MUSIC 1780S-1920S|
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|ELLEN FARREN|| - ||PIANO|
In 1993, Black Francis, lead singer and main songwriter for The Pixies, broke up the band by sending the other members a fax. Hey, it was the 'nineties -- that may not have been polite, but it was cutting-edge technology.
Well, times have changed. For the past ten years, The Pixies have staged a series of lucrative reunion tours. And no one faxes anymore. So when Kim Deal told the rest of the band she was leaving, she probably did it in person. Or, you know, she texted -- but with an appropriately sad-faced emoticon.
Today, fans who'd been hoping for a new Pixies album were sad to hear that Ms. Deal was moving on. She provided the low end, with her bass, and the high end, with her backing and occasional lead vocals.
And she provided a cool counterpoint to the unhinged screaming of Black Francis, who also goes by Frank Black.
The remaining Pixies posted a farewell to Ms. Deal on their Facebook page today, which reads, in part, quote: "Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best." Unquote.
Right now, Kim Deal is in the middle of a successful tour with her other band, The Breeders. It's not clear whether the Pixies will go on without her -- or whether that's even possible. And it's not clear why she left. But over the next while, I assume the facts will emerge -- although this time, the faxes will not.
From their 1988 album "Surfer Rosa", here are the Pixies, with "Where Is my Mind?"
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