Anyone's guests. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canada will help resettle Syrian refugees -- but in a limited way.
From residential to torrential. This morning, some Albertans woke up to serious flooding -- and I'll speak with a man who's spent most of the last day helping his neighbours save their most precious possessions from the rising water.
Now it's trying to set the record straight. The Christian "gay conversion" group Exodus International experiences its own conversion -- and shuts down, after its leader issues an apology.
He came out, and now he may be forced out. Ala'a Jarban (al-AHH jar-BAHN) made his name as a protester during the revolution in Yemen -- but now that he's announced he's gay, he may not be able to go home again.
Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. A feature interview with Guatemalan human-rights advocate Julio Solorzano Foppa -- who thinks his country's future depends on coming to terms with its history.
And...by the light of the silvery boon. An American scientist illuminates the remarkable properties of silver, when he finds that combining it with antibiotics can make them thousands of times more effective.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows sometimes we're in our element when an element's in us.
It's World Refugee Day today. But for more than a million Syrians, it's refugee day every day.
As many as 8,000 men, women and children are escaping the war every day. The desperate human tide has overwhelmed neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Now, as the fighting continues and the sectarian divides deepen, many are losing hope that they will ever return home.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has begun to push for some of the refugees to be given a fresh start, far away, in countries like Canada.
We reached Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in Calgary.
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Most mornings, Canmore resident Wade Graham wakes up to the sound of peaceful birdsong. Today, though, this is what he heard:
Residents living alongside Cougar Creek were evacuated early this morning as became into a muddy, violent deluge.
Wade Graham spent much of the night and morning helping friends get valued posessions away from their homes. We reached Mr. Graham in Canmore, earlier today.
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It was a large blast followed by a lot of fireworks -- and it left two people dead.
This morning, an explosion in the warehouse of a fireworks company in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, west of Montreal, destroyed two buildings and was visible from kilometres away.
Reports said the fire was so intense it took a considerable amount of time before emergency personnel could even approach the buildings.
CBC Montreal's Radio Noon heard from some eyewitnesses. Here's part of what one caller told host Bernard St-Laurent.
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It's a case of the re-orienters finding a new orientation.
Today, Exodus International -- America's biggest "ex-gay" ministry -- announced it would close its doors.
Ex-gay ministries are institutions that provide therapy aimed teaching gay people to be straight.
In announcing the move today, the head of the organization, Alan Chambers, released a letter in which he apologizes for trying to re-orient homosexuals, and for verbally attacking them.
Patrick McAlvey is with Truth Wins Out -- an organization that fights anti-gay extremism. He spent nearly a decade in reorientation therapy. We reached him in New York City.
When the Arab Spring hit Yemen, and protests exploded in the streets of Sanaa, student activist Alaa Jarban was front and centre. And after the revolt and a change of government, Mr. Jarban maintained a blog about his activism.
Recently, he made a very personal post on that blog...one that has changed his life: Alaa Jarban told the world he's gay.
He did so in a country where homosexuality is met with very harsh sanctions. Even, in theory, the death penalty.
Mr. Jarban is attending a human rights conference in Montreal. That's where we reached him.
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It was a herculean task for anyone. But for David Rakoff, it must have been like all twelve labours rolled into one.
Mr. Rakoff was an amazingly talented, witty, and generous storyteller and essayist. He died last August of cancer. And about a month before his death, he finished his first work of fiction -- which is written entirely in verse.
It's called "Love, Dishonour, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish -- A Novel By...David Rakoff". It will be published this July.
Tomorrow, "As It Happens" will air a feature interview with the creator and host of the radio program "This American Life", Ira Glass. David Rakoff appeared on that program twenty-five times over the last eighteen years. And in Mr. Rakoff's last weeks, Mr. Glass recorded his friend reading his book aloud.
Here's part of Carol's conversation with Ira Glass. They're discussing a section of David Rakoff's novel in which the meter goes ridiculously, deliberately awry.
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They say a silver bullet will waste a werewolf. And now, a new study from Boston University has shown definitive proof that it could do the same to most bacterial infections.
James Collins is the biomedical engineer leading that study. We reached him at his lab in Boston, Massachusetts.
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To paraphrase Alice Cooper, school's nearly out for summer -- for most students. And what better way to end the year than with a rock concert.
This weekend, music students from Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood will perform as part of the Luminato Festival. The event is called "School Days". Tomorrow and Saturday, the students will learn some of their favourite songs from a catalogue of artists who are signed to the Arts & Crafts music label. The students will rehearse the music with mentors like the band Cold Specks, and Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene. This will all culminate in two concerts -- one performed in the Regent Park neighbourhood and the other downtown, at the Luminato Festival.
Here's another band that's taking part tomorrow. This is Snowblink with a track called "Ambergris".
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When Professor Bart van Es was researching the work and times of William Shakespeare for a book, he discovered a dark chapter of the Elizabethan theatre era. He found that some child actors during the sixteenth and seventeenth century had been kidnapped from their families, and forced to perform on stage or they would be beaten. And, he found out, it was legal -- leaving most families powerless to get their sons back.
Bart van Es is an English Professor at the University of Oxford.
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For many Guatemalans, it's a part of their history that needs to be remembered. For others it's to be denied, and even forgotten.
Over the past few months on "As It Happens" we've spoken to a number of people about the trial of Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala. Mr. Rios-Montt is a former general who ruled Guatemala in the early nineteen-eighties, at the height of a conflict that left two-hundred-thousand people dead, most of them indigenous Guatemalans.
Last month Mr. Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide, a first in a domestic national court. Two weeks later the verdict was overturned. And today, the case remains in legal limbo.
Our next guest has been touched personally by Guatemala's violent history. And he's also part of an effort to use that history as a way to move forward.
Julio Solorzano Foppa is the Chair of "Memorial Para La Concordia", a network of human rights organizations in Guatemala. He is in our Toronto studio.