From the ground up. Nearly a week after the disaster in Lac-Mégantic, businesses in the community face the prospect of rebuilding -- and in some cases, starting from scratch.
A royal pain in the assessment. To be considered a Canadian citizen, you have to swear allegiance to the Queen -- and now, three landed immigrants are asking a court to rule that that violates their Charter rights.
Absence makes the heart grow fearful. Sarah Attia hasn't seen her husband in nine days -- and given that he's an advisor to the ousted president of Egypt, that's even more worrying than it would normally be.
Changing legislation, to no one's satisfaction. Ireland legalizes abortions, but only under extremely strict conditions -- disappointing people on both sides of the debate.
Survival of the unfittest. A man in a town in southern Mexico fakes his own death, but then commits a fairly serious error: he gets elected mayor.
And...funnel vision. It's a movie of subtle pleasures and beautifully realized moments, most of them involving a tornado full of sharks. It's "Sharknado" -- and tonight, we'll speak to the screenwriter about his dizzying achievement.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. You're gonna need a bigger radio.
Every morning, at 8:30, Michèle Tardif and other members of the community in Lac-Mégantic have been meeting to discuss a pressing question: how do we make sure our businesses survive this disaster?
Dozens of small businesses have been affected by Saturday's explosions. Some of them were completely destroyed by the blast. Now, owners want to know when they can rebuild.
Last night, Ms. Tardif -- who is the general manager of the local business development association -- met with officials for the latest on the reconstruction plans.
We reached her in Lac-Mégantic, earlier today.
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She hasn't seen her husband since last Wednesday.
Sarah Attia is a Canadian of Egyptian descent who has been living in Cairo for the past eight years. Her husband is Khalid al-Qazzaz, Secretary on Foreign Relations to the deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
On Wednesday, the day of the military coup that deposed President Morsi, Mr. al-Qazzaz went to work. He never came back.
We reached Sarah Attia in Cairo.
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Dateline, San Agustín Amatengo, Mexico. Nothing unusual happened in Mexico's partial elections last Sunday. Some candidates were threatened ahead of the vote. Others were assassinated. In the state of Veracruz, many voters cast their municipal ballot in favour of a cat. A dog and a donkey were candidates elsewhere. Accusations of financing by violent cartels abounded across the country.
All in all, the frustration of voters in a corrupt electoral system is high. Which is not unusual.
But yesterday, in the small southern town of San Agustín Amatengo, things did get a little complicated.
The state prosecutor's office in the state of Oaxaca announced an irregularity in the mayoral election. Lenin Carbadillo, the winner of Sunday's election, was discovered to be dead. He died in a diabetic coma, three years ago.
Now, on his campaign posters, he doesn't look dead. And that's because he's not.
According to officials, Mr.Carballido faked his own death -- with the help of a forged death certificate -- in 2010, to avoid an arrest warrant. He was wanted in connection with a gang rape in a different town. He was never arrested; his family presented police with the death certificate.
The leader of Mr. Carballido's party, the PRD, says the mayor-elect didn't just fool voters -- he fooled the party itself. If investigators confirm their suspicions about Mr. Carbadillo, San Agustín Amatengo will have to have a new mayoral election.
Just another uninteresting, completely run-of-the-mill election.
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Killer sharks make an undeniably solid action movie premise. But, these days, a killer shark alone can barely raise the heart rate of movie-goers.
Tornadoes? Sure. Pretty scary. But a whole movie just about tornadoes? People wouldn't even yawn -- they'd just tweet the word "yawn".
However -- combine thousands of killer sharks, with a killer tornado...and bingo...movie magic.Thunder Levin is the screenwriter. We reached him in Santa Monica, California.
For the first time ever, Ireland has passed abortion legislation. And though it was a long time coming, women on both sides of the debate are now wondering if it was it worth the wait.
After days of marathon debates, today, the Irish government passed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. The bill allows for abortions only when a woman's life is at risk.
The government was pressured to introduce the legislation after the death of Savita Halappanavar last fall. Ms. Halappanavar died of septicaemia after Irish doctors refused to terminate her pregancy, even though she was miscarrying.
Today's legislation must still pass the upper house before being signed into law.
Dette McLoughlin is a spokesperson for Galway Pro-Choice, one of the groups asking for the legislation. We reached her in Galway, Ireland.
Nels Hansen is all charged up. And justifiably so.
The B.C. man now has a story to dine out on for the rest of his days.
At a baseball game yesterday in Prince George, Mr. Hansen was struck by lightning. And not only did he survive, he's pretty stoked about the experience.
Here's Nels Hansen, speaking to a CBC reporter in Prince George.
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Peter Rosenthal's clients have no problem swearing that they will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill their duties as a Canadian citizen.
It's the rest of Canada's citizenship oath that had Mr Rosenthal in court this afternoon. It goes like this:
"I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second."
We reached Peter Rosenthal in Toronto.
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Not every teenage girl gets to give a speech at the United Nations for her sixteenth birthday. But of course, Malala Yousafzai is not an ordinary 16-year-old.
This morning, she addressed the UN, about the importance of education for girls. It was the first time she's spoken in public since the Taliban shot her in the head last October.
Ms. Yousafzai is an outspoken activist who has criticized the Taliban for banning education for girls, and destroying several schools in Pakistan.
In her honour, the UN has named today "Malala Day".
Here's part of her speech, for the record.
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As we told you earlier, the town is facing a lot of rebuilding. And Quebec's arts community is pulling together to help Lac-Mégantic.
A benefit concert is being planned in Montreal, called Unis pour Lac-Megantic, to raise money. Pascale Picard is a singer-songwriter from Quebec City who will be performing at the benefit. Here she is with her band, with their cover of the Bob Dylan song "Farewell Angelina".
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This brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday July 12th. The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Ben Edwards, Diane Eros, Natasha Fatah, Chris Harbord, David McDougall ...
Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez, Kate Swoger and Tomas Urbina. Our technicians this week have been John Lewis and Mark Thibideau. Kevin Ball is the show director. Our writer is the fellow right beside me, Chris Howden.
And, it turns out, we have an abundance of interns this week. Zankhna Mody and Phil Benmore, who, we're sorry to say is signing off, after a short stint here at A-I-H. From all of us, thanks Phil. From blue planets to lost Mayan cities, you've been a big help.
The senior producer is John Perry. And the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out: Laura Bain in Toronto, Stephen Puddicombe in Lac-Megantic, Brent Michaluk at Radio Archives, Michael O'Halloran in Calgary, Jennifer Henderson in Halifax, Yvonne Gall and Adrian Mrdeza in Vancouver, Susan McKenzie in Montreal and Madeline Green and Sarah Towle in Victoria.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Good night.Have a great weekend.