*Syria: British MP: British PM David Cameron says the legal requirements for military action against Syria have been met but Chris Bryant, the Labour Party's shadow minister for Borders and Immigration, tells us why he isn't so sure.
*Bernard Landry: The former Parti Quebecois Premier accuses Canada's English-language media of using his party's proposed secular charter as an excuse for Quebec bashing. He argues that Toronto and Vancouver will regret multiculturalism and that immigrants should have to integrate.
*Texas Rancher: Julia Trigg Crawford continues her battle against TransCanada's expropriation of her family's land for its Keystone XL oilsands pipeline, despite losing this week in a Texas court.
*Fast Food Strike: Chicago Chick-fil-A worker Dejaun Jackson joins thousands in several U-S states as he walks off the job demanding higher wages and union representation.
If the facts aren't straight, the whole thing goes sideways. A British MP isn't against his country intervening in Syria -- but as Western leaders' rhetoric heats up, he wants cooler heads to prevail.
Hold the ranch redressing. A Texas family loses another court battle against the pipeline company that expropriated their farmland -- but the war's not over yet.
Where Anglos should fear to tread. According to former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry, all the fuss about a new provincial charter that would ban religious garb in the workplace is English Canada's fault.
Appropriately, the strike was super-sized. Across the U.S., thousands of fast-food workers walk off the job -- protesting for a better wage, and the right to unionize.
Area newspaper continues to exist. Twenty-five years ago today, The Onion newspaper started satirizing the news -- and tonight, its editor-in-chief peels back some layers for us.
And...moot pints. The U.K.'s Good Pub Guide says it's time to call "last call" on several thousand of the country's mediocre, uninspiring local bars.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows: to find the perfect pub, you have to go through some rough drafts.
The arguments are on the table.
Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised that his weapons inspectors in Syria would return with their findings by Saturday. But with the prospect of an impasse at the Security Council, Western leaders have begun making their case at home for intervention.
At an emergency debate today, British Prime Minister David Cameron presented Parliament with an intelligence assessment blaming the Syrian regime for carrying out a chemical attack last week. And he made an argument for legal intervention in Syria without a UN mandate.
Like President Obama in the U.S., David Cameron now faces considerable opposition.
Chris Bryant is the UK Labour party's Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration. We reached him at his office in London, England.
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The Parti Quebecois' charter of Quebec values is yet to be officially unveiled. Already, though, it's getting a bad rap. And former Quebec Premier Bernard Landry knows who's to blame.
It isn't the code itself, which would ban public employees from religious head-wear and other signs of devotion on the job. Nor is it Montreal where, on Tuesday, city council voted to repudiate the PQ proposal. No, Mr. Landry is placing the blame on the English-language press. He says Anglophone journalists have used the charter to paint Quebeckers as xenophobic and racist.
We've reached Bernard Landry at his home in Verchères, Quebec.
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The most-read newspapers in the world all have names meant to convey excellence, or strength, or up-to-the-minute coverage. Your "Timeses", your "Stars", your "Guardians". And yet, one of the most popular news sites in the world has a name that conveys nothing much at all -- except, maybe for ridiculousness.
That would be "The Onion".
Twenty-five years ago today, The Onion published its first edition. And ever since, the satirical newspaper has been pumping out stories that are so absurd they're often mistaken for the truth.
Will Tracy is The Onion's editor-in-chief. We reached him in Chicago.
|THE MODEST REVOLUTION/ENTER THE HAGGIS|
|MARK ABRAHAM|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BRIAN BUCHANAN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|CRAIG DOWNIE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|TREVOR LEWINGTON|| - ||COMPOSER|
|BRUCE MCCARTHY|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|ZACH MCNEES|| - ||PRODUCER|
Earlier this week, millions of TV viewers stared at their screens uncomprehendingly and asked the same question: "What...what is happening?"
What was happening was "twerking" -- which has been around for a while, but exploded messily into the public consciousness this week in dramatic and terrifying fashion, after Miley Cyrus's performance at the MTV Music Awards.
If you're still not familiar with what exactly twerking is...let's turn it over to actor Morgan Freeman.
And some people weren't just baffled and tearful after Ms. Cyrus's malfunctioning-sex-robot dance on the MTV Music Awards.
If you missed it, she also made weird and suggestive use of one of those foam fingers you see fans wearing at baseball games.Which sparked some strong words from the man who claimed to have invented the foam finger back in the nineteen-seventies.
Steve Chmelar told Fox News that Miley Cyrus's use his invention, quote, "misrepresented its intent to encourage team support...She took an honourable icon...and degraded it." Unquote.
Mr. Chmelar, we absolutely agree. In the past, the behaviour of everyone who's ever worn a foam finger has been unimpeachable. But not to worry: the inherent dignity and elegance of the giant porous hand cannot be diminished.
It's a blow, but it remains to be seen whether it's a critical blow.
This week, a Texas appeals court threw out the case of The Crawford Family Farm versus TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. Since 2008, the Crawford family has been fighting to prevent TransCanada from using their farm land to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada first offered to pay for a portion of the Crawford farm -- and after the family said no, TransCanada expropriated the land instead.
We've spoken with the farm's owner, Julia Trigg Crawford, several times over the past few years. We most recently spoke her with last August, when her case was dismissed by a lower court.
We reached Julia Trigg Crawford today in Davis, California.
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Getting a Happy Meal was an unhappy prospect in the United States today.
Across the country, thousands of fast food workers walked off the job. Organizers say the protests covered all 50 states.
It's the latest act of a movement that's been slowly growing since last November, when 200 fast food workers in New York City went on strike for a wage increase to 15 dollars an hour, and to unionize.
Dejaun Jackson was at the protest this morning in Chicago, which is where we reached him.
|ADAM FINE|| - ||COMPOSER|
|HOWARD BILERMAN|| - ||PRODUCER|
|GINA BURGESS|| - ||VIOLIN|
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|ALEC FRITH|| - ||GUITAR|
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|MATT MYER|| - ||TRUMPET|
|SAGEEV OORE|| - ||KEYBOARDS|
|NICK WILKINSON|| - ||GUITAR|
Dateline: Colombo, Sri Lanka.All Sri Lankan police wanted to do was dress up a bunch of sniffer-dog bridegrooms in fancy neckties, and a bunch of sniffer-dog brides in shawls and elegant hats. And then invite 2,000 people to witness those dogs getting married to one another in a traditional mass ceremony. And then transport those dogs in a police vehicle to a nearby resort for their honeymoons. That's all. And now, for some reason, everyone's freaking out.
In particular, Sri Lanka's culture minister, who chose to speak now rather than forever hold his peace.
It seems he objects to the public dog weddings because they were held in traditional Sinhalese fashion, as though the dogs were people. This, he believes, is an insult to Sri Lankan culture -- and he has demanded an inquiry.
The police say they just felt the mass wedding would be an appropriate way to inaugurate a new police-dog breeding program with a bit of pomp and ceremony -- and they've apologized for any cultural damage done.
Still, you have to give them credit for trying to ensure some actual animal husbands are involved in animal husbandry.
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There are 49,500 pubs in the U.K. And according to Britain's helpful Good Pub Guide, 45,500of them are cozy, warm places with terrific service where strangers become friends. And 4,000 of them are garbage, and should be ashamed, and close.
Seriously, that's what the new Good Pub Guide says. We reached one of the Guide's editors, Fiona Stapley, to tell us why.
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|ED COBB|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|MIKE THORNE|| - ||PRODUCER|