* UN Arms Treaty. Gun control advocate Ken Epps questions the government's reticence to sign a UN arms trade treaty, especially now that the U.S. has signed on. .
* Snooker Match Fixing. Former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor reacts with shock to charges of match fixing in his sport.
* Greek University Closures. Several Greek universities, including the University of Athens have shut down, partly because of government cutbacks, and partly because of disgruntled staff at the schools. We hear from an assistant professor.
* Sneeze Speed. We speak to a scientist who's finally been able to measure the exact speed of our sneezes...and it's a lot slower than we thought.
* Nepal-Qatar Slavery. Qatar comes under scrutiny over slave-like working conditions of Nepalese migrant workers, as Qatar the builds for the 2022 soccer world cup. We speak to reporter Pete Pattison of Britain's Guardian newspaper.
* Popular Science No Comments. The online version of Popular Science magazine has shut down its comments section to readers - a decision they back up with science. We talk to the magazine's online content director.
Hands off arms. More than ninety countries have signed a United Nations Arms Treaty -- but the Canadian government is not among them.
A major major problem. Students at five Greek universities are blown off-course when the country's austerity measures prevent the schools from opening.
He's a Conservative -- but his spending was perhaps liberal. MP Dean Del Mastro is charged with overspending during the 2008 election campaign -- and then trying to cover it up.
Turns out he was more interested in putting something in his pants pocket than in the corner pocket. The world of snooker gets a bad break, when a high-profile player is accused of match-fixing.
Humans are thrilled -- but the fish was just gutted. A Swedish man prepares to tour the country with a dead salmon -- because it's marked with the sign of the cross.
And...let us spray. A University of Alberta virologist's study on the velocity of sneezes is peppered with fascinating facts -- and also peppered with pepper.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that's not concerned so much with Gesund-speed as Gesund-height.
Yesterday, the U-S Secretary of State, John Kerry, made a big show of signing a U.N. treaty. A treaty that's supposed to limit the ability of arms sellers to deliver conventional weapons to countries where they might be used in genocides or acts of terror. He called it a step towards making the world a safer place.
But Canada's Foreign Affairs minister says Canada isn't ready to sign on.
That's frustrating for Ken Epps. He and his colleagues at Project Ploughshares have been working towards this treaty for years. We reached Mr Epps in Waterloo.
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In June, it was deny, deny, deny from Dean Del Mastro in the House of Commons. But apparently, Elections Canada didn't buy it: today, the Conservative Member of Parliament from Peterborough, Ontario, was charged under the Elections Act.
Here's a reminder of how Mr. Del Mastro rebutted the accusations in Parliament, a few months ago.
Today, the former parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper was charged with violating the Canada Elections Act. He's also out of the Conservative caucus.
To help us understand the charges, and what they could mean, we reached Glen McGregor. He is a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen.
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The game of snooker -- unlike its uncouth American cousin "pool" -- used to be known as "The Gentleman's Game". But that reputation took a big hit this week.
Stephen Lee, the former world Number Five snooker player, has been banned from the sport for 12 years -- for fixing matches.
Dennis Taylor was the 1985 snooker world champion, and is now a commentator for the BBC. We reached him in Gresford, Wales.
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And in that country of Sweden was a man named Lars Ludwigson, whose job it is to fillet salmon at a fish factory. And unto his co-worker one day appeared a salmon among salmon. A multitude of his comrades gathered at his side; and the astonished throng beheld a wondrous sight: on the belly of the fish was a clear, perfect black cross.
It mattered not that the salmon's head and tail had been removed and tossed in a bucket.
And Lars Ludwigson spoke, and said, "Hey, let's call it the 'Jesus Salmon'." And their hearts were glad. And then somehow Mr. Ludwigson laid claim to the fish with the cross on its belly, which seems weird but anyway.
On the evening of that day Mr. Ludwigson returned home that he might eat the fish. But then the media spoke unto him and said, "Tell us more about this fish."
And Mr. Ludwigson's eyes were opened, and he said unto them: "The 'Jesus Salmon' shall not be poachèd; and I renounce this hollandaise sauce." But what he actually said was, quote:
"My original plan was to eat it, but I can't do that now. I've hidden the fish in a freezer because of this hysterical interest and I'm the only one who knows exactly where."
But the fish shall not remain eternally in a secret location in Mr. Ludwigson's freezer. Though it hath no tail, it shall travel: Mr. Ludwigson is now planning to take the fish across Sweden, that all might marvel at it. And he spoke again to the media, saying, quote:
"But I must conserve it in some way, putting it in alcohol might upset some Christians so the most biblical method must be to salt it... if I remember correctly, Jesus said something about that."
And Sweden rejoiced -- and waited their turns for the scales to be placed in front of their eyes.
They sharpened their pencils, gathered their duotangs, and had their back-to-school outfits ready. And then...nothing.
Thousands of students in Greece are still waiting to start learning. That's because five universities -- including the University of Athens, the oldest center for higher learning in the country -- have been shut down.
Belt-tightening austerity measures by the federal and European governing bodies have been met with defiance by the universities. The schools have been asked to cut back on staff --but the schools say they cannot function, and have effectively gone on strike.
Yannis Zabetakis is an assistant professor at the University of Athens and we reached him at home.
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He showed the hockey world what it meant to have the name "Brodeur": a medal as a goalie in the Olympics, and a canon of thousands of images so valuable the NHL bought the rights to all of them. Oh, and his son is probably the greatest netminder of all time.
Denis Brodeur, the father of Martin Brodeur, died today. He was 82.
As an amateur goalie, Denis Brodeur went between the pipes for Canada for the 1956 Winter Olympics in Italy, winning a bronze medal. But he would go on to become more famous for his work beside the rink, as the official photographer of the Montreal Canadiens for two decades. During his tenure, he captured famous images of players like Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Phil Esposito.
But one player featured more prominently than most in his photographs: his son, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, the most decorated netminder in NHL history.
On March eighteenth, 2009, Denis Brodeur was on hand at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to photograph his son as he earned his 552nd win -- a victory that made him the winningest goalie in history. Since then, Martin has extended his record to 669 wins as of the start of this season, a record unlikely to be broken...ever.
The day after Martin's historic victory, Carol spoke to Denis Brodeur about his son -- and about taking pictures. Here's part of their conversation, from our archives.
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Julian Tang has devoted years of research to a single moment. The moment right after the "Aaaah...aaah..." A moment we know as "Choo!"
He studies the sneeze.
Specifically, the University of Alberta virologist has been interested in measuring the precise speed at which that sneeze exits your mouth. And he's discovered something surprising.
We reached Dr. Tang in Edmonton.
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You needn't go as far as Ireland -- only into any Irish-themed pub anywhere in the world -- to encounter a slogan for Guinness Irish Stout:
"Guinness is Good For You." "Guinness Makes You Strong." "Lovely Day for a Guinness".
And perhaps no day is more lovely than today. At least that's what the London-based multinational Diageo would like anyone and everyone who purports to be Irish to ingest -- preferably by the pintload.
The company -- which makes Guinness -- introduced "Arthur's Day" in 2009, ostensibly to honour the ale's creator, Arthur Guinness. "Arthur's Day" features hundreds of free music events, involving about a thousand acts, all over Ireland -- and was designed to, quote, "showcase Ireland's talent and creativity". It has since spread to thirty-two countries around the globe.
But some big-ticket names just aren't buying it. Irish folk-rock veterans The Waterboys have released an E.P. of three tracks critical of the holiday. And celebrated Irish troubadour Christy Moore excoriates the celebration in his new song, called, simply, "Arthur's Day". Here now is a live performance of that song, at the famed Whelan's pub in Dublin.
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Qatar is booming, but it's coming at a deadly cost.
Between June and August, forty-four Nepalese migrant labourers died working in slave-like conditions in Qatar's construction industry -- mostly working on projects related to the 2022 World Cup Games.
Pete Pattisson is a freelance reporter who's been investigating the conditions for labourers in Qatar for the Guardian Newspaper. We reached him in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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He was enthusiastic about food. And he turned that enthusiasm into billions of dollars in sales.
Dave Nichol, famous for launching the No-Name and President's Choice brands, died on Sunday. He was 73.
In December of 1993, Peter Gzowski, the host of CBC Radio's Morningside, spoke with Mr. Nichol -- who had just released The Dave Nichol Cookbook.
Here is part of that conversation, from our archives:
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From its name alone -- RezErect -- you can tell it's an art show that just might make you blush.
The exhibit opened at a Vancouver gallery last night, and features works of "Native Erotica" from across Canada.
Kwiaahwah Jones is the show's curator. We reached her in Vancouver.
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It involves crickets -- but according to one student, it's not cricket.
On Monday -- as you heard on our program -- a team of McGill students walked away with the prestigious Hult Prize, which is worth a million dollars. They won after pitching a model designed to help farmers in urban slums farm crickets for food.
Now, a fellow McGill student is claiming he helped create the model -- but hasn't received any recognition.
Jakub Dzamba was on CBC Montreal's Daybreak program this morning, where he explained to host Mike Finnerty his involvement in the project. Here is some of what he had to say.
Comments can be bad for science.
And with that statement, the online director at Popular Science magazine went on to explain why that publication will no longer accept reader comments on the website.
The value of online comments is an ongoing debate in newsrooms and web publications around the world. But Popular Science says it has -- fittingly -- the science to back up its decision.
Suzanne LaBarre is the online content director at Popular Science. We reached her in New York City.