It's called "intelligence" -- but today, it doesn't look too smart. The president of Brazil is demanding answers, after leaked documents show Canada spied on the country's natural resources ministry -- and journalist Glenn Greenwald details the allegations.
The sacred, profaned. To members of the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia, the white bull moose is considered a "spirit animal" -- which is why they're furious it's been shot by non-aboriginal hunters.
Chaos in Cairo. Once again, Egyptian forces open fire at a rally against the military coup, killing dozens -- and a witness tells us what he saw.
The bitter Enda. Irish prime minister Enda Kenny put a lot of energy and political capital in his fight to abolish the country's senate -- but voters did not agree.
Any which way but Lucifer. In a wide-ranging interview, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes assorted assertions about his certainty of Satan.
And...they would have preferred just to be framed. Instead, a British couple received a painting as well, in the mail -- and, since it depicts what they call, quote, a "horrid old crone", they'd love to know who hated them enough to send it.
Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency leaks are once again shining a light into areas most countries would prefer be left in the dark. Today, that light is shining on Canada, and its spying activities overseas. And its glare is uncomfortable.
Leaked documents revealed by Brazil's Globo television network suggest that Canada's Communications Security Establishment -- or C-S-E-C -- has been spying on Brazil's mining and energy ministry.
Few people have spent as much time keeping tabs on these now infamous NSA leaks as our next guest.
Glenn Greenwald writes for the Guardian newspaper on civil liberties and national security issues. And he collaborated with the Globo network on these latest revelations. We reached Mr. Greenwald at his home in Rio de Janeiro.
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The Canadian Forces may not think much of Frank Meyers' case for keeping his land, but our audience is ruling in his favour.
Mr. Meyers is the eighty-five-year-old who's had his eastern Ontario farm expropriated by the Department of National Defence. The farm's been in Mr. Meyers' family since 1798. On Friday though, he told Carol that he's got just three weeks to make way for DND's top secret JTF2 commando unit.
That had some of our listeners enlisting in the not-so-secret Myers farm defence unit.Shannon Toronitz of Victoria wrote:
"Dear Mr. Meyers,
Please know that I care, my family cares, and many, many Canadians care that we are losing valuable farmland in this country to development, real estate and god forbid, ammunition dumps. Our Minister of Defence should be absolutely ashamed.
Taking someone's property that has been in their family since the 18th century! Taking their purpose in life, their reason for getting up every morning and their means of contributing to our country as a farmer! Where is the humanity in this decision? It makes me so sad, so angry. I applaud you, Mr. Meyers."Edward D. Heinz joined the chorus on Twitter. He wrote: " My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mr. Meyers. Prime farmland across this great country is being consumed."
And here's just one of the calls that came in to Talkback:
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They're just two people in an enormous, tense story of a country on the brink.
As you've been hearing in the news, two Canadians detained in Egypt since August have been freed. John Greyson and Tarek Loubani were released from prison over the weekend, but remain in Cairo for the time being.
Their prolonged detention is only a very small part of what is unfolding in Egypt. Like thousands of others, they were swept up by authorities during a violent crackdown on supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Three months after the military coup that removed him from power, Egypt appears to be approaching a precipice. Today, a series of attacks across the country, including a car bomb, killed several soldiers and police officers. And yesterday, at least 53 people were killed at a rally in Cairo in protest of the military coup.
Amru Salahuddien is an Egyptian photojournalist who was at that rally yesterday. We reached him in Cairo.
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Keith Webb and his wife Sue were mystified last week, when they received a large parcel in the mail. Someone had sent the couple a painting of an elderly woman. An image they described as "ugly" and "horrid". And to add insult to injury, they had no idea who sent them the ugly painting...or why.
We reached Keith Webb, in Winchester, England.
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A white moose is a rare sight. Now, in rural Nova Scotia, it will be even rarer.
For years, local First Nations hunters have seen a white moose roaming in the Cape Breton Highlands. They took photos, but left the animal -- which they consider sacred -- alone.
Now that animal has been shot and killed.
Bob Gloade is the chief of the Millbrook First Nation. We reached him in Truro, Nova Scotia.
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In the small Manitoba community of Cross Lake tonight, temperatures are going to dip near freezing. Which is bad news for Kathy Muskego and her family -- who haven't had power since last Thursday, when a fuse burnt out at a nearby transformer.
Manitoba Hydro won't fix the problem, because it is in the middle of conflict with the Cross Lake First Nations Band. Residents on the reserve are not paying their bills. And Ms. Muskego says she's being punished because of that.
Today, Kathy Muskego told Joff Schmidt, guest host of CBC Manitoba's Radio Noon show, how she and her family have been coping for the past four days.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.Sometimes an important breakthrough is right under your nose. And sometimes, it's right up in it.
Tony Goldberg is a professor of pathobiological science. As such, he studies diseases, and how they spread. Recently, he went to Africa on a research trip. And three days after he got back, he had the niggling sensation that something was wrong. The sensation came from his nose. It was a tick.
This was alarming. In Professor Goldberg's words, quote, "When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off. But my sense of being grossed out was balanced by my scientific curiosity." Unquote.
This scientific curiosity enabled Professor Goldberg to remove the tick using forceps, with the help of a mirror, and a flashlight, and possibly a shot of whiskey. And when he had the nose-tick's DNA sequenced, and consulted the U.S. National Tick Collection -- which is real, but doesn't attract many tourists -- he realized the tick might just be a new species.
Furthermore, a closer look at a series of photos showed similar ticks in the noses of baby chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda, where he frequently conducted his research. And he now guesses that the ticks have evolved to climb up noses because the chimps would otherwise groom them off.
A pretty big find in a pretty small place. Or, as Professor Goldberg put it, quote, "...it's not just a tick up my nose -- there's a lot of depth to this."
Ladies and gentlemen, please return to your seats.
Ireland's Senate is going to stay. In a referendum held on Friday, the Irish people voted narrowly against its abolition. That vote is seen as a political defeat to the Taoiseach -- or prime minister -- Enda Kenny, as well as to his party, Fine Gael.
Eoghan Murphy is a Member of the Dáil, Ireland's elected house, and he had been campaigning to abolish the senate, or Seanad as it's known in Ireland. We reached Mr. Murphy tonight in Dublin.
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Every job requires us to make decisions of one kind or another. Some don't matter all that much. Some matter a lot. When you're an American Supreme Court Justice, they tend to matter a lot. And the devil is often in the details.
Or, in the case of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Devil is right there in front of our noses. Only most of us are choosing to ignore him.
In a feature interview with New York Magazine, Justice Scalia shared his views on topics ranging from religion to homosexuality to his staunch belief in originalism -- a philosophy that argues, essentially, that the Constitution should not be subject to amendments or changes, but simply upheld.
And during an exchange on the existence of heaven and hell, Justice Scalia revealed the following to his interviewer, Jennifer Senior:
"I even believe in the Devil...he's a real person. Every Catholic believes that. You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He's making pigs run off cliffs, he's possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn't happen very much anymore...It's because he's smart...What he's doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He's much more successful that way. I mean, c'mon, that's the explanation for why there's not demonic possession all over the place...He used to be all over the place...He got wilier.
From his album of the same name, this is Harrison Kennedy, with "Shame the Devil".
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They are unfinished shoes representing unfinished lives.
An new art exhibit commemorating the lives of missing or murdered Indigenous women has now opened in Edmonton. The show is called "Walking With Our Sisters," and it consists of more than 1,700 intricately decorated moccasins' tops -- which are also known as vamps. The vamps line a pathway on the floor, through which visitors tour the exhibition.
Christi Belcourt is the Lead Coordinator for the project and she's also the person who came up with the idea for the exhibit. We reached Mr. Belcourt at home in Espanola, Ontario.
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It is a battle between those who save lives, and those who end them.
This month, Missouri is scheduled to become the first state in the U.S. to use the drug propofol for lethal injections. But propofol is also an anesthetic widely used in surgeries. And the Missouri Society of Anethesiologists is voicing its opposition to the use of propofol as an execution drug. The main supplier of the anesthetic is in Germany and under the control of the European Union, which is anti-death penalty.
Donald Arnold is an anesthesiologist at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and he's on the boards of both the American and Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists. We reached Dr. Arnold in St. Louis.
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Earlier in the program we spoke to journalist Glenn Greenwald, about the leaked documents that suggest Canada's Communications Security Establishment -- or C-S-E-C -- has been spying on Brazil's mining and energy ministry.
We also told you that, so far, the Prime Minister's Office had not commented on those allegations. But the Minister of Defence, Rob Nicholson, was asked about it earlier today.
Here's what he said, from the Canadian Press, for the record:
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It is being called Sea Star Wasting Syndrome -- which sounds poetic. But it's actually depressingly prosaic.
Starfish that just last year dominated the waters of the Vancouver coast are now rapidly dying.
Donna Gibbs is a reseach diver for the Vancouver Aquarium. She's looking into the deaths. We reached her in Vancouver, B.C.
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"There's a storm of love a brewin'
Now I'm a-losin' you, and nothin' that I do can make you stay
When you loved me too, my skies were always blue
But now the storm of love is on its way."
That's from an old Buck Owens song, called "Storm of Love".
In a different, smaller world -- one with an exponentially larger potential fanbase -- a "Bug" Owens would've had a surefire hit on his hands -- or legs, as it were. Or, to put it another way: if there were bars for bugs, there would be a lot of cryin' every time "Storm of Love" came on the jukebox. And a lot of slow-dancin'.
A team of entomologists at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Western Ontario, has concluded that there is no greater buzzkill for bugs than an approaching storm.
The team first looked at the cucurbit beetle -- a green-and-yellow beetle that lives in South America. They observed that when air pressure dropped -- signalling rain -- male beetles were less likely to follow the scent of female pheromones than they were under stable conditions. They then expanded the experiment to include armyworm moths and potato aphids, in a controlled pressure chamber. Like the beetles, the female moths and aphids produced fewer pheromones when the pressure dropped, or rose -- portending high winds. And the males were less likely to pursue them.
But the cucurbit beetles did exhibit one interesting behavioural exception: if a male and female were already near each other before a change in pressure, they would skip the usual insectual foreplay -- and just get it on. An insect "quickie", if you will -- leaving time to take cover before the bad weather hit.
And that, folks, may explain why you'll never catch the beetles flingin' in the rain.
But this'll surely put them in the mood. This one goes out to all the amorous bugs: Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, with "Storm of Love".
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