Supernova Scotia. The Liberals win an explosive victory, while the NDP flame out spectacularly -- and the province's new Premier tells us what his government will do differently.
Going without the flow. Environmental groups in Ontario toast their victory, after Nestlé Waters Canada gives up its fight to be exempt from drought restrictions.
The magnetic magnate. Former Prime Minister Paul Martin pays tribute to the late Paul Desmarais -- a tycoon who strode the corridors of Power Corporation, and the corridors of power.
With friends like these... Another associate of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is found to have a criminal past -- raising more questions about the company he keeps.
A crash course in not crashing. When a pilot falls ill, a British flight instructor has to help the plane's sole passenger bring it down safely -- and tonight, he'll tell us how he did it.
And...no head is better than some. Our interview with a Michigan politician fighting to make sure a pint of beer is actually a pint of beer gets Talkback mustering every ounce of its passion.
In Nova Scotia, red is the new orange.
In provincial elections yesterday, Stephen McNeil and his Liberals, were voted in, in a big way -- taking thirty-three of the fifty-one seats in the legislature. Meanwhile, the NDP -- which had formed the formed the government for the past four years -- has been relegated to third place, with a mere seven seats. The Progressive Conservatives now hold eleven seats.
Stephen McNeil is the Liberal Premier-designate of Nova Scotia, we reached him in Halifax.
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Quebec Inc. has lost a founding member.
Paul Desmarais, the man behind Power Corp, died yesterday at his home north of Montreal. His empire was all-but-impossible to avoid. It spanned everything from Absolut Vodka to the Great West Life insurance company to the French oil and gas giant Total. And his political power had a similar reach. Nicolas Sarkozy described Mr. Desmarais as the man who made him President of France. Here in Canada, his list of friends included Premiers and Prime Ministers.
We'll hear from former Prime Minister Paul Martin in a moment. First though: before he was a corporate titan, Paul Desmarais was just a Franco-Ontarian kid from Sudbury. Here's how he described his first trip to the big city for a Montreal audience in 2003.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was a young lawyer at Power Corp when Mr. Desmarais took it over in 1966. Mr. Martin has described him as both a mentor and a friend. We reached him in Montreal.
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It has been nearly a year since Hurricane Sandy crashed into the east coast of the U.S., causing record damage and displacing hundreds. Many are still without a home today.
The storm was second in costliness only to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans. And in Joplin, Missouri, people are still re-building after whole blocks were wiped out by tornadoes.
This century, the U.S. has been battered by deadly storms. And people in their paths have found themselves often dangerously exposed. Now, a design competition by the American Institute for Architects seeks to address this head-on, with proposals specific to the reconstruction efforts after these storms.
Two of the three winning proposals were designed by Canadian firms.
Elizabeth George is a designer at Q4 Architects, which designed a tornado-proof house which will now be built in Joplin. We reached her in Toronto.
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Your cup runneth over.
Last night, we heard from Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon about a cause that's close to his heart, or liver. He's introduced a bill to ensure that when you order a pint of beer in Michigan, you get a pint of beer -- meaning sixteen ounces, or about 473 milliliters.
And then the emails came pouring in.Rick Elliott, from Ennismore, Ontario wrote:
"A simple solution is to follow the example of Germany. Glasses are specifically marked with a line indicating the proper volume of beer requested. That way, the bartender does not have to guess how much beer and foam to put into the glass, and the customer can see right away he is getting the correct pour of beer he asked for."Garrett Watson from Calgary wrote:
"I'm not accusing all establishments of foul play, but there are far too many variations, and far too many successful pubs for the proprietors to be unaware of the little games they play with the every increasingly costly pint! Standardize it! Take an example from the UK and the EU, and standardize the pour measurements, and keep pubs honest."And finally Marion McMahon from Cambridge, Ontario offered this solution: "Why don't the bars and restaurants just advertise their pints as 'Pint' with quotation marks?"Thanks for all your emails. And if you missed our interview with Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon last night, you can still hear it on our website at cbc.ca/aih. And we promise: it's the full interview.
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Ontario environmental groups are celebrating a victory over a subsidiary of one of the world's largest food companies.
Yesterday, Nestlé Waters Canada withdrew its appeal to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. The Tribunal was set to hear arguments about whether or not the company should face water restrictions during times of drought.
The issue first came up last year when Nestlé renewed its water permit with the province. Nestlé has a bottled water plant just outside of Guelph, Ontario. Initially the Ontario government had imposed the drought water restrictions as part of the new permit. But the company worked with the province to lift those conditions. That raised the ire of environmental groups who then brought the case to the tribunal.
Mike Nagy is a member of one of those groups. He's the Chair of Wellington Water Watchers and we reached him just outside of Guelph in Rockwood, Ontario.
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Badgers in Somerset, England, have been under threat of being shot by marksmen -- ostensibly to prevent the spread of tuberculosis to cattle.
Luckily for the badgers, the threat wasn't as great as it seemed.
When the scheduled cull ended last week, only 800 or so badgers had been shot, out of 2,000 that were targeted. UK Environment minister Owen Paterson admitted they'd miscalculated the total number of badgers in the area. And that the marksmen hadn't been as accurate as hoped. Still, he said, it wasn't the government's fault.
Here's part of an exchange on the BBC program, Spotlight, with Mr. Paterson.
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On the field, he taught how to tackle. Off the field, he tackled the non-paying clients of drug dealers.
That's what's alleged about Payman Aboodowleh, one of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's recruits as an assistant to the high school football team the mayor coached until last year.
It's just the latest revelation. It follows the arrest last week of a friend and occasional driver of the mayor, in connection to a illegal drug scandal. It's a scandal that may also be connected to a video of Mayor Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine. Mr. Ford has denied that the video exists, or that he was addicted to the drug.
Today's news came from a investigative report in the Globe and Mail. Patrick White contributed to the story. He's a city hall reporter at the Globe, and we reached him in Toronto.
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He was the only passenger on the small plane. And only minutes after take-off, the pilot got sick -- so sick he couldn't fly the plane.
Two flight instructors on the ground got on the intercom to help. Roy Murray was one of them. We reached him at the airport in Humberside, England.
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For the past 15 years, Jose Figueroa, originally from El Salvador, has called Canada home. And he'd like to continue to do that. So, in a last-ditch effort to stay, he has sought sanctuary.
In 2010, Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board rejected Mr. Figueroa's refugee claim and ordered his deportation. The decision was based on his past involvement with the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front -- a rebel movement that eventually overthrew the brutal government of El Salvador.
Then last Friday, an arrest warrant was issued.
We reached Mr. Figueroa at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church in Langley, B.C.
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Gilles Vaillancourt resigned as mayor of Laval last year. Quebec police have charged him with gangsterism and a list of other offences related to alleged municipal corruption. But none of the above is preventing Mr. Vaillancourt from being a very big part of this fall's election campaign in Laval.
Last night, we heard from a candidate for mayor named Marc Demers. The police had just told him about a threat to break his legs. The threat was on a recording of a conversation between Mr. Vaillancourt and another candidate for mayor, Claire Lebel.
Ms. Lebel had recorded the conversation when it took place back in August. Ms. Lebel was unavailable for an interview -- but we were able to reach one of her colleagues in the Option Laval party, Jean-Sébastien Di Fruscia.
And today in Montreal, the chief of the city's police force, spoke about the arrest over the weekend of a former detective.
Benoit Roberge was a high-profile cop working in the organized crime unit. And he is now accused of leaking information to the Hells Angels.
Montreal Police chief Marc Parent says the force and the justice system have been rattled by the arrest. Here he is speaking at a press conference earlier today to CBC reporter Pierre Luc Gagnon.
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As you've no doubt heard on the news, the Egyptian ordeal of London, Ontario doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker John Greyson is still not over.
On the weekend, they were finally released, after fifty days of detention in an Egyptian prison. But they were then stopped from boarding a plane out of Cairo. And they've been told they must remain in Egypt, for now.
Earlier today, their supporters released a video statement from the two men. Here's the audio from that statement, for the record:
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For more than a year and a half, Kevin Rebello has been waiting to give his brother a proper burial.
Russel Rebello was a waiter on the Costa Concordia -- the massive cruise liner that capsized off the Italian island of Giglio.
And now divers on the wreck may have finally found his remains.
We reached Kevin Rebello by cell phone in Milan.
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It's safe to say that you and I -- that is to say, we -- are pro-pronoun. I can't speak for him or her, or them. But it's possible that soon you might turn anti-pronoun. Because it seems "I" can be a problem for you and me. That's the pronoun "I".
I should probably clarify what we're talking about here.
There are people who use the word "I" so much that you're forced to conclude they're either narcissists or optometrists. Their constant repetition of the first-person singular nominative case pronoun suggests that they think they're so great. But it seems we're all wrong about "I".
Dr. James W. Pennebaker of the University of Texas has done a lot of work on pronouns. He's even written a book about them.
And according to his most recent research, people who say "I" a lot are actually less self-confident, and lower-status, than people who don't say "I" so much.
Dr. Pennebaker and his team conducted five different language-analysis studies -- some involving people meeting in person, and some involving people working together online. And in one study, they examined a random selection of military emails. All the studies yielded the same results: higher-status subjects used the word "I" less than their underlings, or even people who perceived themselves to be less powerful.
Dr. Pennebaker told the Wall Street Journal, quote: "If I am the high-status person, I am thinking of what you need to do. If am the low-status person, I am more humble, and am thinking, 'I should be doing this.'" Unquote.
If you are anything like me, you've just become very self-conscious. I -- I mean, one -- no longer knows how to refer to myself. I mean, oneself. Oh, one gives up.
Here's Shad, with "We, Myself and I".
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