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Wednesday: Throne Speech, Egypt Migrants, Line 9 Hearings and more

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The word from on high. Prime Minister Stephen Harper reconvenes parliament for a presention of the speech from the throne, packed with populist promises.   

From sea to cell. The future's uncertain for survivors of a migrant ship that sank in the Mediterranean last week. Theyr'e now crammed into Egyptian jails, with little hope of release.

Grounds for concern. At the opening of a Toronto hearing on a proposed Enbridge pipeline reversal, critics argue the city may be in for a crude awakening -- since the route runs perilously close to the city's subway system.

An embarrassment of riches. A Catholic church leader -- dubbed "The Luxury Bishop" in his native Germany due to his extravagant tastes -- will have some 'splainin' to do when he answers a summons from the Vatican.

The road Wes travelled. He wore many hats, including yoga teacher and vaudevillian plate spinner, but the late Kumar Pallana shot to fame in small but essential roles in the films of Wes Anderson.

And...it's scaleless and off the scale. But when Jasmine Santana spied what appeared to be an eighteen-foot sea monster while snorkeling, she didn't make for shore, she went to make sure.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that wishes it shared the same creature comforts.

 


Show:AS_IT_HAPPENS
Date:2013/10/16
Time:17:30:01

PART ONE


TAPE: THRONE SPEECH Duration: 00:01:30

Well, they're back.

After extending their summer vacation, Stephen Harper permited MPs to return to work today. The new session kicked off, as always -- with a throne speech written by the Prime Minister's people, but read by the Governor General.

In a moment we'll hear from Ottawa Bureau Chief Heather Scoffield, who'll give us her assessment of today's presentation.

First though, here's a little of the government's new action plan, as delivered by David Johnston in the Senate today.


THRONE SPEECH Duration: 00:07:02

Heather Scoffield and her team have been scrambling to figure out which of today's long list of promises might actually come true -- and what they might mean for you. She's the Parliamentary Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press. We reached Heather Scoffield in Ottawa.


THE WORDS Duration: 00:00:19
Album:PSAPP: THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED
Label:DOMINO, DNO 095
Persons/Roles:
PSAPP - COMPOSER
PSAPP - WRITER
PSAPP - ENS IN-V

EGYPT MIGRANTS Duration: 00:07:49

They were the lucky ones. But now they're locked up.

In just two weeks, hundreds of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, desperate to escape conflict and persecution, have drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

On Friday, it was a boat carrying migrants from Syria that sank during the crossing. The survivors were plucked from the water. If that sounds like a rescue, it wasn't.

More than a hundred of them are in jails in Alexandria.

Nader Attar is an Egyptian rights activist working on behalf of Syrian refugees in his country.

We reached him in Alexandria.


ACHILLE'S HEEL/SHUR LANDING Duration: 00:00:30
Album:DOMINANT CURVE/BROOKLYN RIDER
Label:IN A CIRCLE, ICR003
Persons/Roles:
COLIN JACOBSEN - COMPOSER
BROOKLYN RIDER - PRODUCER
BROOKLYN RIDER - STRING QUARTET

LUXURY BISHOP Duration: 00:07:00

The new man in the Vatican, Pope Francis, is becoming famous for his modesty.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has taken a different approach. Germany's so-called Luxury Bishop has a taste for the finer things. It's made him a target for parishioners, politicans and prosecutors. And Pope Francis is evidently sensing the tension. Bishop Tebartz-van Elst has been called to Rome.

Cordula Meyer is an editor with Der Speigel, the newsweekly that broke the story. We reach Ms Meyer in Hamburg.


ROAD SODA Duration: 00:00:11
Album:THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN DIRT & THE SKIRT/CAPTAIN DIRT & THE SKIRT
Label:ARBORA VITA, AVCD003
Persons/Roles:
LYNDELL MONTGOMERY - COMPOSER
KRISTIN SWEETLAND - COMPOSER
CAPTAIN DIRT & THE SKIRT - POP GROUP
CAPTAIN DIRT & THE SKIRT - PRODUCER
DAVID TRAVERS-SMITH - PRODUCER

DATELINE: FRENCH LORD'S PRAYER Duration: 00:01:25

Dateline: Paris.

Steve Martin once observed that the French have a different word for everything. Well, now they even have different words for the things they already have words for.

Let me clarify. Like we English speakers, the French have a translation of The Lord's Prayer, which -- being one of the The Bible's top ten passages -- is familiar to most church-goers.

Now, thanks to some French bishops with an Editor complex, those words are about to change.

The line in question reads in English, "Lead us not into temptation."

In French, it reads, "Et ne nous soumets pas a la tentation." (Or that's how it reads, at least, when it's read by an anglophone like moi from Nova Scotia.)

More important is its translation: "Do not submit us to temptation."

This, it seems, implies that God is partly at fault for presenting our temptation in the first place. So, as of next month, the line will change to read, "Let us not enter into temptation."

"Let us not enter into temptation." Yes, I'll admit it's got a certain ring to it. A certain "je ne sais quoi", with enough power, perhaps, to eliminate sin once and for all. At least in France.

Because, if I may be so bold as to quote Steve Martin once again, "Let's face it, some people have a way with words and other people . . . oh,... uh,... not have way."


PART TWO


CURRIED SOUL 2.0 Duration: 00:00:51
Album:CURRIED SOUL 2.0 (SINGLE)/SOCALLED
Label:CUSTOM
Persons/Roles:
MOE KOFFMAN - COMPOSER
MOE KOFFMAN - SAMPLED PERFORMER
SOCALLED - INSTRUMENTALS
SOCALLED - REMIXER

LINE 9 HEARINGS Duration: 00:07:04

Imagine a pipeline, carrying oil sands bitumen, bursting inside a Toronto subway station, full of people.

That's one of the major concerns advanced by the City of Toronto ahead of hearings into Enbridge's Line 9-b pipeline proposal. Those hearings began in Toronto today.

And it's a concern shared by City Councillor Anthony Perruzza, especially since part of the pipeline goes through his ward.

We reached Concillor Perruzza in Toronto.


MEMPHRE Duration: 00:00:17
Album:ANDY CREEGGAN * ANDIWORK III/CREEGGAN, ANDY
Label:BONGO BEAT, BB 2017-2
Persons/Roles:
ANDY CREEGGAN - COMPOSER
ANDY CREEGGAN - INSTRUMENTALS
MARC-ANDRE CYR - VOCALISE
MIKE EVIN - VOCALISE

TAPE: BANKSY ART Duration: 00:02:57

He's painting the town red -- and in his signature black and white.

British graffiti artist Banksy is turning heads once again with a live exhibition in New York City.

Every day a new piece by the elusive artist crops up in a different part of the city.

Yesterday, he spraypainted a silhouette of the Twin Towers on a building in Tribecca. And earlier in the month he arranged for a slaughterhouse truck, full of plush barnyard animals to tour the city's meatpacking district.

His latest installment popped up outside a McDonald's in The Bronx. It showed giant Ronald McDonald statue getting his shoes shined by, as the artist puts it on his website, quote: "a real live boy".

The set-up will be on display in front of a different McDonald's in New York at lunchtime for the next week.

Here's the tongue-and-cheek audio commentary that accompanies Banksy's latest piece, called "Shoe Shine".


SOUNDS OF THE EAST Duration: 00:00:29
Album:OUT THERE/HELIOCENTRICS
Label:STONES THROW
Persons/Roles:
HELIOCENTRICS - COMPOSER
HELIOCENTRICS - JAZZ GROUP

CALIFORNIA SEA CREATURE Duration: 00:07:13

Jasmine Santana isn't going to have any trouble holding her students' attention this week. Ms Santana is a Marine Science Instructor on Catalina Island in California. On Sunday, she went out for a bit of offshore snorkling. And she ended up face-to-face with a genuine, bona fide, sea monster.

We reached Ms. Santana at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in Toyon Bay, near Avalon, California.


PAGODA'S THEME Duration: 00:00:18
Album:ROYAL TENENBAUMS, SOUNDTRACK
Label:HOLLYWOOD, 2061623472
Persons/Roles:
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH - COMPOSER
MUTATO MUSIKA ORCHESTRA - ORCHESTRA

SCRIPT: KUMAR PALLANA OBIT Duration: 00:01:37

In the movies, Kumar Pallana had small parts. But he was no small actor.

Take his role as Pagoda, Gene Hackman's sidekick in "The Royal Tenenbaums." He had only a few, short lines. Lines like, "He has the cancer," and "It's your fault, man." But it was his deadpan delivery -- and the silence between his bursts of speech -- that made him stand out.

Kumar Pallana died late last week. He was ninety-four.

Although he was "discovered" as a character actor in the late '90s by director Wes Anderson, Mr. Pallana began working in Hollywood in the 1950s, as an extra in Westerns. He played, as he described it, "a different sort of Indian."

Then he spent years on the vaudeville circuit, playing a character called Kumar of India. His most famous trick was spinning plates, up to sixteen at a time. He played Vegas, and had cameos on the children's TV show, Captain Kangaroo.

By the time he met Mr. Anderson and his creative partner Owen Wilson, he'd retired from show business and was working in Texas as a yoga instructor.

According to Mr. Wilson, off-screen Mr. Pallana was quite unlike his soft-spoken on-screen persona. Here's what he told The New York Times about his friend:

"He had a certain wise serenity and tremendous charisma. But he was also inclined to do rope tricks and laugh wildly, hysterically, at extreme length. And like everybody else, we just loved him instantly."

And now from the soundtrack to "The Royal Tenenbaums," The Velvet Underground with "Stephanie Says."


STEPHANIE SAYS Duration: 00:02:24
Album:BEST OF VELVET UNDERGROUND
Label:8411642, 8411642
Persons/Roles:
LOU REED - COMPOSER
VELVET UNDERGROUND - POP GROUP

PART THREE


OIL SANDS MONITORING PULLOUT Duration: 00:06:41

Agreement can be hard to come by, especially when it comes to the Alberta oil sands.

So the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring group was set up last year, with the idea that cooperation would be key to improving environmental monitoring of the industry.

But the Fort McKay First Nation has pulled out of the joint federal-provincial group -- leaving both governments scrambling to repair the relationship.

And now the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is reviewing its participation as well.

We reached Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.


TONGUE A Duration: 00:00:13
Album:ANDY CREEGGAN * ANDIWORK III/CREEGGAN, ANDY
Label:BONGO BEAT, BB 2017-2
Persons/Roles:
ANDY CREEGGAN - COMPOSER
ANDY CREEGGAN - INSTRUMENTALS

SCRIPT: NORTHAMPTON CLOWN UNMASKED? Duration: 00:02:09

Twenty sleeps. Or, at least in my case, twenty non-sleeps.

That's how long it's been since As it Happens first alerted you -- and me -- to the case of the creepy Northampton clown. You may have heard the story from us. If so, I apologize. But if not from us, you probably heard it elsewhere. The unidentified resident of Northampton, England, became a global sensation, after popping up around town -- in full birthday clown regalia, waving and clutching balloons. He then posted videos and photos of himself to Facebook, signing off each time with his trademark "Beep beep!" -- referencing the murderous clown Pennywise, in Stephen King's classic horror, "It".

Earlier this week, Northampton's nightmare appeared to be over -- when Britain's tabloid The Sunday People announced it had tracked down the man behind the mask. It claimed that, after receiving a tip, reporters followed the man to a town flat. He entered and re-emerged in costume. According to the paper, the clown is twenty-two-year-old Northampton University student and aspiring filmmaker, Alex Powell. When confronted, Powell initially denied being the clown, but 'fessed up after being shown the photos.

Obviously, Powell wasn't in costume when confronted by the news folks. Apparently he was in his pyjamas. But I couldn't help picturing him in his clown clothes, drooping and dejected, when I read what he said next:

"On Facebook I've had over a thousand death threats. It was just a bit of fun at first and a lot of people seem to enjoy it, but it gets a bit hard sometimes with the death threats."

I must admit, that made me a bit sad. Especially given he evidently couldn't even muster one little beep afterward.

But then I checked the Facebook page, which includes a new posting from the local paper, detailing the fan backlash at The Sunday People for its exposé.

And I shuddered -- when under it, I read the following entry:

"Don't worry, my identity is still safe [winking smiley-face icon]. See you all soon!

BEEP BEEP!"


DO Duration: 00:00:14
Album:OTHER TRUTHS/DO MAKE SAY THINK
Label:CONSTELLATION, CST062-1
Persons/Roles:
OHAD BENCHETRIT - COMPOSER
DAVID MITCHELL - COMPOSER
JAMES PAYMENT - COMPOSER
JUSTIN SMALL - COMPOSER
CHARLES SPEARIN - COMPOSER
DO MAKE SAY THINK - POP GROUP

CAR PEACEKEEPERS: MSF Duration: 00:06:51

It is a country that doesn't often make headlines, buried in the very heart of Africa's troubles. But the Central African Republic has been pushed to a state of crisis. A rebel-led coup in March began a downward spiral of killing and violence.

In the coming days, a Security Council resolution is expected to authorize some kind of intervention -- and France has signalled it is willing to send troops.

As tens of thousands flee villages, the charity Medecins Sans Frontières says the level of violence is "unprecedented."

Sylvain Groulx is M-S-F's head of mission there. We reached him in the capital, Bangui.


YOU SHOULD SEE ME NOW Duration: 00:00:13
Album:MAN WITH A LOVE SONG/HILL, JAMES
Label:BOREALIS, BCD207
Persons/Roles:
JAMES HILL - COMPOSER
JAMES HILL - PERCUSSION
JAMES HILL - PRODUCER
JAMES HILL - UKULELE
JAMES HILL - VIOLIN
JAMES HILL - VOCALS
RYAN MACGRATH - VOCALS

SOUND OF THE DAY: SENSIBLE HORROR MOVIE Duration: 00:02:59

It's an obvious rule, but one that bears repeating: never, ever open a portal to hell.

And for that matter -- if you happen to be told that a house is haunted with the ghosts of former serial killers or demons from the underworld, don't go into it.

And definitely don't go into its basement. Especially with only a candle for protection.

Also, never split from a group when you are being chased by a knife-wielding maniac. Do not try to reincarnate your pet dog, and if your car runs out of gas, do not go to the scariest looking lone house on a hill for help.

These are all no-brainers in real life. But in the world of horror movies, dumb decisions have become the norm. Well, Texas filmmaker Joe Nicolosi found a smart way to rid the horror genre of stupid people. He came up with a trailer for a new flick - "Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film".

"Hell No" is now on YouTube. And we've got an audio clip from it -- our sound of the day:


VINICIUS Duration: 00:00:14
Album:ROOM OF WONDERS/STONE, JAYME
Label:CUSTOM, JS300
Persons/Roles:
JAYME STONE - COMPOSER
WILLIAM CARN - TROMBONE
CASEY DRIESSEN - FIDDLE
NICK FRASER - DRUMS
GREG GARRISON - DOUBLE BASS
GRANT GORDY - GUITAR
OLOV JOHANSSON - NYCKELHARPA
SASHA LUMINSKY - ACCORDION
JAYME STONE - BANJO
DAVID TRAVERS-SMITH - PRODUCER
KEVIN TURCOTTE - TRUMPET

FROG LEGS ENGLISH Duration: 00:05:58

I don't want to jump to any conclusions. But if a new study is correct, frogs' legs -- long known as a French culinary delicacy -- are...English. I imagine the frogs in question might challenge that notion, depending on where they're from. But I digress.

In any case, a team of archaelogists digging near Stonehenge in southern England have discovered remains that suggest frog legs were consumed there -- close to nine thousand years ago.

David Jacques leads the team. He is an archaeologist at the University of Buckingham.

We reached Mr. Jacques in Amesbury, England.


MONTREAL Duration: 00:00:17
Album:CONSTELLATION/GYPSOPHILIA
Label:FORWARD, FMG026
Persons/Roles:
ROSS BURNS - COMPOSER
HOWARD BILERMAN - PRODUCER
GINA BURGESS - VIOLIN
ROSS BURNS - PERCUSSION
ADAM FINE - DOUBLE BASS
ALEC FRITH - GUITAR
GYPSOPHILIA - FOLK GROUP
MATT MYER - TRUMPET
SAGEEV OORE - KEYBOARDS
NICK WILKINSON - GUITAR

TAPE: JO NESBO Duration: 00:02:41

Harry Hole is back.

The alcoholic policeman protagonist in Jo Nesbo's crime series made his return this fall, in a book called Police. It's the tenth novel in the Norwegian author's renowned crime series featuring Oslo detective Harry Hole.

Last night, Mr. Nesbo made an appearance on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Here's part of their conversation.


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