Out of hiding, and out of options. They took refuge in a Regina church for more than a year to avoid deportation -- but despite overwhelming support, two Nigerian students are now on their way back home.
Fissures in the narrative. Police in eastern New Brunswick defend their response to an anti-fracking demonstration, but a local official believes they reacted too strongly.
Putting their heads together. A team of researchers in Georgia examining a group of pre-human skulls leads to a re-think on our origins -- suggesting we've descended from one common ancestor, not three.
By accident, and design. The owner of a building in New York City awakes to discover she's the lucky owner of a mural by British graffitti artist Banksy -- but discovers the honour's not all it's cracked up to be.
Star-powered cover. A new version of eighties' pop singer Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is out of this world -- but only because it's performed entirely in the Klingon language.
And...transmission accomplished. Young drivers in Toronto hoping to become experts at the stick shift may soon be stuck -- since Canada's largest training school is set to phase out manual driving instruction.
Sixteen months, minus one day. That's how long two University of Regina students lived in hiding trying to avoid deportation from Canada. Today, the women are both on a plane back to Nigeria.
Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi were studying at the university when they took part-time jobs at Walmart. But the jobs were a violation of their student visas, and so the federal government ordered the two deported. Since June of 2012, Victoria and Favour have lived in a Regina church trying to stay in the country. The university has staged numerous protests to support them.
This morning, Victoria and Favour complied with the deportation order and are now being escorted to Nigeria.
Vianne Timmons met with the students before they left. She's the President of the University of Regina, we reached her on campus.
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Yesterday, near the Elsipogtog First Nation in eastern New Brunswick, protesters clashed with police, and police arrested at least forty people. Today, the New Brunswick RCMP tried to explain.
The protest had been going on for weeks before Thursday's violent turn of events. The mostly-native protesters are opposed to shale gas exploration in the area.
Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown is the Commanding Officer for the New Brunswick RCMP. Today, at a press conference in Fredericton, he displayed weapons, including firearms and explosive devices, that he says were found at the protest site.
This, he says, is why the RCMP had to act and make arrests.
Here is part of what Assistant Commisioner Brown had to say:
That's Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, the Commanding Officer for the New Brunswick RCMP, speaking earlier today at a news conference in Fredericton.
Allan Marsh was at the protest yesterday morning, supporting the anti-shale gas protesters. He is the elected Chair of the Local Service District for nearby Saint-Charles. We reached Allan Marsh at his home in Saint-Charles.
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We thought it was going to be cheese for beef.
In Brussels today, the Prime Minister signed a a big trade deal with Europe. The deal was sealed after the government agreed to open our borders to more of Europe's fine cheese. That has Canadian cheese producers cheesed off. We heard from one of them yesterday. But it isn't as though Canada didn't get anything in exchange, at least in theory. The Europeans are going to let in a lot more Canadian beef.
And after our cheese interview last night, Talkback has this beef:
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It's a non-standard approach to changing driving trends.
By the end of this year, Young Drivers of Canada will no longer offer manual transmission driving lessons in the Greater Toronto Area. And the school's branches across Canada aren't far behind.
Angelo Dicicco is the general manager of Young Drivers in the Greater Toronto Area.
We reached him in Toronto.
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It is a timeless human pursuit -- to find out where we come from.
And now researchers in Dmanisi, Georgia, may have brought us closer to the truth. They've been investigating a group of skulls dating back one-point-eight million years.
One of the skulls was key to their findings: that three ancient hominids -- previously thought to be distinct from one another -- may in fact be of the same human species.
The study was published today in the journal Science.
Professor Christoph Zollikofer is an anthropologist at the University of Zurich, and co-authored the study. We reached him in Zurich, Switzerland.
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An act of commemoration is now being brought into question.
Sean Kirkham launched the "The Living Stones" memorial project last year. He promised to place stone plaques at the last known locations of sixt-two murdered and missing women in British Columbia.
But to date only four plaques have been laid. Many involved say they have not been paid. And project founder, Sean Kirkham, is facing fraud and theft charges in two provinces.
Lori Ann Ellis's relative, Carla, was murdered by Robert Pickton. And the first plaque laid by the 'The Living Stones Project' was dedicated to her.
Ms. Ellis recently told CBC Vancouver how she believes Mr. Kirkham cheated her out of more than five hundred dollars.
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Canada is the only country in the world in which basic cable television features more foreign channels than domestic ones. And, because we generally speak the same language as our neighbours to the south -- that's neighbours with a "u", for those of you keeping trac -- it's easy for words that are distinctly Canadian to fall out of use.
To that end, the people at the Canadian magazine Cottage Life have put together a short list of words used by Canadians, but not Americans.
So, to those of you listening on various member stations of Public Radio International in the US, we apologize if you don't understand the following:
"I put on my housecoat before I retrieved my pencil crayons, running shoes, Kraft Dinner, Robertson screwdriver and Kinder Egg from my knapsack. That helped be get though the two-hundred klick drive to Ottawa."
That sentence, according to the magazine, contains eight words that Americans wouldn't understand.
So whaddya think, Yanks? You know what we mean? Crack open a soda and give us a call on Talkback -- the number's 1-866-481-5718. Or send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even send us a hand-written letter -- our address is on our website at cbc.ca/asithappens. You just may have to dig around in your backpack a bit and look for a colored pencil.
Rick Falcon fought a long and painful battle to keep his daughter, Adriana, safe. A battle he lost.
His daughter was found dead at a Vancouver boarding house in September. She had overdosed on a lethal mixture of methamphetamine and heroin.
Now Mr. Falcon is calling for changes to B.C. legislation, and reaching out to the public for help, in the wake of his daughter's death.
We reached Mr. Falcon in Victoria, B.C.
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You know what I've never wondered? Why someone's never thought of translating and performing 'Eighties pop star Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up", entirely in Klingon.
But then, I'm not Christopher Kidder-Mostrom -- or Q'DroS sutai-qIln. Mr. Kidder-Mostrom has boldly gone where no one has gone before -- probably because he's been the first to make it a priority to perform the song in the language of the alien warrior race from Star Trek.
He's backed by members of his Chicago theatre troupe, Commedia Beauregard -- who, you may recall, introduced "The Klingon Christmas Carol" to the world back in 2010.
Here's a clip of "JIyIntaHvIS not qajegh" -- our Sound of the Day.
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There's something I want you to hear. It's from a video taken by a group of Utah Boy Scout leaders. Take a listen:
'Crazy' seems about right. That was the voice of a Boy Scout leader named Dave Hall as he videotaped fellow Scout leader Glenn Taylor rocking a huge boulder back and forth until it tumbled down from its perch on an unbelievably slender ridge.
The rock formation was something called a goblin. Goblins date back to the Jurassic era -- one hundred and seventy million years ago. They're rare, fragile, awe-inspiring and kind of a big deal. Utah established the Goblin Valley State Park to protect them.
That's where the Boy Scout leaders shot their video.
The Utah Attorney General's Office doesn't take kindly to goblin-tipping. They're considering felony charges. But Dave and Glenn say they were simply putting safety first. Here's the rest of the recording they posted on Facebook.
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In the chilling CCTV footage, he has been known only as "black shirt."
Now, police in Norway believe they may know the identity of one of the men who carried out the terrorist attack in a Nairobi shopping centre last month. At least sixty-seven people were killed in that siege.
His name is Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a Norwegian citizen, who returned to Somalia and may have joined the radical militant group al-Shabaab.
Stig Hansen is an expert on al-Shabaab. We reached him in Oslo, Norway.
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When it comes to Edmonton Oilers' franchise records, there is one man who pretty much has all of them -- as he does most NHL records, in fact. And it's unlikely that many of them, like, for example, his scoring fifty goals in thirty-nine games -- will ever be beaten.
But last night, one of the Great One's records fell, courtesy of young sensation Taylor Hall.
Here's a clip, from Rogers Sportsnet:
Yep, two goals in eight seconds. That's about the time it just took me to read these two sentences. Gretzky, who held the previous record, could only manage to do it in nine.
I'm sure Gretzky isn't feeling too bad, however, as he still owns pretty much every other single-game franchise records for the Oilers. Five goals in one game, four goals in one period, seven assists in a game, and four assists in a period, and eight points in a game.
But last night, the Great One looked just a little bit mortal - if only for a second.
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He has toured the world over, received the Order of Canada, and is one of the country's most celebrated pianists.
But, last night in Coral Gables, Florida, concert-goers watched as Anton Kuerti suffered a medical emergency that forced him to leave the stage while he was performing at a recital.
Paul Posnak is a music professor at the University of Miami and was in the audience.
He's also the person who called paramedics when he realized something wasn't right.
We reached Professor Posnak in Coral Gables, Florida.
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That brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday, October 18th.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Chris Harbord, Adam Killick, David McDougall, Julia Pagel, Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez, Kate Swoger and Tomas Urbina. Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. The show director this week is Ben Edwards. Kevin Ball is the show writer this week.
John Perry is the Senior Producer.. and the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe. Our intern is Meriha Beaton and this is her last day with us. Thanks Meriha for all your help and good luck in the rest of your studies.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Mary Lynk and Joan Weeks in Halifax, Susan McKenzie in Montreal; Michael D'Souza in Toronto; Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg, Sean Prprick in Regina, and Yvonne Gall in Vancouver.