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Friday: Senate: PM's Secretary, Bangladesh Factory Worker, New Gymnast Move and more

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Behind closed doors. Senate leader Claude Carignan refutes accusations by his colleague Patrick Brazeau that he offered a backroom deal to the beleaguered senator.

Picking up the pieces. Six months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, we catch up with one of the survivors who is struggling to make ends meet.

Giving the green light. To the ire of environmentalists, a decades-long ban on uranium mining in Greenland is lifted -- and the country's prime minister tells us why the decision makes sense.

Crude behaviour. After our interview last night, environmentalists question the Alberta governments resolve to clean-up Cold Lake -- where four different leaks continue to spew oil.

Gait along, little dungees...Researchers discover that certain types of South African dung beetle exhibit a peculiar kind of horsepower -- moving in a sort of "gallop" unlike any other insect.

And....something in the way she moves. Sixteen-year-old Canadian gymnast Victoria Moors is the first woman to complete a complex manoeuvre heretofore known as the "layout double double" -- and now it's been renamed in her honour.

As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that loves a story with plenty of twists and turns.

 


Show:AS_IT_HAPPENS
Date:2013/10/25
Time:17:30:01

PART ONE


TAPE: BRAZEAU Duration: 00:01:34

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the political bombshelter...

The Senate has just begun a badly-needed weekend break. The Conservative motion to suspend Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Duffy won't go to a vote until some time next week. The Red Chamber didn't rise though before it heard one more explosive accusation. It came from former Conservative, Senator Patrick Brazeau. Take a listen.


TAPE: CARIGNON Duration: 00:01:20

When Claude Carignan, the Conservative leader in the Senate replied to Senator Brazeau's accusation, he admitted there'd been a meeting, but insisted he'd done no wrong.

Here he is outside the Senate this afternoon, for the record.


SENATE: PM'S SECRETARY Duration: 00:07:56

All in all, it's been a rough week for the government as their former friends, Senators Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy have fought back against calls for suspension from the Upper House.

Paul Calandra is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. We reached him in Ottawa.


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

COLD LAKE FOLO Duration: 00:07:19

They've been on it right from the start. That's what Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen told us last night about her government's actions on four different oil leaks near Cold Lake, Alberta.

For about six months, bitumen has been surfacing at sites in the Primrose oilsands project. The cause of the leaks is unknown, and so the oil continues to flow.

This week the Alberta government ordered Canadian Natural Resources Limited to immediately work to minimize the impact of the spills.

Carolyn Campbell is a conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association, and has visited the two of the spill sites. We reached her in Calgary.


BRING YOUR ADZ Duration: 00:00:13
Album:JAKE SHIMABUKURO: PEACE LOVE UKULELE
Label:HITCHHIKE, HRCD-1112
Persons/Roles:
JAKE SHIMABUKURO - COMPOSER
JAKE SHIMABUKURO - UKULELE

DA: DEATH TO AMERICA Duration: 00:01:00

Dateline: Tehran, Iran.It's the chant that never dies. "Death to America" has long been associated with the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

But the infamous rallying cry has recently come under threat. Iran's new President, Hassan Rouhani, has said his country no longer needs such slogans.

But others are not so convinced. In fact, a conference titled "Down with U.S.A." has been announced in Iran for next month. Commanders from the country's Revolutionary Guard recently revealed to Iranian media that they are planning a "Grand Day of Death to America" for November fourth. That's the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

It will introduce "The First Ever Major International Award of 'Down With America' " -- for best photo, poster, video, song or caricature reflecting that theme.

I guess it's fair to say that some people's sense of nostalgia should never be underestimated.


SIRENS Duration: 00:00:13
Album:BLACK DUB/BLACK DUB
Label:JIVE, 88697-74094-2
Persons/Roles:
DANIEL LANOIS - COMPOSER
BLACK DUB - POP GROUP
DANIEL LANOIS - PRODUCER

DUNG BEETLE STUDY Duration: 00:05:48

Some of these bugs are not like the others.

A team of scientists has discovered that three species of South African dung beetles walk like no other insects do. Instead, they adopt a unique kind of "gallop".

Jochen Smolka is the scientist who led this dung beetle study in South Africa. He is a biologist and a zoologist in the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden and that's where we reached him.


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

BANGLADESH WORKER UPDATE Duration: 00:08:49

Six months ago, she narrowly escaped with her life.

Fatema Khatun Munni was in the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, when it collapsed -- killing more than a thousand of her fellow workers.

Since then, international retailers such as Loblaw have pledged to improve the lives of workers.

They've promised compensation to victims -- and more audits of Bangladeshi factories.

We first spoke to Ms. Khatun Munni after the collapse. Today, we reached her again, near Dhaka -- and spoke to her through an interpreter.

In the interest of saving time, we've omitted the translation of Carol's questions.


FOREIGN EXCHANGE Duration: 00:00:18
Album:NETWORKS, THE CIRCUITS, THE STREAMS, THE HARMONIES/BURNSIDE PROJECT
Label:BAR NONE, BRN-CD-138
Persons/Roles:
RICHARD JANKOVICH - COMPOSER
GRANT BALFOUR - VOCALS
BURNSIDE PROJECT - POP GROUP
BURNSIDE PROJECT - PRODUCER
MICHAEL REILLY - VOCALS
CHUCK STEPHENS - VOCALS

TALKBACK GINGER ALE Duration: 00:02:00

Earlier this week, we were pleased to inform you that the world's most sophisticated soft drink was about to become available in vending machines in Japan.

That drink in question? Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale.

And frankly, since Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale is only available in Japan, we could only imagine what that would taste like. So Talkback popped the tab.


BASIC SPACE Duration: 00:00:18
Album:XX/XX
Label:XL, YT031CD
Persons/Roles:
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - COMPOSER
ROMY MADLEY CROFT - LYRICIST
BARIA QURESHI - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - COMPOSER
OLIVER SIM - LYRICIST
JAMIE SMITH - COMPOSER
JAMIE SMITH - PRODUCER
XX - POP GROUP

NEW GYMNAST MOVE Duration: 00:04:57

Sixteen-year old Canadian gymnast Victoria Moors is the toast of gymnastics today.

Earlier this month, at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Ms Moors became the first woman to complete the complex "layout double double" move. Let's just say the double double in question is a tad more complicated than plopping two creams and two sugars in your coffee.

So today, in honour of Ms. Moors feat, the sport's governing body -- the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique -- has renamed the move the "Moors".

We reached gymnast Victoria Moors during a training session in Cambridge, Ontario.


KICKING UP DUST Duration: 00:00:19
Album:SUNDOGS/CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET
Label:CUSTOM, ABJ0404
Persons/Roles:
BRAD KELLER - COMPOSER
CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET - PRODUCER
CREAKING TREE STRING QUARTET - STRING QUARTET

SCRIPT: ARCADE FIRE RELEASE Duration: 00:01:29

The plan was to tease it out slowly over several months. But in the end, it seems, they couldn't quite contain the force of their creation.

Montreal supergroup Arcade Fire was set to release their highly-anticipated new album, Reflektor, on Tuesday. Instead, a streamed version of the entire album is available for listening on YouTube now.

The premature release caps off a series of promotional stunts orchestrated by the band -- from emblazoning the Arcade Fire logo in chalk on streets around the world, to playing a Montreal venue under the name "The Reflektors", and following up their performance last week on Saturday Night Live with a surprise half-hour special.

The reason for the early release appears to be that a store in Kilkenny, Ireland jumped the gun and began selling the album ahead of schedule.

Yesterday morning, the Twitter feed @ArcadeFire announced quote, "Rollercoaster Records...is indeed the first reported shop to be selling Reflektor on the planet". That was quickly followed by a tweet from the band's manager, Scott Rodger, which read simply, "Not any more".

Following the online appearance of a low-quality version of Reflektor, the band began streaming the official version on its website last night.

You can listen to it in its entirety on the Arcade Fire website, or on YouTube. From "Reflektor", this is "Here Comes the Night Time".


HERE COMES THE NIGHT TIME Duration: 00:03:59
Album:REFLEKTOR/ARCADE FIRE
Label:MERGE
Persons/Roles:
WILLIAM BUTLER - COMPOSER
WIN BUTLER - COMPOSER
REGINE CHASSAGNE - COMPOSER
JEREMY GARA - COMPOSER
TIM KINGSBURY - COMPOSER
SARAH NEUFELD - COMPOSER
RICHARD REED PARRY - COMPOSER
ARCADE FIRE - POP GROUP
ARCADE FIRE - PRODUCER
MARKUS DRAVS - PRODUCER
JAMES MURPHY - PRODUCER

PART THREE


GREENLAND URANIUM MINING Duration: 00:06:38

The small Arctic nation of Greenland has for years allowed a certain degree of mineral and oil exploration. But one industry was always considered a step too far.

For decades, the country maintained a strict ban on uranium mining. Until yesterday. To the chagrin of some environmental groups, Greenland's parliament voted narrowly to end the prohibition.

Aleqa Hammond is the prime minister of Greenland. We reached her in Copenhagen.


JOHN HARDY Duration: 00:00:20
Album:BORROWED HORSES/FAFARD AND SCHWARTZ
Label:CUSTOM, JFV-2
Persons/Roles:
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
FAFARD AND SCHWARTZ - POP GROUP
JOEL FAFARD - PRODUCER
JOEL SCHWARTZ - PRODUCER

TAPE: MANDVI V. YELTON Duration: 00:02:50

This week he appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", and then he was forced to resign.

Don Yelton WAS the Buncombe County precinct chair in North Carolina for the Republican Party.

Mr. Yelton's interview with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi aired on Wednesday. Then yesterday, Claude Pope, the chairman of the party for the state, called for his resignation. Mr. Pope said quote -- The North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments made by Mr. Yelton to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive -- unquote.

The Daily Show segment was about new election rules.

Here's part of that segment:


HORSE HEAD NEBULA Duration: 00:00:20
Album:RIPOSTE/BUKE AND GASS
Label:BRASSLAND, HWY-024
Persons/Roles:
ARONE DYER - COMPOSER
ARONE DYER - LYRICIST
ARON SANCHEZ - COMPOSER
BUKE AND GASS - POP GROUP
BUKE AND GASS - PRODUCER

EI WHISTLEBLOWER FOLO Duration: 00:07:20

The last time we heard from Sylvie Therrien she was sitting in limbo. Ms Therrien had been suspended without pay from her job as an Employment Insurance fraud investigator. She was no longer welcome after going to the media with concerns about what she described as quotas -- fraud quotas that she felt were influencing investigators' findings.

Well Ms Therrien isn't in limbo any more. She's been terminated.

We reached Sylvie Therrien in Vancouver.


LEFT BANK Duration: 00:00:21
Album:POCKET SYMPHONY/AIR
Label:ASTRALWERKS, 094638548126
Persons/Roles:
JEAN-BENOIT DUNCKEL - COMPOSER
NICOLAS GODIN - COMPOSER
AIR - POP GROUP
NIGEL GODRICH - PRODUCER

MISTRESS OF DANCE Duration: 00:00:21
Album:UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION: NO SOUND IS TOO TABOO
Label:VERVE, 314 526722-2
Persons/Roles:
FANTASISTA - DESIGNER
RAPHAEL SEBBAG - DESIGNER
TADASHI YABE - DESIGNER
UFO - ENS INSTR

NS ISLAND BOUGHT Duration: 00:07:07

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust hopes its recent deal will amount to a non-development.

Today the conservation organization announced it has bought an island located eighty kilometres from Halifax for one-point-one million dollars.

Borgles Island, off the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, is known for its white sand beaches and ancient boreal rain forests. And the Nature Trust says the purchase provides them with the opportunity to protect it.

Bonnie Sutherland is the executive director of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. We reached her in Halifax.


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