He vows to lay down the law, not act above it. Former police officer Marc Demers replaces scandal-plagued Gilles Vaillancourt as mayor of Laval, Quebec.
Oh, chute! Two planes carrying skydivers collide over the U-S -- and miraculously, everyone makes it safely to the ground.
Don't shoot the Blackberry Messenger. C-E-O Thorstein Heins is out, and stocks plunge -- but an analyst says Blackberry's new C-E-O, John Chen will "right the ship."
Safe in an iPadded room. A new club in Buenos Aires offers people the change to wreck technology as a way of venting anger.
Undentured service. A fight-bloodied N-H-L player responds to opposing fans' taunts by pulling out a tooth and tossing it to them.
And, welcoming bob to the crew. Ontario plans to enforce a law requiring mens' barbers to learn women's haircuts -- or face a hefty fine.
The last time we heard from Marc Demers he was waiting to talk to the cops.
A former officer himself, Mr. Demers had just learned that the police had a recording of someone saying something about breaking his legs. That someone was Gilles Vaillancourt, the former mayor of the Montreal suburb of Laval. He'd been charged with a whole list of crimes including fraud and racketeering. More interesting still: Mr Demers was running to replace him as mayor.
Marc Demers won that election yesterday. We've reached Laval's new mayor-elect at his campaign headquarters, in Laval.
Quebec's election law requires municipal candidates to have a fixed address in the community they're running in as of the first of September of the year BEFORE the election. Mr. Demers had a house in Laval, but sold it in June of last year. He didn't get a new house in Laval until January. In the meantime he was based about an hour away.
Laval, of course, isn't the only city in Quebec that's been playing mayor-roulette as a result of the ongoing municipal corruption investigations. Here's Montreal morning show host Mike Finnerty talking to that city's new Mayor-elect, Denis Coderre, this morning.
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In skydiving terms, it was known as the "Sunset Load." Two planes full of jumpers, on a picturesque Saturday evening jump high above Wisconsin. But things went badly wrong.
Mike Robinson is a skydiver who was on one of the aircraft. We reached him in New York City.
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Frank Olsynko has been a barber for 45 years. And, like his father before him, he cuts men's hair, and shaves men's faces. But now, Mr. Olsynko will have to learn to do the same for women, too (we're pretty sure he's excused from the shaving part, though). That's because Ontario legislation requires him to be able to style women's hair -- or face a two-hundred-and-ninety-five dollar fine.
We reached Frank Olsynko at his shop in Stittsville, Ontario.
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It takes a certain sort of person to yank out their own teeth. In Canada, we call those people hockey players.
"Hockey teeth" is an oxymoronic term that refers an obvious lack of denticles. And over the past month, no fewer than three NHL players have become self-appointed members of the hockey teeth club. But none so generously or so memorably as Krys Barch of the Florida Panthers.
On Saturday, the Panthers were in Washington playing the Capitals. As can sometimes happen in professional hockey, there was a fight between the two teams.
Afterward, Krys Barch was sent to the penalty box with a visibly bloody nose and mouth. Keep in mind the game was in Washington, so Mr. Barch was surrounded by Capitals' fans, who were hardly complimentary toward him. But Mr. Barch let his selflessness shine through. He sat in the penalty box, reached into his mouth, pulled out his front tooth, and then threw it to a young fan. Take that, Mean Joe Greene. (Remember that old Coke commercial?)
The boy who is now the owner of Krys Barch's front tooth proudly posed with his souvenir after the game. It seems that in spite of his tender years, the significance of the tooth was not flossed on him.
Here's another guy with an appreciation for "Hockey Teeth." This is Bahamas.
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As you've probably heard on the news, BlackBerry is no longer for sale.
Canada's most famous tech company anounced today that its largest shareholder -- Fairfax Financial -- will not buy the company and take it private as previously planned.
BlackBerry also announced that it's replacing its chief executive. After less than two years as CEO, Thorsten Heins is out.
The former CEO of California-based software company Sybase, John Chen, has been appointed as chair of BlackBerry's board of directors. He will also serve as its interim C-E-O.
With its share price plummeting after today's announcements, BlackBerry's survival remains in question.
Kevin Restivo is a senior mobility analyst with International Data Corporation, or IDC.
We reached him in Toronto.
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The mayor of Toronto is not known for giving up ground, much less for saying sorry.
But over the weekend on his radio show, he did apologize for mistakes he's made -- citing past bad behavior at a number of public events.
For many of his fellow city councillors -- that apology didn't go far enough.
But some continue to stand by mayor Ford.
Norm Kelly is the city's deputy mayor.
Here is part of his conversation with Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto's Metro Morning.
Well many of you were in no mood to cut Rob Ford some slack.
On Friday we spoke with Mark Towhey -- the mayor's former chief of staff. Then we received this email from Carol Wainio in Ottawa:
"With all due respect to Mark Towhey, Mayor Ford's decision about his future should not be based on 'what is good for Rob Ford and his family'. Ford made the choice to be a public official, the mayor of a very large city, and his decision should reflect the responsibilities of that office. Taking those responsibilities seriously would be good not just for his own family, but by extension, for all Toronto families, particularly those troubled ones he claims to care about, and for whom he should serve as a role model."That's part of an email from Carol Wainio in Ottawa.
We also received a tweet from Siu Hong Yu responding to our interview with Joy Green -- an Etobicoke resident who continues to support the mayor.
It reads: "Thanks for the interview with Joy Green. I'm definitely not a Ford supporter but fully appreciate her perspectives."And thank you for all your perspectives.
If you'd like to weigh in, Our Talkback number is 1-866-481-5718. E-mail is email@example.com Or you can 'tweet' us @cbcasithappens.
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You're staring blankly at the pinwheel spinning on your frozen computer screen. One ... two ... minutes go by.
Your deadline is ebbing closer. Your blood pressure is rising. All you want to do is take that laptop and kick it, smash it. Maybe throw it against a wall.
Well now, if you live in Buenos Aires, you can get even with contrary technology.
Guido Dodero started the Break Club, where patrons have free reign to trash all manner of tech. We reached Mr. Dodero in Buenos Aires.
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You know you're striking the right chords as a busker if you can inspire an impromptu singalong with your music.
But a street performer in Berlin, Germany, recently had a day that's pretty darn tough to beat.
Midway through his performance of the 1984 chart topper "Smalltown Boy", by Bronski Beat, he was unexpectedly joined by the band's original frontman Jimmy Somerville -- who happened to be strolling by with his dog.
Here's how it all went down -- our Sound of the Day.
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Using animation to catch child sex abusers.
An international children's rights group says it has given Interpol the identities of a thousand men around the world who have allegedly been engaging in webcam child-sex tourism.
Terre Des Hommes is the Dutch rights organization. The group created a 3-D animated character to help them. A ten-year-old Philippino girl, named "Sweetie."
Hans Guyt is the special project director for Terre Des Hommes, and we've reached him at The Hague. And a warning, as you can imagine, some of the details are disturbing.
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Dateline, Stoke-On-Trent, England.If you're a fan of football -- the American kind, as in the CFL or NFL -- you'll know that most kickers won't attempt a field goal unless the ball is within, say 40 yards of the goalposts.
Good thing this story's about the English version of football, or soccer, as we like to call it. because someone forgot to tell these football players.
On Saturday, in a game in England's Premier League between Stoke City and Southampton, Southampton turned over the ball immediately after the inital kickoff.
The Stoke defenders immeditely passed the ball back to their goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, who, while almost on his own goal line, kicked the rolling ball downfield.
Ninety eight yards later - after one bounce -- it was in Southampton's goal. In metric terms, Mr. Begovic had kicked the ball almost eighty metres, making him only the fifth goalkeeper to score a goal in Premier League history, and certainly over the longest distance.
To put that in context again, well, the record distance for an NFL field goal is sixty nine yards, or sixty-three metres. And NFL kickers practice field goal kicks for hours every day.
Here, now, is the commentary on that goal, which, as the commentators point out, was aided considerably by a strong wind.
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It's being touted as the biggest art find since the Second World War.
When German police raided the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt -- the grandson of German art collector Hildebrand Gurlitt -- they unearthed a treasure trove of lost art. Art believed to have been stolen by the Nazis.
The raid took place in 2011, but police have only just released information about the art haul. There are believed to be about 1,500 pieces in all. Including works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall.
The collection could be worth more than a billion dollars.
Gwendolen Webster is an independent art historian based in Germany. We reached her at her home in Aachen, Germany.
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Like any artist, Ben Clarkson welcomed the chance to display his work abroad.
A few weeks ago, a show of the Montreal artist's paintings and collages was set to open at a Beijing gallery. He hoped the works would resonate with a Chinese audience, since one featured an image of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and another Chairman Mao.
Then all evidence of the exhibition disappeared.
Mr. Clarkson spoke earlier today to CBC Manitoba host Marcy Markusa. Here is part of their conversation:
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You'd hope the birds that Charles Darwin studied when developing the theory of evolution could evolve well enough to save themselves... but that's looking unlikely.
Darwin's finches -- fourteen similar species of birds unique to the Galapagos Islands -- are in trouble. The most aggressive threat they face seems to be a kind of fly that scientists believe arrived on the Islands in the 1960s.
Sarah Knutie is a PhD student in biology at the University of Utah. She studies the finches and is writing her dissertation on an idea that might help save them.
We reached Sarah Knutie at her lab in Salt Lake City.