A suitcase of money. The man who tried to broker a deal to sell the Rob Ford crack video tells CBC's The Fifth Estate about mobsters' interest in the clip once its existence became known.
A mighty wind. What may have been the most powerful storm ever to hit land causes widespread damage and chaos in The Philippines.
Stand your ground holds its ground. An attempt to repeal the controversial Florida law made famous by the Trayvon Martin case fails to succeed.
The same Page, but a new script. Canada's former Parliamentary Budget Officer says the Harper Government has frightened deputy ministers so much they're scared to give advice.
The one-ring circus. From superheroes dressed like bananas, to professional wrestlers like the Iron Sheik, Toronto's city hall has been transformed from a legislative chamber to a chamber of horrors.
And as far as statues go, this one was more of a bust. A monument to Wayne Gretzky in his home town is shown -- by an observant twelve-year-old -- to be riddled with errors.
The story behind the Rob Ford cell phone footage has never fully been told.
Tonight, CBC Television's The Fifth Estate is digging into that story -- and has landed an interview with one of the main players.
Nazim Baksh is a producer on the show.
We reached him in Toronto.
Nazim Baksh is a producer on The Fifth Estate. You can see the programe, the Rob Ford Story, on CBC TV tonight at 9pm in most time zones. And you can join The Fifth Estate and guest panelists for a live web chat tonight startign at 8pm Eastern at cbc.ca/fifth.
Today, another angle to the Rob Ford scandal was also unfolding on the streets of Toronto.
It used to be, getting a picture with the mayor was something you could display proudly. Not so, if you listen to this exchange between reporters and a lawyer for Muhammad Khattak outside court today.
Mr. Khattak is one of the three men seen in a now-infamous photo posing with Mayor Ford outside an alleged crack house.
His lawyer asked for the release of a video of the Mayor smoking a crack pipe -- because it may somehow prove that Mr. Khattak wasn't involved in making or selling the video.
The case wasn't decided today.
But Mr. Khattak's lawyer Nathan Gorham did try to explain his client's position to media. Here is part of that, for the record.
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It's one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. And today, the Philippines was right in its path. The brunt of the storm has now passed, and the storm is headed toward Vietnam.
For much of the day we've tried to reach people in the hardest hit areas but phone lines were down. We were able to reach Gwendolyn Pang earlier today. She's the Secretary General of the Red Cross Philippines, in Manila.
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Dateline, Tokyo.In Japan, there is an ancient feminine ideal known as "Ochobo". It means that women, to be considered attractive, should have a "small and modest" mouth.
As a result, if you're in Japan, you'll often see women cover their mouths when they laugh, or when they're eating.
But there are times when that ideal is too difficult to meet. Like when stuffing your face with a large hamburger, for example.
This was apparent to a fast food chain in Toyko called Freshness Burger -- where almost no women ever ordered the restaurant's extra-large sandwich.
So they came up with a novel idea. Called the "Liberation Wrapper," it's a paper wrap for the hamburger that extends up and covers the mouth of whoever's eating behind it.
On the outward side of the paper is the image of a woman's mouth, in the idealized "Ochobo" form.
The chain reported that sales of the hamburger went up more than two hundred per cent in the month following the introduction of the "liberation wrapper" -- and that woman accounted for almost all the sales increase.
They were happy, it seems, to be able to open their mouths wide -- but appear not to be doing so.
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Twelve-year-old hockey fan Joel Englund is a huge Wayne Gretzky fan. He also has a mind like a steel trap when it comes to hockey stats, in part due to Aspergers Syndrome. So when he visited the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario, he was shocked to find out a statue had a glaring mistake...or we should say, many mistakes.
We reached Joel at his house in Brampton, Ontario.
Now, some of you may know that before we officially start our interviews, there is some banter that happens between Carol and the guest. Usually, we like to talk about the weather which helps us adjust the audio levels and get the phone line just right.
Well, we couldn't resist playing you today's short exchange with Joel. Here's how the conversation went just before our interview:
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"Stand Your Ground" is still standing.
This week in Florida's House of Representatives, an effort to repeal the controversial law was unsuccesful.
The law was heavily debated after the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman in July of this year.
Yesterday the House Criminal Justice Committee voted against repealing by a vote of eleven to two.
The winning side was led by the Committee chair, Republican Matt Gaetz.
Here's what he said on radio station W-N-D-B in Daytona Beach, one day before the vote:
Democrat Kionne McGhee was one of two Representatives of the House Committee who voted to repeal the law. We reached Mr. McGhee in Miami.
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Now we'd like to bring you a special installment on As It Happens called "Sounds of Toronto: A City Hall Hard at Work". Tonight's episode is called "Banana Man".
This week, wrestlers, including the Iron Sheikh, have tried to get to Rob Ford. Today's circus included a man who wanted to hand out bananas. That's why he's called banana man -- and dressed as a superhero.
Listen closely to the tape you're about to hear. This is just a taste of what goes on at Toronto's City Hall, these days. You'll hear gems like, quote: "Lets just make sure he doesn't hand out bananas" Or, this one: "Don't smoke crack here" And, this ...something about "belly busker sandwiches". And, finally, someone uttering: "This is a healthy full banana."
Here you go, "Sounds of Toronto: A City Hall Hard at Work".
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He's no longer Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer. But that hasn't stopped Kevin Page from asking tough questions.
Mr. Page is now the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair on Canadian Government at the University of Ottawa. And today he delivered the keynote address at the annual general meeting of thousands of public sector professionals and scientists.
Mr. Page told them that the public service is losing its way, and its voice.
We reached Kevin Page in Ottawa.
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When Jim Sautner goes for a cruise in his Pontiac convertible, it leans to the right. Really heavily to the right.
The reason for that is not because there is something wrong with Mr. Sautner's Pontiac. Unless, that is, having a two-thousand pound bison in the passenger seat counts as 'something wrong with the Pontiac.' But for Jim Sautner, that's just normal, because the bison in question is actually his pet, Bailey Jr.
He spoke the CBC Yellowknife's Allison Devereaux today.
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Joe Clark was Canada's top politician for only nine months. But he maintains a reputation that belies his short term at the top.
Canada's sixteenth Prime Minister has a new book out in which he suggests that Canada has lost its way on the world stage. And he argues that Canada needs to reassert itself internationally, whether through peacekeeping, through diplomacy or working more closely with non-governmental organizations.
The book is entitled How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change. Earlier this week, Joe Clark joined Carol to discuss his book, on stage at the Toronto Reference Library. Here is part of that conversation.
That brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday, November 8th.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Ben Edwards, Natasha Fatah, Chris Harbord, David McDougall ...
... Julia Pagel, Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez, and Kate Swoger. Our technicians this week are Reynold Gonsalves and John Lewis. The show director is Kevin Ball. Adam Killick 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 Imogen Birchard.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: Mary Lynk in Halifax, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, Alison Broddle and Elizabeth Hay in Ottawa, and Gillian Rutherford in Edmonton.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Have a good weekend.