Turnover at centre ice. Rogers outmaneuvers both TSN and CBC, getting exclusive rights to broadcast NHL games in Canada -- for the next 12years.
A drop pass, for one last shot. CBC's Hockey Night in Canada gets to stay on the air for four more years, while Rogers Sportsnet builds up its facilities -- but CBC won't get any revenue in the deal.
Increased incarceration. A new report says the face of Canada's prison population is changing because of "covert discrimination".
Yellowknife's angel. We remember Charlie Delorme, who handed over most of his residential-school claim settlement to community groups who he felt needed the money more than he did.
If you don't know how important she's been, it's safe to do a Google search. Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's over-achieving privacy commissioner, gives us an exit interview as she prepares to leave her job.
And Talkback gets a new lease on life, by going month-to-month. After our interview with a man who specializes in creating boring calendars, listeners come up with some dull diary ideas of their own.
It wasn't the agreement the CBC had hoped for.
Today, the National Hockey League announced a 12-year broadcast deal with Rogers Communications. Rogers will pay 5.2 billion dollars to be the exclusive holder of NHL broadcast rights in Canada.
Hockey Night in Canada will remain on CBC Television, but with all creative control and revenue going to Rogers. And that means CBC will lose half of its annual advertising revenue.
Hubert Lacroix is the President and CEO of the CBC. He joined us in our studio.
The CBC's loss is Rogers's huge gain.
Scott Moore is president of broadcasting for Rogers Media, including Sportsnet.* He's also the former director of CBC sports. He's in Toronto.
*corrected Nov. 27/13
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The demographics in Canada's prisons have changed. That's one of the findings of Canada's Correctional investigator, Howard Sapers, whose annual report was tabled in Parliament today.
As it often does, the report presents some disturbing figures about Canada's prisons. The changing prison population comes on top of the problems of a high inmate population, coupled with overcrowding.
Howard Sapers is Canada's Correctional Investigator. We reached him in Ottawa.
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After years living homeless in Yellowknife, Charlie Delorme was no stranger to hard times. But when the 64-year old received his residential school settlement payment earlier this year, he decided to use the money to help others.
Charlie Delorme died yesterday.
In his last months of his life, he donated seventeen thousand dollars to local community groups. Lydia Bardak manages Yellowknife's day shelter, and was Charlie Delorme's friend.
We reached her in Yellowknife.
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Finally, some questions about something other than the Senate scandal!
Five -- count 'em -- five federal ministers, trotted out today to take on the Auditor General's latest report. Michael Ferguson has found the government mismanaging everything from from rail safety to the money it spends on emergencies in First Nation communities and border security.
We reached Mr. Ferguson in Ottawa.
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Pressure continues to mount on the government of Alberta to explain the number of deaths among children in its care.
An Edmonton Journal investigation revealed that 145 children died between 1999 and 2013. But only 56 of those deaths have ever been mentioned in government reports.
The province has now announced a ministerial roundtable to investigate the deaths. But the opposition is calling for an official inquiry.
Here is an exchange between opposition Liberal Leader Raj Sherman and Premier Alison Redford today in the Alberta legislature.
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Well, congratulations to you all. You've probably made one man very happy - if not a little duller.
Last week we told you about Kevin Beresford and his boring calendar project. It's titled, "The Fast Disappearing Red Telephone Boxes of Wales". And yes, it's just a calendar of telephone boxes... Red ones... In Wales.
Well, Mr Beresford has a history of producing dull calendars. And during his interview with Carol, he asked for your help in coming up with future boring calendar titles. And you didn't disappoint.
John Porter from somewhere on the interweb had a few suggestions, including, "instead of a calendar of scantily clad beach girls or firemen, how about a calendar featuring fully clad chartered accountants".
Thank you for that, John.
Sue De Giacomi got in touch with a triple header of ideas. She wrote, "Here are the ultimate suggestions for boring calendars to pass on to your ultimately boring Brit: shoe soles, door mats, bald spots - on male heads that is - not on carpets, although that could work too."
A listener, Tara, had a cracking idea, "Sidewalk cracks of London". Barrie Barrington suggested a calendar of hidden hydrants. While Charlotte Campbell wrote in with this recommendation, "I think 12 photos each of different wood piles, and of clothes hanging on a line might rate as boring. On the other hand, because they would remind me of country living, they may be comforting, too."
Well, thanks for all those dull suggestions. If you have any other thoughts about the show - preferably not dull and boring - then make a date in your calendar to get in touch. You can email us - firstname.lastname@example.org. But we would also love to hear your voice. Our talkback number is 1-866-481-5718.
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We seldom hear about them, but hundreds of Canadian troops are still in Afghanistan. And while they are no longer fighting, the military says their mission is just as important. Since 2011, Canadian troops have been training Afghan security forces and will do so until their mission ends in 2014.
But the details of a survey conducted by the Canadian military -- and reported by Canadian Press -- indicates that the first set of Canadian troops doing the training in Afghanistan feel pessimistic about the work that's being done there. Overall morale is low. Colonel Lee Hammond is the acting commander of the Canadian Training Mission in Afghanistan. We reached him in Kabul.
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It's hard to know how to feel when you really admire an artist's craftsmanship, their dedication, and their tenacity in the face of adversity...but you just really don't care for their...execution.
John Miceli, Windsor's director of parks and facilities, can relate to these mixed feelings. That's because the infamous Windsor Penis Bush sculptor has struck again. You might remember the anonymous sculptor who chose to make Windsor's bushes a bit more phallic in shape. And the artist-slash-vandal's latest work has hit even less subtle lows. Here's John Miceli talking to CBC Windsor.
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She is seen as a global privacy pioneer. Next month, Jennifer Stoddart's ten-year term as Canada's Privacy Commissioner comes to an end.
Since she came into office in 2003, changes in technology and communication have made protecting privacy an ever-growing challenge. Ms. Stoddart has successfully taken on Facebook, Google, and other corporations that have put Canadians' private information at risk.
On an international scale, she has raised Canada's profile - and influence - on privacy protection. And all this from an office that was a shambles when she first walked through the door.
We reached Jennifer Stoddart in Ottawa.
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He dreamed a dream. But even with help from Susan Boyle's acting debut, failed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's film, The Christmas Candle, can only be described as a flop.
Here's part of the trailer, in case you haven't seen it:
The film, from Mr. Santorum's "faith-based" film studio, called "Echo Light," is set in a fictional British town and is billed as "a timeless holiday film for the entire family."
It's being panned. "It's resolute quaintness," wrote the New York Post, "may appeal to the kind of viewers who view electricity as disturbingly new-fangled."
In preparation for what he might have expected would be a critical failure, Mr. Santorum recently declared Hollywood to be "the devil's playground." He may not have expected dim financial results though: The Christmas Candle, which has been out for two weeks, has taken in less revenue than such celebrated films as The Best Man Holiday, Narco Cultura, and a bodybuilding documentary called Generation Iron.
For Mr. Santorum to call the film a success, then, is certainly taking things on faith, which he's known to do. Because The Christmas Candle is certainly not Catching Fire.
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It's a case that rocked the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, and made headlines across the country. Last March, two teenaged boys convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl and then posting a video of the assault online. The boys are in prison.
Now, four adults have also been indicted in connection with the case, facing charges that include evidence tampering and obstruction of justice.
Rachel Dissell has been following this story since it first broke. She's a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
We reached her in Cleveland, Ohio.
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It was a horrific assault that shocked the world.
Five years ago today, ten gunmen from the Pakistan-based Islamist group, Lashkar-e-taiba, attacked multiple locations in the Indian city of Mumbai. The violence lasted three days. Hotels, restaurants, a cinema and Jewish centre were among the places targeted in the bombing and shooting attacks.
In total, more than 160 people died.
At the time, we spoke to S. S. Mukherjee. He was the vice-chairman of the company that owned the Oberoi hotel. The hotel was one of those under seige by the gunmen. Here is an excerpt from that interview, from our archives.
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The State of Arizona has admitted that six thousand calls to its statewide hotline for reporting suspected child abuse went uninvestigated. According to the head of Arizona's child welfare system the cases were misclassified, and deemed to not require investigation.
For some Arizona child advocates the revelation is surprising and disturbing. Dana Wolfe Naimark is the President of the Children's Action Alliance.
We reached her in Phoenix, Arizona.
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He said goodbye, the only way he knew how: cryptically.
Earlier this year, we told you about John Graham, who compiled crossword puzzles for the Guardian newspaper for more than 50 years, using the pseudonym "Araucaria." He had announced that he had cancer in the newspaper's cryptic crossword, saying he had "18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13 and 15."
The solutions were "cancer," "esophagus," "palliative," and "care."
Despite that, he continued to write puzzles. His last one, published November 16th, featured "time to go," as the solution for "not wanting to outstay welcome."
Reverend John Graham died early today. He was 92.
He was hired in 1958, by what was then the Manchester Guardian, after winning two consecutive annual contests for amateur crossword compilers. He later adopted the pen-name "Araucaria", which is the Latin name for the monkey puzzle tree.
Considered one of the pioneers of the cryptic crossword, he became a full-time puzzle compiler after a divorce caused him to lose his job in the clergy. Although he was re-instated after his ex-wife's death.
Reverend Graham would go on to become one of the best-known crossword-setters in English. Hugh Stephenson, the Guardian's crossword editor, remembered him today as a man whose puzzles were extremely complex. "When it came to checking [one of] his proofs," Mr. Stephenson recalled, "he said he would be surprised if anyone would be able to solve it, because he certainly couldn't."