Building from the collapse. Swedish clothing retail giant H&M announces its plans to pay a fair and living wage for Bangladeshi garment workers.
Slurring their words, again. A second restaurant owner in Morris, Manitoba plans to shut down after suffering harassment from local residents.
Blown cover. A Pakistani political party reveals who they say is the top CIA operative in Islamabad -- then calls for his arrest, over drone strikes.
Missing migration mass. Only three million Monarch butterflies arrive at their winter destination in Mexico -- less then five per cent of last year's population.
So-long solo. Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou gives a very personal performance -- her last with her famous, 278-year-old instrument.
And it was a condimentary ruling. A California judge orders the partial closure of the plant that makes Rooster Sriracha -- over complaints about the spicy chili's odor.
Ever since the collapse of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory, we've heard stories from the country's garment workers.
We've heard about the low wages, long hours, and shoddy conditions inside factories.
And for months we've asked retailers to come on the show to talk about how their clothes are made, but until now none of them have taken us up on our offer.
Well, this week the world's second-largest clothing retailer, H&M, announced a plan to begin paying a fair living wage for garment workers.
The company agreed to speak to us today. Anna Gedda is Social Sustainability Manager for H&M.
We reached her in Stockholm, Sweden.
You can hear a longer version of that on our website: cbc.ca/asithappens.
Fatema Khatun Munni is a garment worker who survived the Rana Plaza factory collapse.
We've spoken to her twice since it happened. During our interview last month, we asked her if she had a message for Canadians who wear the clothing that she made. Here, from our archives, is her response -- in translation.
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|CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR|| - ||COMPUTER|
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When Thea Morris opened her diner in Morris, Manitoba, she knew there'd been trouble in town before.
Morris made headlines last spring when a gay couple who ran a restaurant there closed it down because they'd been the target of homophobic discrimination.
Now Ms. Morris, who was born in Jamaica, says she's become a target as well. We reached her in Morris.
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|ADRIAN DOLAN|| - ||PRODUCER|
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|OLIVER SWAIN|| - ||VOCALS|
For months, the city of Irwindale, California has been full of hot air. Literally. The city is home to the Huy Fong Foods factory that makes the popular Rooster Sriracha hot sauce. And residents there have complained about irritation, and even health problems, because of odours from the plant.
A judge has ordered the factory to partially shut down and make changes to eliminate the smell.
Dena Zepeda lives near the plant. We reached her in Irwindale, California.
|SAD AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD; 1975-1999/LINDEN, COLIN|
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|COLIN LINDEN|| - ||GUITAR|
|PAUL MILLS|| - ||PRODUCER|
|CURRIED SOUL 2.0 (SINGLE)/SOCALLED|
|MOE KOFFMAN|| - ||COMPOSER|
|MOE KOFFMAN|| - ||SAMPLED PERFORMER|
|SOCALLED || - ||INSTRUMENTALS|
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Today, the cover of a prominent C-I-A operative was blown in Islamabad.
In a news conference, Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, or P-T-I, called on local police to arrest C-I-A station chief head Craig Osth and his boss, director John Brennan.
The PTI, led by former cricketer Imran Khan, wants the two men charged with murder -- over the use of drone strikes.
Shireen Mazari is a spokeswoman for the P-T-I. We reached her in Islamabad.
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|KILL ROCK STARS, KRS 495|
|JUSTIN RINGLE|| - ||COMPOSER|
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Dateline: Copenhagen, Denmark.
It was meant to be a portrait of Denmark's Royal Family. But critics say the result looks more like the Addams Family.
Thomas Kluge spent four years working on the portrait of three generations of the royal family. But the gothic, dark final piece has not impressed the Danes. Particularly the depiction of eight-year old Prince Christian, whos is second-in-line to the throne. As the central figure in the piece, he stands looking melancholic, with bags under his eyes and a mysterious light shimmering around his body.
One twitter response sums up much of the reaction. 'Is the Danish Royal Family starring in a sequel to The Omen?'
Mr Kluge has defended his portrayal. He says, "I have put him in front of a theatre-like scene with light coming from below to show how he has not grown up but that we, the viewer, expect him to bring this kingdom into the future. I wanted to show that weight on his shoulders."
Well, many would argue that instead of showing the weight of Denmark on the poor boy's shoulders, it looks more like he's carrying the weight of the world - or maybe more aptly, the underworld.
It's not often the Danish Royal family poses for an official portrait. Tthe last time was a hundred and twenty five years ago. And judging by this latest effort, it will likely be a chilly day in hell before they pose again.
|BEIRUT: THE FLYING CUP CLUB|
|BA DA BING, BING-055|
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|REALPEOPLE || - ||WRITER|
|BEIRUT || - ||ENS IN-V|
You might call it THE question of Question Period these days -- what did the prime minister know?
Again today in the House of Commons, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair took aim at Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the Senate expenses scandal.
Here is part of their exchange, for the record.
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|JOE HENRY|| - ||PRODUCER|
Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou just has just performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. But this was no ordinary performance, and she played no ordinary violin.
For the past five years, Ms. Hou has been the guardian of a rare six-million-dollar violin crafted in 1735 by a famed Italian violin maker. And after tonight's performance she has to let it go.
We reached Ms. Hou in London, England just after she left the stage, champagne still in hand.
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|CHARLES GOUNOD|| - ||COMPOSER|
|PABLO DE SARASATE|| - ||ORIGINATOR|
|VINCENT SANGARE BALSE|| - ||PIANO|
|YI-JIA SUSANNE HOU|| - ||VIOLIN|
It's been a devastating week for Haiti and Haitians. On Monday, we told you that hundreds of Haitians, living in neighbouring Dominican Republic, had been rounded up and sent back to Haiti, in the midst of rising ethnic tensions.
Today, the U.S. Coast Guard searched for survivors after a boat carrying Haitian migrants ran into trouble off the coast of the Bahamas. At least thirty Haitians died.
Jacqueline Charles is covering both stories, as the Caribbean Correspondent for the Miami Herald. We reached her in Miami.
|THE NORTH BORDERS|
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Dateline: Swansea, Wales.
On Uplands Crescent in Swansea, you'll find a funky little pub-slash-cafe called Noah's Yard. With local art displayed on its walls, Noah's Yard seduces its customers with addictive beverages, consumed to the rhythm of live jazz music. But one of the coolest things about Noah's Yard is its sign. It changes nearly every day.
Sometimes the sign above the pub is witty and fun, like on November 15th, when it read: "Man Walks Into a Bar." Clever. On Remembrance Day the sign was a little more poignant, reading: "The Glorious Dead."
But over the past few days the sign has become a little more personal. It started on the weekend, when the sign was changed to read: "Paul... I Am Divorcing You." Blunt. To the point. And on the upside, if Paul needed to drown his sorrows, well, there was Noah's pub right there.
Yesterday, the news got worse for Paul. The sign at Noah's Yard that day read: "By the Way, I Am Keeping the Dog." Oh, Paul. How did things go so wrong?
As one pub-goer put it, "Swansea makes Eastenders look like Cloud bleep-ing Nine."
And so, as people do in times like these, a plea was made on the Noah's Yard Facebook Page: "PLEASE COME FORWARD PAUL," it read. "Some people are worried about you."
To which Paul responded: "I'm OK. I'm keeping the BMW."
|THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA: THE JAZZ AGE|
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|BRYAN FERRY|| - ||WRITER|
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|SARAH CHAPMAN|| - ||ALTO INSTR|
|KATY COX|| - ||CELLO|
|ROBERT FOWLER|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
|COLIN GOOD|| - ||PIANO|
|CHRIS LAURENCE|| - ||CONTRABASS|
|EMMA OWENS|| - ||ALTO INSTR|
|EMMA PARKER|| - ||VIOLIN|
|FRANK RICOTTI|| - ||PERCUSSION|
|MALCOLM EARLE SMITH|| - ||TROMBONE|
|VICTORIA SUTHERLAND|| - ||VIOLIN|
|JOHN SUTTON|| - ||DRUMS|
|ENRICO TOMASSO|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
|MARTIN WHEATLEY|| - ||BANJO|
|MARTIN WHEATLEY|| - ||GUITAR|
|RICHARD(SAX/CLAR) WHITE|| - ||INSTRUMENTS|
A controversial bill that would allow euthanasia for children has taken another step toward becoming law in Belgium.
A senate committee approved the bill by a large majority today, and it is expected to pass into law when it is brought before Parliament, in early twenty-fourteen.
Kenneth Chombaere is with the End-Of-Life Care research group at Brussels' Free University. His team's research helped inform the writing of the bill. We reached him in Brussels.
|CAT POWER: JUKE BOX|
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They're believed to be the souls of the dead returned.
Monarch butterflies -- millions of them -- return each year to the highlands of central Mexico. By November first each year, the Day of the Dead, they cover the highland fir forests in a blanket of delicate wings.
Only this year they didn't show. Not by November First. Even now, weeks later, only a tiny fraction of the population has arrived to perch on a handful of trees.
Ryan Norris is a migration ecologist who studies the Monarch butterfly. We reached him at the University of Guelph, in Ontario.
|OWEN PALLETT|| - ||COMPOSER|
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It seems there are more youthful Aha fans and older Killers fans than we thought. On Monday, we told you how British opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband had gone on the BBC Radio program "Desert Island Discs". He was being both cheered for his honesty and condemned for his taste in tracks, which included, besides Aha, songs by Neil Diamond and the South African National Anthem. These stood in stark contrast to the apparently market-driven choices of Conservative PM David Cameron, who chose Radiohead alongside the Killers.
That had many of you calling us ageist -- in criticizing the Prime Minister's choices, and mean, in suggesting the opposition leader had poor taste.
For example, Sean Dixon tweeted, "So it's not possible for someone born in 1966 to like Radiohead? I was was born in 1964 and count Lady Gaga among my faves."
(We'll leave it to listeners to determine whether "Bad Romance" can be considered equivalent to "Fake Plastic Trees.")
Wilf Clarke of Halifax wrote to us to say, "I was born in 1959, and without intervention from a publicist listen to Radiohead, the Killers, and recall impressive-for-its-time Aha video for "Take On Me." David Cameron and Ed Miliband should keep on rocking out to whatever gets them through the night regardless of what the ageists at As It Happens think."
Nancy Forde tweeted, "What silliness is this? I'm a child of the late 'Sixties and love everything from Joni Mitchell to Bon Iver."
Well, Nancy, we like Joni Mitchell, and we also like some new stuff, too. So here's twenty-five year-old British pop sensation James Blake with his cover of Ms. Mitchell's "A Case of You."
|ENOUGH THUNDER/BLAKE, JAMES|
|JONI MITCHELL|| - ||COMPOSER|
|MITI ADHIKARI|| - ||PRODUCER|
|JAMES BLAKE|| - ||VOCALS|