The ghost of Christmas present. Industry Minister James Moore is haunted by some distinctly Scrooge-like remarks he made about poverty -- and those same remarks also haunt anti-poverty advocates.
Weapon of choice. A Colorado sheriff explains why he and some of his colleagues are fighting gun-control laws the state passed earlier this year -- by refusing to enforce them.
Worst case scenario. The situation is dire for millions of refugees from Syria -- and as the UN requests more money from the international community, we'll assess the help Canada has offered.
Open and shut. In 2002, Major General Michael Lehnert built the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay -- and now he says it should never have been set up in the first place.
The next big tiny thing. An idiosyncratic museum in New York City is disproportionately popular -- and so small you can't fit the word "idiosyncratic" and "disproportionately" inside it at the same time.
And...look what dragged in the cat. Maybe it was the warmth, or maybe the decor, but somehow, a bobcat wound up attracted to a British Columbia woman's basement -- and then tangled up in the blinds.
Don't ask James Moore to share his dinner tonight. The Industry Minister is dining on crow.
Last week, Mr. Moore took a couple of questions about child poverty from Sara Norman, of Vancouver's News1130. Afterwards she reported that he'd said feeding his neighbour's kids isn't his job, and isn't his government's.
Mr. Moore tweeted back saying the story was ridiculous. His words had been taken out of context. But then Ms. Norman provided the context. She posted the audio of their encounter on the station's website. Here's a clip.
After that was made public, Mr Moore issued a statement. It begins:
"I made an insensitive comment that I deeply regret. I apologize. Caring for each other is a Canadian ethic that I strongly believe in -- always have and always will."
Mr. Moore's apology doesn't satisfy Adrienne Montani though. It's her organization, First Call BC, that issued the report last month showing BC's child poverty rate to be higher than any other province's. We reached Ms. Montani in Vancouver.
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And now, a brief legal update from England and Wales.
Every year, the powers-that-be clean up the old law books -- erasing outdated legislation, to make room for the eventual criminalization of thought crimes, I guess. And usually, those old laws deserve to be culled. But this year, the U.K.'s Ministry of Justice may have gone too far.
People: Quote, "being an incorrigible rogue", unquote, is no longer illegal.
One day -- when the streets of England and Wales are full of men in puffy shirts, twirling their moustaches and laughing maniacally -- we will remember, and regret, this day.
It is, without a doubt, the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced in a very long time.
Today, the United Nations launched an appeal to donor countries for six-and-a-half billion dollars in emergency humanitarian funding for Syria -- more than it has ever needed to request before.
Most of that money is for Syrian refugees driven into neighbouring countries. Nearly nine million have already been displaced by the war. And today, the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees called the situation they face in the coming year "terrifying."
What has been Canada's commitment to the Syrian crisis? Well, last July, Canada announced an initial commitment to resettle thirteen hundred Syrian refugees by the end of 2014.
Janet Dench is the executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees. We reached her in Montreal.
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It is fast becoming one of New York City's must-see sights.
A tiny museum located in an alleyway in Chinatown in the heart of Lower Manhattan is creating a gigantic buzz. "Eccentric" is one way of describing the place simply known as "Museum."
Last year, when it opened, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by a Mayor Rudolph Giuliani impersonator. And several bands performed, in sequence, from car windows, as they drove in circles in and out of the alleyway.
Josh Safdie is one of the founders of "Museum." We reached him in New York.
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They were lauded as a victory for gun control. But new gun rules in Colorado aren't working the way they were intended to.
Following the Aurora and Newtown shootings, the state passed a range of gun control measures, hoping to help prevent future mass shootings. But getting the measures put into practice has proved less successful. Particularly because police in many areas of the state are refusing to enforce them.
Weld County, Colorado's Sheriff John Cooke is one of those. We reached him at his office in Greeley, Colorado.
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Thea Morris may not have a lot of customers in her restaurant these days. But, this weekend, she had one important one.
Last month, we spoke to Ms. Morris about her plans to close her diner in Morris, Manitoba. She says business has been poor -- that some people in town are shunning her because she's black.
On Saturday, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt Stegall visited Thea's Diner as a show of support for Ms. Morris. Here is part of what he had to say, for the record.
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It started with strange noises in the basement.
It ended with flying fur, mangled window blinds, and a Mountie MacGyver.
It happened in Nelson B.C.
And that's where we reached Leanne Kalabis.
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When Noel Coward first watched "Lawrence of Arabia," he said that Peter O'Toole was so pretty the film should have been called "Florence of Arabia."
Peter O'Toole, the Irish-born son of a bookie who went on to be one of the U-K's most famous actors and all-around hellraisers, died in London on Saturday. He was 81.
Mr. O'Toole studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began his career as a Shakespearean actor. He played Hamlet, Macbeth, and on film he played King Henry the Second twice -- first in "Becket," and again in "The Lion in Winter."
His defining film role came with "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962. It earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Seven other nominations followed for films including "Goodbye Mr. Chips," "My Favourite Year," and "Venus." He finally took home an Oscar in 2003, when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peter O'Toole's life offscreen was almost as legendary as his acting career. He and his close friend Richard Harris were once performing in a play together and would run for drinks at the pub across the street in between scenes. Mr. O'Toole once said, quote: "I did quite enjoy the days when one went for a beer at one's local in Paris and woke up in Corsica." Unquote.
Peter O'Toole gave up drinking in 1975 after a bout with stomach cancer. It did not, however, curb his charisma or penchant for debauchery.
In 1978, Mr. O'Toole was in Toronto performing in a stage production of "Uncle Vanya," which eventually went on to Broadway. While he was in Toronto he spoke with "As it Happens" guest host Jeff Carruthers. Here's part of that conversation, from our archives.
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It's one of the world's most notorious prisons. And Major General Michael Lehnert was the man who built it.
In 2002, the Marine Corp officer was ordered to construct the first one hundred cells at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison went on to hold almost eight hundred suspected terrorists in a highly questionable legal limbo.
Major General Lehnert now says building Guantanamo was a mistake.
We reached Michael Lehnert -- who is now retired -- in Traverse City, Michigan.
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Yesterday, 20 year-old expectant mother Aimee Renard knew it was time to get to the hospital. And fast.
Her contractions had started .. and her water had just broken.
The local hospital told Ms. Renard to make the trip to Brandon, Manitoba for the birth -- one hour from the small town she was in.
So she and her fiancé Jay hopped in their truck and got moving. But it turned out that Jaxyn couldn't wait to get to the hospital.
Earlier today, Aimee told Radio Noon host Marilyn Maki what happened next on the side of a dark, cold, snowy Manitoba highway.
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It took a long time, but they finally got the message.
Earlier this year, a group of scientists from Laval University was on an annual visit to an area in the High Arctic, near their remote research station. In a nearby glacier, they found a bottle. And inside the bottle, a message.
Warwick Vincent was the first person to open the bottle and read the message. He leads the team of scientists from Laval, and we reached him today in Quebec City.
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Now, a brief update on the news from Scandinavia.
This chilling item comes from the website The Local. And in the name of efficiency, we've decided we only need to read you the headline.
Quote: "Snowmobile Nudist Confuses Swedish Town".
More on this story as it develops.
Members of the Sullivan family were sure they were living with William Shakespeare. The problem was convincing anyone else.
The Sullivans were the owners of what they believed to be the one and only true portrait of Shakespeare, painted by an ancient relative. But it was tough to know what exactly to do with the treasure.
Lloyd Sullivan has been fighting for decades to prove to the world his painting is indeed an authentic likeness of the great writer. Many experts now agree that the Sanders Portrait is indeed Shakespeare -- but either way, it's a battle Lloyd will no longer have to fight: a deal is being brokered for the sale of the painting to an unknown Canadian buyer.
We reached Lloyd Sullivan at his home in Ottawa.
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Samantha West is a dogged telemarketer. She is dedicated to her job selling health insurance in the U.S. She calls up people on her list. And in a friendly tone, she tries to offer people an awesome insurance deal.
Now, sometimes customers try to interject, or even push back. But Samantha will not be deterred. She sticks to the company script, while remaining polite and affable, and answering any and all questions as well as she can.
Which can be a little tricky. Because Samantha West is actually a robot. And although you might not think that on first listen -- and she adamantly denies it -- she is.
Samantha's true robotic identity has come to light after the eager telemarketer called TIME magazine's Washington Bureau. Journos at the mag felt something wasn't quite right about Ms. West's patter. So they decided to call Samantha back, with a few questions of their own. Here is an excerpt from those exchanges.