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Is seizing passports of potential violent radicals putting Canadians at risk?

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This week, the world focused its attention on Canada, after two Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks. Neither of the killers had access to Canadian passports, and the RCMP says that played a role in the attacks. And earlier this month, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the government was considering revoking the passports of 80 people who have returned to Canada after associating with militant groups abroad. But by revoking passports from would-be terrorists who are still here, could we be putting Canadians in danger? Brent asks Rex Brynen, McGill University professor and terrorism expert.


Episode 205: Revoking Canadian Passports of Terror Suspects, Strategic Voting, Edward O. Wilson Describes E.T. and more

Episode 205: Revoking Canadian Passports of Terror Suspects, Strategic Voting, Edward O. Wilson Describes E.T. and more

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Riffed from the Headlines 25/10/2014

Riffed from the Headlines 25/10/2014
Riffed From The Headlines is our weekly quiz where we choose three riffs linked by one story in the news. Guess the story that links the riffs and you could win a Day 6 tote bag! You can listen to this week's clue below and email us your answer at day6 at cbc dot ca. Make sure to include your mailing address and put "Riffed from the Headlines" in the subject line.

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Risky converts: why one Imam refuses conversion for some would-be Muslims

Risky converts: why one Imam refuses conversion for some would-be Muslims
Authorities say Martin Couture-Rouleau - the man who hit two soldiers with a car, killing one of them - had been radicalized after converting to Islam. And Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman behind the deadly attack on Parliament Hill, is also being described as a Muslim convert who became radicalized. Brent asks Hamid Slimi about the warning signs he looks out for before he agrees to convert someone. He's the Imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Is seizing passports of potential violent radicals putting Canadians at risk?

Is seizing passports of potential violent radicals putting Canadians at risk?
This week, the world focused its attention on Canada, after two Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks. Neither of the killers had access to Canadian passports, and the RCMP says that played a role in the attacks. And earlier this month, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the government was considering revoking the passports of 80 people who have returned to Canada after associating with militant groups abroad. But by revoking passports from would-be terrorists who are still here, could we be putting Canadians in danger? Brent asks Rex Brynen, McGill University professor and terrorism expert.


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Edward O. Wilson on what aliens will look like and why

Edward O. Wilson on what aliens will look like and why
It's one of the most enduring questions for humankind: why do we exist? In his new book,"The Meaning of Human Existence"  biologist Edward O. Wilson delves into that question, by exploring science and the humanities, the ethical challenges posed by technological breakthroughs, and the meaning of religion. Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University, and he's considered one of the world's most influential scientists. As part of his exploration, Wilson poses another question, one that's usually the stuff of science fiction: what would intelligent life from other worlds be like? For a chance to win a copy of "The Meaning of Human Existence", let us know what you think the meaning of human existence is on Twitter or Facebook, then email day 6 @ cbc .ca with your mailing address to be entered in the random draw. 

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Six songs that made Bruce McCulloch who he is

Six songs that made Bruce McCulloch who he is
It's been about a quarter century since The Kids in the Hall launched Bruce McCulloch's career. Since then he's become a respected fixture of Canadian comedy. Bruce McCulloch traces his evolution in his new book: "Let's Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad" which is being adapted for television and due out next year. He joined Brent and talked about the music that played soundtrack to pivotal moments in his life.

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Ford, Nader and a pro-wrestler: Straight talk on strategic voting

Ford, Nader and a pro-wrestler: Straight talk on strategic voting
After an unpredictable mayoral campaign, Torontonians will cast their votes on Monday to select Rob Ford's successor. This week, The Toronto Star, the left leaning-paper behind much of the crack scandal reporting, endorsed John Tory a right-leaning candidate. The editorial didn't say so explicitly, but it read like a plea for voters to cast their ballots strategically - so Ford doesn't win. Winnipeg's mayor elect Brian Bowman also called for strategic votes before the poll. So when you crunch the numbers, does strategic voting work as a strategy? Brent asked Donald Saari, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Economics at the University of California, Irvine.

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Why hazmat suits don't always protect against Ebola

Why hazmat suits don't always protect against Ebola
This week, a second nurse from the same Texas hospital contracted Ebola, after caring for a man who died in Dallas of the virus. Both Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were wearing protective gear including face shields, hazmat suits and protective footwear while at Thomas Duncan's side. And still, they caught the virus. Day 6 spoke with Dr. Dick Zoutman, who specializes in infectious diseases at Queen's University, about how that's possible and how protective suits can fail.

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Four things to think about before freezing your eggs

Four things to think about before freezing your eggs
Apple is following Facebook's lead in paying for egg freezing as part of its employee benefit plans. The companies will pay as much as $20,000 for women who'd like to take the step, for medical or non-medical reasons. Freezing eggs is an attractive option for many women who want to have children and aren't quite ready. This week, Day 6 spoke to Judith Shulevitz about the risks associated with being an older parent. Here are four things to consider before freezing your eggs.

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Episode 204: Fentanyl: Dangerous Street Drug, Risks of Deferring Parenthood, Is Brunch for Jerks? and more

Episode 204: Fentanyl: Dangerous Street Drug, Risks of Deferring Parenthood, Is Brunch for Jerks? and more

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