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January 2012 Archives

Concussions and the NHL

On Thursday, February 2 we are hosting a special event with Ken Dryden.
His book --The Game-- is in this year's edition of Canada Reads.
At 7 p.m. at Indigo bookstore we are hosting a panel discussion with Ken Dryden, plus Lisa Marie Breton of the Montreal Stars, and Gordon Bloom.
He's a professor of physical education at McGill University.
He's done research on how concussions affect athletes' lives.

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http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

The Birthplace of Hockey

As Montrealers, we love to believe that hockey started here.
Dave Parker says that's not true. 
He plays sax and sings with the Shuffle Demons---and he's written a new song called "Hockey Was Invented By a Nova Scotian."

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Dono2-JY0


Shafia Trial

CBC national producer Jessica Rubinger has been covering the Shafia trial since it started in October.
She spoke to Sue about what went on behind the scenes.

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Medicare, en français

Starting today, Quebec's Medicare agency is limiting English service for new immigrants.
Under the new rules, new immigrants will be served in English for one year, but all communication after that will be in French.
Christine St. Pierre is Quebec's language minister.

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Honour Killings

The four murders committed by Mohammed Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed Shafia have been called "honour killings".
Homerun's Sue Smith spoke to two women from cultural communities -- Shaheen Ashraf and Supriya Dwiveldi -- about this term.

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Winter Weather

Winter hasn't lived up to its name here in the city.
That's because of Arctic oscillation.
David Phillips is a Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada.

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All-Star game

The big NHL All-Star game is this Sunday.
PJ Stock is covering the game for Hockey Night in Canada.

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Ice Wine

Quebec Ice wine may have to change its name.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is considering new regulations...
that would make it impossible to produce officially recognized Ice Wine in Quebec.
Jean Joli is with the Association des Vignerons du Québec.

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International Day of Commemoration for victims of the Holocaust

Tomorrow is the International Day of Commemoration for victims of the Holocaust.
And to mark the day, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre is hosting free guided tours tonight.
Julie Guinard is the curator of the centre.

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Bob Rae

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae is in Montreal today.
Hear his interview with Sue Smith.

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Egypt Anniversary

Tens of thousands of Egyptians are gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square today. Hear Sue's interview with Ehab Lotayef, an Egyptian Montrealer.

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Mugesera

Leon Mugesera is back in Rwanda today.
The Acused war criminal was deported from Canada this week.
Leo Kalinda is a CBC/Radio Canada National Reporter.
He was born in Rwanda.

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Everest Marathon

A Montreal woman has beome the first Quebecer to run a marathon on Mount Everest.
Lysanne Goyer ran more than 42 kilometres in eight hours.
She started at five-thousand-two-hundred metres above ground.

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Fondation En Coeur:http://www.fondationencoeur.com/fr/index.asp
Lysanne's website: http://www.gojicoaching.com/




Mugesera

Leon Mugesera has landed in Rwanda.
The CBC's Morgan Dunlop spoke to a journalist in the country right after his arrival.

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Sue also spoke to Leo Kalinda.
He is a CBC National Reporter who was born in Rwanda.

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CAQ

The Coalition Avenir Quebec has just announced its new president.
Her name is Dominique Anglade.

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Stradivarious Cello

Stéphane Tétreault, an 18 year-old classical musician, will now be performing with a 300 year-old Stradivarius cello.
The instrument was previously owned by cellist Bernard Greenhouse, who died last year.
Sue Smith spoke with Stéphane Tétreault and Elena Delbanco, the daughter of Bernard Greenhouse.

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RIM

Thorsten Heins is the New Chief Executive at Research In Motion.
Tech journalist Elias Makos joined Sue in studio to talk about this new era.

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Etta James

Etta James passed away earlier today (Friday) due to complications from leukemia.
She was 73.
She was famous for her ability to sing everything from jazz standards to blues and commercial ballads...but was best known for her signature single, "At Last".
Music Columnist Duke Eatmon Spoke to Sue about Etta James.

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Gay Frat

McGill University is getting its first gay fraternity.
It's also a first for Canada.
Michael D'Alimonte is president and one of the founders of Delta Lamba Phi.

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Helmets

Should you strap a helmet on your kids before you send them down the hill on a toboggan?
A new Canadian study says yes.
Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki is the study's co-author
He's also the director of the Neurotrauma Impact Laboratory at the University of Ottawa.

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Sarah Burke

Freestyle Skiier Sarah Burke died today
She was 29
She died this morning of cardiac arrest after sustaining serious injuries following a skiing
accident just over a week ago.
Philippe Dion trained with Sarah Burke.

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Concussions

A Montreal neuroscientist says that sports injury concussions hurt children more than adults.
Dave Ellemberg is an associate  professor at the University de Montreal
His study will be published in the scientific journal Brain Injury.

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Canada Reads

The Canada Reads debates are coming up.
This year the theme is non fiction.
One of the five shortlisted books is Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary's Daughter"  
When Carmen Aguirre was six years old, her family fled Chile's dictatorship and came to Canada as political refugees.
Five years later, they returned to South America to join the underground resistance against Augusto Pinochet's regime.

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PQ Crisis

Pauline Marois is in the middle of a full-blown leadership crisis
Just days before an important party convention, some PQ members are openly calling for Marois to step aside.
CBC Reporter Tim Duboyce is following this.

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MADD

Homerun's Sabrina Marandola spent the day at Rosemount High School.
Students held a special event about drinking and driving.

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Alleged Mole

A former Montreal police officer suspected of trying to sell a list of names of confidential police informants to the mafia has taken his own life.
Police are not confirming that the body of Ian Davidson was found at a Laval motel this morning, but Radio-Canada has confirmed the news.   
Sue spoke with Montreal Police Officer Ian Lafreniere.

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Habs Rink

There's a brand new skating rink in Lasalle.
it's thanks to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation.
Homerun's Sabrina Marandola was there for its inauguration.

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January 27, Homerun is inviting Montrealers to a Homerun skating party. Sue Smith and the team will be broadcasting live from Beaver Lake as part of our station's skate drive.


Racial Profiling

The city and its police department say they're ready to tackle racial profiling in the force and in other city services.
They've created a strategic plan --- with some changes to the police's code of conduct.
And set up a committee to oversee the results of the changes.
Fady Dagher is an inspector with Montreal police.

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Canada Reads

The Canada Reads debates are coming up. This year the theme is non fiction.
One of the finalists is "The Tiger". It is being defended by Quebec litigator Anne-France Goldwater.
It's the intense tale of a man-eating tiger that terrorizes a remote Russian village.
It's also about the team that has to hunt down the endangered animal in the middle of a frigid Siberian winter.
Sue Spoke to Author John Vaillant

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http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Mugesera ruling

A ruling came down this afternoon at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.
Rwandan politician Leon Mugesera will be kept in detention until at least this Friday before being deported.
CBC reporter Peter Akman was there for the ruling.

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Girl or Boy?

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial today...
It says parents should not be allowed to know the sex of the fetus until it is 30 weeks old in order to prevent female feticide
Rajendra Kale is a doctor, and the Editor and Chief of the journal. He wrote the editorial.

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Mortgage Rates

The Bank of Montreal is offering a cut-rate five-year fixed mortgage rate.
The lowest posted rate from a major bank in Canadian history.
But the bank's 2.99 percent rate comes with conditions...and the offer is for a limited time only.
Jean Freed is a Personal Finance Expert.

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Syria

Tensions in Syria are mounting today.
The head of the Arab League says Syria could be headed for civil war.
The announcement follows months of street protests and a violent government crackdown.
The UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March.
Buschra Jalabi is a Human rights lawyer.

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Cammalleri Trade

The Montreal Canadians have traded Mike Cammalleri  
Habs Fans Costa Papoulias and Lynn Schlala joined Sue in studio

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Montreal Auto Show

The Montreal Auto show kicks off tomorrow at the Palais des Congres.
Benoit Charette is Radio Canada's car expert, and he just got back from a press tour of the event.

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http://www.montrealautoshow.com/en/index

Stargazing

Today is the last day of the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society,
Its the largest gathering of professional astronomers in the world.
Andrew Fazekas is a science journalist.

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www.thenightskyguy.com

Habs

Michael Cammalleri went into damage-control mode today.
This comes the day after the Canadiens forward made some surprising remarks about his team's attitude.
Sports reporter Andie Bennett is covering the story.

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Open Media takes on cell phone companies

In the coming weeks, the federal government will announce how it will conduct bidding for new wireless licences.
Today, the non-profit group OpenMedia.ca launched "Stop the Cell Phone Squeeze."
Steve Anderson is the  Executive Director of Open Media.ca.
He was on Homerun to explain the motivation behind the group's new campaign.

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Montrealer Melanie Walsh just returned from India.

Montrealer Melanie Walsh just returned from India.
The McGill MBA student travelled there to meet underprivileged girls who she and her classmates helped get into school.
Melanie was joined by Patricia Lohmus, who helped raised funds through social media.
The two women spoke with Sue about their efforts.

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Shafia Trial

The Shafia trial continued today with further testimony from Tooba Yahya.
Yahya, her husband Mohammad Shafia, and their eldest son are charged with four counts of murder.
The CBC's web journalist Melinda Dalton spoke to Homerun from the courthouse in Kingston, Ontario.

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Halak Returns

Jaroslav Halak returns to the Bell Centre tonight with the St.Louis Blues.
The netminder was the star of the Canadiens' surprise 2010 playoff run.
Marc Champagne is Halak's former goaltending coach.
Sue Smith spoke to him on his way down to watch the game.

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Blue Jays Visit Montreal

Blue Jays Visit Montreal
The Toronto Blue Jays visited Montreal today as part of their Winter Tour.
The team was in the city for the first time in over two decades.
General Manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke to Sue from Laval.

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http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/

Canada Reads

Canada Reads begins early next month, and this year's theme is non-fiction.
Marina Nemat is the author of "Prisoner of Tehran," a contending book this year.
The book chronicles how Nemat was imprisoned as a teenager and narrowly escaped execution.
She spoke with host Sue Smith.

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http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Haiti

This week marks two years since an earthquake ravaged Haiti and left more than a million people homeless.
Conrad Sauvé is the Secretary General and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.
He spoke to Homerun's Sue Smith from Haiti.

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First You Get the Sugar

Members of the Montreal band First You Get the Sugar visited host
Frank Cavallaro in studio on January 5th.
The band just got back from Brooklyn, N.Y, where they were recording
at Converse Rubber Track Studios.

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