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February 2012 Archives

Rev. Jesse Jackson

jesse jackson.jpgReverend Jesse Jackson is in Montreal today. He's a speaker at the We Day event at Theatre St. Denis.
He joined Sue in the Homerun studio.

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Expiring OPUS cards

Today, the STM has announced that commuters need to get ready to replace their Opus cards.
The passes that give access to buses, metros, and the commuter trains will start to expire this April.
Sue spoke with STM spokesperson Isabelle Trottier.

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WE Day Participants

Katrine Marrin is a teacher at Laurentian Regional high school in Lachute. Danielle Macrae is a grade 11 student there and Carly Bennett is a grade 8 student also at Laurentian Regional.

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WE Day

Desman pic.JPGToday students from across the province are gathering in Montreal for WE Day. They will be hearing from motivational speakers and performers: including the Rev Jesse Jackson, Martin Sheen, Joannie Rochette and R'n'B singer Shawn Desman.

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Shawn Desman hallway interview. He shows us the "swagger."

Culture Montreal

Heritage Minister James Moore is in Montreal today. He's here for the 10th anniversary of Culture Montreal.

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Gary Carter

Today Mayor Tremblay annouced that Montrealers will have a say in deciding the best way to honour Gary Carter.
David Heurtel is the president and director general of the Olympic stadium.
He's working with the city on this project.

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NHL

The NHL trade deadline is now over.
Sue Smith talks to sports reporter Pat Hickey.

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Oscar Win

Today people in Stratford are talking about Christopher Plummer's Oscar win last night.
Plummer is from Senneville--but he's been working with the Shakespeare Festival since 1953.
Anne Swerdfager is the publicity director for the festival.

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Republic of Doyle

Allan Hawco is the Star of CBC's Republic of Doyle.
He was in studio today.

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What is Montreal's biggest transit problem?

Thanks for all of your suggestions for #CBCa2b

We asked you to tell us what slows you down when you're getting from point a to point b.

Here are the three issues you mentioned the most. Place your vote for the top issue and we'll report on it.

 

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What do you think is Montreal's biggest transit problem: Results

We asked you about Montreal's biggest transit problem.

Here are the answers we received in order of votes- stay tuned for our question with the top three...

Rude People (bad drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, metro users, staff) 18 
Not enough public transit 10
Potholes 8
Bridges falling apart/closed 4
Frequent metro closures 4
Cars 4
Traffic 3
Construction 3
Not enough parking at metro stations 3
Poor air circulation/temperature in Metro: 2
Gas Prices 2
Texting and Driving 2
Poorly synchronized traffic lights: 2
Student protests 2
Public Transit too expensive 2
Dangerous sidewalks
Signs too small
People who complain about public transit
Not enough bus shelters
Not enough seats on the metro
Taxis too expensive
Busses that never arrive
Suicide in the metro
The train tracks in Mile End - dangerous
Poor planning of highways
No fault insurance
No right on red
Transit is too slow
Unfinished transit projects (Transport Quebec)
Lack of carpool and bus lanes

What is Montreal

Beatboxing

Beatboxer IMG_2948.JPGHomerun's Sabrina Marandola spent the day at Sinclair Laird Elementary in Park Ex.
She met up with beatboxers and hip hop dancers.

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Heritage Montreal

Heritage Montreal has unveiled its list of the ten most threatened heritage sites.
Dinu Bumbaru is the policy director.

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http://www.heritagemontreal.org/en/

1000 Days at sea

Jean Lemire photo.JPGQuebec biologist and filmmaker Jean Lemire is setting off on a 1,000 day trip

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@Biz

Biz photo.JPGThe co-founder of Twitter is in town.
Homerun's Sabrina Marandola met up with Biz Stone.

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Biggest Problem in Transit? #CBCa2b

What is the biggest transportation problem in Montreal for you?

 

tp-champlain-0602.jpgIt's been difficult year to get from Point A to Point B in Montreal...

Streets in the city have suddenly changed direction.. others are under construction.... There have been lane closures on the bridges and in tunnels..... and of course the bike paths and sidewalks.

No-one knows how much these matter as well as you do. So now it's your turn.

 

Homerun wants to hear what YOU think is the biggest transportation problem in Montreal when it comes to getting from point A to point B.

 

Tell us what matters to you about the city streets and major arteries and what you want done about them.

Is it tolls on bridges? Pedestrian streets? Bad drivers? Poor bike lanes?

What is Montreal's biggest transit problem for you?

We'll keep our ears open for the issues that keep coming up and then YOU will vote for the TOP transit problem.

Once the vote is in - we'll look into it. You'll tell us who to interview and what questions to ask.

In other words, the story we tell is up to you.

Check back here daily to participate.

If you have any questions you can leave them in the comments section below - I'll do my best to answer.

Lindsay Michael

Web Columnist, CBC Montreal

 

 

How to Participate:

 

Step 1:

We want to capture a moment of time in traffic - 5:15 pm on Thursday, February 23.

Tell us where you are, what your situation is and what you think needs to changed in Montreal.

(Legally and safely of course! If you're driving wait until you're at your destination)

 

You can let us know by:

 

Tweeting @cbchomerun ( Hashtag: #CBCa2b )

Facebook: Homerun Show

Texting: (22222)

E-mail: homerun@cbc.ca

Leave a message at (514) 597-7222

We'll accept text, photos, videos and sound

 

Step 2:

You decide how we tell the story: who we interview, what questions we ask.


Check back here daily to participate.

Highlights

At his restaurant in Seattle, he's known as the Chef in the Hat.
Thierry Rautureau is in Montreal for the Highlights Festival.
He's cooking a special dinner at Les Cons Servent.

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Math in Music

A McGill professor says there is math hiding in the music we love.
Daniel Levitin runs McGill's Levitin Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition, and Expertise.

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Skate Drive

409152_10150582655410326_148056775325_9213324_1851903002_n.jpgWe have wrapped up our skate drive.
We asked listeners to drop off old pairs of skates for the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation.
These go to 4 outdoor community rinks that were built by the foundation in Montreal North, St. Michel, Verdun and Lasalle.
Sabrina Marandola unveils the final tally.

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Greek Bailout?

There's still no agreement  among European governments toward a second bailout of Greece
Joining me in studio is CBC's Washington Correspondent Neil Macdonald.

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John Glenn

It's been 50 years since John Glenn went into space.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth.
Andrew Fazekas is a science writer and astronomer.

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Gary Carter

In July 2003 Gary Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The announcement came out in January of that year. 
At that time Anne Lagace Dowson was the host of Homerun.
She spoke with Gary Carter about this and his memories of Montreal.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING.JPGBrothers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy dropped by Studio to talk to Sue Smith.
 
 
 
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GARY CARTER

Former Montreal Expo Gary Carter lost his battle with brain cancer today. 
Sabrina Marandola spoke with Elias Makos-- former public relations officer for the Expos.
She also spoke to Montreal filmmaker, Brian McKenna.

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BEER

Montreal Highlights Festival starts today.
Master Brewer Jerome Denis, from RJ Brewers, spoke with Sabrina Marandola about blonde, red and pumpkin beer.

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Enter our contest: http://www.cbc.ca/montreal/community/mt/2012/02/the-homerun-highlights-contest.html


FROBRUARY

Tonight at 6pm, at restaurant L'Escalier, Montrealers from the Black community will be talking hair.
Montreal spoken word artists, Berekia Yergeau, Xavier Laporte-Boisrond black hair movement.
It's called FROBRUARY. It's about celebrating black hair in it's natural state.
Berekia and Xavier spoke with Sabrina Marandola.

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West Island burglaries

Police on Montreal's West Island are warning residents to be careful.
There have been a string of break-and-enters in Kirkland recently.
Station 1's Roberto Del Papa spoke with Sue. Here's their conversation.

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Daycare - an essential service?

Today, 185 daycares areToday, 185 daycares are closed across the province...and tomorrow daycares in the Montreal area will be on strike.
CBC reporter Peter Akman spoke to all sides.
Here's his conversation with Sue....and tomorrow daycares in the Montreal area will be on strike.
CBC reporter Peter Akman spoke to all sides.
Here's his conversation with Sue.

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Love and Wine

Sandro D'Annibale is the owner of Vinipassion -- a wine-importing agency.
He shares his picks for Valentine's Day

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1. Bubbles first and foremost, Prosecco Toffoli or Champagne Pannier.
2. Rose wines: Sweet like White Zinfandel or dry like Castello di Ama, best with food.
3. Lighter reds: Gamays or Merlots or if you prefer fuller bodied with a heartier meal certainly cabernets from Napa or Malbecs from Argentina.
4. Sweet wines: discovery of the month is Gagliano's Quebec project Vin de Glace de Frontenac.



Valentine's Day

Homerun's Sabrina Marandola spent Valentine's Day at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

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Night of Hearts

A 17-year-old student is launching a fundraising campaign...just in time for Valentine's Day.
Melissa Bentrovato is launching her Night of Hearts campaign...geared towards helping children who need healthy hearts.
Here's her conversation with Sue.
 
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Losing Whitney

Montrealers are still talking about the death of Whitney Houston.
Sylvie Desgroseilliers is a Montreal gospel singer and a Whitney Houston fan.
She spoke to Sue Smith about Houston's sudden death.

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Tony Proudfoot

proudfoot.jpgHomerun's Sabrina Marandola was at Dawson College today--
for the inauguration of the Tony Proudfoot Gymnasium.

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Let Us Pray

The Catholic Church has an ad in the sports section of some newspapers today. It shows the Eastern Conference standings with every team listed except the Canadiens.
In eighth place, the final playoff spot, it simply says, "Prions" or "Let Us Pray."
Martin Belanger is part of the team at the BOS Agency that came up with the ad.

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Life Below Zero

Josh Freed has a new doc out.
It's called Life Below Zero and it airs on CBC tomorrow night at 9.
It looks at our relationship with winter.

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http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/life-below-zero.html

Le Huffington Post Quebec

Arianna Huffington was in Montreal today to launch the all new Le Huffington Post Quebec.
CBC Reporter Sabrina Marondola was there.

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http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/

CACTUS

Today people at Cactus are trying to regroup. 
The community group runs a needle exchange program and wants to open a supervised injection site downtown.
But last night Mayor Tremblay said that the service should be located in a medical clinic or hospital and not at Cactus.
Sue Smith talked to Louis Letellier de Saint Juste, the President and Founding Member of CACTUS.

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Canada Reads

Many people are still talking about CBC's Canada Reads today.
It's day 2 of the literary debate, and Anne-France Goldwater's pick got voted off.
This comes on the heels of some controversial comments the Montreal Lawyer made about some of the authors.

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McGill

Some McGill Students are occupying the Deputy Provost's office.
Sue Smith talked to student Matthew Crawford-Appignanessi.
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Douglas Sweet is McGill's Director of Media Relations
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Bilodeau wins Diamond Jubilee Medal

Gold Medal Olympic Freestyle Skier Alexandre Bilodeau  is among the first 60 Canadians receiving a Diamond Jubilee medal today.
All to celebrate 60 years since Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne.
Sue Smith spoke with Alexandre Bilodeau. Here's their conversation.

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St. Michel composting

Some residents in St. Michel are upset about a new recycling program.
The borough has been short-listed as a place to have a large compost processing plant.
Sue Smith spoke with CBC reporter Peter Akman.

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Super Bowl XLV1

Montreal football fans are getting ready for the Super Bowl.
The New York Giants will go up against the New England Patriots Sunday in Indianapolis.
Reporter Steve Futterman is covering the game.

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Ken Dryden

DSC_0479.JPGLast night we were at Indigo Books with Ken Dryden
His book---The Game---is part of Canada Reads.
He was there to talk about his book and his love of the game.




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

Mugesera

Leon Mugesera has been officially charged in Rwanda with inciting genocide and crimes against humanity
Leo Kalinda is a National reporter with Radio-Canada.
He was born in Rwanda.

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AstraZeneca shutting down its Montreal research centre

AstraZeneca is shutting down its Montreal research centre.


Sue Smith spoke with Michel Bouvier. He directs the drug discovery program at the University of Montreal.

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Ken Dryden

Tomorrow we are hosting a special event with Ken Dryden.
His book --The Game-- is in this year's edition of Canada Reads.
So at 7pm at Indigo bookstore we are hosting a panel discussion with Ken --Lisa Marie Breton of the Montreal Stars--- and Gordon Bloom.
Sue spoke to Ken about his book.

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Mitt Romney

Today questions are being raised about the Super Pac behind Mitt Romney's Super victory in Florida
Donald Cuccioletta is the Raoul Dandurant research chair in strategic and diplomatic studies at UQAM.

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Planetarium

Planetarium DSC03554.JPGHomerun's Sabrina Marandola got a tour of the site of the new planetarium.

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