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March 2012 Archives

David Williams

529257_10150658659660326_148056775325_9470585_1812937175_n.jpgToday astronaut David Williams was honoured at his alma matter: Beaconsfield High School.
Homerun's Kelly Greig was there.

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Stem Cell Drive

Today Montreal's Chinese community is trying to mobilize Chinese Montrealers to get a cheek swab. It's part of a stem stell drive happening across Canada tomorrow aimed at Chinese Canadians. It's called The Other Half - Chinese Stem cell Initiative. Angela Huang is co-chair of the Montreal stem cell drive.

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Film

Today the United Nations Association of Canada is hosting a conference in Montreal
that questions how Canadian media represents diverse voices. Masoud Raouf is Montreal filmmaker, who will be closing the conference tonight. He helps Montreal young people get their stories out through film.

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Tonic

526792_10150657085465326_148056775325_9466539_1345167862_n.jpgAfter nearly 40 years of broadcasting here, Katie Malloch is retiring. Her final show as host of
Tonic is tonight at 8pm on CBC Radio 2.
She speaks with Pierre Landry.
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Tim Tamashiro will be the new host of Tonic.

Pierre Gauthier

Today the Montreal Canadiens fired Pierre Gauthier.Kelly Greig is following this story.

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Show Me Your Canada

Four women from Ormstown are in the process of planning a cross-country roadtrip for their web series Show Me Your Canada. Their goal is to see the "non-postcard" version of the country. This means they want to hear the stories of everyday Canadians.  Summer Eastwood and Rachelle Hamilton are co-creators of Show Me Your Canada.
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Student Protests

Students are still protesting in Montreal. CBC reporter Tim Duboyce is following the political fallout at the National Assembly.

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Books

Richard King.jpgBook columinist Richard King joined Pierre Landry in studio.
Richard is the former owner of Paragraph books.
He is also an author.

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Mali

Howard Bilerman is a recording engineer, producer, and Grammy nominated musician. He played drums with Arcade Fire on their first album. Today we've reached him in Mali where soldiers have taken control of the country in a coup d'état.

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Mammograms

Today Quebec's College of Physicians announced the results of its review of 22-thousand breast cancer tests. The college found 109 cases of breast cancer that had not been detected. The Mammograms were from three clinics, including one in Montreal. Most of the problems are being blamed on one radiologist. Dr. Frederic Desjardins is the president of the Quebec Association of Radiologists.

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CBC Reporter Peter Akman spoke to one of the women who was misdiagnosed with a clean bill of health on her mammogram.

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Clarkson Cup

Today, the Montreal Stars women's hockey team showed off the Clarkson Cup at the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame.
They beat their arch-rival Brampton to bring home the cup for the second year in a row. Lisa-Marie Breton is team captain.
Caroline Ouellette was named tournament MVP, she plays left wing for the Stars.

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Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer was at McGill University today. He's the co-founder of Spread the Net. It's a project that supplies mosquito repellent bed nets to  families in Africa. McGill won the Spread the Net student challenge this year.

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Marc Gervais

Marc Gervais - a longtime professor of film studies at Concordia University - has died. He was a world renowned expert on Ingmar Bergman--and a Jesuit Priest. Joining me on the line is film writer and director John Kent Harrison.

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Aveos

Jean Charest says Quebec will do everything it can to keep Aveos open, even if it means taking legal action with the union against Air Canada.
Isabelle Dostaler is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Concordia's John Molson School of Business.

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Archbishop

Montreal has a new Archbishop. Archbishop Christian Lépine replaces Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who held the post for 22 years.
Listen to his conversation with Sue.

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Laurier BBQ

Gordon Ramsay is suing the owners of Laurier BBQ  for 2.7 million dollars in moral and punitive damages. Marie-Claude Lortie is the food critic at La Presse.

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Rumbler Sirens

Ambulances in Montreal will now be outfitted with a siren called the Rumbler. It's a new siren that you can actually feel. David Sasson is the chief of communications for Urgances Santé. 

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Aveos

The Quebec Superior court has placed Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. under bankruptcy protection for the next 17 days. A judge says the Montreal-based company needs time to try to get its aeroplane maintenance business in order. More than 2,600 workers across the country have been either laid off or told not to come to work until further notice. The company's largest client is Air Canada. CBC reporter Peter Akman spent the day outside the Aveos office in Dorval.


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Transgendered Students

Transgendered students at Concordia University will be able to use their preferred name on some university documents starting next semester.
Class lists and ID cards are some of the documents that will be changed but official documents will not. Ben Boudreau is a transgender, male identified student. He is in his second year at Concordia.

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Protests

Today the city is cleaning up after last nights' demonstrations. Coincidentally, at McGill, a conference is being held to discuss crime, policing and justice. Alex Hundert is an activist and a speaker at the conference. He took part in a discussion called "Violent Protests: Who's to Blame?"

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Bell Canada

Bell Canada is poised to become a major player in Quebec's media scene.
It's buying Astral Media - with all its tv channels and radio stations - for more than 3-billion dollars.
The deal pits the telecom giant head-to-head with powerful Quebecor.
Mitch Joel is media marketing and communications analyst.

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Nicholas Hoare

Independent bookstore owner Nicholas Hoare is closing his Montreal store.
He spoke to Sue Smith.

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Protests

Hundreds of protesters are gathered in downtown Montreal for the annual anti police brutality march. Jacques Duchensneau is the former Chief of Police of Montreal.
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Philip Oxhorn is a political science professor at McGill. He studies social movements.
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Crosby

Sidney Crosby will be back on the ice tonight after months on the injury list.Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo talks to Sue.

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Richard King

 RK419981_10150627242175326_148056775325_9365594_1173978372_n.jpgWe are talking books today with Richard King
 Richard is the former owner of Paragraphe books.
 He is also the author of Accounting for Crime and That Sleep of Death.

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Paul Martin

The borough of Lasalle celebrates its centennial this year.
Today the borough unveiled its nearly year-long program of events.
Former Prime Minister and member of parliament for Lasalle-Emard, Paul Martin is the honourary chairman of the celebrations.
He talks to Sue

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Julie Surprenant

A coroner's inquiry into the death of Julie Surprenant got underway today at a Laval courthouse.
Richard Bouillon confessed to killing Surprenant before his death in 2006.
He made that confession to a nurse before he died - but that confession was only revealed in 2011.
CBC reporter Thomas Daigle was at the inquiry all day.He joined us in studio with this report:

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is in Montreal today for a sneak preview of Payback.
It's a documentary based on her Massey Lecture series and book about debt.
She was live in our studio today discussing the film and the worldwide debt crisis.

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Verdun

For the first time in 47 years Verdun is issuing a liquor license.
Anne Guy is a member of Verdun's City Council.
She came into our studio to talk about the change.

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Youth Unemployment

Statistics Canada is reporting today that youth unemployment in Quebec has climbed to 16.0 per cent.That's up more than 2 per cent from last year. And it's higher than the national average (Canada = 14.7). Iris Unger is executive director of Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal.

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Concordia

Quebec's education ministry has fined Concordia University two million dollars for spening too much money on severance packages for top administrators. Judith Woodsworth was paid more than 700-hundred thousand when she was dismissed as president of the university a year ago. 
Lex Gill is with the student union.

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International Women's Day

Annakin Slayd is a Montreal hip hop artist.
He joined Host Sabrina Marandola on line with his mom Essy.

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CBC#A2B

To wrap up our interactive transportation series Point A to Point B we've invited Michel Labrecque to our studio.
He's Chairman of the STM board of directors.

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Plateau

In spite of the mild weather, officials at city hall are talking snow removal today.
The head of Montreal's Executive Committee, Michael Applebaum, one borough is refusing to clear snow.He's talking about the Plateau.
Luc Ferrandez is the Mayor of Plateau Mount-Royal.

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iPad

Apple unveils the new iPad.
Tech journalist Elias Makos weights in.
He speaks to Host Sonali Karnick

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Spring

David Bird is a professor of wildlife biology at McGill University.
He says Robins are here early this year.

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Air Canada

Talks are underway between Air Canada and its largest union.
The union says it will begin strikes next Monday, if negotiations fail.
Karl Moore is a professor of management at McGill University.

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What can Montreal learn from Portland?

What can Montreal learn from Portland's public transit?

 Hear two unedited interviews and let us know what parts of the interview we should use by leaving a comment here or in SoundCloud.

This is UQAM's David Hannah about how to improve transportation here in Montreal - with lessons from Portland, OR. Here is my whole interview with Mary Fetsch- a spokesperson for TriMet. TriMet provides public transportation in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

 

Best,

Lindsay

McGillLeaks

McGill University is taking action against a site called McGillLeaks. The site says it will be releasing confidential university documents on line, in the interest of transparency. The three documents already posted have been taken down. Olivier Marcil is Vice President of External Relations for McGill. He speaks to Sonali.

 
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Schwartz's

Bill Brownstein wrote Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story. He joins me now to talk about the sale of Schwartz's and the new owners.

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Lise Watier

LW.IMG_3026.jpgLise Watier grew up in Hochelega-Maisonneuve.
She owns a cosmetics company,  and runs the Lise Watier Foundation.

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Big O

Engineers are looking into what happened at The Big O.  A large concrete block fell from the ceiling of an underground parking lot.
David Heurtel is the CEO of the Olympic Park.

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Planetarium

Montreal will get a new Planetarium next Spring...The $46-million Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is expected to open in Montreal's Olympic park in the spring of 2013.
Charles-Mathieu Brunelle is Executive Director of the Space for Life.

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Alan Lee

Today at McKibbin's Pub, Montrealers are remembering cryptic crossword writer, Alan Lee.
He wrote crosswords for The Gazette.He died last Friday at 81.
Grant Aboud played rubgy with Alan Lee at the Montreal Barbarians Rubgy Club.

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National Theatre School

Big news for the National Theatre School today.
The federal government announced that it will provide total funding of $9.2M over the next two fiscal years.Pierre Landry spoke with The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Heritage Canada and Simon Brault, Director of the National Theatre.

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Geoffrion

The Canadiens play the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre tonight. This is also Blake Geoffrion's first home game.His grandfather Boom Boom and great grandfather Howie Morenz played for the habs--So did his dad Dan.

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Google

425859_10150602898990326_148056775325_9283959_1367412640_n.jpgToday's the day that a new privacy policy comes into effect at Google. Elias Makos is a tech commentator.

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Smartphone FIlm Challenge

430376_10150602815380326_148056775325_9283598_942923093_n.jpgToday the AmérAsia Film Festival begins in Montreal.
Launching at the festival is the first Smartphone film challenge.
Christos Sourligas is mentoring and judging the competition.

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