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February 2013 Archives

Living English - Dollard Civic Center

Ed Janiszewski has been the mayor of Dollard des Ormeaux since 1984. He spoke to Sue Smith about the biggest changes he's seen over the years in the West Island and his advocacy for the anglophone community.
 
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Living English - Youth panel

Sam Tayeh and Kat Garcia are John Abbott College students and Adam Nutbey goes to Riverdale High School. They spoke to Sue Smith about growing up in the West Island.

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Living English - parents panel

Melissa Picard and Dominique Robertson are both parents who are deciding whether to send their children to French or English school. Erica Lamothe is a teacher in the English school board but sends her children to French school.

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Living English - West Island businesses

Sue Smith speaks to three business owners in the West Island about the business community in the area.

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Living English - South Asian community

Gobind Tanwani, the secretary of India Canada Organization, Tabassum Anwar, the editor of the Urdi magazine Voice of Women and Amita Khanna spoke about Dollard's thriving South Asian community.

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Aboriginal stories in the media

Dominion magazine is launching a special issue dedicated to Idle No More. 
Freelance journalist Dan David says there's more than conflict stories to tell about Aboriginal communities.

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Highlights Festival

Chefs with Sue.jpgChef Lucio Panza of Buonanotte Restaurant is welcoming world-class chef Peter McAndrews from Philadelphia for 2 nights of Italian feasting.

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Living English

student.JPGA real-life experiment for our Living English series. We catch up with two West Island Anglophones who switched classrooms for the day.
Vanessa Caporicci is a student at the French school Felix-Leclerc in Pointe Claire.
Robin Richard-Shaw attends St. Thomas, the English school next door. She is in French immersion.
Today the 16 year-olds switched classrooms.

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Living English

Today we are looking at one of the most difficult decisions parents have to make in Quebec: Where to send your kids to school. CBC asked Anglo Quebecers just that in our exclusive EKOS poll. 39% say their children would be better off at a French school. 45% disagree. CBC reporter Leah Hednry is following this story. She talks to Homerun's Sabrina Marandola.

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Living English

The latest results from our exclusive EKOS poll of Quebec Anglophones examine the sense of belonging in Quebec. When we asked how Anglophones think relations are with Franco Quebecers, 40% say good or excellent. However, 30% say relations are only acceptable. Another 30% say they are strained or difficult. In the midst of this two new groups have emerged. Richard Yufe is with Canadian Rights in Quebec. Mark Bergeron is a member of The Unity Group. They spoke to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Sarah Brightman

Pierre Landry met up with Sarah Brightman today! She's in town to talk about her upcoming new album---Dream Chaser. It's coming out in April. A tour will follow in the fall.

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The Mayor vs the Police Brotherhood

The head of the Montreal police brotherhood is denying he threatened Mayor Michael Applebaum. Yves Francoeur is demanding that Applebaum retract statements made earlier.
Homerun's Sue Smith spoke to the Mayor.

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Charbonneau Commission

Nicolo Milioto has finished his testimony. He's proved a challenging witness for Justice Charbonneau and the Commission. Has his testimony damaged the reputation of the Commission? Eric Sutton is a criminal defence attorney. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Living English

Ben Mehr and Ana Beyene are two immigrants to Quebec who speak English.
They both like living in Montreal but have different experiences trying to fit in.

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UPAC raids in Montreal

Verdun borough councillor Alain Tassé speaks out about meeting UPAC investigators at the borough's office.
He says the Executive Committee continues to give full support to Mayor Michael Applebaum.

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Al's new head coach

The Montreal Alouettes have a new head coach: Dan Hawkins. Listen to his conversation with Sue.

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Leif Vollebekk

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk has a new album. It's called North Americana. It took two years to make. Leif was searching for the perfect sound, the one heard back in the late 60's on albums by Bob Dylan, The Band and Neil Young. Countless takes and many tapes were used to make this album as authentic as possible.  Pierre Landry met Leif and asked him if he was a perfectionist.

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UPAC at City Hall

Quebec's anti-corruption squad is carrying out raids at Montreal City Hall. Richard Bergeron is leader of Projet Montreal. He spoke to Homerun's Sue Smith moments after being told to leave City Hall.

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Living English

Today we are talking about an Ekos poll commissioned by CBC Montreal. It revealed a deep-seeded mistrust between the PQ and Anglophones. That uneasiness is shared by Montreal resident Franca Pecoraro. She speaks fluent Italian, English and French. She talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.
 
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Canada Reads

February by Lisa Moore is the winner of this years Canada Reads debate--it was championed by comedian Trent McClellan. He beat out Jay Baruchel--who was defending Two Solitudes by Hugh McLellan. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Canadian Driver's Licences valid in Florida

The state of Florida is backing down on a plan to force visitors to have an international driver's license if they want to drive there. Kirsten Olsen-Doolan speaks for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Canada Reads

And then there were two----February and Two Solitudes are still in the running for top pick. Montreal actor Jay Baruchel is defending Two Solitudes. Homerun's Sue Smith talked to Blogger Terry Fallis today. He's the official Canada Reads watcher this year.

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Top Chef

Today Le Bremner Chef Danny Smiles is joining the ranks as a Montreal competitor on the next season of Canada's Top Chef.

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Truth and Reconciliation

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission into native residential schools is now holding hearings in Quebec. Hundreds of survivors will tell their stories over the next couple of months. Eloge Butera is an honorary witness at the commission. He was in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Human trafficking

Montreal Police say they need to be more aware about human trafficking. This is in reaction to a CBC exclusive story about Montreal resident Jennifer Dorner. She says she tried for months to get police to take action about the screaming she heard next door. Dorner later read that a woman in a court case testified she'd been held as a sex slave there. Coleen Mackinnon is the founder of "Les Affranchies". It's group that's raising awareness about human trafficking in Quebec. She talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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International Aid for Quebec

The Quebec government says it's considering setting up its own foreign aid agency. International relations minister Jean-Francois Lisée made the announcement today. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Better Pesticide Laws

Some Quebec doctors and environmentalists are headed to Quebec city tomorrow to ask the Environment Minister to strengthen pesticide legislation.
Dr. Jean Zigby is President of the Environmental Health Committee of the Quebec College of Family Physicians.

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University Life

Today members of the cultural, business and tech industries met to discuss what Montreal's nine universities bring to the city. Heather Munroe-Blum is the Principal of McGill University. She talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Two Solitudes

On Friday February 1st Homerun was live from Indigo with co-host Jay Baruchel. This is all part of Canada Reads. Jay is defending Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan. We asked our panelists ---what do the two solitudes look like today? Click below to hear our 6 panels.
 
Listen to part 1 with :
Robert Naylor, Jennifer Hassard and Fred Absi
Roger Pelletier
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Part 2 with:
Lesley Chesterman,Etienne Boulay,Jordan Arseneault.
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Part 3 with:
Guy Sprung,Phillipe Couture,Nathalie Petrowski.
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Part 4 with:
Bernard St-Laurent,Carole Beaulieu,Christian Bourque,Robert Libman
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Part 5 with:
Jeff Stinco,Coeur de Pirate,Brad Barr,Mathew Woodley.
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Part 6 with:
Tracey Deer,Dave Austin.
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