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March 2013 Archives

Charbonneau Commission

Today was Bernard Trepanier's third day of testimony. CBC Reporter Salimah Shivji is following the inquiry.She talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Commission Charbonneau

It's Bernard Trepanier's second day on the stand. CBC Reporter Salimah Shivji is following the inquiry.

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Les soeurs Boulay

Today, Les soeurs Boulay (Stéphanie and Mélanie) released their highly praised debut album, Le poids des confettis (The Weight of confetti).  CBC's Pierre Landry sat down with Stephanie Boulay to discuss the duo's confessional lyrics and the bond between the sisters.

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Charbonneau

Bernard Trépanier - nicknamed Mr.3% - is testifying before the Charbonneau Commission. CBC Reporter Salimah Shivji is following this---she talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Charbonneau Commission

Today--a second day on the stand with Marc Deschamps. He was the official agent at Union Montreal - the former ruling party at city hall. CBC Reporter Salimah Shivji talks to Homerun's Elizabeth Robertson.

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Bill 14 fallout

The PQ wants to stop the exemption that allows the children of francophone soldiers to go to English schools.
The change is included in the Quebec government's proposed language law.
We hear from a mother whose concerned for her children.
And then we get the view of the CAQ's Eric Caire.

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Canadian prejudice study

One in four Canadians say they have been victims of prejudice.
The Association for Canadian Studies was one of the groups who commissioned the survey.
2,200 Canadians were surveyed last year.
Jack Jedwab is the executive director of the association.

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Revisiting the Constitution

Newly-elected Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard wants Quebec added to the Canadian Constitution. Couillard hopes to make that happen by 2017, in time for Canada's 150th anniversary. Concordia political science professor Bruce Hicks says the idea is a recipe for disaster.

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Quebec Liberal Party

Philippe Couillard is the new leader of the Quebec Liberal Party. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith

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FLQ

One of the key figures in the October Crisis died today of a stroke.Paul Rose was the leader an FLQ cell based in Montreal. The FLQ was behind the 1970 kidnapping and murder of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. Julian Sher is an investigative journalist and he made a documentary called Memories of October. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.

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Chris Hadfield

Today astronaut Chris Hadfield took command of the International Space Station. He's the first Canadian to ever do so. Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques is watching live from Mission Control in Houston, Texas.

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Bishop Dowd on new Pope

The Catholic Church has chosen a new Pope:Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina
Sue speaks with Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal Thomas Dowd.

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McGill University

Heather Munroe-Blum's term as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill is coming to an end in September. She talks to Sue Smith about her time at the university.

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Tighter laws with Bill 14

Businesses are speaking out against the Parti Quebecois'  proposal to beef up the Charter of the French Language. National Assembly hearings about Bill 14 begin tomorrow. Martine Hébert is the Vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

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Pastagate

Massimo Lecas is the owner of Buonanotte. He spoke to Homerun's Jeanette Kelly about news the head of the OQLF resigned today.

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Lachine Hospital

The Quebec government announced that the only french-language hospital in Montreal's west-end will remain within the McGill University Health Center network. Dr. Paul Saba is the president of Lachine Hospital's council of physicians, dentists and pharmacists. 

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Best cookbook in the world

Chartier_n.jpgMontreal sommelier Francois Chartier and Quebec City chef Stephane Modat of Chateau Frontenac won this year's "Best Matching Wine and Food Book Prize".  Francois Chartier is just back from the Paris Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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Students protest returns

Six people arrested at an anti-tuition hike protest appeared in court today facing charges of  aggression towards a police officer, assault and violation of protest conditions. Montrealers express concern that Maple Spring might return.  Jeremie Bédard-Wein is co-spokesperson for L'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ).

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Legacy of Chavez

While Venezuelans continue to be divided about the loss of their President Hugo Chavez, his legacy in the international community may impact the next direction for the Latin American country.  Jean Francois Mayer is an associate professor of political science at Concordia University

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Clara Hughes

Quebec Olympic speed skater and cross-country skiier, Clara Hughes, is just back from Liberia. 
She's an athlete ambassador for the charity, Right to Play. 
Liberia is the latest West African country she's visited for Right to Play, a group that helps organize opportunities for children to play and talk about what's happening in their lives.

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Employment Insurance Reforms

Today a new coalition of Quebec's largest unions and groups that fight for the unemployed want Stephen Harper to rethink reforms to employment insurance. The new changes include making workers travel up to 100 kilometres and accept jobs at only 70 per cent of their previous hourly wage.
Jacques Beaudoin is the spokesperson for Jacques Beaudoin de Montréal

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Protecting English Culture in Quebec

Today's results of our CBC Ekos poll of Quebec Anglophones show that  88% of respondents think that it's important to protect English language and culture. Seven percent disagreed. Nancy Marrelli is the Emeritus Archivist for Concordia University and the editor of several books about Montreal heritage.

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